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December 5, 2011

Words fail me

Last night, Red Wolf forwarded me a link to an article. I have spent much of the intervening time wondering what on earth I could say about it, but I could only detract from the sheer amazement at reading this piece for the first time. So, without further comment, Awesome New UFO Theory: Approaching Comet is Really a Borg Cube From Jesus.

April 19, 2011

Pratlets for 19th April 2011

June 11, 2010

The World of Religion

Mister Sharp explains:

November 22, 2009

Missing the point

Italian designer Eliana Lorena has put on a special exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Barbie doll. It features Barbies dressed in costumes from all over the world, including the Japanese kimono, Indian saris and various African outfits. The dolls will be sold in a charity auction after the exhibition. So, which get-up do you think the press is all in a tizzy about? Let the Daily Mail explain:

One of the world's most famous children's toys, Barbie, has been given a makeover - wearing a burkha.

Wearing the traditional Islamic dress, the iconic doll is going undercover for a charity auction in connection with Sotheby's for Save The Children.

The Mail is sensible compared to some fora, though. Indeed, Phyllis Chesler at Pajamas Media appears to have not read the press release and news articles and seems convinced that the artwork is some kind of commercial product. One of which she does not approve. And strangely, Chesler is a feminist, not some kind of fundie bampot, though the language is similar:

Save the Children? Surely, you must be jesting. I would like to save the children from this as well as from every other Barbie doll. (Yes, I know Barbie has diversified and now comes in every color and profession). But naked, even Doctor Barbie is still a pagan goddess or fertility figure but one with absolutely no relationship to female biology or reality....

These dolls were so retro--or so I always thought. Well, shut my mouth, those were the good old days of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. Now, Barbie is swathed, shrouded, in a burqa; now, she is even more hopelessly retro.

Strange, I've always thought of pagan fertility symbols looking more like:
Venus of Willendorf than Barbie. There then follows a call to boycott the "product", and a quote from the National Organisation of Women, who have also failed to notice that the doll is an artwork, from which Mattel will not profit, and not a product:

Mattel should be ashamed. Making a profit by selling a doll that is clearly wearing a symbol of violence is not acceptable and there should be a public outcry to take this doll off the market.

It's Barbie in a burkha: World-famous doll gets a makeover to go under the hammer for 50th anniversaryDaily Mail, 21st November 2009; Boycott Burqa BarbieChesler Chronicles, 21st November 2009.

May 28, 2009

Prattle sweep time again!

United Kingdom: How long before the superstitionists complain about this? I'm going for before the programme is even broadcast.

EastEnders is to tackle one of the last taboos left in soap, with a storyline featuring a Muslim character embarking on a gay love affair.

MediaGuardian.co.uk can reveal that the plot, which will hit screens in mid-June, will see Syed Masood, a Muslim property developer with a girlfriend who arrived in Albert Square six weeks ago, fall for openly gay Christian Clarke. The pair will share an on-screen kiss.

The BBC has billed the storyline as a traditional love affair, albeit with a modern multicultural twist.

Extra bonus points if the Daily Mail declares this to be explicit gay sex, or similar.

EastEnders: Muslim character to have gay love affairThe Guardian, 28th May 2009.

December 31, 2008

Arise Sir Pterry.

Ankh-MorporkUnited Kingdom: Terry Pratchett has been knighted in the New Year's Honours.

Pratchett leads showbiz honoursBBC News, 31st December 2008.

September 12, 2008

Satanic game of the day

Apparently, the game Spore is evil, but not because of the intrusive DRM that punishes legitimate purchasers of the game. It's because it's part of a War on Creationism! The creator of the site explains where she got her insanity - it's hereditary.

(via hahathor)

March 26, 2008

Bargain of the Day: Good stuff, for a change.

Englandshire: Dr. Who fans could find themselves a bargain as the memorabilia collection of Simon White goes on sale after he swapped science fiction for fantasy.

The collection, which Mr White estimates is worth nearly £7,000, was built up over a number of years but is to be cast aside because of his religious beliefs.

Dr Who and his materialistic obsession with it represents the greatest lie that Satan ever told according to Mr White...

He said: God delivered me from the evil that is Dr Who.

Don't offer too much now. We wouldn't want to reward him for his sinfulness now, would we?

Dr Who Tardis on sale on eBayWiltshire Times and Chippenham News, 21st March 2008.

January 14, 2008

More shorts

  • Hello Kitty Jesus tattoo. Yes, you read that right. Hello Kitty Jesus Tattoo = ScaryTokyomango, January 2008.
  • England: Another "Christian" claims it is discriminatory to expect her to do the job she's paid to do. Registrar threatens legal action against council over civil partnershipsEkklesia, 13th January 2008.
  • Australia: Politician behaves differently before and after election: The shadowy Exclusive Brethren religious sect has been guaranteed another $10 million in taxpayer funding for its school campuses, despite being branded an "extremist cult" which "breaks up families" by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd before the election. EXCLUSIVE: Labor backflip on BrethrenLiveNews, 14th January 2008.
  • Australia: A man who believed he had supernatural sexual powers killed his partner's best friend after encouraging her to sleep with him to exorcise her demons. Killer said sex would 'exorcise demons'Sydney Morning Herald, 14th January 2008 (via Red Wolf).
  • Cthulhu BalloonNeatorama, January 2008.
  • Wales: Naughty vicar story! A Church-in-Wales vicar has been questioned by Dyfed-Powys Police for offences relating to indecent images of children. Vicar arrest over indecent imagesBBC News, 14th January 2008.

November 27, 2007

An animated mass debate

Scotland: BloodSpell is a work of machinima—a computer animation made using video games. It's fantasy, and, as you might expect, there are some people out there who have difficulty understanding the meaning of that word. Such people base their lives on a very early example of the genre, and are unable to differentiate between fantasy and real life. And so it was that someone styling themselves The Enemy turned up in a forum dedicated to the production. He didn't enjoy it.

While the technique of Machinima to make such a film is both novel and well done given the limitations of the craft, the film itself wasn't worth the 1.5 hours to sit through. I can't imagine anyone being so captivated by this disgusting idea that they'd surrender 3 YEARS of their life to make it into a movie.

And what did he find disgusting about it? Well, it seems that the fantasy world it's set in isn't one that obeys the rules of one of the characters in his favourite fantasy book. He presents us with a list of objections (all religious)

1) Worship of angels - Forbidden in the real Scriptures.
2) Human sacrifice to angels - At no time throughout the Scripture is a human blood sacrifice ever encouraged or commanded.
3) Alligance with demons - Summoning demonic spirits may make for an interesting game to allow for all kinds of digital carnage and outlandish artwork, but playing with Satan's host is no laughing matter.
4) Demonic fight against the angel - Of course, with a volutary human blood sacrifice used to kill the angel which demanded both blood and worship, I'm at a loss as to whether the angel wasn't actually a Satanic figure himself who "appears as an angel of light". Lucifer means "star of the dawn".
5) Anti-Catholic - While no doubt that y'all have more reason to resent the Catholic church than us in the States, and, no doubt, they're guilty of the past and present crimes that they've committed, this film is hardly a truce to the hostilities, is it?
6) Anti-Christian? - However, you didn't attack "Catholics" or "Cardinals" or "priests" or "Popes", did you? You attacked "the church", the attendees of "churches", any moral standard, all bounds of restraint, and everyone who holds to such a standard.

He then complains further, in an utterly non-bigoted way, and attacking no-one at all:

Why is it that you can't bash homos or spicks or niggers or wetbacks, but you can bash a Christian who's just trying to live their own lives in peace with their God? Instead, you make a film that calls all people who worship anything other than themselves, their own lusts, and their own power the enemy.

September 24, 2007

Hello Kitty worship

Hello Kitty shrine at Puroland, near TokyoJapan: This photograph shows a Shinto shrine to be found at Puroland, Sanrio's indoor theme park at Tama New Town, near Tokyo. It's the type of portable shrine that can be seen being paraded around towns during festivals. This one enshrines a very special goddess—Hello Kitty herself.

This shrine is not the only religious experience to be had at Puroland. The centrepiece of the establishment is the enormous Wisdom Tree. A path winds up the tree, alongside which are small shrines and altars to the various Sanrio characters. At the very top, you go inside the tree and encounter yet another shirine. This one is Hello Kitty's Bell of Happiness. There appears to be no source of water for ritual purification (maybe nothing is impure once it has entered Kitty's domain?) but, apart from that, the ritual is the same as at any other Shinto shrine. You approach the altar, and ring the bell, bow a couple of times, then clap your hands twice, then bow again. There is no collecting box in front of the altar but, as at many other Shinto shrines, you can buy an ema - a special card - on which you write your wish and hang up on a special frame located nearby.

September 12, 2007

Bampot or pisstake - you decide!

Sometimes its hard to tell the real barking mad fundie bampots from those who are taking the piss out of them, and Christians AGAINST Cartoons is one of those sites where I'm not sure which it is. I mean, look at this extract from the home page:

MTV2 has opened a new front in the assault against American Christian values last month with their new Sickomation stable of animated programming. In MTV’s attempt to mimic Cartoon Network’s homosexuality inducing Adult Swim, the music network has sunken to even more deplorable depths of depravity than the cartoon provider.

Although it would be easy to focus on the extreme violence of Sickomation's Celebrity Death Match, the show Where My Dogs At? is even more disturbing to the devout. Although the secular humanists who produce this show claim to be satirizing or parodying Hollywood hedonism (satire being the justification for all types of blasphemy), they are, in actually, embracing and propagating the worship of so many false idols with every revolting frame. Also, by having two stray dogs as the show's main characters, the show is, in fact, celebrating those who have strayed...FROM CHRIST!

Nope, still can't tell. Let's look at some more. I'm in Japan, so the section entitled Hello Kitty or Hello Anubis???? is obviously appropriate. It starts off as an agony aunt type letter, a woman whose neighbour has told her Hello Kitty is bad for her daughter's soul, and she is wondering why.

It is by no mere coincidence that Hello Kitty herself resembles the cat-headed Sekhmet, the Egyptian sun goddess of destruction! There are also strong resemblances between Hello Kitty and the Lower Nile love goddess Bast. Often cats and cat idols were entombed in the burial chambers of the Pharaohs for the cat had a deep mystical significance to these pagan slave drivers.

Permitting your child to lie in a bed covered in Hello Kitty dolls, you are allowing her to lie in a mock Egyptian burial chamber! This seemingly harmless fascination with these dolls can lead your child down the path of the occult. The so-called goth teens who paint their faces to resemble corpses and worship death are also often seen with Hello Kitty memorabilia and stickers incongruously affixed to their usually black attire. This is because these poor, misguided youngsters who have given their eternal souls over to the darkness, know the masked meaning of these cuddly idols. The Hello Kitty, the ChocoCat, The Badtz Maru are just sugar coated stand-ins for Sekhmet, the Anubis and Ra. These are the same gods that The Lord cast down into the sulfur pit of hell and made into demons! Their power, which allowed Ramses to turn his staff into a serpent, cannot be underestimated today.

There are enough inaccuracies here to push me gently towards the bampot side of the fence, what with Sekhmet being a lioness (not a cat, like Hello Kitty), Anubis being a jackal (a dog, not a cat, like Chococat) and Bad Badtz Maru being a penguin, which definitely doesn't fit into ancient Egyptian mythology! But maybe this is all part of the pisstake?

So, Christians AGAINST Cartoons - loony, fundie bampots or someone taking the piss out of loony fundie bampots? Can you tell?

For more on the occult evils of Hello Kitty, see Hello Kitty is the GoddessPrattle, 22nd July 2004.

July 28, 2007

Some telly programme

It seems that one of the new contestants on Big Brother is neopagan, and he must be serious. How do we know? Well, Kevin Carlyon couldn't miss an opportunity for self-publicity, could he? The self-appointed King claimed the contestant was a fraud:

High Priest of Loch Ness Kevin Carlyon told the Record: "This joker contacted me about a month ago, begging for a crash course in witchcraft to help him win a contest.

Yes, the Englishman, who lives on the south coast of England, is calling himself "High Priest of Loch Ness" these days! There again, even treating Carlyon's exposé as the bollocks it almost certainly is, the contestant seems to be a few bristles short of a broomstick.

BIG BROTHER new boy David Parnaby last night claimed he is a real-life wizard... just like Harry Potter.

The first Scottish contestant of this series works as a fashion store manager but claims to be a practising pagan who loves dressing up and putting nettles in his bedroom for spells.

Without photos it's impossible to tell, but Parnaby might be a bit of a goth -- he apparently turned up at the Big Brother house wearing a black kilt and heavy eye make-up.

NEW BIG BRO CONTESTANT IS JUST LIKE HARRY POTTERThe Daily Record, 28th July 2007.

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