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  • Teacher Told to Remove 'God' From Class

    09/14/2011 3:46:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Poway Unified School District wins case against high school teacherA teacher in the Poway Unified School District has been ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals to remove two large banners that referred to "God" and the "Creator" from his classroom walls. Brad Johnson, a teacher at Westview High School, had been directed by the district to remove two large banners which read “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “ONE NATION UNDER GOD,” “GOD BLESS AMERICA,” “GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE” and “All men are created equal, they are endowed by their CREATOR.” The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced their...
  • Christopher Hitchens: An Atheist’s Gift To Sarah Palin

    09/09/2011 5:04:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | September 9, 2011 | Michael Moriarity
    Odd how many Americans can agree with Christopher Hitchens on many issues, i.e. his rage at Henry Kissinger. I sympathize totally with such disgust. The Hitchens contempt for the Tea Party, however, is the grandest dividing line, largely due to the tea Party’s fervent belief in God and its faith in Sarah Palin whom Hitchens repeatedly heaps fear and loathing on. Hitchens, however, warns the world to not patronize Sarah Palin! He points out that his favorite film on American Presidential politics is Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. With an almost bottomless irony of ironies, he further adds that at...
  • New York Times Editor - Bigot

    08/31/2011 3:15:18 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 10 replies
    The Whig Manifesto ^ | August 31, 2011 | Chuck Morse
    Does Bill Keller, Editor of the New York Times have any idea why his editorial “Asking Candidates Tougher Questions about Faith,” contains the very essence of bigotry? He writes “We have an unusually large number of candidates, including putative front-runners, who belong to churches that are mysterious or suspect to many Americans.” He then proceeds to specifically, and quite intolerantly, single out Roman Catholicism and Mormonism. Regarding Mormons, Keller glibly asserts that he didn’t care if Mitt Romney “wore Mormon undergarments beneath his Gap skinny jeans.” Continuing with his laundry list of Mormon beliefs that he doesn’t care about, he...
  • Prof to student: Keep the Faith, lose the grade

    04/14/2008 7:56:23 AM PDT · by no dems · 39 replies · 108+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 14, 2008 | WND Staff
    A community college in New York has been presented with a demand letter from the American Center for Law and Justice to halt a professor's classroom practices that allegedly have damaged at least one student – so far. The letter from the ACLJ targets Suffolk County Community College and will be the prelude to a federal lawsuit if the issue isn't resolved, the organization said. At issue is a professor's demand that students "change their own personal viewpoints or state that they are unsure of whether their own personal beliefs are correct" on religious issues, according to the letter. That...
  • Prayer distracts us from finding real world solutions (That's the point, you idiot)

    11/13/2007 11:08:14 AM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 38 replies · 131+ views
    The Justice ^ | 12:23 AM EST on 11/13/07 | by Daniel Ortner
    In the darkest hour of despair, when all hope seemed lost, the communal leader called together his counsel of the faithful and uttered ritual sayings. Sounds like something out of the eighth century, doesn't it? Just this past week, however, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, facing a massive and seemingly unrelenting drought, declared that "The only solution is rain, and the only place we get that from is from a higher power." He then sent out responses to leaders of several faiths to take part in a prayer service. The potential establishment clause violations inherent in state sponsored prayer are disturbing....
  • Fear Not 'Islamo-Fascism,' Nor Ahmadinejad

    11/01/2007 8:28:45 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 3 replies · 54+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 10/31/'07 | David Klinghoffer
    Last week was Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, the brainchild of David Horowitz, conservative political gadfly and self-effacing founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Friends of mine and other writers I admire spoke on college campuses around the country, garnering impressive media coverage. The week was a big success, if measured by how much awareness of Islamic villainy was heightened. A lot of people, not including me, feel that there can hardly be such a thing as too much awareness. Estimations of the Islamic threat run exceedingly high, not least in my own party. On this point I find myself uneasily...
  • LOTR Film Star Ian McKellen Admits To Ripping Out Hotel Bible Sections Against Homosexuality

    08/31/2007 12:45:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 109 replies · 4,470+ views
    LifeSite ^ | August 30, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    AUKLAND, NZ, August 30, 2007 ( - British Actor Ian McKellen who has used the mega-stardom he achieved playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films to promote homosexuality, has admitted to ripping out pages of hotel bibles that refer to homosexuality. In an August 10 interview on New Zealand's TV1 Close Up program McKellen was confronted by the interviewer questioning the truth of the rumour "He's the one, that when he stays in hotels rips the part of the bible out that criticizes homosexuality." "Yes it is true," responded McKellen in even tones.  "Its Leviticus 18:22 that...
  • Theocracy in America : CNN Explores the Fundamentalist Branches of 3 Abrahamic faiths

    08/24/2007 9:43:29 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 34 replies · 1,371+ views
    National Review ^ | 08/24/2007 | Joe Carter
    For several weeks CNN has been hyping their miniseries God’s Warriors as an “unprecedented six-hour television event.” The series dedicates two hours each to “God’s Jewish Warriors,” “God’s Muslim Warriors,” and “God’s Christian Warriors.” Prior to the first airing, CNN invited several bloggers to preview a few clips from the series and to submit a question for Christiane Amanpour to be answered during a special webcast. The three clips provided by CNN each highlighted one of the “fundamentalist” branches of the three Abrahamic faiths: the segment on Jews focused on theocratic Israeli settlers, including the man who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin;...
  • Christians kicked off campus at Brown University

    11/18/2006 4:36:21 AM PST · by Man50D · 87 replies · 2,474+ views ^ | November 18, 2006
    A civil rights organization has joined forces with a Christian student group at Brown University in an attempt to find out why the school has banned the Christians from meeting on its campus. "A university that respects its students cannot capriciously suspend student groups," said Greg Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. "Suspension of any student group is a serious matter and should be accompanied by a serious explanation. Yet Brown has consistently skirted questions about the suspension, calling into question both the university's motives and the legitimacy of the punishment." FIRE said the members...
  • Bobos say no-no (National Review urbanite frets about religious conservatives bringing us down)

    11/16/2006 8:19:09 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 60 replies · 1,282+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Nov 16 2006 | Jonathan Martin
    Martin wants to point out that if it weren't for the icky evangelicals, we'd still have Allen as Senator in Va.
  • Ten Commandments stunner: Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court

    11/13/2006 10:57:02 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 199 replies · 4,353+ views ^ | November 14, 2006 | Bob Unruh
    FAITH UNDER FIRE Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court Government tells modern visitors it's Bill of Rights being honored Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the judges deliver comes in the presence of the Ten Commandments, God's law given to Moses on a fire-scorched mountain, and now represented for the United States in the very artwork embedded in the high court structure. In today's world of revisionist history, the proof comes through the work of a California pastor who visited the Supreme Court building recently when he was in Washington and was surprised that...
  • Some Bosses Are Mixing Managing Decision With Their Religious Faith

    11/12/2006 7:14:22 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 224+ views
    The ^ | 11/12/2006 | Phred Dvorak
    Tampa, Fla. — When Mark Dillon has a management problem, he heads straight to the Bible. The president of closely held Tampa Bay Steel Corp. changed how the metals distributor pays its bills with help from the Book of Proverbs. He turned to the Book of Matthew for advice on dealing with a delinquent customer. Agonizing over a pre-Christmas layoff, he took comfort from Jesus' admonition to “do to others what you would have them do to you.” “I thought: 'Do unto others,'” recalls Dillon. “If I was going to be laid off, I'd rather know before I spent all...
  • God Fearing

    11/12/2006 8:36:45 AM PST · by Condor 63 · 17 replies · 604+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 12, 2006 | JOHN WILSON
    And part of the job of a writer in 2006, so it seems, is to comment on evangelicals or ?conservative Christians? more generally, the way that many writers in the late ?60s and early ?70s ? novelists, poets, cultural critics, anyone whose opinions regularly appeared in print ? felt obliged to weigh in on blackness, often with embarrassing results. In their fictional guise, evangelicals and their kin ? fundamentalists, Pentecostals and all manner of weird cultists calling fervently on the name of Jesus ? are usually side characters, rarely protagonists, except, of course, in the alternative universe of so-called Christian...
  • A Dissent: The Case Against Faith

    11/10/2006 5:53:21 AM PST · by presidio9 · 60 replies · 1,425+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 11/13/06 | Sam Harris
    Despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of life and the greater antiquity of the Earth, more than half the American population believes that the entire cosmos was created 6,000 years ago. This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue. Those with the power to elect presidents and congressmen?and many who themselves get elected?believe that dinosaurs lived two by two upon Noah's Ark, that light from distant galaxies was created en route to the Earth and that the first members of our species were fashioned out of dirt and divine breath, in...
  • The God Delusion: David Quinn & Richard Dawkins debate (Transcript Here)

    10/28/2006 7:47:16 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 167 replies · 11,241+ views
    Home The God Delusion: David Quinn & Richard Dawkins debate    THE RYAN TUBRIDY SHOW Now, this morning, we are asking, what’s wrong with religion? That’s just one of the questions raised in a new book called, The God Delusion. We’re going to talk to its author — the man who’s been dubbed the world’s most famous, out of the closet, living atheist — Richard Dawkins. Ryan Tubridy Richard Dawkins David Quinn Ryan Tubridy: Richard, good morning to you Richard Dawkins: Good morning. Tubridy: It’s nice to talk to you again. We spoke before once on the similar subject...
  • The New Atheists: Researchers Crusade against American Fundamentalists (EuroPress Alert)

    10/28/2006 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 198 replies · 2,002+ views
    Der Spiegel Online ^ | October 26, 2006 | Jörg Blech
    In the United States, atheists are becoming an ostracized minority. But now evolutionary biologists are trying to turn the tables: According to their argument, religion is the source of evil. Morals and selflessness are not God-given - they are the result of evolution. When Richard Dawkins, a zoologist at Oxford University, steps up to the altar he seems visibly pleased to see the pews in the church fully occupied. In the best Queen's English, he reads from his book: "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a...
  • Bad reasons to be good [secularism BARF alert]

    10/22/2006 10:49:51 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 19 replies · 437+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 22, 2006 | Sam Harris
    THE MIDTERM elections are fast approaching, and their outcome could well be determined by the "moral values" of conservative Christians. While this possibility is regularly bemoaned by liberals, the link between religion and morality in our public life is almost never questioned. One of the most common justifications one hears for religious faith, from all points on the political spectrum, is that it provides a necessary framework for moral behavior. Most Americans appear to believe that without faith in God, we would have no durable reasons to treat one another well. [...] The problem, however, is that much of what...
  • Student Says Mention of 'Prayer' Enrages Professor

    10/18/2006 4:29:18 AM PDT · by bennyjakobowski · 98 replies · 2,948+ views
    Agape Press ^ | October 17, 2006 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) - "For Christ and Humanity." That's the motto of Olivet College in Michigan, where a Christian student says he was punished by one of his professors for making a reference to God in the classroom. Olivet College freshman Jeremiah Bannister, an aspiring journalist, claims he was recently the target of anti-Christian bigotry and grade retaliation in his "Writing and Rhetoric" class. Bannister says Professor Austin Jackson, a Sunni Muslim, took exception to an essay he and another student had written opposing affirmative action and slavery reparations. The freshman shares that when he was asked by the professor to voice...
  • My opinion Jonah Goldberg : No cure for intellectual dementia

    10/12/2006 5:44:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 39 replies · 1,457+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | My opinion Jonah Goldberg
    If the Christian base of the GOP gets its way, "All government employees — federal, state and local — would be required to participate in weekly Bible classes in the workplace, as well as compulsory daily prayer sessions." We would all have to carry religious identity cards that "would provide Christocrats with preferential treatment in many areas of life, including home ownership, student loans, employment and education." Non-Christians would be indulged as second-class citizens, "but younger members . . . would be strongly encouraged to formally convert to the dominant evangelical Christianity." Homosexual sex would be illegalized, while "known homosexuals...
  • In Government's Name: NYTimes Bashes Religious Tax Exemptions

    10/12/2006 10:09:23 AM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 43 replies · 759+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | October 11, 2006 | Julia Seymour and Amy Menefee
    The New York Times has put an ironic twist on the 8th Commandment: “Thou shalt not steal.” It’s accused churches nationwide of fleecing taxpayers and local governments using the First Amendment. The Times devoted more than 17,000 words and a four-day series indicting religious groups for what it argued was essentially cheating taxpayers across the country. The pro-government, pro-regulation treatise by business reporter Diana B. Henriques was titled "In God's Name." Churches “enjoy an abundance of exemptions from regulations and taxes” and the result is “religious organizations of all faiths stand in a position that American businesses – and the...
  • Why Does the Book Business Demonize Christians?

    09/22/2006 7:55:15 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 46 replies · 974+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 21, 2006 | Michael Medved
    The mighty publishing industry has committed formidable resources to alerting complacent Americans to the danger of a malevolent force that purportedly menaces all of us: the growing power of conservative Christians. Tomorrow on my radio show, I confront Sam Harris, author of the latest book length attack on traditionalist believers: "Letter to a Christian Nation," published by Knopf. In the course of his brief book, Mr. Harris declares that "many who claim to be transformed by Christ's love are deeply, even murderously intolerant" and concludes: "It is terrible that we all die and lose everything we love; it is doubly...
  • America's Taliban strikes again

    08/28/2006 6:31:13 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 712 replies · 8,997+ views
    Arkansas News Bureau ^ | 28 August 2006 | John Brummett
    The Holocaust wasn't Hitler's fault. Darwin made him do it. Complicit as well are any who buy into the scientific theory that modern man evolved from lower animal forms. That's the latest lunacy from one of our more fanatical right-wing American Christian television outfits, the Coral Ridge Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Coral Ridge espouses that America is not a free-religion nation, but a Christian one. It argues there should be no separation of church and state. Thus it's America's Taliban, America's Shiite theocracy. It certainly has a propensity for explaining or excusing Hitler. A few years ago it brought...
  • Footballer (Soccer player) gets criminal record for making sign of the cross

    08/25/2006 7:57:16 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 108 replies · 7,604+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | today | staff
    he Catholic church has blasted a decision by the Procurator Fiscal to issue Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc with a caution for blessing himself. Polish star Boruc was rapped for making the sign of the cross at Ibrox in an Old Firm match last season. The caution was issued after a six-month police investigation into the incident, which is said to have angered a section of the Rangers support. Boruc is reported to have been completely baffled by the decision to issue him with the warning But the move has angered the church and prominent Scottish Catholics including outspoken composer James...
  • God's Chosen People (Destruction of Israel called for by famous Norwegian writer)

    08/10/2006 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Basel2005 · 110 replies · 2,669+ views
    Israel is now history. We no longer recognize the State of Israel. There is no way back. The State of Israel has raped the world's recognition and will not achieve peace until it lays down its arms. The State of Israel, in its present form is history, writes Jostein Gaarder. There's no turning back. It's time to learn a new lesson: We no longer recognize the State of Israel. We could not recognize the apartheid regime of South Africa, nor did we recognize the Afghani Taliban regime. Then there were many who did not recognize Saddam Hussein's Iraq or the...
  • Review Sees No Advantage in 12-Step Programs

    07/25/2006 10:52:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 228 replies · 4,221+ views
    The Treasonous NY Times ^ | July 25, 2006 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    When Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs are examined in controlled studies, a new review reports, scientists find no proof that they are superior to any other intervention in reducing alcohol dependence or alcohol-related problems. The researchers, led by Marica Ferri of the Italian Agency for Public Health in Rome, found little to suggest that 12-step programs reduced the severity of addiction any more than any other intervention. And no data showed that 12-step interventions were any more — or any less — successful in increasing the number of people who stayed in treatment or reducing the number who relapsed...
  • In midst of Israel-Hezbollah conflict, American Far Left going beserk over "End Times"

    07/24/2006 9:01:16 AM PDT · by dukeman · 102 replies · 1,796+ views
    7/24/06 | From the fevered minds of troubled libs
    The American Far Left is having trouble dealing with the "proper" way to react to the Israel vs. Hezbollah fighting. I've been surveying some of the discussions over on DU and it's getting pretty nasty. I came across this one today which might be of particular note to this forum: GrpCaptMandrake (1000+ posts) Mon Jul-24-06 11:20 AM Original message Fundies Inside The Gates There's an ugly split on the Left these days. Some of us are called "Anti-Semite" because we hate war and refuse to support Israel's hell-on-earth bombing of innocents in Lebanon. Some of us are called "Zionist stooges"...
  • You May Be a Terrorist!

    07/19/2006 5:52:54 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 30 replies · 747+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 7/18/2006 | Mike the Geek
    The following list of groups can be found under the heading “Terrorist and Extremist Organizations,” on the Planned American Life League (ALL) Americans United for Life (AUL) Christian Coalition Concerned Women for America (CWA) Eagle Forum Family Research Council (FRC) Feminists for Life of America (FFL) Focus on the Family Human Life International (HLI) Life Dynamics Incorporated (LDI) Missionaries to the Preborn National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) Operation Save America (formerly known as Operation Rescue) Pro-Life Action League (PLAL) STOPP International, aka STOPP Planned Parenthood Fascinating. I guess I haven’t kept up with the news, not having heard...
  • Pope's warning (to Canada)

    05/24/2006 6:47:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 90 replies · 1,622+ views
    Calsun ^ | May 24, 2006 | ROY CLANCY
    Some Canadians' noses are out of joint after Pope Benedict had the audacity to criticize our nation in front of the world. The pontiff's beef? Our low birthrate, which Benedict attributes to the absence of religion in our lives. His words have been met so far with little more than a chorus of grumbles and cries to "mind your own business." The Pope blames our woes on our "secular" status, which simply means Canada's population is turning away from organized religion. How far? Just look at the reaction to Prime Minister Stephen Harper closing a speech with the words: "God...
  • So… Is it 2006 A.D. or 2006 C.E.?

    04/22/2006 10:42:37 AM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 18 replies · 287+ views
    The Loft ^ | Bob Eberle
    In yet another measure to remove Christian references from society, not even the calendar year designation is safe. Whether you view it as political correctness run amok or part of the ongoing purge of all things Christian, some organizations including the Kentucky Board of Education are beginning to replace A.D. (anno Domini) with C.E. (common era). Even though the beginning of the historical dating system is the birth of Christ, I guess some feel that using C.E. will help neutralize that fact. What will people think of next??? As noted in the story Kentucky Education Officials Blasted for Modernizing Historical...
  • The giant killers (on why cynics are obsessed with 'debunking' Jesus, Moses, other heroes)

    04/05/2006 2:05:27 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 3 replies · 303+ views ^ | July 4, 2000 | David Kupelian
    "JERUSALEM – The biblical tale of David slaying Goliath is the grand archetype of giant-killer imagery, but new research suggests that those who believe David was the underdog might be wrong." This recent Reuters report is just one more example of the smug contempt with which 21st century "experts" artfully spit on the heroes of Western civilization. "An Israeli neurologist said Thursday that after years of studying the biblical account, he has determined that Goliath suffered from a hormonal disease that put him at a disadvantage against the slingshot-wielding David. "'It was a miracle that such a small and young...
  • The Media's War On "War On The Christians" Conference (Don Feder Alert)

    03/31/2006 1:29:42 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 631+ views ^ | 03/31/06 | Don Feder
    Last week (March 27-28), Vision America convened a War On Christians conference in Washington, D.C. It was the first to address escalating attacks on Christians from Hollywood, the news media, academia, the courts, and activist groups like the ACLU and Anti-Defamation League. Speakers included scholars, authors, clergy (among them an Orthodox rabbi), lawyers and members of Congress. Delegates came from as far away as South Africa. I was the conference coordinator, as well as a speaker on two panels ("Jews Confront the War On Christians" and "Hollywood: Christians Through a Distorted Lens"). You will be shocked – shocked! – to...
  • Christian Teens' Rally Irks San Francisco's City Fathers

    03/30/2006 4:14:18 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 64 replies · 3,472+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 31 March 2006 | Ed Thomas
    (AgapePress) - An estimated 25,000 youths showed up last weekend for a "Battle Cry" rally in San Francisco -- and then became the latest targets to receive a resolution against them by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. "Battle Cry" is a coalition of 30 groups that is attempting to turn today's youth away from the lure of popular culture and toward Christ while they are still teenagers. But on the day of the rally in the City by the Bay, opposing protesters took to name-calling, in one instance chanting the phrase: "Christian fascists, go away! Racist, sexist, anti-gay!" In...
  • Thundering Theophobes (They see Richard John Neuhaus behind every corner.)

    03/29/2006 10:20:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 625+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 3/30/2006 | Mark Gauvreau Judge
    At some future date, an intrepid scientist will announce that he has made a discovery: there is a correlation between heroin and liberal outrage. Apparently, when a leftist goes off on a tirade against conservatives, religion, or Evil America, it triggers an opiate release in the brain that causes a blissed-out high. Thus, as the addict must hunt down smack, the liberal must have a constant supply of outrages to feed his jones. If none are available -- if, indeed, our modern age is criminally short of witch hunts, McCarthyism, religious intolerance and racism -- then one must be made...
  • 'War' on Christians Is Alleged. Conference Depicts a Culture Hostile to Evangelical Beliefs.

    03/29/2006 1:04:29 PM PST · by Crackingham · 226 replies · 3,331+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/29/6 | Alan Cooperman
    The "War on Christmas" has morphed into a "War on Christians." Last December, some evangelical Christian groups declared that the religious celebration of Christmas -- and even the phrase "Merry Christmas" -- was under attack by the forces of secularism. This week, radio commentator Rick Scarborough convened a conference in Washington on the "War on Christians and the Values Voters in 2006." The opening session was devoted to "reports from the frontlines" on "persecution" of Christians in the United States and Canada, including an artist whose paintings were barred from a municipal art show in Deltona, Fla., because they contained...
  • The curious rise of anti-religious hysteria

    03/23/2006 5:07:50 PM PST · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 344+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/23/2006 | Frank Furedi
    It is the Anglo-American cultural elites' insecurity about their own values that encourages their frenzied attacks on religion. by Frank Furedi The verdict of my son's 10-year-old mates was that it was 'not bad', but a little bit 'boring'. Maddie, a sassy nine-year-old, said it was 'okay for young kids' but it was not in the same league as King Kong . In a few years' time, these kids will recall the unexceptional film that was Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and wonder why it attracted so much adult controversy. The intense and venomous attacks...
  • Writing American Theocracy

    03/20/2006 6:59:05 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 29 replies · 464+ views
    TPM ^ | 3/20/2006 | Kevin Phillips
    My underlying thesis in American Theocracy is that these are the three major perils of the United States in the early 21st century. First, radical religion – this encompasses everything from the Pat Robertson-Jerry Falwell types to the attacks on medicine and science and the Left Behind books with their End Times and Armageddon scenarios. Second, oil dependence – oil was essential to 20th century U.S. hegemony, and its growing scarcity and cost could play havoc. And third, debt is becoming a national weakness – indeed, the “borrowing” industry in the U.S. has grown so rapidly that finance has displaced...
  • Blair 'prayed to God' over Iraq

    03/03/2006 1:17:56 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 704+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 3, 2006
    Prime Minister Tony Blair says he prayed to God when deciding whether or not to send UK troops to Iraq.Mr Blair answered "yes" when asked on ITV1 chat show Parkinson if he had sought holy intervention on the issue. "Of course, you struggle with your own conscience about it... and its one of these situations that, I suppose, very few people ever find themselves in." The interview, Michael Parkinson's first on his chat show with a serving PM, will be shown on Saturday. "In the end, there is a judgement that, I think if you have faith about these things,...
  • Dawkins: Religion equals 'child abuse'

    01/07/2006 10:26:53 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 281 replies · 4,767+ views
    Scientist compares Moses to Hitler, calls New Testament 'sado-masochistic doctrine'Controversial scientist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins, dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler," calls religion a "virus" and faith-based education "child abuse" in a two-part series he wrote and appears in that begins airing on the UK's Channel 4, beginning tomorrow evening. Entitled "Root of All Evil?," the series features the atheist Dawkins visiting Lourdes, France, Colorado Springs, Colo., the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and a British religious school, using each of the venues to argue religion subverts reason. In "The God Delusion," the first film in the series, Dawkins targets Catholicism at the pilgrimage...
  • Early warning shots-- the War against Religion...

    05/06/2005 3:43:52 AM PDT · by backhoe · 154 replies · 5,149+ views
    various FR links & stories | 05-06-05 | the heavy equipment guy
     Early warning shots-- the War against Religion......developing:  The Left's 'Dominionist' Demons -- As near as I can tell, "Dominionism" is the Left's version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. A big lie used to justify bigotry and irrational hatred.    "Dominionist" Fantasies     Why I'm Rooting for the Religious Right -- The professional haters of the "religious right" are a bunch of narrow-minded, doctrinaire bigots     Scary Stuff: Venom Against Conservative Christians (Discussed on Rush Limbaugh) more--    The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party(Moonbat Warning!)    Dominionist Domination: The Left runs...
  • In the name of God (Polly Toynbee: Must Oust Religion From Public Life)

    08/29/2005 11:52:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 960+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) | Friday July 22, 2005 | Polly Toynbee
    Blair has appeased and prevaricated. Now, as the death cult strikes again, he must oust religion from public lifeTwo weeks on, London is stricken once more. The death cult strikes again, unstoppable in its deranged religious mania. This time no deaths but a savage reminder of the unknown waves of demented killers lining up to murder in the name of God. Whatever they intended, the message was loud and clear: they can and will do this whenever they want and it does indeed spread very real terror. The police have said there are many more of them. The security services...
  • Anti-Christian Jeans Are a Trend in Sweden

    12/30/2005 12:31:00 PM PST · by claudiustg · 48 replies · 1,361+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 30, 2005 | KARL RITTER
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Cheap Monday jeans are a hot commodity among young Swedes thanks to their trendy tight fit and low price, even if a few buyers are turned off by the logo: a skull with a cross turned upside down on its forehead. Logo designer Bjorn Atldax says he's not just trying for an antiestablishment vibe. "It is an active statement against Christianity," Atldax told The Associated Press. "I'm not a Satanist myself, but I have a great dislike for organized religion." The label's makers say it's more of a joke, but Atldax insists his graphic designs have a...
  • Anti-Christian Jeans Are a Trend in Sweden

    12/30/2005 5:53:29 AM PST · by MajorityOfOne · 36 replies · 1,411+ views
    AP ^ | 12/30/05 | KARL RITTER, Associated Press Writer
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Cheap Monday jeans are a hot commodity among young Swedes thanks to their trendy tight fit and low price, even if a few buyers are turned off by the logo: a skull with a cross turned upside down on its forehead. Logo designer Bjorn Atldax says he's not just trying for an antiestablishment vibe. "It is an active statement against Christianity," Atldax told The Associated Press. "I'm not a Satanist myself, but I have a great dislike for organized religion." The label's makers say it's more of a joke, but Atldax insists his graphic designs have a...
  • Theophobia Part IV: Holiday Inn

    12/21/2005 6:22:00 PM PST · by William Tell 2 · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | December 21, 2005 | by Michael P. Tremoglie
    (This is the fourth installment in my series, begun January 2005, about the campaign to bowdlerize religion from American culture) There has been a backlash by some conservative pundits and commentators against the trend to eliminate Christmas from the holiday lexicon. Their campaign is having an effect as people – who realized there was this trend to eliminate Christmas yet thought that they were being too dogmatic or fanatical – now realize it is those who want to eliminate Christmas who are the fanatics. The campaign to eliminate religion from public life is not new. It is a doctrine that...
  • Killer re-sentenced to life after Bible ruling

    12/19/2005 6:28:04 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies · 748+ views
    Denver Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 19, 2005 | Felix Doligosa Jr.
    BRIGHTON -- An Adams County judge sentenced a convicted murderer this morning to life in prison without parole after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled his death sentence was unconstitutional. Robert Harlan was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering 25-year-old Rhonda Maloney and paralyzing a Good Samaritan who tried to come to her aid, Jacquie Creazzo, 11 years ago. In March, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned the 41-year-old’s death sentence because jurors consulted the Bible during sentencing. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with that decision, preventing prosecutors from seeking the death penalty again. Kerri Gemeinhardt, Maloney's sister, said she is unhappy...
  • Bibles banned on playgrounds: Legal group challenges restriction on student activity at recess

    05/12/2005 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 1,122+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | May 12, 2005
    BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS Bibles banned on playgrounds Legal group challenges restriction on student activity during recess Posted: May 12, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005     An elemenatary school principal who barred students from reading the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging his actions. In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennesee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on "shaky constitutional ground."   "The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of...
  • When a Textbook Sticker is Church Establishment

    01/15/2005 7:43:42 AM PST · by SeasideSparrow · 47 replies · 841+ views ^ | Jan. 15, 2005 | David N. Bass
    Separation of sticker and state Posted: January 15, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern By David N. Bass © 2005 Suggesting that evolution is a theory rather than fact endorses religion and causes anguish among impressionable school children in an Atlanta suburb, at least in the opinion of U.S. District Court Judge Clarence Cooper. On Thursday, the Clinton-appointed district judge dove head first into the evolution versus intelligent design debate by ordering the Cobb County Board of Education to remove a sticker from science textbooks stating that "evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things." Added...
  • France A Step Closer To Banning Homophobic Speech (Will They Ban Christophobia or Theophobia?

    12/09/2004 10:25:23 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies · 691+ views ^ | December 8, 2004
    France took a step closer to banning homophobic and sexist speech today when a draft bill that critics say could infringe on free speech cleared an important parliamentary hurdle. The National Assembly approved the draft law, paving the way for a final reading by the Senate, France's upper house of parliament, later this month. If the bill is passed, anyone found guilty of making hateful or defamatory remarks against a person on the basis of sexual orientation or gender would risk up to a year in jail and a 45,000 euros fine. Justics Minister Dominique Perben has defended the law...