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No. 3 on the Jesus freak top 10: ‘We’re Sorry Daddy’
09.22.2010
03:15 pm

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Public access television is a bottomless pit of undiscovered talent. This Jesus freak duo has tapped into some hidden channel of inspiration that sends them into a suburban version of the high lonesome sound. The Shaggs meet BJ Snowden.

“We’re sorry daddy.”

 

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I’ma get medieval on your ass: The ‘Galileo Was Wrong’ conference is not a prank
09.20.2010
06:09 pm

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Many of you reading this have probably seen blog posts about the upcoming “Galileo Was Wrong: The Church was Right, First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism” in South Bend, Indiana on November 6th. Geocentrism is the belief that the Earth is in a fixed place in the cosmos and that everything else revolves around us. You can look at a PDF about the conference at their website, but the gist of it is that this event seems to be a symposium trying to gain some attention for an obscure self-published book of theologically compromised physics:

Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right is one of the most unique and penetrating books you will ever read. Now complete in Volumes I and II, authors Robert Sungenis and Robert Bennett take you on a tour of science and history the likes of which you would have never believed possible unless it were told to you in detailed and graphic form. Has modern science led us down the primrose path and convinced us of something that they cannot prove and that is in actuality false? Were the Fathers, the Medievals, our popes and cardinals of the 17th century correct in believing that the Earth, based on a face value reading of Scripture, was standing still in the center of the universe?

Taken at face value, most web commenters—appropriately—rolled their eyes heavenward and expressed exasperation asking “How could anyone be this fucking stupid?” Others said “This is a hoax” or “This has got to be an anti-ignorance parody.”

Apparently, the conference is actually scheduled to take place, and whether or not there will be more attendees than speakers, I can’t say, but I tend to doubt it (unless a lot of people just show to goof on them).

Only a tiny fraction of the blogs reporting on this event seemed to have actually googled the name of the main organizer, Robert Sungenis, because some special things in his background make the story even more interesting. From an article called “Anti-Semitism and the Catholic Right”:

In the early part of 2002 Sungenis had puzzled some of his friends when he began to write about his eccentric scientific views. “Einstein’s theory of Relativity is false ... ol’ Albert’s theory was devised precisely to combat the idea that the earth was standing still in space.” In an article dated 10 August 2002, he asked, “is it really such a stretch of credulity for Robert Sungenis to suggest that the earth may indeed be standing still, especially since he backs it up with evidence from Scripture, the Fathers, Papal decrees, and scientific evidence?” He would later elaborate his views in a book, Galileo Was Wrong!

On 2 September he posted his reaction to Reflections on Covenant and Mission—“Conversion of the Jews Not Necessary?? The Apocalyptic Ramifications of a Novel Teaching,” a 33,861 word diatribe against the Catholic bishops and the role of the Jews through history.

[Sungenis writing] “Well, they’ve finally done it. Its been in the works for a while, edging ever so slowly these past 40 years through the prelature. Now, following a cue from the Vatican, the sub-committee of the USCCB has issued a statement teaching that Jews no longer need to convert to Christianity, since they have their own covenant with God for salvation. ‘Amazing’ you say. You don’t know the half of it. There is only one reason why such assertions are being made—to help Israel acquire the complete land of Palestine, build their new Temple in Jerusalem; and practice Judaism as a divine mandate. Yes, the USCCB statement has apolcalyptic [sic] proportions that are unprecedented in our day.”

Huh? There’s a lot more to this story than originally met the eye. Read more about the views of the Galileo conference organizer’s, um, old fashioned views here, at a website devoted to them, Robert Sungenis and the Jews.

So who in the South Bend area wants to attend this and live blog it for DM? This ought to be a doozy!
 
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Richard Dawkins at the “Protest The Pope” rally, 18th September 2010
09.20.2010
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Richard Dawkins at the “Protest The Pope” rally, 18th September 2010. London.
 

“I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.”  Bertrand Russell

 

 

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‘God has to be rescued from religion’: Sinead O’Connor speaks truth to the power of the Priesthood
09.19.2010
10:47 pm

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Sinead has taken alot of shit over the years for being fearlessly outspoken. Her uncompromising stance on Catholicism, the Pope and the Priesthood pretty much ruined her career as an artist.  I respect and admire her.  Were she not a woman, would she have been treated so brutally by the press? Tell it like it is, sister!
 

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The Pope after apologizing to U.K. victims of priestly abuse
09.19.2010
09:49 am

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Amusing Christine O’Donnell campaign button
09.17.2010
12:51 pm

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(via TDW)

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Nuns who rock: a tale of two Sisters
09.16.2010
08:58 pm

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Sister Janet Mead

“The Lord’s Prayer’ was recorded in 1974 as a B-side to “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” by Sister Janet Mead and became a huge hit, first in Australia and then internationally. It sold over 3 million copies.

The whole song is pretty cool, but the first 15 seconds is sublime. The bass and drum riff, distorted phased guitar and tambourines meld into a classic slice of vintage sounding sixties psychedelia. This nun rocks! 

Describing her success as “a horrible time” in her life that shook the foundations of her faith, Sister Mead managed to overcome her dark night of the soul and continues to record and perform to this day.

This video is from Australian TV show Rage and it features some documentary footage of Sister Mead between gigs.
 

 
The Singing Nun

Jeanine Deckers (17 October 1933(1933-10-17) – 29 March 1985), known in English as The Singing Nun, was a Belgian nun, and a member (as Sister Luc Gabriel) of the Dominican Fichermont Convent in Belgium. She became internationally famous in 1963 as Sœur Sourire (Sister Smile) when she scored a hit with the song “Dominique”. Although she was deeply religious, she was also increasingly critical of some of the Roman Catholic Church’s doctrine and eventually became an advocate of birth control. She also agreed with John Lennon’s statements about Jesus in 1966. In 1967, she recorded a song entitled “Glory Be to God for the Golden Pill” — a paean to contraception — under the name Luc Dominique. It was a commercial failure

In a last ditch bid to regain some commercial success, Deckers, once again billing herself as The Singing Nun, released a disco version of ‘Dominique”. It bombed. Her poorly managed financial world was in shambles. She was broke and deeply in debt. In 1985 she and her longtime companion, Anna Pecher, checked out with a combination of booze and alcohol. Where was God when she needed it most?

In her suicide note, Jeanine wrote:

“Am I a failure? I try to stay honest with myself. To look for the truth, and try to question everything in my life…
Ten years ago I would have said I was a loser.
Now I don’t think in terms of losing or winning…
Life is a continuum. You’re constantly on your way. One day I feel good, the next I feel bad. Altogether it’s bearable.
Would I do it all over again? That’s not a good question. You can’t.
You can’t do it all over again. Voila”

 

 
Watch a trailer for a new film that purports to tell the true tale of The Singing Nun after the jump…

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The ultimate Catch-22 question for crazy church lady Christine O’Donnell
09.16.2010
02:04 pm

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At Little Green Footballs, Charles Johnson has come up with a brilliant question that needs to be posed—often and loudly—to Christine O’Donnell by anyone who gets close enough to her to ask it, preferably on camera. Christine, baby, you say you wouldn’t lie to Hitler’s face, so how are you gonna answer this???

Since O’Donnell is absolutely opposed to lying under any circumstances, someone should ask her how often she masturbates.

Geeeenius! I nominate Howard Stern’s crew for the job!

O’Donnell wouldn’t lie to Nazis (LIttle Green Footballs)

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Scandalous ice cream ad depicts pregnant nun and two priests gettin’ jiggy wit it
09.16.2010
09:58 am

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As expected, folks are pissed by the new ads from Antonio Federici, the world’s most blasphemous ice cream. From Campaign Live:

One ad created in-house shows a pregnant nun eating from a pot of Antonio Federici Gelato Italiano under the strapline “Immaculately conceived”.

Another ad shows two male priests apparently about to kiss, with the strapline “We believe in salvation”.

The print ads appeared in women’s weeklies Grazia, Look and The Lady, but were investigated by the advertising watchdog after it received a number of complaints about them.

Antonio Federici said the idea of “conception” represented the development of their ice cream, and its decision to use religious imagery stemmed from its strong feelings towards their product – the text also read “Ice cream is our religion”.

The Lady later said it regretted the offence that had been caused to its readers and said it would not publish the ad or anything similar to it in future.

The ASA told Antonio Federici that is was not to repeat the ads in their current form, as it was likely to be seen as distortion and mockery of the beliefs of Roman Catholics.

Italian ice-cream ad banned by ASA for religious mockery

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Di Leva: Sweden’s rockin’ Swami
09.15.2010
11:07 pm

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Swedish singer and self-appointed guru (Thomas) Di Leva is one of the oddest pop phenomenons I’ve encountered in quite awhile. Apparently he’s been a big star in Sweden for the past 30 years and yet I’d never heard of him. I pride myself on knowing a shitload about rock and roll and spiritual materialism, but somehow Di Leva, who embodies some of the best of the worst in both music and new age mumbo jumbo, has flown below my cultural radar all these years.

A cross between David Bowie, Donovan, Meher Baba and Barbra Streisand, Di Leva has released 19 albums, has dozens of videos on Youtube and a trippy dippy website devoted to his mystical teachings. His spiritual organization is called Spaceflower, which he describes with typical new age vagueness:

We are all Spaceflowers with roots in Eternity. Striving to consciously and blissfully flow through the supreme infinite reality. We are all one with the eternal now forever.

And Di Leva humbly describes himself as…

One of the greatest spiritual teachers and music artists in his home country Sweden. With Spaceflowers he is now taking his vision, presence and action globally.

Whether or not he succeeds in his quest to raise the planet’s consciousness or not is yet to be seen, but for now we have glimmerings of something Divine (as in Pink Flamingos) in his music videos and live performances. As much as I’m tempted to write this guy off, I find him actually quite compelling. From his obvious David Bowie vocal influence, new wave synth beats and Summer Of Love lyrics , Di Leva is not particularly original and, yet, he is. He’s a cosmic rip-off artist that manages the trick of making you almost believe in something totally artificial. But, I like artifice and Di Leva is thoroughly entertaining in his own weird, spacey, Swamidelic way. He’s a flower child gone to seed, Jesus in day-glo Laura Ashley drag or Dreamgirl mu mu. An Aquarian Age Adam Ant. Meher Abba.

Visit Di Leva’s Spaceflowers website and for a mere $9.00 you can receive a cosmic transmission via telephone from the Guru himself. He accepts Paypal.

Update 9/16: since posting this last night, the spaceflower.net website has been taken down for ‘construction’. I wonder why? Was it something I said?

 

 
Di Leva does Bowie after the jump…

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