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Evangelist Can’t Handle “Big Strapping Men” Having Sex in a Christian-Owned B&B | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
E.W. Jackson, the Christian evangelist and failed politician, can’t stop thinking about what two gay men might do in the privacy of a bedroom.

On his radio show “The Awakening” yesterday, Jackson was ranting about the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case involving a Christian woman that owns a bed & breakfast in Hawaii. That woman refused to rent a room to a lesbian couple, got sued over it, and lost. Her lawyers wanted the Supreme Court to overturn that decision, but the justices decided not to get involved.

Jackson was furious. Instead of talking about the law, though, he explained in great detail what two men might do together in a hotel room.
religion  discrimination  lgbqt  christianity 
8 hours ago by jtyost2
Ark Encounter Sold Fewer Tickets This February Than Last February | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
Thanks to a public record request by local paleontologist Dan Phelps, we now have the numbers for February. You can read more background about how it’s calculated here.

The bottom line? Ark Encounter had 16,328 paying visitors in February. That’s less than the 17,961 they had last February. The low overall number isn’t all that surprising given that it’s really freaking cold, which is bad for theme parks in general, but keep in mind that Creationist Ken Ham has also made a big deal about the new ice skating rink outside the boat. It’s unclear how many people visited the Ark for the skating and not so much to learn about Noah.
ArkEncounter  politics  kentucky  government  religion  christianity 
8 hours ago by jtyost2
Churchgoing White Evangelicals Support Donald Trump More Than Any Other Group
Who loves Donald Trump the most? Here’s a shocker from the Pew Research Center: White evangelicals continue to give him the highest approval rating of any group — 69% — though even their numbers have gone down since the 78% support Trump had from them at his inauguration.

Non-white Catholics are the only group whose support for Trump has gone up since February of 2017, doubling from 13% then to 26% now.

And the religiously unaffiliated (which includes atheists, agnostics, and people who believe in God but don’t belong to any organized religion) never really warmed up to him at all, with our approval rating coming in at 20%, even lower than the 24% we gave him two years ago.
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2 days ago by jtyost2
Pastor Robert Jeffress: Prayer’s the “Most Important” Response to Mass Shootings | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
Ocasio-Cortez, who is religious, wasn’t denigrating prayer or religion. If Jeffress learned how to read, he would know that. She was criticizing people who use prayer as a cover so that they don’t have to do anything meaningful that might upset their gun-loving base.

In New Zealand, instead of wasting time with platitudes about prayer, the prime minister openly suggested the country would ban semiautomatic rifles. Even if that’s not possible, the debate is already going on regarding gun buybacks and possible restrictions on ammo for semiautomatic weapons.

In the U.S., Republican refuse to even have that conversation. They say that the immediate aftermath of a shooting isn’t the right time to talk about guns, or they offer prayers in lieu of any substantive discussions about the problems with easy access to military-grade weapons or right-wing domestic terrorism.

That’s what Ocasio-Cortez was talking about. And Jeffress accused her of being anti-prayer. He’s a Christian pastor who lies with reckless abandon because he knows his congregation will never call him out on it.

He also said that line about how Christians believe in prayer and action… which sounded all well and good until he added that idiotic bit about how prayer is the “most important thing we can do.”

No. No it’s not. It never is. In the battle of prayer vs. action, action wins every time. For Jeffress to say prayer is more useful proves exactly what Ocasio-Cortez and others are saying — that right-wingers make such a huge stink about praying that they fully ignore the action. Why do something meaningful when you have to make sure everyone is praying first?

Jeffress shows you just how empty Christian rhetoric is in the aftermath of a tragedy.
religion  christianity  politics  stupid 
2 days ago by jtyost2
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Bryan Fischer: The NZ Shooter Had a Point Since Islam “Does Need to be Stopped” | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
It’s part of the ritual after mass shootings: Conservative Christians will always say something idiotic in the name of their God. And because the victims in Christchurch were Muslim, it’s an even greater opportunity for those Christians to stick their feet in their mouths.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said on his “Focal Point” radio show yesterday that, while he abhors violence, he sympathized with the goals of the shooter.
religion  christianity  islam  terrorism 
4 days ago by jtyost2

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