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(Telegraph)   UK parks nannies reject circus troupe's request to use inflatable whale in show, since it's too religious. Next up, officials order Pink Floyd's inflatable pig shot down since it's anti-Islamic   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 26
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2014-03-28 08:24:36 AM  
A bit of fantasy storytelling is nice sometimes.
 
2014-03-28 09:31:31 AM  
Let's not turn this circus into a circus.
 
2014-03-28 09:33:40 AM  
"UK parks nannies reject circus troupe's request .."

Wait. WHO did WHAT?
 
2014-03-28 09:35:38 AM  
That's the las time I let the UK park my nannie.
 
2014-03-28 09:43:16 AM  
Oh no. Not again.
 
2014-03-28 09:50:08 AM  
It follows research showing that children are increasingly unable to identify Bible stories such as Noah's Ark or Moses which were once a basic childhood staple.

I remember being taught those stories in Sunday school. At around the same time, I was reading a series of books that were simplified versions of the myths and legends of various cultures (Greek gods, Viking myths, King Arthur, etc.). At a certain age, I can recall frequently mixing up in my head which stories were supposed to myths and which were supposed to be the Word of God.

/CSB
 
2014-03-28 10:10:45 AM  
My god is a whale. Your argument is invalid.

/drtfa
 
2014-03-28 10:12:43 AM  
So, the parks people won't hand out a permit for a religious brainwashing group to set up a whale to try to indoctrinate children with their lies?

Good.
 
2014-03-28 10:33:43 AM  
To the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee.
 
2014-03-28 10:53:25 AM  
Isn't this the same nation that maintains an official "Established Church" (aka the Church of England) that is nominally a branch of the government?
 
2014-03-28 11:13:03 AM  
We salute you, our half inflated Dark Lord! Oi!
 
2014-03-28 12:19:45 PM  

DarkVader: So, the parks people won't hand out a permit for a religious brainwashing group to set up a whale to try to indoctrinate children with their lies?

Good.


Would you be okay with pinocchio and the whale?
 
2014-03-28 01:02:37 PM  
What's religious about a whale?

[reads article]

What's religious about a whale?
 
2014-03-28 01:05:32 PM  
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More fun! Not religious! Pikachu's Vagina Ride!
 
2014-03-28 01:09:38 PM  
oh man.. totally missed the opportunity to instead do moby dick and get patrick stewart in


that would have been cool
 
2014-03-28 01:17:55 PM  

uttertosh: That's the las time I let the UK park my nannie.


They dented mine :-(
 
2014-03-28 01:20:04 PM  
I can see this in America, but England has a state religion.  If the Queen, who is the head of the Church of England, decided to have a picnic there, would she be banned as well?
 
2014-03-28 01:48:51 PM  
"Actors were being lined up to play Jonah and other characters as part of an ambitious drive by the Bible Society to help reintroduce a new generation of children to once familiar stories.

It follows research showing that children are increasingly unable to identify Bible stories such as Noah's Ark or Moses which were once a basic childhood staple.

The aim, the society insists, is not to promote any religious teaching but introduce children to some of the most dramatic stories previous generations would have known."

Sounds too religious to me.  Good call.
 
2014-03-28 02:07:00 PM  
What religion worships inflatable whales?
 
2014-03-28 02:36:58 PM  
Cypress Hill steals my orchestra, the Potters Fields Park Management Trust bans my elephant, and would you kids get out of that cooler!
www.fanpop.com
 
2014-03-28 02:50:14 PM  
"The aim, the society insists, is not to promote any religious teaching but introduce children to some of the most dramatic stories previous generations would have known."

The Bible Society.
The BIBLE Society.
THE BIBLE SOCIETY.

Call me when you want to present Shakespeare In The Park, or reenact old Punch'n'Judy puppet shows. Then maybe I'll believe you. Meantime, stop being disingenuous. And fark you Daily Telegraph for playing along by calling them just "the society" as many times as possible. You too, Subby; you know the score.

/not a member of either the Fark Intolerant Religious Brigade or the Fark Intolerant of Religion Brigade.
//generally speaking i have no problem with religious orgs. Just don't lie. Seems kind of unchristian.
 
2014-03-28 03:08:10 PM  
Whats all this then?
 
2014-03-28 03:16:27 PM  
It looks like people aren't reading the bible (KJV)  These are the pertinent  Verses:

Jonah 1

1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.    (1:3, 10)
Jonah fled "from the presence of the Lord."
1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.    (1:4) "The LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest."
1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.    (1:7) "Let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah."
The sailors cast lots to see who was causing the storm. And it worked, too (casting lots always does), since the lot fell on Jonah.
1:8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
1:9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.    (1:10) "The men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them."
1:11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.    (1:12-15)
Jonah believes that by throwing himself into the sea, the storm will die down. And it worked!
1:12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
1:14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.     (1:15) "So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging."
1:15 So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
1:16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2
2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,
2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
2:3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
2:5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.    (2:10) "The LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land."
2:10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

You'll see there's no reference to a 'whale' anywhere in there.  It's a GREAT FISH, not a whale.
 
2014-03-28 04:04:05 PM  
As far as the headline goes, anyone that'shiat a few Floyd/Waters shows knows that shooting down the pigs is 100% redundant, they can't keep the damn things in the air for two shows in a row.  Was there for the Coachella pig-prang in 2008.  Unholy amazing show, but the aerial elements were cursed 7 ways to Monday.  Dropped plane leaflets and said runaway pig on the wing ended up damaging the crap out of local yards/pools "/
 
2014-03-28 04:05:26 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: It looks like people aren't reading the bible (KJV)

You'll see there's no reference to a 'whale' anywhere in there. It's a GREAT FISH, not a whale.



Yeah, but the same KJV translation has Jesus talking about Jonah being swallowed by a whale because they translated the Greek word ketos as whale. Of course ketos had also previously been used as a translation for the Hebrew word dahg (fish) when translating the Old Testament into Greek. The general consensus seems to be that both words refer simply refer to a large sea creature of indeterminate type.
 
2014-03-28 06:46:24 PM  

Sybarite: Day_Old_Dutchie: It looks like people aren't reading the bible (KJV)

You'll see there's no reference to a 'whale' anywhere in there. It's a GREAT FISH, not a whale.

Yeah, but the same KJV translation has Jesus talking about Jonah being swallowed by a whale because they translated the Greek word ketos as whale. Of course ketos had also previously been used as a translation for the Hebrew word dahg (fish) when translating the Old Testament into Greek. The general consensus seems to be that both words refer simply refer to a large sea creature of indeterminate type.


I guess does it makes more sense that he fed all those mouths with one whale, rather than just one fish. I could totally see that being possible.
 
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