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(Kens 5 San Antonio)   The Pastor said "people were lonely. They were out of fellowship for all the weeks we were gone. So, I said if you want to hug each other, it's ok. Do it." He now regrets that. There are more than 50 reasons he regrets that   (kens5.com) divider line
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2020-07-07 5:52:15 AM  
36 votes:
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2020-07-06 10:21:31 PM  
25 votes:

hugram: I'm sure they will be able to pray it away now.


About as much as the pastor is able to pray away his weekly hug session with the church secretary.
 
2020-07-06 10:11:14 PM  
22 votes:
I'm sure they will be able to pray it away now.
 
2020-07-06 10:04:48 PM  
12 votes:
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2020-07-07 7:10:16 AM  
10 votes:

starsrift: Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.

I mean, if you think inventions like windmills and sawmills and compasses and gunpowder and well, shiat, all kinds of stuff wasn't important, one wonders what the Romans did that was so great.


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2020-07-07 6:08:49 AM  
7 votes:

hugram: I'm sure they will be able to pray it away now.


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2020-07-07 10:26:08 AM  
4 votes:
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2020-07-07 8:18:37 AM  
4 votes:

Izunbacol: PunGent: Izunbacol: As if the Muslim world wasn't pushing the state of the art during those "Christian Dark Ages." passing off Indian ideas as their own.

FTFY.

Plus, they seem to have fallen down on the whole "beacon to humanity" thing these last few centuries :)

/don't blame me...the locals are the ones voting with their feet
//immigration/emigration stats don't lie

Archie Goodwin: Hell, for 500 years the Islamic world led the way in science and culture and what happened? Religion & war got in the way.

Real answer: Economic peripheralization.  Southwest Asia was the center of gravity for the world economy for a long time - think of the silk road, the global crossroads of trade.  Having your lands as the nexus of economic activity brings ideas, brings wealth, and brings the spare capacity to pursue science and knowledge.

The discovery of the New World shifted that crossroads west, and the development of long distance sailing simultaneously allowed the east and west to bypass the old crossroads.  In place of the once grand trade routes through southwest Asia and Ottoman lands, we saw the merchants of Europe running wildly profitable trade routes in the Atlantic.  The Muslim world has been on the defensive since - the Ottomans tried to modernize their infrastructure on a superficial level, like cargo cultists, with the professionalized bureaucracies, military ceremonies, and at one point, constitutional reforms.

Egypt tried (under strong 'suggestion' from the British) to establish itself as an alternative cotton empire to the U.S.  And, as always seems to happen when fate and misfortune rain down, a large fundamentalist religious movement took hold - when things are bad, people want to know why, and there is always a cleric selling the "God is mad at us because we've been backsliding" angle.  You see the exact same thing in the U.S., where the Civil War, boll weevil, and topsoil depletion turned the south into political and economic backwater for a century, and spurred hardline fundamentalist religion.

Our sense of entitlement and exceptionalism leads us to see the United States as the heir to the great Western civilizations - Greece, Rome, British - but we're actually quite comfortably situated as just the most prominent of the Western hemisphere presidential republics.  It pains me to write it, but we have far more in common with the political extremism, violent reprisals, and banana republican kleptocracies of Latin America than we'd like to admit.  We look to the fall of Rome as our "this too shall end" tale of warning, but I feel we look at the wrong story - the collapse of the Ottoman Empire is far more foreboding: a formerly massive, powerful, cohesive, and diverse empire that slowly ran aground due to political incompetence, decaying infrastructure, economic blunder, insurgent nationalist movements, and increased economic perhipheralization.

Especially with the center of gravity moving East at a startling pace:

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Nixon's to blame.
Never should have recognized China.
 
2020-07-07 7:53:53 AM  
4 votes:

Xanlexian: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!!  50+ select individuals will be chosen to go meet Jesus!!  Tell your friends, and show up in your Sunday's finest!


You've paid for the whole seat, BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED THE EDGE!!!

/stolen from PA
 
2020-07-07 7:39:30 AM  
4 votes:

Archie Goodwin: Izunbacol: Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.

Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.

What a stupid farking chart.  As if the Muslim world wasn't pushing the state of the art during those "Christian Dark Ages."  Those stars sure have a lot of Arabic names.  I think your algorithm is off.

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Hell, for 500 years the Islamic world led the way in science and culture and what happened? Religion & war got in the way.


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...led the way in science and culture...

No, you're thinking of China. Islam made a desert and called it "peace".
 
2020-07-07 6:18:22 AM  
4 votes:
Hugs not drugs
 
2020-07-07 5:23:10 AM  
4 votes:
It sounds like his God wants him to die, but he just won't take the Hint.
 
2020-07-07 8:28:09 AM  
3 votes:
My thoughts and prayers are with them.

"May Odin grant them wisdom to see the right path to follow. May Thor grant them the strength to see them through the hard times. And may Loki inject just enough mischief into their life to make it interesting.
 
2020-07-07 8:22:17 AM  
3 votes:

Izunbacol: Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.

Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.

What a stupid farking chart.  As if the Muslim world wasn't pushing the state of the art during those "Christian Dark Ages."  Those stars sure have a lot of Arabic names.  I think your algorithm is off.

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He forgot his al-jabr.
 
2020-07-07 7:29:47 AM  
3 votes:
Can't they just dance around with snakes or something?
 
2020-07-07 7:20:32 AM  
3 votes:
Jesus, what was he thinking?
 
2020-07-07 6:23:12 AM  
3 votes:
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!!  50+ select individuals will be chosen to go meet Jesus!!  Tell your friends, and show up in your Sunday's finest!
 
2020-07-07 5:39:35 AM  
3 votes:
Guess God doesnt love you after all.  See you in Hell.
 
2020-07-07 2:58:27 AM  
3 votes:
If you feel too lonely to follow common sense instructions that will save your life and that of others, please punch yourself in the genitalia and stop being such a god damned pussy.
 
2020-07-06 11:26:49 PM  
3 votes:

BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.


Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

/dont actually consider that, its rhetorical.
//you would regret it
 
2020-07-07 9:40:51 AM  
2 votes:
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2020-07-07 9:36:03 AM  
2 votes:

Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.


I hate that farking chart so much.  It's completely wrong, and that's not even getting into the non-Eurocentric take on scientific advancement or the fact that one of the axis is labeled as an unquantified "scientific advancement".  You know who also existed during the "Christian Dark Ages"?   THE FARKING BYZANTINE EMPIRE, WHO CONSIDERED THEMSELVES THE BULWARK OF CHRISTIANITY FOR OVER A THOUSAND YEARS.  Do they magically not exist anymore?  Does their keeping the lantern of Rome lit for hundreds of years not count because reasons?

The whole "Dark Age" myth was invented by the Renaissance wholesale, to brag about how they were finally reclaiming Rome's legacy and that everything that had come inbetween was not worth mentioning.  No real historian gives the term any credit, and the only people who throw it around now are Enlightened Gentlemen who like to scoff it as they tip their fedoras just so.  Trying to mock Christians for being ignorant when you're just as ignorant of history is not a good look.

You should feel bad for posting it, and the 17 people who smarted it as of this post should feel bad too.
 
2020-07-07 8:15:55 AM  
2 votes:
Looks like there weren't enough thoughts going along with the prayers.
 
2020-07-07 7:46:59 AM  
2 votes:
Covid is mostly a christian disease.
 
2020-07-07 7:30:41 AM  
2 votes:

PunGent: Izunbacol: As if the Muslim world wasn't pushing the state of the art during those "Christian Dark Ages." passing off Indian ideas as their own.

FTFY.

Plus, they seem to have fallen down on the whole "beacon to humanity" thing these last few centuries :)

/don't blame me...the locals are the ones voting with their feet
//immigration/emigration stats don't lie


Archie Goodwin: Hell, for 500 years the Islamic world led the way in science and culture and what happened? Religion & war got in the way.


Real answer: Economic peripheralization.  Southwest Asia was the center of gravity for the world economy for a long time - think of the silk road, the global crossroads of trade.  Having your lands as the nexus of economic activity brings ideas, brings wealth, and brings the spare capacity to pursue science and knowledge.

The discovery of the New World shifted that crossroads west, and the development of long distance sailing simultaneously allowed the east and west to bypass the old crossroads.  In place of the once grand trade routes through southwest Asia and Ottoman lands, we saw the merchants of Europe running wildly profitable trade routes in the Atlantic.  The Muslim world has been on the defensive since - the Ottomans tried to modernize their infrastructure on a superficial level, like cargo cultists, with the professionalized bureaucracies, military ceremonies, and at one point, constitutional reforms.

Egypt tried (under strong 'suggestion' from the British) to establish itself as an alternative cotton empire to the U.S.  And, as always seems to happen when fate and misfortune rain down, a large fundamentalist religious movement took hold - when things are bad, people want to know why, and there is always a cleric selling the "God is mad at us because we've been backsliding" angle.  You see the exact same thing in the U.S., where the Civil War, boll weevil, and topsoil depletion turned the south into political and economic backwater for a century, and spurred hardline fundamentalist religion.

Our sense of entitlement and exceptionalism leads us to see the United States as the heir to the great Western civilizations - Greece, Rome, British - but we're actually quite comfortably situated as just the most prominent of the Western hemisphere presidential republics.  It pains me to write it, but we have far more in common with the political extremism, violent reprisals, and banana republican kleptocracies of Latin America than we'd like to admit.  We look to the fall of Rome as our "this too shall end" tale of warning, but I feel we look at the wrong story - the collapse of the Ottoman Empire is far more foreboding: a formerly massive, powerful, cohesive, and diverse empire that slowly ran aground due to political incompetence, decaying infrastructure, economic blunder, insurgent nationalist movements, and increased economic perhipheralization.

Especially with the center of gravity moving East at a startling pace:

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2020-07-07 7:28:30 AM  
2 votes:
When I'm lonely, I jerk off. All alone. No mask required.
 
2020-07-07 7:24:30 AM  
2 votes:

offacue: Jesus, what was he thinking?


Also Jesus: what was he thinking?
 
2020-07-07 7:17:22 AM  
2 votes:
Jesus love you.

But he wants you to social distance and wear the damn mask, idiot.
 
2020-07-07 6:31:32 AM  
2 votes:
This church runs a medical operation too if the website is to be believed.
 
2020-07-07 6:19:06 AM  
2 votes:
So

Bslim: hugram: I'm sure they will be able to pray it away now.

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oh wow, now I remember God talking to Kaaaareeen...
 
2020-07-07 9:26:28 AM  
1 vote:
no

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2020-07-07 9:09:00 AM  
1 vote:
How is this any different from the morons packing themselves into bars?

I scoff at religious kookery as much as anyone here, but let's not pretend that this is only happening in churches.
 
2020-07-07 8:13:31 AM  
1 vote:

Blahbbs: I think part of the problem is that rather than following guidelines and recommendations of health officials, they did whatever Governor Abbott said was okay.  The Gov is more interested in economics and personal freedoms rather than public health, though.


They ALL are. It's how you get that job. If only SOME of them were, then we could expect the graph to include SOME civil rights experts, some religious fanatics, some scientists...
What we find, however, is no matter who has the job, no matter their title, once they become governor...
They operate the levers on a money pump at the expense of all other interests or disciplines.
 
2020-07-07 8:11:42 AM  
1 vote:

Sword and Shield: Sunidesus: My parents' church started doing indoor services again a week or two ago. Parents are unhappy about this and have been trying to talk sense into the leadership (Dad used to be the pastor there, they're still very involved and have some pull) but no luck. They won't be attending.

The diocese here has been trying to figure out how to reopen. Prevailing thought is mandated distancing and masks, no peace, no communion, and likely a few more services to take the slack- we get 50-60 for Sunday at 10, but doing the math with proper distance the church can only hold about 20.

That won't be for a while. Last live service was in March and odds are we won't get another until August or September.

They've been smart- closed before the state shutdown, blanket ban on all in-person stuff.


Live stream on Facebook.
Jesus, just, ignore the obviously I guess?
At this point 🦆 humanity
 
2020-07-07 7:57:50 AM  
1 vote:

Resident Muslim: Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.

Funny how that curve doesn't have a period for Muslim scientific advancements.

/enter that rabbit hole at your own risk
//somehow Alkhawarizmi became algorithms. Jaber Bin Hayan became Algebra
///Neil degrasse Tyson has an interesting talk on YouTube about the impact of Muslims (phrasing?)


I think this is the one I saw:
Neil DeGrasse Tyson - The Islamic Golden Age: Naming Rights
Youtube fDAT98eEN5Q
 
2020-07-07 7:54:55 AM  
1 vote:

Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.


Funny how that curve doesn't have a period for Muslim scientific advancements.

/enter that rabbit hole at your own risk
//somehow Alkhawarizmi became algorithms. Jaber Bin Hayan became Algebra
///Neil degrasse Tyson has an interesting talk on YouTube about the impact of Muslims (phrasing?)
 
2020-07-07 7:39:25 AM  
1 vote:

Izunbacol: What a stupid farking chart. As if the Muslim world wasn't pushing the state of the art during those "Christian Dark Ages." Those stars sure have a lot of Arabic names. I think your algorithm is off.

upload.wikimedia.org


I bet half of Europe dying during that time had something to do with the slowdown in scientific advancement too.
 
2020-07-07 7:11:26 AM  
1 vote:
I think part of the problem is that rather than following guidelines and recommendations of health officials, they did whatever Governor Abbott said was okay.  The Gov is more interested in economics and personal freedoms rather than public health, though.
 
2020-07-07 6:57:50 AM  
1 vote:
So covid is some kind of radiation?
 
2020-07-07 6:39:48 AM  
1 vote:

Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.


That graph understands history about as well as the average American evangelical.
 
2020-07-07 6:34:36 AM  
1 vote:

Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.


Archie Goodwin: Frederick: BumpInTheNight: Figure of authority coerces vulnerable group of people into life-threatening danger.

Ah, religion -- where would humanity be without it?

[Fark user image 363x323]
Probably out hopping galaxies by now.


What a stupid farking chart.  As if the Muslim world wasn't pushing the state of the art during those "Christian Dark Ages."  Those stars sure have a lot of Arabic names.  I think your algorithm is off.

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2020-07-07 6:28:28 AM  
1 vote:
It is regularly claimed that God will protect the faithful and looks after his own so logically none of those people were ones that God cared about.
 
2020-07-07 5:44:34 AM  
1 vote:

Marcus Aurelius: It sounds like his God wants him to die, but he just won't take the Hint.


Nonono, it's his congregants who are getting sick, not him. If you want to impute divine will to the affair, you might suggest that Pastor Arbough is such an effective tool for God that God is calling his congregation home so he can preach to new people.
 
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