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The Sounds of Fundamentalism: Neil Armstrong Never Walked on the Moon

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Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a video clip of Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) pastor Paul Lucas reveling in his ignorance about the moon landing. Lucas is the pastor of Hillview Baptist Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.

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Bruce Gerencser, 64, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 43 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    The stupid it hurts, my precious. Argh. This kind of stupid kills. Lucky for us it will be him and his followers. More confirmation that religion causes brain damage. I need to find something smart before it damages me.

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    That sure is a testament to how unwavering belief in an ancient set of writings can undo an education. It’s no wonder why so many evangelicals believe conspiracy theories – they are taught not to seek evidence for anything.

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    so basically, these christians are quite the liars. My stepgrandfather believed this moon crap. one has to question the complete stupidity of these idiots since they on one hand want to be terrified of the “communists” but have to believe that somehow the “communists” were part of some conspiracy to fake the moon landings since Moscow had no problem acknowledging it.

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    I’m guessing this pastor also can’t believe in the existence of the International Space Station, satellites, space travel in general, and perhaps even high latitude international air travel (cloud formation is lower there?), all thanks to his faith.

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    So, tens of thousands of people are keeping secrets? Because airline pilots fly above the clouds. Same as all the people who “know” there is a flat earth but keep that secret too? Just a smidgen of logic destroys dude’s arguments, but hey, he doesn’t believe in that either. Hahahahahaha!

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    I was thinking it sounds like there are only 3 or 4 people there. I checked out the church on google maps. The parking lot would hold about 12 cars maximum if they were packed in like sardines. Pretty small church, I wonder how such a small congregation would be viable.

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    it’s like they are willfully stupid. i grew up being told not to believe science or anything that did not agree with the bible. it is truly scary that so many americans still believe this and follow idiots like this.

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    James Shaughnessy

    You can’t beat brother Lucas in interpreting the scripture, so you try to ridicule him for a mistake made about an astronaut. How many mistakes have you made from the pulpit? Or do you even preach at all, but only try to slander? I don’t suppose this comment will be found along with those we support you this type of cheap shot. No matter, at the end of the day that’s not what a person knows about astronauts but the Lord will consider.

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        But Bruce, you’re so mean to talk about this guy’s flagrant lack of facts, even though he posted it where you could read it! It’s almost like you think the 1st amendment applies to whatever you say, and that you are allowed under our Constitution to criticize others, even if they are super good godly Christians. /snark

        James is unhappy because you aren’t treating Christians like special people who don’t deserve any criticism, no matter what. Personally, I’d respect Christians more if they would quit carrying water for their brethren, open the churches up to the light, and let the chips fall where they may. Oh wait, that might mean uncovering even more sexual harassment/rape/blackmail/theft scandals. Too bad, I guess we’re supposed to pretend that Christians don’t deserve to have serious issues they think, speak, and act on pointed out. A little Dominionism, anyone?

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