Daily Archives: 14 Apr 2011

It’s Helpful to Read the Preface

For example, there’s a little snippet in the Preface to Sirach that folk who are students of the Bible really ought to pay attention to:

οὐ μικρὰν ἔχει τὴν διαφορὰν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς λεγόμενα (Prologue to Sirach 26).

What’s he on about?  His point, frankly, is simple: he urges his readers to consult the original Hebrew text which he has translated into Greek.  Because ‘it makes no small difference to read them in the original‘. If that is true of Sirach, it is exponentially more true of the rest of the Hebrew Bible (and the Greek New Testament as well).

Students of Scripture should read the languages in which Scripture was written.  After all, it makes no small difference to read them in the original.

Ben Sira, you’re right on the mark.

You Can’t Make up Ignorant Dilettantism Like That!

Christian Brady has discovered (or been tortured with) the absolutely most dilettantish bit of ignorance concerning the Bible I think I have ever seen outside Hal Lindsay and Tim LaHaye!  And that’s saying something.

Christian writes

Ms. Diana deRegneir admits to an ad hoc learning of religious matters, including the Lord’s Prayer. You too will be “surprised” by what she has found in “the Lords [sic] Prayer.” (I suppose I could stop there, but no, let’s go on.)

Oh yes you must!  You just MUST go read what the most dilettantish woman (proving that at least, at the very least, THIS woman should remain utterly silent in and out of Church) says.  I’m not going to cut and paste her ignorant comments beyond the first..

The Lord’s Prayer is the accepted universal prayer for all Christians. In the latter part of the second century, Matthew interpreted the instructional passage spoken by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13). The Sermon on the Mount is derived largely from the teachings of the Essenes, a Jewish sect in Palestine of which Jesus may have belonged. Thus, the prayer bears a striking resemblance to “The Kadish” found in the Talmud.

Oh no, catch your breath and stop laughing… there’s so much more!  It’s dilettantism that would make Simcha Jacobovici proud!

Sometimes Repentance Comes Too Late

ABC News is reporting

A woman who drove her minivan into the frigid waters of the Hudson River killing herself and her three small children changed her mind at the last minute, throwing the car into reverse and admitting her mistake to her 10-year-old son who swam to safety.    Today the boy, Leshaun Armstrong, returned to dock from where his mother drove into the water. He was accompanied by members of his family.  Minutes after an argument with her boyfriend and father of her three youngest children Tuesday night,Leshanda Armstrong posted an erie message on Facebook, packed her four children into her minivan, and headed for the Hudson River in Newburgh, N.Y.  Her Facebook message, posted at 7:13 p.m. Tuesday, said, “I’m so sorry everyone forgive me please for what I’m gonna do…. This Is It!!!!” During the ride to the river, her son says she told her children, “You’re all going to die with me.”  Despite her decision to kill her family, evidence from the scene and interviews with Lashaun indicate that she changed her mind once the vehicle began filling with water.

Sadly her repentance came too late.  It’s so sad for her children that her anger at her boyfriend and her too late change of mind cost them their lives and doubtless permanently scarred her surviving son.

Too late.  There’s theological point that’s patently self evident here.  It’s best to repent in time.

California May Require Students to Learn ‘Gay History’

California… you are the Texas west of the Rockies.  (And by that I mean just as insane).

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social studies lessons under a landmark bill passed Thursday by the California Senate.  If the bill is adopted by the state Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to require the teaching of gay history.  Supporters say the move is needed to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make children in those groups vulnerable to bullying and suicide.  Opponents counter that such instruction would further burden an already crowded curriculum and expose students to a subject that some parents find objectionable.

Saying that teaching gay history (whatever that is) will cut down on bullying and suicide (both sad tragedies that should never occur) is like saying teaching Black history makes people dance like Michael Jackson or play hoops like Michael Jordan.  It’s just absurd.

So, if it passes, and every minority group needs its own history taught, they should also teach KKK history and Nazi history and Skinhead history and all the rest.  After all, those folk shouldn’t be bullied either.  And let’s toss in pedophile history and beastiality history too.  Oh and vegetarian history as well.

It’s lunacy because it doesn’t unite people, it simply further divides and distinguishes.  It draws boundaries that truly democratic societies loathe.  In the name of open mindedness the result of such a move is societal fragmentation.

[Via Michael Acidri on FB].

This Will Make you Roll Your Eyes…

More Qurans were inadvertently burned during recent Afghan protests than by the US pastor Terry Jones. Spiritual leaders in Kandahar called a meeting to teach Afghans how to channel their passions peacefully.

Yeah there’s an idea. Instead of killing people when they stupidly burn a book, plant a tree or hug a child. Or something. Otherwise during your riotous protests you might burn more holy books than the object of your hatred.

As the dust settles in Afghanistan after sustained protest over a Florida pastor’s Quran burning, many residents in Kandahar are facing an unpleasant truth: More Qurans were burned in the course of their protests than by Terry Jones.  The demonstrations, which started peacefully, quickly turned violent, killing at least nine people and injuring scores in Kandahar City alone. And as protesters vandalized a girls’ school and set fire to shops, Qurans also inadvertently went up in flames.  “If they burn a shop, there is a Quran in every shop, so this is a big problem,” says Azizullah Aziz, a perfume and soap salesman in Kandahar City. “People don’t know how to protest.”

They don’t indeed.

Guaranteed Worst Easter Idea This Year (via Scotteriology)

Scott’s right, any ‘church’ that tries to adopt a Charlie Sheen-ism as its Easter motto is pandering in the most depraved and imbecilic way to culture. It’s sickening. Literally sickening.  And angering.

Duh, Losing: Guaranteed Worst Easter Idea This Year I have seen a lot of stupid in my time, but its hard for me to comprehend anything more banal than a church trying to hop on the back of the Charlie Sheen debacle to promote its Easter services. If you are so inclined you can head on over to the churchs website to see some dude that looks nothing like Charlie Sheen trying to channel his inner drug induced TV personality with some rambling incoherent speech to promote… the death and resurectio … Read More

via Scotteriology

Ghastly Sorrow

This is a truly devastating tale.  Sophie Taylor, the 16-year-old girlfriend of gamekeeper Calum Murray, 18, was accidentally killed as her boyfriend’s gun went off as he was cleaning it. The accident was so devasting, that Murray reportedly killed himself immediately after it happened.  The tragic events were apparently witnessed by another couple who were with Taylor and Murray in a cottage on the Glenavon estate near Tomintoul, the highest point in the Scottish highlands.


Let the Stupidity Commence

If people won’t attend your Church because they are drawn there by their love of God, perhaps you can bribe them into loving God with food designed to make them obese.

Hope Church is offering to deliver free, warm cinnamon rolls on Easter morning to the first 100 people who request them.  Oakdale’s Hope Church is giving away free cinnamon rolls, juice and coffee on Easter Sunday—and you don’t even have to go to church to get them.

I love that last part.  You know, you don’t even have to go- because it’s not really a Church, it’s a donut delivery service and the first one hundred customers are joyfully enabled to feel justified in staying away from the community of faith.

It’s Easter.  Let the stupidity commence.  If, that is, they have services on Easter at all.  Churches cancel for Christmas and the Super Bowl so it’s about time for them to start canceling for Easter as well.  That way the ‘devout’ can spend their day worshiping their family and hunting for eggs in their yard or at the park.

The Longest Goal!

Manchester United needs this kid.

Quote of the Week

simcha jacobovici is the generic kardashian sister of biblical archaeology: he’ll do anything for a camera’s attention, even if it makes no sense. — Robert Cargill

[Maybe we should start calling him Simcha Kardashian.]

More Senseless Gun Violence

The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Bolivar teen by his twin brother is described as accidental.  Jeremy Williams was struck in the head by a bullet fired from a .380 caliber pistol in his home.  He was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, but died the next morning, according to The Jackson Sun.

How’d it happen?  The way such things usually do… so sadly-

Police Chief Bill Irons says Jarmall Williams was playing with the gun when it discharged, striking his brother.

Playing with the gun, and now because of one moment of stupidity, his twin is dead and he and his parents have to live with the consequences of that act of folly made possible by your friends in Congress who refuse to man up and tell the NRA enough is enough and enact STRICT gun laws.  Thanks Congress, thanks NRA.  His blood is on your hands too.

Another Dilettantish ‘Youth Pastor’

Oh my. This one is a combination of biblical ignorance of biblical proportions and exegesis that would make the worst exegete of the Middle Ages blush with shame on the guy’s behalf.

Youth Pastors, seriously, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, just say no when you’re invited to speak.

I’m assuming this is the youth ‘pastor’… unfortunately he is socializing and inculcating teenagers about social roles from a ‘biblical’ perspective. Poor kids. Apparently, the ‘biblical’ man doesn’t wear skinny jeans, drink decaf tea, or watch Ellen… uh… what?… er…my goodness. I feel bad for anyone in the audience that had to sit through the other however many minutes of this ‘sermon’. One more would have been too long. ‘Cuz like, he wo … Read More

via Scotteriology

Man Watching Porn Catches Fire (via Fr Stephen’s Blog)

Seems fitting quite frankly. If you’re burning with lust, the other sort of burning isn’t at all that odd.

Man Watching Porn Catches Fire CBS News reports out of San Francisco: A man was hospitalized Wednesday evening with life-threatening, third-degree burns after catching fire inside a San Francisco porn store, authorities told CBS 5. The fire occurred at an adult arcade at Sixth and Mission streets just after 6 p.m. Police officers across the street from the porn shop saw a man run out the front door of the store “engulfed in flames,” an SFPD spokesman said. Some firefighters wh … Read More

via Fr Stephen’s Blog

Silly Simcha Strikes Back

Apparently Simcha Jacobovici actually believes his own hype and thinks that archaeologists are not taking his idiotic theory about finding the ‘nails of Jesus’ seriously. How sad. But expected. Listen to this-

The Israeli who claims to have identified two nails from Jesus’s crucifixion says that the widespread trouncing of his theory points to a deep problem in the field of archaeology.

The problem is that Simcha thinks he knows the field. That’s the chief and root of the problem. And people are foolish enough to believe him. To their shame.

Mr Jacobovici reacted by telling the JC: “The minute someone says anything significant about the New Testament, the immediate response is to scoff, not to study it.” He believes experts prefer to avoid making bold claims relating to the New Testament because it brings them under such intense scrutiny – and they resent it when others do so. He said that he located the nails after they went missing from a previous find in 1990 when archaeologists unearthed a first-century Jewish tomb, believed to have belonged to Caiaphas, the High Priest at the time of Jesus’s death. Mr Jacobovici admitted that his evidence is circumstantial but argued that scholars should criticise the IAA for losing the nails, not attack him for finding them and proposing a theory.

But Simmy, Simmy, Simmy, your theory is MORONIC! First, there’s no proof for it. And second, be serious for a minute, those tiny nails couldn’t go through flesh, wood, and then be bent to hold the victim in place. Be realistic, your claim is absurd at its simplest level.

And then he actually said

“When a reporter brings to light something that other people have lost, he should get an award, not criticism,” he said.

Oh. Shut. Up. The only award Jacobovici deserves is the fraud award for peddling the most nonsense.

UPDATE: Be sure to take a look at the excellent response of Mark Goodacre to the latest Simcha-ian claims.

The Czech President: The World’s Worst Thief

Poor guy. He needs some pointers from the mennonite.

Why I’m Voting for Rick Santorum in 2012

Do you remember when you were a kid and you’d get a scrapped knee and your mom would rub alcohol on it and then drip lemon juice into it and then take sandpaper and smooth it down and then spray WD-40 on it and then spit on it and then put a band-aid on it?  After a few days she’d say ‘we need to take your band-aid off’.  ‘No’ you’d scream, it will hurt!

She always sweetly replied ‘if we pull it off quickly, it will only hurt for a second.  But if we do it slowly, it will hurt longer.’  So off she’d rip it, scab and all and it would bleed profusely and you’d cry and she’d pour boiling water on it and tell you not to be such a baby girl and then send you outside to play in the mudhole where the sewer water collected.  Oh for the good old days.

At any rate, this all connects to my decision to vote for Santorum in 2012.  America is doomed.  So we might as well rip the bandage off quickly and no one is better suited to end the American experiment than Santorum.  Why linger and limp along for a decade or so before the country completely and yet painfully slowly sinks into the abyss of third-world-ness?  Let’s just get it over with.  Santorum is our man.

What Really Happens When the Senate ‘Scolds’ Their Corporate Lords?

As when, for instance, the Senate ‘scolds’ Goldman Sachs (that paragon of perversity) here’s what goes on behind the scenes:

-Angry constituents contact their Senators about being fed up with Corporate greed.
-A day before the scolding a Senate aid dials up the Chairman of G-S (or any other company).
-A Senator (like Carl Levin) gets on the phone and says

Listen guy, you and I both know the heat is on politically so tomorrow we’re going to have a Senate ‘hearing’ (they both chuckle- wink wink, nudge nudge) and we are going to call you all sorts of names. Naturally you know we don’t mean it but we have to throw some meat to the common dogs so they’ll get off our backs. The Chairman of G-S (or any other company) responds- Not a problem. Hey, do you want that check hand delivered or sent in the mail? You know, the one for your ‘help’ (they both chuckle) on that bit of legislation making it easier for us to fleece the American flock…

-The day of the ‘hearing’ (we all chuckle) the Senators ruthlessly grill their corporate overlords.
-After the hearing they all go to dinner together, on the Corporate head of course.
-Envelopes with ‘thank you cards’ (we all chuckle) are given to each Senator on the panel…

That’s what really happens when the Senate has hearings. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is their reward on earth.

I Love my Daughter…

And can’t imagine mistreating her for any reason ever.  Ever.  I don’t know any real parent who would hurt their children.  Which is why stories like this mystify me so and make my blood really boil.

A bird-like cry came from behind the Vancouver apartment door each time a Washington State Child Protective Services worker knocked.   No one answered, so Jeffrey Aspocolas contacted Vancouver police, asking them to do a welfare check.  When Officer Missy Skeeter went to the apartment in the 4300 block of Northeast 66th Avenue Tuesday, she found two boys, ages 5 and 7, locked in a makeshift cage. They wore diapers and could not speak.   They and two other boys, ages 11 months and 9 years, were taken into protective custody. Officers arrested the parents, John Eckhart, 30, and his fiancee, Alayna Higdon, 26.

The sad thing is, I can go less than a mile from my house and find parents making meth in their kitchen with their little toddlers playing on the floor.  Parents everywhere are undeserving of their children and simply are not worth the dirt they’re made from.

So why did the parents in the story above do it?  According to them, the kids are autistic and it was the only way they could control them.  Honestly, such so called parents need a fatal beating.

NPR’s Take on the Pink Toenail Controversy

On FB NPR remarks

We might be a little late to this controversy but the uproar over a boy’s pink toenails has inspired a lot of talk … here’s one smart take and a toe-te bag to anyone who can ID the photo w/out peeking. (we can’t really give things away on fb but you can have bragging rights.)

And then they link to this


yes, that's a boy...

That’s how boys used to be dressed up for photos…  Thank heaven those days are over (except for Joel Watts, who is after all a very old fashioned guy and who still has formal photos taken like they did in olden times…).  Oh, and that photo?  It’s Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Bible Whoops Justin Bieber, ‘Lady’ Gag(alot), and Manchester United

From the German Bible Society FB page-

Mark Brown, founder of the Facebook Bible page, shares the news that the Bible page has beaten Justin Bieber, Manchester United and Lady Gaga to be the page with most interactions this week. See the recent figures at allfacebook.com/​the-bible-is-this-weeks-most-engaging-page-2011-04.

The Bible – the most engaging Facebook page in the world from UBS – United Bible Societies on Vimeo.

Further UBS videos available at vimeo.com/​biblesocieties.   The Bible – the most engaging Facebook page in the world from UBS – United Bible Societies on Vimeo.