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America is Turning Secular Much Faster Than We Realise


Next week Jesus gets the full Hollywood treatment with the launch of Son of God, a movie biopic that Christian groups are determined will take America by storm, much like the History Channel mini-series on The Bible did last year. From Los Angeles to Houston multiplex cinemas have been block-booked for the February 28 premiere, in what promises to be a stark display of mega-church muscle. [Read more]

Kate Logan’s ‘An Act of Love’ Tells Story Of United Methodist Minister Frank Schaefer

Late last year a story made national headlines and reignited a decades-old debate about the way religion intersects with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Frank Schaefer, a former Methodist Pastor, was convicted by a jury for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding and subsequently defrocked from his position in the clergy. The story sent shockwaves through the religious queer community, and now a documentary is underway in order to provide visibility to Schaefer’s journey. [Read more]

Can Catholics Still Criticize the UN?

Pope-Francis-2[1]The healthy human reaction whenever the United Nations says something is to ignore it, and hope that, like a singing drunk outside your window, it will simply go away. The normal Catholic’s reaction to a UN attack on the Church ought to be to rally ’round, to refute the thing point by point, and to lobby Congress to cut off U.S. funding. But after reading the UN’s recent report on the Church and the protection of children’s rights, I simply can’t do that. Not on this topic. [Read more]

Starnes: Government Will Attempt To Criminalize The Bible ‘Within Our Lifetime’

In was on Bryan Fischer’s radio show last week where we first heard the absurd right-wing theory that the FCC was planning on stationing agents in newsrooms all over the country in order to “monitor” what sort of stories they ran. The entire thing turned out to be total nonsense, but the Right threw such a collective fit that the FCC pulled the plug on the study. [Read more]

Hindu fundamentalists vs. Hinduism: Column

1393193319000-prothero[1]After the egging, the pulping. In London in 2003, a protester threw an egg at University of Chicago Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger, who was lecturing on the popular Hindu epic the Ramayana. The egg missed its mark, but during the Q&A other protesters continued the assault, insisting that non-Hindus like Doniger had no right to tell them what Hinduism is all about. [Read more]

Robo-Jesus is ‘Resurrected’ at Buenos Aires Christian Theme Park 

tierrasanta14n-4-web[1]If you’re waiting for the New Jerusalem, wait no longer. Tierra Santa, a religious theme park in Buenos Aires, is bringing the Bible to life with plaster, fiberglass, and just the right amount of kitsch. The sprawling 17-acre park is a miniature holy city, complete with a fake palm trees, centurions, and a Wailing Wall. It takes visitors through 36 events in the Messiah’s life for a small fee. But nuns get in for free. [Read more]

Alabama House Approves Ten Commandments Bill

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public schools and state buildings. Representatives voted 77-19 Thursday for the proposed constitutional amendment that would also have to be approved by voters. [Read more]

PACKING HOLY HEAT: Jesus will return to Earth with an AR-15 assault rifle, advocate predicts

jesus21n-2-web[1]The Prince of Peace will be armed with a piece when he returns … or so says one gun rights advocate. Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President William (Jerry) Boykin predicted the Son of God will have an AR-15 assault rifle at the Second Coming. Boykin, a retired Army lieutenant general who now works at the lobbying group, was paraphrasing the biblical prophecy in Revelation 19 that describes Jesus returning to Earth as a “warrior” with a “sharp sword.” But he believes the scripture is due for an upgrade. [Read more]

Unprecedented Attack On Evolution ‘Indoctrination’ Mounted In Missouri

pvuik3r9p5k3npsqesnt[1]A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would require schools to notify parents if “the theory of evolution by natural selection” was being taught at their child’s school and give them the opportunity to opt out of the class. The bill had its first public hearing Thursday after being introduced in late January. State Rep. Rick Brattin (R), who sponsored the bill, told a local TV station last week that teaching only evolution in school was “indoctrination.” [Read more]