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America was founded as a Christian nation, and, frankly, I’m darn sick and tired of the constant assault on our religious freedoms from the gays, the minorities, and especially the ladies.

women-must-submit-to-men_women-must-serve-men-www.stepfordwife.comYes, you heard me – especially the ladies. What completely chaps my hide is how successful the women-folk have been in dragging us away from the Biblical values this great nation was founded upon. Everywhere you look nowadays you see chicks perverting the Biblical order of things by exercising leadership over men, participating in the complicated and sensitive political process, acting all uppity and equal to their husbands in marriages, wearing whatever the heck they want to wear (with no concern whatsoever over how their cleavage makes us men tingle), having sex when they choose to like men do, and worse.

Here’s some facts for you, Christian ladies…facts that I hope you will seriously consider:

  • The most common Biblical epithets for women are “harlot,” “whore,” and “unclean.” In fact, in most of your appearances in the Good Book, when you’re even mentioned at all, you are either superfluous or diabolical. Take a hint.
  • This is really important! Don’t forgot – YOU WERE AN AFTERTHOUGHT! You were designed to be a “help meet” for men! You wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for us men – you were literally created out of a man’s spare rib!
  • And THEN you completely messed everything up. Eve was a sin-inciting, disobedient, impulsive, morally inferior seductress who literally led to the downfall of humankind.

We need to get back to a Biblically based, common sense society where everyone knows their place and stays within the parameters outlined for them in God’s holy Book. Some examples of your “place,” ladies:

1 Corinthians 11:3-7:
But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man…for a man…is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

1 Peter 2:12-13
I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet, for it was man who was first created, then woman. 

Ephesians 5:22-24
Wives, submit yourself unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church…therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 

1 Peter 3:1-6
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your husbands. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and wearing of jewelry or fine clothes. Rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfolding beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted to their husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him “Lord.” 

women_in_the_bibleHear that, sweethearts? When was the last time you heard someone from the mainstream Godless liberal media encourage you to call your husbands “Lord?” Am I right?

(Side note: I don’t personally apply these particular passages to my own marriage, but only out of practical considerations. If I were to, my wife would cut off my testicles or leave me. Or both.)

Granted, the very next verse in 1 Peter does instruct husbands to treat their wives gently because they are “weaker vessels.” Kind of like how I treat my pets.

Even the Jesus’s mom was put in her place: Woman, what have I to do with thee?   (Jesus, John 20:17)

Still not convinced that women were basically created for men, to be men’s property?

The Bible makes it pretty dang clear that every aspect of women’s bodies and behaviors are subject to the scrutiny and control of men. The Good Book issues edicts over such matters as feminine hygiene, menstruation, pregnancy and more. No detail about women is too private or trite, from your periods (during which you are “unclean” for seven days) to your hairstyles to your housewifely duties to your conduct in church. (In 1 Corinthians, Paul says you’re to shut up at church, be submissive to your husbands, and wait until you get home to ask him questions.)

Another Jezebel mocking God's law.  She will burn.

Another Jezebel mocking God’s law. She will burn.

Back in the good old days daughters could be sold, women who had sex outside of marriage could be stoned or burned (their male partners got off scot-free), and women who did not have intact hymens on their wedding night were to be publically executed.

If a man raped a woman who was engaged to another man, both the rapist and the woman would be stoned to death. But if a man raped a women who was not already claimed as a man’s property (not engaged or married), the rapist was only required to pay the woman’s father fifty shekels of silver, and the women was forced to marry her rapist.

Clearly, the Bible defines women as men’s property. Why have we allowed our society to stray so far? Even the Ten Commandments lump women in with other possessions, such as asses. Women actually take second billing to inanimate objects, such as “they neighbor’s house” in the Exodus 20 variation.

Look, we are a Christian nation, founded on Christian principles. To the degree that we walk away from our religious heritage as a country, we play right into the hands of Satan. Remember, according to Sarah Palin and other right-thinking politicians, the Bible was the basis for our constitution – and it’s clear that in the Bible the weaker sex was placed on this earth for the purpose of meeting men’s needs and for men to have dominion over. Why have we allowed America to stray so far?

images-307This assault on Biblical values has been going on for over a hundred years now. Check out this whiny, self-indulgent, godless passage from an 1885 speech by the Feminazi Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the first woman to formally call for women’s right to vote:

You may go over the world and you will find that every form of religion which has breathed upon this earth has degraded woman. There is not one which has not made her subject to man. Men may rejoice in them because they make man the head of the woman. I have been traveling the old world during the last few years and have found new food for thought. What power is it that makes the Hindu woman burn herself on the funeral pyre of her husband? Her religion. What holds the Turkish woman in the harem? Her religion. By what power do the Mormons perpetuate their system of polygamy? By their religion. Man, of himself, could not do this; but when he declares, “Thus saith the lord,” of course he can do it. So long as ministers stand up and tell us that man is the head of the woman how are we to break the chains which have held women down through the ages? We want to help roll off from the soul of woman the terrible superstitions that have so long repressed and crushed her.

paulryan2Sheeple, don’t give in to this modern, liberal, anti-Christ rhetoric that seeks to pull you away from the one true religion and to destroy our country by stripping away our religious freedoms. Do everything possible to get us back on the straight and narrow as a nation: Pray, preach the true Word of God (not the liberal, pansy, “Christian-left” version), speak out against women’s “rights” whenever you can, and above all, vote Republican.

religion-505x320-672x298The struggle to define America, often referred to as the “Culture Wars,” continues today as it has since before the nation’s founding.  Throughout our history, conservative Christians have been the primary opposition to every single advance in equal rights and equal justice.  In each battle – over slavery, women’s suffrage, segregation and Jim Crow laws, and so on – once public opinion has turned completely in favor of progress, it is conveniently forgotten where that opposition came from.  And the same arguments, based on tradition and religious beliefs, are then recycled in the next battle.

If we are to define America by its loftiest ideals as a nation where everyone is given equal protection rather than one defined by Christian privilege to assert dominance over everyone else, it will only be because we have managed to limit the influence of the Christian right over legislatures and the courts.

-Ed Brayton

Question! I have a question! A recent survey showed that 68% of white evangelicals b3892659W009 HUMAN RIGHTS ACT.jpgelieve ‘torture of suspected terrorists’ can be ‘often’ or ‘somewhat’ justified. Of those who said they had ‘no religion,’ only 41 percent said torture of suspects is often or somewhat justified. Please help me understand this. Anyone?

The “culture wars” have been going on since before the founding of America – the Civil War, women’s suffrage, prohibition, desegregation/civil rights, religion in school, voting rights, abortion/reproCulture-Wars-Webductive rights, science versus faith, gay rights and more. In each of these there is/was a battle between tradition/faith (always in part justified by the Bible and conservative theology) and rationality/social progress. It’s a constant struggle over the meaning of America.

I don’t usually blog about blogs, but something stirred inside me today as I read Benjamin Corey’s latest entry to his fantastic “Formerly Fundie” blog.  He writes about the top 5 issues he wrote about in 2014 that have received the most hate mail from Christians.  You can read the whole article HERE.  But here’s a quick summary, with a few choice quotes.

#5.  Questioning hell.
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He says that “too many Christians are absolutely, positively unwilling to consider that the Bible might actually teach something other than the horrible view of hell they grew up with.  We’re supposed to believe what our pastors and parents told us, and not question or go the Bible for answers – anything less will get you sent to the place you no longer believe in.”

#4.  Speaking out against racism.
“I found it extremely disturbing that so much of Christian America is resistant to this discussion and to considering the plight of minorities in America.  From hateful racist tweets, to comments and emails, speaking out against racism got me called every name in the book during 2014.”

#3.  Speaking up for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
“It doesn’t matter how delicately you approach it – for too many Christians, the slightest sign of love and non-judgement toward our LGBTQ brothers and sisters will earn one a quick and fiery condemnation to be tortured for all of eternity.”

#2.  Suggesting that we should love our enemies.
“The number 2 reason why fellow Christians sent me hate mail in 2014 is actually because I have suggested that we love our enemies.  Seriously.  With the comments, tweets and messages in my inbox, every piece I write on enemy love makes one thing clear:  The majority of Christians in America find this idea appalling.  As a result, they will bend the Bible into a pretzel to find a loophole on this issue – one of the few things that Jesus actually drew a hard line on.  This grieves me like little else.”

#1.  Suggesting that God, not America, should be the object or our exclusive loyalty.
“The other things on this list don’t surprise me- but this one did, both because of the quantity of the mail and the level of hatred and intolerance contained in them. I’ve pointed out where America has behaved with depraved indifference toward our fellow humans, spoken out against the slaughtering of lives at our hands, and invited my fellow Christians to resist the idolatry of nationalism.  This, I have learned, is infuriating to people.  I’ve been called disgusting, told to leave the country, called weak, told I hate America, told I should die, and more.”

“This should be a wake up call:  The most hate I’ve received hasn’t been through deviating from orthodox theology or questioning traditional interpretations of scripture, but because I have questioned our loyalty to country.  That’s a problem – if Christians are more concerned with loving country than they are concerned with loving their fellow human beings, that “love of country” becomes functionally anti-Christ.”

voting-republican-1Most everyone agrees that the Republican party and their policies favor the wealthy.  In fact, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 70 percent of all Americans believe that the policies of the congressional Republicans favor the rich, at the expense of the poor and middle class.  Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of tax cuts for millionaires and corporations.  In 2012, Obama’s “Buffet Rule,” which would place a minimum tax rate of 30% on millionaires received only one Republican vote in Senate, while most Americans (72%) supported the bill.

The question:  If so many people believe that a particular political party has only the best interests of a small elite in mind, why do so many still continue to vote for them?  Why do working class, low and middle income families continue to support a party that gives little to no benefit to them, and in fact, whose policies continue to harm them?

It makes economic sense for the wealthiest Americans to vote for the Republican party because they want to protect their own private finances without giving others the chance for more upward mobility. What makes people scratch their heads is the idea of a working class person, who earns $50,000 a year, voting for a party that continues to give tax breaks to the wealthy and pays for it by cutting the programs that benefit lower and middle class income families.

Wayne Flynt has written about why Americans often vote against their best interests in his book “Poor but Proud.”romney_bumper_sticker

“It’s because preachers tell them that the Democratic Party is a godless party, and because the rich (the owners of FOX News) tell them that the Republican Party is God’s party.”  

Dr. Flynt points out that in many southern states, Evangelical Christians make up the majority of the voters, most of them Republican.

With the recent insurgence of the Tea Party movement into the national Republican party, Christianity has made its way into secular society. Today, more than ever before, religion has found its way out of the home and church and into the political process, a place where religion was never intended to be when our founding fathers crafted the United States constitution.  And what conservative Christianity has emphasized more and more over the past few decades, over justice, over equality, over speaking out against oppression, over attending to the needs of the “least among us,” is sex (abortion, homosexuality, birth control, etc.).

“If you are a truck diver, a plumber, an electrician or a steel worker and you live in Alabama, and you are surrounded by conservative Christians, you figure that everybody thinks the way you do…and you vote Republican, because you’ve been told that that’s the “right” way for Christians to vote, that it is God’s Party because it is the “moral party,” regardless of how the Republican Party hurts you, your family and your community.”

“When conservatives leave church on Sunday, they go home and turn on the TV to Fox News, or set the radio dial to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or Michael Savage – and, of course, those programs are owned by rich Republicans, and their message is loud and clear:  ‘Vote Republican…it’s God’s party.'”

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by Scott Kaufman

Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

chief-justice-roy-moore-of-alabama-supreme-court“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

He then noted that he loves talking to lawyers, because he is a lawyer who went to “a secular law school,” so he knows that “in the law, [talking about God] just isn’t politically correct.” He claimed that this is why America has “lost its way,” and that he would be publishing a pamphlet “this week, maybe next” that contained copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, thereby proving that all the people “who found this nation — black, white, all people, all religions, all faiths” knew that America was “about God.”

Chief Justice Moore later defined “life” via Blackstone’s Law — a book that American lawyers have “sadly forgotten” — as beginning when “the baby kicks.” “Today,” he said, “our courts say it’s not alive ’til the head comes out.”

“Now,” he continued, “if technology’s supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?” Discussing Thomas Jefferson’s use of “life” in the Declaration of Independence, he said that “when [Jefferson] put ‘life’ in there, it was in the womb — we know it begins at conception. Why aren’t we going the right way instead of the wrong way?”

He later said the “pursuit of happiness” meant following God’s law, because “you can’t be happy unless you follow God’s law, and if you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy.”

“It’s all about God,” he continued. “We’ve made ‘life’ a decision taken by man,” he said, and “taken ‘liberty,’ and converted it to ‘licentiousness. We’ve taken ‘pursuit of happiness,’ and reduced it to materialism.”