Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast

COLCOD

“Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth — our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments. And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process. And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.” [Read more...]

‘Everybody Loves a Holy War’

MarkMark

‘Everybody loves a holy war
Draw the line and claim divine protection
Kill the ones who show the most objection
Everybody loves a holy war’ [Read more...]

The National Prayer Breakfast is bad for the nation, bad for prayer, and bad for breakfast

President Abraham Lincoln never once attended the National Prayer Breakfast. (Creative Commons photo by Jeff Kubina.)

I do not much care for the National Prayer Breakfast. This is an event at which people display their patriotism by showing their disdain for the Constitution. It’s an event at which people display their piety by contradicting the words of Jesus in the Gospels. That makes the National Prayer Breakfast bad for the nation and bad for prayer. [Read more...]

If our dreams fall like bombs from the blue

HickeyRevelation

Please join me in reading Buzzfeed’s profile of “men’s rights” champion Paul Elam. American conservatives do not like journalists and aid-workers. Why it’s dangerous to say “secular” when you actually mean “profane.” Plus more bad religious comic books, Captain Jack, and what “Caddyshack” can teach us about American history. [Read more...]

The Bible wasn’t written to provide source material for inspirational posters

MountUpBaby

Open a Bible at random and poke a finger arbitrarily at any verse and you’re just as likely to encounter something bizarre, bewildering or bloody as you are to find something sweet and soporific. The Bible is not a collection of harmless, uplifting platitudes. It is not an almanac of pleasant sayings suitable for cross-stitching. It is not an endless catalog of slogans to be screened onto T-shirts or recited by the local Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of civic pacification. [Read more...]

Swearing on a stack of Bibles: Pennsylvania’s stupid, unconstitutional law

LeviticusTat

Pennsylvania’s law requiring witnesses to swear on the Christian Bible is blatantly unconstitutional — a clear violation of the First Amendment. But just as importantly, this law is simply stupid. Asking Muslims or Jews or atheists to swear on the Christian Bible undermines the whole intent of such rituals, which is to solemnize the oath by referencing something the witnesses themselves regard with reverence. [Read more...]

In ‘Mark of the Beast’ case, EEOC defends the religious liberty to belief it thereby proves to be factually untrue

Theology

Religious liberty, if it is ever to mean anything at all, must include the freedom to be wrong. It cannot matter, legally, whether or not a religious belief is orthodox, or coherent, or part of a longstanding established tradition. Protecting religious liberty means protecting the right to believe in the implausible, the idiosyncratic, the offensive, the stupid, the factually insupportable, the demonstrably false. The EEOC just proved that Beverly Butcher’s “Bible prophecy” beliefs are wrong — and that he has the right to be wrong. [Read more...]

You can fight City Hall (but if you take them to court, they get lawyers, too)

CityHall

Fighting City Hall doesn’t automatically make you the Good Guy. But it doesn’t automatically make you the Bad Guy, either. Which kind of story is this one? Which kind of lawsuit is this one? Is City Hall the Good Guy or the Bad Guy in this case? Well, here’s what happened. [Read more...]


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