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The Dangers of Religious Primitivism

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage arrive to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage arrive to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Lawrence Davidson writes at Consortiumnews:

Prior to the Eighteenth Century – that is prior to the Enlightenment – if you had asked a literate Westerner when he or she thought the most ideal of human societies did or would exist, most of them would have located that society in the past.

The religious majority might have placed it in the biblical age of Solomon or the early Christian communities of the First Century after Christ. Both would have been considered divinely inspired times.

Now, come forward a hundred years, say to the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, and ask the same question. You would notice that the answer was beginning to change.

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World’s Most Persecuted Religion

Muslims need to listen a little more closely to the words of their prophet [*cough cough*Christians*cough cough*]. Persecution of non-Muslims by Islamic fundamentalists has reached a shrill note in much of Europe, Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Asian South Pacific, but it seems like that is NOT what Mohammad would want! In a previous article I listed some very surprising quotes of Mohammed from the Hadith that many Muslims (or non-Muslims) would do well to follow carefully today, please feel free to check them out.

In this video, Raymond Ibrahim, a native of Egypt, discusses how Christianity has been virtually exterminated in many Muslim majority countries during the last 50 years, and speculates on the political motivation for why the Western media refuses to report on it.

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Psychoactive Sermon #3: Ensnared by the Gaze of the Acid Christ

Join me as I rant about:

Organized religion and how it relates to the spiritual retardation of modern culture.

How Christianity is the ONLY spiritual practice I’ve experimented with that demonstrably didn’t work.

Why religious people have a fundamentally more accurate view of the spiritual world than hardcore atheists.

Making a connection with the symbol of the weeping Christ in the midst of an LSD fueled sex marathon.

And most importantly:

How I spontaneously developed a “personal relationship with Jesus” during an epic wine bender.

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Bill O’Reilly Blames Rap Music for the Decline of Organized Religion

Yesterday Pew Research Center released the results of a survey showing a rapid decline in the number of Christians in the United States. Now Fox News bigmouth Bill O’Reilly has pronounced the underlying cause: rap music. Really, as reported by the Washington Post:

A new study from Pew Research shows an increase in the number of Americans who aren’t affiliated with a church. Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly used this tidbit to rail against an unexpected target: rap music.

“There is no question that people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment,” O’Reilly said. “The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds of some young people — the group that is most likely to reject religion. Also, many movies and TV shows promote non-traditional values. If you are a person of faith, then the media generally thinks you are a loon.”

So the causality here, in O’Reilly’s mind, goes like this: Young people listen to “rap music.” -> They hear descriptions of “depraved behavior.” -> It sinks into their minds.

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Christians Decline Sharply as Share of U.S. Population

It might seem like there’s a church on every corner in certain states, but overall Christians are losing faith in droves, according to a new study from Pew Research Center:

The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men.

Changing U.S. Religious Landscape

To be sure, the United States remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans – roughly seven-in-ten – continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith.

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Believercise: Christian aerobics instructors strut for Jesus

This… This video is gold.

Youtube description: Welcome back to the 1980’s, the best decade ever. Believercise was one of the first Christian exercise videos that capitalized on modern video technologies of the era. Set to contemporary hits of the time Believercise became very popular. This exercise video was the first set and featured Cathi Stout. There were sixteen parts to this workout video. A second video, Believercise 2, followed and became popular also.

h/t Christian Nightmares for finding the funniest videos. Follow them on Twitter.

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’90s Christian Kid’s Show Warns of the Dangers of R-Rated Movies

A glorious snippet from the Christian show, McGee and Me! Don’t trust those R-rated movies, kids.

“Your mind is the most important thing you have. That’s why the Lord is very clear when he says we have to be careful what we put in it. Just by going to see [Night of the Blood Freaks], you’ve put something in your mind to… to dirty it.”

h/t Christian Nightmares via Everything Is Terrible! | Follow Christian Nightmares on Twitter.

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Psychoactive Plants in the Bible

Inside a full size tabernacle replica- Photo by bible places (please visit!)

Inside a full size tabernacle replica- Photo by bible places (please visit!)

This post was originally published on Philosopher’s Page.

Christianity was founded on the use of religious plants of psychoactive effects. The use of these drugs on religious experiences made Christianity so viral. Jesus had a military-like camp ground which he erected where ever he stayed. The “Tabernacle”, he dubbed it, was a tent like structure Jesus used for psychological warfare. Inside was a complex mind altering system he dubbed the word of god. This led to his victory in Jerusalem and the creation of first christian church “solomon’s temple”. Jesus can credit his complex use of plant derived drugs for his holy miracles and religious experiences.

Holy Anointing Oil

Exodus 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head and anoint him.

The holy anointing oil is an intoxicating oil extract. The 18 kg of plant material that is dissolved into 3.7 liters of olive oil yields a potent essential oil.… Read the rest

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For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food, I Was Thirsty and You Gave Me Drink, I Was Homeless and WTF You Drenched Me With Sprinklers To Drive Me Away

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Abby Zimet writes at Common Dreams:

Evidently setting aside their stated goal of “advancing human dignity” to ponder the abstruse question, “Who would Jesus soak?” San Francisco’s stately Saint Mary’s Cathedral, home to the Archdiocese and Archbishop, has been dousing homeless people who sleep in its doorways with a sprinkler system as “a safety, security and cleanliness measure” to “encourage them to relocate to other areas” – with, obviously, God’s blessing. They stopped the practice this week after critics ripped the practice as “inhumane,” city officials said it’s illegal, and church officials conceded “it actually has had the opposite effect from what it was intended to do (maybe kinda like opposing birth control and other so-called right-to-life stances?) and for this we are very sorry.”

Saint Mary’s has long attracted homeless campers in the alcoves of its four soaring doorways, despite clear signs posted on the church – umm, what?

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Embracing Paradox Helped Me Discover That Religion Is a Neurological Disorder for Which Faith Is the Only Cure

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Frank Schaeffer writes at Patheos:

My kaleidoscopic beliefs are fickle and motivated by desire, wishful thinking, and wanting to fit in with my family and community and to make my marriage work. My dogmatic declarations of faith once provided status, ego-stroking power over others and a much better income than I’ve ever earned since fleeing the evangelical machine. Certainty made things simple, gave me an answer to every question and paid the bills.

With the acceptance of paradox came a new and blessed uncertainty that began to heal the mental illness called certainty, the kind of certainty that told me that my job was to be head of the home and to order around my wife and children because “the Bible says so.” Embracing paradox helped me discover that religion is a neurological disorder for which faith is the only cure.

These days I hold two ideas about God simultaneously: he, she or it exists and he she or it doesn’t exist.

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