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And I can't understand how your so against helping poor people. No one is saying that you can't make money, just be responsible for it
6/18/2008 4:14:23 PM
"we ought to applaud them for wanting to spread the Word of God and trying to restore some morals to a nation that is increasing becoming void of them"
Right, so why are you arguing against Simms's suggestion again?
6/18/2008 4:14:30 PM
Bible theme parks.
I bet they would be so fucking awesome if it was true to the Good Word, so to speak.
We'd eliminate more fundies in a single visit to the theme park than any other way... Darwin awards abound there.
"The Smiting House", kind of like a haunted house but with a gigantic fist of God that just falls from the ceiling and smashes the fuck out of people for no reason. God does show that any reason is a good reason to smite or kill, whether because someone touched a dead pig or worked on a Sabbath.
Roller coasters would go up and tease people with heaven and then roll down immediately, passing thousands of collection plates on the way that siphon money from the visitors, and then end in a dissapointing, slow roll through a boring white room called reality, with fundies standing around the visitors screaming, "You're going to hell because of this! You're going to hell because of that! But God loves you, and he needs your money!"
6/18/2008 4:14:57 PM
"Steve Simms... what if we just took all business profits and put half that money to inner-city missionaries? "
Or what if some guy said to sell all that you have, give it to the poor and follow him. Would you do it? Of course not. Only a liberal would do something that stupid.
6/18/2008 4:15:58 PM
I'm lost. You want to "restore some morals" but those morals don't include helping the poor?
The suggestion being made is to take existing money away from bible parks and direct it to inner city poor. You turn that into a hateful rant against liberals. Get some morals your own damn self.
6/18/2008 4:29:35 PM
There is a story about a guy who lived about 2000 years ago and who walloped some merchants in a temple because they sold their goods within the holy site. In the end, that guy was apparently crucified for this deed... he'd weep if he could see what people like "theanswerman" are doing in his name.
6/18/2008 5:22:14 PM
Perhaps this jerk has an investment in these Bible parks, and wants to make oodles and oodles of money. Nay, SCADS of it. Even if he's evil.
6/18/2008 5:24:44 PM
It would appear many a camel expect to pass through the eye of a needle.
6/18/2008 5:27:02 PM
See that speck? Way, way waaaaaaaaay up there? That was the point.
He's free to spend his money as he sees fit. But your very own savior (Who you claim to follow his teachings to the letter) would most likely be disgusted at the self-indulgence of building a park, which will only attract those that already believe, just so they can ooh and aah over their mighty faith. Meanwhile, there are youth groups in inner cities that are trying to get the youth to turn their lives around, and staunch the onslaught of children that are falling through the cracks. He's not saying for even a fucking second he shouldn't be allowed to make the parks. he's saying the money would be FAR better served being put somewhere where it would serve a positive purpose. You, my friend, are tho one that needs to get his head out of his ass.
6/18/2008 5:32:29 PM
....This is why people think my home state is full of idiots. Ugh.
6/18/2008 5:33:54 PM
As if someone like me would EVER spend a single dime to go to a fucked-up place like some bibleland. Spread the word? To whom?
6/18/2008 5:43:11 PM
Theanswerman's head, where hypocrisy runs free!
6/18/2008 5:45:05 PM
"... what if we just took all business profits and put half that money to inner-city missionaries?"
Substitute charities for missionaries, and that actually doesn't sound half a bad idea. Why doesn't theanswerman like it?
6/18/2008 5:52:10 PM
While you're so concerned about spreading the word of your god, maybe you should actually read it, particularly that inconvenient bit called the Gospels.
6/18/2008 5:53:11 PM
So its more important o build a for profit theme park, than it is to build decent housing for the poor.... Got it.
6/18/2008 5:57:53 PM
As "theanswerman" shows, fundies are less interested in doing good than in appearing to do good, proving once again that their so called piety is all front and no filling.
If there is an answer to the conundrum of why, if fundies are such firm believers in Jesus, do they carry on in a manner almost diametrically opposed to his? It is because what fundies actually believe in is themselves. To a fundie, what he believes is right, what he does is good and what he says is true. And if that doesn't quite match up with the bible's message, well there are plenty of contradictory messages in the bible, and it's what he considers the most important one that matters.
So Jesus can say "Give everything you own to the poor." three times and it is merely window dressing, what you should be remembering (thinks our fundie) is that Jesus approved of having his feet washed with fine oils, saying "You will always have the poor among you." (John 12:1-8).
6/18/2008 6:23:45 PM
Ten bucks says he tries to claim them as religious institutions as a tax dodge too.
6/18/2008 6:24:28 PM
I should build a Poe Bible park to make money off the fundies, apparently they don't mind it.
6/18/2008 6:25:51 PM
Well, being a Christian isn't about making money, at least according to Jesus. It's about helping your fellow man. But then, when's the last time a Christian actually did what Jesus said? Let's just say I'm not holding my breath on that one.
6/18/2008 6:28:27 PM
Awwww. Does someone need a nap?
6/18/2008 6:45:16 PM
You make a great point David B.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
"When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward."
6/18/2008 6:45:26 PM
Bible theme parks don't feed the hungry. One day you'll realize this when your company's jobs are outsourced to China or India and you're sleeping on the street.
6/18/2008 6:53:25 PM
Theanswerman brought a football to a tennis match.
6/18/2008 6:55:47 PM
I highly doubt that a Bible-themed park would do any good in spreading the "Good News" anyway. After all, the vast majority of its customer base would be people who already believe in Christian doctrine, so any message involved would only be preaching to the choir. Furthermore, those Christians who do attend would likely be fairly affluent.
If you really care about spreading your "Truth," then you would do so to benefit the poor and downtrodden. Although there are probably few people in an inner-city environment who have never been exposed to the concept of Christianity (or some other monotheistic religion), you would at least be doing society a greater service by setting up outreach and/or after-school programs in those areas.
I reckon that if Jesus did exist, he would side with Mr. Simms. He wouldn't take the extravagant approach of building an unnecessary tourist attraction; rather, he would seek out the people who genuinely needed his help and do what he could for them.
Provided that they aren't Gentiles, of course.
6/18/2008 6:59:34 PM
The problem is that it makes a profit because of religion, and if you follow in Hovind's footsteps, you will try to not pay taxes with those profits.
6/18/2008 7:19:47 PM
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