On Monday - after last year’s landmark, three-month trial ended in the first criminal conviction of a church administrator for covering up the crimes of deviate priests - the last two defendants, the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former parochial schoolteacher Bernard Shero, are to go to trial.
A rightwing website is working to convince its readers that CBS is mocking Tim Tebow and Christianity by featuring out actor Neil Patrick Harris in its Super Bowl ads.
Calling Harris an “outspoken homosexual actor,” WND.com points out that the CBS sitcom star was used in spots advertising next month’s Super Bowl. In the ad, Harris has blackeye paint that lists the date of the football game.
Happy New Year’s Eve! Remember, if someone says “Happy Holidays” to you, it’s important to be insulted by someone wishing you well and to remind them that the New Year is the reason for the holiday.
That is, if you want to look like a hollow shell of a person.
Anyway, just in case you were about to crack a smile before watching the ball drop, here’s a reminder that lots of people still think morality is synonymous with admiring a guy who drowned every human being on the planet.
Fox News shits pants over atheism. You’re going to want to watch for the yucks.
An Indiana man convicted of setting fire to a mosque in Ohio told a judge on Wednesday that he committed the crimes because Fox News and conservative talk radio had convinced him that “most Muslims are terrorists.”
Randolph Linn, 52, accepted a plea deal in which he pled guilty to all charges in connection to setting a fire in the prayer room at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on Sept. 30. Under the deal, Linn is expected to serve 20 years in prison instead of 40.
“And I was more sad when Judge [Jack] Zouhary asked him that, ‘Do you know any Muslims or do you know what Islam is?’” one mosque member who attended the hearing recalled to WNWO. “And he said, ‘No, I only know what I hear on Fox News and what I hear on radio.’”
“Muslims are killing Americans and trying to blow stuff up,” Linn also reportedly told the judge. “Most Muslims are terrorists and don’t believe in Jesus Christ.”
What exactly is to love about this? Churches have found a way to exploit a technicality so they can unconstitutionally use public grounds and, therefore, public resources and money to advertise their religious myth? Why can’t they be happy putting a display on their own church grounds? Churches have plenty of land, usually in areas of high visibility, with plenty of room for a Nativity display, living or otherwise. They don’t need to drain public funds to do it, they get enough of that by not having to pay taxes.
Unconstitutional my left cheek.
It is 100% constitutional to do what these people are doing.
I think your intolerance is showing.
This isn’t an argument, it’s just contradiction.
You can’t use public resources to advertise a religious belief, jackass.
You are a tool. You have absolutely no understanding of constitutional rights in America. Those people have EVERY RIGHT to dress up biblical and play act the Nativity. Try to arrest them or deny them, see what happens.
1) Asserting your opposition to my argument more forcefully doesn’t provide extra content. You haven’t addressed the crux of my argument, that is, that for a church to use public grounds to promote its views is unconstitutional. You can’t just scream THEY HAVE THE RIGHT BLARRGH!
2) I didn’t say they didn’t have the right nor did I say anything about arresting anyone. C’mon, you’re being unreasonable and thoughtless here. Why can’t you address my original comments? The Church has plenty of tax free land, it’s a violation of the first amendment to proselytize using public resources. If they have a display that requires any maintenance or electricity that’s public resources being usurped by a religious organization. Even if they’re just capitalizing on the fact that parks are kept clean, safe and welcoming, they’re exploiting taxpayer money and using it to advertise for their religion. Every other business has to pay for that privilege. Churches don’t even pay into the communities that support them.
3) I’m not sure I appreciate the vague threat of “see what happens” Are you threatening me?
There is an abundance of evidence for the reliability of the New Testament’s eye-witness accounts of his life.
Really? An abundance. Well, in the more than half a decade I’ve been atheist blogging and studying religious claims worldwide I’ve heard about none. Although, I must say, I’ve sure heard a lot of people make these types of cocksure claims about evidence without presenting any.
There really was a man named Jesus of Nazareth who came to be called ‘Christ’.
I deny that, show me a single piece of extra-Biblical evidence of this.
There really was a trial, a sentencing and an execution of a man who didn’t deserve it.
First of all, there’s also no record of that, unless you’d like to produce some. Even the accounts in the Bible vary, probably because they’re slightly different versions of the same myth that had previously been passed down orally.
Second, within the context of the story, what makes you think Jesus didn’t deserve what happened? He wasn’t wrongfully accused, he was truly guilty of the crime he was charged with. You could say that the crime was bullshit or that death was severe, but you make it sound like he was innocent.
There is evidence that what happened next changed that part of the world in a way that meant his followers went around sharing about his life and ministry with the world around them, risking their lives for the sake of their message.
You can’t just say there is evidence and think that that counts. Back it up! Show me the evidence. Of course, this point doesn’t even matter because proving that the spread of the story of Jesus changed the world doesn’t prove the story true. It just proves the story effective. Superstitious people, near cavemen really, living in fearful times under a dictatorship, of course this story of hope and redemption appealed to them. Of course power structure was fearful of it.
What does Minchin think happened instead of this?
I can’t speak for him, but I bet part of what he believes happened was a guy didn’t rise from the dead and promise a magical kingdom of supernatural wonder to the ghosts housed within the bones of all who apologized to him for masturbating.
Why would you create a story and risk your own life in sharing it, and die for it like many have?
A university’s Christian society has banned women from speaking at events and teaching at meetings, unless they are accompanied by their husband, it has been revealed.
The Bristol University Christian Union (BUCU) had originally decided women would be allowed to teach at meetings after their international secretary resigned in protest, but the group has since changed its policy.
This year, Loudoun County leaders hoped to avoid yet another season of controversy and media attention over the placement of holiday displays on the Leesburg courthouse grounds.
But the focus on Loudoun’s infamous annual debate has only heightened in recent weeks after local atheists presented readings from Charles Darwin on the public property — and county Supervisor Kenneth D. “Ken” Reid (R-Leesburg) referred to the the group as “terrorists” for their continued opposition to religious displays on the grounds.