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In the just-posted Gwen Shamblin
, the nineties diet guru from Tennessee talks (in multiple inadvertent double entendres) about "how to transfer a relationship with food over to a loving relationship toward God."
My favorite line:
"He is not a wimpy lover; He is a passionate, jealous god!"
"Let him feel you as you have never been feeled before."
, in an (unconfirmed) PBS interview):
I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion. I think it can have a very very positive impact... In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.
, in TIME
Melinda is Catholic, goes to church and wants to raise Jennifer that way. "But she offered me a deal," Gates says. "If I start going to church -- my family was Congregationalist -- then Jennifer could be raised in whatever religion I choose." Gates admits that he is tempted, because he would prefer she have a religion that "has less theology and all" than Catholicism, but he has not yet taken up the offer. "Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient," he explains. "There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning."
, as seen in Illini Secular Student Alliance's billboard):
, in Rolling Stone
A few months ago, the Sabine Parish School District in Louisiana was sued by the state's ACLU
because of its "long history of proselytizing students and promoting religion." The laundry list of complaints at Negreet High School alone was enough to make your jaw drop:
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] A picture of Jesus in one of the Sabine Parish schools[/caption]
This all came to light
thanks to the courage of plaintiffs Scott and Sharon Lane
and their five brave children, including sixth grader C.C.
, a "Buddhist of Thai heritage" who doesn't believe in God.
[C.C.'s] science teacher, Rita Roark, repeatedly taught students that the Earth was created by God 6,000 years ago, that evolution is "impossible," and that the Bible is "100 percent true." Roark also regularly features religious questions on her tests such as "ISN'T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" When C.C. did not write in Roark's expected answer, "LORD," she belittled him in front of the rest of the class. While studying other religions, Roark has told students that Buddhism is "stupid."
When Plaintiffs objected, Sabine Parish Superintendent, Sara Ebarb, told them that "this is the Bible belt." She suggested that C.C. should "change" his faith or transfer to another district school 25 miles away where, in her words, "there are more Asians."
These weren't just isolated incidents either:
You know Fred Phelps
. You loathe Fred Phelps. You despise everything he stands for, like his family members' infamous protests at soldiers' funerals with their awful "God Hates Fags" signs. They've been a symbol for many years of the religion-based animosity against the LGBT community -- to the point that they've been labeled a "hate group" and even the most fundamentalist Christian groups denounce his church's activities.
(below) is Fred's son and a former member of Westboro Baptist Church. He left the church, and therefore the core of the family, several years ago and has since come out as an atheist, but he still keeps in touch with some of his extended family members, many of whom have also escaped from the church.
Tonight, on Facebook, Nate posted this