Thursday, April 18, 2013

How Religion Threatens Children with Death

While ridding the flower bed of weeds, I was listening to Stefan Molyneux's podcast "Freedomain Radio." Stefan Molyneux is one of my favorite human beings. I'm extremely thankful for his beautiful mixture of atheism, psychology, and philosophy, creating a nearly perfect listening experience. No joke. It's some of the best stuff I've ever heard. I absolutely love it.

The caller mentions to Molyneux that some atheists can be militant and aggressive, almost like a fundamentalist atheist. Molyneux asks how the atheists the caller describes as militant show aggression. The caller responds by saying that the "militant atheists" talk to people about their atheism and are very emphatic about gods not existing. Molyneux says that doesn't sound very aggressive and asks if religious people force their beliefs on others. The caller says that fundamentalists force their beliefs on others but that most religious people don't. The caller also mentions that if someone wants to believe in a religion it doesn't hurt anyone as long as they don't push their beliefs on other people. Molyneux makes the point that when children grow up in religious homes, the religion of the parents is literally forced on the children. The caller responds with a tone of new realization.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Evangeical Pastor in Brazil Says His Penis Contains Holy Milk: The Spirit Comes in Mysterious Ways

This is not a joke. One of his church members said, “He has convinced us that only God could come into our lives through our mouth and that’s why he would do what he did.  Often, after worship, Pastor Valdeci would take us to where the funds were kept at the back of the Church and asked us to have oral sex with him until the Holy Spirit would come through ejaculation.”

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Sexual Teachings of a Southern Baptist Preacher: Divine Orgasm

The Southern Baptist preacher began with the normal Christian sex stuff: sex is designed to happen inside the context of marriage, it was created for pleasure, it was created to point us toward Christ, it is a foreshadowing of the future joy and pleasure to be had in Christ, and some scripture was read. What came next was rather surprising. The pastor said that when we get married, we should always pray with our wives before we have sex, like this: "Dear Jesus, thank you for this pleasure that we are going to partake in. May it draw us closer together and closer to you. May it be pure, like your love for your bride, the church." Then the pastor says, "When you are having sex, you should be thinking about Jesus. You should be saying 'thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus.' Keep your mind on him."

Monday, April 8, 2013

All Kinds of Broken Sexuality: A Look at Scotty Smith's Prayer for Parents of Gays

About two years ago, I refused an internship with Christ Community Church. I was going to be working with the youth ministry. I went out on a houseboat with the youth ministry staff for a time of getting to know each other before the scheduled summer activities kicked off. We watched "The Hangover," went over some responsibility details, ate dinner, and spent the rest of the night in two jacuzzis on the roof. Cigars and cigarettes were smoked while we turned into prunes. I was the only person with a pack of cigarettes. The youth leader asked me if I would be smoking when the church's summer schedule started and I said that I would be. I was honest, "I'm a smoker. I'm addicted." He said that some of the parents would have issue with a person in my position being a smoker. I asked him if parents ever had any issues with him. He smiled and said yes. "It's an opportunity to teach," I said. He assured me that neither he nor the church had any issue with smokers, but in the interest of keeping nagging parents off his back, I couldn't smoke in any church oriented context. "Are you serious?" I asked. He was.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

5 Other Biblical Definitions of Marriage

There are so many anti-gay pro-religious memes that have been crowding social media sites and jostling about the interwebs, similar to the meme below.

The phrase "Biblical Definition of Marriage" keeps coming up. It's a tricky fucker. It leads one to believe that the Bible actually lays out the proper form and function of marriage, designed by an omnipotent heavenly being. What it really does, however, is simply describe a variety of marriages found in the Middle East during the time period of the Old Testament and the New Testament. Here's five alternative types of marriage from the Bible that you won't find on a Pro-Bible Pro-Marriage church sign: