"Father Daniel who is accused of orchestrating the crime is said to be unrepentant.

"God has performed a miracle for her, finally Irina is delivered from evil," AFP quoted the priest as saying."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4107524.stm

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May. 16th, 2005 04:25 pm
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then again, here's a (not so) nice point the poster of previous article said:

"Now we know that the anti-gay and religious fundamentalist groups in this country are not to be bothered by facts and science and research. They're not to let reality get in the way of their blind bigotry and abject hatred. Nothing will ever convince them that homosexuals aren't recruited, brainwashed and trained by the gay mafia so that they can attack family values and rape their children in public schools while destroying Christianity. These people are not rational, so dealing with them rationally is pointless."

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Apr. 30th, 2005 03:05 pm
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According to the nonprofit Bible Literacy Project, 98 percent of the country's "best" high school English teachers said students need to know about the Bible to fully understand numerous religious references in Western literature.

"Leading English teachers reported students without Bible knowledge take more time to teach," said Marie Wachlin, the report's author. She called the Bible "the most important single source of all our literature."

The complete works of Shakespeare have more than 1,300 biblical references, says the report, released Tuesday (April 26). "Call me Ishmael," the introductory line of Herman Melville's nautical tale Moby Dick, according to the report, is lost on most students who do not know Ishmael was a famous castaway in the Bible.

The Fairfax, Va.-based Bible Literacy Project is dedicated to research and public education on the academic study of the Bible in public and private schools. In September 2005, it will launch a new textbook for academic study of the Bible in public schools that is being billed as the first of its kind in nearly 30 years. The textbook will aim to respect the views of major faith groups, while endorsing none, organizers say.


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"We believe this research will show the need to include more study of the Bible as literature ... ," said John Templeton, Jr., president of the foundation that funded the report, "and that this will open the door to more freedom to discuss all kinds of ideas in the classroom."

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Is that so, John Templeton, Jr? Well, I happened to look your name up on google. Don't take it personally, it's just that when someone is pushing getting Bibles in classrooms, I tend to think they may have an agenda.

Now, I know you said you're aiming to respect the views of major faith groups (Catholic/Protestant??? or do you mean, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Islam, Judaism as well?) So, I did this search, see, and found your name as the National Chairman of National Bible Week.

In that context, you ended up saying "The Bible is God’s gift to us, His children, as an everlasting means of affirming truth. It is teacher and encourager, an expression of purpose for our very being, and a voice of love."

Now, I know you mean well and all. But something tells me that this is just one more insidious move to push religion on us. If this move to get a bible study program came from a secular foundation with a proven track record of non-doctrinaire actions, I may put a little more faith in it (no pun intended). But as it is, please forgive me if I distrust you, due to your agenda. I still wouldn't appreciate a Bible textbook from a secular institute without appreciation of all other religions, even if it's not "hostile" or doesn't support "one religion over another" as you claim this will do, it still lacks mention and focus of these other groups.

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Apr. 20th, 2005 01:42 pm
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"This God fella must really be a pussy, it seems it's everybodies job to stick up for him."

User substrate posted that on MeFi.  that's good.

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Apr. 20th, 2005 12:18 am
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Christian Restaurant:

Burger King of Kings.

Every Joy of the Lord meal contains a free Bible!
man, today i went to my boss's mom's funeral, and they're christian. so, it kinda sucked.

even thought they're UCC and have a female minister... man.

stuff like "the lily is uniquely a christian symbol" and I was like wtf??? cuz, farziknow, lily is the lotus, and they both are sacred in western and eastern traditions.

and stuff like we all celebrate easter, christians and non-christians, but it's super-special to christians cuz it means something, cuz Jesus is risen... umm. paganism, hello... the EARTH is waking!

man.

i just wanted to jump up and argue with her. i know, that's really sad that I'm so antagonistic that way.

all i'm saying is, nobody ever better have somebody saying shit like that when i'm buried. Talk about how my body will go back to nature. how my memory can carry on. but don't say i'm gonna be in some fucking fluffy cloud in the sky. I may BE a fluffy cloud in the sky, or rather some of my hydrogen and oxygen atoms will eventually make their way there to be a cloud, but I will not be UP there as me, slaving away all day long, singing bullshit songs to some egotistical maniacal fuck.

but, if it gives people comfort, i suppose, it's their right to be deluded like that.
i was imagining her corpse bursting from the coffing and saying "must feed on flesh! must feed on flesh!" the whole time.

god am i disrespectful or what?!
It's been a while since I've visited the Jack Chick site.

I honestly don't know what to think of this video.

The saddest thing is that this is the shit I was raised on!!!

The Light of the World

(a page of short movie clips from jack chicks zines...)

Wouldn't this be fun to order, and have a watching of this? Make some popcorn, and laugh... and cry???

Because as funny as this shit is, doesn't it make you sad? Doesn't it cause some grief? and doesn't it bother you that there are many many many people out there, who literally believe god is this human shaped thing, brighter that a million suns, and we can't see his face.... And an angel will open the book of life, and whosoevers name isn't in there, shall be thrown into the lake of fire..

Man. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this... Is it funny, sad, scary or all that and more?

Someday soon, I want to write about my beliefs on Christianity, and it's more specifically about some points that [livejournal.com profile] kitnish has brought up.
Sun Yee On (chinese triad)
Conflict Diamonds
al-qaeda
Sudan
Slavery
Pat Robertson
Charles Taylor

potential connections? follow the threads where they lead...

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