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Posted: Sep 27, 2014 - 5:32pm

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Posted: Sep 27, 2014 - 5:24pm

Erick Erickson: People Who Believe In Evolution Are Dumb And Jealous | Right Wing Watch

Kindergarten-school-yard-level arguments...
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Posted: Sep 8, 2014 - 6:58pm

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Gary Cass Calls For Holy War: 'Islam Has No Place In Civilized Society'

Yesterday, anti-Islam activist Gary Cass, founder of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, posted a piece on his website in which he calls for Christians to prepare to wage holy war in an effort to utterly destroy all 1.6 billion of the world's Muslims because Christians simply have to "face the harsh truth that Islam has no place in civilized society."

Saying that there is no possibility of converting Muslims to Christianity and forcibly sterilizing all Muslims in order to prevent them from building an "Army of Islam" is impractical, Cass declares that the only solution is biblical violence, which is why Americans must now begin preparing to launch an "overwhelming Christian just war" by arming themselves and their children and forming "small cells" that will "crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus name":
Here’s three possible solutions, but really there’s only one.

1.) Conversion: Wouldn't it be wonderful to see Muslims turn from Satan (Allah) to Christ? But, I agree with Phil Robertson, this is not biblically doable. Why? God has a plan and he revealed it at the birth of Ishmael, the father of the Arabs. "The Angel of the Lord said....He will be an ass of a man; His hand shall be against every man, and every man's hand against him..." (Genesis 16:11,12) The Arab Muslims are God's sworn enemies and are ordained by God to be against everyone. That’s not to say there will not be a small percentage of Muslims who will be saved by faith in Christ. But, even if they escape with their lives after “apostatizing” from Islam, their influence will be negligible. History does not record a mighty move of God in saving masses of Muslims. I believe the scriptures militate against mass Muslim conversions.

2.) D.A.M.N.: Depart All Muslims Now. Deport them like Spain was forced to do when they deported the Muslim Moors. Muslims in America are procreating at twice the rate of other groups. So, either we force them all to get sterilized, or we wait for the “Army of Islam” to arise in our midst and do what Muslims always do, resort to violence. Just see what they are doing in France, Britain and Scandinavia. Fat chance our politicians will do anything until its too late, unless, of course, "We the People" demand otherwise. But, history shows America is always late to the fight. Or, we can do what most Americans are doing, wishfully think we are the exception and Muslims will all of a sudden change and want to co-exist. This is irrational and stupid, but it makes life more tolerable. Knowing that every Mosque in America is conspiring to kill you and yours is terrifying.

3.) Violence: The only thing that is biblical and that 1400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self defense. Christian Generals Charles Martel in 732 and Jon Sobieski in 1672 defeated Islamic Turks and their attempts to take the West. Who will God raise up to save us this time? Will God even intervene or turn us over to the Muslims for turning against Him?
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I'd love to hear him explain how his perspective is any different from radical Islamists; aside from the titles, of course. Also, he should learn how to write, edit and spell-check if he's gonna be running a web site.


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Posted: Sep 8, 2014 - 6:42pm

Gary Cass Calls For Holy War: 'Islam Has No Place In Civilized Society'

Yesterday, anti-Islam activist Gary Cass, founder of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, posted a piece on his website in which he calls for Christians to prepare to wage holy war in an effort to utterly destroy all 1.6 billion of the world's Muslims because Christians simply have to "face the harsh truth that Islam has no place in civilized society."

Saying that there is no possibility of converting Muslims to Christianity and forcibly sterilizing all Muslims in order to prevent them from building an "Army of Islam" is impractical, Cass declares that the only solution is biblical violence, which is why Americans must now begin preparing to launch an "overwhelming Christian just war" by arming themselves and their children and forming "small cells" that will "crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus name":
Here’s three possible solutions, but really there’s only one.

1.) Conversion: Wouldn't it be wonderful to see Muslims turn from Satan (Allah) to Christ? But, I agree with Phil Robertson, this is not biblically doable. Why? God has a plan and he revealed it at the birth of Ishmael, the father of the Arabs. "The Angel of the Lord said....He will be an ass of a man; His hand shall be against every man, and every man's hand against him..." (Genesis 16:11,12) The Arab Muslims are God's sworn enemies and are ordained by God to be against everyone. That’s not to say there will not be a small percentage of Muslims who will be saved by faith in Christ. But, even if they escape with their lives after “apostatizing” from Islam, their influence will be negligible. History does not record a mighty move of God in saving masses of Muslims. I believe the scriptures militate against mass Muslim conversions.

2.) D.A.M.N.: Depart All Muslims Now. Deport them like Spain was forced to do when they deported the Muslim Moors. Muslims in America are procreating at twice the rate of other groups. So, either we force them all to get sterilized, or we wait for the “Army of Islam” to arise in our midst and do what Muslims always do, resort to violence. Just see what they are doing in France, Britain and Scandinavia. Fat chance our politicians will do anything until its too late, unless, of course, "We the People" demand otherwise. But, history shows America is always late to the fight. Or, we can do what most Americans are doing, wishfully think we are the exception and Muslims will all of a sudden change and want to co-exist. This is irrational and stupid, but it makes life more tolerable. Knowing that every Mosque in America is conspiring to kill you and yours is terrifying.

3.) Violence: The only thing that is biblical and that 1400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self defense. Christian Generals Charles Martel in 732 and Jon Sobieski in 1672 defeated Islamic Turks and their attempts to take the West. Who will God raise up to save us this time? Will God even intervene or turn us over to the Muslims for turning against Him?
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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 5:00pm

Satanic Temple seeks Hobby Lobby-style exemption from anti-abortion laws
If Christian business owners cannot be compelled to violate their faith, why should the same protection not apply to Satanists? That's the argument the Satanic Temple is making to claim that, in the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, women who share their beliefs should not be forced to follow some of the more restrictive state-level abortion laws to crop up in recent years.

Specifically, the Satanic Temple wants women to be exempt from having to view legally mandated "informational" materials — which it calls "biased" and "medically invalid" — prior to having an abortion. Dozens of states require women to attend counseling before receiving an abortion, while 10 mandate that they receive written materials before undergoing the procedure, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

"While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact," a spokesperson for the group said in a press release. 

The Satanic Temple added that all women who share their belief that the "body is inviolable subject to one's own will alone" — and not merely temple members — should be free to claim the exemption.

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Posted: Jul 22, 2014 - 5:43pm

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Now he's let the cat out of the bag.  We need to convert them first, get them to tithe, then let them know the bad news.
 
Yes, those Ham-fisted fundies could learn a thing or thousand from the Catholics. They understand the biz. {#Mrgreen}
Pope Francis has said that he would be willing to baptise aliens if they came to the Vatican, asking “who are we to close doors” to anyone - even Martians. (...)

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Posted: Jul 22, 2014 - 3:58pm

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Creationist Ken Ham Says Aliens Will Go To Hell So Let's Stop Looking For Them
Creationist Ken Ham, who recently debated Bill Nye the Science Guy over the origins of the universe, is calling for an end to the search for extraterrestrial life because aliens probably don't exist — and if they do, they're going to Hell anyway.

"You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe," Ham wrote on his blog on Sunday. "This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation."

The post was driven in part by NASA experts saying that they expect to find evidence of alien life within the next 20 years. (...)
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Now he's let the cat out of the bag.  We need to convert them first, get them to tithe, then let them know the bad news.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2014 - 1:33pm

Creationist Ken Ham Says Aliens Will Go To Hell So Let's Stop Looking For Them
Creationist Ken Ham, who recently debated Bill Nye the Science Guy over the origins of the universe, is calling for an end to the search for extraterrestrial life because aliens probably don't exist — and if they do, they're going to Hell anyway.

"You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe," Ham wrote on his blog on Sunday. "This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation."

The post was driven in part by NASA experts saying that they expect to find evidence of alien life within the next 20 years. (...)
Send the saved money to me instead, so I can build an ark...
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Posted: Jul 8, 2014 - 5:45pm

In general, Muslims, pagans, and atheists suffered the highest levels of discriminatory treatment from employers, a fictitious religious group and Catholics experienced moderate levels, evangelical Christians encountered little, and Jews received no discernible discrimination.

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Posted: Jun 29, 2014 - 12:14pm

The Great Secession
Faced with sweeping social change, conservative Christians are walling themselves off from secular society. But when religion isolates itself, both sides lose.

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Posted: Jun 22, 2014 - 2:00pm

How We Know the Bible Was Written by Human(s) Hand #books
Three Scholars Face Truth Of Biblical History

According to a Gallup poll taken last month, 40% of Americans believe that the Bible is the literal record of words spoken by God. A new crop of books from Yale University Press shows why this belief is illogical and incoherent.

All three cover ground that is largely familiar to scholars of religion, but still has the capacity to shock traditionalists. Far from being a unified set of texts, the Bible is the product of multiple hands, contradictory agendas, and a gradual process of codification that proceeded according to the prevailing political agendas of the times. Indeed, the boundaries of biblical literature were themselves contested over an extended period of time, settling only in the first centuries of the common era.

This is true even of the Torah itself, which scholars have long understood to be a redaction of multiple texts, threaded together from different traditions. This view, known as the “documentary hypothesis,” has been remarkably successful over its 150-year lifespan. Joel Baden’s 2012 volume, “The Composition of the Pentateuch,” surveys the history of the documentary hypothesis, observing that subsequent scholarship has provided better evidence for the hypothesis than did the original theorists.

Baden emphasizes that this hypothesis is, first and foremost, a literary solution to a literary problem. Traditionalists sometimes treat it as a religious point of view — a matter of opinion, much like some fundamentalists regard the theory of evolution. But neither evolution nor the documentary hypothesis is a “point of view.” They both try to explain otherwise perplexing evidence.

In the case of the Pentateuch, Baden thoroughly summarizes the “problem”: The text as we have it is rife with factual and doctrinal contradictions, repetitions, omissions and errors. Some are well known, such as the two versions of the Ten Commandments, and the stitched-together narrative of Joseph being sold into slavery, which makes no sense as a single narrative. Others only reveal themselves upon close inspection. (...)

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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 - 3:13pm

Nearly half of all Americans do not want their family members marrying atheists

(...) A recent Pew Research survey titled "Political Polarization in the American Public" attempted to gauge "how increasing ideological uniformity and partisan antipathy affect politics, compromise and everyday life." Among other things, it found that this polarization between political beliefs influences everything from where you live and who you call friends to who you welcome into your family – and that this ideological divide is at its greatest point than any other time in the past two decades.

The survey also found that partisan antipathy has been on the rise. Between 1994 and 2014, the percentage of Democrats who viewed the Republican Party unfavorably jumped from 16 to 38 percent; on the other side, Republicans unfavorable views on the Democratic Party jumped from 17 percent to 43 percent.

Despite that, animosity amongst differences in beliefs on a personal level aren't nearly as severe. Nine percent of people said they would be unhappy if a family member were to marry a Republican, and 8 percent said the same about a family member marrying a Democrat.

The numbers jumped drastically when it came to marrying atheists. A stunning 49 percent of Americans said they would be unhappy if an immediate family member married someone who didn't believe in God. This included 73 percent of consistent conservatives, but also 24 percent of consistent liberals. This made atheists the least popular group to marry out of the entire survey by quite a large margin, and showing results even more polarizing than gun ownership and college education. (...)


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Posted: Jun 7, 2014 - 1:31pm

The Real Origins of the Religious Right
They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation.
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Posted: May 23, 2014 - 3:04pm

Virginia county board says no followers of ‘pre-Christian deities’ allowed to deliver prayers

County officials in Virginia have apparently violated the constitution by designating which religious leaders can deliver prayers before public meetings, according to the state’s American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU sent a letter Thursday to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, which had limited opening prayers to ordained leaders of monotheistic religions.

“The First Amendment requires governing bodies to allow everyone the chance to deliver prayers before official meetings,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “If they don’t, then what they’re doing is unconstitutional.”

A state appeals court upheld the county’s policy in a 2005 ruling, and the board has invited local clergy whose names are drawn from an official county list.

Almost all of those religious leaders have represented Christian denominations, and the county has denied a Wiccan’s request to be added to the list.

Officials defended that decision, saying the “neo-pagan” faith does not fall within the Judeo-Christian tradition and “invokes polytheistic, pre-Christian deities.”

That claim led to a lawsuit by Americans United and the ACLU, but the groups say the board continues to exclude even some monotheistic faiths, such as the county’s Sikh congregation.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision permits local municipalities to open meetings with Christian prayer, but the civil liberties groups want to clarify that the ruling does not permit exclusion of non-Christian faiths.

“Since most of the invited clergy (in that case) were Christian, most of the prayers were Christian, as well,” the letter states. “The Court found that this was not by design; rather, ‘he town at no point excluded or denied an opportunity to a would-be prayer giver. Its leaders maintained that a minister or layperson of any persuasion, including an atheist, could give the invocation.’”

The letter also said the requirement that religious leaders be ordained is problematic, because some religions do not require ordination – and some “do not have clergy at all.”


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Posted: May 22, 2014 - 5:24pm

The Myth of a 'War on Religion'
A recent study found liberals were more likely to fib about attending services—showing there's still a greater stigma against atheism than belief.
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Posted: May 20, 2014 - 1:36pm

Christian College Faces Uproar After Bolstering Its View on Evolution - NYTimes.com

(...) Since its founding in 1930, Bryan College’s statement of belief, which professors have to sign as part of their employment contracts, included a 41-word section summing up the institution’s conservative views on creation and evolution, including the statement: “The origin of man was by fiat of God.” But in February, college officials decided that professors had to agree to an additional clarification declaring that Adam and Eve “are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life-forms.”

For administrators and many members of the governing board at Bryan, the new language is a buffer against what they see as a marked erosion of Christian values and beliefs across the country. But for critics, the clarification amounts to an assault on personal religious views, as well as on the college’s history and sense of community.

“It makes Bryan a different place,” said Allison Baker, who graduated this month and was the vice president of the student government, which raised questions about the swift enactment of the clarification. “I would argue it makes it a more narrow place.”

The consequences so far have been stark at a college where about one-quarter of incoming students were home-schooled and whose graduates routinely earn spots in graduate programs at secular institutions. Two longtime faculty members this month sued the college, arguing that the Board of Trustees was powerless under the college’s charter to change the statement of belief. Brian Eisenback, a biology professor and a Bryan graduate whose parents met on campus, decided to move to another Christian college.

Faculty members passed a no-confidence vote on Bryan’s President, Stephen D. Livesay, and hundreds of students on a campus with an enrollment of 700 petitioned trustees in opposition to the plan before the academic year ended this month.

Dr. Livesay said the clarification was intended to reaffirm, not alter, the institution’s traditional position. He said concerns had been building for years that some employees had perhaps moved “away from the historical and current position of the college.” (...)


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Posted: May 18, 2014 - 12:00pm

Americans Claim to Attend Church Much More Than They Do - NYTimes.com

The United States has long been unusually religious for an affluent, industrialized Western nation — in survey after survey, Americans report relatively high levels of belief in God, affiliation with religious institutions and participation in worship services.

But counting churchgoers has always been a bit tricky. Some congregations tend to over-report attendance, seeking to demonstrate vitality. Others are more scrupulous, especially in denominations where churches pay assessments based on size. And it’s been evident for years that Americans tend to overstate their own religiosity: There is a persistent gap between the number of people who claim to go to worship services and the number who can actually be counted in pews.

The gap grows more striking as America becomes more secular. In recent years, poll after poll has found more Americans who do not identify with a religious tradition, and many denominations show evidence of decline. And yet, Americans continue to report high levels of belief and participation — more than 90 percent of Americans say they believe in God or a universal spirit, and nearly 40 percent report weekly attendance at a worship service, numbers that have remained relatively unchanged for decades.

What’s going on? A new study, released Saturday, suggests that the gradual secularization of the nation has not eliminated the perceived social desirability of going to church, and the result is that Americans exaggerate their religious behavior. That exaggeration is more pronounced among some groups — Catholics, mainline Protestants and, strikingly, the unaffiliated, meaning that even people willing to say they don’t belong to a religious tradition still feel compelled to exaggerate their attendance at worship services. (...)


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