Steven Hewett began objecting to the flag in 2010. That year, the city (on the advice of a Christian legal group) held a “lottery” to decide what flag could get put on a flagpole at the memorial, presumably knowing that Christians would overwhelm the application process. The resulting lottery led to the Christian flag being hoisted at the memorial 47 out of 52 weeks in 2011 (and again in 2012). [Read more...]
So I went even further down the evolutionary scale, back to the reptiles, amphibians, fish. Do fish have souls? The further back I went, the more dubious the idea was beginning to sound. So I went back further still. Jellyfish, mollusks, insects, sponges? Can a sponge differentiate between good and evil? Is there a heaven and hell for good and bad cockroaches? If they possessed souls then they, too, must be immortal. And if they’re immortal, they must possess their own afterworlds. The concept was getting more and more absurd. And yet I had to reach back even further. [Read more...]
Back in the spring, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Diocese of Peoria (Illinois) said the following about President Obama:
Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.
In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama — with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.
This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings –- could easily be shut down. Because no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the [intrinsic] evil of killing innocent human life in the womb.
What did they find in these homes? Evidence of sexual abuse, extreme physical injury, corporal punishment, name-calling (“faggots,” “whores”)… and that’s only what they could find. I can’t even think about what may have been covered up. Some parents sent their kids to these homes because they were using drugs. Others, because their kids were gay or lesbian and needed “fixing.”
These homes lacked legally recognized credentials yet they were still allowed to operate because, you know, religion. [Read more...]
How many young children have to kill themselves before the message becomes clear: You don’t have to physically abuse children to make them feel worthless and suicidal. Christians often say they “love the sinner but hate the sin” but their words (and votes) rarely match up with their rhetoric.
The video below, produced by FaithandEquality, highlights some of the awful language pastors use when talking about homosexuality. It’s disturbing to me and I’ve seen all those clips before. Whether it’s talking about how to abuse your gay children or wishing for the day all gay people will die out, it’s a stark reminder that “God’s love” is something we’re all better off without: [Read more...]