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Mainline U.S. Church Leader Denounces Religious Right Agency


This Daily Kos article by Frederick Clarkson talks about mainline Protestant churches fighting forced takeovers by extreme right groups.

The [Institute on Religion and Democracy] supports and encourages campaigns of disruption and attack in Mainline churches through its Alliance of Church Renewal. IRD has committees specifically focused on the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Presbyterian Church (USA), committees which provide support for so-called renewal groups within each of these denominations - the Presbyterian Lay Committee, Good News, and Anglicans United. More recently the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the American Baptist Churches, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have increasingly come into their sights as well. The IRD pursues its political agenda in the churches through three strategies: campaigns of disinformation that seek to discredit church leadership, advocacy efforts at church assemblies seeking to influence church policy, and grass roots organizing which, in some cases, encourages schismatic movements encouraging members and congregations either to redirect mission funding or even to leave their denominations. Indeed, the Mainline churches are facing hardball tactics.

More about this ongoing fight in greater detail can be found at Talk To Action

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Pledges and punishment


This AlterNet article by Esther Kaplan talks about how religious morality is killing people.

Since George W. Bush's first day in office, Republicans in Washington have come up with creative ways to attach puritanical restrictions to U.S. foreign aid, often at a tremendous cost to public health.

First came Bush's revival of Reagan's Mexico City Policy, which canceled funds for any family planning organization that advocates for abortion rights, a measure that pulled tens of millions of dollars from International Planned Parenthood and others on the far right's enemies list. Then came a State Department missive to USAID missions that all funded programs, publications, even websites had to fall in line with Bush's social conservative worldview on everything from abortion to drug use. Then Congress used the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, to set aside $1 billion for abstinence-only education, which bars discussion of condoms and safer sex. Most recently, Republican congressmen introduced a series of anti-prostitution loyalty oaths, requiring any organization receiving U.S. funds to combat AIDS or human trafficking to condemn prostitution in word and in deed.

Read the whole article.

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Survey asks lawmakers if they 'accept Christ'


This article talks about a survey sent to the members of the Kentucky legislature.

Jeff Sharp, county attorney for Barren County, and a church youth group are surveying all Kentucky legislators and legislative candidates with a single question: "Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?"

Fifteen have replied so far -- all answering yes -- but Rep. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, filed a resolution yesterday asking her House colleagues to disregard the survey and all "theocratic tendencies."

I wonder how they'd answer my survey question: "Have you been touched by His Noodly Goodness?"

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Upholding the Constitution, not the bible.

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

A friend posted a great link which detailed a wonderful response on the part of Jamie Raskin of Maryland to a question from a member of the state senate, republican Senator Nancy Jacobs, on the topic of amendments to the state constitution to prohibit gay marriage. The very short article in the cut is well worth reading. And the blogger who posted it, said it more eloquently that I could have.

I also found the full text of his testimony before the Maryland Senate Committee.

Turns out that Mr. Raskin, a professor of law at American University, will be running for state senate in the 2006 Election.

Current Mood: pleased
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Christian Allies @ the Wiki

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

I've created another category on the wiki: Christian Allies. I think the name pretty much speaks for itself.

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