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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:54 am

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:56 pm

"Who Really Gives? Partisanship and Charitable Giving in the United States

Michele Margolis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science
Michael Sances
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

August 9, 2013

Abstract:
"Voluntary contributions from individuals are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations, which in turn fund a large portion of social services in the United States. Given this reliance donor generosity, it is important to understand who contributes, and to where. In this paper, we argue against the conventional wisdom that political conservatives are inherently more generous toward private charities than liberals. At the individual level, the large bivariate relationship between giving and conservatism vanishes after adjusting for differences in income and religiosity. At the state level, we find no evidence of a relationship between charitable giving and Republican presidential voteshare. Finally, we show that any remaining differences in giving are an artifact of Republicans' greater propensity to give to religious causes, particularly their own church. Taken together, our results counter the notion that political conservatives compensate for their opposition to governmental intervention by supporting private charities."

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm? ... id=2148033

Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:56 pm

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Post by Dardedar » Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:00 am

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Post by Dardedar » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:08 am

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:38 pm

Juicy insane religious quote:

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:48 pm

Why Obamacare Could Produce More Atheists
And other surprising psychological findings about why some people (but not others) reject religion.

"Norenzayan thinks a large array of social and cultural influences also helps to determine not only which god or gods you might believe in or reject in a given society, but also how tolerant your society is of atheists. He details many of these in his new book, Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict, which starts out with the example of Denmark, a society that is both highly irreligious and yet also highly ethical. "This is one of the most cooperative societies on Earth," says Norenzayan, "and they're doing it completely without religion."
Again and again in Norenzayan's research, societies that are existentially secure—meaning that people have access to health care and a strong social safety net, that there is a strong rule of law, but also that they are not facing deadly diseases or natural disasters—tend toward less religion and also more tolerance of atheism. Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of this came in an amazing study in which a New Zealand earthquake was found to have produced more religious belief in those who were directly affected by it—even as the rest of the society was growing more secular all around them."
Existential threat, in the form of an earthquake, produces more religiosity; existential stability—in the form of an established rule of law, universal health care systems, and strong welfare states—leads to the opposite."

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201 ... ists-exist

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:20 pm

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Nice rant: "Go Mike!! Save the day again! Remember when your Chick-Fil-A appreciation day stopped the rising tide of gay marriage? Or when you saved Todd Akin's Senate race? You are a kingmaker, sir, a man who rescues society from its spiral into indecency! For example, in the fight against indecency, remember when you comforted the parents of the Newtown victims - just children! - by informing them that God allowed their kids to be killed to punish America for removing God from schools? And then you followed this up by bravely joining the fight against gun control!
Because who would want to live in a country without Legitimate Rape, or knowing that the vagina is better than some dude's butt, or without grieving parents being told that God chose to murder their kids as punishment!?" --Facebook

Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:22 pm

"For centuries Christianity treasured the great commandment of love and mercy as traditional truth without recognizing it as a reason for opposing slavery, witch burning and all the other ancient and medieval forms of inhumanity. It was only when Christianity experienced the influence of the thinking of the Age of Enlightenment that it was stirred into entering the struggle for humanity. The remembrance of this ought to preserve it [i.e., Christianity, including Reformation Christianity] forever from assuming any air of superiority in comparison with thought." --Albert Schweitzer

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Post by Dardedar » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:43 am

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Post by Dardedar » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:50 pm

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Post by Dardedar » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:18 pm

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:35 pm

Should we really have bothered to teach language to this baboon? He could have made a nice pet for someone. Oh look,... it points! Cute.

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:29 am

Ted Cruz's Father Suggested His Son Is 'Anointed' to Bring About 'End Time Transfer of Wealth'

"The pastor [Huch] referred to Proverbs 13:22, a little while ago, which says that the wealth of the wicked is stored for the righteous. And it is through the kings, anointed to take dominion, that that transfer of wealth is going to occur." - Rafael Cruz, August 26, 2012
In a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz' father Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as "kings" to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the "Seven Mountains" mandate, and "bring the spoils of war to the priests", thus helping to bring about a prophesied "great transfer of wealth", from the "wicked" to righteous gentile believers. link to video of Rafael Cruz describing the "great transfer of wealth" and the role of anointed "kings" in various sectors of society, including government, who are to "bring the spoils of war to the priests".

Rafael Cruz' dominionist sermon given August 26, 2012, at the New Beginnings Church of pastor Larry Huch, in Irving, Texas has already received considerable scrutiny due to an excellent Huffington Post commentary by Methodist Associate Pastor Morgan Guyton, who noted the explicitly dominionist nature of pastor Cruz' sermon, which concerned the divine mandate for believers, with anointing of "kings" in their respective spheres, to take control over all sectors of society.

Cruz spoke of "Kings who are anointed to go to war, win the war, and bring the spoils of war to the priests."

Discussion of the now-notorious speech by Rafael Cruz has missed the fact that Ted Cruz was subsequently blessed and anointed by prominent dominionist pastors, in effect as a "king" in the political/governmental sphere, at a special blessing ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, at a July 19th-20th 2013 rally designed to draw pastors into politics."

http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/bruce ... e-transfer

Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:40 pm

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:55 am

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"You're allowed to believe a god. You are allowed to believe unicorns live in your shoes for all I care. But the day you start telling me how to wear my shoes so I don't upset the unicorns, I have a problem with you. The day you start involving the unicorns in making decisions for the county, I have a BIG problem with you." --Matthew Shultz

Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:28 pm

Excellent Pascal's Wager Chart

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Maybe you can make this a proper size SAV?

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Post by Dardedar » Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:23 pm

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:51 am

This is the funniest thing I am going to see all week. And that's okay, because it sets the bar high:

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Chinese ‘paranormalist’ arrested for exorcising a ‘haunted vagina’ with his penis
BY BARRY DUKE – SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

A MAN who claimed he could could use his penis to rid a woman of ghosts that had taken up residence in her vagina, was arrested in China after performing the “sexorcism” for which he charged $3,000.

Huang Jianjun was arrested in the Guangdong Province after he convinced A Xin that he could remove evil spirits from her vagina by having sexual intercourse. A day later, Xin reported the incident to the police, and Jianjun was promptly arrested."

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Now that I've read the story and not just the headline, some parts of it aren't funny.

Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:31 am

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