Nerd is my Gender

Today in theology class…

itstotallyanna:

We were talking about the second chapter of Proslogion. My professor was trying to explain to us what the work meant. Mainly, that if you could entertain the idea of God in your mind it must mean that God exists. Something like, you can’t think of something that doesn’t exist. Savvy?

I told him that the same thing can be said about a unicorn.

(I hope he doesn’t fail me.)

I hate to burst your bubble, but unicorns are in the Bible.

Psalm 92:10 (King James Version)

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

(Source: biblegateway.com)

“In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offensed,
Or wear ear condom next time”
Lady Gaga
Got an argument you think will convince me that I’m going to hell?  Not anymore you don’t!

Got an argument you think will convince me that I’m going to hell?  Not anymore you don’t!

If you have a Bible on your bookshelf, you may be a Christian.

If you have a Koran on your bookshelf, you may be a Muslim.

If you have a Torah on your bookshelf, you may be Jewish.

If you have all three, you are probably an atheist.

Blonde Nonbeliever
The ORIGINAL Commandments.  Note how there are more than 10?  Also how they are strikingly similar to the commandments popularized by a runaway band of ex-Egyptians?  Hmm…
My favorite is XXVII: thou shalt not pollute the water or the land.
Another (more archaic) translation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat#42_Confessions_.28Papyrus_of_Ani.29

The ORIGINAL Commandments.  Note how there are more than 10?  Also how they are strikingly similar to the commandments popularized by a runaway band of ex-Egyptians?  Hmm…

My favorite is XXVII: thou shalt not pollute the water or the land.

Another (more archaic) translation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat#42_Confessions_.28Papyrus_of_Ani.29

“This situation can be likened to the Bible as a two edged sword. You can find any example in the Bible to defend any good or bad conduct you will want to indulge in. People who want to commit evil deeds will sometimes refer to some godly people in the Bible who fell short of such moral conducts. Truth as they say is one. There can be no middle grounds. What is evil is evil and cannot change with time. Such is homosexuality.”

More hate here, if you can stand to read it.

Lies destroy lives.  Religion destroys rationality.

I don’t want to hear anyone say “a true Christian would never condone this”, because that’s bullshit.  It’s in the Bible, black and white, and now the government of Ghana is using it to erase gays and other sexual minorities from the nation by calling for their collective arrests.

Christian American beliefs are destroying lives around the world.  Read it and weep.

The problem with interpreting scripture (Christian version):

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God"

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+3%3A16&version=NKJV

and

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1&version=NKJV

and

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; 

"It shall not return to Me void, 

"But it shall accomplish what I please, 

"And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+55%3A11&version=NKJV

So what we’re seeing is that everything in the Bible which counts as scripture is inspired by YHWH and/or is YHWH.  And yet we can have as many different interpretations of the Bible as there are people. Which leads me to wonder how YHWH could let his word and/or himself out and about (thanks to the Gutenberg printing press and later the internet) without tending to it/himself very well at all, to the point where we need very specific and in-depth education before we’re even understanding it/him “correctly”.  It’s basic negligence.

"Slaves, obey your masters." Colossians 3:22
What could be racefail about that verse?  If you accompany it with an image of a black slave and then stick it in the middle of a neighborhood full of people of color, a lot.  This is what happens when white people don’t bother checking their privilege, or even worse, don’t care to.  As opposed to the intended reaction of “gee, maybe those atheists have a point, the Bible is full of bigotry”, what they got was this:

The billboard, which says “Slaves, obey your masters,” a quote from the Bible, was paid for by the groups American Atheists and Pennsylvania Nonbelievers. It went up Tuesday morning at 13th and Paxton streets in the Allison Hill neighborhood, the city’s most racially diverse section, angering some African-Americans, including clergy, legislators, the mayor and the president of the local NAACP branch. 
“It’s offensive,” said Homer C. Floyd, who was director of the Human Relations Commission for 41 years. “They’re trying to ground it in the Bible, but I think it borders on a hate crime with the slave’s iron around his neck and tongs sticking out, with no clothes on the top half of his body.”
“It’s a disgrace and it’s very disrespectful to the black race,” said Steele, who’s from Mississippi. She said she never saw anything as racially offensive there.
Mayor Linda Thompson called the group Antichrists. “I’ll continue to pray for the atheists, that they may find Jesus Christ one day,” she said.
Douglas “Jake” Jacobsen, distinguished professor of church history at Messiah College in Grantham: “No one today believes they should own slaves because the Bible talks about slavery just as no one today believes the sun revolves around the Earth,” he said. “It’s sort of a wooden interpretation of the bible. It’s not an effective strategy for whatever they’re trying to do.”Ralph Robertson of Allison Hill: “Their opinion means nothing because they don’t see me as a brother in Christ,” he said. “You shouldn’t call yourself an atheist. You should call yourself a racist.” 
And how do I know that this wasn’t even a simple mistake?

The groups knew the billboard would be offensive, said Ernest Perce V, who designed it.

As of yet, there are no intents to take the billboard down, though a representative of the group (in a private conversation on Facebook) has indicated that he’d prefer to see it go back up without the image.  That unfortunately is in American Atheists’ control, not the local group’s.
Edit: An eyewitness reports on FB that “Lamar has replaced the torn billboard with some other billboard at this point.”

"Slaves, obey your masters." Colossians 3:22

What could be racefail about that verse?  If you accompany it with an image of a black slave and then stick it in the middle of a neighborhood full of people of color, a lot.  This is what happens when white people don’t bother checking their privilege, or even worse, don’t care to.  As opposed to the intended reaction of “gee, maybe those atheists have a point, the Bible is full of bigotry”, what they got was this:

The billboard, which says “Slaves, obey your masters,” a quote from the Bible, was paid for by the groups American Atheists and Pennsylvania Nonbelievers. It went up Tuesday morning at 13th and Paxton streets in the Allison Hill neighborhood, the city’s most racially diverse section, angering some African-Americans, including clergy, legislators, the mayor and the president of the local NAACP branch. 

“It’s offensive,” said Homer C. Floyd, who was director of the Human Relations Commission for 41 years. “They’re trying to ground it in the Bible, but I think it borders on a hate crime with the slave’s iron around his neck and tongs sticking out, with no clothes on the top half of his body.”

“It’s a disgrace and it’s very disrespectful to the black race,” said Steele, who’s from Mississippi. She said she never saw anything as racially offensive there.

Mayor Linda Thompson called the group Antichrists. “I’ll continue to pray for the atheists, that they may find Jesus Christ one day,” she said.

Douglas “Jake” Jacobsen, distinguished professor of church history at Messiah College in Grantham: “No one today believes they should own slaves because the Bible talks about slavery just as no one today believes the sun revolves around the Earth,” he said. “It’s sort of a wooden interpretation of the bible. It’s not an effective strategy for whatever they’re trying to do.”Ralph Robertson of Allison Hill: “Their opinion means nothing because they don’t see me as a brother in Christ,” he said. “You shouldn’t call yourself an atheist. You should call yourself a racist.” 

And how do I know that this wasn’t even a simple mistake?

The groups knew the billboard would be offensive, said Ernest Perce V, who designed it.

As of yet, there are no intents to take the billboard down, though a representative of the group (in a private conversation on Facebook) has indicated that he’d prefer to see it go back up without the image.  That unfortunately is in American Atheists’ control, not the local group’s.

Edit: An eyewitness reports on FB that “Lamar has replaced the torn billboard with some other billboard at this point.”