Paul Ryan’s National Prayer Breakfast Comments Highlight the Problem with Religious Republicans

Watching the National Prayer Breakfast as an atheist is really an act of masochism. To see the separation of Church and State made a mockery by national leaders is like nails on a chalkboard. So don’t worry — I did it for you.

Most of it was what we’ve come to expect from such affairs, but it was the comments made by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan this morning that truly highlighted the crux of the problem with the Religious Right and public office (32:40 – 36:40):

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Bernie Sanders: I’m Only Running for President Because of My “Very Strong Religious… Feelings”

Speaking in front of a New Jersey crowd Wednesday night, Senator Bernie Sanders was asked about his faith. It’s a pretty standard, even if irrelevant, line of questioning faced by presidential candidates. In a world of separation of church and state, a candidate’s religious holdings should have nada to do with the way they govern.

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But Sanders, being Sanders, just had to go ahead and challenge that. He started off by deflating the atheists who were rooting for a secular candidate, saying:

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I Knew Jesus Was a Bernie Sanders Supporter…

The Republican Presidential candidates love to quote Jesus.

But would Jesus ever quote them back?

Jimmy Kimmel decided to put that to the test by having “Jesus” read out the candidates’ words. It’s not pretty.

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Phoenix City Council Will Replace Invocation with Moment of Silence To Spite Satanic Temple

Tonight, the City Council of Phoenix, AZ convened to consider proposed measures aimed specifically at blocking The Satanic Temple from delivering any invocations in the “open forum” of their Council Chambers.

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South Australia May Eliminate Swearing in on the Bible in a Courtroom

South Australia is considering a plan to get rid of religious oaths in the courtroom.

No longer would you have to say “So help me God” before testifying. Instead, the South Australian Law Reform Institute has suggested that all citizens simply be asked if they promise to be honest:

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