Category Archive: Christianity

Apr 12 2017

More than vigilantes?

8 in 11

By Arkansas Times’ The Observer, April 06, 2017

 

The state of Arkansas is planning on killing eight men soon, one right after the other, in 11 days. They are doing this to punish them for having killed people. The Observer used to be very much a capital punishment believer. But then, we sat through a death penalty trial, start to finish: the trial of Curtis Lavelle Vance, for the October 2008 rape and homicide of … [more]

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Mar 29 2017

Peace will come with justice

The cult of atheist Zionism posing as Judaism

By Rich Siegel, January 1, 2012

 

This essay was first published in Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists, edited by Avigail Abarbanel (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), used with permission.

 

I consider myself a cult survivor. I was raised in the cult of Atheist-Zionism-Posing-as-Judaism. I stated this to a few select friends several years ago, and they thought it was funny. The statement brought with it a … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/29/peace-will-come-with-justice/

Mar 27 2017

The greatest case for Atheism

 

Important!

While not technically a “preacher” (as far as I know), Lloyd Hoffman once again darkens the page of the Sentinel Record with a letter in Sunday’s paper that perfectly embodies a piece John Pavlovitz wrote last year, when he begged evangelical preachers to quit blaming God for Trump:

You’re making from the pulpit and platform, the greatest case for Atheism you could ever make.

You’re aligning God with an ignorant, petulant, narcissistic bully.
You’re putting God’s rubber stamp on unprecedented [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/27/the-greatest-case-for-atheism/

Mar 23 2017

Even greater news

No, God Doesn’t Bless America

By John Pavlovitz, July 3, 2016

 

No, this isn’t the kind of inflammatory, fear-fueled message that lots of Evangelical pastors prefer to major in these days.

It’s not some doom and gloom, sky-is-falling, bullhorn warning that God is ticked-off at America and is doing terrible things to us because of it.

This is not a dire, brimstone chastising about God abandoning us for our growing wickedness, removing the specific good fortune we once [more]

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Mar 17 2017

And I’m pro-life!

And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan…

By Nicholas Kristof, March 16, 2017

 

A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.”

Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/17/and-im-pro-life/

Mar 05 2017

Mad as a March hare

Alas, it seems our local newspaper, the Sentinel Record, is determined to make Hot Springs known more for its wingnut provincials than as an international tourist trap. The following article was front-page, above the fold, in today’s Sunday edition. Read it and weep. These people really believe that Trump and Jesus are two sides of the same coin of the realm, the so-fantastic and amazing mammon that will make America great “again”…

But maybe, just maybe, there’s a silver [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/03/05/mad-as-a-march-hare/

Feb 27 2017

And few there be that find it

 

Important!

 

Hot Springs history is rich with characters profane and sanctimonious.  These days, our quirky burg seems inundated with the latter, a roused rabble of “evangelical bloc” letter writers who darken these pages almost daily with religious rants more emetic than evangelistic.

One of the most prolific and pious of these scribes usually just stitches together random quotes from Billy’s boy, the oh-so very reverend Franklin Graham.  But then last month he went much further, beyond mere repetitions … [more]

Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/02/27/and-few-there-be-that-find-it/

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