South Park Satan

Apparently a 666 phone prefix in Louisiana is being changed because it conflicts with the religious beliefs of some residents. Maybe the phone company can find a nice little community of satanists who’d like it instead?

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Pope forms Exorcism Squad

December 30, 2007

You’ve got to be kidding me.

The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism.
Vatican chiefs are concerned at what they see as an increased interest in the occult.

They have introduced courses for priests to combat what they call the most extreme form of “Godlessness.”

Each bishop is to be told to have in his diocese a number of priests trained to fight demonic possession.

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Atheism advances

December 30, 2007

From the Baptist Press, Penna Dexter writes about what she sees as the negatives of the growth of that nasty atheism in the US.

It’s a telling read. The bulk of the article is spent lamenting the secularization of Christmas, making a reasonably fair point about the misapplication of political correctness. Unfortunately, towards the end it veers off to outline other nasty atheist behavior and kind of jumps the rails, complaining about attempts to have references to god removed from the Pledge of Allegiance and the currency, berating Hollywood for outright promotion of atheism to kids* and a quick drive-by bitch slap to Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens on the basis of a couple of cherry picked statements.

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A good atheist

December 29, 2007

I came across an interesting piece in the Tri-City Herald, as part of a week long series on “What we believe”. The series is made up of a selection of vignettes of the lives of various people of differing beliefs and this installment is about an atheist, Fernando Aguilar.

I’m not entirely sure that I agree with atheism being treated as a belief system (and I thought the little side-bar describing atheism and agnosticism is a little narrow) but the piece itself does an excellent job of describing a brave, good person, who tries to help others and to leave the world a better place, without any hope of eternal reward or fear of punishment.

Argumentum ad Hitlerum

December 28, 2007

I must have missed this one in the pre-Christmas mayhem. The Age reporting on the Christmas address of the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, our old buddy George Pell:

Religion has been unfairly blamed for conflicts around the world in recent years, but Christians should remember the benefits of their devotion, Sydney Catholic Archbishop George Pell says.

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They’re Sacrelicous!

December 27, 2007

My daughter found these for me as a Christmas present.

Messiah Mints

That is so cool.

So there is some news about the implementation and roll out of the Myki public transport ticketing system here in Melbourne, with the US based company Kamco asking for more time and money to complete the project and the Victorian Premier John Brumby, considering the matter.

I’m not entirely surprised. The contractor might have bid higher that their abilities/resources, or agreed to an unreasonably short delivery time-line, or the government agency handling the tender might be operating in such a way that Kamco cannot keep it’s agreed targets. It is a simple and unavoidable property of the universe that software projects creep, and without inside information it is difficult to determine just where the blame might lie.

To be honest, the project delivery issues and accusations of irregularity in the tendering process have never really outweighed my basic opinion that the entire concept behind the new ticketing system is bogus.

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