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The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Romania
09.18.2009
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Fascinating. This place reminds me a lot of Paradise Gardens, where outsider artist Reverend Howard Finster lived.

From the Presurfer blog:

The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the village of Sapanta in Romania. It’s famous for its colourful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.

The unusual feature of this cemetery is that it diverges from the prevalent belief that views death as something indelibly solemn. Connections with the local Dacian culture have been made, a culture whose philosophical tenets presumably vouched for the immortality of the soul and the belief that death was a moment filled with joy and anticipation for a better life.

The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Romania

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The Truth Behind Muslim Creationist Harun Yahya
09.16.2009
03:08 pm

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Meet the patron saint of Muslim creationism, Harun Yahya.  Haven’t yet heard of “Muslim creationism?”  Well, according to The New Humanist‘s Halil Arda, it’s

becoming increasingly visible and confident.  On scores of websites and in dozens of books with titles like The Evolution Deceit and The Dark Face of Darwinism, a new and well-funded version of evolution-denialism, carefully calibrated to exploit the current fashion for religiously inspired attacks on scientific orthodoxy and ?

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“Dirty Pictures”: Creepy Christian Kids Show Moment
09.14.2009
11:37 am

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Cringe Vision’s description of the clip:

Here’s a clip from “Joy Junction,” a creepy Christian kids show that ran on TBN from the early 80’s until recently. Here, we see Marty the puppet, talking about going to a friends house, and resisting the temptation to look at porn that the kids were pressuring him to peruse. I saw this clip when i was 5, and thought it was creepy then..

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High School Coach Performs Baptisms on Football Players
09.12.2009
02:26 pm

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From Andrew Wolfson, The (Louisville) Courier Journal:

A mother is angry about a trip led by the head football coach at Breckinridge County High School took about 20 players on a school bus late last month to his church, where nearly half of them - including her son - were baptized.

Michelle Ammons said her 16-year-old son was baptized without her knowledge and consent, and she is upset that a public school bus was used to take players to a church service - and that the school district’s superintendent was there and did not object.

“Nobody should push their faith on anybody else,” said Ammons, whose son, Robert Coffey, said coach Scott Mooney told him and other players that the Aug. 26 outing would include only a motivational speaker and a free steak dinner.


Ky. school trip to church that included baptisms raises questions

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Max Blumenthal: The Nightmare of Christianity
09.10.2009
06:52 pm

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The Nation excerpts Max Blumenthal’s new book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party. (Blumenthal is the journalist that uncovered the video of Sarah Palin being anointed by Kenyan “witch hunters.”)

The jacket copy makes it sound like a pure winner. Might have to order this one:

Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal and sordidmess from the dark heart of the forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans-like John McCain-have to bow to if they have any hope of running for President. It shows that Sarah Palin was the logical choice of a party in the control of theocrats. But more that just an expose, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement’s leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics.

The Nation’s excerpt focuses on the damage done to developing minds by batshit insane Republican home-school programs, focusing on school shooter (and Crowley/OTO enthusiast) Matthew Murray.

A few miles down the road from Colorado Springs [a home to James Dobson’s Focus on the Family], in the quiet bedroom community of Eldredge, a deeply disturbed young man named Matthew Murray followed the unfolding debacle at New Life Church [once under the stewardship of Pastor Ted Haggard] with an interest that bordered on obsession. Murray, a sallow-faced, bespectacled 24-year-old, had been indelibly scarred by a lifetime of psychological abuse at the hands of his charismatic Pentecostal parents. Murray’s mind became crowded with thoughts of death, destruction, and the killings he would soon carry out in the name of avenging what he called his “nightmare of Christianity”...

Murray lurched to the polar opposite edge of his parents’ fanatical faith, replacing their Bible as his inspiration with the writings of Aleister Crowley, a flamboyant, self-proclaimed Satanist. The fin de si?ɬ

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Jay-Z: Crazy In Love With Aleister Crowley?
09.08.2009
04:59 pm

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Maybe Venn diagram-speak can better sort this one out.   Let’s see…okay, say the circle shape that represents the belief system that is Jay-Z‘s was laid over the circle shape that represented the belief system of Aleister Crowley.  Well, according to the sleuth-sayers at Vigilant Citizen, the overlap between the hip-hopping entrepreneur and the British occultist would be as big as a swimming pool.  That is to say, a swimming pool within the barbed-wire walls of a FEMA slave camp.

Finding it hard to believe?  Well, just cast your eyes (above) at Hova‘s hoodie with its apparent Crowley shout-out.  Next, consider (below) the more esoteric symbology running through the video for Run This Town:

A man hands a lit torch to Rihanna who holds it up in the air.  Anybody vaguely familiar with occultism can easily associate the symbol of the lit torch held high to Lucifer a.k.a. the Light Bearer.  Most occult orders secretly acknowledge Lucifer as being the savior of humanity, the fallen angel who liberated men from the oppression of the biblical God (Jehovah, Yahweh).

These orders (the main one being Freemasonry) have been working for centuries towards the overthrow of the rule of organized religions to usher in a new age or a ?

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If You Use Condoms, You Will Not Be Raptured
09.06.2009
06:44 pm

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Seventy year-old YouTube video maker William Tapley is a retired furniture engineer from Forestport, NY.  Tapley is the self-styled “Third Eagle of the Apocalypse” and “Co-prophet of the Endtimes.” On his Revelation Unraveled series, he has described how Obama (“The King of the South”) will be the last President of America and how he will lead the US into war against Russia; what life in the US will be like after WWIII and how much God hates masturbation, the rhythm method and condoms (Just look what happened to Onan!). Unlike most Christian prophets and televangelists of late, Tapley expressly teaches that Obama is NOT the Antichrist (but he might be a Nazi!)  and has called Jack Vam Impe and Hal Lindsey “false prophets.” He also claims that God gave him arthritis in his left shoulder as a punishment for not fasting and praying hard enough for America.

Tapley really seems to believe his arrival on the scene was preordained. Here’s what he says about his gift on his YouTube Channel:

When I asked who is the “eagle” in Revelation 8:13, He said “you are”. This really shook me, but after some research I realized there are actually four eagles. The first was St. Vincent Ferrer, an amazing miracle worker, who warned humanity in 14th century Europe about the impending breakup of Christianity (the first woe). His chief disciple was St. Bernardino of Siena, who also warned about this catastrophe. Since the eagle cries “woe, woe, woe”, I determined that I must be the third personification of this eagle and my mission from God is to warn mankind about the second woe, World War 3. After me will come a fourth eagle, the prophet Enoch, whose mission will be to preach repentance to the Gentiles and warn about the third woe, the reign of the Antichrist.

I like to refer to the four of us eagles as “three saints and a sinner”. The term “co-prophet” means that I complete the end times prophecies in the Bible. I often compare the gifts of end times prophecy and co-prophecy to the gift of speaking in tongues and interpreting tongues. These manifestations come from the Holy Spirit who always requires two people to express His gift of life and love, such as also marriage. I hope you continue to enjoy my prophecy videos and I encourage any and all comments. I try to respond to as many as I can and my only rule is that I will delete any “F” words.

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Horny Goat-Headed Nerds of Yore
09.05.2009
11:55 pm

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No, the above picture is not a Cosplayer, Ren Faire-attendee, 4-Chaner, LARPer or furry. That’s an Alpine villager dressed as a Perchten, an attendant of the Slovenian goddess Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba. The costume is part of a midwinter ceremony in which villagers dressed as Perchten tromp through town to scare away evil spirits and stray dead souls.

Wikipedia says:

Originally, the word Perchten (plural of Perchta) referred to the female masks representing the entourage of Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba as is known in Slovenia, an ancient goddess (some claim a connection to the Nordic goddess Freyja, though this is uncertain). Traditionally, the masks were displayed in processions (Perchtenlauf) during the last week of December and first week of January, and particularly on 6 January. The costume consists of a brown wooden mask and brown or white sheep’s skin… The Roman Catholic Church attempted to prohibit the sometimes rampant practise in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but later condoned it, resulting in a revival.

Which is evidence to me that being born 800 years before the release of World of Warcraft is no reason not to start playing.

I often suspect that nerd culture, a large majority of which looks to pagan Europe for inspiration?

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Evolution? I Think It Would Be a Very Good Idea
09.02.2009
10:18 pm

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(Via 4Chan)

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Willie Aames Proves God Is Dead
08.21.2009
04:35 pm

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You remember Willie Aames, don’t you?  Right.  That Willie Aames, he of Eight Is Enough and Charles In Charge fame.  Oh, and Bibleman—the ongoing “adventures of a man transformed by the word of God.”  I remember getting my first taste of the B-Man one summer at Kirk Cameron‘s Camp Firefly.  It was “TV night.”  Me beside Chelsea.  Hmm, what episode was it—“Jesus, Our Savior,” or “Lead Us Not Into Temptation?”  Ah, well, I forget.  Camp! 

Anyway, thanks to YouTube, we can all catch up with Aames’ armor-clad creation.  Now put aside, if you can, the above clip’s anti-semitic stabs at humor.  It’s Aames’ donning of that suit in clips like this one that I’m sure contributed to his

Thanksgiving Day suicide attempt after filing bankruptcy, having his car repossessed and his wife of 22 years, Mayla Upton, asking for a divorce.  The former child star had been sober for 20 years when he left his Kansas home depressed and shaken, and rented a room in Los Angeles from a friend, stealing a bottle of Jack Daniels.  Aames was also taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication when he put a knife to his throat and cut himself in six places.

Wow, sad—six places?!  But consider this: unlike the possibly mythic Job, Aames is a very real, flesh-and-blood vessel spreading God’s word.  To children.  On television, no less.  If such misery could beset him, one of God’s best Generals, what hope is there for we common foot-soldiers?  What God would inflict such torment?  Well, maybe no God would.  No God at all. 

Bless you, Willie Aames, atheists everywhere should be singing your praises—or something like that.  Hey, stay off those knives!

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