Religious liberty for atheists, too

Enlisting or re-enlisting in a military service requires taking an oath, ending in the words “so help me God.”  An atheist airman trying to re-enlist in the Air Force has crossed out those words in the paperwork he is supposed to sign.  So the Air Force is not letting him re-enlist.

Lawsuits are in the works.  But does it make sense to require a person to swear in the name of a deity he does not believe in?  And doesn’t requiring a religious oath for military service constitute a “religious test” for public office, which the Constitution does not allow?  More to the point, in a time when the religious liberty of Christians is threatened more and more, don’t Christians need to support the religious liberty of everyone, including atheists? [Read more...]

A free-market solution to religious bigotry

After telling about some universities that are “derecognizing” Christian organizations, Joe Carter proposes a “free market solution”:  He suggests that Christian students, alumni, and donors  should not “hand over our cash to schools that consider our beliefs so repugnant as to not even be worthy of recognition.” [Read more...]

Black Mass update

Here is the latest about the Black Mass in Oklahoma City that we blogged about:   The Catholic Archdiocese of the city sued to stop the ritual on the grounds that the Host was stolen.  So the organizers returned the communion wafer to the Archdiocese, which then dropped the suit.  But we learned more:  The Host was allegedly provided by a priest in Turkey who is secretly a Satanist.  And, in addition to the Black Mass, the group is planning a “Satanic exorcism,” which will attempt to drive the Holy Spirit out of a Christian. [Read more...]

Oklahoma City’s Black Mass

My native Oklahoma is a conservative state, and yet the city manager of Oklahoma City has allowed renting out part of the Civic Center for a Satanic Black Mass.  Unlike the kerfluffle at Harvard (see here and here), the group putting on this event has reportedly acquired a consecrated host, which they will then publicly desecrate.

Now the group has insisted that it will not break any laws.  That would presumably rule out the normal Black Mass practices involving urine, excrement, semen, and the ritual abuse of a naked woman.  So instead of being a “traditional” Satanic liturgy, I guess this it will be a “contemporary service.”  But they will do something nasty to the Body of Christ.*  And if the city manager will hold them to their promise not to break any laws, what about Oklahoma’s blasphemy law? [Read more...]

Church vs. “spiritual-but-not-religous”

Jeff Hual brings back from a few years ago a piece by Lillian Daniel, in which she expresses her utter boredom with people who claim to be “spiritual but not religious.”  She begins by recalling conversations with people on an airplane who go on and on about finding God on the beach and in sunsets rather than in church. . . . [Read more...]

The post-Protestants

We have the post-moderns and the post-Christians; now we have the post-Protestants.  Referring mainly to post-mainline Protestants, these are the children of those liberal denominations who have preserved their parents’ self-righteousness, individualism, millennialism, and sense of being chosen–except without Jesus and any kind of Biblical faith.

Catholic author Joseph Bottum explores this new WASP establishment in a new book, An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America.  After the jump, a link and an excerpt to a review of the book by Matt McCollough. [Read more...]


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