There is some weird stuff going on out there in the name of religion. These are from The Church Around the Corner: Offbeat religion stories.
Muslim hate preacher claims ‘Christmas is the pathway to hell’
A Muslim lawyer has launched an extraordinary rant against Christmas, branding the celebration ‘evil’. Hate preacher Anjem Choudary claimed the festival was the ‘pathway to hell’ and urged his followers to boycott it. ‘In the world today many Muslims, especially those residing in Western countries, are exposed to the evil celebration Christmas,’ he raged in a sermon broadcast on the internet. … ‘Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah. … ‘Every Muslim has a responsibility to protect his family from the misguidance of Christmas, because its observance will lead to hellfire. ‘Protect your Paradise from being taken away – protect yourself and your family from Christmas.’
– Source: ‘Christmas is the pathway to hell’: Muslim lawyer’s extraordinary rant at ‘evil’ celebration, Daily Mail, Dec. 10, 2008
New Capitol display sought with Santa “hell” warning
A Kansas-based church that has blamed deaths in Iraq on U.S. tolerance of homosexuality has asked Gov. Christine Gregoire’s office to approve a “Santa Claus will take you to hell” message to display among other religious statements in the Capitol’s third-floor hallway. The Westboro Baptist Church’s message would be near a Nativity set, three signs mocking atheism, and an atheists’ sign that celebrates the winter solstice, while also taking a shot at religion as “myth and superstition” that enslaves minds, all in the state Capitol’s third-floor hallway.
– Source: New Capitol display sought with Santa “hell” warning, Seattle Times, Dec. 12, 2008
Man says God ordered him to ram vehicle
A man who rammed his truck into a woman’s vehicle on a highway early Friday told authorities he crashed into her while going more than 100 mph because God told him “she needed to be taken off the road.”
– Source: Man says God ordered him to ram vehicle, AP via MSNBC, Dec. 1, 2008
Nude Virgin Mary cover prompts Playboy apology
A nude model resembling the Virgin Mary on the cover of the Mexican edition of Playboy magazine, published only days before a major Mexican festival dedicated to the mother of Jesus, prompted the company’s U.S. headquarters on Friday to apologize.
– Source: Nude Virgin Mary cover prompts Playboy apology, Reuters, Dec. 16, 2008
Virgin Mary appears woman’s brain scan
A 42-year-old woman without insurance and mounting medical bills plans to sell an MRI scan of her brain in which the image of the Virgin Mary seems to appear. … Having seen where other supposed images of Mary or other religious icons were sold for thousands of dollars, Latrimore plans to post the MRI scan on eBay, the online auction site.
– Source: Virgin Mary in Fort Pierce woman’s brain scan; next stop: eBay, TCPalm.com, Dec. 5, 2008
Dante banned from selling soul on eBay
A musician fed up with his life was today barred from selling his soul to the highest bidder. Dante Knoxx, 24, offered the “used” item for a starting bid of £25,000.50 or a buy it now price of £700,000 on the internet auction site eBay. But eBay pulled the listing today with about two hours to go and no bids because it breached one of the firm’s policies. “You cannot sell anything that is not physical,” said Mr Knoxx.
– Source: Dante banned from selling soul on eBay, Independent, Dec. 15, 2008
It’s always good to read these when I think my writings might be too “out there”! Makes me feel very mainstream.