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Because Lucifer wants all the sourdough for himself.
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↑ I tried to find out more, all I got is that it's some goth/punk bakery in Texas but no name.





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First thought it was from the Onion:
German cathedral dusts off relics of St Corona, patron of epidemics

AACHEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany’s Aachen Cathedral has dug out the relics of little-known Saint Corona, patron saint of resisting epidemics, from its treasure chamber and is polishing up her elaborate shrine to go on show once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.

The pandemic, confirmed to have infected nearly half a million people worldwide, including more than 30,000 in Germany, has boosted public interest in the Christian martyr, believed to have been killed by the Romans around 1,800 years ago.

The cathedral had planned even before the coronavirus outbreak to display St Corona’s shrine this summer as part of an exhibition on gold craftsmanship. It is not clear when people will now be able to view the shrine due to tough restrictions on gatherings imposed to help combat the spread of the virus.

But experts are painstakingly cleaning the gold, bronze and ivory shrine, which has been hidden from public view for the last 25 years, in preparation for when it can go on display.

“We have brought the shrine out a bit earlier than planned and now we expect more interest due to the virus,” said Aachen Cathedral spokeswoman Daniela Loevenich.

Corona is believed to have been only about 16 years old when the Romans killed her, probably in Syria, for professing the Christian faith.

The girl suffered a particularly excruciating death, according to legend. She was tied to two bent palm trees and then torn apart as the trunks were released.

“That is a very gruesome story and led to her becoming the patron of lumberjacks,” said Brigitte Falk, head of Aachen Cathedral Treasure Chamber, adding that it was pure chance that she also became a patron saint for resisting epidemics.

Corona’s relics, brought to Aachen by King Otto III in 997, were kept in a tomb underneath a slab in the cathedral - which can still be seen - until 1911-12 when they were placed in the shrine, which is 93 centimetres tall and weighs 98 kilograms.
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The Roman Catholic cathedral at Aachen, built by Emperor Charlemagne in the ninth century, is one of Europe’s oldest. Charlemagne was buried there in 814 and it was used for the coronation of German kings and queens.

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Struck by lightning:

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gOD: 1 – Church: 0.
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Improper grounding: Man's fault.

Take THAT sceptics!
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In all the (I assume) centuries that structure has stood no one thought "hey that steeple is the tallest structure for miles around maybe a lightning rod would be a good idea."

Oh ye of little faith...

Edit to add: Baltimore eh, fucking dumb asses.
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Fid wrote: Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:09 pm In all the (I assume) centuries that structure has stood
There are of course no Gothic cathedrals in the US of A1. ( :freedom: ) Neo-Gothic, yes:
While the church’s cornerstone was laid in May 1833, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Library of Congress records say the structure was built between 1865 and 1867, right after the Civil War. It was designed by George A. Frederick, whose other works include Baltimore City Hall. It featured tall stained glass windows by Josef Mayer and other notable murals and sculpture.
https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/b ... story.html

The style is quite recognizable.
In parallel to the ascendancy of neo-Gothic styles in 19th-century England, interest spread to the rest of Europe, Australia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and to the Americas; the 19th and early 20th centuries saw the construction of very large numbers of Gothic Revival and Carpenter Gothic structures worldwide. The influence of Revivalism had nevertheless peaked by the 1870s.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_Re ... chitecture

I would even count Eiffel's cast iron Lisbon elevator from 1902 as neo-Gothic:

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Wit – pedantic asshole – ness.

1 Apart from some stuff rebuilt from remains scooped from Europe, I seem to vaguely remember.
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I miss Hitch. I miss Sagan.

Oh.

And Fuck.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:47 pm Notice what a look of unappeaseable evil is pasted on his face.
To scare Satan away.

What I noticed was that he himself can't always keep a straight face in his clown show. :mrgreen:
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Psychopath. And people buy that shit.
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Orlando lawyer for pastor who held services during coronavirus outbreak says church lost its insurance

On Wednesday, Rodney Howard-Browne, the head pastor at the River at Tampa Bay Church, who was arrested for holding services during the coronavirus pandemic, said he will not open his megachurch this weekend over fear of his congregation’s safety and to protect them from “government tyranny." However, his lawyer is now saying he also lost his insurance.
Speaking in a Facebook Live video Thursday, Howard-Browne’s lawyer, Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, admitted that the arrest of his client earlier this week by Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister caused the evangelical pastor’s insurance to be canceled.
https://m.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archi ... -insurance

Good, good. Now do the tax thing. :)
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Because it's what Jesus would do.

Stupid fuckers.
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Atheists are the Most Politically Active Group in the United States

The Cooperative Congressional Election Survey asks a series of questions about political activity in the last 12 months. Respondents simply answer yes or no to each of the six. Here are the results from the 2018 data.

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I calculated the total number of political activities for the four religious groups going back to 2010 – and something fascinating happened in 2018.

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Why?

Q: how many political acts do you engage in annually, such as ...?

Q: What's you're religion?
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Witness wrote: Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:49 am
Orlando lawyer for pastor who held services during coronavirus outbreak says church lost its insurance

On Wednesday, Rodney Howard-Browne, the head pastor at the River at Tampa Bay Church, who was arrested for holding services during the coronavirus pandemic, said he will not open his megachurch this weekend over fear of his congregation’s safety and to protect them from “government tyranny." However, his lawyer is now saying he also lost his insurance.
Speaking in a Facebook Live video Thursday, Howard-Browne’s lawyer, Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, admitted that the arrest of his client earlier this week by Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister caused the evangelical pastor’s insurance to be canceled.
https://m.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archi ... -insurance

Good, good. Now do the tax thing. :)
Why would a church need insurance?
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God tells them just when to buy it. It's rather unethical really. Like insider trading.
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ed wrote: Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:21 pm Why would a church need insurance?
Lack of faith. :P




Vatican censors video of Pope Francis joking whisky is 'the real holy water'

The footage featured the Holy Father accepting a bottle of Oban malt from a group of Scottish student priests but Vatican media insisted Il Papa’s quip was cut from the film.

Footage of Pope Francis holding up a bottle of Scotch and proclaiming it “the real water of life” was censored by the Vatican ahead of a new documentary about seminarians at the Scots College in Rome.

The footage featured the Holy Father accepting a bottle of Oban malt from a group of Scottish student priests at a reception at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace last year.

But Vatican media insisted Il Papa’s quip was cut from the film – narrated by Daniela Nardini – before broadcast this Sunday.

Director Tony Kearney, whose Solus Productions made the one-hour documentary Priest School, followed the Scots seminarians over 18 months in 2018 and 2019.
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Shearing the flock for 2000 years. :mrgreen:
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They're in the same business.
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From Christianity Today:
On Christians Spreading Corona Conspiracies: Gullibility is not a Spiritual Gift

As followers of Jesus, we are people of the truth. Falling for (and spreading) conspiracy theories does not honor the Lord, but it does cause people to question our judgement.

The current global pandemic has created a bumper crop of conspiracy theories.

Sadly, Christians seem to be disproportionately fooled by conspiracy theories. I’ve also said before that when Christians spread lies, they need to repent of those lies. Sharing fake news makes us look foolish and harms our witness.

We saw this in the last election when some of the troll factories focused on conservative, evangelical Christians. Here we go again.

What now?

First, we need to speak up— particularly to those fooled yet again— and lovingly say, "You need to go to trusted sources." Social media news feeds are not a trusted source. That's why we created coronavirusandthechurch.com, to provide credible information for pastors. But, there are plenty of credible news sources— generally from outlets that do not have a track record of conspiracy peddling.

Second, God has not called us to be easily fooled. Gullibility is not a Christian virtue. Believing and sharing conspiracies does not honor the Lord. It may make you feel better, like you are in the know, but it can end up harming others and it can hurt your witness.
https://www.christianitytoday.com/edste ... acies.html

Starting to question your sources – seems like a slippery slope when you believe in a Book™. :mrgreen:
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Former Pope Benedict XVI links gay weddings to ‘the Antichrist’ in scathing new attack on LGBT+ rights

Former Pope Benedict XVI has launched an attack on LGBT+ people for a new book.

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According to Italian outlet Corriere Della Sera, the 93-year-old Pope emeritus – who became Pope in 2005 but stood aside for Pope Francis in 2013 – gave a rare interview to Peter Seewald for the publication of a new biography.

In it, the ex-Pope vents about gay weddings and society’s treatment of homophobes.

He rages: “100 years ago, everybody would have considered it to be absurd to speak of a homosexual marriage. Today, one is being excommunicated by society if one opposes it.”

Also condemning “the creation of human beings in the laboratory”, Pope Benedict added: “Modern society is in the middle of formulating an anti-Christian creed, and if one opposes it, one is being punished by society with excommunication.

“The fear of this spiritual power of the Antichrist is then only more than natural, and it really needs the help of prayers on the part of an entire diocese and of the Universal Church in order to resist it.”
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/05/04/p ... biography/
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Rat fucker strikes again. Like Hillary, he should have stayed out of the lime light.
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Have you been surfing Iamthedarklord.com again AA?
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"As Chreeeeeeeeeestians, we can see..."

Well, there's your problem right there.
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Pastors Claim Bill Gates Will Use COVID Vaccines to Impose the Mark of the Beast

Since the COVID-19 pandemic became the central guiding fact in the day-to-day lives of nearly every person on the planet, scientists have been working towards creating a vaccine that will stop the virus in its tracks, allowing people to regain some normalcy without putting themselves and others at risk.

Now, with at least one vaccine entering human trials in the U.S. and more than one hundred others in development globally, some Christians are speculating: Is this vaccination plan a cover for a more sinister plot to usher in the Mark of the Beast?

It’s true to form for the same collection of ideologues and fanatics who’ve been fighting the reality of the pandemic every step of the way, from open defiance of social-distancing regulations to court challenges against quarantine orders to the peddling and popularizing of bogus cures.

The Mark of the Beast is a concept from Revelation 13, the same chapter of the Bible that gave us such popular-culture touchstones as the Antichrist and the numerical significance of 666:
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon… It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Pre-coronavirus, people speculated about the nature of this mark; UPC barcodes or RFID microchips are just some of the more historically recent possibilities. Anything that smacked of surveillance or data tracking was a good candidate.

With so much uncertainty about COVID-19 going around, it’s probably not surprising that some people would channel that into an End Times conspiracy theory… though Bill Gates isn’t exactly who I’d cast in the role. Isn’t he supposed to have two horns like a lamb?

That’s what Pastor Rick Wiles wants to know.

Early in the pandemic, right-wing pastor Curt Landry urged his followers to avoid any hypothetical future COVID-19 vaccinations, claiming such avoidance would protect them from receiving the Mark. And the late Louisiana pastor Robbie Hampton, not long before he succumbed to COVID-19, predicted a mandatory vaccine that would inject “some type of chip in you and maybe even have some mood, mind-altering substances.”

But it appears that Wiles was the first to pick the Gates connection.
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/202 ... the-beast/

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Dispensing holy water.
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More than ironic. Iconic.

They could keep the holy water by heating it to about 120F. Hilarity shall ensue.
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Authorities announce forfeiture of ancient Gilgamesh tablet from Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet was featured at the Washington, D.C., museum. The crafts chain bought it in 2014 for $1.6 million.

Federal authorities announced the forfeiture Monday of an ancient tablet inscribed with part of the Epic of Gilgamesh from a museum backed by the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby.

The piece, known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, bearing a version of what's considered perhaps the world's oldest work of literature, was featured at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. Hobby Lobby bought it in 2014 for $1.6 million from an auction house that was later found to have lied about its origins, federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York said.

Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma, was fined $3 million in 2017 after federal authorities said it bought thousands of artifacts that had been smuggled out of Iraq for the museum. The company opened the $500 million museum in November 2017.

The museum's chairman, Steve Green, is the president of Hobby Lobby, which won a Supreme Court case in 2014 over the Affordable Care Act's birth control requirements.

Court documents filed Monday assert that the cuneiform tablet — one of 12 inscribed with the Gilgamesh tale — was discovered in 1853 in Assyrian ruins in northern Iraq.

The documents say Hobby Lobby bought it from an unidentified auction house, which told the company the piece was acquired in San Francisco "well before" 1981. However, the tablet was, in fact, purchased by an unidentified antiquities dealer in 2003 from the family of the former head of the Jordanian Antiquities Association, The New York Times reported.
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Dispensing holy water.
I think Steven Colbert beat me to it but a SuperSoaker would be more efficient.

(Fid imagines Church based squirt gun fights.)
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Fid wrote: Wed May 20, 2020 12:57 am (Fid imagines Church based squirt gun fights.)
My idea would be to convert cathedrals to swimming pools.

The sun shining through the stained glass, a bit of organ music…
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