Freethought Today · Vol. 27 No. 9 November 2010

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

They said what??

We do have a policy that avowed gays and atheists are not allowed to be a registered leader or member of Boy Scouts of America. It’s a longstanding policy.
Pat Currie, BSA Circle Ten Council, explaining why a gay Texas man was forced out as a Scout leader
CNN, 10-20-10

God’s words fall flat to the ground when a female pastor preaches. It may not bear any ripe fruit. . . . If there are degrees of punishment in hell, then it is worse for women bishops than women pastors.
Rev. Per Linderoth, Church of Sweden pastor in the diocese of Linköping, addressing a convention
The Stockholm Local, 11-4-10

Isn’t it interesting how God made it so relevant to the things we are experiencing right now?
Rev. Andy Shanholtz, Praise Fellowship Church, Sheboygan, Wis., on how a sermon series titled “My Secrets” was already scheduled when Assistant Pastor Travis Gandy was charged with 33 felonies for sex with teen boys
Sheboygan Press, 10-20-10

AIDS is more a kind of immanent [inherent] justice, somewhat like ecology and the environment: as when we have to pay the bill for what we have done to the milieu.
André-Joseph Léonard, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium, in his new book
National Catholic Reporter, 10-15-10

Dear God: Please allow the IRS to attack my church, so I can take them all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rev. Cary Gordon, Cornerstone World Outreach, Sioux City, Iowa, on his sermons to unseat three state Supreme Court justices
Des Moines Register, 10-11-10

A truly secularized United States would be a nation without a soul, a nation with a hole in its chest.
Providence [R.I.] Bishop Thomas Tobin, at the Massachusetts Family Institute
Catholic News Agency, 10-24-10

I’m not God, so I don’t know how God creates. I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen the half monkey, half person yet. Did evolution just stop? . . . If I get to the other side and God’s like, “You know what, yup, you were a monkey once,” I’ll be shocked, but I’m cool with it. Whatever!
Glenn Beck, wondering how many people in the U.S. “believe in evolution”
“The Glenn Beck Program,” 10-20-10

Divine Mercy
Words found written in blood over the body of Magdalene Webber, 4, whose mother is charged with the girl’s murder in Bloomingdale, Ill.
NBC Chicago, 11-7-10

If you are faithful, on resurrection morning — and maybe even before then — you will rise with normal attractions for the opposite sex.
Bruce Hafen, Mormon First Quorum of Seventy emeritus member, speaking at a gay conversion conference
Salt Lake Tribune, 10-4-10

Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day.
Voicemail from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife to Hill, who accused him of sexual harassment in 1991 at his Senate confirmation hearing
New York Times, 10-19-10

Only if they asked. Any entity — no matter how many tentacles it has — has a soul.
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, Vatican Observatory astronomer, answering if he’d baptize an extraterrestrial being
U.K. Catholic Herald, 9-30-10

He was telling me that I had evil spirits with me and that I needed his help big time. He said we’re going to have to go to a place where they can take those evil spirits from you. I said, “What do you mean?” And he said, “A swingers’ club. The only way the spirits are going to leave you is if you get involved with women.” I said, “David, I’m not into women.”
Beatrice Hernandez, former stripper at Porky’s Lounge, Hialeah, Fla., who has joint custody with Fr. David Dueppen of their love child
Miami New Times, 9-29-10

You wrote about how one of your friends told you, “Sure you have cancer inside your body, but you also have Christ.”
Interview with cancer survivor Deanna Favre, wife of quarterback Brett Favre, who’s accused of “sexting” other women
Christianity Today, 10-21-10

Two things float to the top: The nature of Darwin’s evolution undermines the gospel; it undermines the cross. If God didn’t create you, then he can’t save you either.
Baptist Pastor Brian Williams, whose church hosted “Dinosaurs, Design & Destiny” at a public high school in Greenwood, Ark.
Fort Smith Times Record, 9-21-10

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