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  • Wednesday's Links: Conan O'Brien Goes Solar

    * There's no such thing as bad publicity. Just ask Solyndra.

    * Sixty-two years of global warming in 13 seconds is scary.

    Zero-G fingernail clipping is not an X Games event.

    * The son on Homeland is not going to turn out well.

    * The BBC is looking for a few good transgender roles.

    * Polaroid pictures of President Obama's inauguration.

    * The Queen's castle guards shouldn't have to yell this twice.

    * This creationist obviously didn't pay attention in biology class.

    * A swell new magazine from music writer Maura Johnston–it fits in your pocket!


    Tags: Barack Obama, Charles Darwin, Climate Change, Conan O'Brien, Creationism, Daily Links, England, Inauguration, LGBT, Louisiana, NASA, Queen Elizabeth II, Religion, Science & Technology, Solyndra, Terrorism, The New York Times, The Onion
  • Why Rick Perry's Prayers Should Worry You

    Rick Perry did not look kindly upon the 23 executive actions President Obama announced yesterday. From finally appointing an ATF director to directing federal agencies to take background checks seriously, the Texas governor felt Obama's proposals had the whiff of tyranny about them. Besides, Rick Perry a better idea for curbing gun violence:

    "There is evil prowling in the world — it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children."

    Nothing wrong with prayer, per se. But recall that in April 2011, Perry issued a proclamation declaring a 72-hour period the "Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas," asking residents to appeal to a higher power for salvation from the record-setting drought ravaging Texas. Then came September:

    The state's largest blaze, a massive, uncontained fire in Bastrop County near Austin, has scorched some 25,000 acres, destroyed at least 470 homes and forced about 5,000 residents to evacuate.

    It may be true that God listens to all prayers. It's just sometimes he says "yes," other times he says "no," and occasionally he sends wildfires, which is why firefighters (and in this case, gun regulations) are useful too.

    Previously
    Rick Perry Announces He Will Make an Announcement One Day
    5 Funniest Presidential Ads of 2012 [VIDEO]

    Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Guns, Religion, Rick Perry
  • Presbyterians Are Awesome!

    Editor's Note: In the wake of controversy over The Atlantic's Church of Scientology advertorial, Comedy Central's Indecision is reviewing the guidelines that govern our content partnerships with faith-based groups (real and imaginary). However, that is going to take a while, so in the meantime, we'd like to share this important message.

    Presbyterians are awesome. Their branch of Christianity traces its roots to Scotland, which is also awesome. Look at these fucking bagpipes:

    So many awesome people are or were Presbyterians. John Wayne. Sally Ride. William Faulkner. Jimmy Stewart. Fred Rogers. That's right, Mr. Rogers was a Presbyterian. Won't you be my neighbor?

    The Presbyterian Church in the United States has done a ton of awesome things. They have a Disaster Assistance organization that is currently helping Hurricane Sandy survivors rebuild. They have established several awesome colleges and universities, including Queens University of Charlotte, Maryville College and the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, which has a really awesome and pretty library.

    Presbyterianism is also big in South Korea, for some reason (probably because Presbyterians are awesome). Let's watch that video again!

    In conclusion, Presbyterians are awesome.

    Checks may be made payable to Comedy Central's Indecision.


    Tags: Internet, Money, Religion
  • Anti-Gay Pastor Drops Out of Inauguration

    Louie Giglio anti-gay pastorOh hey, did you know that a Georgia-based pastor named Louie Giglio was supposed to give the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration?

    The past tense is important there, because Georgia-based pastor Louie Giglio, who heads something called Passion City Church, just announced that he will NOT be giving the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration.

    That is because in the 1990s Rev. Giglio gave a sermon in which he called homosexuality a sin, urged Christians to fight the acceptance of homosexuality in society, and said a whole bunch of other things that would be totally shocking if you did not realize they were being said by the head of a Southern megachurch. ThinkProgress uncovered audio of the sermon, triggering a minor political firestorm.

    And, like, it would be totally out of character for Barack Obama to have an anti-gay pastor pray at his inauguration.

    Previously
    Shocking Scenes of the Gay Takeover in Washington State
    Christian Pastor Wins Race to Blame Hurricane Sandy on the Gays


    Tags: Barack Obama, Inauguration, LGBT, Religion
  • Social Conservatives Identify New Threat to Military: Yoga

    It's been over a year now since "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, enabling gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly without keeping their sexual identity under wraps. Contrary to the predictions of some social conservatives who spent a suspicious amount of time obsessing about gay sex, the DADT repeal didn't turn the Pentagon into a gay bacchanalian orgy pit and the U.S. military remains a professional, cohesive, fearsome fighting force.

    Which means it's time for the Christian Right to find something new to fearmonger about. Enter Tony Perkins, who argues that the ability to do the downward facing dog pose is the first step on the road to perdition…

    "In the military, it's out with God — and in with the goofy! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. As part some new training, Marines are being asked to join weekly yoga and meditation classes…Unfortunately, the military seems intent on driving religion out and replacing it with wacky substitutes. They've added atheist chaplains, Wiccan worship centers, and now, meditation classes. But none of them are as effective or as constructive as a personal relationship with God. Unfortunately, though, it's mind over what matters — and that's faith."

    Remember, if you're a Marine who can stretch to pickup an artillery shell without pulling a muscle, you're basically an enemy combatant.

    Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Family Research Council, Health, Military, Religion, Tony Perkins