Christian Leader: It’s “Troubling” That Mayor Took Oath of Office on Constitution Instead of Bible

Last week, the new mayor of Franklin, North Carolina, Bob Scott, took his oath of office on a Constitution instead of a Bible. He told the American Humanist Association that he made the decision because “there is so much controversy surrounding separation of church and state. I am a firm believer in keeping religion and government separate.”

Good for him! You’d hope other politicians follow suit, regardless of their theological views, since they’re being elected to uphold our Constitution, not one religion’s holy book.

But Rev. Mark H. Creech, Executive Director of North Carolina’s Christian Action League, says Scott’s decision is “troubling.”

I repeat: Creech is upset because a politician took an oath of office on the Constitution instead of his preferred brand of mythology.

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If This Is What “Cool” Christianity Looks Like, Count Me Out

In the latest issue of GQ, reporter Taffy Brodesser-Akner interviews Carl Lentz, the Christian pastor with a reputation for being cool because, you know, he wears a leather jacket and skinny hipster jeans and hangs out with celebrities.

The premise of the piece seems to be: Religion is fading away, especially among younger people, but if there’s any hope for the church to connect with that generation, Lentz could be the guy to do it. So is it working?

But when Lentz speaks, you realize he’s just as awful as the older evangelical Christians who lost the culture wars:

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How to Die With Love and Humor — and Without Gods

Breast cancer took the life of Heather McManamy this week. Aged only 36, the Wisconsin resident left behind her husband, Jeff, and a young daughter, Brianna. But oh hell, did she write them (and all her loved ones) a spectacular, inspiring letter.

At Heather’s request, Jeff shared it online.

So… I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, apparently, I’m dead. Good news, if you’re reading this, is that you are most definitely not (unless they have wifi in the afterlife). Yes, this sucks. It sucks beyond words, but I’m just so damn glad I lived a life so full of love, joy and amazing friends. I am lucky to honestly say that I have zero regrets and I spent every ounce of energy I had living life to the fullest. I love you all and thank you for this awesome life.

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The True(est) Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ

Here’s what a Nativity play would look like if a biblical literalist and an obstetrician went halfsies on the production:

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Southern Baptist Leader: Birth Control is the “Sexual Misbehavior” That Led to Same-Sex Marriage

It’s pretty obvious when we examine the language of Christian “pro-life” advocates that much of their opposition to reproductive rights is fueled by a profound contempt for sexually active women.

Thus we hear conservatives dismiss concerns about birth control with comments about how “the gals” should put “aspirin between their knees”; we hear that efforts to make contraception available somehow implies that women “cannot control their libido”; etc. And if a woman wants to end a pregnancy, the pro-life community contemptuously demands that she “take responsibility” — by which they mean, of course, forced birth and no other responsible solution to pregnancy (because they see no other options).

But it doesn’t end there. Even birth control has become a target. Granted, the “pro-life” movement has largely buried this opposition from public view, overshadowed by their attacks on abortion access and framed in the language of “religious freedom.”

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