Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Old Men in Skirts & Women’s Health

February 20, 2012

Old Men in Skirts & Women's Health

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is objecting to a recent HHS rulemaking which grants American women equal access to healthcare and directs health insurance companies to provide them with contraceptive services. Of course, America’s Roman Catholic bishops have their own sort of family planning; they are (presumably) celibate. Not so the females in their flock, two-thirds of whom use some form of contraception. The HHS regulation does not apply to employees of churches but to workers in the separate nonprofit corporations spun off by religious institutions. It has little to do with health reform, and everything to do with the rights of employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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Judgment Day. For Sure This Time. Probably. Could Be.

October 21, 2011

Judgment Day. For Sure this Time. Probably. Could Be.

The Bible predicts that today, October 21, 2011, will be the End of Days, claims Christian broadcaster Harold Camping. Brother Camping also said that about May 21, 1988, September 6, 1994, and May 21, 2011.

Today’s Forecast: fire, brimstone, plagues, dead sinners. The Righteous will fly upwards to Heaven but, due to the recession, they will fly Economy Class.

The world ends on a Friday. How cruel. A merciful God would at least let us have the weekend.

Actually, Mr. Camping is a bit more hesitant about today’s Rapture. He’s saying the world will “probably” end today. We’re waiting to hear the odds from Vegas.

Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-bkf

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Paulista Coup at Right-Wing Religious ‘Summit’

October 11, 2011

Paulista Coup at Right-Wing Religious'Summit'

Republican presidential candidates debated theology with right-wing fundamentalists this weekend in Washington. The Values Voters Summit, produced by the Family Research Council, staged a “Straw Poll” beauty contest, and lovely and talented Congressman Ron Paul won the tiara.

Conservative blogger Ed Morrisey notes:

” … to say that the Values Voters Summit organizers are skeptical of Paul’s win is an understatement. Tony Perkins [President of the Family Research Council] twice noted that 600 tickets were bought this morning, and that a great many people left after Paul’s speech. The conference sold 3406 registrations, well over their 2007 record of around 2700. If half of those 600 were Paul ringers [aka Paulbots -ml] and we take them out of the equation, then Cain would have finished first, 27/26 with Santorum at 19%. If 80% of today’s registrants were Paul ringers and are removed, Cain would have had 32% of the vote, followed by Santorum at 23% and Perry in third place with 12%.” [Notes and links added]

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Tea Party Vacation Bible School

July 12, 2011

Tea Party Vacation Bible School

Summer’s here, time for Vacation Bible School. This year, Evangelist and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R, MN- 6) will lead the classes (the Lord told her to, no doubt). Courses include:

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Apocalypse — Save the Date!

May 25, 2011

Apocalypse -- Save the Date!

Notice: Due to unforseen circumstances, the End of the World has been rescheduled for October 21, 2011. We regret the inconvenience.

“Harold Camping ‘flabbergasted’; rapture a no-show,” Will Kane, San Francisco Chronicle

“US preacher ‘got dates wrong’ for end of the world – it’s really 21 October,” AP via The Independent

“An Autumn Date for the Apocalypse,” Jesse McKinley,  New York Times

Ticket holders for earlier doomsdays predicted by Howard Camping (May 21, 1988, September 7, 1994, May 21, 2011): tough.

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The End of the World News

May 21, 2011

End of the World News

In case you missed it: Experts have determined that, despite the forecasts of evangelical prophet Harold Camping, the world has not ended. You can be sure that fundamentalist ranting has not, either.

Note: The End of the World News is the title of a novel by Anthony Burgess (1917 – 1993). He was inspired by the closing formula solemnly intoned by BBC radio newsreaders: “This is the end of the World News.”

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End of the World: May 21, 2011

May 21, 2011

Today at 6:00 PM Eastern Time, the world is expected to end. Skeeter Davis (above) explains it all to you.

FAQs here.

Note: According to some, the world has already ended.

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Falwell Teaches Freedom of the Press

April 13, 2011

Falwell Teaches Freedom of the Press

In a bold move to teach the importance of the First Amendment, Virginia’s Liberty University blocked the website of the Lynchburg News & Advance newspaper last week. University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. provided a simple explanation for taking a page from the playbook of Middle Eastern tyrants: “We’re a private organization and we don’t have to give a reason and we’re not.”

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Creationists Find Cave Painting of Dinosaur

March 28, 2011

Creationists Finds Cave Painting of Dinosaur

Creationists now claim a cave painting at Utah’s Kachina Bridge formation in south-eastern Utah proves that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. They are probably relying on the famed Biblical commentary “Alley Oop of Moo” rather than the conventional paleontological record.

More:

“Creationists Find Cave Painting of Dinosaur,” Maureen O’Connor, Gawker

 “Debunking the ‘Dinosaurs’ of Kachina Bridge,” Brian Switek, Dinosaur Tracking, Smithsonian blog

 “‘Proof of Creation’ Dino Drawing Just a Mud Stain,” Eric Niiler, Discovery News

 

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Reagan Worshippers Celebrate Centennial

February 5, 2011

Reagan Worshippers Celebrate Centennial

If Ronald Reagan were alive this February 6th, he would have been a very senile 100 years old. “No surprise, perhaps, that the American president who came to fame in Hollywood would have a centennial celebration with splash,” writes Susan Page. “He’s become a folklore president,” says historian Douglas Brinkley, “”He’s as much Buffalo Bill or Kit Carson as he is Harry Truman or Lyndon Johnson.”

The comparison with Buffalo Bill is apt. William Cody became “Buffalo Bill” through massive doses of showmanship and press agentry, the same way Mr. Reagan became president. Leslie Janka, Reagan’s deputy White House press secretary, said the Reagan administration “was a PR outfit that became president and took over the country. And to the degree that the Constitution forced them to do things like make a budget, run foreign policy and all that, they sort of did it. But their first, last and overarching activity was public relations.”

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show went bankrupt, and President Reagan destroyed the Federal tax base while borrowing against the future.  His chief legacy is not Ronald Reagan National Airport, Ronald Reagan Parkway, the Reagan statue in the Capitol, the USS Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Ronald Reagan High School(s), the Ronald Reagan Building, the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Test Site, or the Ronald Reagan Action Figure. It was tax cuts for the rich and budget policies that tripled the Federal deficit as well as financial deregulation that paved the hellish road to our current economic situation.

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