Monthly Archives: June 2012

Baptists Bank on Fire and Brimstone

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The Southern Baptist Convention is a force to be reckoned with. As the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, with over 45,000 affiliate churches, it have been shaping and channeling conservative Christian sensibilities since the Civil War, when Southern … Continue reading

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Eight Ugly Sins the Catholic Bishops Hope Lay Members and Others Won’t Notice

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Did the Catholic Bishops wince last week when their leader, anti-contraception Cardinal Timothy Dolan, was exposed for paying pedophiles to disappear? One can only hope. After all, these are men who claim to speak for God. They have direct access … Continue reading

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Don’t Want Pro-Genocide Bible Lessons in Your Public School? Fight Back! Here’s How.

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It is 1970, a June afternoon in Phoenix, about 105 degrees.  My mother pulls into a dusty parking lot where cars and church vans are dropping off little kids with scruffy suitcases and sleeping bags. At $20 a subsidized head, … Continue reading

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God’s Emotions Series Now Available as Podcasts, YouTube, Blogposts

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Thanks to requests from readers, God’s Emotions is now available in three media:  audio, video, or plain old written word. What suits you? Anger, disgust, jealousy, regret, grief, love . . . The Bible authors wrote as if God has emotions, … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe in a God – What Should I Call Myself?

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Note: Este articulo es disponible en español aquí. Catholic, Born-Again, Reformed, Jew, Muslim, Shiite, Sunni, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist . . . .  Religions give people labels. The downside can be tribalism, an assumption that insiders are better than outsiders, that … Continue reading

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Guns and Mental Illness Kill People

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Last spring my younger sister Kathy jumped off a freeway bridge in Phoenix. For better or worse, she lived. Kathy made her first suicide gesture in high school, when she took a handful of –I think—aspirin in reaction to a … Continue reading

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What the Right Gets Right about Abortion and the Left Doesn’t Get

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The most determined abortion opponents will say or do almost anything in the service of their cause: Distortion, deception, manipulation, intimidation, even murder.  If you were trying to save millions of innocent children from butchers, wouldn’t you do the same? … Continue reading

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