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Monday, August 14, 2023

Losing my religion

Vox - The Supreme Court is taking a wrecking ball to the wall between church and state.

One form of coercion that the current Court permits is the government may now take taxes from a nonbeliever — taxes that the nonbeliever must pay to avoid criminal sanctions — and use them to fund religious education.

Texas judge orders lawyers to get 'religious freedom' training from Christian group - MSNBC

A Donald Trump-appointed judge in Texas ordered lawyers for Southwest Airlines to get “religious freedom” training from a Christian legal group that litigates against abortion and anti-discrimination laws.

Former top church official warns Christianity is in 'crisis' if people think quotes from Jesus are 'liberal talking points' - Yahoo

Russell Moore, the former president of SBC's policy arm, recently shared his concerns with NPR about the future of Christianity in the US and how tribalism and politics are bleeding into the religion.

He said "multiple pastors" have told him the "same story" about being approached and questioned after their preachings on the Sermon on the Mount, one of the more popular teachings from the Gospel of Matthew that, among other lessons, teaches people to "turn the other cheek."

Moore told NPR that pastors are being asked, "Where did you get those liberal talking points?"

"And what was alarming to me is that in most of these scenarios, when the pastor would say, 'I'm literally quoting Jesus Christ,' the response would not be, 'I apologize,'" Moore told NPR. "The response would be, 'Yes, but that doesn't work anymore. That's weak.' And when we get to the point where the teachings of Jesus himself are seen as subversive to us, then we're in a crisis."

Growing Segregation by Sex in Israel Raises Fears for Women’s Rights - NYT

As part of an agreement with ultra-Orthodox allies that underpinned the formation of the coalition, Mr. Netanyahu made several concessions that have unsettled secular Israelis. Among them are proposals to segregate audiences by sex at some public events, to create new religious residential communities, to allow businesses to refuse to provide services based on religious beliefs, and to expand the powers of all-male rabbinical courts.

Supporters of expanding the rabbinical courts’ jurisdiction — such as Matan Kahana, a former religious affairs minister who remains in Parliament but is not in the governing coalition — argue that as a pluralistic society, Israel should tolerate sex segregation in some arenas to accommodate the ultra-Orthodox, for whom it is a way of life.

Boebert tells Republican dinner guests they’re part of ‘second coming of Jesus’ 

Wednesday’s address by Boebert was not the first time the Republican congresswoman made striking remarks about Christianity.

Earlier this year, Boebert hinted that Jesus may have prevented his crucifixion if he had owned AR-15 rifles.

“How many AR-15s do you think Jesus would have had?” Boebert asked a crowd at a Christian event in Colorado. “Well, he didn’t have enough to keep his government from killing him.”

1 comment:

Diane O said...

Let's hope we've reached the nadir at last.