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20 May 2006

Preachers-Of-Profit

Keeping abreast of the latest trends in the religious world has, once again, been made more difficult by the all saturating hype surrounding a current movie release. However, let us pray for some seriously blasphemous merchandise to follow.

Speaking of merchandise, way back in 2004 I blogged about religious spam and since then the evangelicals discovered more ways of cashing in on people's insecurities, they moved on to infomercials...

"I guarantee you emphatically and unequivocally it's going to change your life," White says on the infomercial. His wife, televangelist Paula White, also appears on the 30-minute program.

Only thing is, our preacherman here ain't selling salvation, he's selling Omega XL fatty acid pills! And the trend spotters reckon exercise machines is the next likely product to be sold.

But that's not all, if you follow this link to the Religious News Blog, there is 32 more articles on religious merchandising. Course material for your Ethics 101 class.

15 May 2006

Film-suicide girl had cult ties

I don't know exactly why, but I really don't get the way the media reports on bloggers. So this troubled teenager committed suicide... oh yeah and she blogged... check it out here is a few of here last posts, and a link to the site. All of a sudden a regular sad teenage suicide becomes cannon fodder for cheap and nasty newspaper reporting, and since she was a blogger we don't have to be sensitive towards family and friends. But what did you expect from the boertjie (boorish) media24?

Oh, and did I mention her religion, well the cult she belonged to, according to media24? Wiccan, honestly WTF, isn't just about every teenage girl a Wiccan these days? Apparently blogging and being a Wiccan together negates any claim to respect and privacy.

08 May 2006

Return of the Gods

Hellenismos is the reconstructionist religion of the ancient Greeks.It’s not unpopular amongst Pagans. But this group has actually gone one up.

They’ve petitioned the greek government and won the right to practise their Old Time Religion in the country of its birth which up to now has ironically banned it.
Here's the story in a nutshell

Their demands?

"What we want, now, is for the government to fully recognise our religion," Vasillis Tsantilas told the Guardian. "We will petition the Greek parliament, and the EU if that fails, for access to worship in places like the Acropolis, for permission to have our own cemeteries and, where necessary, to re-bury the [ancient] bones of the dead.

Here, and in most of Europe and even in that bastion of religious repression, the US errr…Afghanistan,Pagans are not actually prevented from practising.

Of course, they could be laughed out of the neighbourhood, but then that’s their problem.
In Greece however, up to the present:
About 98% of Greeks are Orthodox Christian, and all other religions except Judaism and Islam had been banned.


What really got me chuckling was the arch Holiness of the Greek Orthodox Church, or some such Primate, who says of the Reconstructionists:
"They are a handful of miserable resuscitators of a degenerate dead religion who wish to return to the monstrous dark delusions of the past."
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