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10-10-2012, 09:06 AM
RE: The silliest, funniest, and most absurd thing that _____ beleives.
(10-10-2012 07:37 AM)Ozzie Wrote:  
(10-10-2012 07:10 AM)Matthew Laramore Wrote:  America-wise, 3 words; Westboro Baptist Church.

Not really, because most Evangelicals agree with the message...which is extreme intolerance towards gays. The only thing that people find outrageous is that these guys show their bigotry out in the open, while most Evangelicals keep it mostly hidden (except for the occasional outburst.)

That and the fact that Westboro is anti-American, while most Evangelicals believe that America is God's country and English is God's language. But other than those small differences, there is little that separates the people of Westboro Baptist Church from the rest of the born-again Evangelical crowd.

Perhaps I shall elaborate, watch any interview with Sarah Phelps is a good start. The routine goes as a schedule of emotions. Well mannered, a little angered but still calm, feisty, furious, and then finally cat fight. Next watch any recorded ad featuring Fred Phelps as anchor and/or as minister as he somehow goes from gays reproducing WW2 to eating babies at the apocalypse, and then occasional random screech of "GOD HATES FAGS" reminiscent of when Hitler broadcasted his rage in his speeches. Next watch some of their picket videos, and align this with their numerous run ins with the law, if you watch the countless insults they have presented against the Constitution and then watch them use the very same document to defend themselves in court, and don't be hesitant to watch the many mock picketers (one of my online friends who is a theist actually participated in one in Chicago with a Chuck Norris sign) among the majority of the American population this all and more indeed qualifies as silly, funny and absurd.

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10-10-2012, 09:16 AM
RE: The silliest, funniest, and most absurd thing that _____ beleives.
(10-10-2012 09:06 AM)Matthew Laramore Wrote:  
(10-10-2012 07:37 AM)Ozzie Wrote:  Not really, because most Evangelicals agree with the message...which is extreme intolerance towards gays. The only thing that people find outrageous is that these guys show their bigotry out in the open, while most Evangelicals keep it mostly hidden (except for the occasional outburst.)

That and the fact that Westboro is anti-American, while most Evangelicals believe that America is God's country and English is God's language. But other than those small differences, there is little that separates the people of Westboro Baptist Church from the rest of the born-again Evangelical crowd.

Perhaps I shall elaborate, watch any interview with Sarah Phelps is a good start. The routine goes as a schedule of emotions. Well mannered, a little angered but still calm, feisty, furious, and then finally cat fight. Next watch any recorded ad featuring Fred Phelps as anchor and/or as minister as he somehow goes from gays reproducing WW2 to eating babies at the apocalypse, and then occasional random screech of "GOD HATES FAGS" reminiscent of when Hitler broadcasted his rage in his speeches. Next watch some of their picket videos, and align this with their numerous run ins with the law, if you watch the countless insults they have presented against the Constitution and then watch them use the very same document to defend themselves in court, and don't be hesitant to watch the many mock picketers (one of my online friends who is a theist actually participated in one in Chicago with a Chuck Norris sign) among the majority of the American population this all and more indeed qualifies as silly, funny and absurd.

Ok, I see what you mean. You are referring to the way the message is delivered, rather than the message being radically different from what other evangelicals believe. In that context, I agree with you that Phelps makes Evangelicals like Sarah Palin look like very reasonable people. And I do agree that most Americans (Evangelicals included) would find the Phelps anti-Americanism totally absurd.

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10-10-2012, 09:25 AM
RE: The silliest, funniest, and most absurd thing that _____ beleives.
Satan put dinosaur bones on the Earth to try and deceive people.

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10-10-2012, 11:56 AM
RE: The silliest, funniest, and most absurd thing that _____ beleives.
The whole notion of the Bible being divinely inspired.

Why do I think this is among the silliest?
People that believe this say God did not write the Bible, but inspired it. The inspiration supposedly gave the authors freedom of expression such that the details did not come from God, but the underlying messages did. The problem is people then use this as an excuse to explain everything in the Bible that contradicts common sense as being "details" and everything that doesn't as being "underlying messages". How very convenient! Plus, how does one accurately separate details from the underlying messages anyway? And why would any god communicate in such a confusing manner?

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10-10-2012, 12:41 PM
RE: The silliest, funniest, and most absurd thing that _____ beleives.
(10-10-2012 11:56 AM)Impulse Wrote:  The whole notion of the Bible being divinely inspired.

Why do I think this is among the silliest?
People that believe this say God did not write the Bible, but inspired it. The inspiration supposedly gave the authors freedom of expression such that the details did not come from God, but the underlying messages did. The problem is people then use this as an excuse to explain everything in the Bible that contradicts common sense as being "details" and everything that doesn't as being "underlying messages". How very convenient! Plus, how does one accurately separate details from the underlying messages anyway? And why would any god communicate in such a confusing manner?

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10-10-2012, 01:01 PM
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Two words: Mormon Undies.
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Ok, five words: Mormon anti demon rape undies. Dodgy

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10-10-2012, 01:01 PM
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Mormonism.

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10-10-2012, 01:47 PM
RE: The silliest, funniest, and most absurd thing that _____ beleives.
(10-10-2012 12:41 PM)Dark Light Wrote:  
(10-10-2012 11:56 AM)Impulse Wrote:  The whole notion of the Bible being divinely inspired.

Why do I think this is among the silliest?
People that believe this say God did not write the Bible, but inspired it. The inspiration supposedly gave the authors freedom of expression such that the details did not come from God, but the underlying messages did. The problem is people then use this as an excuse to explain everything in the Bible that contradicts common sense as being "details" and everything that doesn't as being "underlying messages". How very convenient! Plus, how does one accurately separate details from the underlying messages anyway? And why would any god communicate in such a confusing manner?

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10-10-2012, 02:02 PM
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(10-10-2012 09:25 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  Satan put dinosaur bones on the Earth to try and deceive people.

Wait. What ?
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10-10-2012, 02:09 PM
RE: The silliest, funniest, and most absurd thing that _____ beleives.
(10-10-2012 02:02 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(10-10-2012 09:25 AM)kingschosen Wrote:  Satan put dinosaur bones on the Earth to try and deceive people.

Wait. What ?
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It's true. Also the universe *is* really big, but God put the light from faraway stars right *there* 6000 years ago so it would *look like* it was billions of years old and fool all those silly scientists with their accurate measuring instruments... Hobo
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