church-and-state

Trump wants to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment barring religious groups from politics

  • At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday,  Trump vowed to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment – a tax provision designed to help maintain the separation of church and state.
  • The Johnson Amendment prohibits organizations like churches and charities from participating in campaigns for or against specific political candidates under threat of losing their tax-exempt status.
  • Trump has not said how he plans to scrap the Johnson Amendment, but doing so would allow religious leaders to endorse candidates from the pulpit and churches to pour money into campaigns. Read more

My son made this. He called it “Monstrous Moon” and it was presented to me at a parent teacher’s conference this week.

 
Teacher: “Can we talk about your son’s art project? He made this moon.”
Me: “Neat.”
T: “He then told the class that it was an evil moon that demanded gifts and songs. People who made it happy could turn into werewolves and those who made it mad would be eaten by said werewolves.”
M: “Ah.”
T: “He then said we was making the monstrous moon happy and howled, which made other kids howl. They then spent recess howling and talking about eating people.”
M: “Oh. That’s a problem.”
T: “I’m glad we’re on the same page here.”
M: “I’ll speak to him about the importance of the separation of Church and State. He shouldn’t bring his religion to school.”
T: “Uh, that’s not what I meant. I have a few therapists that-”
M: “HHHHHOOOOOWWWWWWLLLLL

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Kentucky just passed a law allowing Bible classes in public schools

  • A new Kentucky law will clear the way for Bible study courses to be implemented in the state’s public schools, but watchdog groups are concerned about its potential to infringe on religious liberties.
  • On Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, signed House Bill 128 into law, it’s also known as the “Bible Literacy law.” 
  • The law will require the Kentucky Board of Education to institute “an elective social studies course on the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, the New Testament or a combination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible” — among other mandates. Read more (6/29/17)

I strongly oppose religion in the government and public schools, not because I don’t believe in any particular religion but because it’s completely unfair to those who don’t share those beliefs. Not everyone in this country is a Christian. To any Christian who wants to make their beliefs the law of the land, how would you feel if for example a group of people tried to make orthodontics and dentistry illegal because it violated their beliefs in the tooth fairy? You would of course complain that your rights to get a check up were being violated based on a belief system being forced into your laws that you don’t share. That’s why we have legislation that attempts to be fair some of the time. It’s also quite hypocritical that one complains about the thought of Sharia Law being the law of the United States yet these same Christian Fundamentalists and Dominionists want a government based on Biblical Law.

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Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol destroyed

  • A controversial monument of the Ten Commandments at Arkansas’ state Capitol was destroyed early Wednesday, one day after its installation.
  • According to Arkansas Online, the secretary of state’s office received reports of a man driving into the 6-foot-tall, 6,000-pound statue. The monument was knocked off its platform and smashed.
  • Thirty-two-year-old Arkansas man Michael Tate Reed was arrested in connection to the incident Wednesday morning. 
  • The suspect faces charges of defacing objects of public respect, trespassing on Capitol grounds and first-degree criminal mischief, the paper reports. Secretary of state’s office spokesman Chris Powell told Arkansas Online that investigators believe the suspect recorded himself during the crash. Read more (6/28/17)
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ACLU will sue over Trump’s “religious freedom” executive order

  • The American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday that it plans to sue Trump over a recently signed executive order allowing religious organizations to endorse political candidates.
  • In the statement, ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero said the executive action served as a “broadside to our country’s longstanding commitment to the separation of church and state.”
  • “Whether by executive order or through backroom deals, it’s clear that the Trump administration and congressional leadership are using religion as a wedge to further divide the country and permit discrimination,” he said. "We intend to file suit today.“
  • In addition to giving religious leaders more political freedom, the executive order, called "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” also provides “regulatory relief” for religious organizations that object to an Affordable Care Act mandate that forces employers to provide health coverage, including contraception, according to CNN. Read more (5/4/17)
Dishonest hypocritical pastor loses it all.

I use to be very religious. At the end of that period in my life, I became involved with a new church that was pastored by a charismatic young pastor who seemingly had everything going for him. But the fucker was greedy. Too greedy. As the saying goes: “pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.” Pastor Hog got slaughtered.

My wife and I were looking for a church. An old friend invited us to a new church that was energetic and full of friends. We started attending regularly and eventually became involved with the leadership of the church.

After a while, I started to become uneasy around the pastor. The way he communicated with people just rubbed me the wrong way. I slowly realized that he was a manipulator and compulsive liar. Quick with an overzealous compliment but slow to explain himself when issues arose.

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Satanists are putting up the first public Satanic monument in the US

  • Satanists in the United States are finally getting their very first public monument — in the small city of Belle Plaine, Minnesota.
  • The Satanic Temple won the right to erect a monument in Belle Plaine’s Veterans Memorial Park after the city put up a memorial statue featuring a cross, the Star Tribune reported in April. 
  • Some residents complained about having a religious symbol on public property, so city officials decided to remove the cross from the statue.
  • That removal, though, launched a slew of other complaints — so, as a compromise, officials reinstated the cross but also decided to open up a “free speech zone” in the park which will accommodate up to ten “temporary memorials” provided they honor veterans.
  • That’s when the Satanic Temple, headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, decided to get in on the action and erect their own veterans memorial. Read more (5/5/17)