The ongoing American exodus from church pews is not news. It's been happening for years. Religious leaders know this. They've scrambled time and time again to find ways to keep butts in their seats. One of the more amusing tactics has been the surge in "cool" Christianity -- communities cultivated to cater to a short attention span and lofty ideals with worship bands, granola pastors, and fancy AV displays.
This is the Ten Commandments monument
sitting outside Valley High School
in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (not far from Pittsburgh):
It's been there since 1957, when it was donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. For a long time, no one did anything about it, but a few years ago, several plaintiffs filed a lawsuit to have that display removed
. After two of them decided they didn't want to participate anymore, there were only two plaintiffs left: Marie Schaub
and her daughter.
I know Bryan Fischer
has no credibility outside his Christian bubble, but he outdid himself with his latest lie
. Usually, Fischer and his buddies (like pseudo-historian David Barton
) take a shred of truth and wildly distort it to suit their needs. In this case, even that bit of truth was missing.
For some reason, I was getting a lot of angry email from Christians yesterday morning telling me that if I didn't like "In God We Trust" on our money, I shouldn't use it. I had no idea what prompted them to use JesusLogic on me until I saw this clip
from yesterday's episode of Outnumbered
on Fox News Channel. The hosts were discussing a Missouri Sheriff who put a sticker with the Godly phrase
on all the department's vehicles.One of the guest hosts, Democratic strategists Julie Roginsky
, did something during the segment that you don't normally see on Fox News: She made sense