Why “Prayer Shaming” is Justified After the San Bernardino Shootings

As usual, the Right found a way to take a tragedy and make it all about them.

It really took hold after the New York Daily News published this fantastic — and fair — cover yesterday:

Why is that a fair cover? Because it’s criticizing politicians who love to toss out prayers and platitudes after a shooting tragedy but do nothing substantive to fix the problem. They’re using prayer as a substitute for producing and passing meaningful legislation that could prevent these massacres in the future.

Emma Green at The Atlantic called this criticism “prayer shaming,” and I thought that made sense, until I saw conservatives using the phrase as evidence of Christian Persecution. Nancy French, writing on her Patheos blog, took it a step further by calling it a “war on prayer.”

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Superstition Wins Out as Hawaii Supreme Court Suspends Massive Telescope Construction

Yesterday, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled against construction of one of the largest telescopes in the world, in part because it conflicted with native traditions, many of which were based entirely on superstition.

Construction on Hawaii’s Thirty Meter Telescope, which would have the ability to see 13 billion light-years away, was already postponed earlier this year because protesters believed it was being built on “sacred” land. Last month, the state’s Supreme Court temporarily suspended the permit allowing construction to continue. That suspension has now been made permanent with the Court’s decision.

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If the Air Force Academy Football Team Prays Before Games, Is That Government Promotion of Religion?

When it comes to football games, even atheists have said that athletes are allowed to pray on their own before a game.

But when we’re talking about the U.S. Air Force Academy, though, the rules are a little different. That’s because the students are technically conducting official government business at all times — even during a football game and even during their practices. When they pray publicly, then, they’re promoting a particular faith.

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Georgia Sheriff Who Put Up “Politically Incorrect” Sign is Now Selling T-Shirts with the Message

Remember Harris County, Georgia Sheriff Mike Jolley? He’s the guy who says non-Christians aren’t welcome in his community and put up a sign outside his office to show it:

If that weren’t bad enough, Jolley is now selling t-shirts with the message.

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Arkansas Has a Ten Commandments Monument on Capitol Grounds, So Why Not a Festivus Pole?

Florida activist Chaz Stevens has taken steps to install a 6-foot-tall rainbow-colored Festivus pole, topped by a disco ball, inside the Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock: The director of the Humanity Fund said he feels states have to allow all religious displays on government property or none. He said placing Christian displays at capitol [Read More…]