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Just when you thought the torture debate couldn’t get any worse, there comes this report from CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.

The analysis is based on a Pew Research Center survey of 742 American adults conducted April 14-21. It did not include analysis of groups other than white evangelicals, white non-Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated, because the sample size was too small. …

Click here for results of the survey.

Now, while the sample size was admittedly very small (742 is hardly a valid statistical representation of American Christians) and limited, the results are still disturbing.  For me, it shows that a sizeable majority of people who claim to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, have no idea what those teachings actually are or how they should be applied to daily life or national policy.

It also speaks to a toxic moral relativism that has been creeping through our culture for a long time.  It’s the contagion of an “ends justify the means” philosophy, the sort of thinking that allows all manner of legal, ethical and moral abuses as long as the goals are agreeable.

It also shows a shocking level of ignorance on the part of many Christians.  How can anyone who claims to follow a faith founded on the teachings of a political prisoner who was tortured and brutally executed, possibly support our nation’s use of torture?

This is wrong.  Torture is wrong, it is evil, and there can be no justification for us or any other nation engaging in it.  In fact, we have a moral obligation NOT to do it, because we hold ourselves to a higher moral standard.  The fact that we’ve done it doesn’t make it right, it makes it doubly wrong because in doing so we have ceded the moral high ground to the animals within our own society.  We have willingly sacrificed that which we claimed to hold most precious, on the altar of political expediency.

We will pay for this.  We will pay dearly.  The torturers, their enablers, and their supporters are all traitors to this great nation.  They have led us down the path of destruction and death.  It will be years, perhaps decades, before we can regain our standing in the world.

The moral high ground, once lost, is rarely regained.

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The L.A. Times reports:

After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a commencement address to a small group of home-schooled students in June 1997, Wasilla resident Philip Munger said, he asked the young mayor about her religious beliefs.

Palin told him that “dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,” Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said “she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks,” recalled Munger, who teaches music at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has regularly criticized Palin in recent years on his liberal political blog, called Progressive Alaska.

Well, what do we expect from someone who attended six colleges in five years (or is it the other way around?  doesn’t matter), thinks being neighbors with the least populated region of land on Earth gives her foreign policy experience, can’t name a single Supreme Court decision other than Roe v. Wade (does she think the S.C. just sat on its hands until 1973?), allowed herself to be the focus of an exorcism (or whatever the fuck that wack-job was doing in her church), can’t answer even a simple, relatively easy question from an interviewer without meandering all over the map, can’t name a single major news source that she reads, and didn’t even own a passport until this year?

You’ve got to hand it to McCombover.  In his search for a running mate he actually found someone even less educated than our current President.

I told the witch doctor I was in love with you,

I told the witch doctor I was running for vice president,

And he said… (FFwd to 7:30 unless you’re a glutton for punishment)

“We come against the spirit of witchcraft! We come against the python spirits!”

Well, this is just beyond weird, even for the woman who a few months ago proclaimed the Iraq war was a “task from God”.  News flash, folks.  For “witchcraft” to work on you, you must first believe it will work.  Since Christian belief denies the power of witchcraft, it should have no effect on a true believer.  Ergo, this little prayer session or exorcism or whatever it was, was completely unnecessary.  Sarah “PolarGirl” Palin’s preacher problem continues.

Sarah Palin returns to cheering throngs of supporters in Alaska.

Or maybe not.  Welcome to reality, bitch.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”  – Sinclair Lewis

Well, that’s what we call it when Muslims send young men to die and claim it’s “God’s will” – jihad.  Watch this video of GOP Veep candidate Sarah Palin speaking at the Wasilla Assemblies of God church in Alaska and decide for yourself:

That’s right, the war in Iraq is part of “God’s plan”. If your son or daughter died in Iraq, be not afraid for (s)he was doing God’s Holy Work.

Jihad, in other words.

And these people were afraid of a Catholic being elected president?  These are the same people who think we should be afraid of Barack Obama’s religious upbringing?  People who, like George W. Bush, start wars and claim it’s part of “God’s Plan”?  This is truly dangerous stuff, folks.

The rest of the video is available at the church’s website.  Or, if you’re having trouble getting through, at the Huffington Post.

RWCFA Alert!

Posted: March 29, 2008 in anti-truth, cult, heresy, RWCFA

That’s a new acronym I’m trying to turn into a “meme.” It stands for “Right Wing Christo-Fascist Apocaloon”. Basically it’s anyone who has read Tim LaHaye’s atrocious “Left Behind” series and actually believes it.

It’s anyone who thinks the Christian creation mythology is literal scientific fact.

It’s anyone who thinks if you don’t believe either of these two heresies, then you’re not a true Christian and you’re going to burn in hell on judgement day when God’s true followers are taken up directly to heaven and leave a bunch of empty shoes all over the place.

It’s anyone who thinks that Christians should vote for RWCF Neocon Republicans, force schools to teach “Intelligent Design” or “Creation Science”, and stand opposed to peace and environmentalism because by doing so we are “helping bring about the second coming.” No, really. I’ve heard people say that.

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Realize, though, that this irrational philosophy is actually gaining strength in America today. People seriously believe this garbage.

And worse, they vote. They vote for candidates who’ll do nothing to stop the problems growing under our noses, because they think they’re doing God’s will.

For the record, I am a Christian. I believe that humans were put on this earth to be stewards of the environment and everything in it, not hoarders and wasters of it. Our great intelligence (despite some evidence to the contrary) means that means we have been given great power. And with that comes a responsibility to use that power wisely and effectively, and not shit where we eat just because we can and it’s expedient to do so.

I also don’t believe that Christ’s second coming will be a literal “here I am to take away my people and leave you sinners to rot” kind of thing. For the Bible teaches us that “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32) And yet, the world is full of false prophets and heretics claiming foreknowledge of events no human can know.

We cannot afford to dismiss them or ignore them. They must be confronted and exposed both for their scientific illiteracy and their religious heresy. And they must be opposed, at all costs.

Our survival as a civilization may depend on it.