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Facebook seems to be a never-ending source of both amusement and frustration for me. I used to block people who would post something completely ludicrous. Now I use it to see what bullcrap is being posted and being passed off as fact. Today one of my Facebook friends posted a link to an article from …

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Little-known Mass celebrated in Phila: I thought this was an interesting article about a Christmas Mass that I never heard of called the Low Mass of the Dawn or the Shepherds’ Mass. Basically it’s just a stripped down low-key mass without all the hippy songs and lifeless repetition from the congregation. Just the Liturgy. If …

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Lawsuit would challenge oath, invocation:
Everyone’s favorite militant atheist is back in the news again. You may remember Michael Newdow from some years ago when he tried to get the phrase ‘under God’ removed from the Pledge of Allegiance citing his daughter was offended by it. Then it turned out that not only did he not have custody of his daughter but his daughter was a practicing Christian.
Well he’s back and now he’s going after…wait a sec…is this correct…he’s going after Barack Obama?

Michael Newdow believes references to God or religion are unconstitutional. He wants to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the oath of office and block the invocation prayer from Pastor Rick Warren.

At least he’s non-partisan. But again I have to ask all those wishing to do away with all the references to God exactly what religion is being endorsed by the government? Would that be Judaism, Islam, or one of the many variants of Christianity? And how are any of these words endorsing a state religion. There is no Church of America like there is a Church of England.
For someone who is supposed to be a lawyer Mr. Newdow doesn’t seem too bright.

This story actually happened last week and really didn’t garner that much attention but It gives me a chance to educate everyone on the sham that is Christmas.
Anyway it seems that some people with pre-wadded panties at UNC-Chapel Hill got their noses bent because the school library had a tradition of displaying Christmas trees. They said they were offended at the ‘Christian’ display. Which of course resulted in the Christians being offended over the heathens being offended. Now let this Christian set everyone straight.
Both sides are 100% wrong.
How is that possible you ask? Well, there’s more than two sides of a story. In this case there’s my side, or as I like to call it…the truth.
Either side who thinks a Christmas tree is a Christian symbol is dead wrong. The decorating of trees was originally a Pagan practice. After the Roman Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity the Empire sought to stomp out other religions. Christmas came about when the Empire decided to celebrate Christ’s birth rather than the Pagan winter celebration so they co-opted may of their winter traditions into Christmas.
Speaking of Constantine and Christ’s birth, Christ was not born on December 25th. Again the Pagan winter festival was co-opted. One theory even states that December 25th was Constantine’s birthday. Early Christians celebrated the baptism of Jesus on January 6th on the feast of the Epiphany.
So basically Christians who celebrate Christmas are basically celebrating a Pagan festival, or the birthday of Constantine. Take your pick.
On the other hand if you’re faithless and you exchange presents with someone on December 25th you really shouldn’t call it Christmas. Say happy winter solstice or something like that since the word Christmas is from Middle English and means Christ’s Mass.
After the reformation some Christian faith’s didn’t even celebrate Christmas and Easter was considered the high holy day of Christianity since it was the Resurrection of Christ.
So in conclusion Christmas sucks, I hate it, bah humbug, and I wished the Grinch had killed the Whos.

As always it was your pleasure.

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Back during the 2004 election I joked that John Kerry and John Edwards were antichrists.
I was going to make one about Senator Obama but he doesn’t look like anyone from a horror movie.
Since I was raised Roman Catholic I don’t believe in the end times or the Rapture so I don’t put too much stock into an antichrist. So do I think Senator Obama is the antichrist? Not in the least though. Even though he does fit that false messiah description. I don’t think Senator Obama did that on purpose but the Kool-Aid drinking sect of his supporters have.
Remember kids, not everyone on the right is religious and not all of us that are religious are nutbags.

6.6.6: Tuesday is June 6, 2006: I normally don’t inflict my religious views on people but since “666” has been in the news lately I’d thought I’d share this article with you. This is especially for people who think that the Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John and that it foretells the …

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