Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Stick A Fork In It

March 28, 2013

The Culture Wars are over!

For decades, since the first long-hired pot smoker joined a protest over the Viet Nam war, the Republican party has tried to gin up phony controversies (The War on Christmas!) and throw red meat to their base. The gays are coming! What about the babies?!?! People who don’t look like you are living in our country! The g’umment is coming to take your guns!
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RNC’s DOMA Dilemma

March 27, 2013

This must be driving them nuts.

The Republican National Committee recently came out with an analysis dissecting their performance in the last Presidential election. Among their conclusions, the Republican Party should be more accepting of gay marriage, work to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and generally stop attacking women and minorities.

Oh the schadenfreude!
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How Thomas Jefferson’s secret Bible might have changed history – via CNN Belief Blog

January 11, 2012

(CNN) – Imagine the following scenario: A U.S. president is discovered to be spending his spare time taking a razor to the New Testament, cutting up and re-pasting those passages of the Gospels that he considered authentic and morally true and discarding all the rest.

Gone are the virgin birth, divine healings, exorcisms and the resurrection of the dead, all of which the chief executive dismissed as “superstitions, fanaticisms and fabrications.”

Such an episode occurred, although the revised version of Scripture remained unseen for nearly seven decades after its abridger’s death. Thomas Jefferson intended it that way.

During most of his two terms in the White House, from 1801 to 1809, and for more than a decade afterward, Jefferson – the third U.S. president and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence – committed himself to a radical reinterpretation of the Gospels.

With a razor and glue brush at this side, Jefferson lined up English, French, Greek and Latin editions of Scripture and proceeded to cut up and reassemble the four Gospels into an exquisitely well-crafted, multilingual chronology of Christ’s life.

Jefferson lined up different editions of Scripture.In Jefferson’s view, this revision represented a faithful record of Christ’s moral code, minus the miracles that the Enlightenment-era founder dismissed as historical mythmaking.

via My Take: How Thomas Jefferson’s secret Bible might have changed history – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

The Tea Party and other conservative “Originalists” maintain that our Founding Fathers were deeply religious men and intended the United States to be a Christian nation, despite the evidence of a Constitution drafted by those same Founding Fathers that says that the government shall play no role in religion, neither in choosing one for the people, nor in preventing the people from choosing any religion they want.

The wide release of the Jefferson Bible for the first time should put this idea to rest (well, if the Tea Party and their ilk were able to assimilate evidence contrary to their peculiar predilections). Instead, the Founding Fathers were deeply moral men, who believed that an individual’s ability to choose their own path was important, but so was the greater good of the nation as a whole.

(This is one of the reasons the pre-Constitutional Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution itself, to turn a loose confederation of self-determined States into an actual nation with a central government. I have some additional thoughts on this for a later time.)

The Jefferson Bible strips away all the mysticism of the conservative religious dogma and preserves the moral center of the Bible that is missing from the conservative dogma.

If ever there was a display of Original Intent of (one of) the Founding Fathers, this would be it.

The Santorum Problem

January 7, 2012

Why is it so easy?  You can always count on the stupid, crazy people say stupid, crazy things.

Rick Santorum (beneficiary of the core base of the Republican party struggling to find a stupid, crazy person that shares their stupid, crazy views without being, well, dumb as a box of hair or bat-shit crazy) is about to follow the path of the earlier darlings of the wingnuts.

Rick Santorum has some problems.

Rick Santorum has a sex problem.

Rick doesn’t like the gay.  And while that is fine for him to be uninterested in gay sex in his personal life, he has chosen to fight a battle that he’s already lost.  Acceptance of homosexuality as non-criminal (as opposed to beastiality, which he mistakenly compares it to) has been the norm for decades.  And acceptance of gay marriage, while not yet universal, is following suit.

Rick Santorum has a Google problem.

Santorum’s gay problem has led to a Google problem.  LMGTFY.  If the election were held today (and it is), “Santorum” would be the result of a gay sex act.  The web has spoken.

Rick Santorum has a race problem.

He said it.  He meant it.  He was only stating the cultural meme by which the Tea Party look at government.  Which will get him that segment of the vote, but will kill his chances in the general election, hence the attempt at retraction. 

Face it, Rick Santorum has a Santorum problem.

Explain it to Santorum

January 6, 2012

I’ve seen this around the web in a few places, and so far I haven’t been able to find the original source (but if I do, I’ll be sure to update this page with the correct info).

But it is a great way to explain to “Man on Dog” Santorum and others who feel the same way:

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War on Christmas!

December 6, 2011

So it is that time of year again – the nutjobs start to remind us that there is a war on… a war against Christmas!

Since I was late to the party on the class war (hell, just about everyone was – the class war against the 99% has been going on for DECADES and only now are we beginning to ask that those who benefit disproportionately from the society in which they live return to supporting that society), I figured I would jump in late on this one too.

Here is the premise:  anti-Christian liberals are trying to eradicate Christmas by saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”.

Yes, that does sound ridiculous.

Here is the thing.  A lot of cultures and religions have winter celebrations.  (In fact, Christmas is actually a hijacking of a pagan winter holiday, and religious scholars generally concur that Jesus could not have been born December if the other facts in the Bible about his birth are correct).  So when you hear someone cheerfully wish you “Happy holidays!”, consider the possibilities: (more…)

Bloodthirsty

September 13, 2011

During each of the two most recent debates came a moment of the most disgusting display of bloodthirsty hypocrisy I have ever seen from the “pro-life” crowd.

During the debate on September 7th, the moderator asked Rick Perry, “You are the most prolific serial killer in the United States, how do you sleep at night?”

Well, the moderator tried to ask the question, or a question with a similar meaning, but got interrupted by a wildly cheering crowd.

Them “pro-lifers” sure enjoy them a bloodbath, don’t they?

Then, this week, during the debate on September 12th, those “pro-lifers” again cheered the death of anyone who can’t afford health care.

Ron Paul was asked “Congressman, should society just let him die?” Cheers.

Let him die.

Ron Paul discredits himself by saying they never turned anyone away, then reverses himself and says essentially people get what they deserve, then tries to reframe the discussion to make it about “bureaucracy” making the prices go up.

Never mind that both Medicare and Medicaid run their operations with a tiny fraction of the overhead that private insurance companies have, making them more efficient and more cost-effective. 

Never mind that, in order to make sure the risk pool includes everyone and to prevent the  scenario from occurring, the new health care law prevents people from opting out and not paying into the system, so that they can’t unfairly take advantage of the system without paying their share.

And, surprisingly, never mind that, even according to Ron Paul that no one was ever turned away, SOMEONE has to pay for the services rendered, and it always ends up being you and me.

No, the point among all these distractions is that the typical so-called “pro-life” conservative is a bloodthirsty, murderous hypocrite.

Disappointment

May 23, 2011

What a big disappointment Free Shoes Day was.

I mean, sure I got to “watch, and mock, and laugh“. But there wasn’t the free stuff I was hoping for.

And worst, the damned self-righteous wackos are still here.

Had they been taken, this would have been Heaven on Earth.

The End Is Near!

May 6, 2011

The 17th consecutive reported date for the Rapture is set for May 21st.

Forget to pack your bags, because you can’t take them with you, or you aren’t going anywhere.

My favorite thing about these end-of-days predictions is that, when it fails to happen (as it always has) I get to laugh and laugh, and on the off chance it does happen (its gotta happen sometime, right?) they won’t be around to laugh at me.

America’s New Beleaguered Minority

January 3, 2011

Liberals now have a new minority to protect….

Pass It On

My bleeding heart feels so sorry for them….

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