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(WorldNetDaily)   More quality reporting from WND: "Kyrsten Sinema is the first pagan hippie in Congress," despite the fact that atheists don't believe in pagan dieties, and atheist Rep. Pete Stark was in Congress for 20 years   (wnd.com ) divider line
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2013-01-06 02:02:52 AM  
I'm OK with this.
 
2013-01-06 02:58:37 AM  
Pete Stark was in Congress for 40 years Subby.  He's also responsible for one of my earliest childhood memories.

/Anyone remember the Peace sign on the bank in Walnut Creek? Stark commissioned that sign.
 
2013-01-06 05:27:46 AM  
Damn you, subby, you made me click a WND article for the first time to see what a pagan hippie Congresswoman looks like.

/hotter than Christine O'Donnell
 
2013-01-06 07:00:05 AM  
That's a porn name if I ever heard one.
 
2013-01-06 07:37:35 AM  
WND should have it's nose rubbed in the crap it puts out.
 
2013-01-06 08:13:50 AM  
www.brianorndorf.com
People Against Goodness and Normalcy?
 
2013-01-06 08:16:37 AM  
Most people consider things a first only if it's happened since they became aware of the world. Who's got time to crack a history book?
 
2013-01-06 09:11:18 AM  
Obligatory...

lh6.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-01-06 09:14:00 AM  
For those of you that don't want to give a click to WND but are curious about today's particular flavor of derp, here ya go:

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The 2012 elections have not only brought in a new crop of freshman members to Congress, but also a new crop of religious faiths, including the first Buddhist senator, the first Hindu in either house, a drop in the number of Protestants and the first member of Congress ever to list her faith as "none."

According to Pew Research Center statistics, 50 years ago, nearly three-quarters of Congress belonged to Protestant, Christian denominations.

Today, that number is down to 56 percent, fueled by a freshman class, of which fewer that half of the new members list their faith as Protestant (48.2 percent).

The biggest faith group gain has been among Catholics, who picked up seven seats among the 533 members of Congress, for a total of 163, raising their share to just over 30 percent of the two houses combined.

Faiths never before represented in Congress, however, have now found their way into the chambers.

For example, Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard is the first professing Hindu to serve in either house.

Curiously enough, Gabbard fills the seat opened by Democrat Mazie K. Hirono, who left the House, and upon her election in November, will become the first professing Buddhist ever to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats, in fact, make up the vast majority of minority faiths in Congress.

In the new, 113th Congress, for example, 32 of the 33 Jewish lawmakers to serve will be Democrats; the three Buddhists (Hirono in the Senate and two others in the House) are Democrats; the two Muslims are Democrats; the only Hindu and only Unitarian Universalist are Democrats; and the 10 lawmakers who will not specify their religion are also Democrats.

Only among Protestants, Orthodox Christians (with a tally of 3 to 2) and Mormons (by a margin of 12 to 3) do Republicans hold the numerical advantage.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Then, there's the case of incoming freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who represents a portion of Maricopa County (of Sheriff Joe Arpaio fame) in Arizona. Sinema will become the first member of Congress to list her religious faith as "none."

Described as a non-theist and presenting herself as openly bisexual, Sinema was raised by Mormon parents and graduated from Brigham Young University, but has said her politics came into conflict with her religious upbringing.

Sinema's faith - or lack thereof - became a point of contention during the 2012 election, when her opponent's campaign created a web advertisement that accused her of participating in "pagan rituals" during an anti-war protest and depicted her as a 1970s-style, liberal hippie.

The "psychedelic" advertisement can be seen below:


[Here, they link a YouTube video with the usual derpy, hollow criticisms: hippie, socialist, hates the troops, she's a pagan, etc.]

The "pagan" allegations came from an email posted on the Arizona Alliance for Peace & Justice website, purportedly from Sinema, in which she allegedly described a confrontation at a anti-war protest she was attending: "As my 'protest buddy' and I were singing and spiraling in the pagan's circle only 5 rows back from the police line (which was over 25 rows thick), we noticed the police were putting on additional gear beneath their plastic face shields."

Pew also noted that in the past 50 years, there have been some significant shifts in representation among varying Protestant faiths. For example, Methodists, who made up 18 percent of the 87th Congress, which was seated in 1961, now make up only 9 percent of the 113th Congress. Episcopalians and Congregationalists have seen similar declines, while Baptists and unspecified Protestants have seen small gains.

The figures reported for the 113th Congress reflect those being sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013, and exclude two recently vacated seats previously held by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Baptist Democrat from Illinois, and Rep. Tim Scott, an unspecified Protestant Republican from South Carolina, who is counted among the senators after taking over for former Sen. Jim DeMint.
 
2013-01-06 10:08:32 AM  
Damn pagans, trying to sacrifice the Virgin Connie Swail.

wizbangblog.com
 
2013-01-06 10:14:13 AM  
Those poor, oppressed Protestants. A 56% Protestant Congress represents ~50% Protestant population of the US. That's bad and stuff because the numbers are too close. So vote Republican instead of atheist pagan Hindus in the Demoncrap party.
 
2013-01-06 10:28:54 AM  
Democrats, in fact, make up the vast majority of minority faiths in Congress.

Yes.  Yes, they do.

Good for them.
 
2013-01-06 10:35:06 AM  
A) She's hot.
B) She seems pretty smart and hard-working.
C) She's hot.
D) She had a pretty good voting record in Arizona's legislature.
E) She's hot.
F) It's about time we got a new person to represent the people with no religious affiliation in Congress.
G) Did I mention she's hot?
 
2013-01-06 10:35:30 AM  
dailyagenda.org
 
2013-01-06 10:36:26 AM  
I expect nothing less from World Nut Derpy.
 
2013-01-06 10:38:25 AM  

jmadisonbiii: Damn pagans, trying to sacrifice the Virgin Connie Swail.


Well... Now you just call her Connie Swail.
 
2013-01-06 10:39:40 AM  
Pagan /= Atheist, subby.
 
2013-01-06 10:40:22 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: I expect nothing less from World Nut Derpy.


images.wikia.com

"Those minority groups are taking over!"

/I'm sorry, I had to
 
2013-01-06 10:40:27 AM  
Are we now at the point where not being Christian, or Jewish, or Muslim means you are pagan?

Take a look at Lee Atwater, Carl Rove. I don't they they could be described as 'born again'.

Anyone smart enough (or dumb enough, depending on their party affiliation) to question the religion they were born with is now Pagan?

I love the Tea Party Republicans.
 
2013-01-06 10:44:25 AM  

LasersHurt: HMS_Blinkin: I expect nothing less from World Nut Derpy.

[images.wikia.com image 689x618]

"Those minority groups are taking over!"

/I'm sorry, I had to


By 2030, white folks will be less than 50% of the population. Still, in the majority, but that will be duking it out with Hispanics and those darned dark folks. Imagine what folks will say when they realize that a lot of those brown folks seem to be dirty Papists...
 
2013-01-06 10:44:56 AM  
Pete Stark was a guy who 'Gets Its', and his office once informed me that they would be happy to help us with a problem even though we were registered to vote out of state (active duty military), because 'Pete Stark represents everyone that lives in his district, no matter who or where they actually vote.'
 
2013-01-06 10:45:58 AM  

PreMortem: WND should have it's nose rubbed in the crap it puts out.


And be smacked repeatedly with a rolled-up newspaper
 
2013-01-06 10:48:12 AM  

Not a pagan:



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Pagan:

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Me:

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2013-01-06 10:50:53 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: That's a porn name if I ever heard one.


And she's a former Mormon who went to BYU so you know she's crazy in the sack.
 
2013-01-06 10:54:21 AM  
Remember that one time where a Hindu cleric did a benediction during the 112th (I think) congress and the right-wing Christians threw a hissy-fit in the chamber and got thrown out? The Dems in congress should have a whole week of non-Christian benedictions led by leaders of these new members' faiths.

Imagine the bricks that would be shiat with a Pagan benediction.
 
2013-01-06 10:55:24 AM  

Ennuipoet: www.brianorndorf.com
People Against Goodness and Normalcy?


I will need to see a demonstration of the goat dance please.
 
2013-01-06 10:56:10 AM  

LasersHurt: HMS_Blinkin: I expect nothing less from World Nut Derpy.

[images.wikia.com image 689x618]

"Those minority groups are taking over!"

/I'm sorry, I had to


Stupid biatch doesn't realize Pegasi are a farking minority.
 
2013-01-06 10:57:05 AM  
Hey, where's the obligatory Sunday morning "atheism is a religion" thread?

Oh, here it is.
 
2013-01-06 11:02:24 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Mr. Coffee Nerves: That's a porn name if I ever heard one.

And she's a former Mormon who went to BYU so you know she's crazy in the sack.


Hell yeah!
 
2013-01-06 11:10:29 AM  
Could you imagine being bisexual and going through life wanting to fark everybody?

Well, now you're in congress, you really could fark everybody. Just vote yes on the next "Bomb Iran" bill.
 
2013-01-06 11:11:39 AM  
Seems silly that Freep Impact was barred from posting the goofy rantings of right-wingers here, since that's all [Politics] greenlights are anymore.
 
2013-01-06 11:23:23 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: I expect nothing less from World Nut Derpy.


hey.
 
2013-01-06 11:25:40 AM  

wildcardjack: Could you imagine being bisexual and going through life wanting to fark everybody?

Well, now you're in congress, you really could fark everybody. Just vote yes on the next "Bomb Iran" bill.


Bad news: bisexuality doesn't mean they want to "fark everybody". Just pretty people of either gender.

But don't worry, you'll find someone someday.
 
2013-01-06 11:28:03 AM  
See? Arizona isn't totally backwards now, is it?
 
2013-01-06 11:34:17 AM  
She is hot. A DWILF. Dirt Worshipper I'd Like to F.
 
2013-01-06 11:35:59 AM  
I'm kinda surprised he called her a pagan. I mean they may not like non-christians, but they have a completely different kind of hate for the godless.
 
2013-01-06 11:39:06 AM  
Cool! I'm in her district!
 
2013-01-06 11:41:43 AM  
That's nothing. I heard the president is a black man.
 
2013-01-06 11:51:20 AM  
Elsewhere she has claimed that she "does not consider herself an non-believer", and I have seen other articles going on and on about how the "nones" are not atheists, so I'm not sure we can call her an "atheist" just yet. I'll bet it's that tired "spiritual but not religious" dodge. Actual atheist women are very hard to find, even in liberal circles.
 
2013-01-06 11:57:33 AM  

pciszek: Elsewhere she has claimed that she "does not consider herself an non-believer", and I have seen other articles going on and on about how the "nones" are not atheists, so I'm not sure we can call her an "atheist" just yet. I'll bet it's that tired "spiritual but not religious" dodge. Actual atheist women are very hard to find, even in liberal circles.


It still wouldn't make her a pagan.
 
2013-01-06 11:57:48 AM  
Way to completely blatantly misrepresent the article Subby.

More quality reporting from WND: "Kyrsten Sinema is the first pagan hippie in Congress,"

Don't trip over those quotations in your rush to make shat up.
Really. No one else noticed that the actual article fully acknowledges her atheism and attributes the pagan claim to her opponent?

/Quotes. How do they work?
 
2013-01-06 11:58:47 AM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Seems silly that Freep Impact was barred from posting the goofy rantings of right-wingers here, since that's all [Politics] greenlights are anymore.


hey now! as someone who submits a boatload of non-bias/lefty greenlight, I am offended sir. I have done what I can to make this the "Politico" tab, and not "Super nutsy McFuntime wankfest, sponsored by Christians for a Better Tomorrow, ABORTIONS!!" tab
 
2013-01-06 11:59:10 AM  
To be fair, and let's not be fair because fark WND, we Pagans would reeeally like her to be somewhere under the Pagan umbrella. The Wild Hunt profiled the new Jesus-less congress critters and they're not alone in hoping that spiritual-not-religious is a subtle hint that our interests will actually have a voice somewhere in power.

Interestingly, the person that was OPENLY running for congress as a Pagan in 2012 was Dan Halloran, a Tea Party Republican from New York.
 
2013-01-06 12:04:48 PM  
That article was surprisingly not derpy. Sure, it's intended to invoke the fears of the readers and commenters below, but taken in a vacuum, it's pretty much just the facts, ma'am.
 
2013-01-06 12:09:02 PM  

FC Exile: Way to completely blatantly misrepresent the article Subby.

More quality reporting from WND: "Kyrsten Sinema is the first pagan hippie in Congress,"

Don't trip over those quotations in your rush to make shat up.
Really. No one else noticed that the actual article fully acknowledges her atheism and attributes the pagan claim to her opponent?

/Quotes. How do they work?


I assumed you were new here, but apparently, it's been almost two years. Weird. Anyways, welcome to Fark.
 
2013-01-06 12:15:03 PM  
dailyagenda.org

Wow that woman has quite a rack.

I'd like Krysten Sinema, Tulsi Gabbard, a bottle of gin, and a room, please.
 
2013-01-06 12:15:09 PM  

eddiesocket: FC Exile: Way to completely blatantly misrepresent the article Subby.

More quality reporting from WND: "Kyrsten Sinema is the first pagan hippie in Congress,"

Don't trip over those quotations in your rush to make shat up.
Really. No one else noticed that the actual article fully acknowledges her atheism and attributes the pagan claim to her opponent?

/Quotes. How do they work?

I assumed you were new here, but apparently, it's been almost two years. Weird. Anyways, welcome to Fark.


Not to mention that WND is so farking insane, no misquotes can possibly make them seem any dumber or nuttier than they actually are.
 
2013-01-06 12:16:53 PM  

lordjupiter: Hey, where's the obligatory Sunday morning "atheism is a religion" thread?

Oh, here it is.


Just like "not building model airplanes" is a hobby! Personally, my favorite hobby is not building small ships in bottles.
 
2013-01-06 12:21:31 PM  

moops: lordjupiter: Hey, where's the obligatory Sunday morning "atheism is a religion" thread?

Oh, here it is.

Just like "not building model airplanes" is a hobby! Personally, my favorite hobby is not building small ships in bottles.


I build a lot of small ships, some of them in boxes and on bases or in dioramas, but never in bottles. Does that count?

/I hope she gets on the House committee dealing with faith-based charities
 
2013-01-06 12:28:42 PM  
I'm ok with having pagans in congress.  hell, anything that might weaken the hold evangelical christian organizations have on the legislature is fine by me.
 
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