A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a fantastic editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader in response to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because of her faith. The piece also called out Liberty Counsel, the Christian legal defense group that has her back for no good reason.
With all the atheists who have been murdered in nearby India and Bangladesh recently, it’s quite the act of courage to publicly announce that you’re setting up a freethought center in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a country where blasphemy is still a crime. But that’s what some brave atheists have done:
The White House announced yesterday that Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in the United States, would be renamed “Denali.” It’s what native Alaskans have long called the mountain and makes plenty of sense when you consider that President McKinley never even stepped foot in the state.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski applauded the change, saying “I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska.”
But the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer knows the real reason President Obama wants to change the name.
Earlier today, researcher Miguel Antonio Fiol announced a discovery. And why go through the hassle of getting published in a peer-reviewed journal when you can just purchase a press release?
Fiol says that you can see the crucifixion of Jesus in the planetary alignment from 33 A.D., the year Jesus supposedly died.
If you were to go skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, a resort on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), you might come across a statue known as “Big Mountain Jesus”:
The reason that statue is allowed to be on the property is because the USFS gave the Knights of Columbus a “Special Use Permit” in 1953 to build and maintain a memorial to honor WWII veterans. However, the Knights decided to build Big Mountain Jesus because “veterans from the 10th Mountain Division… wanted to commemorate their fallen comrades with a statue that evoked memories of the many religious shrines and statues they had seen in the mountain communities of Europe.”
That’s convenient, isn’t it?… We didn’t intend to build a statue to Jesus. The veterans requested it!