Dan's Blog – October 2009 Archive (13)

Religious life won't be the same.

NEW YORK - Organized religion was already in trouble before fall 2008. Denominations were stagnating or shrinking, and congregations across faith groups were fretting about their finances.

The "Great Recession" made things worse.

It's further drained the financial resources of many congregations, seminaries and religious day schools. Some congregations have disappeared and schools have been closed. In areas hit hardest by the… Continue

Added by Dan on October 31, 2009 at 11:32am — 2 Comments

Larry David Blasted for 'Curb' Episode Where He Urinates on Jesus Painting

Comedian Larry David is under attack from critics who say he pushed the mocking of religion and Christian belief in miracles over the edge in the latest episode of his HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which the cable network defended as "playful."

On the show's most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying.

Deal Hudson, author and… Continue

Added by Dan on October 29, 2009 at 12:24pm — 3 Comments

Langley man loses testicle after random, vicious kick by woman

Men walking about in Langley should be wary after a woman viciously kicked a man in the groin, causing him to lose a testicle.

“I just want to know what her problem is,” Anthony Clark, 22, told The Province Tuesday. “People like her shouldn’t be on the streets.”

Clark was walking along 200th Avenue in the Brookswood area of Langley one afternoon in early September when he passed his assailant on the sidewalk.

“I was looking down and then I… Continue

Added by Dan on October 29, 2009 at 12:10pm — 2 Comments

Man says Home Depot fired him over God button

WEST PALM BEACH - A former cashier for The Home Depot who has been wearing a "One nation under God" button on his work apron for more than a year has been fired, he says because of the religious reference. The company claims that expressing such personal beliefs is simply not allowed.

"I've worn it for well over a year and I support my country and God," Trevor Keezor said Tuesday. "I was just doing what I think every American should do, just love my… Continue

Added by Dan on October 29, 2009 at 12:05pm — 9 Comments

Further Proof Walmart will take over the world...

Try it, goto walmart.com and type "casket" into the search box. ~Dan

Wal-Mart Now Selling Caskets, Urns on Its Web Site.

MILWAUKEE | The world's largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die.

Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets.

The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets… Continue

Added by Dan on October 28, 2009 at 11:28pm — 4 Comments

Church of Scientology convicted of fraud in France

PARIS - A Paris court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud and fined it more than 600,000 euro ($900,000) today but stopped short of banning the group as prosecutors had demanded.

The group's French branch immediately announced it would appeal the verdict.

The court convicted the Church of Scientology's French office, its library and six of its leaders of organized fraud. Investigators said the group pressured members into paying large sums of money for… Continue

Added by Dan on October 27, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Russian pupils to have choice of religion, ethics

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced a pilot project Tuesday that will require schoolchildren to take classes in religion or secular ethics.

The proposal is part of a Kremlin effort to teach young Russians morals in the wake of a turbulent period of uncertainty following the collapse of the officially atheist Soviet Union.

Medvedev said preteen students at about 12,000 schools in 18 Russian regions would take the… Continue

Added by Dan on October 27, 2009 at 12:45am — No Comments

How to choose a religion: the flow chart

Added by Dan on October 27, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Galileo Exhibit.... At the vatican?!

Rudimentary telescopes, celestial globes and original manuscripts by Galileo are going on view at the Vatican Museums as part of an exhibit marking the 400th anniversary of the astronomer's first celestial observations.

"Astrum 2009: Astronomy and Instruments" traces the history of astronomy through its tools, from a 3rd century A.D. globe of the zodiac to the increasingly complicated telescopes used in more recent times to gaze at the… Continue

Added by Dan on October 27, 2009 at 12:16am — 2 Comments

Bank that was supposed to be protected by God deemed a "failure"

Riverview Community Bank, an Otsego firm that attracted national media attention several years ago for espousing prayer in the workplace, has been shut down by state regulators.

The six-year-old bank, which has $108 million in assets and branches in Otsego and Anoka, was an aggressive real estate lender, once boasting the fourth-highest concentration of real estate loans-to-capital among community banks in the state. The bank was hard hit by the wave of foreclosures that began… Continue

Added by Dan on October 26, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe

The internet has matured into a world of its own, and like the real world, it obeys certain immutable laws. Here are 10 of the most important.

The Shepard Fairey Barack Obama image with added swastika and Hitler moustache. Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe
Godwin's Law in action


Any internet user will know that the web, like the outside world (or “meatspace”), follows certain…


Added by Dan on October 23, 2009 at 7:13pm — 2 Comments

Was teen's death the result of an exorcism?

CENTREVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Court records show that Fairfax County Police are conducting a murder investigation to determine whether a Korean-American teenager died last year from injuries sustained in a religious ritual or exorcism.

18-year-old Rayoung Kim of Centreville died in July 2008 of blunt force trauma, according to medical examiners, and her death was ruled a homicide.

According to an affidavit, Kim's brother told police that family members had… Continue

Added by Dan on October 23, 2009 at 6:41pm — 6 Comments

Atheists offer to care for pets left behind by rapture

ALSTEAD, N.H. (AP) -- Christians who believe they'll vanish from Earth in the rapture can now hire a company to care for their pets.

For $110, Eternal Earth-Bound Pets offers a 10-year contract guaranteeing that an atheist will adopt the pet that's left behind by its raptured owner. Additional pets can be covered for $15.

The company's owner, Bart Centre, says his pet rescuers definitely won't be raptured because they've all blasphemed the Holy Spirit in… Continue

Added by Dan on October 22, 2009 at 8:47pm — 11 Comments

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