tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-70692577029766033012010-03-05T10:17:12.337-08:00The Gospel According to HateA voice crying out in the darkness that is religious hypocrisy.Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.comBlogger224125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-67262587933902289452010-03-04T20:52:00.000-08:002010-03-04T21:01:41.595-08:00The Two Faces of Antigay Senator Roy Ashburn<div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S5CP_iUreiI/AAAAAAAABKs/sOZZW4Ig0QI/s1600-h/California+State+Senator+Roy+Ashburn+Antigay+Hypocrite+Arrested+Drunk+Gay+Bar+Catholic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"target="_blank" ><img border="0" height="200" kt="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S5CP_iUreiI/AAAAAAAABKs/sOZZW4Ig0QI/s200/California+State+Senator+Roy+Ashburn+Antigay+Hypocrite+Arrested+Drunk+Gay+Bar+Catholic.jpg" width="148" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S5CMgUyDg0I/AAAAAAAABKk/KEJL9cW2cc8/s1600-h/California+State+Senator+Roy+Ashburn+Antigay+Hypocrite+Arrested+Drunk+Gay+Bar.png" imageanchor="1" style="cssfloat: right; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" kt="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S5CMgUyDg0I/AAAAAAAABKk/KEJL9cW2cc8/s200/California+State+Senator+Roy+Ashburn+Antigay+Hypocrite+Arrested+Drunk+Gay+Bar.png" width="182" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What happens when a <a href="http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=9694" target="_blank">good Catholic</a>, married father of four, grandfather of two,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=teabag" target="_blank">tea-bagger</a>, Reagan lover,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.outragethemovie.com/" target="_blank">Republican,&nbsp;senator, and staunch opponent of&nbsp;gay rights</a> takes a state-issued vehicle out for a spin after dark on your tax dollars?&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ding!&nbsp; Ding!&nbsp; Ding!&nbsp;&nbsp; He goes to a Sacramento gay bar (appropriately&nbsp;named&nbsp;<a href="http://www.faces.net/club.asp" target="_blank">Faces</a>), gets trashed, picks up a trick, drives away drunk, swerves all over the road, gets pulled over, and blows a whopping .14&nbsp;into the breathalyser.&nbsp; My dear heretics, it's time to canonize <a href="http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/gallery/2009/06/social-conservative-scandals.php?img=1" target="_blank">another conservative Catholic and Republican anti-gay hypocrite</a>.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Joining the likes of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHCrOtSzIBg" target="_blank">Senator Larry Craig</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6rSjrBhUIA" target="_blank">Reverend Ted</a> <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/ci_4588998" target="_blank">Haggard</a>, and Representative <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/29/AR2006092901574.html" target="_blank">Mark Foley</a>, I bestow upon you <a href="http://cbs13.com/local/ashburn.arrest.dui.2.1534505.html" target="_blank">State Senator Roy Ashburn of California, hypocrite for the post-Proposition 8 age</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Senator Roy-Toy has <a href="http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=9694" target="_blank">voted against every piece of civil, immigration, labor, LGBT, and women's rights legislation</a> since being elected, but that didn't stop him from having his <a href="http://comeonelleen.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/side.jpg" target="_blank">boys on the side</a>.&nbsp; According to <a href="http://cssrc.us/web/18/biography.aspx" target="_blank">his website</a>:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the tradition of <a href="http://www.pensitoreview.com/ronald-reagan/" target="_blank">Ronald Reagan</a>, Senator Ashburn is a true reformer and a champion of openness, accountability, and bi-partisanship.</div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, recent events have definitely confirmed that he's open and bi.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, all of you good Christians out there, don't worry.&nbsp; <a href="http://cbs13.com/local/ashburn.arrest.dui.2.1534505.html" target="_blank">Sen. Assburn has already</a> apologized:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "I am deeply sorry for my actions and offer no excuse for my poor judgment. I accept complete responsibility for my conduct and am prepared to accept the consequences for what I did. I am also truly sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me – my family, my constituents, my friends, and my colleagues in the Senate."</div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Poor judgment indeed!&nbsp; As for the <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/12/there-will-be-gay-blood-rachel-maddow.html" target="_blank">consequences he's willing to accept</a>, resignation would be nice (<a href="http://www.habakuk.nu/content/images/stories/john_ensign.jpg" target="_blank">but</a> I'm <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/12/adam-drags-eve-traditional-marriage-in.html" target="_blank">not</a> <a href="http://uppitywoman08.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/sanfordandpigs.jpg" target="_blank">holding</a> my <a href="http://2010.newsweek.com/content/2010/top-10/sex-scandal-details/larry-craig-wide-stance/_jcr_content/par/image.img.jpg" target="_blank">breathalyser</a>).&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's the news report via Sacramento's <a href="http://cbs13.com/local/ashburn.arrest.dui.2.1534505.html" target="_blank"><em>CBS13</em></a>:</div><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z1V9ikhmrRw&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Z1V9ikhmrRw&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-6726258793390228945?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-45092322920461755152010-03-03T22:00:00.000-08:002010-03-04T10:25:04.036-08:00First Friday Devotion: Get Sauced with Jesus<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Do you see what the owners of a Scranton pizzeria see in this frozen bucket of sauce?<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S485NfkRREI/AAAAAAAABKU/oMOqukapohg/s1600-h/pizza+sauce+jesus+no+it+is+one+of+the+village+people+handlebar+moustache.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="255" kt="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S485NfkRREI/AAAAAAAABKU/oMOqukapohg/s400/pizza+sauce+jesus+no+it+is+one+of+the+village+people+handlebar+moustache.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was a slow news day on the first Friday of Lent in <a href="http://knowinglyundersold.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/scranton_pa.jpg" target="_blank">Scranton</a>, PA,&nbsp;so <a href="http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/pizzeria-worker-sees-jesus-in-sauce-bucket-on-first-friday-of-lent-1.640418" target="_blank"><em>The Times-Tribune</em> decided to clean out the freezer and found this "story."</a>&nbsp; Jeremy G. Burton reports from Brownie's Pizzeria:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ms. Salerno [restaurant owner]&nbsp;was at Brownie's and talking with her granddaughter, 23-year-old Jackie Krouchick, while she made a pizza. Her granddaughter is a single mother who she said is struggling through tough times. Ms. Krouchick told her grandmother she worried she was losing her faith.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As Ms. Salerno poured tomato sauce from a white plastic bucket, she urged her granddaughter to keep believing. That is when she saw it, the image of a man with long hair and a beard in the leftover sauce.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bill Salerno, the owner of Brownie's and brother of Ms. Salerno, said he was skeptical until he saw it for himself. Maryann Marsico, who works at Brownie's, said even an atheist would find it unmistakable.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "My 2-year-old grandson knows who it was. ... He just looked at it and said, 'That's Papa Jesus,' " Ms. Marsico said.&nbsp; </div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Really, <a href="http://static.open.salon.com/files/mary_ann1252982222.jpg" target="_blank">Maryann</a>, "even an atheist"?&nbsp; Speak for yourself, girlfriend.&nbsp; <strong>Here's my version of the story:</strong></div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.misscoco.com/" target="_blank">Miss Coco Peru</a>&nbsp;was speaking to Heretic Tom, a thirty-something and&nbsp;free thinking gay-boy, while she stirred up a special brownie mix to bake for the fearful Mormons and Catholics who funded Prop 8.&nbsp; Heretic Tom is living in gay-sin, unable to be married in California, and Miss&nbsp;Peru said Tom is going through tough times.&nbsp; Heretic Tom told Miss Peru that he worried he was losing <a href="http://screencrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bruno09-6-11.jpg" target="_blank">the Gay</a>.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As Miss Peru poured the opaque mix from a white Tupperware bucket, she urged her son to keep the Gay.&nbsp; That is when she saw it: the image of <a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/hottopic_shockhound_production/attachments/300/original_village_people.jpg" target="_blank">Glenn from the Village People</a> with his handlebar mustache and bare chest in the leftover brownie mix.&nbsp; </div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.rupaul.com/" target="_blank">RuPaul</a>, brownie recipe owner and sister of Peru, said she was skeptical until she saw it for herself.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salon.com/media/1997/10/src/15esquire.gif" target="_blank">Kevin Spacey</a>, who <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ypJnDZ0QDkY/SL215z7PRqI/AAAAAAAADME/TKUEU3yZqQM/s400/gay-kevin-spacey-03.jpg" target="_blank">eats brownies</a>, said even a&nbsp;Baptist would find it unmistakable.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "My twelv...ty-two-year-old twink knows who it was. ... He just looked at it and said, 'That's&nbsp;the original Biker dude from the Village People: Glenn!' " Mr. Spacey said. </div></blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S49EsZU8t6I/AAAAAAAABKc/Y6XfgfCSYdI/s1600-h/Village+People+Glen+Original+Biker+Guy+looks+like+Jesus+Christ+in+leather.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" kt="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S49EsZU8t6I/AAAAAAAABKc/Y6XfgfCSYdI/s320/Village+People+Glen+Original+Biker+Guy+looks+like+Jesus+Christ+in+leather.jpg" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;You decide!</span></strong></div><br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I'm sure that if there was a god and if Jesus was god, that he would have much better things to do than to make his image appear in some frozen pizza sauce, like...I don't know...maybe preventing the <a href="http://www.examiner.com/x-31031-Providence-Headlines-Examiner~y2010m3d3-Latest-pictures-show-looting-after-tsunami-in-Chile-earthquake-Soldiers-enforce-curfew" target="_blank">earthquake that caused over 800 deaths in Chile</a>.&nbsp; Why anyone would&nbsp;want to believe in a god that appears in pizza sauce instead is beyond me.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maybe this is why:&nbsp; the lesson learned from Pizza Sauce Jesus as reported by <em>The Times-Tribune</em>:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was not lost on Ms. Marsico that Jesus appeared at Brownie's at the <a href="/2010/02/atheists_guide_to_lent_part_one_fasting.html" target="_blank">start of Lent</a>, a holy Christian time that also happens to spur pizza sales because <a href="/2010/02/catholic_sexual_abuse_of_children_in.html" target="_blank">observers are not supposed to eat meat</a> on Fridays.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "I will never cheat and eat meat again," she said.</div></blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not wanting a cryogenic Jesus and&nbsp;after talking to the press <strong>and</strong> putting a video of Mashed Tomato Jesus on youtube, Brownie's owners had the sacred bucket washed clean, making the way for new sauce in the old sauce bucket.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's to improved pizza sales!&nbsp; Praise Glenn!&nbsp;</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IwVTJxp2uyE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IwVTJxp2uyE&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="425" height="344"></embed></object></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-4509232292046175515?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-40110162371412547272010-03-03T14:05:00.000-08:002010-03-03T14:07:14.366-08:00Why The Founding Fathers Would Never Get Elected Today&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To succeed in U.S. national politics today, <a href="/2009/12/other_christian_white_meat.html" target="_blank">one must publicly claim they believe in a god of some sort, preferable the Christian god</a>.&nbsp; The <a href="/2009/11/saddlebrokeback_church_homo_lover_rick.html" target="_blank">Christian Right</a> says that our nation was founded a Christian nation, blah, blah, blah, and many claim that <a href="http://www.ffrf.org/publications/nontracts/What-Is-A-Freethinker/" target="_blank">free thinkers</a>, <a href="http://atheistempire.com/greatminds/quotes.php?author=9"target="_blank">atheists</a>, <a href="http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/agnostic.html" target="_blank">agnostic</a>, <a href="http://www.secularhumanism.org/" target="_blank">secular humanists</a>, <a href="http://mwillett.org/atheism/brights.htm" target="_blank">brights</a>, <a href="/2009/12/im_glad_im_not_in_dixie_hooray_hooray.html" target="_blank">post-theists, etc</a>.&nbsp; They don't know their Framers very well.&nbsp; In fact, there's no way many of our nation's Founders would be able to get elected today, because of their free thinking, secular humanist thought.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; Here a few quotes from <a href="http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/jefferson.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Thomas Jefferson</strong></a>:<br /><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings.&nbsp; To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul.&nbsp; I cannot reason otherwise...without plunging into the fathomless abyss of dreams and phantasms.&nbsp; I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched.&nbsp; Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion.&nbsp; Question with boldness even the existence of a God [<em>sic</em>]; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="/2010/02/super_bull_sunday.html" target="_blank">Ridicule</a> is the only weapon which can be used against <a href="/2009/10/i_hate_prayer_part_two.html" target="_blank">unintelligible propositions</a>.&nbsp; Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of <a href="/2009/11/blasphey_poll_results.html" target="_blank">the trinity</a>.&nbsp; It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.</blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This quote is from the <a href="http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/adams.htm" target="_blank">United States 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, drafted under <strong>George Washington</strong> and signed by<strong> John Adams</strong></a>:<br /><blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S47b0Qv23vI/AAAAAAAABKE/V7yDFyq46Ak/s1600-h/Lighthouse+Jesus+saves+sinners+religious+hypocrisy+atheism+benjamin+franklin+lighthouses+more+useful+than+churches.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" kt="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S47b0Qv23vI/AAAAAAAABKE/V7yDFyq46Ak/s200/Lighthouse+Jesus+saves+sinners+religious+hypocrisy+atheism+benjamin+franklin+lighthouses+more+useful+than+churches.gif" width="143" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan Nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.</div></blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Too bad <a href="http://www.iraqbodycount.org/"target="_blank">George W. Bush hadn't read all of his history before declaring his holy war against the "Axis of Evil."</a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are a few&nbsp;<a href="http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/quote-f1.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Benjamin Franklin</strong> quotes</a>:</div><blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absented myself from Christian assemblies.</div></blockquote><blockquote style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S47crUnfMAI/AAAAAAAABKM/7CtxFcrL9NY/s1600-h/atheism+good+enough+for+these+idiots+thomas+jefferson+ben+franklin+albert+einstein+mark+twain+abe+lincoln.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"target="_blank"><img border="0" height="300" kt="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S47crUnfMAI/AAAAAAAABKM/7CtxFcrL9NY/s400/atheism+good+enough+for+these+idiots+thomas+jefferson+ben+franklin+albert+einstein+mark+twain+abe+lincoln.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-4011016237141254727?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-52524915121380379052010-03-02T12:37:00.000-08:002010-03-02T12:39:28.119-08:00No Pride for Gays of St. Petersburg<div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Christian leadership in&nbsp;St. Petersburg, Russia, is proudly waving their hatred and bigotry of gays.&nbsp; In name of their Orthodox Christian&nbsp;god and their interpretation of the "<a href="/2010/02/escatology_ssepma_and_natural_law.html" target="_blank">Natural Law</a>," a coalition of religious and nationalist groups has called for the the cancellation of St. Petersburg 2010 (gay) Pride festival.&nbsp; Those calling for the god-inspired ban on free speech and freedom of expression include: Intellectuals of the Orthodox Church, Russian Imperial Movement, Movement For Faith and Fatherland, People's Cathedral, and the&nbsp;Imperial Russia Union.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here is the text of their&nbsp;hate&nbsp;letter, as reported by <a href="http://www.gayrussia.ru/en/news/detail.php?ID=15227" target="_blank"><em>Gay Russia</em></a>:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We are categorically against holding any public events, which in any way present a <a href="http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Russia.htm" target="_blank">propaganda of sexual perversions</a>.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S41uCrRn70I/AAAAAAAABJ8/NQA3UJmCWh8/s1600-h/eastern+orthodox+church+procession+but+its+not+a+demonstration+hypocrites.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" kt="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S41uCrRn70I/AAAAAAAABJ8/NQA3UJmCWh8/s320/eastern+orthodox+church+procession+but+its+not+a+demonstration+hypocrites.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Any parade is a demonstration - demonstration is a form of propaganda. As a result, a gay pride is a propaganda of homosexuality.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “<a href="http://www.catwinternational.org/factbook/Russia.php" target="_blank">Love between a man and a woman exists only for one purpose</a> – to give birth to a new life but <a href="http://gayswithoutborders.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">gay pride</a> is the <a href="/2009/11/gay_death.html" target="_blank">propaganda of death</a>”</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "But why does no one remember that holding these actions grossly violates the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Genocide" target="_blank">right of the majority</a> and is doubtful from the point of moral action? </div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “After all, for the majority of our country and, in particular, for our city, homosexuality is an unacceptable deviation from the norm, a <a href="http://www1.american.edu/TED/russsex.htm"target="_blank">moral rejection and a disgust</a>.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “We are constantly told that democracy is the <a href="/2009/12/saint_nazi_i.html" target="_blank">government of majority</a>, but it turns out that the <a href="http://www.dexterhorn.com/country/europe/russia.htm"target="_blank">interests of the majority</a> would be sacrificed to a handful of people with <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-the-name-love/200810/is-serial-monogamy-worth-pursuing" target="_blank">unnatural sexual orientation</a>.”</div></blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here is a tragic&nbsp;fact that these gay-bashers have overlooked, when it comes to the downfall of St. Petersburg's morality.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?story_id=29567&amp;action_id=2" target="_blank">St. Petersburg is&nbsp;one of the most&nbsp;popular sex tourism destinations for those seeking child sex slaves</a>.&nbsp; Knowing that, why are they rallying against a bunch of peaceful homosexuals and not against the people selling their precious children in the streets, alleys, and hotels of St. Petersburg?<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A <a href="http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/eo20070911cc.html" target="_blank">2007 article in the <em>Japan Times</em> by Cesar Chelala, M.D., reports</a> [I added the <strong>bold</strong> for emphasis]:<br /><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to the Russian National Consultation on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, <strong>Russia is now one of the main producers of pornography in the world</strong>, and registers a significant number of incidents related to <strong>child prostitution or child trafficking for sexual purposes</strong>.</blockquote><div></div><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Although the real number is difficult to assess, experts believe that <strong>tens of thousands of children are involved in the production of pornographic materials in Russia today</strong>. These materials are frequently produced by small criminal groups, each fulfilling a specific task to keep the costs of production low compared to those of a regular startup business. The production and consumption of these materials are <strong>particularly pronounced in big cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg</strong>.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to experts, <strong>almost a quarter of the pornography on global Internet sites contains child pornography. Among these, almost 50 percent include child pornography from Russia.</strong> Nowadays, it is possible to buy videocassettes of child pornography at any railway station or in several stores in these cities.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>St. Petersburg and the northwest region of Russia report a high incidence of sex tourism, which is widely advertised on the Internet</strong> and aimed at people from neighboring Scandinavian countries. <strong>Prostitution is the most common form of child exploitation in the region.</strong></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It is really a travesty that the vindictive, wrathful, sadomasochistic, amegalomaniaciac "prophets" of the Old Testament god didn't have the sense for a commandment stating "Thou shalt honor thy children and protect them violence and abuse of all types, including sexual."&nbsp; Instead, the <a href="/2010/02/beauty_queen_makes_god_vomit.html" target="_blank">Old Testament calls for the killing of cheeky children</a>.&nbsp; And Christians are surprised when people violencence to children?&nbsp; Have they not read their own bible?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Of course, it's easier to ignore your child sex/porn trade and tourism and focus instead on the gays.&nbsp; Shove them back into some dark, shameful closet, just like you do you do your teens.&nbsp; You hypocrites!</div><br /><div align="center"><span style="font-size: large;">But this is neither a demonstration npropagandanda?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S41uBvnz2iI/AAAAAAAABJ0/QFOwviLFAig/s1600-h/russian-orthodox-procession+political+demonstration+hypocrisy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"target="_blank"><img border="0" height="322" kt="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S41uBvnz2iI/AAAAAAAABJ0/QFOwviLFAig/s400/russian-orthodox-procession+political+demonstration+hypocrisy.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-5252491512138037905?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-62432865483119518212010-03-01T12:24:00.000-08:002010-03-01T12:24:43.929-08:00Are Rabbis the New Catholic Priests?<div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4wh0g5jSbI/AAAAAAAABJs/Tx5WlIV_OFM/s1600-h/orthodox+rabbi+mordechai+elon+sexual+abuse+hypocrisy+assault+allegations+jewish+cover+up.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" kt="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4wh0g5jSbI/AAAAAAAABJs/Tx5WlIV_OFM/s320/orthodox+rabbi+mordechai+elon+sexual+abuse+hypocrisy+assault+allegations+jewish+cover+up.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yesterday, the <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/27/world/la-fg-israel-rabbi28-2010feb28" target="_blank"><em>Los Angeles Time</em>s reported that multiple sexual abuse allegations have been waged against one of Israel's popular spiritual figures, Orthodox Rabbi Mordechai Elon, with the first report of sexual misconduct coming more than five years ago.&nbsp; Over the past two weeks, as many as fifteen young men have come forward with allegations against Elon</a>.&nbsp; </div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The first report of inappropriate sexual conduct involving Elon was received <em>more than five years ago</em> by Takana, a <em>forum of rabbis</em> and others from diverse parts of the Orthodox community. The group was set up to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and serve as a <em>mediator with law enforcement agencies</em> in the aftermath of a 1999 case in which a rabbi was convicted of sexually assaulting male students. In statements released this month on its website, Takana accused Elon of "sexual exploitation" and engaging in "a long-term relationship that was clearly of a sexual nature."</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When the group first approached Elon years ago, the rabbi told them he had "<em>overcome</em> his problem," according to Takana's statement. Sometime later, Takana leaders said they received a "more severe" complaint indicating a "more substantial problem."</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After consultations with the attorney general in 2006, it was agreed that Takana would <em>handle the matter privately</em>, in part because there was no evidence of criminal activity and <em>no students came forward to press charges</em>, according to a statement from the attorney general's office.</div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Handled "privately"?&nbsp;&nbsp;"More than five years ago"?&nbsp; Handled by a forum of religious insiders serving as a "mediator with law enforcement"?&nbsp; Self proclamations of "overcoming" one's "problem"?&nbsp; No need to act because the victims were frightened out of pressing legal charges?&nbsp; Is it just me or <a href="/2009/12/murphys_law_priests_children_sex_and.html" target="_blank">does this sound like the history of sexual abuse and cover up in the Catholic church</a> is being repeated in the Jewish universe?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As for the reaction of the devoted Orthodox flock, <a href="/2009/12/why_sinead_ripped_pope_child_sexual.html" target="_blank">nothing is new under the sun</a>:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friends and former students have <em>rushed to Elon's defense</em>, describing him as a <em>warm, generous man whose affectionate manner might have been misunderstood</em>. </div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Misunderstood?&nbsp; Really, people, blaming the victim is so 2002.&nbsp; Get over yourselves, your denial,&nbsp;and your delusions.&nbsp; Until you do, you are part of the problem of religious sexual violence.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As for those critical of the way things have been and are being handled in favor of the popular and powerful Elon, it's evident that there has been no inter-religious learning from <a href="/2009/11/hypocrisy_poll_results.html" target="_blank">the Catholic sexual abuse debacle</a>.</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Critics say law enforcement agencies and even Israeli newspapers appear to have given Elon <em>special treatment </em>because of his standing in the religious community and his family's stature.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Elon's father was a Supreme Court vice president, and his brother served in the Knesset. Some observers say that similar allegations against a secular high school teacher would have been handled more aggressively.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One <em>newspaper reportedly knew about the allegations against Elon for years but refrained from publishing anything</em>, according to reports elsewhere.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "The non-disclosure in this case was <em>an act of kindness to Elon</em> but engenders a sense that a double standard was applied," Tel Aviv University law professor Zeev Segal wrote in Haaretz newspaper.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Law enforcement agencies <em>have not opened a formal investigation</em>, though they said they were <em>considering</em> such a step.</div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The non-disclosure was an "act of kindness" to the abusive Elon?&nbsp; What of the&nbsp;victims?&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="/2009/10/psalm_of_my_hatred_for_clergy_who.html" target="_blank">Nothing has been learned</a>.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-6243286548311951821?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-59330187099676054392010-03-01T11:30:00.000-08:002010-03-01T11:30:24.305-08:00Figure Skating's Too Gay Hypocrisy: Johnny Weir Responds<div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: center;">Which of these skaters is "too gay" for figure skating?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4wPOgpgXEI/AAAAAAAABJc/1yiirXzbEtA/s1600-h/gay+figure+skating+controversy+johnny+weir+too+gay+sports+homophobic+hypocrisy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" kt="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4wPOgpgXEI/AAAAAAAABJc/1yiirXzbEtA/s320/gay+figure+skating+controversy+johnny+weir+too+gay+sports+homophobic+hypocrisy.jpg" width="260" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4wPP9jF46I/AAAAAAAABJk/r_tDetkGMZ0/s1600-h/evan+lysacek+plumage+gay+figure+skating+controversy+johnny+weir+hypocrisy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="233" kt="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4wPP9jF46I/AAAAAAAABJk/r_tDetkGMZ0/s320/evan+lysacek+plumage+gay+figure+skating+controversy+johnny+weir+hypocrisy.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/02/19/2010-02-19_elton_john_jesus_was_a_compassionate_superintelligent_gay_man.html" target="_blank">Elton John too gay</a> for music?&nbsp; Is <a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/32120/" target="_blank">Tom Ford too gay</a> for fashion?&nbsp; Is <a href="/2009/12/gay_hollywood_meredith_baxter_out.html" target="_blank">Rupert Everett too gay</a> for acting?&nbsp; Is&nbsp;<a href="/2010/01/jesus_soaked_in_blood.html" target="_blank">Rufus&nbsp;Wainwright too gay</a> for opera? &nbsp;Was <a href="http://robperree.com/news/295/michelangelo-a-gay-love-story" target="_blank">Michaelangelo too gay</a> for the <a href="/2009/12/woman_tackles_pope_seminarian_clutches.html" target="_blank">Vatican</a>?&nbsp;&nbsp;Then how in the world could&nbsp;Johnny Weir be too gay for figure skating?</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;After religion and politics, the world of sports takes a close third in having&nbsp;some of the biggest homophobes in the world, and nothing has displayed this sad truth more than the way <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_weir" target="_blank">three-time U.S. National Champion figure skater and Olympic athlete Johnny Weir</a> was portrayed during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1252204/Its-little-bit-Brokeback-Mountain-TV-commentators-accused-gay-skating-jibes.html#ixzz0gOzf4XA2" target="_blank">Australian media made&nbsp;homophobic comments</a> about&nbsp;<a href="http://thatsgayman.today.com/files/2009/05/6a00d834236afb53ef00e54f4e5f088833-800wi.jpg" target="_blank">Weir</a> and Japan's <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rnERrcZ9Y7I/Si1JHaflbII/AAAAAAAAH2Y/Eb_tCKGr9IY/s320/taka.jpg" target="_blank">Daisuke Takahashi</a> being too "<em>Brokeback Mountain</em>," while&nbsp;the <a href="http://outofbounds.nbcsports.com/2010/02/post-271.html.php" target="_blank">French-Canadian media focused in on Weir saying that he ought to take a gender test</a> to be allowed in the competition.&nbsp; Instead of lashing back, Weir was a true gentleman in <a href="http://www.accesshollywood.com/johnny-weir-on-critics-gender-remark-masculinity-and-femininity-is-something-thats-very-old-fashioned_article_29431" target="_blank">his response to these media attacks</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;His response is embedded&nbsp;at the bottom of this post.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And what about the U.S. news media?&nbsp; They talk around Weir's athleticism by not calling him an athlete.&nbsp; They belittle his accomplishments.&nbsp; They don't say the word gay, as if it's taboo.&nbsp; <a href="http://socialitelife.celebuzz.com/archive/2006/04/17/is_johnny_weir_too_gay_for_figure_skating.php" target="_blank">He was allegedly left out of skating advertisement campaigns</a>&nbsp;by the USFSA, which displays how <a href="/2009/11/spiritual_direction_canceled.html" target="_blank">gays themselves can be some of the biggest homophobic hypocrites</a>.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are some of <em>ESPN The Magazine</em>'s <a href="http://cache3.asset-cache.net/xc/80977401.jpg?v=1&amp;c=IWSAsset&amp;k=2&amp;d=77BFBA49EF8789215ABF3343C02EA54833B0673F7D2A7784E289B523A71E3C580B616DD93DDC268CE30A760B0D811297" target="_blank">Shaun Assael</a>'s euphemisms for Weir's gayness <a href="http://deadspin.com/5439720/today-in-euphemizing-johnny-weirs-gayness-espn-the-magazine" target="_blank">reported by Deadspin.com</a>:</div><blockquote><div align="justify" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Choice descriptions: "... too flamboyant [headline] ... undisputed diva ... fearlessly flamboyant stylist ... photographed in a miniskirt and high heels ... gender-bending flamboyance ... strutting ... dressed like David Bowie's Aladdin Sane ... in a bubble bath with a male friend ... bright-purple tank top, plaid shorts and gold slippers ... figure skating's peacock ... isn't scrimping on the voguing ... club-ready dance moves ... Garbo-like poses."</div></blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It sounds to me like, Mr. <strong>Ass</strong>eal has a quite an obsession&nbsp;with the twink stereotype.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As if the <a href="http://www.iceskatingintnl.com/images/sk8usa/sk8usa%202006%20lysacek%20fs.jpg" target="_blank">more "socially acceptable" Evan Lysacek</a>, wearing <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_h3HborB6LT8/SxxAuqvG-gI/AAAAAAAAFKY/eOrDdrKkbKc/s400/Evan+Lysacek.jpg" target="_blank">sequin snakes was more masculine</a>.&nbsp; Really, people, get over it.&nbsp; Gay man dominate the figure skating world.&nbsp; If you are going to watch it, then deal with it.&nbsp; Gay men are masculine.&nbsp; Hetero masculinity is not the only way to be a man in this world, and especially not in the world of figure skating.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/26/is-johnny-weir-too-gay-fo_n_478522.html" target="_blank">The Huffington Post</a></em> reports:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While pundits have deemed him "too gay for figure skating," the fact is Johnny Weir is a U.S. champion athlete, no matter how insane his costumes or suggestive his moves are. This week, Bryan Safi explored how the "flamboyant" figure skater has prompted such complaints from talking heads as, "I don't need to watch a prima ballerina on the ice." Wait, you don't? Because we were under the impression that that's what figure skating IS. Or wait, is that ice dancing?&nbsp;</div></blockquote><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Here's a comedic take on the absurdity of someone being too gay for figure skating, courtesy of <em>That's Gay</em>.</span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><object height="300" id="ce_92224102" style="clear: left; float: left;" width="400"><param name="movie" value="http://current.com/e/92224102/en_US"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://current.com/e/92224102/en_US" width="400" height="300" wmode="transparent" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Here is Weir's gentlemanly response to the media.</span><object height="340" style="clear: left; float: left;" width="560"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/a6-MAmhGKsU&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/a6-MAmhGKsU&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-5933018709967605439?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-52964282378920386132010-02-28T10:43:00.000-08:002010-02-28T10:43:15.725-08:00Harry Potter and the Gay Deathly Hallows<div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One more reason to love <em><a href="http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthehalf-bloodprince/dvd/main.html#/home"target="_blank" >Harry Potter</a></em> and <em><a href="http://gaytheistagenda.lavenderliberal.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/daniel-radcliffe.jpg"target="_blank" >Equus</a></em> star, <a href="http://www.danradcliffe.com/"target="_blank" >Daniel Radcliffe</a>: he has joined the <a href="http://www.thetrevorproject.org/home1.aspx"target="_blank" >Trevor Project</a>'s battle to prevent the <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2010/02/suffer-little-gay-children.html"target="_blank" >suicides of LGBTQ youth</a>.</div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2010/02/daniel-radcliffe-speaks-out-for-gay-youth-suicide-prevention.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+towleroad%2Ffeed+%28Towleroad+Daily++%23gay+news%29"target="_blank" ><em>Towleroad</em> reports</a>:<br /><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In August, I reported that <a href="http://www.jkrowling.com/en/"target="_blank" ><em>Harry Potter</em></a> star <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQExB9Q5-qs"target="_blank" >Daniel Radcliffe</a> had made a <a href="http://www.danradcliffe.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3242:dan-visits-trevor-project-in-new-york&amp;catid=12:candid-photos"target="_blank" >major donation to The Trevor Project</a>, the non-profit organization that operates the only <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/12/business-of-being-straight.html"target="_blank" >nationwide suicide</a>-prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. On Friday, he shot a PSA for the group which will air this spring.</div></blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.pr-inside.com/radcliffe-films-anti-homophobia-ad-r1746110.htm"target="_blank" >In an interview with E! Online</a>, Radcliffe stated:<br /><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/oct/21/film.books"target="_blank" >grew up knowing a lot of gay men</a>, and it was never something that I even thought twice about - that some men were gay and some weren't. And then I went to school and [for] the first time, I came across <a href="/2009/11/confession_4.html"target="_blank" >homophobia</a>. I had never encountered it before. It shocked me...Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it...I think it's important for somebody from a big, commercial movie series like <em><a href="http://www.boxofficemojo.com/franchises/chart/?id=harrypotter.htm"target="_blank" >Harry Potter</a></em>, and particularly because I am not gay or bisexual or transgendered.</div></blockquote><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The fact that I am straight makes not a difference, but it shows that straight people are incredibly interested and care a lot about this as well.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thank you, Daniel, for being a role model for homo and hetero alike.&nbsp; Your on-screen mentor, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-showbiz7-23oct23,0,5726083.story"target="_blank" >the very gay Dumbledore</a> would be very proud.&nbsp; </div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)<br /><br />Daniel Radcliffe Comes Out in Support of Trevor Project<br /><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FzFMBYVMSVg&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FzFMBYVMSVg&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br /><br />Daniel Radcliffe ♥ Trevor<br /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="." flashvars="configParams=id%3D1632787%26vid%3D487768%26uri%3Dmgid%3Auma%3Avideo%3Amtv.com%3A487768" height="319" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:487768" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="512"></embed><br /><div style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; margin: 0px; text-align: center; width: 500px;"><a href="http://www.mtv.com/movies/trailer_park/" style="color: #439cd8;" target="_blank">Movie Trailers</a> - <a href="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/" style="color: #439cd8;" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a></div><br /><em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</em> Trailer<br /><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" height="339" id="VIuk6CzDZ9sMyv" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.movieweb.com/v/VIuk6CzDZ9sMyv"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.movieweb.com/v/VIuk6CzDZ9sMyv" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="339"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-5296428237892038613?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-42476032121779806952010-02-28T00:34:00.000-08:002010-02-28T09:05:20.504-08:00Gay Mormon Suicide Memorial&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14473137?nclick_check=1" target="_blank"><em>Mercury News</em> reports</a>:<br /><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ten years ago, Henry Stuart Matis walked up to the steps of a Mormon church in Los Altos with a note reading "Do not resuscitate" pinned to his shirt, and shot himself.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He was a 32-year-old gay man and devoted member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and after a lifetime spent struggling to reconcile the two, explained in a suicide note that "for the first time in over 20 years, I am free from my pains.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "As I believed that I was a Christian, I believed that I could never be gay," he wrote. "Perhaps my death ... might become the catalyst for much good ... Your actions might help to save many young people's lives."<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Early Thursday morning — the 10th anniversary of Matis' death — a group of local Mormons and others held a memorial vigil for Matis in Los Altos.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Starting at Cuesta Park with songs and brief speeches, about 20 people then walked up Grant Road, carrying roses and candles. They ended up on the sidewalk in front of the LDS stake center on Grant Road in Los Altos, where they set up a small memorial display with an image of Matis' tombstone and stories about his and other gay Mormons who have committed suicide.According to a statement on its Web site, the Mormon church believes that acting on "same-gender attraction" is a sin and gay church members must remain celibate.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; George Cole, a San Francisco resident who is gay and serves on the executive committee of Affirmation, a support and advocacy group for gay and lesbian current and former Mormons, said he didn't know Matis personally but has "lost too many very good friends to suicide.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "I know what it is like to seriously consider taking your life," he said.&nbsp;Cole said he left the Mormon church in 2002. &nbsp;"I chose happiness and fulfillment at the cost of not having the church in my own life."</blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="/2009/12/7th_hate_of_christmas_lonely_new_years.html" target="_blank">So did I, Cole.&nbsp; So did I.</a><br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you or anyone you know is considering suicide call 1-800-SUICIDE or the <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" target="_blank">National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</a> at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For LGBT children and teens, contact the <a href="http://www.thetrevorproject.org/home2.aspx" target="_blank">Trevor Project</a> at&nbsp; 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If someone you know is going to commit suicide right now, call 911.<div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-4247603212177980695?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-14222562572349926822010-02-27T12:24:00.000-08:002010-02-27T12:31:22.950-08:00The Gay Strikes Back: the Catholic Communion Wars<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Which of these men is gay?</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4l7Gx_zWhI/AAAAAAAABJU/DWFpjPwPE3M/s1600-h/Bishop+Anton+Hurkmans+Den+Bosch+hypocrite+homophobe+deny+communion+to+gays.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" kt="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4l7Gx_zWhI/AAAAAAAABJU/DWFpjPwPE3M/s320/Bishop+Anton+Hurkmans+Den+Bosch+hypocrite+homophobe+deny+communion+to+gays.jpg" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4l5q5-6kMI/AAAAAAAABJM/lLP2Tc_bbEk/s1600-h/Gijs+Vermeulen+Reusel+Netherlands++Prince+of+the+Carnival+denied+communion+by+hypocritical+Catholic+Church+for+being+gay+ii.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" kt="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4l5q5-6kMI/AAAAAAAABJM/lLP2Tc_bbEk/s200/Gijs+Vermeulen+Reusel+Netherlands++Prince+of+the+Carnival+denied+communion+by+hypocritical+Catholic+Church+for+being+gay+ii.jpg" width="144" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What is a priest to do when a <em>known</em>-homosexual approaches the altar for communion?&nbsp;</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to Father Luc Buyens of Reusel, Netherlands, you deny the honest-gay communion and mark his forehead with a cross instead.&nbsp; (I must have missed that lecture in my Holy Eucharist and Mass practicum class in seminary.)&nbsp; And what is a holy father to do if there are many gays in the congregation?&nbsp; You won't, well actually you probably will, believe this one.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nrc.nl/international/article2493108.ece/Snubbed,_homosexuals_head_to_mass_en_masse" target="_blank"><em>NRC</em> reports</a>&nbsp;that during the pre-Lenten Carnival festivities in the southern Catholic towns of the Netherlands it's the local custom to elect a "prince," whose dutuies&nbsp;include "waving at crowds, ritual tomfoolery and doling out free beer, but also participating in the traditional mass on the Saturday that precedes Carnival, this year on February 13."</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4lmB1WWzBI/AAAAAAAABI8/rci8NuDUULY/s1600-h/Gijs+Vermeulen+Reusel+Netherlands++Prince+of+the+Carnival+denied+communion+by+hypocritical+Catholic+Church+for+being+gay.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" kt="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4lmB1WWzBI/AAAAAAAABI8/rci8NuDUULY/s200/Gijs+Vermeulen+Reusel+Netherlands++Prince+of+the+Carnival+denied+communion+by+hypocritical+Catholic+Church+for+being+gay.jpg" width="170" /></a></div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, this year something went very wrong for Reusel's Catholic church.&nbsp; Gijs Vermeulen, an out-of-the-closet gay bartender was elected prince and communion-chaos ensued.&nbsp; </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nrc.nl/international/article2493108.ece/Snubbed,_homosexuals_head_to_mass_en_masse" target="_blank"><em>NRC</em> continues</a>:</div><blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to Catholic teaching, people who live in sin are excluded from holy communion. It is public knowledge in Reusel that Vermeulen lives together with his boyfriend. Therefore, father Luc Buyens of the local church told the prince before the ceremony he would receive “a cross on his forehead <a href="/2009/11/menu_of_scorpions_and_snakes_daily.html" target="_blank">but no communion wafer</a>.” </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The incident has caused uproar. Gaykrant, a Dutch gay magazine, called upon its readers to go to Reusel and visit last Sunday’s mass. Confronted with a deluge of homosexuals, father Buyens called upon the <a href="http://media.nu.nl/m/m1czta2a9sc1.jpg" target="_blank">bishop of Den Bosch</a> for guidance, before deciding to send his entire flock, regulars and new arrivals alike, home without granting them the communion.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, an even larger crowd looks set to descend on the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRW8Q2dEmt0" target="_blank">Cathedral of St. John</a>, an historic monument that has long been home to the <a href="http://www.de-sleutel.nl/ktml2/images/uploads/mgrhurkmans4200.jpg" target="_blank">bishop of Den Bosch</a>.</div></blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Receiving communion is the lifeblood of the Catholic spiritual experience, but rather than feed his flock, Father Buyens withheld communion from the entire congregation!&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="/2009/10/why_i_hate_moustaches_sacrament_of.html" target="_blank">I bet he didn't abstain</a>.&nbsp; It wouldn't have been a real Mass if the preist didn't take communion.&nbsp; I'm guessing he ate his fill at the elevated altar, while his starving flock watched in a throwback to the Middle Ages.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Catholic lesson of the day:&nbsp; It's better to deny an entire congregation communion, rather than risk putting Jesus in the mouth of a few honest gays.&nbsp; But, it's okay to give closeted gays as much body of Christ as their tongue can handle.&nbsp; This is the Catholic "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or better put, "We'll ask in the confessional, tell us the truth, so we can prescribe you with an appropriate penace that will prove to Father that you are subbordinate and eager to make up for you sins."&nbsp; </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is it just me and the countless scripture scholars that I've read, or did <a href="/2010/02/straining_gnats_while_swallowing_camels.html" target="_blank">Jesus not go out of his way to break bread with "sinners," the "unclean," and those on the margins of society, even Judas at his last supper</a>?</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4l5qRK7sRI/AAAAAAAABJE/iNvXNj2U5no/s1600-h/Bishop+Antoon+Hurkmans+of+Den+Bosch+Bisschop+Hurkmans+Gay+Discrimination+Denied+Communion+prince+gijs+netherlands+carnival+hypocrite+Foto+Roy+Lazet.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="171" kt="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4l5qRK7sRI/AAAAAAAABJE/iNvXNj2U5no/s200/Bishop+Antoon+Hurkmans+of+Den+Bosch+Bisschop+Hurkmans+Gay+Discrimination+Denied+Communion+prince+gijs+netherlands+carnival+hypocrite+Foto+Roy+Lazet.png" width="200" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The hypocrisy here lies once again in the <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/11/i-hate-post-traumatic-priest-disorder.html" target="_blank">oh-so-gayness of the Catholic clergy and ecclesial hierarchy</a>.&nbsp; Are Father Buyens and <a href="http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoon_Hurkmans" target="_blank">Bishop Antoon Hurkmans</a> of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_sexual_abuse_scandal_in_Europe#Diocese_of_Den_Bosch" target="_blank">Den Bosch</a>&nbsp;gay?&nbsp; I don't know.&nbsp; Flip a coin for <a href="http://www.trouw.nl/multimedia/dynamic/00078/Bisschop_Hurkmans_ge_78748d.jpg" target="_blank">each of them</a>&nbsp;and find out.</div></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em><a href="http://religioustolerance.org/" target="_blank">ReligiousTolerance.org</a></em>&nbsp;estimates that 50% of priests and seminarians are gay.&nbsp; From my experience as both seminarian and priest, I'd say that's a decent but somewhat low-balled estimate.&nbsp; </div></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="/2009/11/cordially_invited_homage_to_usccb.html" target="_blank">While I was a seminarian</a> and priest (still in the closet), the vast majority of priests and seminarians I encountered&nbsp;were out-of-the-closet but only in the internal forum, meaning within the protective <a href="/2010/01/and_beat_goes_on.html" target="_blank">confines of confession, spiritual direction</a>, counseling, and <a href="/2009/10/i_hate_loaded_religious_questions.html" target="_blank">their inner priestly circle</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Since leaving the preisthood,&nbsp;I've met and spoken&nbsp;honestly with ex-priests.&nbsp; I've learned out about numerous still-practicing priests who are still closeted.&nbsp; The seminary network is a small world, and at a gathering of friends in West Hollywood, I'm always amazed at the people I meet who went to seminary and are friends with priests that served in my small hometown in Iowa.&nbsp; It's a small, small (gay) world in the Catholic clergy, which is why <a href="/2009/11/why_marriage_equality_will_destroy.html" target="_blank">the closeted guys have so much to lose by the gay rights movement</a>.&nbsp; </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The truth was best stated by a closeted seminarian friend of mine who remains a&nbsp;priest today: "We're <a href="/2009/12/woman_tackles_pope_seminarian_clutches.html" target="_blank">gay until proven straight</a>."&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's <a href="http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_rcc1.htm" target="_blank"><em>Religious</em><em>Tolerance.org</em>'s research</a>:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Father Donald Cozzens wrote that several studies have concluded that about 50% of priests and seminarians are gay. </div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; David France of <em>Newsweek</em>, referring to St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA, wrote: "Depending on whom you ask, gay and bisexual men make up anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent of the student body at the college and graduate levels." </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rt. Rev. Helmut Hefner, rector of St. Johns Seminary "accepts that his gay enrollment may be as high as 50 percent." </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gay journalist Rex Wockner commented: "When I was in the Catholic seminary in my early 20s (St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, Ind., 1982-1983; University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Ill., 1983-1984), at least 50 percent of the students were gay....At St. Mary of the Lake, the straight students felt like a minority and felt excluded from some aspects of campus life to such an extent that the administration staged a seminar at which we discussed the problem of the straight students feeling left out of things..." </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Author and sociologist James G. Wolfe estimated that 55.1% of seminarians were gay. </div></blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It's difficult to estimate any accurate numbers dealing with closeted people, who have so much to lose by coming out.&nbsp; I only know my own experience, and among the priests that I knew in my diocese I'd guess at least 50-60% were gay, and among the people with whom I was in seminary, I estimate&nbsp;between 80-85% were gay or bisexual.&nbsp;</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; These are the men who would deny homosexual Catholics&nbsp;communion.&nbsp;&nbsp;Hypocrites!</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Let us close with <a href="http://www.nrc.nl/international/article2493108.ece/Snubbed,_homosexuals_head_to_mass_en_masse" target="_blank">the words of Prince Gijs Vermeleun</a>, which summarize <a href="http://www.progressivepuppy.com/the_progressive_puppy/2010/02/priest-no-communion-for-gay-prince.html" target="_blank">the truth of not only current Cathlic praxis</a>, but also the history of religion in general:</div><blockquote><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “What annoys me as well is the lack of uniform policy. Other so-called sinners – not that I would call them that – do not have this problem. If the church were consistent, nobody could receive communion.”</div><br /><object height="340" width="560"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8RGxvwQa9Is&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8RGxvwQa9Is&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object></div></blockquote><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-1422256257234992682?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-13813776837503376262010-02-26T12:04:00.000-08:002010-02-26T12:04:41.982-08:00Snow What? Praying for Beauty: It Really Works!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4glLpjF9PI/AAAAAAAABI0/5qE0HgBdzks/s1600-h/Whos_the_Fairest+of+them+all+Snow+White+evil+queen+Lauren+Ashley+miss+beverly+hills+2010+mother+beauty+secret+prayer+god+secret+to+looking+young+youth.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" kt="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4glLpjF9PI/AAAAAAAABI0/5qE0HgBdzks/s320/Whos_the_Fairest+of+them+all+Snow+White+evil+queen+Lauren+Ashley+miss+beverly+hills+2010+mother+beauty+secret+prayer+god+secret+to+looking+young+youth.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">*<a href="http://www.scottgustafson.com/Gallery_FT_SW1.html" target="_blank">Fairy Tale Artwork by Scott Gustafson</a></span></div><br /><a href="http://www.scottgustafson.com/Gallery_FT_SW1.html" target="_blank"></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Who's the fairest of them all?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to <a href="/2010/02/ms_cafeteria_biblical_literalist.html" target="_blank">god-will-kill-the-gays Ms. Beverly Hills 2010 Lauren Ashley</a>, if you want to stay young there are two options: plastic surgery and/or prayer.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the embedded below from <a href="http://www.buyingbeautytv.com/" target="_blank"><em>Buying Beauty TV</em></a>, Ashley&nbsp;bashes a friend's breast enlargement&nbsp;and then prothelytizes a&nbsp;plastic surgeon&nbsp;with her mother's spiritual practices.&nbsp; Her mother is fifty-one, but you would never know it.&nbsp; For she has&nbsp;the ultimate&nbsp;youth and beauty preserving weapon on her side: prayer.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All&nbsp;one need&nbsp;do is&nbsp;sit in god's presence praying, and she will come out looking brand new like Ms. My-Friend's-Boob-Job-Is-Over-the-Top's mother.&nbsp; Translated into another tongue, Ms. Buying Beauty's&nbsp; response to youth-regenerating prayer: "Allāhu Akbar!"</div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thanks for the invention, <a href="/2010/02/beauty_queen_makes_god_vomit.html" target="_blank">good Christian Lauren</a>.&nbsp; You get credit for adding Beauty Prayer to my <a href="/2009/10/i_hate_prayer_part_two.html" target="_blank">types of prayer list</a>.&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I have no doubt that your god has nothing better to do than sit around and wave his magic finger over your aging mother so she can look young again.<br /><object height="340" width="560"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/NxmvlBe4HLM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/NxmvlBe4HLM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-1381377683750337626?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-42237261046860076252010-02-26T11:21:00.000-08:002010-02-26T11:22:06.663-08:00Ms. Cafeteria Biblical Literalist<div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww"target="_blank" >What's your platform</a>?"</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4gcYb5a53I/AAAAAAAABIs/yFopFMOGGxU/s1600-h/Miss+America+1990+Debbye+Turner+first+with+official+miss+america+platform+motivating+youth+to+excellence.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"target="_blank" ><img border="0" kt="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4gcYb5a53I/AAAAAAAABIs/yFopFMOGGxU/s320/Miss+America+1990+Debbye+Turner+first+with+official+miss+america+platform+motivating+youth+to+excellence.png" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That was the ultimate question, <a href="http://www.missamerica.org/our-miss-americas/1990/review.aspx"target="_blank" >twenty years ago when my sister was into the pageant scene.&nbsp; To gain credibility in the world, pageants forced their queens and contestants to take a proactive stance on some sort of social issue, where they could use their royal power and influence, not to mention their figures, to make a difference in some troubled&nbsp;or neglected area of the nation</a>.&nbsp; As a result, a lot of beauty queens did some great work, bringing attention to issues like literacy, breast cancer, HIV, autism, and so on.&nbsp; Fantastic, right?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That was <em>so</em> 1990.&nbsp; Welcome to 2010, where beauty queens helping cancerous children and abused Alzhiemer's patients is <em>like so</em> out.&nbsp; If you want to be a beauty queen today, than you have to <em>like</em> play the media and the Christian Right, <em>everywhere like</em> <em>such as</em>,&nbsp;and what better way to do so than to make <a href="/2010/02/pizza_chain_declares_time_to_kill.html"target="_blank" >your platform bashing gays in god's name</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, guess what?&nbsp; The gays aren't going to sit back and take it.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677//vp/35531002#35572508"target="_blank" >embedded video below from <em>Countdown</em></a>, <a href="http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/SavageLove?oid=3489193"target="_blank" >Dan Savage</a> calls self-proclaimed Miss Beverly Hills 2010 Lauren Ashley&nbsp;to task for her <a href="/2009/10/my_hatred_of_proof_texting_prologue.html"target="_blank" >cafeteria biblical literalist views</a> that support her god-will-kill-gays-for-their-sin platform.&nbsp; Apparently, she hasn't read the entire bible, not even <a href="/2010/02/beauty_queen_makes_god_vomit.html"target="_blank" >the chapters surrounding the verse she proof-texted from Leviticus.&nbsp; If she had, she'd realize that she was in trouble for eating uncircumsized bananas</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Ms. Ashley's BFF Paris Hilton would have to be put to death because she's not a virgin.&nbsp; And, what <em>does</em> the bible say about cosmetics, jewely, and plastic surgery?&nbsp; Sinner!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I, for one, hope that vacuus morons like <a href="http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/02/phoboquotable-lauren-ashley.html"target="_blank" >Ms. Pasedena Zip Code</a> continue to come out of the closet against gay rights, because it shows the nation just how ridiculous their logic and beliefs are.&nbsp; She is so dumb that in one breath she gives people all the justification that they need to kill gays in god's name, and then in the next breath talks about how she has so many gay friends that she cares about.&nbsp; Disconnect.&nbsp; Disconnect.&nbsp; Disconnect!&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ignorance breeds religious violence, <a href="http://www.stylelist.com/2010/02/25/miss-beverly-hills-lauren-ashleys-controversial-anti-gay-commen/"target="_blank" >Ms. Nip Tuck USA</a>.&nbsp; <strike><a href="http://recklessandfamous.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/precious-push-movie-02.jpg"target="_blank" >Precious</a></strike> religious <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2010/02/suffer-little-gay-children.html"target="_blank" >beliefs, such as yours, are the basis</a> for both the <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/11/perp-is-one-wearing-cross.html"target="_blank" >illegal and legal killing of gays around the world</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2010/01/ugandan-lies-and-death-threats.html"target="_blank" >Uganda</a>, <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/11/more-reasons-to-hate-traditional.html"target="_blank" >Somalia</a>, <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2010/01/iran-into-death-chamber.html"target="_blank" >Iran</a>, etc. and all in the name of religion.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Let's hear what your gay "friends" have to say about your deceitful self-promotion and using gays' right to life as tool for your aspirations to be the next Carrie Prejean.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 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What would Jesus do about healthcare?&nbsp; Much to the chagrin of conservative Christian Republicans, he would probably listen to Keith Olbermann's <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35566903/ns/msnbc_tv-countdown_with_keith_olbermann" target="_blank">to our govenment&nbsp;that healthcare be made available to all citizens regardless of ability to pay</a>.&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (Is it just me, or is every self-proclaimed religious believer who opposes healthcare for all people not a hypocrite?&nbsp;&nbsp;The scriptures claim that <a href="http://japhy.perlmonk.org/bible/index.cgi?m=e&amp;q=Matthew 8:5-8, 13" target="_blank">even&nbsp;Jesus "healed"</a> the maladies of&nbsp;people who <a href="http://japhy.perlmonk.org/bible/index.cgi?m=e&amp;q=John 4:7-15, 28, 46" target="_blank">didn't&nbsp;share his religious beliefs</a>.)<br /><br /><object height="245" id="msnbc2fa94" width="420"><param name="movie" value="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=10,0,0,0"><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=35572842&width=420&height=245"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><embed name="msnbc2fa94" src="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" width="420" height="245" FlashVars="launch=35572842&width=420&height=245" allowscriptaccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="opaque" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed></object><br /><div style="background: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; 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text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Earlier this week, <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2010/02/miss-beverly-hills-2010-opposes-marriage-equality-thinks-gays-should-heed-bibles-warning-that-theyll.html" target="_blank"><i>Towleroad </i>reported</a> that <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0kGt26MNE" target="_blank">another California <strike>beauty</strike> queen</a>, Miss Beverly Hills 2010 Lauren Ashley, not only quoted the Christian bible to justify discrimination against same sex couples, but also browbeat sinners, like homosexuals, with threats of death.&nbsp; Ms. Ashley preached the following line to FOX News:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4bf_DChrII/AAAAAAAABIk/BAP8IA-XJ54/s1600-h/fake+liar+beauty+queen+miss+beverly+hills+Lauren+ashley+homophobic+gay+marriage+discrimination+christian+bible+thump+god.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"target="_blank"><img border="0" height="112" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4bf_DChrII/AAAAAAAABIk/BAP8IA-XJ54/s200/fake+liar+beauty+queen+miss+beverly+hills+lauren+ashley+homophobic+gay+marriage+discrimination+christian+bible+thump+god.jpg" width="200" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "<a href="/2009/10/i_hate_tradition.html" target="_blank">The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman</a>. In Leviticus it says, 'If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;hs=ilP&amp;rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&amp;q=carrie+prejean+sex+tapes&amp;aq=f&amp;aqi=g10&amp;aql=&amp;oq=" target="_blank">abomination</a>. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.' The Bible is <a href="http://www.kimsites.net/dreamvalley/graphics/p-pink.jpg" target="_blank">pretty</a> <a href="http://www.ffrf.org/legacy/books/lfif/?t=contra" target="_blank">black and white</a>. &nbsp;I feel like God [<i>sic</i>] <a href="http://www.mgr.org/Trinity.JPG" target="_blank">himself</a> created mankind and he loves everyone, and <a href="http://japhy.perlmonk.org/bible/index.cgi?m=e&amp;q=1%20Samuel%2015:3,%208,%2015,%2020" target="_blank">he has the best for everyone</a>. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is <a href="/2010/02/escatology_ssepma_and_natural_law.html" target="_blank">going to bring death upon you</a>, that's a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life.'"</blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Well, guess what else is black and white, Ms. Ashley?&nbsp; The<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/beverly-hills-disavows-beauty-contestant-and-her-comments-on-samesex-marriage.html" target="_blank"> print of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> that caught you in a lie</a>:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In a statement Wednesday, the city [Beverly Hills] said it was shocked by&nbsp;Ashley's description of herself&nbsp;as "Miss Beverly Hills." The city "does not sponsor a beauty pageant and has no association with Miss California USA," the statement said. "As such, there should be no individual claiming the title of Miss Beverly Hills."</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The city's statement said Ashley lives in Pasadena and "does not represent Beverly Hills in any capacity."</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp; &nbsp; "We are dismayed by any potential association with the city of Beverly Hills, which has a long history of tolerance and respect," Mayor Nancy Krasne said. </blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It seems that good Christian Lauren doesn't even know her <a href="/2009/10/ten_commandments_of_gospel_of_hate.html" target="_blank">Ten Commandments</a>.&nbsp; Hell!&nbsp; Even most heretics know that her god forbids bearing false witness in his name, since we are <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2010/02/posting_gods_laws_on_government_property.html" target="_blank">forced to read these commandments every time we enter into some of our public-funded government buildings.</a>&nbsp; Most people also know that homosexuality isn't even mentioned in the Ten Commandments, but adultery is.&nbsp; Of course, we don't hear good Christians like Ms. Faux-Beverly Hills <a href="/2009/11/i_hate_morning_after_elections_welcome.html" target="_blank">calling for constitutional amendments to outlaw adultery in the name of preserving the sanctity of marriage</a> and doing what their god commands.<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; She also doesn't know her New Testament, for Revelation 21:8 states: "All liars, their part `shall be' in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone."&nbsp; It's comforting to know that <a href="http://bumpshack.com/2009/05/05/carrie-prejean-on-nude-racy-photos-leak-video/" target="_blank">Carrie Prejean</a> will have company at her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/08/carrie-prejean-sex-tape-s_n_349868.html" target="_blank">topless lakeside photo-shoot in hell</a>.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are <i>just a few</i> of the passages in Leviticus that Ms. "Does Not Represent Beverly Hills In Any Capacity" should also pay attention to, for there's a good chance her <a href="http://thenewheretics.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/closeupjesusjedi.jpg" target="_blank">male god&nbsp; might be tapping her with the death-stick</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><b>Liar, liar, pants on fire!&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 19:11-12.&nbsp; "You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.&nbsp; You shall not swear falsely by my name, thus profaning the name of your God."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Got red meat?&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 17:14.&nbsp; "You shall not partake of the blood of any meat.&nbsp; Since the life of every living body is its blood, anyone who partakes of it shall be cut off."</div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 19:26.&nbsp; "Do not eat meat with the blood still in it."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Begging for it when she's not-so-fresh.</b></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 18:19.&nbsp; "You shall not approach a woman to have intercourse with her while she is unclean from menstruation."</div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 20:18.&nbsp; "If a man lies in sexual intercourse with a woman during her menstrual period, both of them shall be cut off from their people, because they have laid bare the flowing fountain of her blood."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>On mixing and matching.</b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 19:19.&nbsp; "Do not breed any of your domestic animals with others of a different species; do not sow a field of yours with two different kinds of seed; and do not put on a garment woven with two different kinds of thread."<br /><br /><b>Are your bananas circumcised?</b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 19:23-25.&nbsp; "When you come into the land and plant any fruit tree there, first look upon its fruit as if it were uncircumcised.&nbsp; For three years, while its fruit remains uncircumcised, it may not be eaten.&nbsp; In the fourth year, however, all of its fruit shall be sacred to the Lord as a thanksgiving feast to him.&nbsp; Not until the fifth year may you eat its fruit."<br /><br /><b>Having sex with a slave girl is morally better than sex with a freed or redeemed slave...what?</b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 19:20.&nbsp; "If a man has carnal relations with a female slave who has already been living with another man but has not yet been redeemed or given her freedom, they shall be punished but not put to death, because she is not free."<br /><br /><b>Equal rights for illegal aliens.&nbsp; Yey!</b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 19:33-34.&nbsp; "When an alien resides with you in your land, do not molest him.&nbsp; You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as for yourself; for you too were once aliens in a foreign land."<br /><br /><b>Kill back-talking children...now that's a time out!</b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 20:9.&nbsp; "Anyone who curses his father or mother shall be put to death."<br /><br /><b>Kill the mountain men and farm boys, and their willing cows, too</b>.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 20:15.&nbsp; "If a man has carnal relations with an animal, the man shall be put to death, and the animal shall be slain."<br /><br /><b>No donkey shows!&nbsp; Sorry. Tijuana. </b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 20:16.&nbsp; "If a woman goes up to any animal to mate with it, the woman and the animal shall be slain; let them both be put to death."<br /><br /><b>Tattoo, Taboo</b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 19:28.&nbsp; "Do not tattoo yourselves."<br /><br /><br /><b>Do it ALL, or else.</b><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Leviticus 20:22.&nbsp; "Be careful to observe all my statutes and all my decrees; otherwise the land where I am bringing you to dwell <b><i>will vomit you out</i></b>."<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://robbieforeman.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/tattoo-and-the-bible-part-2/" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4bbcCOp5KI/AAAAAAAABIc/evaU1TRC9h8/s320/god+christian+tattoo+sin+violation+of+leviticus+hypocrisy.jpg" width="252" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-5227759047816724143?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-79902091805547460832010-02-23T16:53:00.000-08:002010-02-23T16:55:35.470-08:00Sarah Palin Heathcare Hypocrisy&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="/2010/02/sarah_palin_cheater.html" target="_blank">Sarah Palin</a>, winner of <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2009/dec/18/politifact-lie-year-death-panels/" target="_blank">Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact.com's 2009 Lie of the Year Award, for falsely claiming that President Obama's healthcare reform would set up "death panels"</a> to determine whether senior and disabled Americans could recieve government provided healthcare, has stooped to a yet another level of hypocrisy.&nbsp; Government-funded healthcare is not good enough for America, but it's good enough for <a href="http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe/images/2009/05/Johnston%20Baby.jpg" target="_blank">her own family</a>.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/granny-palin-overcomes-he_b_470297.html" target="_blank">Shannyn Moore of <i>The Huffington Post</i> reports</a>:<br /><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Recently released <a href="http://images.eonline.com/static/news/pdf/PlaygirlSubpoena.pdf" target="_blank">documents</a> from the custody battle show clearly <a href="http://norwegianity.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/sarahtrigpalin.jpg" target="_blank">Tripp Palin Johnston</a> has socialized health care through Indian Health Services and the Alaska Native Medical Center.</blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Palin's family has federally funded health care afforded to them...but if you had it Barack Obama might kill you. Put this on the list of Palin's Greatest Hypocritical Hits...volume 97.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/granny-palin-overcomes-he_b_470297.html" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4R2ox5coJI/AAAAAAAABIU/xakt0eBW-Oc/s320/Sarah+Palin+healthcare+hypocrisy+grandson+tripp+on+government+funded+health+plan+death+panel+lie.png" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-7990209180554746083?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-24461661448553750862010-02-22T10:09:00.000-08:002010-02-22T10:09:54.901-08:00Hypocrisy Poll Results&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You voted and here are the results, <a href="/2010/01/mccain_marriage_on_rocks.html" target="_blank">not that anything we, or Cindy, says or does is going to change her backpedaling John's bigoted treatment of gays</a>.<br /><br /><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is Cindy McCain a hypocrite for <a href="/2010/01/hypocrisy_poll_cindy_mccain.html" target="_blank">coming out in support same sex marriage equality</a> now?</b><br /><ul><li>44%&nbsp; No.&nbsp; Thank you Cindy for supporting equality, better late than never.&nbsp; I <span style="color: red;">♥</span> Cindy.<br /></li><li>44%&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; While I appreciate the support, where were you in 2008 when Prop 8 passed?&nbsp; Too inconvenient for your political career to come out before the vote when it could have made a difference?</li><li>11%&nbsp; Cindy who?</li><li>0%&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; This has to be some sort of political ploy.&nbsp; She can't be serious.<br /></li><li>0%&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; How dare she betray her husband's Republican legacy and traditional family values.</li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S1lj2ahqPYI/AAAAAAAAA_c/zxNTd8VzRK0/s1600-h/Cindy+McCain+NOH8+Campaign+picture.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S1lj2ahqPYI/AAAAAAAAA_c/zxNTd8VzRK0/s400/Cindy+McCain+NOH8+Campaign+picture.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;PS.&nbsp; We're still waiting for your picture, First Lady Obama.</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-2446166144855375086?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-32312339392553431932010-02-22T00:22:00.000-08:002010-02-22T00:22:42.793-08:00Science vs. Religion: One View<blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4I9aTmO9eI/AAAAAAAABIM/YuZGkpwod4I/s1600-h/victor-stenger+atheist+bus+science+flies+to+moon+religion+into+buildings.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="267" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4I9aTmO9eI/AAAAAAAABIM/YuZGkpwod4I/s400/victor-stenger+atheist+bus+science+flies+to+moon+religion+into+buildings.jpg" width="400" /></a></div></blockquote><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."</span> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">-<a href="http://richarddawkins.net/articleComments,3567,Science-flies-you-to-the-moon--Religion-flies-you-into-buildings,Victor-Stenger,page7#333123" target="_blank">Victor Stenger</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The picture from <a href="http://www.atheistbus.org.uk/" target="_blank"><i>Atheist Campaign</i></a> in the United Kingdom.&nbsp; Can you imagine the kind of violence and protest this sort of free speech would incite in the United States?</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-3231233939255343193?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-8899748281343839542010-02-21T00:21:00.000-08:002010-02-21T00:21:00.141-08:00Quote of the Day: Mark Twain<blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S377_VIKsDI/AAAAAAAABHk/PZckecEWlw0/s1600-h/Mark-Twain+atheist+and+american+hero.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"target="_blank" ><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S377_VIKsDI/AAAAAAAABHk/PZckecEWlw0/s320/Mark-Twain+atheist+and+american+hero.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So much blood has been shed by the Church because of an omission from the Gospel: "Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor's religion is." Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code.</div><div style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.cmgww.com/historic/twain/"target="_blank" >-Mark Twain</a>, <a href="http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/twain.htm"target="_blank" >atheist</a></div></blockquote><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-889974828134383954?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-39058027728734488632010-02-21T00:08:00.000-08:002010-02-21T00:08:00.167-08:00One View: the Problem of Faith<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ee_KVA9x-GM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ee_KVA9x-GM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-3905802772873448863?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-58494998867511255182010-02-20T11:54:00.000-08:002010-02-20T11:54:50.109-08:00Straining Gnats while Swallowing Camels<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4A22KV8BmI/AAAAAAAABH0/tZsTmB4rIT8/s1600-h/strain+gnat+swallow+camel+woe+Pharisees+Jesus+hypocrisy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4A22KV8BmI/AAAAAAAABH0/tZsTmB4rIT8/s200/strain+gnat+swallow+camel+woe+Pharisees+Jesus+hypocrisy.jpg" width="179" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The <strike>holy</strike>, Roman Catholic, Mother church has made it clear where she stands: having no parents is better than having two loving mothers or fathers.&nbsp; Strange, since in Mother church <a href="http://www.trosch.org/jpi/law-punished444.jpg" target="_blank">every priest is called father</a>, god is called <a href="http://library.thinkquest.org/C005729/goda.jpg" target="_blank">father</a>, female <a href="http://www.snapnetwork.org/female_victims/dozens_allege_nuns.htm" target="_blank">religious superiors are called mother</a>, and the "<a href="http://balneus.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/marycondom.jpg" target="_blank">virgin</a>" is called mother.&nbsp; This practice created a dangerous equivocation in my mind as a child: the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_sex_abuse_cases_by_country" target="_blank">Fathers were equal to god the father and to be trusted and obeyed like my own daddy</a>.&nbsp; It's no wonder kids are so prone to sexual abuse by clergy.&nbsp; The praxis of Mother church <a href="http://www.wdtprs.com/images/08_02_08_B16_ashwed1.jpg" target="_blank">does the grooming</a> for the pedophiles.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So, the definition of a Catholic family is not two mothers or two fathers, which is too confusing for a child and sinful, but <a href="http://behrrake.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/faculty-of-nuns-wearing-cornetts.gif" target="_blank">a harem of mothers</a> and a <a href="http://www.diogh.org/cocathedral/dedication/mass/images/full/opening-priests.jpg" target="_blank">gaggle of fathers</a>, which is <a href="http://diosav.org/albums/Ordinations-2007/014_laying_on_of_hands_3.sized.jpg" target="_blank">healthy</a> and <a href="http://images.snapfish.com/33%3B6786323232%7Ffp63%3Dot%3E232:%3D6%3B%3C%3D878%3DXROQDF%3E23235%3B79269%3B4ot1lsi" target="_blank">holy</a>. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This week, <i>The Washington Post </i>reported that the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/11/heretic-tom-comes-out-one-more-time.html" target="_blank">made good on one of its threats to quit providing social services in the nation's capital in protest of the passage of Washington's civil marriage equality bill</a>.&nbsp; </div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/16/AR2010021604899_pf.html" target="_blank"><i>The Post</i></a> reports:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has ended its 80-year-old foster-care program in the District rather than license same-sex couples, the first fallout from a bitter debate over the city's move to legalize same-sex marriage. </blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The marriage bill, which was approved and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/01/AR2009120101265.html?sid=ST2009120102137" target="_blank">signed in December</a>, is expected to become law in the next couple of weeks if it clears a congressional review period. </blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Catholic Charities, which receives $20 million from the city, had <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/11/AR2009111116943.html" target="_blank">sounded alarms</a> in the run-up to the council vote, saying programs serving tens of thousands of people were in danger. Being forced to recognize same-sex marriage, church officials said, could make it impossible for the church to be a city contractor because Catholic teaching opposes same-sex marriage. </blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fantastic!&nbsp; That's $20 million that the District can give to charities that won't discriminate on the basis of creed.&nbsp; In the long run, Mother's bigoted leaders will have done the needy children of Washington a huge favor.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <i>The Post</i> continues:<br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Edward Orzechowski, president and chief executive of Catholic Charities, the archdiocese's social service arm, said the group is optimistic that it will find a way to structure its benefits packages in other social service programs so that it can remain in partnership with the city without recognizing same-sex marriage. </blockquote><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Asked if that meant looking at ways to avoid paying benefits to same-sex partners or ways to write benefits plans so as not to characterize same-sex couples as "married," Orzechowski said "both, and." </blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Both, and?&nbsp; Orzechowski is <i>definitely </i>Catholic.&nbsp; Both/and is at the heart of every one of Mother's theological paradoxes: Jesus is both god and man, one gets to heaven by both grace and works, revelation is in both scripture and tradition, one's relationship with god is both individual and communal, etc. etc.&nbsp; Catholics are gluttonous experts when it comes to having their theological cake and eating it too, but they don't share.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/current/intercom.shtml" target="_blank">No&nbsp; unleavened Jesus for you, unless you are in full communion with Mother</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Now we're in a position where we need to scrutinize everything," he [Orzechowski] said. "From our point of view, it's important that we don't in any way compromise our religious teaching." </blockquote></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Yes, Mother wouldn't want to compromise her precious religious teachings.&nbsp; Didn't the Pharisees use that same argument, before <a href="http://japhy.perlmonk.org/bible/index.cgi?m=e&amp;q=Matthew%2023:2,%2013-15,%2023-29" target="_blank">Jesus ripped them a new one with one "woe" after another</a>?&nbsp; </div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://anniesalness.blogspot.com/2008/02/you-strain-out-gnat-but-swallow-camel.html" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4A22tw4-iI/AAAAAAAABH8/QCSJRAKpFLE/s200/strain+gnat+swallow+camel+woe+Pharisees+Jesus+hypocrisy+by+Annie+Salness.JPG" width="161" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And, it's not like mother didn't compromise her teachings before, when she was placing children in homes, with one mother and father, who didn't use artificial contraception, who never had a secret abortion, who never cheated on one another, who tithed at least ten percent of their pre-tax income back to mother, who didn't have sex before they were married, who didn't live together before they were married, who didn't use in vetro fertilization or other aggressive fertility measures to try and get pregnant before turning to adoption, who didn't take one of god's many names in vein, who didn't have oral sex or dog-forbid practice any sort of ass-play, who didn't masturbate (even mutually), who didn't vote for candidates outside of mother's moral prescriptions, who didn't support unjust wars, who didn't fantasize about sex outside of marriage, who didn't lie, who didn't question the virgin birth, the assumption, and the immaculate conception, who didn't ever skip Sunday Mass, who didn't ever do anything in violation of any one of mother's endless moral prescriptions. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No.&nbsp; It's just <a href="/2009/11/menu_of_scorpions_and_snakes_daily.html" target="_blank">easier to pick on the homosexuals</a>.&nbsp; What a <strike></strike>consistent <a href="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=motherfucker" target="_blank">Mother</a> she is!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4A7-AMUfzI/AAAAAAAABIE/mkfSlN0yOH8/s1600-h/Mofo%20funny%20sign.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S4A7-AMUfzI/AAAAAAAABIE/mkfSlN0yOH8/s400/Mofo%20funny%20sign.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-5849499886751125518?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-43299009128303998062010-02-20T00:19:00.000-08:002010-02-20T00:19:00.371-08:00Catholic Sexual Abuse of Children in Germany<div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://armoks.com/photostream/vatican-pope-2-17345/" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S374kkkU6qI/AAAAAAAABHc/PVx3_OikwbM/s200/Pope+Benedict+Kissing+Child+on+the+lips+sexual+abuse+Catholic+church.jpg" width="176" /></a><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Like a slow-growing, undiagnosed cancer spreading slowly throughout the body until it's been discovered throughout every extremity, another level of the depravity of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal is now being unmasked in Germany.&nbsp; This time, <a href="/2009/10/why_i_hate_moustaches_sacrament_of.html" target="_blank">the abuse</a> of comes at the hands of the Jesuits.&nbsp; Pope Benedict should be proud of <a href="/2009/12/saint_nazi_i.html" target="_blank">the church in his homeland</a> for committing such <a href="/2009/12/murphys_law_priests_children_sex_and.html" target="_blank">atrocities against children in the name of god</a>.&nbsp; </span></div><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody"><br /></span><br /><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=118673" target="_blank"><i>Press TV </i>reports</a>:</span><br /><blockquote><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody"></span></blockquote><div style="text-align: justify;"><blockquote><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Germany's heinous sexual abuse scandal, which has cast shadow over the country's Jesuit-run institutions, deepens with the likelihood of over 100 victims in one of the schools. </span></blockquote><blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.dioceseofknoxville.org/etc/feb22/kamila.htm" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="183" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S374ddC5amI/AAAAAAAABHU/5lL2XZq8eZI/s200/pope+john+paul+ii+kisses+little+girl+child+on+lips+sexual+abuse+catholic+church+boundaries.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Revelations about sexual abuse during the 1970s and 80s at a prestigious Berlin snowballed into a disaster in early February, implicating other schools run by the order in and out of Germany. </span></blockquote><blockquote><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Some 50 students have come forward with allegation of abuse, but the Berlin college's rector said Monday he believed the victims in that school alone would amount to at least 100. </span></blockquote><blockquote><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "I believe that it will turn out to be a three-digit number…More and more victims come forward every day," Klaus Mertes, director of the Canisius Kolleg told the <i>Berliner Zeitung</i> daily in an interview. </span></blockquote><blockquote><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The high school instructs pupils between 10 to 19 years of ages, and is one of Germany's most prestigious religious colleges. </span></blockquote><blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While at least three Jesuit priests have so far confessed to their crimes, German media reports say at least 100 clergymen have been under suspicion of abusing pupils during the past 15 years. </span></blockquote><blockquote><span id="ctl00_body_spnBody">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The new estimate, which is higher than previously thought, may ignite calls for legal action against the sex offenders, only 30 of whom have so far been prosecuted and sentenced. </span></blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S374bNUiBcI/AAAAAAAABHM/XHL56N4jWL0/s1600-h/Pope+Benedict+Kissing+Child+near+the+lips+sexual+abuse+Catholic+church+boundaries.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S374bNUiBcI/AAAAAAAABHM/XHL56N4jWL0/s320/Pope+Benedict+Kissing+Child+near+the+lips+sexual+abuse+Catholic+church+boundaries.jpg" /></a></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-4329900912830399806?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-8849657146762843072010-02-19T12:11:00.000-08:002010-02-19T12:15:18.552-08:00An Atheist's Guide to Lent: Part Three, Almsgiving<div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Welcome back to <i>An Atheist's Guide to Lent</i>: <i>How to Lose god and Find Peace in Forty Days or Less</i>!&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We've already covered the Lenten tenants of <a href="/2010/02/atheists_guide_to_lent_part_one_fasting.html" target="_blank">fasting</a> and <a href="/2010/02/atheists_guide_to_lent_part_two_prayer.html" target="_blank">prayer</a>, so that leave us atheist almsgiving.&nbsp; Many religious people have been conditioned to believe human beings are <a href="http://www.reverendfun.com/add_toon_info.php?date=20020114&amp;language=en" target="_blank">intrinsically concupiscent, "fallen,"&nbsp; and sinfully inclined and that without religious salvation</a>, humans can't do good.&nbsp; Well, that just isn't so.&nbsp; We non-believers have consciences and <a href="http://www.humanismbyjoe.com/morality_without_religion.htm" target="_blank">do good deeds</a>.&nbsp; Join us for forty day.&nbsp; Give a forty day god-fast and atheist almsgiving a try!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Almsgiving</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><ol style="text-align: justify;"><li style="text-align: justify;">From your atheist "prayer" exercises considering the frail mysteries of unknowing, life, the planet, and the universe, look at how you interact with the world and ask yourself how you want to be remembered, known.&nbsp;&nbsp; Honor those you love who have died, by keeping them alive in your actions, embodying the best of their essence and learning from their shortcomings and mistakes.&nbsp; Do good because it honors them, it honors the future, and it honors the every person with whom you come into contact.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Give credit where credit is due.&nbsp; Quit <a href="/2009/10/i_hate_satan.html" target="_blank">blaming the devil, sin, or evil</a>, and <a href="/2009/10/i_hate_satan_part_ii_ways_to_use_satan.html" target="_blank">admit that you are the one that is capable of hurting others</a>.&nbsp; Quit putting off changing your ways for the better to the next life, because god will forgive you.&nbsp; There will be no divine "do over."&nbsp; Accept yourself, as you are, here and now.&nbsp; Acknowledge your gifts and limitations, and then go do what is good, because you only have one life to make a difference.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Give alms to future generations by doing something that will decrease your carbon footprint in the world, because to a non-theist this is the only world, the one chance we've got.&nbsp; There will be no <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SavwML4y2qE" target="_blank">parousia, no apocalyptic cleansing</a>, and no rebirth into eternal life for the "righteous."&nbsp; Planet Earth is at risk thanks to <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/11/global-dominion-global-meltdown.html" target="_blank">"dominion" theology, which gives us the "right" to use the planet for whatever purpose we see fit</a>, and hypocritical religious fundamentalists, who decry "sinful" scientific knowledge (evolution, psychology, global warming, medicine, etc.) but are <a href="http://www.samharris.org/" target="_blank">quick to use scientific advances (swords, guns, bombs, airplanes, biological weapons, etc.) to kill in the names of their gods</a>.</li><li style="text-align: justify;">Research <a href="http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/01/non-believers_giving_aid.php" target="_blank">aid organizations that are god-free, that give aid to all persons without any imposition of personal religious beliefs</a> or expectation that <a href="http://www.sepiamutiny.com/sepia/archives/000963.html" target="_blank">those receiving the aid must conform or convert</a>.&nbsp; Give because it helps others, not because you fear partial eternity in some purgatorial suburb of hell, while your loving, omnipotent, and compassionate god watches from a heavenly perch until satisfied with the torture you've endured and welcomes you into "loving" bliss.</li></ol>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thus ends our journey through the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.&nbsp; If any of your other free thinkers, post-theists, agnostics, and atheists have other prescriptions for these "Lenten" practices, please add them to the comments below.<br /><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So, what do you believers have to lose?&nbsp; You can always quit and return to your pre-Lenten ways at any time, but maybe you'll come to see that <a href="http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/%7Emnkylab/publications/recent/HauserSingerMoralRelig05.pdf" target="_blank">non-believers are capable of choosing and doing good.</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What's holding you back.&nbsp; I dare you.&nbsp;&nbsp; Give up god for Lent.&nbsp; </div><ol style="text-align: justify;"></ol><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S37vWnvj-WI/AAAAAAAABHE/MISEQ1UfQAk/s1600-h/mike+keefe+god+eat+god+world+cartoon+Denver+post+2003.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="250" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S37vWnvj-WI/AAAAAAAABHE/MISEQ1UfQAk/s400/mike+keefe+god+eat+god+world+cartoon+Denver+post+2003.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-884965714676284307?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-4942591180455494992010-02-18T11:00:00.000-08:002010-02-19T12:12:35.976-08:00An Atheist's Guide to Lent: Part Two, Prayer<div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Welcome back to <i>An Atheist's Guide to Lent</i>: <i>How to Lose god and Find Peace in Forty Days or Less</i>! </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="/2010/02/atheists_guide_to_lent_part_one_fasting.html" target="_blank">Yesterday we focused on fasting and how you can give up fear, shame, pride, prayer, and your godly distortions for Lent</a>.&nbsp; We hope that's going well for you, and if you're struggling, don't worry.&nbsp; It's normal to hear phantom devil cackles and the voices of old nuns and/or your former Sunday school teachers condemning you to hell for the first few days.&nbsp; Don't stop.&nbsp; Push through the fear, and with a few more doses of reality, the voices will soon fade away, forever and ever, and let the people say: Amen!</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Today, we focus on the Lenten <a href="http://www.exminister.org/Worrell-prayer-failure.html" target="_blank">practice of prayer</a>.&nbsp; If you've given up <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/10/i-hate-prayer-part-one.html" target="_blank">cosmic-candy-machine prayer</a>, <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/12/flints-prayers-answered-mark-ingram.html" target="_blank">sports prayer</a>, <a href="/2009/11/spiritual_direction_canceled.html" target="_blank">circular shame</a>, and <a href="/2009/10/i_hate_prayer_part_two.html" target="_blank">tell-me-what-I-need-to-do me-centered types prayer</a> for Lent, you will discover that you have a fountain of guilt-free psychic, intellectual, and spiritual energy thirsting for the truth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What is a budding post-theist to do?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are a few "prayerful" practices for your Lenten journey away from god and into peace.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>Prayer</b></div><ol style="text-align: justify;"><li>Exercise your brain.&nbsp; Discuss the hard questions and your doubts about faith and religion with people who won't judge you for going there and won't project their own fears of challenging the faith establishment onto your honest quest.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/12/you-know-what-they-say-wisdom-of.html" target="_blank">Go read a difficult book that is intellectually sound and challenges the assumptions of religion</a>, such as <a href="http://richarddawkins.net/godDelusion" target="_blank"><i>The God Delusion</i> by Richard Dawkins</a> or <a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2165033/entry/2165035/" target="_blank"><i>god is not Great</i> by Christopher Hitchens</a>.&nbsp; Learn what the human brain has to say about the universe and read <a href="http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Why-Evolution-Is-True/Jerry-A-Coyne/e/9780143116646/?pwb=2" target="_blank"><i>Why Evolution is True</i> by Jerry Coyne</a>.&nbsp; Check out the <a href="http://www.ffrf.org/" target="_blank">Freedom from Religion Foundation</a> and <a href="http://www.exminister.org/index.html" target="_blank">Ex-Minister</a> to see <a href="http://www.ffrf.org/publications/nontracts/What-Is-A-Freethinker/" target="_blank">what some post-theists really believe</a>.&nbsp; Read or watch the extremely accessible and humorous <a href="http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com/2009/12/my-hero-julia-sweeney-on-god.html" target="_blank">Julia Sweeney's <i>Letting Go of God</i></a> or other very humble and honest struggles about people's journeys from faith into free thought.&nbsp; Don't shy away from atheists and agnostics, because you've been conditioned into believing they are bad people.&nbsp; <br /></li><li>Embrace the beauty and mystery of the random chance of the universe.&nbsp; Reflect upon the frailty and fleeting reality of life.&nbsp; <a href="/2009/11/i_hate_god.html" target="_blank">Meditate on that reality and what it means for your life choices</a>.&nbsp; What are you going to do with this one and only life that you have to live?&nbsp; Embrace the reality that everyone with whom you interact has only one life and that together we have only this one fragile planet on which we and future generations are are dependent to live.&nbsp; Reflect upon these realities and see if you can find reasons to <a href="http://givingaid.richarddawkins.net/" target="_blank">act kindly, justly, and humbly without god</a>.</li></ol><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Tune in tomorrow for <a href="/2010/02/atheists_guide_to_lent_part_three.html"target="_blank"><i>An Atheist's Guide to Lent: Part Three, Almsgiving</i></a>. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://skeptico.blogs.com/skeptico/2008/08/rocky-twyman-prayer-gas-prices.html" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="196" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S32NubYq4VI/AAAAAAAABG8/ZilqBRaN-zU/s400/Prayer+fails+gas+prices+still+go+up+skeptico+blogs.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><ol></ol><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-494259118045549499?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-25462951094065506062010-02-18T09:59:00.000-08:002010-02-18T09:59:40.724-08:00Ban Loveless MarriagesThe always satirical <a href="http://www.theonion.com/content/video/new_law_would_ban_marriages" target="_blank"><i>Onion News Network</i></a> reports:<br /><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wVeGUSGkhfw&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wVeGUSGkhfw&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-2546295109406550606?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-7052603723777353392010-02-17T12:27:00.000-08:002010-02-18T11:02:50.331-08:00An Atheist's Guide to Lent: Part One, Fasting<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3xQAtGra_I/AAAAAAAABGs/LqlbN7fBvsc/s1600-h/Lent+giving+up+cartoon+by+Joe+Heller+2009+Gazette.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3xQAtGra_I/AAAAAAAABGs/LqlbN7fBvsc/s320/Lent+giving+up+cartoon+by+Joe+Heller+2009+Gazette.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The translucent skinned, crusty monsignor looked down his pepper-pitted, crimson, and drooping nose and sternly asked the meek seven-year-old, "And what are you giving up for Lent, my dear?"</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She looked up through the curls hanging like half-closed curtains around her heart-shaped face.&nbsp; Her black licorice eyebrows squeezed together over her malted milk ball eyes that rose and accepted the monsignor's cloudy sapphire eye's dare.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Mass, Father.&nbsp; I'm giving up going to Mass."</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As a child in Catholic school, that was always the joke that my friends and I shared.&nbsp; When Sr. Mary Something or Father Homily asked us what we were giving up for Lent, we always wanted to say Mass.&nbsp; We dared one another to do it, but none of us ever had the guts.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Well, the days of living in fear of some fallible cleric are over.&nbsp; The dare remains.&nbsp; What are you faithful Christians giving up for Lent?&nbsp; This atheist dares you to give up god for forty days and forty nights.&nbsp; Try it out.&nbsp; See what it's like.&nbsp; Your faith will still be waiting there for you in the end, if you still want it.&nbsp; You have nothing to lose but your chains.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This is <i>An Atheist's Guide to Lent</i>: <i>How to Lose god and Find Peace in Forty Days or Less</i>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of penitence: Lent.&nbsp; To kick off the festive season over the next three days, I will focus on a different tenant of Lent (prayer, fasting, and almsgiving) from an atheist's perspective.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; During Lent, a penitent soul is supposed to commit to (1) exercising extra prayerful practices, (2) fasting/self-denial from something they enjoy, and (3) giving of their time or wealth to those in need.&nbsp; This practice lasts for forty days and night, and on the other side of the Lenten desert one will find resurrection.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Today, we focus on:</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Fasting</b></div><ol style="text-align: justify;"><li>Start by <a href="/2009/12/7th_hate_of_christmas_lonely_new_years.html" target="_blank">giving up fear</a>.&nbsp; This is not a simple fear, such as being afraid to step in front of a moving bus, this is giving up those deep, darkest, soul-shaking fears, such as being afraid to ask the hard questions, to be honest about who you are and what your doubts and limitations are, to take risks to do with your life what you've always wanted to do, and to let go of things you are not sure you will be able to live without.&nbsp; The key to finding your deepest fears is to follow your resistance. You have nothing to lose but your false faith, because real faith cannot be based on fear.&nbsp; Fear is an animal instinct, simple fight or flight.&nbsp; To believe in some god out of a simple animal fear is not a choice.&nbsp; Faith must come from a higher human state than fear: awe or gratitude.&nbsp; So, even if you believers are not going to take this atheist Lenten practice all the way, you can still purge yourself of your fear-based, automatic reaction to believe.</li><li><a href="/2009/11/i_hate_god.html" target="_blank">Give up your distortions about god</a>.&nbsp; Reflect upon what you've been taught to be "true" about god: omnipotence, unconditionally loving, beneficent, forgiving, wants to be known, revelatory, male, three persons, etc. etc.&nbsp; Honestly ask yourself the forbidden questions.&nbsp; What if my god isn't the only god?&nbsp; What if other religions are right?&nbsp; What if we're all wrong?&nbsp; Why does god have to be all-loving?&nbsp; What if god doesn't love me?&nbsp; What if god isn't all knowing?&nbsp; What if god doesn't reveal itself to the world?&nbsp; What if the scriptures were not inspired, but just people's projections of their personal fears and distortions of what they needed to believe for their own benefit?&nbsp; What if there is no afterlife? <a href="/2009/12/1st_hate_of_christmas_scam.html" target="_blank">What if there is no god?</a>&nbsp; And so on.&nbsp; Pick one of these questions and try out the hard answer for a few days.&nbsp; See how it feels.&nbsp; Does it change the way you live?&nbsp; Don't worry.&nbsp; You can always go back to your beliefs.</li><li>Fast from shame.&nbsp; What if you don't need a savior?&nbsp; What if you are fine just the way you are?&nbsp; Are you are capable of doing good because it's the wise and peace-giving choice, not because of some divine prescription for avoiding eternal damnation?&nbsp; Quit beating yourself down and actually love and accept yourself as someone who is capable of both great good and great harm.&nbsp; Turn those self-centered, self-pitying shame and guilt energies outward, and do something productive with it.</li><li>Fast from pride and the belief that your puny human brain has the ability to understand the greater mysteries of the universe.&nbsp; Don't try to define the unknown.&nbsp; Just let it be.</li><li>Give up prayer.&nbsp; Don't pray for forty days.&nbsp; Try it.&nbsp; Quit asking for the universe to bend to your will.&nbsp; Quit looking for the <i>deus ex machina</i> in your life's struggles.&nbsp; Quit projecting your own fears and needs onto god in your prayer.&nbsp; (See tomorrow's post for the continuation of this point.)</li></ol><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; If any of your other free thinkers, post-theists, agnostics, and atheists have other prescriptions for these "Lenten" practices, please add them to the comments below.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So, what do you believers have to lose?&nbsp; You can always quit and return to your pre-Lenten ways at any time.&nbsp; So, what's holding you back.&nbsp; I dare you.&nbsp;&nbsp; Give up god for Lent.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tune in tomorrow for <a href="/2010/02/atheists_guide_to_lent_part_two_prayer.html"target="_blank" ><i>An Atheist's Guide to Lent: Part Two, Prayer</i></a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3xP2l116GI/AAAAAAAABGk/NInABETRNRs/s1600-h/ash-wednesday+give+gave+giving+up+for+lent+cartoon+hypocristy+threesome.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3xP2l116GI/AAAAAAAABGk/NInABETRNRs/s320/ash-wednesday+give+gave+giving+up+for+lent+cartoon+hypocristy+threesome.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">http://www.gospelaccordingtohate.com<img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7069257702976603301-705260372377735339?l=www.gospelaccordingtohate.com' alt='' /></div>Heretic Tomhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09287766221338224016gospelaccordingtohate@gmail.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7069257702976603301.post-86585011945809194392010-02-16T12:30:00.000-08:002010-02-16T12:30:36.772-08:00The Mardi Gras Delusion<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3rv9_Tuy4I/AAAAAAAABFs/ei7OYeEGFQI/s1600-h/Celebrate+Mardi+Gras+let+it+all+hang+out+boobs+hypocrisy.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"target="_blank" ><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3rv9_Tuy4I/AAAAAAAABFs/ei7OYeEGFQI/s320/Celebrate+Mardi+Gras+let+it+all+hang+out+boobs+hypocrisy.gif" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <span style="font-size: large;">Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we repent!</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I love the unabashed free-for-all attitude of Mardi Gras, but there's something about holy Christians indulging in gluttonous and lecherous acts under the guise of making up for it by fasting for the next forty days that stinks of hypocrisy to me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Are sex, drinking, and eating really the best they can do when it comes to an "honest" indulgence in sin?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What about pride, deceit, wrath, envy, and greed; the things that so many Christians, their clerics, and their congregations do on a daily basis without thinking twice about it?&nbsp; These are ignored on Mardi Gras as much as they are during Lent, when it's much easier to focus on the bodily sins, sins <a href="http://www.danteinferno.info/7-deadly-sins.html"target="_blank" >considered lesser infractions by many a theologian, including Dante</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If&nbsp; Christians really want to be consistent in their Mardi Gras debauchery and coming Lenten repentance,&nbsp; they should issue special Fat Tuesday proclamations condemning adulterers and child abusers, <a href="/2009/12/murphys_law_priests_children_sex_and.html"target="_blank" >while lying about and protecting their sexually abusive</a>, <a href="/2009/12/nathan_halbach_son_of_catholic_priest.html"target="_blank" >manipulative, and cheating clerics</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Why not hold a press conference and&nbsp; tell the world that there are <a href="/2009/11/outing_priests_game_on.html"target="_blank" >no gay Catholic priests and seminarians</a> or <a href="/2009/11/mormons_and_respect.html"target="_blank" >no gay Mormons</a>?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3r6cxUG-cI/AAAAAAAABGE/JylDmbz3rv4/s1600-h/mardi-gras-2009+atheism+all+of+the+mardi+gras+none+of+the+lent.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"target="_blank" ><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkgseRT7NY/S3r6cxUG-cI/AAAAAAAABGE/JylDmbz3rv4/s200/mardi-gras-2009+atheism+all+of+the+mardi+gras+none+of+the+lent.jpg" width="167" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How about issuing statements admitting that they really can't stand and don't believe in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, because each of them pridefully believes that <a href="/2009/10/i_hate_satan_part_ii_ways_to_use_satan.html"target="_blank" >they have the true version of god's will divinely bestowed upon them and that everyone else is going to hell</a>?&nbsp; They could dance around and drink to the fact that they are each the one, true church, and they could follow that up <a href="/2009/12/saint_nazi_i.html"target="_blank" >with statements that are honest about their wrath towards Jewish people because "they" crucified Jesus</a> (even though Jesus supposedly had to die for the sins of his followers, which means that Christians are kind of responsible for his death).&nbsp; The Pope and Christian leaders could <a href="/2010/01/spiritually_transformed_firearms_of.html"target="_blank" >declare a new Crusade to take back the <strike>Holy Land</strike> oil from the Muslim infidels</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Preachers and wealthy Christians should be issuing Shrove Tuesday statements about how much money they horde and have made in god's name, and and they should <a href="/2009/12/bankrupt_for_jesus.html"target="_blank" >spend the day ripping off a few extra million dollars from the masses</a> for their personal gain while smoking thick illegal Cuban cigars and dressed in clothing made in Third World sweat shops while gloating about all of the above. </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Christian leaders everywhere could hold a Mardi Gras summit, and one after another they could&nbsp; step forward and <a href="/2009/11/blasphey_poll_results.html"target="_blank" >blaspheme the holy spirit</a>, bow to a golden statue of Adam Smith, and swear allegiance to <a href="http://www.edwardtbabinski.us/images/BAAL01.JPG"target="_blank" >Baal as the one true god</a>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This would at least be an honest Mardi Gras, instead of hiding behind the sex, drinking, and overeating to keep from admitting one's deeper sin.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Who knows?&nbsp; Maybe with that all that pride, envy, wrath, and deceit out in the open, lent would really make a difference.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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