No kidding. Rick Warren, lukewarm on the president he honored with an invocation at the first inauguration, told Chris Wallace he prays for Obama because that's what Jesus would do. Never occurred to him that (1) claiming anything relevant because it is in the Buybull is circular reasoning, (2) claiming that you know what Jesus would do is delusional and without historic basis in fact, again leading to the Buybull as the only written source, and (3) prayer has been shown, statistically, to not work most of the time and to actually produce collateral damage in any case. Pray in one hand, crap in the other; see which fills up faster. This is the same Rick Warren, mind you, who wrote that he grieved for the death of "my friend Christopher Hitchens," adding, "at least he now knows the Truth" (capital T, no kidding).
I remember watching the President's first inauguration, when Warren got on the podium. I turned to a friend and said something to effect that I couldn't believe the President invited that fat-assed, bigoted, bastard to speak. Warren is the "moderate" and "acceptable" face of the likes of Jerry (I'm Still Dead) Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Tony Perkins (not to be confused with the Tony Perkins actor of Psycho, but the real psycho from the Family Research Council).
Ricky "Rodent Faced" Warren has compared being gay to consuming arsenic and supports the hatred and murder being committed in Uganda against gays. He has told a Jew he can't go to heaven for not accepting Jesus, but a dog can get there. He denies evolution and is an open misogynist. My personal opinion of this cheap, pompous, ignorant, arrogant, bloated, festering pustule of a hate-monger is that he's not worth the cost of the gunpowder to remove his worthless ass from humanity.
Now tell us what you really think! Har har. Actually, I agree with 99% of what you say, but you don't take issue with my point that religions are businesses and should be taxed as such. If a parishoner goes to the psychologist with problems, the mental health expert takes their money and pays taxes. Why should it be any different for the Priesthood? Warren is probably jealous of fellow con man Joel Osteen, since Joel has such a trophy Blonde Spouse and hauls in an estimated 10,000 congregants each week. My dermatologist plays him while I am being separated from skin cancers. Warren is much lower on the totem pole than Joel. Joel makes a ton of money going from city to city doing TV spots for megachurch wannabes. These people are selling myth and getting fabulously rich. It is a deceptive trade practice.
1) Truth in Labeling. Put a disclaimer on every sermon, printed holy book, and every televised preachment of the bouffant hair styled snake oil sales... er, televangelists, which says, "What you about to read or hear is not based in reality, rationality, or sanity. There is not now, nor ever been, any proof for this stuff. Proceed at your own level of gullibility."
2) Tax them at the going corporate rate. They engage in a business. Albeit, there product is fear and self-loathing. But they make a buck off of it, just like other motivational speakers. And, so long as they engage in this business, they must treat their employees just like Kraft, GM, IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon. If you provide insurance, that includes birth control. Don't like it? Then get out of the marketplace.
Funny, I can't find Barack Obama anywhere in the Bible, so I am fairly sure it doesn't say anything about praying for him.
Unless he thinks the President is hell-bound, or needs divine intervention to do his earthly job, not because he thinks the President is a heathen, atheistic Muslim socialist that needs to be shown The Light (tm).
Don't be silly. II Centurians 23:43, "And there shall be one of light black skin and big ears rise in the western isles and he shall rule upon the prayers of the people." Some non-believers have claimed this is a misspelling from the Koine Greek: it is not "prayers" but "preyers," which of course brings an altogether new meaning. As you know, Koine had no punctuation, so "GOD IS NOW HERE" could just as easily be "GOD IS NOWHERE." In any case, "preyers of the people" makes far more sense, considering the machinations of the
Black Brotherhood and especially the Romans.
Some of that sentiment is borrowed from the late Robert Anton Wilson, whose "Natural Law" is MUST reading for any non-believer. He thoroughly debunks the notion that Catholics have peddled for centuries that there is any such thing as "natural law," by which the RCC means God's law. Any good Darwinist knows, the two are mutually exclusive. The Vatican's lobby groups work overtime creating Luntzian euphemisms for bullshit.
II Centurions? Is that the II Centurions from the Cylons' holy book in Battlestar Galactica, or is it an apocryphal appendix to the Book of Romans?
The writers of BSG stole this slogan of mine, I have used for years, in the spirit of the Christian Gnostics (some of whom I admire, incidentally, for turning the O.T. on its head). To match my desire to deviate from the canonicals yet pretend to be quoting from the BuyBull, I hatched I and II Centurians. Now, everyone is onto the game and using my slogan, drat! I don't care. Everything on the Net is public domain. No imprimaturs.