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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:54 pm 
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Anything that divides people breeds inhumanity. Religion serves that ugly purpose.


There are many things that serve this ugly purpose, religion is one facet.

http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/james_haught/holy.html

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:05 pm 
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I saw this commentary at the funny ALL HAT, NO CATTLE SITE. Seemed an "apt" response.....


Let us pray – for these people to shut up


Finally the truth has come out.


Sarah Palin says her vice-presidential candidacy was hampered by not having “anyone to pray with” in the ranks of the John McCain campaign staff. Especially when she was preparing for her less-than-stellar debate performance against Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden last fall.

And all this time, we here at AHNC mistakenly thought it was a matter of Biden being roughly four times smarter and 40 times more qualified than the helicopter huntress from Alaska.

Thank God (figuratively speaking) that we now know that Biden’s dismantling of Palin in that debate was not due to his superior intellect, experience and preparation. It was because Sarah couldn’t find anybody in the McCain camp with whom she could talk in tongues, pass around venomous snakes, go snowmobiling or practice whatever other spiritual rituals she prefers.

No one to pray with, despite the fact that there were several deeply religious people in the upper ranks of the McCain organization. Maybe all Sarah needed to do was ask around?

Yup, religion reared its head again in American politics this week – several times in fact.

With Palin blathering about prayer meetings or the lack thereof, GOP Chairman Michael Steele was not to be outdone.

In an interview with CNN, he was asked if he might run for president one day. Steele responded he would consider running if that was what God intended for him. It was unclear from the interview if Steele plans to ask Rush Limbaugh for permission or wait for a divine sign from The Great One.

Maybe Steele should first check to see if any voters want him to run. For that matter, how about finding out if any of his fellow Republican Party honchos want him to run? Only a couple of weeks ago, some of them were calling for his head, not his candidacy.

The other “Holy cow!” moment this week came after Notre Dame University invited President Barack Obama to speak at the school’s commencement ceremony. Several notable Roman Catholic clergy members and lay persons quickly announced that they would not attend the ceremony if Obama agrees to speak because he supports women’s abortion rights, birth control and expanded stem-cell research – all anathema to the Church.

Unlike fundamentalist bastions of second-rate education such as Liberty College and Bob Jones University, Notre Dame is a religious school that ALSO is an outstanding, highly-regarded academic institution. But apparently some of its supporters in the Catholic Church find it unacceptable for a U.S. President to speak to graduating students and their families if he doesn’t share the most conservative beliefs that the Church holds to be true.

Despite Notre Dame’s well-deserved reputation, it seems that some folks are having a bit of a problem reconciling theology and free speech in South Bend.

Bill Maher calls this kind of nonsense “Religilous” in his recent comedic documentary film of the same name. We could not say it better.



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