Category Archives: Religious Insanity

Absolutely Amazing

Tuesday, 6 Conclusion 2016

Apparently the southern states of ths USA are going through natural disasters which are almost biblical. And I have yet to hear from any of the usual religiously insane idiots (like Pat Effing Robertson or Mike The Hucksterbee) about how this is Gawd’s divine retribution for supporting a short fingered disaster monkey in the election. and pissing away any sort of moral high ground that they may have thought they had. Not that that will stop them from being religiously insane pontificating dunsels.

Funny how that works…

Not Dead Yet…

Tuesday, 30 Premise 2015

…just really depressed by life, the universe, and everything these days. The holidays were less fun this year, featuring a family who seems to be ostracizing me over a bunch of reich wing propaganda from the Great Satan to the North, some friends who don’t want to deal with me in person any more, increased reliance on survival as opposed to living, doctor’s staff that thinks they can make medical decisions for me and can’t perform at even a competent, much less satisfactory, level, no job prospects for the rest of my life, and a bunch of other unrelated (to me) reich wing psychos who are trying to turn this country into what it once was – an arctic region covered in ice.

So – things could be better.

In the meantime, I’d like to go back to my blogging roots by parodying a reich wing press release:

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Funny Farmer, The Funny Farm

Tuesday, 30 Premise, 2015

Scalia and Thomas: Recuse Yourselves!

The Funny Farm Says Supreme Court Justices Should Step Down on SCOTUS Marriage Cases

The Internets—The issue of same-sex marriage in America has divided the country this past year, with state, district and federal courts issuing ruling after ruling.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear the issue, The Funny Farm (www.funnyfarmonline.org) says Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should recuse themselves from making any marriage decisions because Thomas has conducted marriage ceremonies. And Scalia has made various religiously insane homophobic remarks while on the Spureme Court.

“All of these justices’ personal and private actions that actively endorse marriage clearly indicate how they would vote on same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court,” parodied The Funny Farm. “Congress has directed that federal judicial officers must disqualify themselves from hearing cases in specified circumstances. Scalia and Thomas have not only been opposed to same-sex marriage but they have also proven themselves to be activists on the subject. In order to ensure the Court’s integrity and impartiality, both should recuse themselves from same-sex marriage cases. Congress has an obligation to Americans to see that members of the Supreme Court are held to the highest standards of integrity. The law demands it, and the people deserve it.”

The Funny Farm is producing this parody of an actual press release from actual grown adults, asking all to write a letter to their members of Congress, urging them to remind members of the nation’s highest court of their charge to maintain impartiality. Title 28, Part I, Chapter 21, Section 455 of the U.S. Code titled “Disqualification of justice, judge, or magistrate judge,” states that “Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”

Thomas performed a May 27, 1994 marriage ceremony for lying sack of kimchi Rush Limbaugh and his third trophy wife (now divorced after the marriage contract period has completed) in Virginia. And Scalia has compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia in published Supreme Court opinions.

Scalia has never considered any of his prejudices as being sufficient to recuse himself for any case before the Supreme Court to date. His well known religiously insane rants have been a staple of the court for years now.

The Funny Farm suggests in this Action Alert that concerned Americans write a letter to their members of Congress urging them to call on Justices Scalia and Thomas to recuse themselves from any same-sex marriage cases, as their previous actions in performing opposite-sex ceremonies, and their previous Supreme Court opinions involving homosexuality raise more than a reasonable doubt regarding their impartiality on this issue.

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I would like to point out that the original press release demands that Kagan and Ginsburg recuse themselves because they officiated at same sex wedding ceremonies, but surprisingly does not mention that these justices have also presided at opposite sex marriages, and do not think that they should be recused from any same sex marriage cases because their officiating at opposite sex marriage ceremonies does not prejudice them against same sex marriage. Funny how that works…

There have also been other Supremes who have officiated at wedding ceremonies, by the way. I originally included Scalito in the bunch who should be recused, but there is so little about him online that I could not find any examples to hammer him with.

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Who Could Have Predicted?

Friday, 17 Sweltring 2014

That a bunch of Reich Wing Republicants would turn the suicide of a bipolar human being who happened to not completely and wholeheartedly embrace the conservative ethos into an excuse to punch the hippies once again; worse yet, he actually made some noise about it! In Public! (shudder) Hit him again!

From the (cough) dozens of us who have had to deal with the whole bipolar thing on a more or less constant basis for, you know, all of our lives – thanks so much for that, um, insightful analysis of how exactly liberalism is the root cause of all of our woes. Just another thing we have had to deal with on a more or less constant basis for, you know, all of our lives

…including some others who didn’t quite make it…

Ahem… besides making some noise about things non-teabagging conservatroid Republicant, this suicidal bipolar non-Republicant did some other things, too…

Interviewer: Nicky, how do you like being in America?

Nicky Lenin: Mmmph! Mmmph!
Mmmph!
Mmmph! Mmmph! Mmmph! Mmmph! Mmmph!

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The Two Thousand Dollar Album

Friday, 19 Premise 2014

Here’s another bit of nostalgia from the archives:

Originally posted on Friday, 10 Sweltring 2010

I have a two thousand dollar album in my CD collection that you can purchase from CD Baby for $5.99! Let me tell you all about it…

the most expensive album in my collection

I recently received an update from a former co-worker, telling me about the latest news with regards to the album he (and his friend) released while I was working with him at SearsMart. Apparently, they now have an international top 10 hit from the album, according to the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA). So I guess congratulations are in order for C T H S (Cortez Taylor and Herman Stacy), and hopefully this the start of something big for them.

I was one of his fellow employees at SearsMart for a number of years until my area got melded into his. I eventually learned that he was one of the few people whose views were even close to mine about, well, pretty much everything* in the new group I was now part of. And I eventually managed to find my way into the pecking order (our group went under the unofficial title of the department of grump bunnies) and hang out with Cortez and a few others** at break time, go to lunch together, etc.

So it was that I learned of his music, his potential upcoming album, and his need of additional capital in order to get the job done. Two thousand dollars of additional capital. Being well ahead in my own financial recovery plan at the time, I was able to find the resources to lend a hand to a friend. I got a promissory note with an excellent return on my investment. And a pretty good piece of music was released to the public – good enough for an international top 10 hit at the time of this posting.

Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished. C T H S made the payments (more or less) on time for the first six months, but then Cortez got zapped by the IRS and this happened and that happened, and, well, it’s now the middle of 2010. And Your Humble Narrator is still waiting for a still gainfully employed member of the SearsMart family and a motherCheneying Christian minister*** to get their act together and honor their debt.

Actually, I’m not waiting any more – Cortez now needs his cash to trick out his daughter’s beemer and probably didn’t even know he told me the news about the album via the power of automagic email updates. And, if there’s an Invisible Sky Fairy****, there have been no updates from that area regarding this particular situation with one of their spokespersons. No – I’m putting this out onto the internets so that any future investors will be a bit less trusting than I was should C T H S request additional investment capital.

Yes – I could have taken them to small claims court. But I’m pretty sure it’s too late for that now, I’m not all that interested in another adventure within the justice (cough) system, and I’m not sure I have enough resources to take that project on (I’ve taken previous ‘friends’ to court before, and it wasn’t all that and a bag of chips, if you get my drift). And I’m not all that into burning bridges these days and still have a faint hope that Cortez (at least) will do the right thing and finally take care of this problem.

Update Friday, 19 Premise 2014: and now it’s 2014, and I can’t find much of an internets presence for the group. Lots of places to purchase the album, at varying prices, over a lot of outlets (Amazon, iTunes, etc) – but not a lot about the artists themselves. I’m not particularly inclined to tilt at that particular windmill anyways. But it would be nice one day to update this post so that it doesn’t provide anecdotal evidence that ministers of traditional christian religious organizations are thieving weasels who should be shunned in polite society.

* – a lot of Rush Limbaugh fans, several card carrying members of the Gawd Squad, some “moderates” who really don’t want to be bothered with all the nonsense and just want to bring their families up and enjoy life (and/or don’t let it intrude into their business persona), and me.

** – the other culprits shall remain unidentified here; but fellow SearsMart employees of the time would easily be able to fill in the blanks.

*** – it seems to me to be particularly appalling to find yet another so-called servant of Gawd having no problem screwing over his fellow man.

**** – which I seriously doubt – so much so that I hesitate to even use the phrase, except in particularly ironically appropriate situations such as these.

Another Blast From The Past

Saturday, 10 Falltring 2103

Here’s another bit of nostalgia courtesy of the Funny Farm Archival Retrospective Tracking System:

Originally published on Humpday, 17 Premise 2008. Most of the links are bloggered

If you’ve been visiting the Funny Farm on at least a semi-regular basis, you probably might have guessed by now that the abuse of individuals’ spirituality and faith by the various religious organizations out there is somewhat of a hot button issue ’round these parts. Being a (very) orthodox Catholic during my formative years might have something to do with that, as it enabled me to get a first hand perspective on the situation. Many have taken that to mean that I’m down on religion per se. That is not the case – if you want to believe that robots are stealing your luggage or that alien souls have been implanting themselves in human hosts for the past 75 million years, feel free to do so. Go ahead and have faith in whatever you think you should.

Having said that, the part that frosts my cookies is where those who are ostensibly leading their religious flocks start abusing that power in order to enrich themselves, persecute others, and/or justify their actions. Those that do this sort of thing, as well as those who (seemingly) are blindly following the dictates of their religious leader (when that religious leader starts engaging in this sort of behavior), are the ones that I refer to as the religiously insane. I have gotten a lot of grief from many who seem to be taking these kinds of statements personally. To them I say: if you are allowing your religious beliefs to influence your business activities, your willingness to obey the laws of the land when they do not agree with your religious beliefs, or your personal interactions with those who do not believe the same way you do (or engage in activities that your religious beliefs say require you to kill/ruin/persecute them), then, in my opinion, you are engaging in religiously insane behavior.

Quite frankly, one of the problems I have with those who I do not consider to have gone into teh gawd madness is that they don’t seem to be too concerned with those who have been abusing their faith. This tends to make me think that they are somewhat in agreement with the more radical elements of their faith, and by and large wish that they would tone the rhetoric down (as opposed to wishing that they would discontinue it altogether). This, in my opinion, gives the more radical elements tacit support for their actions. A good example of this is the anti-choice position held by most religions. We’ll be getting to some extreme examples of their current activities, but for now let’s just say that, because the majority of christians do not condemn these people for their militant (and borderline illegal) activities, those radical elements are not being pressured to stop pushing the boundaries of socially acceptable behavior. And so they continue to harrass those who activities they don’t agree with because they think their Invisible Sky Fairy told them to.

Here’s an example to show you when I consider this type of activity has crossed the line:

One of my siblings has told me, and I suspect the majority of the rest of my family would agree with him, that he thinks that Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ is just as factually accurate (if not more) than Michael Moore’s Sicko. This is not religious insanity in my books. I do not think he is correct in his beliefs, but I don’t think he’s religiously insane because he believes what he believes in this instance. Now, if he were to be a member of the US House of Representatives, and he were to sponsor a bill that would legally define these two movies to be equally factually accurate, or he were to force others to watch either or both of those movies (for edumacational purposes), then he would have crossed that line and gone off the deep end.

Now, here’s what has appeared on my radar this week which I would place in the category of religious insanity:

Apparently someone murdered her children because she thought they were possessed by demons;

A man cut off his hand and them put it in the microwave because he thought it had the mark of the beast on it;

A man killed and cooked his girlfriend because he thought God told him to do it * -;

A number of counties in Florida are trying to put religious dogma into science classes because they believe a “theory” with no scientific proof should be considered the same as a scientific theory with over 150 years of scientific data that supports it;

and, finally, in Orlando, Florida, anti-choicers put a billboard up displaying a dismembered foetus a few blocks away from the local abortion clinic. Just to drive the guilt meter up a few notches for those loose strumpets who dare to exercise their legal rights. A few anti-choicers have defended this practice by saying that, even if it’s just one person that they can harass enough so that they’ll be forced to bring a child into the world, it’s worth all the nightmares that innocent children who have to look at their crap suffer from for the rest of their lives. If you don’t want to have an abortion, then don’t have one. But please don’t foist your definition of life (based on what you think the Big Book of Christian Fairy Tales says it is) on anyone else. Thanks in advance…

Please note that this is only a sampling of the relatively well-published stories of one flavor of religious insanity over the last week. I’m relatively sure that I could include items from most of the major religions, and probably quite a few of the minor sects, too…

* – funny – I had to search through multiple articles about this horrific incident before the little tidbit about God telling him to do it could be found. And after seeing it in the majority of articles I read earlier in the week – almost as though the mainstream media is trying to get us to forget that this nutbar was Jeebus inspired…