There’s Even More Religion Than We Thought in Fort Gordon’s Army Substance Abuse Program

Yesterday, I posted about how military personnel at Fort Gordon in Georgia who were struggling with drugs or alcohol may be directed by their superiors to go into the “Army Substance Abuse Program” (ASAP):

The problem was that one of the recovery “tools” they were given was a copy of Pastor Rick Warren‘s book The Purpose Driven Life, all about how Christianity gives you purpose in life.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein has already written two letters to Major General LaWarren Patterson demanding the distribution be stopped.

Today, I received an email from a graduate of the ASAP program. Not only did he confirm the giveaway of Warren’s book, he told me that his “certificate of completion” included the Serenity Prayer:

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This Chart Shows How Every Major U.S. Religious Group Feels About Government Involvement in Moral & Economic Issues

How do your religious beliefs affect your views on the government? Should the government play a role in regulating morality? How about the economy, in terms of having a bigger, more involved government or a small, less involved one?

Tobin Grant at Religion News Services offers a conversation started with this very dense, highly informative chart tracking all of the major religions in the U.S. and where they typically stand on this issues based on their responses in the Pew Forum’s Religious Landscape survey. (The bigger the circle, the more members of that religious denomination.)

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Bryan Fischer: Jesus is the Force Holding the Universe Together

Last summer, Bryan Fischer explained how Jesus was the glue holding protons together in the nucleus of an atom. (Take that, Strong Nuclear Force!)

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Canadian Man Arrested on Obscure Witchcraft Charge; Media Skepticism Required

Quebec occultist Yacouba Fofana (a.k.a. Professor Alfoseny) did a pretty nifty magic trick for some clients: he made their money disappear. Any services he managed to conjure up in exchange were apparently invisible.

Before he himself could perform a vanishing act, though, he was charged under Canada’s Criminal Code, with both fraud and — wait for it — witchcraft.

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After Apopka High’s Football Game Last Night, Christians Prayed on the Field in the Most Meaningless Protest Ever

A couple of days ago, we learned that public high schools in Florida’s Orange and Seminole Counties had football coaches leading team prayers, not to mention team chaplains. It’s about as egregious a church/state violation as you’ll ever see at a high school.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to those districts warning them about the constitutional concerns and, to their credit, the districts took action, saying the coach-led prayers would stop and the chaplains were no longer permitted to pray with the teams. They could pray on their own time — and the students were always permitted to pray by themselves — but the adults could no longer coerce the students into praying (directly or indirectly).

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