"He’s attacked Animal Planet as godless propaganda directed at children. He’s trolled Richard Dawkins. He has sent cards to the elderly in New Zealand reminding them that they’re going to die."

— A brief description of the man who just released a new John Lennon movie. (via motherjones)

"The [Department of Defense] paid $100,000 to sponsor a strategy workshop in September featuring a session called ‘Did Jesus die for Klingons, too?’ on the theological threat to Christianity that the discovery of life on other planets might pose."

Your taxpayer dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen. (via motherjones)

occupyallstreets:

A “white nationalism” group has registered to lobby in Washington, according to lobbying disclosure records. 

The group, Crusaders For Yahweh-Aryan Nations LLC, said on a form filed Thursday that it would lobby on “any activities that adversly afect [sic] the White Race.

The group describes itself as “pro-white Christian identity [and] white nationalism.” 

The registration is the second to be filed recently by a group associated with racial politics. The American Nazi Party in April registered to lobby on “political rights and ballot access laws,” according to disclosure records.

(via anarcho-queer)

nationalpost:

Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religionWith the “world’s largest” gathering of atheists this weekend in Washington, D.C., the National Post’s graphics department takes a look at how the world’s religions break down. (Illustration by Richard Johnson)

nationalpost:

Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religion
With the “world’s largest” gathering of atheists this weekend in Washington, D.C., the National Post’s graphics department takes a look at how the world’s religions break down. (Illustration by Richard Johnson)

abaldwin360:

You know, I never thought of that…

abaldwin360:

You know, I never thought of that…

(via diadoumenos)

Chris Rodda wrote an extensive exposé on the amount of your taxpayer money being spent on converting soldiers and their children to Christianity.

Your money.

  • The Soldier Fitness Tracker that includes the mandatory Spiritual Fitness testing and the equally mandatory remedial training.
    $125,000,000
  • The Spiritual Fitness Center at Fort Hood, Texas (many more to come!) – Often described as a ‘mega church’, the building even has religious stained glass windows. They are stocked with video games, phone cards, and other incentives. Packaged with a religious message. This is in addition to the numerous chapels on every post.
    $30,000,000
  • Spiritual Fitness concert series at Fort Lee and Fort Eustis - Invariably evangelical Christian messages and performers. You’re on notice for a future Rock Beyond Belief event, by the way.
    $678,470 (performer fees only)
  • Strong Bonds and other Spiritual Fitness Retreats – These are marriage counseling seminars held at luxurious vacation spots. Notoriously stuffed to the brim with evangelical messages. There are ‘sue-proof’ teaching materials that are often offered up as a defense, but it’s a shallow ruse. When I went to one I literally counted 57 instances where I was offended by the overt religiosity (“The family that prays together stays together…” “Bless this lunch break, oh heavenly father” etc…)
    *$30,000,000  (*Annually)
  • Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center – hosting Spiritual Fitness retreats
    $120,000
  • Peninsula Baptist Association’s Eastover Retreat Center – hosting Spiritual Fitness retreats
    $75,000
  • American Baptist Church Conf. Center – hosting Spiritual Fitness retreats
    $53,000
  • Quail Ministries – Christian music and comedy during Strong Bonds marriage counseling retreats. Like those awful variety-show acts you sit through during a cheesy school assembly.
    $84,000
  • “Serving Christ Through Baseball” program – entertainment during Strong Bonds marriage counseling retreats. Title says it all… or not. I’m still scratching my head on that one.
    $80,000
  • Military Community Youth Ministries – evangelism targeted at children (even stalking them on their way to the school bus)
    $12,346,333
  • Cadence International – aimed at converting children to Christ, as well as citizens of foreign countries in the nations that they operate in.
    $2,671,603

Keep in mind that it is entirely outside of the scope of the Chaplaincy and the DoD’s other religious support to convert new people to a particular faith. They are certainly expected to tend to their ‘flock’, but not to grow it.

(via sarahlee310)

basichypn0sis:

“Quit squirming! You’re oppressing our religious freedom!”

basichypn0sis:

“Quit squirming! You’re oppressing our religious freedom!”

(Source: , via diadoumenos)

jonathan-cunningham:

Breivik chose to be baptized at age 15. He self-identified as “Christian” on his Facebook page. He thought ”Christianity should recombine under the banner of a reconstituted and traditionalist Catholic Church” or, later, under a new (traditionalist) European Church.

Breivik is not an American-style evangelical Christian. He is not a “fundamentalist” in that sense. Though he does identify with American cultural Christian conservatives. And he considers himself to be fighting in the name of “our Christian cultural heritage.” He supports a reconstituted Knights Templar devoted to winning a war against Islam in the name of Christianity.

All of this says “Christian terrorist.” His goals — the restoration of a pure Christian world in its “traditional” home — were analogous to the stated of goals of al-Qaida.

Does he go to church? Does he believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ? Is he a biblical literalist? I have no idea. There’s plenty about him that would lead a devout Christian to consider Breivik “not a ‘real’ Christian.” Here’s the thing about that: The same is true of all self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of terrorism.

He’s a sick perversion of Christianity, sure. But if he “doesn’t count” as a Christian solely because no one this evil should “count” as a Christian (which is O’Reilly’s other argument — “no one believing in Jesus commits mass murder,” he said) then no terrorist should “count” as a representative of his faith.

The claims that Breivik was not a Christian have no basis in reality.