Interesting Links from Around the Internet

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When I read an article that I think will be fodder for a blog post, I save the link so I can return to it later. I usually end up with far more links than I can possibly use, so I thought I would put some of them from the past week in a post.

Yoga is of Satan

Ruth blogs at Out From the Umbrella and she has an excellent post about her experience with yoga and the Southern Baptist church she was once a part of. Ruth’s post is a reminder to me that Southern Baptist churches can be just as fundamentalist as any IFB church.

There is only ONE Eternal Book in Existence, the King James Bible

According to Bob Gray, the retired pastor of the Longview Baptist Temple, there is only ONE real Bible, the King James Version.  Gray writes:

I not only believe in plenary inspiration, which is the complete canon of living Scripture from eternity past to eternity future, I believe in verbal inspiration, which is an every living Word Bible from eternity past to eternity future, but I also believe in “jot” inspiration and “tittle” inspiration. A jot and a tittle would be like an accent mark such, as we would use to emphasis a syllable. God is saying not only will not one word pass away, but also not one accent shall pass away or not one punctuation will pass away….

…This King James Bible is the only eternal book in existence. This Bible is not all that God has said, but all in this book is what God had said! In Heaven God’s people will be able to spend an eternity not only on what God wrote, but also all that God has said! WOW, what a thought!…

If you have never been exposed to King James Onlyism, Gray’s post is an excellent example of how the Bible and history must be twisted to support such a view.

The Gays are to Blame for Tornadoes, Dementia, and Autism

Susanne Atanus is a Republican running for Congress in Illinois. The Daily Herald reports:

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as in response to gay rights and legalized abortions.

“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

I am starting to think  that we should require a mental competency test before a person can run for public office.

Atheists HATE God

Ken Ham, along with many other fundamentalist Christians, continues to say that atheists hate God. In a blog post about an article on the Answers in Genesis website, Ham had this to say about Richard Dawkins:

Richard Dawkins is known for his firm stance against debating biblical creationists. His pride is evident in the things he says about those who disagree with him. For Dawkins, evolution in a godless world is the only option. And while Dawkins astutely says that those Christians who believe they can reconcile evolutionary ideas with Scripture are “deluded,” he doesn’t want to be challenged about the assumptions that underlie evolutionary ideas. As an atheist who ultimately hates God, Dawkins can’t even allow the possibility that he might be wrong. Instead, he comes up will all sorts of poor excuses to protect his worldview as his atheism is challenged by biblical creationists.

Ham refuses to understand that atheists don’t hate God. Hating God would mean hating a mythical, non-existent being. To the atheist, hating God is like hating the Easter bunny or Santa Claus.  What an atheist MIGHT hate is the tangible, real, visible effects of Ham’s version of Christianity.

Ham wants to be treated fairly, yet when he writes scathing, ignorant articles about atheists, Richard Dawkins, and evolutionists, he never links to the people or site in question. Why is that? Surely, Ham wants people to be exposed to ALL the facts, right? (Silly me, I already know that the answers is NO!)

If a Man Lusts, it is the Woman’s Fault

The I’ll Be Honest website has a video of fundamentalist Christian Paul Washer preaching on How a Christian Woman is to Adorn Herself.  The video is described this way:

If your clothing is a frame for your face, from which the glory of God is to shine, it’s proper. If your clothing draws attention to your body, to outline it, to make it noticed, then it’s sensual.

In other words, women are not to be seen or heard.

Is Global Warming a Myth?

Grist has an article on how and why global warming causes frigid temperatures and record snowfalls. (like we are having here in NW Ohio) Chris Mooney writes:

To understand the relationship between climate change and intense snowfall, you first need to understand that global warming certainly doesn’t do away with winter or the seasons. So it’ll still be plenty cold enough for snow much of the time. Meanwhile, global warming loads the dice in favor of more intense precipitation through changes in atmospheric moisture content. “Warming things up means the atmosphere can and does hold more moisture,” explains Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. “So in winter, when there is still plenty of cold air there’s a risk of bigger snows. With east coast storms, where the moisture comes from the ocean which is now warmer, this also applies.”

Please post a link to this article on your Facebook news feed. Maybe it will shut up all the global warming/global climate change deniers. On second thought, hit them in the head with a sledge-hammer first to get their attention… On third thought, forget it. No matter what you say, they ain’t listening. All they can see is what is right in front of their face; it’s cold and snowy so global warming is a myth.

Why do Some People Talk Confidently when they Shouldn’t?

Bruce Levine wrote an excellent article on the people I call professional bullshitters:

People with great power over our lives, in government, business, medicine, and elsewhere, who don’t know what they are talking about are scary. Even more scary are people in authority who don’t know what they’re talking about but who have spent a lifetime perfecting how to appear like they do. Complete conviction and total certainty are sources of great power, especially over vulnerable and uncertain people. And so the pretense of conviction and certainty can be quite damaging.

Levine details how the Harvard Business School has turned out its fair share of professional bullshitters.

Should We Confront Global Climate Change Deniers?

Joe Rome says, Yes. We are facing a global crisis of epic proportions and it is time to act.

Global climate change deniers are a lot like creationists, Tea Partiers, and fundamentalist Christians. It is almost impossible to intellectually reach them. I would love to see a demographic study done on how many people deny global climate change and are also creationists, Tea Partiers, and fundamentalist Christians. My money is on a lot.

A Murdering Baptist Pastor Later Commits Suicide

MoJoey recently wrote a post about this story. MoJoey has written several follow-up articles and they are well worth reading too. The church that is central to this story is the Lancaster Baptist Church, an IFB church pastored by Paul Chappell.

Tony Jones Believes in God Because Most Everyone Believes in God

Emerging/Emergent church guru Tony Jones  recently decided to show his disdain for atheists. Evidently, Jones’s postmodern gospel of questioning everything only goes so far. It is OK to ask questions as long as you end up with a belief in God:

The vast, vast majority of my fellow human beings are theists. Globally, well over 95% of the human race professes belief in God. As others have noted recently, atheism is a position of privilege. Atheism is almost exclusively the purview of educated, white elites. The old saying goes that there are no atheists in foxholes, but it should be updated to say that their are no atheists in the slums of Bangladesh, in the townships of South Africa, in the trash heaps of India.

At this point, I simply cannot abide severing myself from the rest of the world’s population, from 7 billion of my fellow human beings. I have enough respect for the collective wisdom of humanity to stand in solidarity with them in proclaiming that there is, indeed, a God.

In other words, because a majority of people believe God exists, God exists. Let’s see, a majority of people believe all kinds of crazy, irrational things. I suppose we should believe these things because most people do, right?

Tony, Tony Tony. You need to get back to asking more questions. Oh wait, you wrote a plethora of books, so that means you now have all the answers.

And here are a few links with no commentary;

Atheist’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (The Gospel Coalition)

The Gospel for a Gay Friend (The Gospel Coalition)

The Danger of Being Too Close to People (Bob Gray)

Is President Obama Paving the Way for the AntiChrist? (Robert Jeffress)

Alaska Republican Senate Candidate, Sings in Tongues (Fire Dog Lake)

Comments (20)

  1. Lydia

    You had great links this time around.

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  2. Ruth

    Thanks for the nod, Bruce!

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      I am glad to know your name is Ruth. When did you start using your name on your blog?

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      1. Ruth

        About a month ago. It’s my middle name. Dipping my toe into the water, I suppose.

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        1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

          I read the blogs I follow with an RSS reader, so I don’t go to a person’ site unless I want to leave a comment. So, I came to comment, saw the new design and the name…awesome!

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          1. Ruth

            Thanks! We’ve come a long way, baby(We’ve got a long way still to go)!

  3. oneperson

    Some of these caused me a chuckle.

    Reading the one by Levine brought to mind a video I watched this past week entitled “Edward Bernays & the Art of Public Manipulation.” To my recollection, I’d never heard of Bernays until I saw that video. He helped develop the field of “public relations.” Very interesting reading about Bernays and his influence on advertising in the USA.

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  4. Stephanie

    Haha you certainly have a knack for finding the crazy. In light of these insights I will now start hating ghosts, the boggy man and the tooth fairy. Ah, maybe not the tooth fairy, money is involved after all. I agree about a mental competency test for office but I am afraid congress would be just about empty.

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  5. vjack

    Loved the one about yoga and Satan. That really takes me back to the days where many Christians were terrified of yoga, meditation, and practically everything that was unfamiliar. I know some still are, but they seem to be a smaller and smaller minority today.

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    1. John Arthur

      Hi Vjack,

      I’ll go along with the view that most Evangelicals and Fundamentalists are terrified of meditation. They think it’s Satanic and they think that anyone practising it is in danger of demon possession or demon oppression. Crazy, I know. It is based on an irrational fear of the unknown.

      I’ve heard preachers railing against meditation and whipping up fear in the congregation without understanding that their are different forms of the practice.

      Many Fundamentalists could do with a dose of meditation. It might loosen them up and help some of them escape their mental rigidity.

      Shalom,

      John Arthur

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  6. John Arthur

    Hi Bruce,

    Who is this crazy Republican candidate who thinks that God is sending dementia and autism in response to gay rights and legalized abortion. Surely, most people wouldn’t vote for someone who thinks like this, if they took the time to examine her views. I hope I’m right or does Illinois have a large proportion of Fundamentalists who might be sucked into voting for her because she declares that she believes in God?

    Shalom

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  7. John Arthur

    Hi Bruce,

    I find it difficult to believe that Tony Jones wrote what he did. Surely, he hasn’t thought it through sufficiently. Just because most of the earth’s population believe in some kind of God doesn’t make it so.The majority can be, and often are, wrong on many issues. e.g. Prior to the rise of modern science, most people believed that the earth was flat. This didn’t make it so and subsequently science showed that this view was false.

    I can’t understand why Tony wasn’t more circumspect in his comments on this occasion.

    Shalom,

    John Arthur

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      I was very disappointed by what Tony wrote. He seems to have forgotten many of the things he wrote a few years back.

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  8. John Arthur

    Hi Bruce,

    In his article ,”The Gospel to a Gay Friend”, Kell still believes same -sex people are sinners and they are headed for hell like all other sinners, unless they repent. He uses Mark 7:21 along with Pauline texts to support his view that Gays are sinners, yet Mark 7:21 says nothing about committed same-sex relationships, or same sex orientation. I can find NOTHING explicitly in the story of Jesus that condemns same-sex people, though some use Matthew 5:17 and other verses that talk about “porneia” to try and justify their view that Jesus condemned same-sex people.

    His attempt to try and be gay friendly is welcome, but I fear that it is just a mask to oppress any same-sex oriented people who enter the church, once they are sucked in by this so-called friendly front. Name me ONE Evangelical church that accepts gays for “who they are”! They may enter and feel acceptance but the acceptance will turn to rejection, if the do not ‘REPENT of their SIN’. Most Evangelicals can’t understand that most same-sex oriented people are born that way and CANNOT change their orientation, no matter how many times they come to Jesus, nor how hard they struggle with their so-called sin.

    My wife and I know a couple of Christian families whose son ‘came out’. One committed suicide because the Evangelical church to which he belonged openly condemned homosexuality, even though he was not in a gay relationship. The other did enter a gay relationship and is happy, and no longer goes to church because of church hostility. His parents have accepted him, though the family has felt rejection and hostility by some church members, just because their son is gay.

    I am not hopeful, any time soon, that Evangelical churches will really accept same-sex oriented people and I think that Kell’s article is just a smoke screen that will mask rejection when gays, who are sucked in by Kell’s propaganda, find it impossible to retain long-term repentance.

    Shalom,
    John Arthur

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      John,

      Thanks for sharing this.

      Like you, I saw it as a facade. The goal is to change the person and convert them. They can never accept the gay person as they are because they would mean accepting and condoning their “sin.”

      Bruce

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  9. richardmarlowe236

    Bob Gray’s article is so enlightening to the IFB mindset. “Back up and cover up” is their theme. You can see this evidenced in Paul Chappell’s post about Whitman. He paints him to be this great guy while ignoring the fact he murdered someone! And Chappell’s lack of concern for the victim is most telling!

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      Yeah, I found it amazing how the crime itself was not an issue for them. It is all about the good man Whitman. Like you say, back up and cover up.

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  10. John Arthur

    Hi Bruce,

    What makes a political candidate think that “singing in tongues” in the shower and on ‘you tube’ (and therefore available for the whole world to see) will persuade voters to support her? This is sheer lunacy , and judging by the responses on the link that you provided, many agree with my assessment.

    I hope enough Republicans reject this tongues singer and one of the other candidates who supports the Tea Party. I am reminded that the Pentecostal right wing extremist, Sarah Palin, was governor of Alaska, so people who claim to receive private revelations from ‘God’ seem to be able to be elected. ‘Heaven’ help America (or any other country for that matter) where religion is used to affect public policy, rather than basing policy on evidence.

    I know America is not alone in having religious cranks in politics. We have one or two in Australia. If someone is a Christian and runs for parliament they should try to support policies that are based on evidence and not on Christian ideology (This goes for any other ideology as well).

    Shalom,
    John Arthur

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  11. John Arthur

    Hi Bruce,

    “Is President Obama paving the way for the Anti Christ?”. This pastor is pretty extreme in his political views. Obama appears to me, an outsider from Australia, to be a centrist in politics. How is Obama health Care reform paving the way for the Anti Christ? We’ve had medicare in Australia for over 30 years and the world hasn’t collapsed. Australia is not a socialist state, and neither is America.

    I have coffee once a week at the Gloria Jeans coffee shop near me in Perth. One of the guys that I have coffee with is an American and he’s pretty right wing. He thinks Obama is a Muslim, was not born in the USA, is a Marxist and is trying to create a Marxist socialist state and is preparing the world for One World Government. He’s a conspiracy theorist and I found out he’s a supporter of the Tea Party. He thinks that all political parties in Australia are left wing and the media is left wing. I’m a social democrat and he thinks I’m a communist brainwashed by the left wing media.

    You can’t argue with this guy. His wife is a right wing Charismatic Fundamentalist from the USA. They are both nice people but I have learned that it is difficult to argue with people who won’t accept independently verifiable facts and who prefer to stick to their comfortable beliefs, in spite of the evidence.

    The same goes for the nonsense this Pastor is propagating. Why do so many right wingers in the USA HATE Obama. It’s absurd. Sure, He has made mistakes. But don’t we all? But to attribute any sort of government intervention in the economy as a precursor to the coming of the Anti Christ is simply absurd. it’s a pity so many Christians are hooked into this kind of propaganda.

    Shalom,
    John Arthur

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      I think the real issue is not his politics, but his color.American racism is quite subtle these days, but still alive. You are right, Obama is centrist. He no more a socialist than George Bush was. He is a big government/corporation loving Democrat. I voted for him twice, have many regrets, but President McCain and President Romney were too horrific to consider. In the case of McCain we would be at war with Syria and Iran right now, if he had been president.

      Power to the people, Comrade. :)

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