Entertainment

For your viewing pleasure, fellow nonbeliever Theresa shared this movie preview, “God’s Not Dead,” which will be released in 2014, hopefully not across the nation, but probably here in the south. If god’s not dead, maybe they’ll offer proof that he’s in a coma or just stepped away for a few million years to use the can.  If you read the link godsnotdead, you might be tempted to think the movie is about god snot, but no, it won’t be that funny.

Theresa also shared with me another interesting link, one that will both scare and entertain you: 6 reasons NOT to send your daughter to college. (For woman was created to make babies and take care of the family.)  The site claims, “There is almost no common man’s material on the true teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage and family.” So these two Catholic men are it. They’re the answer, and it’s scary not because these folks are out there talking but because they have their own kids that will be raised like this. And they will go to school with our kids.

Here’s a funny snippet from the article, though there are quite a few funnies. I thought it was ironic that they’d have an educated woman doctor commenting, but after a little research, I found that it’s the male version of “Kim.”

“Is a degree worth the loss of your daughter’s purity, dignity, and soul?  Catholic OB-GYN Dr. Kim Hardey notes that a woman is naturally very observant of a man’s faults as long as she is in a platonic relationship with him.  Once she becomes sexually active with him, she releases hormones that mask his faults, and she remains in a dreamy state about him.”

Don’t forget women: We’re just hormone-controlled Stepford wives. I’m not sure what the proper “dosing” requirement is to keep us in the “dreamy” state (daily?weekly?) but be sure to talk to your (male) doctor about it.

(Thanks, Theresa!)

 

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82 responses to “Entertainment

  1. That trailer is really bad. And that’s not the kind of bad that makes you want to watch the movie.

  2. Very aptly-named article! Talk about a total facepalm on the article about women and college. I’m stunned that this thinking still exists.

    As far as the movie goes, and at least as far as I can tell from the trailer, it looks like something worth watching. Even in my current status as an agnostic atheist, I’m all about seeing and understanding other points of view. The acting and the dialog appear to be worth the watch even though I know the ending will be disgustingly sappy and totally without logic or reason.

    ALTERNATE MOVIE TITLE: “Miracle in the Classroom-How God Saved My Philosophy Professor!”

    • @Dennis I think the worst part of the trailer was when the professor says he’s “god” in the classroom. That’s so stereotypical of how people view atheists….

      • I agree, Deborah. Seems that’s the pinnacle of the conflict before resolution begins. I’m just interested to see how they tell ‘the story’.

        Oh how I love a good fiction tale….. :)

      • I don’t interpret that as a view about atheists, but about a certain level of arrogance, sometimes deserved, sometimes not. We talk about doctors and surgeons that have a god complex (I’m thinking of that movie with Alex Baldwin) and anyone who knows a software developer knows they think they’re a god. The sysadmin on a server is god in that context; ditto the dungeon master in a D&D game. I happen to live with someone who is/has been all of the last three (though to be fair, he does acknowledge Java gods other than himself :-).

        While in college, I came across professors who had the “god of the classroom” attitude and religion didn’t play into at all.

        Not that any of this means I have any intention of watching the movie!

  3. Now I know why I bug my wife for sex so much: gotta keep her in that dreamy state so I can get away with shit.

  4. Nice. I’ve had my fill of these articles today. Now, it’s just a nice entertainment piece. Sad in a way though, that there are some children out there being raised by these people. It’s got to be some form of child abuse. I mean, seriously.

  5. Oh, Debbie, you know I had to bite on this one!

    I’m just going to address the first part of your post because if I address both topics we could be here all day.

    “Roaring like a lion” (God’s not dead) is a song that the Newsboys came out with a few years ago. From my understanding the song is actually older than that and I think it might have been a church praise song. This happens to be Nature Lover’s favorite song. Though he’s only five years old, he remembers this song from our Jesus days. He doesn’t listen to it much. Once in a while he’ll say “Momma, I want to listen to God’s not dead he’s surely alive.” At first I was hesitant, but as some time passed, I realized “it’s just a song”. I play it for him whenever he asks and that’s about once every couple of months.

    To me, this movie looks like an extension of the above song and video. I find the video hilarious now because I want to ask “How can someone be dead when they were never alive to begin with?”

  6. @Michael: Reckon God has intended it that way when he created us? We men can be chubby, even bald but when we give it to our women, we look and feel like George Clooney/Brad Pitt/Johny Depp all mixed up in one awesome packet :-) She won’t be needing to fool around or even wish us to touch the vacuum cleaner…

    Was it Rott Mimney whose wife and dil’s did not pursue a career outside their homes because that is the way it’s supposed to be? Or was it that Rick Sanitorium fellow – I seem to get wackos all mixed up.

    I cannot understand why a woman wanted to have anything to do with either xianity or particularly islam. I mean for us guys it is a power-trip but anyone with even slight sense of morality would abhor an ideology that puts different monetary prices for men and women.

    3 set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels[a] of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel[b]; 4 for a female, set her value at thirty shekels[c]; 5 for a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekels[d] and of a female at ten shekels[e]; 6 for a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels[f] of silver and that of a female at three shekels[g] of silver; 7 for a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekels[h] and of a female at ten shekels.
    Leviticus 27

    • @saab93f I don’t know why a woman would feel like an equal in any religion.

      Seems to me the value set for in Leviticus is totally backwards. One man would be sufficient for many women (from nature’s perspective), so women, being the incubator, should be worth more!

      It was probably the wives of both Romney and Santorum who were required to stay home and care for the brood!

  7. > …she releases hormones that mask his faults…

    Apparently Dr Hardey hasn’t polled any females with husbands. ;-)

  8. Apparently he misses the irony of quoting a female doctor to make his point. And how did she get her degree…?

  9. Unbelievable. I sleep in, and by the time I get here your post has 45 comments.

    I saw the trailer … it’s certainly clear after watching it that the strawman isn’t dead, but alive and well in every evangelical Christian movie out there that tries desperately to convince people that we’re the ones trying to inflict our beliefs on other people and not vice versa.

    I wonder if the same sort of “dreamy state” can explain the ability for devout Christians in positions of research or education to convince themselves that everything they observe supports their religion. Have non-Catholic researchers and OB_GYNs come to the same conclusion about the easily addled female mind when it comes to its response to sexual activity?

  10. It’s very disheartening that some people are unable to see their own faults. Thus, they invent a God in their own image to support their own cognitive inmaturity and personal depravity.

  11. If they’re so sure “God’s Not Dead,” then let them prove he’s alive.

  12. The dreamy state sounds like good fun! ha. The hubby and I might be willing to perform a test for say 30 days? GRIN. I’ll ask him to see if he can figure out what the exact dosage is and let you know!

  13. @Rev, that’s it in a nutshell! You nailed it.

  14. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that they very clearly see their own faults, but they don’t want to take responsibility for them, so they invent a God who can absolve them of their guilt and imperfections.

  15. Wow! I actually went to Dr. Hardey for a short time, until he criticized me for using a condom with my husband. It’s terrible to think such an educated man not only has such a limited way of thinking, but is pushing his personal religious views on paying customers.

  16. The “Fix the family” blog… reasons not to educate women… I couldn’t make it through the entire blog post. My dinner was delicious and I didn’t want it coming back up… LOL So my question to them is this: if I’m supposed to be a stay-at-home baby-maker, why did God give me the passion for and ability to design and write software so expertly? Or did he screw up and give me a man’s brain? (yes, that’s sarcasm ;) ) I adore my kids, and I love mothering… and I also love using my smarts to design software systems. If I didn’t have that outlet for brain-intensive work, I wouldn’t be happy.

  17. @Shanan: As a man I felt ashamed reading the blog. There are apparently no limits to human stupidity – when that dumness is complimented with a religious affiliation what we have is a mind-blowingly loathable person.

    What was tragicomical about the blog was the complete and utter lack of concern for young men in college or the fact that the tuition fees are (most likely) the same for both genders. I cannot bring myself to hate anyone but the people behind this group are on the same level of “to loath” as the Taliban.

    • @saab93f Good point. This article was also offensive to men: “What was tragicomical about the blog was the complete and utter lack of concern for young men in college or the fact that the tuition fees are (most likely) the same for both genders.”

  18. I had already read that article you referenced from “Fix the Family”… from my brief scroll through the site it looked like he has pretty strong opinions in general about women not working outside of the home. Always disappointing for me to hear that point-of-view, particularly from someone who is trying to represent Catholicism. FWIW he seemed to get heavy criticism in the comments on his blog, from both Catholics and non.

    While speaking about gender roles, did you see this article? (Forgive me, I apparently don’t know how to embed either…) http://givenbreath.com/2013/09/03/fyi-if-youre-a-teenage-girl/ It went viral so possibly you saw it… but as a mother of boys I wondered if you reacted as strongly as so many of the commenters on the blog did. I found it condescending and insulting.

    • Hi Molly. I do not try to rile you but I just cannot help but notice a pattern. Remember the last time I said that the moderates are dangerous because they in some way form or fashion if not tolerate then somewhat understand the extremists? This is again one of those cases – the blog was not unfortunate, it was idiotic and the person who wrote it deserves every bit of ridicule and loathing possible. There is no middle ground – you just have to be able to call a moron just that.

      From what I’ve gotten to “know” you, I think you’re better than that – please do not understand or tolerate the idiots who give you a bad name.

      • @Saab93f If I gave the impression of tolerance than I either didn’t get my message across well or you misinterpreted me. Believe me, I have no desire to tolerate or understand this man… clearly I don’t agree with his opinions. I have a good-and-bad habit of trying very hard to understand people’s motives / positions / opinions, even when I don’t agree with them. I find it difficult to judge people harshly, although you are right, sometimes it is deserved.

        And on a random side note, my gaydar went off a bit when watching his videos…

    • @Molly I read that blog post a few weeks ago and was not too impressed. I get what she’s saying, but obviously, she needs to teach her boys not to be Carlos Danger. I thought the whole essay was very stereotypical. If she didn’t want her boys looking a pictures of scantily-clad girls, she should disconnect the television, the Internet and cover their eyes before they head outside.

    • @LT Fascinating article! Thanks for sharing that. I didn’t think I knew any sadists. I really don’t know anyone (I don’t think!) who would choose to grind up insects over cleaning toilets, but then I got to the part about trolls and realized the commenter, Poly Carp, who can’t seem to leave me alone, fits that profile.

      It would be interesting to give this as a litmus test to kids before they enter middle school. I think I’m going to ask my kid which he prefers, just to be sure he’s not a sadist!

  19. I am left speechless after reading the blog at Fix the Family. Trying to marshall my thoughts here, as this touches on so many hot buttons. Being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, college was off the table for me. Not even an option. Heaven forbid kids go get an education. They might actually get a clue about life, realize they’re being brainwashed, and leave the cult, er, religion. Now, nearly 30 years down the line, I am so angry and bitter over that huge loss, knowing my life could have been so much fuller had I been able to have that experience of college and determine what avenues in life I wanted to explore. I need to find a way to get past that, make peace with my life as it is now, but it’s challenging to say the least. So seeing organizations that have such huge influence over people advising against college just makes me sputter helplessly. Of all the ridiculous, how can they be so stupid, such narrow-minded, who listens to this, aagghhhh, idiocy! What sends me over the top is the premise that “she should go to the altar with full knowledge of what she’s entering into”. That “if you know you’re throwing your COMPLETE trust and future on a man, you’ll want one you can certainly rely on.” Ay yi yi!! What woman throws her complete trust and future on a man????? I don’t care how wonderful a man is, how much you are in love, how wonderful he treats you, we all know sometimes people let us down. At the end of the day, the only person we can rely on 100% is ourself. And their other points, she’ll attract the wrong kind of man, won’t learn how to be a wife and mother, she will regret it…….? Oh let me tell you something about regret, folks. Oh yeah, here’s another good one, “the day to day grind of a job is below the dignity of women.” The uncountable number of women who get up so early in the morning, feed their kids, get them off to school, then go to work outside the home at all manner of jobs to support their families, come home to cook and clean and launder and help with homework and read bedtime stories…… what an utter insult to them all.

    • Hi Angie, I hear you. I’m sorry to hear about all those lost years. That seems to be a common threat here. I hope the next 30 will be wonderful for you.
      At least, we will not be doing this to our kids!

  20. Clearly I am not releasing the right hormones. I have been married for 16 years and no matter how much sex we have, the faults are still there. My husband would say this is a sign that we need to have MORE sex, and I would slap him for saying this. Again, hormones not working. Oh well. ;)

  21. From Fix the Family: “Educating and caring for children is the most valuable calling of a married woman and requires accomplished abilities.”

    Okay, then why wouldn’t one want to have an educated mother raise the kids? Seems counterproductive to deny a woman an education and then have her educate her kids-like the blind leading the blind. Or is this a flaw in their mind-set that no one was supposed to notice?

    The site says access to a library is just as good as going to college. Well, no argument that a library is a good thing, but where does the library teach critical thinking skills or the ability to analyze information? That’s akin to reading about how to ride a bike without ever actually attempting to ride one. Read about bikes all you want; but don’t think this will cause one to acquire the ability to balance on a bike.

    Sheesh.

    Thirty-three years ago, a boyfriend was appalled that I had applied to college. Said I was taking away a space meant for a man who needed to acquire an education so as to support a family. What was I gonna do with a college degree, he scoffed.

    But my parents thought differently. They made sure I received an excellent education. Never used my education to raise a family. Just used it to make my way through life- without the need to ever rely on anyone other than myself. Guess that’s bad in certain circles, even galling to some. Ah, well (tee hee!).

    VH

    • @vh All great points. I was stunned by this: “Thirty-three years ago, a boyfriend was appalled that I had applied to college. Said I was taking away a space meant for a man who needed to acquire an education so as to support a family. What was I gonna do with a college degree, he scoffed.”

      You showed him! It’s hard to imagine a woman being told that today, but then, you only have to go “Fix the Family” and see that they are engineering their kids to believe the same BS.

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