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Category Archive: Religion

Mar 30 2014

Do you have to shove your awful little holy book in everything?

I had thought that Minnesota had a state fossil: it was the giant beaver, Castoroides ohioensis. But then I discovered that it wasn’t on the official list of Minnesota State Symbols, but was on the list of proposed symbols. So it never made it into law, although we do have a state photo (it’s awful) …

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Mar 29 2014

Deep thinkers, they aren’t

In case you missed it yesterday, we had a visit from Eric Hovind and his small troop of Junior Woodchucks. They first visited this edition of Thunderdome, babbling incoherently, and then when I opened a new Thunderdome thread, many of them seem to have gotten lost and confused, although I also think they were losing …

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Mar 27 2014

Why does this video game suck?

The normal explanation would be that the graphics are clumsy and out of date, the character animation is creepily unhuman, the plot is inane, and the preachy moralizing and weird evangelism is off-putting. But to the people at Phoenix Interactive, who are having a hard time getting funding for a game called Bible Chronicles: The …

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Mar 26 2014

I’m sure this isn’t creepy at all

Maybe it’s just me, but are Purity Balls getting even squickier? During the ceremony, the fathers present their daughters with purity rings, and the duo become boyfriend and girlfriend No no no no no no no. Please no. A father’s relationship with his daughter should be completely different than the boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Blech. And really, …

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Mar 26 2014

Take the test

The Pew Research Center has a U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz — answer 15 questions about religion and see how you stack up against the average American. It turns out the average American is a total ignoramus. I got a perfect score, but then, it really is a most trivial set of questions.

Mar 24 2014

Westboro Baptist makes an official statement on the death of Fred Phelps

I think. There’s no expression of human sentiment, grief or loss in this incoherent ramble of pissed-offedness at the world. I guess it’s a fitting tribute to the man’s life, after all. Fred W. Phelps, Sr. Has Gone The Way of All Flesh, And Has Died on March 19, 2014 Westboro Baptist Church Issues the …

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Mar 24 2014

Christian mercy

Ken Ham is very sad for Bill Maher. Maher is going to die someday, as are we all, and then, according to his cult beliefs, Bill Maher is going to suffer in torment for eternity because he called his peculiar god mean names. And you know what that means? Right now, in this life, Ken …

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Mar 23 2014

Still picking nits over Giordano Bruno

The NCSE, which does good work otherwise, is a bit too apologetic to religion for my taste. They’re bumbling all over themselves to criticize Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos because it highlighted the conflict between religion and science, which is always a no-no for the NCSE. Now it’s Josh Rosenau’s turn to complain bitterly about the …

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Mar 19 2014

The Phelps power struggle takes a familiar turn

Fred Phelps is out at Westboro Baptist. He’s off dying in a hospice. Apparently his sin was asking for more kindness. The former big voice of WBC, Shirley Phelps-Roper, has fallen out of favor. She has been replaced by a Council of Elders…all men, of course. Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. was excommunicated from the …

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Mar 17 2014

Spreading Christian hypocrisy world-wide!

The Nkhoma Synod in Malawi has recently sent out a letter telling all their church-goers who to vote for. It’s an interesting document with some revealing wording. The Church continues to note with great concern the levels at which moral values are being eroded in the name of civilization, human and minority rights. Cases of …

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