Apollo as god

In mythology, Apollo is one of the most important and many-sided of the Olympian deities. Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo )

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Only Thing Missing was the Cotton Candy

Christians unite to hate the devil but how they love Jesus, the so-called center of their religion devotion, shows just how DIS-united they truly are.

The Christian carnival we saw this afternoon and evening in front of the Civic Center Music Hall was a perfect demonstration of the wide variety of America's love for Jesus and all things connected with him bloody, torturous, repressive, and ignorant.

These demonstrators against the alleged Black Mass performed by an amateur drama club were not your average Sunday morning main stream worshipers that come to my mind such as Baptists of any variety, Presbyterians, Methodists, or even Episcopalians and Roman Catholics.

The agitation invoked by Paul Cloakley, CEO of OKC Catholics, Inc.--to try and stop a satiric version of the conventional mass--stirred up more than his own parishioner-stockholders.  He agitated the cockroaches of believers who come out at the slightest provocation to feed on religious dissension, their life's blood.

I walked around this evening and took photos of the colorful extravaganza of signs, curses, and hysteria.

The only thing missing was the cotton candy.

An unused cross is a terrible thing to waste.

Even vegetarians get the dig from the flat-earthers.

It's always odd to see the east front of a
building with sunlight on it at sunset.

A sad figure.


A rainbow blessing.

Jesus made a personal appearance

A member of the red sash contingent.

Venerating a Cracker but Ducking the Rape of Children

Right up front:  If people want to think the age of the Renaissance or earlier was the heyday of religious thought and practice and like to retreat to a time capsule where they can speak Latin, wear clothing made from fabric only the royalty and clerics of the time could afford, all paid for by the sweat and blood of the workers, I say, Yeah, go for it.

However, the lid on that time capsule needs to get screwed back on tight when those time dwellers think the public forum can be limited when their religion and its hocus-pocus ceremonies are mocked in public

I attended this afternoon's séance at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Oklahoma City held in an attempt to intimidate city officials into canceling the permit of a group of Satanists who intend to perform a Black Mass satire of the more familiar Roman Mass.

I overheard to ushers say that 2,000 programs were printed and all of them had been handed out and there was still a large number of people walking on to the church grounds with 20 minutes to start time.

The gymnasium was used for the overflow with a big screen projection and speakers were mounted in the parking lot.  Streets were barricaded for a two-block perimeter in the neighborhood.  Plenty of police, sheriff's deputies, and hunter-orange clad church ushers were to be seen.

From my own observations made perambulating the area I saw not a sign of obstruction.
It will be most valuable to see if the same courtesy is afforded those who attend tonight's Black Mass at the Civic Center.

Paul Coakley, CEO of Catholics of OKC, Inc., claims the Black Mass is a sacrilege even though he admitted in his pep rally speech this afternoon that there was no "consecrated host" involved.

He went on to say that this afternoon's rally was not to protest the Black Mass but to adore and venerate the one "true food and blood" of Christians.

Oh, I know a few Baptists who would take issue with that statement.

After looking at my photos of the full regalia of the Knights of Columbus, monstrances, cloaks, hoods, plumed headdresses, and candle holders tell me why Catholics have any better view of the world then the Satanists.

How is it that the dirty hands of a priest who has committed the rape of children (The rapes are always plural.) can touch bare handed the "consecrated host" to place it in the windowed monstrance to put it on public view and it's called veneration?

Yet for some amateur drama club to use an ordinary cracker and satirize the Catholic Mass is an atrocity crying to City Hall officials to forbid.

As far as I know Satanists haven't got away with the mass rape of children entrusted to their care as Catholics around the world have let their priests commit, generation after generation.

All in all, it was a disappointing afternoon:  not a single vision was reported or miracle observed.

Clicking inside the photo will enlarge it.

Someone tell me why a public school bus was there?

The T-shirt says, "Ask me why you deserve hell/"
Westboro Catholic Contingent?

Overflow view from the back of the gym.  

Dig the plumes. Costumes from which century?

Direct from the Middle Ages

"Consecrated" Hosts and Raped Children

I don't think the average non-catholic X-tian fully understands the silliness of the catholic view of the "consecrated host".  Catholics REALLY do think the "consecrated host" IS the "body" of their "resurrected" jesus.  And officially they admit the outward appearance of the cracker remains the same before and after the procedure used by the officiating priest to call down the body and blood of jesus.  It's not pretend, it's the real thing for them.  The absolute madness of this belief is--well--beyond belief by any sane person, be they protestant or atheist.  To think that this practice continues centuries after the scientific discoveries made during and after the Renaissance by astronomers such as Galileo, Kepler, and  Copernicus and our more recent moderns such as Hubbard and Herschel, leaves me all the more convinced that religious belief is a form of severe mental illness.

The Greeks and Egyptians had the circumference of the earth--meaning they KNEW the earth was spheroid--down to a number close to our modern results indicates to me that, through centuries, religious belief, especially of the catholic kind, is guilty of crimes against humanity in the suppression of scientific knowledge that could alleviate human suffering.

I haven't touched on the heinous coverup of the rape of children by priests, these middle men of christ, empowered with this hocus-pocus alchemy of vegetable grain into an unseen godly homunculus that can't even "rescue" itself from the hands of pagans.


clip  Msgr. Brankin, the official exorcist for his diocese for the last four years, said to the Catholic website Aleteia, "I am profoundly relieved that this group has returned to Archbishop Coakley the Consecrated Host which they intended to desecrate, but am still concerned that they have not backed away from all the other blasphemies and sacrileges involved in this ritual worship of Satan."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Is Your Religious Belief Founded on Granite Monuments?

This story from Newsok concerning the first ruling concerning the constitutionality of a privately funded granite monument on public property is not accurate.  Are we surprised?  One of the plaintiffs is not a former educator and  "Section 5" is  Article 2, section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

In addition, Oklahoma Attorney-General Scott Pruitt is wrong in saying monuments such as this are allowed by courts.  This ruling from the Supreme Court says something more down to earth than the religious fervor of the state's lawyer allows.  http://edition.cnn.com/2003/LAW/11/04/scotus.tencommandments/

The ACLU of Oklahoma will be appealing.

Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument, photo by James Nimmo

 Article 2, section 5*makes no allowance for alleged historicity, the grounds, or should I say, quicksand, Judge Prince used for his ruling.  Article 2, section. 5 delineates quite clearly that tax money is NOT to be used in anyway for religious purposes.  Taxes paid to the state REMAIN public money and do not metamorphose into a private fund for the private spiritual beliefs of legislators.   Judge Prince failed to point out just exactly the historicity he finds compelling. Where is the mention of the Ten Commandments in the Constitution or the accompanying Bill of Rights?  Religion is mentioned only twice in the Federal Constitution, both times in a way that quarantines the infection of divisive religious belief from the body politic.

Privately funded religious monument on pubic property,
photo by James Nimmo

I could point out that Judge Prince is an appointee of Gov. Mary Fallin, that he is on the ballot for re-election this coming November, and that his campaign page states he attends Quail Springs Baptist Church, but why resort to the tactics used by the flat-earthers who claim the bible is the only book anyone needs to read be it for science, medicine, or civil law.  The plain language of the Oklahoma Constitution should be enough for reasonable people confident that their faith belief  needs no granite monuments from humans.

*“No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.”

Monday, September 8, 2014

Common Garden Variety of Prejudice Thrown at Same-Gender Couples

Photo courtesy of  http://phoragingphotos.blogspot.com

History records Samuel Johnson saying that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

We're told terrorist acts are the work of cowards, especially so when innocent women and children are the targets, which begs the question:  Are all men guilty and suitable targets for terrorism?  Let me store that question away for another time.

What are we to make of elected officials with degrees in the law who make arguments that marriage equality puts children at risk?

The Ninth Circuit of Appeals will soon be hearing oral arguments in marriage-equality cases from Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada where the defenders of discrimination are using the protection of children as their shield defending the common garden variety of prejudice thrown at same-gender couples.

What are we to make of this quote:

"A child's formative years are benefited by the presence of both a mother and a father," attorneys for the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage wrote in court filings in the Nevada case. "The man-woman marriage institution vindicates the child's interest in knowing and being raised by her own natural mother and father."

Two very important sharp points punch holes is this defense of discrimination--

1) What about single parent households?  Should those children be removed from the home?
Just when do the "formative years" end?  I'm well into middle-age, yet I'm still being "formed" by my         parents.

2) What about adopted children who do not know and may never know who their "natural parents" are?
"Vindicate" is an odd choice of word to use generically to "defend" children.  Isn't it more likely the use of "vindicate" is wishful thinking of the discrimination defenders to justify their own personal attitude toward civil equality for gay and lesbians?

One very good piece of news is that the three judge panel hearing these marriage equality cases have already made previous written rulings concerning gay equality in Prop 8 from California, eligibility of gay people to serve on juries, and  the unconstitutionality of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Read more details here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/08/9th-circuit-same-sex-marriage-cases/15275701/