Freethought Today · March 2013

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Theocracy Alert!

The bible is replete with instructions. Our laws of our land come from the bible. It’s frightening to think how lawless this land might be were we not to have guidance given in that book.

Bill Clayton, Common Council member in Rapid City, S.D., where FFRF sent a letter of complaint about meeting prayers

Rapid City Journal, 2-6-13


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Online blurb for Leo Burnett ad agency in Brussels, 2-8-13


There is no other county in Florida that has even talked about or even done anything about prayer in schools. But maybe we can revitalize [prayer] and be proactive versus reactive.

Flagler County School Board member John Fischer, Bunnell, Fla., calling for prayers in schools and at board meetings to counteract “all this hate”

Daytona Beach News-Journal 2-8-13


Praying for our president, who today will place his hands on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.

Tweet by Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll, Seattle, on President Barack Obama taking the oath of office, 1-21-13


Stand Up America Now is calling for a nationwide burning of effigies and images of President Hussein Obama to express our disgust for him, his policies and his continuous lying to the American people. He is destroying the moral and financial fiber of our country.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones,  Dove World Outreach Center press release, in which he asks for similar treatment of effigies of former President Bill Clinton, 1-4-13


Do you have to tell that you once had diarrhea? It’s embarrassing but nobody’s business.

Chabad Rabbi Manis Friedman, dispensing advice on whether to admit child sex abuse to a girlfriend

Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 2-1-13 


There are predators lurking among us, trying to sow the bacteria of civil marriage in Lebanon, but they should know that the religious scholars will not hesitate to do their duty and prevent the passage of such a bill.

Fatwa issued by Sunni Grand Mufti Shaikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani in Beirut

Gulf News, 1-29-13


God, without knowledge of you, they cannot possibly lead with the righteous rule. We ask you, God, to change hearts and where hearts refuse to change, we ask you to replace these people.

Former South Dakota state senator Gordon Howie, now CEO of the conservative Christian Life & Liberty Group, leading prayer at the State Capitol during a two-hour Restoration Prayer Rally

Rapid City Journal, 1-12-13


He rewards those who diligently seek Him, not just for one moment, or one day, but for every moment, and every day. As Christians, we place our faith in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ.  But so many other Americans also know the close embrace of faith —Muslims and Jews, Hindus and Sikhs.  And all Americans, whether religious or secular, have a deep and abiding faith in this nation.

President Barack Obama, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton, 2-7-13


Do you think using an iPad bible app for a New Jersey firefighters swearing-in ceremony breaks too much from tradition?

Question posed at the end of a news story on the oath of office taken at City Hall in Atlantic City by new fire captains and battalion chiefs, 2-10-13


[Answering whether she thinks gays have a purpose in life]: No, I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t. I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God.”

Diana Medley, Indiana public high school special education teacher, speaking at a church in favor of a ban on lesbians and gays at a neighboring district’s prom

WTWO, 2-11-13


On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years.   The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.

President Barack Obama, statement on the pope’s resignation, 2-11-13


We want to give this message to our youths that in an environment where devilish civilization is hoodwinking the Muslim women in the name of so-called freedom, we should be steadfast to guard the culture of modesty.

Asadullah Bhutto, head of Jammat-e-Islami, Pakistan’s largest Islamic party, urging celebration of Hijab Day instead of Valentine’s Day, 2-13-13


Luke 22:36 very clearly — and this is Jesus speaking — said, quote: “If you have a purse take it and buy a bag, and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, imagining at a committee hearing what Jesus would say about proposed gun violence bills

Seattle Spokesman-Review, 2-13-13

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