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Virginia House passes law against using implanted microchips as Mark of the Beast

Human microchips seen by some in Virginia House as device of antichrist - washingtonpost.com
RICHMOND, FEB. 9 -- The House of Delegates is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would protect Virginians from attempts by employers or insurance companies to implant microchips in their bodies against their will. . . . Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), the bill's sponsor, said that privacy issues are the chief concern behind his attempt to criminalize the involuntary implantation of microchips. But he also said he shared concerns that the devices could someday be used as the "mark of the beast" described in the Book of Revelation. "My understanding -- I'm not a theologian -- but there's a prophecy in the Bible that says you'll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times," Cole said. "Some people think these computer chips might be that mark."

Paris Valentine's Day kiss-in met with violence from Christian fundamentalists

Joe. My. God.: Paris: Valentine's Day Gay Kiss-In
It was originally supposed to take place in front of Notre Dame de Paris but Christian fundamentalist websites called in to "defend their faith against this provocation" by "AIDS bags", "sodomites" and other homophobic insults. The websites called in for a violent answer so the organizers decided to change the location to place Saint Michel in the nearby Latin Quarter, since the police strongly encouraged them to do so saying they could not protect them in case of trouble. The kiss in was held peacefully at St. Michel but some gays went to Notre Dame anyway and witnesses are saying 200 Christian activists were expecting them, and after they started kissing, they were attacked with motorbike helmets and kicked.

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February 10, 2010

Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry interviewed about the ten commandments

Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry interviewed on the Ten Commandments This is a follow-up interview by Ann Widicombe (who is a nut) after the QI debate between them. Fry is amazing here.

February 02, 2010

Political Insider Georgia’s Christian right comes out against bills aimed at child prostitution

Georgia's Christian right comes out against bill aimed at child prostitution | Political Insider
The season’s most disputed issue may have just surfaced at the state Capitol. The weight of the state’s Christian right movement just came down in opposition to a pair of bills that would steer young girls under the age of 16 into diversionary programs instead of arresting them on charges of prostitution. . . . At issue are two separate bills, one in the House and one in the Senate. Both are sponsored by Republicans. “Who will benefit from the passage of H.B. 582 or S.B. 304? I’ll tell you who – the very profitable and growing pedophile industry,” said former state Sen. Nancy Shafer. “It is imperative that these bills be defeated.
Because the underage hookers will be steered into halfway houses and treatment facilities and not arrested and thrown in jail the foes are saying it amounts to a decriminalization of underage prostitution.

January 25, 2010

My Grandfather Died About Two Hours Ago

My mom just called to tell me that my grandfather,...

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January 22, 2010

Scientologists invade a traumatised Haiti to convert the survivors

Don't panic Haiti, the Scientologists are coming! | Life and style | The Guardian
Psychopath, conman, liar, fantasist, fraudster, bully, tax evader, megalomaniac – it's fair to say L Ron Hubbard's death was a blow to global humanitarianism. Happily, there is a silver lining to the cloud that has hung over Earth since the founder of Scientology shed his corporeal form in 1986. That silver- lining is the high profile, expansionist figures who represent his organisation today – and the good news is that they're turning their thoughts to Haiti. Were an idiot like you to itemise the myriad things that this most wretched of disaster zones currently lacked, chances are you'd omit "militant Scientologists who claim post-traumatic stress is a conspiracy created by the evil psychiatric profession, and who believe the correct response to extreme shock is to touch sufferers with one finger, before attempting to convert them to the ways of Hubbard". All I can say is, thank God for John Travolta. The Wild Hogs legend has unveiled his response to the unfolding crisis, announcing: "I have arranged for a plane to take down some Volunteer Ministers and some supplies and some medics." For the medics and supplies John must obviously be thanked, but for the Volunteer Ministers – arriving in Haiti via Air Travolta along with scores from other Scientology churches – the same cannot be said. According to an official press release, the corps will be on hand to dispense "spiritual first aid" to Haitians. Because really, nothing should feel more appropriate right now than gadding about Port-au-Prince offering survivors the chance to be hooked up to an e-meter. Hopefully if they find any gay people, they can begin curing them.