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Moving Blogging Activity

July 22, 2010

And it doesn’t even have anything to do with soft drinks. I have just never really liked the Universal Heretic moniker I came up with one lazy afternoon (I was actually thinking of Frank Herbert’s Heretic’s of Dune, a flawed by vital part of the Dune cannon).

I will be continuing to throw my weird and arcane thoughts out to the world at:

http://thishollowearth.wordpress.com/

I’ve always been found of real nutty concepts, like the Hollow Earth and others. The title seems a bit less serious and fits me a bit more. I’ll probably continue the Modern Christian Mythology series over there, but the God of the Week posts I might let die (and rise again?). I do have a few more cued up, so I’ll let those auto-post, but after that we will be sadly without a weekly divinity.

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Morals: The Bible vs Stephen King

June 12, 2009

The Bible is an interesting book, and provides an interesting look into the minds of the Hebrews. Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood and interpreted as a book by which to base one’s morals. This would be a horrible mistake. As an example I will make a comparison between a story from the Bible, and a modern day story, more relevant to our culture: Stephen King’s Carrie*. Since Carrie is a story that involves supernatural elements it is on par with the Bible and should provide a good comparison. Carrie is about an adolescent that is mistreated by her parent, so I will pick a similar story from the Bible: the Sacrifice of Isaac from Genesis.

Should I kill you, or pretend to kill you ... tough choice.

Should I kill you, or pretend to kill you ... tough choice.

In Genesis, Abraham is told by a deity named Yahweh, who had previously had dinner with Abraham and his wife Sarah, that he must sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham is understandably upset. But, not being one to complain, he decides to murder his child rather than stand up for himself. So, he brings Isaac up a mountain, lying to his son about his intent, and readies a knife to plunge into his boys tender young heart. At the last minute, an angel stops him. The incident is never spoken of again.

In Carrie, a young girl with telekinetic powers is teased in school and tormented beyond compassion by her overly protective Jehovah’s Witness mother.

The kids in Carrie’s high school were being cruel out of immature cattiness; carrieCarrie’s mother was being cruel out of an attempt to instill morals and a hatred of dirty pillows into her daughter. But, in the end, they both tormented her, and were both destroyed by Carrie’s rage driven telekinetic backlash.
Moral of the story, abuse is abuse, not matter what the intent, the effect is the same. Watch how you behave, having good intentions does not justify amoral behavior.

The Moral Winner: Stephen King’s Carrie

Reason: The subject of the abuse is taken into consideration in Carrie, and not in the Sacrifice of Isaac.

*This, of course, refers to book and possibly the original 1976 Sissy Spacek version of Carrie

The Madonna the Catholic’s Hate

June 11, 2009

Want to make a difference in the world? Protest a Madonna concert.

A committee is hoping to keep the Material Girl from taking to the stage in Warsaw on 15 August (09), which coincides with the Assumption of Mary feast – a holy date in the Catholic Church.

A Catholic Society representative maintains the controversial pop star’s shows on her Sticky & Sweet tour are anti-Christian and would conflict with the religious celebration.

Ok, why are people that wouldn’t be going to the concert anyway protesting it? It’s just ridiculous. Religion seems to turn people into totalitarian assholes pretty damn fast. They don’t like the concert, so nobody can see it. Last month Russian officials asked that she not blaspheme during her show. I’ve never been much of a Madonna fan, but I’m beginning to like her.

What the hell is offensive about this? She has her clothes on.

What the hell is offensive about this? She's wearing more clothes than that Jesus guy.

A Day at the Museum

June 10, 2009

James Von Brunn, a white supremacist bigot, walked into the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and opened fire today. I guess that will show those people learning about the Holocaust!

Star Trib:

“An elderly gunman opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, gravely wounding a security guard before being shot. Authorities said they were investigating a white supremacist as the possible shooter.”

The guard later died of his injuries.

msnbc:

“Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as James Wenneker von Brunn, 88, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, NBC News reported. NBC said he may have had connections to hate groups or anti-government groups.”

Hate groups is right. von Brunn is a full fledged neo-Nazi. He runs a web site called Holy Western Empire and is obsessed with continuation of the “Aryan gene-pool”.

It looks like this man was definitely mentally unstable to begin with, and old age hasn’t mellowing him out any. His past record includes an attempt to kidnap Federal Reserve board members:

“Von Brunn is believed to have had contact with law enforcement in the past, according to NBC. A D.C. Superior Court jury convicted a man by the same name in 1983 of attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board.”

On his web page, von Brunn referred to the incident as a “legal, nonviolent citizens arrest”. He was sentenced to serve 6 years for that little stunt, but it doesn’t look like there were an attempts to evaluate his mental health. Jail time means nothing to an insane person and this guy is bat shit crazy.

von Brunn’s profile

Amongst his other racist tirades,  he appears to be responsible for the internet meme that Obama’s birth certificate needed to be made public. So, I hope all the nut jobs that fell into that crap feel good that their source was a crazy Nazi douche bag.

CNN article