Someone else's Religion or your health?
How the Catholic church is manipulating medical research in the United States. Stem cell research offers some exciting opportunities for medicine but the Pope doesn't think so.
"The marriage was in trouble. And Pastor Williams had just the thing to fix it: nude photography."
I have no problem with organized religon in theory, but the execution is sometimes disturbing.....
Ever wondered why the Buddha wears a toga?
Understanding the origins and symbolism behind images of the Buddha.
New! Jesus Sports Statues
. When you saw the Buddy Christ
idea in the movie Dogma
you thought it was a funny, yet biting swipe at the Catholic Church. But apparently Catholics think it's a great idea. These figurines have already sold out. Jesus playing tackle football
is my favorite.
Prince wants to sell you the Watchtower and Awake magazines.
I am very surprised at this turn of events. What's he gonna do about all his songs that have so much sexual content?
Missionaries are frank imperialists.
But because they operate in the spiritual realm, they continue to enjoy a fuzzy kind of permission to conduct a kind of business that is largely impossible in other less ethereal spheres of life.
How far will the Taleban go
in isolating themselves from the rest of the world? This possible move brings to mind memories of how the Nazis treated the Jews during WWII.
Well, I *would* have given to The Family Values Party,
but, alas, I have tattoos. That makes me a sinner. Sinners can't donate. Neither can gays, women, gun owners, and the guy who sold me my gin this morning. Damn.
Online Scientology critic seeks political asylum in Canada A couple of weeks ago computer engineer Keith Henson was found guilty in California of a criminal act related to posts he made in the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, which contained obviously comical (all right, Sophomoric) references to targeting Scientologists with a nuclear missile.
The United States. Liberty and justice for all. Oh yeah, baby.
From the International Herald Tribune:
How's this whole separation of church and state working out? AG John Ashcroft: "It is against my religion to impose my religion on people..."
However, the department [DoJ] also issued new style guidelines for correspondence that carries Mr. Ashcroft's signature. They forbid, among other things, the use of "pride," which the Bible calls a sin, and the phrase "no higher calling than public service."
Ask the rabbi...about storing your ammo.
I love the total randomness of this, including the fact that it's all coming to you from Wisconsin, the Badger State.
The Book of Revelations, Pokemon style. Yes, that's right. The really strange thing is how seamlessly the Pokemon elements fit into the story. Maybe St. John anticipated more than we thought...
(PS: Those with a limited sense of humor about this kind of thing can probably already see where this is headed, and should feel free to just not click the link.)
Anti-bullying vote blocked by Christian Conservatives
The Washington State bill would have required school districts to set up policies against harassment, bullying and intimidation. Christian conservatives that blocked the vote claim "it amounted to censorship of their right to condemn homosexuality." There is no mention of homosexuality in the bill at all. So this leads me to the conclusion that these Christians condone "harassment, bullying and intimidation." How far from the Golden Rule can you stray and keep a straight face?
The Tibet Game
: Doom for Buddhists. Give away your possessions, pump up your karma, see and hear beautiful Tibet. (Don't forget your high bandwidth, grasshopper.)
dishes out church-friendly daily cartoons like this one
, which are sometimes [p]funny (and at other times stale). You can also get the funnies in your PDA
Urban Legend, I choose you!
Pokemon is being banned in several Muslim countries because of rumour that it is anti-religious. What's your favorite urban legend that resulted in widespread societal changes? (You need not limit yourself to religious edicts . . . an sort of change made by people in power because of an urban legend will be fine.) Why do you think that urban legends have this power? What does this say about human cognition?
So many questions... were the nuns simply trying to save their own lifes? If so, does that make it any better? And does a Belgium court have the right to preside over crimes in another culture? Can anything good come of this?
Jedi can't, and never could have been, an official religion. There were emails going around New Zealand and the UK claiming if there were enough who listed it as a religion, it could be official, but that's not the case.
Pay up or get out!
''Please be advised, that you are in default in the payment of tithes to the Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Inc., for a period in excess of 90 days.'' ...If the money isn't paid... ''all privileges of membership in the Church will be immediately suspended....'' God loves you, but we won't if we don't get the cash, Now that's Religion!!!
Davey and Goliath.
When I watched this show as a kid, I had no idea it was pushing so much religion at me. Still... memories right? The Clips are pretty low quality in .mov format. Bless you Davey, let's pray.
75% of Americans
favor Government funding of faith-based organizations. However, when asked about specific faiths
, that number drops dramatically to 38% for Buddhist Temples and 29% for the Nation of Islam. So what did they expect, their own religion should get funds, but no others?
The Scholars and the Godess
In "The scholars and the Godess" Charlotte Allen writes of the now debunked history of Wicca.
"Diotima Mantineia," age forty-eight, is the associate editor of The Witches' Voice
summed up her feelings on the debunking of the official Wiccan narrative this way: "It doesn't matter to me how old Wicca is, because when I connect with Deity as Lady and Lord, I know that I am connecting with something much larger and vaster than I can fully comprehend. The Creator of this universe has been manifesting to us for all time, in the forms of gods and goddesses that we can relate to. This personal connection with Deity is what is meaningful. For me, Wicca works to facilitate that connection, and that is what really matters."
I agree. Simply that it works for the individual is all that matters. What works for you?
Spare the rod? Heck no! God says beat and pimp your child!
"House of Prayer" cult encourages group beatings of children in church. "Reverend" encourages marriages of 14-year-olds to "prevent potential whores." He also discusses genitalia and hikes up skirts during services. He's not the unaspanker
, he's much worse.
Jesse's Mistress Writing A Tell-All.
The mother of Jesse Jackson's love child is penning a tell-all book alleging she received a secret payoff of $450,000 from the civil-rights leader, that to prove Jackson was the father of her 22-month-old daughter, she froze a condom containing his sperm, that before giving birth to their child, Karin was pregnant by Jesse a previous time, but had an abortion at his request, and that after learning of the affair, Jackson's wife, Jackie, was so angry that she pointed a gun at him in their Chicago home and had to be restrained by a guest.
-- three cheers for ungrammatical
religious intolerance! (check out the links on the sidebars)
Sending Texans a message
-- more than one million Texans can look forward to receiving a "video version of the New Testament account of Luke" in their mailboxes. The group's goal is to send the video to every Texas home -- eight million. The video was made 22 years ago and is 83-minutes long.
Will the message fall on deaf ears? Isn't there a better way?
"Tired of praying and waiting for His second coming, a group of scientists aims to clone Jesus Christ
and fulfill the much awaited biblical prophecy." [via the PDI
Fasting for Dubya.
And y'all thought the bit about the Britney Spears novel was scarifying? Whoa.
"Palatial accommodations, round-the-clock personal service, public adoration guaranteed, school and homework optional. Must be five years old or under and willing to serve until puberty."
Jedi could become official religion
-- An email is circulating in New Zealand seeking 8,000 people to write "Jedi" as their religion on that country's census form. If they do, it's claimed the government will have to recognize the Star Wars discipline as an actual religion.
THE Pope will host the European premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I'm guessing my thoughts on 2001 aren't all that different from the pope's, but I'm mostly an atheist. How do you view the monolith? And also, here's
a list of pope's favorite films. Andrei Rublev is my overall 4th favorite film, the Sacrifice and Decalogue are in my 20's.
We're glad too, Justice Scalia.
A New York State public school has prohibited an evangelical group from offering Bible study and prayer in its classrooms, and the case is now before the US Supreme Court:
"This is divisive in the community?" Justice Scalia exclaimed. "I don't understand. What would the community get upset about? I don't understand." He continued: "You must have a very divisive community down there. I'm glad I don't live in New York anymore."
All your cultural treasures are belong to us!
At least in China
it was the accidental
kind of stupidity...
A faith based missile defense system...
now that's what we really need. Of course, considering the current state of the necessary technologies, that's what we already have. [From Greg Restall
starting your own church
It might be wise to start your own church. Pres Bush now must decide whether Scientology is or is not a "true" religion
. The president's father got big bucks from Rev. Moon of the Moonies, a group that gave generously to Bush the Father, so I imagine that group is a true religion. We too can feed at the spiritual udder. I hope some faith-based charity goes to Travolta and Cruise.
"You mean that the Clinton's are Hitler and Mussolini?"
And who says so? God, that's who! Linda Newkirk has been receiving personalized messages from God, and what is God telling Linda, who's using the power of the Internet to keep us all informed? Among other things, God says, "the economic bubble, which grew to such tremendous proportions, in the last eight years, is bursting"; "before this month of February, 2001 is over a death nail shall be plunged into the stock market"; "I know that you want Me to speak of what many are calling the 'Early-out rapture' "; and, whoa to us all, "George W's days are numbered to a few; for I have warned him against Lucifer's works, but he does not believe that he will soon die." And then what? Well, it seems those naughty Russians and Chinese met in a tent and signed a deal in blood to start throwing nuclear missiles at the god-fearing and ever-righteous U.S. of A. starting on or before March 31st.
Hey, these are His words, not mine. Although I feel comforted that God uses terms like "economic bubble" and "Early-out rapture." Renews my faith in the power of marketing.
religious action figures!
yes! no more stealing my friends' action figures! seriously, this could be good for families with a new testament preference; they have "african heritage" and "caucasian heritage" lines. one odd thing -- the "african" eve is much
lighter than the "african" adam... what's up with that? link from k10k.
Another unified theory!
And this time it's not just about physics, but the eternity domain, diallel lines, sunspots, egg resonance, planetary alignment, plant dehydration and the Book of Mormon too.
Catholic Church to Kid: "Drop dead"!
She wanted to take Holy Communion, but had a disease where she couldn't eat the bread. When she asked for a substitute, the Catholic church refused.
Dubya wishes to end "discrimination" against churches.
In regards to his recent faith-based services funding thing, Dubya speaks to the religous folks he's targeting. Apparently, he feels the separation of church and state is "discrimination."
Is there any vacancy left in Canada for about four years?
Christian States of America according to President Dubya. Government should
not fund international family-planning groups
, but should
fund faith-based programs
. Someone please pinch me so I can
wake up and discover this is just a bad dream.
Welcome to the Church of God-Zillah:
A giant, fire-breathing symbol of destruction has become a force for Christianity in this land of cowboys and cabernet.
Strangest Story Ever Told - The Weird Legend of Jesus in Japan
Little known religious fact #2: Jesus didn't die up on his cross at Golgotha. That was actually his brother. Christ himself fled across Siberia and, after a brief detour through Alaska, landed in Japan, where he got married and raised a family.
Warning: some wacky religious notions will be mentioned in this article.
Pope John Paul II has been busy protecting his conservative legacy by appointing a record number of new cardinals
. This expanded group of cardinals will vote for the next pontiff and so a continuation of the Church's present course on abortion and birth control is quite likely.
Still, it's a little known fact that the Vatican actually ceased to the home of the true
Catholic Church on October 9th, 1959
and that John Paul II is, in fact, a heretical anti-pope
More on Ashcroft (via Salon)
Supported a law that makes it OK to kill abortion providers. This is not a "political difference of opinion." The man is dangerous.
Even the bad guys
have PR sites these days. From the cuddly looks of this buddhist sect leader, you'd never have assumed he was responsible for the only large-scale act of terrorism in Japan in recent memory (the Tokyo subway Sarin gassing).