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AngusTJonesHWOFSept2011Most of us assume that religious people are capable of feeling a certain amount of gratitude for the things they have in their lives. But all too often, they don’t. For example, fierce Christofascist Glenn Beck bolted from Fox News, the network that placed him front and center in America’s living rooms, just as soon as they’d made him famous enough to build his own publishing operation (WebCite cached article).

The latest example of a religionist publicly biting the hand that feeds him, is actor Angus Jones of Two and a Half Men. The (UK) Guardian reports that, now that he’s a fundamentalist Christian, Jones is railing against his own show and begging people not to watch it (cached):

If all publicity is good publicity, Two and a Half Men has once again hit the marketing jackpot. The show, which survives and apparently thrives on its off-screen dramas, has added new elements into the mix: God, Satan and eternal damnation.

Angus Jones, better known as the character Jake Harper, the adolescent “half” in the title, has released two videos criticising the CBS sitcom, now in its 10th season, as “filth”, and urging viewers to shun it lest they become contaminated.

The 19-year-old actor, who reportedly earns $350,000 per show, making him the highest paid teenager in US television, made the pleas after embracing the Forerunner Chronicles, a California-based Christian group which warns about evil in entertainment.

Wow. What a class act this kid is. He makes his fortune on a TV show, becoming one of the highest-paid performers in the industry … and decides to denounce it as evil and Satanic. Boy, that’s Christian gratitude for ya! Well done, kid. Well done. I’m sure your Jesus would be so proud!

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Noahs Ark 12The long tradition of people claiming to have discovered the ship in which Noah, his family, and 2 of each animal on the planet supposedly rode out the Great Flood continues. The (UK) Sun announces the earth-shattering news (locally cached version):

The remains of Noah’s Ark have been discovered 13,000 ft up a Turkish mountain, it has been claimed.

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say they have found wooden remains on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

They claim carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old — around the same time the ark was said to be afloat.

I remain skeptical of this report that the fabled Noah’s Ark has been found, and for a very good reason: Every other such report has been revealed to be a hoax. Every last one.

Perhaps the most famous was the so-called Jammal Ark Hoax in 1993; in that year, the CBS television network aired a documentary called The Incredible Discovery of Noah’s Ark by a group called Sun International Pictures. It featured a man named George Jammal who claimed to know where the Ark was and to have had lumber from it. It turns out, however, that Jammal had faked the “ark lumber” (cached) — the whole thing was a hoax from beginning to end! Sun International and CBS both claimed ignorance of the hoax and blamed Jammal. While it’s possible the venerable network had been hoodwinked, the documentarians’ innocence is more questionable. They were a great deal closer to whatever Jammal was doing, and therefore reasonably have less of an excuse for being unaware of his shenanigans.

This Skeptic magazine article goes into greater length concerning the nature of this hoax and the duplicity behind it (WebCite cached version).

With a history of 100% disingenuity behind them, all claims to have found Noah’s Ark must be viewed as false … unless and until truly compelling objective evidence — and the analysis of disinterested experts — proves them correct.

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