It really takes a special kind of low-life to stop a chaplain from ministering to the family and colleagues of a dead sailor.
But that's exactly what happened last week at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C., according to attorneys representing Chaplain Wes Modder.
"For this Navy to bar a chaplain from comforting and ministering to sailors and families is a reprehensible violation of religious freedom and common human decency," said Kelly Shackelford, the president of Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases. more >>
An atheist blogger has recently denounced the efforts of non-theists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins, arguing that they promote "tribalism" and a strategy that is "a recipe for failure."
Steven Neumann, an author and philosopher whose work has been published on Salon and Patheos, posted a blog entry Sunday arguing that Maher and Dawkins possess a "self-defeating superiority."
Neumann argued in Salon that atheist intellectuals like Maher, Dawkins and Sam Harris practice a "rhetoric of tribalism." more >>
George Zimmeran, the man who was acquitted in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, has said in a video that it was part of God's plans for the 17-year-old Florida teenager to die. Zimmerman also accused President Barack Obama of stocking racial tensions in America.
"I believe God has his plans, and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical, almost blasphemous," Zimmerman said in an interview posted on his website, talking about the fatal incident involving Martin.
"It's up to God and I put it all in his hands, and I do have faith that whatever he has planned out for me is what's best for me," he added about his future. "So whatever he's determined, whatever he has planned out for me, I am along for the ride and I just hope to be strong enough to see his will be done." more >>
New data analysis on the 2014 General Social Survey conducted by NORC and the University of Chicago has found that although Americans are abandoning specific religions at record high numbers, the rate of those who said they believe in God has remained steady.
The Associated Press identified it as one of the major findings of the survey, which asked a number of wide-ranging questions of the American public. The data found that back in 1972, only 5 percent of respondents said that they have no religion, but by 2014, 21 percent said the same, which is a record high.
The number is even higher than statistics reported by Gallup, which found that 16 percent of Americans identified as nones in 2014. more >>
Ken Ham, the CEO and president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky, has said that only preaching the Gospel can help America's "dying culture." Responding to statistics showing a continued decline in religious faith in the U.S., Ham argued that the growing numbers of nones do have a religion — one of "secularity."
"We need to reach out to these nones and this dying culture. Chances are you live beside, work with, or are friends with some of these nones. We need to be bold in sharing the Gospel with them and be prepared with solid, biblical answers to the questions that they have about the Christian faith," Ham wrote on his AiG blog.
The creationists' comments refer to the release of the 2014 General Social Survey earlier in March, which found that since 2012, the U.S. has registered another 7.5 million people who are no longer active in religion. The number of nones has risen steadily since 1972, and today as much as 21 percent of the American population say that they have no religion. more >>
Tired of selling overpriced coffee to pretentious white Americans, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was going to end racism.
He instructed his baristas, the tattooed and nose-ringed Women and Gender Studies Majors with $40,000 in student loan debt, to lecture us on race. Here is what I know for sure, if anyone wants to start a "conversation" about race with you, he is doing two things: calling you racist and presuming to virtuously lecture you on the matter.
Implicit in the tone and tenor of such conversations is that the lecturers are morally superior and not racists, so that automatically makes you morally inferior and a racist. But worry not - they are there to help you. Liberals take this tone about every nonsensical issue like global warming and helping the poor. Their stands are not quantifiable, so they can make themselves look like such caring and compassionate people while implying that you are not and would do well to be more like them. more >>