NC: Teahadist Lawmakers Propose Bill to Institute a “State Religion”

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 7:08 am

As I’ve said countless times before, the 2010 election saw a tidal wave of Teabaggers roll into our General Assembly in NC, and with the first GOP supermajority since Reconstruction, they’ve been hard at work since day one rolling back progressive progress in the state. In response to an ACLU challenge to prayer before Rowan County [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe: It’s time for a queer-friendly pope

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 12:01 pm

Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his unexpected resignation, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica. Many say it’s unequivocally a sign from God. If so, I’m hoping it’s an Amen moment signaling the end of an oppressive era of LGBTQ bashing as the church now moves forward “With the pope’s impending resignation, [...]

Pope to step down on Feb 28; cites ‘advanced age’ – another scandal shoe about to drop?

By: Monday February 11, 2013 8:13 am

This is historic news; the last time a pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415; “old age” has traditionally meant nothing as popes die in office. Notably, Pope Benedict XVI, the former  Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was the right-hand man to Pope John Paul II, who not only succumbed to advanced age, but was for all intents [...]

Ohio superintendent, community support portrait of Jesus hanging in public school

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 7:00 am

Jackson City School District Superintendent Phil Howard finds support at school board meeting where hundreds boo those expressing that the portrait’s presence violates the U.S. Constitution. Yes, it’s time again for an episode of “Might Makes Right” and “Majority Rules.” The trouble began when the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent Superintendent Phil Howard a [...]

Yeah, Team Obama is pulling another Rick Warren. And? (updated)

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 3:12 am

It’s like Groundhog Day. The alarm goes off and it’s a replay of the day past. So here we are again, another Obama inauguration, another controversy over an anti-gay pastor participating in the ceremony. This time around it’s the selection of evangelical pastor Louie Giglio to deliver the benediction at the event. Joan Walsh @ [...]

The Right’s loss of the culture war is in extreme slow motion; will it toss its extremists out? Doubt it.

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 10:17 am

The right wing is not going down without a long painful fight, thanks to the movement’s professional bigots, womb-controllers, religious zealots. Matt K. Lewis,  senior contributor for The Daily Caller, seems to think the culture war is over. In recent months, it has been especially depressing to be a conservative. In the past, one could [...]

Black support for marriage equality continues to grow…the NOM wedge is no longer working

By: Monday November 19, 2012 7:25 am

It’s now flushing money down the crapper for the National Organization for Marriage. Despite a documented plan to drive a wedge between the religious black community and the LGBT community to pass discriminatory measures at the ballot box, it looks like its last big win was in my state of NC, and they had to [...]

A tale of two voices in the Catholic church about marriage equality, reproductive freedom as the election nears

By: Friday November 2, 2012 8:21 am

One of these is not like the other, a reminder that American Catholics don’t hold the views of much of the hierarchy. First, news from Maryland about Rev. Richard T. Lawrence bucking the Vatican by reading his archbishop’s statement during mass that urged the flock to vote against the upcoming marriage bill referendum. The memorandum stated that [...]

Random thoughts about organized religion, politics, and community as election day nears

By: Sunday October 28, 2012 8:15 am

My two cents — just random thinking out loud, something I don’t do as much on the blog as I used to, but I had to get this off of my chest. I just wish more of these organized religions would get back to the mission of helping the poor, the homeless, the sick…and the [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe’s perspective on movement to keep some blacks home on election day over marriage equality

By: Monday September 17, 2012 6:00 pm

I thought Rev. Monroe’s take was a good addition to the dialog on this topic. Click here for my earlier thoughts on it. –Pam African Americans have worked hard to get the vote and to get a man of African descent in the White House. In 2008 we came out in unprecedented numbers with Obama [...]

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