I love Buddy Christ. He’s so eager to please Just swipe your card at the door, and charge your sins away. It won’t be long before Buddy and his ecclesiastical pals figure out a way to finance your redemption with automatic withdrawals from your savings and checking
First, there was an apology. Then came this announcement. After nearly 40 years of targeting the LGBT community with bigotry and abuse, Exodus International seems to have had a change of heart. The conservative Christian based organization is best known for their “pray the gay away” reprogramming of gays and lesbians. Now, according to Exodus president Alan Chambers, they are disbanding and rebranding.
So why after 37 years of hatred has there been a change of heart? Chambers had this to say on their blog:
” Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living breathing organism.” ” For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a world view that’s neither honoring our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”
Does that sound like a change of heart to you? It sounds like a change of heart to me. The times, they are a changing, and I couldn’t be happier
However, the fight for acceptance goes on: There are many, many, so many more hate based Christian groups out there. I’m sure wing nuts such as Fred Phelps and his Westboro cronies are absolutely seething over this betrayal. Exodus has long been the keystone in the arch of Christian based LGBT bigotry. But hey, it’s progress am I right? It represents a monumental shift in American Christian thinking, and I must say I’m impressed.
Now, about that marriage equality issue, can we please get that resolved?
Speaking of Westboro, they’re about to taste the rainbow. The Equality House, which is right across the street from Westboro, is holding a wedding in full view of the whackadoodle compound. I realllly wish my partner and I could be there! Alas, Mr and Mrs Hat are not on the guest list I wonder if Fred and Margie Phelps were invited?
- Exodus (whittierstrong.wordpress.com)
- Central Pa. church to continue “gay therapy” despite Exodus International shutdown (fox43.com)
- Ex-Gay Ministry Exodus International Will Shut Down (patheos.com)
Down here, in the sleepy river town of East Jesus Kentucky where I live, the churches are more prevalent than Walgreens. A sign in front of one of the many houses of the holy along my 25 mile drive to work poses this question:
“What if god doesn’t believe in atheists?”
This question was borrowed from Ray Comfort’s book “God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists: Proof That The Atheist Doesn’t Exist.” Apparently, the pastor of East Jesus Baptist Church thought it would be a hoot to pose this question to passers-by, as well as his congregation. The answer to the question is this:
We simply do not give a fuck.
- Debating with Believers (ironatheistblog.wordpress.com)
Actually, It should be happy christian holiday copied from the Pagan rite of spring Ostara, which celebrates the emergence of new life after the harsh winter months. The christian hierarchy had a cunning way of fashioning Pagan holidays into their own, in order to manipulate nature worshipers into becoming obedient christians.
At any rate, this cartoon perfectly symbolizes what Paul Ryan and the GOP is all about: Stealing out of the mouths and pockets of the poor and middle class, in order to make fatter the class that has already grown morbidly obese by feeding from our hard work.
A tip of the tin foil hat to cartoonist Mike Luckovich, for hitting the nail on the head, as well as a tip of the tin foil hat to Being Liberal for sharing.
Let’s all ponder the bible literalist shall we? Twisting and quoting chapter and verse of whatever passage suits their arguments. I dearly love religious fundamentalist points of view – not!
A tip of the tin foil hat to Ben Patrick Johnson for sharing.
These pictures tell it all: Benedict was subjected to a hostile work environment! How can he do his job of poping correctly when the holy spirit is constantly interfering? How else would you explain all of these infuriating “wardrobe mishaps”? The holy spirit has been harassing popes for centuries, and Heaven’s Human Resources department has yet to do a damn thing about it. I think Benedict has a good case if he wanted to file a harassment lawsuit. I’m glad someone is finally taking a stand against that insufferable invisible prick!
- Going Against the Current (heartnsoulblog.wordpress.com)
- On the announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation (thepracticingcatholic.wordpress.com)
It looks like the Vatican is going to have to dust off it’s papal retirement package. For the first time in 600 years, the pope has resigned his position. Citing his advanced age and declining health, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will relinquish his duties as of February 28th. Benedict was elected pope in 2005, after John Paul II elected out of his papal retirement package by dying.
Pope Benedict’s legacy is not so good: his reign was marred by clerical scandals in the Vatican, as well as rampant cases of sexual abuse committed by many of his acolytes. Furthermore, in a time when church laws are continuously criticized as outdated, Benedict doubled down on conservative ideology. His papacy was highlighted by his over the top critical views on subjects such as Islam, homosexuality, and the role of women in the church. As pope, Benedict managed to piss off everybody not named Rick Santorum.
Benedict is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. Gregory’s resignation came during a time of scandal as well. His resignation was an effort to end The Western Schism, in which the church was split between two papacies for decades. Gregory’s resignation was in tandem with the Council of Constance, which ended the schism, and resulted in a reunited church under one pope.
- TEXT & VIDEO OF POPE BENEDICT XVI’s RESIGNATION | WORLD SHOCKED (shanepedia.wordpress.com)
When I started this blog two years ago, I had very little expectation. I figured I would write about what interests me, and put it out on the intertubes for whoever else would care to read it. Hell, I’m surprised I’ve managed to stick with the blog this long. I never imagined that my blog would ever attract this much attention, as modest as that attention may be.
The blog recently passed the 100,000 view mark, and I want to thank everyone of you who support BTTFH. It’s been a lot of fun putting myself out there, as well as meeting and interacting with so many cool people!
To celebrate, I thought I would share links to my 5 favorite posts, as well as the top 5 posts by view. I hope you enjoy!
Top Five All Time Fan Favorites:
#5 Naked Family
A pic of a family in anatomically correct naked costumes. What’s not to like?
#4: I Got Nothing
Who knew bitching about school and writer’s block, would generate so much interest?
#3 Beneath The Tin Foil Hat Goes Global: My Interview On Russia Today
Like everybody else, I wrote a series of posts about Anders Breivik and the Utoya, Norway massacre. Somehow, my posts caught the attention of a producer on the Russian news network, Russia Today. The interview went horribly wrong, thus ending my brief career as a Russian TV pundit.
It was still fun as hell though!
#2 Dear Republicans
A meme I shared that highlights just how much today’s GOP dislikes – well, they dislike everybody.
#1 From Mittens To Kittens
I posted this shortly before the election, just to put a little irreverence into a tense atmosphere. Who knew so many people like pictures of cats?
My Top Five Favorites
#5 Angry Poetry Week: Howl – Allen Ginsberg
One of the best poems written by one of the best writers to ever walk the face of the earth!
#4 Why God Hates Al Gore: Judeo-Christianity and Ecology.
A small history lesson concerning religion, and it’s sense of entitlement to all things big and small on our planet.
#3 My Response to Republicans Over SB5? F*ck You!
This is me doing what I do best.
#2 The Pueblo Indians of The 17th Century.
Another history post: This one is about those naughty Pueblo Indians.
#1 Where is The Angela Davis of Today’s Generation? She Never Left!
What can I say? I’m a history geek.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who continues to support my little piece of crap blog. I love you all!
- Cat in the Tin Foil Hat (itinerantneerdowell.wordpress.com)
After dining at Applebee’s last Friday with several members of her congregation from the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries, pastor Bell left quite the sanctimonious note on her receipt for her server. Apparently she was upset over the mandatory 18% gratuity for large groups. She could have recognized the fact that her server is grossly under paid, and just busted her ass waiting on a group of around 20 people. Instead, she deducted the tip from the bill and declared that “I give god 10%, why do you get 18?”
The server, Chelsea Welch, thought this was tight assed funny, and posted it on her Reddit account. From there it went viral. Needless to say, pastor Bell was embarrassed as fuck concerned about her appearance as a tight wad. Feeling horrible about what happened, pastor Bell did the only thing she could do to make amends: call Applebee’s and get Ms. Welch fired.
That’s quite the dick move pastor Alois Bell from the Truth in the World Deliverance Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri. You should be ashamed of yourself. I would not be surprised if a lot of people called your church at 314-703-1238, to let you know how disappointed they are with your actions.
In Colorado, a “non-profit” organization, Catholic Health Initiatives is hiding behind Colorado secular law in order to ward off a wrongful death lawsuit involving a 31 year old women and her two unborn twins. The defense? The babies were fetuses, therefore the courts “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two fetuses”
On January 1, 2006, Jeremy Stodghill brought his seven months pregnant wife Lori into the ER at St. Thomas More hospital in Canon City, Colorado. She had trouble breathing, and was vomiting. Her obstetrition, Dr. Pelham Staples was paged as soon as Lori arrived, but did not answer. Lori died less than an hour later, as did her unborn twins. The hospital determined that Lori died from a massive heart attack, which was a result of the main artery to her lungs being clogged.
After Lori’s death, Jeremy Stodghill filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, one of the 170 health care facilities that Catholic Health Initiatives operates in 17 states. His complaint is that the ER should have performed an emergency C-section in order to save the lives of the fetuses. So far, the hospital has been successful in fighting the lawsuit by claiming that the fetuses were not people since they were not born yet. This defense has been held up by two different Colorado courts. This is where the hypocrisy of the church comes in.
All catholic health care facilities follow the directives of the catholic church: Catholic health care facilities are to recognize the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until death. The church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn. That is of course, until the church is about to lose a shit load of money. All dogma goes out the window, while this organization with 15 billion dollars in assets hides behind secular law!
The church states that abortion is a sin because life begins at contraception, yet two 7 month fetuses have no rights because they are unborn, and not people? The church may have secular law behind them, but their God’s law has been forsaken in order to cover their own asses.
Nice. Really fucking nice. This is a perfect example of why I’m a born again atheist.
- Catholic Hospital Conveniently Claims Fetuses Aren’t People in Malpractice Lawsuit (jezebel.com)
- Catholics argue that fetuses are people – unless it costs the Church money (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people (coloradoindependent.com)
- Catholic Hospital Argues Fetuses Aren’t People In Med Mal Suit (crooksandliars.com)