Monthly Archives: June 2012

Marketing Gimmick Aims to Keep Old Time Heaven-and-Hell Religion Afloat

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At Salon:  Baptists Bank on Fire and Brimstone.  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 … 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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