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South Korea: Do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya, monk?

Apparently not…

Six leading South Korean Buddhist monks have quit after being filmed smoking, drinking and gambling.

Video – The Sydney Morning Herald.

US: Or you could just, you know, chew less…

A Christian group that is planning a ‘fast’ in opposition to same-sex marriage has claimed that members don’t actually have to stop eating food to take part.

The Virginia-based Family Foundation announced a coordinated fast earlier this month, in order to influence the US Supreme Court into rejecting same-sex marriage when it hears the first of a series of appeals cases in October.

The group had said previously: “The Supreme Court begins their session on October 6th. We fully expect them to take a marriage case sometime in the next year.

“Join us for 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance for Marriage from August 27 through October 5, 2014.

“Our 40 Days will culminate on October 5th just before the court begins their session.”

However, the group has since told members that they don’t actually have to give up food at all to take part in the ‘fast’.

They wrote: “We are asking the entire Body of Christ to join us for this feast – giving up physical food isn’t necessary – but feeding on the spiritual food provided is vital.”

“We, the wishy-washies, demand to have our say
As long as it does not disrupt our lives in any way.
We’re keen and dedicated, our principles are high,
And (unless we don’t feel like it) we will let our banners fly.
To show our Congresspeople that their views are far too lenient,
We’ll go to any lengths provided it’s not inconvenient.
Christ’s righteousness, sustained by all the fervour that we feel,
Empowers us to do anything — but go without a meal.”

New Zealand: The Fifties called…

… they want their attitudes back.

A New Zealand high school student who refused to cut his hair has won his High Court battle to keep his locks.

Lucan Battison, 16 from Hastings, was suspended from St John’s College on May 22 after ignoring requests from the school to cut his hair, which it said failed to meet the school’s requirements of “off the collar and out of the eyes”.

In the first place, as you can see from the photos, it was. But in the second place, what sort of fucking medieval moron thinks that the length and style of anyone’s hair is remotely connected in any way with the business of teaching them academic and life skills? Only a Catholic school would imagine it could get away with this kind of idiocy in the first place.

via SMH

US: “Ex-Gay” Pastor Charged With Molestation

Duane Youngblood [of] the “Higher Call World Outreach Church” in Homestead was charged Saturday with corrupting a minor.

The boy, now 21, told police Youngblood sexually abused him over a period of two-and-a-half years while Youngblood was supposed to be counseling him at the church. The assaults allegedly happened in the church office, bathroom and back room.

Reverend Scott Entwisle who lives directly across the street from Youngblood said, “If it is proven it’s horrendous it’s you know worse than horrible … what can I say?”

The victim told police that the abuse started in 2009 and ended in 2011 when he was a freshman in college and told Youngblood he didn’t want to be counseled by him anymore.

Youngblood reportedly asked the teen not to tell his mother “because he didn’t want to get into trouble.”

In 2006 Youngblood even wrote the book “Freedom From Homosexuality: No Longer Living The Lie” which chronicles his own stories and “the enemy’s plan against him.”

Maybe God just got tired of holding him up?

US: Our God works in mysterious ways…

…his eggplants to inlay.

When an employee at Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge cut into an eggplant Monday, he found “GOD.”

Chef Jermarcus Brady couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “I saw a miraculous image formed by the seeds,” said Jermarcus Brady. “It spelled out the word God!” Chef Brady has many responsibilities, one being cutting, salting and sauteing eggplants. 

Baton Rouge restaurant employee finds GOD in sliced eggplant – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports.

Many, many eggplants. So there’s no chance whatever of it being a statistical coincidence, right?

“Waiter, there’s a deity in my gumbo!”

Ireland: thief and fraudster ‘driven by Christian values’

A FORMER solicitor, described as a “devout Christian”, stole €2.8m from client accounts in his family’s prestigious law firm and used the money to fund investment properties and buy stocks and shares.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring, who has deferred sentencing until later this month, due to a large number of character statements submitted in favour of Ruairi O Ceallaigh….

Detective Sergeant Paschal Walsh told Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court that one theft involved €1,551,366 from a client who had left his estate to the Archdiocese of Dublin….

Det Sgt Walsh agreed that O Ceallaigh was “driven by Christian values” …

Maybe he should have let the pagan ones have a go.

Australia: “That’s ‘C’ as in ‘Christian’ and ‘Child Abuse’

The YMCA has been branded an unsafe child organisation after systemic failures allowed a paedophile to groom and molest 12 young boys in his care, according to a scathing report. 

Jonathan Luke Lord was sentenced to 10 years’ jail for the sexual abuse of boys aged between six and 11 during his employment at YMCA centres in Sydney’s south.

The YMCA is the state’s largest provider of care out of school hours and its failure to do proper background and reference checks allowed Lord to gain employment and access to victims, according to a royal commission report.

”The actions of YMCA Caringbah during and after Lord’s offending are not those of a child safe organisation,” the report states.


Australia: Jewish leaders seek to place themselves above the law

Some of Australia’s most senior orthodox Jewish leaders are under investigation for allegedly failing to report multiple instances of child sexual abuse. Read more…

US: Jesus just a big stoner

Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published this month. The study suggests that Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings. The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract, according to an article by Chris Bennett in the drugs magazine, High Times, entitled Was Jesus a Stoner? The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims.

The Guardian

Got that? Not a woman, not gay, not married, just a stoner.

Madagascar: Student pranks Greens — now in fear of his life

“Sir, I am afraid for my life and future, afraid because March Against Monsanto has threatened me and my community,” Navid Rakotofala told me amidst a fury of reactions to his unconventional expose prank to explore just how outrageously far “mainstream” anti-GMO activists would go to to spread their message. Read more…

Kenya: Islamic insurgents kill 60

At least 10 people have been killed in a new attack near Kenya’s coast, with Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab rebels claiming responsibility. Read more…

US: ‘Highly spiritual’ Mormon shoots two, kills self

Police found the alleged shooter’s diary in his family’s Oregon home. The 15-year-old’s detailed plans did not name specific people as targets, police said. A leader at the teen’s Mormon church said Padgett was ‘highly regarded for his spirituality.’… Read more…