Dale and Shannon Hickman are a couple of faith-healing fundamentalists from a denomination called the Followers of Christ. The Followers of Christ church strictly enforces its doctrine among members, which includes avoiding medical care at all costs. The Hickmans have been found guilty of of second-degree manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their son.
Just a quick observation, why would someone who rejects medical care in favor of faith healing wear glasses? I guess Jesus doesn’t cover vision.
4. Hate group that exploited religion to bash gays hemorrhaging funds
As Americans increasingly reject the politics of hate, the right-wing groups that thrive on it are facing tough times.
While many practicing Christians live their faith without trying to impose their values on others, the aggressive Christian extremism of organizations like Focus on the Family has always been charged by the demonization of people who are not like them.
Unfortunately for FOTF, many Americans just don’t hate gay people enough to keep them afloat. In 2008, FOTF had to cut its staff by 18 percent. Last week, FOTF had to do another round of cuts, again citing a drop in donations (though it claims the lower funding is a result of tough economic times). On the issue of gay rights, Focus on the Family CEO Jim Daly said:
"We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage," Daly said in the interview. "I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that."
It’s important to note that the religious right is still exceptionally powerful, as evidenced by the prominent role right-wing Christianity still plays in American politics. It is a powerful movement with lots of followers, smart P.R. and tons of organizational muscle. But as Sarah Seltzer pointed out, “The Christian right is far from dead, but it’s good to see one of its biggest wedge issues losing its power to wedge.”
i'm drowning in debt ever since i graduated from med school to be a pussy doctor. i'm overqualified and under-experienced so no one will hire me and give me a chance. i just want to live my dream of rooting around in strangers cunts all day long. also, i murdered a guy for taco money.
do you ever poop in your pants and then let it just stay in there and fester and get all itchy and inflamed and then go over to someones house only wearing gym shorts and scratch your itchy butthole by like, shaking and wiggling your butt back and forth on their couch until the whole room smells like poop and the couch has a brown stain on it? do you ever do that? because i don't. i would never do that.
i had the majority of a senior Eng class tell me they have never read an entire book nor do they ever intend to as it’s “gay” and “boring”. every paper they’ve written that required they read a book came from reworded wikipedia articles and sparknotes. i even took up essays they had to write about the book Night by Elie Wiesel and was pretty shocked by the number of kids that actually cited wikipedia…not even a particular Wiki page, just www.wikipedia.com. one kid just had the book assigned and “www.google.com” listed. i want to cry and vomit all at once. i wanted to cromit.
“We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates.”—
David Graeber at the Guardian, in the best piece I’ve read yet on Occupy Wall Street (via judyxberman)
A twenty-two-year-old man with down syndrome is recovering from his injuries nearly a week after Miami-Dade police officers beat him outside his home. According to police reports, a violent confrontation ensued after officers tried to handcuff Gilberto Powell to investigate a bulge they spotted in his pants. After he was detained they realized the bulge in his waistband was a colostomy bag.