In the past decade more than 100 million people have left the Christian Church, but that has not stopped conservative religionist from trying to force their point of view into public schools. Since Texas passed its “prayer bill” in 2006, numerous “Bible Belt”… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2012 at 7:30am —
After the famed “Scopes Monkey Trial,” it might seem the state of Tennessee would avoid doing anything that put religion on display in a public place. Apparently, no wise men reside in the state because an old truism says, "a word to the wise is… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2012 at 6:00pm —
When it comes to morals, it seems that Christian eyesight never rises above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down by the Catholic Church… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 9, 2012 at 10:33am —
In the past decade more than 100 million people have left the Christian Church, but that has not stopped conservative religionist from trying to force their point of view into public schools. Since Texas passed… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 5, 2012 at 11:18pm —
Almost 70 percent of anti-abortion forces will never become pregnant; it is not because they are infertile, celibate, or use contraception. It is because they are men. Three-fourths of anti-abortion leaders are male and unless their last names are names “Beatie,” they never will have a baby. Thomas Beatie was the transgender man who made headlines as the so-called "pregnant man."
What we witness with the GOP’s drive to curtail abortion and contraception is yellow bellied,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 4, 2012 at 9:27am —
ME: The following came to me from a friend’s distribution list. It immediately pissed me off! Normally, I let such ignorance slide so as not to rock the boat, but it was a bad day in Muddville. I replied to “all.” A move that brought several scathing letters from so-called friends that I had taken a shot at their imaginary friends. I lost at least two “friends” on this one, but I figure that anyone that believes this crap is a risk to intelligence. Anyway, here is the joke, letter or whatever… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 28, 2012 at 6:59am —
“The acceptability of birth control has always depended on a morality that separates sex from reproduction. In the nineteenth century, when the birth control movement began, such a separation was widely considered immoral. The eventual widespread public acceptance of birth control required a major reorientation of sexual values”—Linda Gordon, The Moral Property of Women
Contraception should not be a difficult subject to approach, but obviously, religion blinds… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 20, 2012 at 5:06pm —
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. While considered only a rumor, the acrid aroma of rosin coming from the US House of Representatives is not. While the economy burns, the Republican led House is fiddling with "birth control."
As much as some men may desire it, becoming octomom is not a goal of today's woman, nor is staying barefoot and pregnant a desired state. Watching the shameful antediluvian political display of men discussing birth control for women would be laughable if not for… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2012 at 10:58am —
With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits for the fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers show the source may be a closer to home.
Without a doubt Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States comprising 75 percent of the population. Christian… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 6, 2012 at 6:00am —
And Brother Eldridge Got Saved
(Donald R Barbera, 1999)
Where are my radical friends?
What happened to their eyes?
The eyes that once saw
unfairness, bias and neglect, now
see only victims, and social burdens.
Lasiks destroyed peripheral vision.
Like Bother Eldridge, they got saved
and the burden has fallen to Jesus.
Sunday morning parades show their
righteousness through… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on December 8, 2011 at 9:35am —
At long last, I have finished my manuscript for "The 80% Solution: Getting Christians to do Right." The Name has changed several times and this may not be it, but all the remains are some small editing needs and footnote corrections. I decided to post an excerp that explains my premise that if their are any problems… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on December 4, 2011 at 8:46am —
Book Review: "You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith"
by David Kinnaman and Aly Hawkins
Proselytizing for Professionals
As a researcher, I've found the Barna Group to be highly professional and focused on making sure the minutiae…
Added by Donald R Barbera on November 15, 2011 at 3:32pm —
When it comes to morals, it seems that Christians never rise above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obs ession passed down by the Catholic Church obviously did not mutate over the centuries, as today Christian leaders remain excessively… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on November 11, 2011 at 3:38pm —
Even a child needs privacy as much as an adult. There are activities in which nearly every child participates that parents may not approve like going to dangerous places, handling harmful items or playing doctor. For a child, these sometimes risky behaviors are nothing more than discovery experiments and as long as nothing goes wrong--harmless.
I attended Catholic School. With the acquisition of God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, not only did I lose my privacy, I picked up another… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on October 2, 2011 at 6:25pm —
Boom-shakalockalocka--boom shakalockalocka—ramalama ding dong—fee fee-fy fy-fo fo fum—na na nana, na na nana hey hey hey—doowahdidhe—sha la la--day o umba day o mambu ji ay o--Iko iko, iko iko unday Jockomo feeno ah na nay Jockomo feena nay.…
Added by Donald R Barbera on September 29, 2011 at 7:43am —
Christianity has an awesome propaganda machine that regularly pumps out information, misinformation and down right lies, which the media regularly promotes as gospel rather than investing a little critical thought and just a smidgeon of skepticism (default mode for real journalists).
A good example of poor journalism, sloppy work and plain laziness comes in a story picked up by the national media from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. As a research organization, Pew's… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on September 2, 2011 at 10:43pm —
When it comes to morals it seems that Christians never get above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down from the Catholic Church evidently have not mutated over the centuries as Christian leaders remain overly concerned with who's doing who, how they are doing it and if there are any naked people or pictures anywhere near.
To be sure there is a need for watchdog organizations and laws keeping dangerous sexual predators, perverts… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2011 at 11:21am —
When it comes to religion and silliness, nothing surprises me; at least I thought that was the case until a book I read hit me with “the self-authenticating witness of the Holy Spirit.” Say what? That’s right, “the self-authenticating witness of the Holy Spirit.” I thought all the arguments for the existence of God were in my possession, but it seems one slipped past me. Actually, it hadn’t slipped past me, someone thought putting a dress on a pig somehow turned it into a prom date and… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 25, 2011 at 11:30am —
When it comes to things Christian, religious bias runs through nearly every major poll conducted in the United States, whether it comes from Gallup, PEW or the Barna Research Group, the numbers are often misleading, confusing or just plain wrong!
Surveys regarding religious issues are not broken out by faith groups such as Catholics, Methodists or Mormons, instead it is done by subdivisions such as born-again, non-born-again, evangelical, fundamentalist and other… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 18, 2011 at 10:56am —
Picking a starting point when writing about so many despicable characters is difficult and maybe impossible, especially when the subjects normally rank among the good guys--preachers. For years preachers, ministers and pastors ranked among the most trusted individuals in the United States, but the scandal in the Catholic Church with priestly pedophiles changed much of that perception.
During that time, Protestant churches avoided that kind of unrelenting scrutiny and for a variety of… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 21, 2011 at 8:58pm —