Demons In the Salvation Army

I noticed a small article from Katie McDonough at Salon which captures the unfortunate presence of idiocy in this country. Robert Reich is correct: America is winning the race to the bottom.

old clothes

Shirt $1, Hat $2, Demons N/C

A concerned viewer wrote to Pat Robertson for advice on demons and thrift stores:

“I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits, and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items?”

Robertson’s answer?

 ”Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? The answer is yes. But I don’t think every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it. In a sense your mother is just being super cautious, so hey — it isn’t gonna hurt you any to rebuke any spirits that might attach themselves to those clothes.”

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Why you should stop believing in evolution

Excellent! A clear explanation of evolution that should settle the argument for all thinking creatures. Keith Blanchard tells us in The Week why we should stop believing in evolution. Read the entire article but here are some clips:

T-RexHumanity, after all, is but one ugly branch on the big tree of life. Go back far enough, and you’ll find an ancestor common to you and to every creature on Earth. You are related to your cat — which may help explain why you get that stare all the time. You are related to a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and to the mosquito you just murdered, and to your houseplants. At any given meal, you may eat all or part of a dozen extremely distant relatives.

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Inherit the Wind

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

When I was in High School the movie based on the stage play, Inherit the Wind, made a huge impression on me. But what I remember most is thinking how ignorant and stupid the people were back in 1925 actually believing in the infallibility of the Bible and what we now call Creationism. We also studied the Scopes Trial in school and added Tennessee to our list of states to avoid and even though Montgomery Clift in Wild River made us pause in our assessment, we still couldn’t imagine how unenlightened parts of the country must have been in the early 20th century. Of course, a few years later Easy Rider came along and solidified the sentiments.

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Biology, Not Bible-ology

This very disturbing trend, which is rapidly leading to a dumber and ultimately weaker America, deserves your attention:

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Science is under attack again in public schools. And this Tuesday may be our last chance to prevent millions of children across the country from learning bogus science from some influential public school textbooks.

In Texas, state-appointed textbook reviewers have been caught filing some alarming—and unconstitutional—objections to how universally accepted principles of science are presented in public school textbooks, including scholarly observations like:

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