“This award is my god now” = Hate Speech (Apparently)

Apparently if you say “this is my new god” when talking about a golden statue or if you say “Jesus has nothing to do with my success”, it’s hate speech. Hey Bill Donohue, go fuck yourself you fucking Nazi. I’ve never seen someone as retarded as Bill Donohue on TV, he is without a doubt, the stupidest spokesperson of any group, anywhere. It’s shocking anyone actually reprints his words; they’re so bad in fact, I think I’m going to line them out.

Griffin’s Emmy remarks to be censored

In her speech, Griffin said that “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.”

She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, “This award is my god now!”

The comedian’s remarks were condemned Monday by Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called them a “vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech.”

According to the TV academy and E!, when the four hour-plus ceremony is edited into a two-hour program, Griffin’s remarks will be shown in “an abbreviated version” in which some language may be bleeped.

The program was in production and unfinished, an E! spokeswoman said Monday.

Requests for comment were left Monday evening by phone and e-mail with Griffin’s publicist. They were not immediately returned.

The Catholic League, an anti-defamation group, called on the TV academy to “denounce Griffin’s obscene and blasphemous comment” at Sunday’s ceremony.

The academy said Monday it had no plans to address the issue in the prime-time broadcast.

The organization may have another delicate issue to consider, this one involving an off-color fake music video that aired last December on “Saturday Night Live” and won a creative arts Emmy for best song.

Andy Samberg of “SNL” said Saturday that he had yet to be asked by the TV academy to perform the tune with Timberlake on the Fox broadcast, but he was willing. Timberlake, on a concert tour, is scheduled to be in Los Angeles next weekend.

The Pious: Global Warming Is Real! Let’s Pray For It To Go Away!

Nothing like accepting a logical, scientific argument then trying to solve it with illogical non-sense. You’d think maybe, just maybe, once they got a hint that science isn’t bullshit, that they’d stop praying to the invisible man in the sky for solutions to life’s problems. I guess that’s asking too much.

Prayer to End Climate Change

Religious leaders from all over the world met at the mouth of a melting glacier in Greenland today to say a silent prayer for the planet, appealing to mankind to address the impact that humanity is having on life on Earth.

A group of nearly 200 scientists, theologians and government officials sailed into the ice fields of the Illulissat Icefjord, the largest glacier in Greenland that is bearing the brunt of global warming.

Watch a video of Bill Blakemore’s tour of the ice wonders of Greenland here.

The pope delivered a message via video from the Vatican while religious leaders of Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths prayed silently.

“We’re all in awe of this spectacle,” said Neal Ascherson, a spokesperson for Religion, Science and the Environment (RSE), the group coordinating the event.

Ascherson spoke to ABC News from the boat while the prayer began.

“We’re in the engine room of the globe,” he said. “This is where the world’s climate has been created for thousands of years. And I think everybody is moved by the overwhelming importance and ominousness of what we’re seeing. You can see (the glacier) facilitate to climate change.”

Immaculate Mistranslation

Woopsiedoodle! Did we say she was a virgin? Hah, silly us, she actually worked on the street corner.

Virgin Birth and Red Underpants

The Virgin Birth and Virgin Mary are, pardon the pun, pregnant with social symbolic significance in most, if not all, parts of the world. Whether you believe in them or not, they are solid social constructs, rehearsed endlessly in art, humour, everyday life, and language. And yet their birth is due to a relatively simple mistake in translation. The Old Testament talks about almah ‘young woman,’ not bethulah ‘virgin.’ However, the scholars in the 3rd century BC translated the Hebrew almah as parthenos in Greek. Thus the ‘young woman’ in Hebrew metamorphosed into a ‘virgin’ in Greek—and she has remained a virgin ever since in translations across the world. The notion of ‘virgin birth’ was born, thanks to a mistranslation.

Mistranslation is plentiful, painful and powerful, whether it shapes our way of seeing the world through the Bible or the bibles of our times—films. In an American cult movie, “You’ll get the pink slip for Christmas” is translated as “You’ll get red underpants in Santa Claus’ stocking.” It must be a joke, I hear you say. No, I’m afraid, it is not. The ‘pink slip’ (a notice of dismissal, American slang) has metamorphosed into ‘red underpants’ in a famous action movie seen by millions and millions of people. Thanks to the translator’s error, they envisage the hero in a pair of red underpants, not as getting fired by Christmas.

Albeit the difference between getting fired or getting a pair of red underpants may not be quite as substantial as the difference between a virgin and a non-virgin birth, it still does serious damage to the source text. Both examples above illustrate relatively simple nonetheless fundamental mistakes in translation. Objective mistakes. But a mistake is a mistake only when you become aware of it. Otherwise mistakes become part and parcel of our ongoing discursified thinking—of our language and thus symbolic cultural system. As the virgin birth has, and no doubt the red underpants will.

God Made Me An Atheist

This sums up my thoughts quite nicely. Don’t give me that free will crap, if god created the entire universe, then there’s no such thing as freewill.

God Made Me An Atheist