Idaho State Senator Steve Vick Can’t Handle Hindu Invocation Speaker, Wrongly Claiming “They Worship Cows”

Idaho State Sen. Steve Vick (R-Of Course) has a bad case of Hinduphobia.

Later today, the Senate will open with an invocation from self-proclaimed Hindu leader Rajan Zed (who has been mentioned on this site before).

But not if Vick (below) has his way:



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A Few of the Problems with Bill Donohue’s New Book, The Catholic Advantage

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has a new book out today called The Catholic Advantage, all about how great it is to believe as he does.

It’s not enough, however, to promote Catholicism. Donohue spends a huge chunk of the book talking about how awful atheism is. In fact, here’s the bulk of the book in a nutshell: Donohue claims that atheists are more likely to have mental health problems, be depressed, and commit suicide. We’re also less charitable and happy than our religious counterparts.

He more or less ignores the fact that religious people have very strong built-in communities and social networks (not to mention ways to donate your time and money), all of which contribute to one’s well-being. Very few atheist communities have the numbers that churches do, though there have been more attempts in recent years to build these up. No doubt we have a long way to go, but there’s nothing inherently bad about atheism — unless you think a lack of false hope is a problem — and Donohue never bothers to explain why Catholicism (as opposed to any other belief system) makes any sense.

I’ll give you an example of the kind of argument Donohue makes. Right in the introduction, he claims that people like us are atheists because we have bad relationships with our father:

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Behold, the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” California’s Very Own “Kill the Gays” Bill

Thanks, Uganda.

In California, a Christian activist named Matt McLaughlin is trying to put a domestic version of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill on the ballot for the next state election. Two qualifications to get to that stage are that a $200 filing fee must be paid (done), and that more than 360,000 supporting petition signatures must be submitted (good luck).

The aim of McLaughlin’s ballot initiative is not only to punish any sexual touching between same-sex partners with, preferably, “bullets to the head,” but also to slap transmitters of “sodomistic propaganda” (such as, for instance, all the pro-gay-rights writers at Patheos) with fines of one million dollars per occurrence — plus, potentially, ten years in jail.

See for yourself:

a) The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.

b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.



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Pastor’s Wife Who Works In Abortion Clinic Shrugs Off Critics, Tells Them To Call Back When They Are Free Of Sin

That Bible verse about not judging lest you be judged? Or the one about not casting the first stone unless you’re free of sin? Or the one that advises you to worry less about the speck in another person’s eye than about the plank in your own?

You won’t find many churchy couples in Alabama who put that into practice — at least not the way Callie and Louis Chatman do. Louis Chatman is the pastor of New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery. His wife Callie works in a local abortion clinic, and he’s not above driving her to work.

A Baptist preacher’s wife in Alabama who works at a local abortion clinic hit back at her critics Monday, declaring that those who criticize women who work at abortion facilities should first address the sins in their own lives before criticizing what women do with their own bodies.

I feel that we have all sinned. None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin. I don’t know why, other than that’s the only decision [abortion] that a woman could make. That’s her right to make that decision because that’s her body,” Callie Chatman, a certified medical technician who works at Reproductive Health Services told the Christian Post in an interview Sunday.



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Pakistan Arrests Hundreds of Parents for Not Vaccinating Their Children Against Polio

I want parents to vaccinate their children.

I’m all for blocking unvaccinated kids from attending public school.

But when it comes to pushing parents to vaccinate their children, this strikes me as going a *little* too far…:



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