Chris, “discusses his motivation for writing his Deadspin column, tolerance in NFL locker rooms and his time in Minnesota.”
If you ever need a hockey-player/straight-ally: give me a call. I’m your man.
James McGrath at Exploring Our Matrix shared a couple of graphics:
James was inspired by this image on Facebook, “but which had a typo in it and thus could not simply be reposted as it was,” (trust me James, I know that pedantic pain!); so he then offered:
James, and others, make an excellent point.
Can you imagine if the bigots at American Family Association or Westboro Baptist Not-A-Church were as horny for feeding the poor as they were against gay marriage? Can you imagine if Westboro made headlines for picketing restaurants with signs that said, “God Hates Hunger” and used all of their resources to try and urge people into helping end starvation? It would be astounding if they could do the same amount of good as they have demonstrated hatred.
Can you imagine if the tens of millions of dollars spent by the ignoramuses at Answers for Genesis, rather than trying to defend a myth and promote pseudoscience, instead went to researching ways to feed the poor: how much better the world would be? What, instead of the Creation Museum, if all of those resources had been used to help the homeless and starving in their area (and I mean ALL of the resources with no creationism attached)? Maybe–just maybe–Ken Ham would have a small leg to stand on when he started to talk of “what’s wrong with society.”
He certainly doesn’t have even the smallest leg to stand on now (He’s a moral worm!), because: he spends millions of dollars to defend inanity, and then posits that not believing in that inanity is “what’s wrong” with society.
Which makes him just a morally bankrupt, snake-oil, religion-abusing huckster.
Can you imagine how much more respect outsiders from Christianity might have for Christians if all they did was try to help the weak, the poor, the homeless, and feed those without food? Instead of repress those of differing sexual orientation, or seize political power to enforce their “Law” throughout” the land.
If Christians actually stopped differing, bullying, abusing, or seeking political power to further their hatred, maybe–just, maybe–someone might listen to them if they told them “God was love,” and then demonstrated that by accepting that person for whomever they were and fed them, or sheltered them… with no strings attached.
Hey, bullying, mean, lacking empathy Christian: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! Demonstrate some sort of above-decent morality, and then tell me about your morality. Just shouting at people to “STOP, I think you’re evil!” isn’t working. (or worse yet: “I’ll seize political power and MAKE you stop.”)
I still won’t agree with you concerning gay marriage, or young-earth creationism, but then I will not also think you are such an oxygen-thief or epic d-bag. You will be a good person with some bad ideas, instead of a very terrible person with some bad ideas.
In 2013, there were 161 new posts here, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,581 posts. There were 55 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6 MB. That’s about a picture per week.
The busiest day of the year was February 16th. The most popular post that day was Greek Statues, Penises, and Pederasty.
Where did they come from?
186 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.
See you in 2014
2013 was a slow year here at the blog. First, I had a career change, and while I was training and getting my feet wet at my new job I was also finishing my thesis and preparing for the defense. Add to that a little bit of burnout on blogging and my post numbers were significantly down.
I may or may not blog more in 2014. Who knows? Anyways, we will see you in 2014! Happy New Year!
A couple of years ago we had a good time here at Ye Olde Scotteriology deconstructing the claims and making fun of Harold Camping, the end-times ‘prophet’ who three times incorrectly predicted the date of Jesus’ return, and somehow managed to raise tens of millions of dollars.
Well it appears Camping died on Sunday:
On Saturday, November 30th, Mr. Camping sustained a fall in his home, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side.
When Paul Crouch died last month the question went around: how do you respond to such a death. On the one hand, there will be family members that miss him and grieve, but on the other hand, he was evil.
In Camping’s case I do not believe he was intentionally evil like Paul Crouch, but he was just an incredibly misinformed and ignorant dilettante who had no business interpreting the Bible anywhere for anyone. However, he still bilked people out of tens of millions of dollars! And the stories of persons and families spending their life savings or selling all they had so they could take out May 21, 2011 Rapture Billboards are horrifying. You can see the many posts on Harold Camping at Scotteriology HERE.
Jim shared a documentary that debuted at SBL: Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs The End of the World. You can watch it below.
Hemant also added,
If there’s anything positive I can say about Camping, it’s that he didn’t appear to be a con artist, making up a Rapture date that he knew was untrue in order to dupe people into giving money to his ministry (for reasons that would make no sense if the Rapture actually occurred on that date…). He seemed to be sincere. He really thought Jesus was coming back on that day. He was genuinely heartbroken to learn he was wrong.
But sincerity won’t be his legacy. We’ll forever remember him as the guy who was convinced Jesus was coming back on a certain day… only to learn in the most public way possible that his beliefs weren’t based in reality.