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  1. More "Christians" in action. And this, of course, is Agent Orange's buddy Vlad's favorite church.
  2. Just saw this interesting posting You can boil the reasons down to it basically being that men who buy into the patriarchy bullshit don't have fulfilling lives and relationships with others, especially their spouses.
  3. Bad Christian Movies

    So I've seen that there are a few threads for specific movies, but I haven't found a general thread for religious movies so I decided to create one The title says "bad" Christian movies, but that's of course always subjective. I think there are a lot of Christian movies out there that are worth discussing or that deserve some snark Feel free to share reviews and trailers and your experiencing watching these movies. I recently watched the Christian version of High School Musical, called Sunday School Musical and even though I expected it to be bad, it turned out to be even worse. If you though that the music in HSM was too simple and cheesy... lullabies are more exciting than the soundtrack of this movie and it's also a very cheep production.
  4. There's this documentary series on Barcroft TV (YouTube) where this guy goes around the world looking to meet people of "human extreme". In this episode, he simply set out to find people who've had lots and lots of children (10+), but quickly found himself in over his head when he uncovered their motivations. Most of them are the epitome of quiverfull with a capital "Q", and what's striking is that it proves to be an international phenomenon. For fair warning, it gets kinda sad/creepy. Watch the above or go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Fm2WGL4bo
  5. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/uncovering-problem-forced-marriage-u-s/ I got this link in my facebook feed a few days ago. It was harrowing to watch. Ms. Van Harn mentions growing up in a fundie sect in Michigan, but the name of it is never mentioned. Anyone know what particular branch it is? It also mentions ultra-orthodox Jews.
  6. first it was gays now atheists. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/07/kentucky-judge-refuses-to-marry-atheists/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link
  7. I want to start a respectful discussion. Recently, tragedy has struck two families who are very dear to me. They all happen to be Christian, as well as most others in their circles. So of course, there's lots of praying going on and "crying out to God," etc. I don't really know what I believe after being raised Christian, but I guess I am wondering how this works for those who find comfort in praying, or knowing that something horrible was "God's plan?" Please know that I don't want to start this conversation to tell anyone how they should handle tragedy, or to make fun of the way many Christians cope. I just want to understand. Even when I was a solid Christian, all of the "God stuff" felt empty and forced to me, in the face of tragedy.
  8. This discussion is open to anyone, but I'm particularly interested in what Christians on FJ have to say on the subject. I was raised Christian. I am not sure what I believe right now, but FJ has really helped me explore. I was taught that during the "end times" certain things would happen. One sign of "the end times" would be that one day everyone would be required have The Mark of The Beast (or something like that), and that Christians had to refuse, lest they/we burn in hell, or aren't included in the rapture. I know people have their pets micro chipped, which I think, is a great idea. I've seen some articles about the future of micro chips in children, and "DON'T DO IT!11!! It's of the devil, etc." Here's an article with many Facebook comments about The Mark of the Beast: http://www.oregonlive.com/kiddo/index.ssf/2016/05/microchipping_your_children_co.html What are your thoughts and beliefs on this?
  9. http://www.thecoconet.tv/cocoblog/national-council-of-churches-call-to-ban/ The National Council of Churches (N.C.C) has welcomed Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi’s call to review the religious freedom provisions of the Constitution, Radio New Zealand has reported. Source: Samoa Observer Tuilaepa had indicated last week that the country's supreme law could be changed to recognise Christian principles and teachings, not just in the preamble. But the Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches, Reverend Ma'auga Motu, said he would go a step further and ban the religion of Islam, saying it poses a threat to the country. "We are not going too far, no," Reverend Motu is quoted as saying. "We are still wanting our own people to be prevented from this kind of influence, even though there are so many people who are good people but still there are some dangerous people among them who might come and threaten our peace." The Constitution protects the right to practice any religion but doesn't rule out the establishment of an official state religion. There is a small muslim population in Samoa that gathers at a mosque and there is the Samoa Muslim League based near Apia. Yesterday, the Pacific Conference of Churches (P.C.C) says dialoguing with other religions was a key resolution at its most recent assembly General Secretary of the P.C.C, the region's grouping of Christian denominations, Reverend Francois Pihaatae, argued that the focus needs to be on dialogue. "To create first that space where everybody can come in and discuss and dialogue," he said. "But they have the right to do the decision but before that we have to first look at what our faith, as Christians, is telling us." Francois Pihaatae said where he lived in Fiji, there were many Muslims who were peaceful contributors to the country.
  10. Outdaughtered

    Anyone have more information on this family? From their posts they appear conservative Christian. Anyone? Anyone?
  11. not sure how you can email your a Christian when refusing such a thing. of course he said if he knew she was disabled he would have babysat her. Sorry charlie you did to impress god with that stunt and why would anyone want to sit with you and see how christian you are? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tow-truck-driver-refuses-to-help-bernie-supporter_us_572a75b4e4b096e9f090403f
  12. as far as I can tell this guy wants to get a real counseling license but push his faith into his counseling. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/05/03/missouri-state-booted-student-from-counseling-program-over-christian-beliefs-says-lawsuit.html?ICID=ref_fark
  13. http://babylonbee.com/ is a satirical site poking gentle fun at various aspects of Christian culture. It's pretty funny. Horrifying Creature Born Of Melted Secular CDs Rises From Camp Bonfire, Almighty Scrambles To Throw Together Apocalypse Before Next Blood Moon, Landscaper Accidentally Trims Church’s Hedge Of Protection, Men’s ‘Wild At Heart’ Study Group Gets Hopelessly Lost In Lightly-Wooded Area Behind Church, Al Mohler Offline for Scheduled Maintenance, Hip Pastor Definitely Not Preaching, Just Sittin’ On This Stool Chattin’... and my most favorite:
  14. God's Not Dead (the sequel)

    Yes folks, you read that right! There's a sequel, and it was released in theatres today! Check out the trailer to this fabulous film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxz-Y-c2UUc I wish this were an April Fool's joke...
  15. Nameste yoga gets banned from a GA school becausue parents think it is un-Christian. They need to get over themselves. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/03/24/school-bans-namaste-apologizes-yoga/82237318/
  16. I don't feel like this is exactly the right place to ask, but I literally cannot find anywhere else to do so! So I finally have a chance at uni to incorporate my interest in fundies into my study of criminology. I'm taking a class on deviance and I've chosen to use fundies as an example of people violating societal norms. I have tons of resources in terms of books written by both ex-fundies and current fundies (such as No Longer Quivering or TTUaC), as well as blogs that I can directly quote. I've also found quite a lot of stuff in my sociology texts that pertains to the behaviour of extreme religious groups. I have a solid foundation. What I would really like, though, are peer-reviewed papers on Christian fundamentalists. It's not too hard to find papers on religious extremists in general, but I'd really like to find some solid papers on Christian fundamentalists in particular for reference. I'm looking for papers that examine the behaviour (and in particular, the expectations of behaviour) of fundies from a sociological, anthropological or a psychological perspective. I want to make it clear I am not asking for anyone to do my research for me! I just know people here are far more knowledgeable on the subject than I am and I'm hoping some of you guys might know of some books or papers on the subject you could mention by name that I could research independently. I haven't found anything that's especially helpful yet, and I'm hoping some academics/ex-fundies here might have access to some papers or studies that I can look into obtaining. I really hope this doesn't come across as me wanting other people to find work for me, my resources are just a bit limited and if I know the title of some studies or papers I can always ask my professor with help in actually obtaining them.
  17. This just popped up on my FB

    "There is Deliverance and Hope for Muslims through accepting Jesus Christ our Lord!" I am a Christian.... but my mission in life has never been to convert anyone. They have their deity, I have mine. Can't we just leave it at that?!
  18. Apparently, a story about a Chik-fil-a manager giving a hungry man a sandwich in exchange for being allowed to pray over has been making the rounds. This is the perfect response. http://www.lovewinsministries.org/2016/01/spiritual-molestation/
  19. Country Victorian

    I searched the archives here and didn't find much in the way of references to her other than her connections to "Lady Lydia". http://countryvictorian.blogspot.com/ I actually knew her over 20 years ago. About twelve years ago, I attempted intelligent conversation with her and she had no interest in it (or any capacity to do anything but spout the same nonsense she thinks comes from the Bible). Eventually all she had left was "I knew your mother and she would be so ashamed of you" and banned me from any further interaction. For best results, turn her site into a drinking game. Take a drink every time she refers to being a "Titus Two" woman (and I guarantee the entire reading experience will become much more entertaining quickly). Double shot if you come across any reference to "Modest Tea". Apparently her idea of Victorianism is far different from the historical reality. For example, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2602779/The-Victorian-Joy-Sex-Prudish-Far-it.html
  20. I found this article the other day, but haven't seen it mentioned on FJ yet. http://www.hindustantimes.com/noida/greater-noida-shelter-kids-starved-forcibly-converted-to-christianity/story-msJFyEoZaffHcjNHA3I3UM.html It is like a Christian version of Slumdog Millionaire. In order to solicit donations, kids are being kidnapped (by conning their parents) and forced to perform repeating bible verses for wealthy patrons. I doubt that the kids were actually converted to Christianity though, given their experiences.
  21. well I guess you need to be fired for telling the ugly truth. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wheaton-college-christianity-islam_568cffdfe4b0a2b6fb6de759
  22. It is a book, you can buy it on Amazon, it outlines and lists the names of Preachers caught up in sex scandals child explotation and MANY are still involved in churches. Someone please explain to me how Religion(s) who spend so much time making sure that their children are kept pure and safe from anything harmful (like say a woman's knees) are allowing people like this to still be involved in their spiritual community. Why no outrage, where are the pitchforks to run these monsters out of town. "Thanks to Jeri Massi for this powerful contribution to documenting Baptists' unholy patterns of do-nothingness with respect to child-molesting ministers. Sadly, the stories in Massi's book are not outliers or "bad apples." With its methodical organization, Massi's book unites the stories so as to illuminate the institutionally entrenched denial that allows clergy child molesters to move so easily through the porous sieve of Baptist churches. And lest you delude yourself into thinking the kids are safe now that the perpetrators are named in a book, realize that, although it's a "big book," it presents only a small time-slice of cases that, for the most part, involved criminal charges and convictions. Since experts generally agree that less than ten percent of child molesters wind up in the criminal justice system, this means that the stories in Massi's book are just the tip of the iceberg. But unlike other major faith groups, most Baptist groups have shown themselves content to simply ignore the rest of the iceberg because, as Massi points out, they have refused to keep any sort of systematic denominational records on abuse reports against Baptist clergy. Since Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the land, this institutional failure leaves many thousands of kids at undue risk for the soul-searing harm of clergy sex abuse." Another good write up about it here: http://brucegerencser.net/2015/12/the-big-book-of-bad-baptist-preachers-by-jeri-massi/ The book is here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Book-Baptist-Preachers/dp/1518883664/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8
  23. Portland Oregon parents have apparently given their daughter with a neurodegenerative disorder the option of going to the hospital or heaven should she get sick again. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/10/27/oregon-family-lets-dying-5-year-old-daughter-decide-heaven-or-hospital/
  24. Buzzfeed has posted an article exposing the abusive practices of a group called "Jesus People USA" Some of you may have seen some of my rants on here about the Jehovah's Witnesses, a cult that has been responsible for covering up countless cases of child sex abuse in their congregations. Disgustingly, it looks like the Jesus People are yet another culty group that is doing that sort of thing: I am so fucking sick of these cults using their control over people to sexually abuse their members. I think America needs to wise up and stop letting religion be a haven for abusers. A lot of these culty groups will punish any dissenters with shunning to keep them in line. People who have started to question the group truly have to be strong enough to walk away from EVERYONE they love.
  25. When I was a [fundie] kid the Lutheran church was considered pretty liberal. Liberal enough, at any rate, that us AoG and Baptist kids were not allowed to date Lutherans.Now it seems the Missouri Synod at least has taken a definite swing to the right, to the point where a professor of theology at an independent Lutheran school, Valparaiso University in Indiana, was excommunicated recently. sojo.net/articles/outspoken-theologian-ousted-lutheran-church-missouri-synod