New Air Force Standards Soften Prohibitions on Proselytizing

Late last week, the U.S. Air Force updated its Standards. Usually, updates make things better, but the changes regarding religious exercise, while superficially sound, leaves much to be desired.

Here’s what the 2012 version of Standard 2.11 said:



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Sen. Chuck Grassley Spreads George Washington Quotation About “God and the Bible”… Even Though He Never Said It

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted this earlier today (and posted it on Facebook, too):



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Christian Groups Offer Dueling (and Sometimes Conflicting) “Naughty & Nice” Lists for the Holiday Season

Last week, the American Family Association released its annual “Naughty or Nice” list. It sorted out which national chains celebrate Christmas and which ones don’t deserve your business because they ruin everything by acknowledging the existence of other human beings.

Today, Liberty Counsel released its own version of that list, the “twelfth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.”

What’s interesting is that the two groups clearly didn’t coordinate because companies that are considered Nice to one group are considered Naughty to the other (and vice versa).

For example, the AFA says this about Best Buy:



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Apparently, Evangelicals Think They’re Pro-Science and Welcoming to the LGBT Community

Warren Cole Smith write an article for the site Faith Street about the 10 things he wished everyone knew about evangelical Christians.

While most of it is pretty basic information, two items really stood out:

6. Evangelicals love LGBTQIA people.

We are not homophobes. We are homophiles. Our churches welcome LGBTQIA people with the same message we present to all others: “Come as you are… but leave transformed.”


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Former Porn Star Asia Carrera is the Latest Driver’s License Pastafarian

The former porn star known as Asia Carrera is the latest person to don a colander for her driver’s license picture.

The Pastafarian (whose license has her birth name Jessica Steinhauser but who goes by Asia Carrera-Lemmon online) said she did it in order to make a statement about religious freedom in a conservative state:



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