March 2009

All text taken directly from online Christian fundamentalist forums.

From NPR:

Among some conservative Christians, a movement is giving new meaning to the biblical mandate to “be fruitful and multiply.”

The movement, called Quiverfull, is based on Psalm 127, which says, “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

Those in the Quiverfull movement shun birth control, believing that God will give them the right number of children. It turns out, that’s a lot of kids.


Demons in Connecticut

Shades of The Amityville Horror! Take a house reeking of death, bring in a “demonologist,” commission a professional writer to enhance the alleged events, Hollywoodize the resulting book into a horror/thriller flick, and shamelessly bandy about the word true in promotional copy. This formula lured moviegoers to The Amityville Horror (1979); now—current hucksters hope—The Haunting in Connecticut, “based on true events,” will entice a new generation of credulous screamers. But here is some of the real truth I encountered in my investigation of the case in 1992 and 1993.

From Richard Carrier’s blog:

As many know I was interviewed for the film The God Who Wasn’t There, which came out years ago and includes an extended version of my interview in the DVD extras. When I finally got to see the film, I privately circulated (eventually to journalists, academics, colleagues and others) a brief white paper on potential errors in it (only regarding the first third regarding ancient history, as that’s my field). I then forgot about it. Several people recently have asked me about the film again, which reminded me I should just publish my brief.

Read Richard’s full post


A debate over evolution education in Texas could shape science classes in the southern United States for years to come.

The Texas Board of Education will vote Thursday and Friday on amendments to the state’s proposed science curriculum. The amendments convey doubt about evolution that, according to scientists, simply does not exist.

“They haven’t mentioned creationism or the age of the Earth,” said Steve Schafersman, president of Texas Citizens for Science, a nonprofit science education and policy watchdog. “It’s not openly creationist, but it’s anti-science. It demeans and devalues science.”

From USA Today:

The Southern Baptist Convention, which is launching a new national campaign to bring unbelievers to Jesus, is up against a major obstacle: motivating its own members to evangelize.

But it may be the only effective way to reach people, according to a survey of 15,173 people by LifeWay Research, a Christian research firm.

The survey found only two ways most people said they were somewhat or very willing to “receive information” about Jesus: 63% would hear it in a “personal conversation with a family member,” or with a friend or neighbor from the church (56%).

“Baptists like to talk more about evangelism than to actually do it,” says LifeWay director Ed Stetzer. Personal evangelizing is “a great concept that’s hard for people to get motivated to do.”

From AP:

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A woman accused of taking more than $73,000 from the Arlington church where she was an administrative assistant blames the devil. Papers filed with a theft charge Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior Court say the 62-year-old Arlington woman told detectives “Satan had a big part in the theft.”

The Everett Herald reported the woman was accused of forging the pastor’s signature on 80 checks from the Arlington Free Methodist church. She was fired in February 2008.

She told detectives she used the money to cover household expenses because she couldn’t stand the thought of losing her home.

From The Australian:

THE Pope has backed away slightly from his claim made in Africa that the distribution of condoms exacerbates the spread of AIDS.

Amid pointed attacks on the Pope’s comments by the French Government, angry aid groups and much of the Western media, the Vatican yesterday released a text that watered down his assertion.

The Catholic Church has long opposed the use of condoms to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS but on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) the Pope went further by asserting for the first time that the use of condoms could actually increase the epidemic, which has infected some 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Pope initially told reporters flying with him to Cameroon that AIDS was “a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, and that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems”.

But yesterday the Vatican website published an edited text changing his words to say that the use of condoms “risks” aggravating the problem.

Reporters who taped the Italian-language interview said the Pope, who speaks fluent Italian, did not say the word “risks” on Tuesday and he was unequivocal in saying that condoms aggravate the epidemic.

Editing? What happened to papal infallibility?

From Scoop World:

Scientology Spokesman Tommy Davis Confirms Xenu Story

Los Angeles, CA – After years of dismissing the story as false, Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis has confirmed that the story of mankind’s origins involving an alien overlord named Xenu is indeed authentic Scientology teaching.

In the exclusive interview with KESQ News Channel 3 reporter[1], Nathan Baca, Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis was asked about the story of Xenu, known to senior Scientologists as part of “Operating Thetan Level III”, or “OT III” for short. Davis denied the story at first (as he has done in the past), stating that these were claims “forwarded by anti-Scientologists.”

KESQ News Interview

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