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August 09, 2009

Two Christian girls try to convert a Hindu friend

Converting an indian to christianity Either pathetic or a brilliant fake. You make the call.

July 31, 2009

Left Behind and the problem of the Sermon on the Mount

slacktivist: TF: Bruce's sermon, part 3 Fred Clark (the slacktivist) continues his close reading of the Left Behind series with book two in the series, Tribulation Day. I find Clark's work enthralling as he picks apart the fundamental theological and literary issues in the books. For the past three weeks Clark has been winding through chapter 2 of Tribulation Force, in which Reverend Bruce gives the first sermon of the Apocalypse and . . . it stinks. On many different levels. As it wraps up, Clark brings up one of the most difficult portions of the New Testament: the Sermon on the Mount. This is easily the most radical passage and the clearest call to, as Bill & Ted said, "be excellent to each other." I have never understood how someone could be a Christian and ignore the lesson of the Sermon on the Mount. Clark inches me closer to understanding here.
In my most cynical moments, I sometimes think that the whole structure of Christian theology seems like an elaborate ruse to escape the unambiguous obligations set forth in the Sermon on the Mount. The bluntest and crudest dismissal of that passage comes from these people -- from Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins and their premillennial dispensationalist cohorts. All that stuff about helping the poor and turning the other cheek and not worshiping Mammon and overcoming evil with good -- all of that, they say, doesn't apply to us. That's for another "dispensation" -- for the future (literal) millennial kingdom. Here in our dispensation, they say, we're free to ignore all of that. And then they defend this outrageous claim by inventing a massive, convoluted, text-shredding hermeneutic that hop-skotches arbitrarily between unrelated passages, misreads the few passages it pays any attention to, and disregards the rest. And these awful, illiterate people, these dissembling dismissers of Scripture, then have the chutzpah to claim that they, and they alone, "take Scripture at it's word." I find that a bit ... irritating.

July 24, 2009

"The legal age of marriage is puberty."
Selections from convicted child rapist Tony Alamo's press release of July 17, 2009

tony-alamo.jpgTony's up the river for the next 175 years for being a piece of shit rapist and taking underage victims across state lines. PRESS RELEASE | From Tony Alamo | July 17, 2009 | Regarding Government-Vatican Persecution vs. Tony Alamo
It is a violation of the US Constitution for the government to attack any religion, especially Christianity!! My trial is government vs. the Bible. The five young women who are falsely testifying against me have all been convinced to do so by the FBI. The FBI paid all of their tuition to go to a place called Wellspring, which is a “deprogramming center.” ... Deprogramming is a nice word for hypnosis, brainwashing, mind-control, voodoo, black magic. ... They are under a hateful spell of witchcraft. ... The FBI is against the Bible, Christianity, God, and all Christian churches. ... The legal age of marriage is puberty. ... Webster’s definition of puberty is “the age when one becomes capable to bear children, which is marked by maturing of the reproductive organs, with the onset of menstruation in the female; the period at which sexual maturity is reached.” The Bible says this as well. God’s Word, the Bible, never condemns a man for having more than one wife! Remember how they murdered, burnt up, the Christians at Waco, Texas! They are demonic.
No, raping 8-year-olds is demonic.

July 20, 2009

Religious organization C Street rebrands themselves as counseling center for cheating politicians

C Street Rebranding: GOP Cheaters Need Our Discreet Counseling! | TPMMuckraker C Street is a dorm/headquarters for conservative Christian politicians in DC. It's an organ of The Family aka The Fellowship. It has members like Mark Sanford and John Ensign and Chip Pickering, all men who secretly cheated on their wives and have been recently outed. In response to suggestions that C Street was facilitating these dalliances, they have loudly proclaimed that they are actually a place for philandering conservative Christian politicians to get help. Yeah, that seems to be working great guys.
In recent weeks, the secretive Christian fellowship group, whose red-brick townhouse on Capitol Hill has for years served as an in-session dorm for religious lawmakers, has been getting some unwanted publicity. Thanks to its ties to three recent Republican sex scandals -- those of Nevada senator John Ensign, South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, and former congressman Chip Pickering -- C Street has started to get a reputation as somewhere between a halfway house and frat house for conservative politicians looking to cheat on their wives while convincing themselves they're still upstanding guys. . . . Politico reports that the Fellowship focuses on what its leaders call the "'up and out,' or powerful politicians struggling to confront their personal demons." And Hall, the former Democratic congressman, explained to Roll Call what he sees C Street as being for: "These men [Ensign, Sanford, and Pickering] are good men. They made mistakes and they're paying for it. And that's what these ministries are about." That explanation, which jibes with Forbes's, makes clear that dealing with extra-marital affairs is absolutely central to C Street's purpose. It's also worth noting that the recent re-banding -- like many such efforts -- offers what you might call a skewed perspective.