A Misguided History Lesson from a Fundamentalist Christian Pastor

In a strange sort of anti-war, “Don’t be friends with other nations” sermon, Pastor Steven Anderson explained the history of World War I in a way that was supposed to show how the number of allied countries on both sides made things even worse (and, therefore, the U.S. should not make promises to defend its allies even if invaded).

What’s striking about the short sermon isn’t the rhetoric, but the mishandling of the WWI facts.

@VeritasKnight on Twitter was kind enough to listen to the sermon clip and provide analysis on where Anderson got things wrong. Turns out there’s a lot of misinformation, so I’ll just quote Anderson, then quote @VeritasKnight.

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Teacher in India Wins the Right to Opt Out of School Prayer

There’s a happy conclusion to last month’s story about Sanjay Salve, a public school teacher who was denied pay raises due to him because he refused to pray at a school function. Rather than folding his hands to pray, Salve would hold his hands behind his back, as he describes it, “wondering why I should pray to the god of a religion which I do not follow.” The headmaster was not happy, and Salve was denied regular pay raises.

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Vatican Excommunicates Priest for Supporting Ordination of Women and Gay Marriage

You have to do something really awful to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church these days. In Melbourne, Australia, The Age notes that the only priests in the region who are no longer welcome to receive the Church’s sacraments are those who have been convicted of pedophilia.

But now we can add (former) Father Greg Reynolds to that exile list. What did he do that was so awful?

“I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage.”

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‘Geek’ Candidate for Texas House of Representatives Speaks Out Against Intelligent Design in Science Textbooks

Brian Boyko is running for Texas State Representative in a Republican-held district and, while that seems like an uphill climb, there are still good reasons to support him. For one, he’s a self-described geek: Also, if you want to donate to his campaign, you have to give a Fibonacci number dollar amount: But here’s the [Read More...]

Grandmother Demands Resignation of Elementary School Teacher Who (Supposedly) Told Her Grandson That There’s No God

In Anderson County, Tennessee, the grandmother of an elementary school student is furious because she claims a teacher told her grandson’s class that there’s no God:

The incident happened at North Clinton Elementary School last week.

6 News is not identifying the teacher because she is not being reprimanded for what she said.

Lois Sanders says her grandson came home last Wednesday upset about what a teacher had said at school.

“There wasn’t a God,” said Sanders. “They shouldn’t believe in him. It’s just a Greek myth.”

“Whether you believe in, or you don’t believe in it, you know, that’s your own personal belief, but don’t go and try to teach other parents’ children, grandchildren your beliefs,” said Sanders. “That’s no place in school for doing that.”

Let’s get a few things straight.

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