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Thanks For This Terrible World, You Loving God, Says Chaplain Patrick Conroy

Yesterday, the House of Representatives witnessed a twisting knot of self-contradiction from Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, the government-established, First Amendment busting, Chaplain of the lower house of Congress. Chaplain Conroy prayed:

“Loving God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.”

Thanks to God, for another day. Well, that’s positive, isn’t it? God loves [...]

Jesus Cares? Help is Just a Prayer Away?

That’s what roadside church signs tell me on my drive through central Maine today:

There are a lot of good people suffering in the world. Jesus (and God the Father of whom Jesus is supposed to be one mysterious aspect) are supposed to omniscient and omnipotent. If they exist and they care about [...]

Holy Hypocrisy in the U.S. Congress

Patrick J. Conroy, the official high priest of the U.S. House of Representatives, prays to his god to preserve American freedom, but the first freedom of our Bill of Rights is the guarantee of the Separation of Church and State, of which Conroy’s position and Conroy’s government-established prayer is a flagrant violaton. [...]

Theological Whiplash In Congress From Alisa Lasater-Wailoo

Far be it from us to object, when Reverend Alisa Lasater-Wailoo promised her chosen divine being that Congress would “obey Your commands”, through the power of supernatural intervention in the politicians’ brains that would “make us obedient”. [...]

Beaten Down By Government Prayer? Use Your Allies.

May has been a depressing month for freedom of religion and separation of church and state in America. With the Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court decision handed down this month, local and state governments are expanding their efforts to use officially established religious rituals as political tools for maintaining control and bullying dissent into silence. [...]

The Problematic Prayer Of Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

The U.S. Government God is a god of war, and Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is all too happy to be its priest. [...]

Tennessee Church Blasts Non-Christian Public School Kids As The Enemy

Parents have written messages to the school district and to the Germantown Baptist Church complaining about the preacher’s conduct, but there is little hope of preventing similar incidents in the future. After all, the Supreme Court has ruled that such coercive denigration of non-Christians at events held by local governments is a valuable American “tradition”. [...]

Majority Muslim Town in Michigan Institutes Islamic Call to Prayer at all Town Council Meetings

May 11, 2014 (FP) — After a favorable ruling by a federal judge, the council of the majority-Muslim township of Stewart, Michigan has agreed to continue a practice of beginning all town governmental meetings with an exclusively Islamic call to prayer led by an imam from the Islamic Center of Stewart. Judge Aalim Davis ruled [...]

Bill Reilich Tells Non-Christian Citizens Of Greece That They Should Leave Government Hearings

A day after the Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court decision, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich told non-Christian citizens in the Town of Greece that they could either: 1) Shut up and take part in Christian religious rituals during government meetings, or 2) Get out. [...]

The Constitution Stained By Greece, New York

The Supreme Court decision handed down yesterday, Greece v. Galloway, gained my attention because of its subject matter. A thin, all-Christian, 5 to 4 majority of Supreme Court justices ruled that it is not a violation of the First Amendment for the Town of Greece government to compel town citizens to sit through a Christian [...]

Muslim Warts Under Scrutiny

The Journal of Religion and Health releases new research this spring asking the all-important question, can prayer by Muslim religious authorities cure warts? With the publication of “Therapeutic Effects of Islamic Intercessory Prayer on Warts” by Turkish academic, government and medical researchers Evren Hoşrik, Aydın E. Cüceloğlu and Seval Erpolat, can we learn the answer?

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