Oh gosh... I just don't even know what to say.
March 29, 2008
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 7:49 PM
March 28, 2008
Okay, brownie points for anybody who can actually make it through this crap. If I heard right, he refers to Jesus as "the morning star" which makes me laugh as "the morning star" is a name of Lucifer.
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 10:14 PM
March 27, 2008
Penn & Teller Creationism Bullshit
If you haven't seen this already, it's pretty good!
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 11:59 PM
March 26, 2008
I don't even know where to begin with this video. Even I, after watching this video said, "Now that's just sacrilegious." I don't even understand what the whole social security thing is about. Firstly, social security has only been around since 1935. Not to mention that many Christians apposed social security because they saw the numbering of citizens as a sign of the end times. Further more, social security is an American government program, and no matter how much you love Jesus or how much you love America, Jesus is not an American. If Jesus really did return to earth, the last place he would show up is the youngest nation in the world.
Then I notice that he's using a credit card. Again, another thing that some Christians have consider a sign of the end times. Not to mention that the card reads that his name is Jesus Christ. Christ is a title, not a last name. This poor kid needs a lot of education in both his religion and his nation's history.
It's videos like this that make Christianity a joke. How can you respect a 1700 year old religion when it's own members treat it's key character and beloved savior like this.
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 2:56 PM
March 25, 2008
There's been a lot of comments from Christians and non-Christians alike this last week or so and that's great. However, for today's post I actually expect us all to agree... for once.
Debbie Shank is a former employee of Wal-Mart. About eight years ago she was involved in a terrible traffic accident that left her brain damaged. Because of the accident she was left in a wheelchair, lost most of her short-term memory, and now must live in a nursing home.
At the time of the accident she was covered under Wal-Mart's health care plan. For her health care Wal-Mart paid out approximately $470,000.
Jump to two years later, Shank was awarded one million dollars from the trucking company that was involved in the crash. After taxes and other expenses she ended up with about $417,000. This money was set aside to ensure that Shank would be able to receive long term care.
A few years later Debbie's son, Jeremy, was sent to Iraq to serve in the military. Two weeks later he was killed in battle. Because of her condition she cannot remember that her son is dead. Even though she attended his funeral, she continues to ask how her son is doing. Every time she must be re-told that he is dead, and she reacts same way she did the first time she was told.
The bullshit started when Wal-Mart found out that she was awarded money from the lawsuit with the trucking company. Wal-Mart decided that because she received $417,000 from the lawsuit with the trucking company, that she needed to pay Wal-Mart back for much of the health care they payed for her; the money she received from the insurance. According to the fine print to Wal-Mart's health insurance plan, if you receive money from a lawsuit, you must pay back whatever amount the insurance paid for health care.
Wal-Mart sued the brain-damaged woman for the $417,000 and won. They appealed to the ruling to the supreme court, but lost.
When Wal-Mart was asked why they pursued the money from a brain-damaged woman considering circumstances, the official word was this, "Wal-Mart's plan is bound by very specific rules. ... We wish it could be more flexible in Mrs. Shank's case since her circumstances are clearly extraordinary, but this is done out of fairness to all associates who contribute to, and benefit from, the plan."
So who do you think really needs and deserves this money? A poor brain damaged woman who's husband works two jobs to pay medical bills. Or a retail giant that made $90 Billion alone in it's 2007 third quarter?
This is pure bullshit. Source
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 10:30 PM
March 24, 2008
The University of Virginia student newspaper, The Cavalier published a cartoon in 2006 that had Christians acting like they had got a cross stuck up their ass. See it here.
What has really got the Christians mad is the fact that the newspaper previously published a cartoon making fun of "gay bird" and then later apologized to the gay community at the school. So why won't the paper apologize for this example of religious satire? Because the school's policy dictates that anti-gay is not okay, but religious satire is free game. I applauded these people for not backing down.
So fast forward to this month, the paper has pissed off the Christians again. Another cartoon was made just a few days before Easter depicting Jesus making a few jokes while on a cross. Again, Christians freaked out, but this time the paper reacted differently to the abuse they were getting. After the cartoon was put on the paper's website, it was removed with an apology.
That's freaking bullshit. What ever happened to freedom of speech? This is just another example of how Christians feel like they must have control over everything in the world. It makes me sad that people can get this up in arms about a cartoon. This is just like when a Danish artist made cartoons of Muhammad and the Muslims freaked out. If a little comic strip is this disturbing to your faith, then there is something wrong with your faith, not the cartoon. Source
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 1:04 PM
March 23, 2008
Firstly, the usual post on Sunday is meant for Christianity 101 and I'm sure you were all expecting me to talk about the story of Easter. However, I've decided that I think you all have probably had your fill of Jesus today. Any zombie story gives me the heeby jeebies!
I do have a great Easter story to tell though. I was at a department store, meandering down an aisle packed full with Easter candy, looking for a chocolate treat (I love Robin Eggs!). I happened to be wearing my Bad Religion shirt which had a crossed out cross on it (see it here). Down this aisle, unaware of my of how loud I was speaking, I said to my friend, "I hope they have Chocolate Jesus... so I can eat his head off!!!" Four people looked and my friend looked like she was about to die right there.
Anyways, today's post is simply in regard to my beliefs. I would not call myself an Atheist. I would call myself more agnostic. I doubt there is a God... but consider that it is possible. If there is a god or gods, then he, she, it, or they do not interfere with humanity. If he, she, it, or they had the power to create the universe with all it's vastness, complication, and laws then I highly doubt that they would care in the least about who people have sex with, what people eat, when people pray, and most of all, what people have to say in prayer. If there is a god or gods, then he, she, it, or they are morally neutral.
I support Atheism because they are the most untrusted and most hated group of people in the country and there is simply no reason for it. I support people who do not put up with religious bullshit. I honestly don't give a flying fuck about what people believe in private. But the problem is, that in this Country, Christians rule, and their believe effects me and every other American every single day. It is because of Christianity that homosexuals can't get married. I'm not gay, but I've got gay friends and family and even if I didn't I would support the right to marriage for anybody. If Atheists, Hindus, Muslims, and Jews are allowed to get married, why not gays? It's simple, all people in the United States deserve the same right to get married. It's not about special rights, it's about equal rights.
If it weren't for Christians, stem cell research wouldn't be such an issue. It if weren't for Christians, then biology teachers wouldn't have to live in fear for teaching proven scientific theory in their classroom. The current president of the United States believes that it doesn't matter how much he fucks up the world, because soon enough, Jesus will show up and sort it all out (literally!). When a large chunk of Americans believe that Jesus will return within the next fifty years, then we are living in a country that sees no reason to look toward the future.
America is a great country in many ways. All Christians deserve the right to go to church every Sunday and pray to a zombie all they want. I just think they need to learn how to keep it to themselves and not use it to suppress the rights of minorities. I grew up in a Jewish and Christian household, and I find that I am quite knowledgeable regarding those two religions. I might not be as knowledgeable as all the Christians who comment on my site, but I find that I know far more about Christianity than the majority of Christians I run into on a day to day basis. I do strive to learn more and more about religion every day and part of running this site is doing a fair bit or reading, both from professionals and from the people who comment on the blog.
I really do hate religion and religious people, but I find it completely and utterly fascinating nonetheless. Further more I absolutely love religious art. Believe it or not, my room is filled with religious art (my favorite scene being The Annunciation and my favorite character being Mary). I do have a Bible on my desk (New International Version), but it sits right next to my Qu'ran and my Torah, as well as several books on Wicca, Paganism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Oh and you can't forget my copy of The Satanic Bible!
I embrace science and fact. I do not believe in the theory of evolution because it's not a belief, it's a fact and I accept and acknowledge that fact. I listen to reason and logic, not invisible friends, fathers, or saviors. Religion is a dying thing, and like all dying things, it's gonna put up one hell of fight before it goes down. I support spirituality and mysticism... it's organized religion that I am against, because there is a very small, yet very large difference between the two. Those who are embrace spirituality, are those who are seeking answers, and those who are embrace religion, are those who claim to have the answers.
Posted by Phoenix Roepke at 11:29 PM