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Conservative Bible Revision: “just crazy”

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by arievergreen

As if living by one’s interpretation (or one’s leader’s interpretation) of a very old book wasn’t enough, now some folks want to rewrite the book. Scary…

Lo and behold, the Bible has gotten too liberal, according to a group of conservatives. And it needs a little editing.

That’s the inspiration behind the Conservative Bible Project, which seeks to take the text back to its supposed right-wing roots.

So how can the Bible be conservatized? The group has proposed a Wikipedia-like group editing project. Some of the ideas would only bring the translation closer to the original. But others would fundamentally change the text.

Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop; defective translations use the word “comrade” three times as often as “volunteer”; similarly, updating words which have a change in meaning, such as “word”, “peace”, and “miracle”.

I wonder what they think “peace” means now? Is it something you have to buy from Halliburton? Read the rest of the article. (Huffington Post)

The Friendly Face Of Hate

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by arievergreen

Gawker on Brian Brown, the executive director of the anti-gay hate group the National Organization for Marriage:

His job is to come up with rational-sounding logical-sounding arguments designed only to reinforce irrational prejudices while making sure those who hold those prejudices don’t have to feel bad about being prejudiced… All of Brown’s Debating Club arguments are built on simple, elementary fallacies, but that doesn’t actually matter, because he is simply coming up with justifications for bigotry.

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Scientology Jargon in Action: Squirrels, Locationals and Time Tracks

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by arievergreen

Scientology’s quest to perfect humanity never rests, not even on the weekend. Which is why this member of the cult’s elite “Sea Org” spent his Saturday yelling at an infidel about his inevitable and pathetic death.

The guy with the camera, ex-Scientologist “Axiom142,” spotted some Sea Org staffers getting off a van in East Grinstead, England, and pulled out his camera. The Scientologist he ended up talking to supposedly holds the church’s highest ranking, OT-8, and advised him to “destimulate from your… electronic incident” or die in agony.

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In this article, the dude doesn’t do much besides yell insanely. But I think this shows the level of brainwashing and control that folks in the Church of Scientology are subjected to. If an ex-Scientologist gets this kind of flak from Church leaders, what must it be like for active practitioners?

LDS plaza video shows scuffle, but no kiss

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by arievergreen

Matt Aune puts his arm around his partner, Derek Jones, pulling him close as four large men in dark suits gather around them July 9 on the Main Street Plaza. The couple argue with the LDS Church guards, who yank the two men apart and put them in handcuffs. Jones falls to the ground… Aune and Jones have said their romantic moment was modest: Aune gave Jones a “side hug” and a kiss on the face. But the LDS Church said “much more” was involved — “passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language.” (The couple have acknowledged they swore at the guards after being stopped.)… “I assume there’s nothing more [to their actions] because I was provided with everything [on video],” [Salt Lake City prosecutor] Gill said… The guards, Aune said Thursday, told them their display of affection was “disgusting,” “gross” and “wrong.”

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