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Liberty Counsel advises churches regarding Boy Scouts

 Liberty Counsel has received questions from churches which have chosen to maintain their association with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) regarding whether their continued involvement with the organization requires them to admit an openly homosexual scout master or youth member. Liberty Counsel has provided model language to ensure that all church programs or uses of property, including scout troops, remain consistent with God’s Word.
For boys, BSA’s January 2014 membership standards require that “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone” and state that “any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. The BSA is not endorsing homosexual conduct nor is it forcing religious chartered organizations to do so.” Therefore, churches may define and enforce behavior and advocacy in chartered scout troops consistent with biblical teaching.

For adult leaders, BSA will not prevent churches from selecting leaders consistent with their religious beliefs. BSA’s legal memo concludes that its right to grant charters to religious organizations is strongly protected under the law. However, when churches are challenged about use of their facilities for same-sex ceremonies, use of restrooms, and other LGBT issues, they hurt their legal defense by allowing the BSA as a recognized group. A better alternative to the BSA is Trail Life USA, which was formed in response to the change in the BSA policy. See www.traillifeusa.com.

“The once great Boy Scouts of America has taken a great fall when it changes the longstanding policy to allow homosexual scout leaders and members. This change in policy is fraught with danger. While there are ways for churches to protect their integrity and the safety of their young boys, the best alternative is to abandon the scouts because the scouts abandoned them. Trail Life USA is the best alternative to the failed BSA program,” said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. “Liberty Counsel will continue to defend the right of churches to make employment and volunteer decisions based on church religious beliefs and the teachings of the Bible,” said Staver.

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Religious sects forgo medical treatment for faith

According to a story from The Guardian, The Followers of Christ is a just one religious sect that relies on faith healing rather than modern medicine.

The story suggests that these groups seek out states, such as Idaho, that offer protection from prosecution due to religious practices.

It goes without saying that faith healing’s track record is abysmal, and that parents. According to the story:

The Followers of Christ’s cemetery is full of graves marking the deaths of children who lived a day, a week, a month.

What’s interesting is that the laws protecting such practices are holdovers from the Nixon administration. Due to some high-profile child abuse cases in the 60s, the administration pushed through the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act, which was influenced by John Erlichman and JR Haldeman, both Christian Scientists. They added to the act a provision that those who believe that prayer is the only way to cure illness would be exempt from the law.

Today is Christopher Hitchens’ birthday, and there’s no better story than this that demonstrates that religion poisons everything.

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War on atheists declared in Bangladesh

According to a story on CNN, al Qaeda has declared war on atheists in Bangladesh after the most recent murder of secular blogger Nazimuddin Samad. The story says that attackers murdered Samad using machetes and guns.

Al Qaeda released a statement saying that Samad was an “enemy of Allah” and cited several Facebook posts by him as evidence of his insulting Islam.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman told CNN that “The bloggers, they should control their writing. Our country is a secular state… I want to say that people should be careful not to hurt anyone by writing anything — hurt any religion, any people’s beliefs, any religious leaders.”

So to recap – this has nothing to do with Islam and you’re free to say anything you want so long as it’s not offensive.

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Going off to join ISIS

I read a story regarding Swedish teenager who went off with her boyfriend to join the Islamic State. Not surprisingly, she found out once she joined the terrorist group, that life wasn’t quite as cushy as it was in Sweden.

To be fair, the girl is portrayed in the story as a bit of a dolt. She relates the story this way:

“First it was good together, but then he (her boyfriend) started to look at ISIS videos and speak about them and stuff like that,” she said in the interview with Kurdistan 24, using another name for the Islamic State.

“Then he said he wanted to go to ISIS, and I said, ‘Okay, no problem,’ because I did not know what ISIS meant or what Islam was — nothing.”

Evidently, she found (as many do) that life with a group of Islamic terrorists isn’t all fun and games.

It’s hard to believe that anyone who has access to the media via television and the Internet isn’t aware of the most brutal terrorist organization on the planet currently, but this post really isn’t about this particular girl. Rather, I’ve been thinking lately about people who wish to leave whatever country in which they’re living, and join the Islamic State.

Typically, when it’s discovered that people are planning to join ISIS or another terrorist organization, they are arrested and often thrown in jail, which leads me to the question: Should these people be allowed to join whatever army they want to join and suffer whatever consequences they would suffer for their choice? Should they have the freedom to make whatever dumb decision they want to make?

Discuss.

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So, who wants a book?

book cover web

It’s not ready quite yet, but we’re getting close to the first collection in print. The tentative title is “Evolution” and is not meant to be a definitive collection, (that will come later) but rather an overview of the history of the comic from its inception to where we are today.

It’s looking to be approximately 56 pages, in full color, and with copious amounts of commentary on the comics from yours truly.

If everything goes as planned, I’m hoping to have this ready for purchase by the end of April.

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Evolution

Going through an old sketchbook and thought you’d all enjoy these very early sketches of our pre-Winston piggy. The first comic was our hero – playing the role of a doctor – and a patient who insisted on praising Jesus for getting cured. I swear, that comic is somewhere in this house and if I ever find it, I’ll post it, as it would’ve been the very first Atheist Pig appearance.

pig sketch