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Tag Archives: Religion

Parables

© Ruben Bolling That’s the ironic thing about the Bible. It can be used to justify almost anything. Isn’t that why the founders were careful to separate church from state? Not that I’m anti-religion. I just want to be able to cherry pick the parts I believe in like everyone else. What parts do I […]

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Stuck in the Middle with You

It is almost enough to make you feel sorry for Jeb Bush. The headline in the New York Times reads “Jeb Bush Seems to Shift Tone in His Praise of Indiana Law“. Yes, presidential candidate Jeb Bush is now backing away from his formerly full-throated support for the Indiana “religious freedom” law that is causing […]

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First Church of Cannabis

At first I thought this was an April fools joke, but the original article was published in the Washington Post on March 30, so I assume it is legit. In the wake of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration act, which prevents the state from “substantially burdening” a person’s exercise of religion (even if it violates the […]

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Discriminating Discrimination

This is a new one. Republicans have introduced a bill that prevents states from discriminating against religious organizations that discriminate. So if a faith-based organization discriminates against someone (because of their religious beliefs), then the state can’t discriminate against that organization by reducing funding to them. It was bad enough when the “religious beliefs” of […]

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What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the Goat!

How ironic is it to have Satanists play Devil’s advocate? A few months ago, the Supreme Court allowed Hobby Lobby to be exempt from the law of the land because of their “sincerely held religious beliefs”. It is not clear to me how a corporation can have any beliefs at all (let alone sincerely held […]

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United States of Jeesus

The small town of Kennesaw, Georgia voted last week to ban an Islamic group from opening a temporary mosque, even though the landlord of the space they wanted to rent agreed to the deal and the city planning commission and other city staff recommended approval. Many local residents openly voiced concerns about Sharia law and […]

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Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had

An interesting article in The Daily Beast points out what should be obvious to everyone by now — the GOP may pay lip service to social conservatives, but they haven’t actually done much of anything for them. The interesting part is why — you can’t solve a cultural problem with a political solution. Or stated […]

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Cleanliness is next to Godliness

I love what Pope Francis and others are doing. A chance meeting between a Catholic bishop and a homeless person in Rome resulted in the bishop inviting the street person to dinner. But he demurred, saying that he was too smelly to eat with a bishop. The bishop prevailed, and at the dinner the homeless […]

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Religious Education

There is some educating going on in Florida, but it looks like the main group being educated is the local school board. The whole thing started in January 2013 when the Orange County school board decided to allow a religious group to distribute free bibles in their public high schools. The Orange County school district […]

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Christian Values?

Russell Brand has an excellent rant because a 90-year-old Florida man was arrested for feeding the homeless at his church. Fort Lauderdale recently passed a law prohibiting sharing food with hungry people. Seriously. So much for Christian charity.

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So help me…

On October 30, 2013, the Air Force changed their rules. It used to be that they would allow you to omit the phrase “So help me God” at the end of their enlistment oath. But no more. So for now, you have to swear to God in order to be in the Air Force. And […]

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Just the Place to Go!

© Tom Tomorrow I love Tom Tomorrow’s ability to point out the ridiculous nature of our situation. Just why is it that corporation that (may or may not) employ us are responsible for our health? And how do these corporations hold religious beliefs? And how the Supreme Court can use legal phrases like “sincerely held […]

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Religious Free Speech

From Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s (blistering) dissent to the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing certain employers to violate the law by not providing contraception as part of their health insurance: Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause […]

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Fair and Balanced Cosmos

Funny or Die imagines what would happen if religious right-wingers had their way with the Cosmos TV series:

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Values

Congressman Vance McAllister (R-LA) was elected to office last November after running as a “values Republican”, touting his Christian faith and his family. He gained some notoriety when he brought one of the stars of the TV show Duck Dynasty to Obama’s State of the Union speech. So it should be no surprise to long-time […]

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