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Monthly Archive: October 2007

Oct 31 2007

Westboro scum slapped with $11 million judgment

Filthpig Fred Phelps and his gang of funeral-picketing ghouls have been ordered to pay the family of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, killed in Iraq, nearly $11 million in damages as a result of a lawsuit brought by the slain veteran’s father. Naturally, they will appeal, as the judge in the case fully (and, one assumes, …

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Oct 31 2007

Two sleazy rackets that go extra-sleazy together!

From CNN comes this fascinating article informing us that some Christian churches have started incorporating, of all things, Scientology literature into their ministries. One of these churches is right down the road in Houston, where Rev. James McLaughlin of the Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (that’s already a head-swirling doctrinal combination as it is) …

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Oct 31 2007

Halloween and the fundamentalist inability to distinguish fantasy from reality

While the rest of us gather ’round every October 31 for parties, dressing up, taking the kids (if you got ‘em) trick-or-treating, and watching scary movies on DVD till all hours, it’s easy to forget that there is an entire segment of the populace — Christian fundamentalists — who go out of their way to …

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Oct 30 2007

About those 9/11 conspiracies

Since it’s been a slow week for this blog, I thought I’d link a post I wrote today about the incredibly annoying “9/11 truth” gang. In Which I Ridicule 9/11 Conspiracies These folks have often called the TV show in the past, and they’ve been popping up on YouTube a lot lately. I’ve been meaning …

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Oct 22 2007

Southern Baptists offering “Stepford Wife” classes for women

Hat tip to Tara at Aetiology for this bloodcurdling article. The Southern Baptists want all you uppity bitches to know just who wears the pants around the house. And to this end, they’re offering classes with such titles as “Biblical Model for the Home and Family.” A more overt display of the way in which …

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Oct 22 2007

Earth’s Birthday celebration

Well, not surprisingly, I was too lame to get over to Book People to join the Earth’s Birthday festivities, but it all got a fantastic write-up in the Statesman. Congrats to CFI-Austin for another successful do. I did have great fun co-hosting the TV show, though, and I’ll talk about that in my next post.

Oct 20 2007

Sunday Austin fun

Tomorrow at Book People here in Austin, the fine folks of CFI-Austin will be helping the creationists celebrate Earth’s birthday! As we all know, creationism proves the Earth was magicafully wished into being by God on October 23, 4004 BC. So in celebration of this momentous occasion, let there be cake, let there be cookies, …

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Oct 19 2007

Fear of an Atheist Planet — again

Coral Ridge Ministries, home of the late D. James Kennedy, has finally figured out a way to unload all that unsold inventory of Kennedy’s book Skeptics Answered: whip up fear of the “evangelizing” “crusade” of the “new” atheists. I think this one might backfire. I actually started to read Skeptics Answered, and I can say …

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Oct 19 2007

An ig-Nobel fellow, but one to be censured, not censored

By now many of you have heard or read about how the distressingly-zombielike Nobel laureate/DNA co-discoverer James Watson made an ass of himself by publicly opining on the supposed intellectual inferiority of black Africans. This led to worldwide condemnation, the cancellation of at least one sold-out speaking engagement, and now the termination of his chancellorship …

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Oct 14 2007

Life imitates The Onion

Here’s a headline that leaves the mind reeling: “Christian Clown in Perv Bust”. Seriously, the pedophilia thing needs to stop, guys. Wonder what John Terry thinks of this guy? Shouldn’t he have had that divine “restraint” thing going on?

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