God's Real Message to Texas

While the wingnuts are claiming that God sends natural disasters as messages, here's an alternative suggestion:Michele Bachmann recently said that God is sending a message through the hurricane. But isn’t it more likely that with hurricanes, earthquakes and scorching heat God is telling Rick Perry that global warming is real and telling Ron Paul that FEMA should not be abolished?Sounds just as reasonable. … [Read more...]

My New Hero

Gotta love this kid. Her Catholic school banned a bunch of books so she started keeping them in her locker and loaning them out to other students.Nekochan wrote about the recent book ban: “I was absolutely appalled, because a huge number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of my personal favorites, The Catcher in the Rye, was on the list, so I decided to bring it to school to see if I would really get in trouble. Well… I did but not too much. Then (surprise!) a bo … [Read more...]

Fischer's Blatant Hypocrisy

I wrote recently about a new survey that finds that American Muslims continue to be far more moderate and reasonable than similar populations overseas. One of the interesting questions was whether they tend to see themselves as Muslims first or as Americans first. And the results were quite similar for both Muslims and Christians:Muslim or American: A majority of Muslim Americans (56%) say that most Muslims who come to the U.S. want to adopt American customs and ways of life. In contrast, … [Read more...]

Jesus Shows Up Again. In Bark.

You gotta hand it to Jesus. He shows up in the oddest places -- toast, potato chips. And now in bark. A guy in Georgia whittled a cross for his nephew and thinks the face of Jesus is in the bark.The sudden interest is because many see the face of Jesus embedded in the natural pattern of the bark, right where it should be.Perry made it for his recently baptized nephew, Michael Bloodworth, but it was Bloodworth's 80-year-old Baptist minister grandfather who first noticed it."The first … [Read more...]

Evangelist Types in Tongues

When I was about 15 years old, my stepmother decided to switch from the Methodist church to the Assembly of God. I went with her for two weeks, during which time I saw people speak in tongues and became immediately convinced of two things: A) those people were crazy, and B) that church was definitely not for me. But now it appears that the crazy people not only speak in tongues, they type in tongues too. A Pentecostal televangelist named Juanita Bynum has been doing it on Twitter.Stop … [Read more...]

Another Texas Judge, Another Lawyer Smackdown

I'm starting to like judges in Texas. Well, some of them anyway. A friend sends along this brilliant smackdown of a lawyer by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks. It's a response to a motion filed by several people who had been issued subpoenas in a lawsuit to quash those subpoenas. It's one of the snarkiest and most sarcastic things I've ever seen a judge say in an official document. Full document below the fold. … [Read more...]

Anti-Mosque Bigots Lose Again

The bigots who already lost a lawsuit attempting to prevent the building of a new mosque by a Muslim group that has been in Murfreesboro, TN for decades asked the judge in that suit to reconsider his ruling. Unsurprisingly, he said no.A Rutherford County judge decided to uphold his earlier decision that the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has a right, by law, to build a bigger place of worship.“Those who are adherents to Islam are entitled to pursue their worship in the United States just … [Read more...]

Do Religious Schools Backfire?

The Worldnutdaily actually has an article that made me smile for all the right reasons.A two-year study of graduates from Catholic, Protestant and home schools found the choice of private education, when compared to public education, had significant effects on the students' academics, civics and faith – but not necessarily the effects one might expect.For example, the study found, the adjusted net effect on students of private, Catholic schooling versus public schooling was to produce g … [Read more...]

The Sex and Science Blog

I want to call your attention to the blog of a friend of mine, Sophie Hirschfeld, called Sex and Science. Sophie is an activist for the rights of sex workers and for equality for everyone. And she's on a crusade to keep Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars. Personally, I wouldn't watch Dancing With the Stars if you held a gun to my head, but I'm all for standing against society's bigotry toward sexual minorities. … [Read more...]

Liberty Law School and Reconstructionists

Is the Liberty University School of Law teaching Reconstructionism? We know that they have required courses that include textbooks by Reconstructionists like RJ Rushdoony. And last year they sponsored a conference put on by American Vision, the Reconstructionist group run by Gary DeMar. This group explicitly advocates that the Old Testament laws be implemented in America in full, including stoning to death for homosexuals, women who aren't virgins on their wedding day, blasphemers and lots of … [Read more...]

Garfield on Church Tax Exemptions

"The divorce between church and state should be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state, or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community."— -- James A. Garfield … [Read more...]

Crazy Wingnut Screed of the Day

Here's insane Arizona Baptist preacher Steve Anderson going off on a furious rant that really has to be heard to be believed. This is the same preacher who prayed for Obama to be killed and got a visit from the Secret Service over it. Video below the fold. … [Read more...]