CCCE- Cash Rules Everything Around Me

September 27, 2007

This one I got in my own inbox, though not personally sent to me. It was on a (completely unrelated to the email and its subject) listserv.

GW Dollar
The new dollar

You guessed it…..
‘IN GOD WE TRUST
IS GONE!!!

The new George Washington $1.00 coin is the first money
Ever issued by the USA in modern history without the words “In God We
Trust”.

By omitting these words, our politically correct, secularist leaders made a conscientious
Decision that either;
1) God does not exist, or
2) that God exists, but can no longer be trusted.

Who originally put ‘In God We Trust’ onto our currency?

One of the Presidents made that decision for these coins.

Now our U.S. Government has dishonored them.

What can we do to show our displeasure?
First of all, let’s boycott the coin . Do not
Ask for it at banks. If it is given to you in change ask for dollar bills instead.
Write your Senators stating your displeasure.

Finally, if you agree, pass this e-mail on to others.
Collectively, we must send a strong
Message to those secularists who are trying to remove God from our culture.
If we do this, some 300 million $1.00 coins will back up and rot in the supply chain!

Together we can force them out of circulation.

Let’s see what our old friend Snopes has to say:

Actually, the Presidential $1 coins incorporate a few new design features not found on other current U.S. coinage, one of which is that elements typically displayed on either the obverse or reverse of U.S. coins- the year of minting, the mint mark, the motto from the Great Seal of the United States (“E Pluribus Unum”), and the current national motto of the United States (“In God We Trust”) will instead be included as edge-incused inscriptions. That is, all of these elements will appear on the edges of the new dollar coins rather than on their fronts or backs […]

The Presidential dollars neither omit the phrase “In God We Trust” nor demonstrate a plot to “phase God out of America.” The national motto is simply being relocated, along with other common features, to the edge of the coins (in large part to avoid cluttering the obverse design, which already includes each president’s name, number, and years in office). As for the claim that positioning “In God We Trust” as an edge-incused inscription means that the motto will quickly be worn away, it is exceedingly unlikely that any of the presidential dollar coins will circulate nearly long enough to experience that much wear.

(Some of the George Washington and John Adams presidential dollars were discovered to be missing their edge inscriptions shortly after the initial release of those coins, but those examples were the result of minting errors and were not reflective of the new dollars’ intended standard appearance. The edge inscriptions are added in a separate step on different machinery.)

So, printing error and style changes. Not so much the “big bad secularist plot” the email’s author imagines. While we’re discussing this, I’d like to ask a question of religious people who think like the author: What’s so bad about secularism? These people, who decry the fact that Christians are not allowed to practice their religion freely in places like China and Saudi Arabia and write emails calling for boycotts until that situation is rectified, are the first people who get defensive and whiny when any religion other than Christianity in this country wants to be public with their beliefs, or when those of us who are “evil secularists” think that just maybe it’s best for everyone if the government stays out of the religion business.

Hey people I’ve just described, that thing you’re advocating in other countries, where Christians are free to practice their religion despite being a minority in their country: That’s secularism! How would you feel if the money said “In Allah we trust”? I think you’d be offended. If it said “There is no god in whom to trust” you’d also be offended, I’m sure. But if it said nothing about any gods? How would that make any difference in your life or your beliefs? If your faith is so fragile that you have to be reminded of it each time you make a currency exchange, then you need to examine it very closely, because it doesn’t sound like there’s a whole lot there. Why, ask yourself, is it so important that your beliefs, to the exclusion of those of millions of your fellow Americans, be acknowledged by the government.

Who originally put ‘In God We Trust’ onto our currency?

One of the Presidents made that decision for these coins.

Now our U.S. Government has dishonored them.

Actually, it was Congress that made that decision. Presidents don’t introduce legislation. Taken from this site:

In 1956, the nation was suffering through the height of the cold war, and the McCarthy communist witch hunt. Partly in reaction to these factors, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution to replace the existing motto with “In God we Trust.” The president signed the resolution into law on 1956-JUL-30. The change was partly motivated by a desire to differentiate between communism, which promotes Atheism, and Western capitalistic democracies, which were at least nominally Christian. The phrase “Atheistic Communists” has been repeated so many times that the public has linked Atheism with communism; the two are often considered synonymous. Many consider Atheism as unpatriotic and un-American as is communism. The new motto was first used on paper money in 1957, when it was added to the one-dollar silver certificate. By 1966, “In God we Trust” was added to all paper money, from $1 to $100 denominations.

Ah, the Cold War. Do we really, as a nation, want to be carrying around relics of McCarthyism? Dude was crazy. PS, most American atheists aren’t communists. In fact, we’re generally pretty big on democracy, as are most atheists worldwide. The problem with Communist governments isn’t that they’re officially Atheist, it’s that they’re nearly always totalitarian regimes. And those are bad, but hardly exclusive to Communism. Iran sucks just as much as North Korea.

To those who still don’t think that theocracy is so bad, because, hey you’re a Christian and you’re the majority, what makes you think the government would stop at “Christianity” if they established a national religion? They totally wouldn’t. First they’d go to protestantism, then they’d pick a denomination, and if it wasn’t yours, you’d be SOL, just like this guy:

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. I immediately ran over and said “Stop! Don’t do it!”

“Why shouldn’t I?” he said.

I said, “Well, there’s so much to live for!”

“Like what?”

“Well … are you religious or atheist?”

“Religious.”

“Me too! Are you Christian or Jewish?”

“Christian.”

“Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?”

“Protestant.”

“Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?”

“Baptist.”

“Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?”

“Baptist Church of God.”

“Me too! Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?”

“Reformed Baptist Church of God.”

“Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?”

“Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!”

To which I said, “Then die, heretic scum!” and pushed him off.

Scoring

Points for:

Color
Font Papyrus, yo!
Snopes did it!

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CCCE: Oh Snoop, You Devil

September 6, 2007

This CCCE comes courtesy of reader Peggy. It’s about music, one of my favorite subjects to write about, and by a religious nutjob, another of my favorite subjects. Thanks Peggy!

THE SAD TRUTH ABOUT HIP-HOP

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didnt write this to scare anyone or to force anyone to do anything, but the truth hurts, and I hope you all make the right descicions.

On October 9, it has come to my attention that Hip Hop and R&B, the music that we enjoy so much, is so evil that it has blinded us from actually seeing the truth!! YES!! THE MUSIC THAT WE ENJOY IS EVIL!! NO!!
ITS NOT ONLY ROCK MUSIC, BUT HIP HOP AND R&B!! Hip hop has so many subliminal messages in it and it is scary
because the messages are so obvious, but we are only figuring it out now because we just understood the
truth and when I first heard this, tears flowed out my eyes cause it is the horrifying truth.

Singers like Alicia keys, Jay z, deAngelo, india irie, snoop dog, erikah badu…………………….etc . just read this u would see what am talkin about

You don’t believe me? Just listen to the CD The Gray Album! Track 11, the interlude to Lucifer, Jay-Z or
should I say Jay-Hova (Jehoviah) says some pretty disturbing things! You wont hear it if you play it forwards, but play it backwards and this is
what he
>>says: “666, Murder, murder Jesus, I can introduce you
>>to evil (when you play it forward you hear him say: “I
>>can introduce you to the devil”), Leave niggaz on
>>death’s door, Catholics I gotta murder em, murder,
>>murder Jesus, 666″ and its scary cause his voice
>>sounds demonic in the song!! Its true!! I heard it for
>>myself!! Anyone don’t believe me, gimmie a call!! I’ll
>>play it for you!!

>>And Mr. Snoop Dogg, you heard he was a christian? Well
>>he used to be, but ever since he sold his soul to the
>>devil to sell records..what? you still don’t believe
>>me? watch the video of “murder was the case”, it
>>portrays him as Jesus, then he turns into the devil,
>>he even said it himself
“…sold my soul to the devil
>>to sell records..” I don’t care if you said it just so
>>it can rhyme, that junk aint cool man, you don’t say
>>things like that. Oh yeah, and right after that he
>>made the demonic movie called “Bones”

Three 6 Mafia? Three Sixes, 666!!! WHY WE AINT NOTICE
ALL OF THIS BEFORE?!?!

>>D-12, well, all you need to do is listen to their
>>lyrics on the song called “Revelation”. Here are some
>>of the words: “I want to kill myself! i’m still debatin
>>in front of a baptist church, masturbatin
>>prayin to satan – think i’m crazy cause I smoke crack
>>live on (?) in a two-family flat? (f__k it)
>>tired of gettin hit in the face with a broom
>>my moms on her period, my
dad’s in my room (daddy no!)
>>I got ten rocks and I need to get out
>>I sold them in five min_tes, at my own d_mn house
>>(moms smoke crack)
>>my poor grandmother, god bless her soul
>>the b__ch got
>>aids (aww) she just waitin to die of a
>>cold (hahaha)”, or this song called “Devil’s Night”:”I
>>make music to make you sick of fake music
>>hate music like devil worshippin satan music
>>so say your prayers, your hail mary’s and Jesuses
>>take two sticks, tape ’em together and make a crucifix
>>try to stop it but you cain’t do it (ha ha)
>>a whole generation of kids blowin out their f__kin
>>brains to this
>>kurt cobain music – students converted to ‘caine users
>>as soon as they heard it went out and murdered and
>>maimed to
it
>>what’s your name?”

>>Still want to listen to hip hop? You do? How about if I
>>tell you that Bones Thugs and Harmony are really devil
>>worshippers who use ouija boards and they mocked the
>>tounges of fire that appeared over the disciples head
>>in a video while they were around a crystal ball? Or
>>how about if I also tell you
>>that there is an album
>>that they have, and on the back of it is backwards
>>letters, when you hold those letters up to a mirror it
>>is actually a curse that goes straight to your SOUL!!

>>What if I told you that our favorite old school rapper
>>KRS-ONE believes that there is no god, that we are
>>gods and godesses and rap is equal with god, and that
>>God is not
down with religion but he is just something
>>that people make money with?
>>
>>The Wu Tang Clan made a video where it is a cartoon
>>and the cartoon is depicting the eagle (The W sign
>>they throw up) cuttin off Jesus head, and taking his
>>soul to form the members of the group. Old Dirty
>>Bastard’s other name was Baby Jesus or something like
>>that. You think im makin this up? Read this quote from
>>vibe magazine
>>”look into my eyes” ol dirty says “i’m Jesus”
>>
>>Oh no its not only hip hop
>>friends, its also R&B.
>>
>>Alicia Keys gets her CD’s blessed…nah, not by no
>>priest or minister or pastor, but by witches and them
>>voodoo people. And it aint only her, its alot of
>>people in the
industry!!
>>
>>Erikah Badu named her son seven, which she says means
>>seven steps to being God…she also believes in
>>strange mystic spirits and some new aged religion..she
>>is also into using Tarot Cards, and palm readers, and
>>ungoldy things like that. Hmmm, can I say, straight up
>>SATAN??
>>
>>
>>India Arie, she doesnt only believe in our God, but
>>spirits, and Ancestor Spirits and that nature spirit
>>garbage. But that don’t stop us from listening to their
>>music.
>>
>>
>>D’Angelo…who remembers that nasty video where he
>>butt naked and singin and all them girls went crazy
>>over it?? aint that kind of X rated for a person who
>>calls himself
>>christian? Isnt it also kind of weird that
>>he
named one of his CD’s “VooDoo” and it depicts him
>>in Haiti performing voodoo rituals whereas he is there
>>baning on a drum, a couple of villagers are dancing
>>around a fire, and a lady (who seems to be possesed)
>>is mangling a chicken, but yet this guy calls himself
>>a Christian?
>>
>>
>>
>>NOOO!!! ITS OUR PEOPLE TOO!! FRED HAMMOND (Gospel
>>Artist) WAS ON THE SONG WHERE KRS ONE SAID ALL THOSE
>>DEGRADING THINGS ABOUT GOD, AND GUESS WHAT, HE THINKS
>>ITS OK!! HE DOESNT MIND THAT P DIDDY AND NAS MADE A
>>SONG WHERE NAS IS DEPICTING HIMSELF AS JESUS CARRYING
>>AND BEING NAILED TO THE CROSS, HE DOESNT MIND THAT KRS
>>SAID ALL THOSE THINGS ON HIS SONG, AND KIRK FRANKLIN
>>(Gospel Artist)ALLOWING SECULAR ARTISTS ON HIS CD
>>TOO!!
REMEMBER THE BIBLE SAID, YOU CANT BE GOOD AND
>>EVIL AT THE SAME TIME!! PICK ONE!! YOU CANT BE
>>IN
>>BETWEEN!!!
>>
>>
>>Folks, I was told recently that only 2% of the world
>>don’t KNOW about God. Now, my friend Mike told me that
>>statistics say there are 6 billion people in the world
>>today, do you know what 2% of 6 billion is? 120
>>million. That really isnt alot guys. And don’t forget,
>>the whole world has to know about God before he
>>returns, meaning we havent got much time left!!
>>
>>I’m not here to force you to do anything, but I know I
>>changed my mind the same night I heard this about the
>>music I listen to. If it aint glorifyin God don’t
>>listen to it. But hey, I made my descision what will
>>yours
be??
>>
>>
>>(By the way, in the Bible it says that in the end
>>times there will be a beast speaking blasphemy and
>>hatred against God (Rev:13:4-18)and how there will be
>>many followers of the beast, but only the true
>>christians will not follow,
>>and the many that follow
>>him will be saying how great he is and who would dare
>>make war with him? Now I have a hunch, I don’t know for
>>a fact if its true, but put it into thought…what if
>>that Beast is music? Look
>>how many people follow what music is portraying, the
>>clothing style, the lifestyle…it makes sense doesnt
>>it? Don’t forget, the devil was the head of the
>>department of music in heaven, so when he was cast
>>out, he want to be the same on earth!! IT MAKES SOO
MUCH
>>SENSE!! PLEASE MAKE THE RIGHT DESCISION!! SECULAR
>>MUSIC IS BAD!!! IF IT AINT GLORYIFING GOD, WHO IS IT
>>GLORIFYING??!)
>>
>>Make the right choices. God Bless you all, and I hope
>>yall forward this to your friends and spread the word.
>>Delete it if you want, but when God asks “What have
>>you done to help save your brother or sister, what
>>will you say?”

What will I say indeed. Let’s look at some stuff.

On October 9, it has come to my attention that Hip Hop and R&B, the music that we enjoy so much, is so evil that it has blinded us from actually seeing the truth!! YES!! THE MUSIC THAT WE ENJOY IS EVIL!! NO!!
ITS NOT ONLY ROCK MUSIC, BUT HIP HOP AND R&B!! Hip hop has so many subliminal messages in it and it is scary
because the messages are so obvious, but we are only figuring it out now because we just understood the
truth and when I first heard this, tears flowed out my eyes cause it is the horrifying truth.

Okay, I’m going to say to the author what I have to say to 911 callers who are getting as hysterical as the tone of this email: I’m going to need to to calm down a little, ma’am. I say ma’am because to me it reads like it was written by a woman. And the Gender Genie agrees with me. Anyway, the author has just had this come to her attention on October 9, like all at once? That seems odd, that she would never have noticed any of the stuff in her long-ass email before then. How are hip hop’s subliminal messages so obvious? The point of subliminal messages (which, by the way, not so much with the effectiveness, there) is that they aren’t obvious, that they’re not detectable but affect people subconsciously. Also, run-on sentences are no one’s friend.

You don’t believe me? Just listen to the CD The Gray Album! Track 11, the interlude to Lucifer, Jay-Z or
should I say Jay-Hova (Jehoviah) says some pretty disturbing things! You wont hear it if you play it forwards, but play it backwards and this is
what he
>>says: “666, Murder, murder Jesus, I can introduce you
>>to evil (when you play it forward you hear him say: “I
>>can introduce you to the devil”), Leave niggaz on
>>death’s door, Catholics I gotta murder em, murder,
>>murder Jesus, 666″ and its scary cause his voice
>>sounds demonic in the song!! Its true!! I heard it for
>>myself!! Anyone don’t believe me, gimmie a call!! I’ll
>>play it for you!!

Okay, okay, calm down, I believe you. Damn. Anybody else see the problem with this? The Grey Album isn’t exactly a Jay-Z record. The “satanic message” was put there by Danger Mouse, as a joke and homage to the Beatles’ song “Revolution 9”– the song that supplies the instrumental part of the track- and the rumors and stories surrounding it. I think it’s pretty awesome, but then again I’m not scared of a little backmasking.

>>Still want to listen to hip hop? You do? How about if I
>>tell you that Bones Thugs and Harmony are really devil
>>worshippers who use ouija boards and they mocked the
>>tounges of fire that appeared over the disciples head
>>in a video while they were around a crystal ball? Or
>>how about if I also tell you
>>that there is an album
>>that they have, and on the back of it is backwards
>>letters, when you hold those letters up to a mirror it
>>is actually a curse that goes straight to your SOUL!!

What is the deal with supposedly “Satanic” stuff being backwards? The album in question appears to be E. 1999 Eternal, and the supposed evil stuff looks less like the work of hardcore Satanists bent on corrupting the youth and more like something that came from a bunch of people who smoked too much pot and thought they were all deep and shit. Or goth kids. Gangsta goths.

>>D’Angelo…who remembers that nasty video where he
>>butt naked and singin and all them girls went crazy
>>over it?? aint that kind of X rated for a person who
>>calls himself
>>christian? Isnt it also kind of weird that
>>he
named one of his CD’s “VooDoo” and it depicts him
>>in Haiti performing voodoo rituals whereas he is there
>>baning on a drum, a couple of villagers are dancing
>>around a fire, and a lady (who seems to be possesed)
>>is mangling a chicken, but yet this guy calls himself
>>a Christian?

First, yes, yes I do remember that video. And the author’s characterization of it as “nasty” makes me rethink my original gender assessment. Then again, maybe it was written by a woman too uptight to enjoy a few minutes of nice, cut, lovely male torso… Anyway, many Haitian Vodou practitioners do consider themselves Christian, and the religion itself has a lot of syncretic elements. This article gives a good introduction.

>>Folks, I was told recently that only 2% of the world
>>don’t KNOW about God. Now, my friend Mike told me that
>>statistics say there are 6 billion people in the world
>>today, do you know what 2% of 6 billion is? 120
>>million. That really isnt alot guys. And don’t forget,
>>the whole world has to know about God before he
>>returns, meaning we havent got much time left!!

Your friend Mike had to tell you there are 6 billion people in the world? I kinda knew that on my own. And who exactly told you that two percent of the world doesn’t know about your god? What about the sizeable majority of the world that is aware of Christianity and its deity but believes otherwise? What do we count as? I’m a little confused by the “not much time left” stuff. Since there aren’t that many people who don’t know, it’s just a matter of time before everybody does and the world ends, or the world is ending soon and you have to hurry to tell everybody? Because people have been thinking it’s the End Times since Christianity began, and humanity’s still going strong.

Now I have a hunch, I don’t know for
>>a fact if its true, but put it into thought…what if
>>that Beast is music? Look
>>how many people follow what music is portraying, the
>>clothing style, the lifestyle…it makes sense doesnt
>>it? Don’t forget, the devil was the head of the
>>department of music in heaven, so when he was cast
>>out, he want to be the same on earth!! IT MAKES SOO
MUCH
>>SENSE!! PLEASE MAKE THE RIGHT DESCISION!! SECULAR
>>MUSIC IS BAD!!! IF IT AINT GLORYIFING GOD, WHO IS IT
>>GLORIFYING??!)

No it does not “make soo much sense.” It makes my head hurt, in fact. If music itself is the beast, then even religious music isn’t safe, so there. And it makes my heart hurt that there are people out there so scared by indoctrination that they think that the Boogeyman Satan is hiding behind every corner trying to steal their souls and make them do bad things, so much so that they’ll cut themselves off from a lot of beautiful, meaningful art and experiences, just because they’re not God-slobbering.

When I was doing research for this post, I came across a link to EX Ministries, which sells a DVD series about the dangers of hip hop. Dollars to donuts this email came from that organization- the link I saw was a huge post on a forum that looked a bit like this. Although I think their marketing tactics are a little sneaky, I’m halfway tempted to buy the DVDs just for a good laugh- there’s also a “Devil-Proofing 101” DVD, but the fact that they’re $20 each (or 75 for the set!) makes that temptation go away. See, Christians? Atheists get tempted, then we weigh the pros and cons to decide if we should give in or not. No Jesus or Satan involved here, we’re in charge of ourselves.

Fear of a Scored Planet:
-ALL CAPS SHOUTING!

Severe and frequent grammar/spelling/punctuation errors
And internal inconsistencies in spelling things like India Arie’s name