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Oh boy....

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]charlayne)

I just heard that tomorrow (Tuesday, the 29th), Margarite Perrin is going to be a guest on Jay Leno.

Yep, you know that name.

Need a hint?

"Get the **** out of my house, in Jesus' name I pray!"

Yeah, the Trading Spouses nutball.

This should be fun. I know I'm going to tune in, just to see if she really "gets it" or if she is still totally clueless as to how rabid she came across on TV.

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Salon: Is the Honeymoon Over?


Jews and the Christian right: Is the honeymoon over?
Worried by increasingly strident evangelical rhetoric, Jewish leaders have finally dared to criticize conservative Christians. Will an alliance held together only by a shared support for Israel survive?

By Michelle Goldberg

Nov. 29, 2005 | Throughout the last five years, as the Christian right has assumed ever greater power and prominence in America, the organized Jewish community has been remarkably quiescent. Traditionally, Jewish leaders have been among the most vigilant guardians of American secularism, seeing the separation of church and state as key to Jewish equality. But faced with an evangelical president who seemed inviolable and an alliance of convenience with the religious right over Israel, Jewish leaders didn't raise much of an outcry when billions of taxpayer dollars were diverted toward religious charities through Bush's faith-based initiative. They didn't make a fuss when the administration filled the bureaucracy with veterans of groups like the Family Research Council and the Christian Coalition. As leaders of the religious right and their allies in the Republican Party trumpeted plans to "take America back," observers detected growing anxiety among ordinary American Jews, but there was little response from organized Jewry.Read more... )

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Explicitly Dominionist Quiz

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]thornewilder)

I am reading this statement, http://www.nazarene.org/welcome/beliefs_index.html

Did I miss anything either individually or in concert that you indentify as explicitly dominionist....I especially like the "common to Christians worldwide":

"Eight Agreed Statements These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true. They are common to Christians world-wide:

1. We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

3. We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

4. We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

5. We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

6. We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

7. We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

8. We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place. "


I say: #2: the Bible is all you need; #3: People have a fallen nature inclined to evil; #4: Impenitant eternally lost; #5: Jesus is the only Salvation from the dominion of sin. (the idea of the dominion of sin)#8: The return and final judgment.

Did I miss anything?

dogemperor [userpic]
For the three of you who've not seen this on Talk2Action or DefCon yet

You, too, can do a visible part to fight the dominionists abusing their tax exempt status. (I know we've talked a good deal about it on here before on organising a way to do this. What with large antidominionist communities like Dark Christianity and Talk2Action and DefCon America working together now, we're actually starting to get a "hundredth monkey" effect going with things like this.)

So, to quote Clark at DefCon America:

So in light of the recent action's taken by the IRS against All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA we at DefConAmerica.org have decided to make sure the IRS doesn't miss any tax exempt religious organizations who may have overstepped their bounds.

Have you noticed overtly political sermons, fliers, or events sponsored by or emanating from a local church? Are you collecting information on the political actions of a national religious right organization or megachurch? Let DefCon know! We'll be taking any and all infringements right to the IRS ourselves. We wouldn't want to leave all of our politically active religious right friends out would we?

Email us any info you have at Tips@DefConAmerica.org, and of course stay tuned to DefConBlog.org.

DefCon America (per convo with DefCon Clark and per posts on Talk2Action) got deluged (having to increase the quota on their mailbox because it filled up within the first hour of posting with reports)...but at the same time it's something that is all too necessary, finally has a group with funding to push the complaints through, and can hoist the dominionists by their own petards at the source--the very churches at the center of the dominionist movement.

I've already put in my complaints re the Big Bad Three in my area (Highview Baptist aka home of Justice Sunday I, the dominionist church I walked away from, and another megachurch which has had its tax-exempt revoked before for prosyletisation). You know you all want to do the Right Thing.

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Will extremist Christians break with the GOP over this?

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]yatpundit)

Today, Wired's Brian Alexander begins a 3-part series on the upcoming backlash against In-Vitro Fertilization IVF).  IVF has long been a weak link in the pro-life chain.  It's easy to decry the pagan libruls who kill babies in abortion mills, but what about others who kill?  For the life-begins-at-conception crowd, IVF has not been a moral conundrum, but a political one.  The morality is simple:  The fertilized egg is growing, it's conceived, it must be life.  The politics are a bit more complicated.  Other factors are now filtering into the debate.  The notion that "leftover" embryos might be used to develop stem cell lines, or even used for cloning experiments scares heck out of the Religious Right:

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Sen. Gary Hart on Talk To Action


Senator Gary Hart talks about God and Caesar in America:

The revelation that a senior White House official "cleared" the since-failed nomination of Harriet Meyers to the Supreme Court with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson reminded me of the huge controversy caused by John Kennedy's campaign for president in 1960. Then it was the religious conservatives who were up in arms about the separation of church and state and about preventing "the Pope from taking over the White House."
Can you imagine their reaction if, in 1961 when President Kennedy nominated Byron White to the Supreme Court, Ted Sorenson had placed a call to the Pope to seek his approval of the White nomination?
Reflections such as this in the context of today's political rhetoric of "faith" and "values", and the high-jacking of the Republican party by the religious right, together with my own evangelical background and divinity school studies of theology, caused me to write God and Caesar in America: And Essay on Religion and Politics.

Here's a quote from his book:

The full agenda of religious right "values"--laissez-faire economics, antigovernment biases, neo-conservative foreign policies, and rightist orthodoxy--requires a judiciary compliant with it. It does no good to convert a Jeffersonian public school system into private parochial schools, to make churches the instruments of the state by transferring public funds from social programs to them, to pass laws restricting reproductive rights, to expand law enforcement's intrusive reach in the name of security, or to torture or indefinitely detain terror suspects if a judge or court from the pre-revivalist past overturns those actions on constitutional grounds. The full religious revolution cannot be realized without a federal judiciary, up to and including at least five members of the Supreme Court, that shares those ideals and goals.

Here's a man who gets it. Read the whole post on the site.

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Science Faces "Dangerous Times"

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]britzkrieg)

From BBC News:

Fundamentalism is hampering global efforts to tackle climate change, according to Britain's top scientist.

In his final speech as president of the Royal Society, Lord May of Oxford is to warn that core scientific values are "under serious threat from resurgent fundamentalism, West and East"...

"Ahead of us lie dangerous times... There are serious problems that derive from the realities of the external world: climate change, loss of biological diversity, new and re-emerging diseases, and more. Many of these threats are not yet immediate, yet their non-linear character is such that we need to be acting today. And we have no evolutionary experience of acting on behalf of a distant future; we even lack basic understanding of important aspects of our own institutions and societies. Sadly, for many, the response is to retreat from complexity and difficulty by embracing the darkness of fundamentalist unreason."

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"In god we trust" my be required on Alabama license plates.

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]kittynboi)



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