Pastor who said his congregation would ‘rather die than miss church’ to hold Easter service with 1,000 people

 Tony Spell, of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has repeatedly defied Gov. John Bel Edward's executive order banning gatherings of 10 or more people

April 12, 2020

What could possibly go wrong?

The pastor who said his congregation would rather die than not go to church plans to hold an Easter service this weekend — with 1,000 people.

Tony Spell, of the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has refused to stop his services amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite the state’s public health ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Tony Spell, of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has repeatedly defied Gov. John Bel Edward’s executive order banning gatherings of 10 or more people

Tony Spell, of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has repeatedly defied Gov. John Bel Edward’s executive order banning gatherings of 10 or more peopleCredit: AFP or licensors
He was even arrested and charged with six misdemeanor counts of violating Gov. John Bel Edward’s orders.

Spell recently told TMZ: “They say everybody’s going to get it. … Then if everybody’s going to get it, let’s get on with life.”

The pastor, who also claims his services cure cancer and HIV, said no “dictator law” should keep people from worshipping God.

But despite the law and outcry, Spell plans to host an Easter Sunday service that’s expected to draw more than 1,000 people, according to the news outlet.

When asked about the possibility one of his worshippers dies from the coronavirus, Spell said they would welcome death like a ‘friend’

On Palm Sunday, when Louisiana had at least 13,000 cases of the virus, with 477 deaths, Spell again held services.

He told worshippers they had “nothing to fear but fear itself.”

“They would rather come to church and worship like free people than live like prisoners in their homes,” Spell told reporters.

Reuters reported that 26 buses were sent to worshippers to transport them to the Life Tabernacle Church, and according to a lawyer for Spell, everyone in the congregation, aside from immediate family, maintained a distance of six feet.

Evangelical Songwriter Ditches Christianity In Emotional Instagram Post

August 27, 2019

He’s changing all the references to god in his songs (Jesus, God, Lord, etc.) to ‘baby’ to make them more commercially viable.

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A musician who spent years writing songs and performing with the globally influential Christian music collective Hillsong now says he is questioning his faith.

Marty Sampson is a songwriter and worship leader for the recording label that grew out of Hillsong Church, a congregation based in Sydney that now has branches in 23 countries. Hillsong frequently sets the trends in the Christian contemporary music industry, and its songs are sung by millions of people around the globe every Sunday.

Sampson has been writing for Hillsong since at least 1998. More recently, he was one of the musicians behind “The Lord’s Prayer,” a song that appears in Hillsong Worship’s 2018 album, “There Is More.” The song is a musical rendition of Christianity’s foundational prayer.

But Sampson now appears to be questioning the foundations of his faith. In mid-August, he started sharing his doubts about Christianity with his followers on Instagram. According to the faith-based news website Christian Post, Sampson announced in a since-deleted post that he was “genuinely losing my faith,” clarifying later that while he hasn’t completely renounced Christianity, his faith has been on “incredibly shaky ground.”

Pope Francis claims US televangelist performed miracle, paving way for sainthood

July 10, 2019

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (AP)

Pope Francis has declared that a late US television preacher once performed a miracle, moving him one step closer to sainthood.

Another lame attempt to try to keep the illusion going.

The Vatican announced on Saturday the formal approval of the miracle, thought to relate to claims about a baby’s extraordinary recovery in an Illinois hospital.

The Diocese of Peoria believes that Archbishop Fulton J Sheen – who died in 1979 – interceded in 2010 on behalf of a baby who began breathing 61 minutes after showing no signs of life at birth.

One miracle allows a candidate for sainthood to be beatified in the Catholic faith, but a second miracle must be approved in order for sainthood to be conferred.

No date has been given for his beatification ceremony, but the Peoria Diocese said it was beginning preparations for the celebration in the central Illinois city.

Archbishop Sheen’s on-air evangelism made him a well-known figure in the US over several decades, having started on NBC radio in 1930 with a weekly programme called The Catholic Hour.

He expanded to television in 1950 with NBC’s Life is Worth Living, regularly amassing more than 30 million viewers.

The pope’s decision comes just weeks after a New York court ruling allowing the American archbishop’s niece to bury him in Peoria, where he was ordained, ending years of litigation and allowing the process for sainthood to resume.

Can prayers keep hurricanes away from Key West?

June 12, 2019

The Grotto at Basilica of the Star of the Sea in Key West is where locals flock to pray every hurricane season.

Short answer – No.

Long answer – Of course not.

Throughout each hurricane season, locals leave candles and say prayers at The Grotto at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, hoping they can pray away a storm striking the island.

Throughout each hurricane season, locals leave candles and say prayers at The Grotto at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, hoping they can pray away a storm striking the island.

Kay Thomas knows she can’t do much when a hurricane is approaching the Florida Keys.

She can stock up on supplies, evacuate from the island chain, or ride it out like she did during 2017’s Hurricane Irma — which spared her hometown of Key West but severely damaged Keys neighborhoods to the north.

But there is one thing she does at the start of each hurricane season: pray.

“That’s about the best I can do,” Thomas said. “I feel better even though I know that just me alone, I’m not moving mountains.”

Every June 1, locals like Thomas flock to an Old Town church in an effort to pray away storms from directly striking the island.

The candles flicker in an outdoor space at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, called the Grotto.

Thomas, who describes herself as a spiritual seeker rather than religious, offers a prayer every month, from June 1 through the end of November.

“I light one at the beginning and then as they begin to manifest the Grotto gets extra candles,” Thomas said. “It makes me feel like I can do something.”

The Grotto is formally called Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, which dates back to 1922 and honors Sister Louis Gabriel.

Key West lore says the candle prayer ritual works when it comes to staving off hurricanes from the tiny island. A major storm hasn’t struck the island since the Grotto was created.

Hurricane Wilma swamped the island in 2005 and Hurricane Georges came across in 1998. But the island has been spared — so far.

At the time of the Grotto’s installation, Sister Gabriel had lived on the island since 1897 and had survived three major hurricanes, including the 1919 direct hit that left destruction across Key West.

Apparently, Sister Gabriel always said that as long as the Grotto was standing, “Key West would never experience the full brunt of a hurricane.”

After one horrible season in the early 2000s, one local shop put up a sign that read, “Canes 0, Grotto 3,” locals remember.

Still, plenty of Key West residents know from experience that prayers aren’t always enough to keep hurricanes at bay.

Dina DiMartino lost her home and her entire neighborhood to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when she lived in a New Orleans suburb, St. Bernard Parish, where the levee system failed.

“The biggest part was losing where I grew up,” DiMartino said. “I go back and visit, but St. Bernard will never be the same. It’s such a small community like Key West. All the other stuff was just stuff.”

DiMartino, 48, a Louisiana native who taught school for 12 years before Katrina and then ran a security business, learned about the Grotto when she moved to Key West in 2012.

“I go with my three candles and make a donation and pray hard to keep our community protected,” she said. “I’ve done that every June 1. But I have to say, the days before Irma I went there a little bit more.”

The numbers of praying locals grew larger as Irma approached, she remembers.

“I grew up Catholic but have explored other thing,” DiMartino said of her spirituality. “I’m open-minded, not deeply religious. I’m a very superstitious person. I don’t know if that comes with growing up in New Orleans.”

What the fuck does that mean? What’s the difference between being religious and being superstitious?

Last Resort Strategy At The White House – Bible Studies


August 1, 2017

When bullying, lying and collusion with foreign governments don’t work try prayer.




Some of the most powerful people in America have been gathering weekly to learn more about God’s Word, and this Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history.

They’ve been called the most evangelical Cabinet in history – men and women who don’t mince words when it comes to where they stand on God and the Bible.

Trump to CBN: ‘You Have the People I Love – Evangelicals.’

Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries told CBN News, “These are godly individuals that God has risen to a position of prominence in our culture.”

They’re all handpicked by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Health Secretary Tom Price, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo are just a few of the regulars.

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Suffer The Little Children…Because God Says So.

This is MURDER, plain and simple. Withholding medical care from a child is evil, sick, and demented. But don’t bother telling that to these parents, because they would prefer their child die rather than receive life-saving medical care of any kind.


Get it through your heads: Prayer doesn’t cure illness. Prayer does NOTHING except prolong the agony. If prayer worked every doctor and every hospital would use it. But they don’t, because it doesn’t work. Science medical treatment work, prayer DOES NOT WORK.

Tennessee County Asks God To Spare Them And Smite Someone Else


September 5, 2015
A Tennessee county plans to take up a resolution begging God for mercy and asking that the deity not smite their community “like Sodom and Gomorrah” because of the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.

The “resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy” was written by Blount County commissioner Karen Miller and will come up for consideration at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The resolution calls on lawmakers throughout the state “to protect Natural Marriage, from lawless court opinions, AND THE financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source AND defend the Moral Standards of Tennessee.”


Good luck with that. God’s track record of helping his believers is not a cause for optimism.

I Guess That Settles It

God can heal you….unless you’re an amputee or terminally ill or he just doesn’t fucking feel like it.


Prayers For Peace

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Let’s See If Prayer Works This Time

“Driving drunk woo …” “Ill be dead thanks to you …Lata”

Irina Reinoso, killed by her drunk-driving friend, Mila Dago

Irina Reinoso, killed by her drunk-driving friend, Mila Dago. No word yet on if she’s come back to life from the praying Mila and her family are doing.

The person who sent this text message, Mila Dago, was driving drunk on August 14, 2013.

Just three minutes after sending the message Dago blew through a red light near downtown Miami, plowing her tiny rented Smart Car into a moving truck and killing her own passenger and friend, Irina Reinoso, 22.

According to police, nearly two hours after the crash blood tests revealed Dago had a blood alcohol content level of .178 — more than double the legal limit.

Asked for a comment, her defense attorney, David Rothman, said: “Ms. Dago, who, with her family, prays every day for the young woman who passed and her family, believes it is disrespectful to the young woman’s family to publicly comment.”

First of all, Irina Reinoso didn’t “pass on”, she was  murdered by Mila Dago as a result of Dago’s drunk driving.

Second, let’s see what good Mila Dago’s prayers do. Maybe Irina Reinoso will magically come back to life and exclaim, “No harm, no foul!”.

Maybe she will be raised from the dead and everything will be okay.


Mila Dago, who “prays every day” for the friend she killed, because we all know how much good that will do….

Or not. One can only wait and see what sort of amazing things will happen after the power of prayer is invoked.


UPDATE, May 7th, 2015: Shockingly, Irina is still dead. Either God is busy, or the power of prayer is a useless delusion that allows the guilty to feel better in spite of what they’ve done.


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