An atheist blogger living in a Chicago suburb has announced his plans to donate $3,000 to the nearby Niles Township Food Pantry after his donation was denied by the Morton Grove Park District and local library.
Hemant Mehta, a Naperville-area teacher and blogger behind the well-known website "Friendly Atheist," said in a recent YouTube video that after his donation was rejected by both the park district and library, he's hoping the food pantry will accept the money and put an end to this saga of rejected donations.
"The food pantry serves a lot of people who are hungry in Morton Grove and the surrounding communities," Mehta said in the YouTube video, posted by The Atheist Voice. "I think that [the Niles Township Food Pantry] is a fair place to give the money. I know I've said this before but I can't imagine they're going to reject the money, especially in this time of the year. There are no restrictions, no strings attached with the money. So I'll be sending them the check very soon." more >>
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. has joined LGBT group GLAAD in blasting "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson over his controversial comments about homosexuality, race relations and morality.
Jackson entered the fray via a statement he released Tuesday in which he said Robertson's comments are worse than those made by the white bus driver to Rosa Parks in the historic incident which turned her into an iconic civil rights figure, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law," he said in the release. "Robertson's statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was 'white privilege.'" more >>
Tolerance; that's the buzzword for one of contemporary culture's most exalted virtues. Do not judge, do not try to impose your morality on anyone else, live and let live, or so we are told.
It is in the furtherance of so-called tolerance that we, as Christians, are supposed to accept a redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples and perhaps other couplings and groupings at some point down the line. We are called on to suspend our biblically based beliefs about right and wrong and tolerate government sanction of lifestyles that we recognize as harmful to individuals and society as a whole.
But as our culture begins to warm up to the idea of same-sex marriage, we are discovering that tolerance – as that term is generally understood – is not nearly enough to satisfy those pushing for this new social standard. In addition to permitting same-sex unions, we are to participate in them when called upon (such as Christian cake-bakers and photographers) and we are to speak well of them when asked. more >>
Since we all agree as followers of Jesus that bullying is wrong, it's time we stand up to the gay bullies who are trying to put us in the closet and take away our freedoms of speech, conscience, and religion.
Consider for a moment that Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty could have said in his GQ Interview, "I think you've got to be crazy to be a polygamist," or, "In my opinion, polyamory is just another word for adultery," or, "A man who sleeps with lots of different women is no better than an animal," and there would have been no reaction from A&E and no outcry from the gay censors.
Consider also that his comments about pre-entitlement black Americans were considered highly offensive by many, but these comments did not prompt A&E to take action, as I pointed out in my interview on Piers Morgan. (If you missed the interview, I encourage you to take 15 minutes to watch.) more >>
The London School of Economics apologized Friday for previously censoring t-shirts worn by atheist students featuring cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and Jesus.
The school's director, Professor Craig Calhoun, said in a statement Friday that the school "got judgment wrong" when it told two student members of the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society to cover up their cartooned t-shirts at an October welcome fair for freshmen, saying that the t-shirts showing Muhammad and Jesus violated the school's rules on harassment of a religious group.
Driving around last week as I finished my last bit of Christmas shopping, it seemed like Duck Dynasty merchandise was everywhere. Who would have thought, in 2013 the hottest gift ideas would involve rednecks from Louisiana? What's more, I never would have believed anything the "Duck" family said would be a source of national controversy.
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson's interview with GQ magazine sparked an all-out assault on him, his family and of course, Christianity. This overreaction underscores the double standard of those who applaud free speech, as long as they approved the message. And if you dare talk about something like abortion or homosexuality, then it is all-out war, and those decrying intolerance become the very thing they claim to hate.
To be fair, it is dangerously myopic to not realize tolerance is a two-way street. There are those like the Westboro "church" crowd who think it is okay to cherry-pick scriptures like the one Phil Robertson referred to in 1st Corinthians 6:9-11, gathering mentioned sins like stones to hurl at everyone but themselves. Jesus had an answer for that: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." more >>