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Fun Friday: Pope John Paul II Killed Bin Laden, Jesus Hammers Thor & The End is Near

It’s Friday the 13th, so whether you’re scared or skeptical about this “unlucky” day, check out this CNN Belief Blog piece by Stuart Vise about the superstition.

Now, if you’re ready for some fun, check out this “Yahweh or No Way” clip from Tuesday’s Colbert Report, chalking up Osama bin Laden’s death as a miracle from now-blessed Pope John Paul II, pitting “Thor” (the Norse god of thunder, now in theaters) against Jesus, and judging the likelihood that May 21 will be Judgment Day, a Rapture predicted by “Christian doomsday prognosticator Harold Camping.” (Has anyone else seen his Family Radio billboards about how “The End is Near” and “Christ Returns?” I spotted one at the Oakland airport a few weeks ago — do you suppose it prompted anyone to book an exotic trip?)


My favorite part of the clip:

Let’s face it, there are a lot of similarities between Thor and Jesus. Jesus was carpenter, so they both have hammers. And they both had daddy issues. Odin exhiled Thor to earth to humble him, and God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins. Either way, you’re looking at a couple of pretty awkward Father’s Days.


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posted May 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm

That was a pretty funny clip. Colbert is my kind of conservative.

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posted May 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

Well if the Rapture does occur on the 21st, Jesus can answer the question of Bin Laden’s ultimate fate in person.

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posted May 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm

How weird would it be if “He” came back and said ObL in enjoying his 72 virgins.

I’ll answer that: Damn weird.

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posted May 15, 2011 at 3:50 am

John Domenic Crossan puts it perfectly, when he says “You have to ask yourself’is the second coming of Jesus violent, in which case, it makes a mockery of the first coming,and what was that? Some kind of joke, or something? Yeah.Maybe that’s it.”

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