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The Freedom From Religion Foundation just released its finding regarding the Bible-based curriculum that the president of Hobby Lobby is trying to push into schools.
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The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) in Madison, Wisconsin requested a copy of the course materials from Mr. Green, who has yet to respond. The FFRF has managed to look at a copy of the textbook for the course and has found a number of problems with it, all of which are related in various ways to the four principles above.
First, a hallmark of academic study of any topic is a willingness to adopt a critical attitude. Any question is valid so long as it is directly related to the topic. The Green textbook treats all events that the Bible describes as historically accurate. There are parts of the Bible that historians can confirm with independent evidence, but the Green text offers specific artifacts of biblical events as only remaining to be found, such as Noah’s ark, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Holy Grail (apparently without reference to Monty Python) when no serious scholar thinks the related events really happened or expects ever actually to find any of the objects in question.
A future in which the fanatical billionaire heads of our nation’s largest retail chains dictate what is taught in schools. Religion News Service reports:
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The Mustang, Okla., school board voted Monday to adopt the first year of the Museum of the Bible Curriculum, an ambitious four-year public school elective on the narrative, history and impact of the Bible developed by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.
In September 2016, Jerry Pattengale, head of the Green Scholars Initiative, which is overseeing its development, hopes to place it in at least 100 high schools; by the following year, “thousands.”
If successful, Green, whose family’s wealth is estimated at upward of $3 billion, would galvanize the movement to teach the Bible academically in public schools, a movement born after the Supreme Court banned school-sanctioned devotion in the 1960s but whose steady progress in the last decades has been somewhat hampered.
The Green curriculum ”is like nothing we’ve seen before,” said Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and editor of a booklet sent out to all schools by the U.S.
Suppose Christians took a closer look at what their holy book is truly discussing? NeuroBrainstorm looks at a wide range of biblically-key plants with mind-altering properties:
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Holy Anointing Oil – (Leviticus 10:6) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. (Exodus 29:7) Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head and anoint him.
The holy anointing oil is a potent psychedelic extract…essentially an anxiolytic-hallucinogen. The transdermal application of it led to its absorption and psychoactive effects, even in extremely low doses. The bible suggests anointing with a large amount of oil possibly to ensure a psychedelic response.
Manna – (Exodus 16 14, 31) Behold…there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Depending on which definition (2, 5A&B) of cult, all churches can be one. They all certainly start out as one, perhaps sect is a more polite term. Sometimes a cult is non religious altogether, we here at disinfo can be perceived as one. Depending on how loosely one views the definition of course. I digress, this article talks about a family that has lost their daughter to a nondenominational New Testament church. Called the Church of Wells.
via Texas Monthly
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Andy and Patty Grove never planned to settle outside of Texas. Their roots in the state reach back many generations. Patty’s ancestors came to Texas on a wagon train from Tennessee in the 1830’s (an elementary school in Houston is named for her great-grandfather); Andy’s father owned a tract of land that is now part of the posh Houston neighborhood of Hedwig Village.
So might there be some truth the the biblical story of Noah, his ark and the animals entering two by two? A 4000-year-old stone tablet that’s just gone on display at the British Museum suggests exactly that. Oh, and the ark was round, per this report from AP:
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It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.
But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow – the original Noah’s Ark, new research suggests, was round.
A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia – modern-day Iraq – reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle – as well as the key instruction that animals should enter “two by two.”
The tablet went on display at the British Museum on Friday, and soon engineers will follow the ancient instructions to see whether the vessel could actually have sailed.
Flower Mound, a Texas city of more than 60,000, believes it can fix the world’s problems by becoming a bible-based society. Via Fox News:
The mayor of a Texas city is raising some eyebrows after he officially declared 2014 the “year of the Bible.”
Tom Hayden, the mayor of Flower Mound, made the declaration at a city council meeting last month. Hayden says he had considered making the declaration for years because he wants his community to connect through the Bible, and finally decided to do so in 2014.
“The morality that helped build our country is based on the values that are found in the Bible. And as we look at problems, maybe we’re getting away from those values,” [said Hayden].
Hayden hopes to do so by encouraging all the residents of his town to read the entire Bible together in a year. Daily passages will be posted on a website called thebible2014.com, which was created by the Calvary Chapel of Flower Mound “as a connecting point to fulfill the Mayor’s vision.”
Is there anything a hammer and a bible can’t fix? The Tahlequah Daily Press reports:
Police say a 33-year-old Tahlequah man wielding a hammer and a Bible had to be electrocuted with a taser four times Saturday when he held another man in a headlock and claimed he was “doing the Lord’s work.”
Mitchell D. Hummingbird was being held Monday at the Cherokee County Detention Center with a $35,000 bond.
According to Deputy Michael Cates, the deputy asked Hummingbird to drop the hammer, but Hummingbird refused and continued holding onto the victim by the neck.
Deputies said Hummingbird apparently felt he was trying to “save” the victim. He was also under the influence of some substance, and had to seek treatment before he could be booked into jail.
The Daniel Fast is the latest fad diet, but this one has a twist: it’s meant for Christians who “Motivated by both faith and fitness,” limit themselves to fruits and vegetables for 21-day increments, akin to the Biblical Daniel. Olga Khazan reports for The Atlantic:
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As a Baptist, January Rowe knew that tough times sometimes call for fasting. Purposefully going without food has long been a part of Judeo-Christian spiritual practice—David, Jesus, the disciples, and many other Biblical figures fasted regularly as a way to show obedience to God. For centuries, Christians have followed the Bible’s example by going hungry for stretches of time as a form of prayer.
In the summer of 2011, Rowe’s husband had just started a business, and “it was a major life change. I wanted to pray and do whatever I could to support him,” she said.
She thought about fasting, but she worried that not eating entirely for days would make it even harder to keep up with her two small children.
Looks like Harlem has its own Martin Luther…
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The Harlem author of a book of Bible-inspired erotica got a negative review last week — in the form of vandalism on the steps of his 123rd Street home.
Matthew Stillman, writer of the book “Genesis Deflowered,” found red graffiti reading “blasphmy,” misspelled, on the bottom step of his brownstone early Friday morning.
“I think someone is angry and lashed out,” said Stillman, a former television and film producer who reported the graffiti to the 28th Precinct which classified the incident as a case of criminal mischief.
Stillman, 40, said he has received hate mail about the book published in August since he appeared on Fox News earlier this month.
“You’re still my enemy, but lucky for us…the Bible says to love your enemies,” one piece of mail read.
Stillman defended “Genesis Deflowered,” which is written in the flowery English of the 17th century, and said he didn’t intend to degrade the Bible, which he said mentions at least 500 implied sexual situations in Genesis alone.