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Jul 29

Jesus Didn’t Tap

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Humor, Religion

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The meaning of this phrase, seen today stuck to somebody’s truck window, wasn’t immediately obvious. Though my first guess was that it had something to do with wrestling, I momentarily imagined that “Jesus Didn’t Tap” summed up His rejection of the dance style after failing to place in a local tap dance competition.

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“I’ll take up carpentry instead,” moaned the disappointed Savior

A quick search revealed the phrase to be the name of a web site that sells Christian-themed MMA apparel. The slogan is a reference to the notion that Jesus Christ didn’t “tap out” or give up despite the pain of crucifixion.

In the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, to “tap” is to quit or give up. The message of the Jesus Didn’t Tap line is that Jesus didn’t quit after going through unimaginable suffering and pain when he was crucified on the cross.

“Ohh,” I thought, ignoring the redundant wording. “So Jesus didn’t throw in the towel when the going got tough and neither should you!” But, then again, He didn’t really have a choice, did He? I mean, even if he had tried to rip his arms free from the nails embedded in his flesh,it sort of would have screwed with God’s plan, now wouldn’t it? How else would salvation have been granted to humanity if He had not died?

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“Well that’s not the way it was supposed to happen!”

So in this version of events, trying to break free of the cross and living would have been considered giving up, whereas dying and being brought back to life by God was the macho thing to do. Seems backwards, but I digress.

There’s nothing like a sports analogy to drive home the meaning of sacrifice and shared struggle to the American public. Likewise, it’s much easier for the masses to grasp an epic battle against evil when it is framed in terms of sports. We can get to the action of Jesus putting a chokehold on evil without delving into the finer points of morality or justice. Borrrring!

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So much awesomeness…

That’s where Jesus Didn’t Tap comes in. They are “one of the first” (oh dear, there’s more than one?) Christian-based MMA clothing companies to “hit the scene” and they’re putting the Jew in Jiu-Jitsu.

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I wasn’t joking

The company offers followers of Christ t-shirts, hoodies, hats, MMA gloves, boxing gloves, rash guards, tanks, and shorts. I wonder why no robes or sandals?

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It isn’t really a fair fight if one contestant is omnipotent, is it?

I hope none of the subtlety is lost on anyone.

The company aims to represent both the competitiveness of MMA and honoring God in all of their designs and hopes it will help spread the Christian message of salvation to a whole new audience.

Now you can pound the honor of God into your opponent with a new Jesus-emblazoned boxing glove! Any why not sneak in a jab at the Constitution with a little fusing of state and religion while you’re at it? Happy shopping!

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May 23

Sexism at Regional Atheist Meet?

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 in Observations, Politics

David Eller speaks at Rapture RAM on May 22, 2011

Update: I’ve made available a longer excerpt of the original talk to provide better context. Also a transcription has been added.

Jen McCreight wrote about something that was said by author David Eller during his second talk at the West Coast Rapture RAM this past weekend in Oakland, CA. Eller has offered an apology following that posting.

The controversy? While presenting a slide listing different various atheist groups and contributors including Laci Green and Cristina Rad, Eller made the tongue-in-cheek comment, “Nobody minds pretty Romanian blondes… I watch a lot of her blogs to learn.”  This moment in his 50-minute speech was met with laughter, but some in the audience were apparently not laughing.

In her blog, Greta Christina also raised issue with a subsequent suggestion by Eller to have a repeat of “Boobquake“, an event that McCreight created last year. One audience member is heard saying “Boobs are good” in response. (This can be heard in the longer excerpt below.)

Having been there for the event, I captured the audio of what was said, both Eller’s comment in context of his talk and McCreight’s question/comment followed by Eller’s response. I present it below so you may hear and judge it for yourself. Do you think there is sexism here?

  1. David Eller Discusses Atheist Media (mp3) – longer excerpt
  2. Jen McCreight Comments And Eller Responds (mp3)

 

Transcriptions as best as can be determined are below (thanks to Jesse for helping out):

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Feb 9

Religion Replaces Science in Fresno College

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in Religion

Full Article: ACLU: FCC instructor giving anti-gay views

A Fresno City College instructor is wrongly presenting religious-based and anti-gay views as fact in an introductory health class, the American Civil Liberties Union charged Monday.

The organization outlined complaints against full-time instructor Bradley Lopez in a letter sent to City College President Cynthia Azari. The ACLU — which requested a response by Feb. 15 — demanded the campus ensure that health-science classes teach unbiased and medically accurate information.

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One student who complained about Lopez was Jacqueline Mahaffey, 24, of Fresno. She said Lopez assigned Bible study as homework, said that homosexuals were “degrading society” and contradicted the textbook by insisting that abortion — not cancer — was the leading cause of death. “He was teaching things that were definitely not in the curriculum,” said Mahaffey, who took the introductory health class last semester. She said she stayed in the class — even earning an “A” — but registered her concerns with college officials.

I should be shocked, right? The Bible as a textbook for a health-sciences class?

And it keeps getting worse! He is teaching that abortion is murder, saying hell is the real global warming we should worry about, and presenting religious-based and anti-gay views as science and fact.

Let’s please get this guy out of the classroom!

Oct 8

Fight Against Death

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2009 in Politics

Please watch the following Special Comment and know that we all ultimately want the same thing for all.
Health Care Reform: The Fight Against Death

Jul 15

Knowing

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in Entertainment, Religion

I saw the movie Knowing earlier this year when it was in theaters. Since it has recently been released to the home market, I wanted to share my thoughts on it. At the time, I knew nothing of it except for the advertising that promised an action-oriented disaster film with a sci-fi twist. While it did deliver in those respects, I had mixed feelings about where it all ended up.

***SPOILER ALERT***
The remainder of this article contains details of the movie that you may not want to know until after you’ve seen the movie.

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Jul 3

Sarah Palin Steps Down

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009 in Politics

I have just a few comments on today’s “strange, bizarre, and rambling” resignation announcement from Sarah Palin. I’m happy to see her ostensibly leave politics, but this speech had too many strange moments for me not to comment.

Her reasoning for stepping down early, rather than fulfilling the remainder of her term, included an explanation that some lame duck governors have a lot of fun traveling while continuing to draw paychecks. Instead of avoiding responsibility like these “others”, she’s going to save the taxpayers millions of dollars by stepping down early. Even if being a leech is the case for other lame duck politicians, why does she behave like she has no other choice but to step down? Is there someone forcing her to “milk it” for a paycheck until it’s over? Can she do nothing beneficial in office before the term is up?

In reference to some alleged media attacks on her one-year old son, she said, “The world needs more Trigs, not fewer.” Nothing against Trig, but why exactly would we prefer more kids with Down syndrome?  Remind me again how that would be beneficial. I would just assume that, like any disorder, it is something that parents and society can manage, but also not something you’d prefer more of. If I had written the speech, I might have simply said the world needs to be more empathetic.

And, of course, the number of times that prayer and God were mentioned is cringe-worthy.  But that’s nothing new.