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Posted 29 March 2018 - 05:43 PM

View PostProgressive whisperer, on 29 March 2018 - 04:23 PM, said:

Or his “partner” was under age.

Or both.
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 06:08 PM

If it’s that “icky gay sex” then he has to be converted to heterosexual before he gains forgiveness from the other stone throwers.
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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we pay the military pay to protect the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes us very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 06:30 PM

View Postandydp, on 29 March 2018 - 06:08 PM, said:

If it’s that “icky gay sex” then he has to be converted to heterosexual before he gains forgiveness from the other stone throwers.

And if not, she (assuming she's at least 13 years of age) is a "shameless temptress" who deserves to have the stones thrown at her. He's automatically forgiven.
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 06:50 PM

View PostBact PhD, on 29 March 2018 - 06:30 PM, said:

And if not, she (assuming she's at least 13 years of age) is a "shameless temptress" who deserves to have the stones thrown at her. He's automatically forgiven.
The Judge Moore Defense. Doesn’t he have to have a foundation first ?
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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we pay the military pay to protect the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes us very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 10:28 PM

I haven't been following this thread.. but everytime I see the title, I smile.

The death of Christianity in the U.S.
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:34 AM

View PostRue Bella, on 29 March 2018 - 10:28 PM, said:

I haven't been following this thread.. but everytime I see the title, I smile.

The death of Christianity in the U.S.

In all fairness it should probably be something like "The Death of Evangelicalism in the U.S." They really are the primary problem along with some Catholics (*cough* Dreher *cough* *cough*) though I haven't heard much out of Bill Donohue since Pope Frank came online.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:50 AM

View PostLFC, on 30 March 2018 - 09:34 AM, said:

I haven't heard much out of Bill Donohue since Pope Frank came online.

IIRC he's one of the ones who refuse to acknowlege him as Pope, which has made him enough outside the bounds that he's keeping a low profile.
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:00 AM

View PostLFC, on 30 March 2018 - 09:34 AM, said:

In all fairness it should probably be something like "The Death of Evangelicalism in the U.S." They really are the primary problem along with some Catholics (*cough* Dreher *cough* *cough*) ...

Ya, ya... In my rational moments, I believe that too. But it's mostly the evangelicans that run around trumpeting 'I'm a Christian!' so they all get tarred with the same brush.
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Posted 30 March 2018 - 03:44 PM

RawStory has reposted a number of things from a site called Religion Dispatches. Many of them are written by people who grew up in the Evangelical Christian faith and managed to get out. When you read the details you realize that this mainstream religion has so many things in common with what we easily call out as cults that there's no practical distinction.

This particular article is by an escapee who explains why the acceptance of any single fact by an Evangelical is nearly impossible. Here's the core of it but the whole piece is pretty ... well, scary. These people really do live in an incredibly fragile world so every new piece of science and reality seems like a personal attack. They've trained the capacity for analysis out of themselves so anything that even nicks their twisted world view is a crisis. They are a real world case of the meme "Be a [blank]. It's easier than thinking."

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Here’s an exhibit. When I was twenty-one years old, someone finally knocked it through my thick head that the earth was old. I was halfway through Geology 100 when, on one otherwise dull afternoon, the professor said something—I don’t even remember what—and a puzzle piece snapped into place. I sat up straight. The earth was old. Not six thousand years old. Billions of years. What did that mean?

I’d grown up evangelical Christian. We weren’t as conservative as some—and, to the outside eye, we probably looked pretty normal—but like so many others, we were fully immersed in the evangelical worldview. While you wouldn’t find us picketing abortion clinics, all the core ideas were there under the surface: we were Biblical literalists and against same-sex marriage. We believed America was God’s country, voted Republican and pro-life, and expected the rapture at any minute. We were also six-day creationists, with science textbooks that warned us to beware of any statement that contradicted the Bible.

That’s why, back at home after my Geology epiphany, I could do nothing but stare blankly out the front door and feel the roll and pitch of the world as it fell from beneath my feet. It seemed, quite literally, as if there were nothing solid under me, only a great vacuum in which to flail. I grabbed the door handle and stood there, dazed, for a long time.

Eventually, I pulled myself together. But there was a chink in the armor. Every time a church leader talked about Adam and Eve or the creation of the earth, I thought about the broad swaths of time that came before humans, of the Cambrian and Ordovician periods, of the fragile fossils behind the glass in the Ohio State laboratory. When someone talked about the layers of sediment in the Grand Canyon or the evolutionary structure of a bird’s wing, I thought, “Well, they have it right. Except for that one thing, and no one’s perfect so it doesn’t really matter.”

That one thing did matter. It was a chemical in the solution that would, over the next decade, dissolve my world.

And here’s the thing: it was the dissolution of a world. People who didn’t grow up in the American evangelical bubble often don’t realize what they’re demanding when they ask an evangelical to accept a fact that is contradicted by their church’s interpretation of the Bible. To those bought in—excepting, perhaps, that small demographic of Christians who identify as evangelical and are truly progressive—evangelicalism is not a collection of facts. It is an entire reality, based not on logic but on a web of ideas, all of which must be wholeheartedly accepted for any of it to work. It is complete unto itself, self-contained, self-justifying, self-sustaining. It’s your community, your life, your entire way of thinking, and your gauge for what is true in the world. Evangelicalism feels so right from the inside.

And, for an evangelical, there are no small doubts: growing up in many evangelical churches means to be told, repeatedly, that the devil will always seek a foothold, and once you give him one you’re well on the road to hell, to losing your faith, to destroying your witness. That’s scary stuff. To begin to doubt evangelicalism is not simply a mental exercise. For many like me, it’s to feel a void opening, the earth dropping out from beneath you. It’s to face the prospect of invalidating your entire existence.

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:04 PM

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. We believed America was God’s country, voted Republican and pro-life, and expected the rapture at any minute. We were also six-day creationists, with science textbooks that warned us to beware of any statement that contradicted the Bible.

This is why so many on the right (the evangelicals) don't/can't believe in climate change. God created the world in 6 days. And it does not change from His original intent. There is no evolution of any sort. The earth and the creatures on it are just the same as the day they were created. To accept either actual change, or the possibility of change, would be heresy.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 04:38 PM

Another Christian that makes the faith look less and less like a way to follow Jesus. These assholes are just so f***ing entitled.

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Christian university president was accused of covering up his son’s sexist and racist abuse — and retaliating against one of his accusers.

Mark Smith and his son, Doug Smith, were each named along with senior staffers at Ohio Christian University in two federal lawsuits alleging workplace harassment and wrongful termination, reported the Island Packet.

The elder Smith, whose OCU contract ran through 2025, resigned in January 2017 and was hired a month later by Columbia International University in South Carolina, which also hired his son.

One suit, filed by former OCU student Cynthia Dove, claims Doug Smith started to stick his finger in her mouth while they worked together on the information technology help desk.

“That was a slut test,” Smith said. “If they close their mouth, they’re a slut.”

The other lawsuit, filed by former OCU lead attorney Jeremy Davitz, backed Dove’s claims and claimed Doug Smith secretly took photos of a co-worker’s buttocks and posted it on social media with the caption, “this is why we hire women.”

Doug Smith also told co-workers he hated LGBT people and other minority groups, saying black people were “entitled” and Mexicans were “dirty freeloaders” — and he insisted he was “dead serious” about his beliefs.

“Stop being such a Jew,” he told Dove when she dropped a ladder, and he added that he didn’t care that she was offended.

Dove’s lawsuit claims the university president’s son was “a favored employee, despite his poor work performance and work ethic,” and she was transferred to another department after complaining about him.

“Although Mr. Smith’s coworkers complained about his behavior, he was never disciplined for his behavior and, as a result, Mr. Smith’s inappropriate work behavior continued,” the suit says.

Davitz said he reported the claims to Mark Smith in spring 2016 and advised him to fire his own son, but the attorney claims the university president pounded his fists on the desk and threatened to sue him and the university.

“Mark Smith yelled that he, himself, was a victim and that his son was a victim who had gone through tremendous hardships,” the suit claims.

The attorney said Mark Smith then stripped him of his responsibilities, telling trustees “we don’t trust him anymore,” and fired him in January 2017.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 08:21 PM

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While the study shows a correlation between happiness and non-religiousness, no causal relationship is demonstrated. One can only speculate if it is the lack of religion that makes countries happier, or that happy countries simply reject religious superstition.

Anecdotal evidence would suggest that unhappy people are driven to religion, given the fact that when one is unhappy in this life they can embrace the idea that there is something better waiting for them after death.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 04:46 PM

Fleecing of the sheep, and particularly stupid sheep at that.

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A Louisiana televangelist is asking his followers to help him raise tens of millions of dollars so he can buy a new private jet.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Pastor Jesse Duplantis, who two years ago made headlines by claiming that aborted babies would all be resurrected and sent to Heaven via the Rapture, is asking people to donate money to help him secure a private jet that he says will be used to spread God’s word more efficiently than by taking commercial flights.

“I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” Duplantis said in a video promoting fundraising for the jet. “He’d be in an airplane flying all over the world.”

The Times-Picayune notes that Duplantis has been complaining about the burdens of relying on commercial airlines for years now, and in 2015 he even said commercial flights were infested by “a bunch of demons” who were hindering his work of spreading the Gospel.

The jet that Duplantis has his eyes on is the Dassault Falcon 7X, a three-engine jet that has an estimated net worth of $54 million.

“I want you to believe in me for a Falcon 7X,” he told his followers in a fundraising pitch. “Pray about becoming a partner to it.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 05:20 AM

View PostLFC, on 29 May 2018 - 04:46 PM, said:

Fleecing of the sheep, and particularly stupid sheep at that.
Prosperity doctrine writ large.
This is a mostly American phenomenon, and proof that many religious people are out of their minds.
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:06 AM

View PostDCoronata, on 30 May 2018 - 05:20 AM, said:

Prosperity doctrine writ large.
This is a mostly American phenomenon, and proof that many religious people are out of their minds.

You hear these people whining all the time about how the problem with America is a lack of religious morals but then per their own supposed beliefs they act in immorally in a grand, public, and self-righteous fashion. The cognitive dissonance is staggering. And then they wonder why the upcoming generations are turning their backs on their corrupt brand of religion. Self-awareness is not their strength.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:16 AM

View PostLFC, on 30 May 2018 - 09:06 AM, said:

You hear these people whining all the time about how the problem with America is a lack of religious morals but then per their own supposed beliefs they act in immorally in a grand, public, and self-righteous fashion. The cognitive dissonance is staggering. And then they wonder why the upcoming generations are turning their backs on their corrupt brand of religion. Self-awareness is not their strength.
I swear I've been telling those yahoos this for feakin thousands of years!

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:26 AM

View PostLFC, on 30 May 2018 - 09:06 AM, said:

The cognitive dissonance is staggering.


Hypocrisy, yes. However, they've managed to avoid feeling any cognitive dissonance at all.
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:58 AM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 30 May 2018 - 09:26 AM, said:

Hypocrisy, yes. However, they've managed to avoid feeling any cognitive dissonance at all.

Oh I never thought for an instant they they felt their cognitive dissonance.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:05 PM

View PostLFC, on 30 May 2018 - 09:06 AM, said:

You hear these people whining all the time about how the problem with America is a lack of religious morals but then per their own supposed beliefs they act in immorally in a grand, public, and self-righteous fashion. The cognitive dissonance is staggering. And then they wonder why the upcoming generations are turning their backs on their corrupt brand of religion. Self-awareness is not their strength.

Then you have this bozo as a shining example:

Another "family values", election law violating, "kinky sex with mistress is OK" proponent bites the dust. (Spoiler alert: its NOT his fault)


The normally combative Greitens briefly struggled with his composure toward the end of his remarks — but was unrepentant in giving his reasons for quitting.


"The last few months have been incredibly difficult, for me, for my family, for my team, for my friends and for many, many people that I love," he said. "This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family. Millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless amounts of personal attacks designed to cause maximum damage to family and friends, legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers.


"And it's clear that for the forces that oppose us there is no end in sight. I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people I love."



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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we pay the military pay to protect the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes us very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:28 PM

By the by, I am quite sure whatever is happening, we are NOT in fact seeing "the death of Christianity in the U.S." Maybe--and I consider this somewhat doubtful--we might be seeing a temporary setback for what C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters called ‘Christianity And’.

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My dear Wormwood,

The real trouble about the set your patient is living in is that it is merely Christian. They all have individual interests, of course, but the bond remains mere Christianity. What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call ‘Christianity And’. You know—Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Psychical Research, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and Spelling Reform. If they must be Christians let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian colouring. Work on their horror of the Same Old Thing....

More in this general vein from the same book:

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About the general connection between Christianity and politics, our position is more delicate. Certainly we do not want men to allow their Christianity to flow over into their political life, for the establishment of anything like a really just society would be a major disaster. On the other hand we do want, and want very much, to make men treat Christianity as a means; preferably, of course, as a means to their own advancement, but, failing that, as a means to anything — even to social justice. The thing to do is to get a man at first to value social justice as a thing which the Enemy demands, and then work him on to the stage at which he values Christianity because it may produce social justice. For the Enemy will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of Heaven as a short cut to the nearest chemist’s shop. Fortunately it is quite easy to coax humans round this little corner.

and yet more (C.S. Lewis is a "go-to" for me when examining human frailty, especially Christian human frailty):

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To be sure, the Enemy wants men to think of the Future too — just so much as is necessary for now planning the acts of justice or charity which will probably be their duty tomorrow. The duty of planning the morrow’s work is today’s duty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the Present. This is not straw splitting. He does not want men to give the Future their hearts, to place their treasure in it. We do. His ideal is a man who, having worked all day for the good of posterity (if that is his vocation), washes his mind of the whole subject, commits the issue to Heaven, and returns at once to the patience or gratitude demanded by the moment that is passing over him. But we want a man hag-ridden by the Future — haunted by visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth — ready to break the Enemy’s commands in the present if by so doing we make him think he can attain the one or avert the other — dependent for his faith on the success or failure of schemes whose end he will not live to see. We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow’s end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now, but always using as mere fuel wherewith to heap the altar of the future every real gift which is offered them in the Present.






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