HELL FREEZES OVER
This is even bigger news that AOL buying Weblogs, Inc.:
The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect “total accuracy” from the Bible.
- "We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision."
- They go on to condemn fundamentalism for its “intransigent intolerance” and to warn of “significant dangers” involved in a fundamentalist approach.
- "We should not expect to discover in this book details about the end of the world, about how many will be saved and about when the end will come."
Holy. Crap. Did a lightning bolt of common sense and reason strike the Catholic Church? Please, forward to your wacko religious relatives.
(Oh, and that whole thing about woman coming from Adam's rib and being doomed to obey and painfuly suffer? Yeah, never mind about that...)
CALL ME MALCOLM (NOT 'FAG')
This Friday, Minnesota Film Arts begins a two-week screening of Call Me Malcolm, the story of 27 year-old transgender seminary student Malcolm Himschoot's journey to find acceptance. Himschoot made news when he became America's first openly transgendered clergy at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Now the hate-mongering wackos from Westboro Baptist Church are planning to picket this "satanic film" at this Saturday's 7PM and 9PM screenings, according to this flyer (PDF) from their website: www.godhatesfags.com. Adam from MN Film Arts says, "Please tell everyone you know about this screening.
Let's show support for an issue that shouldn't even really be one."
See also, this lovely/sad post on The Rake's blog.
HAPPY TOFURKEY DAY
REV. MOON DUPES CONGRESSMEN
Cult-buster Steven Alan Hassan has more scary factoids:
Moon's stated ambitions include the establishment of a one-world government run as an automatic theocracy by Moon and his leaders. "Bush's faith-based initiative seems to be ideal to help them in their quest for a one world theocratic government," Hassan says, "I am sure President Bush is not aware that Moon has repeatedly said that America (and democracy) is Satanic." Moon's vision of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth includes the absorption of all the world religions into Unificationism as well as the abolishment of all languages except Korean.
I was duped by the Moon cult once. They are masters of deception. I was reading Survival at Auschwitz for a final exam at the University of Minnesota, tired and hungry, when I was approached by two smiling young Korean girls. They said if I filled out a survey I could get a free meal. Hmm... okay! I started taking it, and gradually realized this survey was about spiritual beliefs. In fact, this survey preyed on you if you were at all uncertain of your spiritual beliefs, like many college students probably are. I was mildly annoyed but filled it out and awaited my free meal coupon. The girls said, "Oh... can you give us, a ride?" It was a cold winter night, and they were so innocent and smiley and persuasive. Well, okay. I still thought we were going to get my free meal. But we pulled up in front of U of M housing. The sign said C.A.R.P., "Collegiate Association for the Research of the Principle."
It's in there?
Yes, hot meal waiting for you!
So I went inside with them and was welcome by some nice people, and suddenly many more people appeared and we gathered around a table waiting for food from the kitchen. I made idle chit-chat, people were really interested in me. When the food arrived, we all stood up and they held hands and prayed. What the fuck? What have I gotten myself into? Okay... so I had a nice hot meal. Then some coffee, and intellectual conversation about communism and all sorts of things.
Then, it was time for "The Lecture."
Understand they make it very difficult for you to leave, especially a polite Minnesota boy like me. Adjacent to the dining room was a little chapel. I sat down with a few other college-aged people, and this guy I'd been talking to gives a lecture about Adam and Eve and the Devil. I kind of enjoyed it, because I'd largely forgotten what I'd learned in the Bible as a youngster, and it wasn't preachy - it really was a lecture.
After The Lecture, I tried to make my exit. A free meal, a weird night - more than I bargained for certainly, but an interesting experience and I never wanted to return. But they insisted on knowing when I'd be back next, and my phone number and everything. Not only that, but they strongly encouraged me to attend their CAMP. Then, rather than these little lectures, you get it all at once in one long weekend. Here's the pamphlet! See the happy people in the country at Fun Bible Camp. People from many countries are involved. You really need to go to this camp. I couldn't really leave without agreeing to seriously consider camp, and tell them when they could next expect to see me.
When I got home, I was all confused. I felt ready for some spiritual exploration, and I guess they were offering me that but... something just didn't feel right. I realized I don't like being pushed into anything. Anyone that pressures me too hard in one direction, I'm likely to jerk in the opposite direction in protest. it's my self-preservation instinct, and maybe a little Irish blood.
I did a little research and was shocked to discover C.A.R.P. = moonies. My God, I almost joined a cult!
I wouldn't join any cult that would have me as a member. Unless it involved eating babies.
GEEK PROM APPROACHES!
Geek Prom 2004 | Saturday, April 17 | Great Lakes Aquarium | Duluth, MN
I can't wait. I'm a "celebrity" judge! Urban blog posse will reprazent.
Now, what to wear? I know I'm bringing my VIC-20 secret briefcase...
Oh, you want my