Today we will look at some nutty behavior from the “Religious” Right. First, it appears that the great purge of churches in America has begun. It began with a test balloon send out in Waynesville, North Carolina where a Baptist preacher, Rev. Chan Chandler, who ran out nine congregants because they did not support President Bush. The Full story can be found here http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/10/church.politics.ap/index.html. Rev. Chandler was forced to step down and the congregants were welcomed back, however this should not be confused as a victory for those seeking to keep politics out of our faith, it was in fact the first shot in what may develop into a growing movement in America. CNN reports:
In St. Paul, Minnesota for example a Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics. Of course the fact that the priesthood is filled with homosexuals makes this hypocritical, we can also see that politics once again have crept into a house of worship. The Rainbow Sash Alliance says that by wearing the sash, members "publicly claim our place at Christ's table, sacramentally expressing the truth in our lives, and calling the church to embrace a new day of integrity and freedom." Organizer Brian McNeill wrote to Flynn last month, explaining that the sashes are a symbol "to celebrate the gift of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sexuality."
Flynn wrote back to say the sashes are "more and more perceived as a protest against church teaching," declaring that it has never been acceptable "to use the reception of communion as an act of protest."
Full story available here: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/15/gay.communion.ap/index.html
Imagine if Jesus had only preached to those who agreed with him. What if Jesus refused to preach to sinners? What if Jesus refused to be tolerant to others, or applied a Political litmus test to people he preached to?
This is not to suggest that all religious leaders are preaching hate, quite to the contrary. One church which is reaching out to all people in the spirit of Jesus is the United Church of Christ, you can join there fight against discrimination here http://www.ucctakeaction.org/action/
I would like to point out that I am not affiliated with this church, in fact I am a practicing Jew.
Hungry for more religious nuts? Oh yes you are! The New Scientist reports about a new possible Cervical Cancer Vaccine. The full story can be found here. http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/mg18624954.500
It goes on to report that In the US, for instance, religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite a survey showing 80 per cent of parents favor vaccinating their daughters. "Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV," says Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian lobby group that has made much of the fact that, because it can spread by skin contact, condoms are not as effective against HPV as they are against other viruses such as HIV.
"Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a license to engage in premarital sex," Maher claims, though it is arguable how many young women have even heard of the virus.
Wow, all women must suffer outrageous risk because some people don’t like what it might do to you sex life. Who are these people and why are there in our lives? Why do they have such power over us?
The madness does not end there, we finally have Plan B. From the Washington post we find out that:
Soon after the Food and Drug Administration overruled its advisory panel last year and rejected an application to make an emergency contraceptive more easily available, critics of the agency said it had ignored scientific evidence and yielded to pressure from social conservatives.
Once again Religion trumps good science! Why are we putting up with this nonsense, seriously?