A Friend in Need

I know I call my readers’ attention to important fundraising projects a lot, but I hope everyone understands that I don’t do it because I expect everyone to contribute every time. I do it because I think it’s important to give when we can and different needs will motivate people in different ways. But this one involves one of my dearest friends in the world, so it’s more important to me than most.
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Lisle’s Incoherent Ideas About Religion and Government

Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis offers an introduction to “God’s law” on his blog. It’s mostly gibberish, but I find one of his comments in response to a reader to be absurdly inconsistent. To begin with, he insists that because the Bible says you have to tithe 10%, any government that taxes anyone over 10% is “apostate.”
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Americans United Debunks FRC Report on Military Religious Freedom

My friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State have released a detailed and thorough report debunking an earlier report put out by the Family Research Council that has been widely cited to make it look as though Christians are being censored by the military. The opposite is true.
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A Dumb and Offensive Protest Against Marriage Equality

Reverend Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi came up with an incredibly stupid and offensive way to protest a court decision striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. He put a horse in a wedding dress and said that if gay people are allowed to marry, it would lead to that. It’s kind of disturbing that bestiality is the first place the bigots go on this issue, comparing human beings to horses and box turtles.
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Wingnut: God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists

Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana state legislature and a permanent member of the wingnut brigade, as evidence by this profoundly ridiculous column at BarbWire about why atheists don’t exist. Funny, I’m pretty sure I do exist. And the rhetoric is so idiotic that it will just leave you shaking your head.
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Fischer: Jesus Would Support Torture

I find it amusing that some Christians point to Jesus’ command to love thy neighbor to get out of all the barbarism of the Old Testament, like slavery is wrong now because we’re supposed to love our neighbor. Now Bryan Fischer says that Jesus would approve of torture, because of course Bryan Fischer would say that.
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Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Pat Robertson vs Ted Cruz

Okay kids, it’s wingnut on wingnut crime time again. And this time, we have infamous Christian con man Pat Robertson taking on the relatively new political con man Ted Cruz. Like a whole lot of other conservatives, Robertson blasted Cruz for his grandstanding in the Senate over the weekend, which actually hurt their cause:
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Jindal’s Rally Shaping Up to Be a Wingnutapalooza

The bigots, haters and bizarre extremists are coming out of the woodwork to support Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s upcoming prayer rally, which is identical to the one Rick Perry held in 2011 to launch his failed presidential bid. A bunch of them have made videos urging people to attend, including Cindy Jacobs:
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Satanic Temple to Get Display at Michigan Capitol

The Michigan State Capitol Commission, at the behest of members of the state legislature, recently decided to allow a nativity scene to go up on the ground of the capitol building, though it hasn’t happened yet because the law hasn’t been changed to allow permanent displays. But the Satanic Temple is going to put one up that meets the current standards.
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