Friday, November 30, 2012
'Hi, deliver me from evil': Catholic Church sets up an exorcist hotline to deal with demand - Europe - World - The Independent
Another brutal and tragic act by the fanatically religious: Afghan girl beheaded after refusing man’s marriage proposal | The Lookout - Yahoo! News
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Collecting odd Nativity scenes, and this is one of them -- includes tampons. Weird Nativity Scene Collection Include Tampon Baby Jesus
A tampon version of the nativity is one of the newest additions to a collection of bizarre nativity scenes that Christian author Mark Oestreicher has been collecting for the past six years.
The collection, which is now up to 42 nativities, shows the birth of Jesus using bacon, spam, rubber ducks, mermaids and, yes, feminine hygiene products.
While some countries vote to rid themselves of "blasphemy laws" (see post below) Ireland remains stucks in the draconian past:BBC News - Irish atheists challenge blasphemy law:
An atheist group in the Irish Republic has defied a new blasphemy law by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations on its website.
Atheist Ireland says it will fight any action taken against it in court.
The quotations include the words of writers such as Mark Twain and Salman Rushdie, but also Jesus Christ, the Prophet Muhammad and Pope Benedict XVI.
The new law makes blasphemy a crime punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros (22,000; $35,000).
BBC News - Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law:
Dutch authorities have decided to approve a motion abandoning a law under which it is a crime to insult God.
A majority of parties in parliament said the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st Century.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Red Pill Junkie brings us his "Red Pills of the Week" over at Mysterious Universe, including this item about the Pope's take on Christmas iconography and such:
Red Pills of the Week — November 24th | Mysterious Universe: I don’t have a problem with the J-man being born way earlier than what was traditionally considered because I already knew that. In fact, I think Bennie should have been even more honest, and remind his flock that the date of December 25th was *ehem* borrowed from earlier pagan celebrations. But calling the star of Bethlehem a super-nova? I’m sorry your Holiness but I’ve read the apocryphal gospels, and that thing was a freaking flying saucer, k??
Monday, November 19, 2012
Tonight's Coast to Coast: guest Doreen Virtue, discussing Mermaids and Angels. Host George Noory.
I have been following Doreen Virtue for awhile now, and have gone through her Angel Reader course. One of the three decks I have is her Mermaids and Dolphins deck, which I often use with the Healing with Angels deck. I've pre-ordered her Angel Dreams deck, which will be out in January.
This is a favorite card of mine from the Mermaids and Dolphins deck:
|Doreen Virtue; from her Mermaids and Dolphins oracle deck|
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
From Lon Stickler at Phantoms and Monsters:Phantoms and Monsters: Paranormal Activity, Bigfoot, Mothman, UFOs and Other Unexplained Phenomena
Pope Joan, legendary female pontiff who supposedly reigned, under the title of John VIII, for slightly more than 25 months, from 855 to 858, between the pontificates of Leo IV (847–855) and Benedict III (855–858). According to legend, her identity was exposed when, riding one day from St. Peter's to the Lateran, she stopped by the side of the road and, to the astonishment of everyone, gave birth to a child.
The legend is unconfirmed. Skeptics note that the first references to Pope Joan only appear hundreds of years after her supposed reign. However, supporters argue that the Church may have attempted to erase all evidence of her existence from the historical record.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Polish Coffin-Maker's Topless Calendar Outrages Catholic Church: WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish firm that makes coffins has angered the Catholic church by trying to drum up business with a calendar depicting topless models posing next to its caskets.
One image from the 2013 edition of the calendar has a blonde model, wearing only a skimpy thong and with a snake draped around her neck, reclining on a coffin. In another, a woman wearing a crimson corset is depicted pulling out the heart of a man lying on a casket.
"My son had the idea of creating the company's calendar... so that we could show something half-serious, colorful, beautiful; the beauty of Polish girls and the beauty of our coffins," said Zbigniew Lindner, the firm's owner.
"We wanted to show that a coffin isn't a religious symbol. Its a product," he said. "Why are people afraid of coffins and not of business suits, cosmetics or jewelry?"