How did Scientology, widely viewed as a cult either comical or criminal, brand itself as a Church and secure recognition as a religion in the eyes of the law? Follow the money. By the late 1930s, Lafayette Ron Hubbard was just one among many pulp fiction writers in New York City who were churning [...]
A moment, please, to investigate…. No, indeed, we belong not to a small country parish in Devonshire, Britannia, in the year of Our Lord 1660; rather, we exist in these United States of America in the 21st century and attend this Catholic Church, in which one is not blessed with one’s own private space in exchange for monies.
For someone who inadvertently triggered a clash of civilizations, Flemming Rose doesn’t look much like a provocateur. With his salt-and-pepper hair, college sweatshirt, and jeans over sneakers, the cultural editor of the largest Danish daily, Jyllands-Posten, seems disarmingly casual, a far cry from the frothing “Islamophobe” and “far-right” reactionary that some of his more intemperate detractors imagine him to be. But such is the reputation that has shadowed the mild-mannered Rose since September 30, 2005, when he published the 12 now-famous (or infamous) cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that took the world by storm.
Churches today risk losing their tax exempt status when they preach about politics from the pulpit. What most Americans don’t realize is that this state of affairs is a result of past partisan posturing, not constitutional principle.
A second look at the evangelical icon.
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Jacob Hayutin
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Hadley Heath