All Families Healthcare, a family medicine and reproductive health-care facility in Kalispell, Montana—one of four abortion clinics in the state—was broken into late Monday night and severely vandalized. [.] A suspect, Zachary Jordan Klundt, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the break-in. [.] Klundt is the son of Twyla Klundt, who is a board member of Hope Pregnancy Ministries, an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center in Kalispell. Cahill says members of the Klundt family have used extreme rhetoric against her and her family. For instance, she says Twyla Klundt has told patients who see Cahill’s husband, who is an acupuncturist, that he “does the work of the devil.”
Rape culture is a the simple idea with a devastating impact. The idea is that men can’t be expected to not rape women so women have to avoid getting raped. If they fail at avoiding their assault, women are, naturally, to blame. If you feel slightly nauseated at the idea of rape culture and would vomit at the idea of protecting it, you must not be in a position of authority on a fundamentalist “Christian” campus like Bob Jones University.
“I’d like to purchase a wedding cake,” the glowing young woman says as she clutches the arm of her soon-to-be husband. “We’re getting married at the Baptist church downtown this coming spring.”
“I’m sorry, madam, but I’m not going to be able to help you,” the clerk replies without expression.
“Why not?” the bewildered bride asks.
“Because you are Christians. I am Unitarian and disapprove of your belief that everyone except those within your religion are damned to eternal hell. Your church’s teachings conflict with my religious beliefs. I’m sorry.”
Last month, “Christians” launched the next great hate-based initiative in the guise of a beneficial community program: Trail Life. The organization says it is the “premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens,” but really amounts to just another attempt by the Christian right to discriminate against America’s LGBT youth. [.] They’re not a hate group, though. They just care about “values.” Just look at the fun they’re having!
When a man of God meets a mentally challenged young woman who has the brain capacity of a seven-year-old, what ensues? It doesn’t appear to have been Christian love in the case of Baton Rouge pastor David “Scott” Lemley. Lemley allegedly decided to rape her on several occasions because his own wife had been sick and sexually unavailable. Can it get worse? Yes: The victim’s own father offered her to Lemley, police say.
Religions don’t own the key principles of correct moral behavior. Read the Christian 10 Commandments. Wikipedia tells us: “The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judism and Christianity. They include instructions to worship only God and to keep the Sabbath and prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, dishonesty, and adultery. Different groups follow slightly different traditions for interpreting and numbering them.” [.] Watching the often dismal daily news and listening to the views of so many leaders who would impose religiously driven laws on abortion, same sex marriages, on everyone else are behaving obsoletely. Hey, you can be gay, and still be honest! As the late Rodney King so poignantly asked, “Can we all get along?” Not if we let religion biases into secular governance.
A California woman applying for U.S. citizenship had her application denied because immigration officials refused to recognize her secular beliefs. Adriana Ramirez claimed she objected to the pledge to bear arms due to her sincerely held moral convictions, but her conscientious objector status was rejected because it was not based on religious belief. Attorneys from the American Humanist Association (AHA) said immigration officials violated constitutional protections in denying the application.
Last week, David Yongi-Cho was convicted of embezzling $12 million in funds from the Yoido Full Gospel Church. He was given a three-year suspended prison sentence (meaning he has five years until he actually goes to jail) and ordered to pay nearly $5 million in fines. The Yoido Gospel, which David founded, is the largest Pentacostal Christian congregation in South Korea, making him an icon—and not just in South Korea—the guy even has a his own celebratory name day dedicated to him by the church of New York.
A Minnesota mother says Catholic Church officials are blaming her for not protecting her two sons from the priest who abused them.
The Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer, the former pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in St. Paul, pleaded guilty in 2012 to abusing the boys, ages 12 and 14, and possessing child pornography.
Wehmeyer is currently serving a five-year prison sentence.
The family has sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which claimed in a Feb. 7 court filing that the mother – who worked at the church — knew that one of her sons was spending time with the priest.
“She was aware of the time [he] spent with Mr. Wehmeyer, and she knew that such interaction was contrary to established Archdiocese policy,” the filing said.
A Canadian airline pilot said that she was shocked after receiving a recent note that cited the Bible as a reason flying airplanes were “no place for a woman.” WestJet pilot Carey Steacy told CTV that crews were cleaning the aircraft after a flight from Calgary to Victoria on Sunday, and they found the note from a passenger named “David” written on a napkin. “The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” the note said. “A woman being a mother is the most honour, not as ‘captain.’”
Pope Francis has strongly defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling sexual abuse by priests. In a rare interview with an Italian newspaper, the Pope said "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia. He said the church had acted with responsibility, yet it was the only institution to have been attacked. Last month the UN strongly criticised the Vatican for failing to stamp out child abuse.
It might have been a warning sign when he said he’d found Noah’s Ark. Ponzi schemes are notoriously attractive at the onset, then look awfully stupid in the rear-view mirror. The latest, in Texas, involves conservative Christian lawmakers and a man who promised outsized profits on energy trading software, milking lawmakers with his alleged Christian bona fides. “I ran into him at a conservative event,” state Rep. Bill Zedler told the Dallas Morning News. “What he had said was he was in the Mount Ararat region and they had come up with some stuff. He may have given me a DVD.” In essence, they say they put their faith in a man who played at being godly and literally buttered his pitch in bible verse.
From New Year’s Day, 2014, the Boy Scouts of America began implementing a new, inclusive policy that allows openly gay youngsters to join the movement. This development is part of seismic shift in attitude towards LGBT communities in the US. [.] But for one Texas man – Ron Orr – the BSA’s decision to accept gay youngsters was a step too far, and he decided launch an alternative organisation called Trail Life where Christians – including his 15-year old son Andrew – son could indulge their prejudices and idiotic beliefs to their hearts content.
Three disturbing reports about Muslim extremism in the UK have emerged this weekend. The first alleges that the Birmingham City Council has uncovered plans by fundamentalist Salafists to take over secular schools and turn them into into faith-based academies run on Islamic principles. The second report says that anti-terror experts in the UK fear children as young as nine are exhibiting signs of Islamic extremism. The third is that that a controversial Islamic rights group fronted by a man charged with attending a terror training camp in Syria is being bankrolled by two mainstream British charities.
Conservatives are masters at using distortion and subterfuge to sell people on things they would never buy if properly labeled. Nowhere is this more evident than in the arena of “school choice” -- a conservative euphemism for "gutting public education from the inside out."
According to its major proponents,like the late Milton “Pinochet es mi amigo” Friedman, “school choice gives parents the freedom to choose their children’s education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools to better serve families' needs.”
Sounds lovely! But, it turns out, there are plenty of well-documented problems with school choice, especially when it comes to the school voucher system, which provides families with public funds to send their children to private -- often religious -- schools.
Bias against the LGBT community based on religious grounds is not as common as it is assumed to be. The latest report found that nearly 75 percent of Catholics think that other churchgoers disagree with same-sex marriage; however, 50 percent of Catholics support it. Though 60 percent of “white mainline Protestants” said other churchgoers protest marriage equality, 57 percent actually approve of it.
For a few hours Tuesday, American Atheists was scheduled to have a booth at CPAC, the premier right-wing conference the American Conservative Union will host that week. Tuesday afternoon, ACU announced that the invitation had been rescinded, and accused the atheist nonprofit of having “misrepresented itself about their willingness to engage in positive dialogue and work together to promote limited government.” (Featured CPAC speakers this year include Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.)
“What CPAC has done is effectively bury its head in the sand …” American Atheists president David Silverman countered in a Wednesday interview with Salon. “They are pretending that atheists aren’t relevant. And they are pretending that Christianity still holds water in American society.”
The man pictured is Isabirya Richard, a staunch Christian and university graduate who posted on his Facebook page a picture of a young man whom he claimed was gay. He wanted the person tracked down and killed and declared that homosexuals should be stoned. When my attention was drawn to his page, I – and a number of friends – asked Facebook to remove him, and to their credit they quickly did so. This a small victory. A much bigger one would be the the removal from public life of the hatemongering idiot the Ugandans have for a president – Yoweri Museveni, an evangelical Christian who this week signed into law a bill harshening penalties for those arrested for being gay.