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Religious News 4/30

What’s happening around the world, in the name of God?

Vandalizing for Jesus

Facebook Pedo Pastor

Psychic Fraud

Noah’s Ark

Don’t Say Gay Bill passed

AZ “Nullification Act”

AZ Birther Bill

Day of Prayer

Multi-National Superman

Religious News 4/17

Lights Off For God

When God returns, he will light the new Jerusalem with his glory – until then, even holy sites need to pay their electric bill.

According to the Associated Press, one of Israel’s most popular Jewish pilgrimage destinations, the tomb of Moses Maimonide, had it’s electricity shut off earlier this month due to an unpaid electric bill totally $11,500.

Maimonides was a preeminent Jewish philosopher and one of the greatest Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages, his tomb nonetheless draws many devout, people come to pray around the clock.

The tomb remains open during the day, but is now closed at night. Signs at the entrance say the site is closed at night “due to a power glitch.”

A Sexually Active Celibate Priest

A Roman Catholic priest with a worldwide television ministry based in San Bernadino has admitted to having a sexual relationship with his cousin, a county schools superintendent on California’s Central Coast.

70 year old priest, Michael Manning, will be leaving Wordnet, the worldwide television ministry he founded 1978 in order to give himself more time to reflect on his relationship with Monterey Schools Superintendent Nancy Kotowski, his second cousin.

Manning confessed to the affair after a newspaper questioned him about copies of correspondence between the kissing cousins that they had received.

Manning claims to no longer have a sexual relationship with his cousin, he says the relationship ended two years ago.

“The reality is I was living two lives: one as a priest who was vowed to celibacy and another life as a sexually active man…”

No, you were living one life, as a sexually active priest.

He claims he has sought and received forgiveness from God. “That’s the neat thing with Jesus. There can be the chance of starting again,”

Marriage between 1st cousins is legal in California, and both participants are adults. Personally I don’t think they did anything wrong. That’s the neat thing without Jesus, you don’t need to ask forgiveness for a legal act with a consenting adult. – and you don’t need to retire from your job for not doing anything wrong.

Teachers Who Refuse to Teach are Protected

Earlier this month the House of Representatives in Tennessee voted 70-28 in favor of a bill that would protect teachers from disciplinary action if they challenge scientific subjects including, but not limited to: evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning in their classrooms.

The bill starts by stating “An important purpose of science education is to inform students about scientific evidence and to help students develop critical thinking skills necessary
to becoming intelligent, productive, and scientifically informed citizens;”

Unfortunately, it then goes on to protect teachers who subvert this “important purpose” by allowing them to present unscientific subjects, like Intelligent Design.

An identical bill is up for vote by the Senate Education Committee at the end of the month. If the vote follows the party line, it will be signed into law, allowing Tennessee to join Louisiana as the second state with specific protections for teaching anti-evolution rhetoric.

Sue the Pope!

The Pope and Vatican officials were previously considered immune from lawsuits under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976. However a Ninth Circuit ruled that the Vatican can be held accountable for priest’s actions under the “tort exceptions” clause, because they created the conditions in which sexual abuse could occur. The Vatican appealed the ruling, but in June of 2010 the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal, allowing the ruling to stand and opening the door for the priests, Vatican officials, and even the Pope to be sued.

Now the Pope and two top Vatican officials have been served with court papers associated with the molestation case in which 200 deaf children in a Milwaukee-area school were allegedly molested by Reverend Lawrence C. Murphy between 1950 and 1974.

Reverend Murphy has since died, but the case continues because of the allegation that the Vatican attempted to systematically cover-up the case. The suit alleges that the Pope and two other top Vatican officials knew about the accusations and called off investigations, obstructed justice, and put other children in harms way.

Pornography Causes Spontaneous Human Combustion

Proof that pornography can be dangerous to your health.

For seven years, Roger Huang, a pastor who runs a rescue mission in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, has been trying to shut down the sex shops there. “I don’t know if you believe in prayer,” Huang said, “but … the last seven years, every August, I go to every store and pray that it [will] be closed down.

This week he may have seen a sign that his efforts are working.

On Wednesday, a man burst into flames while inside one of those porn shops, police said.

Could this bizarre incident be attributed to a higher power?

“I believe so. I definitely believe so,” Huang told AOL News, adding that he hopes the unidentified man is recovering from the burns.

An employee said the man had been watching a film in the back of the store when he suddenly ran out screaming and on fire.

Witnesses reportedly saw the burning man running out of the Golden Gate Adult Superstore at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. The man ran past stunned onlookers and collapsed.

There was a private ambulance company in the area that witnessed the collapse, they were able to extinguish the flames and call it into dispatch.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to the burn center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, where he is being treated for first-, second- and third-degree burns that cover 90 percent of his body.

“He suffered life-threatening injuries,” Dangerfield said, adding, “He’s still recovering.”

Stab Me to Prove Jesus

The student group, Freethinkers at Virginia Tech, sponsored a local “Ask an Atheist” table on Wednesday.

Witnesses said Alexander M. Huppert, a freshman university studies major, stood near the table for nearly an hour.

Huppert eventually approached the table, borrowed a pen and drew a circle with a cross inside on the back of his hand.

A senior psychology major, Nicole Schrand, said Huppert then asked students at the table to stab him in the cross with the pen to “prove to us God existed.”

The students declined.

“We don’t believe in assaulting people,” Schrand said. “We’re very against assaulting people.”

When Schrand and the other students declined to stab his hand, Huppert grabbed another pen and began stabbing himself in the back of the hand.

Wade Duvall left the table to call 911. Tyler Pease, a member of Campus Crusade for Christ, convinced Huppert to giving him the pen.

Huppert attempted to confront Duvall after seeing him on the phone, but several people at the table stood between the two.

Police were on the scene within a few minutes. Huppert did not cooperate with the officer’s commands, and a struggle ensued. Duvall and Pease both assisted the officer in subduing Huppert.

While in custody Huppert broke out a police car window and assaulted two other officers. None of the officers’ injuries required medical attention, and no other individuals were injured during the incident.

How stabbing yourself in the hand, or having someone else stab you in the hand is supposed to prove the existence of God has not yet been explained.

That puts it on par with many of William Lane Craigs arguments.

Jesus Has Some Competition

Proof that Jesus and Mary are not the only people to appear in processed food.

A jelly bean bearing a resemblance of Prince Williams bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, has been found. If you’re interested in owning the miraculous bean, the owners hope to sell the bean on eBay.

Sad News for Christians

I guess this is more famous in Europe because I had never heard the legend here in the US.

Apparently, there is was a 2,000 50-year-old tree in Glastonbury.  According to legend, after Jesus was crucified Joseph of Arimathea traveled to England carrying Jesus’ staff and the Holy Grail.  While in what is now Glastonbury Joseph decided to sleep on the hillside. He struck Jesus’ staff into the ground before going to sleep.  When he woke up Jesus’ staff had sprouted into a tree.

Side note, there are other variations on the above myth – in one variation the staff immediately became a blossoming tree when Joseph stuck it into the ground after praying for a miracle to serve as a sign that he was on a divine mission.  I guess he wasn’t familiar with Matthew 12:39.

(Poor Joseph, he had to continue the rest of his trek without his walking stick.)

The tree that grew from Jesus’ staff would eventually become a shrine known as the “Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury” and is was supposedly one of the most popular religious tourist attractions in England.  The magical tree revealed it’s holy nature by blooming twice a year – on Easter and Christmas. (The official name of this plant is a “Crataegus monogyna biflora” also known as a “Common Hawthorn” it blooms twice a year – once in early spring and again in autumn.)

Whether you believe the story or not, a 2,000-year-old tree is impressive!  At least it would be if this was a 2,000-year-old tree.  The “Holy Thorn Tree of Glastonbury” is was significantly younger.  The “original” holy tree was chopped up by puritans during the civil war.  The current tree was grown from a “secret cutting” that had been previously planted elsewhere in town.  It was moved to its current location only 50 years ago.

Well, the tree was been cut down again… yesterday.

Vandals cut down everything but a section of the trunk.  As you can expect, local residents are very upset.  Frankly, I can’t blame them.  This was a popular tourist attraction, losing the tree means losing money from religious sight-seers.

I don’t support the actions of the vandals, and I do genuinely feel for the merchants and residents of Glastonbury who will no longer be able to fleece gullible Christians desperately seeking some external validation for their beliefs — but I don’t suspect this will be a problem for long.  I’m sure the residents will find another “original cutting” and they’ll be back to fleecing the flock in no time.


Christians Hire Stalker-Bus

The Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason started a bus-ad campaign last week.  The ad reads: “Millions of Americans are Good Without God.”

This says nothing derogatory about Christianity, believers, or the God they worship.  It doesn’t even say or imply that God does or doesn’t exist.  (As opposed to the “You know it’s a myth” billboard put up by the American Atheists in New York City.)  This is just a (true) statement saying that non-believers exist and are good people.

Apparently, some Christians in Fort Worth think an ad proclaiming the existence of moral atheists is offensive.  An anonymous group has a new approach at apologetics.  They have hired a mobile billboard to follow one of the buses while carrying it’s own message saying: “I still love you. – God”

The bus has been dubbed the “stalker-bus,” and the group responsible has said they have considered using similar mobile billboards in other cities where atheist bus campaigns and billboards appear.

Personally, I think it’s great.  The stalker-bus does nothing to diminish the message in the atheist bus ads, and has brought more publicity to the campaign than the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason could have ever hoped for.  What started as a simple bus ad has now spread to television and gone worldwide on the internet.  You simply can’t pay for this kind of publicity!

I don’t think the ad paints Christians in a good light either, which is probably why the people responsible have chosen not to release their identities.

Is your faith in God so shallow that an ad stating that atheists can be good people is just too much to deal with?

The stalker bus comes across as extremely childish.  The only thing the Christian group could have done to paint Christianity in a worse light would have been to include a message that was more in-tune with Christian dogma.  Perhaps they should add a postscript saying: “P.S. You’re still going to Hell.”

Can you imagine the public outcry if an atheist group hired a bus to drive around behind a bus carrying a pro-Christian message?  It would be used as proof that atheists are hateful and intolerant, why is it that no one is saying that about the Christian retaliation campaign?

Source: KDFW Fox