After the first kid just barely lands on the mat, no one get the divine mandate move the mat back a few feet.
Archive for September 2009
From Bill Moyer’s Journal:
God of the Week 9/21/09: Dagon
Dagon was a Semetic god of agriculture. The oldest records of Dagon date back to 2500 BCE.
He took of the form of a half man half fish figure and was the head of a pantheon of more than 200 gods in the ancient NW Levant. In the preface of the Hammurabi Code, King Hammurabi refereed to himself as “the subduer of the settlements along the Euphrates with the help of Dagan, his creator”. His temple, known as the Marneion, was destroyed by the Roman army in 402 CE in the Roman Empire’s mission to decimate local religions and replace them with Christianity.
Dagon is mentioned in Hebrew mythology, in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, Chapter 5, in which the Hebrew god Yahweh gives the followers of Dagon hemorrhoids for having the Ark of the Covenant in their possession.
Dagon remains alive in popular culture today. He is featured in the works of HP Lovecraft, John Milton, and the video game “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion“.
OMFSM, British law getting fucking stupid. A Christian couple is being criminally prosecuted for offending a Mulsim woman’s beliefs.
A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.
Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.
They have been charged under public order laws with using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words’ that were ‘religiously aggravated’.
Even if the couple were abusive (always a possibility), they shouldn’t be prosecuted. They would just be jerks. Plus, insulting religion is far from difficult. If offending religious beliefs was universally viewed as a crime, the Pope would have been in jail long ago.
Here’s a link to an article by Richard Dawkins about the incident.
I”m a bit shocked to say that I’m starting to cozy up to Bill O, a bit. Not that I agree with his politics (in general), I’m just finding him a lot more agreeable lately than I have in the past. Personally, I think it’s because I now have Glenn Beck to compare him to, so he is now the lesser of two evils.
The Huffington Post (that really needs to watch their celebrity blogger bullshit), has posted a little blurb saying that Bill O’Reilly actually supports the “Government Option” in health care. His exact words, “if the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks”, which sounds quite sound to me.
The bill before Congress now is not a bill for a Canadian style Universal Health care like the TEA baggers seem to thing. It is merely supply an option that people can sign up for if it proves advantageous (if, for example, their employer offers a poor insurance plan, or if it’s too expensive, etc), and this is supposed to help provide the competition that is virtually non-existent today.
Another “celibate” Catholic priest, David Dueppen of Miami, has fathered a child. It would be old news, except for this wonderful quote from the mother:
“He is the devil,” said Hernandez, 42, of Miami, who provided DNA test results naming Dueppen as the father. “He is the devil dressed as an angel.”
She is referring Dueppen’s attempt to strangle her during a fight. Perhaps the lord was guiding his hands?
But, It’s not like the church itself was trying to cover anything up. What? Oh, they did know about it?
The couple’s past relationship was well-known to the church. Three years ago, the archdiocese paid Hernandez a settlement stemming from their long-running affair, which started seven years ago.
Not to sound like a broken record, but if they didn’t require celibacy, they wouldn’t be getting weirdos as priest and thus avoid most of these problems. Plus, since the priest’s sex lives would have nothing to do with their position, any conflicts they had in their personal lives would be entirely their own issues to deal with instead of scandals the church needs to cover up, often by buying their way out. (I wonder how it makes Catholics feel when they realize their lifetime’s donations to their church may have been used to pay hush money to a priest’s hoochie mama?).
Of course, they would have to give up on their apostolic succession jive, but not even Catholics buy that bullshit.
Can Christianity be rescued from Christians? Are Fundamentalist Christians Crazy?
We’ve all seen some pretty bizarre behavior from a sub-set of the right since election day: marches on Washington, cries of poverty from people driving expensive SUVs, louder cries of discrimination from the largest religious movement in the country, cries that the President is not a citizen even though it has been as conclusively shown that he is, cries during … well, a lot of crying. And very little in the way of facts. No facts at all, in fact. Why? What explains all the anger and baseless accusations?
Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy for God, in an interview on the Rachel Maddow show says they’re either racist, or crazy, and he thinks crazy is the better explanation. They do, after all, see everything as being a sign of the “end times” that was predicted two thousand years ago.
Best quote: a village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.
Truthfully, there is a real inability to ever reach these people since they assume any fact that opposes their world view is made up by Satan. It’s almost like they just have to be ignored until they decide they want to be part of society again.