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IDF Mondays will still be happening though; I think cancelling those for Lent would be a bit of a cultural faux pas.
sephira: (Supernatural: 80's pr0n stars)
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Since I'm not a Real Christian and won't be getting raptured, I'm spending the day in preparation for being Left Behind and having to shoot Satan's minions in the face.

I mean granted, I was going to be doing that anyway, but this is a good excuse.
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Okay, as someone who came this close to getting a masters in crazy dead languages, I just found out about this and it has made my WHOLE DAY.

Seriously this is what is going on in my head right now: )
 
sephira: (Everything's lovely)
Okay, as someone who came this close to getting a masters in crazy dead languages, I just found out about this and it has made my WHOLE DAY.

Seriously this is what is going on in my head right now: )
 
sephira: (Supernatural: Sam shotgun <3)
 I was in an Orthodox church in Seattle this morning and during the service a guy came past me up to the front, filled a container of holy water from the dispenser, and then very politely left!
sephira: (Supernatural: Sam shotgun <3)
 I was in an Orthodox church in Seattle this morning and during the service a guy came past me up to the front, filled a container of holy water from the dispenser, and then very politely left!
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New Cracked topic page!


Speaking of religion, I saw Clash of the Titans last night and am a bit disappointed now. Whenever I declare war on my God I don't get a bunch of flying demons and Clover monsters rising from the ocean. He just kind of shrugs his shoulders and says "Thy will be done." I gotta start worshiping more ultra-shiny heavenly glam rockers from the 80's.

Also, that 'we hate the gods' palace scene at the beginning would have been far more effective if it'd featured a cameo by Richard Dawkins.
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New Cracked topic page!


Speaking of religion, I saw Clash of the Titans last night and am a bit disappointed now. Whenever I declare war on my God I don't get a bunch of flying demons and Clover monsters rising from the ocean. He just kind of shrugs his shoulders and says "Thy will be done." I gotta start worshiping more ultra-shiny heavenly glam rockers from the 80's.

Also, that 'we hate the gods' palace scene at the beginning would have been far more effective if it'd featured a cameo by Richard Dawkins.
sephira: (Supernatural: Impala BW)
I finally watched Six: The Mark Unleashed which was recommended to be by the kind [livejournal.com profile] estarmuerta. She wisely warned me beforehand that it was basically Christian propaganda, and I didn't realize the truth of that statement until the title card came up saying it was financed by some place called 'ChristianMedia.com' (real subtle, guys!). I guess when people say 'propaganda' these days I always assume they're exaggerating to some extent, but I think this movie was actually made for one of those Christian channels to play between their Left Behind marathons. In fact if I hadn't watched most of Avatar a few days back, it would have been the most propagandistic movie I'd seen all week. (Oh SNAP!)

So, I was talking here about the two main problems I have with 'Christian' media:

  • The miracles. Now, I don't mind movies that have 'miracles' in them, provided they're acknowledged as something both unusual and odd. Pulp Fiction and the Boondock Saints both have 'miraculous' events, but the whole point is that characters in the movies react to them as if they're strange and spend a lot of time trying to work out what happened and why. In most of the full-on religious movies and TV shows and books I've seen, miracles just happen, and the characters are like 'Oh, it must be just because God loves me' and shrug and move on. If they react at all. Which bears absolutely no resemblance to reality

  • Speaking of no resemblance to reality: Sex and violence. Oh, God. Now, I'm all for less graphic sex and violence in a lot of TV and movies, if only because a) writers and directors often use it as filler when they've got nothing else to say, and b) the lack of subtlety usually takes away from the story, especially where violence is concerned. (And I'm probably the only person in the world that doesn't like TV sex scenes at all: I want plot, not awkwardly posed actors pretending to orgasm for 15 minutes! Which usually makes me giggle!) But. There's a difference between portraying sex and violence subtly and tastefully and PRETENDING IT DOESN'T EXIST, AHHH.

Then sometimes they'll combine the two and have an act of violence about to take place before a MIRACLE TAKES PLACE and then it doesn't because GOD LOVES YOU. Which happens at least once in this movie (Or doesn't. I couldn't really tell what was going on, the production values were so low). Right. So in other words when someone raised on this stuff actually faces a bad situation in their life and angels don't miraculously intervene, they'll lose their faith. Good job, guys.
sephira: (Supernatural: Impala BW)
I finally watched Six: The Mark Unleashed which was recommended to be by the kind [livejournal.com profile] estarmuerta. She wisely warned me beforehand that it was basically Christian propaganda, and I didn't realize the truth of that statement until the title card came up saying it was financed by some place called 'ChristianMedia.com' (real subtle, guys!). I guess when people say 'propaganda' these days I always assume they're exaggerating to some extent, but I think this movie was actually made for one of those Christian channels to play between their Left Behind marathons. In fact if I hadn't watched most of Avatar a few days back, it would have been the most propagandistic movie I'd seen all week. (Oh SNAP!)

So, I was talking here about the two main problems I have with 'Christian' media:

  • The miracles. Now, I don't mind movies that have 'miracles' in them, provided they're acknowledged as something both unusual and odd. Pulp Fiction and the Boondock Saints both have 'miraculous' events, but the whole point is that characters in the movies react to them as if they're strange and spend a lot of time trying to work out what happened and why. In most of the full-on religious movies and TV shows and books I've seen, miracles just happen, and the characters are like 'Oh, it must be just because God loves me' and shrug and move on. If they react at all. Which bears absolutely no resemblance to reality

  • Speaking of no resemblance to reality: Sex and violence. Oh, God. Now, I'm all for less graphic sex and violence in a lot of TV and movies, if only because a) writers and directors often use it as filler when they've got nothing else to say, and b) the lack of subtlety usually takes away from the story, especially where violence is concerned. (And I'm probably the only person in the world that doesn't like TV sex scenes at all: I want plot, not awkwardly posed actors pretending to orgasm for 15 minutes! Which usually makes me giggle!) But. There's a difference between portraying sex and violence subtly and tastefully and PRETENDING IT DOESN'T EXIST, AHHH.

Then sometimes they'll combine the two and have an act of violence about to take place before a MIRACLE TAKES PLACE and then it doesn't because GOD LOVES YOU. Which happens at least once in this movie (Or doesn't. I couldn't really tell what was going on, the production values were so low). Right. So in other words when someone raised on this stuff actually faces a bad situation in their life and angels don't miraculously intervene, they'll lose their faith. Good job, guys.

HEY

Feb. 10th, 2010 11:16 am
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I just want one of the following:

a) A creepy Protestant church led by male chauvinists who talk about Satan a lot and subjugate their well-meaning but simple congregations

b) A creepy Catholic church full of relics and bodies and danses macabres and people really into rosaries.

Maybe I’m being too fussy, but popular culture tells me I should be able to find these things on every corner! WHERE ARE THEY.

HEY

Feb. 10th, 2010 11:16 am
sephira: (Default)
I just want one of the following:

a) A creepy Protestant church led by male chauvinists who talk about Satan a lot and subjugate their well-meaning but simple congregations

b) A creepy Catholic church full of relics and bodies and danses macabres and people really into rosaries.

Maybe I’m being too fussy, but popular culture tells me I should be able to find these things on every corner! WHERE ARE THEY.
sephira: (Supernatural: Sam shotgun <3)
I could listen to you read anything to me. The phone book, the 2009 stimulus bill, a Dan Brown novel. Anything.

love, seph

Dear Self,

I know you are technically exempt from all those Catholic fasting rules, but cooking meatloaf on Good Friday? And then eating the whole thing? That is like punching the Resurrection in the face.

love, seph

PS The elder god sacrifices are not helping either.


sephira: (Supernatural: Sam shotgun <3)
I could listen to you read anything to me. The phone book, the 2009 stimulus bill, a Dan Brown novel. Anything.

love, seph

Dear Self,

I know you are technically exempt from all those Catholic fasting rules, but cooking meatloaf on Good Friday? And then eating the whole thing? That is like punching the Resurrection in the face.

love, seph

PS The elder god sacrifices are not helping either.


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