Freethought Today · Vol. 28 No. 5 June July 2011

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

They Said What? June July 2011

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by Roman soldiers.
Recipe for Easter Story Cookies, each step of which includes a bible verse
Catholicmom.com, 4-25-11

This is state Rep. Bobby Franklin. Thank you for calling to give me encouragement about my sponsorship of House Bill 1, recognizing that prenatal murder is murder. I’m not able to take that encouragement right now, so at the tone please leave your name, number and a message. Thanks!
Answering machine message from Georgia Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, a Reformed Presbyterian Church member who believes government should return to its biblically defined role
Mother Jones, 3-30-11

We pray that Allah raise him to heaven and reward him for his good deeds.
Al Qaida statement praising Osama bin Laden and naming Ayman al Zawahiri as his successor
McClatchy Newspapers, 6-16-11

Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.
Brian David Mitchell, singing a hymn at his sentencing in Utah for kidnapping 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002 and raping her for nine months
Salt Lake Tribune, 5-25-11
 
With the recent E. coli outbreak, God would still have His people trusting in Him and living life to the fullest. The difference is, when His people make the effort to pray over their food and beverages, it might be less rote and include a bit more gratitude of His willingness to provide it and protect them.
Columnist Elizabeth Delaney, “E. coli prompting renewed interest in prayer over meals”
Christianity & Politics Examiner, 6-8-11

We all are born with this sort of disease, and the cure for the disease is the blood of Christ.
Patricia Heaton, star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and the Web series “Versailles”
“The Adam Corolla Show,” 5-23-11

I think it’s really a dangerous area for a governor who stands up from the top of the state to say, “You should teach this. You shouldn’t teach that.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, answering a question at a town hall if creationism should be taught in public schools
Newark Star-Ledger, 5-10-11

Governor, please turn your focus from Iowa [GOP presidential primary] back to New Jersey. We have problems to solve. And how to weave religion into our science classes is not among them.
Star-Ledger editorial
Newark Star-Ledger, 5-10-11

Lord, I thank you for the miracle of prayer. It makes me think of the radio. I don’t know how it works, but I know that it works.
Pastor Mike Barres, Andrews, N.C., at a National Day of Prayer service
Andrews Journal, 5-18-11

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