Archive for: January, 2010

Some Thoughts on the Implications of the Same-Sex Marriage Trial for Religious Minorities

Putting the emotional issues aside, this is the cold reality: If the U.S. Supreme Court takes this case and decides to uphold Proposition 8, this outcome could strip away fundamental principles that also protect religious minorities.

 
 

RLTV PODCAST: Attorney Karen Scott on the Current Problem of Human Trafficking in the United States

Michael Peabody interviews  Karen Scott about the  problem of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the United States. Bumper Music: "What's the Matter with the World" by C Sharp.  Music obtained through MusicAlley.com.

 
 

Is the Era of Large-Scale Islamic Terrorism Coming to an End?

While the world cautiously watches the war in Afghanistan and the nuclear aspirations of Iran, a surprising geopolitical trend may be emerging which could have quite profound consequences for international security and the safety of millions throughout southwest Asia and indeed the rest of the world. Despite the global carnage that Islamic terrorist groups continue to wreak across the planet, […]

 
 

RLTV PODCAST: Scott Ritsema on the Gun Sight Controversy

Michael Peabody interviews Scott Ritsema about the recent controversy involving a gun sight manufacturer that inscribed Bible references on tactical equipment used by military forces around the world.  Scott Ritsema is the author of The Way the Truth and the Sword and maintains a blog at http://civicsnews.blogspot.com. BUMPER MUSIC:  "Guns or Butter" performed by the independent  band Hot Buttered Rum […]

 
 

Muzzle Flash Evangelism: Outrage over Biblical References on Military Gun Sights (From ABC News)

 
 

Walla Walla – Shelter for Freedom Screens Documentary Film “Cargo: Innocence Lost”

Walla Walla – Shelter for Freedom Screens Documentary Film “Cargo: Innocence Lost”

By Martin Surridge  A multitude of Walla Walla University students joined local community members and concerned citizens at Shelter for Freedom's headlining event on Saturday night, January 16, 2010, filling Whitman College's Cordiner Hall for the screening of the documentary film "Cargo: Innocence Lost." The screening, which was followed by a panel discussion, was just one of nine events during the four-day […]

 
 

Spiritually transformed killing machines of Christ (Civics News)

Spiritually transformed killing machines of Christ  (Civics News)

Scott Ritsema CIVICS NEWS January 19, 2010 As if there weren't enough instances where the American Empire is associated with the faith of Jesus (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for starters) another sad story has leaked into the media (see ABC story here), this time about Bible verses being inscribed on the […]

 
 

VIDEO – Pat Robertson Gives Religion A Bad Name With His Disaster Comments – CNN

Arianna Huffington joined The Nation's Ari Melber and former evangelist Frank Schaeffer on The Joy Behar Show Thursday. The panel weighed in on evangelist Pat Robertson's claims that the earthquake in Haiti is the result of that country's "pact with the devil." Arianna  Huffington thinks Robertson is giving religion a bad name. "For anybody of faith, even if you're not God, […]

 
 

Pat Robertson, the Earthquake in Haiti, and the Righteousness of God

Pat Robertson, the Earthquake in Haiti, and the Righteousness of God

In 1999, comedian George Carlin wrote, “Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But He loves you.”

I thought about Carlin's statement as I watched a clip of Pat Robertson blaming this week's earthquake in Haiti on a mythical pact that the people of Haiti supposedly made with the Devil in order to become independent of France over two centuries ago. ““[E]ver since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor,” Robertson said.

 
 

Blue Laws and Sunday Legislation-why do they exist? CNN Video

A video describing some of the religious and secular rationale behind American Sunday blue laws.