Jesus, Full of Hot Air, Dons an Australian Jersey in Advance of the World Cup

In anticipation of the World Cup, Australian online gambling website Sportsbet released a hot air balloon this morning in Melbourne. The balloon was an imitation of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue wearing an Australian soccer jersey:



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Law Society of British Columbia Votes to Reverse Accreditation of Anti-Gay Christian School

Back in December, I posted about a proposed new law school in British Columbia affiliated with (Christian) Trinity Western University where gay students who acted on their sexual orientation would not be allowed through the doors:

At the time, I defended the school’s right to exist. My thinking was that, like private Christian schools in the United States, they could discriminate however they’d like — and it won’t ultimately matter since the students would still have to learn and defend Canadian law as written and pass the Canadian version of the bar exam. In other words, their Christian anti-gay bigotry wouldn’t work in the real world. (A few commenters attempted to refute my thinking here.)

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It’s Not Religious Discrimination to Say That College Groups, Even Christian Ones, Must Be Open to All Students

Most official college organizations have to adhere to a few rules, one of which is that they must not be discriminatory. They can’t reject homosexuals or black people or Republicans or atheists from their groups even if it seems antithetical to the groups’ missions. So, for example, the Young Republicans can’t exclude an open Democrat who wants to become a member.

For the most part, that makes a lot of sense. Public schools have non-discrimination policies, and those rules apply to campus groups as well.

But what about the leadership of the organizations?

For years now, Christian groups have been fighting a battle on some campuses to make sure that their officer positions are reserved only for other Christians (the proper kind, of course). They want the right to ban LGBT-affirming members of their group from becoming leaders — without losing the benefits that come with being a registered campus group.

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Some Southern Baptist Leaders Are Taking Pride in the Growth of Preschooler Baptisms

If you judge your success as a religion by the number of baptisms performed, and the group with the greatest percentage growth in baptisms is kids who aren’t old enough to know what the hell they’re doing, you should crawl into a corner and rethink your life’s work.

That’s what’s happening in the world of Southern Baptists:

While the number of baptisms is down for most age groups, “the only consistently growing group in baptisms is age five and under,” the task force reported. Granted, baptisms in this group comprise a small number of the total number of baptisms, but the preschool age group saw a 96 percent increase from 1974 to 2010. In fact, this group had the strongest trend line over the 37-year period.


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During Congressional Hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Grills Rev. Barry Lynn on Whether He’s a True Christian

The House Judiciary Committee has a Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice — and that latter group includes Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

Gohmert is about as conservatively Christian as you can get. In April, he said that church/state separation really meant that “the state would not dictate to the church, but the church would certainly play a role in the state.” In 2012, after the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado, he suggested that the tragedy could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God.

He’s just that awful a person.

So when Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State came to testify at yesterday’s hearing on the “State of Religious Liberty in the United States,” you can imagine how Gohmert was taken aback by how this “reverend” was claiming to be a Christian. (Because if you don’t perfectly fall in lockstep with Gohmert’s views, you’re not really a Christian…)

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