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Fundie lawyer: Christianity should be 'advanced' by government

I love it when the “Christians” expose their bigotry toward other religions so boldly that it is mind boggling.

An attorney with the Thomas More Center, which is “a not-for-profit public interest law firm dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life,” is miffed because service members over in Iraq are given awareness training regarding Ramadan.

The problem? Edward L. White III believes that Christianity should be held above all other religions by our country’s institutions.

White is convinced that Islam and other religions — specifically, those that are not the dominant religions in America — are constantly being allowed to do things that Christianity cannot. In other words, he says, they are given “a pass.”

“The courts and the schools, in particular, look at [those other religions] as though this is something different [and] it’s okay to do things that we would never allow you to do when it comes to Christianity,” the attorney says. That attitude, he explains, has a snowball effect.

“The problem with that is that, all of a sudden, it starts running rampant,” White continues. “It starts running through the public schools, even all the way to the military of sensitivity training with regard to various things that there’s really no need for.”

The attorney points out that America was founded on Christian principles — so “that’s the one that should be advanced,” he says. But White is quick to point out that it is also good to know about other religions.

Oh, thanks, that cleared it all up. I wonder what all the Jewish folks who have been hopping in the political sack with the fundies think about this guy’s remarks? Oh never mind; they probably are as bloated with the Kool-Aid as the black self-loathers at Project 21.

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“Charisphobia” in Texas

Meanwhile, in the Lone Star State, you’ve got the fundies in conflict over speaking in tongues. I guess, given the above, there will soon be an internal holy war over which flavor of Christianity should be promoted.

One of our well-known homobigoted black pastors at the Blend, Pastor Dwight McKissic of Cornerstone Baptist Church, gave a speech in August at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he discussed experiencing “private prayer language.” This didn’t go over well with SBTS.

According to a recent Christian Post article, McKissick, who is also a newly appointed trustee at the seminary, was aware at the time he gave his sermon that many leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) disagree with speaking in tongues and a number of other charismatic beliefs. However, he has commented that he believes God gave him that specific message to preach that day.

…And now, some two months after the inciting chapel sermon, trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), have voted 36-1 not to tolerate any endorsement or promotion of the practice on the school’s campus.

McKissick himself cast the dissenting vote and commented afterward on the “charisphobia” of the prohibition. However, he told the Christian Post he praises God for the “clear, forthright, honest” statement from SBTS, which he hopes will lead to further clarification of where the SBC stands on this issue.

…Paige Patterson, president of SBTS, defends the seminary’s ban on private prayer language, saying it was important for the school to remain faithful to Baptist witness and distinctions. “We do believe in absolute religious liberty,” he observes, “but we also believe that if you’re going to be a New York Yankee, you shouldn’t wear a New York Mets uniform.”

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