Freethought Today · Vol. 26 No. 10 December 2009

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

In Their Own Words

Just in time for Halloween, radical anti-religionists are unleashing their favorite scare tactic: a federal lawsuit, this time directly attacking ministers. Ministers of many faiths are dependent on the housing allowance to supplement their meager salaries.  We will not stand by and let anti-religious ghouls threaten yet another American tradition.
Brad Dacus, Pacific Justice Institute president, on FFRF’s suit against the parsonage tax exemption
earnedmedia.org, 10-22-09

The Lord woke me up in the middle of the night. There stood Jesus with a huge tray and the tray was heaped with cookies, and he said, “Kenneth, have a cookie.”
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10-12-09

All the offerings will go to Brother Copeland.
Pastor Happy Caldwell, passing plastic collection buckets in Agape Church in Little Rock
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10-12-09

The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest. . . . We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieving greater prosperity and opportunity for all.
Lord Brian Griffiths, British Goldman Sachs adviser, defending executive bonuses
Bloomberg News, 10-21-09

The church in a sense has lost its mission to go out and love the people. We’ve become useless in a society that desperately needs us.
Rev. Steven Mayo, Elm Street Congregational Church, Fitchburg, Mass.
Washington Post, 10-24-09

The noose has tightened around the necks of Christians to keep them from speaking out on certain moral issues. And it all was embodied in something called the hate-crimes bill that President Obama said was a major victory for America.
Rev. Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson
Christian Broadcasting Network, 10-29-09

No. Not until Jesus comes back, because it’s a religious war. It deals with God’s promises and God’s word. It’s really a spiritual matter, not a political one.
Televangelist Benny Hinn, on if there’ll ever be peace in Israel
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10-20-09

Guns and ammo, God bless America and Israel. You’ll have to pry my cold dead hands off my rosary and my Uzi.
Comment by ilikeike on Israeli arms company TDI opening a plant in Rapid City, S.D.
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 10-23-09

The culture war is up for grabs. The good news is that religious conservatives continue to breed like rabbits, while secular saboteurs have shut down: they’re too busy walking their dogs, going to bathhouses and aborting their kids. Time, it seems, is on the side of the angels.
Op-ed by Bill Donohue, Catholic League president
Washington Post, 10-20-09

Darwin and Spencer his guide
Instead of Jesus crucified.
Rev. David Grayston, lamenting his freethinking son, William Grayston, born in 1862
Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey, by William Least Heat-Moon

No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting breast implants as a Christian. I think it’s a personal decision. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn’t get breast implants.
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean, on cosmetic surgery’s compatibility with Christianity
Christianity Today, 11-12-09

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