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November 13, 2006
cross.gif NY Times: Theocracy Fears Overblown

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There’s been a lot of talk about the tantalizing announcement of Thomas Pynchon’s new novel, “Against the Day,” coming later this month. But let me draw attention to a throwaway line from the one-page excerpt in the publisher’s catalog that may have escaped your notice. “It’s O.K, we’re open-minded,” says the leader of a gang interrupted in the midst of a robbery; “couple boys in the outfit are evangelicals.”

The setting is Colorado in 1899, but Pynchon has his eye on the present. And part of the job of a writer in 2006, so it seems, is to comment on evangelicals or “conservative Christians” more generally, the way that many writers in the late ’60s and early ’70s -- novelists, poets, cultural critics, anyone whose opinions regularly appeared in print -- felt obliged to weigh in on blackness, often with embarrassing results.

In their fictional guise, evangelicals and their kin -- fundamentalists, Pentecostals and all manner of weird cultists calling fervently on the name of Jesus -- are usually side characters, rarely protagonists, except, of course, in the alternative universe of so-called Christian fiction, where all the protagonists are evangelicals, and in coming-of-age stories in which a youthful protagonist attains enlightenment and leaves faith behind. Sometimes these fictional evangelicals are ominous figures: glassy-eyed pro-lifers hellbent on murdering doctors and bombing abortion clinics, or charismatic psychopaths like the villain in Henning Mankell’s “Before the Frost,” who is mentored by Jim Jones of Jonestown fame. Mostly, though, they are drawn in broadly satiric strokes (see for example the “moaners” of the First Resurrectionist Maritime Assembly for God in Carl Hiaasen’s new novel, “Nature Girl”). Charmless, ignorant, homophobic and either brazenly hypocritical or obnoxiously sincere, they quote Scripture unctuously and have bad sex.

“Darwin,” muses a clueless Pentecostal mother in Kelly Kerney’s novel “Born Again.” “Isn’t that the guy who thinks God is a monkey?”

A reader who moves from the fiction shelf to the stacks of reportage and commentary may experience cognitive dissonance. The evangelical buffoons who populate so many novels these days seem hardly capable of organizing a local witch-burning, yet their nonfictional counterparts are said to be on the verge of turning these United States into a theocracy. (See, for starters, Kevin Phillips’s “American Theocracy” and Michelle Goldberg’s “Kingdom Coming.”)

Continue reading "NY Times: Theocracy Fears Overblown" »

November 02, 2006
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From Charlotte Observer

The Rev. Dan Burrell of Charlotte's Northside Baptist Church has lost faith in politics. Two years ago, Burrell, an outspoken Christian conservative, registered voters, distributed Christian Coalition voter guides and urged the 3,000 members of his church to the polls.

Not this year.

Burrell said his disillusionment with the national Republican Party -- sparked by the war in Iraq, the Mark Foley scandal, and lagging action on conservative social issues -- won't stop him from voting.

But his extra effort these days is focused on saving souls, not electing politicians.

"In terms of major get-out-the-vote campaigns, frankly, we're going to be focused more on the work of the Gospel and ministering to our local community," he said.

As Election Day looms, political activists are eyeing Burrell and others like him, trying to perform a critical election-year calculation: Will the religious right turn out as strongly as in the past?

The question is an especially important one for Republicans fighting to maintain control of Congress. The party credited Christian conservative turnout two years ago as a major factor in President Bush's re-election. Their votes could prove decisive this year in an election that Democrats -- motivated by years of losses -- are eager to win.

"They are the bulwarks that the Republicans have against really catastrophic losses," said Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "If Republicans are going to hold on to really either house of Congress, it's going to be important on Election Day that conservative religious voters ... turn out in significant numbers." READ IT ALL

October 29, 2006
cross.gif Andrew Sullivan: "The backwoods folk are beginning to doubt Bush"

From The Sunday Times UK [hat tip Jesus General]

... The party’s strategy, after all, has long been not to persuade moderate, suburban America, but to register, organise and mobilise millions of rural evangelical voters who had not voted in large numbers since the 1920s.

Issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage brought these voters to the polls and made the difference. Without them in Ohio in 2004, John Kerry would now be president. The Republicans also gerrymandered their constituencies to ensure these voters were spread around enough to provide narrow margins of victories across the country. The victories were always close ones, nonetheless.

Until recently the rural evangelicals have stuck with the president, in part to honour the fallen, and out of admirable patriotism and trust. It is hard to believe that your son or daughter died or is permanently crippled for a bungled cause. But if the facade cracks, if these rural voters begin to believe they have been misled, then the rock-solid patriotic support could become something else. It would not, in my judgment, fade into indifference. It could turn into rage. READ IT ALL

October 22, 2006
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From Newsweek

If the elections for Congress were held today, according to the new NEWSWEEK poll, 60 percent of white Evangelicals would support the Republican candidate in their district, compared to just 31 percent who would back the Democrat. To the uninitiated, that may sound like heartening news for Republicans in the autumn of their discontent. But if you’re a pundit, a pol, or a preacher, you know better. White Evangelicals are a cornerstone of the GOP’s base; in 2004, exit polls found Republicans carried white Evangelicals 3 to 1 over Democrats, winning 74 percent of their votes. In turn, Evangelicals carried the GOP to victory. But with a little more than two weeks before the crucial midterms, the Republican base may be cracking. READ IT ALL

October 20, 2006
cross.gif NPR's 'All Things Considered': Evangelicals and the Vote

A two part series:
Part I: Republicans Zig; Will Christian Conservatives Zag?, October 18, 2006
Part II: Democratic Party Embraces 'Values' Debate, October 19, 2006

[hat tip Theocracy Watch]

October 16, 2006
cross.gif David Kuo on 60 Minutes: "The name of God is being destroyed in the name of politics"

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October 13, 2006
cross.gif Olbermann Tempting Faith Part 2

Rove on the faith-based initiative: “I don’t know. Just get me a fucking faith-based thing. Got it?”

You can read a rough transcript here.

Related: David Kuo's Tempting Faith

October 12, 2006
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If you missed MSNBC's Countdown last night, the above is essential viewing. We documented the highlights and an overview here.

ThinkProgress just printed another excerpt from Tempting Faith—which is the subject of the MSNBC report above—set just prior to Bush’s 2001 inauguration:

Every other White House office was up and running. The faith-based initiative still operated out of the nearly vacant transition offices.

Three days later, a Tuesday, Karl Rove summoned [Don] Willett [a former Bush aide from Texas who initially shepharded the program] to his office to announce that the entire faith-based initiative would be rolled out the following Monday. Willett asked just how -- without a director, staff, office, or plan -- the president could do that. Rove looked at him, took a deep breath, and said, “I don’t know. Just get me a fucking faith-based thing. Got it?” Willett was shown the door.

Charming, Turd Blossom.

October 11, 2006
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Tempting Faith claims Rove referred to evangelicals as "the nuts"

According to MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, an upcoming book titled Tempting Faith: An Inside Account of the Rise of Christian Conservatives, and Their Betrayal by the Bush White House is guaranteed to create a stir among Bush's evangelical base. According to the book's author David Kuo— a self-proclaimed religious Christian and the former Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives— the Bush White House used the evangelical right and its leaders for their votes with no intention of following-through with their campaign promises once elected.

Kuo's book claims that Bush's right-hand-man, Karl Rove, referred to the religious right as "the nuts," "out of control," "goofy," and "ridiculous," while recruiting them to ensure a strong turn-out in the 2004 election.

From Tempting Faith:

"National christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as 'ridiculous' 'out of control' and 'just plain goofy.'"

MSNBC reports that Tempting Faith underlines how the White House "uses evangelicals for their votes while consistently giving them nothing in return." The book details how leaders, such as James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and Ted Haggard, were granted meetings and phone calls with the White House to appease them but that, according to Kuo, "the true purpose of these calls was to keep prominent social conservatives and their groups or audiences happy."

Further, Kuo says evangelical leaders were allowed to meet with Bush and attend his political gatherings when he was visiting their respective states to pad their egos. The White House awarded evangelical leaders with trinkets (such as cufflinks bearing the presidential seal) to show how influential they were.

"Making politically active christians personally happy," claims Kuo, "meant having to worry far less about the Christian political agenda."

In regard to his tenure at the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, Kuo claims that "the White House staff didn't want to have anything to do with the faith-based initiative because they didn't understand it any more than did Congressional Republicans.... they didn't lie awake at night trying to kill it, they simply didn't care."

According to Kuo, Bush even fabricated the amount the White House intended to spend on faith-based initiatives to mobilize his evangelical base. Kuo recalls one conversation with Bush where the president endorsed inflating the amount of money he planned to secure: "Eight Billion. That's what we'll tell them," said Bush. "Eight Billion in new funds for faith-based groups." Kuo claims the White House was especially interested in attracting evangelical voters with inflated promises since "the faith-based initiative.... had the potential to successfully evangelize more voters than any other."

Kuo ultimately resigned from his White House post after claiming that "there was minimal senior White House commitment to the faith-based agenda." He told Beliefnet that "from tax cuts to Medicare," Bush never cared about the "poor people stuff."

As Olbermann pointed out on MSNBC, Kuo was not alone in his frustration. His former boss also resigned from his White House post claiming that politics were king in the Bush administration.

Tempting Faith claims the White House is "mocking the millions of faithful Christians who put their trust and hope in the president and his administration. Bush knew his so-called compassion agenda was languishing and had no problem with that."

Tempting Faith is due to hit the shelves next week.

UPDATE: Crooks & Liars has the video: Video - WMV  Video - QT

[a big Hat Tip to DefCon]

October 09, 2006
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This is one of the most infuriating articles we've read in a while. From Boston Globe [hat tip Defcon]

For six decades, CARE has been a vital ally to the US government. It supplied the famed CARE packages to Europe's starving masses after World War II, and its work with the poor has been celebrated by US presidents. So the group was thrilled when it received a major contract from the Bush administration to fight AIDS in Africa and Asia.

But this time, instead of accolades came attacks. Religious conservatives contended that the $50 million contract, under which CARE was to distribute money to both secular and faith-based groups, was being guided by an organization out of touch with religious values.

Senator Rick Santorum , a Pennsylvania Republican, charged last year that CARE was "anti-American" and "promoted a pro-prostitution agenda." Focus on the Family, the religious group headed by James Dobson , said the agency that delivered the contract, the US Agency for International Development, was a "liberal cancer."

The complaining paid off. CARE's $50 million contract is being phased out this year; it has been replaced with a $200 million program of grants that is targeted at faith-based providers, and overseen by USAID itself. READ IT ALL

Related: Part 1: Bush brings faith to foreign aid - The Boston Globe

October 07, 2006
cross.gif GOP's Hold on Evangelicals Weakening

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From Washington Post [hat tip Theocracy Watch]

Lynn Sunde, an evangelical Christian, is considering what for her is a radical step. Come November, she may vote for a Democrat for Congress.

Sunde, 35, manages a coffee shop and attends a nondenominational Bible church. "You're never going to agree with one party on everything, so for me the key has always been the religion issues -- abortion, the marriage amendment" to ban same-sex unions, she said.

That means she consistently votes Republican. But, she said, she is starting to worry about the course of the Iraq war, and she finds the Internet messages from then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to teenage boys "pretty sickening." When she goes into the voting booth this time, she said, "I'm going to think twice. . . . I'm not going to vote party line as much as to vote issues."

Even a small shift in the loyalty of conservative Christian voters such as Sunde could spell trouble for the GOP this fall. In 2004, white evangelical or born-again Christians made up a quarter of the electorate, and 78 percent of them voted Republican, according to exit polls. But some pollsters believe that evangelical support for the GOP peaked two years ago and that what has been called the "God gap" in politics is shrinking.

A nationwide poll of 1,500 registered voters released yesterday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 57 percent of white evangelicals are inclined to vote for Republican congressional candidates in the midterm elections, a 21-point drop in support among this critical part of the GOP base.

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October 04, 2006
cross.gif Pastors Blatantly Defying The Law To Get Out The Vote For The GOP

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Rev. Rick Scarborough, the Patriot Pastor

The LA Times has a great overview of what's currently going on:

With a pivotal election five weeks away, leaders on the religious right have launched an all-out drive to get Christians from pew to voting booth. Their target: the nearly 30 million Americans who attend church at least once a week but did not vote in 2004.

Their efforts at times push legal limits on church involvement in partisan campaigns. That is by design. With control of Congress at stake Nov. 7, those guiding the movement say they owe it to God and to their own moral principles to do everything they can to keep social conservatives in power.

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September 12, 2006
cross.gif In The Swing State Of Colorado, Bush Is Even Losing Ground In The Megachurches

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Faith Bible Chapel, Arvada, CO

From NYTimes

Leaving services Sunday morning at Faith Bible Chapel, an evangelical megachurch, Jim McBride, a pilot who served in Vietnam, said he was not happy with President Bush’s handling of Iraq. And he displayed little inclination to rethink his position despite the White House’s new push to focus this year’s Congressional elections on which party will keep the nation safer.

“I do have a bit of mistrust,” said Mr. McBride, who said that he twice voted for Mr. Bush but that he is now disappointed -- a sentiment he said is shared by many in his Bible study group. “The whole thing about W.M.D. and that Iraq is somehow tied to 9/11, I just don’t believe it.”

Mr. Bush has plenty of supporters in this Denver suburb and the surrounding cities, an evenly divided swing district that is a bellwether in the battle for control of the House. But interviews over the last three days here found Republicans, Democrats and independents all expressing degrees of skepticism about Mr. Bush’s motives in delivering a set of high-profile speeches on terrorism and the war in Iraq two months before Election Day.

While it is too early to know whether the White House will succeed in winning over enough voters to make a difference in what is shaping up as a tight race, the interviews suggested that Mr. Bush’s newest efforts to cast his party as better suited than Democrats to defend the country had yet to overcome concern and anger among many voters about Iraq and a more generalized sense of discontent with the administration.

“I have been a Republican all my life, but we have just gotten to the point where we may need a change,” said Shannon Abote, an Arvada resident who was stopping at Starbucks for a coffee on Monday morning.

Continue reading "In The Swing State Of Colorado, Bush Is Even Losing Ground In The Megachurches" »

August 25, 2006
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From Raw Story:

In a lengthy interview with Florida Baptist Witness, struggling U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris asserts, among other things, that the separation of church and state is a fallacy.

"We have to have the faithful in government and over time," the Witness quotes Harris as saying, "that lie we have been told, the separation of church and state, people have internalized, thinking that they needed to avoid politics and that is so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers."

Excerpted answers from the interview follow:

On civil rights for gays: "Civil rights have to do with individual rights and I don't think they apply to the gay issues. I have not supported gay marriage and I do not support any civil rights actions with regard to homosexuality."

When asked if abortion is a moral evil: "Yes. Because it's a life, it's a life. Life begins at conception."

Stem cell research: "I'm the only candidate in the primary or general who's voted against embryonic stem cell research and has voted for cord blood research and adult stem cell research. ... There are no successes for embryonic. That is why the private sector is not involved and there is no justification for taking a live embryo and destroying it."

Regarding the Florida primary: "Florida is the forerunner state. ...[W]hat happens in Florida sets the trend for what happens nationally. And with this election, if Bill Nelson wins, it’s going to be a very frightening proposition in 2008 in the presidential elections because whoever wins Florida will win the presidency."

The interview in full is available here. [hat tip Huffpost]

August 08, 2006
cross.gif And They Just Keep Multiplying Like Flies

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From Time:

The least known but one of the most eagerly courted, screening committees for the next G.O.P. presidential nominee met recently in Colorado Springs, Colo., amid the panoramic opulence of the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort. The four-day meeting of affluent Evangelicals was billed as a "summer family retreat," and the kids rode ponies and played water sports while their folks chewed over immigration and gay marriage. The political group, called Legacy, aims for mystique: it has received no media attention and is unknown even on the Web. Yet all the marquee '08 Republican candidates have spoken to Legacy or met with its founders, having come to regard the group as a prime audience in these early days of raising money and trying to conjure momentum. "If you're running for President," said a close associate of President George W. Bush's, "it is the place to go." One of the group's first projects: supplying cash and ground troops to help South Dakota's John Thune beat Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle in 2004. Thune, a presidential prospect, electrified the Broadmoor audience, which also heard from Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn of Texas.

Continue reading "And They Just Keep Multiplying Like Flies" »

August 03, 2006
cross.gif Conservatives Love States' Rights, Until It Comes To Jesus

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R-Carlsbad and Mayor Jerry Sanders praise the unanimous Senate vote to place the Soledad cross under federal protection

From SignOnSanDiego:

The U.S. Senate approved a plan yesterday to transfer land beneath the Mount Soledad cross to the federal government, bolstering supporters who have been fending off efforts to remove the monument for nearly two decades.

The Senate's unanimous vote sent the cross-transfer plan to President Bush, which he is expected to sign. It creates what some consider an entirely new dynamic in the battle over the cross at the Mount Soledad war memorial, though others say the action is another hopeless attempt to preserve a symbol on city land that courts have said unconstitutionally favors one religion over others.

James McElroy, the attorney representing Philip Paulson — the Vietnam War veteran and atheist who filed a lawsuit over the Mount Soledad cross in 1989 — said the bill is “still unconstitutional.” [...]

“I guess the Senate has a short memory,” he said. “You've got a local issue here. What business does the federal government have getting involved?” [read it all]

July 26, 2006
cross.gif Holy Toledo: The Religious Right In Ohio

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Rod Parsley, an important evangelical force in Ohio

The New Yorker has an essential article on the religious right in Ohio. Theocrats like megachurch pastor Rod Parsley are working hard to convert and register Ohio voters. And as the New Yorker underlines: "The road to the White House in ’08 runs through Ohio in ’06... Since 1900, Ohio has voted for the winner in twenty-five of the twenty-seven Presidential elections."

This article, which discusses voting irregularities and Ohio's key rightwing players, is essential reading: [From the New Yorker]

Pastor Rod Parsley stood on a flag-bedecked dais on the steps of Ohio’s Statehouse last October and, amid cheers from the crowd below, proclaimed the launch of “the largest evangelical campaign ever attempted in any state in America.” A nationally known televangelist and the leader of a twelve-thousand-member church on the outskirts of Columbus, Parsley had gathered a thousand people for the event, and attracted bystanders with a multimedia performance involving a video on a Jumbotron and music by Christian singers and rappers broadcast so loud that it reverberated off the tall buildings south of the Statehouse. TV crews from Parsley’s ministry taped the event. “Sound an alarm!” he boomed. “A Holy Ghost invasion is taking place. Man your battle stations, ready your weapons, lock and load!” In the course of the performance, Parsley promised that during the next four years his campaign, Reformation Ohio, would bring a hundred thousand Ohioans to Christ, register four hundred thousand new voters, serve the disadvantaged, and guide the state through “a culture-shaking revolutionary revival.”

Among those who spoke at the rally were Senator Sam Brownback, of Kansas, and Representative Walter B. Jones, of North Carolina, both Christian conservatives, and J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio’s secretary of state, who is now the Republican nominee for governor. All talked about the need to bring God and morality back into government. “We refuse to give up or back up or shut up until we’ve made a better world for all,” Blackwell said. [continue reading]

July 20, 2006
cross.gif I Pledge Allegiance To The Jesus Flag

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Yesterday, the House passed a bill that will shield "activist judges" from removing "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. [From the AP]

The House, citing the nation's religious origins, voted Wednesday to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from federal judges who might try to stop schoolchildren and others from reciting it because of the phrase "under God." [...]

"We should not and cannot rewrite history to ignore our spiritual heritage," said Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn. "It surrounds us. It cries out for our country to honor God."[...]

The pledge bill would deny jurisdiction to federal courts, and appellate jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, to decide questions pertaining to the interpretation or constitutionality of the pledge. State courts could still decide whether the pledge is valid within the state.

Ironically, evangelicals and lawmakers keep driving home the point that we need to be true to our "spiritual heritage," ignoring the fact that there is no mention of God in the original Pledge of Allegiance. Or, for that matter, in the Constitution.

[From Slate] The pledge was written in 1892 by the socialist Francis Bellamy, a cousin of the famous radical writer Edward Bellamy. He devised it for the popular magazine Youth's Companion on the occasion of the nation's first celebration of Columbus Day. Its wording omitted reference not only to God but also, interestingly, to the United States:

"I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The key words for Bellamy were "indivisible," which recalled the Civil War and the triumph of federal union over states' rights, and "liberty and justice for all," which was supposed to strike a balance between equality and individual freedom. By the 1920s, reciting the pledge had become a ritual in many public schools...

The efforts to bring God into the state reached their peak during the so-called "religious revival" of the 1950s. It was a time when Norman Vincent Peale grafted religion onto the era's feel-good consumerism in his best-selling The Power of Positive Thinking; when Billy Graham rose to fame as a Red-baiter who warned that Americans would perish in a nuclear holocaust unless they embraced Jesus Christ; when Secretary of State John Foster Dulles believed that the United States should oppose communism not because the Soviet Union was a totalitarian regime but because its leaders were atheists.

Hand in hand with the Red Scare, to which it was inextricably linked, the new religiosity overran Washington. Politicians outbid one another to prove their piety. President Eisenhower inaugurated that Washington staple: the prayer breakfast. Congress created a prayer room in the Capitol. In 1955, with Ike's support, Congress added the words "In God We Trust" on all paper money. In 1956 it made the same four words the nation's official motto, replacing "E Pluribus Unum." Legislators introduced Constitutional amendments to state that Americans obeyed "the authority and law of Jesus Christ." [read it all]

It's deja vu all over again.

July 17, 2006
cross.gif Bush Uses a Very Un-Jesusy Word

And the BBC has it on tape: "What they need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit.” (hat tip Wonkette)

July 06, 2006
cross.gif The Theocratic Quote Quiz

Who said this? From Talk2Action

1) The greatest threat to religious freedom in America, are secular fundamentalists who want to ghetto-ize religious faith and make the wall of separation between church and state a prison wall keeping religious voices out of political discourse.

A. George W. Bush
B. Robert Byrd
C. Richard Land
D.Barack Obama
E. Pat Robertson

Take the whole quiz here.

July 05, 2006
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Lady Liberty gets a Jesusy makeover by theocrats at a Memphis megachurch

From NY Times [Thanks Kevin]:

On Independence Day, Lady Liberty was born again.


As the congregation of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church looked on and its pastor, Apostle Alton R. Williams, presided, a brown shroud much like a burqa was pulled away to reveal a giant statue of the Lady, but with the Ten Commandments under one arm and "Jehovah" inscribed on her crown.


And in place of a torch, she held aloft a large gold cross, as if to ward off the pawnshops, the car dealerships and the discount furniture outlets at the busy corner of Kirby Parkway and Winchester that is her home. A single tear graced her cheek.


It was not clear if she was crying because of her new home, her new identity as a symbol of religion or, as the pastor said, America's increasing godlessness. But although big cheers went up from the few hundred onlookers at the unveiling, and some people even wore foam Lady Liberty crowns bearing Christian slogans, she was not universally welcomed.

Continue reading "Lady Liberty Gets Born Again" »

June 16, 2006
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Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland was on The Colbert Report last night and in a priceless moment flaundered when Colbert asked him to list the Ten Commandments. He could only come up with three:

Watch the video, via Crooks and Liars, here

here's the Transcript:
Colbert: You have not introduced a single piece of legislation since you entered Congress.
Westmoreland: That's correct.
Colbert: This has been called a do nothing Congress. Is it safe to say you're the do nothingest?
Westmoreland: I, I, ..Well there's one other do nothiner. I don't know who that is, but they're a Democrat.
Colbert: What can we get rid of to balance the budget?
Westmoreland: The Dept. of Education.
Colbert: What are the Ten Commandments?
Westmoreland: You mean all of them?--Um... Don't murder. Don't lie. Don't steal Um... I can't name them all.

June 15, 2006
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Michael Gerson

[From WaPo]
Since first joining the presidential campaign as chief speechwriter in 1999, Gerson has evolved into one of the most central figures in Bush's inner circle, often considered among the three or four aides closest to the president. Beyond shaping the language of the Bush presidency, Gerson helped set its broader direction.

He was a formulator of the Bush doctrine making the spread of democracy the fundamental goal of U.S. foreign policy, a policy hailed as revolutionary by some and criticized as unrealistic by others. He led a personal crusade to make unprecedented multibillion-dollar investments in fighting AIDS, malaria and poverty around the globe. He became one of the few voices pressing for a more aggressive policy to stop genocide in Darfur, even as critics complained of U.S. inaction.

"He might have had more influence than any White House staffer who wasn't chief of staff or national security adviser" in modern times, said William Kristol

May 24, 2006
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A great column by George Will (Washington Post)



The Vast
Rightwing Conspiracy

· Accuracy in Academia
· Alliance Defense Fund
· American Center for Law and Justice
· American Conservative Union
· American Enterprise Institute
· American Family Association
· American Legislative Exchange Council
· American Life League
· Americans for Tax Reform
· Arlington Group
· Bradley Foundation, Lynde and Harry
· Campaign for Working Families PAC
· Cato Institute
· Center for the Study of Popular Culture
· Chalcedon Foundation
· Christian Coalition of America
· Club for Growth
· Collegiate Network
· Concerned Women for America
· Council for National Policy
· Discovery Institute
· Eagle Forum
· Eagle Forum Collegians
· Faith and Action
· Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
· Family Research Council
· Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
· The Fellowship
· Focus on the Family
· FRCAction
· Free Congress Research and Education Foundation
· Heritage Foundation
· Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
· Independent Women's Forum
· Institute for Creation Research
· Institute for Justice
· Intercollegiate Studies Institute
· Leadership Institute
· Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
· Madison Project
· The Medical Institute
· Moral Majority Coalition
· National Association of Scholars
· National Center for Policy Analysis
· National Right to Life Committee
· National Taxpayers Union
· Salem Communications
· State Policy Network
· Students for Academic Freedom
· Traditional Values Coalition
· Trinity Broadcasting
· Vision America
· Young America's Foundation

Fundamentalist
Colleges

· Regent University
· Ave Maria Law School
· Christ College
· Liberty University
· New Saint Andrews College
· Oral Roberts University
· Patrick Henry College

Scary
· Army of God
· God Hates Fags
· Missionaries to the Preborn
· Operation Save America
· StreetPreach.com


The Leaders
· George Bush
· The Senate
· The House
· James Dobson
· Ted Haggard
· Paul Weyrich
· Rick Warren
· Ralph Reed
· Tim LaHaye
· Roy Moore
· Gary Bauer
· Michael Gerson
· Pat Robertson
· Howard Ahmanson
· Jack Chick
· Franklin Graham
· Chuck Colson
· Jerry Falwell
· Paul Crouch
· Benny Hinn
· Richard Land
· T.D. Jakes
· Joyce Meyer
· Rupert Murdoch
· Jay Sekulow
· Dr. D. James Kennedy
· Creflo Dollar
· David Barton
· Tony Perkins
· John Hagee
· Rick Scarborough
· Donald Wildmon
· Rod Parsley

Media
· Christian Newswire
· Agape Press
· Christian Broadcasting Network
· Christian Examiner
· Coral Ridge Ministries
· Covenant News.com
· Fox News
· Insight Magazine
· Liberty Channel
· Presbyterian Layman
· Salem Communications
· Ten Commandments News
· Washington Times
· World magazine
· World Net Daily

Largest
Megachurches

· Joel Osteen/Lakewood
(30,000)
· T.D. Jakes/Potter's House
(28,000)
· Creflo Dollar/World Changers (25,000)
· Rick Warren/Saddleback
(22,000)
· Chuck Smith/Calvary Chapel
(22,000)
· Bill Hybels/Willow Creek
(22,000)

Unusual/Funny
· K&K Mime
· Jack T. Chick Museum
· How to Prayerwalk
· Biblezines
· Creation Museum
· Force Ministries
· Jesus Sports Statues
· Kirk Cameron
· Christian Wrestling Federation
· Christian Exodus
· RaptureReady.com

Satire/Humor/Weird News
· Church Marketing Sucks
· Lark News
· Landover Baptist
· Jesus of the Week
· Corporate Jesus
· Edicts of Nancy
· Adult Christianity
· Ayn Clouter
· Beaver County Militia
· Betty Bowers
· The Toilet Paper
Evangelical Right Headlines
The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right

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Evangelicals hesitant about Thompson (AP)

The Long, Strange History of R.J. Rushdoony and Christian Reconstructionism (PublicEye)

The pope beatifies Mother Teresa, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud. (Slate)

Scientology faces criminal charges (AP)

U.S. churches find financial transparency (Reuters)

Religious Action Figures (Buzzfeed)

F*cking Dickhead Vetoes Stem Cell Bill (AP)

Hilton Calls Barbara Walters From Jail -- 'God Has Released Me' (ABC)

Tom DeLay Says God Has Sent Him On A Crusade To Save The GOP (AU.ORG)

Falwell Is Gone... The Religious Right Is Alive & Kicking (HuffPo)

Larry Flint: Falwell & I Became Friends (Access Hollywood)

Three of the GOP Candidates Don't Believe In Evolution (WaPo)

McGreevey to Enter Episcopal Seminary (HuffPost)

Bush Administration Agrees To Approve Wiccan Pentacle For Veteran Memorials (AU)

Southern Baptist Leader Blames Virginia Tech Students (BigDaddyWeave)

Boom in Christianity reshapes Methodists (AP)

Study: Religion is Good for Kids (LiveScience)

Jesus Pizza (Washington Post)

States refraining from abstinence-only sex education (Boston Globe)

Filipino devotees nailed to cross (AP)

The Legal Muscle Leading the Fight to End the Separation of Church and State (Washington Spectator)

God Debate: Sam Harris vs. Rick Warren (MSNBC)

We live in the land of biblical idiots (LA Times)

Atheists split over message (AP)

US anti-Zionist synagogue destroyed by fire, possible arson (BBC)
Tobago Church Leaders Want Elton John Banned - Could Turn Locals Gay (Metro UK)

Woman Ignited While Praying, Suing Church (News Daily)

Woman Says She Sees Jesus In Burned Wallpaper (CBS 13)

Iraq's Mandaeans 'face extinction' (BBC)

Georgia close to OKing Bible classes (AP)

Gingrich tells Christian Group he had affair during Clinton probe (AP)

Layoffs Follow Scandal at Haggard's Megachurch (NY Times)

TItanic director says he found Christ's tomb (Time)

Same-sex marriage critic in court on lewdness charge in Oklahoma (The Advocate)

McCain Attends Luncheon Hosted by Creationists (Defcon)

Protestors Arrested at Focus on the Family (DefCon)

Andrew Sullivan/Sam Harris Religion Smackdown (Beliefnet)

Pastor with 666 tattoo claims to be divine (CNN)

Priest jailed for exorcism death (BBC)

Religion and Politics in the 2008 Race (Morning Edition)

Teen Girls Pledge Abstinence To Dads At "Purity Balls" (Glamour)

Ted Haggard Leaving Colorado Springs (Denver Channel)

Christians Having Sex: Apparently, they're better at it and have more of it (Buzzfeed)

Confronting Lies About Separation of Church & State (Talk2Action)

U.S. detains Brazil mega-church founder for smuggling cash (Miami Herald)

As Bush’s War Strategy Shifts to Iran, Christian Zionists Gear Up for the Apocalypse (Alternet)

The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair (Alternet)

PBS Profiles Homeschool Movement (Ethics Daily)

Polish church leader resigns over links to communist-era secret police (AP)

D. James Kennedy Hospitalized after Suffering Heart Attack (Crosswalk)

Furor in Italy over "gay nativity" in parliament (Reuters)

The BBC Sounds off on the Creation museum and its 'true history' (BBC)

Christian Embassy: "These people should be court-martialed" (Salon)

The Pope wants ethical limits on fighting terrorists (Street Prophets)

More Left Behind Video Game Coverage (Reuters)

Catholics defend 'gay issues' teaching (Telegraph UK)

A congregation tears down its church to put up affordable housing (CSM)

Christian conservatives vs. AIDS (LA Times)

Study Detects Recent Instance of Human Evolution (NY Times)

Faith-Based Prisons (NY Times)

Cleric installs married priests in N.J. (AP)

James Dobson's Nightmare (Andrew Sullivan)

Conservative Jews Allow Gay Rabbis and Unions (NY Times)

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Focus on the Family Web Site Endorses 'Left Behind' Video Game (EthicsDaily)

David Kou: Does Focus on the Family Support Honesty? (HuffPost)

Favorite of religious right, Brownback, moves toward White House bid (CNN)

David Kuo: Open Letter To James Dobson And Chuck Colson HuffPost)

Supreme Court takes 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' free speech case (CNN)

Christian Groups Boycott Left Behind Video Game (DailyKOS)

Soap Opera introducing transgender character (AP)

Wal-Mart: No More Corporate Contributions to Support Or Oppose Controversial Issues (LifeSite)

Dobson Urges Senate To Weaken Separation of Church and State (Defcon)

New Head of Federal Family Planning Program Opposes Family Planning (Defcon)

N.C. Baptists Strengthen Rules on Gays (Forbes)

Only Church Donors Will Be Able To Vote On Haggard's Replacement (The Chieftan)

Elton John: "Religion Promotes...Hatred" (HuffPost)

Dobson Quits Haggard Counseling Team (AP)

Mo. Catholics back stem cell research (AP)

Andrew Sullivan On Haggard (Daily Dish)

Katherine Harris Prays For the Realignment of the Chosen People (Wonkette)

Sharpton: Religious Right is Obsessed With "bedroom sexual morality issues" (AP)

Christian Harassment Suit At Air Force Academy Dismissed (CO Springs Gazette)

Report: $1.3M misused by Texas Baptists (AP)

As 'goblins' knock, evangelicals answer the door (CSM)

U.S. Jobs Shape Condoms’ Role in Foreign Aid (NY Times)

Religious Conservatives Cheer Ruling on Gays as Wake-Up Call (WaPo)

Scientists Endorse Candidate Over Teaching of Evolution (NY Times)

Priest tells of Foley relationship (Herald Tribune)

Gay Republicans fight perceived oxymoron (AP)

Dobson's Voter Registration Rally Is a Flop (DefCon)

Church Could Lose Tax Exempt Status For Endorsing GOP Leader Who claims God Told her to run (Minnesota Monitor)

'War on Christmas' Begins (AFA)

Prominent Right-Wing Activist Smears Kuo As Member Of 'Axis Of Evil' (Think Progress)

Mr. President, We Christians Aren't "Nuts" (DailyKos)

An Interview With The Other Evangelical Pope (Christianity Today)

Rapture Right Says Kuo, A Christian And A Republican, Is Just Trying To Smear White House (Defcon)

The Abstinence Shtick, Minus Jesus (WaPo)

The theological reason evangelicals may not turn out to vote" (MSNBC)

The Radical Right's campaign against all "unnatural contraceptives" (TruthOut)

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Stephen Baldwin: "I'm the first Jesus Psycho" (Salon)

NPR: 'Straight to Jesus' and the Christian Ex-Gay Movement (Fresh Air)

Dalai Lama: Iraq War has shed too much blood (AP)

Katherine Harris Says Opponent is not a good Christian(Orlando Sentinel)

The Vast Right Wing Rapture-Ready Conspiracy (Right Web)

How Green Is My God?: Bill Moyers on Green Evangelists (Newsweek)

Poll: Pentecostals widening influence (AP)

US campaign labels HIV "a gay disease" (Via HuffPost)

Rosie attacks pope over clergy sex scandal (WorldNetDaily)

Distorted Christianity 'causing abuse' (London Times)

Tony Perkins: ‘Tolerance And Diversity’ Are To Blame For ‘Congressmen Chasing 16-Year-Olds’ (ThinkProgress)

Vatican accuses BBC of bias against Catholic church (Daily Mail)

Supreme Court will have a chance to shift to the right on abortion and race (LA Times)

Krugman: The religious and cultural right 'fall apart'(TruthOut)

Priests accused in $8 million Florida church theft (Reuters)

IRS ensnared in election-year politics (AP)

Legislating Violations of the Constitution(WaPo)

James Dobson Fires Woman For Missing Work After Her Daughter Was Raped And Killed (DefCon)

Danforth Warns of Christian Right but Says Tide Will Turn (WaPo)

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Radio Broadcast: The Cultural Impact of the Book of Revelation (Fresh Air)

Rep. Musgrave Says "Future Is Grim" If Gay Marriage Is Not Banned (Think Progress)

The Party of Dobson (The Nation)

Christian Coalition starting anew in GA (AP)

Falwell Refuses To Apologize For Lucifer Attack, Swears To Repeat It 'Over And Over Again' (Think Progress)

US Senator Inhofe Claims Global Warming is a UN Conspiracy (Talk2Action)

VIDEO: Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion (You Tube)

Cat Stevens criticizes pope over comments about Islam (AP)

Pastor Charged With Stealing ‘Winnings’ of Fake Raffles (NY Times)

Episcopals Chicken Out: Gay priest loses bid to become bishop(Reuters)

Madonna defends being "crucified" on stage (AP)

IRS: Dobson gets a pass while All Saints gets the shaft (DailyKos)

Evangelical voters more jaded in 2006 (AP)

Human stem cells help blinded rats (AP)

James Dobson: 'I have flat-out been ticked at Republicans for the past two years' (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Reverend says Simpsons "breasts will sag and their faces will wither" (Gawker)

'Liberal' evangelicals begin campaign to move beyond abortion and man-purses (AP)

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NBC PLANS MADONNA CRUCIFIXION IN TV CONCERT (Drudge)

I.R.S. Eyes Religious Groups as More Enter Election Fray (NY Times)

[ESSENTIAL READING] "Christian Supremacy Act" To Hit House Floor (Daily Kos)

Pope Sorry For Offending Muslims, Apology is 'unprecedented'(NY Times)

One preacher's message: Have hotter sex (MSNBC)

Anti-Abortion Group Loses Tax Exemption (NY Times)

The "Christian Supremacy Act", To Hit House Floor (Daily Kos)

In NC, Sinning Ain't No Crime (The Rev)

Texas Bible Classes Are Christiany, Not Academic (Houston Chronicle)

Lawsuit Challenges Use of Federal Aid for Bible-Based Counseling (NY Times)

Conservatives say religion under attack (AP)

View of God can predict values, politics (USA Today)

priest confesses to making a bomb threat in an attempt to stop a Madonna concert (BBC)

Brangelina: We'll marry when homosexuals can (AP)

Democrats push for own religious voice (AP)

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New Book Reveals Rove's Father Was Gay (HuffPost)

'Right-wing intimidators' driving moderates out of GOP (Detroit News)

American Baptist church ousted for openly affirming gays (Street Prophets)

Bloody Left Behind Game Demo released, complete with spyware (Daily Kos)

Archbishop of Canterbury tells homosexuals they need to change if they're to be welcomed into the church (Telegraph UK)

PRAY BALL: With rock concerts and bobblehead dolls, 'Faith Nights' at the park help minor league clubs fill seats (SF Chron.)

Jackie Mason Sues Jews For Jesus (Boing Boing)

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ESSENTIAL: Ohio's 'Patriot Pastors' Electoral War Against the 'Hordes of Hell' (PFAW)

Pastor claims church voted to reject black membership, resigns (Miss. Daily Journal)

GOP Dips in Religion Poll (AP)

States expand fetal homicide laws (Stateline - via Theocracy Watch)

FDA Approves Morning After Pill Without A Prescription (AP)

Jerry Jenkins: Left Behind Game "Not More Violent than the Old Testament" (Bartholomew)

Bush Veto Of Stem Cell Research To Become Irrelevent? (Times UK)

Powerful Televangelist To Air Show Blaming Darwinism For Holocaust (Bartholomew)

Commandments Display Allowed (AP)

Operation Ohio: Help Battle Theocracy In this Key State (DailyKos)

13% Pregnant at Ohio High School, Inane Abstinence Program Finally reconsidered (TruthOut)

Church guard arrested for sex with corpse (The Local)

How to Make Sure Children Are Scientifically Illiterate (NY Times)

Pat Robertson laments Mideast cease-fire (AP)

Abstinence-Only Stupidity: Over $1.3 billion spent thus far (Tom Paine)

Plan B's Tangled Web(Kos)

Rabbi Tells US Christians not to “Turn the Other Cheek” Over Jerusalem Gay Protest (Bartholomew)

U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution (Live Science)

Woman Sentenced For Smuggling Cocaine Inside Bibles (AP)

Pro-Life GOP Senate Candidate George Allen Caught Owning Stock In Morning After Pill (Huff Post)

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'Satan worshiper' executed for triple murders (CNN)

Texas School District Bans Cleavage (CBS)

Pat Robertson's Epiphany: Global Warming Could Be Real (Talk2Action)

Nothing Wrong With Kansas: State voters move science education out of the Victorian era (WaPo)

Sam "Is the Rapture Here Yet" Brownback Introduces Bill to Prohibit Assisted Suicide (Christian Post)

The Aussie Bible: "God said 'let's have some light' and bingo - light appeared." (CSM)

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$25 Million Museum Says Dinosaurs And Humans Coexisted (AP)
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NY Christians Protest Against Korean Faith Healer (Bartholomew)

'God Hates Fags' sued by Fallen Marine's Father (CBS)

Christian Group says current conflict has 'softened the hearts of many Muslims in Lebanon to the spiritual truths of the gospel of Jesus' (Bartholomew)

Washington State Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage (WaPo)

Senate passes interstate abortion bill (AP)
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Bill Moyers for President? Absolutely! (The Nation)

'Religious left' gears up to face right counterpart (Reuters)

The Rise and Fall of Ralph Reed (Time)

Baptist Group's Leaders Convicted: Investors Lost $585 Million (WaPo)

New Books Ask: Can God and the scientific method coexist? (NY Times)

29 Foot Cross: War Memorial or 'giant neon ad' for Christianity (AP)

ACLU Agrees To Defend Fundy Group, "God Hates Fags" (AP)

Sec of Education On Funding Christian Schools: Is She Lying or Inept? (AU)
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Publisher Bans Singer After 'Nazi Pope' Comment (The Sun)

Ken Mehlmen addresses Fundy Christian Zionist Group: 'we are all Israelis' (US NEWSWIRE)

Ralph Reed Blames Defeat On John McCain (The Plank)

2 + 2 = Jesus rode a dinosaur: Christian schools lag significantly behind public schools in Math (TBOGG)
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Turd Blossom Grossly Distorts Stem Cell Science (Think Progress)

Tony Snow on Bush's Stance on Stem Cells: 'He thinks murder's wrong' (AP)

Group accuses Dobson of manipulating data to say gays and lesbians are not good parents (AP)

House Rejects Gay Marriage Ban, Even though Senate Had Already Decided Issue (AP)

IRS Warns Churches to Avoid Campaigning (AP)

Store clerk arrested for tampering with communion juice (AP)

Why Ralph Reed is a Dirtbag: A Comprehensive List (GQ via Eat the Press)

Violent anti-gay lyrics & threat of violence cause NYC concert to be cancelled (AP)
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How did Nicole Kidman re-marry in a Catholic church? (BBC)

'shrooms induce effects identical to religious experiences (The Independent)

Christian Group Spends $20 Mil annually to Make Courts More Jesusy (WaPo)

A Great Overview of Christian Dominionism (DailyKos)

New York Joins the Homophobe Club (AP)

The Top Ten Religious Right Power Brokers (AU)

Vatican Urges Excommunication For Stem Cell Researchers (NY Times Via HuffPost)

Falwell Video: "You almost got to be a homosexual to be recognized in the entertainment industry" (Media Matters)

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Promise Keepers Founder Bill McCartney Says Jews will be “Toast” (Bartholomew's notes)

Muslim Gays Seek Lesbians For Wives (WaPo)

2 Churches Struggle With Gay Clergy (NY Times)

GOP snakehandler blames "the devil" for his campaign obstacles (Salt Lake Tribune)

Rapture Ready Religious Groups Want Apocalypse Now (LA Times)

Petition a success, abortion on ballot in South Dakota (Argus Leader)

Sen. Sam "I'm Insane" Brownback Cites Opus Dei Study to Attack Gays (AlterNet)

New Episcopal Leader: Homosexuality Not A Sin (Reuters)

Presbyterians allow experimenting with alternatives to 'Father, Son and Holy Spirit' (USA Today)

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Valedictorian's Altar Call Speech Cut Short (LV Review)

New Bush policy adviser said he'd support jail for doctors who performed abortions (Raw Story)

Religious Right Seeks To Ban Gay Marriage Without Congress (Think Progress)

Key Christians starting to realize Left Behind videogame is completely f*cking insane (Talk2Action)

Church: A Good Place to Pick Up Chicks (WaPo)

Veterans Affairs Department To Respect Religious Diversity, Approve Pentacle For Wiccan Soldier (Americans United)

Losing Faith: Nearly half of all white evangelicals believe Iraq will not stabilize (Forbes)

Fundamentalists Seek ‘Dominion’ Over Our Lives, They Just Might Pull It Off (Americans United)

BORN AT 6AM ON 6/6/06, HIS MUM WAS INDUCED FOR 6 DAYS, HE WEIGHS 6LBS 6OZ AND HE'S CALLED.. DAMIEN (Mirror UK)

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Pat Robertson's magical protein shake: Claims he can lift 2000 lbs (Sportsline)

Sen. Inhofe brags his extended family has "never had a divorce" or homosexual relationship, Meanwhile, gay porn found on his computers (SenateMajority.com)

Ignoring Jesus, Harvard researchers start human stem cell project (Reuters)

Lion kills man who shouted 'God will save me, if he exists' (Reuters via Huff Post)

GODLESS: The Church of Liberalism: An Excerpt of Ann Coulter's Latest Piece of Shit (Townhall)
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Matchbox 20-loving frat boy douchebags host "Global Cooling Day" (College Republican National Committee)

GOP Convention Attracts Jesus Zombies (DAllas Morning News)

Political posturing: Friend Says Bush Doesn't give "a shit" about gay marriage (Newsweek via Huff Post)

Pastor Fired After Being Accused of Witchcraft (Tribune Chronicle)

Must see video: Most... Partisan... Invocation... Ever (Daily News via Huff Post)

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Batwoman is a lesbian (BBC)

Italy TV shooting 'romantic comedy' about Jesus (AFP)

Comic Book Icons Tackling Politics, Is Spidey Gay-Friendly? (Christain Science Monitor)

Kentucky Megachurch Spent $150,000 on Ads to block gay Marriage, Plus Lots of other Creepy Facts (Daily Kos)

Must see: CNN segment on quacks who claim they can "cure" gays (America Blog)

First couple splits over constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (Insight Mag)

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Left Behind Video Game: You Can Role Play As the antiChrist (LA Times) [more at Talk2Action]

Albright Faults Bush's Religious 'Certitude' for alienating muslims (Reuters)


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