“religious freedom” garbage, it’s time to call the religious right’s trash what it really is

"Any time right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to restore or reclaim something, we should all be very afraid. Usually, this means the country or, in this case, the state of Indiana is about to be treated to another round of backward time travel, to the supposedly idyllic environs of the 1950s, wherein women, and gays, and blacks knew their respective places and stayed in them." So writes Brittney Cooper arguably America's most prescient commentator on race, women, politics and … [Read more...]

Why Do Right Wing Christian Families Think They “Own” Their Children?

"In the Iron Age mindset of the Bible writers, children are not individual persons who have their own thoughts, with corresponding rights. Rather, like livestock and slaves, they are possessions of the male head of household, and the biblical framework governing treatment of children is property laws, not individual rights laws."The term chattelrefers to moveable personal property, economic assets that are not real estate. In the Bible, children, like slaves and livestock, are chattel. Male … [Read more...]

California: “shoot the gays” proposal

According to the Guardian  a California lawyer says he wants to legalize the execution of gay people, and there may be nothing the state’s attorney general can do to stop the proposal from moving forward.Matt McLaughlin, an attorney in Huntington Beach, California, filed paperwork to bring his proposal, which would sanction the killing of gay and lesbian residents on the basis of their sexuality, before voters in November 2016.  Lauren Gambino in Los Angeles Monday 23 March 2015, reports for … [Read more...]

Here’s How the Roman Catholic Condemnation of Homosexuality Can and Must Change

Gary Gutting is a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. In this wonderful article I've excerpted (reprinted by permission from the New York Times) he brilliantly refutes the primary arguments against gay rights as derived from what's known as the “natural-law tradition” of ethical thought. This article is a stunner. Please read and share.The Stone Unraveling the Church Ban on Gay Sex By Gary GuttingMarch 12, 2015 3:20 am March 12, 2015 3:20 am Last mon … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst SEX Tips (no pun) from the Christian Right

"It’s not just wrong to date a doubter of Jesus Christ; it’s a documented and diagnosable disease." Really? Had to share this funny and too true SEX piece from Salon via Alternet (reprinted by permission).By Katie Halper, AlterNet1. Dump the Infidel Dan Miser, author of Single Woman Seeking Perfect Man has a must-read column called “Five Red Flags for Christians Blinded by Romance.” The worst one of all is when “you’re dating an unbeliever,” or “dating someone who does not have a perso … [Read more...]

Pro-Lifer Ready For Killing Kids for Religious Liberty and Jesus (Seriously)

And now this from h/t Rawstory. Prolife and prodeath, no kidding, as long as you're killing a kid for religious liberty's sake.Belief'Pro Life' GOPer Says It's Fine For Kids to Die in the Name of GodRep. Christy Perry says it violates parents' rights if they're required to treat their sick children.By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet February 24, 2015In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no … [Read more...]

If I Was Still an Evangelical, I’d Want to Be Tony Kriz (Blessed be Tony!)

No, I don't write books about God like Tony does. And I'm persona non grata on the Evangelical circuit where Tony thrives... But I like Tony--lots-- and I'm rooting for his new book and him too. Here's an excerpt.Blessed Are Those Who MournAn Excerpt from ALOOF: Figuring Out Life with a GOD Who HIDES By Tony KrizWe religious folks work very hard to try and conjure up God’s presence. We will do about anything we can to infuse enough God-feeling into an event to get people to show up. W … [Read more...]

What Prayer Means to Me

 "My grandchildren delight in entering into a grownup spiritual world as equals. Perhaps this is one of the gifts non-religious people have a problem experiencing. They might not meet their children as humble partners in service of something bigger than themselves."  Here is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace.My grandchildren Lucy (five) and Jack (three) know that I pray every morning on my wa … [Read more...]


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