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July 02, 2008

LOL Christs

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This guy can certainly wield a pencil. He's going to go to hell of course.

"Wield a pencil"?? Dude, the man's using a PhotoShop filter that makes images look like they are pencilled.

Are those supposed to be funny?

I don't get it, LB. Why does the idea of Christ seem to ... get to you so much?

Too bad about your friend who got robbed and shot, btw. Hopefully he'll make out just fine by himself.

Disappointing.

Dude, the man's using a PhotoShop filter

I don't doubt it. A few years back I made a dichotomous key based on selected bones for small and juvenile fish in a major river basin. I took me months of tedious pencil sketching bones and transcribing to pen drawings to do it, then someone told me recently that PhotoShop has automated the process.

Why does the idea of Christ seem to ... get to you so much?

I can’t speak for Beyerstein, but I can tell you why the idea of Christ gets to me so much. It’s the notion that there’s some cosmic guy out there that cares about each and every one of us all the time in all circumstances, when it’s pretty obvious that our fates and our lives are of no more significance to the broader cosmos than pebbles rolling around in the surf. It’s the fact that people crave such a notion to such an extent that they’ll latch on to a creed born in the provinces of the Roman Empire, whose theological concepts grew for the next two millennia through endless more or less contingent and stochastic twists, turns and schisms to become dozens of different cults with mutually exclusive but equally improbable doctrines and rituals. And it’s the fact that once having seized on the Christ notion -and this is what actually gets to me- millions of people feel they’ve got a cosmically sanctioned bludgeon to use as they like. Our president is one of them. I don’t see much evidence that belief necessarily yields the peace, tolerance, love-thy-neighbor life that was supposedly Jesus’ message.

You guys aren't "on message". Democrats and liberals are trying to pretend to be respectful and friendly to Christianity these days, at least until Obama wins the election. What this links to is very close to hate speech. No tenet of Christianity is criticized here. The man who many feel is the embodiment of God is degraded without reason.

I don't recall you linking to the Mohammad cartoons. That would have taken some physical courage in a blog where you use your name and likeness. Guess you're pretty sure that the Christians won't come and saw your head off. So, mock away.

The man who many feel is the embodiment of God is degraded

We're in the midst of a war that is openly waged against people we consider infidels, instigated by a man who declared Jesus was the major philosophical influence in his life, and that's not degrading the embodiment of God (and "Prince of Peace")?

I like Jesus a lot. What's not to like about a great teacher who said we should love other and help the poor?

These digital collages aren't making fun of Jesus, they're making fun of hokey Jesus-merch. The line drawings are well-known works of Christian kitsch marketed to people who want to believe that Jesus is some kind of imaginary friend who takes a personal interest in their driving or their work as a barber. That idea is absurd and ripe for satire.

Visually, what I find especially amusing is the fact that the artist's impression of Jesus looks like the baseball player Johnny Damon in a painter's smock.

The blogger has, in grand LOL-cat tradition, embellished them with meta-commentary.

I can has stigmata?

cfrost

Nice try. Not worthy of a response.

But upon reflection, I think that this link is most indicative of where most libs/Dems come down on Christianity. They despise it. It will be interesting to see if the Obama/Dem strategy of "lets pretend that we respect the evangelicals" fools anybody.

cfrost:
Thanks for the detailed explanation. I always wondered how Anti-Semitism works, and you've given a clear example.

People get all worked up, logically as you've shown, that others have a concept they don't share: That G-d made a special pact with one people, promising them benefits over and above the rest, via the covenant.

Then, instead of letting it go... getting past your own lack of belief, you take it personally.

Interesting how you were able to illustrate their attitude and mindset in your comments above. Thanks again.

I like Jesus a lot. What's not to like about a great teacher who said we should love other and help the poor?

Maybe you have to laugh at his message because you simply don't see how it could be real those preachings. Poor you.

Jesus is some kind of imaginary friend who takes a personal interest in their driving or their work as a barber. That idea is absurd and ripe for satire.

Actually, Jesus is with us 24/7 -- in our business practices, in our dealing with other drivers on the road, in our encounters with strangers.

I think once your own life is more fulfilled, you're less likely to be so bitter and laughing spitefully at those who think and practice differently. Never forget.

This stuff is a clumsy equivalent of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion". But it is instructive. It absolutely gives an insight into the hatred many in post-religious Democratic/lefty/progressive types feel about religion.

Its not enough that they don't believe or practice themselves. They have to go well out of their way to mock what other people believe. Vile, supremely disrespectful stuff indeed, but yes keep it up. Get this into the open.

This thread is developing exactly as I'd hoped it would--a concern-trolling fest for the ages. Phantom's working the "utterly irrelevant Obama references" angle, and Mary's bringing the "More in sorrow than in anger" like nobody's business.

Large popcorn please, no butter.

UK

Lets see if you can fool some of the people some of the time. Dems/lefties tend to loathe Christianity, and this is just another indication of that.

I'm not a believer, but I'd never think of posting stuff like this. I've never seen anything equivalent on any righty site, but I have seen/heard many anti-religion comments on lefty sites and from lefty people, including friends of many years.

So mock away, but do not pretend that you guys respect Jesus or Christianity. You despise him, it, and those who are believers. Quit the bullshit, and speak the truth for once.

Once again, Phantom, you clearly know more about my opinions than I do, so there's no point in even trying to have a "discussion" about this. You know what vile, disgusting things lurk in the hearts of evil lefties like me, just as Mary knows that Lindsay is a profoundly unhappy and unfulfilled person, because she doesn't share Mary's opinions and religious beliefs.

So I'm gonna kick back and lurk while you and Mary tag-team the tut-tutting. Knock yourselves out.

I could care less what your opinions are. I speak in specific terms about this site and in general terms about the American left.

I was making fun of this shit five years ago! Jesus instructing the guy from American Movie on how to illegally get free cable? Priceless!

Uncle K:

Really -- you find the peanut butter cartoon she posted funny? I don't get it ... not offended, but I don't really see the ha-ha there, much less the LOL.

It's the "if you believe JC is with you, you're ripe for satire" moment that led to my comment. We'd never think of ridiculing a Jew for believing in that first covenant thing, nor ridicule to their face someone who prays for the Lord's presence daily.

But how that translates to Jesus taking a dog to the vet with the peanut butter issue ... I'm just not seeing the humorous connection there, unless there's some kind of underlying bitterness or need to mock other people's beliefs.

So don't believe. Personally, I'm not the evagenlizing type. If this is your "bait", I'll wait until it's accompanied by punitive actions. And usually these kinds of religiously motivated animosity, usually are.

ps. How bout a more substantive post -- I'm curious what y'all think of Barack Obama's embracing of the religious funding movement? Can't touch that one of course, hence the peanut butter Lassie LOL Jesus way of getting it out of your system, eh?

They say "in vino veritas".

Well you get a little veritas when you see what people find funny too.

Say, when's the next Democratic Party pep rally! LOL!

Dems/lefties tend to loathe Christianity

Christianity per se is not loathsome. But if I want loathsome anytime 24/7 I can turn on the radio or TV and get slimy broadcast preachers demanding a frankly authoritarian political agenda while they receive free bandwidth and tax-exempt status. Which wouldn’t be of any particular concern except for the fact that they’re well on their way to getting the authoritarian domestic and bellicose foreign policy they believe Jesus demands.

Unlike Islam, Christianity is lately mercifully free of overt violence between the major schismatic divisions; Christians having exhausted themselves in the wars of reformation during which God apparently refused to take a side. Also, unlike Islam, Christianity has finally accepted a woman’s right not to have to wear medieval costumes. (Though I hear the screwy mormonesque cult in Texas recently involved in the big child molesting brouhaha is making a land office business on the internet selling the Little House on the Prairie dresses their womenfolk wear.) So, I guess I’d be with Phantom on this one, though I’m not willing to blame the billion-odd ordinary Muslims for the fanatic excesses of their fringe lunatics just as I don’t blame Christians for the Branch Davidian fruitcakes in Waco, Texas.


cfrost:
Thanks for the detailed explanation. I always wondered how Anti-Semitism works, and you've given a clear example. - People get all worked up, logically as you've shown, that others have a concept they don't share: That G-d made a special pact with one people, promising them benefits over and above the rest, via the covenant.

I’m not sure how you get to antisemitism with this, but you’re entitled to your opinion. If someone doesn’t believe that “G-d” made a holy covenant with the peoples of Israel, I guess that makes them anti-Semitic. It seems to me that that devalues the term, but you’re free to use it as you like. I happen to think that after a few centuries of pogroms and the events of WW II it’s not unreasonable that Jews should have a place where they can be free of violence and can create their own destiny. More power to Israel, one of the most interesting countries on earth. I do not believe -and I share this belief with a couple billion others- that there is some sort of divine manifest destiny that gives the nation of Israel exclusive sovereignty over land captured in the ’67 war. The idea that the force(s) that created the universe have arranged a special destiny for a particular people is an atavistic and extremely pernicious human curse that has never done anyone any good, but whatever, Mary.

I agree that many of the TV preachers are loathesome, and that some are criminals, whose only value is entertainment when you've had a few to drink.

The GOD Channel (there is such a thing, on Directv anyway ) has some guy named Todd Bentley from Vancouver who does revivals out of a facility in Florida. His entertainment value is very high, esp when he smacks people on the forehead to cure them of diseases or to eliminate the need for wheelchairs.

This is fringe stuff, but I don't blame mainstream Christians for guys like this. I blame Canada.

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