One of the stranger exchanges during Justice Scalia’s interview with Jennifer Senior in New York magazine is when Scalia offers up the fact that he believes in a literal Devil and a literal hell. After a discussion about heaven and hell, in which he expresses shock that Senior does not believe in them, he says …
Category Archive: Religious Weirdness
Oct 11 2013
Sep 23 2013
Here’s your disturbing thought of the day, courtesy of a new YouGov poll: 57% of Americans believe in an actual devil and only slightly less, 51%, think that this devil can “possess” someone. And perhaps most disturbing is that it doesn’t seem to matter all that much what age or political views one has.
Sep 08 2013
You have to see the trailer for what promises to be a hilarious Christian movie called God’s Not Dead. It “stars” Kevin Sorbo, who appears to have managed to stave off having to go on “Celebrity” Apprentice for another seasons by getting an acting job (though from the trailer, his acting is at about the …
Sep 06 2013
This is one of the most astonishing stories I’ve ever seen. A black pastor at a church in Charlotte, NC sent out an email to volunteers telling them to make sure to have only white greeters at the door before service. Because white people are apparently “the best of the best.”
Aug 18 2013
Someone emailed me a link to an article about the Great Cross Alliance, a group that is seeking to build a massive structure in the Nevada desert that will hold the remains of dead Christians, with the whole thing in the shape of a cross. A really, really big cross — 3000 feet long, 2000 …
Aug 15 2013
I’m sure you’ve heard or seen over the last week as huge numbers of people waxed eloquent about a priest who stopped to pray at the scene of an accident in Missouri and how this was a “miracle” and even speculated that, since the person “disappeared” from the scene, it must have been an angel …
Aug 14 2013
From the Some People Will Fall For Damn Near Anything Department: Credulous ignorami (is that a word? It is now) are flocking to a tree outside a Catholic Church in Fresno, believing that it is weeping the tears of God. Someone should sell some tortillas with Jesus on them to the crowd too.
Aug 02 2013
Growing up as a Christian teen in the early 80s, I remember reading one of Bob Larson’s anti-rock music books and finding it pretty funny. Even Christian rock could let the demons in, they claimed, when it really just let shitty music in. John Hagee tells his congregation that rock music is “Satanic cyanide” and …
Jul 24 2013
Johnny Enlow is the founder of Seven Mountains Dominionism and, amusingly, he seems to think he knows how the government and the media operate in heaven. Wait, there’s a media in heaven? Like a nightly newscast? What’s to report, exactly?
Jul 19 2013
Dan Delzell, an “exclusive columnist” for the Christian Post, has an amusing column about a British magician who performed a levitation trick. Delzell thinks he was actually levitating, with the help of demons. Not the sharpest bulb in the sign, this one.
Jul 18 2013
A Christian college in Australia has put out a pamphlet to students called “101 things to do instead of doing it,” which provides a long list of things you can do to take your mind off having sex and keep you chaste until you get married. Some of them are pretty damn funny:
Jul 18 2013
Diane Benscoter, a former member of the Unification Church who later became a cult deprogrammer, has a new book out called Shoes of a Servant. She also recently gave a TED talk about her experiences. As my longtime readers know, I’ve followed the story of the totalitarian con man and criminal Rev. Moon for many …
Jul 17 2013
If you had “in an old man’s breakfast burrito” in the Where Will Jesus Appear Next pool, please claim your prize. A man in Texas — where else? — says that he found the face of Jesus staring up at him as he ate breakfast. And wouldn’t you know it, someone had prayed for this …
Jul 10 2013
I was flipping channels the other day and I came across the end of a Benny Hinn show with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, who is simply bugnutty. And this video starts at almost the exact point that I stopped on the channel. It’s a hilarious discussion of the human hand and how it adds up to …
Jun 26 2013
I didn’t bother to watch the Discovery Channel’s show with Nik Wallenda walking across the Grand Canyon on a wire without a tether, which I have no interest in whatsoever. But I did hear very quickly that he spent most of the trip across asking God for help in doing so.