Once again, fundamentalist theologians are attempting to invade the right to individual privacy.  Two well-respected religious scholars have collaborated to attempt to end access to adult movie channels in hotel rooms.  Setting aside their theological differences, Dr. Robert George, The McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals Institutions at Princeton University, and past chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, teamed with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf from Zaytunga College.  When theological differences were mentioned, Yusuf told CNN,… Read more

On Tuesday, August 7th, Missouri voters have an opportunity to vote “Yes” and choose to spend tax dollars on costly litigation for the “right to pray,” supporters of this proposed amendment argue. The advocates seek to impose narrow religious values into a public venue. However, since the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 5 of the Missouri Constitution already protect the right to religious discussion and prayer, what is this vote really about? “Public school students… Read more

Recently, an IRS official warned church pastors attending the Faith Leaders Summit meeting in Washington that endorsing candidates or contributing to campaigns could result in revocation of the church’s tax-exempt status.  Basically what this means is that a pastor can do whatever they want as a private citizen, but endorsing, speaking against, campaigning for, or giving money to a candidate as a representative of their religious organization is prohibited.  Many of us are aware that this sort of endorsement inside… Read more

More than 85 years after the Scopes trial in Tennessee, the state is again making headlines for its science education practices. Recently, a bill was passed by the state house and senate that will allow science teachers to insert their own curriculum into the fold, exposing students to whatever brand of “science education” their particular teachers feel is relevant. According to the explanation in The Tennessean, “it encourages students to question accepted scientific theories — listing as examples evolution, the… Read more

Finally. A federal judge has ordered Dixie County officials to remove a 5-foot tall monument to the Ten Commandments from the front of a courthouse in Florida. The 6-ton granite waste of taxpayer money must be removed from the courthouse in 30 days, which will ultimately waste another heap of cash in an already financially strapped state. The ACLU of Florida sued the county back in 2007, citing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. For the Evangelicals reading this,… Read more

Ok, maybe the title is a little harsh.  But come on, this is a guy that compared Liberals to Nazis, called feminists child murderers, and said that Haiti is suffering because of the pact they made with the devil to get the French out.  And now his latest rant involves same sex marriage.  Recently on the 700 Club, Mr. Robertson explained that America is turning into a modern day Sodom and is heading toward the path of God’s destruction. According… Read more

The recent developments in the Anthony Weiner “scandal” have forced me to give some thought to what’s going on with American society and whether or not it needs fixing.  There are so many avenues I could go down with this post:  the news media’s obsession with scandal, our voyeuristic culture, the ultra-sensitive fragile feelings of the masses, the opportunistic lawyers and civil rights advocates that are working for the almighty dollar rather than justice, or the tendency toward reveling in… Read more

Yup… so instead of focusing on the crisis in the Middle East, unemployment, health care, education, and a myriad of other issues that threaten the great US of A, Michelle Bachmann and her Congressional Prayer Caucus have written a letter to President Obama correcting him on his reference to our National Motto. The Caucus, “dedicated to preserving America’s religious heritage,” (and supported by your tax dollars) has pointed out to our commander in chief that he misspoke in a speech… Read more

In a speech given by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Martin Luther King Day, shortly after being sworn in, Bentley pissed off his non-saved constituents by proclaiming that if you don’t have the holy spirit living inside you, you’re not his brother or sister. Oh the irony. Savor it. Ok so to be fair, the amount of voters in Alabama that he actually offended was like 8. But his office issued an empty apology anyway: “If anyone from other religions… Read more

I recently read an article published on FoxNews.com (here) that discussed the Vatican’s view on science as a whole, but more specifically, the Big Bang Theory. It appears that the guy in the big hat is ok with the theory and thinks there is a place for science and religion to coexist on this front. So his message to his sheep is this: “I’m cool with the big bang but don’t forget, god is the puppet master pulling the strings.”… Read more

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