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This is About Right

In Hypocrisy, religion on October 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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Sin Map of the U.S.

In cool, Hypocrisy, religion, Science on September 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Surprise, Most Religious States Biggest Offenders In Most Sins

Via Wired, check it for other deadly sin maps.

We’re gluttons for infographics, and a team at Kansas State just served up a feast: maps of sin created by plotting per-capita stats on things like theft (envy) and STDs (lust). Christian clergy, likely noting the Bible Belt’s status as Wrath Central, question the “science.” Valid point—or maybe it’s just the pride talking.

Lust

Christian Repeatedly Threatens Outspoken Atheist/Family With Death

In atheism, Hypocrisy, kooks, religion on September 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

“The Police Won’t Save You”

Any atheist worth his/her salt knows who PZ Myers is, but just incase, here you are. I’ve been a big fan of this blog Pharyngula for a few years. While he does get death threats from time to time, these ones are particularly disturbing. Here we have yet another example of fundamentalist believing it is okay to murder non-believers.

i will execute you. the police wont save you

God told me to MURDER you…

pz and his entire family will burn in HELL…police won’t save that fucker from me…

you have forfeit your lives…and the police wont save you…

you will be executed without mercy…

see, the entire university is going to be destroyed because of blaspheming PZ…this will be sent to every member of the University…

police won’t save that fucker from me…

did you know that blasphemy is punishable by DEATH and I am here to execute all of you?

I’ve grow tired of pointing out religious hypocrisy. I’m sure it is evident to any reader, even a child, no doubt. So I will just say I hate when people put “…” after every sentence.

So annoying…

Why Doesn’t the Right Care About Hypocrisy?

In glenn beck, Hypocrisy, racists, republicans on September 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm

9/16/09

False cries of racism” are “dangerous,” like when someone “cries ‘fire.’ – Glenn Beck

7/28/09

This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy — over and over and over again — who has a deep seated hatred for white people or white culture, I don’t know what it is…I’m saying he has a problem, this guy is, I believe, a racist. – Glenn Beck

This Comes as No Surprise..

In Hypocrisy, religion, republicans on September 17, 2009 at 5:09 am

Teens in Most Religious States Get Down

Via MSNBC

For religiosity, the researchers averaged the percentage of respondents who agreed with conservative responses to eight statements, including: ”There is only one way to interpret the teachings of my religion,” and ”Scripture should be taken literally, word for word.”

They found a strong correlation between statewide conservative religiousness and statewide teen birth rate even when they accounted for income and abortion rates.

Somewhere, Bristol Palin is smiling.

In Tempe, AZ (Where I Live) Pastor Promotes Murder

In Hypocrisy, kooks, religion on September 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

In this interview Tempe Pastor Steven Anderson, of recent fame, said that it is okay to murder Obama, abortionists and gays. At the end of the interview Anderson tells the interviewer that he is going to pray for him too, to die of brain cancer.

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) to Birther: "I agree with you"

In Hypocrisy, kooks, politics, POTUS, racists, republicans, stupid people on September 8, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Contridicts own statement from July. Shameless pandering or thinly vieled racism? Probably both.

Via Think Progress

Reagan Did What Conservatives Falsely Accuse Obama of Doing

In fox news, Hypocrisy, republicans on September 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Where is the Feigned Outrage Here?

S.C. Governor, Adulterer, Says God is on his Side

In Hypocrisy, republicans on September 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Governor Sanford Recently Called Mistress his Soul mate

Isn’t committing adultery the 7th most offensive sin possible? Isn’t this something that God should find objectionable? After all, these are rules that are so important that they had to be carved in stone, twice. Well according to the South Carolina Governor Mark Stanford, who is being rocked by an adulterous sex scandal, God has his back. Stanford chose to buck the trend of his party and have a heterosexual affair.

Note: Governor Sanford, like Governor Jindal, used tax payer dollars to fly himself around. In Stanford’s case, to Argentina to see his “soul mate”, you know, the one who wasn’t his wife.

“I feel absolutely committed to the cause, to what God wanted me to do with my life,” he said in an interview. “I have got this blessing of being engaged in a fight for liberty, which is constantly being threatened.”

Full Story at The Washington Times

LA Governor Takes Helicopter to Church – 15 times

In Hypocrisy, politics, republicans on September 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm
Bobby Jindal Tried to Reject Stimulus Dollars as Wasteful

Here is some more hypocrisy from the GOP. The Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jinal, didn’t want stimulus dollar to create some jobs for his struggling constituents. He claimed the money was wasteful, full of pork (the final stimulus bill didn’t have any earmarks), and wouldn’t create any jobs anyway.

Louisiana is suffering from an 8% unemployment rate. Then again, at least Jinal’s helicopter pilot is getting a lot of hours.

Oh, and can I see this guy’s birth certificate?

Governor Jindal

Repost From The Advocate

On Father’s Day this year, Gov. Bobby Jindal settled into a state helicopter with two staff members and flew to church services in Springhill.

A week later, state records show, he was in Dry Creek, again to attend church. The weekend after that it was a church in Monroe.

The Advocate reviewed Jindal’s travel by gathering helicopter records from State Police through a public information request and verifying the purpose of the trips with the Governor’s Office. The helicopter records provided by State Police covered March 2 to July 20.

In May, June and July, there was rarely a Sunday when the governor didn’t board a taxpayer-funded helicopter to attend church services in far-flung parts of the state. He traveled by helicopter to churches less frequently in March and April.

Over five months, Jindal took more than three dozen helicopter trips. Fourteen were to attend church services, according to state records.

He worshipped in Hornbeck, Many, Logansport, Angie, Elizabeth, Harrisonburg, Columbia, Winnsboro, Coushatta, Robeline and Anacoco.

At least two aides usually accompanied him along with his security detail and State Police pilots. The public pays their salaries as well as the fuel and upkeep for the helicopter.

The helicopter that the governor uses the most costs $1,200 an hour to operate — about $45,000 for five months of church visits.

Jindal has continued to visit churches since the time covered in the records from State Police, including a trip to Rayville in Richland Parish last week.

The Governor’s Office refuses to disclose to the media ahead of time where Jindal will attend services. But a video posted on the Internet last year gives a glimpse into the Catholic governor’s visits to Protestant churches in North Louisiana.

In the video, Jindal addresses a congregation identified as New Chapel Hill Baptist Church on a stage decorated to look like a beach with a surfboard and Adirondackstyle chairs. The governor opens with a few quips from the campaign trail, including a riff about popular culture and Paris Hilton. He relates a story about military heroes before talking about his conversion to Christianity.

Jindal said it was a video about Christ’s death that spoke to him.

“It just hit me. How arrogant to do anything but to get on my knees and worship him. It was as simple as that,” he said.

Jindal said Thursday that he does not seek out congregations to address. He said he visits a church when he receives an invitation. He acknowledged his office sometimes reaches out to a church’s leadership but only when a member of the congregation asks him to visit.

He said the visits give him a chance to talk to citizens.

“I’m completely just humbled and honored that I’m asked to come and worship with Louisianians across the state,” he said. “It’s important for the governor to get out of Baton Rouge.”

He said that at home in Baton Rouge he goes to Mass when possible, refusing to quantify how often. Jindal said he makes a point of attending Catholic services on holy days of obligation.

“I go as frequently as I can,” Jindal said.

Even though he travels on Sundays, Jindal said he schedules meetings with local officials when he flies to church services.

On July 5, for example, his office reported that the governor met with citizens, attended a meeting with local officials and went to church in Monroe. Jindal was back in Monroe four days later to meet with community leaders as part of his “Louisiana Working Tour.”

State Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, questions the necessity of Sunday meetings with officials.

Adley, a lay minister and a frequent critic of the Jindal administration, said he does not call police jurors and ask them to meet him after church so he can seek reimbursement for his expenses.

“I’m glad he goes to church, but I don’t think we ought to be paying his way there,” Adley said.

Jindal said he made a commitment when he became governor that he would meet with elected officials. He said he is fulfilling that commitment.

He said he is respectful of the fact that he is taking the officials away from their families on a Sunday. But he insisted they seem eager to show him schools, roads, factories and other projects in their areas.

State Sen. Joe McPherson, D-Woodworth, said Jindal is the most accessible governor in modern history. He said taxpayers must decide whether the trips are worth their expense.

“He’s reaching out to people who have never had the opportunity to see a governor in person since the electronic age came on,” McPherson said.

McPherson said the trips are beneficial to Jindal’s grass-roots style of politics and to his pledge that he wants to hear what the people have to say.

In the 2003 gubernatorial runoff against Jindal, Kathleen Blanco carried all but three of the parishes in heavily Protestant North Louisiana. Jindal followed up his loss by worshipping with congregations in north Louisiana in the years before the next election.

Four years later, Jindal led the returns from north Louisiana, even with a Bossier Parish resident running against him. The votes were so strong that Jindal won the primary outright, almost unheard of for a nonincumbent candidate. The governor carried all but four parishes — Bienville, Orleans, Red River and St. Bernard.

Political commentator and former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown said Jindal is playing good politics by continuing to concentrate on churches in north Louisiana.

“You don’t see the governor very much in New Orleans. He tends to shy away from New Orleans,” Brown said. “But North Louisiana is hard core and he wants to keep it that way.”

The Rev. Gil Arthur of East Leesville Baptist Church, where Jindal has spoken, said the governor’s Indian heritage makes people uncertain about what he stands for and who he is.

Jindal’s parents immigrated to the United States from India shortly before his birth.

Arthur said Jindal wants people to know that he is a man of Christ.

Leesville is in Vernon Parish west of Alexandria.

“He is a dynamic Christian man. I love him personally. He is a friend although we’re not in contact hardly ever,” Arthur said.

Jindal converted to Catholicism as a teenager. He has been open about his parents’ disappointment about his shift from Hinduism.

During the most recent governor’s election, the state Democratic Party aired a commercial that depicted Jindal as doubting the morals and questioning the beliefs of Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians and Pentecostals. The commercial ran in North Louisiana.

Jindal spoke at North Monroe Baptist Church in Ouachita Parish in July.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Bill Dye, said Jindal’s Fourth of July weekend visit helped his congregation see that a practicing Catholic can be an outspoken evangelical.

State Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, sat with congregations for several of the governor’s trips to churches.

At one of those services, Jindal publicly recognized Walsworth and two other legislators in attendance.

The governor asked the lawmakers to stand so the congregation could thank them for their service to the state.

“So often we want your votes, but we need your prayers,” Jindal said in a video posted on YouTube.

Walsworth said he hasn’t had any complaints about the governor’s use of a state helicopter to attend the services.

“He’s working on Sunday and he’s meeting the people,” he said.

Walsworth said Jindal rarely talks about politics at a Sunday service. He said Jindal’s visits are an attempt to meet with people in what are the gathering places of rural communities.

“I personally tell people I’ve got two offices. The first is my regular legislative office and other is Walmart,” Walsworth said. “I go to the people and I think that’s what he’s trying to do.”