If Superheroes Acted Like God, Would They Still Be Considered the ‘Good Guys’?

What if our modern day superheroes solved problems like the God of the bible? Would they still be considered good? Why don’t we need to be told that Superman, Batman, The Avengers, etc, are good, but we do need to be told that God is good? Because actions speak for themselves. If you were never told that the God of the bible is good – if those verses were omitted – would you come to that conclusion on your own? The destroyer of cities and worlds who fail to worship Him…Good?! OR is it more likely that this God is a product of a culture seeking to justify its methods and actions against other cultures?

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We Really Don’t Need a National Day of Prayer

After seeing the extent to which the National Day of Prayer has turned into the National Day of evangelical-Christianity-or-else, Sally Quinn of The Washington Post says she no longer sees a need for the celebration:

This country was founded on the idea of religious freedom. But shoving one’s beliefs down the throat of all Americans is just the opposite. [Rev. Greg] Laurie and [Pseudohistorian David] Barton are so far from the mainstream that they are representative of only a very few Christians in this country, not to mention those of other faiths and no faith.

Whatever happened to inclusiveness and pluralism?

Well, they seem to disappear whenever the Religious Right gets involved…

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Death Cult Criticizes Other Death Cult as ‘Degeneration of Religion’

A little while ago, I reported on the Vatican’s plans to bring the “Courtyard of the Gentiles” to Mexican non-believers, with the prediction that the Church wanted to proselytize — not dialogue — and aimed to tell everyone in attendance why their beliefs were wrong and Catholicism is right all the time.

It turns out, though, that even Catholic-identified Mexicans can’t escape criticism for how they practice their faith.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has taken aim at the popular Mexican cult of Santa Muerte. The roots of the iconic skeletal figure famously honored in colorful Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations can be traced to the historical blending of Old-World Catholicism with indigenous beliefs and practices, and she is honoured in many Mexican homes and families today:

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Happy Mother’s Day, Jesus

Church sign spotted on Capitol Hill:

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Kingsport (Tennessee) Newspaper Publishes Opinion Piece Declaring Homosexuality a Disorder

For some reason, the Kingsport Times-News (Tennessee) — the newspaper that recently published an editorial supporting the Boy Scouts of America’s separate-but-equal theory of dealing with gay people — published another appalling article.

This time, it’s an opinion piece from local resident (and board member of the Rockford Institute) Mark Atkins, who thinks that the evidence shows that homosexuality is a disorder (The article is, not surprisingly, behind a paywall):

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