This is a quick runthrough of the most recent Southern Baptist -type developments in Jesusland. First, Wiccans can't read invocations at the meetings of a Virginia county:
The court said in Marsh that as long as the selection of a particular minister did not stem "from any impermissible motive," it was constitutional. The Marsh opinion also strongly emphasized the long history of prayer in both Congress and the Supreme Court itself.
The 4th Circuit ruled Chesterfield County's Board of Supervisors did not show impermissible motive in refusing to permit a pantheistic invocation by a Wiccan because its list of clergy who registered to conduct invocations covers a wide spectrum of Judeo-Christian denominations. Simpson v. Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, No. 04-1045 (April 14). Chesterfield County is in the Richmond suburbs.
"The Judeo-Christian tradition is, after all, not a single faith but an umbrella covering many faiths," Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in the opinion.
Indeed. What else can we possibly need than the god of the Old Testament, the blood-thirsty, jealous and punishing one? Read more about this by Amanda on Pandagon where I got it from.
Second, David Brooks has wet dreams about the evangelicals:
The key to Lincoln's approach is that he was mesmerized by religion, but could never shake his skepticism. Politically, he knew that the country needed the evangelicals' moral rigor to counteract the forces of selfishness and subjectivism, but he could never actually be an evangelical himself.
The wet dreams explanation is my attempt to be polite, for otherwise I should point out that Brooks is lying and stuff.
Third, the wingnut women have their own website (via World O'Crap) in which they can spout all artistic. Here is a lovely little poem for Mother's Day:
YOUR HIGHEST VOCATION!
Dear happy homemakers, a wonderful breed,
God's purpose for you is to raise a godly seed,
Children that are obedient, holy and pure,
With mother at home, they'll be happy and secure.
Secure in God's love and protected from the world,
Guarded from evil and grounded in God's Word
By a mother who has embraced her calling divine,
The prophetic word God gave from the beginning of time.
You're now planted at home, you've found your "glory"!
Left your job behind - that was another story!
You've now been promoted to a much higher career!
You're in God's perfect will so you don't have to fear.
You're nurturing, nourishing and building your nest,
Under your husband's covering, you're totally blessed.
God has promised to provide, He is Jehovah Jireh,
He will always be faithful, He is not a liar.
You are an "arrow polisher", daily sharpening your arrows,
You're not pecking on the ground like little sparrows,
But soaring like the eagle, your stature is high,
You're changing the course of the nation as on God you rely!'
Dear mighty mothers, stand up and be strong,
Don't be fooled by the enemy and the worldly throng,
Don't be deceived by the "mindset" of this society,
Embrace your motherhood, it is your highest priority!
Don't be conformed to the humanistic trend,
It only leads to heartache in the final end.
Be a non-conformist, stand against the tide,
You don't have to be governed by this world's pride.
Instead be transformed by God's living Word,
He is restoring His truth, will you be stirred?
Will you be part of this end-time restoration,
To bring forth the godly seed and change the nation?
God is preparing a people for Jesus' second appearing,
He wants an army of arrows, trained and unfearing,
Straight arrows to go forth from the parents' bow,
The deceptions of Satan to overthrow.
May you experience God's anointing and His daily renewing
As you become part of this revival which is all God's doing.
You will be part of heralding the coming of the King
As you build God's army – and His praises will ring.
Wow! I have to retire from the business of bad poetry. I have been so beaten!