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About a year ago, a friend of mine who is a pastor at a church, posted on Facebook that their church had been flooded after a major rainstorm. He said "Christ's body" was "truly present" in the clean-up of the damage. It was his way of expressing his thanks to everyone who came and helped.

Stuff like this bothers me a lot.

Jehovah's Witnesses are a Doomsday cult. They don't all wear the same shoes or drink poisoned Kool-Aid, but their theology is tightly focused on Doomsday imagery found in the Book of Revelation. Their predictions about Armageddon have constantly failed and therefore needed to be changed over time, but before we dive into the dates, let's take a moment to understand the conceptual story they believe will occur.

The End is near! We just learned that Jehovah's Witnesses have been claiming the End was near since at least 1966 and even claimed it would end in 1975. News Flash: It didn't... and 1966 wasn't the beginning of the false prophecies.

Trustworthy. Reliable. Dependable. 

If someone told you, "I'll have the money tomorrow" or "I'll meet you in the morning" but it didn't happen, you would be upset. You might pass it off as an accident or an anomaly. What if it happened twice? Three times? What if it happened EVERY time?

What if that person was a Church?

Now, Satan doesn't actually exist, but for the sake of argument, let's just take the story as it is.

In Genesis chapter 3, we learn about The Fall of Man. Genesis 3:1 says:

If you really think the truth is being covered up or that you have uncovered the truth... then you don't need to lie to make your point. I saw this image on twitter today, posted by a conspiracy account with 169,000+ followers and this particular image, as of the writing of this post, has been retweeted more than 15,000 times and has been Favorited more than 10,000 times. 

Last night was the "Creation Debate" between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham (the guy with the Creationist Museum). I was really worried about this event, because it can be really dangerous to put real science on the same stage with fake, anti-science religious dogma. Some people can't tell the difference and many people were concerned about lending any kind of credence to Ham's sham-science.

Ever since I started working with Drupal and Cloud Files (Rackspace's CDN), I've had the experts telling me that I should use FileConveyor to transfer all of my files from the local disk up to Cloud Files. And I really wanted to.. but EVERY time I've tried to the supposedly super simple fileconveyor, it is broken. Not a single piece of functionality in that damn thing seems to work out of the box.

I'm really tired of hearing people tell me that I have "faith" in science. I've explained it over and over to the various purveyors of this falsehood, but Dr Jerry Coyne has given us an eloquent and detailed response in his article No Faith in Science.

One particularly good quote from the article is when he responds to the other incorrect assertion that Reason itself requires faith:

A year ago, in October of 2012, I attended the charity event I Survived Real Estate 2012. Theresa, Kyle, Tiffany and I have been attending this event for several years and we enjoy taking some photos while we are all dressed in our fancy clothes. The photo above is our "company photo" and as you can see, I look like Guido the Calculator Guy. However, 12 months and 53 lbs later, we recreated the photo. I have a neck! Also, the zoot suit jackets are not the same! Two years ago, I had to buy a larger zoot suit jacket because my original one was too small as I gained weight.

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