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Off To College? Are You Ashamed? (Part 2)

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This continues from Part 1 a discussion about private colleges and universities obtaining religious exemptions to legally discriminate against students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and against their faculty and employees with whom they differ, straight or not. We began with The Shame List put out by Campus Pride showing which institutions are complicit, and threw in a short refresher course on the actual meaning of freedom of religion. Even if you do not attend one of these colleges, you should first be appalled by the power over sanity that our government continues to bestow on ...

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Off To College? Are You Ashamed? (Part 1)

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Maybe you are packing suitcases right now, or helping your teenager to pack, while planning the big drop off on campus in the next few weeks. You might be unaware of the religious intolerance you may face as part of your new community. As a student on one of these campuses or an employee or faculty or even just a tax-payer in the same state you have much to be concerned about. The number of colleges and universities officially filing, or already have successfully filed, for Title IX exemptions in order to legally discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ...

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Religious Freedom vs Religious Liberty (Part 1 of 2)

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"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty." And, "Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law." (Thomas Jefferson)

"The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion." (John Adams)

"Religion and government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together." (James Madison)

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave making, and monopolize power and profit." (Thomas ...

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Why Is Sex So Important To The Religious Right?

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"The laws regulating people’s sexual behavior originated in the interpretation of the Bible and religious texts by some citizens, providing the rationale for government intrusion in other citizens’ private lives," wrote Robert Levine.

I have long posited that the anti-science, anti-women, anti-LGBT, and xenophobic aggression coming from the religious right springs from something very deep inside these white men, a place of sexual repression and fear so great that they dare not examine it closely. Just as much as they seem to abhor legislating human rights and equality, the monster they fear the most is their own self -- what ...

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Cash and Carry Religion

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American Fundamentalists are succeeding in denying science and establishing punishing, religion-based legislation for one reason only. They have wisely aligned themselves with interests of corporate profiteers. The scheme is as old as time, and today's clearest example of this unholy marriage of religion and money is an organization called The Family (aka The Fellowship), something I have been writing about here for weeks. Like all cults of its ilk, The Family carries forth the dominionism doctrine, brought here by the Puritans. Dominionism is a political and religious philosophy calling for the end of the rule of law and the ...

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The Sordid Money Trail of the Religious Right

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Wistfully, I recall presidential candidate John F. Kennedy speaking before a skeptical audience of Protestant clergy in 1960 who had been questioning whether his Roman Catholic faith would allow him to make important national decisions as president independent of the church. 

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote …"

Asked, and answered. The last presidential candidate to do so.

On Saturday as part ...

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The Insanity of the Religious Right

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"Religious liberty – the right to worship freely, and safely – is evidence of a thriving democracy. Roof threatened that because he first threatened the equal rights of black Americans. It’s not the other way around." Detached From Reality, Religious Right Claims Charleston Massacre is Proof of Anti-Christian Bias (Sarah Jones, Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

We always have to tip our hat to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org) in hitting the nail on the head. And thank authors such as Jeff ...

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The Rhetoric of American Fundamentalism Fuels White Supremacy

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"We will not be turned around by the religion of hatred, bigotry, and bias." -- Cornell William Brooks, NAACP National President, today

 "We need to look at our country's original sin. Our founding fathers were liberators from the crown but they didn't liberate black folks." -- Radio Host, Peter Dominick

Heinous acts such as what transpired this week in Charleston, South Carolina, underscore the role christian fundamentalism plays in the culture of white supremacy. Although there are some non-white fundamentalists, it is their white counterparts, the majority, who are primarily engaged in ...

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The Christian Fundamentalist’s Erotic Dream

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"[T]he erotic dream of Amreican fundamentalism: a restoration of chivalry, a cleansing of impurity, a nation without sin, an empire of the personal as political." From Jeff Sharlet's The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2009)

This dream is especially important to understand, particularly as we await the pending Supreme Court decision that is likely to authorize federal same-sex marriage without interference from the states. Either way the court goes, this singular decision promises to further divide the christian right from everyone else. This dream, this sexual fantasy, helps explain the root of the intense, ...

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From The U.S. Capitol to Kampala, Uganda, the Dominionist Cult Called The Family Runs Deep

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The large and secretive dominionist cult called The Family (aka The Fellowship), through the agency of thousands of its American members, view foreign nations, especially developing nations, as more fertile ground than Main Street to pursue their culture wars, but it goes so much deeper than that. Practically every country in the world has been targeted by The Family to be made over as experiments in faith-based initiatives aimed at establishing theocratic regimes throughout the world for one purpose: to reap maximum profits for their members, who don't even have to be christian as long as they fulfill ...

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