Here’s How Jehovah’s Witnesses Rework Their Own Theology When It Stops Making Sense

Jehovah’s Witnesses have long believed that 1914 is the year Jesus began ruling in heaven. They also believe the people who were alive and baptized and witnessed the events of that year represent an “anointed” generation.

You may be aware of a belief among Christians that Jesus will return soon. Some of them say it’ll happen at some undetermined time in the future… but since 1975, the JW Watchtower Society has interpreted Matthew 24:34 to mean that Jesus will come back at some point during the lives of that “anointed” generation.

Maybe you can see the problem with this. There aren’t many people (much less JWs) left who were alive in 1914 and old enough to understand events like the outbreak of World War I. So what do you do if you’re a religious leader?

You reinterpret everything… even if your current interpretation is already stretched very thin.



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Catholic Bishop: When Priests Sexually Abuse Children, It’s Partly the Kids’ Fault

I thought it was pretty bad when, last year, a Catholic Bishop testified under oath that he wasn’t sure if raping a child was a crime.

I just heard something worse.

In 2011, when Syracuse, New York Bishop Robert Cunningham (below) was testifying in a lawsuit against another priest in his diocese who was accused of sexually abusing a child, Cunningham was asked the simplest question in the world… and botched it in the worst possible way:



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Sen. Bernie Sanders Tried to Find Common Ground with Students at Liberty University

Earlier today, Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered an address at Liberty University, the school founded by the late Jerry Falwell and the place where Sen. Ted Cruz announced his entry into the Presidential race earlier this year.

That seems like an odd venue for Sanders given that people like him are why Liberty University was created in the first place.

But Sanders rose to the challenge, side-stepping more polarizing issues and focusing instead on income inequality.

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High School Football Coach Doesn’t Understand Why Leading Team in Prayer is a Problem

In Washington (state), Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy seems to be a well-liked, well-respected guy. But he’s blissfully unaware of what the law is regarding praying with students.

He’s not supposed to lead it. He’s not supposed to participate when students do it because it’s a form of coercion.

If he’s acting like a pastor, students are compelled to join in whether or not it’s “voluntarily.” That’s why the courts have repeatedly said that school prayers (like the kind you see at sporting events) must be student-led. Coaches and teachers and administrators aren’t supposed to join in.

But Kennedy is now being treated as a martyr after he was told he couldn’t lead the prayer circle with his athletes. (He’s the guy standing up on the left side in the picture below.)



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Danish Atheists Launch Ad Campaign Asking People Why They Pay to Pray

The Danish Atheist Society (Ateistisk Selskab) just launched a new bus ad campaign in which they pose some simple questions:

“Why believe in a god?”

“Why does faith cost money?”

There was a third question, too, but that one was rejected:

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