Pharyngula

I’ve been slacking off on Pharyngula lately — I’ve had a week to relax and get caught up on a few other things. Here, though, are a few links to ridiculous religiosity that have been piling up in the mailbox.

Comments

  1. #1 MAJeff
    December 31, 2007

    I don’t think Jeebus had a roach problem, rather he and his followers had a magic mushroom problem.

    It’s a metaphor. His followers are the roaches.

  2. #2 MAJeff
    December 31, 2007

    Really, this guy needs to consult with the Vatican PR department or something.

    I just had Eddie Izzard and the “PR Department of Rome” go through my head.

  3. #3 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    Cthulhu has risen from the dark depths…you won’t find any newspaper or police accounts of this, but trust me.

    any news of Dagon?

    He’s not answering his cell.

  4. #4 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    this old fart has subjected more than 30,000 people to his primitive juju.

    LMAO! The vomit analysis was worthy of the Onion! thanks Hank.

    However, on the ’30k exorcism thing…

    i rather picture lines of parishioners claiming demon possession, daily, and he simply waives some incense over them and gives them a blessing. Then claims they are free of demons.

    He might be able to process 30 or 40 a day that way, before lunch.

    are we sure that the Exorcist is an informative documentary of how the CC performs exorcisms?

    are we sure that bishops in the CC really DO take this shit seriously… or are they simply placating their more, uh, ‘devout’ parishioners?

  5. #5 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    by the way, on the pope’s CEO of excorcism claiming potter is da debil…

    that was quite a while back:

    Pope’s top exorcist says Harry Potter is ‘king of darkness’
    Last Updated: Sunday, September 3, 2006

    not saying it isn’t worthy of discussion (it is), but it isn’t exactly front page news.

    here’s a fun interview from 2002:

    http://www.medjugorje.org/framorth1.htm

    what is the latest news on this assclown? There doesn’t appear to be anything in the last few months.

  6. #6 Blake Stacey
    December 31, 2007

    I first read that as “Magic is always a turn on to the devil”.

    I knew the Devil was behind all that Harry/Draco fanfic!

  7. #7 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    We all know that Satan is fond of hurling himself out the window while inside the body of a priest.

    thought that was Pizuzu’s kick?

  8. #8 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    I might have missed if someone else posted this, but the “alleged anti-conservative attack” apparently was completely fabricated by the supposed victim:

    BY THE WAY(2), you really want to check out the New York Sun’s followup on this, particularly this juicy nugget:

    A student at Princeton University who said he was beaten unconscious by two black-clad assailants Friday has said that he fabricated the assault, and that he sent e-mail death threats to himself, three other Princeton students, and a prominent conservative professor at Princeton, Robert George, police said today.

    That’s right — self-proclaimed moral standard bearer Nava was the one who sent the death threat(s) to conservative professor Robert George. Oh, frabjous day! Does it get any funnier than this?

    Answer: No.

    http://canadiancynic.blogspot.com/2007/12/shriek-shriek-shriek.html

  9. #9 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    Well, except for the warm shelter and the stockpiles of food, I doubt those little cockroaches care much for we humans. Look at how they scurry away when the lights are on.

    no, no…

    see, they’re just like little shoe elves, doing work to help you out at night, when they can’t be seen. they run away because they aren’t supposed to get caught helping you out.

    yeah, that’s the ticket.

  10. #10 Janine
    December 31, 2007

    Well, damn, Ichthyic. I guess I need roaches where I live so they can do my housework. snicker

  11. #11 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    Well, damn, Ichthyic. I guess I need roaches where I live so they can do my housework. snicker

    works for me

    :p

    ever see “joe’s apartment”?

  12. #13 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    really?

    that’s good news.

    last I heard was Pew data from around 2002 showing atheists in single digits:

    U.S. Religious Affiliation, 2002
    (self-identification, Pew Research Council)
    In February and March 2002 the Pew Research Council conducted a survey of 2,002 adults. Questions about religious preference were included. The results are below:

    Religious Preference % June 1996 % March 2001 March 2002
    Christian 84 82 82
    Jewish 1 1 1
    Muslim * 1 *
    Other non-Christian 3 2 1
    Atheist * 1 1
    Agnostic * 2 2
    Something else (SPECIFY) * 1 2
    No preference 11 8 10
    Don’t know/Refused 1 2 1
    TOTAL 100 100 100

    This table was published in a study titled “Americans Struggle with Religion’s Role at Home and Abroad”, released on March 20, 2002.

    where do you find more up to date poll info?

  13. #14 Janine
    December 31, 2007

    Ichthyic, if I am going to watch a movie with talking bugs, I am going to stick with “The Naked Lunch”. But thank you for the link.

  14. #15 Ichthyic
    December 31, 2007

    These people claim to be moral leaders cannot seem to tell the difference.

    or they can (and likely do), but instead choose to lie instead.

    now why would they do THAT, I wonder…

    xianity simply can’t stand competition. It’s always been that way.

    apparently Islam can’t stand it either.

    Seems to me that the CC has had “PR” departments for as long as it has existed.

  15. #16 raven
    December 31, 2007

    I have heard to many stories about pregnant women trying enter these clinics being pushed around by these anti-choicers.

    A lot worse than that. Attacks on family planning centers, abortion clinics, MDs, staff, and patients are so common they rarely make the national news.

    The casualty list from the Xian terrorists runs 7 assassinated MDs, 17 attempted murders, and 200 or so wounded, many seriously.

    Xians have a long, long history of being violent.

    San Francisco Chronicle
    Abortion, family planning clinics in Albuquerque attacked
    Dan Frosch, New York Times

    Friday, December 28, 2007

    A rash of attacks on abortion and family planning clinics has struck Albuquerque this month, the first such violence there in nearly a decade.

    Two attacks occurred early Tuesday at two buildings belonging to Planned Parenthood of New Mexico, according to Albuquerque police and fire officials. An arson fire damaged a surgery center the organization uses for abortions, and the windows of a Planned Parenthood family planning clinic 12 blocks away were smashed.

    Neither building sustained significant damage, and activities at both resumed Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.

    The attacks came just weeks after the Albuquerque clinic run by a nationally known abortion provider, Curtis Boyd, was destroyed by arsonists Dec. 6.

    On Wednesday, agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with local arson investigators, arrested two suspects in the fire at Boyd’s clinic, which has provided abortions to women from throughout the region and Mexico since 1972.

    The suspects, Chad Altman and Sergio Baca of Albuquerque, both 22, were arrested on arson charges after the authorities received a tip, said Jake Gonzales, the agent in charge of the firearms agency’s Albuquerque office.

    Gonzales said it was not clear whether the Dec. 6 attack was related to those at the Planned Parenthood offices, which are under investigation by federal and local authorities.

    The small, tight-knit group of abortion providers in the city have reacted with a mix of shock and fear. In 1999, the same Planned Parenthood surgical center was set ablaze. An ex-convict, Ricky Lee McDonald, who has a history of violence against New Mexico abortion clinics, was convicted in that attack and sent to prison.

    Planned Parenthood of New Mexico spokeswoman Martha Edmands condemned the recent attacks, as did Dauneen Dolce, executive director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico.

    “It makes me really angry,” Edmands said. “It’s really upsetting that anyone would attempt to put any kind of doctor out of business.”

    Dolce said: “We never encourage violence of any nature. After all, there’s enough violence going on in these clinics.”

    A study issued last year by the Feminist Majority Foundation, which monitors attacks on abortion clinics, concluded that the most serious anti-abortion violence had declined since 1994, when federal legislation gave greater protection to providers and patients. According to the report, 18 percent of clinics experienced severe violence in 2005, compared with 52 percent in 1994.

    Still, the report said, many clinics remain targets of extreme violence.

  16. #17 Podblack
    December 31, 2007

    The Pope story is wrong. The ‘exorcist squads’ are just wishful thinking on the part of an enthusiast.

    http://podblack.wordpress.com/2007/12/30/potter-pope-and-all-that-exo-fiction/

    “But Father Frederico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, flatly denied the Petrus report. The papal spokesman said: “Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession.””

  17. #18 Stuart Weinstein
    December 31, 2007

    “Get on your knees now!”

    Didn’t Monica Lewinsky try that?

  18. #19 Charlemagne
    December 31, 2007

    “Q once compared my reaction to roaches to God’s reaction to our sin”

    Wow. That Q, eh? He’s just a barrel of laughs.

  19. #20 MCullen
    December 31, 2007

    Oh no I am a heathen!

  20. #21 HP
    January 1, 2008

    If magic is always a turn to the devil, what’s this white magic?

    White magic:

    2 slices of Wonder Bread
    1 tsp Parkay
    1 tbs Miracle Whip
    2 oz Boiled Ham (or subs. Oscar Mayer bologna)
    1 individually wrapped slice of Kraft American cheese food product

  21. #22 Ichthyic
    January 1, 2008

    ack! that sounds like pure poison!

    white magic?

    yeah, voodoo magic, maybe.

    I keep thinking this is the formula used to turn people into zombies in that movie “Serpent and the Rainbow”.

  22. #23 bernarda
    January 1, 2008

    I have mentioned at various times that Prescott Bush, Dumbya’s grandfather, was treasurer of Planned Parenthood in 1947.

    He lost his first Senate campaign because churches attacked him for that. If today’s journalists were not such brown-nosing Republican wimps, they might ask Dumbya and the current Rethug candidates about that.

    Furthermore, Prescott supported the socialist Interstate Highway System of Eisenhower and civil rights legislation and the Peace Corps. He also voted to censure Joe McCarthy.

    He doesn’t sound like he could be a Bush Republican today.

  23. #24 AJ Milne
    January 1, 2008

    And anyway, where was he when Sauron of Mordor was riding high. Now there was someone clearly on the wrong side.

    I know. And then there’s Ming the Merciless. I sure hope there was somethin’ in the encyclical about that rat bastard. Not to mention Dr. No, Dr. Evil, Gargomel from the Smurfs, that scary witch/queen character from Snow White

    Geez. That Pope guy, seems to me he’s doing a pathetic job of defending us from the ravening hordes of deadly fictional characters. We need someone of sterner stuff, clearly.

    How ’bout He-Man? Always liked the cut of his jib. Probably the man for the job. That and picturing He-Man in a mitre sorta amuses me. I mean, even more than mitres do on their own.

  24. #25 greg laden
    January 1, 2008

    My cousin was an assistant exorcist at the Vatican for a while. I think he spent more time in training than in the trenches doing actual exorcisms. I think it was a pretty cushy job.

  25. #26 Kagehi
    January 1, 2008

    The world is made up of two types of people: critics who are negative, fearful and have no plan, no vision, no faith, and authors who are positive, visionary builders.

    Hmm. Lets see… Negative about anything different than themselves. Fearful of everything and anything new. Their only vision is over 2,000 years old, and stolen from everyone else. Their authors are almost universally negative about *everyone*, except themselves, and when they do write “positive” things, its usually a distortion of facts, to make it **look** like something positive came out of things, like, oh, just off the top of my head, Katrina and the tsunami… Scratch visionary, their heads are so far up the butt of the nearest idol that they can’t see *it* properly, never mind envision anything else. And as for builders… WTF have they built in 2,000 years other than more fracking cathedrals and/or churches?

    Yeah, I know exactly which on I am. And I don’t think this clown has a clue what *any* of the words he is using mean. lol

  26. #27 Gene
    January 2, 2008

    Re: How to edit a webpage like Jesus.

    Jesus is the official editor of the Center for Rational Debate. How many websites can claim that? Don’t answer that; it’s a rhetorical question. We already know the answer because we made Jesus sign a prayer-based exclusivity agreement with us [emphasis mine]. Thus, you can rest assured that everything on this website is divine, righteous, inspired, and most importantly of all, rational.

    I’d LOVE to know what kind of leverage these assmonkeys have over their Lord and Saviour that they could force Him to sign any kind of agreement. I guess they made Him an offer he couldn’t refuse…

  27. #28 Kseniya
    January 2, 2008

    Luka Bratsi eats loaves and fishes.

  28. #29 reason
    January 3, 2008

    … which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul before it can grow properly

    Christianity grows?? in the soul? Like a fungus perhaps? Or a bacterial culture? This new Pope is one wierd Dude.

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