Posts tagged ‘religion’

February 26, 2015

Poll: 57% of Republicans Support Designating the U.S. to be a “Christian Nation;” 49% Don’t Believe In Evolution

by Ben Hoffman

This is what we’re up against…


November 9, 2014

Morals vs. Religion

by Ben Hoffman

Morals are doing what right regardless of what everyone says. Religion is doing what everyone says regardless of what is right.

November 5, 2014

Cop killer Eric Frein is a religious conservative. Who’ve guessed?

by Ben Hoffman

Typical conservative

Typical conservative

Frein had high powered weapons and the Bible in his hideout. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

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November 4, 2014

Nearly 1/3 of conservatives in Louisiana blame Obama for the Hurricane Katrina fiasco

by Ben Hoffman

propaganda-IIAh, the power of propaganda.

A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office.

29% of Louisiana Republicans said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren’t sure who to blame. Only 28% said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response.

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An informed populace is the GOP’s worst nightmare. Studies show over and over that the more education a person has, the more likely that person is to be a Democrat. And the more religious a person is, the more likely that person is to be a Republican.

November 3, 2014

Fascist New Hampshire GOP Chairman tells conservatives to drown Democrats

by Ben Hoffman
jennifer horn

New Hampshire GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn

MANCHESTER – A few hours after Hillary Clinton energized Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s election, about 400 Republicans cheered on the top of their ticket, linking all of their opponents to President Obama.

There were no out of state, national Republicans on hand but that seemed not to matter to the group at Wiggins Airways at the Manchester Airport, who greeted Scott Brown, Walt Havenstein, Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia as they arrived on the NHGOP “Victory Bus,” which pulled directly into the huge hangar.

The featured speakers were familiar – of the same name.

Former Gov. John H. Sununu said Democrats should be “embarrassed of their President who has failed America, who has screwed America, and we have to make a change.

“Think of how disgraceful it is to have a disgrace in the White House,” Sununu said.

Yeah, after Bush allowed us to be attacked in 2001, let Osama Bin Laden get away when he was cornered, invaded Afghanistan and fought that war with unprecedented ineptitude, lied us into war in Iraq, fought that war with equal ineptitude, wasted four trillion dollars on the two wars, nearly totally destroyed our economy, tripled the national debt, and created the largest deficit in U.S. history… and those are just the biggies, but Obama is a disgrace because one person has died from Ebola.

New Hampshire GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn had tough words.

Insisting “this is our moment,” Horn said, “A wave just doesn’t happen. Waves happen when every single member of a cause or a movement come together.
“This is our time, we need to crush it and push their heads under over and over and over again until they cannot breathe anymore,” said Horn.

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The GOP is a full-blown fascist party.

November 1, 2014

The dregs of society serve when it’s an all volunteer military

by Ben Hoffman
How could this possibly be offensive?

How could this possibly be offensive?

A U.S. Army soldier thought depicting the lynching of a black family would be funny. That’s the family values of religious conservatives today — brainwashed by right-wing media and rotten to the core. You can bet the family shows up in church Sunday morning with a “holier-than-thou” attitude.

They’ve been forced to take down the Halloween display.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Officials have confirmed that an offensive Halloween display at a Fort Campbell residence has been removed.

A reader sent a photo of the display, which shows what appears to be a black family hanging from a tree in a yard on Litwin St.

The child in the display has a knife in its back and one of the figures holds a sign that is not legible in the photo.

Fort Campbell Public Affairs said they are aware of the display and have since had it taken down from the yard.

Brendalyn Carpenter with Public Affairs said they received a report of a Halloween decoration that was “offensive in nature” and contacted authorities to investigate. The occupant was informed of the concerns made by the community and removed the display.

Carpenter said it was her understanding that the display was not intended to be offensive, but authorities deemed it could be interpreted as such. She said the occupant did extend an apology about the decorations.

“Displays of an offensive nature are not reflective of Army values and the family-friendly environment provided for employees and residents of the Fort Campbell community,” Carpenter said.

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October 26, 2014

Man breaks all 10 commandments in one act

by Ben Hoffman
ten commandments

Broken commandments

(Reuters) – A man was taken into custody on Friday on suspicion of knocking over a Ten Commandments monument with a car on the grounds of the Oklahoma statehouse and then fleeing the scene, law enforcement officials said on Friday.

The U.S. Secret Service detained the man, who has not been identified, after he was alleged to have made threatening statements at a federal building in Oklahoma City. The man told agents he urinated on the monument and ran it over with a car, said David Allison, the assistant special agent in charge.

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The Ten Commandments Monument violates the 1st Amendment because it is on public land, which is paid for by taxpayers. By destroying the monument, the man stopped the perpetration of a crime and is a hero.

October 15, 2014

Christian fascism cost California taxpayers $2Million

by Ben Hoffman

ChristianFascismPrisoner-eIf there’s one thing conservatives are good at, it’s wasting taxpayer dollars. $4 trillion for the two wars. $24 billion for the government shutdown. Trillions more for wasteful defense spending.

Here’s another $2 million wasted.

A California atheist has won a settlement of nearly $2 million after being sent to jail on a parole violation for objections he made about participating in a faith-based rehab program.

Barry A. Hazle Jr., 46, served time for a conviction of methamphetamine possession in 2007. As a condition of his parole, he was enrolled in a drug treatment program where participants were required to acknowledge a “higher power,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Hazle complained and asked for a different treatment program, but was told the only option in his area was the faith-based, Westcare 12-step program, according to the Record Searchlight.

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April 28, 2011

The Republican War on Science

by Ben Hoffman

There is overwhelming scientific consensus that greenhouse gases emitted by human activity are causing global average temperatures to rise. Conservative think tanks are trying to undermine this conclusion with a disinformation campaign employing “reports” designed to look like a counterbalance to peer-reviewed studies, skeptic propaganda masquerading as journalism, and events like the AEI luncheon that Crichton addressed. The think tanks provide both intellectual cover for those who reject what the best science currently tells us, and ammunition for conservative policymakers like Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, who calls global warming “a hoax.”

This concerted effort reflects the shared convictions of free-market, and thus antiregulatory, conservatives. But there’s another factor at play. In addition to being supported by like-minded individuals and ideologically sympathetic foundations, these groups are funded by ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company. Mother Jones has tallied some 40 ExxonMobil-funded organizations that either have sought to undermine mainstream scientific findings on global climate change or have maintained affiliations with a small group of “skeptic” scientists who continue to do so. Beyond think tanks, the count also includes quasi-journalistic outlets like Tech (a website providing “news, analysis, research, and commentary” that received $95,000 from ExxonMobil in 2003), a columnist, and even religious and civil rights groups. In total, these organizations received more than $8 million between 2000 and 2003 (the last year for which records are available; all figures below are for that range unless otherwise noted). ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Lee Raymond serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees for the AEI, which received $960,000 in funding from ExxonMobil. The AEI-Brookings Institution Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, which officially hosted Crichton, received another $55,000. When asked about the event, the center’s executive director, Robert Hahn—who’s a fellow with the AEI—defended it, saying, “Climate science is a field in which reasonable experts can disagree.” (By contrast, on the day of the event, the Brookings Institution posted a scathing critique of Crichton’s book.)

During the question-and-answer period following his speech, Crichton drew an analogy between believers in global warming and Nazi eugenicists. “Auschwitz exists because of politicized science,” Crichton asserted, to gasps from some in the crowd. There was no acknowledgment that the AEI event was part of an attempt to do just that: politicize science. The audience at hand was certainly full of partisans. Listening attentively was Myron Ebell, a man recently censured by the British House of Commons for “unfounded and insulting criticism of Sir David King, the Government’s Chief Scientist.” Ebell is the global warming and international policy director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which has received a whopping $1,380,000 from ExxonMobil. Sitting in the back of the room was Christopher Horner, the silver-haired counsel to the Cooler Heads Coalition who’s also a CEI senior fellow. Present also was Paul Driessen, a senior fellow with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow ($252,000) and the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise ($40,000 in 2003). Saying he’s “heartened that ExxonMobil and a couple of other groups have stood up and said, ‘this is not science,’” Driessen, who is white, has made it his mission to portray Kyoto-style emissions regulations as an attack on people of color—his recent book is entitled Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death (see “Black Gold?”). Driessen has also written about the role that think tanks can play in helping corporations achieve their objectives. Such outlets “can provide research, present credible independent voices on a host of issues, indirectly influence opinion and political leaders, and promote responsible social and economic agendas,” he advised companies in a 2001 essay published in Capital PR News. “They have extensive networks among scholars, academics, scientists, journalists, community leaders and politicians…. You will be amazed at how much they do with so little.”

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April 18, 2010

Pope Finds Words Of God Boring – Falls Asleep

by Ben Hoffman

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.


In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.


And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”


And when the guy sitting next to the Pope in an equally silly outfit told him to wake up, Pope Benedict XVI flung his arm out and yelled “Heil Hitler!”

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April 18, 2010

Is Andy Rooney Becoming a Buddhist?

by Ben Hoffman

My wife and I usually watch 60 Minutes after dinner on Sunday nights. We don’t watch a whole lot of TV. It seems like 6:00 in the evening is our most typical time to watch something: 60 Minutes on Sundays and The News Hour on weekdays. Other than some sports and specials, we usually just watch movies if we’re going to watch something.

This evening on 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney talked about desires and craving. He said he craved a cookie after his lunch. (Have you ever noticed that Andy Rooney sometimes fills his segment up with some of the most mundane events?) He wished there was a pill he could take to eliminate his cravings.

Talking about craving wouldn’t be of interest by itself, but last week Rooney talked about living in the present. He talked about how sometimes he looked forward to the next month or to something in the future, but he was going to try to just appreciate this month and live more in the present.

Eliminating cravings and living in the present are two main tenets of Buddhism. The Buddha believed that the cause of all suffering is craving and the way to achieve nirvana is by the elimination of craving. Those are the 2nd and 3rd Noble Truths.

Living in the present is also called mindfulness, which is part of the Noble Eightfold Path to eliminate suffering. The Noble Eightfold Path is the Fourth Noble Truth.

As a Buddhist and a Jew (sometimes called a Jubu), I had to do a search to see if Andy is a Buddhist. I couldn’t find any evidence of that, but I did find out that he’s an atheist, which makes me feel somewhat connected to him now. People who don’t believe in the supernatural are a minority in our country, which seems a little weird, but that’s how it is in a lot of countries. Take away belief in the supernatural and you take away a lot of reasons to hate.

Why am I writing about Andy Rooney and Buddhism? Who knows? Have you ever noticed that sometimes something seems like a good idea at the time, but then when you start writing you realize that your time could have been better spent?

December 25, 2009

Russian Mafiya Hacks Santa’s GPS: Gifts Delivered To Jews

by Ben Hoffman

In perhaps their most vile act of sabotage to date, Russian programmers hacked into Santa Claus’ GPS navigation system and altered his delivery list, toggling addresses from false to true. While some of those excluded from delivery were merely those deemed “naughty” (as apposed to nice), the bulk of those whose status was altered were Jews.

As a result of the hacking, 100s of thousands of gifts were mistakenly delivered to the homes of Jews. Jews have been banned from receiving gifts from Santa Claus on Christmas day for centuries. Today’s breach of protocol has shocked the Catholic church especially. At the Pope’s concert at the Vatican last night, a woman, in a fit of panic over the incident, jumped over a barricade and lunged at the Pope, knocking him over. The woman, identified as Susanna Maiolo, had been a Pope fan for several years and was seated in the front row.

The Pope, who is usually calm and composed, lost his temper and hollered “You stupid bitch!” As security wrestled Maiolo away, the Pope kicked her leg, just above the ankle, and threw his cross at her. He then raised his right arm and barked “Heil Hitler!” Quickly composing himself, bystanders claim to have heard him utter “oops” as he placed his fingers over his lips.

This is a breaking story and we’ll have updates as the story unfolds.

December 23, 2009

Was Jesus An Alien From Outer Space?

by Ben Hoffman

The story goes: a star traveled across the sky and came to rest over Bethlehem. On that day, a virgin woman gave birth to baby Jesus.

Could it be that the witnesses to the event mistook the light in the sky for a star, but what they really saw was a flying saucer — a UFO? Could it be that the martians impregnated Mary with a seed from another world and Jesus was the son of an alien? It goes without saying that the martians were here illegally and therefore Jesus was the child of an illegal alien.

The story also claims Jesus rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion. It is very possible that he was never dead but instead was waiting for the mother ship to rescue him from his insane followers. On that third day, Jesus probably gathered his belongings and got aboard the space ship and traveled to perhaps another galaxy.

On Christmas, it could very well be that Christians around the world are celebrating, not a messiah, but an invasion from outer space. Check out this mosaic of Jesus:

What is that thing around his head? It could very well be a parabolic dish antenna that Jesus used to communicate with the mother ship. Check out this photo of Jesus entering the ship:

The photo clearly shows Jesus entering the bow of what appears to be an opening in the space ship.

And then we have the Shroud of Turin, which some believe shows the face of Jesus at the time of his burial:

Shroud of Turin