The #GOP's top "person of #faith": More #Republicans think #Trump is #religious than Pence, Romney
What he really thinks: Trump mocks #Christians, calls them "fools" and "schmucks"
This is so dumb. The #AI based it's rendition of #Jesus on the #ShroudOfTurin—an artifact that has been definitively debunked as a #hoax by science. This is the practical equivalent of using AI to speculate about what Jesus looked like based on those pictures of Cesare Borgia so many #Christians have on their wall. This gets us no closer to understanding what the man, if he actually existed, looked like. Call it "Christian masturbation".
#God Is Okay with #Abortion—Devout #Christians Tell Us So
Torture, rape, killings in Manipur: An Indian state's brutal conflict
A sense of fear is all pervasive in Manipur since shocking violence between their community and minority Kuki groups broke out, marked by brutal killings and sexual crimes against women. More than 200 people have been killed, roughly two-thirds of them Kukis, a collective name for the Kuki, Zomi, Chin, Hmar and Mizo tribes who are mostly Christians.
It is a foundational principle of the #Christofascist right that they should be allowed to use their #Constitutional rights to take away the Constitutional rights of people they don't like. Most often, they attempt to justify the #oppression and #discrimination of people they don't like by citing their "#religious rights." In their mind, their rights as "#Christians" supercede the #civilrights of the people they're oppressing.
Shakespeare said, “The Devil can cite scripture for his purpose,” and that is what we saw Friday night when
all the faux #Christians you would ever want to know are under this tent. — and the commies and the Marx Brothers and who knows who else.
"If there was ever a reason for lightening to strike this was it!"
India’s Hindu children are being radicalised – will the country speak up?
It’s happening in schools and homes. And while Modi’s BJP might gain, generations of India’s Hindus will lose.
#radicalisation #hindutva #RSS #ABVP #BJP #BajrangDal #misinformation #children #minorities #muslims #christians #schools #ReligiousFreedom #InterfaithLove #islamophobia #communalism #HateSpeech #education #india
#Christians just can't figure out why people are leaving the #faith is droves. They just can't understand why people don't want to be part of their #hate #cult. They're quick to explain to the #LGBTQ community how #Jesus loves them... as they stomp on them, assault them with vile hate #rhetoric, #vandalize their homes and businesses, and plant #bombs at their events. Can't you just feel the #love? I mean, who among us wouldn't want to be a part of that?!
Friendly #Atheist Podcast
Several stories involving #religion and #politics.
— Former #Kentucky county clerk #KimDavis owes $100,000 to a #gay couple she discriminated against.
— A #Baptist #pastor falsely claimed #autism is #demonic: "My #God doesn't make junk."
— A misleading survey suggests #Christians are more #tolerant of #freespeech than #atheists.
— #Florida continues to promote a #Christian-approved alternative to the #SAT.
Talks will be on experiences mobilising for protecting the NHS, organising in communities and workplaces. There will also be manifesto writing, craft activities and zine making.
More info is available here: https://sacramentalistnsocialist.wordpress.com/2023/09/11/organising-in-the-church-open-meeting-on-16th-september/
"Centuries of complicity in violence and oppression, followed by denial and repression, have taken their toll. Across the board, attendance is dramatically declining, seminaries are closing or merging, Christian colleges are struggling, and churches are facing widespread sexual abuse scandals."
"I’ve thought a lot about James Baldwin’s description of White people, and I believe this particularly applies to White Christian people, as the 'slightly mad victims of their own brainwashing.' No one can look at the current state of White Christian churches and other institutions and make a serious argument that they are healthy."
~ Robert P. Jones
“The embrace of Trump is really, finally a cynical calculation concerned with power, one that has the thinnest of possible Scriptural justifications,”
~ Robert Millies, author of Good Intentions: A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump
Are you ready #fundamentalist #Christians? It's time to play MAKE THAT EXCUSE! Remember #OralRoberts call for cash to keep God from killing him? Remember all the excuses made for that one? How about all of those preachers who've been arrested for heinous crimes? You answered the call and made-up excuses for every one of them! Well, here's one more!
"Farris, 72, has a long track record of taking stands on the right. He argued in 2003 for the authority of states to criminalize gay sex, a position the #SupremeCourt rejected in the landmark case Lawrence v. Texas. He aided the legal effort to keep #Trump in power by overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election and has urged... expanding the #political and cultural power of conservative #Christians."
All this talk about #dedollarization and a new reserve currency got my brain thinking about the Christian evangelical conspiracy theories I learned in my early years as an AOG* youngling - how the anti-christ will mark every human with a symbol and that is the only way you can buy anything. And of course the mark says 666 😬☠️😅
* Assemblies of God
PS: in case you are wondering - I am joking 😂
Twice a month I stand with my #Jewish and #Atheist comrades outside #Abortion clinics while people from #Catholic and #Evangelical churches scream at women calling them murderers and sluts, and precisely zero #Christians show up to help patients or dissuade their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Getting really sick of “good” “progressive” Christians. Put up or shut up, folks.
How Manipur hounds Kuki intellectuals
3 civil society leaders have been charged with outraging religious feelings, promoting enmity between groups after they articulated their community’s viewpoint on brutal conflict in media interviews, writes Ajaz Ashraf.
Delhi: Christians Attacked and Bible Torn in Church Attack During Sunday Service
A 100-strong mob surrounded the police station in Delhi’s GTB Nagar for several hours and raised provocative slogans as the pastor and injured persons reached to file their complaint.
@wakame @Radical_EgoCom … and, in the #US in particular, millions of evangelical #Christians are *actively* trying to bring about the #Apocalypse that they believe the bible predicts will precede their ‘rapture’ into ‘heaven’!
Which is why #ChristianFascist organisations, many (if not most) of which are rabidly #Racist, #AntiSemitic & #Islamophobic, are nonetheless pumping $billions into pro-#Israel lobbying groups & politicians’ coffers in order to bolster a #JewishSupremacy state in the Middle East!
They lust after a world war! Think about that!
Relevant article by Max Blumenthal here ⤵️
“Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour”
Short YouTube video by Blumenthal covering the same topic here ⤵️
“Rapture Ready: The Christians United for Israel Tour”
Siege on Manipur: Hindu Nationalists' War for Ethnic Supremacy
Across India, experiments to forge the 'Hindu national community' are predicated on the breakage of minoritised Muslims and Christians, and Adivasis and Dalits. What's happening in Manipur is part of a plan operationalised by the Hindu Right decades ago.
Targeted Christians found shelter with Muslims during Pakistan rampage - Gulf Times
>Blasphemy is a flashpoint issue in #Pakistan, where vigilante mobs have killed people accused of insulting Islam or the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
#Christians make up around 2% of the population and occupy one of the lowest rungs in Pakistani society.
Well-said. I've been an #atheist for decades, but recently found community with the #Quakers, who are mostly Christians but also welcome people from a mix of different religious traditions or lack thereof. (This level of tolerance does not apply to all Quakers worldwide, sadly, but the same is true of #Christians in general.)
2. The Gospel According to James Baldwin: What America's Great Prophet Can Teach Us about Life, Love, and Identity, by Greg Garrett
3. The Urgency of Indigenous Values, by Phillip Arnold
4. Defending Democracy from Its Christian Enemies, by David Gushee
5. The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church, by Sarah McCammon
At his White Too Long site today, Robert P. Jones highlights books being released this fall that he recommends, in addition to his own The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future:
1. American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church, by Andrew Whitehead
Oh, those poor, persecuted #Christians! Why won't people just leave those poor Christians alone?
I got news for you, Christians. Your #faith doesn't make you immune from #criminal #investigation or #prosecution. If you're behaving like #domesticTerrorists, you should expect to be treated as such. You're not special. Stop pretending to be a #victim.
'Manipur Police Were Present, But Didn't Help Us': Women in Harrowing Video Tell 'The Wire'
One of the two survivors said that she saw four policemen sitting in the car and observing the violence. "They didn't do anything to help us," she said. This survivor's father and brother were killed in this mob attack.
You and I can get along quite well by findings things in common.
Matthew 25:40: "‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these of those among you, you did for me."
Matthew 25:45: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of those among you, you did not do for me."
From the Parable of Sheep and the Goats.
That is exactly what it means to be woke.
We should have that in common, we should be woke together.
In light of the #SCOTUS decision in #303Creative, I assume that I’m now free to post a “Christians Not Welcome” sign outside my #law office on the grounds that providing legal services to #Christians would be offensive to my deeply held religious beliefs (#Atheism).
(Not that I would do so, but I’d be within my Constitutional rights, correct?)
I own a business. I am an artist in words. Every day I edit the writing of people expressing a wide variety of views. Does this #Scotus #303Creative decision mean that I now have the right to refuse service to Christians who are anti-#LGBT? Because their words would sure as hell be at odds with my beliefs. #FediLaw folks, am I now protected to discriminate against anti-#gay #Christians?
Not that I would ever do this, because it is #UNCONSTITUTIONAL. But I still want to know if I could.
From reading posts made by proud #Christians it seems the thing they want most is to protect their children from pedophiles.
From reading news reports about clergy being arrested, it seems that proud Christians are the least successful people in the history of the world.
Many #Christians do often miss the woods for the trees, especially on these issues. I have a theory that every community in every generation has certain "red-lines-that-shall-not-be-crossed" until they are changed by the next generation.
I've always thought that if you are in a community where you don't feel challenged, then you are in the wrong faith community!
Just found out that the Southern Baptist Convention has not just removed Rick Warren's Saddleback church and has knuckled down on forbidding women from being pastors.
I never really understood their vehemence against women pastors. Just glad I am not emeshed in church culture.
@ingalls Which confirms my hypothesis that #Christians are lousy drivers. You never see Jewish Stars of David or Muslim crescents on the roadsides. I think it's because they keep letting Jesus take the wheel. It's also why they put those fish symbols on their cars, so you can watch out for them while in traffic.
@charliejane Thank you so much!
What every deceitful, self-righteous #Christian — in #America as well as #African #Christians they continue to infect in #Africa and beyond with their obsession with intolerance towards #LGBTQ & violations of other #HumanRights — forgets is that:
The selfsame #God they profess to worship, incidentally, built DISCOVERY into the laws of nature.
I see this a lot with some #Christians, they say something along the lines of being protective of #Jews and it comes off as incredibly demeaning. They think they’re offering support but when one delves deeper into their reasons, it often veers into #antisemitism, and the necessity for Jews to hold #Israel for the second coming to occur. But don’t ask them what happens to Jews after Christ returns!
"Christian Hogwarts?" This is seriously wild.
Here's a second story from WIRED coming from the data breach of the conservative anti-LGBTQ group trying to effect a nation-wide ban of #abortion meds.
The doctors group has been working for years to conceal the fact that its medical recommendations are pegged to its religious beliefs, and that it views "nominal #Christians" as threats.
"Early #Christianity was born into a world where everybody knew that its central claim [that Jesus really rose from the dead) was ridiculous, and the early #Christians knew it themselves".
Tish Harrison Warren interviews #NewTestament scholar NT Wright on his claim that the #resurrection of #Jesus was a literal, bodily return from #death (gift link)
#eastersunday #bible https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/09/opinion/jesus-rise-from-the-dead-easter.html?unlocked_article_code=khsYp94Pb4PWEzQ0BkYje_czy0JkWQP42L8V_iZ1zA8djZ74M_eRC6imjDDcbScNnGDq1I6aLt8Eb3x6fWBLGiRygFuynMS6oZodNlaiqKTc0XbkQfWY8cDchUS4afxOOCxn8eL_SHnRNuTetv4kJ0wJC9ERDTmdqgXfz1IRJZY7aZ8xGuWVOpRV-qy5BOkoHRwQWyjlE5MYOuFisK4mCWoAc5cu0R5ugUpxQtsUylHP7hOhyaQZpJWmBevGdtDJp1heK3Y3678IBKwWAsl8c6KQimx2hkpkOYsM29w4O4kYgrpPH9SAu_6Uk0Ebvhc9nyNQ60-dpYXC0k3ZdeUEHuZg8FyqdS1T7Q
“For some reason, the most vocal #Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes...But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.
"Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break!”
This is Pastor Jess Peacock. This is a story about a Nazi firebombing Jess's little Ohio church over a #DragQueen fundraiser. This is a story about how local police tried to pressure the church - instead of protecting and serving local #LGBTQ #Christians. This is ALSO a triumphant story about successful resistance and the power of love! 👇
FL Gov. Ron DeSantis is an actual #fascist making #LGBTQ people his presidential-campaign bloodsport. Don't like the the term fascist? Case in point: FL HB991 exposes #transgender and #gay journalists and bloggers to crippling financial liability if we call out discrimination, especially if we criticize #Christians as homophobes/transphobes. That's classic #fascism. 👇
The #Pope #Gregory #calendar used by #Christians is manipulated to ensure that Christian Purim always takes place on Third Day (which is referred to by Christians as “Tuesday”). The holiday has multiple names in different Christian cultures, including "#PancakeTuesday," "#FatTuesday," "#ShroveTuesday," "#MardiGras," and "#Carnival" (yes, like a Purim carnival). Because of the varying cultural names, it’s best to refer to the holiday by its more common name of Christian Purim.