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Holy Hand Sanitizer

Posted in Unreasonable Faith by Skepdude on May 2, 2009

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas’s churches are offering hand sanitizer to their attendees along with holy water. I guess they finally realized that holy water wasn’t good for anything but spreading sickness:

Church officials are also not going to offer the communal wine during Mass. During the service, parishoners accepting Holy Communion drink from the same cup.

It’s not the only thing that will change during the service. The church said things can be done differently during the peace offering, when members greet each other in the pews and shake hands.

“At that moment, you don’t have to make bodily contact,” Gonzales Taylor said. “You can merely acknowledge the person next to you and offer the sign of peace verbally.”

They have faith that God can raise the dead, heal the sick, and embody a cracker — but he won’t he keep his children from infecting each other with disease as they worship him?

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Evolution Witnessed by Scientists

Posted in Unreasonable Faith by Rodibidably on March 16, 2009

[Originally posted at: Unreasonable Faith]

Brothers! The evilution conspiracy continues, this time by GODLESS SCIENTISTS participating in a massive CONSPIRACY to claim evolution has been witnessed! The audacity! They are spitting in our Savior’s face! They are wrong, brethren and sisthren, for they DENY THE BIBLE and WORSHIP THE DEVIL! Praise be to JESUS’ holy name they’ll be burning in hell for all eternity!!!

Er, sorry. What I meant to say is scientists have witnessed evolution firsthand in a controlled study:

Observing the mechanisms of evolution in order to understand how a species adapts to another under different ecological conditions was the goal of researchers at the Laboratoire Écologie et Évolution…. They studied two bacteria — a predator and a prey — over 300 generations in a controlled environment.

For the first time, these scientists were able to demonstrate that the coevolutionary process is dependent on ecological conditions. Indeed, under certain conditions, the prey becomes resistant to the predator, which itself evolves so that it can attack this new prey. In addition, the scientists issued a warning against the previously envisaged use of this predator (Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus) as a “living antibiotic” because, like other antibiotics, this could lead to the selection of resistant pathogenic bacteria.

It seems we find more evidence for evolution each day. Yet when have you ever heard of evidence for creationism being discovered even once?

[Originally posted at: Unreasonable Faith]

Popular Pastor Encourages Child Suffering

Posted in Unreasonable Faith by Skepdude on February 26, 2009

A popular Christian pastor, John Piper, thinks spanking is okay. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. He’s really excited about spanking.

He believes God makes us suffer, so we should imitate him and make our children suffer by spanking them.

No, I’m not kidding, and no, this isn’t a parody.

Here are some quotes from “Would Jesus spank a child?“:

If Jesus were married and had children, I think he would have spanked the children.

Actually, I think the wonder-working Jesus would have been able to control his kids without hitting them, don’t you? If he could walk on water and rise from the dead, it seems doubtful he’d need to spank his children to keep them in line.

But why would someone think it’s a great idea to hit children? For Piper, it’s a view of God who hurts his children because he loves them:

Deep down, does this person believe that God brings pain into our lives? Because … God disciplines every son whom he loves, and spanks everyone that he delights in (my paraphrase). And the point there is suffering. God brings sufferings into our lives, and the writer of the Hebrews connects it to the parenting of God of his children….

God uses suffering to discipline his children. So do we.

Oh, so God’s like an abusive husband who hits his wife because he loves her! I get it now. He’d be gentle and kind, but that just wouldn’t be as effective, you know?

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Abortion Is a Blood Sacrifice Unto Satan!

Posted in Unreasonable Faith by Skepdude on February 11, 2009

Knife and BloodHere’s a deranged priest that performs exorcisms who calls abortion a “demonic industry.” Listen to this guy. He’s nuts:

“Abortion is a demonic industry,” he told The Bulletin. “Abortion is blood sacrifice of innocent blood to the devil. The clinics are like temples, the doctors are like priests, the medical table is like their altar. It’s a ritualized sacrifice. They have a dogma called choice, a hierarchy called Planned Parenthood, and guardian angels in the form of police guards that will arrest you if you try to stop them.”

Now that’s some loaded language. He’s trying to make abortion look like a satanic religion, when really it’s just a medical procedure.

He said that there have been abortionists who have called abortion “their sacrament.”

As Wikipedia would say, “citation needed.” Perhaps someone said this, but if they did, they were joking. But he doesn’t sound like the kind of guy who would get a joke.

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Bad Economy Boosts Psychic Business

Posted in Unreasonable Faith by Rodibidably on February 6, 2009

[Originally posted at: Unreasonable Faith]

As most of us know, when people are in hard times they are more open to superstition. So while it’s no surprise that psychics are getting more business, it’s still a little disappointing.

CNN has a profile on a psychic fraud (except they call her a “medium” instead of the more accurate term “fraud”):

“It’s more types of people I have never seen before,” says [psychic] Roxanne Usleman. “Men in the business world, high-powered jobs, stock market, Wall Street.”

Since last fall, she says she began to see a new type of client — a “logical, [A-type] of personality.” Many of them are “just completely lost,” says Usleman.

Wait, logical personalities are going to a psychic? They must really be lost, because there’s nothing logical about going to a psychic.

[Read more of this post at: Unreasonable Faith]

Do You Have Biblical Morals?

Posted in Unreasonable Faith by Skepdude on February 3, 2009

Old BibleChristians love to claim that their morality comes from the bible. And they do — to an extent. But they often forget about or ignore the evil examples and commands of their holy book.

Here’s a quiz to see if you have biblical morality. It asks questions like:

Two strangers visit your home, and you are kind enough to provide them with accommodations for the night. They tell you they are angels appearing on behalf of the Lord. However, later in the evening, an angry mob turns up seeking to sodomize your guests. What do you do?

If you buy a Hebrew servant, how many years must he serve?

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