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« Reply #90 on: January 17, 2015, 06:48:48 PM »

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Building A Snowman In Saudi Arabia Just Got EVEN Harder - Thanks, Religion!

"A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious edict forbidding the building of snowmen, describing them as anti-Islamic.

Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.”

Quoting from Muslim scholars, Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam."

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« Reply #91 on: January 17, 2015, 06:52:48 PM »

Still watching it but knowing who's about to comment...it's safe to assume it contains some cussing:

'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' Author Admits He Lied

"A bestselling Christian book that claims to detail a boy's trip to heaven and his return to Earth is being pulled from stores after one of its co-authors admitted he made the whole thing up.

The 2010 memoir, "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven," was written by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey, a Christian therapist in Ohio.

In 2004, when Alex was 6, the two were badly injured in an automobile accident. Alex ended up in a coma for two months, and the book claims to tell the story of his trips to heaven during that time.

Malarkey described a heaven with a "hole in outer heaven" that goes to hell. He detailed his conversations with Jesus Christ and meetings with the devil, who at one point blamed him for the accident."

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« Reply #92 on: February 06, 2015, 09:58:54 PM »

Anti-porn crusader arrested in Sutter County, charged with child sex

 A man who presents himself as an anti-pornography crusader and motivational speaker has been arrested on multiple charges involving sex with a child under 14.

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Pauling was investigated in 2010 for alleged inappropriate relationships with six other underage girls in Redding but the case was never prosecuted.

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According to Pauling's website, he was a producer of pornographic films for nine years beginning in 1997 before becoming a Christian and speaking out about porn industry and its effects on society and individuals.

During a presentation in Australia, Pauling claimed to have convinced at least 500 young women to participate in his productions.

More recently, Pauling spoke at St. Isadore Catholic Church in Yuba City in September.

Parish priest Matthew Blank said he has known Pauling for some time and has never doubted his sincerity. "What I know of him, he's a great guy," Blank said. "Let's just leave it at that."

In a 2008 ABC Nightline program, Pauling debated two porn stars and offered what now seems to be a sadly ironic statement.

"We're intelligent human beings," he said. "And when what we're doing is costing someone else and causing pain to someone else, we probably shouldn't be doing it."
http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/2014/12/03/anti-porn-crusader-arrested/19839329/

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Anti-Porn Activist Arrested AGAIN For Sexual Abuse Of Minor

"A former porn producer turned Christian anti-porn activist has been arrested for the second time since December for sexual abuse of a minor, reports News10-ABC.

Donny Pauling, 41, is facing nine new charges related to a second victim, in addition to multiple charges filed against him on Dec. 1.

The new charges include: four counts of having sex with a minor; one count of having sex with a minor while employed as a public official; one count of oral copulation with a minor; one count of first-degree burglary; one count of meeting a minor with sexual intent; and one count of molesting a minor."

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« Reply #93 on: February 17, 2015, 04:59:20 PM »

Bible Story About Man Living In Whale Is True, Says Fox 'Historian'

"Minister and self-described “public advocate for the Christian faith” Dr. Tom Dickson assured Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt on Sunday that there was ample evidence for the story of Jonah living in the belly of a fish for three days and other Bible tales to convince atheists.

During a Fox & Friends segment titled “Keeping the Faith,” Earhardt pointed out that 19 percent of Americans were skeptics who did not believe that the Bible was sacred, up from 10 percent in 2011.

Dickson explained that many people were turned off by the Bible because it had been used as a “tool for oppression and slavery and violence.”

But he argued that those were “universals of human culture, you don’t need the Bible to have war, violence and slavery. They were there in Greece and Rome before the Bible.”"

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« Reply #94 on: March 02, 2015, 04:17:09 AM »

Fugitive American minister caught in Brazil

Victor Arden Barnard, an American pastor wanted for 59 counts of sexual assaults in Minnesota, was arrested by Brazilian authorities on Friday, the office of the governor for the State of Rio Grande do Norte said Saturday.

The 53-year-old suspect was wanted by the Pine County, Minnesota, Sheriff's Office for allegedly sexually abusing two young girls who were members of his church, the U.S Marshals Service said.

Barnard -- who was featured on CNN's "The Hunt With John Walsh" in 2014 and again earlier this week -- was last seen in the United States in Raymond, Washington, in 2014.

In April of that year, prosecutors in Pine County, Minnesota, issued a criminal complaint that accused him of 59 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. The manhunt began after a two-year investigation into allegations from two women about Barnard's alleged conduct while he was preaching to a religious group in Finlayson, Minnesota.

Barnard was featured on the United States Marshal's 15 Most Wanted List along with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. He was also wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/28/us/victor-barnard-brazil-caught/
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« Reply #95 on: March 02, 2015, 04:18:27 AM »

State Politicians Want To Declare Idaho Officially Christian

"Members of a county Republican Party in Idaho are to take up a measure that would declare the state a Christian one to bolster what the proposal calls the "Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States."

The resolution to be voted on by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is non-binding, meaning it does not have the effect of laws or rules.

The proposal seeks that Idaho be "formally and specifically declared a Christian state," guided by a Judeo-Christian faith reflected in the U.S. Declaration of Independence where all authority and power is attributed to God, the resolution reads."

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« Reply #96 on: March 02, 2015, 04:21:11 AM »

Idaho Republican backs faith-healer parents: ‘If I want to let my child be with God, why is that wrong?’



An Idaho Republican said a proposed ban on faith-healing could violate the religious rights of her constituents – many of whom eschew medical care for themselves and their families.

“They have a clear understanding of what the role of government should be – (and it) isn’t how to tell me how to live my life,” said state Rep. Christy Perry (R-Nampa).

Legislation limiting a faith exemption for medical care in the state’s child neglect law was proposed after a string of preventable child deaths in Marsing among members of the Followers of Christ Church.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/idaho-republican-backs-faith-healer-parents-if-i-want-to-let-my-child-be-with-god-why-is-that-wrong/

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Faith-Healing Leads To Dead Kids

”An Idaho Republican said a proposed ban on faith-healing could violate the religious rights of her constituents – many of whom eschew medical care for themselves and their families.

“They have a clear understanding of what the role of government should be – (and it) isn’t how to tell me how to live my life,” said state Rep. Christy Perry (R-Nampa).”

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« Reply #97 on: March 11, 2015, 02:13:48 AM »

If your hospital prioritizes religious doctrine over medical standards, your health could be at risk

Catholic health systems aren’t always held to the same medical standards as secular hospitals.

When you go to a hospital, you have a reasonable expectation that you’ll receive the care you need — whoever you are, whatever your circumstances. After all, there’s a reason there are medical protocols in hospitals. If you’re having a stroke, for example, there are guidelines that tell doctors how quickly they need to act for certain procedures to be effective.

If you find yourself in a Catholic hospital, however, your providers may not be following the same guidelines as those at a secular hospital. In some cases, they’re absolutely not playing by the same rules as non-religious hospitals.

That’s why the expanding reach of Catholic health systems is so troubling. Across the country, entire communities are finding themselves with no option for care other than a Catholic health system — a system that answers first not to medical standards, but to religious doctrine.

As I wrote in previous posts in this series (and this one in particular provides crucial context), Catholic health systems are governed by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (“the Directives”). The Directives are handed down by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, not licensed medical professionals.

In some instances, such as abortion, emergency contraception and sterilization, the Directives are clear. Those services will not be performed. The problem is, you may not know that until you’re at the hospital and need that care — possibly in an emergency, a scenario that’s becoming all too common for women having a miscarriage.

In other cases, the directives aren’t so clear. And that’s perhaps even more troubling.
There’s far too much opportunity for a Catholic provider to decide that the care you need — or the life you lead — might not be in keeping with Catholic doctrine. That opens the door for discrimination and refusal to treat patients based on an alarmingly broad range of principles.

When Catholic hospitals are allowed to make care decisions based on religious doctrine, it creates a double standard. One set of medical standards for secular hospitals, and another standard for hospitals affiliated with Catholic health systems.

Brooke Tucker, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan, explains.

Secular hospitals have to adhere to certain safety standards that religious hospitals are exempt from if they say it violates their conscience. How is it fair for secular hospitals to be held to a different standard in order for them to be licensed, in order for them to call themselves a hospital?
To fully appreciate the double standard, I urge you to read this powerful, personal story by Natasha Chart over at RH Reality Check. She had an ectopic pregnancy, which means that the embryo has implanted outside the uterus, usually in the Fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancies never result in the birth of a healthy baby but can put the mother’s life at risk if untreated.

Fortunately, Chart’s ectopic pregnancy was discovered at a secular health system, where she received the appropriate medical care. But from past experience, Chart knows what can happen at Catholic-affiliated hospitals. Her post clearly explains the difference it made to receive treatment for her ectopic pregnancy at a hospital where medical care — not religious doctrine — comes first.

… the doctor wasn’t required to tell me lies about the risks of removing that life-threatening pregnancy while I was also freaking out about whether or not I was going to wake up missing bits of me again. The ultrasound tech was allowed to be decent and compassionate toward us, instead of being forced to play us the sound of that doomed heartbeat and describe what few anatomical features she might have seen, even as my husband and I were both crying over what we’d suddenly realized was our loss. The only waiting period they had to be concerned about was the safe time they could operate based on when I’d recently eaten. …
I’m grateful that during this medical emergency, my doctors were allowed to follow only their best judgment about what care would keep me healthiest, according to the most current standards of their profession.

Ectopic pregnancy might seem like a situation where healthcare providers would recognize that there’s no chance of a live birth, yet a very good chance that the mother’s health or life is at risk. But, as reported in Mother Jones, many Catholic hospitals will not end an ectopic pregnancy until the mother’s life is “in mortal danger.” A woman’s Fallopian tubes can burst if the embryo isn’t removed in time, which can have serious, if not fatal, consequences.

But that’s not all. Mother Jones summarized some of the other ways Catholic hospitals restrict medical care.

In many cases, doctors are prohibited from prescribing birth control, and hospital pharmacies won’t sell it. Doctors may even be told not to counsel patients about it. Catholic hospitals have been reluctant to offer emergency contraception to rape victims, and when they do, they first require a pregnancy test to ensure the woman was not pregnant before the assault. The bishops’ guidelines forbid tubal ligations and vasectomies. They also extend to end-of-life care: Catholic hospitals may ignore patients’ requests to be removed from feeding tubes or life support, even if those wishes are expressed in living wills. And many states allow religious hospitals to discriminate against gays and lesbians, both as employees and as patients.
In Michigan, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act — which prohibits discrimination in the workplace, housing market and places of public accommodation — does not include protections for the LGBT community. That makes it perfectly legal for Catholic healthcare providers, or any provider for that matter, to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

What’s more, the Directives are alarmingly vague, opening the door for providers to make decisions based on “Catholic principles,” which can be subject to interpretation. This lack of clarity could mean the wishes of patients and their families might be overruled by a healthcare provider or even an administrator with no education in medical care.

The Directives state that, “The free and informed health care decision of the person … is to be followed so long as it does not contradict Catholic principles.”

But who decides what those principles are, and when to apply them, especially in a medical emergency when every second can make a life-or-death difference?

Will patients’ requests to be kept off life support be honored, or will a Catholic provider decide that the action violates Catholic principles? Will members of the LGBT community be treated with the same standard of care as any other patient? Does a same-sex partner with a legal document authorizing him or her to make medical decisions have to fight the hospital’s administration to retain those rights?

These are questions no one can answer — in some cases, doctors have complained that they don’t always know how the religious Directives of hospitals where they practice will impact their care decisions.

In Michigan, there is no law to protect the LGBT community and, if the current Legislature has its way, laws enshrining discrimination based on “religious freedom” will make it even easier for Catholic-affiliated hospitals to refuse treatment on religious grounds — not just for the LGBT community but for anyone they object to on moral or religious grounds. (Watch for details on the related impact of legislation on medical care in an upcoming post.)

The clearly stated Directives that oppose abortion, birth control and sterilization are alarming enough. But the vague Directives that could open the floodgates for discrimination against patients and the refusal to provide appropriate care are even more troubling.

When a patient goes to a hospital for care, there should be no question that he or she will receive care based on medical standards. At Catholic-affiliated hospitals, there simply is no such guarantee.

This is the third post in an ongoing series. You can read the other installments HERE.
http://www.eclectablog.com/2015/03/does-your-hospital-adhere-to-appropriate-standards-of-medical-care.html
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« Reply #98 on: March 11, 2015, 02:14:55 AM »

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Pat Robertson Says You're A Slave To Vegetables

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« Reply #99 on: March 11, 2015, 02:16:09 AM »

This Week in God

First up from the God Machine this week is a fascinating report about the changing nature of the American religious landscape. Throughout the country’s history, white Christians were the dominant group nationwide, but as the Religion News Service reported this week, that’s changed in ways without precedent (thanks to reader R.B. for the tip).
The notion of America as a mostly white, mostly Christian country is rapidly becoming a fact for the history books. […]
 
Last week, [the Public Religion Research Institute] released the American Values Atlas, an interactive online tool that compiles data about Americans’ opinions, identities, and values. One of the biggest takeaways of this years’ study was that, for the first time ever, America is not a majority Protestant nation.
More specifically, Public Religion Research Institute’s study found that in 19 states, white Christians are now in the minority – a result we’ve just never seen before.
 
The shift is partly due to a shrinking white population in in the Southwest, but note that a couple of the 19 states are actually in the Bible Belt: Georgia and Louisiana don’t have a white Christian majority anymore, either.
 
Highlighting the factors responsible for the shifts, Jack Jenkins also noted the “swift growth of the so-called ‘religiously unaffiliated,’ or Americans who do not ascribe to one particular religious group” – a trend that shrunk the white Christian majority in parts of the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.
 
Dan Cox, research director for Public Religion Research Institute, added, “The U.S. religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is fundamentally reshaping American politics and culture.”
 
Also from the God Machine:
 
* In Idaho this week, the state Senate’s invited a local Hindu leader to deliver the daily invocation. As a result, three Republican state senators refused to attend the morning invocation, with one telling local media, “Hindu is a false faith with false gods.”
 
* A Michigan school district posted a job listing looking for a superintendent with “a strong Christian background.” The district quickly changed course after the ACLU reminded officials that discriminating on the basis of religion is not legal.
 
* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) recently announcement that local schools will now close for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr. This week, Fox News pundit Todd Starnes suggested the move is discriminatory against Christians.
 
* And my colleague Laura Conaway flagged one of the most unusual This Week in God stories in recent memory: “A New Jersey man cannot collect damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at Applebee’s, a state appeals panel ruled today.” Yeah, go ahead and read that sentence again.
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/week-god-3715
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« Reply #100 on: March 13, 2015, 11:23:37 AM »

Catholic Church Claims It Can Refuse To Pay Victims Of Sex Abuse Because Of Religious Freedom
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/03/11/3632147/catholic-archdiocese-claims-can-refuse-pay-victims-sex-abuse-religious-freedom/
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« Reply #101 on: March 15, 2015, 09:59:47 PM »

This Week in God, 3.14.15

First up from the God Machine this week is an unexpected group of critics raising concerns about suspect tales from Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
 
As regular readers know, activism in the political sphere from Roman Catholic nuns has become increasingly common in recent years, as evidenced by the Nuns on the Bus tour in 2012, criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) far-right budget plan.
 
Soon after, Sister Simone Campbell and her group, NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, invited Mitt Romney “to spend a day with Catholic Sisters who work every day to meet the needs of struggling families in their communities.” (He declined.)
 
Rachel noted on the show that summer, “I have one thing to say here personally, not as a TV show host here but just as a person who happens to be related to some nuns: don’t mess with nuns. It’s not a warning. It’s not advice. It’s not a threat. It’s fact that I have learned from personal experience. Ask anybody in my family, if you mess with nuns, you will lose every time. You will always regret messing with nuns.”
 
With this in mind, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly has faced increased scrutiny recently, claiming that he “saw nuns get shot in the back of the head” while he was in El Salvador in the early 1980s. When evidence made clear that was impossible, O’Reilly said he was referring to photographs he’d seen.
 
This week, some nuns seemed unimpressed by the Fox host’s comments, most notably nuns from the Maryknoll Sisters who issued a statement to Brian Stelter.
“Maryknoll Sisters were deeply saddened when our Sisters were killed in El Salvador, and shocked when we learned of Mr. O’Reilly’s statement inferring he witnessed their murder,” the statement said.
 
“This is, of course, untrue and we hope Mr. O’Reilly will take greater care in the public statements he makes in the future,” it added.
 
The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland also offered a statement, calling for reporters covering the tragedy to do so with a spirit of “integrity and honesty.”
As best as I can tell, O’Reilly has not yet responded to the nuns’ criticisms. I reached out to Fox News for comment yesterday, but I haven’t heard back. I will update this piece if the network responds.
 
Also from the God Machine this week:
 
* In unexpected remarks, Pope Francis said this week he only expects to remain in his position for only “two or three more years.” He added, “I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief: four or five years, I don’t know. Two years have already gone by. It is a vague feeling I have that the Lord chose me for a short mission. I am always open to that possibility.”
 
* Speaking of the Roman Catholic Church, a federal judge ruled this week that a $55 million cemetery trust fund is not off-limits in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s bankruptcy case.
 
* Sarah Posner had a good piece this week noting widespread support for immigration reform among Evangelical Christians, who usually have some influence in Republican politics, but who are being completely ignored by GOP officials on this issue.
 
* A religious right group called Liberty Counsel is hosting an event this weekend called “The Awakening.” Among the notable Republican attendees are three likely Republican presidential candidates – Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Rick Santorum – along with Sen. Ted Cruz’s father, right-wing activist Rafael Cruz.
 
* And Franklin Graham this week decided to go after President Obama again, this time by insisting his mother was a secret Muslim. Stay classy, Franklin.
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/week-god-31415
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« Reply #102 on: March 15, 2015, 10:01:06 PM »

The ministry of a prominent Georgia megachurch pastor and evangelist who teaches that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million.
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/mar/14/prosperity-gospel-preacher-seeks-67-million-for/
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Doctor Refuses To Care For Baby Of Lesbian Couple
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Doctor Refuses To Care For Baby Of Lesbian Couple

"A Detroit-area pediatrician has refused to treat a baby girl because the child’ s parents are a same-sex couple.

According to MyFoxDetroit.com, Krista and Jami Contreras got a shock when they brought their newborn daughter Bay Windsor Contreras to Dr. Vesna Roi for her first medical visit.

In spite of the fact that they had set up an appointment with Dr. Roi well in advance, they were met by a different physician, who informed them, “ I’ll be your doctor, I ’ll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won’ t be able to care for Bay.”"

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« Reply #104 on: March 27, 2015, 02:03:34 AM »

This Week in God, 3.21.15

First up from the God Machine this week is a legislative debate on gun policy in Arizona that, at least first, had absolutely nothing to do with religion, though the deliberation took an unexpected theological turn.
 
At issue in the Arizona state House this week were two bills related to firearm ownership: a proposal to make it easier for Arizonans to carry concealed weapons in public establishments and a bill related to transferring guns between states. One lawmaker, Republican Eddie Farnsworth said the ability to buy a gun is among Americans’ “God-given rights,” which set an interesting debate in motion.
Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales (D) rose to oppose one of the bills, and threw in a note of correction to her colleague’s statement about the divine.
 
“Twice on this floor I’ve heard members say that I have the God-given right to bear arms, and since I know that God didn’t write the Constitution, I just wanted to state that,” she said. “And I vote no.”
Soon, other state representatives joined the discussion, with one insisting the Constitution was written by “humans, great humans.”
 
Farnsworth, unimpressed, argued in response that “those who penned this” believed that Americans are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
 
“This,” however, was in reference to the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. The former says we are “endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights” – firearms are not mentioned in the document – while the latter makes no mention of God and establishes a government created by “we the people.”
 
Ultimately, it seems these details did not change the outcome of the debate. As the Phoenix New Times reported, the Republican-led chamber approved both gun measures.
 
Also from the God Machine this week:
 
* Another civil-rights breakthrough for a large American denomination: “The 1.75 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has updated its constitution to recognize same-sex marriage, bringing the laws of the nation’s eighth-largest Protestant denomination in line with its already accepted practice. Individual churches will still be able to decline to perform such marriages if they believe them inappropriate, the church said Tuesday.”
 
* When a Catholic church in San Francisco set up a sprinkler system to ward off the homeless, it was a bad idea: “A sprinkler system at St. Mary’s Cathedral has been drenching people who seek shelter there for two years, but after that action became highly publicized the bishop backtracked saying the church’s aim was never to douse people.”
 
* And the New York Times had an interesting report this week on David Lane, a onetime Bible salesman, who’s slowly building an evangelical powerhouse that he hopes to turn into a “decisive power in the Republican Party.” Lane told the paper, “An army. That’s the goal.” The piece added, “A fast-talking and born-again veteran of conservative politics with experience in Washington, Texas and California, Mr. Lane, 60, travels the country trying to persuade evangelical clergy members to become politically active. His hope is that the politicized pastors will help mobilize congregations that have been disheartened by the repeated failure of socially conservative candidates, and by a party that has softened its opposition to same-sex marriage.”
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/week-god-32115
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