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"Flying Spaghetti Monster" breaches the mainstream

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It was bound to happen sooner or later: the Flying Spaghetti Monster theory of creation has hit the mainstream. Here's the Salon.com War Room take on it:

The noodly savior

Salon editorial fellow Aaron Kinney takes a look at a bizarre yet fast-growing religion.

The most recent edition of the U.K.’s Sunday Telegraph brought an important spiritual development to War Room’s attention -- the increasing popularity of a religion that worships a strange deity known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

"We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe," wrote the religion’s founder, Bobby Henderson, in a recent letter to the Kansas Board of Education. "None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it. We have several lengthy volumes explaining all details of His power."Read more... )

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Church, State, and Katrina

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From the Boston Globe. (Thanks to [info]twistedchick!)

Church, state, and Katrina

By James Carroll, Globe Columnist | September 12, 2005

THE DISASTER on the Gulf Coast is the occasion for public prayer. President Bush invites the nation this week to place the victims of Katrina in the hands of an all-loving God, an impulse many of us share. In Boston and other cities, religious figures have been at the forefront of welcome expressions of concern. On the scene of the catastrophe itself, religious organizations have provided heroic relief, often in stark contrast to hesitant government agencies. The value -- and values -- of religion have been on full display during this crisis.

And yet, Katrina's aftermath opens a curtain on the new -- and troublesome -- place religion occupies in the culture of America. Continuing a train of thought I began last week, I find myself wondering if the abysmal performance of government agencies in responding to this crisis isn't related to the unprecedented emphasis the government itself has been putting on ''faith-based" groups as key providers of social services? There is nothing new, of course, in religious organizations as generous suppliers of various public needs. One thinks of the parochial school system or the Salvation Army. But politicians from Washington to the state capitols have exploited this tradition of religious generosity to justify the rollback of programs dating to the New Deal.Read more... )

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Open Center conference on the Religious Right

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In late April, I went to NYC to attend the first of these conferences. Here's a link to the one in October for those who might be interested. I'd love to go but my budget says 'no'. So, if someone could go to this and be the 'blogger on the spot', I'd appreciate it!

Here's the link:

Dominionism, Political Power & the Theocratic Right

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Interesting ramifications...

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http://www.suntimes.com/output/hunter/cst-ftr-scribble14.html
September 14, 2005
BY S. JENNIFER HUNTER

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So why, you might ask, did the Ontario government, that politically correct legislature, consider a proposal to accept Sharia law? It cited the cause of multiculturalism.

In 1991, the Ontario government passed the Ontario Arbitration Act, which allowed Jews and Christians to take civil and marital cases before religious arbitration. Rabbis could then adjudicate fights over inheritances and priests over disputes between parishes. Muslim groups in Ontario, quite understandably, wanted the same rights.

Ontario had thus backed itself into a corner. It was forced to either undo the Arbitration Act or give Muslims the same latitude as Jewish and Christian mediators. In fact, the discussion about including Sharia law brought protests from Orthodox Jewish women who claimed the Arbitration Act took away some of their rights. ... )

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Pledge declared unconstitutional due to sectarian concerns

http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/09/14/pledge.ruling.ap/index.html

Apparently two groups suing over the inclusion of "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance have gained a victory in the 9th Circuit Court.

Keep a watch on this case, folks--I will be *EXTREMELY* surprised if dominionist groups do not press for this to be taken to the Supreme Court.

As a bit of historical aside--the Pledge of Allegiance did not include "Under God" until 1954, when it was added by pressure from the Knights of Columbus as well as conservative churches that were part of the embryonic dominionist movement in the US. The claim was that it would distinguish the US from "godless Communists"--an example of distraction from the real issues that dominionist groups have used ever since.

A good bit of historical background on the Pledge is at http://www.religioustolerance.org/nat_pled.htm for those interested.

http://history.vineyard.net/pledge.htm (slightly pro-dominionist site) notes, among other things, that some dominionist groups even want to push even *further* for pro-dominionist changes to the Pledge; http://pledgeqanda.com/ (also slightly pro-dominionist) has noted how the ur-Dominionists also pushed as far back as the 1950s to specifically amend the Constitution to declare the US a "Christian Nation" (which gives you an idea how long they've been at this, for those who doubt what I say on dominionist groups actively working for 50+ years to turn the US into a theocracy *de facto* and *de jure* as well)

Needless to say, this has been a rallying point for dominionist groups; nearly all dominionist organisations (in particular the AFA) have been putting out various flyers and whatnot among the lines of "keep God in the Pledge of Allegiance" and whatnot. The threat of resecularisation of the Pledge has been one reason dominionist groups have been pushing for laws to specifically strip the courts of all authority to rule on matters regarding religious rights (http://www.yuricareport.com/Law%20&%20Legal/CourtsMayBeStrippedOnPledge.html details more in regards to the specific issue of the Pledge and its constitutionality).

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More info on "Texas Restoration Movement"/"Ohio Restoration Movement"

Yurica Report has more info on Blackwell, the Ohio secretary of state and a politician linked to the "Ohio Restoration Movement" and its associated groups:

http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/BlackwellsUnAmericanScheme.html

Yurica's reported in past on the link:

http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/DominionistsTryToControlOhio.html
http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/BlackwellAndChristianRightOhio.html

Other resources:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/6/1/171415/3286
http://kbonline.typepad.com/random/2005/03/the_conservativ.html
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-08-02-christian-cover_x.htm
http://markmaynard.com/index.php/2005/06/05/what_is_the_ohio_restoration_project
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050826/NEWS01/508260404

(I note this because, among other things, one of the folks in the Texas-affiliated group--which the Governor of Texas has been at official functions of at least twice--has claimed NOLA deserved to be destroyed :P)

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