Creationists have a huge emotional investment in the creation story that inhibits their ability to reason. And that investment is based on fear. They believe that if their faith in the validity of the story does not waver they will be rewarded with eternal life, forever reunited with their loved ones in heavenly bliss with an occasional stint in the heavenly choir. If they allow this happy vision to be corrupted by doubt they will be denied entrance to this heavenly wonderland despite all their years of good, solid faith. That is such a heavy burden and one I’m grateful not to bear. It would truly be frightening.
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Hopefully Jesus will see his shadow when he hops out of his cave on Easter Sunday, heralding the return of sunny summer weather.
Why is god’s o sometimes puckered, g*d? Is his o viewed as obscene? Sometimes the o is so tightly clenched it doesn’t resemble an o at all, g-d
The Winter Solstice fell on Saturday, Saturn’s Day, this year. So the rebirth of the Sun started on his day, Sunday. All and all I’d say it was a successful Saturnalia this year. This bodes well for the Democrats in 2008.
I’ve been reading, well lightly scanning, the Book Of Mormon on the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible site, and I’m struck by the many similarities in the story line of the book and the story of the creation of the Ancient And Honorable Order Of E Clampus Vitus. What really got me thinking about this is when I realized that Utah is called The Beehive State.
In 1844-45, Ephraim Bee formed a Chapter of E Clampus Vitus in Lewisport, Virginia. He would hold his meetings at his bar, called The Beehive Tavern. His chapter became very popular, and although there were other chapters spread across the country, Bee’s chapter is considered to be the one that gave birth to the chapters in the Golden Hills of California.
The Clampers are known for their mockery of the Masons, the sashes, the tin vestal adornments and officious ceremonies and most importantly their care and concern for the widders and orphans of Clamperdom, especially the widders. Although not a religious organization Mormonism seems to smack of all the values that a Clamper would want in a religion. Each man is a prophet and has many wives. Ceremonies are held in secret places accompanied by the most outlandish and absurd claims of spiritual truth. A man will eventually become a god. Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. These are stories that one might hear in the Hall Of Comparable Ovations.
So I ask, is it possible that Joseph Smith, Orson and Parley Pratt, Brigham Young and the others were Frolicking Friars, brothers in good standing in the Ancient And Honorable Order Of E Clampus Vitus, and that the religion they founded is but a farce, a mockery of the Roman Catholic Church? Credo Quia Absurdum.
How in the heck did this one slip past them?
21Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Given the convoluted history of the Bible, the arguments and the revisions, the inclusion of so many contradictory stories, I ask what are the chances that it could contain any semblance to what might be considered Truth? And why did Eusebius and the other members of the Council of Nicea allow this evidence of racism to remain in the book? Perhaps it reflected their own sociopathic views.
Ritualistic mutilation, ancient symbol of castration
A Syrian priesthood neophyte stands in the temple of Ishtar.
The hunter gored, Adonis’ life is resurrected by his wife
His lover Ishtar, Aphrodite, Isis, Venus, shining star.
Through sands of time the temple closed, Adonis hanging ever posed,
Fixed nailed to a crossed upright, side gored and bled by the bitter spar.
Forgotten now by kith and ken, why cleave away the sacred skin?
For His rebirth at Easter time, in the temple of Ishtar.
Bob Huck, 1995