The Bad News Bears

Exactly ten years ago the U.S. Supreme Court allowed legal after-hours access to elementary schools by religious groups (Good News Club v. Milford Central School).  This was a long standing practice in most upper schools, but many elementary schools felt that children would have a difficult time making the necessary separation between the authority of their school and the religious activities taking place there.  Such a perception could amount to a violation of the Establishment Clause. Continue reading

A Great Example Of God’s Connection To Morality

Speaking of religion and morality, here’s another in a seemingly endless flood of great moralist preachers calling for a great moral approach to gays and lesbians.  It’s presented to us by Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina:

Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there.  Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out…and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out…do you know why? They can’t reproduce!

Of course, the foundation of his moral approach to this issue is that “God’s ag-in it.”  Profound.

I’m pretty sure science is not this man’s forte, but someone should tell him that the vast majority of gay people are born to straight people.  That kinda screws up his big plan.

Tennesseans Iz Lernin

I grew up in Miami, but I spent my junior and senior years of high school in Houston, Texas.  My experiences in Jewish suburbia did not prepare me for the wacky Christianity that I would see there.  One day in my social studies class we had a guest speaker who came to “testify” about Christ.  The year after I graduated, students dedicated the yearbook to Jesus Christ.  The place was just nuts.

Like Texas, Tennessee lags behind no one in its love of faith-based everything and there is a proposed law to prove it: Continue reading

Sex

All of the recent discussion by Christian theocratic types about contraception should serve as a reminder that these people are absolutely sex-obsessed, and not in a good way.  While not every Christian is as psychologically tormented as Rick Santorum, conservative Christians and most of our society still cling to some very unhealthy hang-ups about the whole subject.

My own hesitancy to write about sex and sexuality (beyond political defenses of homosexuality) stems from the same kind of inhibitions.  Like many people who express opinions on a range of topics, I seem to always shy away from that one.  But that was all before I read “Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality” by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. Continue reading

Haters: Same Sex Marriage Is "Fake Marriage"

Over at the Family Research Council, bastion of theologically grounded hatred, Tony Perkins has launched a new campaign against “fake marriage,” better known to sane people as same sex marriage.

I’m not going to embed or link the video because the slime might leak onto this site and it’s expensive to clean up.  Their argument is threefold: Continue reading