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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…



{February 20, 2009}   The Call: To Fast

A 40-day fast. 

I want to know who are the tens of thousands of people that follow this man? Seriously, look at his body language, something is mentally wrong with this man. Lou Engle.

Fasting means starvation which equals HALLUCINATIONS…not God talking to you.



{February 19, 2009}   Suicide committed in Mega-Church

usa-la-crystal-cathedral-exterior-by-darrell-godliman76 year old church volunteer was explaining the church’s suicide hotline with six people, including a tourist group from Canada. “We were talking actually about the suicide prevention hotline that we have here at our church and telling them it’s open 24 hours, seven days a week, and then just then, I heard this pop”.

Meanwhile, an 84 year old church volunteer welcomes this man that hands her a note and his driver’s license. The note stated his pick-up was in the parking lot. He walked up to a gold cross and knelt as if to pray and shot himself. What did the pastor have to say?

“He did not give any sign that he was going to do that. He just came, like any other tourist, to pray,” said pastor Juan Carlos Ortiz. “I think God will have mercy on him, because he must have been very desperate to do what he did.” 

The Orange County coroner’s office identified the man as Steve Smick, 48.  

“I think God will have mercy on him”? Seriously? To make a statement like that for his family to read is just callous, but what else do you expect from some “Christians”. I just can’t help but wonder, going to the house of God, wouldn’t something happen from God Himself to let others know that His house was going to be used for that?

The Crystal Cathedral had been a witness to another tragedy:



{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.



From Politico:  

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warned supporters Tuesday that the $828 billion stimulus package is “anti-religious.” 

In an e-mail that was also posted on his blog ahead of the Senate’s passage, Huckabee wrote: “The dust is settling on the ‘bipartisan’ stimulus bill and one thing is clear: It is anti-religious.” 

Ok, let’s talk about the past 8 years that were VERY religious:

1. Unlimited government spending for war. (killing people, very Christ like)

2. Unlimited tax breaks for the rich.

3. Deregulation: turning the financial system into a Ponzi scheme.

Our national debt doubled and now we are living, not in a recession, but a depression.  

Why is it that every time a Christian Right Winger feels that their religious views are being infringed upon, in what is called “separation of church & state” they go calling someone “anti-religious” or liberal? It isn’t about religion, get that through your thick head.

Our Bill of Rights was established to keep Congress from establishing a religion, basically we have freedom from religion. Heck, isn’t that the reason that the Pilgrims left Europe in the first place? Look at the taliban and their religious fist, is that what the Christian Right Wingers want for our Nation?

Rumor has it that Huckabee wants to run in 2012. I hope that people have sense enough to realize that a religious person has no place in the White House, look at the past 8 years. There is no balance with a religious zealot. 

Freedom means everyone has a right to make a choice of what they believe in. Without this choice, without this freedom, then it goes against our forefathers ideals.

Obviously, Huckabee hasn’t been following President Obama closely. President Obama is making every effort in being inclusive towards everyone, in regards to religion. 

How about trying to stop making this Nation a Theocratic one?



{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.



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.



{February 5, 2009}   President Obama on religion

“I was not raised in a particularly religious household,” the president said. “I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion.”

“But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Christian Post is reporting that the christian right is challenging his pick for top justice positions. One critic, Patrick Trueman, had this to say:

David Ogden has been an activist in the support of a right to pornography, a right of abortion and the rights of homosexuals

Meanwhile, Tom Minnery, a vice president at Focus on the Family, says, “This is left-wing politicization of the Justice Department. This is not a Justice Department that looks like America.” Looks, like which America? The theocratic America? 

The challenge to Obama’s Justice picks come as conservative evangelicals seek to limit the power of the new Democratic administration and maintain their own within the Republican Party. They are looking for their best interest and want the government to keep footing the bill on ideals that they promote. The article itself stated this: 

Some Republicans believe a tight embrace of social conservative values turns off independents and moderates, but many Christian right leaders resist compromise and contend that, if anything, the GOP has strayed too far from its principles.

President Obama’s message is loud and clear. He doesn’t believe one view is better than the other. He is willing to work with everyone, no matter what the ideal is, but if he wants this to work then the christian leaders are going to have to teach their flock what tolerance is. For eight years our government was ran like a theocratic government. He professed to follow Christ, yet we went to war, murdering and torturing people and the christian right supported him. 

It is amazing how they hear the word “equality” but only listen to “homsexuality”. They taint themselves with their dogmas and expect everyone in America to follow their exclusive dogma.

Good luck to the President on this. I don’t see those that profess to follow Christ to actually follow his lead.



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