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2012-07-10 03:51:49 PM  
www.gregorycjones.com

Nope, still there. The one that got struck down was a false idol.
 
2012-07-10 03:51:54 PM  
The biggest wonder is that there are still so many people gullible enough to hand over so much of their hard-earned money to fund these atrocities on the promise that it will make the Invisible Man in the Sky happy.
 
2012-07-10 03:52:11 PM  
teenangster.net

The US is the only nation with snake handlers. That's got to be something to see just for the entertainment value.
 
2012-07-10 03:53:53 PM  
Correction, 1 religious wonder and 7 houses of the devil.
 
2012-07-10 03:55:39 PM  
circular templE... nine sides
 
2012-07-10 03:56:46 PM  

schattenteufel: The biggest wonder is that there are still so many people gullible enough to hand over so much of their hard-earned money to fund these atrocities on the promise that it will make the Invisible Man in the Sky happy.


WOO HOO! The over/under was 3.5 posts before this showed up in the thread! I HAD THE UNDER BABY!
 
2012-07-10 03:57:28 PM  
Touchdown Jesus is being rebuilt. It will be a statue of Jesus standing with his hands held out. And it will be taller. Because, when your statue gets destroyed by lightning, the best idea is to rebuild it taller.
 
2012-07-10 03:57:47 PM  

schattenteufel: The biggest wonder is that there are still so many people gullible enough to hand over so much of their hard-earned money to fund these atrocities on the promise that it will make the Invisible Man in the Sky happy.


well to be fair 3 out of the 7 temples in the article were not build to worship any invincible man in the sky...........
..........They were built to worship men, deities or new age type beliefs.. which is even worst.
 
2012-07-10 03:58:03 PM  

Rapmaster2000: [teenangster.net image 625x450]

The US is the only nation with snake handlers. That's got to be something to see just for the entertainment value.


photo.goodreads.com

Interesting book on the subject.
 
2012-07-10 03:58:17 PM  
After that thing got struck, all that was left was its metal understructure. It was the same shape, so to me it looked like a giant robot thing reaching its hands to the heavens. I really hoped that somebody was driving through Ohio at some point, unaware of the statue, and went home terrified that we worshiped strange metallic gods here.
 
2012-07-10 03:58:58 PM  

schattenteufel: The biggest wonder is that there are still so many people gullible enough to hand over so much of their hard-earned money to fund these atrocities on the promise that it will make the Invisible Man in the Sky happy.


Wow, did you even bother to open the article before you set off to pound your spittle soaked keyboard with fists of rage?
 
2012-07-10 04:00:26 PM  
attractions.uptake.com

One of the many
 
2012-07-10 04:03:04 PM  
A Fred Phelps-led demonstration against the funeral of US service personnel strangely absent.
 
2012-07-10 04:05:27 PM  
I passed by a woman in a low cut blouse and cleavage that made me believe in god the other day...and that should count as a religious wonder.
 
2012-07-10 04:06:48 PM  
Wait... there are Hindus in West Virginia?
 
2012-07-10 04:09:04 PM  

tgambitg: Touchdown Jesus is being rebuilt. It will be a statue of Jesus standing with his hands held out. And it will be taller. Because, when your statue gets destroyed by lightning, the best idea is to rebuild it taller.


I believe the new one is "Her ass is this big" Jesus.

I wonder how many poor people could be fed with the combined cost of these buildings.
 
2012-07-10 04:10:22 PM  
As a First Nation person (Native American in the USA) it is terribly saddening that none of these sites are from religions that are actually from the lessons the Creator put in the lands of North America.

My favorite Elder did their vision quest on Bear Butte in South Dakota.

The Great Mystery does not live in a building.
 
2012-07-10 04:10:39 PM  
one wonder i have is why i saw a guy walking down the highway yesterday carrying a 8' high cross on his back
 
2012-07-10 04:11:14 PM  
No National Cathedral in Washington DC?

COMMON! THEY HAVE A VADER GARGOYLE FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD!

gremlindog.com
 
2012-07-10 04:13:05 PM  
Meanwhile here in RI we have the First, as in number one, Baptist Chruch as well as the first Synagogue ever. All because Roger Williams understood that you could not mix religion with government.
 
2012-07-10 04:14:28 PM  
I'm just thinking about all the giant crosses we have in the Midwest and the fact that not one of them have caught a giant Jesus yet.
 
2012-07-10 04:14:48 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: well to be fair 3 out of the 7 temples in the article were not build to worship any invincible man in the sky...........
..........They were built to worship men, deities or new age type beliefs.. which is even worst.


Would you like to point out which 3 you think "were not build to worship any invincible man in the sky"? Or shall we just save ourselves some time and assume you're full of moonshine?
 
2012-07-10 04:15:21 PM  

kd1s: Meanwhile here in RI we have the First, as in number one, Baptist Chruch as well as the first Synagogue ever. All because Roger Williams understood that you could not mix religion with government.


However, as subsequent generations of Rhode Islanders have discovered, you can mix the mob with government.
 
2012-07-10 04:15:59 PM  

kd1s: Meanwhile here in RI we have the First, as in number one, Baptist Chruch as well as the first Synagogue ever. All because Roger Williams understood that you could not mix religion with government.


www.tigerleaf.com

Rock on!
 
2012-07-10 04:16:30 PM  

Ursa Minor: As a First Nation person (Native American in the USA) it is terribly saddening that none of these sites are from religions that are actually from the lessons the Creator put in the lands of North America.

My favorite Elder did their vision quest on Bear Butte in South Dakota.

The Great Mystery does not live in a building.


Isn't Bear Butte a gay porn star?
 
2012-07-10 04:17:44 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-10 04:19:07 PM  
As a resident of Monroe, OH I'm going to stick this here...

tippnews.com


Followed by its soon to be created reincarnation.

i293.photobucket.com

Can see this from my dining room, and laugh every time.
 
2012-07-10 04:20:07 PM  
 
2012-07-10 04:20:25 PM  

www.bet.com
WHOOOO Haa! Got them all in check!

 
2012-07-10 04:24:27 PM  
userserve-ak.last.fm

/approves
 
2012-07-10 04:28:04 PM  

ciberido: SuperNinjaToad: well to be fair 3 out of the 7 temples in the article were not build to worship any invincible man in the sky...........
..........They were built to worship men, deities or new age type beliefs.. which is even worst.

Would you like to point out which 3 you think "were not build to worship any invincible man in the sky"? Or shall we just save ourselves some time and assume you're full of moonshine?


1. Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois - Bahá'í faith, a religion founded in 19th-century Persia that stresses unity of all humankind. Anyone is welcome to visit the space -- its auditorium and gardens are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day free of charge.
"We don't ask what your religion is -- we don't even care," the temple's summer tour coordinator, Gwendolyn Clayborne, said. "It's a place for people to come and meditate and pray and just get in touch with their spiritual sides."

2. Palace of Gold in Moundsville, West Virginia - When Prabhupada died in 1977, the disciples' course of construction changed, and they began instead to build a memorial for Prabhupada. And with that, the elaborate Palace of Gold was born.

3. Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California - Humanistic Buddhism claims to encompass all of the Buddhist teachings[citation needed]from the time of Gautama Buddha to the present. Its goal is to live the bodhisattva way, which means to be an energetic, enlightened, and endearing person who strives to help all sentient beings liberate themselves. It focuses on issues of the world rather than on how to leave the world behind; on caring for the living, rather than the dead; on benefiting others, rather than benefiting oneself and on universal salvation, rather than cultivation for only oneself.
 
2012-07-10 04:28:37 PM  

halfof33: schattenteufel: The biggest wonder is that there are still so many people gullible enough to hand over so much of their hard-earned money to fund these atrocities on the promise that it will make the Invisible Man in the Sky happy.

Wow, did you even bother to open the article before you set off to pound your spittle soaked keyboard with fists of rage?


If we're going to refer to them as "religious wonders" then they should be scorned. If people are going to believe in fairy tales as adults then prepare to get made fun of. You can pretend all you want about "fists of rage". When we get an article about people being stupid with snakes or fire etc we make fun of them.

Adults that believe in fairy tales are the same thing and deserve the same response.
 
2012-07-10 04:29:23 PM  

sweetmanbrosia: As a resident of Monroe, OH I'm going to stick this here...

[tippnews.com image 600x450]


Can see this from my dining room, and laugh every time.


Oh man; I've seen that going east a few times but didn't remember exactly ~where~ it was...

I'll throw these two in:

world's largest 10 commandments:

Link

church in a huge treehouse

Link

been to both, both amazing in their own way...
 
2012-07-10 04:32:07 PM  

Slam Dunkz: halfof33: schattenteufel: The biggest wonder is that there are still so many people gullible enough to hand over so much of their hard-earned money to fund these atrocities on the promise that it will make the Invisible Man in the Sky happy.

Wow, did you even bother to open the article before you set off to pound your spittle soaked keyboard with fists of rage?

If we're going to refer to them as "religious wonders" then they should be scorned. If people are going to believe in fairy tales as adults then prepare to get made fun of. You can pretend all you want about "fists of rage". When we get an article about people being stupid with snakes or fire etc we make fun of them.

Adults that believe in fairy tales are the same thing and deserve the same response.


So wait a moment ...are you saying there is no God?
 
2012-07-10 04:33:06 PM  
I'm surprised this one didn't make the list:

farm3.staticflickr.com

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (largest Hindu temple outside of India)
 
2012-07-10 04:33:51 PM  

kd1s: Meanwhile here in RI we have the First, as in number one, Baptist Chruch as well as the first Synagogue ever. All because Roger Williams understood that you could not mix religion with government.


When was the 1st Synagogue in RI started? I know SC's oldest was in 1740s and Charleston has the 2nd oldest building used as a Synagogue dating back to 1840.
 
2012-07-10 04:33:58 PM  
Interesting how only the Mormon temple is closed off to the public, even closed to non-"recommended" Mormons (whatever the hell that means), while the others are all welcoming of visitors. Not the best way to convince people you're not a cult...
 
2012-07-10 04:34:54 PM  

Rapmaster2000: The US is the only nation with snake handlers. That's got to be something to see just for the entertainment value.


India just called. They say hi.
 
2012-07-10 04:38:16 PM  

Ursa Minor: As a First Nation person (Native American in the USA) it is terribly saddening that none of these sites are from religions that are actually from the lessons the Creator put in the lands of North America.

My favorite Elder did their vision quest on Bear Butte in South Dakota.

The Great Mystery does not live in a building.


I'm not a person of faith myself but being outdoors, among the wonders of the natural world, is the closest I have felt to some sense of spirituality. Nothing made by man can come close to nature.
 
2012-07-10 04:38:55 PM  

sweetmanbrosia: As a resident of Monroe, OH I'm going to stick this here...

tippnews.com


Followed by its soon to be created reincarnation.

[i293.photobucket.com image 640x414]

Can see this from my dining room, and laugh every time.


Big Butter Jesus?
 
2012-07-10 04:41:54 PM  

ciberido: SuperNinjaToad: well to be fair 3 out of the 7 temples in the article were not build to worship any invincible man in the sky...........
..........They were built to worship men, deities or new age type beliefs.. which is even worst.

Would you like to point out which 3 you think "were not build to worship any invincible man in the sky"? Or shall we just save ourselves some time and assume you're full of moonshine?


hhmmmm did you RTFA? 3 of them were for the bahai faith, buddha and some indian deity.
 
2012-07-10 04:42:32 PM  

mrphil: I'm surprised this one didn't make the list:

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 448x336]

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (largest Hindu temple outside of India)


That's amazing looking.
 
2012-07-10 04:43:27 PM  

Perlin Noise: So wait a moment ...are you saying there is no God?


Most atheists do not make the positive claim of "no god".

Instead, we reject the claim of the religious that magic is real due to the complete lack of evidence they present to support this claim.

So a rephrasing of your statement could be: "there is no justification to believe in a god". Or "there is no evidence that gods exist". Etc.

/if you are not careful, the religious grammar nazis go nuts and start accusing you of making claims without evidence ... which is rather ironic since making claims without evidence is the cornerstone of being religious.
 
2012-07-10 04:43:28 PM  
gothamist.com
 
2012-07-10 04:45:49 PM  

I should be in the kitchen: Interesting how only the Mormon temple is closed off to the public, even closed to non-"recommended" Mormons (whatever the hell that means), while the others are all welcoming of visitors. Not the best way to convince people you're not a cult...


They do have a huge complex in SLC where the public can tour the grounds, read and watch films about the Temple and the history of their religion, marvel at the beauty of their upholstery and the expense of the Temple furnishings, eat at their boring dining hall and get hit up for conversion by two Fijian missionaries wearing dresses down past their feet. But actually go inside the Temple to see what's up? Nope. They've got cheerful, friendly uniformed folks to keep that from happening.
 
2012-07-10 04:47:52 PM  

Slam Dunkz: halfof33: schattenteufel: The biggest wonder is that there are still so many people gullible enough to hand over so much of their hard-earned money to fund these atrocities on the promise that it will make the Invisible Man in the Sky happy.

Wow, did you even bother to open the article before you set off to pound your spittle soaked keyboard with fists of rage?

If we're going to refer to them as "religious wonders" then they should be scorned. If people are going to believe in fairy tales as adults then prepare to get made fun of. You can pretend all you want about "fists of rage". When we get an article about people being stupid with snakes or fire etc we make fun of them.

Adults that believe in fairy tales are the same thing and deserve the same response.


I have to disagree with you. First, I'm an atheist, so I'm not going into this with the whole, "Defend religion!" argument. But, many man created things are wonders, and many of them are religious in nature. I don't think it takes away from their wonderment, and makes them obvious targets of scorn. Let's do a little thought experiment: erase the memories of everyone on Earth so no one knows what these things were built for. If we look at them and find them to be amazing, what has actually changed about them? They're still incredible places.

I love traveling to various religious sites, because when it comes to man-made structures, they are often the most beautiful and exquisitely designed and constructed things one will ever see. I don't know why we need to somehow try to take that away just because they were built for God. Plenty of other things that are not religious in nature were built for incredibly stupid reasons, but we don't say they deserve scorn for those reasons.

And, for what it's worth, if you haven't done so, I'd recommend visiting a beautiful, quiet temple or shrine at some point. There are very few places quite like them for a sense of peace and quiet, unless you can make it to Antarctica on a non-windy day.
 
2012-07-10 04:48:51 PM  

PsyLord: [www.gregorycjones.com image 195x262]

Nope, still there. The one that got struck down was a false idol.


Exactly. Which is why the preferred term for the one that got zorched is "Big Butter Jesus".

/thanks TheBigJerk for posting the song
//saw and photographed BBJ before it got zorched:
img.photobucket.com
///he's even spurting with religious fervor!
 
2012-07-10 04:49:49 PM  

Farking Canuck: Perlin Noise: So wait a moment ...are you saying there is no God?

Most atheists do not make the positive claim of "no god".



To be even more explicit, some atheists make the positive claim of no God (a specific god), while not making the same positive claim about any possible god. I have no problem asserting that an impossible god or a god obviously and historically created with ill-intent does not exist, any more than I do about any other fictional character. On the other hand, I'm never going to go around screaming, "All possible gods do not exist!"
 
2012-07-10 04:51:01 PM  
yes, get all angry at houses of worship. meanwhile you throw even more money at institutions of higher learning that leave you broke, unemployed and living in Moms basement. you've been snaked by a different idol and you worship money and possessions. you're no different from the rest. maroons.
 
2012-07-10 04:55:31 PM  

KrispyKritter: yes, get all angry at houses of worship. meanwhile you throw even more money at institutions of higher learning that leave you broke, unemployed and living in Moms basement. you've been snaked by a different idol and you worship money and possessions. you're no different from the rest. maroons.


Another good example is sports complexes. I've seen some incredible ones. Just amazing in how they were done. And, in the same general sense, they're used for much the same purpose, and very few people scream about them for being _for sports_. Granted, they do scream about them costing too much and bankrupting taxpayers, but that's as it should be :D
 
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