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May 31, 2012

Check out the motivation! - V

Four-Year-Old Sings ‘Ain’t No Homos Going To Make It To Heaven’ – Receives Standing Ovation

A four-year-old boy in Indiana also learned a lesson. He learned that singing about sending ‘homos’ to hell earns him a standing ovation in his church, the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, IN. He learned that there are people on this earth, even though he undoubtedly doesn’t understand exactly which people, who are hated by God and should therefore be hated by him. He learned that when he gets older, it will be okay to bully kids for being different, because the adults in his life ordain it; his church ordains it; God ordains it. The lesson will follow him.

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May 31, 2012

Check out the motivation! - IV

Two more pastors, two different states, advocate for the killing of gays

Two more “men of God” are on record as advocating for the death of gays and lesbians. In their Sunday sermons, Knapp suggested that the government should put gay people to death, while Leatherman said that his “flesh” is intrigued by the idea of killing homosexuals.

n his sermon “Homosexuality and the Need for National Revival,” Knapp implied that the government should put gays to death — after all, “that’s what happened in Israel.”

“They should be put to death. That’s what happened in Israel. That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet. — ‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t but they should.

(You say), ‘oh, I can’t believe you you’re horrible. You’re a backwards neanderthal of a person.’ Is that what you’re calling scripture? Is God a neanderthal backwards.. in his morality. Is it his word or not? If it’s his word, he commanded it. It’s his idea, not mine. And I’m not ashamed of it.”

May 31, 2012

Check out the motivation! - III

How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren
Good News Clubs' evangelism in schools is already subverting church-state separation. Now they justify murdering nonbelievers

The Bible has thousands of passages that may serve as the basis for instruction and inspiration. Not all of them are appropriate in all circumstances.

The story of Saul and the Amalekites is a case in point. It's not a pretty story, and it is often used by people who don't intend to do pretty things. In the book of 1 Samuel (15:3), God said to Saul:

"Now go, attack the Amalekites, and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys."

Saul dutifully exterminated the women, the children, the babies and all of the men – but then he spared the king. He also saved some of the tastier looking calves and lambs. God was furious with him for his failure to finish the job.

The story of the Amalekites has been used to justify genocide throughout the ages. According to Pennsylvania State University Professor Philip Jenkins, a contributing editor for the American Conservative, the Puritans used this passage when they wanted to get rid of the Native American tribes. Catholics used it against Protestants, Protestants against Catholics. "In Rwanda in 1994, Hutu preachers invoked King Saul's memory to justify the total slaughter of their Tutsi neighbors," writes Jenkins in his 2011 book, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses (HarperCollins).

This fall, more than 100,000 American public school children, ranging in age from four to 12, are scheduled to receive instruction in the lessons of Saul and the Amalekites in the comfort of their own public school classrooms. The instruction, which features in the second week of a weekly "Bible study" course, will come from the Good News Club, an after-school program sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The aim of the CEF is to convert young children to a fundamentalist form of the Christian faith and recruit their peers to the club.

May 31, 2012

Check out the motivation! - II

Church Member Voices Support for Baptist Preacher’s Call for Final Solution for Gays


ANDERSON COOPER: Pastor Worley obviously has strong support within the community. There are some 1,200 seats in his church. Gary said there is a service going on right now.

Stacey Pritchard is one of the church members, she joins us tonight. Stacey, I know you’re a defender of Pastor Worley and I appreciate you coming on the program.

Do you agree with his statements that he said on the pulpit that gays and lesbians should be put behind electrified fences until they die out?

STACEY PRITCHARD, MEMBER OF PROVIDENCE ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: I believe that that was taken — I mean yes, he said that, but of course, he would never want that to be done.

Of course, people are going to take it and make it their own way and make it into what they want to. But I agree with what the sermon was and what it was about.

COOPER: But you’re saying he doesn’t want it done, but he said he wanted it done on the — he said it from the pulpit. Why do you interpret that’s not what he wants?

PRITCHARD: OK, let me try to say it a different way, maybe — maybe that’s what he felt like should be done. I mean, it can be said either way, OK, just to make the short of it, yes, I agree with him. If they can’t get the message that that’s wrong, then they can’t reproduce and eventually they would die.

COOPER: So you believe only that gay people are only born of other gay people? You’re saying they can’t reproduce, so therefore they would all die off. Aren’t gay people born — gay people get born to straight parents all the time, no?

PRITCHARD: No, that’s not what I meant. If men and men were in the same fence and women were in the same fence, they can’t reproduce together. That’s what I mean.

COOPER: Right, but that wouldn’t eliminate all gay people. There would be more gay people born outside the fence to straight people, wouldn’t there?

PRITCHARD: Exactly, but we were meaning the ones in there. See, it’s all taken out of context and twisted. The main point is always the same.

COOPER: So what is it about gay people that are worse than adulterers who Leviticus points out and people who have cursed their mothers and fathers who should be put to death and promiscuous girl who can be put into death — what makes gay people worse than those people?

PRITCHARD: From the bible, there’s no difference. But that is what he was talking about.

COOPER: So you believe people who — you believe adulterers should be put to death because that’s in the bible?

PRITCHARD: Like you said, like it was said, you know, not really, whatever happened, but yes, OK, I’m not going to keep answering the same question over and over, yes.

COOPER: So does it seem Christian to you, though, to talk about putting people behind electrified fences and watching them die?

Because I have talked to a number of pastors in the last couple of days, who say, that just doesn’t sound Christian, that doesn’t sound like the message of love that they hear in the bible.

PRITCHARD: People are once again harping, harping, harping, on the electric fence, this and that. It’s about homosexuals, and it’s wrong. That’s what it’s about.

COOPER: But you would understand why some people would feel this is wrong to say, I mean you say people are harping on it. Do you understand why people might be concerned? If some people were talking about putting Jews behind electrified fences, I imagine that would be of concern to you?

PRITCHARD: Well, you know, here we go again, nobody’s going to put them behind an electric fence.

COOPER: Well, actually that has happened, it’s called the holocaust. You said nobody’s going to kill homosexuals, it’s happening right now in Iraq. It’s happening right now in Iran.

PRITCHARD: Yes, and this is 2012.

COOPER: Right, it’s happening right now 2012 in Iraq and Iran.

PRITCHARD: And you know what? This is a pastor that speaks the word of God. Anybody can take it any way they want to, and if they don’t like it, they don’t have to. They can turn around and go on.

COOPER: Stacey Pritchard, I appreciate you being on the program. I know it’s difficult topic so thank you.

PRITCHARD: Sure, yes. Thank you so much.

COOPER: That’s one of the supporters of Pastor Worley in that town in North Carolina.


May 28, 2012

Indian skeptic faces 3 year prison sentence for explaining dripping crucifix

Catholics in Mumbai are outraged at a skeptic who pointed out that their latest miracle was full of it . . . literally.

The local Catholics spotted water dripping from a crucifix in Mumbai’s western suburbs. They eagerly lapped up the “miracle water”, thinking it had magical powers.

Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association and Rationalist International, inspected the site and pinpointed the source of the water. A leaking toilet drain.

For explaining that the only “magic power” the water has is to transfer gastrointestinal infections and other disease, Edamaruku now faces up to three years in prison for “blasphemy”.

"It’s a case of miracle-mongering," Edamaruku told AFP from his home in New Delhi. "Any kind of miracle-mongering is ultimately to get money and power."

Accusing him of spreading "anti-Catholic venom" during televised debates on the crucifix, outraged religious groups in Mumbai have filed police complaints that could see Edamaruku jailed for up to three years under India’s blasphemy law.

Joseph Dias, general secretary of the Catholic-Christian Secular Forum, lodged one of the complaints, claiming it was the result of Edamaruku’s “”very obvious and stridently anti-Christian bias”.

May 27, 2012

The 25 Best Reasons To Stop Sending Our Soldiers To War

As we pause to honor those in the military who have served the nation, let’s pay them the highest honor by reflecting on why we should stop sending them to war:

1. “Old men declare war because they have failed to solve complex political and economic problems.” ~~Arthur Hoppe, columnist

2. “After each war there is a little less democracy left to save.” ~~Brooks Atkinson, theatre critic

3. “War does not determine who is right, only who is left.” ~~Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

4. “We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.” ~~Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States

5. “No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war.” ~~Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

6. “War settles nothing.” ~~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and 1st Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

7. “War in the end is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of soldiers by politicians, and of idealists by cynics.” ~~Chris Hedges, American journalist and war correspondent

8. “After victory, you have more enemies.” ~~Cicero, Roman philosopher and statesman

9. “The best defense is no offense.” ~~Dr. Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute

10. “Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. “ ~~Abraham Flexner, American educator

11. “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” ~~Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

12. “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” ~~Albert Einstein, father of modern physics

13. “A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.” ~~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, writer and Nobel Prize winner

14. “Violence as a way of gaining power…is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security…” ~~Alfred Adler, physician and psychotherapist

15. “Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.” ~~Anne O’Hare McCormick, foreign news correspondent

16. “All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.” ~~Alexis de Tocqueville, French political scientist, historian, and politician

17. “Make wars unprofitable and you make them impossible.” ~~A. Philip Randolph, leader in the civil rights and labor movements

18. “War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.” ~~Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and four-star general

19. “The dangerous patriot…drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions.” ~~Colonel James A. Donovan, U.S. Marine Corps

20. “The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.” ~~Chris Hedges, American journalist and war correspondent

21. “We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives…inside ourselves.” ~~Albert Camus, French author, journalist, and philosopher

22. “No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.” ~~Alexis de Tocqueville, French political scientist, historian, and politician

23. “We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” ~~Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and 1st Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

24. “Wisdom is better than weapons of war.” ~~Ecclesiastes 9:18

25. “I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.” ~~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States and 1st Supreme Allied Commander, Europe


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