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August 29, 2015

I have often said that organised religion is a business designed to be be a behavior modification tool, and to also funnel money form the lowest levels into the coffers of the highest level.  You simply need to look at the catholic faith and the Vatican to see that.   They have wealth untold, their own bank, yet still the insist on tithes from the poorest of the poor.  Many hugs Cycles of Guilt

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 13:54

And if you really notice, money is on the list of taboo things. Tax-free donations must be kept rolling in, and guilt is a great way to ensure a steady income stream. Joel Osteen’s mansion is a perfect example of how lucrative this can be:Yes, deities will let children starve just to give you this tax free.

Source: Cycles of Guilt

August 28, 2015

Here’s why right-wing Christians think they’re the most persecuted group in America

Filed under: Harm, History, News, Religion — Scottie @ 12:36

A recent Pew study found that white American Evangelical Christians think they experience more discrimination than Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Atheists or J

Source: Here’s why right-wing Christians think they’re the most persecuted group in America

excerpt below:

A recent Pew study found that white American Evangelical Christians think they experience more discrimination than Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Atheists or Jews.

Really?!

Christianity is the majority religion in the U.S. and many kinds of legally ensconced religious privilege are on the rise including the right to woo converts in public grade schools, speculate in real estate tax-free, repair religious facilities with public dollars, or opt out of civil rights laws and civic responsibilities that otherwise apply to all. By contrast atheists are less electable than even philanderers, weed smokers or gays; Hispanics and Muslims are being told to leave; Jews get accused of everything from secret economic cabals to destroying America’s military; and unarmed Black youth continue to die at the hands of vigilantes.

ALSO….

In the case of Christianity, the theology of persecution serves to give the faithful hope. It inspires persistence in the face of hardship, including the many hardships that life brings on all of us through no fault of our own. But it has also blinded generations of believers to the possibility that sometimes the hardships they face are due not to their faith or evildoers hating Jesus, but to the fact that they hit first. And sometimes the bewildering hostility they perceive may simply be something that the theology of persecution set them up to expect, whether it is there or not.

Trump Supporter Tells US Citizen “Get Out Of My Country” – YouTube

Filed under: Political, News, Bigotry, Asshole / Jerk — Scottie @ 12:02

grand accomplishment and he should be honored for it.

Filed under: News, Political — Scottie @ 11:27

Republican mindset dictates fake outrage regarding equality issues must replace all requests for sensible gun safety debate.

Filed under: News, Political — Scottie @ 11:20

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Republican mindset dictates fake outrage regarding equality issues must replace all requests for sensible gun safety debate.

August 27, 2015

The new oppressed – religions claim underdog status in same-sex marriage debate

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 20:33

Churches are up in arms about lack of respect for their views in the same-sex marriage debate – how ironic is that?

Source: The new oppressed – religions claim underdog status in same-sex marriage debate

Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails, CBS News Report Claims

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 20:03

One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text. CBS News reported Thursday that leaked versio

Source: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails, CBS News Report Claims

Expert analysis finds Planned Parenthood videos and transcripts doctored by anti-choice group

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 19:17

Not that it will make a difference to these two.

Source: Expert analysis finds Planned Parenthood videos and transcripts doctored by anti-choice group

August 26, 2015

The Holy Spirit and Hypocrisy

Filed under: Ideas, News, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 13:44

I have always wondered why people who claim the “higher moral high ground” often do the most lowest conduct.  The idea that it is OK to lie , cheat, steal, as long as you do it for your God, your political party , your group stuns me.  I had someone who claimed to be a upstanding high moral christian tell me it was OK to do the most despicable things as long as they won.  If they were able to win at what ever they wanted, it was OK to totally disregard all the moral codes they impose on others.  So why they claim it is wrong for you to lie, they feel it is very acceptable for them to do it in the name of their cause, they would be outraged if you stole, but if they do it in the name of furthering their cause, it is very right and moral.   Hugs

The Holy Spirit and Hypocrisy.

excerpt below:

Disclaiming responsibility for one’s actions.
No, I’m not talking about telling people that one has been washed in the blood of the lamb and have been forgiven by God for one’s sins. Rather, I’m referring to the notion that this Holy Spirit moves people to say terrible things in inappropriate settings. For example, some people might feel the need to go to a safe haven for people leaving Christianity to tell them that they’re being selfish and foolish for pretending to turn their backs on a deity. It’s not their fault, mind you, but rather the Holy Spirit calling them to do this.

Other inappropriate comments and actions include lying for Jesus, sinning for Jesus, and being hostile for Jesus. The Internet is steadily filling with stories about Christians who have lied for some religious motive, done bad things for a religious motive, and even attacking other people based on religious motives (anti-gay hate crimes and men “correcting” their wives count towards this). According to some Christians, this is the product of the Holy Spirit.

cutting no more. memories of sadness

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 10:46

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