God Discussion: “Christians launch petition to stop production of “blasphemous jesus of nazareth” film”

From God Discussion: 

Conservative Christians are angry about a film to be directed by Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch director famous for his films “RoboCop,” “Total Recall” and “Basic Instinct,” called “jesus of nazareth.”  The film is based on the book, jesus of nazareth, written by Verhoeven.

After receiving advanced degrees in math and physics, Verhoeven began to make movies, eventually moving from his native Holland to Los Angeles in 1985, where he also became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history.

“The liberal media’s relentless persecution of the Christian faith shows yet again the double standard of bigotry. There’s no way a similar movie would ever be made claiming Muhammad was the product of a rape,” wrote Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission, in a press release.  The press release goes on to say:

The movie depicts the life of Jesus, but unlike other Biblical epics “jesus of nazareth” shows Jesus performing no miracles, born as the result of rape, and when Jesus dies he does not come back from the grave.

Paul Verhoeven, the bigoted writer of “jesus of Nazareth” is no stranger to offending Christians with statements intended to bully and browbeat: “In my opinion, Christianity is nothing more than one of many interpretations of reality, neither more nor less. Ideally, it would be nice to believe that there is a God somewhere out there, but it looks to me as if the whole Christian religion is a major symptom of schizophrenia in half the world’s population: civilizations scrambling to rationalize their chaotic existence. Subsequently, Christianity has a tendency to look like magic or the occult.”

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Dinner recommendation: Crispy chicken thighs with cauliflower and cilantro


On my birthday, we weren’t able to get sushi at my favorite sushi place because of a street festival and a Bruce Springsteen concert that rendered our neighborhood a parking lot.

So we drove toward another place only to say, “Fuck it, let’s just go to the next place that looks okay.”

We settled on Fountainhead, which is a bar with food that people have bragged to us about. We ordered two appetizers that were so heavy and rich, that I wanted desperately not to eat an entrée to avoid feeling any worse than we did.

This is all to say that I regret not going home, cooking, and going to a favorite place rather than have a shitty experience on my birthday. I also like cooking for us, because I control what goes in the food.

Rather than suffer through the sodium-heavy serving at a restaurant, I’d much rather do my own salting and seasoning.

Last night, I made a meal that was quick, easy, and tasted a helluva lot better than Fountainhead. It was crispy chicken thighs with cauliflower and cilantro found in Real Simple magazine.

Recipe here.

Plus I get to take my own photos of the meal.




The sacrilege of forgetting

I won’t forget.

You won’t either.

I’m certain about that.


Well, maybe not you. You were too young to form memories. And you, you weren’t born yet.

And you — over there — have forgotten, not by choice, but because of age. Your brain holds a memory like an old cell phone holds a charge.

You thought you wouldn’t forget, but the body has a way of dictating memories, like it has a way of filling your pants with urine and poop without notice.

Write it on facebook. Tattoo it to your arm.

Just above mom.

And a cross.

And a guy wielding an AK-47.

Wear “I will not forget” on a t-shirt. Put it on an armband.

Maybe you won’t forget, because you are a lucky one. But apart from reminding others about the past, what are you doing to improve the future?

What are you doing to change the stereotypes about religions?

What are you doing to learn more about the religion you hold dear?

Have you forgotten the atrocities others have committed in the name of your ideology?

Have you remembered the atrocities you have committed within the name of your idea set?

I haven’t forgotten those done in mine. They make me sick.

Don’t forget. Do your best anyway.

But march into the future with a vow to make it better.

That’s what I’m doing anyway. Hoping to do.