Friday, January 24, 2014

Freedom of Religion

A NYC group called the Satanic Temple hopes to install a 7-foot statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma State Capitol building. They've just revealed their design.

The Satanic Temple says Oklahoma's decision to put a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statute. Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves says it's moving forward with plans to have its monument approved, despite the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission's decision to place a moratorium on new requests.

The commission says it's waiting until a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments has been settled.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Helena Handbag

Kevin Smith has announced a brand new movie titled “Helena Handbag” that will find ”mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus,” according to the filmmaker’s Facebook page.

The script, dated Dec. 30, 2013 and credited to Smith and longtime collaborator Scott Mosier, will be based on a story from the 52nd episode of Smith’s popular SModcast podcast titled “The (C)Rapture.”

Smith says that the idea is, “kind of a nod to David Lynch’s unproduced ‘One Saliva Bubble’ screenplay, too — which was also about the end of the world and also carried a title that didn’t really prepare you for what the movie was about.”

Monday, January 13, 2014

Truth About Shawn Kirchner Comes Out

While a video of a performance of one of his arrangements is going viral in Brethren circles, further proof of Shawn's fame is available to fans who can hear his voice as a tenor in the Score Choir on the Frozen soundtrack.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

What Would Baby Jesus Eat?

In an interview with La Stampa, a daily Italian newspaper, Pope Francis seemed to endorse the idea of nursing in public. As he was asked about the problem of hunger, the pope recalled a woman he encountered with a crying, hungry baby:
“There are so many children that cry because they are hungry,” the pope said in the Sunday interview. “At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few months old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it.”
“I said to her: madam, I think the child’s hungry.”
“Yes, it’s probably time…” she replied.
“Please give it something to eat!” I said.
“She was shy and didn’t want to breast-feed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.”
The pope is clearly making a point about feeding the world's hungry: We have the resources to do it, he's saying, so we should. But he's also got a more literal point: If your baby is hungry, you should go ahead and breast-feed, even in public, even if you're in the presence of the pope himself.

“So Francis is backing breast-feeding in public! That is sure to warm [the hearts] of pro-nursing feminists and maybe raise a few eyebrows among the traditional set,” wrote David Gibson of Religion News Service. But, he also notes that the pope’s sentiment rings true with religious tradition.

“The earliest symbol of God’s love for humanity was the infant Jesus at Mary’s breast,” Gibson wrote.