Archive for the Category ‘Religion’

Reflections On Pope John Paul II, Thomas More, And Sainthood

Reflections On Pope John Paul II, Thomas More, And Sainthood

On July 5, 2013, newly-elected Pope Francis announced that Pope John Paul II, who became pope in 1978 and died in 2005, will be declared a Catholic saint, only eight years after his death. This prompted me to consider the process of canonization and the concept of sainthood more closely.

How Pastor Terry Jones Can Get Away With It

How Pastor Terry Jones Can Get Away With It

Burning the holy books which are interconnected with the hearts and souls of millions of people around the world is one of the most heinous and dreadful actions which one can think of. After decades of bloodshed and bigotry in the two World Wars, Civil War in the United States and Crusades against Muslims in […]

Liars For Yahweh! How The Tikun Olam Charter School Got A $600,000 Federal Grant

Liars For Yahweh! How The Tikun Olam Charter School Got A $600,000 Federal Grant

Question: How does a charter school whose multiple applications have been riddled with lies and misrepresentations and has been rejected three times by a state education department get approved for a $600,000 grant from the federal government? Answer: The federal government admittedly does not routinely fact-check grant applications for charter schools, and does not allow […]

How Much Money Could The Defense Department Save If It Stopped Trying To Save Souls?

How Much Money Could The Defense Department Save If It Stopped Trying To Save Souls?

When the average American thinks of military spending on religion, they probably think only of the money spent on chaplains and chapels. And, yes, the Department of Defense (DoD) does spend a hell of a lot of money on these basic religious accommodations to provide our troops with the opportunity to exercise their religion while […]

Army’s “Spiritual Fitness” Test Comes Under Fire

Army’s “Spiritual Fitness” Test Comes Under Fire

This story was originally published on Truthout and written by TPR’s Editor-at-Large and Truthout’s Deputy Managing Editor, Jason Leopold. An experimental, Army mental-health, fitness initiative designed by the same psychologist whose work heavily influenced the psychological aspects of the Bush administration’s torture program is under fire by civil rights groups and hundreds of active-duty soldiers. […]

A Holiday Letter From The Family Of An Air Force Academy Graduate

A Holiday Letter From The Family Of An Air Force Academy Graduate

Last week, on the heels of the release of the alarming statistics on religious harassment at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Academy held a religious respect conference. Who wasn’t invited to this religious respect conference? The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) — the only organization representing service members of all religions as well as […]

Aide To Alabama Gov. Threatens Christian Coalition Leader Over Gambling

Aide To Alabama Gov. Threatens Christian Coalition Leader Over Gambling

An associate of Alabama Governor Bob Riley threatened a Christian Coalition leader over gambling issues, according to a lawsuit filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court in May 2007. Dr. Randy Brinson, chairman of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, states in the lawsuit that he supported a bill in the Alabama House of Representatives that would tax and regulate gambling and help fund Medicaid. Brinson’s support for the bill, sponsored by Rep. Marcel Black (D-Tuscumbia), drew heavy fire from Riley allies.

Army Officer Who Said Blacks Were Better Off as Slaves Promoted With Obama’s Blessing

Army Officer Who Said Blacks Were Better Off as Slaves Promoted With Obama’s Blessing

President Obama can’t be expected to personally vet every military officer who is up for promotion, and, for all but those in the highest ranks, would obviously just rely on the recommendations of the superiors of officers on the promotions lists, but I have to wonder how the president would feel about having rubber stamped the promotion of an officer who said that blacks were better off as slaves.

Exposed: ‘C Street’ and The Military

Exposed: ‘C Street’ and The Military

Making the connections between the Family and the military is “a new front” — a front that is leading to new revelations about some old discoveries. For example, the participants in the Campus Crusade for Christ Christian Embassy Video — a video that led the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to demand an investigation by the Department of Defense Inspector General in which seven officers were found guilty of ethics violations — also included, in addition to the military officers, many other government officials and politicians.

Ex-Chaplain Offered to Sacrifice Jesus Crusade For ‘Adequate Compensation’

Ex-Chaplain Offered to Sacrifice Jesus Crusade For ‘Adequate Compensation’

Gordon Klingenschmitt is a far-right Christian fundamentalist who claims he sacrificed his 16-year career in the military and a million dollar pension because he was targeted for praying publicly in Jesus’ name while serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. Klingenschmitt, who now runs a Colorado Spings-based nonprofit, “The Pray in Jesus Name Project,” […]

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