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Psalm 109 Imprecatory Prayer Case to Go Forward in Texas

Psalm 109 Imprecatory Prayer Case to Go Forward in Texas

By Chris Rodda, Talk To Action….
For the past year and a half or so, droves of right wing Christian websites have been selling a variety of “Pray for Obama” items — t-shirts, bumper stickers, hats, and even teddy bears — all sporting the slogan “Pray for Obama” followed by the Bible verse reference “Psalm 109:8.” Psalm 109 is what’s known as an imprecatory prayer — a prayer to invoke evil, misfortune, or physical harm upon someone. The words of Psalm 109:8 are: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” The next line is “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

Religious Right Demands City of Intercourse, PA Change Its Name

Religious Right Demands City of Intercourse, PA Change Its Name

Mark C. Miller, Huffington Post….
Tuscaloosa, AL — The Religious Right, together with representatives of the Christian Coalition and the American Family Association, is organizing a multi-state march on one tiny village in Pennsylvania, demanding that it immediately change its name. The name? “Intercourse.”

The Economy is Sacred, Stupid

The Economy is Sacred, Stupid

By Gary Laderman, Religion Dispatches….
This Christmas, the haunting spector of impending economic calamity will compete with the candlelit nativity scenes representing the glorious birth of Christ. Indeed in this light, the recent “shellacking” of Democrats—as President Obama put it—in the midterm elections points to an obvious yet underanalyzed dimension of political life today: the economy is sacred, and “free enterprise” is a religious commitment of the highest order to most Americans when the chips are down and the recession is deep.