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Monday, May 17, 2004

Where does everyone find the time to keep these blogs current? It’s all I can do to visit The Raving Atheist on a semi-daily basis. Miss a couple days at that site, and you miss a lot. I did get around to getting a web site so visit me also at PhalsePhrophet.
I would like to think I can post on both all the time, but that doesn’t seem too realistic. I want to use the website for more of a militant atheist rant. I want to rant about the obscene amount of free press religion gets in my local paper on this blog. At the risk of being redundant and lazy, I may just use the same posts on both sites.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Facing the fallout
Area Episcopal leader Jerry Lamb hopes to heal divisions over a gay bishop
By Jennifer Garza -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 a.m. PST Saturday, November 15, 2003
The Sacramento Bee is at it again. They seem to run feature stories on the same religion about one week apart, lay low for a week, then change religions and do it again. As I ranted about earlier with the articles on the evangelicals, the paper is reporting mindless stories simply to promote religion. I don’t think anyone is editing this dribble. The story rants about how Episcopal Bishop Jerry Lamb is facing fallout from supporting the consecration of a gay priest. They had just printed an article on the Episcopal Church on 11/9/03 about building an eyesore church in midtown Sacramento. The customary mention of the need for divine funding was not so subtly stated in that article also. These issues may be news for godidiots, but I could give a shit. These hypocrites say one thing and do another. For instance: They say:
"If individual parishes start down the path of making their own decisions of what to support and what not to support, then we start to tear down what it means to be a diocesan community and part of a national church."
How in the hell do they think they got to be the church they are today? How about all the first, orthodox, un-orthodox, reformed, and so on spin offs? Wake up all you godidiots. They are lying to your face. Then they say:
“Soft-spoken and friendly, Lamb has the manner of a kindly grandfather. A former Roman Catholic priest, Lamb left the church and married. During this time, he worked as a parole officer. But he once again felt the call to ministry, became an Episcopal priest and served in Oregon before coming to Sacramento.”
He is a former Roman Catholic priest. Former as in he did not believe in what the church said, so he left the priesthood, married (natural urges beat out God), and got a real job. That for a while was admirable, then he had the call to minister again (damn telemarketers), and now he is up to living and propagating lies again for a living. Then he says:
"These are people I love and respect, and it's a heavy weight knowing that they are unhappy," says Lamb. "It has saddened me, but I think we have to find some way to work this out. I don't want anyone to leave the church -- even one person is a great loss."
This quote is from a former catholic priest who left the priesthood. Did the Catholics not loose one here? Is he saying one thing and doing another? Did this very man not take a vow of celibacy and faithfulness to the Roman Catholic Church? Did he not break those vows and leave the church? And how about those Episcopal? They elect a former Roman Catholic Priest for their bishop and cry foul when he goes against the church. The red flag was there when the resume said former Roman Catholic priest. Did they think former meant reform?

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Halloween is my favorite day of the year. It is a national day of celebration without the mention of Jesus and the only day religious people dress up as their counterparts and ask for something besides money. I look forward to Halloweens arrival every year and the joy it brings. This year was no different. We invited friends over for fun and games and to help pass out candy to the kids. The wife ordered pizzas from Pizza Hut Delivery to add to the festivities. Everyone was having a good time and everything was going great until the Pizza Hut delivery guy showed up. He had approached the front door with the pizzas when he suddenly placed the pizzas on the porch and went back to his car to retrieve something else. We thought for sure it was the cheese sticks he had forgotten, so the wife and I went back to entertaining guests and let our teenage daughter deal with the forgetful pizza guy. Imagine our horror (and embarrassment) when she brought in our pizzas and a brand new unopened paperback version of the Here’s Hope Holy Bible (King James Version). The Pizza Hut delivery guy had just delivered two large pizzas and a copy of the holy bible! Holy Shit! My whole day was ruined and so was my appetite. A hate crime was committed against me on my favorite day of the year and there is no way in fuck that the religious zealot who perpetrated this crime will ever have to face charges for it. I’m sure if an Atheist were doing something similar, there would be blood in the streets. I feel violated.
Since it happened over the weekend, I have not spoken with the pizza guy’s employer yet. I will call on Monday and see what that response is. Any Guesses?

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Religion makes the front-page of the Sacramento Bee. Did the Pope die? No. Was there a miracle performed? No. How about another stupid church burning? No. What was it you ask?
With the recall vote near and the Iraq situation still ongoing, the editors think that a story on a new church opening is worthy of a front-page cover story. Covering over a third of the front page, with color pictures and a big bold headline " Big On Faith", the story is about a new church (Adventure Christian Church) opening in the city of Roseville (an upscale community north of Sacramento that tried to get creationism taught along side evolution in science classes).
How this story is worthy of front-page placement (or any placement other than in advertising) is incomprehensible. It's not like it's fresh or relevant news. The Bee recently ran a similar story on the Rock Church. Both are described as state-of-the art and seat large numbers. Both are non-denominational and charismatic. Both had trouble with and caused concern for nearby residents. Both take in huge numbers at the collection plate ($ 80,000 a week for Adventure Church). Both have pastors that never thought they would lead a church this big (however, they were both in on the planning). I'm not seeing Front-Page story here. The real story would be a full accounting of the approximately $ 3,840,000 dollars the Adventure Church rakes in yearly (collection plate only) on it's 42 acre, 12.3 million dollar, state-of the-art facility. Perhaps a story about the church's pastor who stated he nearly left the ministry after his first church experience left him feeling unfulfilled (didn't provide enough income is my guess). Now he heads a multi-million dollar enterprise (I'm guessing he's feeling fulfilled now). A better story would have been how Sacramento's hungry and homeless people feel about why god won't build them a multi-million dollar campus with plasma TV's, Nordstrom like free clothing, and a coffee shop.
Speaking of the Pope, The Bee had an article about a Cardinal in the church finally admitting that the Pope is on his last legs. They stated that the Catholics could no longer mince words about the Pope's upcoming date with death. The Catholics are admitting the obvious after denying it for years? Now that is front-page news.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

I would like to take a moment to give thanks to RA @ for his article on how to get a blog listed on his site. I consider it an honor to be recognized by one of the leaders of the atheist cause. This site is a must see for Atheists (as well as theists if they seek the truth). Thanks are in order just for the relentless energy and information he brings to the table. I also wish to give accolades to the menagerie of people who comment on his writings. The dialogue is sharp, thought provoking, and often brutal (all theists should read his site before commenting). Without them, the small details may get overlooked.
More religious hype from the Sacramento Bee.
From Religion & Ethics section: Front Page lead story
It seems Sacramento has a new Buddhist priest. He is from Japan and holds a minor in biology. He does not speak English (services are held in English), however, he is taking classes at the community college. He’s expected to be ready for English services in about six months. What purpose did this huge article (complete with color pictures) serve other than to promote religion?
This was buried deep in the paper:
Catholic Church sues Spanish Church (Church of the Faithful) for fraud. Is that calling the kettle black? They must be hemorrhaging money after those recent sex abuse settlements. Their complaint is that the Spanish church is conducting catholic services without being affiliated with the Catholic Church. They are afraid money that is given to this church (by people who may think it is a catholic church) is not going to the Catholic Church. The charge should be con-game infringement at best. It is scary to see the Catholics evolving into a litigious group.
Also buried inside:
Man uses religion as excuse for child abuse. It appears he convinced some other people as well that it was O.K. to abuse kids in the name of religion. The article had a few more lines and that was it. No color pictures, no slap in the face like the Buddhist Priest article.
Today scene section provides:
Schooled in Tradition (headline/feature article)
Religious Beliefs passed down in ways formal and informal.
I mean this article is really stupid. Talk about stating the obvious. It has no business in the scene section. The article states that some parents want their kids to learn the fundamentals of their beliefs (I guess they are too stupid or hypocritical to do it them selves). The article states that the children learn by watching their parents (monkey see/monkey do), by being made to go to religious school ( forced indoctrination/brainwashing), and by peer pressure (monkey feel intimidated / monkey does). Once again, full color pictures, big spread, feature story. Why? Why? Why?
Why was this article given so much attention when serious problems like the abuse and fraud charges are hidden in the middle of the paper?

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