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Skepchick Quickies, Weekend Edition – 9.6

Jen

Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. I find the article about the church sign interesting. Someone says: “God damns gays to Hell”, and the reply is: “No, he doesn’t”. This is an attitude I’ve seen in many a believer, which could be translated as: “my idea of God is true and yours is false because mine fits my personal values and yours doesn’t.” Sure enough, nobody puts it in so many words, but they use instead the “not a true Christian” condemnation, which amounts to the same thing. I find that an interesting point of the psychology of belief, even I’m not qualified to go any deeper into it.

    But my favorite church sign is still this one.

  2. I was hoping there would be a link to the church sign just because it is so honestly funny. Really. It could just as easily have turned up on any random Adult Swim cartoon from “Sealab” to “Robot Chicken.”

    I also thought the Onion article was possibly the funniest I’ve ever seen. I snorted a little when I first saw that the “non-believers” in this case were church officials. Even though I saw the joke coming, the snort still escaped.

    Maybe I’m just very receptive to humor right now because I’m done with work. Everything’s funny. Even Sarah Palin!

    Oops, that wrecked it a little.

  3. Very nice. I liked the Onion article, made me smile. A great way to start the day. I hope the Darwin movie is good. I like the actors slated for it. I’ll have to get the book Annies box. Does anyone know if it is any good? Well I’m off to mow the lawn and pull weeds I’ll check back in a few hours.

  4. @Andrés Diplotti: I agree completely. When I hear fundamentalists making comments like this in the news I think to myself, “Wow, how “convenient” is it that your personal prejudices just happen to be identical to what your God wants you to believe.” It reminds me of one of my grandmothers. She used to be a hardcore atheist, but now she’s a “born again” christian. Her personality hasn’t changed though. She’s always loved to tell people exactly how they should live and what they should believe, the only difference is now she has the force of God behind her nagging. :)

  5. Okay, I’m not quite gone yet.
    If I have been rude to anyone here or offended anyone here I’m sorry. I really like this place and don’t want to see it turn into a place where everyone is slagging each other off all the time. I have been involved in enough real conflicts to last me a life time. This place has been one of the ones I go to so that I can enjoy civil discourse and gentle disagreements discussed in civilized ways. Thank you to everyone who has made this such a fun and intellectually rewarding place to visit.

  6. I’m not a huge fan of the song because it reinforces the whole, “I kiss girls because it’s hot and I want my boyfriend to think I’m hot” instead of “I kiss girls because they’re hot and I like them.”

    I dunno, most of my experiences with other women were (unfortunately) an attempt to turn on some dude. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, really.

  7. Actually, if you pay attention to the lyrics, she kissed a girl because she wanted to know what it was like, and the girl in question was just so kissable, and it turns out she enjoys it. There is also some concern that her boyfriend might have an issue with it, but she hopes he’s ok with it.

  8. IMHO, they do it for the publicity and attention it garners. Sort of like spoiled kids that want Mommy’s attention.

    There is a Baptist church that I pass every day on my way home from work. They specialize in non sequiters – (not that they realize it). They also are hyper right wing. On Friday that had a quote from Thomas Jefferson (interesting that they would pick him, but anyway…), “Those that beat their plowshares into swords will plow for those that do not.”

    So exactly what is this church trying to say? That they support bombing Iraq and killing innocents for a non-existant connection to 9/11? For oil companies to tie up all of the Iraqi oil in 0ne-sided contracts?

    Last time I looked at it, the sign said “April 1 is National Atheist’s Day.” What if they had put up that April 1 was “National Jew’s Day?” The logic is the same to me. There’s lots of hatred under those nice, squeaky clean images that they wear.

  9. To give you an idea of where I stand – when I last posted, the song playing was by an Irish rock band called Blaggards. The song now playing is by Bob Marley, and the next song is Russian rap by Leningrad…

    I still have to turn it up and throw up the horns when Ozzy comes on, though.

  10. It took me a minute to figure out the Landover site. I couldn’t find anywhere they explicitly say its just a joke, which makes it even better. But i saw something on there that I have been seeing more of lately. The “True Christian” with a “TM” trademark. Anybody know whats with that? Is there actually paperwork you can file? Not that I am embarrassed to be uninformed on the subject, but getting curious.

  11. Amanda, I ran into worse at Humboldt State. It seems to be a very popular university with the gay crowd. But anyway, I talked to a number of them who clearly were gay because it drove daddy crazy. They would never admit that, but it was clear from listening to them talk.

  12. @Mikey V. Denver:

    In the terms of service, it mentions that the church doesn’t exist… “The Landover Baptist Church is a complete work of fiction. It is a satire/parody.”

    (I did a quick google search because it was one of those cases of “I’m pretty sure this is a parody… I REALLY hope this is a parody… but someone really could be that out there…)

  13. @Mazlynn: Yeah, sadly as you first start reading it, in the day and age we live in, you realize its not impossible for it to be real. You’d really REALLY hope it was all a joke when you first heard about a preacher in Kansas who thanks god for killing soldiers in Iraq with IEDs because apparently America tolerates homosexuals. wtf?

  14. This song actually reminds me of skepchicks. More specifically, it reminds me of MoeFaux.
    It’s because of the line “taste of her cherry chapstick”.

    Though now I’m wondering if it was perhaps strawberry …

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