Evangelical Plan to Recruit 1,000 Pastors Into Politics is Already Seeing Results

It was more than a year ago that David Lane, the founder of the American Renewal Project, said he wanted to recruit 1,000 Christian pastors to run for public office (each with hundreds of Christian volunteers). If he succeeded, it would be a way to roll back LGBT rights, women’s rights, and many other progressive victories.

His unbelievable reason for doing this was that “For too many decades the Church has accepted the outlandish idea that it is not to be involved in politics.”

Which is news to all of us who see a Congress that’s 92% Christian and 0% atheist.

How’s his plan shaping up? The recruiting is well underway and the pastors are making sure their congregations are *wink wink* registered to vote.

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Maajid Nawaz Calls Out “The Left’s Witch Hunt Against Muslims”

How’s this for a little trip through the looking glass? In Great Britain, the “anti-fascism” group Hope Not Hate has compiled a long list of “anti-Muslim” campaigners that includes… devout Muslims.

Maajid Nawaz — an ex-Muslim and ex-jihadist recruiter — is incredulous.

Their list, complete with profile photographs and career details, includes 920 organizations and individuals in 22 countries, all of whom it deems to be “anti-Muslim.” Don’t get me wrong, this list includes many people that I personally do hold to be unpalatable anti-Muslim bigots, people I would only meet at the other end of a debating table, if even that. But then … that’s just my opinion. I’m not going compile all the people I don’t like by name in one place, using subjective criteria that I invented but no-one is privy to, label them, and then publish my hatred, so that everyone else can share in throwing darts, or more seriously bullets and daggers, in their direction.

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Is God Pro-Life? CDC Data Shows That Miscarriages Are Almost as Frequent as Abortions

With catchphrases like “life begins at conception,” the anti-abortion crowd has been relentlessly pushing the personhood of fertilized human eggs for some time now. The moment sperm and egg meet is a magical moment, creating a brand new, single celled baby — and the law simply must preference the interests of that fertilized egg over the woman whose body it resides in, because anything less is the destruction of a baby God was knitting together in the woman’s womb (whether she wanted it or not). It’s murder. Or slavery. Or worse than slavery. Dammit, it’s a new Holocaust. Scratch that — worse than the Holocaust!

Of course, since some fifty percent of these egg-babies don’t even make it as far as implantation, but are naturally terminated before pregnancy officially begins, this has curious implications for the train of thought that “life begins at conception.” Not in the “here’s the starting point, from which eventually a person develops” sense, but in the sense pro-lifers mean it: “egg + sperm + magic = teeny tiny egg baby.” Particularly for religious pro-lifers.

If life begins at conception, and any interference with that is murder; but God designed the human reproductive process, part of which includes the termination of half of all the fertilized human eggs, then God is either a really lousy engineer to come up with a mass-extermination-of-human-life bug (oops!) or he’s a killer on an epic scale.

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In the Latest New Yorker, a Closer Look at the Murders of Several Bangladeshi Atheists

American author and atheist activist Avijit Roy (below) was murdered this past February during a visit to Bangladesh. His wife, who was also attacked, escaped with her life. Since then, many other atheists (and those with connections to atheists) have died in the country at the hands of Muslim extremists.

In the latest New Yorker, Samanth Subramanian looks at the details of Roy’s death, the 84-person hit list that included his name, and the government’s pathetic response to all of it:

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If Biblical Miracles Had Scientific Explanations

The parting of the Red Sea? The burning bush? Jesus walking on water? A lot of Christians say these miracles defy all rational explanation and help confirm their faith.

Indeed, if those things really happened as the Bible says, atheists have their work cut out for them. But if you wanted to come up with scientific explanations for how those things could have happened, those miracles don’t seem nearly as magical:

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