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Pastor brags about punching ‘dangerously bright’ kid

Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 9:54 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

Yeah, because anyone who isn’t following YOUR god exactly deserves “whatever happens to them” right? Including anything any religious person feels like doing to them.

Reminds me of Paris somehow…

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  1. An admission of assault? Proud of it? Nice.

    I do agree with this flock herder about one thing. Smart is dangerous to his type.

No minimum age for marriage of girls

Posted on January 3rd, 2015 at 12:24 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Saudi Arabia’s religious leader, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Asheikh, has said that he does not plan to restrict the minimum age for marriage for women to 15 years, contravening a recent proposal from the country’s Ministry of Justice.

In an interview with the Al Riyadh, reported by the Saudi Gazette, the Grand Mufti described the marriage of girls below that age as “permissible”.

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  1. Dress-wearing old geezers’ views on sex, marriage, women (or anything else) is defined as “religion”.

  2. If Mohammed did it, it must be OK.

  3. @chas WWMD?

Death of Leelah Alcorn

Posted on December 31st, 2014 at 9:14 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue.

Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in … because I’m transgender. I could go into detail explaining why I feel that way, but this note is probably going to be lengthy enough as it is. To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4. I never knew there was a word for that feeling, nor was it possible for a boy to become a girl, so I never told anyone and I just continued to do traditionally “boyish” things to try to fit in.

When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.

My mom started taking me to a therapist, but would only take me to christian therapists, (who were all very biased) so I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression. I only got more christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.

When I was 16 I realized that my parents would never come around, and that I would have to wait until I was 18 to start any sort of transitioning treatment, which absolutely broke my heart. The longer you wait, the harder it is to transition. I felt hopeless, that I was just going to look like a man in drag for the rest of my life. On my 16th birthday, when I didn’t receive consent from my parents to start transitioning, I cried myself to sleep.

I formed a sort of a “fuck you” attitude towards my parents and came out as gay at school, thinking that maybe if I eased into coming out as trans it would be less of a shock. Although the reaction from my friends was positive, my parents were pissed. They felt like I was attacking their image, and that I was an embarrassment to them. They wanted me to be their perfect little straight christian boy, and that’s obviously not what I wanted.

So they took me out of public school, took away my laptop and phone, and forbid me of getting on any sort of social media, completely isolating me from my friends. This was probably the part of my life when I was the most depressed, and I’m surprised I didn’t kill myself. I was completely alone for 5 months. No friends, no support, no love. Just my parent’s disappointment and the cruelty of loneliness.

At the end of the school year, my parents finally came around and gave me my phone and let me back on social media. I was excited, I finally had my friends back. They were extremely excited to see me and talk to me, but only at first. Eventually they realized they didn’t actually give a shit about me, and I felt even lonelier than I did before. The only friends I thought I had only liked me because they saw me five times a week.

After a summer of having almost no friends plus the weight of having to think about college, save money for moving out, keep my grades up, go to church each week and feel like shit because everyone there is against everything I live for, I have decided I’ve had enough. I’m never going to transition successfully, even when I move out. I’m never going to be happy with the way I look or sound. I’m never going to have enough friends to satisfy me. I’m never going to have enough love to satisfy me. I’m never going to find a man who loves me. I’m never going to be happy. Either I live the rest of my life as a lonely man who wishes he were a woman or I live my life as a lonelier woman who hates herself. There’s no winning. There’s no way out. I’m sad enough already, I don’t need my life to get any worse. People say “it gets better” but that isn’t true in my case. It gets worse. Each day I get worse.

That’s the gist of it, that’s why I feel like killing myself. Sorry if that’s not a good enough reason for you, it’s good enough for me. As for my will, I want 100% of the things that I legally own to be sold and the money (plus my money in the bank) to be given to trans civil rights movements and support groups, I don’t give a shit which one. The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say “that’s fucked up” and fix it. Fix society. Please.


(Leelah) Josh Alcorn

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  1. It does get worse before it gets better. I am very sad that she couldn’t bear it any longer.

    “Christian” therapy sounds like abuse for an intelligent person to undergo.

‘Best Christmas gift’: 2 Indonesian families praise luck for missing doomed AirAsia flight

Posted on December 29th, 2014 at 15:20 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Chandra Susanto, who had been planning a holiday in Singapore with his wife and three children since March, had to cancel it a day before the due date, because his father got ill.

“It was a difficult decision to make because my son Christopher was so disappointed,” Susanto told the Daily Mail Australia. “He had been looking forward to the holiday for a long time.”

Susanto has now posted a picture of his QZ8501 ticket on Facebook, praising Christ for the miraculous escape.

“Thank you, Lord Jesus. Your plan is so beautiful, our family safe from harm,” he wrote.

And Lord Jesus meanwhile says “Fuck You” to the 162 people on the plane.

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  1. Most people get to make stupid blunders privately. The gutter press specialises in this kind of sh*t – manufacturing egregious outrage at some silly person or a celebrity. Sometimes it ruins their life.

    But in the spirit of piling in let’s hope the father doesn’t die. That wouldn’t be so beautiful.

The Islamic State is failing at being a state

Posted on December 26th, 2014 at 12:27 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Islamic State’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules.

Services are collapsing, prices are soaring, and medicines are scarce in towns and cities across the “caliphate” proclaimed in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State, residents say, belying the group’s boasts that it is delivering a model form of governance for Muslims.

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Jury awards ‘grave immoral sinner’ Catholic teacher $1.9 million for in vitro fertilization firing

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 at 21:12 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Emily Herx, a language arts teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, was notified by the Ft. Wayne Diocese that her contract for the 2011-12 school year would not be renewed because of her use of in vitro, which the diocese described as a “sin.”


The jury decided in Herx’s favor, deliberating only 5 1/2 hours before awarding her $1.75 million for emotional and physical damages, $125,000 for medical expenses, $75,000 for lost wages, and $1.00 in punitive damages. Herx’s previous salary at the school was approximately $28,000 per year.


The diocese intends to appeal the jury’s verdict to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeal, with attorney John Theisen stating the case remains an issue of religious freedom, and that exemptions in civil rights laws for religious employers should have protected the diocese from the unfavorable verdict.

“It never should have brought the case to trial,” Theisen said.

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Guess how this sentence continues…

Posted on December 21st, 2014 at 16:09 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A US pastor who leads a church which preaches against homosexuality has been arrested for…

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  1. practicing animal husbandry?

  2. I would like it to be “being a US pastor who leads a church which preaches against homosexuality”

  3. Does it have something to do with the unexpected discharge of a concealed weapon?

  4. The first name of the pastor “Gaylard” – how cute :-) (a=o)

Deuteronomy 15:11

Posted on December 11th, 2014 at 14:10 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Despite a significant rise in income inequality in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry (R) is arguing that it’s not something the state ought to be worried about.

“We don’t grapple with that here,” Perry told The Washington Post in a recent interview, while acknowledging that the state’s richest residents have seen the greatest spike in earnings.

“Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion,” he added, an apparent reference to Mark 14:7.

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Pope Francis: ‘All Animals Go To Heaven’

Posted on December 10th, 2014 at 16:06 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Pope Francis has declared that all animals go to heaven during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope made these remarks after he received two donkeys as early Christmas presents. During his discussion, Pope Francis quoted the apostle Paul as he comforted a child who was mourning the death of his dog.

Francis quoted Paul’s remarks as, “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.”

Oh shit

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  1. Heaven must be more than knee deep in arthropods.

And their return policy is probably “Store Credit Only”

Posted on December 10th, 2014 at 16:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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  1. Can’t get the money back? OK, what can we exchange for this baby?

You can see where this is going, right?

Posted on December 9th, 2014 at 10:34 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


According to its website, the Westcity Bible Baptist Church is a “family-oriented independent Bible-believing Baptist church”.

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  1. When will these asshats learn to keep their religion out of our shorts?! Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, I don’t care! Keep your religious beliefs but don’t burden me with them… I have my own, but I don’t expect that all others will adhere to them, nor do I proselytize or try to convert others. If they want to have a rational discussion, then ok, but this crap (praying that a person commits suicide because of their sexual orientation) is just outrageous!

  2. Clearly the abuser doesn’t actually believe in the power of prayer – he had to send a nasty message. It must be so frustrating that their god isn’t striking most of the world dead.

  3. Spiff, I have the one true religion. I update it daily as requested in my daily conversations with God. Who, by the way, has a wonderful sense of humor.

Matt Inman: Jibbers Crabst

Posted on December 7th, 2014 at 16:18 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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  1. Love the translator!

Religiosity In Europe, The Glass Ceiling And Doctor Performance

Posted on November 19th, 2014 at 9:17 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


“One additional year of schooling reduces individuals’ propensity to pray every day by about 10 percentage points. Likewise, an additional year of full-time education reduces the propensity to attend religious services at least once a week by 10 percentage points. We also find that schooling reduces the propensity to believe in the protective power of lucky charms, and it decreases the tendency to consult horoscopes, and to take into account horoscopes in daily life.”

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  1. Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore

Religion is a great way for people with mental illness to seem normal.

Posted on November 17th, 2014 at 16:09 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. lol, if this person was trying to pass as normal, then FAIL.

    Any person, religious or otherwise would find this kooky.

  2. Normal, yup. Attaching the wooden crosses _before_ deciding what colour they should be…

  3. Are you sure he isn’t just trying to be prepared for when the vampires attack?

  4. “Religion is a great way for people with mental illness to seem normal”

    Well, so is being a rabid football fan. They actually seem more normal than this.

  5. I wonder what this picture would look like if Jesus had been killed by an M-16?

  6. Think of the other images that would follow. Congregations kneeling and praying in front of a giant M-16. Priests and nuns and all manner of godbotherers wearing tiny M-16s around their necks. Bowing and genuflecting before the M-16; blessing and comforting with the sacred M-16. Churches built in the shape of an M-16; television evangelists building swimming pools in the shape of an M-16. Etc…

  7. I have read that Christianity is unique in using an instrument of torture as its symbol. I’m sure there are other less well known/pagan religions that do something similar tho.

  8. @Michael: As to your first point, that’s because football fans believe in things that are, sort of, possible – even if they may be sadly deluded in the case of some individuals.

    As to your second point, this goes to show that “loser chic” wasn’t actually an invention of the 1990’s.

17 more Twin Cities priests ID’d as probable pedophiles

Posted on October 29th, 2014 at 22:11 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Twin Cities archdiocese and the law offices of Jeff Anderson issued a joint statement Thursday disclosing names of 17 priests with “substantiated” claims of sexual abuse of a minor — including four previously unknown to the public.

The names bring to 55 the number of priests deemed to have substantiated claims of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Ten of the 17 priests have died, “but the pain they caused is very much alive,” Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a news release.

“I am profoundly saddened and sorry for the harm clergy sexual abuse has caused victims and survivors, their families and the community.”

How profoundly sorry? So profound, it took a lawsuit settlement before the names were released.

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  1. An interesting list of “disclosures” on their website:

    Most of the little biographies that I randomly clicked on, showed that these men were allowed to work in the church until death or retirement.

    To the archdiocese’s credit, the Rebort Abuse button is prominent on their website. And they tell you to go to law enforcement first…

One Ebola, Two Eboli?

Posted on October 13th, 2014 at 14:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. There’s that “joke” again.

    A small boy goes to confession.
    “Forgive me father, for I have sinned. I went to a brothel and had sex with three prostitutes.”
    “Whyever did you do that Johnny? Don’t you know that it’s a mortal sin?”
    “I know what it is and I want it.”
    “Don’t you know that you could go to Hell for it?”
    “I know what it is and I want it.”
    “Don’t you know that you could pick up a sexually transmitted disease?”
    “I know what it is and I want it.”
    “Whatever for? You would suffer horribly!”
    “Because if I get it, the maid will get it. If the maid gets it, my father will get it. If my father gets it, my mother will get it. If my mother gets it, the gardener will get it. And he’s the bastard I want. He killed my frog!”

Unfortunately, he’s not talking about Catholic priests

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 10:44 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Vatican’s top judge: Keep kids away from ‘wrong, evil’ gays for their own protection

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  1. Clearly a follower of Jesus Christ…

No, you’re not

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. Way to sweep ebola under the rug.

  2. a variation on the same old crap we’ve heard about AIDS, the black death, etc.
    This never goes away. Just a Christian version of the Ghost shirt.

  3. Actually I think redemption technically happens after death, so you may not be so safe, Tile & Carpet World.

Pregnant Austrian teens in ISIS: We’ve made a huge mistake

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 22:52 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The teenage girls who abandoned their families in Austria to become jihadis for ISIS feel they’ve made a terrible mistake by joining the barbaric lifestyle and they want to come home.

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, are believed to be married, pregnant and living in the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa in northern Syria, Central European News reports.


The change of heart is a much different tune than the note they left behind for their parents when they fled back in April, which read: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah — and we will die for him.”

These western girls are living with ISIS, the people who just go around beheading random westerners.

The same people beheading children who practice a different brand of their same religion and mass murder Muslims who do not agree with their brand of islam.

The same people who stone women to death for minor offenses.

And these girls are somehow able to communicate publicly about their desire to leave and how they hate ISIS now.

Yeah, right.

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Obviously he’s not well versed in taqiyya.

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 13:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Prominent member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Wassim Doureihi, discusses the Prime Minister’s comments about extremist organisations.

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  1. Blimey! What a wonderful provocation. Just what the ratings need!

Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 20:56 by Desiato in category: Pastafarian News


No religion exists in a vacuum. On the contrary, every faith is rooted in the soil in which it is planted. It is a fallacy to believe that people of faith derive their values primarily from their Scriptures. The opposite is true. People of faith insert their values into their Scriptures, reading them through the lens of their own cultural, ethnic, nationalistic and even political perspectives.

After all, scripture is meaningless without interpretation. Scripture requires a person to confront and interpret it in order for it to have any meaning. And the very act of interpreting a scripture necessarily involves bringing to it one’s own perspectives and prejudices.

The abiding nature of scripture rests not so much in its truth claims as it does in its malleability, its ability to be molded and shaped into whatever form a worshiper requires. The same Bible that commands Jews to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) also exhorts them to “kill every man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey,” who worship any other God (1 Sam. 15:3). The same Jesus Christ who told his disciples to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) also told them that he had “not come to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34), and that “he who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36). The same Quran that warns believers “if you kill one person it is as though you have killed all of humanity” (5:32) also commands them to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (9:5).

How a worshiper treats these conflicting commandments depends on the believer.

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  1. a very well written argument

  2. You have to shape the message for the audience. Hey, that politics!

  3. The real issue, then, is how susceptible we all can be to a charismatic smooth-talking con man. And far too many of their ilk are drawn to the clergy, likely because of what that profession promises. Pick a famous member of the clergy of any religion. Would we know their names absent their profession?

  4. @Mudak – Answer — no we would not. I add: The susceptibility stems from both lack of education, especially modern science and an innate fear of the unknown. Unfortunately (or fortunately) this has never happened: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead, Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all” TS Elliot: Prufrock. If it did, well then we would be sure there is an afterlife. And Chas is correct, as the manifestation of any organized religion is politics. Why else to kill in god’s name? Is it not the same as sacrificing an animal to the gods? Ignorance of the followers, manipulation of the ignorant by the politicians (senators,clerics, priests, whatever). I hate to be cynical, but I see no hope until the human population dispenses once and for all with their various mythologies.

  5. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bring the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  6. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bringing the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  7. “He didn’t mean…”

    Yeah. There are *so many* apologetic explanations for that verse it’s almost funny. Here’s another one you see a lot: “The sword is to separate the good from the wicked, an all men are under the wrath of God until they become saved. Yet the gospel is the gospel of peace because once you become saved, you are at peace with God.”

    Of course, it’s all bullshit. In the very next verse he says that, yes, discord and violence is his goal: “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

    Not much selling of cloaks in that one.

Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could “harm public order”.

The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

Yeah, all those atheists joining IS, it’s really a… wait, what?

If Saudi Arabia thought atheists were actually terrorists, they would donate millions to secular political groups.

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  1. Surely, we can give the Saudis credit for one thing they have more of than anyone else … transparency.

  2. @Rob: When the House of Saud falls it won’t be a laughing matter, but I did chortle a bit there :-)

  3. And we got rid of Saddam for this?

  4. Not convinced “when” is the appropriate term, Sue. Think I’d go with “if ever”.

  5. This makes sense. If the population did not believe, they could not be manipulated. And if that happened, no more House of Saud. I hope the decree backfires. And: I think it will fall someday, after the middle east emerges from the new dark ages to which it seems intent on rushing towards.

  6. Referring to enemies as atheists is just a reflex, like certain people using the terms “communist” or “socialist”.

    @Rob: I wouldn’t bet much on their ultimate survival. They may have funded (and certainly their citizens have funded) both Al Q. and IS.

    @Mykolas: We might end up in the dark too…

Catholic Church the only body ‘effectively acting to eradicate pedophilia’

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 23:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A former Vatican spokesman has written, against the backdrop of the house arrest of a former nuncio being investigated for abuse of minors, that the Church is the only international body acting effectively against pedophilia.

But since this deranged piece of shit also thinks house arrest “is a very important penal action,” you can safely ignore anything else he says.

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  1. What? No flagellation for the papal nuncio? Pity.

Mexican Bishop Claims Allowing Gay Couples To Marry Will Lead To Man-Dog Unions

Posted on October 1st, 2014 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Jose Maria de la Torre Martin, the bishop of the Diocese of Aguascalientes, Mexico, found himself in hot water after criticizing a proposed state law that seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.


The Catholic bishop claimed this week that allowing gay couples to marry will lead to “allowing a man to marry a dog and they can inherit the puppies,” according to local sources.

His obsession with bestiality says so much about him that it’s really disturbing.

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  1. One has to wonder just how many “puppies” this bonehead has…

  2. But wait, the priests love (literally) puppies, especially Hush Puppies

  3. Ruff.

Fellate Show

Posted on September 28th, 2014 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Inmate wants to worship Flying Spaghetti Monster

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 at 8:42 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


“The founder of Pastafarianism stated that it was a parody of religion,” a prison official wrote in denying one of Cavanaugh’s requests. “The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services will not dedicate administrative and facility resources to support a parody.”

Ah, but you see, he’s not an original Pastafarian, he’s with the orthodox al dente sect.

Personally, I’m Lasagna’s Witnesses.

Our Pasta, who “Arghh” in the colander, Swallowed be thy sauce. Thy serving come, Thy strands be wrung, On forks as they are on spoons. Give us this day our garlic bread, And forgive us our starchiness, As we swashbuckle, splice the main-brace and cuss, And lead us not into Kraft Parmesan, But deliver us from Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, For thine are the meatballs, and the beer, and the strippers, for ever and ever. R’Amen.

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  1. International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day was last Saturday, for Orzo’s sake.

Dutch bishops give Pope Francis a bleak picture of Catholic Church in decline

Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 10:40 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


More than 23,000 Catholics quit the Dutch Church in 2010, the peak of an exodus in which an average 18,000 have left each year since 2006. This year, however, only about 7,500 had left by October.Catholicism is still the Netherlands’ largest faith, officially claiming 24 percent of the 16 million population. Next come the Protestant churches at 18 percent and Islam at 5 percent.But Eijk told Vatican Radio that government estimates put the Catholic total at 16 percent, falling to 10 percent by 2020. And the bishops’ report said a mere 5.6 percent of those declared as Catholics actually went to church regularly.Ad de Groot, a lay Catholic leader in Eijk’s archdiocese of Utrecht, said secularization and the sexual abuse crisis had prompted people to leave in the past. But now, the very plan to close churches is alienating the Catholics who are left, he said.De Groot’s group accuses the bishops of merging parishes without consulting those who are losing their local churches. “Many people are angry and disappointed,” he said. His group told the Vatican last week that half of practicing Catholics would drift away in coming years as their churches closed.

Amazing… you can rape their kids, but don’t you dare close their hangout! Who are these people?

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  1. Psychology 101. People build communities. Churches are major community gathering places where people of similar minds and interests congregate. Close the churches, and the members of the community will find someplace else to congregate, and it won’t necessarily be another location of the church since that location is not their community or congregation.

  2. Same thing is happening to a lot of worn-out institutions; Freemasons for example.

How the Hobby Lobby ruling is helping a member of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church

Posted on September 18th, 2014 at 8:26 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


A federal judge has ruled that a member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church does not have to answer questions about child labor violations because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.

Vergel Steed refused to answer even the most basic questions in a recent deposition, because he is protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“It is clear that Mr. Steed has raised the very defenses available under RFRA,” U.S. District Court Judge David Sam wrote in the order.

The U.S. Department of Labor took action against Paragon Contractors for a 2012 incident where hundreds of children were seen working in a field in Hurricane, picking pecans. In court filings, the Labor Department has suggested that FLDS leaders ordered children to be removed from school to work in the fields.

As part of their case, FLDS members have been deposed — including Steed. In a deposition obtained by FOX 13 on Tuesday, it appears Steed refused to answer many questions.


Steed’s attorney objected to the questions, saying he “retains a closely held religious belief that requires him not to speak openly about matters regarding the Church organization with anyone outside of his religious affiliation.”


“It is not for the Court to “inquir[e] into the theological merit of the belief in question,” Sam wrote, citing the Hobby Lobby decision. “The determination of what is a ‘religious’ belief or practice is more often than not a difficult and delicate task …. However, the resolution of that question is not to turn upon a judicial perception of the particular belief or practice in question; religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection.”

I’m going to start a new religion, the first tenet of which is “Armed robbery is simply our way of paying homage to our God.”

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  1. “Activist” judges are OK when they’re conservatives?

Gay Teen Commits Suicide After Being Outed And Harassed By Catholic School Officials

Posted on September 12th, 2014 at 10:16 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Sergio Urrego, 16, killed himself after Catholic school’s administrators persecuted the teenager by making his relationship with another young man public then accused him of sexual harassment.

Sergio’s mother, Alba Reyes, has just recently opened up to the media about her son’s suicide in order to clear his name.

Reyes said her nightmare began in May when a teacher at Gimnasio Castillo Campestre school in the Colombian capital Bogotá saw a photo of Sergio kissing his boyfriend of a month and a half on his cellphone. After confiscating the phone, both boys were sent to the school psychologist.

The boyfriend was then forced by the school to tell his parents about his sexuality and was quickly withdrawn from the school.

The Catholic school refused to release Urrego’s academic results and blocked his transfer to another school. He was continuously suspended from classes, send to visit the psychologist, and accused of sexual harassment.

Unable to cope with the betrayal and harassment at the hands of school administrators, Urrego sent his friends goodbye messages and then jumped from the Titán Plaza shopping center on the morning of 4 August. He passed away three hours later at a local hospital.

Dear Catholic Leadership – actions speak louder than words, and the fact that you haven’t at the very least taken away the “Catholic” accreditation from this school leaves me no choice but to conclude you condone this shit.

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  1. Vindictive bastards. If there is a hell, it’s been designed for you. Religions tend to empower people to act their worst.

Exodus 11:5, At-Tawbah 9:5

Posted on September 11th, 2014 at 13:45 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

[ Obama addresses nation on fight against IS]:

“No religion condones the killing of innocents.”

I guess he has a different definition of “innocent” than most dictionaries have.

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  1. Lol, poor Obama. I didn’t hear the speech or read it, so I know nothing. In his defense, I would say he is a Lawyer not a Theologian.

    Also, interesting choice of verses:



    Here Hashem (the Jewish god, or actually his Angels) is going to kill the first born because the Pharaoh won’t release the Jews from their slavery. [[One might think that Hashem having infinite powers could think of a better way to do this but gods are sometimes mysterious.]]

    On the other hand:



    Here Allah is directing his faithful to kill those who refuse to convert to Islam. [[For some Muslims this includes Christians, because the Quran describes Christians as polytheists.]]

    I wonder if there are any verses from the Gospel (New Testament) promoting killing. Jesus is said to have said:



    Still as we all know– Islam is the Religion of Peace — http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

  2. Matthew 5:17

  3. Jesus was a jew. His ministry was to the jews. He says this because the jews are to up hold the law.

    The 613 Mitzvos– http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm don’t include Exodus 11-5 because Exodus 11-5 isn’t something Hashem is telling the Jews to do, it is something Hashem did.

    In the end we should be able to agree that religion is a spiritual thing for some people, but for many it is an extension of the state and is used to justify whatever the rulers want to do.

  4. “In the end we should be able to agree that…” suspiciously sounds like you’re trying to get some respect for religion.

    Let me quote Pat Condell on that:

    “If you criticize religion, then, every so often somebody will say to you – quite disapprovingly – ‘you may not have faith in god, but you could show a bit more respect for those people who do’.

    And, you might find yourself thinking ‘well actually, maybe they’re right. It wouldn’t hurt to show a bit more respect – after all, nobody likes to be told point-blank that their religion is a crock of delusional garbage and a force for evil in the world. That, what they call ‘faith’ is merely fear dressed up as virtue. And that their puerile beliefs are a strait-jacket on the whole of humanity.’

    That’s bound to put anybody’s nose out of joint.

    So yes, maybe I could show a bit more respect.

    The only fly in the ointment is – I don’t actually feel any respect. I have tried, I really have, and I feel just terrible about it, but it just isn’t there.

    I suppose I could lie to myself, and pretend for the sake of people’s feelings – because we all know how delicate and tender they can be these days.

    But, the bold truth is, I don’t actually care about their feelings – at all; not even slightly.

    Of course, I realize that should weigh heavily on my conscience – but luckily my conscience knows when it is being bullied and manipulated – so it doesn’t care either.

    My conscience knows that there is no earthly reason for anybody on this planet to respect religion – in any way. Indeed, purely on the evidence religion itself provides, in such regular abundance, there is every reason to actively disrespect it to the point of outright abuse.

    And quite frankly, the fact that religion gets so little abuse, compared to what it really deserves, I can only attribute to the unbelievable tolerance, restraint and plain good manners of atheists and secularists everywhere.

    So, if you are a religious person, and if you’re thinking of demanding more respect for your beliefs, please try to bear in mind that you and your religion are already getting way more respect than you’ve ever deserved. Your faith is a joke. Your god is a joke. He’s so absurd, he’s an embarrassment even to people who don’t believe in him – and he and you still have it all to prove. So far, no proof has been forthcoming, nor is it likely to be; as we all well know – so respect, I’m afraid, is out of the question. The best you can hope for is amused incredulity – and that would be on a good day.

    People say ‘well, you can only truly understand faith when you have faith’ – which I take to mean when you’ve suspended your critical faculties and hypnotized yourself into believing a load of fascist nonsense about your eternal soul, then, you’ll understand faith – well, I can certainly believe that.

    Faith peddlers like to put themselves beyond question by claiming that their faith ‘transcends reason’ – the very thing that calls it to account – how convenient. Yes, faith transcends reason – the way a criminal transcends the law. The word ‘transcendent’ is very popular with religious hustlers because they never have to explain precisely what they mean by it – other than some vague, superior state of understanding, more profound than ‘mere reason’ – which is crude and simplistic next to the subtleties and profundities of belief without evidence.

    If you hear a senior clergyman, and you will, using the word ‘transcendent’ to explain the nonsense he claims to believe, then you know two things: one, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; and two, he doesn’t want you to know what he’s talking about either.

    Faith doesn’t transcend reason at all; faith sidesteps reason – it runs away from reason because reason threatens its cozy bubble of delusion. So faith disqualifies reason the way a Dutch criminal court disqualifies truth and the witnesses – and for much the same reason.

    If you’re a believer, your faith allows you to adopt a set of beliefs that make absolutely no sense, knowing that you won’t be measured by whether they make sense, but by the level of piety that you exhibit in believing them. In other words, your willingness to deny reality becomes a measure of your virtue.

    No wonder religion is so popular.

    But what a price you pay for this ‘virtue’. You’ve been persuaded that believing in the impossible is your only hope… how did that happen?

    And that your purpose is to worship something beyond your understanding, defined by and only accessible through, self-appointed intermediaries. Your thoughts, your words and your identity, are no longer solely yours to decide; but are subject to the approval of those who have assumed authority over you – through your faith.

    The people who’ve told you that you were born with something wrong with you – c’mon – in a state of ‘sin,’ no less. A condition that can only be cured by complete submission and obedience to them – surprise, surprise – from the moment you’re born ‘til the moment you die.

    And if all this doesn’t exactly flatter your ego – and why should it – Don’t worry, we can give it a special name to make you feel better, and persuade you that you’ve still got some dignity – let’s call it “faith”, and let’s deem it to be the highest and most noble and profound of all virtues; and let’s pretend that it comes from within. When we all know, that nothing about your religion is allowed to come from within – because that would give you strength and freedom – the two things your religion wants as far away from you as possible.

    Faith is the grip that clergy have over you.

    It’s the invisible rope around your neck that pulls you along the road they want you to travel – for their benefit, not yours.

    It’s a dead-end word.

    It’s a word of bondage.

    It’s a word that lets you believe what you’ve been told to believe -without feeling that you’ve been told what to believe, but you have – and you can stop pretending any time you like.

    It’s not a virtue – that’s the last thing it is.

    It’s an abdication from reality.

    It’s a dumb act of self-hypnosis.

    It’s a cowardly copout.

    It’s gullibility with a halo – and hiding behind it is like pretending to be an invalid.

    So, I don’t really understand exactly what it is that I’m supposed to respect.

    It seems to me, I’d need to be some kind of moral contortionist to respect something that noxious – something that depends for its existence on a closed-mind – and it is clearly dragging humanity in the wrong direction; giving us false ideas about ourselves, and about the nature of reality.

    I feel, if I respected that, I’d be needlessly contributing to the stupidity and ignorance of the human race – and that is one thing I don’t want on my conscience; no offense.


  5. Ah, John…don’t toy with little Joe’s most profoundly held beliefs :-)

  6. In refuting Obama, you should have used Pat Condell instead of the Quran and the Torah, it would have been more direct and to the point.

    PS, Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.

  7. [Quote]:

    The idea that any book was inspired by the creator of the universe is poison—intellectually, ethically, and politically. And nowhere is this poison currently doing more harm than in Muslim communities, East and West. Despite all the obvious barbarism in the Old Testament, and the dangerous eschatology of the New, it is relatively easy for Jews and Christians to divorce religion from politics and secular ethics. A single line in Matthew—“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”—largely accounts for why the West isn’t still hostage to theocracy. The Koran contains a few lines that could be equally potent—for instance, “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256)—but these sparks of tolerance are easily snuffed out. Transforming Islam into a truly benign faith will require a miracle of re-interpretation. And a few intrepid reformers, such as Maajid Nawaz, are doing their best to accomplish it.

    Many believe it unwise to discuss the link between Islam and the intolerance and violence we see in the Muslim world, fearing that it will increase the perception that the West is at war with the faith and cause millions of otherwise peaceful Muslims to rally to the jihadist cause. I admit that this concern isn’t obviously crazy—but it merely attests to the seriousness of the underlying problem. Religion produces a perverse solidarity that we must find some way to undercut. It causes in-group loyalty and out-group hostility, even when members of one’s own group are behaving like psychopaths.

    But it remains taboo in most societies to criticize a person’s religious beliefs. Even atheists tend to observe this taboo, and enforce it on others, because they believe that religion is necessary for many people. After all, life is difficult—and faith is a balm. Most people imagine that Iron Age philosophy represents the only available vessel for their spiritual hopes and existential concerns. This is an enduring problem for the forces of reason, because the most transformative experiences people have—bliss, devotion, self-transcendence—are currently anchored to the worst parts of culture and to ways of thinking that merely amplify superstition, self-deception, and conflict.

    Among all the harms caused by religion at this point in history, this is perhaps the most subtle: Even when it appears beneficial—inspiring people to gather in beautiful buildings to contemplate the mystery existence and their ethical commitments to one another—religion conveys the message that there is no intellectually defensible and nonsectarian way to do this. But there is. We can build strong communities and enjoy deeply moral and spiritual lives, without believing any divisive nonsense about the divine origin of specific books.

    And it is this misguided respect for revelation that explains why, in response to the starkest conceivable expression of religious fanaticism, President Obama has responded with euphemisms—and missiles. This may be the best we can hope for, given the state of our discourse about religion. Perhaps one day we will do “everything that we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.” But today, we won’t even honestly describe the motivations of our enemies. And in the act of lying to ourselves, we continue to pay lip service to the very delusions that empower them.

  8. Sounds like you have faith in reason.
    What was it you started to say about that inward something-or-other that sets you free?
    I’m not (believe me, I’m not!) a scholar of the ancient Greeks who wrote about this stuff, but isn’t reason just a construct that beats other decision-making processes?

  9. Sounds like you have faith in reason.

    If with the word “faith” you mean “Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence” then the answer is no, I don’t.

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