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Crazy believers, billboard battles, and stealth abortion funding

Primary commandment the Hutaree group is breaking
Primary commandment the Hutaree group is breaking

Where to start on this Tuesday morning? How about the insane “Christian” militia group trying to jump-start Armageddon out of a Michigan base? Granted, living in Michigan’s weather might make one cross over to the dark side, but I’ve never known snow drifts to cause folks to gird up in weapons and plot to kill a police officer. Who are these weirdos and how on earth do they get “kill a cop and start a violent standoff with the law” out of anything in the Bible? Fact is, of course, they can’t, as their website demonstrates by grasping at straws. The biblical quotes the group (named Hutaree, whatever that means) posts on the site have absolutely nothing to do with killing or bringing about the end times courtesy of a sniper scope. These guys may claim to be Christian, but as JC himself said, you’ll know Christians by their love – not their insanity.

The battle for the hearts and minds of agnostics has heated up with the atheist billboard message that was hoisted in mid-February being plastered over by a “God-country-family” billboard, courtesy of Raul Robb, a Tucson financial adviser. I didn’t like the billboard from the Center for Inquiry because I think they should come up with a better message. Their billboard read, “Are you good without God? Millions are.” Well, duh.

The billboards are popping up across the nation
The billboards are popping up across the nation

There are plenty of people who argue that the only way you can be good is if you have a belief in a higher power or religion in your life, and it is certainly borne out in many ways. Who, for instance, is the first on the scene of a natural disaster? Usually not Atheists Are Us. But just as many believers do good because they feel called to it by their religious upbringing, there are also nonbelievers who do good because they believe their humanist stance requires it. Point is, we should be nice to each other, God or not, and far too often, we aren’t. Which, if you’re an atheist is no big deal, but if you’re a believer whose religion preaches loving one’s neighbor and you don’t do that – well, you give your religion a bad name.

Finally, for people who are still confused by the health care overhall, particularly in the issue of federal (aka your taxes) funding for abortion, Kathleen Parker has broken down the bits and pieces to show why the health care bill probably will fund abortion. Sadly, it doesn’t explain why legislators (and the general public) who call themselves pro-life do not object (at least not strongly enough) to further funding a war that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people, including children and pregnant women, and was never considered “just” in terms of the loophole allowed pro-lifers under just war doctrine.


7 thoughts on “Crazy believers, billboard battles, and stealth abortion funding

  1. Hey Tipster: If you find that . . . look up the passage that mandates that if I don’t buy FedGovCo approved Health Insurance, I will be fined and end up in a Federal Prison.
    BTW, if you want the page and paragraph of the bill that exempts our illegal entrants from all that unpleasantness, I’ve got that for you too.
    Happy reading, yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

    1. Actually, the 10 commandments doesn’t say Thou Shalt Not Kill (luckily for anyone who likes McDonalds). It says thous shalt not murder.
      Jewish Law did not consider having an abortion to be the same as murdering a human being, and in some cases even recommended it – Judaism to this very day does not consider abortion a sin.

  2. Thought all that Old Testament stuff was superseded by the “New Covenant”. That’s how come we can eat pork and shrimp.

  3. Hi
    Thanks for putting the word “Christian” in quotes in front of militia.
    We get the phrase “Wolf in Sheeps clothing” from Matthew Chap 7 (15″Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.)
    The fruit is the product of their actions.  We can clearly see this groups product.

  4. I’d like to see data to back up your contention about athiest’s not being first ( would 2nd or 3rd be ok with you? ) on the seen of natural disasters.Also, perhaps we athiest don’t like giving our fellow < insert any group membership you wish here > a bad name.   Or maybe we share the same basic moral judgement evolution bestowed upon the religious and non-religous alike.

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