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Toyota Super Bowl XLVI Ad (still), via (UK) Daily MailA group known as the Parents Television Council — which does not represent “parents” so much as it represents America’s militant Religious Right — is downright furious over this year’s crop of Super Bowl commercials. Being modern-day Puritans, they are enraged at the idea that Americans might see anything even remotely suggestive. The Religious Right’s house organ, Fox News, offers this story on their anger and fury (WebCite cached article):

This year’s commercials, which began airing at 6:30 pm, a time when millions of children could be tuning in, were racier and more sexually suggestive than ever, according to the Parents Television Council.

Among the offenders were a hypersexualized Teleflora ad promising your girlfriend will do anything you want if you just order her some flowers; a Toyota Camry ad featuring a couch made of lingerie clad models; and a Fiat commercial where a beautiful model seduces a man on the street, has foam from a drink dripped on her chest, and then turns into a car.

You see, the PTC believes that, because they object to anything risqué being shown on TV, that this means no one in the entire country should be able to see anything risqué on TV. In other words, they’re assuming their own subjective beliefs trump everyone else’s freedoms.

Nice, huh? Unfortunately this is rather routine Religious Right thinking … that they have certain beliefs, ergo, everyone is required to live by them, whether they want to or not.

As a way of “tweaking” these militant Puritans, I’m embedding some of these commercials right here. Enjoy!

To anyone in the Religious Right who might actually have the courage to read this far (I know some of you are out there, I’ve heard from you, after all!): Please take note of something called the Streisand effect; what you make a big deal of complaining about, you actually call attention to, thus spreading it even further than it would have gone, had you simply kept your whiny, juvenile little mouths shut. If you’d just fucking grow the hell up, all these things that so aggravate you would roll off your backs, and no one would be any the wiser.

Photo credit: Still from Toyota ad, via the (UK) Daily Mail.

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Attention Lunatic AtheistsIt’s definitely the time of year for religious ads … as well as non-religious ads. Atheist bus ads are nothing new, but as the New York Times reports, Christians down in Ft Worth, Texas have added a new wrinkle to them (WebCite cached article):

Stand on a corner in this city and you might get a case of theological whiplash.

A public bus rolls by with an atheist message on its side: “Millions of people are good without God.” Seconds later, a van follows bearing a riposte: “I still love you. — God,” with another line that says, “2.1 billion Christians are good with God.”

A clash of beliefs has rattled this city ever since atheists bought ad space on four city buses to reach out to nonbelievers who might feel isolated during the Christmas season.

The problem, of course, is those damned uppity atheists, who don’t know their place in Texas — the Buckle of the Bible Belt — and who won’t stay silent and invisible:

“We want to tell people they are not alone,” said Terry McDonald, the chairman of Metroplex Atheists, part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason, which paid for the atheist ads. …

But the reaction from believers has been harsher than anyone in the nonbeliever’s club expected. Some ministers organized a boycott of the buses, with limited success. Other clergy members are pressing the Fort Worth Transportation Authority to ban all religious advertising on public buses. And a group of local businessmen paid for the van with the Christian message to follow the atheist-messaged buses around town.

These militant Christians have all kinds of excuses for why they’re so incensed about the atheist ads. First, the “it’s the holiday season” objection:

“It’s a season to share good will toward all men,” [Rev. Kyev Tatum Sr., president of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference] said. “To have this at this time come out with a blatant disrespect of our faith, we think is unconscionable.”

Well, golly gee, Pastor … I had absolutely no idea that those vicious atheists were supposed to consult their calendars and mark off entire months in which never to advertise!

Next, it’s the “public property” objection:

“I’m not against them getting their message out,” said the Rev. Julius L. Jackson, pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. “I just don’t think it should be on public transportation.”

That said, religious groups can advertise on Ft Worth buses, as the Times points out:

Dick Ruddell, the president of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, said churches were free to advertise. … “There is nothing in the policy about religious content,” he said.

So those atheists are supposed to refrain from doing something that’s otherwise permissible, because … uh … er … um … what was that reason, again?

Hat tip: The Friendly Atheist blog.

Photo credit: Chairman Meow.

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Time is running out!Harold Camping, a presumed Bible scholar who runs a network of Christian radio stations, claims he knows when the Second Coming of Christ will take place: May 21, 2011. He and his ministry are so confident in that prediction that they’ve taken out bench advertisements around the country to warn people of it. Lauri Lebo at Religion Dispatches has the story (WebCite cached article):

A friend snapped this photo on the way to work in Colorado Springs:

Date of rapture announcement (2011-05-21)

Apparently, these pictures have been popping up around the country, with sightings from Erie to Waco to the Bay Area.

Lebo points out that Camping’s past predictions have not panned out too well:

This is not the first time Camping has predicted Judgment Day:

On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.

But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error.

Camping’s ministry’s Web site also proudly announces the May 2011 date (cached), and he appears to want to beat the New Agers and their “Mayan prophecy 2012 doomsday” at their own game:

We are living at a time when mankind seems to sense that the end of all things is very near. Just about everyone has a theory as to how the world is threatened and when that end might come. The media and the Internet are full of doomsday speculations concerning the New Age “Mayan Calendar” and the year 2012.

The crap about the Mayans predicting the end of the universe in December of 2012 is complete bullshit, as I’ve already blogged. The Mayans themselves couldn’t even predict the coming collapse of their own civilization, which happened around 900 CE, so one can hardly expect them to have been any more accurate about the end of the universe.

Camping and his followers claim he’s some sort of Biblical scholar, however, he — and they — appear not to have read this important verse, concerning the coming of the Son of Man:

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (Matthew 24:36)

Thus, the Second Coming cannot be predicted. Anyone who says s/he knows “the day” or “the hour” it will happen, can only be lying, because only “the Father” knows when it is. Jesus admits even he does not know when it will be! It also means the name of Camping’s Web site — “We Can Know” — runs contrary to scripture.

Not only is this not the first failed prediction Camping has made, the history of Christianity is littered with past failed predictions of when “the End” was supposed to have come — but didn’t. James “the Amazing” Randi compiled a list of some of these, and they comprise Appendix 3 (cached) of his Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural (which is available online for free). “End of the world” predictions are common and apparently easy to rationalize away when they fail. My guess is that, on May 22, 2011, Harold Camping will be rationalizing away the failure of his Jesus to show up and vacuum the Christians off the surface of the planet.

Update 1: I’ve set up a special page on my blog, counting down to Camping’s predicted Rapture and Armageddon. Just so everyone is prepared … to laugh at Camping’s idiocy, when they fail to come to pass as he predicts.

Update 2: I’ve posted a static page on my blog explaining — in terms of scripture itself — why all “Bible prophecies” are baloney. Have a look, if you’re interested.

Update 3: Camping’s followers are now trolling the country, trying to stir up apocalypticism, as part of their “Project Caravan.”

Update 4: The Rapture is now less than a week away. I’ll bet you can’t wait!

Update 5: As one would expect, non-Campingite Christians are angling away from Family Radio and their Rapture prediction. Unfortunately for them, they can’t do that; such predictions have been part of Christianity since its inception, Jesus himself made some of them!

Top photo credit: Sister72. Middle photo credit: Religion Dispatches.

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