Do “Christians” ever read the bible?

It’s funny that I find the biggest challenges to my faith never come from people who don’t share it, but from people who claim that they do. I struggle with the legions of people who claim that whatever prejudice they’d like to hold is somehow reinforced by their “Christian” beliefs. It seems that rather than embracing the New Testament messages of love, compassion and care for your fellow man, these groups prefer homophobia, xenophobia, and rampant greed.

Although I am truly disgusted by anyone using Christianity as a cover for their hate, I find that prosperity theology angers me the most personally. From my childhood I can clearly remember putting my recess money into the Project Compassion box during lent, running fundraisers throughout the year for Vinnies and being taught about the importance of looking after people less fortunate than ourselves. In fact, I have no doubt that the social justice message I received from my parents, parish and school shaped my political beliefs to the point where it is one of the most important issues to me.

Prosperity Christianity turns everything that I learnt on its head, it teaches that if you are worthy you will be rewarded here on Earth and, by extension, people who are poor are actually spiritually impoverished and therefore deserve no consideration or help. I’ve long wondered how these churches manage to turn a blind eye to stories like Jesus throwing the money changers out of the Temple.

Today the glorifiers of money have hit a new low. A throng of people who identify themselves as christians descended on the bull statue on Wall St for

a Day of Prayer for the World’s Economies

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?


Where to begin? Have these dipshits read the Ten Commandments? It’s in the half of the book that they seem to like when they’re hating gay people. Let me just spell it out, this is the First Commandment,

I am the Lord your God,
You shall have no other gods before me,
You shall not make for yourself an idol.

They’re praying for money at a statue of a bull!!!

I’m going to guess that even the most heathen of you have seen Charlton Heston deliver some smackdown to the wayward Hebrews who got all impatient while he was up on the hill getting some stone tablets engraved, all this picture from today is missing is a pissed off gnarly old dude.

I’m amazed that people who are so obviously intellectually deficient actually managed to make it all the way from their homes to a location in one of the world’s busiest cities without injuring themselves. I don’t know whether I’m more outraged by their blasphemy or their rampant stupidity.


I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. I think that a great deal of my political and societal beliefs have come from the fact that I grew up in a fairly progressive parish, which had a strong sense of social justice. As a result of this I still identify as a Catholic, Mrsdave and I were married in Catholic church and we’ve chosen to have Buster Boy and the Troll Princess baptised. However, if I’m completely honest with myself, it’s probably more accurate to describe me as a religious agnostic, I believe that there is a God, but I don’t claim to be in possession of the universal truth. For every thing I like about the Catholic Church, there’s another thing I can’t agree with, but I enjoy the ritual, the sense of community and the place that the Church has in my identity.

Which is why Mrsdave thinks it’s hilarious that I want a plenary indulgence.
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