Pray the Ex-Gay Away

Maybe there is a God after all!

Exodus International, a leading “ex-gay” organization (you know, those lovely groups that think if gay guys pray hard enough, they won’t like dudes anymore), is shutting its doors.

And this except from an apology from Alan Chambers, Exodus’ president, is just–wow. Read it for yourself:

Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents. I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly “on my side” who called you names like sodomite—or worse. I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people that I know. I am sorry that when I celebrated a person coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to Him that I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart. I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.

The Only Way to Fly

Chasid-in-a-bag

Well, this definitely isn’t in the Torah. Yesterday, a redditor posted this image of a Chasid wrapped in a plastic bag aboard an airplane. The poster assumed it was to avoid touching women, which while TOTALLY INSANE, is not really that crazy an assumption. Another was quick to point out that this was likely a Kohen (or priest) protecting himself from the impurity he’d pick up from flying 40,000 feet over a cemetary. And that this solution was prescribed by the venerable Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv. OK!

Isn’t kind of a suffocation hazard? What will this dude say when his children start hanging out in plastic bags and tell him “we learned it from watching YOU!”?

OMGWTFMORMON!

Announcement time! Perhaps you’ve noticed how quiet this blog has been lately. Really, though! I have a reason for it. Lately, I’ve been working on a brand-new project!

For a while, I thought OMGWTFBIBLE would stay focused on the Old Testament. Obviously, that book will still take a lot of work–but I thought in the meantime, I’d get started on my next translation. OMGWTFMORMON! Look below the fold for more. Seriously!

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Religion in the Internet Age

There’s a conversation that’s spread through the ‘net recently about how religious observance is dipping among kids these days. Over the first decade of this century, those reporting no religious affiliation in a Pew study rose sharply, reaching 46 million in 2012. Unsurprisingly, the 18-29 age group posts the highest rate of respondents who have no stated religious preference.

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