How Many Sermons Like This Never See the Light of Day?

The thing about people like Mike Huckabee and James Dobson is that they know the spotlight is on them, so even when what they have to say is despicable, it’s toned down from what it could have been. When someone doesn’t think the world is watching, their words are even worse, unfiltered, far from politically correct. (It’s the same reason Mitt Romney‘s “47%” remarks were so devastating for many to hear.)

Someone like Old Paths Baptist Church’s Pastor Sam Morris probably doesn’t think anyone outside his like-minded congregation in Fayetteville, Tennessee is paying any attention. So when his sermon leaks out, the rest of us find out what is really said behind some closed doors. [Read more...]

Support the Humanist Community at Harvard

Chris Stedman and Chelsea Link are doing a twelve-hour-blogathon right now to raise money for the Humanist Community at Harvard. It’s a fantastic organization, so check out their posts and chip in a few dollars if you can. [Read more...]

Future Senator Tim Scott: ‘The Greatest Minority Under Assault Today are Christians’

In South Carolina, Rep. Tim Scott will soon take over Senator Jim DeMint‘s Senate seat. (Sorry, Herb Silverman!)

While it’s not surprising that Scott holds conservative views like both DeMint and Governor Nikki Haley (who appointed him), it’s worth looking into his views on church/state separation… turns out he doesn’t give a damn about it. [Read more...]

Pew Study: Worldwide, One in Six Has No Religious Affiliation

A new study (PDF) out today by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life looks at numbers from 2010 and finds that 16.3% of the global population (approximately 1,126,500,000 people) have no religious affiliation:

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James Dobson: The Shooting Happened Because We Allow Abortion and Gay Marriage

Yes, he no longer runs Focus on the Family. Yes, his views shouldn’t really matter anymore. To millions of (mostly older) evangelical Christians, though, James Dobson is still as influential as ever.

And this is how he uses his pulpit: To tell the world that the shootings in Newtown occurred because we allow abortion and gay marriage, basically shoving our collective middle finger in God’s face. [Read more...]


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