König Galerie Brandlhuber+ Emde / Schneider / Riegler Riewe / Landesdenkmalamt Berlin

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German architect Werner Düttmann (1921-1983), a prominent postwar modernist, designed the Brutalist St. Agnes Church in 1967 as the centerpiece of a social housing community of the Kreuzberg area of Berlin, which had been leveled in World War II. After years of neglect and threats of demolition, the church has made a comeback, reopening this May as König Galerie following a three-year restoration.

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The Russian Orthodox chapel in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany by Brent Scheneman

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We Must Stop Allowing Far Right Conservative Christians to Dumb Down and Radicalize This Country

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June 1, 2014 By Allen Clifton

louie-gohmertThey believe that “God speaks to them,” that laws should be taken from religion, that homosexuality is a sin, that women shouldn’t have control over their own bodies and that all other religions besides theirs are wrong. Oh, I’m talking about Islamic radicals, not conservative Christians.  Though I could see how someone might confuse the two.  They do have striking similarities. Kind of ironic, isn’t it?

Especially when you consider that many conservative Christians loathe Muslims – all Muslims.  See, to a good deal of them, all Muslims are “Islamic radicals.”  Though I’m sure many of them are unaware that there are more Muslims found in south and southeast Asia than the Middle East.  But I doubt many of them are “alerted” by someone they meet from Indonesia. And while Islamic radicals do pose a threat to the United States, mostly from afar, many conservative Christians pose a threat to this country domestically. These people, empowered by the tea party in the last few years, are doing everything they can to dumb down this country and turn it into some kind of theocracy. Instead of having debates on how to combat climate change, we’re stuck trying to convince tens of millions of people that God didn’t use a tornado to “punish” sinners.  Instead of figuring out how to make the United States a world leader in math and science, we’re debating whether or not the story of Noah’s ark should be in the chapter following the mapping of human DNA in science books.  Instead of embracing some of the most educated and intelligent among us, millions of Americans would rather listen to a bearded redneck from backwoods Louisiana tell them how the United States needs to be more “godly.”  And somehow “being godly” seems to mostly revolve around a strong disdain for homosexuals. It’s absurd. When we have a debate about science in this country we shouldn’t have to spend time debating someone who thinks the Flintstones is a documentary, believing that humans and dinosaurs roamed the Earth together just a few thousand years ago.  But that’s exactly what we’re having to do.

The vast majority of the world’s scientists agree that humans are causing climate change, a fact that’s really indisputable at this point.  Well, unless you’re one of the Christian conservatives who believes that God determines the weather or ridiculously tries to claim that the world is cooling – not warming.  That’s the funny thing about a lot of these climate deniers.  Half of them admit that the world is warming but say that it’s “natural,” while the other half tries to claim that the world is actually getting colder. Meanwhile nearly every climate scientist, and most people who actually believe in science, think both groups are complete idiots. The same goes for our Constitution.  These people continue to claim that this nation was founded on Christianity, yet the word “Christian” doesn’t appear even once in our entire Constitution. And no, pointing out the reference to “the creator” in the Declaration of Independence doesn’t “prove” that this is a Christian nation.  These people don’t seem to understand that the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are two completely different things. And let’s face it, when it comes to homosexuality, if they had their way it would be illegal – just like it is in many Muslim countries. I often get emails from conservatives telling me that I don’t “show them any respect” in my articles. And they’re right. I used to, but I can’t anymore. Not too long ago I actually engaged in far more debates with conservatives than I do now. But many of the ones I encountered had become so ridiculous that I simply couldn’t take them seriously any longer. When I say to someone, “Well, essentially every astrophysicist agrees that (fill in the scientific fact)” and their response is, “Well, the Bible says…” I usually just toss my hands up in the air and walk away.  To me, that’s like discussing something in English with someone who only speaks Chinese. We’re not going to get anywhere because we’re not speaking the same language. But the thing that bugs me most about their ignorance isn’t that they believe in this nonsense, it’s that their stupidity is taking the United States down with them.  While the rest of the world is pumping out more engineers and scientists, we have tens of millions of people who believe getting an education is tantamount to “liberal indoctrination.” They literally believe that education has a “liberal bias” essentially because facts don’t often support their ideology.  To most people, that might lead them to question whether or not what they believe is accurate.  But not to conservatives.  Oh, no.  To them, if facts don’t corroborate their ideology, the facts are wrong or biased. And they’re only getting worse.  But miraculously they’ve managed to do one thing: They’ve added a new kink in the theory of evolution by somehow managing to get dumber over time, not smarter.

Muslim Groups Have Raised Over $52,000 to Repair Burned Black Churches | Colorlines

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by Sameer Rao – Thu, Jul 9, 2015

In a strong showing of cross-faith solidarity, a group of Muslim organizations joined to raise funds supporting the rebuilding of predominantly black churches in the South that were hit by devastating fire damage after the Charleston massacre. Only a week old, the campaign has surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $50,000 and been profiled in publications ranging from Mashable and Buzzfeed to RT and Al Jazeera America.

The campaign, started during Ramadan, was founded by a network of organizations and activists that include Ummah Wide, Muslim ARC and the Arab American Association of New York. The campaign, according to its fundraising page, was launched out of an obligation to both help communities of faith rebuild and to uplift racial and religious justice. mentioning the#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches Twitter campaign as well:

As Muslims we know the importance of protecting the vulnerable and respecting people who call on God in their various tongues. We want for others what we want for ourselves: the right to worship without intimidation, the right to safety, and the right to property. We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities. We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country. We are connected to Black churches through our extended families, our friends and teachers, and our intertwined histories and convergent present. Too often cowards inflict us with a crippling fear, but with encouragement and support from likely and unlikely places fear cannot stop us.

The campaign is encouraging people to use  #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches on Twitter. The hashtag has been used widely all over social media by those demanding an explanation and full investigation of the fires. The page further includes a statement from noted theologian Imam Zaid Shakir, who implored American Muslims to support the churches out of a sense of shared suffering:

“The American Muslim community cannot claim to have experienced anything close to the systematic and institutionalized racism and racist violence that has been visited upon African Americans. Unless, of course, we are talking about those of us who members of the African American Muslim community. As a whole, however, we understand the climate of racially inspired hate and bigotry that is being reignited in this country. We want to let our African American brothers and sisters know that we stand in solidarity with them during this dark hour.”

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BIRTH CONTROL VS. FAKE CHRISTIANS! @JohnFugelsang / Caffeinated #18 – YouTube

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Christians ignore the Bible 99% of the time…[well, selectively so, at the very least]

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Satanist takes Megyn Kelly to law school – Salon.com

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She was confused by different constitutions being different things despite having “a lot of similar words”


Satanist takes Megyn Kelly to law school

Megyn Kelly, Lucien Greaves (Fox News)

On “The Kelly File” Wednesday night, host Megyn Kelly spoke to the Satanic Temple’s Lucien Greaves about the decision not to erect a statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma state capitol now that the state Supreme Court ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument.

 On Tuesday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s argument that the monument was “historical in nature” was shot down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which ruled that the Ten Commandments were “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”

The Satanic Temple had planned on placing a statue of Baphomet next to the monument in order, as Greaves told The Washington Post, to “complement and contrast the 10 Commandments, reaffirming that we live in a nation that respects plurality, a nation that refuses to allow a single viewpoint to co-opt the power and authority of government institutions.”

However, “[g]iven the Court’s ruling, The Satanic Temple no longer has any interest in pursuing placement of the Baphomet monument on Oklahoma’s capitol grounds.”

Megyn Kelly was clearly baffled by the reasonableness of the Temple’s decision — as well as by its existence, not to mention everything else about it — when she spoke to Lucien Greaves last night.

“So, is it like ‘Lucien’ as in ‘Lucifer’?” she began. “Is that why you’re called that?”

“Sure, as you like,” Greaves replied.

“No, as you like,” Kelly said. “Is that your birth name?”

“No, it’s not,” replied Greaves — whose birth name, Doug Mesner, is easily discovered via Google, as is the fact that he co-founded the Satanic Temple.

But Kelly didn’t know that either, asking him what drew him to the organization. When he informed her that he co-founded it, she simply asked him, “Why?”

Greaves said that it is “an embodiment of my deeply held beliefs” and that there “needed to be a counterbalance to the dominant religious privilege today.”

“What are the deeply held beliefs that drew you to the Satanic Temple?” Kelly asked, the seconds-earlier conversation about his co-founding it apparently already forgotten.

“We have seven tenets, you can look them up online,” Greaves replied. “But essentially, we view Satan as a a symbolic embodiment of rebellion against tyranny.”

“So,” Kelly said, “now you’re happy because you got the Ten Commandments taken down — but are you still pushing to have the goat with the horns put on the state capitol grounds?”

“No,” he replied, “the whole point of the statue was to complement the monument and reaffirm that we live in a pluralistic nation that respects diversity and religious liberty.”

Kelly attempted to get Greaves to acknowledge the validity of Attorney General Pruitt’s argument that the Ten Commandments have “historical meaning,” but he parried, saying that he would do so only if she acknowledged that Baphomet had a similar significance. “The image [of Baphomet] goes back to the 19th Century,” he said, “so it’s at least as old as Mormonism.”

similar wordsShe attempted to trip him up again later, noting that the United States Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that a monument at the Texas state capitol was constitutional because “a reasonable observer, mindful of history, purpose, and context, would not conclude that this passive monument conveyed the message that the State endorsed religion.”

“That’s different,” Greaves said, “because this case was about the Oklahoma state constitution.”

“It’s not that different,” Kelly asserted.

“It’s entirely different,” he replied. “Texas is a moot point. You’re talking about two different constitutions.”

“I know, I’ve looked at them both,” Kelly replied before resorting to all she had left — a bald argument from authority. “You know, I practiced law for a decade,” she said, “so I read them and saw a lot of similar words.”


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