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What's Your Favorite Biblical Contradiction?

I’ve been having a conversation with someone named Jacob who considers Irregular Times to be his missionary ground. As part of his efforts, he has cut and pasted in claims you can find verbatim on a number of Christian proselytization websites, Got Questions? being a typical one. Here’s part of the text Jacob pasted in:

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Gordon Klingenschmitt Milks the Fundamentalist Cash Cow

When politicians exploit religious bigotry in front of the cameras, if you look behind them you can see the shake, shake, shake of the changeboxes.

Earlier this month, Senator James Inhofe announced he would filibuster the confirmation of David Hamilton to the federal courts. Why? As a district judge for Southern Indiana, Hamilton had made [...]

Sarah Palin: Other Nations Should Worship Her God to Gain Prosperity

In an interview today with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, Sarah Palin starts out by asserting that without God’s hand of protection, all the “Constitutional rights and [having Americans] do those things that I believe will make our country better, greater” won’t be enough:

It’s going to take even more than that. Truly it will [...]

Transcript: Thomas Muthee Speaks to Sarah Palin on Putting God in Charge of our Educational System

With Sarah Palin in the audience watching, Thomas Muthee delivered a sermon to the Wasilla Assemblies of God on October 11, 2005. The subject of the sermon: why Sarah Palin should be elected Governor of Alaska. Muthee’s number four reason for supporting Sarah Palin’s candidacy (transcription of video):

Number three, or number four, it’s the [...]

When Democrats Agree to Inject Religion in Politics, Religions Fight Over Which One

The backlash was inevitable.

Last week, the Democratic Party filled its quadrennial convention with references to gods, appeals to gods and even the claim that gods are working for the Democrats. Well, that’s not entirely accurate; actually, all of the many references to gods during the Democratic National Convention were references to one, single, provincial [...]

Watch Out for Details in Obama’s Faith-Based Giveout to Churches

The news is coming out this morning that Barack Obama plans as president not just to maintain George W. Bush’s program of “faith-based initiatives,” but to expand them. Some historical background: Bush’s program expanded upon previous law, under which churches, mosques, synagogues and wiccan covens could already obtain government funds to run social service programs. [...]