Posted 9/15/14 at 10:43 AM | CP Blogs
Filmmakers and TV producers thrive on controversy. Such is the story of South Park.
According to Metro Catholic, "South Park has a long history of mocking Christianity and its values which Comedy Central has repeatedly aired. Yet, they bowed to pressure from Islamic extremists and bleeped the name the ‘Prophet Muhammad’ out of one of their recent episodes. This is an absolute disgrace."
Besides mocking religion, South Park also mocks government as idolatry in the following video clip. This shouldn't be surprising considering the TV show's co-creator Trey Parker is a libertarian. Advocates for Self Government reported, "South Park is rife with libertarian themes. It has mocked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, anti-smoking activists, the War On Drugs, government-mandated diversity (when the children shun a nasty gay teacher, they are sent to the “Death Camp of Tolerance”), public school sex education and nature-worshipping environmentalists." FULL POST
Posted 7/28/14 at 4:43 PM | CP Blogs
If you are in the mood for political and religious humor, recently Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert made a humorous observation after describing an HBO show featuring vampires targeting a Ted Cruz/Republican political event.
Colbert reported, "TV entertainment drives our political discourse. Remember, no one was talking about income inequality until the debut of 2 Broke Girls. But we should not be surprised at all that vampires are Democrats -- after all, they scream when they see a cross."
The video can be viewed here.
Have you wondered where the myth began that vampires were afraid of crosses?
This superstition may have originated from Greek folklore. Some Greeks feared the vrykolakas, an undead being. John Cuthbert Lawson, the author of Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion, writes that in ancient Greece, when the dead body was prepared for burial, a wax cross was placed on the lips of the dead person. Lawson explains the purpose of this burial preparation was to prevent "any evil spirit from entering the dead body and making of it a vrykolakas."
HT: CNS News
Posted 7/24/14 at 5:02 PM | CP Blogs
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley used the words "clip culture" to describe the community that developed around his video sharing website. YouTube's visitors originally watched short clips instead of long form entertainment.
Now pastors can upload entire sermons to the website but it is still the short sermon clip that gets the most attention. Christians re-post inspiring quotes often with subtitles to share the Gospel message.
Twitter user @momentumnight made this video featuring a clip of Pastor Matt Chandler talking about how we cannot fix ourselves. "You can't resurrect anything. Christ can. That's the good news."
While listening to this video, the Bible verse 1 Corinthians 1:18 came to mind: "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
Is this "power of God" at work in you?
Posted 7/23/14 at 5:54 PM | CP Blogs
Superstition leads to strange wedding traditions.
Recently Mexican mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas married a crocodile. Rojas said, "It's my wish to marry the young princess." Caught on Camera reports, "He then danced with his new wife in his arms before guests joined in."
The reptile wears a white dress in this video. The YouTube summary says, "The reptile is a princess, according to local tradition, and it is hoped the nuptials will boost catches of fish, shrimp and other seafood along the Pacific coast."
Another strange wedding was held recently in South Africa.
Sanele Masilela, a 9-year-old boy, remarried 62-year-old Helen Shabangu last week as her husband watched. FULL POST
Posted 7/17/14 at 2:49 PM | CP Blogs
"Father, I do ask a special prayer that You help me to not chase the neighbor's cat and to listen to my master whenever he asks me to do something."
Some Christians are teaching their dogs to mimic them praying. The dogs pause before eating. This video collection of dogs "praying" shows a dog putting its paws together before lunch time. Another pet covers its eyes while the owner prays.
I wonder what God thinks as He watches people teach their pets to pray. Maybe God enjoys these "silly moments" because the people praying are showing gratitude for the food that their pets are about to eat.
Posted 7/15/14 at 6:08 PM | CP Blogs
An AFP news service video shows a Boko Haram leader saying, "Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill Christians!" The commander also mocks the #BringBackOurGirls campaign by chanting "Bring back our army!" Boko Haram is demanding that their troops captured by the Nigerian army be released. The terrorist group has bombed a marketplace and attacked churches.
In April 276 girls were kidnapped from a public school. Yesterday the Christian Post reported, "Although several of the schoolgirls have been able to escape their kidnappers, 219 still remain in captivity. " FULL POST
Posted 6/12/14 at 2:57 PM | CP Blogs
Today is the 27th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's famous speech demanding the Soviet Union tear down the Berlin Wall. In a speech on June 12, 1987, President Reagan stated:
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Two years later Germans began to chip away at the Berlin Wall and it started coming down. After the 20th anniversary of the wall's demise, Time Magazine reported, "The fall of the Berlin wall caught the world by surprise. For months, East Germany's beleaguered communist rulers had tried in vain to silence a growing opposition movement and stem the tide of people pouring out of the country."
The Bible records another famous wall that came down. Joshua 6 reports how the walls of Jericho collapsed. FULL POST
Posted 6/5/14 at 12:12 PM | CP Blogs
Twenty-five years ago brave university students protested the Chinese communist government for the cause of democracy. The government wouldn't tolerate dissent or a challenge to its monopoly on political power from its own citizens.
On June 3-4, 1989, soldiers killed hundred, perhaps thousands of student protesters in the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Then an amazing thing happened. A large column of tanks moving on the Avenue of Eternal Peace came to a complete stop when an unknown Chinese man stood in front of the first tank.
Associated Press photographer Jeff Widener describes his admiration for this hero, "I have always felt Tank Man was like the unknown soldier. He will always symbolize freedom and democracy.”
Journalists and the Chinese government have both tried and failed to identify Tank Man. According to the Los Angeles Times, "No one knows for sure the man’s name, or whether he’s dead or alive. Still, Time magazine named the man one of the century's top 20 revolutionaries, whose 'moment of self-transcendence [was seen] by more people than ever laid eyes on Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and James Joyce combined.'" FULL POST
Posted 5/21/14 at 6:14 PM | CP Blogs
Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia from Miami, Florida, made a controversial statement during a Google Hangout video conversation. Garcia was talking about immigration and crime when he said, "Two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico. Of course the reason is that we've proved that communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there's no crime."
Rising Response shared the video on YouTube.
Florida newspapers are reporting on the controversy. Garcia told The Miami Herald, "This is an absurdity, accusing the son of Cuban immigrants of believing in Communism is just ridiculous."
Posted 5/16/14 at 4:45 PM | CP Blogs
Maybe God is giving us a parable about adoption.
In this charming video a mother cat cuddles and nurses baby ducklings. Under normal circumstances, the baby ducks would have been lunch but instead the cat adopted the ducks as her own.
The Bible says,"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." - Galatians 4:5 ESV
I wonder if angels see humankind like these ducks. What a strange mix for God to treat humans as his own children.
Hat tip: CNS News