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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:07 PM
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Easter Bunny whipped at church show; some families upset
http://www.post-gazette.com/breaking/20040407bunnyp4.as...

A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.

People who attended Saturdays performance at Glassports memorial stadium quoted performers as saying, There is no Easter bunny, and described the show as being a demonstration of how Jesus was crucified.

Melissa Salzmann, who took her 4-year-old son J.T., said the program was inappropriate for young children. He was crying and asking me why the bunny was being whipped, Salzmann said.

Patty Bickerton, the youth minister at Glassport Assembly of God, said the performance wasnt meant to be offensive. Bickerton portrayed the Easter rabbit and said she tried to act with a tone of irreverence.

Glassport is a former industrial city near Pittsburgh.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:09 PM
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1. Whoever thought this was a good idea is an idiot. (nt)
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Robin Hood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 02:28 PM
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116. More fallout from the passion of the Christ.
Mel Gibson is a turd.
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:09 PM
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2. Wrong-headed and
just plain stupid.............
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DenverDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:10 PM
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3. Fundamentalism defined.
Anti-Christian bunny whippers.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:12 PM
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6. Note Assembly of God - Ashcroft's faith
Hey maybe the Easter bunny scares Crisco head as well. :evilgrin:
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DenverDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:23 PM
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18. Calico easter bunnies.
asscrust's worst nightmare.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:59 PM
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78. Did you mean the Calico Easter KITTY?
eom
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:11 PM
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4. I don't get it
but I never got anything in church. It always left me scratching my head, though I don't remember ever being disturbed. If I saw this as a kid, I'm pretty sure I'd be disturbed by it.

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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:12 PM
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5. WWJD? n/t
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:24 PM
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20. Jesus would kick
Asscroft's ass, that's for sure (and Shrub and Falwell and Robertson and the rest of the gang as well!)
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:31 PM
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55. That would be the new, improved Warrior Jesus
that the Fundies are promoting these days to suit their chickenhawk beliefs. Yep. Put that on the list of things I'd like to see: "Warrior Jesus kicks Asscrack's ass."
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:29 PM
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68. No, that's not what I meant.
What I meant was that Shrub and Asscroft and Robertson and Falwell and company are the modern-day phoney-baloney Pharisees Jesus railed against as the hypocritical, judgmental, superficial, pompous, self-righteous, sanctimonious, hateful bigots they were. They love to spout off about how Christian and holy they are, and Jesus wouldn't even begin to recognize them.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:21 PM
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74. Agreed.
I guess I was still frustrated from hearing about WJ earlier.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 06:11 AM
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97. Oh...I thought you were going to say that he'd kick
the Easter Bunny's ass. :)
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happyending Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:14 PM
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7. I have heard
that outside of the cities, Pennsylvania is WAY conservative.
Hey, SOMEBODY there must be voting for the illustrious
Rick Santorum. LOL. 

But still, this is one of the weirdest news stories I have
ever seen. These people scare me. They really do.

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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:20 PM
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15. Living in that area which is mostly poor working class
It amazes me the number of idiots who are just scraping by who spout the crap that Limbaugh, Hannity, and a wack job local wingnut pundit Jim Quinn puts in to their stupid empty skulls.

Heck where I work when I leave my little office and go down to the warehouse or in to some of the other offices that's all I hear. Thank goodness we have a couple of local liberal hosts and now Air America to save me.
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happyending Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:18 PM
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52. PA just confuses me
Thank you, rmpalmer.

It's really nice to hear how things are there from an insider.
I gotta tell ya, PA just confuses me. I don't know why on Earth
they'd be so right wing.

But don't feel bad. One of these days I'll tell you about my
Texas relatives. LOL. You'll be glad you live in PA.

But, really, what is UP with Sen. Rick Santorum? He's a madman.
Litererally, mad.

Again, thanks.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:24 PM
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85. Well, his wife sued her chiropractor formalpractice and won
"pain and suffering" damages somewhere around $400,000 for "discomfort" or something like that.

But that didn't stop Santorum for sponsoring the malpractice limits bill to limit pain and suffering to $250,000. Other non-working people just weren't as important as his wife.

So, if a child is paralyzed for life because of medical malpractice, the insurance company will only pay whatever medical costs plus $250,000. Ain't that a great deal?

Just wait until people find out how this will hit them when they've been seriously injured by medical malpratice.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 11:44 AM
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113. Actually, they sued her Obstetrician because their baby boy was
stillborn. It was a little more serious than "chiropractic discomfort".

That notwithstanding, Santorum is one of the biggest jag-offs to ever set foot in politics, anywhere. And that is saying something, if you really think about it!
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no_arbusto Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:39 PM
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86. That wacko Jim Quinn is still on the air?
I can't believe that. Now that Howard is gone that leaves Pittsburgh with Quinn, the morning zoos, music at the X, and yinzer and mullet jokes at DVE. Jesus, I'm glad I'm not living there at the moment.

Do you remember when Quinn was a part of the old morning zoo crap at B-94? Remember "Quinn and Banana"? I actually thought of them recently when Howard Stern did his "Cross and Lopez" stunt on April Fool's Day. I think Quinn actually patented the "Wake up your boss" bit, no? Friday morning jokeoff? What a talented individual. /Sarcasm

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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 02:22 PM
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115. Pennsyltucky
Is what I always heard it referred to as -- at least the part between Pittsburgh and Phillie. And I heard some whacked out stories from a professor who was a reporter there before she escaped.

:scared:
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:15 PM
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8. "Performers broke eggs meant for an Easter egg hunt and
also portrayed a drunken man and a self-mutilating woman."

Nice explanation from the Youth Minister: "The program was for all ages, not just the kids."

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PartyPooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:15 PM
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9. Who produced this fiasco?
Gee, I wonder where they got the idea for this crazy stunt.

:eyes:
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:17 PM
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10. I was LMAO when I read the headline.
Then I realized I wasn't reading The Onion.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:49 PM
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81. Me too!!!
I thought, "Hey, that's pretty funny!" And then I read the thread ...

How many of those kids will be having nightmares about the poor, little Easter Bunny being whipped? You know what's even more pathetic? Only some of the parents were upset.
SOME?!?!?!?!?!?!

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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:17 PM
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11. WWTEBD?
What Would The Easter Bunny Do?
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:31 PM
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30. RFOLMAO- this is classic comedy!
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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:18 PM
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12. You CAN'T write comedy like that.
Where is St. Melvin when you need him to direct? He would of done it right.

Poor kids will not eat an egg salad now.
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belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:14 PM
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50. You really can't. Church of St. Loony of the Cream Bun & Jam, ahoy!
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PfcHammer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:18 PM
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13. i'd hate to see halloween n/t
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yella_dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:01 PM
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44. On Halloween, they REALLY get wound up...
There's some kind of syndicated, traveling house of horrors that churches sponsor. My fundie ex-boss was raving about how wonderful it was and how he was volunteering to work after seeing it the year before. I figure I'm pretty impervious to that sort of crap, but his description weirded me out so bad I walked out on him mid-sentence.

It is some truly sick shit.

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belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:17 PM
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51. Hell House! There's a documentary about this; it's terrific. Scary too..
though not in the way the Hell house people intended, obviously. The guy who did the film did it pretty deadpan: just let the people speak for themselves. No satire necessary. In one scene they're arguing about which way to spray paint on the Satanic pentagram for the "occult" scene; eventually they pull back to reveal a six-pointed Star of David. And the girls all try out for the plum role, abortion girl, like it was Juliet.
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Supply Side Jesus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 04:28 AM
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95. i'd love to see that!
the local assembly of god has one every year, i just work up the stomach to go in....i mean, i want a good laugh and all, but i just have a hard time parting with a few bucks knowing its going to those fuckin wack jobs.
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CaptainClark23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:18 PM
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14. First response was to laugh my head off.
Thought it must be edgy satirical humor. I actually like the notion as a statement about the whole Passion thing.

But damn! these people are serious?!

these people want to illustrate the pain of the passion? fine, gimme that damn whip, I'd be happy to oblige. leave the bunny alone.

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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:11 PM
Response to Reply #14
60. I would volunteer to whip those fundies...
I am sure they would scream hallelujah to the skies.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 06:15 AM
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99. THANK you Sir! May I have another?? nt
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 04:56 PM
Response to Reply #99
118. Yes... I am sure she would reply that way
LOL
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salinen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:20 PM
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16. Bunnies are evil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Supply Side Jesus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:22 PM
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17. lmao!!!
holy sheeeeit, that funny. Reminds me of when the Easter bunny get his ass kicked in mallrats.
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mark0rama Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:55 PM
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43. "The guy in the Easter Bunny suit kicked his ass!!!"
"All I said was that the Easter Bunny at the Menlo Park Mall was more convincing."
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:23 PM
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19. "Daddy, why did the Easter bunny kill Jesus?"
Crazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy man! :crazy: :crazy:
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Torgo4 Donating Member (208 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:25 PM
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22. Holy Crap---And I Thought this Landover Baptist Card Was Funny!
Some dickweed just can't take a joke!!

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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:26 PM
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25. Brilliant! I love this..I'm laughing SO hard! n/t
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:26 PM
Response to Reply #19
24. A Jewish Easter bunny,
who'da thunk it? :crazy: :crazy:
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The_Gopher Donating Member (857 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:55 PM
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42. that's what Mel Gibson said.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:12 PM
Response to Reply #24
61. How do you know it is Jewish?
Is the bunny circumcised?
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:24 PM
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21. Seems these people have
forgotten what one of their own once said; something about "when I was a child, I learned as a child..." How this is all-ages appropriate, well, I leave that up to them.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-04 05:10 PM
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122. Twisted definition of having "dominion" over animals
In Genesis (1:28-30) God told Adam to exercise "dominion" over the animal kingdom, but I don't think this is what He had in mind.

Maybe they got "dominion" and "dominatrix" mixed up or something, with all that whipping.

Sheesh. :eyes:
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mark11727 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:25 PM
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23. For an encore...
... they crucified Santa.
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:29 PM
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29. I'm dying here...you guys are so funny!
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:27 PM
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26. The Passion of Peter Cottontail
What's next? Santa stoned to death?

Imaging JC returning to Earth today and seeing his followers whipping a person in a bunny costume. I think his response would be "WTF?"

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reprobate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:54 PM
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41. Why? Where'd he go, alpha centaury for the Supernova Festival?
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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:28 PM
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27. Wow, it's like edgy New York performance art meets Winnie the Pooh!
You gotta admit, the Fundies have broken new ground with this one. They took it to the next level.

He was crying and asking me why the bunny was being whipped

You don't get that kind of youth outreach just anywhere!

Looking forward to the Christmas pageant...
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:32 PM
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32. Maybe they could get NEA funding
for Faith-Based Theatre.
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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:37 PM
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35. Yes, a Kabuki type presentation of this would do well.
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orthogonal Donating Member (424 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:29 PM
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28. That is whack!
I've heards of flogging the bishop, but beating the bunny?
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yella_dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:10 PM
Response to Reply #28
47. I've never in my life gone into out-of-control laughter
while staring at a monitor.

Until now...

THATS funny.


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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:49 PM
Response to Reply #28
64. I thought he was cuffing his carrot...
Oh, well.
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:32 PM
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31. I saw a TV preacher shooting Santa Claus
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 03:34 PM by robbedvoter
They are still fighting the heathens - ans still losing.
Whipping the easter bunny is quite dumb. But not half as dumb as throwing misiles on a mosque. Dumb and vicious people.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:25 PM
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53. Under the mistletoe ... ?
Joe Bob Briggs showed that on a segment they used to do on the Daily Show called "God stuff".

I cannot recall Joe Bob Briggs real name.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 05:08 PM
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119. I forgot all about that! It was a great bit that went away. Too bad.
Joe Bob's real name is John Bloom, and that was on TDS in 96 acc. to google.
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:36 PM
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33. Santa is an acronym of S-A-T-A-N!!
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:37 PM
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34. Maybe they were doing an re-enactment of
an episode of South Park.

:headbang:
rocknation
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bushisanidiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:41 PM
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36. Oh, just wait for the christmas musical! Santa Clause get's beheaded!
praise JAYSUS!!
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Merlin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:45 PM
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37. Dreamed up by the great theologian Melvin Gibson.
This is the consequence of religious pornography.
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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:48 PM
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38. A whip, broken eggs, a human bunny suit.....
It was very disturbing, Norelli-Burke said. I could not believe what I saw. It wasnt anything I was expecting.

I'll say.

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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:52 PM
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39. A minister used to burn the Easter bunny on the street in my home town
That was twenty years ago. It upset a lot of people too. He ended up in court and the judge ordered him to quit.

Actually, I don't find it hard to understand the minister's problems with graven images. I think they both went to the PETA seminar on free publicity, though.

Now I am just trying to sort out "youth minister" Patty Bickerton, who got into a bunny suit for minister to give her the lash. The two of them must have curled up with a bowl of popcorn and watched "Passion" too many times before they came up with that idea.
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:01 PM
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45. To quote the psychiatrist on "Fawlty Towers"
..."There's enough material there for an entire conference."

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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:14 PM
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49. I've still got most those shows on tape somewhere .... eom
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:54 PM
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40. Easter Bunny Iron Maiden
for torturing heathens!

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Ravy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:02 PM
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46. On a related note...
the male congregation members, upon seeing the scantilly leather-clad whip-bearing actresses found the performance "uprising".
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Ravy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:11 PM
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48. Be ready for a Faux expose'
Sean Hannity discovers the mysterious bunny hiding conclusive evidence of carnal relations with a chicken.

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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 06:24 AM
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101. HA! (rimshot) nt
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drfemoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:26 PM
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54. what you get when people
with questionable 'morals' try to teach morality.

I walked out of a church service years ago because the preacher kept going on and on about whipping CHILDREN! On and on and on. I walked. I am better off without that kind of *morality* in my life.
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:15 PM
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84. Indeed, evangelical
fundamentalists often subscribe to the view of children, even babies, being inherently evil and needing to constantly have that evil "disciplined" (read "whipped") out of them, even very young children.

James Dobson and other prominent fundies have even written books actually advocating the physical discipline of children for almost everything, even very oung children, and giving it even harder to them if they cry too much!!! And they want everyone else to do the same thing with their children.

That's why there are so many problems in fundie juvenile "treatment" centers, where their main method of "treatment" is harsh physical discipline for even the most minor infractions or often for nothing at all. They really do believe children are inherently evil and the only way to save them is with harsh physical discipline. Or, as they like to call it, "loving correction" (BLEH!!!!)

I've left churches over that bullshit. Fortunately, mainstream Christianity doesn't share those views.
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MetaTrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 12:59 AM
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94. Another Assembly of God churchgoer
Edited on Thu Apr-08-04 01:00 AM by MetaTrope
Remember Deanna Laney?
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 02:30 PM
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117. No doubt
These folks go with the theory that we're all born evil, so we've got to be knocked in line right from the start. As in, "that baby's not crying because it's hungry or dirty or just needs being held, it's trying to manipulate you into doing its bidding, showing the first signs of a sinful, willful nature that's got to be beat out.

It apparently never occurs to them that crying is a baby's evolution-developed mechanism for getting its needs met, and thus survival. Hate to see what these kids are going to be like as adults. Legions and legions of Ezzo-raised babies.

:scared:

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Roaming Donating Member (476 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:31 PM
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56. I can understand their point in trying to show that Easter is not
about bunnies and eggs, but man, this was going way, way overboard.
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Stuckinthebush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:39 PM
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58. But for some, Easter is about bunnies and eggs
We teach our children that Easter is a time to celebrate the coming of spring - hence the bunnies, chicks, and eggs.

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Roaming Donating Member (476 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:43 PM
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59. However, not for Christians -- it's about Jesus' resurrection -- and
this was done in a Christian church.
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:08 PM
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83. It was a pagan holiday, hence the rabbits and eggs.
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 09:12 PM by Kool Kitty
Fertility symbols, because Eostre was the spring Goddess and a fertility Goddess.
Your children are lucky to have you as a parent. Easter is about the coming of spring and growing things. The rebirth of the Earth.

On edit-This bunny-whipping, etc., must have been bad for some of the kids. That's such a mean image, the littlest (or most sensitive) must have been upset and frightened. I think this was a very dumb idea.
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:42 PM
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71. Why CAN'T it be about bunnies and eggs?? It was a celebration
of spring and rebirth loooong before the Christians took it over. Christians need to get over their control issues.
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Roaming Donating Member (476 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 10:27 AM
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107. Let me clarify -- for a Christian, the focus is always on Christ
and on His death and resurrection. The holiday is not about the Easter bunnny, eggs, candy, etc. However, that being said, the majority of Christians incorporate Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, chicks, etc., into their celebrations.

In fact, our church held an Easter egg hunt and party just recently. The plastic eggs were empty to represent the empty tomb on Easter morning (the candy was later given out in goodie bags). A little poem accompanied bags of jelly beans, explaining what each color meant (white for his purity, red for his blood, purple for his kingship, etc.) Pictures of butterflies were colored to show that the butterfly first dies and then comes back to life, just like Jesus did. (Even our church's "symbol" is a cross with a butterfly over it.)

So Easter / spring symbolism is not banished. But the challenge of the church is to make sure that Christians (especially the children, who can get sidetracked by all the candy and excitement) stay focused on Jesus. (Same challenge exists for Christmas.)

The church in this case, in my opinion, completely missed the boat in their message. You don't teach children to stay focused on Christ by putting a sledgehammer to the Easter bunny. I think a drama director at that church got a little too wrapped up in making a dramatic statement instead of focusing on Christ's love.
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R Hickey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:38 PM
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57. For Christmas they can have Santa whip Rudolph to death.
Then produce a play-let where Mrs. Clause hacks the tortured beast up with a machete, boils the venison in a giant vat and feeds it to the elves, finally serving up Rudolph's eyes and bright red nose on a special platter for a drunken Santa.

The elves, this year, instead of making toys, will make explosive shrapnel-filled booby-traps for stocking stuffers, and mass-produce brightly wrapped boxes packed with horse-manure, some equipped with explosive photo-activated-shaped charges, placed under the manure, so as to blow up in the faces of those tricked into unwrapping the devices.
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:43 PM
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72. They would probably rather launch a missle at Rudolph...more
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 06:44 PM by leesa
spectacular, you know.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 06:17 AM
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100. ROFLMAO!!! nt
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:22 PM
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62. Bet they'd LOVE the April '78 cover of "Hustler"...
The one with the crucified plush rabbit w/a crown of briars...

I did that in '79 for Easter. almost got run out of the 'hood on a rail...

Here's what a quick search turned up:
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Plaid Adder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:28 PM
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63. WHAT do these people think they are doing?
1) Trying to make the crucifixion cute?
2) Trying to train the kids to associate the Easter Bunny with pain, a la Clockwork Orange?
3) Mocking both the crucifixion AND the Easter Bunny?
4) Losing their fucking minds?

Yeesh,

The Plaid Adder
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dawn Donating Member (876 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:50 PM
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65. This is so freakin' ridiculous.
And who is to say that Easter isn't about bunnies and eggs? I know for Christians, it's about the resurrection of Christ, but for some, it's celebrating the return of spring. Why can't this just be explained?

Some kids are probably going to have nightmares after seeing that bunny whipped.

Freaky stuff.
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:55 PM
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66. Is this from that "god hates fags" church?
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:25 PM
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67. I'd like to find this funny, but I feel so sad for the kids.
It's nothing less than trauma-induced mind control.
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PatGund Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:30 PM
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69. I know!
They were performing "The Last Temptation of Peter Cottontail".....
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Runcible Spoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:36 PM
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70. maybe as a take-home project for Sunday school...
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 06:48 PM by FarceOfNature
Bill Frist can procure some bunnies from the Humane Society and all the little children can reenact their own THe Passion of the Easter Bunny. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
On second thought, my own yearly Peeps carnage isn't much more admirable! :crazy:
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:47 PM
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73. OMG! I'm dying here, from
laughing. So many funny, witty posters here at the DU. If I were to compile a "Best Of" from the DU, this would be one of the top threads.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 06:12 AM
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98. LOL me too nt
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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:23 PM
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75. The Easter Bunny and Santa Clause Aren't Real!
Ummm... Y'all don't think about that too much...

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The Zanti Regent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:51 PM
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76. My sister goes to that church
and she's just as stupid as anyone else in the ASS of Gawd!
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monobrau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:57 PM
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77. Karen Finley can only dream
Can you imagine the outcry if some East Village performance artist had done this?
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jumptheshadow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:02 PM
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79. For crying out loud!
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 08:03 PM by jumptheshadow
You don't whip the Easter Bunny.

It's just wrong.

My partner and I can't get married, but they think it's OK to whip the Easter Bunny just to get a point across about Jesus?

On edit: The partner is doubled over with laughter.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-04 05:15 PM
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123. Crank up the Devo....all together now
"Crack that whip!"
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silverpatronus Donating Member (520 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:40 PM
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80. i wonder if any of those parents...
took their kids to go see the passion? because if they did, and they're upset by this, that's a whole new level of hypocrisy...
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mark11727 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:01 PM
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82. I must post this...
Hopefully this link works...

http://frogstar.com/wav/displaywav.asp?fil=killwabt.wav

Happy Easter, doc.
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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:46 PM
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87. Please turn to Bunnys 3:22. On the fourth horse rode a fuzzy bunny
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:02 PM
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88. I don't know why, but your post reminded me
of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and the bunny in the cave that slaughtered the knights and the Holy Hand Grenade. Now I can't stop laughing, I must be nuts.
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Obamarama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:54 PM
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89. Please join us for fellowship and hassenpfeffer after worship.....
11 a.m. in the church social hall. B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own bunny)
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:06 PM
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90. Oh Good Grief
:wow:
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Vogon_Glory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:14 PM
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91. I Mentioned This Story To Some Friends
I mentioned this story in passing to some friends. I didn't name the church or the denomination, but we joked about the Passion of the Easter Bunny and couldn't help but chortle.

We're still trying to guess as to whether the Easter Bunny rises again on the third day.

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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:17 PM
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92. Whipping the bunny???
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 11:18 PM by Angel_O_Peace
I can see spanking the monkey, but whipping the bunny to exemplify Christ's suffering? Holy Bunnies, Batman! These people are insanely fundamentalist!
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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:19 PM
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93. OK, I shouldn't have read this at work.
You're going to get my ass fired. :-)
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 06:11 AM
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96. What kind of sick shit is this? nt
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icymist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 07:03 AM
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102. Let's flog and crucify the Energizer Bunny!
While hanging on the cross it can still be beating it's drum.
Announcer can then say "Takes a licking and keeps on ticking!"

heh heh heh.....
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SayitAintSo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 07:19 AM
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103. The Passion of the Easter Bunny.....
Edited on Thu Apr-08-04 07:19 AM by SayitAintSo
ROFLMAO ......sick fundies
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Voice_of_Europe Donating Member (262 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 07:26 AM
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104. Church can't kill OLD religions ... (whip Santa too!)

But they can try to embed they old folklore in christian holidays as they commonly do...

Easter bunny and eggs is a pagan thing about spring and fertility...
The church certainly wishes this folklore dead... ^_^

but you could as well whip Santa...
(who by the way visits children at December 6th and brings sweeties and nuts in some countries and initially had nothing to do with Christmas either)...

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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 10:39 AM
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108. THE CHURCH "IS" AN OLD RELIGION !!
:shrug:
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 10:41 AM
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109. WONT BE LONG BEFORE THEY START WHIPPING SINNING CHILDREN
AND SINNING SINNERS OF ALL PERSUASIONS.
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 10:50 AM
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110. Put in historical perspective, the "church" really isn't very old.
There were many, many faiths that pre-dated it and with which it has been at constant war.
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Kinkistyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 07:59 AM
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105. A video clip please! My kingdom for a Video Clip!
Oh lardy lardy I hope Jon stewart gets a whiff of this and manages to get his hands on a home video of this fiasco. I am gonna laugh my blasphemous butt off!
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Bride of Cthulhu Donating Member (220 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 10:03 AM
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106. At first I thought this must be a joke.
but no such luck.it is just plain sick. :puke:
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Mayberry Machiavelli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 11:19 AM
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111. "Cocaine's a hell of a drug!" -Rick James (eom)
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 11:24 AM
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112. Maybe it was that bunny from "Donny Darko"
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polazarus Donating Member (115 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 01:52 PM
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114. I was just kidding
When I said that we should sue the easter bunny for molesting all of those chickens and stealing their eggs. I had no Idea that someone would take it to the next level. I am sorry Easter Bunny, please forgive me. I should go there and defend your honor. We should get the Great pumpkin to go over there and take them out. Or I think the tooth fairy should go over there and take everyone of their teeth so that they can't eat any more at the prayer breakfasts. We should put a statewide ban on supper/casserole dishes as well!
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 05:17 PM
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120. Cool
:thumbsup:
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Orangeone Donating Member (395 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-04 04:45 PM
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121. Santa's a better target =)
He promotes materialism and greed; use stones instead of a whip
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