Joshua Feuerstein Blames California Shootings on Lack of Forced Prayer in Public Schools

I know, I know. You’re sick of Joshua Feuerstein. But as long as tens of thousands of Christians keep “liking” his rants on Facebook, there’s reason to push back against his bullshit.

In his latest ignorant diatribe, responding to the New York Daily Newsfront page reading “God Isn’t Fixing This,” Feuerstein imagines a time when God was forced upon everybody and things were just perfect:

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American Christian Divorces Himself from American Christianity

John Pavlovitz, a self-described “18-year ministry veteran,” says he’s sick and tired of what Christianity has become in this country and he wants nothing to do with it anymore:

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Conservative Columnist Peggy Noonan Decries “Prayer Shaming” After the San Bernardino Terror Attack

Did you know that “prayer shaming” is the latest scourge to hit America? And did you realize this unacceptable behavior is a gross attack on the First Amendment?

Peggy Noonan, in the Wall Street Journal, would like to educate everyone on how serious it’s getting, with a column entitled “The First Amendment Needs Your Prayers.”

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Activist Maryam Namazie Heckled at Talk by Muslim Students Who Say She Invaded Their “Safe Space”

Back in September, the Students’ Union at Warwick University (England) decided to prevent atheist and critic of Islamic extremism Maryam Namazie from speaking at the school on the grounds that she would “incite hatred.” They eventually reversed course after criticism from all directions, and her talk was — no surprise — not hateful at all:

I thought that represented the worst sort of campus opposition Namazie would have to see, but what happened at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she spoke earlier this week for the school’s Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society, was even more appalling.

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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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