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Rick Perry and the New Apostolic Reformation

…the larger story of two Texas pastors who in 2009 went to Rick Perry to tell him, as Wilder puts it, that “a chain of powerful prophecies had proclaimed that Texas was ‘The Prophet State,’ anointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government. And the governor would have a special role.” Perry, Wilder argues, is venturing into new territory for an aspiring presidential candidate by courting pastors who are followers of the N…

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Creationism Makes Its Mark

…December 20, 2005, that Judge John E. Jones III issued his ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover that intelligent design was not science, but merely repackaged creationism—and that it had no business in biology class. The hoopla was immediate and enduring. Jones’ decision launched headlines across the globe, not to mention celebrations by the trial’s plaintiffs, their legal team and science experts (who send “Merry Kitzmas” greetings to each other on the…

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Welcome to the Shari’ah Conspiracy Theory Industry

…ion at Liberty University asked members of a panel titled “The Shari’ah Challenge to the West”: “Are we going to see a rise of Islamic Europe, and America just sits there on its own… are we actually going to win?” Another audience member asked, “what recourse does America have as a country… to deal with that problem with a completely won Islamist population? What recourse do we have at home and abroad?” That these questions were treated as legitim…

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Phelps’ Vile Words Test First Amendment

…eek. By the way, it’s been described by the media as a compound. It’s actually a city block of fenced-in homes in a rather nice residential neighborhood with lovely landscaping. It’s so nice that at first, I figured I was at the wrong place. But then I saw the giant banner on the second-story house which serves as the church, “GodhatesAmerica.com” and the vandalized garage door with painted over, but still visible, penis and scrotum. Phelps and hi…

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8 Great Hanukkah Clips from TV

…r the jump depending on how you got to this post) begins playing automatically. You may want to pause it before reading and enjoying the videos. — eds. Most articles during the course of Hanukkah’s 8 days will remind you about the holiday’s history or, perhaps, relate stories about how various communities are celebrating. Not being Jewish and growing up in the Bible belt, everything I learned about Hanukkah I learned from television. So, I figure…

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Rand Paul’s Buddhist Roots Uncovered

…Aqua-Buddha college pranks notwithstanding, Rand Paul embraces Buddhist notions of the interconnectedness of everything and the illusion of difference; “nothingness” is The Word. Thanks to my colleague Jon for sharing. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – Nothingness www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election March to Keep Fear Alive…

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Will God-Gaming Alter the Bible?

…is releasing the beta version of The Bible Online: Heroes, the first installment of a projected series of MMORTS (massively multiplayer online real-time strategy) “games” based on the Bible.  MMORTS games take place in a world that continues to exist and evolve even while any given player isn’t playing. According to the press release, there is an RPG (role-playing game) component too; players can expect to play as Abraham, and “as the leader of t…

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In 2012 Bishops Join Fight to Repackage Discrimination as ‘Religious Freedom’

…ays before Christmas, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops paid for a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post, co-signed by dozens of leaders of Catholic institutions. But the ad offered no holiday cheer. Instead, it aggressively highlighted the Bishops’ pointed confrontation with the Obama administration: either amend a regulation requiring employer health insurance plans to provide contraception without a co-pay, or stand accused of re…

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Looking at Death: Images of 9/11, Before, During, and After

Filed away in my office is a now-brittle and yellowed New York Times clipping from 1993 by the architecture critic Herbert Muschamp, who wrote: Exploding buildings are [the contemporary global] community’s landmarks—its inverted arches of triumph, its sinister Taj Mahals. They provide images of a collective experience that is otherwise elusive. Traditionally, we look to buildings to provide symbols of social cohesion. Exploding buildings now perf…

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True or False: Less Religion Means Greater Diversity?

…o the ongoing conversation among religious sorts about how to hold on to Millennials in light of the white, Boomer-and-beyond stronghold on religious institutions. Data like these are always engaging, especially with a delightful, refreshing beverage. But this new data set tells little that most religionists didn’t already know—while it might actually skew our understanding. The PRRI infographic illustrates, that is, that the percentage of younger…

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