Archive for: 2010

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.

 
 

'Aye, those be slighting words against the Lord:' Ireland's blasphemy law (National Post)

EXCERPT: On the first day of 2010 (note: not 1310), Ireland's new blasphemy law came into effect, making statements about the folly of religion punishable by a 25,000 euro fine. Specifically, the law forbids "publishing or uttering matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion." Ireland, yet again, has shown the world the […]

 
 

Pope Benedict: "the Great Consolidator" (American Spectator)

Pope Benedict: "the Great Consolidator" (American Spectator)

EXCERPT from the Article by Jeremy Lott: That makes him a conservative but a radical one. The easiest way to change a church is to drastically change her membership, and that is exactly what the pope is calling for with his impatient prodding to bring whole communions into the flock. Yesterday the traditionalists, today the Anglicans, tomorrow the Orthodox, and […]