A letter in Israel signed by 30 rabbis’ wives offers clear-cut dating advice to young Jewish women: Stay away from “non-Jews,” and especially Arab men. “There are no few Arab workers who use a Hebrew name,” warns the letter, as recounted by AOL News. “Yusuf turns into Yossi, Samir turns into Sami and Abed turns into Ami. They seek your company, try to get you to like them and give you all the attention in the world. But as soon as you’re in their hands, in their village, under their control, everything changes.”
The letter-signers belong to a group whose stated goal is “saving the daughters of Israel” from assimilation, and it’s an example of how Israel “is falling into a deep, dark pit of racism” one rabbi tells Haaretz. A political science professor at Hebrew University adds: “If you change the word ‘Arabs’ to ‘Jews,’ this letter could have been published in a Nazi newspaper.”
“On Saturday night, I would see men lusting after half-naked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday they’d be back at the carnival or some other place of indulgence. I knew then that the Christian church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man’s carnal nature will out no matter how much it is purged or scoured by any white-light religion”—Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible (via ih8religion)
The Gospels that made it into the Bible pretty much skip from the birth of Jesus Christ to his adulthood, but there are other documents that chronicle the adventures of Jesus Christ: Boy Wonder. They’re part of something called the New Testament Apocrypha, a series of books deemed unfit for inclusion due to concerns over the message they’d send or, in some cases, the number of faces they’d melt with their sheer awesomeness. Most of the stories are pretty normal fare — healing lepers and raising the dead — but some are so insane that we learn that the answer to, What would Jesus do? is Whatever the hell he wants.
Now here’s the thing. These stories come from the same time that the Bible was created. Once you start reading them, though, it’s a lot easier to call “Bullshit.” The first story listed, for example, is Jesus dealing with dragons. Once you realize that these stories are fictitious crap, maybe you can take that knowledge to your biblical reading.
“In August of 1990 I found myself laying on my stomach in the woods with a pair of binoculars, a bottle of Canadian Club, and my friend Kurt Cobain. The reason why I had the binoculars was because I was the lookout while he ran across the street to a “teen pregnancy center” that had just opened in our town. It really wasn’t a teen pregnancy center, it was a right-wing con where they got teenage girls to go in there and then told them they were going to go to hell if they had abortions. Since Kurt and I were angry young feminists in the ’90s we decided that we were going to do a little public service that night. We drank our Canadian Club and he watched out while I went across the street and wrote, “Fake abortion clinic, everyone,” because I was kind of like the pragmatic one or whatever. He was more creative so he went over and in six-foot-tall red letters he wrote, “God is gay.” [applause]”—Kathleen Hanna, Our Hit Parade (via feminismistheshit)
“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.”—Frank Zappa (via dirtylittlecity)
A suspected Islamic militant told judges Wednesday he took part in the beheadings of three Christian girls on an Indonesian island wracked by sectarian violence because he wanted to avenge the deaths of Muslims. [read more here]