Tag Archives: Religion

Nebraska ACLU wants schools to ban rosaries!

Well, I’m sure some will try and make such a claim – but it just ain’t so.

First the story: The Fremont (Nebraska) Public School District had banned certain necklaces from its schools after hearing from local police that gangs were using them as identifying markers. So when a 12 year old girl showed up for classes wearing a necklace that fit the description, she was told to remove it while at school. The Nebraska branch of the ACLU is siding with the girl and her parents against the school policy.

Omaha World-Herald Oct 4, 2011

Amy Miller, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, said Monday that the ban raises “serious concerns” about children’s religious liberty.

“Students have the right to express their faith in public schools,” Miller said. “Whether a student wants to wear a crucifix, a rosary or another symbol, it is wrong for school officials to interfere.

“We understand the serious concerns about gangs in schools, but Fremont Public Schools should demonstrate there is a concrete gang connection before shutting down a student’s free speech and religious rights.”

How many will believe the heading for this post? The ACLU has been demonised as the enemy of religion for so long that far too many will believe any lie about it.

Does (deity of your choice) hate Rick Perry?

A perfect synopsis of the Rick Perry situation comes from Tim F. at Balloon-Juice.com

Please, Texas, tell Rick Perry to stop praying.

In April, facing record heat and seven months of drought in his state, Rick Perry took decisive action. He prayed for rain. Five months later Texas is drier, hotter and on fire. This is definitive proof that either:

  • (a) God hates Rick Perry;
  • (b) God belongs to some other faith and praying to Jesus just pisses Him, Her, It or Them off;
  • (c ) the climate in Texas has nothing to do with religion and instead depends on preventable human behavior and has followed a predictable trajectory since Svante Arrhenius first described the greenhouse phenomenon in 1896;
  • (d) in his New Testament big J explicitly points out that his Dad does not dish out favors while you are still alive, but rather you have to wait until you die (plus various whatnot in Revelations) to find out what He thinks of you, and that if you really need something right now then basement cat might take your request; or
  • (e) all of the above.
  • Drought in Texas, Sept 2011

    Xians are afraid (for no good reason)

    An excellent post from the Blue Collar Atheist at the new Freethought Blogs consortium.

    American Blood: Why the Atheist Fight is Everybody’s Fight

    The story is a month old, so I’m sure you’ve caught the controversy over the mangled-beam cross at the 9/11 memorial site, and the fact that atheists oppose the thing.

    You’ve probably also caught the blowback, which includes online death threats to atheists by nice Christians.

    Responding to the subject on Facebook, a commenter named Janice D. blamed atheists for the whole thing:

    “Yes, the Christians are feeling very threatened in today’s political climate […] Their God IS being kicked out of everywhere in the name of political correctness.”

    To which I say …

    First, is somebody really defending the right of people to make death threats to those who disagree with them?

    Second: IT’S NOT IN THE NAME OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

    It’s in the name of equal rights, and the constitutional principal of separation of church and state.

    To the people being denied those equal rights, a response like Janice’s (definitely not hers alone, by the way) is as offensive and insensitive as all those white bystanders during the civil rights movement, who said stuff like “I just don’t get why these negroes are so angry. Why can’t they just get along?”

    Yes, the Christians are feeling threatened.

    The question remains – Why do American Christians feel threatened? They are still the dominant power in American society so what makes them so fearful of repression? Why are they making claims about how the “powers-that-be” are turning them into second-class citizens? For it is the xians who are the ones attacking minorities, it is xians who are the ones forcing false history into our schools, it is xians who insist that their religious artifacts be placed on public grounds – so why do they think they are being oppressed?

    There are some very frightened folks in America

    or they are a in serious need of psychiatric help

    New York Times now promoting Sharia law

    I have no explanation for this other than the old standby – in times of economic crisis, many will blame the innocent for their own failures. And then there’s that whole “fear of the other” that seems to be an innate part of humanity’s genetic makeup.

    Republican candidates refuse to answer a question

    Gay man confronts Pawlenty

    “I want to address one concern of mine and this is you have not had the courage to stand for me and my friends,” Gabe told Pawlenty. “As a member of the GLBT community, you have not stood for us and that is really hard for me. As someone who supports the [anti-gay] National Organization for Marriage, someone that stands for the definition of marriage between one man and one woman, I thought our country was about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone. No exceptions. So, Tim Pawlenty, I want to know, when will you stand up for me?”

    “That is what I want to know from you today because you are discriminating against me and it hurts. It really does.”

    “I understand we have a difference of opinion on this issue,” Pawlenty replied. “The relationship between a man and a woman in a traditional marriage is important to our country, our society, our culture. I think it should remain elevated, not just in our words but under our laws. And that’s why I have supported laws — in fact, have authored laws — to maintain marriage as between a man and woman.”

    “I support that you have your moral values,” Gabe said, not backing down. “But that is something that is hurting my future and how I get to live my life. And that is something that someone that talks about government getting out of your lives, why does government get involved in our marriages?”

    “We’re just going to have a respectful disagreement,” the candidate said.

    “Do you think I’m a second class citizen?” Gabe asked.

    “We’re just going to have a respectful disagreement, sir,” Pawlenty repeated.

    Pawlenty’s not the only way unwilling to answer the question

    Bachmann spoke at the Iowa state fair. Hundreds gathered to listen. She spoke for only three minutes, then suddenly stopped and rushed away, heckled by Gabe Aderhold, a gay activist. “You treat me like a second-class citizen,” he shouted. “Shame on you.”

    IF any of the Republican candidates were to answer the question with a Constitutionally approved reply – that GLBT citizens should have full and equal rights – they would immediately alienate a substantial portion of their base. A base that claims to love the Constitution, well – except for those bits that they don’t like.

    Look at what happened when Herman Cain apologised to American Muslims following his rather bigoted comments about Muslims

    Cain Takes Weeklong Beating From Conservatives After Apologizing To Muslims

    One more point – the “gay activist” is 17 years old. Now that is one courageous young man.

    Michelle Bachmann: Sucking on the government’s teats

    Ryan Lizza has written an article to be published in the New Yorker

    Mr Lizza was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air about his article and what he found while traveling with the Bachmann campaign

    One takeaway, for me, from the NPR interview

    For someone whose ideology is really defined by a strong dislike for government, if you look at the way she’s supported herself over the years, it’s mostly through the government. After law school, she works at the IRS, she’s there for four years, then in 1992 she starts taking in foster children and does that from 1992-1998 and is paid by the state to do that. She then works briefly for a local charter school and then she starts running for office and becomes first an employee of the state of Minnesota and then a congresswoman, an employee of the federal government. … Her husband is a psychologist [who] has two counseling clinics that like any other medical professional [clinic] takes lots of money from Medicare and Medicaid — and then on top of that, has received generous farm subsidies for a farm he owns in Wisconsin.”

    Funny how that works

    xian love for atheists

    found on PZ’s blog, a screen shot of FoxNews Facebook page

    love letters

    so what was it that inspired such loving words from those who claim they are followers of Jesus?

    Atheist group’s frivolous lawsuit aims to bar ‘cross’ from 9/11 museum

    I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise when they say they believe in the Prince of Peace but at the same time, believe things such as the words found in Numbers 15:32-36

    32 Once, while the Israelites were traveling through the desert, a man was caught gathering firewood on the Sabbath.
    33 He was taken to Moses, Aaron, and the rest of the community.
    34 But no one knew what to do with him, so he was not allowed to leave.
    35 Then the LORD said to Moses, ” Tell the people to take that man outside the camp and stone him to death!”
    36 So he was killed, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

    Their Prince of Peace did have a bit of an ego problem it would appear. When some folks refused to believe he was creating miracles, he had a few words to say, found in Matthew 11:21-24

    21 You people of Chorazin are in for trouble! You people of Bethsaida are in for trouble too! If the miracles that took place in your towns had happened in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have turned to God long ago. They would have dressed in sackcloth and put ashes on their heads. 22 I tell you that on the day of judgment the people of Tyre and Sidon will get off easier than you will. 23 People of Capernaum, do you think you will be honored in heaven? You will go down to hell! If the miracles that took place in your town had happened in Sodom, that town would still be standing. 24 So I tell you that on the day of judgment the people of Sodom will get off easier than you.

    Update: to add a link to One Man’s Blog and his commentariate