Back in November, a 3-day old newborn girl was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso.
According to Miguel Ampuero, of the Police Investigative Unit (Chile’s FBI), "The baby was naked. They strapped tape around her mouth to keep her from screaming. Then they placed her on a board. After calling on the spirits they threw her on the bonfire alive."
This was done with the consent of the baby's mother, and under the guidance of this religious sect's leader, Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete who also answers to the title of “Antares de la luz” (Antares of the Light). Gaete believes himself to be a deity.
Gaete also believed the child to be the Anti-Christ which would bring about the end of the world.
Ampuero points out that his sect wasn't just some fringe cult, "Everyone in this sect was a professional. We have someone who was a veterinarian and who worked as a flight attendant, we have a filmmaker, a draftsman. Everyone has a university degree. "
It's not a proper Christian holiday unless there's a group freakout over some imagined secularist attack on their beliefs.
And this Easter pent up Christian outrage is frothing over. Well, I'm not sure "pent up" is the right phrase since it rarely seems contained.
But today, Google has made itself a target in the "Culture Wars" because it is Caesar Chavez's birthday and they chose to honor the deceased labor leader instead of a resurrected zombie Jesus with their Google "doodle."
Now I'm no expert or anything, but I kinda think Jesus would have dug Caesar Chavez.
Christians were also outraged in 2010 when Google honored Hans Christian Andersen's birthday instead of Good Friday. But c'mon, he at least has "Christian" in his name.
Personally, I am outraged every Good Friday when my recycling isn't picked up because of some bogus sectarian holiday.
Bing responded with a non-religous but more holiday-spirited theme of Easter Eggs.
In 2011, March 31 was declared "Caesar Chavez Day."
It is also amusing to see the number of outraged right wing Christian conservatives who don't know the difference between Hugo Chavez and Caesar Chavez.
He believes his god sent Superstorm Sandy because of Maryland's Question 6.
“While he [New York's Mayor Blumberg] was here, he got word that he needed to go back to New York because a storm was going to hit New York and he needed to go back and make preparations. ... So here was the mayor of New York giving a quarter of a million dollars, coming down to Maryland discussing the matter. While he’s here somebody whispers in the ear, you better go back home and protect your stock because God is sending judgment. The thing came through the area. You have to understand the season and the time. It’s almost the end of hurricane season, but God sent one of the biggest hurricanes ever.”
According to a new Gallup poll, Only 1 in 3 Americans can correctly identify President Barack Obama as a Christian. 44% of Americans say they don't know his religion. 11% of Americans think Obama is a Muslim. 18% of Republicans believe Obama is a Musliam.
Of course, religion really shouldn't matter when it comes to electing representatives, but to many Americans it does, and they're getting it wrong.
Meet Pastor Curtis Knapp of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas.
He is using the Bible to call for the goverment to execute homosexuals.
Citing Leviticus 20 in his sermon, Knapp claims:
"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. They should be put to death.
"'Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them?' No, I’m saying the government should. They won’t, but they should.
"You say, 'Oh, I can’t believe you, you’re horrible. You’re a backwards neanderthal of a person.' Is that what you’re calling scripture? Is God a neanderthal, backwards in his morality? Is it His word or not? If it’s His word, he commanded it. It’s His idea, not mine. And I’m not ashamed of it.
"He said put them to death. Shall the church drag them in? No, I’m not saying that. The church has not been given the power of the sort; the government has. But the government ought to [kill them]. You got a better idea? A better idea than God?"
He is preaching to his congregation that we put gays in interment camps and simply wait for them to all die off.
"Build a great, big, large fence -- 150 or 100 mile long -- put all the lesbians in there. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out...and you know what, in a few years, they'll die out...do you know why? They can't reproduce!"
Perhaps that's what we should do Southern Baptists?
Remember, these folks get tax breaks you and I don't in order to have an audience to say this shit to.
Catholic leader Bill Donohue (The Catholic League) gives us a valuable moment of honesty regarding what his side really wants - which is for the law to discriminate against every relationship except marriage between a man and a woman.
So they not only want discrimination against gay marriage, but for heteros who, as he calls it, "shack up".
"I want the law to discriminate against straight people who live together — I used to call it “shacking up,” but now it’s called cohabitation. I want the law to discriminate against all alternative lifestyles, against gays and unions. I want to promote and to put in a privileged position that institution of marriage between a man and a woman, which has been shown over and over to be the gold standard."
Meet Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson. This pastor is a frequent guest on FOX News. He's not a big fan of women having the right to vote. In fact, in a sermon he said:
“I think that one of the greatest mistakes that America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should have never turned that over to women.”
“It was a big mistake…these women are voting in the wrong people. They’re voting in people who are evil, who agree with them…Men in the good old days understood the nature of the women, they were not afraid to deal with them.”