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Freethought Today · Vol. 28 No. 3 April 2011

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

They Said What???

Sitting on a toilet isn’t a place one would normally expect to think about God. But the two-man chaplain team at Spin Boldak [Afghanistan] wants soldiers to do just that. . . . Holy Crap: Chaplain’s Thought of the Week, where bible verses and inspirational messages are posted on the doors of bathroom stalls, is just one of the many creative programs run by this holy team.
News story, “Chaplain duo reaches soldiers in an unusual way”
www.army.mil, 3-8-11

What Does the Bible Say About Tsunamis?
Press release from Comets of God author Jeffrey Goodman, “an archeologist and geologist who has spent years researching the bible’s stories of catastrophe”
Christian News Wire, 3-14-11

But it also comes to my mind that the earthquake could be a warning from God to Japan, which has become an increasingly material-centric, secular and idol-worshiping country. From a religious point of view, the Japanese people have lost a great deal of faith in God over the years.
Rev. Cho Yong-gi, Yeouido [South Korea] Full Gospel Church, “Pastor under fire for remarks on quake”
Korea Times, 3-14-11

Japanese politics is tainted with egoism and populism. We need to use the tsunami to wipe out egoism, which has attached itself like rust to the mentality of the Japanese people over a long period of time.
Shintaro Ishihara, Tokyo governor, describing the tsunami as tembatsu (divine punishment)
The Guardian, 3-15-11

God — what God does is God’s business, I have no idea — but I’ll tell you this: Whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent. And that is, hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it. I’m just sayin’. And  yesterday I got home and I was thinking about all the messages that I could bring in, all the things that I could tell you, and oh, I’ve got stuff on Hezbollah. Oh, I have stuff on radical Islam in America that’ll make your eyes fall out. Or I could just tell you the answer, and the answer is: Buckle up. Buckle up, ‘cause it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Glenn Beck, tying the tsunami to lack of religious faith
“The Glenn Beck Program,” 3-14-11

The bible says if you call to Him, He will answer us. Is it going to do any good? Well, yeah!
Rev. Dave Motta, Calvary United Methodist Church, to attendees at a Red River “pre-flood prayer service” in North Dakota
Fargo Forum, 3-14-11

America works, freedom works, when people have that internal gyroscope that comes from a belief in God and biblical faith. Once we push that out, you no longer have the capacity to live as a free person without the external controls of an authoritarian government. I’ve said it often and I believe it: The bigger government gets, the smaller God gets — as people become more dependent on government, less dependent on God.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., interview with the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins
thinkprogress.org, 3-15-11

We’re seeing how Catholic politicians, following the first Catholic president, have followed his lead, and have divorced faith not just from the public square, but from their own decision-making process. Jefferson is spinning in his grave.
Potential GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, telling a Catholic Citizenship group he’s “appalled” by President Kennedy’s 1960 call to keep state and church separate
The Boston Globe, 3-14-11

I have two grandchildren. Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaking at Rev. John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, about running for president
politico.com, 3-28-11

If God found it more glorifying to him that Michigan win a football game against the [Ohio State] Buckeyes, I would be OK with that. It almost makes me choke as I say that. The truth is, I want God to be glorified regardless of who wins the game.
Rev. Beau Stanley, Grace Brethren Church, offering The New Living Translation Waterproof Bible to pool entrants who pick the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four winner
Columbus Dispatch, 3-16-11

How could the bishop? How could he stand up and spill the beans at Mass?
Rosemary Putnam, Bonita Springs, Fla., at a rally for St. Leo’s Catholic Church Pastor Stan Strycharz, suspended during a probe of allegations he fathered a child and mismanaged parish finances
Naples News, 3-16-11

Even for nonreligious people, the cross is a symbol of hope, it’s a symbol of the enduring human spirit,
Rev. Alan McBride, Orange Beach United Methodist Church, objecting to an Alabama state park superintendent removing the church’s 10-foot-tall driftwood cross from a public beach
Mobile Press-Register, 3-19-11

I pray you won’t laugh this off, but that you’ll face your need for God’s forgiveness and cleansing power. Begin a new life — the life God wants you to have — by asking Christ to come into your heart and mind. Then ask him to help you submit every part of your life to him, including your tongue.
Rev. Billy Graham, answering “What’s wrong with salting your speech with what people used to call bad language?”
Kansas City Star, 3-21-10

I believe the Founding Fathers were moved around like men on a chessboard put in place at that time so the world could have America.
U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, supporting Rep. Randy Forbes’ bill urging the display of “In God We Trust” in all public schools
The Virginian-Pilot, 3-18-21
Chairwoman Kay Fields said the attendance at the meeting is just the beginning and she thanked those who were there for their orderly conduct.

We need as much prayer as we can get. We are dealing with so many things. Much prayer, much power. No prayer, no power.
Kay Fields, Polk County [Fla.] School Board chairwoman, thanking opponents who showed up with bibles to protest FFRF’s complaint about meeting prayers
Lakeland Ledger, 3-22-11

God has put his stamp of approval that this is the day. I don’t doubt it, and I don’t look at the possibility of May 22 happening.
Philadelphia Pastor Chris McCann, agreeing with Rev. Harold Camping that “The Rapture” will occur May 21, followed by five months of fire, brimstone, plagues and corpses filling the streets
USA Today, 3-22-11

There’s always been this fight of can you have a free country without God?There has been a tendency leaning backward towards secularism. And so what my point was that gay marriage or any other issues that are detached from the moral foundations of the teachings of Christianity are the result of a vacuum created by secularism.
Rev. Cary Gordon, Cornerstone World Outreach Church, Sioux City, Iowa, calling for a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage
Iowa Independent, 3-24-11

Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment.
Bryan Fischer, American Family Association director of issues analysis
RenewAmerica, 3-24-11

I don’t really care that much about Pink and Lady Gaga. I’d feel lost without my God. The world can provide only guilt and shame, but with God, there is absolute freedom. Just think, without God, life’s only purpose is taking all you can get. You can change anything by trusting in God. Don’t think I take my cues from Hollywood and the world.
Pastor John Hagee Ministries ad
God Discussion, 3-28-11

There are hundreds and hundreds of systems that you can trade. Ultimately, if God wants those to work, they work. If He doesn’t, they don’t. If I operate within His system, then I can have peace and He makes order out of chaos for me.
Day trader Bob [last name withheld], on bible study sessions at the Chicago Board of Trade
Chicago Sun-Times, 3-28-11

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