Employers’ Freedom vs. Employees’ Freedom

Hemant Mehta has gotten to the heart of the issue in one debate about the Affordable Care Act and the question of whether employers can be required by law to provide health insurance that covers things an employers disapproves of. It is the same question as whether an employer can be required by law to [Read More…]

Just Following the Bible

Stuff Fundies Like posted the following gem: I just follow the Bible. I just follow the obvious meanings of a 400 year old translation of a document written originally in languages I don’t speak, influenced heavily by cultures I don’t begin to understand, and by people who I mistakenly assume looked, acted, thought and dressed [Read More…]

Jesus the Socialist: Candida Moss vs. Bill O’Reilly

Mark Goodacre, Chris Skinner, and Chris Keith all shared the above video and offered some comments on it. O’Reilly seems not to be aware of Luke 14:33: “those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” I love that O’Reilly doesn’t know the word “anachronistic” and yet thinks he can discuss [Read More…]

White Smoke

HT The Sacred Page UPDATE: We now know the name: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen and will become Pope Francis I. [Read more…]

J. J. Abrams to Reboot Catholicism

  HT Nikki Stafford on Facebook   [Read more…]

Thomas Brodie Not Fired

After the sensational headline from last week, it seemed to some that the Dominican Biblical Institute had required Thomas Brodie to resign because of a book he wrote in which he claims that Jesus never existed: Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery. A new article in The Limerick Leader challenges [Read More…]

Protestants Need to Do Penance (for their Use of the Bible)

Dănuț Mănăstireanu shared this quotation from Richard Rohr: …Protestants need to do penance. Their shout of “sola Scriptura” (only Scripture) has left them at the mercy of their own cultures, their own limited education, their own prejudices, and their own selective reading of some texts while avoiding others. Partly as a result, slavery, racism, sexism, [Read More…]

School Prayer Contradiction

I commented previously on some of the conservative Christian reactions to the Newtown school shooting, including in particular the attempt to connect it with the removal of prayer from schools. Today in church, as a longstanding public school principal who is a member of my church gave a children’s talk about prayer, my thoughts turned [Read More…]

Why Vote for This or That Person for President?

It is sometimes assumed – rightly or wrongly – that people naturally vote for a candidate who most resembles them – in religious affiliation, appearance, background, and many other respects. A photo I saw on Facebook made me reflect on how true this may be, and whether it is how things ought to be. It [Read More…]

Blasphemy Against the Sith?

Leah Libresco has a post about the nature of blasphemy, in which she shared this image, which I also found shared today on the Atheist Revolution blog : In her post, Libresco asks whether it is possible to commit blasphemy if you are not first convinced of the holiness of that which you then in insult. [Read More…]