Archive for: September, 2008

Banana Republics: The United States and Guatamala in the Propaganda Wars in the 1950s

The following clip is taken from the English documentary "The Century of Self" in which an extensive portion is dedicated to Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, the founder of public relations. This clip discusses public relations attempts by Bernays of the American people at the request of the U.S. government and international corporations, and how business interests were expanded using […]

 
 

Interview with Attorney and Pastor Mitch Tyner

"In my view, if we are not prepared to protect the rights of those with whom we disagree, we are not serious about religious freedom."

Former associate general counsel of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mitch Tyner, asks questions about the legal process, lawsuits between believers, separation of church and state, and addresses the controversy about gay marriage.

 
 

VIDEO: Palin linked political success to prayer of Kenyan witch hunter

According to accounts of the witchhunt circulated on evangelical websites such as Prayer Links Ministries, after Pastor Muthee declared Mama Jane a witch, the townspeople became suspicious and began to turn on her, demanding that she be stoned. Public outrage eventually led the police to raid her home, where they fired gunshots, killing a pet python which they believed to be a demon.

 
 

VIDEO: Michael Gerson on the Emerging Center of Evangelicalism

Michael Gerson, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and President Bush's former speechwriter, discusses new trends in evangelicalism. He explains that the younger evangelicals are breaking from the religious right; while they are remaining morally conservative, they are becoming more socially liberal.

 
 

The Politics of Obama's Faith and the Evangelical Left – Stephen Manfield

According to Stephen Mansfield, the author of this book, Barack is "raising the banner of what he hopes will be the faith-based politics of a new generation . . . and he will carry that banner to whatever heights of power his God and the American people allow."

 
 

VIDEO: Sam Harris Discusses Religion Run Amok (FORA.tv)

"With gentle demeanor and tight argument, Sam Harris carried an overflow audience into the core of one of the crucial issues of our time: What makes some religions lethal? How do they employ aggressive irrationality to justify threatening and controlling non-believers as well as believers? What should be our response?"- The Long Now Foundation

 
 

Trivia Question: Which Current State Governor Participated in an Exorcism?

Trivia Question: Which Current State Governor Participated in an Exorcism?

Here are some clues:

A convert to Christianity during the early 1990s, this governor is no academic slouch, having been accepted at both Yale Law School and Harvard Medical School.

At the age of 24, he was appointed his state's Secretary of Health and Hospitals.

He ran for governor, and then for Congress, and then for Governor again.

He is now 37 years old.

 
 

In Italy – Joke about the Pope, Go to Jail

What do Kim Jong Il, Pope Benedict XVI, and the Italian President have in common? Tell a joke about them to the wrong audience and you could end up in jail.

 
 

On September 23, 2008 an Innocent Man is Scheduled to Die

On September 23, 2008 an Innocent Man is Scheduled to Die

By Terry L. Benedict – How Easily Can an Innocent Man Lose His Life?

Ask Troy Davis, who came within a harrowing 23 hours of execution by lethal injection last year and received a new execution date of September 23, 2008:

 
 

Martin Sheen on Church / State Separation

Television president, Martin Sheen, narrates this video, produced by People For the American Way, about the history of separation of church & state and efforts by the Religious Right to undermine it. It was produced some years back.