Category Religion

Dalai Lama’s Doctor Claims 200 Yr Old Mummified Monk is Not Dead, Just Meditating

Watch out Dalai Lama, your doc seems to be preemptively setting up a malpractice defense strategy:

A mummified monk found in the lotus position in Mongolia is ‘not dead’ and is instead one stage away from becoming a real-life Buddha, it has been claimed.

Forensic examinations are under way on the amazing remains, which are believed to be around 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin. But one expert has insisted the human relic is actually in ‘very deep meditation’ and in a rare and very special spiritual state known as ‘tukdam’.

Over the last 50 years there are said to have been 40 such cases in India involving meditating Tibetan monks.

Dr Barry Kerzin, a famous Buddhist monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, said: ‘I had the privilege to take care of some meditators who were in a tukdam state.

‘If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks – which rarely happens – his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes. Usually in this case, people who live next to the monk see a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days. This means that he has found a ‘rainbow body’. This is the highest state close to the state of Buddha’.

He added: ‘If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha. Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy’.

Christian Missionary Disappointed That Africa Wasn’t Totally Destitute

A missionary goes to Nairobi and is shocked that it’s not like a Feed the Children commercial:

Wilhelm took us to The Junction {Nairobi’s version of a mall}.
We walked around looking for a place to exchange money and eat some lunch. We hadn’t eaten anything since our flight from Paris.
We had to walk through security just to get in the door.
They opened my purse, patted us down and then we went inside.
There were guards at every store, some with machine guns and some with sticks.
I kept looking at John and then looking around me and he noticed that I was struggling to take it in.

My heart was prepared for dirt floors.
For dirty laundry hanging everywhere.
For kids that were half naked and covered in bug bites.
People who couldn’t speak English.

not this [picture of a supermarket stocked with food]

Pope Endorses Referendum Denying Marriage And Adoption Rights To Same-Sex Couples

Can we stop calling him “the good pope” now? He’s the head of an organization that cowers to a superstition and does nothing for the betterment of mankind.

Pope Francis gave his blessing on Wednesday to a referendum that would ban marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples in Slovakia, which will be voted on this Saturday.

“I greet the pilgrims from Slovakia and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Slovak church, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society,” Francis said during Wednesday’s general audience in Rome.

Slovakia is the latest battleground over LGBT family rights in Europe, which is increasingly divided between east and west. Slovakia’s parliament actually added language denying marriage recognition to same-sex couples to the country’s constitution in June, making it one of four countries in Eastern Europe to do so since 2012. The first of three questions before voters on Saturday’s ballot, which asks if marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman, won’t change the legal status quo in Slovakia. But the second question would also ban adoption for same-sex couples, and the third allows parents to withdraw their children from sexual education classes.

Saudi Arabia Holds Women’s Right Conference

Only men were invited:

The laughably prestigious University of Qassim in Saudi Arabia held one of the biggest women’s rights conferences in the Arab world last year. Ironically, the institution managed to hold the event without the advice or attendance of a single woman.

Themed around the topic of “Women in Society” the conference, held every year at the University, is supposed to set a benchmark for tolerance and progress in the region. Delegates and speakers from more than fifteen countries showed up.

As is to be expected from Saudi Arabia, a country firmly under the grip of Sharia Law, zero women attended the event. Perhaps more hypocritically, a single woman is yet to speak at a University of Qassim summit.

Muslim Cleric Declares that Selfies are a Sin

And would you guess that he specifically blames women for this?

A young Indonesian young cleric is taking a stand against selfies. In a 17- point manifesto posted on Twitter last week, popular Indonesian author and speaker Felix Siauw argued that taking a selfie often means succumbing to pride, arrogance, and ostentation—all of which make them a sin under Islam, according to Siauw.

He specifically criticizes Muslim women, writing, “These days many Muslim women are taking selfies without shame. There are usually nine frames in one photo with facial poses that are just–my goodness–where’s the purity in women?” according to a translation by Coconuts Jakarta.

Iran to Hold Cartoon Contest on Holocaust Denial in Response to Charlie Hebdo

I don’t understand the relationship between satirizing a deity and satirizing genocide but whatever.

An Iranian cultural institution has launched an international cartoon contest centered on the theme of Holocaust denial in response to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Iran’s House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex will hold the Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contest, the Tehran Times reported.

According to the report, cartoonists have until April 1st to submit their works.

The winner of the contest will receive a $12,000 cash prize and their cartoon will be shown at the Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. Second and third place finalists will receive $8,000 and $5,000, respectively.

‘Blasphemous’ Artwork Removed From Paris Exhibition

From The Telegraph:

An artwork depicting high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats has been removed from an exhibition after a Muslim group warned of possible violence in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The French-Algerian artist, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, withdrew the work from an exhibition in a northern Paris suburb with a large Muslim population after an Islamic group told local authorities it could provoke “uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents”.

It is considered disrespectful to step on Muslim prayer maps with shoes.

Ms Bouabdellah has replaced the artwork, “Silence”, previously exhibited in Paris, New York, Berlin and Madrid, with a video installation showing belly-dancing to the French national anthem, with swirling red, white and blue shawls symbolising the national flag.

The decision sparked protests from other artists who complained that freedom of expression was being undermined only weeks after 12 people were killed when gunmen attacked the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Another four people were killed at a kosher supermarket, and a policewoman was shot dead near a Jewish school.

Christian Blogger Claims to Be Under Attack By Satan for Refusing to Wear Leggings

I saw this story pop up in the news when she first decided to not wear leggings but didn’t bother linking to it. She can wear whatever she wants of course but her reasoning is very Talibanish. Now she’s claiming that she’s under attack by Satan:

A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan.

Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she said she had chosen to stop wearing leggings as pants in public to honor her Christian faith in a candid blog post that went viral.

While supporters have praised the married mother of one for promoting modesty, her Facebook page has been flooded with criticism from people who say that her post promotes gender stereotypes and sexism.

“I’ve had a lot of both positive and negative responses, probably more negative than positive … it’s definitely not what I was expecting,” Partridge told The Christian Post exclusively.

In her 500-word blog post, Partridge, who prides herself on having “your not-so-average Christian family,” shared that she made the decision to stop wearing leggings in public two months ago after having an honest conversation with her husband Dale. He admitted to her that for him it is “hard not to look” at other women in leggings.

For her, Dale’s admission validated her realization that skin tight stretch pants “may cause [men] to think lustful thoughts,” as is stated in her blog.

“I think my husband is happy and supportive of my decision, but because of the [media attention] I think that we’re under attack from Satan. We’re getting a lot of negativity,” she said. “But we’re staying strong and praying with one another and reading our bible. I think it’s brought us closer together.”

Any opinion that is contrary to yours is of course inspired by Satan. Religious fundamentalists have lives where everything is simplistic and either good or evil. Perhaps they need to read some other book besides the bible.

15 Girls in Saudi Arabia Killed in Fire Because Religious Police Said They Weren’t Properly Dressed to Evacuate

This is from 2002 but that doesn’t make it any less batshit insane.

Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.

In a rare criticism of the kingdom’s powerful “mutaween” police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.

About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred.

15 girls died in the blaze and more than 50 others were injured
According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam

Mike Huckabee: ‘God’s blessing’ will make me president to stop the atheist ‘secular theocracy’

A silly man makes a silly claim:

Former Fox News host Mike Huckabee said on Thursday that if he was elected president then he would have “God’s blessing” to fight a so-called “secular theocracy” that had been imposed by atheists.

During an appearance on the Christian Life Today program, Huckabee told televangelist James Robinson that he was considering a 2016 presidential bid because the country needed to become a “God-centered nation that understands that our laws do not come from man, they come from God.”

“It’s the natural law of God,” the former Arkansas governor said, adding that he was not calling for a theocracy.

I’m going to let Ingersoll answer Huckabee on this one:

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For many years priests have attempted to give to our Government a religious form. Zealots have succeeded in putting the legend upon our money: “In God We Trust;” and we have chaplains in the army and navy, and legislative proceedings are usually opened with prayer. All this is contrary to the genius of the Republic, contrary to the Declaration of Independence, and contrary really to the Constitution of the United States. We have taken the ground that the people can govern themselves without the assistance of any supernatural power. We have taken the position that the people are the real and only rightful source of authority. We have solemnly declared that the people must determine what is politically right and what is wrong, and that their legally expressed will is the supreme law. This leaves no room for national superstition — no room for patriotic gods or supernatural beings — and this does away with the necessity for political prayers.

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