July 19, 2016

Public Nudity

A man who is so offended by casual public nudity, he slows down and engages with some naked men on the street in Toronto. I must point out that his Youtube username is "christsforgiveness."

On the website of christsforgiveness.com it says

CFM has evangelists all around the world that have been trained in the CFM style of Evangelism and are impacting souls and planting churches.

The cameraman who made the video above must be showing us some of "CFM style of evangelism." And they wonder why so many gays don't like Christian churches.

The law on public nudity in Canada is a bit unclear, but similar to the laws in much of the United States. If the naked person is not engaging in lewd behavior, then there's no problem.

Here's another video that shows Christ's Forgiveness Ministry preaching at Toronto gay pride. Observe the reaction of the people passing by. There is no reaction. He draws not a single listener. He might as well have been invisible and silent.

permalink | July 19, 2016 at 01:07 PM | Comments (0)

July 12, 2016

Problem Solved! Republicans Declare Coal To Be "Clean"

The GOP's platform committee unanimously voted to declare coal "an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource."

The word "clean" was not initially included in the Republican platform committee's coal statement. It was added by David Barton, an RNC delegate from Texas. Barton is the former vice chair of the Republican Party of Texas and an evangelical leader, popular for his claims that the U.S. Constitution is a biblical document.

From a 2012 NPR report on David Barton:

"You look at Article 3, Section 1, the treason clause," he told James Robison on Trinity Broadcast Network. "Direct quote out of the Bible. You look at Article 2, the quote on the president has to be a native born? That is Deuteronomy 17:15, verbatim.

The treason clause is is actually Article 3, Section 3:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

I'm not even going to search for it, but if any Bible expert thinks they know where Article 3, Section 3 is in the Bible, I would be delighted to learn that amazing fact.

Article 2, Section 1, the requirement for the President to be a natural born citizen says this: "No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States."

Deuteronomy 17:15 in the Complete Jewish Bible: "In that event, you must appoint as king the one whom Adonai your God will choose. He must be one of your kinsmen, this king you appoint over you — you are forbidden to appoint a foreigner over you who is not your kinsman." King James: "Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother."

Clearly related, but I don't think Mr. Barton knows the meaning of the word "verbatim" nor the obvious fact that a verbatim quote from the Bible would never be in English.

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December 9, 2015

Lifesaver

Larry Daniel Kaufman, an unarmed, gay Wiccan is credited with saving four lives at the San Bernardino shooting before he himself was shot and killed.

He was in the courtyard eating lunch with several of people near the corridor where he had been working as the shooting began. Daniel, always more concerned about everyone around him than himself, began screaming “Get out! Go! Get out now! Hurry!” He began pushing people out of harms way, urging them to the safety of the door before he was shot and killed.

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September 25, 2015

OMG! Kim Davis Does Have A Gay "Friend"

And his name is Dallas Black. Whether or not he is a friend, depends on your definition of friend. I would classify their relationship as something between "passing acquaintance" and "good acquaintance." He wouldn't go out to lunch with her, but he has her phone number.

Mr. Black says she's changed from the nice lady he used to know:

"I really don’t know who Kim is at the moment. I really want to believe that the kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there," he said. "I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing."

BTW, Kentucky has no provision for the recall of elected officials. Nor does it allow citizen initiatives, so unless she gets impeached (I assume that is possible), Kim Davis can just sit there and draw her pay until the next election.

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September 24, 2015

The Hunt Is On!

Kim Davis is playing the favorite game of bigots, this particular variation being "I have gay friends." She claims she has already denied a marriage license for a gay friend.

So the hunt has begun to find her gay friend(s). If you are her gay friend, major media want to interview you. If you are scummy enough, you can probably sell your story.

Maybe she met her gay friend(s) in jail, so I hope the media don't overlook that place.

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August 20, 2015

If God Actually Smote

Four successive lightning strikes on a Google data center in Belgium resulted in the permanent loss of some data. If God ever decided to get back into the smiting business, this is the sort of precision accuracy I would expect of someone who claims to be almighty. It's much more impressive than, say, sending a hurricane to flood all of Florida just to wipe out some investment property held by a couple of Google employees.

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July 30, 2015

Temple to "Mazu: Goddess of the Empty Sea"

Charlie Nguyen has organized a crew to build a Buddhist temple at Burning Man.
Temple to Mazu Goddess of the Empty Sea

I'm sure there have been many temples for specific religions at Burning Man, but they may have been small or even located in the residential zone (you know how religious organizations like to ignore zoning restrictions), because I don't remember anything on this scale dedicated to just one religion. Thank goodness this first one is Buddhist so nobody freaks out.

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July 9, 2015

Gettin' Their Hate On

In a well-written, amusing piece, Zack Hunt, a Tennesseean who has been living in Connecticut for three years, explains how same-sex marriage will not bring about any of the apocalypses that anyone has predicted.

Wikipedia (it's the god's truth, ya know?) tells us there are about 4,200 religions in the world. Just the list Abrahamic religions goes on for a few pages. Then there are the Indian religions (pages), Iranian religions (only a few), East Asian religions (a little more than a page), African diasporic religions, Mesoamerican religions, Indigenous traditional religions (pages), "Historical" polytheism (maybe the word "Historical" is to distinguish it from what goes on at Burning Man), Mysticism and occult, Modern Paganism (they use iPhones), New religious movements (there's room for more?!?!), Left-hand path religions (I never heard that term before, but it includes Satanism and Luciferianism - which I think is Satanism for the better educated), Post-theistic and naturalistic religions, Parody or Mock religions (even Pastafarianism, which is recognized by the IRS and Veterans Administration, I believe), and then "Others" (Deism, Eckankar, Humanism, Universal Life, etc.).

And who does Zack Hunt address his article to? Only one single religion. And in the comments on his article, where does the hate speech come from? Only from those who profess belief in this one single religion. "Is it Zoroastrianism," I hear you asking. No, no, it's not the Zs. It is, of course, Christianity - despite the fact that there certainly are lots of hardcore homophobic Jews and Muslims, but those religions seem to keep their objections within their own religions rather than taking them out in public and trying to literally beat them into others. Those who have been paying attention have seen how even the Latter Day Saints quickly adopted the way of the Jews and Muslims after the debacle of 2008. And don't we all love seeing the unofficial Mormon contingent coming in the Pride parades?
San Francisco Pride Parade 2015 (6979)

From a commenter:

I believe America will be judged the same way Sodom and Gomorrah was. In 2 Peter 2:6 it says and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; It doesn't get much clearer than that. When God flooded the earth He gave the rainbow as a promise that He would never destroy the earth with water again, but it says here He gave Sodom and Gomorrah as an example! I pray God would spare us judgement, but I believe we have gone too far.

So let's go to the King James version (the most error-laden popular translation, which might explain someone's misunderstanding).

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Mightn't one think that gay people who want to marry are godly and have suffered the temptations of a permanent unmarried life? Hasn't god, using the Supreme Court, delivered them from that? And those people who despise government, those people seem to be excluded from those who are godly. And the filth that they attempt to heap onto marriage? Isn't that speaking evil of dignities? Personally, it's all about as real as "Atlas Shrugged." A long, interesting story. But some people really believe in it, and then the trouble begins.

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July 3, 2015

Hayes Valley Temple Video

San Franciscans doing the temple thing.

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July 2, 2015

Feel The Love

Jesus Christ
This is pretty close to the Sunday School picture of Jesus that I was accustomed to seeing in Methodist churches in the 1960s
. Now, just visualize him saying these words and notice if there is any incongruity.

I'm sure her love will make me feel all warm and fuzzy - someday - but right now I need to go spit.

If you have Facebook access here's a mean video satire.

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