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Posted: May 18, 2018 - 3:01pm

Meanwhile in Midwest Trumpistan...
Christian Radio Show Warns Of Satanic Merger Of Catholicism And Islam
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Posted: May 7, 2018 - 8:46am

Blacks more likely than others in U.S. to read the Bible regularly, see it as God’s word

For African Americans, the Bible’s Exodus narrative is a cultural touchstone. Since before the Civil War, the story of the Israelites’ slavery and deliverance has spurred comparisons to black people’s experiences in the United States. Scripture’s importance to the black population in the U.S. is reflected in Pew Research Center survey data showing that black people are more likely than most other Americans to read scripture regularly and to view it as the word of God.

Indeed, more than half of black people in the U.S. (54%) – both Christian and non-Christian – say they read the Bible or other holy scripture at least once a week outside of religious services, compared with 32% of whites and 38% of Hispanics, according to data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study. Indeed, relatively few black people (24%) say they seldom or never read the Bible, compared with 50% of whites and 40% of Hispanics.

Among Christian groups, 61% of those who are members of the historically black Protestant tradition (more than half of all black Americans) read scripture at least weekly, similar to the level seen among those in the evangelical Protestant tradition (63%). In addition, those in the historically black Protestant tradition are much more likely than Catholics (25%) and mainline Protestants (30%) to say they read scripture at least weekly, though less likely than Jehovah’s Witnesses (88%) and Mormons (77%).

A sizable share of all black people (77%) also say the Bible is the word of God (as opposed to having been “written by men”), compared with 57% of whites and 65% of Hispanics. Among those in the historically black Protestant tradition, 85% say they believe the Bible is the word of God, a level more comparable to that seen among those in the evangelical Protestant tradition (88%), Mormons (91%) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (94%) than among Catholics (64%) and mainline Protestants (62%).

Black people overall are also more likely than people in other racial or ethnic groups to believe the Bible or other holy scripture should be interpreted literally. Roughly half (51%) of black Americans feel this way, compared with 26% of whites and 38% of Hispanics. Among those in the historically black Protestant tradition, 59% hold this view, compared with 24% of mainline Protestants and 26% of Catholics. On this issue, the views of those in the historically black Protestant tradition are more comparable to those of evangelical Protestants (55%).

Another sign of the importance of the Bible to African Americans is their participation in prayer and scripture study groups. (Our question did not distinguish between the two types of groups.) Across religions, black people in the U.S. are more likely to take part in prayer or scripture study groups at least weekly (39%) than are whites (22%) and Hispanics (27%). And people in the historically black Protestant tradition are as likely to do this (44%) as those in the evangelical tradition (44%) and more likely to do this than are Catholics (17%) and mainline Protestants (19%). They are less likely to participate in prayer and scripture study groups weekly than are Mormons (71%) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (85%).

The populations of each of these religious traditions include people of many different races and ethnicities. Even the membership of the historically black Protestant tradition is not entirely black, with 6% describing themselves differently, e.g. white, Hispanic, or from another or mixed racial background. That being said, majorities in most major religious traditions in the U.S. are white.


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Posted: May 3, 2018 - 6:46pm

Pence wouldn't lie, would he?
‘Complete and utter horsesh*t’: Internet in disbelief after Pence claims Trump starts Cabinet meetings ‘with prayer’
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 10:07am

New Secretary Of State Pompeo Promises To Fight ‘Until The Rapture’
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 9:16am

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What surprised me most about all this was that this wasn't his first episode.
 
Somebody gave him an inch. This is why we can't have anything nice.
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 8:48am

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He's lucky he didn't get set upon by all the people waiting for the end-credits scene. The theater owner maybe should reassure people that getting preached at isn't going to be part of the programming going forward. Because I don't think I'd care for that.

What surprised me most about all this was that this wasn't his first episode. If I managed the theater I'd sit him down in my office and explain that I wouldn't expect to be welcome to disrupt his church services to announce the second coming of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective and he wasn't welcome to disrupt movies to conduct his business. If he did it twice I'd get a restraining order.
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 8:35am

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He shouted "fire & brimstone" in a crowded theater?

 
He's lucky he didn't get set upon by all the people waiting for the end-credits scene. The theater owner maybe should reassure people that getting preached at isn't going to be part of the programming going forward. Because I don't think I'd care for that.
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 8:07am

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He shouted "fire & brimstone" in a crowded theater?
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 7:47am

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Oh, the comments section. Oh, oh, oh. 
 
This has made me think of a T-shirt idea tho. Needs to be short and sweet, but something along the lines of "St. Peter is reading your posts." 

 
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 7:38am

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Oh, the comments section. Oh, oh, oh. 
 
This has made me think of a T-shirt idea tho. Needs to be short and sweet, but something along the lines of "St. Peter is reading your posts." 
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018 - 7:27am

‘If You Were To Die Tonight’: Preacher Causes Panic In Theater At ‘Avengers’ Showing
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Posted: Apr 25, 2018 - 11:41am

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lol! I have always thought that guy was hilarious. He definitely has a unique brand of comedy.
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Posted: Apr 25, 2018 - 11:37am

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I have always said that Fundamental Muslims and Christians have so much in common instead of being at each others throats they should just get a room.
 

 
 
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Posted: Apr 25, 2018 - 10:58am

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I have always said that Fundamental Muslims and Christians have so much in common instead of being at each others throats they should just get a room.
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Posted: Apr 23, 2018 - 3:31pm

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this may give you pause regarding the deification of political beliefs and their faithful representatives...

the original source article is behind a paywall, i may try and find it later

Government vs. God? People are less religious when government is bigger, research says

“If the benefits acquired in the religious exchange can be acquired elsewhere, religion becomes less useful,” researchers wrote. They added that, when it comes to the role religion plays in establishing predictability and control in society, “the power and order emanating from God can be outsourced to the government.”


 
“If a secular entity provides what people need, they will be less likely to seek help from God or other supernatural entities. Government is the most likely secular provider,” the researchers concluded.

Well that's the best argument for government services and probably why the right wing churches oppose government spending on social services. Drive the people to god through desperation. 

The headline is very misleading. The study isn't about big government, it's about government provision of services that provide security. You can have big government that does shit for the poor and middle class (suggesting USA examples is left as an exercise for the reader).
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Posted: Apr 23, 2018 - 10:16am

 miamizsun wrote:
this may give you pause regarding the deification of political beliefs and their faithful representatives...

the original source article is behind a paywall, i may try and find it later

Government vs. God? People are less religious when government is bigger, research says

“If the benefits acquired in the religious exchange can be acquired elsewhere, religion becomes less useful,” researchers wrote. They added that, when it comes to the role religion plays in establishing predictability and control in society, “the power and order emanating from God can be outsourced to the government.”
 
The correlation between dysfunctional or successful social safety nets and religiosity isn't new. Another source of such studies is Phil Zuckerman.

PS: Even Marx saw that a long time ago when he talked about "the opium of the people."
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Posted: Apr 23, 2018 - 9:52am

this may give you pause regarding the deification of political beliefs and their faithful representatives...

the original source article is behind a paywall, i may try and find it later

Government vs. God? People are less religious when government is bigger, research says

“If the benefits acquired in the religious exchange can be acquired elsewhere, religion becomes less useful,” researchers wrote. They added that, when it comes to the role religion plays in establishing predictability and control in society, “the power and order emanating from God can be outsourced to the government.”



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Posted: Apr 23, 2018 - 9:13am

In White America, Girls’ Clitorises Were Cut Off Because Christian Parents Feared Masturbation
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Posted: Apr 7, 2018 - 12:05pm

Crusading Christian DA resigns after being accused of trading light sentences for sex with defendants

A Christian prosecutor who regularly boasted of waging culture wars against liberals resigned this week amid allegations that he gave women drug dealers lighter sentences in exchange for sexual favors.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins stepped down from his position after he was charged by a grand jury of offering female convicts leniency if they met his sexual demands.

Per the Post-Gazette, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office charged Higgins with “obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, official oppression, recklessly endangering another person, intimidation of witnesses or victims and hindering apprehension or prosecution.”

“District Attorney Higgins traded his power and law enforcement authority for sexual favors and violated his oath to the people of Bedford County — compromising the security of his community and the safety of confidential informants,” state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement on the grand jury indictment.

As Patheos notes, Higgins in the past has not been shy about being a pro-Christian culture warrior, and has in the past boasted about being attacked by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“I guess I should take solace in the fact that the liberals are mad at me – again,” he said in 2014 regarding the case of a 14-year-old accused of desecrating a statue of Jesus. “If that tends to upset the ‘anti-Christian, ban-school-prayer, war-on-Christmas, oppose-display-of-Ten-Commandments’ crowd, I make no apologies.”


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