Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

A White House Petition set up on the 14th December, the same day as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has become the most popular petition of all time, and currently stands at 262,708 signatures. The petition reads thus: Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. This group has been recognized as a hate group by organizations, such as The Southern Poverty Law Center, and has repeatedly displayed the actions typical of hate groups. Their actions have been directed at many groups, including homosexuals, military, Jewish people and even other Christians. They pose a threat to the welfare and treatment

Gender Issues / Religion and Politics

Hillary Clinton has vanished

Did you see this over the weekend? A Hasidic newspaper photoshopped the Secretary of State out of the briefing room picture: A big hat-tip to Failed Messiah (who gave a hat-tip to Critical Minyan) for breaking the news that an Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, has determined that the photo of top U.S. leaders receiving an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden was too scandalous. What was so offensive about the image? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the photo and, based on good intel, the editor of Der Tzitung discovered that she is


I am now part of the official White House Record

What? Surely not me? But, yes, I am. The White House Press Secretary said, “The only thing that would be archived other than what I produce is if you respond directly to me and only me,” So…. They say that if you tweet @presssec it becomes part of the official WH Records 4ever, so, here it goes – I, Joel Watts, is the bomb 4ever (here) This is going to be fun. Real fun.

Biblioblogging / Technology

Does the President Read my Blog?

This is only since June 1st, when I switched to self-hosting, but I have to wonder, does President Obama read my blog?

Religion and Politics

Should Religious Groups be free from Anti-Discrimination Laws?

The Rev. Jim Wallis, a political voice in his own right, has responded to a recent action by religious leaders who have asked that the Attorney General remove protections for religious groups who discrimination in hiring. His basic answer is that theses religious groups should discriminate in providing services (note, that they groups are those who receive money from the ‘Faith-Based’ office in the White House (something I have been against since the last Administration created it.) but can hire to preserve religious identity.

Religion and Politics

10 Most Important Obama Faith Moments

100 days are up…. From expanding the White House’s faith-based office to opening his rallies with prayer, Barack Obama has embraced faith in a more visible way than any other president in recent memory. At the same time, Obama’s actions on a variety of fronts, from abortion policy to accepting a speaking invitation at Notre Dame—a prestigious Roman Catholic university—have outraged religious conservatives. The confluence of these two phenomena have made for an explosion of “faith moments” in the first 100 days of Obama’s presidency. Here are the 10 most important.—Dan Gilgoff

Religion and Politics

Obama Reaches out to Evangelicals

Here is an article on MSNBC. I am opposed to congregations getting involved with politics on any level and indeed, people who use the name of Christ to get involved as well. What worries me is that the Constitution provides for a clear separation of Church and State, and while people bemoan and wail if the State was to encroach on the Church, they seem willing to allow the Church to encroach on the State. In the past 2 elections, the Republicans have co-opted the ‘religious right’ while demonizing the ‘religious left’. Suddenly, the volcano of evangelical political power