I live right in the middle of the two cities listed in number 3. Ugh.. at least I know when I move next time it can’t get much worse.
See the full list here, based on a survey conducted by the American Bible Society
If you haven’t been reading about this clusterfuck in Oklahoma, here’s the skinny…
A conservative Christian group gets a giant 10 Commandments statue on the Capitol lawn under the argument of the first amendment. Several other groups, including the OK City Satanic Temple, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Noodle Monster, and many others have applied and petitioned to have a statue on the lawn as well, citing the same reasoning as the 10 Commandments. The powers-that-be got all “fuck them, Jesus is the only way” on them, and it all boiled over. Now, there’s a convenient moratorium on all new statues. The model above is the recently proposed statue for the Satanic Temple.
The issue here is that the group who erected the 10 Commandments and the legislators who allowed it are blatantly using their power to prevent other ‘illegitimate’ monuments from being placed on state property. To anyone who has even <i>heard</i> of the First Amendment, there are—ideally—two outcomes to this: 1. Remove the Commandments so no one religion is represented on the state grounds, or, 2. Allow everyone to be included (trolls and all…).
I really just thought that the statue is super badass….
You can read more here.
Time magazine announced today that its prestigious Man of the Year award goes to Pope Francis, with Edward Snowden coming in second. This is actually a Time MotY pick I agree with, unlike the year when the winner was “You”. You could certainly argue that Snowden had a bigger impact on 2013, single-handedly changing the dynamics of international politics and espionage with his Smaug-like trove of secret information on the NSA, but Pope Francis has in his short tenure, gone a long, long way in starting to fix the tremendous crimes of the Vatican and being a Christian leader who, unlike most, actually behaves in a Christlike manner, with the kind of visible humility and compassion one usually sees in a Dalai Lama. And this comes after a man who thought it was still the Middle Ages, when it was cool for the Pope to dress only in the finest bling and do nothing to help those who have suffered directly under the Catholic Church.