“Jesus is (not alright) with me”

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Who is this guy?

More and more people are realizing the ‘ruse’ of organized religion;

In 1990, 86 percent of Americans called themselves Christian; by 2008, 76 percent did. And in South Dakota, the demographic shift in religious identity has been especially steep: 95 percent of South Dakotans self-identified as Christians in 1990; 78 percent did in 2008.

Less people are hypocrites, I guess.

The “none” category of the survey includes atheists and agnostics, as well as people who describe themselves as non-religious, irreligious and anti-religious. It swells to 46 million people by including respondents who either don’t know what religion they are or who refused to give one.

Irreligious? Does that mean you are allergic to Holy water?

That “no religion” segment of the population is who Mike Brazeal, John Collins and others associated with Greg Laurie’s Black Hills Harvest ’09 will target when the Christian evangelist brings his crusade to Rapid City May 15-17.

“That’s a great audience for us to attract, as many of them have been turned off by church and have formed an opinion of Christianity that isn’t always accurate,” Brazeal, director of the Rapid City crusade, said.

No, they have formed an ‘accurate’ opinion, and that is why they don’t bother with religion anymore.

But the political science and art history major from Pierre doesn’t feel any pressure to conform to a largely Christian society, even though she has numerous committed Christians as friends, and her family will be attending Easter services today without her.

“They don’t agree with it, but they know they can’t control it,” she said.

And that is where religion has lost it’s way, trying to control people.



14 comments ↓

#1 Randall on 04.13.09 at 7:23 am

“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
— Thomas Paine

#2 l3wis on 04.13.09 at 7:44 am

Who is this Thomas Paine character? Everyone knows our founding fathers were Christians! Especially Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson and Franklin!

BTW, you can follow Jesus on twitter now:

http://www.aprilwinchell.com/2009/04/12/id-follow-jesus-if-he-was-on-twitter/

#3 Publius on 04.13.09 at 9:12 am

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon, than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.” – Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Terrific post!

#4 Ghost of Dude on 04.13.09 at 9:22 am

Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson and Franklin

Those damn radical liberals…

Personally, Jesus is alright with me. However, I don’t feel the need to legislate my beliefs.

#5 Angry Guy on 04.13.09 at 11:01 am

I think we all know how I feel.
Organized religion is one of the greatest evils of our time. Don’t get me completely wrong, I’m sure Jesus was one charismatic mofo, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time to orchestrate his rise to glory by fulfilling old testament prophecy. But I’m going to need a little more proof before I start wearing his merch.

#6 hossenpheffer on 04.13.09 at 11:41 am

Pastor Laurie of Greg Laurie’s Black Hills Harvest ’09 is a great guy. Ex surfer, druggie who has a mega church in So. California.
He got my ex-husband at his Harvest Cursades at Anahiem Stadium become born again … twice.

#7 l3wis on 04.13.09 at 11:48 am

I heard 3 times a charm. Now excuse me while I go speak in tongues. Yabba-Dabba-Doo!

#8 l3wis on 04.13.09 at 1:45 pm

I guess ZED posting a zombie Jesus on Good Friday wasn’t as bad as the RCJ posting the above linked story on Easter; they had a few complainers;

http://blogs.rapidcityjournal.com/editor/?p=872

#9 Angry Guy on 04.13.09 at 6:13 pm

Maybe, but their didn’t pull their shit off the web, they defended it.

#10 Zed de la Muerte on 04.14.09 at 4:22 am

I’m over it. You should be too AG.

#11 Angry Guy on 04.14.09 at 5:59 am

Maybe you should STFU, Zombie boy…

#12 l3wis on 04.14.09 at 6:19 am

You both need to shut up, Barney Rubble MotherF’ckrs!

#13 Angry Guy on 04.14.09 at 6:48 am

I’ll pray for you, DL.
I’ll just need to find some rattlesnakes first….

#14 l3wis on 04.14.09 at 6:54 am

Why don’t you check in your underpants

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