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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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{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:



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}   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 11, 2009}   Utah Governor Supports Civil Unions

Utah has a constitutional ban on gay marriage and domestic unions that was approved by voters in 2004. At the time, Jon Huntsman said he supported Amendment 3.  Now, Huntsman, who governs one of the country’s most conservative states, said Tuesday he supports civil unions for gay people that would give them many of the same legal rights as married couples. Huntsman isn’t new to gay rights issues. Soon after taking office in 2005, he backed a failed bill that would have granted mutually dependent couples certain health care and property rights.

I believe in the traditional definition of marriage, but I also believe that we can do a better job in enhancing equal rights for more of our citizens.

What is interesting about this is that Hunstman is in fact a practicing LDS, or Mormon. The Associated Press reports that  80 percent to 90 percent of Utah lawmakers belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following the November election, especially the Proposition 8 fiasco in California, the church issued a statement that Equality Utah has made the focus of its campaign for gay rights in Utah.

“The Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches,” the church said at the time.

Huntsman’s critics are opposing his views. “I’m very disappointed in the governor’s stance. Civil union is really tantamount to marriage,” said Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights. “It’s gay-marriage light.”

Huntsman is not running for a third term, so perhaps this is why he is making some changes without any fear. Either way, it is about time that someone is concerned with “equal rights” for its citizens then some antiquated way of thinking, especially with the Mormon’s religious track record.



{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.



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