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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 06:03 pm
I got an email from the America Family Association, urging me to sign my church up for a free DVD about the life of Jesus... so I did. Then they urged me to tell my friends to sign their churches up, so here you go. This is no-doubt a short-time offer, so if you enjoy Christian propaganda, sign up soon. They may also have non-English versions available.

They want to reach EVERY CHURCH IN AMERICA! I'm assuming that includes the non-Christian ones, so have fun!

www.freejesusmovie.com )
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 11:52 am
Shorter University, a Baptist college in Georgia, has been making news by requiring its employees to sign a "lifestyle pledge" including the statement,

"I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality."

So far, over 60 staff members have quit over it. It's getting a lot of attention. What's not getting nearly as much attention? The statement of faith they have to sign, which apparently went into effect last October.

They require staff members to be Christian. )
Friday, February 3rd, 2012 05:09 pm
[livejournal.com profile] thnidu points out in What First Amendment? that the PA House of Reps has declared 2012 to be The Year of the Bible in a supposedly "noncontroversial resolution."

Text of the bill is short and about as overtly theocratic as you could imagine )
Monday, September 26th, 2011 11:08 am
The city of Bay Minette, Alabama has a new option for some misdemeanor convicts: attend church for a year to stay out of jail. This saves the department $75 per day per inmate, and they hope it will "change the lives of many people heading down the wrong path."

56 churches in the county are involved. (The city has ~8000 residents.) I couldn't find a list of the churches. Want to guess how many are Jewish, Islamic or Pagan? (Hint: the AU couldn't find any.)

Even the Christian Post notes that it's problematic, reporting that the policy advisor for AU says "the ROC program is offensive to nonreligious people as well as people of other faiths, since offenders are not given a choice that represents their beliefs." So, apparently, "church" means "Christian church."

AU is in contact with them, so I won't step on their toes trying to find out the list of churches. I'm sure that if it's a public-info document (it should be; participation in gov't funded programs is kind of a public thing), we'll soon get a list of the churches involved.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 02:15 pm
It's graduation time, and that means time for "moment of silence" in the presentation, to allow those who have specific religious faiths to contemplate how those helped them learn & grow. Except, of course, when the speaker introducing the "moment of silence" decides to use that moment to recite the Lord's Prayer instead:
“I was initially chosen to deliver the invocation but I was recently informed that I would be leading the moment of silence,” Barlow said. “However, before I fulfill my obligation, I would like to say that I am of the Christian faith and I respect those who do not share the same beliefs as I do. But at this time, I would like to give thanks to the God that has made the class of 2011 a great success. For those who share the in the same beliefs as I do, may I ask that you please bow your heads as I pray.”
Amazing concept of "respect" she's got going there. Apparently, that means "I don't think they should be shot on sight or thrown out of public events, but certainly we shouldn't allow them to be comfortable just because they've got a legal right to be here."
Friday, December 10th, 2010 01:18 pm
I can deal with the AFA's war on the "War on Christmas," in which they harass and browbeat stores into changing their "holiday sale" flyers to "Christmas sale" flyers, and harangue them into greeting customers with a religious comment instead of a secular one. I don't like it, but I don't expect to like hate groups.

What bugs me is the people and groups that claim to be "moderate." The ones who insist they're "objective" and "seeing both sides."

Like the Defend Christmas site, which says:
We believe both sides of the debate are wrong.We believe the media is woefully irresponsible in fanning the flames of controversy. We believe in the 95% Sentiment: most of us like to keep Christmas and we don’t think there are many people offended by it.
It gets worse from there. )

I didn't start this wanting to rant. I wanted to put together a brief something-or-other about the AFA's campaign to stomp out non-Christian seasonal business focus. I ran across this, and the more I read, the more annoyed I got. This is *exactly* the kind of thinking I was trying to avoid by homeschooling.