December 27, 2009

Rambo Catholics

These people are so itching for a fight. Schism they want, schism they’ll get. The full article

Even though there has been a realignment of religious groups in fighting the cultural war on economic issues rather than social ones, the old school is still trying hard to ratchet up the past battles. From the article.

Last spring, (conservative Christian thinker Robert) George was invited to address an audience that included many bishops at a conference in Washington. He told them with typical bluntness that they should stop talking so much about the many policy issues they have taken up in the name of social justice. They should concentrate their authority on “the moral social” issues like abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and same-sex marriage, where, he argued, the natural law and Gospel principles were clear. To be sure, he said, he had no objections to bishops' “making utter nuisances of themselves” about poverty and injustice, like the Old Testament prophets, as long as they did not advocate specific remedies. They should stop lobbying for detailed economic policies like progressive tax rates, higher minimum wage and, presumably, the expansion of health care — “matters of public policy upon which Gospel principles by themselves do not resolve differences of opinion among reasonable and well-informed people of good will,” as George put it.

A few months later, in a July 17 letter to Congress, the bishops did something close to that in the health care debate. Setting aside decades of calls for universal coverage, the bishops pledged to fight any bill that failed to block the use of federal subsidies for insurance covering abortion. “Stalin famously asked, ‘How many divisions has the pope?’ ” George wrote to me in an e-mail message after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi allowed a vote on an amendment that satisfied the bishops’ demands. “I guess Pelosi now knows.”

When a conservative brings up natural law in a debate, you know you’ve won because the laws are interpretive values, and not time-honored virtues. This is reinforced when George advocates “new” natural law.

No one has to look any further than world history to know that the “everything is relative” philosophy attached to secularist, has been nurtured for centuries by religion, especially Christianity.

Locally, the bishop-less Austin Catholic Diocese is being influenced by these people, and the push is being made to bring in a new bishop that adheres to the new natural law. It is up to progressive Catholics in the diocese to make their voices heard. The diocese can expect a bishop who will decrease social justice activity, and use the excuse of increasing spirituality to defend this decision.

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October 12, 2009

Who is running the Austin Catholic Diocese?

Texas Association of Business president Bill Hammond raises his ugly head. More on that later

When the former bishop of the Austin Diocese, Greg Aymond, was installed as Archbishop of New Orleans, the now vacant Austin position that could take up to 18 months to fill by Pope Benedict the 16th created a power vacuum. In the meantime, the former vicar general of the Austin diocese, Monsignor Michael Mulvey, was elected as Administrator until the appointment.

Mulvey’s recent public statement about the impact of Austin Energy’s Resource and Climate Protection Plan on the poor has lead to State Rep Eddie Rodriguez’s response that choosing between green energy and protecting the poor is a false dilemma.

The reasons for Mulvey’s statement could range from ensuring the Pledge of St. Francis and the church’s commitment to the poor to the more earthy concerns about the cost of utility bills for the diocese’s churches and schools. What should be included in the debate is whether solar conversion subsidies or rebates can be structured for the schools classified as educational entities rather than denominational ones. That might be asking for too much.

Setting aside the fact that a worsening environment has more impact on the poor, the formula to calculate future pricing on energy is in constant flux with parameters tied to improving technology, political leadership and will, emerging world economies, transmission capabilities, inflation, and a number of other factors.

For Mulvey to say that utility bills will rise as much as 50% in the next five years was either alarmist, naïve, or engineered behind the scenes.

While it is difficult to ascertain the current remarks coming out of the diocese, it seems a bias toward maintaining a coal, natural gas, and nuclear strategy at the expense of cleaner forms. So why the public pushback by the diocese on clean energy?

Maybe you don’t have to look any farther than Hammond and his organization.

You might remember them during the Tom Delay reign. Having Hammond included in a joint statement with the diocese along with talking points on the dioceses’ website raises a number of red flags. Plus, a well-known strategy for conservatives is to interject their concern for the poor while trying to get favorable outcome for corporations, the wealthy, and their own self-interest.

The diocese needs to be more transparent on their relationship with Hammond, and the rest of us need to start connecting the dots.

This discussion is not a referendum on the church and the faithful, but a need to understand why the diocesan leaders came out with this statement, and to find out if there has been infiltration of people and organizations that wish to use the diocese as a political football, and would like nothing more than to cause a rift.

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June 09, 2009

Nothing like a little hyperbole...

Now, this is some funny...

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christians to get involved in politics to preserve the presence of religion in American life.

"I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history," Gingrich said. "We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."

They and other speakers warned about the continuing availability of abortion, the spread of gay rights, and attempts to remove religion from American public life and school history books.

Disgraced former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich decides to pander to religious conservatives. About how the pagans are taking over. And the gays. And abortionists. And the book editors. I think we should be concerned about serial divorcees with a penchant for making wild accusations.

Never one to be upstaged, former Gov. Mike Huckabee had this to say...

Huckabee told the audience he was disturbed to hear President Barack Obama say during his speech in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday that one nation shouldn't be exalted over another.

"The notion that we are just one of many among equals is nonsense," Huckabee said. The United States is a "blessed" nation, he said, calling American revolutionaries' defeat of the British empire "a miracle from God's hand."

With a not-so-minor assist from the favorite European punching bag of the Republican Party, France. And the Spanish who went to war with the British opportunistically, but it did help us out here. But don't let facts get in the way of a lovely theocratic soundbite.

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April 07, 2009

Gay Marriage... Vermont steps into the fray

Earlier today the Vermont Legislature voted to override the veto of Gov. Douglas and become the first state in the nation to allow gay marriage based on legislative action.

Everyone should celebrate by buying some maple syrup, a pint of Ben and Jerry's and some flannel. Or a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4.

In other gay marriage related news, there's this over at BOR. Seriously, this encapsulates the debate over gay marriage beautifully.

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February 20, 2009

Abortion Anciens?

Apparently, the Catholic Church's absolute stand against abortion is a relatively (for the Catholic Church) new thing.

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October 03, 2008

33 Pastors Agree

To tell the IRS to piss off.

We told you this was going to happen. Apparently, these people just have to tell their congregants that Obama is the devil. And that the little Baby Jesus will cry if you vote for him.

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September 08, 2008

Oh, yes... let's just elect the man in the pulpit

I've long been of the opinion that when you mix politics and religion, you (as unbelievable as it may sound) cheapen both. That's really saying something considering that neither have what would be considered a stellar brand. Now some asshat group is trying to get churches to help with an experiment that stands a good chance of breaking down the laws restricting churches from endorsing political parties and candidates.

What KILLS me about this is that Churches CAN endorse political candidates and parties now. All they have to do is give up their tax exempt status. What these people want to do is maintain their tax exempt status and actively campaign for political candidates.

Here's how this plays out... if they win, they lose as a movement will grow to tax churches. It'll also signal the end of the megachurches as the vast majority of Americans really don't want to hear a stump speech Sunday morning along with their weekly passage from the Old Testament (that's for the Baptists).

No one will really care in the end because deep down, Americans may love Jesus and God Almighty, but we really think our preachers are a bunch of strange drunks. Which they usually are.

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May 31, 2008

Patron Saint for McBlogger

Being a religious group, it’s hard to believe that this blog does not have a patron saint. With that in mind, and risking eternal damnation of my soul, here is my suggestion.

St. Catherine of Siena. Why Cat?

According to this source and verified by others,

“St Catherine deliberately told popes, queens and kings how to behave. She was spontaneous, unafraid of authority, and fearless in the face of death.”
(that facing death thing is beyond our scope, but we’ll sign off on the concept)

As for her manner of speaking, this is her rebuke to some people who she didn’t care for –

“What made you do this? You are flowers who shed no perfume, but stench that makes the whole world reek.”

She was a stigmatic, mystic and political activist, and her head is mummified

As an added bonus, her patronage includes the television. How can a 14th century person be noted for that item? Many of her visions were projected on walls. Would she like “My Big Red Neck Wedding” or “World Wrestling Entertainment Raw”? Who knows, but she would absolutely conjure up deadly plagues if she saw “The Hills”.

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May 28, 2008

A Church for All

Anyone over 40 or who lived in a small town remembers a time when just about every business was closed on a Sunday. We can debate the merits, but this was the day when a person could recharge his or her batteries, and spend time with family and friends.

Some – actually just me, but I’m looking for others to take up the cause - have advocated that the only places open on Sunday should be churches and bars. That pretty well covers the entire population, and take cares of those messy constitutional issues. Here’s hoping that the Mayor will have a resolution ready for the 2010 convention.

Well, it seems somebody has gotten ahead of the curve. The place is not technically a church, but it is a start, and like all great ideas, there will be improvement.

Though we first have human and civil rights to uphold and discrimination to overcome, when Mr. McBlogger marries the man of his dreams, we are not going to attend in some stuffy old JP chamber or cheesy Las Vegas wedding chapel, but a church with an open bar.

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May 14, 2008

A minor request : Part 10089

Would someone please put Adam Sandler and Mike Myers out of the universe's misery? Both have summer movies coming out that make it pretty clear that both are fighting one another to become the next Jerry Lewis. Why we'd need another isn't nearly as clear.

So, yeah, if someone would help me out with this it would be great.

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April 30, 2008

I listen to Rev. Wright as much as I listen to any preacher

Rev. Wright does his little song and dance, pisses up the media's leg and predictably they throw a fit about the whole thing. Why the hell does anyone care what this idiot preacher has to say? Is he the one running for President? No? Ok, then WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU ALL KVETCHING ABOUT?!?!!

I'm also sick of hearing how Clinton is behind the whole thing. It occurs to me that if the Clinton's were really as evil as some of you morons would have us believe, Bill never would have left office. What you really don't like is that Obama's preacher is a racist weirdo with delusional fantasies. Big deal. That makes him not much different from that freak Hagee whose ass is covered in soft kisses from that sycophantic loser, McCain.

Not all clergy are stupid, but many of the loud obnoxious ones certainly are. I prefer my faith with VERY little religion. Mostly because I don't believe any man speaks for God. Certainly not Rev. Wright and definitely not that fatass Hagee.

Maybe, just maybe, instead of focusing on what some asshole who claims to speak for God (or claims to have THE only legitimate interpretation of the Bible/Koran/Torah) has to say and playing guilt by association, why not take a moment to listen to the candidate?

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February 06, 2008

This man owes $105 million dollars

Photobucket A judge reduced the award of $10 million to a family who was harassed by the Nutters Phelps to $5million. Apparently, the church doesn't have the $10million, but they do have the $5million. Which is great because I'd love nothing more than to see them scrubbed out of existence.

How you feel about the war is irrelevant. Respect the men and women fighting it. Period.

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January 19, 2008

Fighting back against the religious right

It appears that millions of Christians are making their way and deciding how to vote based on faith, not the opinions of Pat Robertson, James Dobson and the other lunatics who claim to speak for God.

Supporters say Miller's authentic, graceful approach to God has finally given a voice to their brand of Christianity. The book also debuted at a time when the emerging church movement -- which emphasizes the individual's faith experience and varied worship styles -- is flourishing, signaling a fertile audience for such religious musings among more socially liberal evangelicals.

Watching TBN one night on TV, Miller, 36, realized the conservative religious network was many people's baseline for Christianity. He wanted to change that.

"These people are absurd. I've been a Christian all my life and I don't even know Christians this weird," said the Portland, Ore.-based writer, who is single.

In his book, Miller describes his disdain for the "us vs. them" mentality between Christians and non-Christians.

"I felt, once again, that there was this underlying hostility for homosexuals and Democrats and, well, hippie types. I cannot tell you how much I did not want liberal or gay people to be my enemies. I liked them," he wrote. "The real issue in the Christian community was that (love) was conditional . . . You were loved in word, but there was, without question, a social commodity that was being withheld from you until you shaped up."

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December 09, 2007

Just in time for this year's War on Christmas

I love propaganda clumsily disguised as pop music! By the way... 'God's Law'? I think the real problem in America today is that too many 'Christians' are more familiar with the Old Testament than the New Testament.

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December 01, 2007

Just in time for church tomorrow...'s the automatic confessional.

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November 21, 2007

Hyde Park Baptists eyes do not see the Glory

Speaking inclusiveness to intolerance, the 23rd Annual Austin Area Interreligious Ministries’ Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration went off spectacularly at Congregation Beth Israel. Leaders of the temple had offered the group a safe haven after Hyde Park Baptist reneged on a promise to AAIM for use of the church property named the Quarries because the gathering included Muslims. Yeah, you heard right.

First, major props to the Jewish community who stepped up by offering their temple in quick fashion to save what has evolved into one of Austin’s most significant religious events.

Though Hyde Park Baptist caused the upheaval, their decision to ban the ceremony on their property and subsequent publicity caused attendance to swell to 3 to 4 times the normal size. Over 1000 people packed the standing-room-only temple, foyers, hallways, and side rooms to pay respect to a ceremony that brings a message of peace and harmony to all persuasions.

The most enduring moment came at sundown when Muslims prayed the Maghrib in the synagogue.

After 9/11, many Muslims living in this country retreated into obscurity. As happened in many neighborhoods, Muslim families moved from mine, and I rarely encountered others in the past six years. So it was encouraging to see so many gathered in fellowship with other religions.

Sentiment from some people who attended the event sympathized for the vast majority of the church’s members who were probably embarrassed by the decision of a few. Some wondered why the evangelical church would open itself to such negative publicity.

A good number of Democratic office-holders and candidates were present. I asked Dan Grant, who is a Dem candidate for Congress, Texas District 10, for his thoughts about the celebration. He said the ceremony reminded him of the time he was in Afghanistan, and a village leader on hearing that American soldiers were looking for a place to celebrate Christmas offered up the local mosque.

Here’s my unsolicited advice to the church – if you really want to evangelize in Christ’s name, purge your leadership and replace with rational people who make decisions by wisdom and not some warped ideology. It would come as no surprise to find that the decision to withdraw their support at the last minute was hatched long ago as a deliberate and without remorse statement from a far right-wing faction within the church who have moronic misinterpretations and fantasies about caliphates and the “war on terror.” Even though a small core will coalesce around the current decision-makers and declare a stronger faith, their reputation has been wrecked and their influence will wane because of the perceived bigotry of the entire congregation.

The church has the right to their decision, but when they ask the community to be tolerant and understanding of their beliefs, then that is when they need to be called out. There is no reason to be tolerant of intolerance and bigotry. If you dig a little deeper, you might find sexism, homophobia, and racism.

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November 19, 2007

I hate fetish rap

You know, I'm Christian. And I'm embarrassed for this guy.

(Much hate to the PL for digging up this POS)

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November 17, 2007

In Solidarity

With the Religion and Labor Network of Austin. This is what the true believers do to spread the true meaning of Christianity. Their latest call to action.

Friends Who Love Justice,

We need your help to gather a LARGE crowd of people for a candlelight prayer vigil Monday evening, November 19th when we put our faith into action and make a tangible difference in the lives of workers in our community.

We will gather at 6:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army at 1101 Cumberland Rd. on the corner of S. 5th St. and then carpool 15 minutes south to the home of Gerald Narvaez, an employer who builds luxury homes in Austin. These workers are seeking payment of THOUSANDS of dollars in wages stolen from them for work they completed in July of LAST YEAR!

RLNA has been working with these day laborers from Workers Defense Project to support them in reclaiming what is rightfully theirs, but now we MUST HAVE YOUR HELP to stand in solidarity with and win justice for these workers.

The Texas Workforce Commission has ruled that Mr. Gerald Narvaez does owe the workers, but he has refused to pay them all. He has rejected phone calls, certified letters, and personal visits from clergy and workers to his home. We performed one vigil at his home earlier this fall with 22 people in attendance. He still refused to work with us.

This second vigil must be much larger in scale to impress upon Mr. Narvaez that as a man of faith he must do the right things and that the workers have the committed support of Austin's faith community and we will not go away.

Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may share our value for worker justice in Austin. Standing together, we can make a difference not only for the workers, but for those trapped by their own unjust actions. We can create a culture in Austin where employers know the faith community will not tolerate injustice and that we will require them to deal honestly and fairly with their employees.

Recently, when dealing with another wage claim case, an employer stated, "I'll work with you, just please don't come do another vigil at my house!". That is the kind of power faith has to bring about change. Please join us, and bring everyone you can for the blessing of doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our common God.

Peace be with you,
Minister Dr. Carla Cheatham
Executive Director, RLNA

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October 12, 2007

Jokes of My Father's : Assualting Religion

Yeah, this one made me laugh...

A crusty old man walks into the local First Baptist Church and says to the secretary, 'I would like to join this damn church.' The astonished woman replies, 'I beg your pardon, sir. I must have misunderstood you. What did you say?' 'Listen up, damn it. I said I want to join this damn church!' 'I'm very sorry sir, but that kind of language is not tolerated in this church.' The secretary leaves her desk and goes into the pastor's study to inform him of her situation. The pastor agrees that the secretary does not have to listen to that foul language. They both return to her office and the pastor asks the old geezer, 'Sir, what seems to be the problem here?' 'There is no damn problem,' the man says. 'I just won $200 million bucks in the damn lottery and I want to join this damn church to get rid of some of this damn money.' 'I see,' said the pastor. 'And is this bitch giving you a hard time?'

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September 14, 2007

Raymond Arroyo is a douchbag

Kathy Griffin is mostly a talentless slob, basically the female version of Carrot Top (or is it the male version of Carrot Top?) whose only funny contribution to popular culture is calling Clay Aiken, GAIKEN.

Kathy made a comment while accepting an Emmy to the effect that Jesus had nothing to do with her winning. I agree. Bad taste and drunken voters probably had more to do with it (not to mention people like myself who probably voted for her just for shits and grins). Of course, the Christianati, the morons who go on TV and claim to speak for Christians, are raising hell. That now includes Raymond Arroyo, who CNN called a 'Catholic Journalist'. He was on recently claiming that Kathy had offended Christians.

Bullshit. Any Christian who was offended by what Kathy Griffin said needs to take a long hard look at their faith. Because it's weak. Y'all need to think about what's really important.

Like Petraeus lying about the state of Iraq.

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July 08, 2007

Yeah... because a priest is not a professional...

I'm going to share with you all a cardinal rule I learned in business... you absolutely never work with clergy. Period. They will find a way to screw you and they'll justify it through faith. Especially baptist pastors. Seriously, those guys are worse than used car salesman.

Coffee in America has a diary up over at Kos regarding a TX SC decision not to allow a woman to sue her minister. Why would she be suing her minister? Because when she went to him to talk, in confidence, about an extramarital affair, he blabbed about it to the entire congregation. Because his faith dictated all but giving her the scarlet letter.

Go see a marriage counselor, not a man of God. At least then, you can sue the shit out of him/her for being a gossipy old woman.

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July 02, 2007

Porny Elephant

This is just stupid

Yep, you read that correctly. Sunday morning an inflatable blue elephant visited Bridge Community church in Galveston. The elephant is part of National Porn Sunday campaign which is trying to beat out battle the multibillion dollar Porn industry. All bad puns aside, the 25ft inflatable blue elephant is a symbol of the “elephant in the pew,” said J.R. Mahon, pastor of, which spearheads the National Porn Sunday movement. Although their website name seems a bit askew, the group claims that 47 percent of Christian families say porn is a problem in their home, and 40 million people look at Internet porn daily. By addressing the problem in the church, the group is taking a proactive approach by reinforcing family values.

Porn is a problem? Lay off the bread, bitch, then maybe he wouldn't have to obsess over Ms. May's narrow waist. Cut the time at the buffet, bubba, and maybe she'll stop fantasizing about Edward, the poolboy and his rippled abs.

(h/t to Kuff)

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June 22, 2007

The world will end during or after 2060

According to Isaac Newton's calculations, recently revealed as part of a public release of Newton's papers by the Israeli National Library, the world will end sometime during or after (but not before, damnit!) 2060.

In one manuscript from the early 1700s, Newton used the cryptic Book of Daniel to calculate the date for the apocalypse, reaching the conclusion that the world would end no earlier than 2060.

"It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner," Newton wrote. However, he added, "This I mention not to assert when the time of the end shall be, but to put a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end, and by doing so bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail."

Would someone please clue Robertson and the other 'fanciful men' in? As for me, I'll be in my 80's and with the miracle of cosmetic surgery, I should look like this

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No, I'm not going to change gender. I predict that by the spring of 2059, long hair will be in style for men. So will cat faces.

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June 13, 2007

Speaking in Tongues 101

Giving new meaning to Madonna’s song, “Express Yourself”, excitable Christian boys and girls will soon be voguing in their respective public schools to the rapturous stylings of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Note to the new crusaders – The Jesus and Mary Chain is not a Christian rock band, though you are encouraged to attend one of their reunion tour concerts.

In other words, government-sponsored school prayer is back. Read the Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act, which is also known as the Schoolchildren’s Religious Liberties Act, and you just know that our schools are about to be overrun by extremists. Not the students mind you, but every religious nut doing their best to trip up any teacher or administrator, especially a union member (because you know the religious right loves working people), who tries to inject some sanity into the school setting. No big surprise that the act is highly slanted towards Christianity with a Caucasian, paternal bias.

However, this act could be a blessing to females who want to witness for the Lord since the Bible commands them to keep their mouths shut in church, and we all know the infallibility of the Bible.

On second thought, creating “limited public forums” – i.e. proselytizing to unsuspecting youth – is the least religious activity a student should perform. The way conservatives have devastated public schools the past several decades, all students should have massive ceremonies to conjure up changes of biblical proportions. They could start by washing away the evilness of the likes of Charlie Howard and Kelly Shackelford. Just as people realized that school vouchers were anti-social justice because it took money from the poor to give to the rich, they will discover that this act is another hateful, divisive attempt to put “those” people in their place.

Just as disgusting as this law is the way the religious right was able to get this filth into our schools. What lead to this action is their accusations that public schools discriminate against Christians. This is an outright bold-face lie because students can already express religious viewpoints in homework and classroom discussions as long as the idea relates to the topic, and they can also initiate prayer.

The Christian mafia has made a cottage industry of making exaggerated claims on rare and badly-reported incidents of alleged discrimination so as to make an indictment that the entire country is against Christians. Such a plan would be humorous and idiotic if not for the fact that their goal is to create Christian madrassas.

Possibly the biggest harm is that these underdeveloped religious expressions will not convey the correct and discerning knowledge of Christian beliefs which could cause irreparable harm to impressionable youth who are in real need of guidance. The confusion could cause a student to act out in disastrous ways.

While a growing number of religions in many parts of this country are evolving by linking to each other to create ecumenism and interfaith pluralism so as to reach enlightened outcomes and peaceful existence, why does much of Texas continue to regress to fundamentalism isolation? When in God’s name is it going to stop?

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May 25, 2007

Tinky-Winky Speaks

The death of Jerry Falwell reminded me of a recent chance meeting with a character that had a pivotal role in Falwell’s life.

About a month or so ago, Mr. Mcblogger had posted that some of the writers of this blog had left me in Arizona or Iowa. Actually, it was Barstow. I had convinced them that if they drove me to Simi Valley, I would piss on Reagan’s grave. When we got to Barstow, I revealed that my true intention was to go to Joshua Tree to find where Gram Parsons was cremated. Well, they thought that was creepy and we agreed to part ways.

Fortunately, I found an old timer in town who used to make the run to Joshua Tree for, in his words, “all those hippies and cosmic cowboys” until 1977. That is when a disco opened, KC and the Sunshine Band performed, and that was that. We spent the better part of the week in the national park, but when we got back, I had to find a ride home. Again fate shone my way as Large Marge hauling feed out of Bakersfield was able to take me all the way to Tucumcari where she had to head north to Dalhart to care for her old man who was on a 3 day bender after retiring/quiting/laidoff from the electric co-op.

Before starting to round up another ride, I stopped at a local diner where the average age of the customer was somewhere past ancient and all the waitresses would give Flo a run for her money. As I was lifting the cup of joe to my lips, an unusual image caught the corner of my eye. As I turned, a small purple figure appeared in the back booth near the juke box.

Well, I’m not well versed on kid shows, but the triangle antenna on top of the head jogged my memory about Tinky-Winky’s brush with greatness back in the late ‘90’s. The courteous thing to do was to leave him alone, but my curiosity got the best of me as I wondered how a fading English children’s character ended up in a lonely New Mexico outpost.

I thought introductions would be labored since how do you talk to someone who only said “eh-oh”. As I walked up to his booth, I was surprised when he inquired if I was there for an autograph, or one of those religious nutters who was going to tell him that all homosexuals are going to hell. I said neither, but was interested in knowing how he ended up in this backwater.

He said something about a shady agent who negotiated payment for his appearance on Jerry Springer for land near Taos. Unfortunately, near was 150 miles away. Anyway, to make a long story short, he decided to take title. By the time the show ended, he was so burned out on the biz, he wanted to get as far away as possible and he remembered the land.

Actually, he said it was much easier to mainstream into the community than he thought. Apparently, a song by the ’70 rock band Little Feat had mentioned Tucumcari along with the phrase “weed, whites, and wine”, and a good number of people whose brains were fried from mushrooms and hashish visited the town and decided to settle. They treated him like a spiritual icon.

He said there is a strong conservative presence in the town. Some of the local business leaders thought it would be a great idea for him to promote the city through the Chamber of Commerce, and provide funding for a theme park. What about the gay thing? Oh, don’t worry, they said, we don’t care about such things. However, when Tinky told them he was not interested in their harebrain ideas and especially handing over any money to these jackals, they started a campaign to drive out the heathen homo and accused him of molesting cats. Well, most people saw through the lies, and anyhow, the immigration issue started to flare up, and the nutters transferred their hatred to the Latinos, and left him alone.

For the most part, he was happy with the rest of the Teletubbies and enjoyed the constant hugging, even though he did mention one peccadillo of Laa-Laa. She had a bad habit of going through stretches of bathing once every couple of weeks, which made her really rank.

Our conversation finally got around to Falwell. I’ll let him speak.

Tinky-Winky: The whole gay thing really put a damper on my sex life. That handbag I carried? One of the executive producer’s bratty little kids had one and told daddy that I should carry one. I beefed a little, but when the EP started making noise about replacement, I quickly shut up. But actually it was a good thing. In the late ‘90’s it was all about the sensitive man. I was getting laid by a lot of good looking chicks who got off on the “not afraid to show my feminine side” gig.

When Falwell said I was gay, it really dried up the groupies. After that it was fag hags who wanted to cuddle and shop - please. Then that Isaac Mizrahi guy started putting out Teletubbies handbags. The worst part is I didn’t make a damn cent on that endeavor. The cheap bastards.

For awhile I pasted on my refrigerator the Hustler cartoon of Falwell having sex with his mother in an outhouse, but eventually it left an empty feeling and no closure. Instead of sulking, I decided to see what made him tick.

I believe his existence delayed the progress of fighting AIDS and the acceptance of gays, and his hateful diatribes kept alienating sane religious people who want to live a compassionate life.

His influence is waning. He is a fading figure whose power has dispersed to localized fundamentalist leaders. Even though these leaders take a more subtle approach, they still campaign against women’s reproductive choice, gay rights, stem cell, bans on school prayer, and they emphasis creationism. Their talk about global poverty and climate change is just that – talk.

Did you know that in high school he was caught using counterfeit lunch tickets? Interesting that years later he was caught using a counterfeit soul.

Tinky continued to talk about the Moral Majority and Paul Weyrich, but it was getting late and I had to find a ride home. I thanked him for his time and told him the next time I was in the area, I would stop. He gave me his card and wished me well.

After a couple of false starts, I finally caught a ride with two women. Their names were Stacie and Rachel, but kept calling themselves Thelma and Louise. I’m no Brad Pitts, but they were no Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. I’ll leave that story for another time.

A couple of days ago, I contacted Tinky to get his take on Falwell’s death. He said he had been fighting hateful thoughts, and the gratitude he was feeling on his passing just didn’t seem right. He was contacted by the gay and lesbian advocacy group called Soulforce who instructed him on non-violence and loving your enemy. He said they were truly wonderful people.

After hanging up with him, I felt melancholy about Tinky. Here was a figure that existed to bring joy and happiness to young children who was attacked by viscous religious nutters because of their misguided beliefs. Even after all this, Tinky realized that Falwell’s fate would be decided by his maker.

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It's the song that got me...

The Republicans in the Lege have been all about promoting religion this session. Muse thought, why stop there... why not go ahead and take things to their logical conclusion...

New state song (courtesy of Craddick D's):

Craddick loves me, this I know
For Speaker Craddick tells me so
Legislators to him belong
We are weak, but he is strong.

Yes, Craddick loves me,
Yes, Craddick loves me,
Yes, Craddick loves me,
Tom Craddick told me so.

Check out the link for more of the funny!

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May 15, 2007

Breaking: Radical cleric Falwell dead

Ron Godwin, Liberty's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, had been found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.

Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but noted that Falwell had “a history of heart challenges.”

If it wasn't true, it wouldn't be on the internets.

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April 18, 2007

Justice is having some staffing problems...

It turns out, Monica Goodling wasn't the only bad apple at the Justice Dept. from Regent. According to Washington Monthly, there are 150 of her fellow Regent Alumni working at Justice, one of whom had a BIG problem with the SC striking down the Texas anti-gay 'sodomy' law.

In a recent Regent law school newsletter, a 2004 graduate described being interviewed for a job as a trial attorney at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in October 2003. Asked to name the Supreme Court decision from the past 20 years with which he most disagreed, he cited Lawrence v. Texas, the ruling striking down a law against sodomy because it violated gay people's civil rights.

"When one of the interviewers agreed and said that decision in Lawrence was 'maddening,' I knew I correctly answered the question," wrote the Regent graduate . The administration hired him for the Civil Rights Division's housing section — the only employment offer he received after graduation, he said.

The graduate from Regent — which is ranked a "tier four" school by US News & World Report, the lowest score and essentially a tie for 136th place — was not the only lawyer with modest credentials to be hired by the Civil Rights Division after the administration imposed greater political control over career hiring.

'Modest credentials'? These folks may as well have bought a diploma online from some completely unaccredited school. How did this happen? Well, one of the first hires by the Bush Admin for Justice was a former Dean from (oh, like you couldn't see it coming) Regent. The other enabling move was Ashcroft's decision to not have veteran lawyers screening the new applicants. So, if you go to Regent you will have no problem getting a job, as long as there are no real qualifications other than hatin' on the gays.

The next President needs to fire all of these people.

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April 12, 2007

Amazing Expressions of Religious Tolerance, part 3209

The Pakistani Tourism Minister was part of a charity event in France where she was photographed receiving a hug. Predictibly, the radical clerics threw a nutty and issued a fatwa against her.

The fatwa demanded that Bakhtiar be sacked, given some other unspecified punishment and that her family should “force her to ask for forgiveness so that she does not repeat this un-Islamic act.”….

She accused Pakistani newspapers of presenting “distorted” captions accompanying the pictures. She said she had jumped without any previous training and her French instructor had just given her a pat.

“It was just a pat because he felt so proud of me,” Bakhtiar said. “I felt very happy also because it was affectionate and very encouraging.”

The decree from the Red Mosque is the latest chapter in a Taliban-style anti-vice campaign launched by its hardline clerics in defiance of state authority in the relatively liberal Pakistani capital — despite President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s sworn hope to promote moderate Islam.

Jack Cluth over at PRoS has a great read on this, as just another example of religious extremism and social control, zealotry masquerading as faith. While it's interesting to point and laugh at some crazy Pakistani douches, we have our own craptastic zealots here. You know, the guys who predict the world will end ... and then, when it doesn't, spend a bunch of time talking about their weight loss shake (has anyone tried it?).

Goldwater scared the fuck out of people in '64 saying that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. I could not more vehemently disagree. In the minds of these people, they are defending and advocating for a return to an idolized and sanitized America 'of the past' that did not, in fact, ever really exist. The problem is, the American people do not completely see it as extremism yet.

When they do, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near any of these guys. When Americans turn on someone, they do it in a really mean way and anyone associating with these people will catch some of the anger intended for them.

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April 09, 2007

Be careful what you wish for, theocrats

Lightseeker over at Feet To Fire NAILS IT in this piece on why religion should stay out of politics.

So, what am I saying in this blog against theocracy? I am saying that when we resist the improper influence of clergy and church in secular affairs, we are saving some arrogant and benighted men (usually), and their followers, from themselves. The kingdom they seek cannot be legislated , cannot be built on the bodies of "unbelievers". That way lies not heaven on earth, but hell.

Politics and religion are corruptible, usually when they mix. That, my friends, is why they should always remain separate. I'm reminded today, while reading this, of why I have such strong feelings when it comes to public piety. Jesus warned us about it in Matthew, Chapter 6.

5"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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Be careful what you wish for, theocrats

Lightseeker over at Feet To Fire NAILS IT in this piece on why religion should stay out of politics.

So, what am I saying in this blog against theocracy? I am saying that when we resist the improper influence of clergy and church in secular affairs, we are saving some arrogant and benighted men (usually), and their followers, from themselves. The kingdom they seek cannot be legislated , cannot be built on the bodies of "unbelievers". That way lies not heaven on earth, but hell.

Politics and religion are corruptible, usually when they mix. That, my friends, is why they should always remain separate. I'm reminded today, while reading this, of why I have such strong feelings when it comes to public piety. Jesus warned us about it in Matthew, Chapter 6.

5"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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March 28, 2007

Amazing expressions of religious tolerance, Part 2354

Radical cleric James Dobson looks at potential GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson. What do you thinkt he sees?

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared to throw cold water on a possible presidential bid by former Sen. Fred Thompson while praising former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also weighing a presidential run, in a phone interview Tuesday.

"Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for," Dobson said of Thompson. "[But] I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression," Dobson added, saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.

In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith."

"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added.


Matt 6:5-6
5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Take that, Jesus!

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March 26, 2007

Preacher is applying for the job of God

Oh, this is just stupid...

The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., one of the country's pre-eminent evangelical leaders, acknowledged that he irked many fellow conservatives with an article earlier this month saying scientific research "points to some level of biological causation" for homosexuality.

Proof of a biological basis would challenge the belief of many conservative Christians that homosexuality - which they view as sinful - is a matter of choice that can be overcome through prayer and counseling.

However, Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., was assailed even more harshly by gay-rights supporters. They were upset by his assertion that homosexuality would remain a sin even if it were biologically based, and by his support for possible medical treatment that could switch an unborn gay baby's sexual orientation to heterosexual.

"He's willing to play God," said Harry Knox, a spokesman on religious issues for the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group. "He's more than willing to let homophobia take over and be the determinant of how he responds to this issue, in spite of everything else he believes about not tinkering with the unborn."

Josef Mengele may be dead but it's good to see there are those willing to carry on his good work.

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February 11, 2007

Wingnut-o-sphere goes apeshit over Edwards decision

Predictably, the reaction Sen. Edwards' decision from the nut-o-sphere can be best summed up with one word: outrage mixed with excitement at the possibility they will be able to use this in the general if Edwards wins the primary.

Go ahead, bitches. Let's recap, shall we... the bloggers in question aren't anti-religious. They are anti-theocrat and anti-nutter. So are the vast majority of Americans. The nut-o-sphere hasn't yet realized that which is why they think they have a weapon they can use.

Make no mistake, this wasn't Edwards caving to pressure from progressive blogs. This was him speaking with integrity and honesty. I think his language regarding finding the posts offensive was stupid because in context they were anything but. However, politics being politics, you do what you have to do. This was an important first step for politicians in the US, an acknowledgment that staffers have opinions that they sometimes express on their own time and just as the idiots on the right can bleat on about the US being a Christian republic, staffers have every right to their own opinions.

Calling Amanda anti-Christian is just completely wrong. Had this gone much further that would have come out. Amanda has done a tremendous job of pointing out the hypocrisy of the religious right. For the last two days the nut-o-sphere had a chance to define the issue. Had it gone on any longer, that would have changed dramatically. Guess what will happen if they try to bring this shit during the general in 2008? Let's just say people can get bitchy and mean, especially when their religious freedoms are threatened by a bunch of nutjobs who are dumb enough to think they alone speak for God.

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February 06, 2007

Apparently, Brazilian evangelical leaders are just as bad as ours

Via the WaPo

Before a service at Reborn in Christ Church this week, a man hawked gospel CDs outside the front door. In the cavernous nave, volunteers placed envelopes soliciting cash donations on each of about 1,000 chairs, while cameramen working for the church's television network focused on the altar.

Everything was ready, except the church's founders and spiritual leaders.

Estevam Hernandes-Filho and his wife, Sonia -- who oversee more than 1,000 churches in Brazil and several in Florida -- were under house arrest in Miami, accused of carrying more than $56,000 in undeclared cash. Some of the money had been stuffed between the pages of their Bible, according to U.S. customs agents who detained the couple last month at the Miami airport.

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January 29, 2007

Alexandra Pelosi and her documentary

Alexandra Pelosi's documentary is fucking creepy as hell. I've never seen as many fat mongos in my life, except when I went to a Ryan's Steakhouse for a friend's birthday.

I'm a Christian and what these people believe is alien to me. Trust me, it will be to you as well.

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January 24, 2007

Finally, Methodists start acting like Methodists

I gotta tell you, being a Methodist since Connecticut native George Bush became President has been a bit rough. I've had to remind myself that he's a Methodist just like he's a Texan. Trust me, Methodists are cool (get to know me!), they don't start wars, for instance, and they love a great drinks party.

I'm all the time being asked "Would you like another drink?" but that's beside the point. Less frequently I'm asked "Are all Methodists like George Bush?" and my answer is always an emphatic "NO" followed quickly with a request for another Talisker and soda. Which, by the way, I would REALLY love right now.

Annatopia at TexasKaos happened upon some information that there are other Methodists who, like me, are irritated that the Bush Lieburry is going to be put in at SMU...

We the undersigned express our objection to the prospect of the George W. Bush library, museum, and think tank being established at Southern Methodist University. As United Methodists, we believe that the linking of his presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate. We urge the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University and the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church to reject this project.

Maybe now Bush will convert to something that is more reflective of his personality. Like one of those fundamentalist churches that are all over rural Texas. I think they have tent revivals but I've never been to one. They don't have bars. Maybe that's why Connecticut native George Bush hasn't been to one either.

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January 19, 2007

Conversion nutter in Waco

Nate over at Common Sense is all over the new nutter pastor in Waco who wants to 'cure the gay' right out of you. And you know, you probably need it. We noticed the last time we saw you that you were looking a little gay around the gills. That and the totally faggy way you walk. Seriously, girl, butch up a bit.

Oh, and would someone give Pastor Dumbass a good kick in the balls when next they're in Waco? Also, by 'all over' I mean 'keeping track of'. This is for Sister Ruth who reads too much into every damn thing.

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December 24, 2006

but the employment agency is closed on Christmas

During the homily, my parish priest said to "Get rid of those things that hinder your experience of the joy of the Christmas spirit.

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December 16, 2006

Does cow milk make you retarded?

PinkDome is reporting that there is a retard out there who thinks that homosexuality is all about soy. Seriously, this moron thinks people are gay because of soy products.

Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That's why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today's rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products.

Yes, soy DOES contain estrogen. It's mostly digested but there you go. However, estrogen won't make you gay. It might make a little more effeminate, but it won't make you gay. Just as testesterone won't make women lesbians. Just as being a preacher doesn't make this guy any less of an idiot. I mean seriously, asians have been all about soy for hundreds of years and their birthrates sure as hell have held up.

By the way, Jim, your website sucks ass. Why don't you find a fag to update it?

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December 14, 2006

Another one?

Another preacher resigns because of homosexuality. Is it just me or is this some kind of tiresome new trend so the evangelicals can draw attention to themselves?

Now, the 54-year-old Barnes joins Haggard as a fallen evangelical minister who preached that homosexuality was a sin but grappled with a hidden life.

"I have struggled with homosexuality since I was a 5-year-old boy," Barnes said in the 32- minute video, which church leaders permitted The Denver Post to view. "... I can't tell you the number of nights I have cried myself to sleep, begging God to take this away."

He still doesn't believe he was born with the gay but that it's because of some childhood event he can't recall. Anyone have the number for a shrink who specializes in false memory regression?

The most comical part... the wife 'had no idea'.

His wife said on the video that she didn't know about her husband's struggles until he confided in her last week. The couple has two daughters in their 20s.

Char Barnes said she feels "like I'm living someone else's life" but was grateful her husband revealed himself. The couple said they hope to stay in Denver. Near the tape's end, Paul Barnes says, "This is what it is, it's right, and it's time."

Hon, I guess you realize now that the buttplug really wasn't 'something for the car'.

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December 11, 2006

Rev. Dahmer?

Could Jeffrey Dahmer have been a great evangelist?

'He was growing (in faith) and he would have been a great influence on other inmates. He would have had a tremendous impact,' said the Rev. Roy Ratcliff, a Church of Christ minister who baptized Dahmer in a prison whirlpool tub in May 1994.

The baptism took place about five months before Dahmer and another inmate were killed at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin by a third prisoner who clubbed them to death while they were on a bathroom cleaning detail.

Ratcliff, who has recounted his months with Dahmer in a newly released book, 'Dark Journey, Deep Grace' (Leafwood Publishers), says the 34-year-old serial killer who killed 17 people between 1978 and 1991 was not the target of the kind of hate frequently aimed in prison at sex offenders.

'I asked him and he said he got along fine,' Ratcliff said in an interview.


'He didn't see himself as being hated by other inmates the way he was hated in the world.'

The man who did kill Dahmer, Christopher Scarver, was a convicted murder and diagnosed psychopath who later said God had told him to carry our Dahmer's slaying.

Asked if Dahmer, who was stone-faced and seemed devoid of empathy at his trial, had ever cried or shown deep emotion in his presence, Ratcliff said that while he never saw tears, Dahmer was not stone cold.

'I saw emotion, how he felt about his mother and father, anger toward a lawyer representing his victims' families. But we didn't spend a lot of time talking about his crimes,' Ratcliff said.

'We were focusing mainly on how to live a Christian life. There were times when he laughed, or was depressed. At the trial he was basically an object of hatred. He probably had to be quiet ... I think he was being defensive.'

I don't know if this is a moving story of the success of faith, or one of the creepiest things I've ever read.

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September 14, 2006

Rosie, Religion and why Larry Kudlow is an idiot

So, Rosie made a statement that radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam. Amen, sister. As a Christian, I am sick to death of sanctimonious born again evangelists hell bent on making the rest of the world like them. Further, they are dead set on the fantasy that they alone are going to heaven while the rest of us shall be left to satan.

I've had it with people who make a big deal out of being a 'person of faith'. One more time, Jesus warned us about you folks in Matthew 6:5-6

6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

It's not faith, it's hypocrisy and it does nothing other than turn the christian faith into a superstition.

As for you, Kudlow and your buddy David Limbaugh, it's the Republican's who have failed America. It's the Republican's who lack a plan. It's Republican's who are actively trying to destroy this great nation and turn it into some kind of banana republic.

If you're still on this fence this cycle, ask yourself if you want another war... if you want interest rates to keep going up... if you want the economy to keep tanking... if you want your wages to keep going down... if you want energy prices to keep going up. Finally, ask yourself if you deserve better than a Republican Congress that protects the lying Administration and remember, when you go into the polling booth, Iraq had no WMD's and Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush knew.

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August 08, 2006

Reverend Death

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The story is over at AlterNet about Rev. Hagee in SA. He's one of the nutters who thinks we can hurry the Second Coming along as if JC and The G would be bound by their flawed interpretation of certain parts of the Bible. I really don't think this is that big a deal but I have to say I loved this pic so this got posted. Deal.

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July 25, 2006

It Wasn't Mercury In Retrograde Today...

It was all the fuckers trying to put prayer in schools invading Austin! Yes, that anger you felt in the air was the White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives prowling about the ATX. Bible-pushers on us heathens!

They met today as one "in a series of regional meetings designed to help faith-based organizations better utilize Federal and private funding."

In other words, how can we more effectively take all funding from family planning and sex education so our children get knocked up at 12 years old and put it to lame ass programs like making them wear a ring to promise to not have sex until marriage?

I want to know why no one warned us about this!

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June 12, 2006

So this is what happens to the FCA dorks?

When I was in high school there were quite a few members of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I think I may have even been at one time... if so it was either because I was fucked up on something OR just playing along. In fact, I remember SEVERAL FCA members who were just playing along.

I also remember the dorks who took it seriously. Now I know what happens to them if they choose sports as a career... they end up playing minor league ball in Round Rock and witnessing. In the parking lot.

An hour before the Round Rock Express takes the field, hundreds of people gather outside Dell Diamond to hear from star outfielder Luke Scott. A hot sun bears down, but Scott appears cool and polished in crisp white baseball pants and a blue practice jersey.

"I'm here today because I'm not ashamed," Scott begins, his voice a faint contrast to his muscular frame. The crowd presses closer to hear him. He briefly recounts a past marked by drinking and partying before stating with force, "I gave my life to God on June 9, 2001."

Damn Eileen! He plays baseball. The merest suggestion of sex will pull him in. Seriously, no need to fall over yourself trying to flatter him in print especially as it's entirely likely he doesn't read your paper (the Round Rock paper has more pictures and the comics are WAY better).

Don't get me wrong... I grew up in Texas and listening to some jackass who can't keep his faith to himself is just one of those things. I hope they understand that my foot up their ass is just my way of 'witnessing'. Apparently, some folks agree with me...

Indeed, some fans simply don't want to be preached to and say that churches, not ballparks, are the appropriate venue for religious expression.

"It's really more annoying than anything else," said Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists Inc. "It's just becoming obnoxious."

I'm not an atheist and I think it's obnoxious. Of course, I'm a Methodist which is defined by most evangelicals as 'demon', 'Hell's kindling' or 'abortion doctor'.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting What else do they do during the pregame WitnessFest? I don't know but the picture gives me a damn good idea. See the guitar?

That's right. Dirty Fucking Leftover Hippies. You just KNOW they're going to have a singalong when he's done preaching.

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