Posts tagged Christianity
Posts tagged Christianity
So, no group supports abortion clinic bombings ideologically?
Ever heard of an organization named Army of God? Click the last two photos in the set to view the pages listing Scott Roeder as an “American Hero” and murderers, arsonists, and bombers as “Heroes of the Faith.”
Really, stop trying to bend over backwards to exclude anti-choice terrorists as TERRORISTS. What do you call a man like Clay Waagner, who mailed over 200+ threatening letters, supposedly containing anthrax, to Planned Parenthood clinic? What, is he just a prankster?
This lone wolf bullshit needs to stop. Christians bombing abortion clinics in the name of God are terrorists. Muslims who commit bombing in the name of Allah — same thing. The biggest difference is that every time an incident of terrorism motivated by extremist anti-choice ideology takes place, Christian pro-life groups aren’t forced to launch a media blitz to clarify that the terrorist does not represent Christians.
Muslims do not get the same courtesy in the U.S. If an act of terrorism is even speculated to be committed by a Muslim, the media immediately demands Muslim-Americans roundly condemn the attacks and explain how that person is not a Muslim — this, of course, operates under the Islamophobic notion that EVERY MUSLIM EVERYWHERE supports the terrorist acts of the very, very few.
Scott Roeder, Army of God? Eh, lone wolf, not a real Christian, etc.
Just stop. This is not a hypothesis you can defend and still be a decent goddamn human being.
True story: If I see a guy wearing this shirt, I’m automatically going to assume you’re a patriarchal jerkoff. Why?
Because you’re saying I should thank you for my very existence.
Rick Perry, in his new campaign ad entitled “Strong”
It’s not often that you get gay-baiting, hooray military, AND “War on Christmas” buffoonery in one 30 second message. That takes some kind of, uh, talent.
This quote from his ad is wrong, though. The pew on Sunday is about the only place you’ll hear about this issue. Just in case you missed it in the campaign spot, Perry helpfully puts it in a banner ad over the video:
With all the problems this country faces economically, it’s apparently the Obama administration’s war on religion that’s keeping America from being great. Okay then…
Let me say this: I know of nowhere in this country where a child is prevented from praying at school. I know a child or teacher leading others in prayer, with mandatory participation, at a public school is unconstitutional. And when Perry says War on Religion, that’s code for Christianity, because I didn’t see him taking a stance against Rep. Peter King’s witch-hunt against Muslims. No one stopped Perry from holding his pray-a-thon or from issuing an official proclamation from the governor’s desk imploring Texans to pray for rain this year.
And this War on Christmas bullshit needs to stop. This message ticks me off the most in this video. I walk into Wal-Mart. Are there menorahs? No. Big, 20-foot Christmas trees in the front entrance and decorations throughout the store. Let’s keep in mind December 25th marks the only religious-based federal holiday. Just for funsies, here’s how the University of Wyoming explains Christmas to international students:
December 25, Christmas: The major holiday in this country, Christmas began as a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is now a widely celebrated day of feasting and gift giving. A mythical figure, Santa Claus, is said to visit the homes of sleeping children on the night of December 24 and leave gifts for them. All state and federal offices are closed.
I don’t see anything decorating the front lawn of the Albany County Courthouse other than Christmas decorations. In fact, the city pays for a synchronized light show with both secular and religious carols:
It’s not different elsewhere, either. Search the Google and you’ll find many displays similar. No one is going to come to your house from the Obama administration and take your nativity. Also, it’s still called the National Christmas tree:
Oh, and remember Obama’s 56 states gaffe? Maybe he was referencing the 56 states and territories of the U.S. Just sayin’
So in summary, there’s no War on Christmas, Obama is not waging a war on religion, gay people aren’t infiltrating the military to stop your kids from praying in school, and Rick Perry just slammed the door on his way out.
Happy Jesus Ween y’all:
A Calgary pastor is promoting Jesus Ween, a faith-based alternative to the traditional holiday fare of candy and spooky garb.
Instead of chocolate bars and gummy bears, he’s asking people to shun demonic costumes and instead dole out pocket-sized bibles or other “Christian gifts.”
The idea has caught on in communities across North America, according to Jesus Ween creator Paul Ade. He’s hoping it will bring a new perspective to an otherwise pagan festival, he said.
“I do not associate myself with ghosts, demons, Satan and witches. These are things I want to get rid of,” he said.
“If it’s OK for a child to know about demons, it should also be OK for a child to know about Jesus.”
Jesus Ween has attracted international attention, with media reports circulating as far away as Britain.
The pastor has 200 “kid-friendly” bibles ready to distribute to Calgary children on Monday. “I don’t think we’re ruining anybody’s fun. Getting a bible is not getting a bomb. It’s nothing really bad,” Ade said.
Remember when you though getting raisins and apples were the worst? Imagine the fury in the US if he were to create Allah-ween instead.
My God. That sounds awfully close to “Halloween” - perhaps it’s best to lock the kiddies up! Or he could take the advice of another fellow pastor:
The insertion of Jesus into a harmless holiday reserved for treats and spooky pumpkins is a turnoff, argues John Van Sloten, the pastor of New Hope Church. “I think it’s awful. It feeds into the stereotype that to be a person who follows Christ is to be against everything outside of the church,” said Van Sloten. “I’m kind of appalled by someone doing this.”
The picture accompanying the article is hysterical when compared with the whole Halloween-the-satanic-holiday tone of the Jesus Ween Facebook and website. Instead of Christians “having to hide” on Halloween, they can give Bibles to monsters like these:
Cupcakes for Life’s suggestion on how to ruin a perfectly good day at work, school, etc. Well, not really, but that is how I would interpret this, particularly because your aim is to “turn the mood quite somber.”
Either that, or I’d feel coerced into listening to your pro-life message because you gave me a cupcake that was a delicious treat, but now has become a condemnatory caketastic resentment in a paper cup.
Personally, I’d rather you give me some lit with gory pictures so I don’t feel bad about throwing food away. As soon as you tell me what you’re up to with your sugary guilt trips, I’m going to throw it away and resist the urge to start singing “I’m a prom night dumpster baaaaby…” while doing so.
Okay, so I wouldn’t go that far, but you get my drift. If I weren’t born, I would not care since I would not exist. If you want children to be born so they can get cupcakes and birthdays, like this flyer implies, you have an awfully naive, privileged view of the likely life of unwanted children. Here’s my favorite flyer (click to enlarge):
Oh, you wanna remember the unborn, unwrap their gifts, and eat some cake? That’s so selfless. You’re assuming that every child who was aborted would get gifts and cake, and that’s a pretty big leap o’ logic. And you don’t think it’s fair some children don’t ever get a birthday party? Why not stuff your self-righteousness and take a tray of cupcakes to an already-born child whose parents can’t afford a birthday party or some cake? To quote George Carlin, “Because that’s something Christ would do!”
And you wanna talk about indoctrinating children? Here’s Cupcakes For Life’s vision: “Imagine ten students from every school in the US baking 50 cupcakes and bringing them to school in the name of LIFE on the same day! Imagine that every one of these students is on a mission to promote the idea that every person should have the right to be born and have a birthday. Imagine the impact of students telling other students the facts about abortion. Imagine students starting to actively campaign against abortion in elementary, high schools, and colleges all across America!” Elementary school? Really?
You want to know how this will backfire? Some sanctimonious individual is going to give this to someone who lost a child, someone who had a miscarriage, and no matter how sweet the cupcake, it will be absolutely bitter. You just reminded that person of their loss in a condescending manner that will not endear you to anyone. Or you’ll give it to someone like me, who is not going to have the patience for this shit, and you better be prepared for a hearty debate. In all seriousness, if I have my way, I’ll just buy your cupcakes off you and take them to Planned Parenthood.
Better yet, I think on the day this is planned (Oct. 9th), I’m going to take a tray of cupcakes from my local grocery to my local reproductive health clinic to thank them for putting up with this kind of BS daily. If you’re going to do this, and I encourage you to, I recommend bringing store-bought cupcakes still sealed, or else they may throw them away for health and security concerns.
If you take cupcakes to Planned Parenthood, I also suggest contacting Cupcakes For Life here and thanking them for this idea. It’s only fair.
Tour Objective: Last year, I helped organize the 2010 Summer for Marriage Tour with the National Organization for Marriage. Over the course of 30 days, we traveled more than 10,000 miles to spread a discriminatory message I once believed in to oppose same-sex marriage.
Ironically, it was that very summer tour that led me to change my mind and come to support marriage equality. This new tour will serve as a testimony to that change and will seek to spread two messages.
Firstly, that marriage equality is not an ideological issue. Too many see support for gay rights as strictly a liberal issue. That’s a mistake. Supporting the constitutional rights of all citizens is a conservative issue, too.
Secondly, the tour will seek to demonstrate to conservative legislators across the country that more and more people are coming to support marriage equality. Eventually, that truth will start reflecting changes among conservatives, too. If I, an opinionated conservative can change my mind, it won’t be long before many other conservatives do, too. Not to mention independents.
Signal boost! Folks, if you can donate to this, please do. This is Louis Marinelli, former organizer for NOM. He’s attempting, as a conservative, to do a summer of equality tour that’s similar to the NOM tour of 2010.
Read about Louis Marinelli’s personal journey here.
Tour dates here.