Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HISTORIC: Barack Obama Signed A Law To Protect Atheists

By David Chutlashvili

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. The new law protects atheists, humanists, antitheists and other freethinkers around the world from religious persecution. 

American Congress passed the international religious freedom bill protecting atheists, humanists, antitheists and other non-theists with overwhelming bipartisan support, and Obama signed the legislation into law last Friday, Dec. 16.

According to PATHEOS, the new law explicitly protects atheists, humanists, and other non-theists, and upgrades the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act. In particular, the new law states:

The freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is understood to protect theistic and non-theistic beliefs as well as the right not to profess or practice any religion.

The Act also condemns “specific targeting of non-theists, humanists, and atheists because of their beliefs” and attempts to forcibly compel “non-believers or non-theists to recant their beliefs or to convert.” 

Commenting on the new law, Caroline Mala Corbin, professor of law at the University of Miami, said:

"The new law has some really interesting language in it. It takes an expansive view of religious liberty, saying freedom of religion is not just about the right to practice religion. It is also about the right to have your own views about religion including being agnostic and atheistic."

President Obama was the first president to explicitly acknowledge nonbelievers in his inaugural address, so this seems to fit into his legacy vis-a-vis nonbelievers.

The American Humanist Association is celebrating the new law. In a press release the group explains the importance of the new, updated legislation:

"The persecution of openly humanist and atheist writers has become an area of increasing concern especially after the string of murders of secular bloggers and publishers by religious extremists in Bangladesh. The American Humanist Association, along with other international advocates for religious freedom, have also been critical of the flogging of secular writers in Saudi Arabia, as well as a Saudi law that equates atheism with terrorism."

In a statement, Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said:

"The American Humanist Association is proud to see this historic legislation signed into law and looks forward to working with the US Department of State to ensure religious liberty for non-theists and religious minorities abroad. That non-theists are now recognized as a protected class is a significant step toward full acceptance and inclusion for non-religious individuals, who are still far too often stigmatized and persecuted around the world."

The recognition of atheists, humanists, antitheists and other non-religious freethinkers as a protected group is good news for international liberty and democracy. This step will strengthen freedom around the world. This step is a clear signal for undemocratic regimes. These regimes will well know that atheists, humanists, antitheists and other non-religious freethinkers are not "devilish," but they are an equivalent group, and this group has the right to be protected and recognized. 

Thank you, Mr. President! You were always a good human. 

President Barack Obama. Image via YOU TUBE

Saturday, December 10, 2016

American Christian Religious Leaders Met Up With Congress Members to Drive Satan Out of the “Halls of Legislation”

By David Chutlashvili

“If God rules in the halls of legislation, it’s the pulpit’s benefit of being there, being on site and standing up and speaking the law of God to our elected leaders and praying for them,” [Tennessee Pastors Network’s Dale] Walker said. “It’s been the absence of the pulpits is the reason why Satan has ruled in the halls of legislation.”

According to Patheos, Kistler also revealed that in addition to praying in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Capitol, pastors were given access to the U.S. Senate chamber by Rep. Louie Gohmert. In the senate chamber, he said, “we got on our knees. and it sounded almost like a labor room as people were crying out to God for the revival that Chaplain [Barry] Black believes is coming and that we believe is coming.”

“To do that in the Senate chamber was an absolutely astounding opportunity,” Kistler said, “and again it puts an exclamation point on the Senate chaplain’s assessment that revival is on the way and may indeed begin in the halls of Congress.” 

Secularism and separation of church and state are very important for any democracy. "Separation of church and state" is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson. First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States explains: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." 

Thomas Jefferson understood very well how important Secularism is. But these pastors do not understand that. They do not want to understand that. They want what makes them richer and more powerful. And these very powerful people speak always "in the name of the people." They are incredibly powerful, but they cry always that they are "persecuted." They cry and scream so loud that we do not hear the voice of the really persecuted people. And that must have an end.

Cartoon via TRUTHDIG

Via Right Wing Watch

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mike Pence's Neighbors Are Covering The Street In LGBTIQ Flags

By David Chutlashvili

Many tolerant people in America do not love Mike Pence. Every reason for this hatred is clear and understandable: During his first run for Congress in 2000, Pence advocated for 'conversion therapy' to 'cure' homosexuals. And as governor of Indiana, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many have said allows business owners to discriminate against LGBTIQ people. 

RELATED: Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence Doesn’t Accept Evolution or Climate Change

Pence recently moved into a house in Chevy Chase, Washington D. C., where he'll remain until moving to the Vice President's official residence next year. Today Pence's new neighbors want to remind him of his past and his duty to protect the rights of LGBTIQ people. Pence's neighbors - these very good people protest against fanaticism, homophobia, and possible violation of human rights.

After hearing about her new neighbor, Ilse Heintzen decided to hang a flag from her house in solidarity with her gay friends. 

According to Distractify and WJLA Heintzen says that she managed to convince a few of the other houses on the street to follow her lead and that the protest is quickly taking off.

There are roughly a half-dozen pride flags hanging on the block, and many of the residents in houses without flags said they planned on joining in.  

Heintzen described the idea as “a respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking. She said: "I have no idea what he will think about, but I hope he will change his mind. This is one way that I can show my disagreement."

Mike Pence will always remember that his Electoral College not everything is and the majority of the American people is against homophobia and bigotry. 

RELATED: Mike Pence believes in creationism and he wants to teach that to kids

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Gender theory is part of 'global war' on marriage and family, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis warned on Saturday of a "global war" against traditional marriage and the family, saying both were under attack from gender theory and divorce.

Francis made his comments in an impromptu response to a question at a meeting of the small Catholic community in Georgia (Country).

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"You mentioned a great enemy of marriage: gender theory," the pope said in response to a woman who had asked about it being taught in schools.

"Today, there is a global war out to destroy marriage," Pope said. "Not with weapons but with ideas... we have to defend ourselves from ideological colonization."

The pope has used the phrase "ideological colonization" in the past to denounce what he says are attempts by rich countries to link development aid to the acceptance of social policies such as those allowing gay marriage and contraception.

Francis, who has been more accepting of homosexuals than his predecessors but opposes gay marriage, also appeared to be referring to it when he said "marriage is the most beautiful thing that God has created" adding that the Bible says God created man and woman to become one flesh.

Gender theory was formally introduced by Sandra Bem in 1981 as a cognitive theory to explain how individuals become gendered in society, and how sex-linked characteristics are maintained and transmitted to other members of a culture. Gender-associated information is predominantly transmuted through society by way of schemata, or networks of information that allow for some information to be more easily assimilated than others. 

According to this theory, core gender identity is tied up in the sex typing that an individual undergoes. This typing can be heavily influenced by child rearing, media, school, and other forms of cultural transmission. Bem refers to four categories in which an individual may fall: sex-typed, cross-sex-typed, androgynous, and undifferentiated. Sex-typed individuals process and integrate information that is in line with their gender (Bem, S. L. (1981). Gender schema theory: A cognitive account of sex typing. Psychological Review, 88, 354–364). 

Gender theory is broadly the concept that while a person may be biologically male or female, they have the right to identify themselves as male, female, both or neither. 

Pope Francis is for many Georgian LGBT activists and feminists a "true Christian." These poor people are happy that they are not burnt, as in the Middle Ages. They do not understand that the Catholic Church is its enemy, as always. This news is a good evidence for this bitter reality.

Pope Francis visits the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

By David Chutlashvili | 02 October 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders

We-Wa, a Zuni two-spirit, weaving. Both the Spanish settlers in Latin America and the English colonists in North America condemned them as “sodomites.”

It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that natives adopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a “normal” member of their tribe.

In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed as gifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: “Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and Transgendered.”

“Each tribe has their own specific term, but there was a need for a universal term that the general population could understand. The Navajo refer to Two Spirits as Nádleehí (one who is transformed), among the Lakota is Winkté (indicative of a male who has a compulsion to behave as a female), Niizh Manidoowag (two spirit) in Ojibwe, Hemaneh (half man, half woman) in Cheyenne, to name a few. As the purpose of “Two Spirit” is to be used as a universal term in the English language, it is not always translatable with the same meaning in Native languages. For example, in the Iroquois Cherokee language, there is no way to translate the term, but the Cherokee do have gender variance terms for ‘women who feel like men’ and vice versa.”

The “Two Spirit” culture of Native Americans was one of the first things that Europeans worked to destroy and cover up. According to people like American artist George Catlin, the Two Spirit tradition had to be eradicated before it could go into history books. Catlin said the tradition:

“Must be extinguished before it can be more fully recorded.”

However, it wasn’t only white Europeans that tried to hide any trace of native gender bending. According to Indian Country Today, “Spanish Catholic monks destroyed most of the Aztec codices to eradicate traditional Native beliefs and history, including those that told of the Two Spirit tradition.” Throughout these efforts by Christians, Native Americans were forced to dress and act according to newly designated gender roles.

One of the most celebrated Two Spirits in recorded history was a Lakota warrior aptly named Finds Them And Kills Them. Osh-Tisch was born a male and married a female, but adorned himself in women’s clothing and lived daily life as a female. On June 17 1876, Finds Them And Kills Them gained his reputation when he rescued a fellow tribesman during the Battle of Rosebud Creek. An act of fearless bravery. Below is a picture of Osh-Tisch and his wife.

Osh-Tisch (left) and his wife (right). Of all of the foreign life ways Indians held, one of the first the Europeans targeted for elimination was the Two Spirit tradition among Native American cultures.

In Native American cultures, people were valued for their contributions to the tribe, rather than for masculinity or femininity. Parents did not assign gender roles to children either, and even children’s clothing tended to be gender neutral. There were no ideas or ideals about how a person should love; it was simply a natural act that occurred without judgement or hesitation.

Without a negative stigma attached to being a Two Spirit, there were no inner-tribal incidents of retaliation or violence toward the chosen people simply due to the fact that individuals identified as the opposite or both genders.

“The Two Spirit people in pre-contact Native America were highly revered and families that included them were considered lucky. Indians believed that a person who was able to see the world through the eyes of both genders at the same time was a gift from The Creator.”

Religious influences soon brought serious prejudice against “gender diversity,” and so this forced once openly alternative or androgynous people to one of two choices. They could either live in hiding, and in fear of being found out, or they could end their lives. Many of whom did just that.

Imagine a world where people allowed others to live freely as the people nature intended them to be..without harm..without persecution..without shame. Imagine a world where we are truly free.

By Pearson McKinney| 19 June 2016

Reprinted with permission from the author.

Pearson McKinney is a life-long outspoken liberal political activist, freelance writer, and Managing Editor of Bipartisan Report and Americans Against The Tea Party.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

The Inquisition – one of the most appalling gifts to human tyranny

Those who celebrate Christianity’s contributions to Western civilization might want to remind themselves of one of the church’s most appalling gifts to human tyranny, the Inquisition, a heresy hunt ordained by the papacy that wreaked misery upon Europe from the early thirteenth century until well into the eighteenth. Endowed with nearly limitless authority, shrouded in secrecy, and freed from all accountability, the inquisitors indulged in unfettered butchery and rapacity, taking lives and confiscating property, growing rich in the process, treating the accused as having no rights, and treating everyone, from the meanest to the highest, as potentially suspect.
The victim’s guilt was assumed in advance and confession was to be extracted by guile or ordeal. One’s regular church attendance and generous oblations, one’s verbal professions of strict devotion to orthodox doctrine, one’s willingness to subscribe to whatever was demanded by the tribune—all were as naught. For the accused might still be nursing a secret heresy. The Inquisition had to uncover the impossible: the unspoken thoughts in a person’s head. But luckily, the task was made easier by the procedure itself. The victim need not be proven guilty; suspicion alone was enough to bring on the fatal judgment. The inquiry almost always ended in execution or, less frequently, life incarceration in a dark dungeon.
Along with its judges, the Inquisition had its armed retainers, extortionists, spies, and of course, torturers and executioners. Henry Charles Lea writes that, except among the Visigoths, torture had been “unknown among the barbarians who founded the commonwealths of Europe, and their system of jurisprudence had grown up free from its contamination.” Not until the thirteenth century did it begin to be employed “sparingly and hesitatingly” in judicial proceedings, after which it rapidly won its way into the Inquisition, administered at first only by secular authorities—on command from the Inquisitional tribune. In 1252, church canons prohibited ecclesiastics from being present when torture was administered, perhaps an implicit admission that the procedure was morally tainted. Yet within a few years, inquisitors and their servitors were absolving each other of “irregularities” under the papal bull so that they might directly supervise torture sessions.
Those who confessed were burned as admitted heretics. Those who withstood all pain and mutilation and did not confess were burned as unrepentent heretics. Heresy itself retained a conveniently vague and elastic meaning. Prisoners who confessed under torture were tortured again to gain information about other evil-doers among their own family and friends, then tortured again if they subsequently recanted any of the coerced testimony—after which they were burned at the stake. Witnesses too were sometimes tortured in order to extract properly damning testimony. Anyone who showed sympathy or support for the accused, who dared to question the relentlessly self-confirming process, was doomed to meet the same fate.
In 1484 German princes were reluctant to give the Roman Inquisition entry into Germany. The Inquisition loomed as a rival authority, one inclined to go into business for itself, condemning not only the poor but some of the rich and well born and expropriating their estates. But the grave anxiety occasioned by peasant insurrections made the princes more tractable. The Inquisition opportunely arrived upon the scene, in Jules Michelet’s words, “to terrorize the country and break down rebellious spirits, burning as Sorcerers today the very men who would likely enough tomorrow have been insurgents,” channeling popular restiveness away from the ruling interests and against witches and demons.
Some historians actually have apologetic words for the Inquisition. Ignoring all evidence to the contrary, Carlton Hayes and his associates claim that the Inquisition’s most frequent penalty was a mere fine and confiscation of property, with imprisonment reserved only for the “more severe cases.” And some suspects were required to undertake expensive pilgrimages, or “wear distinctive markings on their clothes.” Hayes makes no mention of torture, and claims that the death penalty was applied only to the “relatively few” who refused to recant their heresy or who relapsed after recantation. The inquisitors, it seems, did not burn heretics but conscientiously strove to save their immortal souls through conversion.
A different summation of the Inquisition is offered by Lea, who has done the monumental study of this subject: “Fanatic zeal, arbitrary cruelty, and insatiable cupidity … it was a system which might well seem the invention of demons.” In fact, it was the invention of the Christian church of that day. A religion is not something entirely apart from the crimes committed in its name. The church’s war against heresy began in the first generation of its existence and continued without stint for more than sixteen hundred years. Centuries of Christianity’s meanspirited, violent propagation of a monopoly faith created the fertile soil upon which the Inquisition took root and flourished.
This piece by Michael Parenti was originally published at Third World Traveler.
Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. Some of his writings have been translated into Arabic, Azeri, Bangla, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
Secret Files of the Inquisition – part 1 – Root Out Heretics:

History Channel The Dark Ages Complete Documentary:

Power of the Church in the Middle Ages:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect bans women from going to college

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According to a document, obtained by 'The Independent,' conservative Jewish Rabbis are banning women from obtaining college degrees because “It is very dangerous.”

The decree warns: 

“It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah." 

“We will be very strict about this. No girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree. It is dangerous. Girls who will not abide will be forced to leave our school. Also, we will not give any jobs or teaching position in the school to girls who’ve been to college or have a degree.
“We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment. It is against the base upon which our Mosed was built.”

This is taking place in the same community (the Satmar sect), by the way, where women and girls are told that they can’t drive (Satmar was founded in 1905 by Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, in city of Satu More, Transylvania/Romania).

israel is a highly developed country, where women and men have equal rights in law. The majority of the population is democratic. But some religious organizations want to have their own 'laws.' They often oppress women and LGBT people

Friday, August 19, 2016

Anti-gay pastor, who believes, floods are God's 'punishment,' flees flooded home

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Tony Perkins, a pastor from Louisiana, who believes, natural disasters are sent by God to punish LGBTIQ people, has fled his flooded home in Louisiana.

A year ago, Perkins said, that natural disasters are sent by God as punishment for abortion and gay marriage.

US pastor has revealed that he was forced to escape his property in a canoe with his family.

"This is a flood of near-biblical proportions," he said in an interview with the Family Research Council.

"We had to escape from our home Saturday by canoe. We had about 10 feet of water at the end of our driveway. Our house flooded, a few of our cars flooded."

In 2015, he interviewed extreme Messianic Jewish pastor Jonathan Cahn who told him that Hurricane Joaquin, which devastated Hawaii last year, was a "sign of God's wrath."

During the interview, Mr Cahn stated that the storm was a sign God was angry about the legalisation of gay marriage and abortion and the relationship between the United Nations and Israel.

He's quoted as agreeing, adding "God is trying to send us a message."

The Red Cross has called the Louisiana floods the worst natural disasters in the US since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Thirteen people have died in catastrophic floods across the US state and tens of thousands of people were stranded in their homes and vehicles.

Tony Perkins ran for US senate in 2002 and has campaigned against LGBT rights. Image via YOU TUBE

"The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking," she said in a statement about her contribution.

"I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time."


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Burkinis are now banned in Cannes

The southern French city of Cannes has banned burkinis on its beaches, and says it will fine women wearing the full body swimsuits if they refuse to change or leave the shoreline.

Mayor David Lisnard, who called the burkini "the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion," cited public order concerns in light of the July terrorist attack in nearby Nice, which left 80 people dead, and a subsequent attack on a Catholic church in northwest France, in a municipal ordinance forbidding swimwear that doesn't respect "good morals and secularism."

This could be bad news for some wealthy Arab Muslims, who descend on the city in the summer months to escape the heat in places like Dubai and Kuwait.

"Beachwear manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target of terrorist attacks, could create the risk of disturbances to public order," says the ordinance, which will be in effect through August — peak vacation season in southern France.

Other religious symbols, like the kippah and the cross, won't be affected by the ban, the mayor told local media. Neither will the hijab, which some Muslim women wear to cover their hair. The ban could also include saris worn by Indian women, however, because the long cloth could make it difficult for rescuers in case of an emergency, Lisnard told the Nice-Matin newspaper.

Before a fine of 38 euros ($42) is imposed, women wearing burkinis will be given the chance to either change or leave the beach. Since the rule came into effect on July 28 in the city — home to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival — no one's been apprehended.

This is yet another restriction on how Muslim women dress in France, home to about 5 million Muslims. The country was the first in Europe to ban burqas, which cover the length of the body, and niqabs, full veils for the face, in 2010.

A Marseilles waterpark, which arranged a burkini-only day earlier this week, cancelled the event in response to criticism from politicians, who said it contradicted France's secular values.

"I simply forbid a uniform that is the symbol of Islamic extremism," said Lisnard, according to the BBC. "We live in a common public space, there are rules to follow. "

The ban will be challenged in court by the Human Rights League, as well as the Collective Action Against Islamophobia in France, which expressed "deep concern about this new violation of the most elementary principles of law," and called Lisnard's argument "shocking."

One of several religious groups outraged by the ban, France's Southern Muslim federation also condemned "the illegal and abusive use of such procedures for the purpose of unique stigmatization and exclusion.



WATCH: Christian protestor laugh at gay man grieving over his dead husband

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In Alabama Roy Moore was speaking after being suspended for defying the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. He will go on trial in September. 

"A few hundred feet away from Moore’s speech to crowds with many holding signs like ‘homosexuality destroy families’ and ‘sodomy ruins nations’, there was an alternative press conference organized by the Human Rights Campaign.

Among the people speaking there were people like Dr Paul Hard, who has been involved in a legal fight for his husband who died five years ago to be recognized as his husband.

And when he began to speak about his partner’s death, a man in the crowd laughed," reports GAYSTARNEWS

John Archibald, a columnist who was there at the conference, asked: ‘How can any man, no matter his position on Roy Moore or any issue, stand before another and mock his pain?

‘How can one stand under the banner of God and laugh at another man’s death?

‘How — in the name of God — can one deride genuine grief?’

He added: ‘Christians cannot let these people define their religion. All they have is volume. As a substitute for moral authority.’ 

According to scientific research, homophobia is a mental illness. Homophobic people are really sick. And religion is also sick. No wonder that homophobia and religion are soulmates. 

Russia's antimonopoly agency bans Hieronymus Bosch

Russia's antimonopoly agency has found that Artplay company violated the advertising law when promoting “Bosch. Visions Alive,” the watchdog reports in a press-release a few days ago.

RELATED: Michelangelo's 'David' is 'dressed' now in St. Petersburg by Russian fundamentalists

A concerned Russian citizen has turned to AA with a complaint about an advertisement containing a reproduction of Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” 

Upon reviewing the case materials, the agency (AA) concluded that on the whole the images of people in the advertisement were 'indecent' or 'immoral' and thus contravened the federal advertising law of Russia.

According to RAPSINEWS, Russia's antimonopoly agency issued an order to rectify the violation addressed to Artplay, which was found to be the organizer and advertiser of the exhibition. The antimonopoly agency is also working on materials needed to initiate an administrative case against the company, which may face a fine amounting from 100,000 to 500,000 rubles.

According to the advertising law, no profanities, indecent or abusive images, comparisons and expressions relating to gender, race, ethnicity, profession, social status, age, language, official state or religious symbols, as well as national and UNESCO heritage objects are allowed in advertisements, whereas advertisers should be responsible for respective violations.

In reality, the only reason to ban was the great similarity between the Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin and a face on the painting of Bosch.

Hieronymus Bosch was always one of the most remarkable and original painters of all time. And irresistible is the art of the death agony of feudalism today highly topical for Russia.

The true art is not immoral. The true art is immortal. 

Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights

By David Chutlashvili | 13 August 2016 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mike Pence believes in creationism and he wants to teach that to kids

MIke Pence. Image via YOU TUBE

During an emotional speech on the House floor in 2002, Pence regurgitated the ignorant ‘evolution is only a theory’ theme, and declared that “intelligent design” should be taught to children as a scientific alternative with equal weight.

RELATED: Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence Doesn’t Accept Evolution or Climate Change

“I believe that God created the known universe, the earth and everything in it, including man,” Pence said. “And I also believe that someday scientists will come to see that only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe.”

“I would simply and humbly ask, can we teach it as such and can we also consider teaching other theories of the origin of species?” Pence continued. “Like the theory that was believed in by every signer of the Declaration of Independence. Every signer of the Declaration of Independence believed that men and women were created and were endowed by that same Creator with certain unalienable rights. The Bible tells us that God created man in his own image, male and female. He created them.”
Writing for PatheosMichael Stone points out that Pence’s false and misleading claim that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to the theory of evolution is a tactic widely used by evangelicals to undermine the way science is taught in the public school system.
As the National Academy of Science notes, the “formal scientific definition of theory is quite different from the everyday meaning of the word. It refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by a vast body of evidence."
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No abortions for pregnant women infected with Zika, Marco Rubio says

Marco Rubio (R) — an American politican and attorney, the junior United States Senator from Florida, said on Saturday that pregnant women who are infected with the ZIKV, should not be allowed to terminate their pregnancies.

In an interview with Politico‘s Mike Caputo, Rubio said:

“I understand a lot of people disagree with my view — but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one. But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

Zika is believed to cause severe birth defects like microcephaly. And microcephaly involves debilitating deformities of the brain and babies born with the condition begin their lives very critically ill. 

“Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it’s a lifetime of difficulties,” Rubio told Politico. “So I get it. I’m not pretending to you that that’s an easy question you asked me. But I’m pro-life. And I’m strongly pro-life. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.”

Unfortunately is no wonder what Rubio says. The intolerant speeches are not exotic for him. Rubio hates women. He said last year also that he opposes abortion access for women who have been the victims of rape or incest (!!!). 

"CBS said in June that while some individuals born with microcephaly can live somewhat normal lives, most are severely disabled. Many pass away at a very young age, but those who do not can require constant care for the rest of their lives. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Director Dr. Thomas Frieden estimated that the total lifetime medical costs for each microcephalic individual ranges from $1 million to $10 million or more. The first reports of Zika associated microcephaly came from Brazil and scientists quickly raised the alarm that it could spread throughout the tropics and to the United States. In June the CDC and the Obama administration attempted to pass a bill allocating funding to fight and research the disease, but Republicans blocked it," says RAWSTORY's David Ferguson in his article. 
Any conservative and very religious politician worldwide generally opposes abortion. And they are especially dangerous for democracy. 

Marco Rubio. Image: USATODAY

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pastor Steven Anderson: Men Rule Over Women at Home, and I’ll Arm Wrestle Any Woman Here Who Disagrees

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Pastor Steven Anderson said that “the husband’s the head of the wife,” then laughed off criticism that he was misogynistic because, he continued, “it’s like a new word” and he wasn’t interested in jumping on some “trendy” bandwagon.

RELATED: Anti-Gay Pastor Who Wants To Kill Them All Gets Bad News And Throws Massive Temper Tantrum
"I get an email every day calling me “misogynistic.” What a stupid word. This is, like, a new word. I never heard that when I was a kid. I didn’t hear that. Did you hear that growing up?…"
"See, I don’t go with all your little trendy words and all your little trendy concepts. You know, people have been doing it my way for the last 6,000 years — in all cultures, pretty much, in all nations of the world, and it’s worked out great for a lot of people."
Anderson doesn’t get the problem with misogyny because things have “worked out great for a lot of people.” Which is true. Men are doing just fine.
Anderson continued:
But all of a sudden, we’re supposed to get on this trendy little faggoty type of a relationship where, you know, my wife and I are supposed to dress the same, act the same, look the same, talk the same, live the same lifestyle, have the same authority.
Not-so-subtle homophobic slur aside, gender equality doesn’t mean men and women have to do everything the same way. Have the same opportunities? Yes. But no one’s forcing Anderson to dress like his wife as a way to promote feminism.
I want to tell Anderson to get a dictionary and look up the word “misogyny” so he doesn’t keep misinterpreting it, but I’m pretty sure he has a rule against opening up a second book, says Hemant Mehta, a blogger from Patheos
And Anderson went far:
… honestly, women are just as happy in this lifestyle as men. When there’s a proper lifestyle, where the husband is the leader. Because here’s the thing: Women are not wired to want to be in charge and rule over a man. It goes against the grain with them to be the boss and make all the decisions. They love to be married to a strong man. Women don’t want to be married to a weakling…
There are no doubt women who accept and appreciate their traditional gender roles. But you know what would make that argument even stronger? Giving them the option of working outside the house, being a boss, leading a church, etc. and seeing what they do. For many women raised in fundamentalist Christianity, they’re taught from a young age that they must accept certain roles. Of course many would seem happy. It’s not like they’ve given any thought to the alternatives.

Even the feminist women, deep down, they’re like, “Please rule over me! Please be my leader!”
And then we got to the best part of all. Anderson challenged women to arm wrestle him. Because that’s how you settle all disputes about who’s really in charge.

… I challenge any woman right now to come up and arm wrestle me… I’m gonna make the challenge that I’ve made over and over again… I’m not the strongest man in the world! Any woman can come up and arm wrestle me right now. And if you can come up and defeat me in an arm wrestling match, I’ll admit that women are as strong as men.


… I’ve had about five women take me up on that over the years, and they all went down, and they went down hard, alright?
To this day, men and women are not equal. Every day are the women victims of violence. The women earn less than men. They are often raped. The women are sexually unfree. If they have free sex, they are often stigmatized as 'sluts.' And this disparity has religious motives. "Women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion,” says Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. Steven Anderson and many other pastors want to strengthen this inequality. But such persons have no chance.

By David Chutlashvili | 7 August 2016 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pastor dies after fasting for 30 days, he wanted to break the record of Jesus

Alfred Ndlovu, a pastor from South Africa has died of malnutrition after going without food for 30 days when he tried to emulate Jesus Christ and fast for 40 days and 40 nights. 

Alfred Ndlovu, 44  left home on 17 June and headed into the bush to conduct prayers, redirecting his attention to God, away from things of the earth. He was known by his family and community at large as a very spiritual person whose faith could move mountains and his death has puzzled those close to him and church members.

One close relative said: He was a very spiritual man. Its unfortunate he had to die this way. After a month we got the sad news of his death. 

Pastor was a healthy and religious old man who did not even look his age.”

Attempting to equal or break Jesus Christ record of fasting for 40 days, Mr Alfred Ndlovu gave up the ghost after just a month despite having no history of illness. He was alone in the wilderness and his body was found by a stranger who then alerted the police. 

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