Category: Religion

You people are like Killer whales!

A long time ago, when I was younger lad and less a man of the world, I had something happen that has allowed me to always have a good chuckle whenever I thought back to it. I was at a convention with a few buddies that I will say were of the “heftier” variety, and these gents could eat. As you can guess, their favorite routine was to hit an “All you can eat buffet” and just clean the place up. I loved watching these guys that all outweighed me by lover 120lbs or more, sit down and just clean out the entire buffet offering of this Chinese place in under 30 mins flat. It got so bad that one day the owner freaked out, started calling them killer whales, because he associated killer whales with an animal that eat everything in sight I guess, and proceeded to scold them about the fact that an “All you can eat buffet” implies it’s all you can eat, not eat all you can, and it was all done in broken English. As if there was a difference to these fellas. They looked up like a bunch of cows that have their grazing interrupted, and one of them, the 6′ 4″ nearly 350lbs giant of a guy – the meekest one of the bunch I add, which is why it was so funny – just told the poor fella in a booming voice: more food please! Then poor guy lost it and threw us all out, banning my buddies for life, all the while screaming about how they were putting him out of business. Seriously strange shit.

Maybe this story has been doing the rounds, cause some Imam has decided they must put a stop to the evils of “All you can eat buffets”, cause…. Well cause FATWA!

A Saudi cleric named Saleh al-Fawzan has issued fatwa against all-you-can-eat buffets in Saudi Arabia. He made the statement on a Saudi Quranic TV station.

Fawzan said the value and quantity of the food sold should be pre-determined before hand.

“Whoever enters the buffet and eats for 10 or 50 riyals without deciding the quantity they will eat is violating Sharia (Islamic) law,” Fawzan was quoted on al-Atheer channel.

Maybe that Chinese restaurant guy went to Saudi Arabia after his place closed down from the people grazing at the “All you can eat buffet” (that’s how my buddies would tell the wait staff to seat them when they went there “X amount of people for grazing”) and he finally found a sympathetic ear to his plight. Who knows.

Egyptian military cures AIDS!

No, seriously, I am not kidding, these bozos are making the claim that they have cured AIDS:

More than 36 million people worldwide have died from the AIDS virus across the globe, and another 35.3 million are currently living with the disease.

But they no longer have any reason to worry. The Egyptian Army has defeated the disease.

And Hepatitis-C.

Or so claimed Egyptian Gen. Dr. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, chief of the medical branch. “We defeated AIDS, and rest assured, we defeated AIDS,” Abdel-Atti said Sunday at a press conference.

“And indeed,” he said, according to a translation provided by Egyptian protest group We Are All Khaled Said. “I conquered AIDS with the blessings of my Lord, glory to him, with a rate of 100%.”

The country’s military leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and President Adly Mansour were present at the conference, according to an official statement.

I wonder if the cure is terminal.

And with a military leader with the name “el-Sissi” you wonder if they all aren’t gonna end up with AIDS. I know, bad joke, but I couldn’t help it. Maybe Sebelious is taking her queues on Obamacare from these people?

What The Duck!!!!

I did the unthinkable the other day. Doing some last minute Christmas shopping on line, an item that I wanted was only available in store. So yesterday I drove to my local Kohls, grabbed what I wanted and was going to be outa there in less than 5 minutes. While standing in the check out line, I noticed Duck Dynasty crap everywhere, toys in the center isle and books (both on the family and cooking) near the cash registers. Clearly, I was tickled, not so much because I was a fan (at the time I never saw the show but have lately been watching the first season on Amazon Prime, the show is terrific) but anytime those whinny cry baby gay advocate groups get their nose tweaked and their thuggish brown shirt tactics don’t garner the intended results (not everyone will be bullied) it restores my faith in humanity.

No need to go over what happened, everyone should know by now and the sides have pretty much been drawn, except for the sponsors. Some initially bowed to the pressure and reversed course, while others got on the right side right away, knowing which side their bread is buttered.

Initial impression could indicate that Phil Robertson is a red neck hick, too stupid to know what he has wrought, that impression could not be more wrong. He can read his bio. here, the guy is a walking cliche for the American dream. I did not know he was such a football stud, a Masters in education, a self made millionaire. I was also taken by his Come To Jesus moment, as the song says, was lost but now am found.

Re: the GQ interview, as much I thought he was in command of the whole process, clearly he was trying to pander somewhat to his audience, hence the talk about vagina’s, but he knew what the central theme would be, sin, in all it’s manifestations.

I always wonder why famous people talk to these magazines in the first place, anything positive rarely results, except catching the interviewee in a controversial comment, which is then used to sell more magazines (Stanley McCrystal comes to mind).

I’m not surprised that GLAAD had a hissy fit, nor am I surprised that out of all those things he described as sinful ,” Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right”, that part got them the most upset.

I got an education on how the gay activists work during the Prop. 8 kerfuffle a few years back, they give new meaning to “might makes right” and “There is no prize for second place”, while businesses were vandalized, people were attacked, and real laws were broken. Clearly A&E did not want to tangle with them, and we have seen this play out before, both at Target and Chick fil A.

The Robertson family does not need A&E, my guess is that they will cave and restore Phil pronto, it is all about the samolians.

In watching a few of the episodes, I get the popularity. The concept is about as foreign to me as you can get, never ever killing a critter for food, but the simplicity of living off the land (“I don’t trust store bought meat, never have”), and camaraderie of family (the biggest insult imaginable is calling someone a “bird watcher”) makes it very entertaining. The episode where Phil goes to “career day” at his grand daughters school, then shows the 8th grade class how to field dress a duck, with the resultant nausea in the audience, solid gold.

Saudi Justice

Ah, Saudi Arabia:

A Saudi court jailed a Lebanese man for six years and sentenced him to 300 lashes after convicting him of encouraging a Saudi woman to convert to Christianity, Saudi dailies reported Sunday.

The same court sentenced a Saudi man convicted in the same case to two years in prison and 200 lashes for having helped the young woman flee the ultra-conservative, US-backed Sunni kingdom, local daily Al-Watan said.

The July 2012 case caused a stir in Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict version of Sharia that stipulates Muslims who convert to another religion must be sentenced to death.

The woman, known only as “the girl of Khobar,” was granted refuge in Sweden where she lives under the protection of unspecified NGOs, according to local press reports.

This is not out of left field. Not only does Saudi Arabia live under Sharia law, polls shows that a substantial number of Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam, ranging from 4% in Kazakhstan to majorities in Malaysia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. (That comes from a rather alarming Pew report (PDF)).

One of the few legitimate points that Bill Maher has made is that we can not view all religious extremists as the same. No matter how extreme the Religious Right might or might not be, none of them are calling for the death penalty for leaving Christianity and very few even support Dominionism. Muslims in the US and Europe are far less likely to support such radical views. But where Islam has real power — the Middle East and central Asia — these views are common.

Francis I

There’s a new pope in town and, by the Church’s standard, he’s pretty revolutionary:

  • The first non-European Pope since the 5th century.
  • The first Jesuit Pope.
  • The first original Papal name since the 10th century (I don’t count John Paul as original).
  • I find the Jesuit thing the most surprising. I never thought we would see a Jesuit Pope. He’s 76 so we’ll see how much of an influence he has. But my first impressions are positive. There’s some noise on Twitter about him opposing abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception (Twitter, apparently, is shocked that the Pope is Catholic; no word on how Twitter feels about what bears do in the woods). But my first impression is positive. I think it was a good choice.

    The election must be over…

    Because as usual with the green communists in charge and their insane energy policies, gas prices are going up. I found some old receipts and was doing the math, and 37 days ago I filled up at $3.48 a gallon. Yesterday I paid $3.93 for each gallon. That’s a 45 cent jump in just 37 days, and there is no economic boon anywhere to justify increased demand for oil. So, WTF is going on? From the article:

    The price spike is due largely to the rising cost of crude oil and the earlier-than-usual shutdown of many U.S. refineries. The refineries shut down to do maintenance and switch over to a summer blend of gas, but the closings create temporary shortages that drive up prices.

    I bolded what is really the most important component responsible for both the lower production numbers and the real reason prices are going up. Crude prizes have gone up, but from here we see the following:

    •EIA expects that the Brent crude oil spot price, which averaged $112 per barrel in 2012 and rose to $119 per barrel in early February 2013, will average $109 per barrel in 2013 and $101 per barrel in 2014. The projected discount of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil to Brent, which averaged $18 per barrel in 2012, averages $9 per barrel in 2014 as planned new pipeline capacity lowers the cost of moving midcontinent crude oil to the Gulf Coast refining centers.

    Prices went up $5 per barrel since last year in February. In fact, crude prices have not gone up considerably because the US is now pumping lots of oil, but one of the problems we still have is that moving that oil around to get it sold is still being hindered by the stupid greens. Get used to paying more for gas. A lot more. That’s their energy policy in a nut shell. And they don’t have to hide their plans anymore for at least another year or two, since they got the gullible to vote for them.

    Taking Care of the Womens

    Fresh off the story of a Saudi cleric paying only a fine for murdering his 5 y/o daughter (he thought she might not be a virgin), we have this story:

    A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless.

    Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.

    Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’

    Earlier Nottingham Crown Court heard that such crimes usually result in a four to seven-year prison sentence.

    But the judge said that because Rashid was ‘passive’ and ‘lacking assertiveness’, sending him to jail.

    Yeah. It was a British judge who decided this.

    I can see what the judge is getting at: that Rashid was not raised properly to know the law and basic morals. But that is largely irrelevant. Ignorance of the law has never been an excuse for this sort of thing. And, if anything, his upbringing makes him more of a danger in general society. I’ll also give you three guesses as to whether or not a man raised in a fundamentalist Christian environment would be let off for grooming and raping a 13 year-old girl because he was “naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters”.

    History Existed Before Bible Says Pat Robertson

    Holiest of Shits!

    Look, I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop [James] Ussher wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years. It just didn’t. You go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas.

    They’re out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don’t try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible.

    Yeah.  Pat Robertson is, uh, totally right.  At long last, a major fundamentalist Christian leader has come forward on this stupidly needless and divisive topic.  The Bible isn’t a science book.  Anyone who has read it should know that.

    For a long time, people misunderstood the concept that the Bible is the only book you really need to read.  In a way, that’s so.  The Bible (at least the parts in red letters) is about living in peace with our fellow human beings, practicing compassion, and other hippie stuff.   When Christianity went off the rails is when believers began pretending like it was the final authority on all things and the only book you should ever read.

    I applaud Robertson for speaking up about this.  It’s a major crack in the wall, in my opinion.  At last: Science and Faith no longer have to be at war and the media won’t be able to make GOP politicians look like dumbasses by asking about the age of the Earth.

    Bizarrely, we will have Pat Robertson to thank for beginning the change in thinking of those theological circles.

    After healthcare, your savings, food, and security

    I guess the best way to get everyone to want to keep around a failing government run Ponzi scheme, is to make any other kind of investment vehicle unattractive. Qeueue the idea that 401Ks should be taxed pre use. Not to mention that once government can raid them through taxes, they also find ways to justify doing what Europeans are talking about or doing to their private investment retirement vehicles – nationalizing these investment vehicles so the government can raid the big cash in them – with a lot more ease.

    Just like with healthcare, if you make the system too top heavy, expensive, and unviable, you can get rid of it and have government run it all. It really isn’t a coincidence that they are going after these things. Between healthcare and private retirement vehicles, the government could grab control of trillions of new dollars. And after all, the plan is to control people through their access to this stuff. It is not a coincidence that they are also going after control of what you eat, either.

    This is not accidental. And to make sure we all stay well behaved,
    they are getting moar dronz! Luckily, some of us get what they are doing. If one was religious shit like this would frighten us. They are a cult.

    Tripping Over Our Faith

    Does God Need To Be Worn On A Sleeve?

    To segue from the Red Bandana post and the questions concerning overt spirituality I sometimes wonder what if any limitations we should as a nation place on piousness. The news from Benghazi and Cairo, although shocking, seem to me like a sad continuation of the insanity of Islam, more bloodshed from the religion of peace. Apostasy laws, blasphemy laws, a clear mandate from their holy book to subjugate the earth and murder all that stand in your way, reasoning with these people is clearly out of the question. But this post as more to do with us, how as a Christian nation (are we still and should we get away from that?) we should comport ourselves publicly re: our faith, is it necessary to inject God and our beliefs in him into the secular affairs of state, is it necessary for public officials to demonstrate their faith to us, is it necessary to inject religion into any portion of governance, and lastly, does our method of worship/our beliefs in God inflame those around the world that we are trying to dialogue with?

    There is no greater advocate for our civil liberties then myself and there existed a clear premeditated rational for placing religious liberty not only in the First Amendment, but first in the First Amendment. Any rudimentary understanding of how we came to be a nation has to include the desire and need to be left alone and able to worship God in their own way. The very concept of Manifest Destiny, a “Divine” destiny, whereby Providence (God) issued marching orders to “to establish on earth the moral dignity and salvation of man”, was responsible for theft of land and the extermination of its previous owners, the native American Indians. But that faith also spawned countless church organizations, institutions that fought slavery, provided for the poor and needy, not only here but around the world, you can be the judge as to whether the ledger is in surplus or deficit mode.

    But doesn’t freedom of religion also mean freedom from religion? This door has to swing both ways. The American Dream not only means the land of opportunity and the ability to reap the benefits of hard work and industry, it also means freedom from governmental prosecution no matter what beliefs you cling to. Nowhere on the inscription of the Statue Of Liberty ,” Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door” does it mention ,”As long as you worship our Judeo Christian God”. I would hope that if some atheist family living in Saudi Arabia who is sick and tried of all the religious dogma but who is forced to acquiesce and go along for fear of their head getting separated from their shoulders would look upon our shores with fondness, would feel welcomed because in America all faiths (or none at all) are equally valued.

    In the past I have relished our differences with that of Europe, mainly because we are different. Not only in matter such as capital punishment and public displays of religiosity (yes, I got the irony of using both in the same sentence) but the very relationship each citizen has with his government, it’s different. But lately I have been thinking that it is now done ( prayers and saying “God bless America”) more out of habit and precedence and not for which it was intended, to invoke God’s guidance and protection for our great land.

    Apologies for rambling, but here are the salient questions; would it bother anyone here if we just flat out eliminated the practice? Understanding that we have no particular sway with the almighty, should we dispense with the pretense of being special and just get down to business? Should not faith be between a man and his maker and separate from his allegiance and duties to his country? Would our new found discretion in all things spiritual, would this improve relations with the rest of the world? And does anyone really think that we as American’s have any leg up or special dispensation over anyone else wrt who God will favor?

    Through out the world, we see every day how religious fervor is perverted into criminal conduct. I don’t for a minute equate Christianity with Islam, but getting theology and religious practices out of all governmental actions and considerations, globally this would be a good thing.