A little over a month after passing a bill to ban Shariah Law, Oklahoma was hit by a massive tornado that has killed at least 24, destroyed many homes and businesses, and pretty leveled the suburbs of Oklahoma city. The tornado was described as a "two-mile long lawnmower blade" (sounds like God to me). Oklahoma also has a history of intolerance towards homosexuality which also contributed to God causes such horrific death and damage.
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White smoke n'at - the new Pope is the former Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He'll be known as Francis. Bergoglio comes as a bit of a surprise pick, as he was not considered to be one of the leading candidates by most.
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Posted to Religion on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:45:49 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by Acefantastik). RSS.
Forget the devil made me do it defense, Republicans near you now saying, "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." I guess the problem with the Catholic priests wasn't the rape, it was the fact that they were putting it in the wrong hole...
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Assassinating a 14 year old girl?
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Jesus said to them, "My wife
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin authorities report a shooting attack on a Sikh temple. At least 7 people are reported dead, including the gunman who police say was "put down" by a responding officer. Area hospitals were told to be ready for up to 30 wounded, but much less than that have shown up.
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Yeah you couldn't tell from the guy's photo... Not at all.
Jonathan Merritt, the son of famous evangelist James Merritt, has become a prominent evangelical blogger, writing for, among others, USA Today and The Atlantic (where he most recently wrote about his support of Chick-fil-A). Turns out he's, as Queerty puts it, also "a deeply conflicted gay man" who just got busted for canoodling with gay blogger Azariah Southworth.
Southworth outed Merritt in his blog this week, so Merritt responded by admitting his "inappropriate" actions to evangelist blogger Ed Stetzer.
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On America's Christian right, no one needs any excuses to hate Muslims. US Congresswoman Michele Bachmann figures all Muslims probably have connections to Islamism and terrorism (not to mention Moon worship), so she "sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government."
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Many "radical Islamists" think their God endorses destroying cultural icons that affront their religious notions, for whatever trivial reasons they can come up with from time to time. In 2001, Afghanistan's Taliban government destroyed two statues of Buddha in Bamiyan because they were "graven images" that were "unIslamic". Now, fighters of another radical Islamic movement, "Ansar Dine" in Mali, have been destroying Mali's cultural heritage by desecrating tombs of Sufi saints in Timbuktu and by other acts that have been called war crimes by International Criminal Court spokesmen.
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With the situation in Syria getting out of control (graphic), the world has responded to the situation by expelling Syrian diplomats from a variety of nations around the world. Over 100 people were killed in Houla, many of them unarmed children and small infants. The majority of the victims were dispatched execution style with small arms. UN Envoy Kofi Annan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to explain to him that the crimes against humanity would lead to stronger action by the international community and need to stop. Syria is currently in the middle of a 15 month long rebellion against the 5 decade rule of the Ba'ath party.
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Pat Robertson came out in favour of decriminalising marijuana on one of his recent 700 Club broadcasts, and blamed drug-related over-incarceration on liberals. He now figures he has become "a hero of the hippie culture".
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Posted to Religion on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 08:29:44 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by Acefantastik). RSS.
Two infected individuals that attended the Super Bowl spread measles to at least 13 anti-vaccination families. Without vaccination, the number of exposed would have been in the hundreds of thousands, according to disease epidemiology experts. A modest proposal - anyone that doesn't get the normal course of childhood vaccines (and their parents) should have to wear a big biohazard symbol on their chest at all times, so the rest of us know who to stay the hell away from.
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Posted to Religion on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 01:07:28 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by Acefantastik). RSS.
According to their unmarried editor Kathrine Jean Lopez, it's sinful and immoral for married people to use contraception, because "When that petition is made for contraception, it's going to make pleasure the point of the act, and any time pleasure becomes the point rather than the fruit of the act, the other person becomes the means to that end. And we're actually going to hurt the people we love." So the next time you have sex with your wife and use contraception, keep in mind that in anti-contraceptive conservative's eyes you're just a step away from raping her. Particularly amusing advice from an unmarried (and presumably virgin) middle aged woman and (theoretically) chaste unmarried Catholic priests, but there it is.
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Nicki Minaj, regardless of your opinion as to whether she is talented or talentless, has raised the hackles of the religious. Her recent Grammy appearance has some Catholics raising the Blasphemy battle flag, and the airwaves are fairly humming with the combined outrage of the Bill Donohoes and Bill Donohoe-wannabes pontificating on the tasteless portent of the end times that Minaj's performance represents. A prime example is Michael Gerson, over at the Washington Post. Gerson is apparently of the opinion that Minaj's blasphemy heralds the collapse of civilization-- no, I'm not joking. "Some believe it is a transparent publicity stunt. Others believe it is the sign of a collapsing civilization. We should stop all this bickering. There is no reason it can't be both."
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Should religiously affiliated employers be required to provide full contraceptive coverage to female employees in their health care plans? One proposed federal rule to that effect ignited firestorms of protest from Catholics and Republicans, and another has already been proposed.
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