The evolution-creationism debate has returned to Dayton, Tennessee—the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial. Except this time, the venue is not a courtroom but a Christian college, where faculty members have resigned and students have mounted protests. The issue? Whether Adam and Eve were the progenitors of humanity.
The answer to that question depends upon where one falls on the spectrum of the creationist movement. If someone is a young-earth creationist, they believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible. The Earth was created exactly as described in Genesis: Adam and Eve were the first humans and the parents of all humanity, and they lived happily alongside dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden until they disobeyed God and were expelled.
Or, one can be a believer in theistic evolution—a range of views based upon the premise that God used the process of evolution to create all life on earth today. Someone who adheres to this belief might view Adam and Eve as a parable, or believe they were historic figures chosen to represent the rest of humanity before God.
For decades, Bryan College (yes, named for William Jennings Bryan), managed to avoid confronting this issue—that is, until the school’s board of trustees decided to change the institution’s statement of faith.
hmmm - tarot cards. Check.
Sex. Check. Gays. Check. Winnie the Pooh? Check.
The Washington, DC-based Media Research Center monitored “Huff Post” over a 24-hour period simply to verify how liberal the publication was thought to be. The observation period began at 8:00 a.m. on May 1, the National Day of Prayer - a day MRC selected in hopes of giving the website the benefit of a doubt.
But MRC reports what it found “ranged from liberal propaganda, sex, attacks on Christians on the National Day of Prayer, more sex, sympathy for executed murderer/rapist Clayton Lockett, attacks on Republicans, still more sex and, of course, the gay agenda.”
“I was stunned at how they looked at faith on the National Day of Prayer,” says Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at MRC. “On a day when most ordinary news outlets are marking the day with prayer and some sort of traditional belief stories, you find a story [on Huffington Post] about different tarot card readers; and then you also would see somebody … comparing faith and belief in God to [his personal] belief in Winnie the Pooh.”
9:04 a.m. 93% Of Straight Men In This Study Admitted to Doing This In Bed Together
HuffPo doesn’t just push the gay agenda. It helps manufacture it. In the Gay Voices section, the article made it sound like nearly all straight men have been doing more in bed with other men than is actually the case. The headline, with an accompanying photo of James Franco cuddling with another man, made the British studies’ findings sound more gay than they were.
Emily Thomas began the article by saying, “Yes, straight men sleep together.” She went on to detail a British study that found 98 percent of the participants “have shared a bed with another guy.” While, 93 percent said they had “spooned or cuddled” with another man.
However, the bromance study only looked at 40 young male athletes, in contrast the headline which made it sound like the majority of all straight guys are getting their cuddle on with other dudes. Perhaps only at HuffPo.
Cuddling? Check. Check. Check.
The truth about homophobia and Christianity (and likely the only fair generalized claim to make about the two) is that they are not mutually inclusive. The fact that many Christians reject homophobia proves the salient point that bigotry is chosen, and not an inherent foundation of faith.
This is true of Islam, of Buddhism, or Christianity, and of faith in general. People are bigots not because they are Christian - they are bigots because they chose to be bigots. Every time another Christian chooses to endorse the self-realization of GLBTI people, he does so by highlighting those who choose to hate, and do so under the auspices of doctrine.
Shaun Dellenty, Alfred Salter Primary School Deputy Head-teacher and founder of the award-winning inclusionforall.co.uk anti-homophobic bullying project will today attend Trinity School in Lewisham to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury; the most Reverend Justin Welby. Trinity School is a strongly Christian school with an inclusive ethos for students of all faiths, in addition to those who have none. The Archbishop will be accompanied by key personnel from Lambeth Palace, the National Palace and the Diocese and Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.
While Welby is making great moves within his church in attacking homophobia- he still has not endorsed SSM:
I have been saving till last one of his least favourite subjects: homosexuality. He is against gay marriage (though he has already done something wise and invited the gay activist Peter Tatchell over to Lambeth Palace for a chat) and presides over the curious church policy that homosexuals in civil partnership can be bishops but they must be celibate. This strikes me as not only unfair but unclear. What does celibate mean? Is holding hands celibate? Is kissing?
In Canada, The United Church’s Moderator has penned an open letter to the GLBTI community (and i suppose allies at large) :
No matter where you demarcate in regards to faith, this ‘user generated’ (Read: non-professional opinion) essay on atheism is worth reading:
For me, personally, atheism was a gateway ideology that lead to a far more dangerous state of mind. I am now a full-blown moral Nihilist—yet I’m still not rampaging, murdering, or raping. So what went wrong?
The theists and moralists case for their outmoded ideologies of right and wrong are looking evermore tenuous as I, along with countless other free thinkers, descend deeper and deeper down the pit of moral abjection. I now want to purge the words ‘morality,’ ‘good,’ and ‘bad’ from my vocabulary.
To be almost completely freed from the need to classify the world, people, and actions in one of two terms, namely ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ is something I am still coming to terms with, but I love how empowering it is so far. Where I once saw a world of black and white (wrong and right | evil and good), I now see a world of colour—millions and millions of colours!
Becoming a moral Nihilist has had a far more profound effect on my thinking than being an Atheist ever did. I consider Atheism now nothing more than the intellectual equivalent of teenage rebellion, after which-for some at least—true intellectual maturity follows. Moral Nihilism is the real growing up part, which is why so many people shun this final leap into the chasm of purposeless nothingness that the reasoning mind must make if it indeed wishes to be fully acquainted with reality and its place in it.
But I have not become some insensate machine incapable of feeling emotion or valuing it; I simply don’t let emotion overrule my rational faculties as much as before. I can still cry reading poems and the tragedies of history; I can still feel inspired, uplifted, and reborn when listening to music; I can still love people deeply or just find joy in the moment. I’ve given up nothing by becoming a moral Nihilist. I’ve just given up the need to be good or bad or classify others as such.
There is so much much more - so be a trooper(please :) and give the guy a hit and read the rest : Atheism, a Mere ‘Gateway Ideology’ to Worse Convictions?
While women diplomats are still far from a majority at the U.N., they have reached a critical mass. A record one-third of the members of the U.N. Security Council, the organization’s most powerful body, are represented by women. Thirty of the U.N.’s 193 members have female ambassadors — also the most since the international body was created in 1945.
In the preamble to its charter that year, the U.N. asserted its determination “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women.” The world body has been slow to live up to that lofty mission, say some of the women diplomats who have served there. Instead, they say, they’ve been subject to the same slights and exclusions as their counterparts in other fields.
Still, reaching the “long overdue” milestone at the Security Council provides potential for further advancement of women’s issues worldwide, particularly in the realm of national security, said Melanne Verveer, President Barack Obama’s former ambassador for global women’s issues.
Thus, Starnes has the comparison between that incident and “Ask an Atheist Day” backwards: they were both attempts to encourage a more inclusive environment, not to encourage atheism or silence the voices of others.
Besides, what Starnes’s piece neglects to mention is that in fact the Academy doesn’t support theists and nontheists equally. Christians and other people of faith in the armed forces have access to supportive chaplains—while atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists still do not.
But while there is still work to be done, the Academy is making strides—for example, in October 2013 they announced that they were making the “so help me God” clause of the cadet Honor Oath optional.
Like the Bible verse incident or “Ask an Atheist Day,” the oath change was not an example of anti-Christian bias; it was a move toward greater inclusivity. As the Academy stated when announcing this change, they want to “build a culture of dignity and respect” for all—including nontheists.
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington on Friday, Rick Santorum offered criticism of the campaign that bested him in the 2012 GOP primary, but wound up losing the general election:
One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single factory worker went out there. Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.
When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are Type A’s who want to succeed economically, we’re talking to a very small group of people. No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them. Folks, if we’re going to win, you just need to think about who you talk to in your life.
Taking stock of Santorum’s advice that Republicans should “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck” instead of just CEOs, Politico judges that he wants to “carve out a role as a leading populist in the 2016 field.”
This was on last night, I’m hoping there’s a replay coming so I can see it.
FIRST FREEDOM: The Fight for Religious Liberty is the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they radically broke with the Western tradition of religion-by-law to create a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. The film is about the people who imagined a new way of approaching human and civil rights and ultimately transformed a nation and the world. Often misunderstood, sometimes purposely distorted, the religious feelings of America’s founders are approached on the basis of fact. From the most non-conformist to the most devout, the founders might sometimes shock or surprise modern sensibilities regarding religious belief.
I don’t know if this will help anyone else, but this is what helps me put things in perspective. With Huckabee and Fischer shooting off about how it’s the children’s fault for taking god out of the classroom, I turn to Neal deGrasse Tyson’s answer to the question “Does the Universe have a purpose?”
And for added measure (and certainly more powerful delivery), “What is the most Astounding fact?”
I wish the category list had Faith listed instead of Religion. I just can’t select Religion in this case. It is not personal enough, and feel it is tainted more than ever by Hukabee and Fischer and their clear lack of faith in Humanity. It is dogmatic and overbearingly imposed by others, whereas faith can be kept to yourself and personal regardless of what others tell you you should believe.