"A personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices."
"An organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods."
If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This? by Tolerant Libertarian
I don't want to waste my time listing all these obscurant far-right arguments, so instead I'll list the facts straight from our forefathersMore
Over the past 200 years the Supreme Court has shaped the constitution to contain a clear separation of church and state that protects every religion equally. If only those who argue against this separation could see how they benefit from it instead of inappropriately interpreting it as an attack on Christianity.
Evangelical Christian quits over Obamacare: 'I discovered I could no longer believe any of it'
By Egberto Willies2017/01/22
I have friends who are alive today because of Obamacare. Probably all of us do. To me, this proves my Christian friends are not pro-life, but instead they've been told they are as a matter of manipulation, probably to keep them putting money in the offering plate, or voting for the 'right' candidate. One thing is clear to me, they are not really pro-life. More
Jimmy Carter: 'Losing My Religion For Equality'
By Leslie Salzillo April 2015
At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime.More
Cartoon: Stuff Jesus said Matt Bors July 2014 More
Belgium Under Muslim Sharia Law
A breath of fresh air to see someone lead with guts
She sure isn't backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen. Austalian Prime minister does it again!
Pope Francis offers hope to divorced Catholics, says no to gay marriage
The Washington Post Anthony Faiola, Michelle Boorstein 4/8/2016
But more than anything, Pope Francis’s long awaited document on family life, released Friday by the Vatican, amounts to an exultation of traditional marriage while recognizing that life, in his own words, isn’t always “perfect.” Yet rather than judging, he commanded, the church should be a pillar of support...More
Why the onslaught of religious freedom laws?By Ray Sanchez, CNN, Thu April 7, 2016
(CNN)It's the season of so-called religious freedom bills: statewide proposals that, depending on the point of view, ensure that individuals and businesses may operate in keeping with their faith or fling the door open to discrimination in the name of religion....More
Dear "Pro"-Life and Family "Values" Crowd
I hear a great deal of screaming about the right to life of a group of cells and how marriage rights for gays will end the world.
"Think of the children", you cry, yet, I see little outrage nor positive suggestions on how to reduce child abuse. The US leads the industrialized world in abusing its children; do I hear a USA, USA and seven pledges of allegiance?
The child maltreatment death rate in the US is triple Canada's and 11 times that of Italy. Millions of children are reported as abused and neglected every year. Why is that?...More
U.N. Millennium Development Goal: Harnessing the Power of Religion for Good
Religion’s potential transcends Marx’s opium theory. Religion is not simply a panacea for the psychological imbalance of the masses as purported but a concern for something greater than the masses themselves. We must pay attention to something that has the enormous potential to unify people. As we have seen, it has the power to unify people to commit and support acts of terror. Imagine if we can harness this energy for good, the world would be much better and in no small way....More
Women storm out of a church service after priest begins reading abortion ban letter
Facebook user Kamila Chomicz shared video of the moment a Roman Catholic priest in Poland began reading a letter calling for a ban on abortion and many (or most) of the female members of the congregation stood up and stormed out...More
Small Town in a Snowstorm by Bruce Holland Rogers
It’s late. The pen sleeps in my hand, and tonight I feel like a small town in a snowstorm. Near the town square the traffic lights flash red in four directions; no one sees them. The snow is too deep to walk through, falls too densely for anyone to see across the street, but no one’s looking anyway. The storefront windows and windows of the houses are dark. Someone far away is trying to make a telephone ring in one of the dark rooms, but the storm has downed all the phone wires near the heart. The caller keeps dialing, and the impulse to make the bell ring keeps bleeding from the end of the broken wire into the snow. Snow falls thicker than ever, piles deeper, and the darkness inside the windows grows darker still.
Blue Rain HAIKU(cg Feb 2016)
Rain is falling now.
The sound once very calming, now I just feel sad.
"Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the Gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed...the Great Cat." - Inscription on the Royal Tombs at Thebes