A Convenient Theological Excuse for Selfishness

My favorite verse in the Bible is when Jesus says, by way of parable, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (NIV) It seems a very clear command to help the poor, the sick and the needy. But a Baptist theologian says it’s really about persecuted Christians:
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CO School Sued Over Church/State Violations

A Jewish teacher in Florence, Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit against the school he teaches at for numerous Establishment Clause violations brought on by what looks like a partnership between the administration and a church that rents school facilities in order to proselytize students and teachers during school hours.
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Mmmm, Catholic Tears Over Irish Marriage Referendum

Last Friday, voters in Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage and the Catholic Church is pretty much beside themselves about it. Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon who used to be an attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice, gives us the usual “God’s gonna get you for that” argument.
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Strike a Pose, Rick Perry, There’s Nothing To It

I find Rick Perry to be very funny. I just wish I were in the meetings with his political advisers when they planned the launch of his second presidential campaign after the disaster that was the 2012 Republican primary, when he turned himself into a punchline in a matter of weeks. I imagine a conversation kinda like this:
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Creationist Represents Himself in a Silly Lawsuit

A creationist from West Virginia has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the teaching of evolution in public schools violates the “established clauses” (he probably means the Establishment Clause) because evolution is a religion. I probably don’t need to bother mentioning that he’s representing himself, though he’s not a lawyer.
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When the Duggars are Too Liberal For You

I’ve avoided writing anything about this whole situation with the Duggars, but this tangential matter drew my attention. As extreme as the Duggars are in their politics and theology, there are people even further off on the fringe than they are, like the wife of Pastor Steven Anderson, who wants gay people stoned to death among other heinous views:
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