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Michael-Sam-Smiling-CoverThe NFL Draft begins tonight, and there has been a lot of speculation about which team, if any, will draft gay defensive end Michael Sam.

(For those of you who have been living out in the woods or who don’t give a shit about sports:  Michael Sam recently came out as gay, and if drafted will be the first openly gay NFL player.)

Jack Burkman is a DC lobbyist who is attempting to pass legislation that would ban openly gay players from playing in the NFL, and has vowed to “unleash a relentless boycott against any team that drafts” him.

And why is Mr. Burkman doing this?  Because, and I quote, “when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay.”

I’m wondering – what are these Christian values he speaks of?  And how are they being trampled?

More from this fine example of a Christian:

“I will leverage my political clout to make sure that any franchise that selects Michael Sam will get roughed up financially.”
“We shall exercise our First Amendment rights and shall not stop until the drafting NFL franchise cannot sell a single ticket, jersey or autographed football.”
“In short, we shall be relentless.”Michael-Sam-Alleged-Boyfriend-Photo-1
“We are mobilizing powerful grassroots organizations in 27 of the 50 states as well as a coalition of Evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation to take part in a protest if Sam is drafted.”
“The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay.”

Praise God, turn up the game and hand me a beer.

 

Ray-Moore1By Travis Gettys

A Republican candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor wants to replace public schooling with church-run schools, but he admits it would be a difficult process that could take years.

Ray Moore, a retired Army Reserves chaplain and president of Frontline Ministries, sketched out his plan for dismantling public education in the U.S. on Wednesday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show.

He has encouraged Christian families to withdraw their children from public schools and educate them at home or enroll them in religious schools, and he believes the tipping point would occur at about 25 percent to 35 percent of the total K-12 population.

“Then the states would then negotiate, perhaps taking out of their constitution platform, or the provision, that says the state had to ande_022505-Creationism_lrprovide education, and it would gradually be handed over to churches, families, and private associations,” Moore said. “That’s the way it was for the first 200 years of American history.”

He said non-religious schools, which he has called “the Pharaoh’s schools,” posed an existential threat to Christians.

Moore has previously claimed that 40 percent of public school students turn away from the church by the end of elementary school and 80 percent by the end of high school.

“We’ve got to go back to the original biblical model, which is Christian education and home education, and go back to the original American model. I think we do that, it would follow my theme of my campaign, which is: What once was, can be again” Moore said, rhyming the last word with “rain.”

Many Republicans are opposed to government-funded education, including another lieutenant governor candidate in this election cycle.

Texas Republican Dan Patrick told the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch on Thursday that public schools in his state indoctrinate children with anti-American, left-wing, and environmental propaganda.

He compared his model for education to Henry Ford’s mass production of automobiles, saying the private market had a solution to every problem.

images-267“The scriptures teach this model, this is a biblical model, we don’t see anything in the Bible about state education, and it’s done as an outreach of the Christian community,” Moore said.

He dismissed concerns about diversity, suggesting that non-Christians could attend “private-free market schools.”

“We’d have a lot of those who don’t want to be in religious schools, but when you’ve got 70 percent of the population in South Carolina still in a Christian denomination – we’re the majority, and we are being abused, coerced, and imposed upon by these pagan atheistic public schools, and it’s just got to stop,” Moore said.

 

palinvclayFrom Benjamin Corey,  one of my favorite bloggers.

Last week Dan Haseltine, a prominent Christian from Jars of Clay, reconsidered his political stance on the legality of civil, same sex marriage (as I discussed yesterday), and the conservative Christian internet got one of those eyelid twitches that happens during unexpectedly infuriating moments.

Last week Sarah Palin, an even more prominent Christian, bragged that if she were in political power, she would happily waterboard (torture) the state’s enemy prisoners as a way to “baptize them”… and much of the same conservative Christian internet that took on Dan Haseltine, didn’t care.

Two high-profile Christians made public statements– one that was simply questioning a civil issue in an honest attempt to learn and process, and one that actually advocated using one of the Holy Sacraments of the Church as a way to torture people.

As a true-blue “born again” Christian who has committed to giving my entire life to the way of Jesus, only one of those statements offends me. Only one makes me want to spit battery acid.

One of them was legitimate questioning…. and the other?

Well, the other was as much of an anti-Christ statement as I have ever heard.  As in, straight from the pit of hell kind of statement.

Yet, there are plenty of Christians outraged that Haseltine would question civil gay marriage, but don’t so much bat an eye at the practice of water-boarding prisoners.

My friends, this is a classic case of misplaced Christian outrage. You see, I actually do believe there is a time for outrage. There’s a time for anger. There is a time for righteous indignation. There is a time for all of it. But as American Christians, this type of wonderful, righteous and holy outrage has been horribly misplaced.

All this makes me think back to Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In it, he chides them for their misplaced priorities by asking, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?  It is as if Paul is saying, “Are you out of your ever-loving-minds? Did someone cast a spell on you? Have you completely lost it??” I can think of no more applicable scripture to this week’s events, than to recall Paul’s befuddlement with the Galatians.

American Christians: have you lost your minds?? Who is it that told you that you should freak out over someone’s political stance on civil gay marriage instead of Christian leaders who are advocating that we torture other bearers of the divine image of God? Did someone cast a spell on you? How is it that your righteous outrage got so misplaced?

You see, Jesus actually encouraged people to ask questions and wrestle with things. Remember? Jesus is the one who said that we have to come as little children.  Children ask questions… all. day. long. They’re infinitely curious, always asking questions, they’re willing to learn, and even willing to re-learn when necessary.

In this we see that not only is Jesus a big enough boy to handle our questions, he encourages us to ask them. Asking questions is a hallmark of being a Jesus follower, according to Jesus himself.

But torturing people and using violence against other human beings? Well, Jesus in fact did mention that too– many times, actually. He rebuked disciples willing to use violence (Mt. 26:52), commanded them to refrain from all violence (Mt. 5:39), and even went as far as saying that those wish to be counted as true children of God must nonviolently love their enemies (mt. 5:45).

So here’s the score between Dan Haseltine and Sarah Palin, according to the Jesus we find in the New Testament:

Questions = totally welcomed.

Willingness to use violence = not acting a true child of God. (Which by my math leaves only one other option)

That’s how the Bible compares the behavior of Haseltine and Palin.

One individual acting as a child of God by asking questions and being willing to learn.  One individual acting like the Prince of Darkness (not Ozzy, the other one) by gleefully rebelling against the teachings of Christ and advocating that we use violence to torture people. AND, she actually compared that torture to one of the Holy Sacraments of the Church– the one where we believe that Jesus himself is divinely present!

Being outraged at Haseltine instead of Sarah Palin, is misplaced Christian outrage and leaves me with one simple question (hat tip to Paul):

You foolish, foolish American Christians! Who has bewitched you??

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“I don’t find much that I recognize as Christian” in the religious right, says Balmer, a professor of religion at Barnard College, Columbia University and contributing editor to Christianity Today.

Randall Balmer is pretty sure his book is going to get him in trouble with evangelicals.

Randall Balmer is pretty sure his book is going to get him in trouble with evangelicals.

He says blind allegiance to the Republican Party has distorted the faith of politically active evangelicals.

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-by John Prager

Google did something reprehensible and anti-Christian yesterday. It was so terrible–so horrid–that we can’t idly stand by without speaking up. Just take a look at this evil, anti-Jesus crap they pulled–and on Easter Sunday no less! On holidays, Google sometimes does a special “doodle” that represents the occasion. Christians are outraged–OUTRAGED–at this year’s offensive “doodle.”4-21-2014-11-38-01-AM

See? Right there! PROOF that Google is an awful, anti-God organization hell-bent on destroying Christianity as we know it.
…You don’t see it, do you?

Well, plenty of people did, as they were more than willing to voice on a Google forum!

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That’s right–how DARE Google not cater to one religion! It’s not like Google has EVER done an Easter doodle, or anything. They’ve never honored Christmas, either, right?

 
Google also ignored 4/20. Pot smokers are oh-so-persecuted. Perhaps people who enjoy marijuana should rise up and boycott Google until they apologize. THAT is a holiday Google has never touched.

 

Blind9This Easter, if you are one of the 72% of people in this country who self identify as Christian, ask yourself that retro and corny question: “What would Jesus do?”

The Christian church has a troubling legacy of joining in with the conservative culture in oppressing and harming people with less power. It has supported slavery, opposed women’s rights, fought child labor laws, campaigned against civil rights, and much more, all the while legitimately using the Bible to defend these positions.

Let’s not add another chapter in the long story of Christian oppression. Gay people getting married doesn’t hurt anyone. Oppressing people and denying them their rights truly does.

What would Jesus do? What DID Jesus do? If he were around today would he spend his time signing petitions and picketing and teaching against gay people? Fact is, the only (and I mean ONLY) people Jesus did behave that way against were the conservative religious people who, because of their religion and their reading of scripture, oppressed others.

How about this Easter we don’t be those guys.