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Republicans to break rank with party leaders in call for climate change action

Nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress will break ranks with leaders of their party on Thursday, and call for action against climate change.<p>The mini-rebellion a week before the pope visits Congress appears timed to ratchet up the pressure on Republican presidential candidates and …

Climate

17 biblical rules for marriage the Kim Davis set chooses to ignore

Evangelicals conveniently forget the Good Book encourages polygamy and prohibits unions between Gentiles and Jews<p>Some people believe that Kentucky—or even all of America—should be subject to biblical law rather than constitutional law. They believe public servants like celebrity clerk Kim Davis owe …

This Baptist Pastor Dissects Kim Davis' Hypocrisy and It Is Beautiful!

That's Me in the Corner, Losing My Religion

Governor John Kasich (R - OH) worries that the Kentucky spectacle of Christian extremism will turn people away from religion. He is right to worry. I am disgusted by the un-American, hypocritical, mean-spirited rallies and shows of support for Kim Davis. The whole business besmirches organized …

Issuing marriage licenses isn't God's work

<b>To the editor:</b> Rowan County, Ky., is a lovely rural area nestled in the Appalachian foothills, crowned by a quiet but thriving county seat encircling Morehead State University. I know; I used to live there. How sad that one of its public officials refuses to serve the people in the way she swore …

LGBTQI

R.E.M. bashes Trump, Cruz for using 'It's the End of the World' at rally

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has been blaring R.E.M. on the campaign trail, and the band doesn't feel fine about it.<p>The GOP presidential candidate took to the podium Wednesday on the steps of Capitol Hill to slam President Barack Obama's proposed Iran nuclear deal. His walk-up music? R.E.M.'s 1987 hit …

Ronald Reagan

Kim Davis Is No Christian Hero

Full confession: I used to be a bully Christian too. I was raised in an environment where people believed their personal, specifically evangelical -- and often misguided - interpretation of the Bible should be rule of law, forced upon everyone. We were the only ones who were "RIGHT", after all.<p>Over …

Jeb Bush’s Tax Plan Is a Large Tax Cut for the Wealthiest

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has torn up the usual Republican script on taxes. He has called for tax cuts for the middle class while complaining of “outrageous” tax breaks for multimillionaires, especially hedge fund managers.<p>On Wednesday, Jeb Bush joined Mr. Trump by issuing a tax plan that ends …

Finance

Welp, Ben Carson just lost my vote

Not that there was a chance in Hell I’d ever vote for him for anything, but now in a rambling and dogmatic monolog, Carson explains how evolution is …

What Conservative Media Don't Understand About Black Lives Matter

The conservative media seems to have a distorted understanding of what the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement stands for. Despite having a clearly defined list of goals, talking heads like Bill O'Reilly are attempting to blame BLM for the recent police officer deaths.<p>While the vile "fry 'em like …

Coercive Bloc Voting: Against Philippine Constitution and the Bible

Coercive Bloc Voting: Against Philippine Constitution and the Bible<p>9/04/2015 Iglesia ni Cristo 473 Comments<p>The constitution that provides for the …

Airports

The truly “Christian” thing for Kim Davis to do is resign from office

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has defied the US Supreme Court by denying same-sex couples marriage licenses. On Sept. 1, she declined to provide licenses to David Ermold and David Moore. “Under whose authority?” Ermold asked.<p>“Under God’s authority,” the Rowan County clerk replied, according to …

LGBTQI

What Does the Bible Really Say About Abortion?

With the Pope's recent leniency regarding abortion, it's a good time to ask, <i>What does the Bible say about abortion?</i> And the answer is, <i>almost nothing.</i><p>This surprising vacuum has opened the door for various revisionist readings.<p>There's one direct mention of a fetus in the Bible, and that's in Exodus …

This is what “religious liberty” looks like: Kim Davis and the truth about the right’s fight for discrimination

<b>(AP/Timothy D. Easley)</b><p>Conservatives love to mouth platitudes about “religious freedom.” Kim Davis shows what they’re really fighting for<p>Sean Illing<p>September 2, 2015 5:30pm (UTC)<p>The right has mouthed a lot of platitudes lately about “religious liberty.” This is their tack in the wake of nationwide …

Religion

The Biblical Problem With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

You may have heard that the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional a couple of months ago.<p>I believe at least a couple of news outlets reported on it.<p>Well, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis definitely heard the news and she wasn't happy about. However, unlike many of her fellow …

4 Reasons -- From A Christian Perspective -- Why Kim Davis Is 100% Wrong

By now, you have probably heard about a County Clerk in a little corner of Kentucky called Rowan County, who has been refusing to issue marriage licenses ever since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Her name is Kim Davis. In a statement about her refusal, she writes, <i>"To issue a</i> …

4 reasons the Christian right’s claims of moral superiority are so absurd

Evangelicals are constantly bellowing about America’s moral decay. They could stand to take a look in the mirror<p>When Bill O’Reilly recently tried to pin America’s spree of mass shootings on atheism rather than guns or mental illness, he hoped to tap a specific set of beliefs that is common among …

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Doesn't Seem to Get How the Constitution Works

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Conservative Heads Explode Over Kentucky's Bigoted County Clerk

The recently jailed Kim Davis has some Republican presidential candidates sputtering unconstitutional nonsense<p>Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, …

LGBTQI

More Than Half of Republican Voters Think Obama Is a Muslim

For anyone asking how Donald Trump became a front-runner,<p>read this.<p>Fact: President Obama is a Christian.<p>He says prayers with Christian pastors. He sang, quite convincingly, the Christian hymn "Amazing Grace" during the funeral for state Sen. and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a victim of the church …

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis Has Principles (Sometimes!)

The Supreme Court denied her stay, but Kim Davis is fighting the good fight, you know, when convenient.<p>She's like Rosa Parks, if that bus driver in Montgomery were trying to prevent Rosa Parks from being a total dick. Kim Davis, clerk at the Rowan County Courthouse in Kentucky, once again refused …

Religion

Retired General Confronts Chaplains on LGBT Rights; 'Make Room at the Table or Get Out'

"In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies<p>but the silence of our friends"-MLK Jr.<p>My friends, remember the name and words of rare courage of a retired Army 3 star General and be prepared to be astonished, if not thunderstruck, with pride and hope.<p>Allow me to please recount for you the …

Remember When They Tried to Block the Creation of Social Security?

According to the Republican critics at the time, the new liberal retirement program was "socialism." They said that it would a job killer, the death knell of democracy and the end of American prosperity. Republican presidential candidate Alf Landon said that it was "a cruel hoax" and "a fraud on …

How the Religious Right Is Destroying Democracy

You may have noticed a new phenomenon creeping up in this country, it is this trend of our laws taking a backseat to religion. Whether it is the action of not following laws or court rulings in the name of religion or dictating laws based on religion, our country is slowly being destroyed by our …

When Public Servants Refuse to Serve the Public

Government employees have an obligation to follow the letter of the law despite their religious convictions—or else resign the offices they hold.<p>Thirty-five years ago, as a reporter for <i>The Washington Post,</i> I spent 13 weeks following young recruits through Marine Officer Candidate School at …

I was betrayed by Republican religion: What my years as a Christian fundamentalist taught me about right-wing faith

The political form of Christianity, championed by “The 700 Club” and Fox News, is selling a powerful snake oil<p><i>“If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”<br>— Luke 3:11 (NLT)</i><p>It is one of the great ironies of of contemporary American politics …