Posts tagged "Christianity"

h/t: Tim Peacock at Peacock Panache

Terrible move, World Vision USA! 

h/t: Huffington Post

In my opinion, World Vision USA is doing the right thing by hiring Christians in same-sex marriages. Even if ticks off a lot of hard-right homophobes, so be it. 

h/t: Peter Montgomery at RWW

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h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

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Pope Francis Attacks Christian Fundamentalism Again, Says It’s ‘Not Healthy’

Prepare to hear more howling from conservative critics of the Holy Father. Pope Francis has…

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A white evangelical Christian celebrity got up in public and spouted hateful racist bullshit. That celebrity, further, claimed that this hateful racist bullshit was based on Jesus and the Bible, and that it represented the views of all white evangelical Christians everywhere.

There could be one — and only one — appropriate response.

And white evangelical Christians struggled, and failed, to give that response.

Instead of denouncing the hateful racist bullshit, white evangelicals rose to defend the celebrity’s right to spout hateful racist bullshit without being criticized. And his right to be televised while doing so.

h/t: Think Progress LGBT

American Family Association head Tim Wildmon joined AFA radio host Sandy Rios today to discuss a USA Today article about how “Not all Christians believe there is a ‘War on Christmas.’” Wildmon spent most of the interview complaining that any Christian would dare criticize the AFA, which is a leading voice in movement to expose the “War on Christmas.” He told Rios that he resented Christian leaders who mock the idea of the War on Christmas or note that the AFA’s campaign actually emphasizes the material aspect of the holiday by focusing on how many stores tell customers “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.”

Wildmon accused one pastor, who told USA Today that Christians needed to come to grips with the religious diversity in the US, of wanting Christians to partake in “a dangerous retreat into isolating ourselves from the larger culture.”

“This is exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany,” Rios said. She went on to compare the supposed War on Christmas to religious oppression in the Soviet Union and North Korea.

“I don’t think this pastor understands and I don’t think people understand what is going on in the world,” she said. “They don’t have a large enough world. Their world is too small and so they don’t understand the dangers.”

From the 12.06.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer discussed a report that a few Christian colleges in the United States had built Muslim prayer rooms on campus.  Fischer was, of course, predictably disturbed by the fact that these colleges were willingly building “idolatrous temples” through which people could worship “a counterfeit god.”

"These are basically idolatrous temples," Fischer said. "You set up a prayer room for Muslims, they are praying to a counterfeit god, they are praying to a false god. It’s no different in the days of Judah and Israel when they set up temples to Baal and altars to Baal, it is exactly the same thing and we know exactly what God thought about all that."

 

From the 12.04.2013 edition of AFR’s Focal Point:

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

Another week, another incident of manufactured “Christian” outrage over a non-issue: After issuing their annual mailer featuring new holiday-themed stamps, the United States Postal Service (USPS) found themselves the target of some holier-than-thou Christians looking to be outraged. Though the USPS website features several holiday themed-stamps - several of which prominently say the word Christmas - a mailer sent out recently twisted a lot of knickers and sent people to their keyboard to type away in a tizzy over yet another instance of what should more appropriately be called Christian Persecution Syndrome.
 
Speaking out against the agency, many online took exception to the mailer’s omission of a blatant Christmas-labeled stamp to accompany the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps (with the Gingerbread house appearing to be the only stamp semi-relating to the Christmas holiday). The outrage began with this tweet saying,”Don’t forget those three American holidays: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and…..gingerbread house. #USPS pic.twitter.com/EGY85c9KPX.”
 
From there things became ugly.
 
But what is the truth behind the mailer? Did the USPS intentionally snub Christians in favor of other religious and secular holidays? The short answer: no. In fact, the mailer explicitly features only new stamps. The USPS has even confirmed this in a follow-up tweet responding to those outraged that a stamp has ruined their entire Christian holiday season. “Please visit store.usps.com/store/browse/s… to view all of our holiday stamps. Our holiday mailer features our newly issued holiday stamps,” the tweet said. The USPS additionally issued an apology to those offended by the USPS policy to feature new stamps on their mailer rather than simply listing all of their Christmas stamps to quell the on-slot of Christian Persecution Syndrome. “We apologize for not including all of our holiday religious-themed stamps due to design constraints. View them all @ http://bit.ly/1fZJ6bH ,” the tweet said.
 
Even after discovering that the mailer didn’t intentionally set out to exclude Christmas, righteous “Christians” still took to their keyboards to fight the good fight.

It’s my belief, as was the belief of our Founding Fathers, that religion and politics should never mix.  Honestly, what good can come from it?  Even among the seemingly endless denominations within the Christian faith there’s not a consensus of what is right and what is wrong.

I’ve been to the households of Baptists where drinking is strongly forbidden and against their religious beliefs, and let’s just say I’ve been far less than sober at a Catholic wedding.

But there’s undoubtedly a war being waged within this country by the far-right “Christian fundamentalists” (the ones I call followers of Republicanity) and real Christians who actually follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Since I founded Right Off A Cliff and co-founded Forward Progressives, I’ve made it part of my mission to reclaim Christianity from those who I personally feel don’t follow the Christian faith at all.  Another group I would highly encourage all of you to check out as well is The Christian Left.  It’s another great page that fights the ignorance of Republicanity.

It’s amazing though how so many conservatives really believe liberals are a bunch of godless heathens out to destroy Christianity.  It’s a claim that’s absolutely absurd.  There are tens of millions of liberals who are Christians in this country.  The difference is, we practice our faith in private like it should be.  We don’t stand on some alter, preaching down to others about how they should live their lives.

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But like I said, people aren’t flocking from Christianity because of liberals.  They’re flocking from the religion because of the absolute ignorance of conservatives.  Who, as I’ve said many times now, don’t follow Christianity — they follow Republicanity.

And as a Christian who accepts people of all faiths, no faiths and all things in between, I’m going to continue to stand up for Christianity.  I will continue the fight to reclaim Christianity from the ignorant clutches of these right-wing fanatics.

I just hope more people join me in this fight.

h/t: Allen Clifton at Forward Progressives

Wives who aren’t subservient to husbands are preaching ‘false gospel,’ Southern Baptist official warns (via Raw Story )

Married couples who consider themselves equal partners are violating biblical law, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s top expert on family concerns. Russell Moore, president of the denomination’s ethics and liberty commission, said Christians…



 

Thankfully, I have now left the Southern Baptist Convention a week or two ago.