Category Religion


Phew. Stay of execution.

Image of Jesus Found on a Cross

You would think that would be the last place he’d want to return to:

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — A local chainsaw carver says he’s received “a message from above,” seeing Jesus Christ in his carving of a cross.
Jake Klumpp makes all sorts of chainsaw carvings at his Comstock Park home, but what he decided to make for a friend last week stopped him in his tracks — with what he calls a little “divine intervention.”
“When I’m running my chainsaw it does kind of get me at peace,” he says.
It’s a hobby that leaves the 30 year old’s driveway filled with sawdust, emptying his mind of his daily worries.
He creates chainsaw carvings from any scrap wood he can get his hands on, but his most recent creation of a cross for a friend did more than just clear his mind.
“When I realized what it was I got quite a sensation inside,” Klumpp said.
His brother noticed it first.
“My brother said it was an image of Jesus on the cross,” he says.
The image is ingrained right in the wood.

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Saudi Historian Says U.S. Women Drive Because They Don’t Care If They’re Raped


A Saudi Arabian historian trying to justify the nation’s ban on female drivers says women who drive in other countries such as the United States don’t care if they’re raped and that sexual violence “is no big deal to them.”

Saleh al-Saadoon claimed in a recent TV interview that women can be raped when a car breaks down, but unlike other countries, Saudi Arabia protects its women from that risk by not allowing them to drive in the first place, according to a translation posted online by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“They don’t care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do,” al-Saadoon said on Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.

“Hold on. Who told you they don’t care about getting raped on the roadside?” asked the host, a woman who is not named in the transcript.

“It’s no big deal for them beyond the damage to their morale,” al-Saadoon replied. “In our case, however, the problem is of a social and religious nature.”

Florida Pastor Plans to Convert Robots to Christianity

Not from The Onion:

Artificial intelligence and autonomous robots should be encouraged to become religious, a US reverend has said.

Reverend Christopher Benek, associate pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Florida, believes advanced forms of artificial intelligence should be welcomed into the Christian faith.

“I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings,” Benek said in an interview with the futurist Zoltan Istvan. “It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI.

“If AI is autonomous, then we should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.”

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.

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