Lowe’s, Bank Of America, And Others Pull Ads From Muslim Reality TV Show After Pressure

The TLC reality TV show All-American Muslim chronicles the lives of a group of Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan. The show has been well-received for its fair and realistic portrayal of the Muslim American experience in the United States. Watch a trailer for the show here. But a reality TV show that lets Americans relate to to the lives of Muslims in the United States is an offensive idea to those who want to demonize Islam. The Florida Family Association (FFA) launched a campaign earlier this year to get companies to pull their advertising from the program. FFA claims that 65 of the 67 companies targeted have done this, including home improvement giant Lowe’s and megabank Bank of America […]

The conservative line is that all Muslims hate America and want to kill us. They demonize Muslims as wanting to inject Islam into American law. Then along comes a group that wants to inject the American way of life into Islam. Retaliation is a given for the Religious Reich, which is, itself, trying to inject Christian Dominionism into American law.

The self-professed “Christian Conservatives” are at war with religious freedom, and they are not prepared to tolerate for others, the unlimited freedom they demand for themselves.

Shutting down a show like this is also an assault on freedom of speech. That’s half the First Amendment rights in one tidy Christian Jihad.

via Lowe’s, Bank Of America, And Others Pull Ads From Muslim Reality TV Show After Pressure.

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Concerning the role of religion in society

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One of the reasons I believe in Separation of Church and State, is that I see the Church as an alternative to government in times of crisis. Where one fails, the other should step in. This way, society as a whole is served. Neither religion nor government are all-encompassing, nor should they be if we are to have liberty. Each should compensate for the failings of the other.

One ancient role of religion is to provide sanctuary to those who need it. Another is to seek justice for the people. In this vein, I wish to applaud Giles Fraser, “A top cleric at the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral in London”.

“I cannot support using violence to ask people to clear off the land,” he said. “It is not about my sympathies or what I believe about the camp. I support the right to protest and in a perfect world we could have negotiated. But our legal advice was that this would have implied consent.”

This is a man who retains the spirit of sanctuary, and lives up to it.

His move has prompted an outpouring of appreciation from the demonstrators. “The fact that he is standing by his values, shown through his resignation, is really so important to us,” one told the Telegraph. “We have a lot of respect for him. He’s an honorable man.”

And I applaud him for being an honorable man, and a blessing to society. It is disappointing disturbing to me that a church has to worry about losing control of their property if they grant sanctuary.

[UPDATE 11/20/2011]

Several Churches in New York City are also sheltering Occupiers. Among them are:

  • United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, on the Upper West Side
  • The Riverside Church, in Morningside Heights
  • Judson Memorial Church near Washington Square Park

In some churches, police have been stalking protesters who are guests of the church. A woman was seen photographing people who came out of one of these churches. This is an ominous development.

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Todd Akin Silent On ‘Hatred Of God’ Controversy

“at the heart of liberalism­, really, is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.”

Like most people of prejudice, he has it completely wrong.
Liberals do not hate God, they just do not want to be forced to bow to the whims of radical fundamenta­lists and whatever manifestat­ion of God they believe in. liberals believe in religious freedom, not religious persecutio­n.

“Governmen­ts are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

“This Constituti­on, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land”

This country was founded on the idea that people can govern themselves­. Liberals believe this to be true, conservati­ves want to pass responsibi­lity to a particular fundamentalist ideology. Religion is not a democracy, as republican obstructionism demonstrat­es.

Liberals want a Democratic Republic.
Conservati­ves want a Dominionis­t Corporatoc­racy.

What kind of America do you want?

Read more at Huffington Post

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Local, national Catholics to ramp up language war on same-sex marriage

At its June meeting last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced it was ramping up a campaign against same-sex marriage. Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of the Subcommittee for the Defense of Marriage said the Roman Catholic church would push back in the war of “language” which he said same-sex marriage proponents were winning with words like “hate” and”equality” The church is planning a video campaign in both English and Spanish, and its efforts have already been felt in states like Minnesota where the church was successful in getting an anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot.

The Minnesota state house was taken over by republicans in the 2010 election in a Tea Party deluge. The Catholic Church had nothing to do with it. They were just preaching to the choir.

via Local, national Catholics to ramp up language war on same-sex marriage.

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How many gays does it take to change a mind?

I watched Rep. Steve Simon on the Minn. House floor the other day, and I was impressed. All the DFLers were posing excellent questions that the republicans persistently evaded – even complaining that they keep getting the same questions. I was reminded of something I heard once: While all answers are replies, not all replies are answers. It illustrated just how mindless, partisan, and off-focus their legislation was.

In the past, I have posed the question: If God sees fit to make some people gay, who are we to call Him wrong? This is a clip of Rep. Simon stating the same general idea in a more diplomatic manor:

My first attempt to embed a video, but I thought it was important enough to try. This may be the time to remember another eloquent bit of testimony:

Social conservatives seem to use their prejudices to partly define their religion, then use their religion to rationalize their prejudice. They take the view that their religious rights supersede all rights of all others, even the religious rights of others. They are wrong.

This is but one example of how the cohabitation of faith and the law is a corruption of democracy, and how the marriage of church and state suppresses liberty. This is not the American Way, it is the way of religious persecution.

Tell them to stop! Question them at every opportunity. Embarrass them with their own hypocrisies. Separation is the only path to religious freedom.

Rep. Steve Simon asks ‘How many gays must God create?’ in viral video

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As gov’t shutdown looms, party leaders posture about money, social issues

The social conservatives have finally gotten their hands on a weapon big enough to point at the entire country.

They do not care about people. They do not care about the economy. They do not care about the rights, needs, or liberties of others. They do not care about the Constitution. All they care about is radically altering American society to conform to their extreme prejudices and religious ideology.

They are why the Founders chose not to inject religion into government.

As gov’t shutdown looms, party leaders posture about money, social issues.

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Herman Cain: First Amendment ‘Doesn’t Say People Can’t Have Religion In Government’

“[The First Amendment] says the government can’t establish a religion,” he explained.­..”It doesn’t say that people can’t have religion in government­. If you elect people who share the founding spirituali­ty of this country, you will be able to depend on them to make the right decisions.­”
Herman Cain

There is more to establishi­ng a state religion than constructi­ng a building. When laws are written that respect one religion over another, it is an establishm­ent of a state religion. It may be a small thing – but once started, it does not remain small.

Nobody running in the republican party represents the “founding spirituali­ty” of this country. The “founding spirituali­ty” was decidedly secular. They understood the necessity of keeping Church and State separate.

In fact, “If you elect people who share the founding spirituali­ty of this country, you will be able to depend on them to make the right decisions.­” sounds a lot like a religious Test, which is prohibited by the Constituti­on though the GOP imposes a Test as a condition of participat­ion in their party.

“The Senators and Representa­tives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatur­es, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmatio­n, to support this Constituti­on; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualificat­ion to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Article VI, U. S. Constituti­on

Social conservatives have convinced themselves that they have special privilege under the Constitution, that freedom of religion means that they can trample the rights of others in the name of their religion and any defense of others’ rights is an infringement of theirs. They pose a direct attack on liberty, and they just cannot see it.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Herman Cain: The American dream is under attack…we are on the attack

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