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What The Bible Really Says About Sex

LotCould this “sex and the Bible” story by Lisa Miller be a taste of what the new Daily Beast-ly version of Newsweek will become? Maybe they read the leaked AOL business plan that requires all stories to be SEO-optimized, meaning lots of “content” featuring sex, God and scandal…

The poem describes two young lovers aching with desire. The obsession is mutual, carnal, complete. The man lingers over his lover’s eyes and hair, on her teeth, lips, temples, neck, and breasts, until he arrives at “the mount of myrrh.” He rhapsodizes. “All of you is beautiful, my love,” he says. “There is no flaw in you.”

The girl returns his lust with lust. “My lover thrust his hand through the hole,” she says, “and my insides groaned because of him.”

This ode to sexual consummation can be found in—of all places—the Bible. It is the Song of Solomon, a poem whose origins likely reach back to the pagan love songs of Egypt more than 1,200 years before the birth of Jesus.

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Atheist Students Group Offers Porn For Bibles

Porn For BiblesVia WOAI San Antonio:
SAN ANTONIO — An atheist student group at UTSA is again offering to trade porn for bibles. Atheist Agenda set up a booth on the UTSA campus on the Northwest Side and asked students to bring in their bibles in exchange for pornographic magazines. The event is called "Smut for Smut" and, obviously, brings with it some big controversy. "It is to send a message that the stuff in the bible, and the Quran, and the Torah, and all that sort of thing is, in our case worse, in our opinion worse, than pornography," explained UTSA student Kyle Bush. "I can see that God can definitely use this for a greater purpose," UTSA student Alex Liu said. "And I see a lot of Christian organizations coming together, you know, to be brothers and sisters standing up for their faith."
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South Carolina Woman Tortures, Kills ‘Devil’ Puppy For Chewing Her Bible

dogladyInsanity is alive and well in America. South Carolina’s GoUpstate reports on local faith-based crime:

A 65-year-old Pacolet Mills woman is accused of hanging and burning a 1-year-old pit bull after the animal chewed her Bible.

Miriam Fowler Smith, of 410 John Worthy Road, Pacolet Mills, is charged with ill treatment of animals in general, torture, according to an arrest warrant. Smith’s nephew told officers he left the animal at the home he shared with his aunt during the recent winter weather. After returning, he could not find the dog, named Diamond, and he assumed she had broken the chain that kept her on the home’s front porch, according to a report filed by a Spartanburg County environmental enforcement officer.

The man later told officers his aunt admitted to killing the animal, calling it a “devil” dog, and authorities were called to investigate.

After officers responded to the home, the woman told them she killed the dog because it had chewed her Bible and she feared for the safety of neighborhood children.

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Ultimate Christian Street Fighting: Brawling Over The Bible (Video)

Church FightWWJD, you ask? Apparently in these Church-goers' minds, Jesus would kick your ass. Thanks to Christian Nightmares for the find. Reports KOB-TV:
It's behavior you wouldn't expect to see at church, and it was all caught on tape. KOB Eyewitness News 4 obtained video that shows members of two different Roswell churches fighting with each other. The video was taken by members of Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell while they say they were preaching outside of another church in the city on November 28th. Armed with signs, Bibles, and a camera, members of Old Paths Baptist Church took their message to the streets. "They may not like out method, they may think or method is too confrontational, never the less its our right to preach in public," said street preacher Jeremy De Los Santos.
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Bible Spouting, Freemason Sword-Wielding ‘Ugly Betty’ Actor Kills His Own Mother

SwordTruly horrific, and the spouting of Bible verses and references to Freemasonry just makes it more disturbing. Via the New York Post:

A crazed bit actor wielding an ornate Freemason sword hacked his mother to death early yesterday in their Brooklyn apartment while screaming out Bible passages and Masonic references, police and witnesses said.

“Repent! Repent! Repent!” Michael Brea, screamed at his 55-year-old mother, Yannick, during his bizarre meltdown and the subsequent bloodbath at their Prospect Heights apartment, neighbors said.

Brea, 31, who had roles in Ugly Betty and the movie Step Up 3D, was heard repeatedly through the door shouting about the “architect of the universe,” a term used by Freemasons to refer to a supreme being. Longtime family friend Sylvan Benoit confirmed that Brea was a member of the Freemasons and had been to a meeting earlier in the evening.

The Masonic sword was 3-feet long and meant for ceremonial use, police sources said.

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Moses & The Parting Of The Red Sea Explained By Science

Source: Rune.welsh (CC)

Source: Rune.welsh (CC)

Somehow I doubt the faithful will want to hear this, but apparently the parting of the Red Sea was no miracle. Story from Reuters via LA Times:

Moses might not have parted the Red Sea, but a strong east wind that blew through the night could have pushed the waters back in the way described in biblical writings and the Koran, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

Computer simulations, part of a larger study on how winds affect water, show wind could push water back at a point where a river bent to merge with a coastal lagoon, the team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder said.

“The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus,” Carl Drews of NCAR, who led the study, said in a statement.

“The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics.

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Anti-Masturbation Candidate Christine O’Donnell Wins Republican Senate Primary in Delaware

ChristineODonnellOh man, Joe Biden must be loving that anti-masturbation/Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell is up for his old Senate seat:
My name is Christine O'Donnell. I am the President and Founder of The S.A.L.T. The S.A.L.T. stands for "The Savior's Alliance For Lifting The Truth." We choose sexual purity in our lives. We have God-given sexual desires and we need to understand them and preserve them to be used in God's appropriate context. Our members are committed to be role models, committed to be the salt of the earth ... We need to address sexuality with young people and masturbation is part of sexuality but it is important to discuss this from a moral point of view ... The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust.
Holy cow as the Washington Post reports. For more on O'Donnell check out this post from Irin Carmon on Jezebel and the mashup video below:
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Did Jesus Really Die On A Cross?

JesusHangingAssuming Jesus was a real person, did he die on a cross? A Christian scholar is arguing that the “Christ on a cross” idea seems to be a complete fabrication, with no reliable ancient texts indicating that crucifixion was an execution method of the era, and the Bible itself saying only that Jesus died on a staurus (pole). Which means that rather being a symbol of ultimate sacrifice, the Christian cross is a branding/graphic design choice. From the Atlantic:

The crucifixion is apparently under review. In his doctoral thesis, newly graduated Swedish theologian Gunnar Samuelsson argues that the cross Jesus supposedly died on may not actually have been a cross. He explains in an interview with DRadio Wissen, a German station: “the New Testament said that Jesus died some way on something called a staurus … that’s a Greek name for a cross or a pole or something … I call it an execution device only to be [distinguished] from the common notion that it must be a cross, because it mustn’t be a cross–it could be a pole, for instance, or a tree trunk, or something else.”

Samuelsson did some serious research before advancing this provocative argument: “I spent almost three years,” he says, “reading all the ancient texts I could find … from about Homer until the first century of the Common Era.” He says “some kind of suspension of a living or a dead person or a part of a person” was indeed common at the time, but crucifixion is not mentioned.

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