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 [...]
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. [...]
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”. [...]
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 U.S. Government God is a god of war, and Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is all too happy to be its priest. [...]
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”. [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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?
Does prayer really work wonders? Not according to epidemiologst Maria Inês da Rosa.
Da Rosa and her research team published results of a double-blind randomized trial in the Brazilian Journal of Science and Public Health last year. Half of the more than five hundred pregnant women in the trial had their health prayed for [...]