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Report finds that religious Americans believe pretty much whatever they want, have no problem with contradictions

Op-Ed Columnist - Paranormal Flexibility - NYTimes.com More people in America believe in ghosts than evolution or catastrophic climate change.
Twenty percent of Protestants and 28 percent of Catholics said they believe in reincarnation, which flies in the face of Christianity’s rapture scenario. Furthermore, about the same percentages said they believe in astrology, yoga as a spiritual practice and the idea that there is “spiritual energy” pulsing from things like “mountains, trees or crystals.” Uh-oh. Someone’s God is going to be jealous. Surprisingly, in some cases, those who identified themselves as Christian were more likely to believe these things than those who were unaffiliated. (It should be noted that unaffiliated is not the same as nonbeliever. Many are spiritual people who simply haven’t found the right church, synagogue, mosque, coven, Ouija board club, or whatever.) Furthermore, 16 percent of Protestants and 17 percent of Catholics said that they believe that some people can use the “evil eye” to “cast curses or spells that cause bad things to happen.” I have to say that based on the looks my mother used to shoot me when I was misbehaving, that evil eye thing might have legs. Since 1996, the percentage of Americans who said that they have been in the presence of a ghost has doubled from 9 percent to 18 percent, and the percentage who said that they were in touch with someone who was dead has increased by nearly two thirds, rising from 18 percent to 29 percent.

December 11, 2009

Attention Israelites: A Very Special Chanukah Gift from LDSer Orin Hatch

The True Story of Orrin Hatch's Hanukkah Song - Jeffrey...

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December 04, 2009

Tenn. mayor blasts "muslim" Obama for pre-empting A Charlie Brown Christmas

TN mayor blames ‘Muslim’ Obama for Peanuts Christmas pre-empt | Raw Story
The mayor of Arlington, Tennessee, believes he knows exactly why President Barack Obama chose last Tuesday night to announce his Afghanistan troop surge: It was a nefarious plot by the "Muslim" president to pre-empt that night's broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Russell Wiseman, mayor of Memphis suburb Arlington, suggested in a Facebook posting that Obama wanted to obscure the traditional Christmas TV special's Christian message. And in what the Memphis Commercial Appeal described as "an extensive thread that attacked the president," Wiseman also said that Obama supporters "need to move to a Muslim country ... oh wait, that's America ... pitiful." This is how the Commercial Appeal transcribed Wiseman's Facebook posting, which is accessible only to the mayor's Facebook friends:
Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim [sic] president is there, what a load ... try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation [sic] about it....[w]hen the answer should simply be 'yes'....

December 03, 2009

"If you use condoms, you won't be raptured."

What We Missed - Feministing How *exactly* does this guy know this?

December 02, 2009

Scientology in California charged with slavery, human trafficking

Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking
"A formal complaint was filed in California (caged PDF) last week by John Lindstein naming David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology International as defendants. Lindstein claims that for sixteen years (from age 8) he was forced to work as a slave at Gold Base, a secret CoS site run by Golden Era Productions with 'razor wire, security guard patrols, surveillance posts, and three roll calls each day.' The pay was $50 a week. The allegations include 'Violations of wage and hour laws as well as unfair/illegal business practices actionable under California B&P 17200 Et. Seq.' and a complaint under the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, which abolished slavery. Members of the group Anonymous praised the summons."

November 30, 2009

Gimme dat Christian side hug

Gimmie dat Christian side hug Apparently normal hugs are sinful? Or something? Because underneath all of your clothes your nipples are almost touching and Jesus hates that.

The Catholic Dance

The Catholic Dance This is not a normal fist. This is a fist of conviction.