Religion

Big-business religion, from the pulpit to the cemetery

Corporations and parishioners are increasingly coming together to spread the word of God and make money. All across the country, churches — once intimate places of spiritual interconnectedness — have been replaced by stadiums of worship that utilize advanced technological innovations to awe, edify and rip off those in attendance.

The jig goes something like this: Corporations underwrite the construction of vast religious complexes that awe people into regular attendance. The preacher's image is projected onto a big screen. His calm baritone is beamed out by state-of-the-art speakers. From all sides, his voice fills the room. The seats shake as he gives expression to the word of God.

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In God we trust?

Isn't it interesting that almost all presidents end their speeches with the phrase “May God bless America”? Whenever there's a natural disaster or crisis in one's family or life, we always talk about the need to pray. However, when things are going well, we forget about God and we frequently forget about godly principles. It is interesting to note that during the Constitutional Convention in 1787, our nation was about to split apart due to political differences when the elder statesman Benjamin Franklin proposed a unique solution before the assembly.

He said, “Gentlemen, during the Revolutionary War every other phrase out of our mouths involved a request for God's help which we obviously received. Now we barely speak his name. We need to get down on our knees immediately and ask for God's guidance.” The entire assembly immediately knelt and prayed. When they arose, they put together a 16-and-one-third page document known as the Constitution of the United States.

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The Mormon issue

One in six Americans believe the president is a Muslim, despite his repeated assertions that he is a Christian. And 36 percent of Americans do not believe Mormons are Christians. Pockets of the Deep South, where Obama is deeply unpopular, are home to some of the strongest anti-Mormon sentiment in the country. More than half the Republicans in Mississippi believe Mormonism is a cult. And you should hear what they say about President Obama.

Mitt Romney, who is running a risk-averse campaign with a real shot at winning the presidency, has chosen not to talk about his religion. So far, the Obama campaign has stayed away from the topic — this week, when Bill Maher called Mormonism a cult, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said attacking Romney's religion was "not fair game."

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Government, fix God’s mistakes

Democrats take their complaints with God to the altar of government.

To say that it is not “fair” that someone live in poverty while others are wealthy, or, to use a more melodramatic example from Nancy Pelosi, that “women die on the floor,” is a complaint to God; it is to ask for a theodicy.

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Good Friday: Russia gets there first

The front page of The New York Times Friday morning had a photo of Patriarch Kirill I, of the Russian Orthodox Church, that had been doctored by the church’s website because he had been wearing an expensive gold watch in the original picture. Since I do not go to church, I could not imagine the editorial judgment for what appears to be a classic preacher-with-his-hand-in-the-collection-basket story making the front-page of The New York Times. Bill Clinton has 50 gold watches and they tend not to notice. And why a story about a religious figure as far away as Russia? Because today is Good Friday. And this is their commentary.

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Republicans, hypocritical Dems and evolution

Many liberals and their pundits mischaracterized the approach of the Republican Party. It doesn’t encourage fundamentalism, but its political philosophy is not hostile to it. They don’t impose absolutes: you can find Republicans who are fundamentalist and atheist; traditional and libertarian; pro-life and pro-choice (Collins, Snowe, Hutchison … where, oh, where are the pro-life Dems?); straight and gay (Log Cabin Republicans).

Democrats rail against "intolerance," but on the evidence, it is the Democrats who are the party of “group-think” and intellectual rigidity.

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An era of no more religion

Does the Obama administration want to force the Catholic Church to abandon its missions in health, education and welfare in order to be true to its beliefs?

It could happen; it’s already beginning to happen. Due to the radical liberal homosexual agenda, Catholic charities have already had to close down adoption agencies in states where it is considered unfair discrimination to refuse to give children to homosexual couples. By forcing the Catholic Church, history’s largest social service organization, out of business, aren’t we throwing out the baby and keeping the bathwater?

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Obama's Catholic Church indignity

With unbelievable hubris, the ObamaCare bureaucrats in Washington exclude the Church’s non-liturgical mission from the religious exemption of Obamacare. (Not the elected Congress, but self-righteous bureaucrats made this decision!)

These bureaucrats claim the Church serves non-Catholics in its non-liturgical mission, and therefore this is not its core religious mission. Imagine, the bureaucrats understand the Church’s mission better than the clergy! Even many liberal Catholics understand that the mission of the Catholic Church extends beyond the sanctuary.

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The Tim Tebow phenomenon

Could be that those who hate him see it clearly: Tim Tebow, bent humbly in prayer, is a threat to the very core of America as we have imagined ourselves to be since 1776. They see a threat right to the core of science mind, head domination over the heart that has brought us to world conquest these last 200 years. They see love rising to extinguish power as invariably in time it tends to.

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‘Merry Xmas’ and not ‘Happy Holidays’

It is interesting to watch people conduct themselves this time of year as they try to figure out whether they should say Merry Christmas or not based on the appearance and the belief of the person they're speaking with.

Whether you wish someone a Merry Christmas or not should have nothing to do with their belief or political philosophy, it is all about the holiday spirit.

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