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“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”
Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.
Weinstein decries what he calls the “virulent religious oppression” perpetrated by conservative Christians, whom he refers to as “monstrosities” and “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” comparing them to “bigots” in the Deep South during the civil rights era.
He cites Dr. James Dobson—the famous Christian founder of Focus on the Family—as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.”
Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of “hate groups.” Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC’s list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as “hate groups.”
Floyd Lee Corkins—the first person ever convicted of domestic terrorism in federal court under the laws of Washington, D.C.—told the FBI that he chose his intended shooting spree targets from the SPLC website's map. Corkins was arrested at the offices of the Family Research Council (FRC) after shooting a security guard in August 2012. His court documents state that Corkins intended to kill as many people as possible.
Weinstein also supports Lt. Col. Jack Rich, the Army officer who wrote to subordinate officers that soldiers who hold traditional Christian beliefs agreeing with organizations on SPLC’s “hate group” list are incompatible with “Army values" and should be carefully watched and excluded from military service.
According to Weinstein, “We should as a nation effusively applaud Lt. Col. Rich.” He adds that the nation should “venture further” than Rich’s recommendations, saying, “We MUST vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamaphobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: die-hard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do anything less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy.”
Many media outlets are silent on this disturbing new alliance between fanatical secularists and leaders in the Pentagon appointed by President Barack Obama and Secretary Chuck Hagel, under which the U.S. military would officially consult with someone with such foaming-at-the-mouth passionate hostility toward traditional Christians, including Evangelicals and devout Catholics. The military—America’s most heroic and noble institution—includes countless people of faith, and this represents a radical departure from the U.S. military’s warm embrace of people of faith in its ranks.
Yet the little coverage this story is getting is positive, such as this Washington Post column that somehow manages not to carry any of these frightening quotes from Weinstein and instead actually endorses the Pentagon’s meeting with him. Sally Quinn’s Post column also approvingly quotes MRFF Advisory Board member Larry Wilkerson as saying, “Sexual assault and proselytizing, according to Wilkerson, ‘are absolutely destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together.’”
Did you get that? They say having someone share the Christian gospel with you is akin to being raped. Weinstein makes sure there are no doubts, being quoted by the Post as adding, “This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”
Another MRFF Advisory Board member, Ambassador Joe Wilson (the far-left husband of CIA employee Valerie Plame from the Iraq War’s yellow-cake uranium scandal a decade ago), said a military chaplain “is to minister to spiritual needs. You don’t proselytize. It’s a workplace violation.”
In other words, it should be the official policy of the United States to decree what a human being’s spiritual needs are, and punish for violations a military officer who is an ordained clergyman who attempts to share his own personal faith with another service member when discussing religious matters. You cannot imagine such a thing ever happening under any previous president.
Weinstein goes on:
If these fundamentalist Christian monsters of human degradation … and tyranny cannot broker or barter your acceptance of their putrid theology, then they crave for your universal silence in the face of their rapacious reign of theocratic terror. Indeed, they ceaselessly lust, ache, and pine for you to do absolutely nothing to thwart their oppression. Comply, my friends, and you become as monstrously savage as are they. I beg you, do not feed these hideous monsters with your stoic lethargy, callousness and neutrality. Do not lubricate the path of their racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Doing so directly threatens the national security of our beautiful nation.
God help us now when someone with such visceral hatred of conservative Christians—literally tens of millions of Americans—who says sharing this gospel is “spiritual rape” is helping develop policies for how to deal with Christians in the military.
Weinstein says those guilty of this “treason” must be “punished.” Under federal law, the penalty for treason is death. And the Obama administration is sitting down to talk with this man to craft new policies for “religious tolerance” in our military.
Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty at the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/04/28/Pentagon-Consults-Extremist-Who-Calls-Christians-Monsters-and-Enemies-of-the-Constitution-to-Develop-Religious-Tolerance-Policy“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian... more
Here are some of my sadhu friend photographs who are attending the worlds largest and oldest religious Festival called Kumbh Mela. This festival that happens every three years will be attended by no less than 500 million people.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=351N4U_h_gUHere are some of my sadhu friend photographs who are attending the worlds largest and... more
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By The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson say they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they say they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some members of the church complained about the black couple having a wedding there.
The Wilsons, who live in nearby Jackson, said they attend the church regularly although they are not members.
Pastor Stan Weatherford told WLBT TV he was surprised when a small number of church members opposed holding the wedding at the church.
“This had never been done before here, so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that,” said Weatherford.
Weatherford performed the July 21 ceremony at another church.
“I didn’t want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn’t want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te’Andrea. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day,” said Weatherford.
WLBT reported that church officials now say they welcome any race. They plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward.
Church member Casey Kitchens said she and other members of the congregation are outraged by the church’s refusal to marry a black couple, a decision she says most of the congregation knew nothing about.
“This is a small, small group of people who made a terrible decision,” Kitchens told The Clarion-Ledger. “I’m just ashamed right now that my church would do that. I can’t fathom why. How unfair. How unjust. It’s just wrong.”
“I blame the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn’t stand up,” said Charles Wilson.
Wilson told the newspaper that he understands Weatherford was caught in a difficult position and he still likes the pastor, but he also thinks the pastor should have stood up to the members who didn’t want the couple to marry in the church.
“It’s not reflective of the spirit of the Lord and Mississippi Baptists,” the Mississippi Baptist Convention executive director, the Rev. Jim Futral, said. “It’s just a step backward. ... It’s a sad thing.”
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2012-07-30/story/mississippi-couple-say-church-wont-marry-them-because-theyre-black#ixzz22TeTcdgAhttp://jacksonville.com/news/national/2012-07-30/story/mississippi-couple-say-church-wo... more
Romney Meets With Palestinian Prime Mininister Salam Fayyad, Suggests Palestinians "Be More Jewish" And Relocate to Canadian Island ProvinceRomney establishes himself as the "initiativer"
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/07/romney-meets-with-palestinian-prime.htmlRomney establishes himself as the "initiativer"... more
Doubts About Scouts, Part IV: With Child Sexual Abuse Scandals Successfully Handled, Catholic Bishops Now Freed Up To Chase Girl ScoutsScouts scooting scary!
Judaism dictates subservience to all nations. A message from Torah true Jews: Please give us a moment of your time to consider the following information. The Orthodox Jewish leadership and the Torah abiding Jews universally, have fought the ideology of Zionism and the State of “Israel”, since its inception and up until the present day. What could be the reason for the most devout element of Jewish adherers, to be in such vehement opposition to such a seemingly “holy” and “Jewish” cause, as the State of “Israel”? The Rabbis constantly declared that Judaism and Zionism are extreme opposites because... Judaism is a G-dliness and spirituality, Zionism is its transformation into materialism with nationalistic aspirations. The fathers of this relatively new ideology of Zionism (approximately 100 years), have taken the Almighty out of the equation. The Rabbis further declared that Jews are forbidden to have a State of “Israel”, because…
Zionist Israeli Thugs are beating up and using tasers on members of the Orthodox Jewish Faith Neturei Karta. ------- ---------------- ------------------------ ----Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews protesting the desecration of graves by a highway construction project near Haifa were attacked and brutally beaten by private security guards hired by the Ministry of Transportation. The group, known for being outspokenly critical of the State of Israel and its very existence were peacefully demonstrating at the time. This attack follows a long history of violence against the Orthodox Jewish community. Consistent with fundamental Jewish beliefs, some of these protesters often take part in demonstrations, side by side with Palestinians, against the State of Israel and its inhuman policies toward the Palestinian people." The apparent strategy of using organized violence through private security personnel against these peaceful protesters is only one of many tactics used by the State of Israel to intimidate and discourage further protests. The police were nowhere to be found at the time or even hours after the melee. Several Rabbis and children were attacked with electric stun gun devices and knives, requiring some to be hospitalized. Among the injured were Rabbi Leibl Deutsch and Rabbi Yisroel Rothchild, both of Jerusalem who were stabbed in the lower back and leg respectively. The Jewish cemetery at the heart of the incident dates back to the Second Temple era, over 2000 years ago.Some of the caves that comprise the cemetery have been destroyed as a result of the ongoing highway work and there are heightened fears of further desecration as the highway project continues unabated. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43036-neturei-kartaJudaism dictates subservience to all nations. A message from Torah true Jews: Please... more
The practice of enforced disappearances has increased dramatically since Pakistan joined the US-led "war on terror" in 2001. Disappearances occur across the country but especially in Balochistan province in the south-west, which faces violence from ethnic and religious armed groups and state security forces. Activists, journalists, and students have been especially targeted and an increasing number have been found dead with their bodies showing signs of torture.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqilC8r73cUThe practice of enforced disappearances has increased dramatically since Pakistan... more
The good sisters came here to kick ass and pray the Rosary. And they're all out of Rosaries.
"Cause everynun was kung-fu fighting!"The good sisters came here to kick ass and pray the Rosary. And they're all out... more
Lake Namtso, one of two holy lakes in Tibet, forms the centre of the valley floor and is surrounded by the Nyanchen Tanglha mountain range. In 1986, Robert Hefner, President of the Bradshaw Foundation, found himself standing here on top of the world (or what felt like it) a little while before he made a remarkable discovery. This is how he described it: "The deep blue Tibetan sky encompassed barren, craggy, rocky peaks, full of spectacular geological structures typical of the Tibetan plateau. Beside the road was a pile of carved religious rocks and a pole with many fluttering prayer flags. Only 300 metres below was a sapphire lake enclosed by snowy peaks: the great valley of Lake Namtso." http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/section-blog/42989-a-note-on-the-rock-art-of-lake-namtso-tibetLake Namtso, one of two holy lakes in Tibet, forms the centre of the valley floor and... more
Now when I was growing up I was a public school kid so I didn't understand the concept of pagan babies. I was probably one of the only kids in my school who never had to go to church on Sunday's even so religion was a bit of a foreign concept to me. I understood that there was this God thing that was bigger than us and loved us, but at the same time was smiting us more than giving us candy bars.Now when I was growing up I was a public school kid so I didn't understand the... more
First Newt, Now Michele. I wonder how her gay sister feels about this turn of events?
Get Equal, a California-based gay rights group, claimed responsibility for the stunt, citing Bachmann's support for a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota and “history of anti-gay rhetoric.”
“You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!” shouted Rachel E. B. Lang, who threw glitter at Bachmann but did not succeed in hitting her. Get Equal said in a press release that her words were a reference to to the conservative “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann has helped raise money.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/18/michele-bachmann-glittered-right-online-conference_n_879798.htmlFirst Newt, Now Michele. I wonder how her gay sister feels about this turn of events?... more
Conservatives Threaten to End All Adoption Services In Virginia If Same-Sex Couples Allowed To AdoptI thought this was an interesting read over at ThinkProgress…
Taking a cue from the Catholic Church, religious conservatives have threatened to end adoption services in Virginia if a proposed policy that would prevent adoption agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation is adopted. The National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Maggie Gallagher made a call for comments on Friday, announcing that the policy would require “mandatory gay adoption“:
Rep. Anthony Weiner may have joked about “mandatory gay marriage,” at the WH Correspondents dinner, but amazingly, Virginia’s Dept. of Social Services is proposing new regulations that would require all adoption and foster-care agencies to do gay adoptions.
NOM may claim that such policies drive agencies “out of business,” but the agencies would be completely free to continue helping place children in homes so long as they do not discriminate against same-sex couples. It has already been seven years since the American Psychological Association issued a policy statement supporting full adoption rights for same-sex parents, but many agencies continue to discriminate purely on religious grounds, claiming in spite of all available psychological evidence that it’s “not healthy” for same-sex couples to raise children. In his piece at Salon, Alex Pareene offers, “if you would rather stop placing children in homes than allow a loving same-sex couple to adopt than you are seriously a detestable person.”
It’s worth noting that the proposed policy would also prevent agencies like the Mormon Church’s LDS Family Services from discriminating based on the religion of the couples.
Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA), who previously excluded sexual orientation from his executive order barring discrimination in the workforce, suggested he would oppose the new policy so that “we don’t inhibit the very fine work some faith-based organizations are doing.” He has until the end of next week to make his decision.
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2011/04/05/conservatives-threaten-same-sex-adoption/I thought this was an interesting read over at ThinkProgress… Taking a cue... more
Religious organisations in India not only operate as business entities, but their 'business model' has seen a diversification of activities to retain the loyalty of their followers and attract new devotees, according to a study conducted at the University of Cambridge. http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-religion-is-big-business-in-india-says-cambridge/20110324.htmReligious organisations in India not only operate as business entities, but their... more
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Ex-generals fomenting tensions to weaken 'reformist' leader
Religious minorities often find themselves under attack in Indonesia. Experts say these attacks are well planned.
Al Jazeera has discovered that retired generals in the country are secretly backing groups involved in anti-Christian violence. They hope to weaken president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's government, which they feel is too reformist.
Step Vassen reports from Jakarta in this exclusive investigation.Click link for video. Ex-generals fomenting tensions to weaken... more