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October 16, 2009

North Carolina church planning to burn all christian books that are not the King James Version of the bible

A Good Ol' Fashioned North Carolina Book Burnin'!

October 14, 2009

Al Franken's Supply-Side Jesus

This is really fantastic. Part of the recent Christian attack on Capitalism. Al Franken's SUPPLY SIDE JESUS

October 09, 2009

Justice Scalia is surprised that a crucifix is a religious symbol

Supreme Court Justice Scalia is a supremely clueless jerk : Pharyngula The Supremes are hearing a case wherein an enormous crucifix was erected on Federal land to commemorate world war one veterans. The challengers argue that this amounts to state endorsement of Christianity.
Here's how he reacted when told that non-Christians might object a teeny-tiny bit to having their dead memorialized with a gigantic Christian symbol. "The cross doesn't honor non-Christians who fought in the war?" Scalia asks, stunned. "A cross is the predominant symbol of Christianity, and it signifies that Jesus is the son of God and died to redeem mankind for our sins," replies Eliasberg, whose father and grandfather are both Jewish war veterans. "It's erected as a war memorial!" replies Scalia. "I assume it is erected in honor of all of the war dead. The cross is the most common symbol of … of … of the resting place of the dead." Eliasberg dares to correct him: "The cross is the most common symbol of the resting place of Christians. I have been in Jewish cemeteries. There is never a cross on a tombstone of a Jew." "I don't think you can leap from that to the conclusion that the only war dead the cross honors are the Christian war dead," thunders Scalia. "I think that's an outrageous conclusion!" Far less outrageous is the conclusion that religious symbols are not religious.

October 05, 2009

The Conservative Bible Project

Sadly, No! -- A banner week for wingnuttery Apparently all of Jesus' talk about helping the poor, eating dinner with tax collectors, forgiving people, helping the sick and the homeless and earning your way to paradise through good deeds have been a terrible Liberal misinterpretation of the bible. The strident wingnuts at Conservapedia have launched a project to author a new translation of the bible that eschews liberal values in favor of free market zealotry. I can't wait to read it.
As of 2009, there is no fully conservative translation of the Bible which satisfies the following ten guidelines: 1. Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias 2. Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, “gender inclusive” language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity 3. Not Dumbed Down: not dumbing down the reading level, or diluting the intellectual force and logic of Christianity; the NIV is written at only the 7th grade level[3] 4. Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop;[4] defective translations use the word “comrade” three times as often as “volunteer”; similarly, updating words which have a change in meaning, such as “word”, “peace”, and “miracle”. 5. Combat Harmful Addiction: combating addiction by using modern terms for it, such as “gamble” rather than “cast lots”;[5] using modern political terms, such as “register” rather than “enroll” for the census 6. Accept the Logic of Hell: applying logic with its full force and effect, as in not denying or downplaying the very real existence of Hell or the Devil. 7. Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning 8. Exclude Later-Inserted Liberal Passages: excluding the later-inserted liberal passages that are not authentic, such as the adulteress story 9. Credit Open-Mindedness of Disciples: crediting open-mindedness, often found in youngsters like the eyewitnesses Mark and John, the authors of two of the Gospels 10. Prefer Conciseness over Liberal Wordiness: preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio; avoid compound negatives and unnecessary ambiguities; prefer concise, consistent use of the word “Lord” rather than “Jehovah” or “Yahweh” or “Lord God.”

September 28, 2009

R. Crumb draws Genesis: “I grew to hate the Bible”

Subversive cartoonist R. Crumb zaps the Bible | Raw Story
PARIS — Subversive US cartoonist Robert Crumb, whose take on the Bible is about to be released worldwide, says people are “totally nuts” for taking the book so seriously for so long. “I grew to hate the Bible,” he told a press conference for the international launch of “Robert Crumb’s Book of Genesis”, which he called a “gruelling” four year project. The book hits bookshelves in late October in Europe, Brazil and the United States. “The idea of millions of people taking this so seriously is totally nuts,” he added. “The Bible doesn’t need to be satirised. It’s already so crazy.” ... “The Bible is not the word of God. It’s the words of men,” he said. “I take it all as myth from start to finish”.