What Donald Trump Has in Common with Prosperity Gospel Preachers

Think about all those prosperity gospel preachers. The ones who brag about their wealth, fly in private planes, and tell their followers how they can eventually achieve the same lifestyle (even though that’s never going to happen) if they just believe. It’s a world in which Pastor Creflo Dollar can beg for a $65 million plane and Pastor Steven Furtick downplays his $1.7 million mansion by saying “it’s not that great of a house.”

When you think about it, that’s the same world Donald Trump inhabits.

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Indiana GOP Leader, a Champion of “Family Values,” Resigns After Blasting Out Sexually Explicit Video

We should be used to politicians hell-bent on “protecting the institution of marriage” doing things that make them and their positions look utterly foolish. Think Newt Gingrich‘s three divorces, or the the bigoted Missouri GOP leader sexting his interns, or the pro-life Tennessee representative who encouraged by his wife and mistress to seek abortions. There’s a whole lot of hypocrisy on the “traditional values” side of the aisle, but there’s also a difference between stupid and really stupid. Just ask Indiana GOP House Majority Leader Jud McMillin.

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Why It’s So Important to Fight for Church/State Separation

Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist posted a terrific interview with Sarah Levin, Legislative Associate for the Secular Coalition for America. In it, Levin talks about why she fights for church state/separation and why the First Amendment protects people of all faiths and no faith:

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Knoxville (IA) City Council Approves New Cross-Less Veterans Memorial

Remember that display of a kneeling soldier, gun in hand, next to a Christian cross, that sits in taxpayer-funded Young’s Park in Knoxville, Iowa?

Last we heard, the City Council was thinking about privatizing the land on which the Christian memorial sits so it could remain in place.

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The Ten Commandments Monument at the Oklahoma Capitol Building Will Finally Come Down

Oklahoma state officials have been trying to protect the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol ever since the state’s Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional back in June.

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