Ministers Warn Evangelicals About “Unholy Alliance” With NRA

Interesting presser comes across the wire this morning:On Visit to Shooting Scene, Evangelical Leader to Warn of Unholy Alliance with NRAContact: Peggy Nienaber, National Clergy Council, 202-236-0953ISLA VISTA, Calif., June 5, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Reverend Dr. Rob Schenck, president of the Washington, DC based National Clergy Council, will speak at a news conference tomorrow, June 5, 2014, at 11:00 AM in Isla Vista, California, the scene of a recent mass shooting. In his r … [Read more...]

Pentagon again addresses rumors of crackdown on Christians

Yesterday, the Pentagon issued another statement regarding the rumors of a crackdown on religious speech. The Hill picked up on the comments and I have the Department of Defense statement here. In response to queries from various sources, Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen sent along the following comments:EEOC rules do not apply to military personnel.There is no DOD wide policy that directly addresses religious proselytizing.  Furthermore, there is no effort within the department to make … [Read more...]

NPR Segment on Changes at Exodus International

A segment on changes at Exodus is coming up on NPR sometime between 4:30 and 4:45pm. It should repeat again between 6:30-6:45pm.I have a few lines but I am not sure who else is in on it.Listen, learn and comment.The audio will be posted at 7pm, but the transcript is here.Rob Gagnon has emerged as a vocal opponent of Exodus. I am baffled by his approach, which seems to make grace conditional on one's behavior or attitude.I intend to write more about this next week. Gagnon says … [Read more...]

Who drew more people than The Response?

Kind of a question and observation rolled into one: doesn't it seem like some of the highly touted big Christian gatherings (prayer rallies, solemn assemblies, awakenings) have not lived up to expectations?Last year, a big rally in MO called by Dutch Sheets was cancelled because of poor registration numbers, the various awakening meetings (Liberty Council, etc.) had smaller than expected numbers, and now The Response drew 30k in a stadium chosen because it seats 80k.These are ramblings … [Read more...]

Sexual identity: APA sexual orientation task force report – Analysis

(First posted August 5, 2009)Earlier today, the American Psychological Association governing board received the report of the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Response to Sexual Orientation. The report and press release were embargoed until now. With this post, I want to comment on the paper and recommendations made by the Task Force.Generally, I believe the paper to be a high quality report of the evidence regarding sexual orientation and therapy. The authors of the paper (see this … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – Did Jefferson approve church in the Capitol?

 UPDATE: For more information about Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, go to GettingJeffersonRight.com.David Barton claims that Thomas Jefferson approved the use of the Capitol building as a church in 1800. On his April 11 podcast, Barton claimed that Jefferson was so religious that he would look like a "Bible thumping  evangelical" with the following example given as evidence:And I’ll give you a great example. We moved into the US Capitol in 1 … [Read more...]

The website that cried wolf: World Net Daily and death panels

Today, the far right website, World Net Daily, is accusing the President of using the Food & Drug Administration drug approval process as a way to ration health care via “death panels.”  As evidence for the claim, this front page story by Greg Koprowski states that “new drug approvals declined dramatically last year” citing a drop in such drug approvals from 25 in 2009 to 21 in 2010.Although website claims the article is “breaking news,” the other evidence offered is a quote from a July 2 … [Read more...]

Obama Administration rescinds voluntary advance care planning rule

Just about an hour ago, the Health and Human Services Department rescinded the Medicare rule on voluntary advance care planning that had been misrepresented as the return of "death panels" by some social conservatives. I will comment more on this story but for now here is a link to the Federal Register and relevant portions of the order.II. Provisions of the AmendmentIn the July 13, 2010 Federal Register (75 FR 40039), we published the proposed rule entitled "Medicare Program; Payment … [Read more...]


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