“As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed? How has it happened that all the fine arts, architecture, painting, sculpture, statuary, music, poetry, and oratory, have been prostituted, from the creation of the world, to the sordid and detestable purposes of superstition and fraud?”
~ President John Adams calling Christianity “the most bloody religion that ever existed”
Wisconsin GOP Going After Webcam Abortions: “Wisconsin Senate Republicans passed a series of additional restrictions on women seeking abortions. Like so many of these aggressively restrictive bills, their rhetoric is cloaked in “helping” and “protecting” women despite the fact the restrictions do neither”.
Rick Santorum Is Wrong About Church/State Separation: Rick Santorum doesn’t believe in church/state separation and that should frighten everybody, religious and non-religious.
Understanding Santorum, Romney, Bachmann, Palin, Santorum, (etc…) : “Defined in its simplest form, Christian Dominionism is a political approach to Christian faith based on a literal interpretation of Genesis Chapter 1 verses 26 – 28 of the Christian Bible. Believers perceive themselves as the “chosen” or the “elect”, commanded by God to “subdue” the earth and “have dominion” over all living creatures. The goal of Christian Dominionism in the United States is to abolish Separation of Church and State, establishing it as a distinctively Christian Nation based upon Old Testament Mosaic Law. Dominionism is an umbrella term that harbors many divergent franchise groups claiming a foundation in Christianity”.
Student Whose Article About Atheist Discrimination was Banned from School Newspaper Gets $1,000 Award from the ‘Freedom From Religion Foundation’ (FFRF): “…a high school student from Tennessee, had her opinion piece about discrimination against atheists banned from her school’s newspaper”.
Santorum is sick: says that JFK’s separation of church and state speech and the thought of a secular society makes him want to puke : “Apparently Rick Santorum hasn’t been feeling well of late, and that the American secular democracy makes him want to puke. The Washington Post and many other Internet sites report that not only does the thought of secular society as we have it now where people of all faiths contribute to government makes Santorum physically sick, when Santorum read JFK’s 1960 Houston address on separation of church and state that “he almost threw up.” Kennedy was addressing concerns that his Catholic faith would dictate how he governed as president….”
The Violence of Deformed Christianity: “Not only is violent behavior a generally accepted part of American life, but most Americans, including Christians, believe violence is an acceptable way to resolve disputes, an attitude that conforms with the Christian Faith as practiced for the last 1,900 years. But that attitude was never part of Jesus’s message. Violence cannot be found anywhere in the recorded teachings from the life of Jesus.”
The Loving Story: “The law banning interracial marriage was called the Racial Integrity Act and went to nearly insane lengths to keep blacks from marrying whites. Sound similar to another heated marriage discussion happening today”?
100,000 Lost Girls: “Who needs a Thai hooker when you can order up a child prostitute on Craigslist or Backpage? The child sex trade is booming in the United States, thanks in part to the ease and anonymity of online classified ad sites”.
The Remotely Piloted American Way of Life: “When the first American drone assassins burst onto the global stage early in the last decade, they caught most of us by surprise, especially because they seemed to come out of nowhere or from some wild sci-fi novel. Ever since, they’ve been touted in the media as the shiniest presents under the American Christmas tree of war, the perfect weapons to solve our problems when it comes to evildoers lurking in the global badlands”.
Gay ‘Cure’ Video Removed from YouTube: “A homophobic video filmed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from YouTube following a campaign by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transexual Rights UAE (GLBTR UAE) and coverage by Gay Middle East, The Huffington Post, PinkNews, and Gay Star News“.
Report: White House Dollars Helped Pay for NYPD Surveillance of Muslims: “Millions of dollars from the White House helped fund the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims. The money came from a grant intended to help law enforcement fight drug crimes. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bush and Obama administrations have provided $135 million to New York and New Jersey law enforcement through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, known as HIDTA”.
Two Suggestions for Ending Religious Oppression: “Whenever anyone tries to label our efforts against oppression as anti-religious, we must be ready to point out that our opposition is to specific behaviors and not the beliefs which may underlie these behaviors”.
Americans Abandon International Law: “After a decade of “war on terror” rhetoric – and President Obama’s failure to reverse many of George W. Bush’s extrajudicial policies – the U.S. public has come to accept that American “exceptionalism” puts the nation beyond the reach of international law, as Nat Parry explains”.
U.S. Marine Kissing His Boyfriend: Homecoming Photo Goes Viral: “A homecoming photo of a U.S. Marine caught in a passionate lip-lock with his boyfriend has gone viral in the blogosphere after it was posted on Facebook. The dramatic snapshot has drawn over 14,000 likes, and has received over 3,000 comments, since being uploaded to Facebook’s Gay Marines group“.
Atheists are right to challenge the sins of the Anglican church: “Why attack Richard Dawkins for pointing out the faults of Christianity?”
7 States Challenge Birth Control Mandate: “It’s not just the Catholic Bishops seeking to challenge the Obama administration’s rule that employers that offer health insurance to their employees must also provide coverage for birth control unless they are a religiously-exempt organization. Thursday (Feb 24, 2012) seven states asked a federal judge to block the contraception mandate on the ground that it violates the First Amendment rights of groups that object to the use of contraceptives. The lawsuit, filed by Republican attorneys general from Nebraska, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas is the first legal challenge filed by the states”.
In Egypt, Christian-Muslim Tension Is On The Rise: “They threw rocks through the windows and set our building on fire. I was sure we were going to die,”
Occupying Jesus and His Church: “It is an inconvenient truth for mainstream and right-wing Christians that Jesus was crucified for taking his protest against income inequality to the power center of Jerusalem, where he challenged how money had perverted religious principles. Now, that tension is returning with the Occupy protests, Rev. Howard Bess says”.
Part III in a Three Part Series on Dominionism in the GOP: “Under the umbrella of Political Dominionism are numerous “franchises” or sects of radical Christian belief whose goal it is to take “dominion” over all things secular. They may have differing theological beliefs, but at the core they have a common goal of inserting biblical law into American government. They falsely spin their message that America is a Christian Nation and that only those who believe as they do should be at the helm, because after all, they know what is best for us. Putting it VERY simply…“Defined in its simplest form, Christian Dominionism is a political approach to Christian faith based on a literal interpretation of Genesis Chapter 1 verses 26 – 28 of the Christian Bible. Believers perceive themselves as the “chosen” or the “elect”, commanded by God to “subdue” the earth and “have dominion” over all living creatures. The goal of Christian Dominionism in the United States is to abolish Separation of Church and State, establishing it as a distinctively Christian Nation based upon Old Testament Mosaic Law. Dominionism is an umbrella term that harbors many divergent franchise groups claiming a foundation in Christianity”.
Jesus’s Teachings and the Tea Party: “The Republican electoral resurgence – like Ronald Reagan’s original coalition – combines collaborative but often contradictory forces, from anti-government Tea Partiers and libertarians to corporatists who feast on government contracts and Christian nationalists who want government-imposed “morality.” But the “Christian” element of this coalition is especially problematic because it also tends to favor policies – from brutal warfare abroad to harsh treatment of certain minorities at home – that ignore Jesus’s core teachings of tolerance. The Tea Party is especially clear in rejecting the “love thy neighbor” aspects of Christianity, insisting that government should get out of the business of seeking social and economic justice…”
Republican Family Planning: “Santorum and Romney’s war on contraception is about men”
Onward-Marching Christian Soldiers: “In 2008, Rick Santorum declared, “Satan has his sights on the United States of America.” Though sounding odd to many, Santorum’s Satan talk is common among right-wing Christians who have intervened in U.S. politics before, like President Clinton’s impeachment, as Frederick Clarkson noted in this 1998 article”.
Atlantic reporter shocked at hate toward Muslims boiling over on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page: “Really? Where have you been these last three years?”
War’s Corruption of Christianity: “At a time when many on the American Christian Right espouse the supposed “originalist” thinking of the Founders, it’s ironic that many show little interest in the “originalist” thinking of Jesus as recounted in the gospels. Rather than embrace the pacifist message of “the Prince of Peace,” many of these Christians have a quick-draw reaction to launching wars, a corruption of their religion that Gary G. Kohls traces back to Rome’s embrace of Christianity….”
Santorum’s remarks on euthanasia insult, anger the Dutch: Rick Santorum made remarks about the Dutch elderly heath care at a Columbia, Missouri forum, hosted by James Dobson of Focus on the Family, which, according to Rachel Maddow’s Dutch translator, are funny, yet insulting to the Dutch, because apparently Santorum did not check his facts concerning the Netherlands.
Creationist-backed Alabama Bill Will Allow Churches To Teach Religion Classes To Public School Students: “A bill in Alabama would allow churches or ministries to teach a religion class to public school students off campus, so long as parents and school boards give permission and the churches are responsible for transportation and any expenses.”
US officers should hang over Koran incident: A top Iranian military commander said Saturday that nothing but burning the White House and hanging US commanders could remedy the pain caused to Muslims by the burning of Korans at a US military base…”
The Roots of US Religious Tolerance: “This wall of separation was born in Virginia and a Baptist was the prime mover. Subsequently, this principle was embedded in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with the mandate that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.””