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{March 3, 2009}   The Saga Continues

I had posted about a christian student that was suing his college. Well, the saga continues:

Los Angeles City College had half a dozen middle-aged people milling around the campus quad. “God Hates Gays,” their signs read. Nice way to represent Jesus, right? I mean when Jesus was here on earth, he preached “HATRED” and walked around with signs to preach the word. 

The suit, filed Feb. 12, has inspired a wave of blog and media commentary. Lopez’s lawyer from the Alliance Defense Fund, co-founded by James Dobson of Focus on the Family, has appeared on the popular Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor.” 

A dozen nasty e-mails winged their way to a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York biographer, who had the singular misfortune of sharing a name and occupation with Lopez’s instructor.

“Some of them threatened my life,” said the New York-based John Matteson, an associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

Leave it to the Christians to react in that way. They profess to follow Jesus, but their actions are from Christ like. Threatening and preaching hate…

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Are these the sign of the times?

steve-wuThe pastor of Willow Creek Chicago — the city campus of the evangelical mega-church Willow Creek Community Church — has resigned and admitted to “sexual impurity,” a church spokesman said. The pastor, Rev. Steve Wu, could not be reached, and the church would not specify what took place just a statement Tuesday by church officials admitting to “sexual impurity”

Wu, 43, began pastoring Willow Chicago in 2006. It was the fifth campus of Willow Creek Community Church – the fourth largest mega-church in the country with 22,500 attendees, according to Outreach magazine’s 2008 list. The mega-church, founded by the Rev Bill Hybels, currently has six locations throughout Illinois.

The church also stated that he may go through a “restoration process”. I wonder if this will be like the one Ted Haggard went through, which we all know, has made him realize that his sexuality is a “complicated” one. 

I wrote about this before, there is nothing good about a church that is said to be a “mega-church”. What those types of church come down to is BUSINESS and MONEY. In due time, the true colors come out and they fall hard.



{February 16, 2009}   Actor’s dying wish

According to Christian Today, Jade Goody has revealed she wants to christen her sons Bobby, five, and Freddy, four, so that they know their mummy is looking down on them from Heaven and wants this done before she dies after receiving the devastating news last week that her cancer is terminal. 

They also report her saying the following:

I want to ask God why he couldn’t have given me more time with my boys. Just a bit—just enough to hear them laugh a few more times, to see that they’re happy, to write them long letters so I can tell them who I was and how much I loved them and remind them about all the things we did together. Because they might forget me. And I can’t bear the thought of that.

Sometimes that is a question many face when they are soon near the end: Why God?  

Very sad situation.



{February 16, 2009}   Christian Student Sues College

There is a lawsuit alleging a teacher discriminated against a students beliefs when he censored a classroom speech on God and marriage. The allegation also inludes a statement that he didn’t get a grade but a statement by the teacher, “ask God what your grade is”. The student also alleges the teacher called him a “fascist bastard” mid-way through his speech last November and refused to let him finish.

The student, Jonathan Lopez, said that midway through his speech, when he quoted a dictionary definition of marriage and recited a pair of Bible verses, professor John Matteson cut him off and would not allow him to finish. Lopez is seeking $5,000 in damages.

Ok, it sounds more like a sermon than a speech. The Dean of the school stated that students were offended by Lopez’s “speech”.

At what point does a Christian realize that if someone is interested in the “word of God” then a church is sought for that message?



{February 11, 2009}   The Gay Agenda

Apprently the “gay agenda” is to silence the christians. Why am I always the last to find out what the agenda is? Someone needs to stay ontop of letting all the homosexuals know what the movement is, seriously. The one-hour  ‘special report’ starts as a look at how a group of Christian demonstrators were arrested for, as they tell it, trying to “share the Gospel,” but almost immediately focuses on gay and lesbian Americans’ struggle for equality under the law.

“Special classes of people get special protections”

Here we go, trying to scare the heteros against the homos. Very Christ like, right?  This ‘special report’ is based on the same book that Sally Kern declared helped her find out what the “gay agenda” is. It’s a 1989 book called “After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s,” by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. The video was produced by the American Family Association, and includes testimony from individuals who claim that they were once homosexual but were “cured” through prayer.

Who pushes this “gay agenda” more, the Christians or the ‘homosexuals’? The way the Christians go around bringing light to this agenda makes them the ones that push the issue. The “gay agenda” is nothing more than a scary term started by the religious zealots to scare their flock into hating a minor class of citizens.  

Homosexuals are not asking for “special” treatment, they are asking for equality. Special treatment would be: no paying of taxes, not going to work and collecting disability, etc. 

I think I am going to have to read that book, and maybe let my other “homosexual” friends know what the book is about, see? Thanks to the religious people, I myself am going to find out what this “gay agenda” is…

The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family claim that,

It is an agenda that they basically set in the late 1980s, in a book called ‘After the Ball,’ where they laid out a six-point plan for how they could transform the beliefs of ordinary Americans with regard to homosexual behavior — in a decade-long time frame…. They admit it privately, but they will not say that publicly. In their private publications, homosexual activists make it very clear that there is an agenda. The six-point agenda that they laid out in 1989 was explicit: Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and as often as possible… Portray gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers… Give homosexual protectors a just cause… Make gays look good… Make the victimizers look bad… Get funds from corporate America..CitizenLink.



{February 10, 2009}   Teacher Crossing the Line?

15140735_240x180From the Christian Post, the ACLU is suing a school in Vermont on behalf of two families. The families accuse Irasburg Village School teacher, Wally Rogers of giving students extra points last school year if they read Christian-themed books he bought with school money.

They said he posted the Ten Commandments on the wall of his classroom, linked his school Web page to Christian sites and allowed Christian materials to be circulated in his classroom. The families say that Rogers, who teaches language arts to sixth, seventh and eighth grades, has promoted Christianity in the classroom for years. He has allowed the children of the plaintiffs, to be harassed after they complained to school officials.

I found a news video here. Looking at the handout, “Why Jesus is better than Santa Claus”, isn’t that the right of a parent to teach, if they feel like it? 

The ACLU asks presiding Judge J. Garvan Murtha to declare that school officials have violated the families’ rights under the First Amendment right against the establishment of religion and the Fourteenth Amendment right of parents to direct the religious upbringing of their children.

What is interesting is that the two families suing were looked as ‘trouble makers’ by the community. The community didn’t see anything wrong with what the teacher was doing, but saw the views of the parents as wrong, which is a fundamental right they have. Other students in the past had been pulled out of his classroom by parents, and some parents took it further, pulling their children out of that school altogether.

Teachers are there to teach secular business, unless it is a private school. Parents have every right to be upset over this, especially if they have a different belief than that of the teacher.



Tony Perkins recently gave an interview with God & Country. The person that interviewed him made this statement: 

I was surprised by how critical he has become of the Republican Party and that he extended qualified compliments to the Obama administration. I’m used to hearing such talk from moderate evangelicals like Rev. Joel Hunter, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, or former National Association of Evangelicals lobbyist Richard Cizik, but not from a proud right winger like Perkins.

When asked what he believed was the change in the GOP this was Perkins answer:

 

It is something that happened after 2004, when there was a great emphasis by the Republicans and the president on the need to protect marriage. It was used to secure a second term for President Bush and to expand Republican control of Congress. And after the election, the issue was basically dropped.

That, combined with corruption that distracted the Republican Party, Mark Foley—it all added up to where people began to scratch their heads and say, “This is not the party that is really reflecting our values.”

Within the same site, Mark Silk at Spiritual Politics sums up the reasons for doubt: 

I wouldn’t rush to take this at face value. It’s pretty much SOP for religious right leaders to rattle the Republican cage whenever they’re feeling a bit unloved, and with the election of Michael Steele as head of the RNC, that’s just how they’re feeling. I’ll believe there’s something going on when I see signs of it on the relevant websites. And if you take a look at the FRC’s, all you’ll find is anti-Obamaism, not a peep of anti-Republicanism.

michael-s-steele1I’m just wondering if this doesn’t have to do with something else? Like maybe the color of Michael Steele? Let’s see:

In 1996, Perkins paid the Grand Wizard of the KKK $82,000 for use of his mailing list. 

In 2001, Perkins addressed the Council of Conservative Citizens (successor organization to the anti-integration White Citizens Council) – a known racist group with an agenda of white supremacy. 

No matter what, the facts are Tony Perkins is a racist. As much as he sits there and denies it, and states he made a “mistake” he has been involved with white supremacists.filetony_perkins_1



{February 9, 2009}   Bishop Richard Williamson

Per CNN Bishop Richard Williamson has been removed from his position as head of a seminary in Argentina. “Mr. Williamson is impossible and irresponsible,” Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, said Saturday, according to Spiegel Online. “I now see no room for him in the Catholic church.” This after the report that Williamson saying he will not recant and that he would need more evidence to believe the Holocaust really happened. 

In his blog Saturday, Williamson, referring to himself, posted a note, saying, “His Excellency is neither dead, dying, nor retired.”

Oh the drama. Il Pappa put his foot in his mouth, asked this guy to recant and this guy is showing his boss that he has balls, he refuses to take his statement back. Who is at fault? Il Pappa. He should have done his homework. Now he has all the Jewish leaders pissed off at him, and with reason.

What is very interesting to me is that this Bishop is known to criticize the Holy See, not only of deceit, but of being under the power of Satan. He believes the Society of St. Pius X is composed of true Catholics who are keeping the “complete Roman Catholic apostolic faith”. He disagrees with the Roman Catholic church trying to be open and ‘tolerant’ to other religions. 

He denis being anti-semetic, although he called jews “enemies of Christ”. In regards to the attacks of 9/11 he believes that our very own government (the U.S.) committed the horrific crime.

I just wonder, if I can find all this information, how did Il Pappa miss it?



It all started with the atheists starting a campaign on the side of the buses with the message:

THERE’S PROBABLY NO GOD. NOW STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT AND ENJOY LIFE.

The Trinitarian Bible Society has paid $50,000 to display posters on 125 of London’s red double-decker buses that quote Psalm 53: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” The Christian Party, a right-wing political party whose policies mostly focus on moral issues, is joining the advert battle by displaying posters on at least 50 buses, though they are not working directly with Larlham’s group. “There definitely is a God,” their message reads. “So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”

Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church is going to place the message “There is God. Don’t Worry. Enjoy your life!” on at least 25 buses from March. “We’re living in a difficult time, when crisis is being extensively promoted, and people need some life-asserting message,” he told London’s Daily Telegraph.

Since its January 6 launch, the London scheme has been credited with inspiring atheist bus campaigns in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany and Italy, where next month posters in Genoa will read: “The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is that we do not need him.” 

British advertising authority responsible for screening ads, received more than 150 complaints about the atheist campaign during January, and at least one bus driver walked off the job. “This is a public attack on people’s faiths,” Ron Heather, a 62-year old bus driver and evangelical Christian said. “I have a lot of passengers who are over 90 or are seriously ill, and to tell them there is no God seems a bit insensitive, when God is probably all they have left in the world.”

The atheist bus organizers say that they are regrouping and will launch another campaign in April, knowing that Christian groups are likely to respond in turn.

There you have it, a tennis match, with the bus as the tennis ball.

It is great that it sparks conversation. I especially liked the way the atheists used the word: PROBABLY, to me this is more respectful on their behalf and it made the advertisement seem more none confrontational and more along the lines of just stating: CHILL OUT.



Author Randall Balmer sees a White House that is more moral than under former president Bush. I found this about his book:

How did we go from John F. Kennedy declaring that religion should play no role in the elections to Bush saying, “I believe that God wants me to be president”?

Historian Randall Balmer takes us on a tour of presidential religiosity in the last half of the twentieth century—from Kennedy’s 1960 speech that proposed an almost absolute wall between American political and religious life to the soft religiosity of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society; from Richard Nixon’s manipulation of religion to fit his own needs to Gerald Ford’s quiet stoicism; from Jimmy Carter’s introduction of evangelicalism into the mainstream to Ronald Reagan’s co-option of the same group; from Bill Clinton’s covert way of turning religion into a non-issue to George W. Bush’s overt Christian messages, Balmer reveals the role religion has played in the personal and political lives of these American presidents.

Americans were once content to disregard religion as a criterion for voting, as in most of the modern presidential elections before Jimmy Carter.But today’s voters have come to expect candidates to fully disclose their religious views and to deeply illustrate their personal relationship to the Almighty. God in the White House explores the paradox of Americans’ expectation that presidents should simultaneously trumpet their religious views and relationship to God while supporting the separation of church and state. Balmer tells the story of the politicization of religion in the last half of the twentieth century, as well as the “religionization” of our politics. He reflects on the implications of this shift, which have reverberated in both our religious and political worlds, and offers a new lens through which to see not only these extraordinary individuals, but also our current political situation.

The religious right gain a lot of monetary compensation by getting involved in politics. They involve their flock, which equals a majority of voters, and candidates are aware of that power to help get them into the White House.  It is all about money and power. It has little to do with the bettering of a society or the following of Christ. There is a fine line that has been crossed, the past eight years has proven that. Theocracy is not what the United States is about.

The interesting fact about this author are his credentials:

Randall Balmer, an Episcopal priest, is professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Columbia University, and visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He has been a visiting professor at Dartmouth College and at Princeton, Yale, and Northwestern Universities. He has also taught in the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is currently the Alonzo McDonald Distinguished Visiting Professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.



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