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Tag: separation of church and state

Why Religion and Politics Must Mix; Jaffe Memo reflections continued- part two

This morning I posted a lengthy post on the Jaffe Memo, a document provided by a vice-president of Planned Parenthood in 1969.  This memo has been making its rounds because it advocates for the encouragement of homosexuality, forced abortions, adding sterilants to the water supply, and so on and so forth.  All this, from an organization that we are told advocates for “women’s health” and “freedom.”

Of course, anyone who has studied Planned Parenthood knows that this is a crock.  It was always about population control and enriching elitists.  In the Jaffe Memo, they are uncharacteristically honest about it.  Read … continue reading...

Presentation: Abortion is Just Politics and Pro-Life is Just Religion; and Apologetics

Thursday, Apr. 29th,  at 12:30 p.m. CST, I will be presenting on this topic:

(Round two in progress… 2:23 p.m. CST, direct link)

Just Politics?  Religion and Abortion and Apologetics:  Examining the idea that supporting abortion is merely a political view but opposing it is a religious view and the role of world view in the question.

Summary:  Pro-choicers often frame their argument by casting their position as a civil rights issue and the pro-life position as a religious issue- and people should not impose their religion on others.  Common sense would suggest that as two sides of the … continue reading...

Churches risk their Tax Exemption to Prove Connection Between Beliefs and Politics

This morning I woke up to a fascinating news report describing out the ADF is seeking churches to make political statements so that the IRS can penalize the churches, giving the ADF a vehicle to challenge the tax exemption requirement that such entities refrain from making political statements.

This is the sort of ‘fighting fire with fire’ approach that we need today.  The ACLU and the FFRF have been going bonkers trying to create court cases that further their cause.  It is high time Christians and religious people did the same.

One of the reasons why I have not made … continue reading...

More Skeptic and Atheistic Response to the Holmen Star and Cross

If you’ve been following my posts about the Holmen cross/star, you know that my position is that the Village of Holmen took the ‘easy’ way out in its attempt to preserve the cross on Star Hill, and likely a foolish attempt at that, as they’re probablygoing to get sued anyway.

I’ve been following the blogosphere reaction and found a truly remarkable read from a science blog.  It is the comments in particular that I find interesting.  They prove that some people simply cannot be pleased.  If you thought the offense was that it was on public property and that the … continue reading...

The Atheistic Reaction to the Holmen Cross Situation: Predictable.

Predictable, yes, but whose listening to me?

If you’ve been following my blog on this matter you’ve read about the fact that a church and state issue has popped up right in the town that I live in.  A star which has been on private land for some 40 years and could be lit up as a cross during Easter was included in the purchase to obtain land for municipal services.  Naturally, it was only a matter of time before a hyper-sensitive atheist found himself offended.  The village believes they solved the matter by selling the portion of property that … continue reading...

The Holmen Cross, Kristallnacht, and the Tyranny of the Minority: My Letter to the Editor in the La Crosse Tribune

I wrote a letter to the editor regarding the Holmen cross which sits on public property.  It was published today.  The power of the personal blog gives me the ability to comment further and even respond to other letter writers.  Let’s start with my actual letter.

Beware tyranny of the minority

It is not every day that Holmen has the opportunity to have an impact on the affairs of the entire nation. The decision to sell off the land that the cross on Star Hill stands on in order to avoid controversy is understandable in light of what happened

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Church and State Separation Issues Strike Holmen and the Cross on Star Hill

The national issue about religious icons (read: Christian symbols) on public land has struck very close to home. This link will give some background to the whole affair but there are a few other things of note which perhaps in due time I will speak to. I have strong feelings about such issues and have spoken about other areas. It doesn’t make sense not to chronicle the situation and opine on it on my own blog since I actually live in the vicinity of the offending cross. So here goes.

As the article explains, in a purchase for other purposes, … continue reading...