And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.
Notes from the Golden Orange
EppsNet Archive: Christianity
Christian conservatives are responsible for the mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando because they “created this anti-queer climate,” according to American Civil Liberties Union attorneys.
Agree that the summer climate in Orlando can be pretty oppressive but it’s just as bad for straight people.
Haha, but seriously folks, is there an “anti-queer climate” in America? I don’t see that. Can you think of 10 or 12 recent examples of “anti-queer” behavior that you’ve observed in your own life? Six? One? I can’t.
Quite the opposite: If a bakery doesn’t want to put two men on a wedding cake, it’s a national outrage. If a state doesn’t want penises in women’s bathrooms or locker rooms, it’s a national outrage.
America loves gays. Who in America is more beloved than Ellen and that Doogie Howser kid?
Now if you ask me “Is there an anti-Christian conservative climate in America?” I would say — and I’m neither a Christian nor a conservative — definitely yes.
A new Meetup group called Praying for Startups sent me the following email:
Are you involved in a startup? Are you a Christian?
Meet fellow Christians from all walks of the entrepreneurial eco-sphere, as we share and pray for our teams and the startup community, both locally and abroad.
I’d be interested to see some numbers on the correlation between prayer and startup success. I suspect there isn’t any. Also the relative efficacy of prayers to a Christian God vs. Allah, Buddha, Satan, Zeus and all other supernatural beings.
Outraged Christians boycott Starbucks over ‘politically correct’ Christmas red cup design — Mirror Online
There’s a line in an old Woody Allen movie: If Jesus came back and saw what’s going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.
[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]
Greetings from the underworld!
I see that Pope Francis put a bee in Turkey’s bonnet a couple of weeks ago by calling the mass killing of Armenians in 1915 a genocide. According to the Turks, the Vatican should look to its own history before casting stones. Tu quoque!
On that note, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography was just awarded to David I. Kertzer for The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe. Historically, popes have been far more circumspect in condemning genocide and other atrocities when committed by countries willing to aggrandize the Church (or when committed by the Church itself!)
See you in Hell, clerics of all stripes . . .
Whenever I see headlines like this I wonder why God couldn’t find an atheist family to drop a concrete slab on. The infant, whose shirt appears to say KING JESUS, was also killed.
What I want to know is why there are so many people who don’t want me to know things . . .
- What the 1% Don’t Want Us to Know
- Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About
- 20 Terrifying Facts Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know
- 11 things the Koch brothers don’t want you to know
- What hospitals don’t want you to know about C-sections
- 5 Things Hackers Don’t Want You to Know
- The Sad Secret Successful People Don’t Want You To Know
- 7 Rip-Offs Corporations and the Wealthy Don’t Want You to Know About
- Something Most Christians Don’t Want You to Know
- 11 Secrets Supermarkets Don’t Want You to Know
- Conspiracies: Five things they don’t want you to know
- The 25 Shadiest Things Drug Companies Don’t Want You To Know
- 11 Secrets Pilots Don’t Want You To Know
- Bottled Water: 10 Shockers “They” Don’t Want You to Know
- Simple Health Secrets the Globalists Don’t Want You to Know
- Six things colleges don’t want you to know about financial aid
- What the bad guys don’t want you to know
- What Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know
- 5 benefit changes the government don’t [sic] want you to know about
- Global warming: what the oil companies don’t want you to know
- 9 Things The Rich Don’t Want You To Know About Taxes
- 5 Scary Food Secrets Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know
- Five Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Conspiracy Theories
- Tech Secrets: 21 Things ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know
- The Secret Danger Liberals Don’t Want You to Know
- What Banks Don’t Want You to Know
- 6 Negotiating Secrets Buyers DON’T Want You to Know
- 10 Application Secrets Admissions Officers Don’t Want You to Know
- 8 Dirty Secrets the Car Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know
- What cruise lines don’t want you to know
- What bookies don’t want you to know about NFL underdogs
- 5 Secrets Politicians Don’t Want You to Know
And that doesn’t even include all the things that people “won’t tell me.”
Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope
A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome.
The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital.
The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998.
It’s clear to me that the Pope intended to kill this man. What’s the rule? Does this cancel out one of his life-saving miracles?
If you believe that a dead person can be the agent of unexplained happenings on Earth, then you’ve got to take the bad with the good. If the Pope gets credit for a miracle when a woman’s health improves after seeing his picture in a magazine, then he should take the rap when his crucifix falls over and kills someone.
What sort of evidence is required to certify that an earthly phenomenon was caused by a dead person?
William of Occam would have pointed out that there are simpler explanations for a sick person getting well, e.g.,
- The disease responded to treatment.
- The disease went into remission.
- The patient was misdiagnosed and did not really have the disease in the first place.
I assure you that if 667,302 people with diagnosed medical ailments prayed to my dog, in at least two of those cases (and more likely, thousands), something unusual would happen.
Years ago, a lower GI series revealed that I had a golf ball-sized (4 cm) tumor in my colon. The doctor did a colonoscopy a few days later and the tumor was gone.
It’s a miracle! Unless something was wrong with the production or reading of the x-ray and the tumor was never there at all.
I didn’t say any prayers so no one will be getting a sainthood out of it. Or maybe I myself am a saint!
so·te·ri·ol·o·gy \suh-teer-ee-ol–uh-jee\, noun:
- spiritual salvation, esp. by divine agency.
- the branch of theology dealing with this.
nd now, do You see those stones in this parched and barren desert? Turn them into loaves of bread and men will follow You like cattle, grateful and docile, although constantly fearful lest You withdraw Your hand and they lose Your loaves. . . . You thought, what sort of freedom would they have if their obedience was bought with bread? You replied that man does not live by bread alone. . . .
So, in the end, they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, “Enslave us but feed us!” And they will finally understand that freedom and the assurance of daily bread for everyone are two incompatible notions that could never co-exist! . . .
They will marvel at us and worship us like gods, because, by becoming their masters, we have accepted the burden of freedom that they were too frightened to face, just because we have agreed to rule over them — that is how terrifying freedom will have become to them finally! . . .
I tell You once more that man has no more pressing, agonizing need than the need to find someone to whom he can hand over as quickly as possible the gift of freedom with which the poor wretch comes into the world. . . .
We have corrected Your work and have now founded it on miracle, mystery and authority. And men rejoice at being led like cattle again, with the terrible gift of freedom that brought them so much suffering removed from them. . . .
They will tell us the secrets that most torment their consciences, they will tell us everything, and we shall solve all their problems, and they will trust to our solutions completely, because they will be rid of the terrible worry and the frightening torment they know today when they have to decide for themselves how to act.
Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.
The article describes a study in which researchers phoned up 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about religion.
On average, respondents got half the questions wrong. Breaking down the results by faith (or lack thereof), the highest scores were registered by atheists and agnostics, closely followed by Jews and Mormons.
Some of the knowledge gaps are amazing:
- Fifty-three percent of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the man who started the Protestant Reformation.
- Forty-five percent of Catholics did not know that their church teaches that the consecrated bread and wine in holy communion are not merely symbols, but actually become the body and blood of Christ.
As Nietzsche used to say: If you want happiness and peace of mind, believe. If you want truth, investigate.
You can test your own knowledge of religious lore with an abbreviated, 15-question version of the survey, available here.