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Televangelist Jim Bakker Ordered to Refund Orders of His COVID "Cure"
It's about time he paid a price for his lies.
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Silverton, Colorado mayor Mayor Shane Fuhrman decided they will no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance at local meetings due to “threats” and “inappropriate comments” directed at those who choose not to stand during the religious ritual.
Fuhrman gave little information regarding his decision, but the Durango Herald offered a bit more context:
It is not the first time the Pledge of Allegiance has caused division in Silverton, a town of about 550 people in the San Juan Mountains.
In 2018, a Silverton resident nearly faced charges of harassment and menacing for verbally attacking a former trustee member who did not stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.
While we still don’t know who this offending “Silverton resident” is, Trustee Molly Barela stood out with her hotheaded response to Fuhrman’s motion to nix the Pledge.
“It’s just been done for a long time. We all took an oath. And we, as the board, collectively decided it would be done.”
Skip ahead to the 5:18 mark to watch the True Patriots™️ aggressively shouting the Pledge of Allegiance at Mayor Fuhrman in protest.
In a single breath of air, Texas hate-preacher Jonathan Shelley accused people who attend PRIDE parades of enjoying murder. Then he called for a genocide against them all. Christian Love looks very strange these days…Yesterday, a Christian hate-preacher from Texas celebrated a gay man's death at a Pride parade. "It's great when trucks accidentally go through those... parades... We can hope for more in the future... I think it's great! I hope they all die!" (Warning: The language gets worse)
While the video was later blocked by YouTube, we managed to save a copy for reporters or anyone else who needs it.
One day, I’m going to figure out what’s happening in this church.
A new paper published in the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach reveals the extent to what public middle schoolers are being taught about evolution. Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State summarizes the findings:
The good news is that of the teachers who discuss evolution in class, 81.8% emphasize that there’s a scientific consensus on the reality of evolution. Furthermore, those who teach evolution are devoting a substantial amount of classroom time to it — 14.6 class hours, which translates to about three weeks of instruction.
The bad news is that not all middle school science teachers are offering instruction on evolution. Of all the teachers surveyed, 52% teach evolution as settled science, 21% avoid the topic, 18% offer a mixed message (defined as “emphasizing the broad scientific consensus on evolution while also emphasizing the scientific credibility of creationism”) and 9.3% are actually favoring creationism.
In summary: the odds of a public school student learning the fundamentals of biology in biology class is, at best, a coin toss. That’s simplifying a lot of other factors, but the number should be so much higher.
A group of atheists filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi over new default license plates that have the words “In God We Trust” emblazoned on them, forcing “nonreligious drivers to display the government’s preferred ideological, religious message on their vehicles or, if they refuse to do so, pay higher fees to legally drive their vehicles.”
Will the gambit work? They believe so because they’re not saying the phrase is illegal; rather, they’re using an argument similar to one successfully used by a Catholic foster care agency in front of the Supreme Court. They’re saying that, in certain situations, the government can’t compel them to promote views that violate their religious beliefs.
Congratulations to openly gay atheist Bill Stephens who just won an alderman race in St. Louis in a ward that’s very Catholic and very conservative. How did he do it?! Part of the answer involves being honest from the very beginning.
Do seven states really ban atheists from holding public office? No, but there’s a reason people say that. I tried to get to the bottom of it in this video:
Another day, another hustle from televangelist Jim Bakker. This time he’s slinging cheap-looking blankets and mugs for gifts of $500 or more.Desperately in need of money to keep his ministry afloat, televangelist Jim Bakker is begging viewers for donations. For a gift of $500, he'll send you ... a blanket and a mug.
At this point, why go to the trouble of printing a logo on garbage merchandise when suckers will pay just as much for an invisible ticket to heaven? (I may or may not have just blown next week’s gimmick.)
But at least the customers would be getting what they pay for. Unlike the supposed COVID “cure” Bakker sold last year before we knew a lot about the novel coronavirus. Bakker settled a case this week regarding that Silver Solution “cure” and he’ll be required to pay back roughly $156,766 to the gullible people who purchased it. That’s the handiwork of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who filed a lawsuit against Bakker last year.
Another Canadian “residential” school. Another mass gravesite. Another group of children who are no longer with us and whose families deserve justice.
Speaking of snake oil, someone should definitely run a background check on this man. Henry Harrington, an employee of the debt recovery company AscensionPoint Recovery Services, refused to accommodate his employers request for fingerprinting on the grounds that it violated his Christian faith. He was fired that same day; now he’s suing for religious discrimination. What is he trying to hide…?
Anyway, like us, you’re probably wondering what denomination of Christianity forbids fingerprints. The Minnesota Star Tribune also wanted to know… but no luck:
Harrington declined Friday to be more specific about which faith he practices or field other questions about his suit.
The sex education class at St. Luke’s Grammar School in Sydney, Australia looks very different depending on a student’s gender. The girls learn the importance of maintaining their virginity, while the boys learn to keep a shallow scoreboard in which they quantify a girl’s worth.
Sophomore boys were given 25 points each which they could use to craft their ideal mate. The 6-point traits included “good looking/attractive” and “virgin” while “generous” and “cares for the world” could be found in the bargain bin.
Here’s the breakdown if you’d like to role-play as a misogynist who believes he’s entitled to a woman who isn’t at all interested in him:
Six points: popular, loyalty, good looking/attractive, intelligent, strong Christian, kind and considerate, virgin, trustworthy
Five points: physically fit, easy to talk to, fun/sense of humour, wise
Four points: sporty/sexy, goes to church, honest/doesn’t lie or cheat, similar interests to you, friendly
Three points: well dressed/groomed, artistic, good manners, good pedigree, ambitious goals, hard-working, great kisser, owns a car
Two points: right height, good at school, brave – stands up for rights, socially competent
One point: favourite hair colour, favourite eye colour, has money, sincere and serious, generous, adventurous, similar beliefs, cares for the world, comfortable even in quiet moments
This video involves an atheist on the cusp of death. And yet it’s as uplifting as anything you’ll see this week.
God must be a Democrat if Mike Lindell is the guy He sent to overturn the election.
The Dickson City Police Department in Pennsylvania made a notable entry on Monday’s list of civil disturbances:
3:26pm Commerce Blvd. @ Home Depot for disorderly people having an exorcism in the lumber isle for the dead trees. They were escorted out of the building.
We wish we had more details, but if you’ve been following Friendly Atheist for a while, your imagination is probably not far from the actual events.