Why Love And Respect Don't Have to Equal God

"Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves...I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself....more

AZ Governer Brewer Confuses Religion and Politics in State of State

AZ Gov Brewer's speech that took the place this afternoon of the scheduled State of the State addess originally scheduled for today, can be read in full on the East Valley Tribune. One line in her remarks illustrates one of the problems in Arizona that actually pervades much of our nation.   "With our faith and our courage tightly in place, we will step forward from this Chamber, dedicated to the Lord's work -- continuing our service to the public."...more

Celebrating Christmas: The Plastic Reindeer Rule; Analysis of Lynch v. Donnelly

A Season's Greeting I celebrate Christmas. And I love everything about this holiday. I love getting our Christmas tree from the same tree guy every year....more

Family Secrets: Jeff Sharlet Exposes "The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power"

In politics, as with most things, there are two ways of understanding power. ...more

I heard Jeff Sharlet interviewed on NPR a couple of times last year, prompting me to read "The ...more

Israeli Women Forced to the Back of the Bus

I've been so depressed lately by the news (Afghanistan, health care reform denying women reproductive rights, New York State Senate defeating gay marriage, etc., etc.) that it is almost hard to get my blood boiling these days. An email I received from the New Israel Fund changed that. When I learned that some public buses in Jerusalem force women to enter through the back door, sit in the back, and "dress modestly" in order to board I immediately wanted to go there, get on a bus in my sluttiest outfit (which is actually pretty modest to everyone but religious fanatics), and protest. Of course, I'd then be subjected to verbal and physical abuse by evil men who like to think that they are God, when really they are just oppressors who misinterpret their religious texts to benefit themselves. ...more

Thanks Suzanne ...more

A Sheriff and a Bishop Both Leap Across the Church/State Dividing Line

If it's not one astonishing imposition of religion, it's another. From a bishop to a sheriff -- this past month has brought news a-plenty that the forces wanting to mingle religion and the political world are alive and proclaiming. ...more

I was trying to wrap my head around this topic, freedom of religion v. separation of church ...more

RH Reality Check blogs that Crisis Pregnancy Centers are No April Fools.

There are few things that make me madder than thinking about my tax dollars funding so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs). CPCs, also known as pregnancy resource centers, are non-profit organizations established by pro-life supporters that work to persuade pregnant women to give birth rather than have an abortion (citation). They are frequently located right next to actual clinics and have misleading business names. ...more

This really spoke to me:

“Good counselling asks the client what her ...more

Prayer in Public Schools

"Erica Corder was one of 15 valedictorians at Lewis-Palmer High School in 2006. All were invited to speak for 30 seconds at the graduation ceremony. When it was Corder’s turn, she encouraged the audience to get to know Jesus Christ. Corder had not included those remarks during rehearsals. Corder’s lawsuit, filed Aug. 27 in U.S. District Court, said Principal Mark Brewer told her to prepare a public apology or she would not receive her diploma. She was still allowed to graduate." ...more