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May 26, 2009

"62 percent of white evangelical Protestants said torture could be justified"

slacktivist: The Sick Bastard Rate

Fred Clark, who I'm linking to, writes the Slacktivist blog. He is a devout Baptist who uses his platform to critique other Protestants for the most part. He writes a weekly series examining the theology of the Left Behind series that I consider one of the high points of the internet. Please keep all that in mind as you read this. This is not a wacko commie godless atheist taking people to task. This is a Baptist with an education in theology. This is a man criticizing his own people.

Mr. Clark has promised to spend time later this week making a case for why he thinks 62% of Evangelical Protestants have come to this point. I'll share it when he does.

The implication here is clear: Being a white evangelical Protestant who regularly attends religious services will likely make you a much worse person than you otherwise would be. It makes you more comfortable with gross immorality.

To use good evangelical language: Devout evangelicals who attend church regularly view sin as justifiable much more often than religiously unaffiliated people who never attend religious services.

Something has gone very, very wrong here.

Consider for a moment who it is that these torture-approving evangelicals claim to follow and remember how he died. The empire had him tortured and then tortured to death. The instrument of that torture has become a symbol that hangs in the sanctuary of every evangelical church. It decorates the pulpits from which their sermons are preached. It hangs from the necks of many of those 62 percent who say that torture is just fine if it makes them feel safer.

Doctors using stunts, tricks to break voodoo curses

The science of voodoo: When mind attacks body - health - 13 May 2009 - New Scientist

Late one night in a small Alabama cemetery, Vance Vanders had a run-in with the local witch doctor, who wafted a bottle of unpleasant-smelling liquid in front of his face, and told him he was about to die and that no one could save him.

Back home, Vanders took to his bed and began to deteriorate. Some weeks later, emaciated and near death, he was admitted to the local hospital, where doctors were unable to find a cause for his symptoms or slow his decline. Only then did his wife tell one of the doctors, Drayton Doherty, of the hex.

Doherty then summoned a nurse who had, by prior arrangement, filled a large syringe with a powerful emetic. With great ceremony, he inspected the instrument and injected its contents into Vanders' arm. A few minutes later, Vanders began to gag and vomit uncontrollably. In the midst of it all, unnoticed by everyone in the room, Doherty produced his pièce de résistance - a green lizard he had stashed in his black bag. "Look what has come out of you Vance," he cried. "The voodoo curse is lifted."

Vanders did a double take, lurched backwards to the head of the bed, then drifted into a deep sleep. When he woke next day he was alert and ravenous. He quickly regained his strength and was discharged a week later.

May 24, 2009

How Archaeology Killed Biblical History

Hector Avalos: How Archaeology Killed Biblical History

Presented by biblical scholar Hector Avalos. He presents the issues that trouble biblical scholars behind closed doors.

Part two after the jump.

Continue reading "How Archaeology Killed Biblical History" »

May 17, 2009

Under Rumsfeld, Pentagon published Bible verses on top-secret intel reports

Think Progress -- Under Rumsfeld, Pentagon published Bible verses on top-secret intel reports.

Starting in the days surrounding the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the cover sheets featured inspirational Bible verses printed over military images, “and were delivered by Rumsfeld himself to the White House” to the president, “who referred to America’s war on terror as a ‘crusade,’” GQ writes. Below are some examples of the Bible quotes (view the images here):

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” [The quote appears over an image of a tank at sunrise]

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” [The quote appears over an image of a soldier in Baghdad]

“It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” [The quote appears over an image of Saddam Hussein]

“Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, The nation that keeps faith.” [The quote appears over an image of tanks entering an Iraqi city]