Category: fun d’ mental

Universal soldiers and terrestrial body counts

Universal soldiers and terrestrial body counts

by Patrick Devlin When a terror event happens scared Americans, shaken from their consumer product induced coma, often begin demanding answers. After the inhuman and insane Paris attacks many citizens, perhaps overcome with fear and anger, demanded to know how faithful Muslims could have let the attacks happen and demanded that Muslim communities take responsibility for and apologize for the attacks. This strain of fetid group think was shown in all of its intricate bigotry, know-nothingness and apoplectic xenophobia on CNN as two of its talking head news announcers aggressively demanded an apology from a member of the Parisian Muslim […]

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Beginning to Look a lot Like Christians

Beginning to Look a lot Like Christians

by Patrick Devlin Rio Rancho, NM high school teacher Katrina Guarascio received the gift of unemployment this holiday season from one of her students who became offended after a peer turned in a creative writing assignment that led to Guarascio being turned in to school officials. Guarascio asked her students to rework a mythical tale to take place in modern times. One of the creative writers took on the myth of Christ producing hundreds of fishes and loaves out of his cassock to feed a ‘multitude’ who gathered to hear one of the Fidel-Castro-length lectures the first century homeless preacher […]

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Christ Needs to Tap One of Those Rich Dudes in Heaven

Christ Needs to Tap One of Those Rich Dudes in Heaven

by Patrick Devlin Biblical financial self-help pitchman Dave Ramsey, whose get-rich-scheme is to convince followers of the first century homeless preacher called Jesus of Nazareth (who advised cult members to “give up all you own and follow me”) that they can become get-rich-quick-Christians by buying his greed absolving screeds and who is featured weekly on the TV station owned by televangelist-presidential candidate-sect leader Pat Robertson, advised viewers recently that, stunningly, Christ was a heretic. Ramsey was hawking his latest tract, The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity when he advised Robertson and his TVland fold that […]

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New Zealand Church Can’t Find Advertising Regulations in King James’ Edition

New Zealand Church Can’t Find Advertising Regulations in King James’ Edition

by Patrick Devlin In America, where Christians have the hobby of lobbying the courts and their legislators for all kinds of special treatment, the faithful, with little green papers stamped with the words “in god we trust” in their pockets, listen to all sorts of self-appointed (and often finely appointed) ministers who advise the poor and sick that god really wants them to be wealthy and healthy, and who promise they can be all helpy – while separating the faithful from their dollars in a manner that’s stealthy. In New Zealand, where the government attempts to encourage even those who […]

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Peace Pope Throws Oligarchs Out of the Temple

Peace Pope Throws Oligarchs Out of the Temple

by Patrick Devlin The always surprising (largely for taking on the mantle of preaching what the Christ of Christian theology actually taught with respect to compassion, brotherhood and humility) Pope Francis laid down another challenge to the world’s Catholics and the denizens of that oh so special Land-O-Christians; the USofA. The pope, welcoming a United Nations delegation to a conference in Rome, challenged the executives of the UN Agencies Funds and Programs directorate, which coordinates efforts to promote sustainable development across the globe, to have the audacity to not avert their eyes and minds from “The gaze, often silent, of […]

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Jesus can’t get a few winks and God can’t buy Infiniti

Jesus can’t get a few winks and God can’t buy Infiniti

by Patrick Devlin Alarmed at the thought of poor shelter-less citizens invading the public’s well-kept city benches, citizens in Davidson, NC motivated by being “concerned for the safety of the neighborhood” have reported to local officials that a vagrant has set up camp in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. The vagrant, an art installation by Timothy Schmalz, is a life size bronze of a man, sheltering himself against the cold with a makeshift blanket, sleeping on a park bench called “Homeless Jesus”. An indication that the bronze sleeping vagrant is the Christ, the homeless wandering religious philosopher of the […]

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Jesus schools taking US taxpayers for fools

Jesus schools taking US taxpayers for fools

by Patrick Devlin Reporter Stephanie Simon writing for Politico has reported on her findings after reviewing government subsidies granted to parents who choose to abandon public education and instead send their school age children to private schools, including hundreds of theological schools. Simon reports that in 2014 US taxpayers will pay nearly $1 billion to subsidize the private education, and in many cases this means the religious education and indoctrination, of grammar and secondary school children across America by providing publically paid for “vouchers” to their parents. The movement to expand the subsidization of private school religious indoctrination has been […]

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when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

by Patrick Devlin The people’s pope ventured again into precarious doctirnal waters when he recently made comments suggesting that he believes that human ‘fundamentalism’ has been a barrier to advancement. The pope shared his analysis with 120 priests who are the leaders of Catholic religious orders in a meeting in Switzerland this past November. Responding to queries regarding how the new leader of the church wants his priests to approach the communities of the faithful as well as those who may consider becoming Catholic, the pope proposed his analysis stating, “It is a hermeneutical question: reality is only understood if […]

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Tweeting greetings : chirping cognitive harmony & tense cordiality

Tweeting greetings : chirping cognitive harmony & tense cordiality

The newly appointed Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, recently updated his ‘facebook wall’ noting that Iran, in an awkward act of cognitive harmony, condemns both the massacre of Jews by the Nazis that began during the 1930’s and continued until the end of the Second World War and the ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people, a pogrom that has continued since the 1930’s with the founding of the Zionist paramilitary group, the Irgun. Zarif also had a short twitter conversation with a tweeter who identified herself as the daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that began when Zarif tweeted […]

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The Pope is dope on peace

The Pope is dope on peace

by Patrick Devlin In a stunning turn of precedent, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, asked his more than 1 billion world-wide followers to join him in an active peace demonstration, and harkened back to the viewpoint of the wandering philosopher and bare-footed peacenik, Jesus of Nazareth, the same individual that Catholics claim to be their sect’s founding member. As the pope was speaking about the “dramatic developments” in Syria, condemning “with particular force the use of chemical weapons,” Francis called for a peace protest sit-in at his house. The Pope invited the international community to join him […]

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