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Reverend Terry Greer, Pastor Charged With Killing Wife →

For years, Greer, 53, seemed to be a model pastor. He landed a prime job with one of north Alabama’s largest United Methodist congregations. Colleagues praised him as a preacher. Congregants called his marriage to wife Lisa loving.

But health problems forced him from the pulpit, and he was haunted by what his lawyer calls personal, psychological and professional struggles.

Now, friends and colleagues are struggling to understand how Greer ended up charged with killing his wife and wounding their daughter during a shooting in their church-owned home Jan. 10.


On the Media: The Church of Scientology has been notoriously unwelcoming of investigation into its inner workings, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has just released a new book that delves deep into the history and practices of the Church, including its hostility toward reporters and strong ties with Hollywood. Bob Garfield talks to Wright about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief.

On The Media: The Church of Scientology has been notoriously unwelcoming of investigation into its inner workings, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright has just released a new book that delves deep into the history and practices of the Church, including its hostility toward reporters and strong ties with Hollywood. Bob Garfield talks to Wright about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief.


Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The ‘Nones’

According to Harvard professor Robert Putnam, who writes about religion, this young generation has been distancing itself from community institutions and from institutions in general.
"They’re the same people who are also not joining the Elks Club or the Rotary Club," Putnam tells Greene. "I don’t mean to be casting that as a critique of them, but this same younger generation is much less involved in many of the main institutions of our society than previous younger generations were."
The trend, Putnam says, is borne out of rebellion of sorts.
"It begins to jump at around 1990," he says. "These were the kids who were coming of age in the America of the culture wars, in the America in which religion publicly became associated with a particular brand of politics, and so I think the single most important reason for the rise of the unknowns is that combination of the younger people moving to the left on social issues and the most visible religious leaders moving to the right on that same issue."

Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The ‘Nones’

According to Harvard professor Robert Putnam, who writes about religion, this young generation has been distancing itself from community institutions and from institutions in general.

"They’re the same people who are also not joining the Elks Club or the Rotary Club," Putnam tells Greene. "I don’t mean to be casting that as a critique of them, but this same younger generation is much less involved in many of the main institutions of our society than previous younger generations were."

The trend, Putnam says, is borne out of rebellion of sorts.

"It begins to jump at around 1990," he says. "These were the kids who were coming of age in the America of the culture wars, in the America in which religion publicly became associated with a particular brand of politics, and so I think the single most important reason for the rise of the unknowns is that combination of the younger people moving to the left on social issues and the most visible religious leaders moving to the right on that same issue."

IF you believe that god is moral, and IF you believe that god defines morality, then on which basis can you determine that god is moral?
Tracie Harris, The Atheist Experience #795. Paraphrased. (via jewishatheist)
Source : jewishatheist
The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists. She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop.
Hindu spiritual guru Asaram Bapu
Source : Slate

Mosque arsonist tells court: ‘I only know what I hear on Fox News’ →

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.

Linn explained to the court that he had gotten “riled up” after watching Fox News.

“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.”

Raw Story (http://s.tt/1xuMg)

Here’s that Bryan Fischer video:

God Did Not Protect Connecticut Shooting Victims Because Prayer Banned In Schools.

Essentially, what he’s saying is, God’s OK with what happened at that school.

battalogeo: A response to Tim Minchin. →

[I cut out just the relevant segment of ajbuchan's post, there was a lot more.]

ajbuchan:

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?

You should really watch this:

Source : ajbuchan