The stupid, it burns: Vampire edition

The brain of a pastor in Texas is so corroded by superstition that he wants vampire books removed from public libraries because they’re “dangerous.”

Nothing like the Bible, of course, with all that killing, genocide, fucking and incest going on. Why, that’s perfectly fine for kids!

Pastor Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle (KTRK)

Phillip Missick and other religious leaders have called on the Austin Memorial Library to remove books about vampires, demons and other magical beings from the teen section.

“This is dark. There’s a sexual element. You have creatures that aren’t human. I think it’s dangerous for our kids,” Missick, a pastor at King of Saints Tabernacle of Cleveland, told KTRK.

Missick is circulating a petition that requests that the “occultic and demonic room be shut down, and these books be purged from the shelves, and that public funds would no longer be used to purchase such material, or at least require parents to check them out for their children,” according to the Cleveland Advocate.

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Politics drowned in money

A billion dollars has already been spent on the November election… and it’s not even Labor Day yet.

Election Day is just two months off and the national tab for the 2014 campaign already stands at $1 billion. Before it’s all over, the bill for the first midterm election since both Democrats and Republicans embraced a historic change in campaign finance is likely to grow to $4 billion or more.

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When a white guy does it…

If a black guy had done this, he’d have been shot down the instant the cops arrived. But when a white guy does it…

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The truth

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The politics of spite

I love how right wingers do so much out of nothing more than pure spite — a conservative think-tank in Washington says it’s going to “boycott Labor Day” by working Monday.

The whole conservative movement these days has degenerated into petulance, pettiness and the politics of grievance.

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Did the historical Jesus really exist?

Jesus mosaic

I’ve long been of the opinion that a historical person on whom the Jesus stories were based never actually existed. Too many elements of the Jesus myth are borrowed — in some cases, outright stolen — from older myths, even to similarities in names.

Twelve apostles, virgin birth, being the Son of God, raising someone from the dead, being killed and coming back to life, ascending to heaven, leaving behind a ritualistic eating of the flesh and drinking of the blood in order to take on his mystical qualities… all were common elements of hero/messiah myths for a thousand years before the time of Christ. In that culture, it was a very familiar story.

For a quick overview of the evidence that Jesus never existed, see the film “The God Who Wasn’t There.” It’s a good place to start before further study.

Another good place to start is this article from Alternet.

5 Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed

Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity.

[...] But other scholars believe that the gospel stories are actually “historicized mythology.”  In this view, those ancient mythic templates are themselves the kernel. They got filled in with names, places and other real world details as early sects of Jesus worship attempted to understand and defend the devotional traditions they had received.

The notion that Jesus never existed is a minority position.  Of course it is! says David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All . For centuries all serious scholars of Christianity were Christians themselves, and modern secular scholars lean heavily on the groundwork that they laid in collecting, preserving, and analyzing ancient texts. Even today most secular scholars come out of a religious background, and many operate by default under historical presumptions of their former faith.

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Wait a minute. I thought wearing a tan suit was unpresidential.

reagan tan suit

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August 29, 2014 · 2:32 pm