#1045 Oct 3, 2013
Texas Fundamentalists Pushing Public Schools to Teach That Garden of Eden Is Science
By Amanda Marcotte October 2, 2013
"Christian fundamentalists in Texas are out to destroy your child’s education again. The state is one of the biggest textbook buyers in the country, and because of this, they can force textbook publishers to rewrite entire portions of the books that will land not just in the hands of Texas children, but children around the country (the school board is currently deciding on new science textbooks). The state school board, which is stuffed with right-wing ideologues who cheerfully reject any science they feel is in conflict with fundamentalist Christianity, are once again trying to use that power to try to teach your kid their religion in the science classroom.
The strategy, as it has been in the past, is to force textbook publishers to teach something that is simply untrue: That there’s significant controversy in the world of science over whether or not humans and other species evolved over millions of years or whether or not a couple of people made from mud ate an apple in a mysterious garden 6,000 years ago.
The Texas Freedom Network, a group that advocates for church-state separation in Texas, obtained notes from the state school board and found that the board members even went so far as to claim that the Garden of Eden myth is “science,” and the equivalent of the theory of evolution. One of the board members, a nutritionist at Texas A&M named Karen Beathard, explained the strategy of smuggling in religious instruction into the science classroom:“Students should have the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to weigh the evidence between evolution and ‘creation science.’”
“Creation science” is a misleading euphemism for teaching that woman brought all sin into the world through her disobedience. It’s so nakedly an attempt to teach the Old Testament as if it’s science in the classroom that the Supreme Court banned so-called “creation science” in 1987—nine years before the oldest high school students affected by this were even born. As recent attempts to end legal abortion in Texas show, the religious right in the state is increasingly confident that they don’t have to listen to the rulings of the Supreme Court.
Inevitably, the creationists try to play off their attempts to teach creationism in the classroom as a matter of academic freedom, often employing the phrase “teach the controversy. However, since there is no controversy in the actual world of science, by “teaching the controversy,” you are teaching students a lie. It’s no different than bringing kids into a classroom and telling them there’s a legitimate scientific debate over whether or not water is wet. There isn’t one, and “controversy” isn’t a catch-all word that shields you from being rightfully accused of lying to children." ...
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#1046 Oct 3, 2013
The cancer that has been growing in our secular government which has now managed to hold our nation hostage and threatens to send us over the cliff like a herd of blind, idiotic lemmings...
MRFF in the News (video)[evangelical movement inside the Pentagon]
If this crusade doesn't frighten you, your eyes are not open.
#1049 Oct 4, 2013
Pentagon Leaders Met With Board Member of Tea Party Preacher Who Calls For a Coup
Bruce Wilson October 3, 2013
"On September 30, 2013, with the government shutdown looming, NAR leader, apostle and prophet Rick Joyner, head of the Fort Mill, SC Morningstar Ministries, issued a public call for a "military takeover - martial law". I cover that aspect in my Huffington Post story, Tea Party Republican -- Linked Religious Right Leader Calls for 'Military Takeover'
As I describe in my story, Joyner has ties to prominent Republicans include Sarah Palin and former Senator Jim DeMint, now head of the massive Heritage Foundation, and Joyner's NAR movement - which produced Palin - has extensive ties to leading Tea Party aligned Republicans.
But now, Military Religious Freedom Foundation head researcher Chris Rodda has an explosive new finding that raises major national security questions; in a Huffington Post story titled Pentagon Leaders Met with Collaborator of Preacher who Proposed "Military Takeover" of the Government, Rodda describes a series of September 12, 2013 "high level meetings" between Pentagon officials and far-right anti-LGBTI Christian leaders "for a frank discussion on the loss of religious freedom by Christians in the Air Force and the Defense Department in general"
[for an investigation into those claims by Christian leaders at the Pentagon meeting, from the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and Rick Joyner's Oak Initiative, see this story from journalist Bill Berkowitz.]
Representing Morningstar Ministries at the September 12 Pentagon meetings was a board member of Rick Joyner's Oak initiative -- none other than former Undersecretary of Defense Lt.Gen.(U.S. Army Ret.) W.G. "Jerry" Boykin who, as his Oak Initiative bio describes,
"was one of the elite warriors chosen in 1978 to make up the first unit in America's ultra-secretive and deadly Delta Force. He then became commander of the unit, and later still, commander of all U.S. Army Special Forces. His thirty-six years in the military included a tour at the Central Intelligence Agency and clandestine missions around the world. Jerry retired in 2007, serving his last four years as the deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence."
If ever there was a man to organize and head a coup, it would be Boykin."
#1050 Oct 4, 2013
The Tea Party Plan To Shatter the American Republic
Bruce Wilson October 4, 2013
" The point of this essay is not to unpack the origins of the Tea Party, a co-creation of Ron Paul and the Koch brothers which reorganized and re-energized the activist cadres of the religious right, who dominate the movement, and who swept in to take Congress in 2010.
Rather, my intent is to draw attention to an elaborate plan, hatched by strategists of the religious right, to take advantage of the economic chaos that would likely ensue if the current budget impasse is not resolved by mid-October 2013.
Amidst that chaos, Tea Party activists would, at the state and local level, challenge and undermine the authority of a weakened federal government - especially in those 26 U.S. states so dominated by Tea Party-aligned Republicans that they have refused to participate in Obamacare.
The objective would be to lock in Republican dominance of over 1/2 the states in the Union and preserve, even enhance, the political power of an aging, white-dominated, predominantly Christian conservative demographic for years to come.
This would, in effect, shatter the Republic. Unthinkable ? Consider the following:
"Precinct by precinct, town by town, county by county, a decentralized political movement could begin to undermine the legitimacy the existing political structure. It can do so politely, helpfully, and sympathetically.
The central issue is legitimacy...
When the dollar dies, political legitimacy dies with it. This is the central premise of my recommended strategy." -- Ron Paul political strategist Dr. Gary North, from Phase 2 of Ron Paul's Political Strategy http://www.garynorth.com/public/2928.cfm
In May 2012, in a fundraising pitch http://www.dailypaul.com/232347/ron-paul-and-... for Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Congressional Representative Ron Paul gave a warm and ringing endorsement of Cruz and promised that "If elected, Ted will stand side-by-side with my son Rand in the U.S. Senate to fight against Big Government." In a nod to shared John Birch Society-style conspiracy theory-driven ideology, Paul wrote,
"...Rand, Ted, and I had a lengthy discussion about the dangers of the Federal Reserve printing money out of thin air.
...Ted is a firm believer in American sovereignty - and will never support or vote for ceding our rights to the United Nations."
With help from Ron Paul, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has become one of the Tea Party ringleaders driving the current budget impasse that threatens to cause an historic default on payments to service the Federal debt.
What would be the consequences if Congress and the Senate cannot resolve the current budget standoff ? Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury released a report which forecast,
"credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, and U.S. interest rates could skyrocket, potentially resulting in a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse."
In two weeks, Tea Party leaders in Congress will pull back from the brink... or not.
But what if the very plan is to go over the edge ?
The stated strategy of one of the key intellectual architects of the Tea Party suggests that is indeed the plan - go over the edge and crash the economy, because the resulting chaos would create an unprecedented political organizing opportunity." ...
#1052 Oct 4, 2013
COPE: Teaching Science Violates Rights Of Christians; Courts Must Block Science Curriculum
Brian Tashman on Friday, 10/4/2013
"Last week, we reported that an organization called Citizens for Objective Public Education filed a lawsuit contesting science standards in Kansas schools, arguing that lessons on evolution represent an unconstitutional establishment of religion.
John Calvert of the Intelligent Design Network, an attorney involved in the lawsuit, told conservative talk radio host Janet Mefferd today that lessons on evolution are “religious education” in violation of the rights of parents, children and taxpayers. Mefferd replied that it is “crazy” to think that public schools could teach evolution to Christian students.
"The religious rights that are being promoted here are the religious rights of parents to direct the religious education of their children and a state interferes with that when it seeks to promote an atheistic worldview. The second right is the child’s right, the child has a right not to be indoctrinated by the state to accept a particular religious viewpoint, that right is being taken by the framework. The last right is the taxpayer has a right, you know I pay taxes to Kansas, real estate taxes, a good part of my real estate taxes go to fund Kansas public education and I don’t want the taxes used to promote a nontheistic worldview."
“This really is a case about the establishment of a complete worldview,” Calvert said, arguing that public schools violate the Constitution by teaching “materialistic science” and therefore courts should block the curriculum and instruction on evolution.
“We’ve asked the court to enjoin the whole package, they just need to go back to the drawing board,” Calvert told Mefferd.“In the alternative, if the court is not willing to do that, the court should at least enjoin the teaching of origin science in the primary school grades from kindergarten through the 8th grade.”
Calvert and Mefferd claimed it is only fair to teach creationism and intelligent design alongside evolution. Otherwise, Calvert claimed, schools would be teaching atheism.
“It’s clear that there are lots and lots of people who hold to the biblical account of creation or at the very least a view of intelligent design, share it as a perspective, evolution is not the only perspective out there,” Mefferd said.
Well, there are also “lots and lots of people” who believe that the sun revolves around the earth (one out of five Americans) http://www.gallup.com/poll/3742/new-poll-gaug... so is it really settled science that the earth revolves around the sun and schools should teach both points of view?
Must schools also incorporate the claims that the earth is flat into lessons regarding the shape of the earth?
After all, we must keep the curriculum balanced and respect flat-earth proponents who think religion and science back up their beliefs."
#1053 Oct 4, 2013
Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith ...we need believing people.
- Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant
#1054 Oct 5, 2013
Cops For Christ?: New Ala. Program Seeks To Fight Crime With Police-Backed Evangelical Proselytism
Oct 2, 2013 by Sarah Jones
"A new police program in Montgomery, Ala., is raising serious constitutional concerns.
The Atlantic reports http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2... that city police, who are facing what has been described as the worst crime wave in decades, have devised a novel solution to the problem:“Operation Good Shepherd.” It ran all summer and involved training local Christian ministers, preparing them to visit crime scenes right alongside working police officers.
Ministers would pray with victims and perpetrators alike.
The purpose, supporters say, is to reinforce morality in a turbulent town. Bill Irvin, a popular local radio preacher, referenced a documentary about elephants in a speech to the program’s first graduates. According to Irvin, the documentary showed that rampaging young elephants reformed immediately upon the introduction of a steady older adult.
“They had someone to guide them,” Irvin argued.“And that's what our youth needs: someone to guide them. Without that, how will they know about moral structure?”
If Montgomery police proceed with “Operation Good Shepherd,” that moral structure will be defined and provided by Christian ministers, conservative evangelical ones at that.(No imams, rabbis, Hindu priests or Unitarian Universalist ministers are riding in the police cruisers.)
Police officials don’t see a problem with that.
“What we want to do is combine the religious community and the Montgomery Police Department and we want to unite those as one,” Corp. David Hicks told local Christian radio.
Montgomery taxpayers are funding the project. According to the Atlantic, the ministers themselves are volunteers, but the publicly funded police force is paid to train them and provide them with access to crime scenes.
Critics worry the program amounts to nothing less than taxpayer support for evangelism. Montgomery’s police chaplain hasn’t done much to relieve those concerns.
“Anytime you find a group of people whose lives have been adversely affected – it could be a major fire in an apartment complex, it could be trouble in a given community, it can be a storm or a disaster – this gives us an opportunity to meet people and show them the kind of love and compassion that all human beings need,” E. Baxter Morris said.
He added,“There is an evangelistic advantage. That is, that once I float to your comfort zone, and we become one in our crisis, I determine what your spiritual needs may or may not be, and I may be able to share with you a word from Christ.”
If Morris’ words reflect the true intent of “Operation Good Shepherd,” then the city of Montgomery has indeed entered shaky legal territory. It looks like its police force has decided that the town’s exploding rate of violent crime can be effectively solved by Christianity—and they’re using public funds to promote that solution.
Some critics on the ground are sceptical. The Atlantic interviewed Dr. Earnest Blackshear of Alabama State University, who says he’s been lobbying for “more scientific” solutions to the crime rate. According to Blackshear,“Operation Good Shepherd” hasn’t actually been proven to reduce crime." ...
#1055 Oct 5, 2013
..."The program’s supporters claim it’s modelled after similar, successful programs in Dayton, Ohio and Arlington, Texas, but there’s no data available to support the effectiveness of either effort. In fact, in the case of Dayton, the Atlantic reports that there’s no evidence the city ever actually implemented the program in question.
As Montgomery’s murder rate climbs, it seems unbelievable that its police force would direct its energy – and scarce public funds – toward an unproven, potentially unconstitutional program like “Operation Good Shepherd.” The Constitution is clear: Government cannot endorse religion. But without major alterations, that’s exactly what “Operation Good Shepherd” does.
The city is obviously facing a complex social crisis that merits an urgent – and effective -- response. But a response that could cost local taxpayers millions in a lawsuit isn’t one that deserves the support of its police department. Montgomery police could do with a quick refresher on the Constitution. "
#1056 Oct 5, 2013
Law shields churches, leaves pensions unprotected
ADAM GELLER | October 5, 2013
"Working at St. Mary's Hospital was all about making do. When supply shelves emptied, respiratory therapist Lori-Ann Ligon made frantic calls to compatriots at nearby medical centers, arranging meetings on the fly to barter for blood gaskets. For a couple of years, she and other managers were told the endless budget squeeze left no room for raises.
But when St. Mary's outlasted two competitors to become this city's lone hospital, executives heralded a new era: "Not just health care. Human care."
That care, though, only went so far.
"Presently, the retirement plan's trust is severely underfunded," the CEO wrote to employees in early 2011, blaming investment losses and the hospital's decision not to put any money into one of its pension plans for more than a decade. "As a federally recognized church plan," he continued, St. Mary's had the right to do that — and there was no government pension insurance to fall back on.
The news angered many St. Mary's workers, but their situation is not unique. Pension shortfalls at some religiously affiliated hospitals, businesses and social service agencies are raising new alarms and spotlighting a largely overlooked gap in the law protecting Americans' retirement benefits.
"I felt betrayed, not only by the health care system, but by the Sisters of Charity, and I got betrayed by the church," said Armantina Pelaez, a former crisis counselor at St. Mary's, which quietly converted its federally insured pension plan to an uncovered church plan in 2001. The hospital's pending purchase by a for-profit company will see Pelaez and others get a fraction of their expected pensions. "They don't practice what they preach."
A pension is, essentially, a promise. For millions of workers counting on pension checks for retirement security, that promise comes with protections. Even as many companies move to freeze the benefits and eliminate them for younger workers, federal law requires most private employers with pension plans to contribute to them and insure them, in case they fail to honor their obligations.
But as the situation at St. Mary's shows, those protections do not cover all workers or pensions. Because of a legal loophole, there are actually parallel pension systems. One comes with safeguards. The other, while it may be backed by good faith and honorable intentions, has no safety net.
Congress set it up that way by crafting an exemption in benefits law to protect churches from government interference in their finances. But the exemption applies to religiously affiliated employers like hospitals and service agencies, including some that have let pension funds dwindle.
It's not clear how these employers thought they'd meet their obligations. Some point out that they continue to pay all pensions and fully intend to make good on retirement promises, though they won't say how. The bottom line, though, is that some workers aren't going to get the pension checks they were counting on.
Some religiously affiliated employers have long had church pension plans. But others with federally insured plans have embraced consultants' pitches to switch, observers say, to escape costs and duties required by law and get refunds of insurance premiums. Until the Internal Revenue Service changed rules recently for employers requesting church plan status, some kept the change hidden from workers.
While it is difficult to estimate how many people are covered by church plans, five new lawsuits against some of the nation's largest Catholic hospital chains show the designation is embraced by employers whose scale and finances are very different from houses of worship or religious denominations. Some of their independently maintained pension plans cover tens of thousands of workers and are significantly underfunded." ...
#1057 Oct 5, 2013
What Does the Christian Right Want? Chris Hedges on American Fascists (2007)
"American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America is a non-fiction book by American Pulitzer Prize journalist Chris Hedges, published in January 2007. Hedges is a former seminary student with a master's degree in divinity from Harvard and was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times.
Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded 'dominionist movement,' an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population. Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state. Hedges's reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism. His argument against what he sees as a democratic society's suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society.""
#1060 Oct 7, 2013
How Catholic Bishops Pushed for a Shutdown – and Even a Default – Over Birth Control
Adele M. Stan 10/7/13
..."In a letter http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religi... dated September 26, Archbishop Seán Cardinal O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore prevailed upon members of Congress to attach to the next version of the CR measures that would allow private employers, as well as large church-affiliated institutions such as hospitals and universities, to be exempted from a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires that all insurance plans cover prescription contraception without a co-pay.(Houses of worship are exempt from this regulation, but church-affiliated institutions that serve a secular purpose are not.)
The letter was sent under the aegis of the USCCB (also known as the bishops’ lobby), and signed by O’Malley and Lori in their capacities as respective chairmen of the lobby’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.
Legislation titled the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940/S. 1204), http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s12... crafted to the bishops’ specifications, was introduced in both chambers of Congress in March, only to languish in committee.(A similar bill, H.R. 1179, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z... : introduced in March 2011, died in committee.) And even earlier efforts to include such a ban on contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act also failed.
“As Congress considers a Continuing Resolution and a debt ceiling bill in the days to come, we reaffirm the vital importance of incorporating the policy of this bill into such “must-pass” legislation,” wrote Lori and O’Malley in their September letter.(Emphasis theirs.)
When it comes to Congress, the lobbyists of the USCCB know their stuff—meaning they knew that such a maneuver would likely bring about a government shutdown. If poor babies went hungry because the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) closed down, so be it. If poor children were locked out of their Head Start classrooms, that was apparently deemed a small price to pay to make a stand against allowing people to plan their families.
Around the same time as the bishops wrote their missive, a group of 72 House members, led by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), signed a letter demanding the same of House Speaker John Boehner. If Pitts’s name sounds familiar, you may recall it was he who, with former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-OH), tried to derail the Affordable Care Act’s passage through Congress as they danced to the bishops’ tune in opposition to provisions for reproductive health care, most notably, insurance coverage for abortion." ...
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#1061 Oct 7, 2013
Department of Defense paying for Christian youth education
Heather Akers-Healy October 6, 2013
"I've gotten into the habit recently of checking fbo.gov for new federal contracts, particularly those relating to defense and surveillance activities. This morning I did a search for "Guantanamo" and discovered they had recently put out a bid for a "Christian Teen Camp" https://www.fbo.gov/... at the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay. Curious, I thought. Are other religions receiving funding from the military for religious youth education?
As it turns out, it appears that the Department of Defense is making it a practice to subsidize Christian religious youth education, and only Christian youth education, to the near complete exclusion of other religions. I saw only one instance of support for non-Christian religious education in a quick scan of 720 results for "religious education" in the federal contracts at fbo.gov . Religious education provided by the Department of Defense is completely dominated by Protestant and Catholic instruction.
Now, I completely understand the need to minister to enlisted adults in the field. But religious education for their kids? And only Christian education seems to be available? This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state. If military service members want religious instruction for their children they and their family should be responsible for that, not the federal government.
UPDATE: But wait! There's more:
An organization called the Military Community Youth Ministries was specifically formed to evangelize the children of military service members. The quote below is from one of their job ads http://www.businessworkforce.com/job-seekers/... where their Area Director at Eastern Military Organizations will be responsible for:
"the overall military community outreach to "unchurched" teens, discipleship to Christian teens and leading and equipping volunteers to do relational middle and high school Christian youth programs as part of the military installation chapel ministry program."
They are a Combined Federal Campaign charity. https://www.mcym.org/page.asp... Their annual income https://www.mcym.org/library/documents/Financ... is over $7 million, with 1/3 of the funds coming from the U.S. government."
#1062 Oct 7, 2013
Bachmann: Obama Is Supporting Al Qaeda, Proving That We Are In The End Times
Brian Tashman on Monday, 10/7/2013
"In an interview with Understanding the Times host Jan Markell on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of giving aid to Al Qaeda, which she said is proof that we are living in the Last Days. Of course, on the same day Bachmann gave the interview, a Delta Force operation approved by Obama nabbed a key Al Qaeda figure in Libya.
But according to Bachmann, Obama is now championing the terrorist group.
The Minnesota congresswoman referred to a decision by the Obama administration http://news.yahoo.com/-obama--send-syrian-reb... to allow vetted Syrian rebels not affiliated with terrorist organizations http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-... to help them resist chemical weapons attacks, which was spurred by the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on civilians.
While the administration’s move is only related to non-lethal, defensive and protective aid, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/20... Bachmann falsely claimed that “President Obama waived a ban on selling arms to terrorists.”
“President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition,” Bachmann said.“Your listeners, US taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.”
Bachmann said that the Al Qaeda funding (which isn’t happening) http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/underst... is a sign of the End Times:“This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”
“Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” Bachmann continued.“When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”"...
- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachman...
#1063 Oct 7, 2013
"Bachmann said that the Al Qaeda funding (which isn’t happening)..."
Try to get ewe're 'news' from sources other than George Soros'-funded sites for libtarded useful idiots!
It's been Admitted in the friggin msm, and it's one of the truths Putin brought up,
that we're, make that They've* been funding, backing, training, aiding & abetting, arming and using al-Qeada! WTFU
*-the globalist NWO userers of what's supposed to be Our govt. and their puppets like Obama
Hillary Clinton Admits US and Al-Qaeda On Same Side in Syria
US and France arm rebels with anti-aircraft missiles
More than a Decade After 9/11, Globalists Openly Embrace al-Qaeda
In case you didn’t get the memo, al-Qaeda – the group supposedly responsible for 9/11 – is now our ally in Syria
Al-Qaeda 100% Pentagon Run
CIA aiding "Al-CIA-DUH" since the 80's Not just today in Syria!
US-Backed Terrorists Behead 24 Syrians Including Baby
The Forbidden Truth: The U.S. is Channeling Chemical Weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria, Obama is a Liar and a Terrorist
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
#1064 Oct 7, 2013
so to be fair the military should also allow teachings from the Church of Atheism like 'Minister' Michael Newdow's?
#1065 Oct 7, 2013
Scalia says atheism 'favors the devil's desires'
By Daniel Burke
"(CNN)- As the Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, the devil is not on the docket – but the Evil One apparently is on the mind of Justice Antonin Scalia.
New York magazine has published a fascinating new interview http://nymag.com/news/features/antonin-scalia... with Scalia in which the outspoken jurist tackled a number of topics. But none seemed to surprise Scalia's interviewer, Jennifer Senior, more than his views on Satan.
The interview was conducted on September 26, the 27th anniversary of Scalia's swearing-in as a justice on the high court. He is one of a record six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court.
After Scalia and Senior discussed heaven and hell (he believes in them; she doesn't), the justice said in a stage whisper, "I even believe in the devil."
"You do?" Senior replied.
"Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, come on, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that," Scalia said.
Senior asked Scalia if he's seen evidence of Satan's work recently.
"You know, it is curious," Scalia answered. "In the Gospels, the devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore.... It’s because he’s smart."
Scalia said the Devil has gotten "wilier" and convinced people that he and God don't exist. The justice added that he doesn't think that atheists are Satan's minions, but that disbelief in God "certainly favors the devil's desires."
Senior asked if it's "frightening" to believe in the devil, which seemed to annoy Scalia.
"You’re looking at me as though I’m weird," he answered. "My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil."
Scalia, whose son, Paul, is a Catholic priest in Arlington, Virginia, also said Pope Francis is "absolutely" right about the church needing to concentrate more on mercy and outreach than on fighting the culture wars.
"But he hasn’t backed off the view of the church on those issues," Scalia said. "He’s just saying,'Don’t spend all our time talking about that stuff. Talk about Jesus Christ and evangelize.' I think there’s no indication whatever that he’s changing doctrinally."
Finally, Scalia said he has not "softened" his views on homosexuality.
"I still think it’s Catholic teaching that it’s wrong. OK? But I don’t hate the people that engage in it. In my legal opinions, all I’ve said is that I don’t think the Constitution requires the people to adopt one view or the other," Scalia said."
#1066 Oct 8, 2013
Spiritual education or child abuse?
#1068 Oct 9, 2013
Atheist group to Montgomery police: Stop sending evangelical pastors to crime scenes
By David Ferguson October 8, 2013
"American Atheists — the group the erected the country’s first atheist monument on government property — has sent a letter advising the Montgomery, AL police that their “Operation Good Shepherd” program, http://centralmontgomery.wsfa.com/news/news/2... which uses public funds to place Evangelical Christian pastors at crime scenes, is unconstitutional. Raw Story spoke with Dave Muscato of American Atheists, who said that the program violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
“Operation Good Shepherd is a taxpayer-funded program that sends Christian pastors to crime scenes in order to preach Christianity to the victims of crimes and the surrounding people,” Muscato explained.
The pastors are all volunteers, but they are trained by on-duty police officers on department time and the program has “incidental administrative costs” that range from transportation to ID badges for the clergy.
“These pastors have access to the crime scenes, which isn’t appropriate for someone who isn’t involved in legal work or crime scene investigation or isn’t a police officer,” Muscato said.
“And this is blatantly unconstitutional,” he said,“having someone there to preach who is provided by the police.”
Muscato said that for public monies to go to this kind of effort aimed at citizens at times when they are in crisis and at their most vulnerable is a violation of U.S. Constitution. Citizens are protected under the First Amendment, which prohibits the establishment of Christianity or any other faith as the national religion as well as under the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law to all Americans.
The letter addressed to Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Police Chief Kevin Murphy, said, in part,“Our organization has received complaints from a number of residents and taxpayers in Alabama who object strongly to ‘Operation Good Shepard’ whereby public funds and public employees are to be used to promote the Christian religion in an attempt to reduce crime in the State of Alabama.”
Calling the practice,“blatantly and facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” American Atheists asked that “on behalf of the Alabama members of our organization, I respectfully request that this and any other attempts to further the Christian religion, or any other religion, by state actors be terminated immediately.” https://docs.google.com/a/rawstory.com/viewer...
#1069 Oct 9, 2013
..."If, said Muscato, the program were to allow Jewish rabbis and Muslim imams or any other faith that was interested in serving the community, as well as a secular alternative, the program would be fair and within the framework of the Fourteenth Amendment. The fact that “Operation Good Shepherd” used taxpayer money to promote religion, though, is always going to be an issue.
“What’s really egregious, though,” he continued,“is that the police in Montgomery are being very explicit about the purpose of this being to preach Christianity.”
The department’s official chaplain Corp. David Hicks said in an interview on Christian radio,“What we want to do is combine the religious community and the Montgomery Police Department and we want to unite those as one.” http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2... Muscato’s voice turned sharp when reacting to Hicks’ remarks.“That’s just…egregiously, obviously a violation of the separation of church and state, combining the religious community and the police department like that.”
The letter is set to arrive in Montgomery on Tuesday. Muscato said that American Atheists anxiously awaits the police department and city’s responses."
#1071 Oct 9, 2013
Bachmann: Obama 'Committed Impeachable Offenses,' Wants To Be A Dictator
Brian Tashman 10/9/2013
"Speaking with conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries on a conference call sponsored by TheTeaParty.net yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota suggested that the House hold hearings on impeaching the president. Bachmann said that “impeachment is the stain” on the presidency and “We can have an impeachment hearing in the House and in my mind the President has committed impeachable offenses.”
“With Harry Reid in charge of the Senate, unless there is some miracle that happens,” Bachmann lamented,“Harry Reid is not going to remove Obama from office.”
The Minnesota congresswoman, who recently said that Obama is aiding Al Qaeda and plunged the world into the End Times, told Tea Party activists that we “could be on the cusp of seeing some civil disobedience” similar to what happened in Egypt because “people aren’t going to take this thuggery of this President much longer.”
“We see thuggery going on in the White House, we’re not going to take it, we’ve drawn a line in the sand,” Bachmann maintained, adding that Obama needs to know that he is “not a dictator.”
“What this is about is whether or not we will hold onto a constitutional republic,” Bachmann told listeners about the government shutdown fight.“I want the Tea Party to know they made a profound difference and what they’re fighting for is to see if we’re actually going to be a constitutional republic or if we’re going to be totally devolved into a dictatorship under somebody like Barack Obama.”
Bachmann also took issue with the press, which she said “could rightly be called ‘Treason Media.’”
“They have done everything they can to facilitate this president because they agree with him, they agree with his worldview, they agree with his message, they have no interest in the truth, they only have an interest in protecting this President,” Bachmann charged, pointing to the media’s supposed lack of questions about the Benghazi attack." ...
read the rest: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachman...
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