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Posted: Mar 23, 2017 - 2:17pm

Oklahoma State Rep says rape and incest are the ‘will of God’ in abortion bill hearing
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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 7:42am

‘She was demonized’: Nicaraguan woman dies after being thrown into fire in exorcism ritual
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Posted: Feb 2, 2017 - 4:17pm

Trump Leads the Religious Right to the Promised Land
Evangelicals' alignment with Trump shows their affinity for power over morality.
It’s been a heady two weeks for right-wing Christian evangelicals. Never before has a president of the United States — not Reagan or either of the Bushes — delivered so much of their agenda in such short order as Donald Trump has just done. He capped off his string of early valentines to the religious right with the announcement of a Supreme Court nominee who is poised to revoke the rights of women, further tear down the “wall” between church and state and open wider the doors for big monied interests to buy the political system they want. (...)

During the 2016 campaign, pundits were often incredulous at the sight of religious-right leaders at the side of the thrice-married, biblically ignorant, philandering, ethically challenged businessman-turned-politician — one whose blatant and coarsely stated misogyny, whose braggadocio about sexually harassing women, whose treatment of women as property and objects of derision, could not deter them from joining his quest. After the election, commentators puzzled over the 81 percent of white evangelical voters who cast their ballots for Trump, despite ample evidence of his questionable, decidedly unchristian business practices and cheating of workers and contractors. Not even the scandal of his Trump University grift kept them away from him. (...)
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Trump May Be the End of the World As We Know It—But For Some Evangelicals, That’s Just Fine

In the flurry of coverage surrounding the evangelical Christian voting bloc that overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump, I’ve seen many images of happy people holding “Thank God for Trump” signs and commentary about conservative Christians who are deliriously happy about new protections for Christian liberty and proposed “pro-life” legislation.

The thing is: Donald Trump as the savior of Christian America is far from the whole story behind his evangelical support. A distinct subset of evangelical Christians know that Donald Trump is bad news for the entire world—and they’re really, really excited about it.

I know this because I used to be one of them.

Back in the ’90s, I was bright-eyed, home-schooled, and evangelical on a farm in rural Ohio. Although my family’s church attendance was spotty—we didn’t really trust the church system—we were very Christian and the Bible was the last word in science, education and morality. (...)


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Posted: Jul 7, 2016 - 7:12pm

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Barge-Size Noah’s Ark Is a Creationist’s Wet Dream

Built by Christians who believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, a 510-foot-long, $100 million “replica” of Noah’s Ark is set to open in a new Kentucky theme park later this week. Critics say the attraction is nothing more than a big church that’ll be used to perpetuate creationist nonsense.

The new theme park, called called Ark Encounter, will officially open in Williamstown, Kentucky, on July 7. Yesterday, some 7,000 guests were invited to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. Construction of the giant ship, which has been ongoing since 2010, was initiated by Answers in Genesis, a Christian group headed by Ken Ham. The structure is meant to commemorate the work of Noah, and to stand as a proof that the stories in the Bible are true. (...)



 
Subsidized to the tune of $18 million by the state of Kentucky! Ken Ham is a professional thief and snake oil salesman.
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Posted: Jul 7, 2016 - 6:47pm

Barge-Size Noah’s Ark Is a Creationist’s Wet Dream

Built by Christians who believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, a 510-foot-long, $100 million “replica” of Noah’s Ark is set to open in a new Kentucky theme park later this week. Critics say the attraction is nothing more than a big church that’ll be used to perpetuate creationist nonsense.

The new theme park, called called Ark Encounter, will officially open in Williamstown, Kentucky, on July 7. Yesterday, some 7,000 guests were invited to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. Construction of the giant ship, which has been ongoing since 2010, was initiated by Answers in Genesis, a Christian group headed by Ken Ham. The structure is meant to commemorate the work of Noah, and to stand as a proof that the stories in the Bible are true. (...)


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Posted: Jun 15, 2016 - 1:52pm

Catholic Bishop: Religion ‘Breeds Contempt’ For LGBT People

While some Christians celebrate the Orlando massacre, others begin to take responsibility for the hate.

In the wake of the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Bishop Robert Lynch laments the role religion has played in breeding contempt for the LGBT community.

Writing in his blog, Bishop Lynch admits religion breeds contempt for LGBT people:

…sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.

In his blog post, titled Orlando, Orlando We Love You, Bishop Lynch acknowledges that many religions promote hatred for homosexuals, including the Catholic faith.

Bishop Lynch goes on to caution religious leaders, pointing out that hate-filled religious rhetoric can fuel “deranged people,” noting:

While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe, judge and act from some kind of religious background. Singling out people for victimization because of their religion, their sexual orientation, their nationality must be offensive to God’s ears. It has to stop also.

Bishop Lynch is correct. Religion does breed contempt for LGBT people. In fact, contempt for LGBT people is baked into all three of the Abrahamic faiths.

Bottom line: It is nice that Bishop Lynch admits there is a problem, and admits that religion does indeed breed contempt for LGBT people. However, the larger question remains: How do religious fundamentalists overcome the hatred for LGBT people that their religious scriptures mandate?

Bishop Robert Lynch (Image via YouTube)
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Posted: Jun 1, 2016 - 1:09pm

The Secret Life of Mormons: As Told by Prodigal Daughter, Novelist Judith Freeman | Religion Dispatches

(...) Looking back was revelatory for me. There are certain moments—for example, receiving a patriarchal blessing, so sacred to Mormon people, which I describe in the book, or being healed by the laying on of hands—when patriarchy is inculcated in the physicality of a moment and then there is the patriarchy you sense when it becomes twisted or tweaked or placed in the hands of someone who is confused or troubled or has his own secret agenda or who simply feels entitled and anointed by his maleness. As I describe in the book, there was the Mormon male boarder who lived with my family, and who tortured me with accusations of moral and sexual impropriety when I was a girl.

We live patriarchy with a particular intimacy in Mormonism. A Catholic priest does not live in your house with you and act as your father, but a Mormon bishop might be your father, a Mormon priest is your brother, an elder is your uncle. The power is inculcated through familiar close relationships. Sometimes in a gentle kind way, but there are many men in the world who love to play this role of intimidating women and frightening girls, and there were some of those people in my ward , and I disliked them intensely. There were hypocrites, and then there are the rosy-cheeked fumbling men who make the awkward suggestion that you are wearing your cutoffs under your dress, like the Mormon male neighbor from my girlhood whom I describe in my book, who have their own longings and are trapped, as trapped as women who have no power. What drew me to want to write novels was this incredible range of human behavior, motivation, and attitude, the deceit, the sense both institutional and private that the community needs secrets in order to function. (...)


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Posted: May 26, 2016 - 4:15pm

Women Are Leaving Church, And the Reason Seems Clear
(...) This drop in church attendance for women coincided with the period when the Catholic bishops began making abortion a litmus test for Catholic politicians, as in the 1984 election when Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was attacked for being pro-choice.

And Pew’s own numbers appear to back this up. According to Pew, women are slightly more likely than men to say that churches should keep out of politics (55 percent vs. 53 percent), and overall 60 percent of Catholics say church should keep out of politics.

Women’s church attendance did recover somewhat in the early 1990s, but then began a long slide in the mid-1990s that continued to 2012, when the GSS data end. While the GSS numbers don’t break out attendance by religion, church attendance for both men and women appears to have bottomed out around the time the sex scandals broke in the Catholic Church in 2001. Other studies have a found “a significant decline in religious participation as a result of the scandals,” and it’s possible this decline was large enough to affect overall church attendance.

But while both men’s and woman’s attendance recovered somewhat after the early 2000s, women’s attendance dropped noticeably between about 2004 and 2012, while men’s remained fairly stable. This period saw evangelicals taking an increasingly hard line about traditional “Catholic” issues like birth control, which may have alienated some women.

And in 2004, the Catholic Church released a controversial document by soon-to-be Pope Benedict that was critical of feminism and said women’s characteristics were “Listening, welcoming, humility, faithfulness, praise and waiting.” The following years of Benedict’s papacy were particularly unwelcoming to progressive women in the church.

If McClendon is right and the trend of growing disaffiliation correlates to women’s decline in attendance, it’s also worth noting that Catholics make up the largest portion of the nones exiting a religion. Almost one-third (28 percent) of nones are former Catholics, which is the single largest share of any religious group.

Why have women stopped going to church? It isn’t because they’re too busy or too well educated. Maybe they stopped going when conservative politics took over the pulpit.


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Posted: May 24, 2016 - 7:37am

Two Tennessee pastors are among 32 arrested for human trafficking during undercover sting
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Posted: May 16, 2016 - 6:24pm

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School Teaching Creationism With Video From Islamic Sex Cult
An Ohio school district is using a video made by a Holocaust-denying Muslim to undermine evolution in science class.
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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 - 3:00pm

A New Perspective of 'Jihad' in Christianity and Islam
Craig Considine
Politicians and anti-Muslim activists frequently take to audiences and websites to criticize the term “jihad” as a form of Islamic supremacism, oppression, and violence. Muslim extremists, on the other hand, argue that “jihad” refers to a “holy war” against non-Muslims. Viewing the term “jihad” though these frameworks alone, however, would be playing into the hands of extremists who forego the other elements encompassed by the term “jihad.” (...)
Two sides of the same extremist coin...
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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 - 12:18pm

Arab Youth view ISIL as major Mideast Obstacle, want less Religion | Informed Comment
The annual Arab Youth survey conducted by pollsters Burson-Marsteller is out, reporting on 3500 interviews with Arabs 18-24 years of age in 16 countries. (...)

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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 - 12:06pm

There's Only One State Where You Can Marry Without God as a Witness
The surprisingly sweet and tolerant uses of a 330-year-old law.
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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 - 11:05am

She runs disastrous day cares. But her church makes her untouchable | Reveal
Deborah Stokes, seen in a mug shot, has operated a string of church day cares across southern Alabama even though she has been arrested multiple times, for crimes ranging from theft to child endangerment.

Deborah Stokes, seen in a mug shot, has operated a string of church day cares across southern Alabama even though she has been arrested multiple times, for crimes ranging from theft to child endangerment. Credit: Courtesy of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

She’s been called a crook. A con artist. A snake in the grass. But in Alabama, the only thing that really matters to state regulators is that she calls herself a Christian. (...)


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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 - 8:23am

Indonesia's Aceh province canes non-Muslim for selling booze

A 60-year-old Christian woman was whipped nearly 30 times with a rattan cane before a crowd of hundreds in Aceh province for selling alcohol. 

 

 

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-aceh-province/2691464.html?cid=fbint

 


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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 - 1:25pm

not sure where to post this so i'll try here
i stumbled across this and thought it would be of interest
Musk is 44 years old, give me 44 million years i'd still not catch up
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http://fundersandfounders.com/how-elon-musk-started/

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Posted: Apr 10, 2016 - 1:03pm

Spirituality in a bottle: Indian guru builds empire on ‘holy’ bodywash for the faithful
Yoga teacher Baba Ramdev is now a key political figure as his retail empire takes £530m in past year

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Posted: Apr 9, 2016 - 2:16am

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