I actually think it’s a good thing that we atheists don’t all agree on everything. Matt and I disagree on a few points. In this first episode of the Ra-Men, my co-host, Mark Nebo of BeSecular and I will argue with Matt Dillahunty about whether Christians are truly sincere about their beliefs. He says they are; I say they’re not. Hear why.
Jesus picks His very favorite moments from Betty’s videos from 2008 through July 2014.
At 2:06, you get this bit:
God slept with Mary to have Jesus, but God is Jesus so Jesus had sex with his own mother to conceive himself. Try running the DNA on that crime scene.
Evangelical Christians around the globe are increasingly holding large children’s revivals where they practice a disturbing ritual called “anointing by the holy spirit,” “being slain by the holy spirit,” “catching the holy ghost,” or “falling out.”
It is intimidating, physically coercive, deeply stressful, and emotionally manipulative. Children are under tremendous pressure to cooperate, to mimic the adults’ bizarre behaviors, and to avoid being judged unworthy, disappointing, or worse, under satan’s spell.
The older children and teens are under great peer pressure to fit in. The youngest simply don’t understand they’re supposed to fall over. Their purity and honesty shines through.
Most are acting, consciously or subconsciously, feeling anxiety and guilt long afterward for not having the “genuine” experience they imagine the rest are surely having. Others are infected by the contagion of mass hysteria, a temporary insanity driven by the shouting, the music, and the cacophony of adults “speaking in tongues” (glossolalia) — meaningless babbling with the same origin as the toppling over.
The preachers, of course, are paid for results.
What kind of belief system must force itself on children, long before they are able to understand and decide for themselves?
It is child abuse and should not be permitted.
Sarah Palin recently gave a speech after taking a fistful of prescription goodness. The only surprise? It actually did have a discernible effect on her word salad! I couldn’t resist having a little Fair Use fun with video (but only out of Christian concern).