Skepchick Quickies, 9.22


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  1. I have to say that I’m a little disappointed in ceiling-tile-stain Jesus. Is it my imagination or are the standards for crazy pareidolia slipping? It seems like Jesus used to be a lot clearer and more defined in his grilled cheese and wood knot days.

  2. Hmmm. If Alamo and Co. were doing nothing wrong, why did they see the need for armed guards to patrol the grounds? Seems odd for a peaceful church, doesn’t it?

    And here we go with the usual, “Poor, poor me! Our immoral, anti-Christian enemies etc. etc.” bit for the faithful.

    “Where do these allegations stem from? The anti-Christ government. The Catholics don’t like me because I have cut their congregation in half. They hate true Christianity.”

    No, we all hate lying polygamists, tax evaders, child abusers and pornographers that prey on children and the gullible . Surprise, even atheists hate them.

  3. I loved the quote, “Believing is believing. Regardless of what you see,”


    Some people believe and find experiences that validate that belief… other people wait to experience and then believe.

    Some people will believe… anything.

    In the words of a very wise (and hot) man… “Reality doesn’t stop being reality just because you choose to be an idiot.”

  4. @QuestionAuthority:
    What make you think that Alamo and his gang are a “peaceful church”?

    There are a lot of churches that do emphasize peace and forgiveness – including most of the mainstream denominations. There are also a lot of groups that like the idea of the church militant and really miss the good ol’ days of burning the heathens at the stake.

  5. @TheSkepticalMale:
    I wondered the same thing briefly. Rightly or wrongly, I dismissed that idea because of the wealth of pre-Henry Poole articles about Jesus appearing in one kind of stain or another.

    I would be surprised to know that the Henry Poole movie isn’t in response to the continuing stream of these articles rather than the reverse.

  6. 1) Why does evolution scare the crap out of fundies? I just don’t get it. The catholics don’t seem to be that scared of it.

    2)Sick bastards. If this is true I hope the government will be able to provide convincing proof in a court and get the offeneders very long prison sentences.

    3) That’s it. I’m going to start making stained bits of junk and selling them on e-bay as jesus stains. They don’t have to look like anything and I can still make money.

  7. @Gabrielbrawley: I think it’s because the fundamentalists have chained themselves to a very literal reading of the Bible that allows for little interpretation or change. Darwin is a direct contradiction to their literalism, so they have to see it as a challenge. The Catholics have a much more liberal interpretation of the Bible (not to mention that they Catholic and Protestant Bibles differ in the books included), so they have some mental “wiggle room” when something is discovered that contradicts their viewpoint.

    @LBB: Don’t forget the peril-sensitive sunglasses for a small additional charge!

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