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The Knights Templar vs The Catholic Church?

People who believe themselves to be the descendents of the Knights Templar have filed suit against former Nazi Youth member Joseph Alois Ratzinger, who you probably know as Pope Benedict XVI, the current pope.  The heirs are seeking $150,000,000,000- that’s billion- in damages.

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If the Catholic Church was hard pressed to come off of dough and admit guilt to sexually abusing a multitude of still living children, then I find it highly improbably that this “christian” organization will budge on giving this group so much as the apology that they also seek.

Cheers,

Tom

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Atheism vs China

The difference between being anti-christian and atheist is one simply does not believe in any god and allows everyone to worship whatever they want and the other tried to stomp out christianity as a way of worship.  A wide majority of atheist are *not* anti-christian.  Though many of us point out the inconsistencies as we see them with religions, at the end of the day we agree that people should be free to worship or not worship what they want.

Square this with our “most favored trade partner”, China.  They recently stole 300 bibles from a christian group who had arrived to give out bibles for free to whomever wanted them.  There was no theological argument here, no explanation of why this group could not give away the book they believe in, they just took the mother fuckers like thugs running free in post-apocalyptic Bangkok.

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“Christian” author announces that Obama is *not* the anti-christ

Isn’t this kinda like asking a guy, “when did you stop beating your wife”? The implication is that Obama has some of the criteria needed to be the boogey man of John’s revelation. And for me, it’s over the line… If asked this question the author should have rightfully scoffed and made a mockery of the questioner, that’s how absurd it is.

There are stupid questions people, and then there are smart statements made by supposedly “religious” people that are disguised as questions, whose aim is to injure a man’s integrity.

Way to follow christ Jerry Jenkins.

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The “Blue Laws”

I was watching a documentary on Thomas Jefferson recently. It was a basic overview of his life, but useful. Of particular note to me was the reminder of how hard he fought to give Virginia freedom of religion through a separation of church and state. It reminded me of how, when I was growing up in Maryland we were not permitted by law to shop on Sundays. That’s right. There was a state law on the books that would not allow most businesses to open on Sundays. It began as a religious law, but the righties were able to dodge the supreme court by crafting the law in secular language stating it was “to provide a uniform day of rest for all citizens” on a secular basis and to promote the secular values of “health, safety, recreation, and general well-being”.

Of course the law was eventually overturned, but not without a fight.

Allow me now to bring Thomas Jefferson into the equation.

Here is an excerpt of Jefferson’s famous letter to Danbury Baptists explaining to them the concept of the separation of church and state and how it is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution:

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”

Oddly, right-wing religious zealots still say things like, “the phrase separation of church and state never appears in the Constitution”- some ignorantly, some knowing damn well that the phrase was created by Jefferson using the principals of the Constitution and later cited by the Supreme Court of the United States beginning in 1878.

Likewise, James Madison used the phrase “separation of church and state”. Madison backed Jefferson’s “Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom” which was written in 1779 and voted in as law of the state in 1786. Here is a brilliant excerpt:

“… no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.”

Of course Jefferson also wrote the following:

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.

-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians.

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789 (Richard Price had written to TJ on Oct. 26. about the harm done by religion and wrote “Would not Society be better without Such religions? Is Atheism less pernicious than Demonism?”)

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.

-Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.

And this final one is for those people that still believe wrongly that Thomas Jefferson was a devout Christian- he was not- he was a deist.

The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814

But again, incredibly, a lot of right wing Christian zealots totally distort Jefferson’s words and record on religion.  He was not anti-religion, nothing could be further from the truth, except, perhaps, those that state he was a Christian founding father.  All evidence aka Jefferson’s own words, point to the fact that he had a deep abiding respect for Jesus Christ as a moral leader, but doubted the resurrection and many other tenets of Christian faith.

Though Thomas Jefferson is a complex man not easily given to concise description, he certainly was not the man current right wingers pain him to be.

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Will Dr. James Dobson Do the Presidential Tango aka Flip Flop?

Dr. James Dobson, who runs “Focus on the [straight, Dobson-brand Christian] Family”, said during this Presidential election that he “could not in good conscience vote for McCain”, has apparently had a change of heart.  Now he is considering endorsing the guy his conscience would not allow him to endorse previously.

Now I am all for people looking at the issues and making up their minds.  Hell, looking at an issue or a candidate a second time and changing your mind is not necessarily a bad thing, either.  It shows you are engaged in the process and that is definitely a good thing.  My problem with Dobson though is the language he used when dismissing McCain.  He said, “in good conscience”.  From a man of faith that is a pretty strong rebuke.  If he does indeed change his mind and endorse McCain it should be obvious that the reason is more about political expedency and less about his “conscience”.  In other words, since the Republicans put McCain up as their man in 2008 Dobson and his cult risk falling out of favor with the Republican party establishment should McCain win the White House.  If Dobson were just some other Joe it would make political sense for him to latch onto the “Straight Talk Express” now.  But Dobson is supposed to be a man of God.  When his conscience tells him not to support someone politics as usual should not apply.  By the standard put forth by the Bible he believes to be the word of almighty god he is trapped into not supporting someone that offends his “godly” conscience.

Did god change his mind on abortion?  divorce?  foul language?  embryonic stem cell research?

Of course not.  The political season has changed and Dobson had to make a move.  His only options were to stay true to his Jesus-based idealism or sell out for the Republican nominee.

We’ll see what he does…

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Mr. T Threatens Violence on Those That Don’t Read the Bible?!

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When Religion Meets Scarification in the (tax payer funded) Public Classroom?

I lived in Columbus, Ohio, for 14 years. The town of Mount Vernon isn’t too far away, it was close enough that I met a number of people from there, including one of my professors in Bible College (yes, I graduated from World Harvest Bible College- home of the right wing christian Pastor Rod Parsley). I have never been to Mount Vernon, because I never had a reason to go. There was no draw. I had not heard of any festivals or anything interesting- not a knock on the town it could be an amazing place- I just want to make the point that the town, from my perspective, is fairly middle Americany and non-description.

Today, while browsing the internet, I came up a story of a “science” teacher, John Freshwater. He taught at Mount Vernon Middle School (a public school) and has been let go. According to the article, the teacher was let go not only for teaching creationsim, but also for burning crosses into the students! What the fuck!?? My son enters middle school this coming school year and if a teacher burnt a cross into his body then I would go to jail for kicking that teacher’s ass. Mr. Freshwater would be breathing out of a tube if he had seered my child’s flesh. *BUT* before I get too felonious on here, let me stress that this information is gleened from an article. It is very hard for me to believe that a teacher would burn any symbol into a child. That would ensure jail time. Since I don’t read anything about him going to jail for child abuse it makes me wonder if what he did was some kind of temporary reaction on their skin that would wash off. That sounds much more plausible.

Anyways, read for yourself.

Cheers,

Tom

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