Jan. 19th, 2010

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Sexual Harassment or Religious Freedom?

Friendly Atheist has the story of Mary Linklater, former choir director at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, who was sexually harassed by her pastor and another prominent church member; complained; was cruelly retaliated against and eventually fired; sued; and won. The church is now appealing the judgment...
...on the basis of the "Ministerial Exception" -- the legal principle that, because of the First Amendment right to freedom of religion, religious employers have more leeway in hiring and firing than secular employers do, and can hire and fire based on religious criteria.
I'll say that again.
The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is claiming, in court, that resisting the unwanted sexual overtures of your pastor and boss is a "religious criteria." They are arguing that screwing the pastor when he asks you to is part of the religious doctrine they adhere to, and that they have the right to fire someone who doesn't adhere to it.MORE

Please excuse me while I stare.

Also: U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.
At the end of the serial number on Trijicon's ACOG gun sight, you can read "JN8:12", a reference to... Expand
At the end of the serial number on Trijicon's ACOG gun sight, you can read "JN8:12", a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." The ACOG is widely used by the U.S. military. Collapse
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The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.
U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents MORE

Yes well, in any case those Muslims just need to be converted anyway. And so much for the separation of church and state. And of course, note that part where oh the objections are being raised by a group that's "not christian". *Eyeroll* Doesn't mean that what you are doing isn't fucking WRONG, asshole. It even brings up questions about your morality, at that, considering that you all are supposed to be so much more moral than us non believers. The idiot who claimed that this is the worst example of church and state separation does need to be cited for exaggerating though.
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I NEED these books in my life. FOR THE COVERS ALONE

Full cover of King Maker and summary Honestly? I tend to HATe the varied retellings of Arthuur. This one I would read teh hell out of. I am THAT excited.


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