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Republican Rep dispels global warming once and for all!
11.10.2010
05:55 pm

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Illinois Rep. John Shimkus—candidate for chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee—is sure that climate change is no big whup. How does he know this? The Bible tells him so: God promises Noah he’ll never again destroy the earth and all living things. Whew! We’re all safe! Even us unbelievers!

Progress Illinois gives more reasons why Shimkus, of course a Republican, is probably not the best man for the job:

During a discussion at a hearing about the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment, Shimkus noted that carbon dioxide is a natural result of breathing and asked, “Does EPA propose we stop breathing?” (They do not.) At a dinner held by the Sangamon County Republicans in February, Shimkus suggested that the sight of farmers “ice-fishing on ponds in Southern Illinois” is the latest evidence that global warming is a “hoax.” Oh, and let’s not forget the time Shimkus expressed fear that curbing carbon emissions would “take away plant food.” (Scientists disagree.)

This idiot should be pointed at and laughed at. Instead we elect ignoramuses like this to Congress! We’re doomed!

Via Gawker

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Rescued Chilean miner Edison Peña channels Elvis on the Letterman show
11.05.2010
05:45 am

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Rescued Chilean miner Edison Peña creates magic on the Letterman show. This guy is so happy to be alive he radiates the power of a 1000 suns. His Elvis impression is bliss personified. Wow.
 

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Evangelist asks his congregation for their bank account and routing numbers
11.02.2010
05:06 pm

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The brazen contempt this guy has for his “flock” is nothing short of breathtaking as he cajoles them to give him their bank account and routing numbers for automatic tithing. How anyone could fall for this is mind-boggling, but they do…

Please act now or Ed Young, Jr. will be forced to sell the private jet, forced to sell his mansion, his condo in Miami, the fishing boat, the $15,000 espresso maker and will have no choice but to move to a bland and boring middle-class suburb and worst of all fly coach to all the conferences that he speaks at. Don’t let this ministry travesty happen to Ed Young, Jr. He can’t be effective for God’s Kingdom unless he is rewarded with the very best and most expensive toys that this life has to offer.

“How can you guys show up and expect a blessing without this? You’re wasting your time and you’re wasting God’s time…”

Via The Museum of Idolatry

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Reverend Branch sings ‘I Have A Radio Television In My Heart’
11.02.2010
01:20 am

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Reverend Raymond Branch performs ‘I Have a Radio Television in My Heart’ at the Heavenly Rainbow Baptist Church. June, 2010.
 

 
Thanks Wyatt Doyle and Josh Alan Friedman.

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Infographic: Rally to Restore Sanity vs. Restoring Honor rally
11.01.2010
12:38 pm

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(via TDW)

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Christian Hero: Megachurch pastor Jim Swilley comes out
10.30.2010
09:54 pm

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Georgia megapastor Jim Swilley has come out as a gay man to help turn the tide against the recent spate of tragic gay teen “bullycides.” What a wonderful and incredible thing for this man to do. Via Queerty:

Swilley, who created the Church In The Now some 25 years ago, is a divorced father of four. But he’s known he’s gay since he was a boy, says the Rockdale County man of the cloth, and even his wife Debye — whom he divorced earlier this year — knew when they got married (!). The couple kept it a secret for more than two decades, but Jim says Debye recently pushed him to share his story.

The pastor made the announcement to his congregation two weeks ago (yes, it takes time for some stories to trickle), with his family in the audience and decided to come out now after witnessing the rash of gay youths killing themselves. One Internet forum poster says that unlike Atlanta’s Long (whom Swilley won’t speak about), Swilley has not used the pulpit to denigrate gays: “For those of you familiar with Church In the Now, while never discussing his own sexuality, you know that Swilley has always preached a message of inclusion, love and abundance for all God’s children. Bishop Swilley has been asked to step down as Bishop, but will remain as Pastor.” (That last part we haven’t confirmed.)

If there’s a mass exodus from his church, Swilley says he wouldn’t be able to survive it, but would certainly pick up and start again. “God has always spoken through me,” he tells his followers, saying the calling has been with him since birth. His parents tell him stories of him preaching as a toddler in diapers; he doesn’t remember that time.

“Those of you who are people of color. How do you like it when a white person says, ‘What is the deal? What are you so unhappy about? You’ve got a black president already, isn’t racism over?’ Doesn’t that make you want to say, ‘Thank you but you really have no idea what you’re talking about.’ … It’s very easy for people who have never experienced something … to have opinions about it.”

Below, video of the recent sermon where Pastor Twilley tells his congregation that he is a gay.
 

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Bill Hicks last interview: Austin cable TV 1993
10.27.2010
02:17 pm

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Bill Hicks on Austin cable television. The show aired on October, 1993, five months before Hicks died.

Bill knows his days are numbered and seems more intent on speaking truth to power than being funny. He’s getting his last licks in, discussing the Waco Branch Davidian masscres and censorship, including Letterman’s chickenshit decision not to air his appearance on The Late Show.
 

 
Waco is 102 miles from Austin and the Branch Davidian confrontation was taking place at the time of this interview. Hicks had visited the site of the compound during the siege. His thoughts on the matter swung wildly from being dismissive of Koresh to outrage at the government over the outcome. Here’s a couple of videos of Hicks talking about the Waco disaster.
 

 
More from Hicks on Waco after the jump…

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Christian scare films of Ron Ormond and Estus Pirkle: If the Devil don’t get you, the Commies will
10.26.2010
02:07 pm

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The Burning Hell, produced by Baptist minister Estus Pirkle and directed by exploitation schlockmeister Ron Ormond, is one of the creepiest Christian scare films you’ll see. It was released in 1974 with a promotional campaign that included the ghastly catchphrase “20,000 degrees Fahrenheit and not a drop of water!”  The film was screened in churches, where it scared the living shit out of children. Ormond was the Hershell Gordon Lewis of religiosity.

The entire film is available on Youtube. Unfortunately, most of the film isn’t as freakishly over-the-top as this clip.
 

 
Another fiendish concoction by Pirkle and Ormond is the 1971 “red scare’ laff riot If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?. This flick imagines a world in which the Communists take over America. The only way to avert such a crisis is to believe in God and pray to Him daily. Okay?

In this scene, a little boy loses his head over Jesus. This would have totally freaked me out when I was a kid.  Looks like a scene out of 2000 Maniacs.
 

 
Thanks Ralph Carney

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Baby worship: Little girl really feels the Holy Spirit
10.26.2010
10:41 am

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Do I smell a new Baby Preacher in the making?

(via Arbroath)

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Pat Condell: God or Nothing
10.25.2010
01:19 pm

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No comment. You can decide.

(via Cynical-C)

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