Religion


I really miss this guy.

I learned a lot from my third grade teacher.

Good thing that we have good rabbis like this to help us open our eyes. And to think, I almost wanted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealed until this man blew me away with such a logical, truthful explanation for what will happen if gays are allowed to openly serve in the military. Whew.

Sorry, I can’t take this guy seriously at all. What a nonsensical nut. Thank you Blag Hag for bringing this to my attention.

For those of you who don’t know the classy guy in the photo above, that’s evangelical preacher ‘Pastor Ted’ Haggard.  He’s a complete charlatan, by the way; he preyed on people who were too ignorant to think for themselves by stealing millions of dollars from the ones that attended his ‘church’ and bought his incredibly insightful literature, like The Pursuit of the Good Life.  This was all the while, mind you, that he had a three year affair with a prostitute by the name of Mike Jones, whom he not only banged, but solicited for methamphetamines.

People like Haggard make my skin crawl.  There’s not a sincere thing about this guy and watching videos of him and his bigoted propaganda spinning is truly disgusting.  This guy, as Mike Jones can attest to, however, does have balls.  After resigning from (or being fired from) all of his religious posts and exiling himself to heterosexual bootcamp, Haggard asked his flock for money so that he and his wife could attend the University of Phoenix online.  Yes, it’s very difficult to go to college full-time and manage the mortgage on a $700,000 house when you’re a recovering drug addict and massage-loving homosexual.  But, undoubtedly, people gave this idiot their cash.  God, I hope the IRS digs through this guy’s taxes.

My favorite part of this fraud’s nasty career as a minister of the good Lord’s message isn’t that he was preaching against homosexuality while banging male prostitutes, or that he was taking crystal meth, or that he, on the surface at least, believes that homosexuality can be ‘cured’, or that he went on Oprah and stated that his wife should divorce him (because who would want to go through one of the most difficult trials of their life with the person they committed themselves to spend the rest of it with, right?  How’s that phrase go?  “When the cat goes away…”).  The fact that this guy spoke to former President George W. Bush, while completely insane and disturbing, isn’t it.  That he attended Christian university Oral Roberts, while somewhat funny and ironic, isn’t even it.  No.  None of that is my favorite part of this guy’s story.

I most enjoyed watching his evangelical “friends” distancing themselves from him completely.

The religious leaders whom Haggard was friends with, left him high-and-dry after his revelation of recreational drug use and banging a male prostitute.  Close friend Dr. James Dobson said he didn’t have time to participate in restoring Haggard “from being gay to not gay.”  Sorry, Ted.  I guess your homosexual soul is doomed to burn in hell for all eternity.  Some of my other favorite burns included:

Some fellow conservative Christian leaders got in their digs yesterday. “We’re sad to see any evangelical leader fall,” the Rev. Pat Robertson said on his television show, “The 700 Club.” But, he added, it “just isn’t true” that the NAE represents 30 million churchgoers, as the association claims.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, speaking Thursday night on CNN, said Haggard “doesn’t really lead the movement. He’s president of an association that’s very loose-knit . . . and no one has looked to them for leadership.”

Check out the original article citing some of Haggard’s good buddies here.

To me that shows not only what kind of people these incredibly compassionate ministers are (hopefully you don’t need to borrow any milk from them anytime soon), but what kind of person they knew Haggard was as well.  Someone that wasn’t worth spending five years with to make him magically not gay again.  And, there’s your religious leaders, folks.

Anyways, here’s Roy Zimmerman’s take on Ted Haggard here.  If you get a chance, check out Zimmerman’s youtube channel.  It’s absolutely hilarious.

There are very few times that I would consider punching a woman in the face. Had I been esteemed biologist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins during this interview, I am sure this would have been a time that it would have crossed my mind, especially when she constantly says CREE-A-TORE with that condescending smirk on her face. Mostly just out of pure evolutionary instinct. From Proud Atheists:

Wendy Wright is a creationist and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. Miss Wright promotes legislation and international policies that are beneficial to women and families, briefs congressional and presidential staff on pro-family issues, and trains grassroots activists. She is frequently interviewed in national media on moral, social and political issues. Miss Wright was named among “The 100 Most Powerful Women of Washington” in 2006 by the Washingtonian Magazine. The National Pro-Life Religious Council awarded Wendy for her “continuous leadership in the cause of life.”

During the interview Wright constantly asks for the evidence that supports evolution while ignoring facts like fossils and DNA. Even though Wendy Wright is not a scientist in any field, her comments and replies to questions are very typical of many American Christians regarding evolution. Belief in mythology is not facts.

What I find to be totally ironic is how a creationist can demand evidence or proof of evolution and yet their belief has no physical evidence. They base their beliefs on illegitimate works of God.

Click on to see the rest of the 7-part debate.

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The entire world has witnessed the tragedy that has befallen Haiti. There are early estimates that the death toll may exceed 100,000 – and even if that isn’t the case, the devastation is still catastrophic. Despite the violence and looting that is taking place in the country, it is warming to see the international community and organizations coming together to do their best to provide aid and relief. In much of the country, fresh food is a near impossibility to get a hold of, as is fresh water. People are actually breaking open water lines so they can fill buckets with fresh water to keep them alive and hydrated. Even as people around the word donate money and bottled water and canned foods, the demand is just far too great.

There is one organization that decided to take some serious action in this time of suffering and pain though. They are sending Haitians exactly what they need more than anything: Bibles – and not just any Bibles, but the audio Bibles known as the Proclaimer, which are solar powered and can run up to fifteen hours before needing recharged. Despite the fact that gifts, by definition, do not cost money and they carry a price tag, the Proclaimer is, according to the website, “a gift from God” in which “inspiration for it came during three days of fasting and prayer.” Wow! Best of all, they have these in their native language of Haitian Creole. Who needs food and water when they can have the salvation of Jesus Christ?

They are doing this as their little way of “providing faith, hope and love through God’s Word in audio”. Oh, what’s that you say, Miss Haitian Who Lost Everything? Jesus’s salvation isn’t very filling? Well, know that after you die your long and painful death of starvation or malnutrition, there will be plenty of water and food waiting for you at the pearly gates. I also hear that they have some great recreational shuffleboard.

Or, we could just face reality. These people are morons. The Haitians don’t need audio versions of the Bible. These people need food. They need water. They need medical assistance. They need shelter. Besides the fact that these Christians are preying on the emotionally unstable (which should be an international crime), the amount of money being spent on these must be unbelievably high. 600 have already been sent and they are aiming for a total of 3,000. The company’s official website does not list the price of the audio Bible in Haitian Creole, so I called to inquire, but unfortunately they were closed and I received only a brief audio message talking about the hope that Jesus can bring me, when the only hope I had was that somebody could give me a damn price on one of these useless machines.

With that said, if this money that was being completely wasted was spent elsewhere (and I’m going to take a wild guess that one of these around in the $40-50 range, so you can do the math) it would certainly assist hundreds, if not thousands, of desperate Haitians. Unfortunately, these religious whackjobs are too busy promoting their religious beliefs. Or maybe, just maybe I am wrong and these will provide the Haitians with exactly what the FCBH website says: “God’s Word can demonstrate that God understands their situation and has not forgotten them.”

Right.

It may be hard to believe in this day and age, but as of yesterday in Ireland, blasphemy is a crime punishable by a fine of $35,800. According to the law, a person breaks commits a crime when he or she is “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion.”

This is an absolutely crazy and dangerous law that seems better suited for the Middle Ages. Thankfully, an organization known as Atheist Ireland (along with many others, of course) is fighting this law and has posted 25 blasphemous quotations on their website, including some from Mark Twain and Jesus, in a demonstration against the insanity.

Go on over to Atheist Ireland and voice your support for them. A law like this in our modern world is nonsensical and frightening.

p.s. Jesus is not the son of God and Moses liked men.

p.p.s. Happy new year!

Sources: 1, 2

I haven’t laughed this hard in quite some time.  Thanks to blog-favorite PZ Myers for finding and posting this little gem.

I’m sure Charles Darwin would really appreciate the new 50 page forward Crazy Ray wrote for him.  I think the Blood of Christ Beer is a much more effective way to get your point across.  Until next time, I’m going to go eat some bananas, the key to Creationism.

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