Are you possessed?

The answer to this troubling question is now available thanks to the pioneering work of Pastor Bob Larson.  Bob has designed a comprehensive 21 question Demon Test that will prove once and for all whether one of Satan’s minions has taken up residence within your earthly form.

Skeptical? Bob points out the test is the result of…

…more than 30 years of research and thousands of hours in personal ministry with troubled souls. Through this vast experience I have been able, with God’s help, to design this test to quickly determine an individual’s spiritual needs.

Disturbingly, I have discovered I have a moderate risk of demonic oppression/possession, which would probably explain my predilection for virgins blood and why I woke up naked in a pentagram covered in candle wax this morning. Rest assured I’ll be posting my cash to Pastor Bob (as soon as I get the stains out of the carpet) for a copy of his seminal work THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE. In the series I will get to learn…

● A biblical understanding of spiritual warfare
● How to become a mighty warrior the devil fears
● When, where, and how to wage effective spiritual warfare
● Ways to defeat the devil in your health, relationships, and finances

Should you still be wary, have a look at this photo of Pastor Bob.

He looks like a Tom Baker-era Dr Who crossed with the sort of bearded ginger crazy who is always causing fist fights down at your local pub. Just the bloke to give Beelzebub a much needed nose tweak…

I am from the Planet Gallifrey... get thee gone foul demon

Fox interviews Tony Blair

Poor misunderstood Tony Blair, how terrible it must be when others cannot see things in the same twisted way that you do. To get a soft ride in an interview, especially after the grilling at the Iraq War Enquiry, Blair appeared on Fox News. Hardly surprising that he would be treated with kid gloves at Fox, given the neocon bias of the station and the fact that Tony is well and truly part of that camp. Blair ticks all their boxes: religious zealot, misguided, warmonger, intellectual lightweight.

In Part I, Blair is poor, poor pitiful me. In Part II, he has a go at Iran. And this man is an envoy to the Middle East!

Unfortunately, despite continually professing to do the right thing when he was Prime Minister, justice and the rule of law do not seem to rank highly in Blair’s hierachy of personal values. Remember how in 2006, Blair quashed a criminal investigation in the arms manufacturer BAE Systems before it could be brought to a conclusion:

In December 2006 the SFO – amid much consternation – dropped its corruption investigations into BAE’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia after direct intervention from Tony Blair, who was prime minister. He defended the decision on the grounds that the Saudis would stop co-operating on security issues.

Yes, good old national security used as an excuse yet again. But looked what happened a couple of weeks ago after the Americans and Europeans became involved in investigating BAE:

The British arms firm BAE Systems has accepted guilt and agreed to pay penalties in the US and the UK totalling several hundred million pounds to settle all the long-running corruption allegations against it.

In the US, the company will plead guilty to offences of false accounting to settle bribery allegations made over the enormous al-Yamamah arms deals with Saudi Arabia stretching back more than 20 years, as well as corruption allegations over arms deals in central Europe.

Interesting, isn’t it.  If there truly was a significant national security component to all this, I’m sure the Americans would have pulled their horns in rather than chase this prosecution. In retrospect, it seems  it was not so much about national security as it was about protecting vast amounts of income for the UK armaments industry.

So fuck justice, it was all about the money. Tony Blair, you were and are a disgrace.

Atheist making money out of Rapture believers

Is this guy the businessman of the year?

Bart Centre, an atheist from New Hampshire, came up with an idea for cashing in on the religious hysteria of the Rapture. The Rapture is “a Judgment Day when the righteous are spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth” and an estimated 20-40 million people in the US believe that it will happen in their lifetime.

But it is only righteous humans, not animals or atheists, who will ascend in the Rapture as only they have souls. Knowing this, Centre last June “started Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA, a service that promises to rescue and care for the animals left behind by raptured Christians.” The website describes its service as “The next best thing to pet salvation in a Post Rapture World.” Bloomberg reports that:

to date he has more than 100 clients, each paying $110 for a 10-year contract ($15 for each additional pet.) If the Rapture happens in that time, the pets left behind will have homes — with atheists. Centre and a partner have set up a national network of godless humans to take on this mission.     

Centre makes no attempt to hide his contempt of these Rapturers, stating that “Given the intellectual capacity of believers this could be a gold mine!”

George: Sorry, it's already taken care of.

Religious Rifles: Flashback to 1857

The news that Western military forces have been using rifle sights inscribed with references to biblical verses has garnered column inches and news coverage around the world this week. The lucrative contract with the Pentagon has seen Trijicon provide more than 300,000 rifle sights to the Continue reading

A letter to Pat Robertson from Satan

Wrinkled God-botherer, history buff and champion tool, Pat Robertson caused a wave of revulsion after his remarks on the earthquake in Haiti. For the few who missed them here’s a quote… Continue reading

Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires – Case Study #1 – A very British catastrophe

In the scurry to avenge 9/11, concerns about a military occupation of Afghanistan were swept to one side. The human rights abuses and opium trade connections linked to the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan, also known as the Northern Alliance, were seen as the lesser of two evils compared to Continue reading

Problems in Philosophy

Browsing PhilPapers, an online philosophy research source, I see they conducted a survey of 3226 professional philosophers last November, the results of which have now been posted on their website.

Among other questions, the philosophers were asked if they were, or tended toward being Continue reading

C’mon Yemen. Man up!

Trying to get on top of Al-Qaeda seems to be like squeezing a ballon: put pressure on in one area and it pops out somewhere Continue reading

Tracking Santa with NORAD

As I write this, the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa Tracker reports that Santa is now halfway between Ireland and Iceland, after which he will be heading down through Canada, the US, and further points south. You can follow Santa’s progress here on Google Earth.

Here’s the first report from NORAD when Santa was sighted over New Zealand.

Christmas Cheer! 14 of our favourite Santa cartoons

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Scared of an Islamic Europe? Let’s vote on it!

The Swiss are holding a national referendum today. Referenda are an essential component of democracy but, in the main, they are relatively rare occurrences, usually only appearing as add-ons to the ballot at general election time. In Switzerland, however, they are a national pastime as all you need is Continue reading

Christ, Dracula, Frankenstein: What’s the difference?

Only time for a quick post today. What I like about this Venn diagram is its use of humour to point out Continue reading