Jesus Can’t Get a Few Winks and God Can’t Buy Infiniti

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 5:02 pm

Alarmed at the thought of poor shelter-less citizens invading the public’s well-kept city benches, citizens in Davidson, NC motivated by their “concerned for the safety of the neighborhood” have reported to local officials that a vagrant has set up camp in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

Jesus Schools Taking US Taxpayers for Fools

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 7:53 am

Reporter Stephanie Simon writing for Politico has reported on her findings after reviewing government subsidies granted to parents who choose to abandon public education and instead send their school age children to private schools, including hundreds of theological schools. Simon reports that in 2014 US taxpayers will pay nearly $1 billion to subsidize the private education, and in many cases this means the religious education and indoctrination, of grammar and secondary school children across America by providing publicly paid for “vouchers” to their parents.

Late Night: South African Church Leaders Have Seen This All Before

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 8:00 pm

The South African Council of Churches urged its member churches to “campaign for greater awareness on all Palestinian struggles in general and the plight of Palestinian Christians in particular,” and requested that member congregations “dedicate Sunday services on March 16th during the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign to reflect and pray for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.” The ecumenical group made the appeal after its Triennial Conference which took place in February.

Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwah Against Critter Killers

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 11:30 am

The World Wildlife Fund released a statement in support of the declared religious prohibition of hunting endangered species, calling the world’s first religious law protecting threatened wild creatures “a positive step forward,” which “provides a spiritual aspect and raises moral awareness which will help us in our work to protect and save the remaining wildlife in the country such as the critically endangered tigers and rhinos.”

Money, Medicine, Marijuana and Moonbeams: Comcast Airs Pot Advert

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 5:12 pm

The national cable network Comcast began running what is the first advertisement regarding medical cannabis of the post-prohibition era. The advertisement, that has begun to run in markets where medical cannabis has been legalized through acts by state legislatures, including in Illinois and New York, will be rolled out into additional markets that are served both by Comcast Cable and by elected officials who understand the humanity in providing medicines to our sick neighbors.

When The Pope Says ‘Maternal Tenderness’ He Ain’t Thinking Hillary

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 5:08 pm

The people’s pope ventured again into precarious doctrinal waters when he recently made comments suggesting that he believes that human ‘fundamentalism’ has been a barrier to advancement. The pope shared his analysis with 120 priests who are the leaders of Catholic religious orders in a meeting in Switzerland this past November.

Max Blumenthal Begins “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” Book Tour With Democracy Now Appearance

By: Friday October 4, 2013 4:00 pm

Author and journalist Max Blumenthal’s second book came out on October 1. Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel recounts Blumenthal’s four-year quest to fully cover, document and chronicle Israel’s inexorable tilt to a country so far to the right, so authoritarian, so overtly racist, so defiant of international standards, that it risks becoming more than a bit like North Korea in the ways it turns inward, denying the reality of the world’s perception of what the small nation actually is.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Frederic C. Rich, Christian Nation: A Novel

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 1:59 pm

How and why evangelicals persist, what motivates their zealotry and what they would do with power if they got it—these are the “What-ifs” Frederic C. Rich asks through his characters and a counterfactual storyline that takes readers from a key historical tipping point—the election and subsequent death of John McCain in 2008—through plausible plot twists and fictional conflicts that remain deeply rooted in the very real people, politics and ideologies that even today are significant forces in American life.

NPR Profiles a Few of the Crazies Rick Perry’s Praying and Fasting with Tomorrow

By: Friday August 5, 2011 10:30 am

NPR had a really excellent story about just how fringe and nutty the Secessionist’s Saturday Fundiefest is. Just look at this cast of characters.

New Light on the Dangers of Millennialism to our Military

By: Saturday April 24, 2010 8:00 am

A young Army Major’s Masters thesis is making the rounds. Some believe his essay presages the persecution of Christans by the anti-Christ Obama. Others see in his thinking a message that goes beyond the dangers of Christian millennialism and touches upon the perils our country encounters by endorsing or cursing any fundamentalism, without engaging the issues through clear thinking.

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