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10 ridiculous Christian Right prophesies →

Article gives a lot more details, but here’s the skinny:

1) Mitt Romney would win in 2012 and go on to be a two-term president.

2) If Obama wins in 2008, the Bible will be classified as “hate speech” and banned from the airwaves.

3) Making emergency contraception available without a prescription will cause “sex-based cults.”

4) Legal gay marriage will lead to legalized parent-child marriages.

5) RFID microchips, the Mark of the Beast, will be implanted in all Americans on March 23, 2013.

6) If the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, death panels will subject unproductive old people to execution.

7) If Obama wins in 2012, conservative Christians will basically lose their right to vote and other freedoms.

8) Sharia law!

9) The military will courtmartial Christian soldiers who don’t hide their beliefs.

10) Obama will rise up and take over the world for Satan, triggering Armageddon and the return of Jesus Christ.

I guess a few of these could still happen. I mean, obviously they never will because they’re delusional fantasies, but just sayin’, Obama still has time to usher in Satan and trigger a Bruce Willis space movie.

Secret Keeper Girl: An Inside Look at Evangelical Cognitive Dissonance →

What followed was a rapidfire round of “Truth or Bare” tests for whether or not one’s clothing is showing too much skin. “God wants nothing of how we dress to distract from the good things we are doing for Him,” Smith said.

Instead of wearing short skirts like the “mean girls” at school, the Christian girl puts on leggings or wears pants. In the “raise and praise” test, the young girl’s belly should not show when she raises her hands above her head to praise God; if it does, she needs to go to the boys’ clothing section and get a long tank top to layer. And if you put your hand palm down on your chest under your collarbone, you should only have shirt showing below your pinky finger.

When Smith asked the crowd, “Is it ever OK for a Secret Keeper Girl to wear a low-cut top?” the crowd said “NO!”

I’m fascinated by the idea that once Christian church groups fought so hard against the idea of a woman wearing pants and now they fight so hard to convince women to wear pants and yet they don’t see their beliefs as wavering toward the directions of conservative social norms.

George W. Bush Spending Post-Presidency Converting Jews to Christianity →

"Bush … is helping to raise money for a group whose reason for being is to stop there being Jews. It sounds alarmist, but there it is. Success for the group Bush supports would mean no more Jews."

This fuckin’ guy is just everything awful in the world rolled into one ugly fuck.

thenewenlightenmentage:

Gelatin-Based Bio-Ink Allows Tissue And Organ Printing
German researchers have developed a new gelatin bio-ink that can be used by 3D printing technology to produce various tissue types, a breakthrough that brings the world one step closer to being able to print tissues and organs.
Scientists have long been working to improve methods and procedures for artificially producing tissue. In the current work, researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart, Germany, developed a suitable bio-ink for 3D printing that consist of gelatin-based components from natural tissue matrix and living cells. Gelatin is a well-known biological material derived from collagen that serves as the main constituent of native tissue.
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This is the kind of life-saving technology that could help your mom live long enough to see you have children, help eliminate the ‘terminal’ in childhood cancers and that superstitious theists so frequently condemn as “PLAYING GOD!”

thenewenlightenmentage:

Gelatin-Based Bio-Ink Allows Tissue And Organ Printing

German researchers have developed a new gelatin bio-ink that can be used by 3D printing technology to produce various tissue types, a breakthrough that brings the world one step closer to being able to print tissues and organs.

Scientists have long been working to improve methods and procedures for artificially producing tissue. In the current work, researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart, Germany, developed a suitable bio-ink for 3D printing that consist of gelatin-based components from natural tissue matrix and living cells. Gelatin is a well-known biological material derived from collagen that serves as the main constituent of native tissue.

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This is the kind of life-saving technology that could help your mom live long enough to see you have children, help eliminate the ‘terminal’ in childhood cancers and that superstitious theists so frequently condemn as “PLAYING GOD!”

(via divineirony)

Source : thenewenlightenmentage

Judge: Workplace lecture was religious harassment →

Tom Cruise Admits Katie Holmes Left Him To Protect Suri From Scientology →

Tom Cruise has admitted that Katie Holmes filed for divorce in part because of his involvement in the controversial Church of Scientology.

During his deposition, first obtained by RadarOnline, for his $50 million defamation case against Bauer media (whose magazines claimed he abandoned his daughter Suri Cruise), the 51-year-old actor first exploded with anger when asked if Holmes left him “in part to protect Suri from Scientology.”

Cruise first responded that he found the question “offensive,” saying, "there is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.” But when lawyers pushed the question again, asking if his ex-wife ever indicated that she left because of the religion or because she wanted to protect their daughter from Scientology, Cruise responded:

"Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes."

Even though it’s Tom Cruise saying it, it still blows me away anyone would consider Scientology a religion. Because it’s just so, so obvious what it actually is. At least every other religion has a more convincing mystical element to its scam.

By the way, you’ll be relieved to know:

Cruise also admitted that his 7-year-old daughter is no longer a practicing member of the “religion.”


A Kentucky student refused to run in a cross-country race after being assigned “666” as her race number, according to video from WLEX.

"I didn’t want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," she says.

Christianity is so full of fear-based rhetoric, people are actually afraid of numbers. Numbers.

Bishop follows conscience, changes gay marriage views →

The couple buys a marriage license, a recognized officiant signs it and it’s refiled with the local government. That’s a legal marriage, and in 14 states — with Illinois just the governor’s signature away from becoming the 15th — that’s a process open to both straight and gay couples.

Getting the church on board is a little more complicated. The issue of whether clergy should officiate same-sex marriages is dividing an increasing number of denominations.

Now, a retired Nashville bishop has become the latest to draw headlines on the issue — reversing course from a path that, four decades ago, had him playing a key role in sending the church down a path of resistance to change.

Despite warnings from his denomination that he’d be violating the faith’s Book of Discipline, Bishop Melvin Talbert traveled from Nashville to near Birmingham, Ala., to perform the Oct. 26 wedding of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. They were legally married Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C., but wanted a church wedding. Openshaw said he specifically wanted Talbert to officiate since the bishop had spent years supporting Methodist gays and lesbians.

That wasn’t Talbert’s stance 40 years ago at the 1972 Methodist general conference, which adopted language saying homosexuality is incompatible with Christianity. His views changed several years later, when he was invited to a weekend seminar of gay and straight Methodists; participants could not reveal which they were until the end.

So, the Bishop’s views adapted to better fit the times. It’s almost as if he could have reached a moral conclusion even earlier if something hadn’t been standing in his way. What could have possible been preventing him from arriving at the conclusion that homosexuals are people deserving of humane respect like anyone else? Clearly, his morality shone through in the long run, but something purporting to be guiding his morality (when in fact it was blocking it) was holding him back. Can you solve this mystery?

Anti-Feminist, Anti-Gay Religious Right Leader Resigns Over Extramarital Affair →

'In God we trust' display may be required in Pa. schools — NewsWorks →

Thanks, Pennsyltucky theocratic fascists