Category Archives: Religion

Also, atheists are now eligible for admission into a heaven they don’t believe in

Pope Francis turned some heads with his remarks about non-Catholics earlier this week: Pope Francis has said that atheists should be seen as good people as long as they do good, in a move to urge people of all religions … Continue reading

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And on the Seventh Day, God Had Second Thoughts…

Bill Nye the Science Guy made the mistake of talking about reality to a group of Texans who didn’t want to hear about it: As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces … Continue reading

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A “textual” argument on immigration

Congress is debating immigration reform and all I can say is, God help us: A bit of a theological debate also ensued. David Fleming, the senior pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, argued that Christian scripture wasn’t a … Continue reading

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Rushdie Reflections

Author Salman Rushdie has published a memoir, called Joseph Anton, and has been all over the news as he promotes the book.  Many are noting certain parallels between the way Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses was greeted by fundamentalist Muslims … Continue reading

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Cultural Battles Apart From The Culture Wars

Via Rod Dreher, a quick examination from Ken Myers of cultural challenges for Christians, with which I think everyone can engage:

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Chik-Fil-A and bigotry

If the KKK wanted to open a bar in Logan Square, a bar that is open to all people and contains no indication of racist beliefs, the GOP would not rally around the bar when Boston’s mayor vows to block … Continue reading

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The Mormon Empire

I’ve been saying for a long time that Mitt Romney wouldn’t get the GOP nod because of his religion, and clearly I was wrong. Luckily for the GOP, they’ve convinced the country that the President is a Muslim, so the … Continue reading

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Strike One

A few months ago, the Obama Administration announced a rule that will require contraception coverage in health care plans, including for employees of church-affiliated hospitals, schools and outreach programs (as many have noted, the rule is actually little different from … Continue reading

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Ti-i-i-ime is on our side, yes it is

Pew Research Center is out with some interesting findings regarding American religious belief (via TPM): A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that belief in the existence of God has dropped 15 points in the last five years … Continue reading

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Catholics And The Cultural Salience Of Party

While we’re on the subject of Catholic public opinion, a different recent Pew study recently found that: values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Unlike in 1987, when this … Continue reading

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The Hierarchy Vs. Catholics On Morality

We’ve noted a bunch of times that Catholics support same-sex marriage, practice birth control, and are every bit as pro-choice as the rest of America. Here’s a more focused survey on Catholic views on the morality of some of these issues: Although the use of contraception … Continue reading

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I’m Down On My Knees, I Wanna Take You There

Rod Dreher writes that some conservatives are finding great appeal in Eastern Orthodox Christianity:

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The GOP Policy Response To Climate Change

There’s a conception out there that Republicans are too wrapped up in denialism to have any policy response whatsoever to climate change. That’s not entirely fair. In fact, Republicans have moved to illegalize the study of the climate, and to … Continue reading

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In a moment of doubt / the venom turned out / stronger than daddy’s faith

There is, in here, a metaphor for the GOP base, but it’s Friday and I have lazier things to be doing: Pastor Mack Wolford, the son of a snake-handling pastor who died from a rattler bite, lived by faith and died on … Continue reading

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What Is Already Split Apart, No Man Need Abandon

The centrist media– hated & scorned by Republicans, but feared & respected by Democrats– rolls out stories every election year about how the Democrats risk alienating moderate Catholics by being too liberal. It’s never true, though; Catholics support same-sex marriage, practice birth control, and are … Continue reading

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Old Time Religion

The Warren Jeffs trial didn’t garner nearly as much attention as it should have, in my opinion. Jeffs was the leader of a fundamentalist sect of LDS, practicing what I can only call “extreme polygamy” along with a heaping dose … Continue reading

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Maybe we’ll call this Free Thinking Friday

Boing boing highlighted a neat little study: If a baseball and bat cost $110, and the bat costs $100 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost? If you answered $10 you are inclined to believe in religion. … Continue reading

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This week is crazy news

The Catholic Church has figured out that the real threat is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!!! The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the largest leadership organization for U.S. women religious to reform its statutes, programs … Continue reading

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