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Friday, July 22, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket SlutWalk

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

SlutWalk happens on July 30.
  • SlutWalk happens on July 30.

Surprising no one, the Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the SlutWalk march in Kansas City on July 30. The mere mention of the word "slut" sent church officials reaching for the finger grease-stained pages of the Old Testament. Leviticus! Deuteronomy! Some other book of the Bible that only sex-obsessed fundamentalists read!

SlutWalk is an international response to a Canadian policeman's advice that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to maintain their safety. The marches make the point that it's rapists who commit rape and that blaming the victims of sex crimes is unacceptable.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Babies supposedly appear in clouds above Lou Engle speech site (video)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Can you see Lou Engle's sky baby?
  • Can you see Lou Engle's sky baby?

If you're a fan of cheese pizza Jesus or grilled cheese Jesus (or even potato chip Abraham Lincoln), get a load of this. Some guy was in Michigan at a church where local whack-a-mole and accessory to Uganda's "kill the gays" law Lou Engle was holding court. And what appeared in the clouds over the church? BABIES!!!!

Engle was leading churchgoers in an anti-abortion prayer session at the New City Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on July 11. He was prepping the Kalamazooians for his November TheCall gathering in Detroit. Afterward, YouTube user millerjdave242 posted a video of what he said were unedited photos of cloud babies (video after the jump).

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mike Bickle and Lou Engle make Rachel Maddow's roundup of religious nut jobs at Texas Gov. Rick Perry's rally

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

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International House of Prayer leader Mike Bickle believes that Oprah is the harbinger of the Antichrist> Lou Engle likes to say crazy shit (there's too much to list). Both made Rachel Maddow's roundup of crazy religious leaders supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's prayer event on August 6 at Reliant Stadium. The sad part: The rantings of Bickle and Engle pale in comparison with some of the other featured preachers at the event. Step up your game, boys. Oh, and let's not forget that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will also be in attendance.

H/t: New Appeal to Reason.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

IHOP (prayer) youth conference invading Kansas City; homophobe Lou Engle speaking Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM

IHOP, not pancakes, is back downtown.
  • IHOP, not pancakes, is back downtown.

The International House of Prayer's latest takeover of downtown Kansas City started today around noon. They're calling it Fascinate. It's a conference for 300 high schoolers who will probably get to hear IHOP head honcho Mike Bickle talk about giant snakes falling from the sky during the Apocalypse, witness homophobic evangelical Lou Engle rock back-and-forth and proclaim that the Joplin tornado was God's punishment for abortion, and listen to some really crappy Christian bands (I believe you can watch it all via live webcam).

The conference runs through Friday, when Engle will give a "teaching" at 7:30 p.m. This all comes on the heels of a Saturday story in The New York Times about Bickle's 12-year-old 24/7 ministry in Grandview. Bickle claims in the story that IHOP doesn't engage in partisan politics, which rings hollow when Engle remains a member of his leadership team and a featured speaker at IHOP events.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Look out, Muslims! Lou Engle is on his way to Detroit

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Lou Engle will lead a rally in Detroit.
  • Lou Engle will lead a rally in Detroit.

Lou Engle is taking his unique brand of bug-eyed fundamentalism to Michigan. The frothing preacher says God has told him to hold one of his prayer rallies in the Detroit area.

Engle, who is affiliated with the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, is planning an ambitious agenda for the Detroit event. He wants to fix race relations and teach Muslims the love of Jesus.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kansas looking for 5,000 Ned Flanders types to mentor ex-cons

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Hiddily-ho, ex-burglars!
  • Hiddily-ho, ex-burglars!

One of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's Big Ideas is to pair prison inmates with mentors who can help them make the transition from the cell block to society. Brownback spoke Monday in Wichita at a conference sponsored by Prison Fellowship, a group that promotes ministry in prisons and support for ex-offenders.

A social conservative, Brownback has surprised no one by promoting faith-based efforts as governor. But Monday's conference showed that such efforts need to strike a delicate balance.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Father Michael Tierney removed as pastor of Christ the King Parish after accusations of sexual misconduct with minors

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM

More accusations of sexual abuse in the diocese.
  • More accusations of sexual abuse in the diocese.

Bishop Robert Finn has removed Father Michael Tierney as pastor of Christ the King Parish after receiving reports of sexual misconduct with minors in the early 1970s and 1980s, KMBC is reporting.

The Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese's Independent Review Board reportedly received "credible reports alleging sexual misconduct with minors" by Tierney and recommended the pastor's removal from Christ the King Parish as well as from all public ministry. Tierney's removal comes as the diocese and Finn are catching heat over inaction in the Father Shawn Ratigan case.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

IHOP pancakes sues IHOP prayer nuts (again) for brand confusion

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 8:20 AM

The prayer nuts are getting sued by the pancake makers.
  • The prayer nuts are getting sued by the pancake makers.

The International House of

Pancakes (IHOP) is suing the International House of Prayer (also

IHOP) for trademark infringement ... again. The Kansas City Business Journal reported that Pancakes is suing in federal court in Kansas City, claiming that

the prayer nuts are causing confusion by using the IHOP acronym and

piggybacking on the

restaurant's brand.

Last December, Pancakes dropped a similar lawsuit in California against the prayer nuts after entering mediation. Clearly, the outcome didn't suit Pancakes.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Diocese was warned about priest's 'inappropriate' contact with children

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Shawn Ratigan worried parents and teachers at St. Patrick School.
  • Shawn Ratigan worried parents and teachers at St. Patrick School.

The principal at St. Patrick School warned the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph that teachers and parents were concerned about the Rev. Shawn Ratigan's "inappropriate behavior with children." Ratigan was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography last week, five months after the diocese became aware that he kept images of children on his computer.

A diocese spokeswoman confirms that a monsignor received a memo from Julie Hess, the principal at St. Patrick, in which she shared concerns about Ratigan's behavior. On Thursday morning, Tony's Kansas City published a five-page memo, dated May 19, 2010, in which Hess recounted several instances when Ratigan's actions made parents and teachers feel uneasy and, at times, angry. One staff member described Ratigan as being "obsessed" with a girl in the fifth grade.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Admitting failure in child porn case, Bishop Finn hears from parishioners

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Shawn Ratigan has pleaded not guilty to child porn charges.
  • Shawn Ratigan has pleaded not guilty to child porn charges.

Bishop Robert W. Finn went to St. Patrick's parish on Friday, a day after a priest who served there was arrested and charged with three counts of possessing child pornography. Finn admitted that the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph mishandled information that a priest, Shawn Ratigan, 45, possessed images of children, including at least one of a nude girl.

The parishioners blasted Finn for nearly three hours, according to an account in the National Catholic Reporter. "As soon as you knew what was going on, why the hell didn't you tell me something?" one woman asked Finn.

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