Religion in General
September 6, 2018
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September 7, 2018
The world didn’t end yesterday.
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Birth of ‘first red heifer in 2000 years’ fulfills Bible prophecy and signals ‘end of days’
The Temple Institute announced the birth of the red heifer in Israel on their YouTube channel and said the calf underwent ‘extensive examination by rabbinical experts’
You can’t get anymore scientific than that, right?
The birth and sacrifice of the red cow is said to precede the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
In mainstream Orthodox Judaism, the rebuilding of the Temple will happen before the coming of the Jewish Messiah.
The two previous temples have been destroyed.
However, The Temple Institute and other organisations have been established with the goal of building the Third Temple on Mount Moriah or the Temple Mount.
But some theologians believe the construction of the Third Temple is linked to ‘Judgement Day’ or the ‘end of times’.
These are adult human beings discussing this seriously. Welcome back to the Bronze Age.
August 30, 2018
… ignore him because he’s at least as crazy as you are.
When 32-year-old Timothy Hernandez’s parents arrived at their Mount Vernon home after church Sunday afternoon, they found his girlfriend on the ground, with her head removed from her body and placed on the back of her torso, according to Mount Vernon police reports.
Hernandez is now charged with first-degree murder in Skagit County Superior Court, accused of plotting his 27-year-old girlfriend’s death that morning. He would later tell police that he “had spoken with God,” who told him to “strike down” his girlfriend. Their 3-year-old daughter also told investigators she witnessed the slaying.
After the parents called 911, cops arrived to find Vanessa Cons’ body on the floor of the bedroom she shared with Hernandez, at the parents’ house in the 1200 block of North 18th Street in the city about 60 miles north of Seattle.
The parents told officers that they had left for church between 9:30 and 10 a.m. that morning without seeing Hernandez or Cons. They found her body when they returned home about 12:45 p.m. The parents claimed the couple argued before going to bed the previous night.
Investigators found a butcher knife in the kitchen sink with a clean blade, but blood and human hair on the handle. They also spotted multiple stab wounds to Cons’ back and the back of her head. They believe Hernandez sawed her head off from her body and placed it on the back of her torso, according to the incident report.
July 19, 2018
- Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Tennessee carried out the study
- They found nations losing their religion could bring lucrative financial rewards
- Secularisation corresponded to an average £800 increase in output per head
Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Tennessee found that higher levels of secularism led to higher wealth and a greater tolerance for individual rights.
They examined output figures for 109 countries and the importance of religious faith in those states.
A modest increase in secularisation corresponded to an average £800 increase in output per head within a decade, a £2,000 increase in 20 years and a £4,000 increase within 30. But Damian Ruck, of the University of Bristol’s population health sciences institute, told The Times: ‘Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t be religious and also respect individual rights.’
The researchers noted: ‘A century ago, Emile Durkheim [a French sociologist] proposed that technological and socioeconomic advances come to displace the functions of religion, whereas Max Weber [a German Philosopher] contended the opposite, that monotheistic religion, the so-called Protestant ethic, made the development of capitalism possible.’
Belief and religious participation have been on the decline in recent decades in most rich nations – but have remained high in developing countries.
Between 1947 and 2001, belief in the divine declined by 33.6 per cent in Sweden, 19.9 per cent in Australia and 7.2 per cent in Canada, according to research by a Harvard academic.
Countries with high rates of religiosity tend to be clustered in poor regions, with some of the largest rates recorded in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Indonesia.
For the first time, more than half of the UK population say they have no religion, according to a British Social Attitudes survey last year.
Only 3 per cent of adults under 24 described themselves as Anglican – fewer than the 5 per cent who identify as Catholic. Almost three out of four 18- to 24-year-olds say they have no religion, a rise of nine percentage points since 2015.
June 30, 2018
Good. Leave the kids out of this and other religious cults.
Numerous commentators have raised concerns about a proposed bill currently in the California Senate, Assembly Bill 2943. The bill would amend the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act to prohibit “sexual orientation change efforts.”
Most discussion of the bill has focused on its potential ban on Bible sales. It seems much more likely that the bill will make religious education programs the target of “death by litigation.”
The proposed bill states: “The following unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer are unlawful:…Advertising, offering for sale, or selling services constituting sexual orientation change efforts to an individual.”
AB 2943 is based in part on California Business and Professions Code. Section 865 defines “sexual orientation change efforts” as “any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” Section 865.1 provides, “Under no circumstances shall a mental health provider engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a patient under 18 years of age.”
Bill Bans ‘Any Practice’ that Proclaims Christian Doctrine
Unlike this section of existing law, AB 2943’s definition of “sexual change orientation efforts” is not limited to “practices by mental health providers,” and its prohibitions are not limited to minors. AB 2943 defines “sexual orientation change efforts” as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”
The bill’s only express exclusion from “any practices” are “psychotherapies that: (A) provide acceptance, support, and understanding of clients or the facilitation of clients’ coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices; and (B) do not seek to change sexual orientation.”
Thus, under AB 2943, “any practice,” except certain psychotherapies, would qualify as an unfair and deceptive business practice, so long as it is intended as part of a sale of goods or services. There is no guidance as to what qualifies as “seek[ing] to change an individual’s sexual orientation.”
This Easily Includes Catechism Classes
Under these broad and ill-defined terms, “any practice” could include Catholic catechism classes, commonly known as CCD, in which every Catholic child who attends public school must participate to make First Communion and Confirmation. Parents pay for their children to attend these classes, so they are purchasing a service. The purpose of these classes is to teach the Catechism of the Catholic Church and to teach the students to live in accordance with the church’s teachings.
The catechism is very clear on the church’s position on homosexuality in three sections:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
To the extent the issue of human sexuality is raised in a CCD class, the catechist is obligated to tell the students what the church’s view on homosexuality is. That would certainly qualify as attempting to “change behaviors” in the context of sexual orientation. Sections 2357 and 2359 of the catechism expressly call on persons who are attracted to the same sex to refrain from such behaviors by living a life of chastity, and Section 2357 states that “under no circumstances can [homosexual acts] be approved.”
The students in CCD classes for First Communion can range from ages 7 to even 12, for children whose parents failed to enroll them in second grade. Confirmation classes have students who are between 15 and 16 years old. Classes for children who were not baptized and seek to be baptized into the church at a later age can include students up to 17 years old.
Given these age ranges, questions about the church’s position on marriage, sexuality, sexual orientation, cohabitation, and divorce will most certainly arise. If the teacher performs his or her duties accordingly, he or she is obligated to refer to sections 2357-2359 of the catechism and, if AB 2943 is in place, expose the parish to a potential lawsuit.
This Law Could Also Ban Christian Schools
The potential risk that parochial schools, particularly high schools where issues of sex and sexuality are a major part of students’ lives, will be ensnared by AB 2943 is also high. Parents at these schools pay tuition and are therefore paying for services and goods. The mission of Catholic schools, like CCD classes, is to educate students in the teachings of the Catholic Church, including Sections 2357 to 2359 of the catechism.
AB 2943 would force teachers at these schools to choose between fully and freely teaching the full catechism, thereby exposing the school to a potential lawsuit under AB 2943, and censoring the portions of the catechism taught to avoid litigation. AB 2943 would chill any discussion of the church’s position on homosexuality and homosexual acts in religious education classes, including debate among students regarding the merits of that position.
More than 10 million adults in California identify as Catholic. There are 306 parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles alone. There are also hundreds of Catholic elementary and high schools all over California. AB 2943 would chill the religious freedom of Catholics to study and examine the tenets of their faith.
AB 2943 is impermissibly vague and broad. As drafted, it will impinge on the First Amendment rights of numerous religious groups. Many religious education programs will self-censor due to potential lawsuits. Those who refuse to do so risk being sued out of existence or into submission.
AB 2943 is not yet law and is currently still in committee. Perhaps with sufficient opposition, it will never become law. The bill is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee. A hearing on the bill is set for July 2, 2018. The Senate Appropriations Committee meets every Monday at 10 a.m. in Room 4203. The committee’s mailing address is State Capitol, Room 2206 Sacramento, CA 95814.
June 28, 2018
We here at fuckthepope.com have recently received dozens of emails asking why we don’t have any positive posts about the pope. Rather than send out dozens of emails in response we decided on a public post to clarify our position.
The name of our site is FuckThePope.com not GeeThePopeIsWondeful.com That should settle it.
April 26, 2018
New Delhi (CNN)A Indian court has sentenced self-proclaimed Indian spiritual guru Asaram Bapu to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2013.
The guilty verdict was handed down Wednesday amid high security at Jodhpur Central Jail in the western state of Rajasthan, according to local Police Commissioner Ashok Rathore.
Asaram’s spokesperson Neelam Dubey told reporters that his legal team will challenge the verdict in India’s High Court.
The arrest of Asaram in 2013 prompted violent clashes between his supporters and police in several major cities.
Before the verdict was handed down, police were placed on high-alert across three states, amid the threat of further violence. The three states, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, are home to large numbers of Asaram devotees.
Special prohibitory orders remain in place in Jodhpur, with the Rajasthan High Court imposing Section 144, which prohibits the gathering of more than four people in an area, until April 30.
Security has also been stepped up around the alleged victim’s house, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
April 12, 2018
According to conspiracy theorists, codes in the Bible suggest the end of the world is imminent, with Earth set to be destroyed on April 23.
One theory suggests the end times dates back to astrological constellations appearing on November 23, matching the book of Revelation 12:1-2.
The passage signals the start of the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The passage 12:1–2 reads: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”
Well, that pretty much settles it, right? Goodbye to you all.
Church of England vicar is caught on video inhaling from a crack pipe and discussing prostitutes as he says ‘I’m a very happy man’
February 18. 2018
Stennett Kirby, a very happy druggie
A Church of England vicar has apparently been caught on video inhaling from a crack pipe and discussing prostitutes.
The 64-year-old priest was seen sitting on a sofa with a friend and apparently watching porn and talking about escorts, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Stennett Kirby is the vicar of West Ham Parish Church in Stratford and has held the position since 2007.
The video reportedly shows him lighting up a pipe and separately snorting powdered cocaine.
He is said to have talked about paying for a female escort, saying: ‘I wish I could. If I had money, I would. I’ve only got £10 left.’
February 16, 2018
Let’s hope she never holds public office. Who knows what the voices might tell her to do?
Winfrey tells Overtime that she never intended to create the buzz in the first place. She says she was “stunned” by the reaction and insists her speech was not an attempt to wade into politics.
“I was just trying to give a good speech,” she says. “I was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender and class and race. I cared about landing that speech in the room.”
Outside the room, Winfrey says campaign financiers took notice.
“I had a lot of wealthy men calling, telling me that they would run my campaign and raise $1 billion for me,” Winfrey says. “I think that when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it’s worthy of thinking about.”
But Winfrey told Overtime that she has not heard the call to higher office: “And wouldn’t I know? Because if God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kinda tell me? And I haven’t heard that,” she says.
January 31, 2018
Ten reasons, in no particular order, why Google is superior to God in all respects.
1. Google isn’t jealous and won’t condemn you for using Bing.
2. There are no temples to Google, nor do we feel the need to tell each other about the goodness of Google.
3. Google gives relevant, useful, and contemporary information.
4. Google gives consistent results which are updated as new info comes in.
5. Google is actually worldwide and multicultural.
6. One need not look too far, nor with great difficulty, to find Google.
7. There is only one Google.
8. Google isn’t limited to a few books or commentaries on them as the sole source of all info needed for every situation life may find you in.
9. Google is all about finding and sharing info, not stifling one’s sense of reason or search for truth.
10. No doubt 2,000 years from now no one will be arguing about the existence of Google
January 30, 2018
Duh! For good examples see the two posts below.
“Dear god, do things my way.”
Religious people are not as smart as atheists, according to new research.
Scientists claim believers have diminished intelligence because they rely on intuition and not facts.
The strength of religious conviction is inversely linked with intellect, researchers found.
Religious people are less smart than atheists, according to new research.
Religious people are less smart than atheists, according to new research.
Researchers led by Imperial College London surveyed more than 63,000 participants on online tasks that measured planning, reasoning, attention and memory.
Participants indicated whether they were atheist, religious or agnostic and completed a 30-minute set of 12 cognitive tasks.
Scientists found that the effect of religiosity was robust regardless of people’s age, education and country of origin.
Agnostics are smarter than believers but less intelligent than atheists, researchers found.