Friday, November 26, 2010

Announcing My Charity:Water Fundraiser

Please go to my Charity:Water page and give whatever you can. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving--Jack Chick Style!

Here in the USA, Thanksgiving is this Thursday. It's one of our most sacred holidays; it's a day for family, gratitude, and pretending to like your drunk freeloading uncle's crass jokes. But no matter how wacky your family gatherings are, they don't hold a candle to this bizarre cartoon from our favorite fundamentalist cartoonist Jack Chick.

This actually isn't too different from Thanksgiving at my house growing up. Come on now, who didn't have drug deals going down in their living room?

That's funny, we were allowed to say "Thanksgiving" at my old school. And "Christmas." And "Easter."

Who? The CIA?

You mean Pilgrims couldn't hunt? Man, out of all the people who could come over here to America, it had to be the ones who couldn't hunt!

Who? Superman?

And then we killed them!

Oh boy, Uncle Gus had too much to drink! Next thing you know he's going to be hitting on Mom and Dad's gonna beat the crap out of him and then the cops will come and . . . what?

You mean God wasn't pissed when we slaughtered the American Indians?

Oh no, Uncle Mortimer made Uncle Frank came out of the closet!

Can't have a Chick track without campy cartoon devils!

Okay, who invited the campy cartoon devils over for dinner?

Wait, did everyone at dinner die? That must have been some bad turkey!

This year I'm thankful that campy cartoon devils aren't showing up for dinner at my house!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Japanese Gadgets Love God

This is a quick post to say that I am alive even if I haven't posted in quite sometime

The image is a Japanese gadget of some sort. I don't know what exactly the toy is trying to say, but it seems to be something about robots fighting each other with crosses? Also, the robot isn't taking a Trinitarian few of Christianity, as it only seems to be God and Jesus? There's also a young man who is either praying to the robot to start a relationship with what appears to be a boyish looking woman? But, alas, he can't have (s)him.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Daddy, I Do

The other day on Feministing I saw this trailer to Daddy, I Do, a documentary about abstinence-only programs.

I haven't seen the film yet, but there are a few things I want to point out from this trailer:

1. There's NOTHING in the Bible about pledging your virginity to your father. Believe me, I used Bible Gateway.

2. Yes, that is Matthew Paul Turner. And he's right; the phrase "purity balls" does sound x-rated.

3. Turner is also right about the way Christian parents talk to their children about sex. Yes, we should definitely encourage kids to wait until marriage, but I also think we need to teach kids all the facts about sex. We need to talk to them about contraceptives, sexual abuse, respecting women, and the dangers of pornography. How else are kids going to learn all this stuff?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter (I'm Not Making This Up!)

I love bad movies. There's just something about laughing your butt off to something so ridiculous that you can't believe some studio head actually greenlit it. So this is definitely a movie I'm adding to my Netflix queue!

Friday, November 5, 2010

My Love/Hate Relationship With Luther

NOTE: I fully acknowledge that Rachel Held Evans wrote something similar to this not too long ago. It is not my intention to steal my friend's ideas. Also, this was originally posted on my personal blog.

On October 31, 1517, a former Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. Nailing important memos to doors was customary back in those days, but since Luther had the nerve to challenge the Catholic Church’s stance on selling indulgences, this small act of defiance started what later became known as the Protestant Reformation.

I used to be a big fan of Luther. To me, he represented some one who fought against the oppression of legalism by preaching the love of Christ. He was a man who stood up against corruption within the Church. Plus, he was a brilliant theologian. Nowadays, however, I tend to cringe when I hear Luther’s name

First, while going through some Luther quotes, I came across some colorful quotes:

"I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist."

"Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the Divine Word...."

"Women ... should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children."

"I maintain that some Jew wrote [the Book of James] who probably heard about Christian people but never encountered any."

Which brings me to my second point--Luther was definitely not a fan of the chosen people!

“My advice, as I said earlier, is: First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire...Second, that all their books-- their prayer books, their Talmudic writings, also the entire Bible-- be taken from them, not leaving them one leaf, and that these be preserved for those who may be converted...Third, that they be forbidden on pain of death to praise God, to give thanks, to pray, and to teach publicly among us and in our country...Fourth, that they be forbidden to utter the name of God within our hearing. For we cannot with a good conscience listen to this or tolerate it…The rulers must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them. If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs."

Now there’s something you don’t hear at a Lutheran church!

And yet I can’t say too much because a lot of my heroes didn’t have squeaky clean records, either. John Howard Yoder got into trouble back in the early ‘90s for ‘sexual misconduct.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, despite being a self-proclaimed pacifist, was part of a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Karl Barth had a mistress. Even Dr. King supposedly cheated on his wife. When does a person’s sins ruin his/her legacy?

For me, I try to find a balance. I recognize Luther as part of the history of my faith, and I admire his bravery when he was faced with opposition. Yes, I also acknowledge Luther was a human being just like me with his own screw-ups and shortcomings. You have to see both sides, or else you’ll turn people into either gods or devils.