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Atheists are no less moral: The sad delusion of the Christian Evangelical movement

When most people thinks about Las Vegas they picture some combination of gambling, burlesque, night clubs and legalized prostitution—the pleasures that earned Vegas the nickname Sin City. But when Sociologist Lori Fazzino thinks about Las Vegas, she pictures churches.

Seventy-seven percent of Las Vegas residents say they are religious, mostly Christian; and Vegas caters to a largely Christian population of tourists, many of whom party hard on Saturday night and then attend one of the 30 churches surrounding the strip on Sunday. And yet, the city’s public image makes it a target for revival meetings, “church planting” and missionary outreach by conservative Christians who see the city as ripe for redemption. According to Fazzino, that makes Sin City a fascinating place to study religious belief and non-belief.

Fazzino is an instructor and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nevada, and a former Evangelical Christian. Her research explores social movements and identity, religious conversion and deconversion, and in particular how people leaving their religion arrive at a new worldview and community. In this interview she discusses challenges faced by secular groups and individuals in a city that is enamored with both sin and salvation.

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/22/atheist_are_as_moral_as_theists_an_interview_with_a_sin_city_religious_sociologist_partner/


Interesting interview.

Pregnant teenager Neysi Perez 'wakes up in coffin' a day after her funeral


A pregnant teenager's family smashed open her concrete tomb when they believed they heard her screaming the day after she was buried, it has been reported.

Video showed relatives of Neysi Perez, from Honduras, desperately hammering at the concrete surrounding her coffin.

They reportedly found the glass viewing window in the 16-year-old's coffin had been smashed and her fingertips were bruised.
Neysi's family rushed her to hospital, but medics found no sign of life and could not revive her. The teenager, who had been three-months pregnant, was later reburied in the same mausoleum in La Entrada General Cemetery.


A tragic story, indeed. What makes it even more tragic is the cause of it all.

Perez had initially suffered an apparent panic attack outside her home in La Entrada following a burst of gunfire. When she started foaming at the mouth, her parents believed she had become possessed by an evil spirit and called the local priest to perform an exorcism.

When she became lifeless, she was taken to hospital where doctors pronounced her dead. She was then buried at the cemetery.

http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/pregnant-teenager-neysi-perez-wakes-up-in-coffin-a-day-after-her-funeral-10472094.html



Sigh.

Uhm, seriously?

Jury note: This is posted in a protected group, safe-haven)


Can someone please explain what the Korean Catholic University Magazine staff was thinking here?


New Science Appears to Confirm a Theory That Could Reveal the Origin of All Life

New science from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory may finally have an answer to a question billions of years old: Where did life come from?

The study, led by Laura M. Barge and published in German science journal Angewandte Chemie, demonstrates how vents on the ocean floor can generate enough electricity to power a small lightbulb. It was a eureka moment, one that seems to support a theory first formed in 1989: that these ocean floor vents were the source of an electric zap that may have shocked the first life on Earth into existence, like a miniature version of Frankenstein's monster.

The research seems to run contrary to the religious theory of intelligent design. Life may have begun with a spark — but if so, it wasn't divine. It was a tiny but constant jolt of electricity on the ocean floor, the result of organic chemistry.

http://mic.com/articles/124083/where-did-life-come-from-new-science-confirms-theory


Very, very cool.

Kentucky Clerk: It's My Job To Tell Gays They're Going To Hell

Kentucky Clerk: It's My Job To Tell Gays They're Going To Hell
Submitted by Brian Tashman on Wednesday, 8/26/2015 1:20 pm

As we reported, local Kentucky official Casey Davis said in a radio interview earlier this week that he will defy a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even “if it takes my life.”

The Casey County clerk also told West Virginia radio host Tom Roten on Monday that he believes that, as a Christian, he should be exempt from performing such job duties because his religion requires him to not only oppose same-sex marriage but also to tell gay people that they are going to Hell unless they repent and get washed in “the blood of Jesus Christ.”

“When you stand for what’s right and when you tell someone of the danger that they are in, and I think that when a person lives a lifestyle of sin whether it is homosexuality or drunkenness or drug addiction or adultery or thievery or any kind of sin that you continue in or live in, you are endangering yourself of spending eternity in Hell,” Davis said. “So in my view of what the Bible says, when you’re truly loving someone, you stand and you lovingly tell them, ‘This is not the way to Heaven, this is not the way of right.’”

Davis continued to claim that he is the victim of religious persecution: “I think that this is a war on Christianity, I think same-sex marriage just simply brought it to the surface, but it is a war on Christianity.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kentucky-clerk-its-my-job-tell-gays-theyre-going-hell



Surely THIS has something to do with his religion, right?

Family Of Toddler Shot Dead By 5-Year-Old Brother: ‘It Was God’s Will’

Besides the tragedy that guns can bring, there is no deadlier combination for moral and legal responsibility than guns and God. Just ask the family of Caroline Sparks, a two-year-old toddler who was shot with a .22 rifle by her brother- who was five years old, and received the gun as a birthday gift.

What is most difficult to comprehend is the family’s response. Little Caroline was described by her family in the video as a “church-going girl who enjoyed singing and playing outdoors,” as if she understood and chose to accept Divine Revelation at 2 – and go to church.

Acknowledging the tragedy, Caroline’s uncle said “It’s just tragic…It’s something that you can’t prepare for,” as if you should ever have to. The family believes that Caroline is in a “better place.”

The grandmother said “It was God’s will. It was her time to go, I guess…I just know she’s in heaven right now and I know she’s in good hands with the Lord.”

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/family-of-toddler-shot-dead-by-5-year-old-brother-it-was-gods-will/



And THIS is why we have truth in advertising laws.

Too bad homeopathy isn't held to the same standards.


This is cow piss, BTW
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Tennessee man running for president, forming the 'Christian Party'

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Darrell Trigg is running for president and forming his own political party, the Christian Party.

The first point of his campaign platform is to do away with separation of church and state and make it union of church and state instead. This means, among other things, the official religion of the United States will be Christianity.

He wants to make the Bible a standard required subject in all public schools and universities, for all grades. Every day of school will be started with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trigg wants to increase the legal drinking age to 25 and ban alcohol on college campuses.

He also says if he becomes president, "homosexuality will not be recognized legally, or in any other manner, by the United States government or any state, city, or county government." This would also include a restriction in the rating system for TV shows to ban any show or movie that contains homosexuality, among other stricter restrictions.

Another point would deal with marriage. Trigg wants to define marriage as a union of one man with one woman and increase the legal age of marriage to 22-years-old. Any couple wishing to get married would have to attend Christian marriage counseling. If a couple were to get pregnant, they also would have to attend Christian parenting classes. There would also be "large fines and jail time" for anyone guilty of abuse or infidelity.

http://www.1011now.com/northplatte/home/headlines/Tennessee-man-running-for-president-forming-the-Christian-Party-322816791.html


Now, if one is a Christian and doesn't agree with him, does that make him or you the 'not a true Christian'?

Utah man justifies child molestation: ‘The Bible did not set limits on the ages between two partners

A Utah man who has admitted to child molestation said the Bible allowed him to do so.

Timothy Butler, 54, is accused of molesting two children and providing them “harmful materials” between 2008 and 2011, Good4Utah reports. One of the alleged victims was a then-5-year-old girl.

According to the Standard Examiner, Butler allegedly watched pornography with the child present. His charges include two counts of sodomy of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, which are felonies. He also faces charges of drug possession.

Butler told the judge that “the Bible did not set limits on the ages between two partners, and that God will set the truth free.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/utah-man-justifies-child-molestation-the-bible-did-not-set-limits-on-the-ages-between-two-partners/


Please. PLEASE! Someone tell me this has nothing to do with religion.

Mark Twain on religion



Thoughts on his sentiment?
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