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http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,4-2007030603,00.html

TOM Cruise is the new “Christ” of Scientology, according to leaders of the cult-like religion.

The Mission: Impossible star has been told he has been “chosen” to spread the word of his faith throughout the world.

And leader David Miscavige believes that in future, Cruise, 44, will be worshipped like Jesus for his work to raise awareness of the religion.

A source close to the actor, who has risen to one of the church’s top levels, said: “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like figure.

“Like Christ, he’s been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise he was right.”

Cruise joined the Church of Scientology in the ’80s. Leader L Ron Hubbard claimed humans bear traces of an ancient alien civilisation.



This article prompted someone on another forum to come up with a new song (Or at least twist the first lines of one preexisting)...

"Tom Cruise loves me, this I know.
L Ron Hubbard told me so..."
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http://www.11alive.com/news/article_news.aspx?storyid=90663


ATLANTA (AP) -- A suburban Atlanta mother who claims Harry Potter books teach children witchcraft said Wednesday that she will appeal the state’s decision to keep the best-selling books in Gwinnett County school libraries.

Laura Mallory, who has three children in elementary school, said she has requested an appeal of her case to Superior Court.

Mallory has tried to ban the books from Gwinnett County school library shelves since August 2005. She argues that the popular fiction series is an attempt to indoctrinate children in witchcraft.

School board members said the books are good tools to encourage children to read and to spark creativity and imagination. In May, the county decided to deny Mallory’s request.

The state Board of Education backed Gwinnett’s stance in December, voting without discussion to uphold the county’s decision.

Mallory said she’s ready for a legal fight. She said she’s already contacted a potential expert witness to lend support to her case. And she said supporters who urged her to continue the case have sent her “significant donations” to help pay legal fees.

WTFF???

Jul. 6th, 2006 02:15 am
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The Statue Of Liberation Through Christ???

(It's the Statue Of Liberty. With a few new accoutrements. For serious.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/us/05liberty.html?ex=1152763200&en=201321768bfb4841&ei=5059&partner=AOL

Or click here...I had some issue getting the link to work the first time... )

"This statue proves that Jesus Christ is Lord over America, he is Lord over Tennessee, he is Lord over Memphis."

This statue proves nothing.

Dammit, it's my Statue Of Liberty too.

Yeah, you know, I'm just not too jazzed about that.
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Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] fervid_dryfire on the Battle Hymn Of The Repiblic

Blasphemy in Song

I never knew that the song was that long...or that graphic. Honestly I don't think I ever knew more than the first two maybe threew lines of the song. I leared it in first or second grade- but only the chorus, the "Glory glory halleluja" part...I forget why, but for several years I thought it was about Abraham Lincoln. And we were never told the title of the song.
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So...I'm on an email list (several of them actually, but for now- one in particular) where I had mentioned the book I just posted a review for and also happened to make a comment that it drives me berserk to see words purposefully misspelled to make a point or further an agenda, examples in question: the misspelling of "woman": "womyn", "wimmin", and worst/cheesiest of all "wombyn" (Someone else suggested "we-moon", which made my eyes bleed).

...and of course I was admonished for saying such things because "some need it to determine their own empowerment" (actually accused of putting down people, which I never did). Sorry but I'd have to say that if someone *needs* purposeful misspellings and can't find their "empowerment" through more substantial means, there's a problem.

I agree that a LOT of gross injustices have been commeitted...and continue to be committed, and something needs to be done, but something this superficial is not going to help anyone. Call me crazy, but purposefully misspelling a word isn't going to provide anything besides perhaps a momentary "so there", you can't tell me that your status is being equalized because you spell it "womyn" or "herstory" and I hypothesize that it may be more detrimental than helpful because a lot of people just aren't going to take you seriously if you insist on misspelling a perfectly valid word. (Myself included)

(By the way, here's a bit of etymology:

A Dictionary Of Euphemisms And Other Doubletalk, by Hugh Rawson, has this (among other things) to say about the word "woman":

"Woman" itself has a curious history, which may be of some consolation to female readers, since it shows that they are not, linguistically at least, derivatives of the other sex. "Woman," superficial appearance to the contrary, does not come from "man," but from the Old English "wif-mann," where "wif" meant "female" and "mann" meant a human being of either sex. As late as 1752, the philosopher David Hume could use "man" in the original sense, when contending that "...there is in all men, both male and female, a desire and power of generation more active than is ever universally exerted." What happened as the language evolved, of course, was that males gradually arrogated the generic "mann" to themselves, while the old word for female, "wif," was diminished into wife, [...] Today, some men still insist that when they use "man" in such constructions as "The proper study of Mankind is Man," or "Man is a tool-making animal," they do not intend to imply that their sex is the superior, but they are fighting the tide of our time.)


The word "woman" does not opress women.

And hey...I wonder how many feminists actually know that the word "vagina" was a Latin word for "sword sheath"???
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The Da Vinci Code.

What's the big deal.

Why is it any worse than any other piece of badly-researched fiction?

Disclaimer: I have not read the book. By saying "why is it any worse than any other piece of badly-reasearched fiction?", I mean "Why do you (you being those who decry it so loudly as The Sum Of All Evil) consider it any worse than any other piece of fiction that you would call badly-researched?"
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Some companies cash in on upcoming 666 frenzy

Beware June 6, 2006: The apocalypse, the Antichrist, death metal and Ann Coulter will all be among us.

*sigh*

So I don't have a Bible handy, and I don't know where to look for it, but I heard once that the "number of the beast". if you did the math correctly is actually something like 31660 or somehting like that. Can anyone debunk or substantiate?

Over the years, I've had a number of customers who have added items to purchases to avoid paying $6.66. I used to have a coworker who would make a comment "That's not a good number to have" every time someone had three consecutive 6's in their serial number, phone number etc.

And Anne Coulter is just arrogant and annoying. Ooooh, the alliteration. They picked 6/6/06 for the release date before the book had a working title. It's her "little tribute" to liberals.

I'll stop now before I go into a rant about the conservative versus liberal war and those who's primary joy seems to come from making digs at the other side.
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Found on [livejournal.com profile] bitchiekittie's journal:

New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves -- and to be treated by the health care system -- as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon.

No registration to read.

Okay...most of the things suggested are common good-health suggestions. But I'm not going to follow ANY guidelines just because it's assumed that I might get pregnant.

Gah!

Article text here in case you're having problems reading it )
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Hoisted from [livejournal.com profile] slightlymadman

If you don't like rap, are you a racist?

Stephin Merritt is an unlikely cracker. The creative force behind the Magnetic Fields, Merritt is diminutive, gay, and painfully intellectual. His music is witty and tender. He plays the ukulele. He named his Chihuahua after Irving Berlin. And yet no less an influential music critic than The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones has used that word—"cracker"—to describe him. Frere-Jones has also called him "Stephin 'Southern Strategy' Merritt," presumably in reference to Richard Nixon's race-baiting attempt to crush the Democratic Party. These are heady words, part of a two-year online campaign of sorts by Frere-Jones (also a former Slate music critic) and the Chicago Reader music contributor Jessica Hopper to brand Merritt a racist. The charge: He doesn't like hip-hop, and on those occasions when he's publicly discussed his personal music tastes, he has criticized black artists.

Honestly, I've never heard of the guy, but to call someone racist based on their musical preferences...and note that the guy has also criticized white pop artists...is insane.

It's like someone saying that I'm prejudiced against the Japanese because J-pop makes my brain hurt. (I'll amend that to say "all of the J-pop that I've heard" makes my brain hurt.)

In other news, only related because it's about music... Archive is releasing a new album this month!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *squeaks*
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So I read this story.... http://www.sj-r.com/sections/news/stories/85174.asp (no registration to read it)

And I wrote this letter in response. It's a little snarky, but you get the point. I got an email back saying they were going to use it.


I've found John Reynolds's article, "Playground pentagram to go"
to be rather disturbing. It seems that many people are afraid that having a
five-pinted star on their playground is going to draw "evil occultists" to
the spot. I wonder, is Leland Rhodes so worried about having fifty of the
same type of star on the American flag? What about forty-eight of them on
the presidential seal? And the (uh-oh!) thirteen arrows, and thirteen-leaved
olive branch? And let's not forget all of the Masonic symbolism on US
currency. Should we do away with that too? Did you know that some of the
streets in Washington, DC are laid out to form a pentagram? Let's remove the
stars from the flag, and change the seal, let's remove all of the evil
symbolism from our money and rerout the streets of our country's capital!

But did you as know that the pentagram was once used as a Christian symbol
to signify the five wounds of Christ? It is still found adorning many of the
older churches in Europe. It was abandoned when people started assigning
sinister meaning to its inverted form.

A five-pointed star...or any other star for that matter..is nothing more
than a star until someone assigns more meaning to it. As one who practices
one such religion that is often labeled "occultic", I think it's fairly safe
to say that these people who are in such a tizzy over the star care about it
far more than any of the occultists that they are so afraid of.

Besides, everyne knows that occultists practice in secret, hidden lairs,
right?
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http://www.sovo.com/2006/3-31/news/localnews/antigay.cfm

There's not registration to read. If there was, I'd say don't bother. I can't even call it worth my while to offer intelligent criticism.

This is the first line of the article:

"Married black women who do not have regular sex with their husbands are to blame for the "down low" and the rise of HIV infection among African Americans."

And continues shortly after...

"The marital duty is not being fulfilled," Pleasant said. "Why are we with you women? Just think about it…we have a strong sex drive. You need to do your part and keep the marriage bed pure. Whenever your husband wants sex it is your duty to say yes."


I'm going to go and get coffee or something now.

edit: And then there's this line....

In exchange for black churches focusing on defeating marriage for same-sex couples, the churches will receive money through the government’s faith-based initiative programs, the paper reported.

Ummm.....my tax dollars best NOT be gong to this whack-job.
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...the bizarro disco-porn soundtrack music playing on hold right now.

Seriously. It's like a cross between disco and porn soundrtrack.
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Many evangelicals unwittingly live as feminists, Moore says

“Evangelicals maintain headship in the sphere of ideas, but practical decisions are made in most evangelical homes through a process of negotiation, mutual submission, and consensus,” Moore said.

He says this like it's a bad thing...?


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