There is no way to defend or rationalize this behavior. A normal person would have signed anything other than a Bible.
The company’s CEO, Dan Ariens, claimed it would cost $1 million for his Ariens Company to continue allowing its Muslim employees to take five-minute prayer breaks. The centuries-old Islamic practice, followed by more than 1 billion people worldwide, was just too much for the lawn mower and snowmobile manufacturer to handle.
“It gets out of control,” Ariens said of the prayer breaks.
(Previously) secret meeting –
Kim Davis & ‘Eye of the Tiger?
It’s putting it mildly to say this was kind of a strange event.
If I just got out of jail and had to speak to a crowd of supporters, I would not have allowed “Eye of the Tiger” to be played as I took the stage. I wouldn’t have been comfortable with that.
Turns out, Survivor wasn’t comfortable with the use of the song….
Under the terms of the agreement, hundreds of men and women who filed sex abuse claims in the bankruptcy would receive a financial settlement.
“Clearly he’s not well known within Washington, D.C., with social conservative leaders. He’s more known for his battle with unions in Wisconsin,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and one of about 50 people invited to huddle with Walker. “I think people are wondering, ‘Where does he stand?’” Perkins, a former…
Via Religion as the Basis of Democracy @ Marquette Warrior.
An Easter Weekend in Rome from Gunther Machu on Vimeo. Via FREE WHITEWATER.
See Lutheran pastor resigns after being linked to threatening email @ JSOnline.
Van Fossen said she’d been working on the essay for a few weeks and that its publication was in no way timed to the trooper’s killing, which she called "an absolute tragedy." The most extreme response to the post, Van Fossen said, was a screed dated March 27 from Wendt’s home email address calling her…
For Reynolds [professor of philosophy and provost at Houston Baptist University], Walker speaks “in a biblical cadence” and uses “biblical expressions,” sending cues that others in a “biblically illiterate society” might not pick up on. Although of course no one is making early predictions, Reynolds said, “I could see Scott Walker pulling this off.” Via…
“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion. “I’ve actually never talked about it…
St. Norbert College has apparently decided to go ahead with hosting prominent abortion-rights advocate Gloria Steinem, despite the recent disapproval of Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay. The College’s current trajectory is both offensive to its bishop and reflects a deeper misconception about its own Catholic identity… Via Best LIttle Methodist College…
Speakers will include Eric J. Swanson, co-author of the 2010 book “Transform a City,” which explores the ways Christian churches can address social problems that plague urban areas. Via Christian symposium to address "city transformation" @ JS FaithWatch Blog.
I’m encouraged by Pope Francis’ decision to share his thoughts on global climate change, because his words and deeds have weight – as evidenced by the important role he played in the historic change in relations between the United States and Cuba – so perhaps his efforts to influence the dialogue on global climate change…
Via “Teach a man to fish, whatever! ” An update on the Gospel according to Walker @ Political Heat.
Via Pastor Kid Scott Walker misquotes the Bible to justify denying health care @ Political Heat.
Via “Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that… Joseph Smith… took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old.” @ Althouse.
Via Dalai Lama Suggests He Will Not Reincarnate @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.
As we continue to watch the actions of Pope Francis as he works to mold the Catholic Church into something more to the calling of Christ comes the news of a most important selection for archbishop of Chicago. One can only hope that Francis lives to be very old and able to make many changes…
Via Marquette changes Foley memorial to Tuesday @ JS FaithWatch Blog.
Via Christians Persecuted – So Whatever @ FREEDOM EDEN.
Members of minority religious communities were disproportionately affected by violence, discrimination, and harassment. In many regions of the world, religious intolerance was linked to civil and economic strife and resulted in mass migration of members of religious minority communities throughout the year. Via Report: Religious freedom in peril in large part of the world @ FaithWatch…
Some there are—many, perhaps—who are offended by public displays of religion. Religion, they believe, is a personal matter; if it must be given external manifestation, that should not occur in public places where others may be offended. I can understand that attitude: It parallels my own toward the playing in public of rock music or…
Via Milwaukee to host thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses @ JS FaithWatch Blog.
Via “Pope Francis never stops talking about the Devil; it’s constant” @ Althouse.
Via “Not only is this woman, putatively a Christian, praising torture, but she is comparing it to a holy sacrament of the Christian faith.” @ Althouse.
Via Area Catholics headed to Rome for canonizations of revered popes @ JS FaithWatch Blog.
It may still be the best-selling tome of all time, but the Bible is increasingly generating indifference, and even antipathy, especially among Millennials, according to the fourth annual State of the Bible survey. Via Millennials driving trend away from Bible reverence @ JS FaithWatch Blog.
Years ago, during a controversy in Whitewater, someone told me a story about an official who, I learned, asked God’s help to relieve that official from a political burden. The official delivered his request, apparently, in blunt, specific terms. I don’t know whether the official received an answer to his prayers, or whether he believed…