The Gospel of Palin

Here’s yet another reason why John McCain lost my vote after Sarah Palin was selected as his running mate. I recently read that in an interview with Fox and Friends she claimed that Jesus celebrated Easter during his time on Earth.

So Jesus celebrated his own death and resurrection? Or perhaps he took part in pagan fertility rites, dancing naked around a fire? There were no “Christian” holidays during the time of Jesus as there were not yet any Christians. He and his disciples were Jews and celebrated Jewish holy days. All of our “Christian” holidays are actually pagan observances that were appropriated by the Church in order to convert the pagans.

The Gospel of Palin
“When Jesus celebrated Easter with his disciples there were no Easter bunnies or egg hunts. There were no Easter sales at department stores or parades in the street. Easter was a special time of prayer and Christian activism.”Jesus would gather all the townspeople around and would listen to their stories about the meaning of Easter in their lives. Then he would teach them how to love one another, how to protest Roman abortion clinics and how to properly convert homosexuals.

“You can’t even do things like that these days without getting called out by some wacko left-wing human rights group. Christians had more freedom under Roman rule than we do now in our own country! We need to return Easter back to the way it was when Jesus was alive.”

“Easter celebrates, you know, sticking it to all the liberal lefties out there who want to be taking our guns and our freedom. It celebrates the rights of the unborn and the right to religious freedom, to not have government come in and tell you who to believe in and who not to …”

A couple of my favorite comments to the article:

  • Is it just me, or are most atheists and agnostics more familiar with the Bible than most Christians?
    • It isn’t just you. Several studies have revealed atheists to have a much better understanding of religion, and its history, than believers. Atheists don’t turn away from religion because they lack information.

To quote the Gospel of Palin: “We need to return Easter back to the way it was when Jesus was alive.” Since that would have been a pagan fertility festival, I don’t have a problem with that statement. At the time of Jesus, neither Christianity nor the commemoration of his death and resurrection existed. Neither would exist for many years after the fact.

While the news story is a fake, it is certainly typical of the absurdities espoused by politicians (mostly Republicans). I hear stupidity from the Democrats as well but the Republicans seem to have turned absurdity, stupidity and ignorance into an art form.

Source: Sarah Palin Claims Jesus Celebrated Easter

Liberal lefties? Do conservatives consider left-handed liberals to be more threatening than right-handed liberals? How do they feel about ambidextrous liberals? And just so you conservative Christians know, Jesus was a liberal. His teachings and ideas are still considered liberal.

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Coinage of the Realm

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I saw a post on Facebook today about a new dollar coin that’s come out. Apparently, people are upset and refusing to accept them because of the absence of the words “In God we trust” on either side of the coin. So fucking what? It’s still legal tender, coinage of the realm, That’s all I care about.

I really don’t care about the presence or absence of references to a particular deity on our money, in the Pledge of Allegiance, or anywhere else. It doesn’t matter. If you really believe in God then you really shouldn’t need to have your faith constantly affirmed by secular objects and rituals. Besides, it’s a dollar coin and it has been a common practice for Americans to reject dollar coins for at least the last 35 years or more which makes it even less of a relevant issue.

The problem isn’t the absence of God on our money or in our schools or anywhere else in the secular world. If you claim to be a believer maybe the problem is the absence of God in your heart. If your God is in your heart then, through your belief and devotion, God is everywhere and in everything. You don’t need secular affirmation of your faith because it’s already within you.

[Edit] The words “In God We Trust” first appeared on our coins in 1864 and on our paper currency in 1957.

Papal Severance Package

It’s interesting that Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign effective the end of February because of his health when most of his predecessors have stuck it out to the bitter end. The last pope to step down was Gregory XII who was forced to abdicate in 1415 to end the Western Schism. At the time there were three popes: Pope Gregory XII, Antipope Benedict XIII at Avignon and Alexander V/John XXIII at Pisa. Apparently, it was a very messy and confusing situation.

After Pope Gregory’s abdication, he spent the rest of his life was spent in peaceful obscurity. (I like the sound of that.) With Pope Benedict XVI’s pending abdication, I have a few questions.

  1. What kind of severance package does he get?
  2. Will he still have Swiss Guards protecting him?
  3. Will he retain papal infallibility?
  4. Will he still be able to speak on behalf of God?

Inquiring minds want to known.

Jesus resurrected in Monroe

 

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After the “King of Kings” statue (aka Big Butter Jesus aka Touchdown Jesus) was destroyed by a lightning strike (act of God) in June 2010, the Solid Rock Church apparently didn’t get the hint and have erected a new statue. This one is officially known as “Light of the World” but I’ve heard it referred to as “Hug Me Jesus” and “$5 Foot-Long Jesus” (from the Subway ad).

I’m not a big fan of graven images or idolatry but it’s their church. I think that, as a church, the money could have been more wisely spent honoring Jesus in a more appropriate way like healing the sick or helping the poor and needy. You know, something Jesus might have done or approved of.

The statue is to be formally dedicated on September 30th which, incidentally, happens to be International Blasphemy Day. I love the irony.

Related post: Touchdown Jesus Destroyed by an Act of God

Bin Laden

Bin Laden’s alleged death is the main topic in the news and on Facebook at the moment. I don’t understand all the celebration. His death doesn’t solve any of the underlying problems that lead to the 9/11 attack. There will certainly be a successor and, I fear, there will be reprisal attacks. Was Bin Laden’s death or capture our primary national policy objective in Afghanistan? Billions of dollars and thousands of lives spent for the demise of one man? I hope Obama isn’t saying “Mission accomplished.” It’s not over. The real Jihad may be just around the corner, with Bin Laden as their martyr. I don’t see any reason to celebrate.

Touchdown Jesus Destroyed by an Act of God

When I heard about this I felt I had to say something because it’s just too good to pass up. The irony of it alone makes it worthy of comment.

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Around 11:15 last night, Monroe’s world famous landmark, the Church of the Rock’s 62-foot tall “King of Kings” statue (AKA Touchdown Jesus AKA Big Butter Jesus) was struck by lightning and burned.

I expected people to see this as a sign from God although I’m not sure everyone got the message.

Church members said the lightning strike and destructive fire stunned them. Many of them thought it was a sign they need to pay attention to.

“I’m thinking it’s a sign from Jesus that we need to learn something, as Christians, as a whole, we’re not doing something right.”

“It scares me, it really does, I think about what that symbolizes, to me that’s a sign and not a good one.”

According to the article on the WHIO web site, the structure’s outer shell was made of wood and Styrofoam, covered in fiberglass and resin, making it extremely flammable. (Essentially a giant Styrofoam-covered lightning rod.) Church officials said the statue “weighed eight tons, which is about 16,000 pounds.” (About 16,000 pounds?) When the statue was put in place in 2004, it cost $500,000 and about 8,000 man-hours in development and installation. [Monroe Fire Chief Mark] Neu said that church officials, “Plan to replace the statue, make sure they have back what they put up, that’s their intent, what they told me tonight.”

There must be better ways to spend half a million dollars and 8,000 man-hours doing God’s work. Perhaps God’s message here was to put that time and money into something that will benefit our fellow man. Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless immediately come to mind. You know, something that Jesus might have done with it instead of building a colossal flammable statue in His likeness.

Let’s close with the following…

Amen

Hey Brah, No Stink on Da Bus!

Quote of the day: “All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.” — Benjamin Franklin


I found this on The Huffington post today:

Honolulu Tries To Ban ‘BO’ On Buses

HONOLULU — Stinky city bus riders soon could get soaked. The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that would impose up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail for public transit passengers convicted of being too smelly.

The bill will be heard Thursday in committee. It would make it illegal to have “odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.”

It doesn’t matter if it’s body odor or offensive fumes that emanates from clothes, personal belongings or animals.

Councilmen Rod Tam and Nestor Garcia co-sponsored the anti-odor bill.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says it is concerned with laws that are inherently vague, which opens the door to discriminatory enforcement based on an officer’s individual prejudices.

I can certainly sympathize with bus riders who find the odors stifling, especially in the summer. I have, on several occasions, had the pleasure of riding ‘Da Bus’ from downtown Honolulu to Wahiawa and it certainly wasn’t a pleasant experience sharing the bus with the unwashed masses.

Still, I’d have to say I agree with the ACLU that the anti-odor bill is vague. What might be a unreasonably disturbing odor to some might not be so objectionable to others. What’s up with a possible six month jail sentence? “Whatcha in for?” “Smellin’ bad.” “WTF?” “But I could get probation if I promise to shower every day.” From my experience, I’d have to say the bill would be virtually unenforceable. Some of those bruddahs are big and sweaty.