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"Secular" Bible Classes To Claim Bible "Blueprint" For Constitution

There is a national group called the National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools that is pushing for what they call "secular" bible classes for our nation's public schools as an elective. There are several stories in recent months about these classes being approved. (A recent one can be found here.)

However, a look at… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on February 7, 2010 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Church Of Sweeden Approves Gay Marriage

Beginning on Nov. 1, the Church of Sweeden will allow same-sex marriages. In a story from The Sikh Times, the decision by the Lutheran denomination follows the legalization of same-sex marriages by the Sweedish parliament earlier this year.

The vote by the church's governing board was 176-62.

According to the story:

Sweden's Lutheran Church split from the state in 2000 but remains the… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 26, 2009 at 9:18am — No Comments

Church Gives Away Money To Get People To Show Up

The online edition of the Chicago Sun-Times tells us that a church in the area is trying to boost attendance through the use of a raffle system that awards cash prizes among those who show up to church.

According to the story:

For the last three weeks ... Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip has raffled a combined $1,000 to attendees at… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 26, 2009 at 9:07am — 3 Comments

American Coal: A Gift From God

Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina has said he will support making the planet "a cleaner, safer place" but only if we "use the coal that God has given us."

According to a story at, Graham told Fox News on Thursday: "I won't vote for any climate change bill that doesn't allow a dramatic increase in nuclear power. I'm not going to vote for any climate change bill that doesn't… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 23, 2009 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Church Has "Reality House" To Compete With Haunted Houses

A Church in Louisiana is offering a "Reality House" as an alternative to the traditional Halloween haunted housed offered by others.

According to a public notice in the Ouachita Citizen...

Teenagers will get a scary look at the results of unwise decisions through simulations of a fatal automobile accident, emergency medical response, emergency room death, a funeral, and life after death. The… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 23, 2009 at 11:13pm — 4 Comments

"Under God" Button Plus Bible Means No Job

According to a story from (a Florida TV station's web site), an employee of Home Depot was let go after repeatedly trying to wear a button that said "One nation under God, indivisible."

The story points out that the employee, Trevor Keezer, had worn the button for over a year with no issues, but only was asked to take… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 23, 2009 at 10:41pm — 2 Comments

'Biblically Correct Tours' Of Nature and Science Museum

A radio program from the BBC World Service shows what is being taught at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science by Bill Jack, a Christian creationist, who takes schoolchildren on 'Biblically Correct Tours' of the museum.

Jack teaches the children that the museum is full of "art work" and not a museum, but a church. He claims, of course, that "evolution is not science." He wants the… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 20, 2009 at 3:46pm — 3 Comments

"Shit Happens" From A Religious Perspective

I know you want a good laugh. We all do. From

A Close-to-complete Ideology and Religion Shit List

Taoism: Shit happens.

Confucianism: Confucius say, "Shit happens."

Buddhism: If shit happens, it isn't really shit.

Zen Buddhism: Shit is, and is not.

Zen Buddhism #2: What is the sound of shit happening?

Hinduism: This shit has happened… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 20, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Kids Teaching Us Who God Hates

According to a report on the folks from Westboro Baptist Church (of fame) were in San Diego this weekend protesting--with their… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 19, 2009 at 7:09pm — 1 Comment

UK Looks At Removing Christianity From Territorial Constitutions

In a story from The MailOnline, a group of British MPs is pushing to remove references to Christianty from the constitutions of its territories.

For example, the constitution of the Cayman Islands makes the assertion in its preamble that it is a "God-fearing country based on traditional Christian values, tolerant of other religions and… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 18, 2009 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

"Fritz the Cat" Creator Takes On Genesis

"I take it all for myth from start to finish, with probably some faint relation to historical reality. They're great stories. But for people to take texts as something sacred, handed down from God... that's pretty backward, I think."

That is a quote from R. Crumb talking about the bible, and he has decided to put out his comic book… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Comparing The Evolution Of Species And Of Religion

I have been looking and can't find a good essay or article which takes a comparison look at the similarities between the evolution of religion and biological evolution.

It struck me recently that there is a very simple and basic similarity between the two. Biological evolution tells us that we all have a common ancestor which has resulted in millions of existing species. The single religion of Christianity eventually exploded into about 30,000 or so current denominations. (There are… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 18, 2009 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

The Tobacco Industry, Science, And Evolution

I was recently reading a book about the history of tobacco and found something that people here might find interesting.

In 1954, after a lot of scientific evidence had been mounting about the dangers of cigarette smoke, the major players in the U.S. tobacco industry took out an advertisement in 448 newspapers in 258 cities. The ad consisted of a statement called a “Frank Statement to… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 17, 2009 at 10:43pm — 4 Comments

Texas Execution Looms After Jury Consult Bible

According to Amnesty International USA, the state of Texas is set to execute someone after the jury consulted the bible during deliberations in deciding in favor of execution.

From the story:

One juror had read aloud from the Bible to a group of fellow jurors, including the passage, "And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 14, 2009 at 9:51pm — 37 Comments

45,000 Moonies Get Married

In a mass wedding that took place all over the world, 45,000 "Moonies" got married by the 89-year-old founder of the Unification Church, Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

Read it all here.

Make your own comments. I'm going to take a shower.

Added by Nix Manes on October 14, 2009 at 6:12pm — 3 Comments

The Cross As A Non-Religious Symbol?

For those following the case Salazar v. Buono that was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court this week, you may already know this. For those who don't, this should be interesting...

The case centers around a cross that was put up in 1934 in the Mojave National Preserve as a war memorial by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It has been replaced several times and Easter services have been held there for about 70 years.

From a… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 12, 2009 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Patron Saints I Never Knew

Okay, I admit I don't know that much about the specifics of Catholicism. But I just discovered something that I think I should have known--they have like a million saints!

Alright, not a million. But way many more than I realized.

I tried to find a comprehensive list, but apparently that's a judgment call. Depending on what religion's saints you include, the number can fluctuate. But there are hundreds.… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 11, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

We Control God?

I am going to outline an idea that I'm sure is not original. But, I want to bring it up to see if there are any new perspectives and for those who may not have considered it.

All over various religious texts the god in question will often be described as a creature that can be "provoked," made--by us--to feel some emotion or take some action.

Do some internet searches on phrases like "make god angry," "make god happy," "provoke the lord," etc., etc. and you'll find… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 11, 2009 at 7:29am — 9 Comments

"That’s Right Nate" Claims To Bait Right With Esperanto Story

On the blog of That's Right Nate, he claims to have fooled the political right in the U.S. with a fake story about how "President Obama was going to replace English with Esperanto as our official language as part of his New World Order."

That's Right Nate is a fake right-wing blogger (think The Colbert Report and… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 9, 2009 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

"Creation Sabbath" For Darwin's 200th Birthday

Seventh-day Adventists are advocating that churches everywhere designate October 24, 2009 as "Creation Sabbath."

"Because millions acknowledge and subscribe to Darwin as the father of the theory of evolution in this 200th year anniversary of his birth, let’s place God as the center of the universe in our churches and communities," their website… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on October 8, 2009 at 1:05pm — 5 Comments

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