Jesus was is a Muslim

For some reason there are a lot of Jesus billboards around Albany. They're pretty forgettable. Not like this one, out of Columbus, Ohio:Over at the website mentioned one the sign, the authors are making a case that Muslims are the true Christians:For starters, Muslims are Christians – if “Christian” means someone following the teachings of Christ, so by learning about Islam you are not disobeying Jesus. For example the Quran forbids Swine, (Holy Quran 2:173) and so too does the bibl … [Read more...]

If Phelps Hadn’t Existed, We’d Have Been Forced to Invent Him

I first became aware of Fred Phelps during his attempts to get a monument placed in Central Park at Casper, Wyoming. The monument would have been a dedicated to the late Matthew Shepard, the native son of Casper beaten to death for being gay. The monument would have declared Shepard to be burning in hell.The proposal left the city in a bind. The park was public, but had held a Ten Commandments monument donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles since the sixties. The city could not declare … [Read more...]

Ready to explore the Dark Dungeons?

It looks like JR Ralls and crew have completed their movie adaption of Dark Dungeons, the infamous Jack Chick tract about Dungeons and Dragons. Here's the trailer: to the movie website, the movie is slated for release on August 14. The Q&A on the website is a stitch. Here's my favorite:How people have committed suicide due to RPGs?The American Association of Suicidology has concluded that RPGs don’t play a role in suicide, and … [Read more...]

A Higher View of Sex

Pastor John Mark Comer asks "What is Sex?" (If you have to ask …)'s nice to see someone go against the erotophobia in contemporary Christian culture. Taking a high view of sex might be more successful in making the "sex only in marriage" argument - might be, but probably won't. Some observations:1. I've come to realize that the "biblical" is just a signifier of approval within the subculture. It does not mean that the concept is s … [Read more...]

We’re Running Out of Enemies

Weird week, and it's only Tuesday.First we find out from Nate Phelps that his father Fred is extremely ill and has been "excommunicated" from his own church:As for the question of whether we picket his funeral or not, my vote is no. Being more humane than Fred Phelps is a pretty low bar, and if we can't clear that we're screwed.Next we find out that Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A, now regrets his entry into the marriage debate. He's withdrawing from the argument and has dropped … [Read more...]