"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer."

Why the persecution complex, Christians?

And why can’t we all work toward peace instead of wishing for it?

(Source: whitehouse.gov)

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."

Thomas Jefferson (via azspot)

(via apoplecticskeptic)

"My prayers are unheard,
But thy sublime indifference will ensure
That I burn not in some everlasting fire.
Give me a place among the sheep
And the goats, separating none from none,
Leaving our mingled ashes where they fall.
That day will be one of comical disappointment
To any who hoped to see rise again from the embers
The guilty to be judged."

Requiem: The Hocus Pocus Laundromat

By Kurt Vonnegut

(via)

tetw:

by John Jeremiah Sullivan

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A visit to Cross-Over, the world’s biggest Christian music festival.

I just read this in Pulphead. He actually went to Creation, which is the world’s biggest music festival. Still a great read.

(Source: tetw, via tetw)

"Belief and nonbelief are two giant planets, the orbits of which don’t touch. Everything about Christianity can be justified within the context of Christian belief. That is, if you accept its terms. Once you do, your belief starts modifying the data (in ways that are themselves defensible, see?), until eventually the data begin to reinforce belief. The precise moment of illogic can never be isolated and may not exist. Like holding a magnifying glass at arm’s length and bringing it toward your eye: Things are upside down, they’re upside down, they’re right side up. What lay between? If there was something, it passed too quickly to be observed. This is why you can never reason true Christians out of the faith. It’s not, as the adage has it, because they were never reasoned into it—many were—it’s that faith is a logical door which locks behind you. What looks like a line of thought is steadily warping into a circle, one that closes with you inside. If this seems to imply that no apostate was ever a true Christian and that therefore, I was never one, I think I’d stand by both of those statements."

From Upon This Rock by John Jeremiah Sullivan.

An essay about Christian rock.

motherjones:

Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers’ dime.

More here. Happy Tuesday!

The US government’s removal of the Cherokee from their lands east of the Mississippi and forced 2,200 mile march to Oklahoma killed more than 4,000 people. But Louisiana school children can now learn the good that came of it.

Eventually it made more sense to snuff it out than to hide it under a bushel (no!).

Eventually it made more sense to snuff it out than to hide it under a bushel (no!).