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Moderate Muslim Scholars Praise Murderer Of Pakistani Governor

Over 500, that’s five hundred, Muslim scholars, who are considered moderates, are praising the body guard who murdered Pakistan’s Punjab governor, Salman Taseer, over his opposition to the country’s severe blasphemy laws.  Cheering lawyers showered flowers on the killer, Mumtaz Qadri,as he was fescorted into court.

Taseer has been criticized, by moderate Muslims, for his support of Asia Bibi, the mother of small children who has been imprisoned for a year for allegedly blaspheming the “prophet” Muhammad, and a majority of Pakistanis want her executed.

This is moderate Islam.  From MSNBC:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Lawyers showered the suspected assassin of a liberal Pakistani governor with rose petals as he entered court. Some 170 miles away, the prime minister joined thousands to mourn the loss of the politician, who dared to challenge the demands of Islamic extremists.

The cheers and tears across the country Wednesday underscored Pakistan’s journey over the past several decades from a nation defined by moderate Islam to one increasingly influenced by fundamentalists willing to use violence to impose their views.

Even so-called moderate Muslim scholars praised 26-year-old Mumtaz Qadri for allegedly killing Punjab province Gov. Salman Taseer on Tuesday in a hail of gunfire while he was supposed to be protecting him as a bodyguard. Qadri later told authorities he acted because of Taseer’s vocal opposition to blasphemy laws that order death for those who insult Islam.

As Qadri was escorted into court in Islamabad, a rowdy crowd patted his back and kissed his cheek as lawyers at the scene threw flowers. On the way out, some 200 sympathizers chanted slogans in his favor, and the suspect stood at the back door of an armored police van and repeatedly yelled “God is great.”

Many other Pakistanis were appalled.

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The response from the United States Secretary of State Clinton has been very weak, no mention of the horrific acts being committed in the name of religion, no mention of blasphemy laws, only a generic ‘we-will-help-them-in-their-time-of-turmoil’ bullshit.  Here is a good WashTimes editorial on it.

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Salvation Alert: God Will Hold You Accountable For How You Vote

Jeebus and U.S. flag

"For whosoever voteth Republican shall be saved." - Romans 10:13

Saying the magic words to Jeebus won’t save you, like it says in the Holy Babble — David Barton says god will hold you accountable for how you vote.  From Right Wing Watch (go there to watch videos):

David Barton has released a nearly nine minute video explaining to Christians that God will only bless this nation if we are righteous and that our national righteousness is determined by our public policies.  As such, if we want God to bless our nation, we have to give him a reason to do so and that is why Christians must vote.

But not only do Christians have an obligation to vote, Barton says, but they will one day have to answer to God for exactly how they used that vote:

We’re to seek righteousness first, and dozens of Bible passages affirm that a nation’s righteousness is determined by its public policies, by how well those policies conform to God’s standards. We love to sing “God Bless America,” but if we really want God to bless America, we’ve got to give him something to work with.

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IRS-Defying Pastor Thinks Humanism Is A Religion

 

"pastor" Cary Gordon

Cary Gordon - preacher

 

I have a little hint for Pastor Cary Gordon and others who think this: secular humanism is not a fucking religion, you bleeping idiots!  From OneNewsNow christianist news site (emphasis added):

“We’re tired of the hypocrisy of these people because they desire to ensconce — and frankly they’re doing it — …secular humanism [as] the new state religion of the United States of America in violation of the original intent of the First Amendment,” he laments.

Hypocrisy?  [cough-cough!]  Yeh, well plenty of people are tired of how christianists make up their own definitions for words and just plain make shit up and don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

Secular humanism, for one thing, rejects supernatural beliefs and religious dogma.  That’s why it’s sec·u·lar, dumb-ass.  It is a worldview emphasizing the ability of humans (the hu·man part) to use reason, logic and ethics, not religious dogma or belief in deities, to attain a better existence.

Also funny how the pastor thinks instituting the “religion” of secularism violates church-state separation, but instituting his religion does not.

Gordon stresses that despite complaints from groups like Americans United, he will continue to preach his convictions on Sunday.

And they’ll keep complaining and the IRS won’t do shit about it, and they’ll keep violating the law, just as they always do.  Christians are above the law, and use the religion to justify anything they want to do, anyway.

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Christianist Leaders Give IRS The Finger

3rd annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday 9/26/2010

It’s the third annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday on September 26th.  One hundred pastors will give the finger to the freedom to not have a religion-infested government.

What these Christianist morons want, is not freedom of religion and from government intrusion in religion, they want to impose their brand of religion into the secular laws of this country, which was founded by people who were escaping a Church-controlled government.

What these Christianist morons will not understand, is that only a secular government can guarantee their safety and their existence.

The pastors will preach sermons related to biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates or current government officials, exercising their constitutional right to free religious expression despite a problematic Internal Revenue Service rule that activist groups often use to silence churches.

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“Pastors and churches shouldn’t live in fear of being punished or penalized by the government—in this case, the IRS,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “ADF is not trying to get politics into the pulpit; we want to get government out of the pulpit. Churches should be allowed to decide for themselves what they want to talk about. The IRS should not be the one making the decision by threatening to revoke a church’s tax-exempt status.”

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They don’t want government in the pulpit, yet they are going to put politics in the pulpit for the purpose of forcing government to enact laws respecting their particular religious dogma, to force non-religious people, through government in the pulpit, to live by their particular religion’s rules.

Well, fair is fair.  I think non-believers should have Pulpit Freedom Sundays, too, where we have the first amendment right to barge into their churches and speak from the pulpit (we’ll donate to the collection plate for the privilege, like a tax!) and present factual information proving that organized religion is a scam, that the Bible is full of lies and contradictions, that their leaders are corrupt frauds and that congregations are bankrolling the shameful abuses of children’s minds and bodies.

Yeah, let’s have Pulpit Freedom Sundays — I want to play, too.

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FFRF Chicago Bus Ad Pissing Off Christians

FFRF bus ad pissing off Chicago xtians

FFRF bus ad pissing off Chicago xtians

I really like these bus ads (and billboards) rolling out across the country.  The best ones are “Good without God? Millions are.”  They usually always end up being defaced and vandalized by people who justify anything they do with gOd.

Here’s a good read, via: Friendly Atheist

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