CyberCast News Service -- CNSNews.com

Home | News This Hour | News on the Web | Politics | Culture | Financial | International | Nation  
Commentary | Bozell's Column | Cartoons | Fact-O-Rama! | SiteMap | Site Search | RSS

  Top Headlines
Pelosi: S&M Last Supper Ad Doesn't 'Harm' Christianity

Taxpayers, Tourists Help Fund Homosexual Event in San Francisco

Vox Populi: Why Give Folsom Street Festival Any Publicity?

Webb, Landrieu on the Spot: Troops in Iraq Until 2013?

'Time to Get Louder,' Anti-War Group Says

Durbin Calls for New Food Safety System

Museum Taps Into Global Warming Guilt

Global Warming Alarmism Can Fuel Nuclear Power, Allen Says

Akron Residents May Legally Challenge City's Plan to Seize Neighborhood

Sidebar: From AA to the NFL

Diversity Visas for Iranians Increase Since 9/11

End of Fund-Raising Quarter Brings Refrains of 'Karl Rove,' 'Islamophobia'

Senate Republicans Help Pass SCHIP Bill

Funding for SCHIP Expansion Questioned

Religious Conservatives Can't Agree on Candidate

Electoral Reform Proposal Collapses in California

Catholic Hospitals Agree to Follow Plan B Law

High School Students Slam Pledge as 'Religious Oppression'

Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP Using 'Jena 6' Case to Spread Hate

Crowd Cheers for Teenage Suspect

Study Defending Assisted Suicide Written by Assisted Suicide Advocate

Democratic Candidates Says It's Okay to Read Homosexual Fairytale to School Kids

Israel Mum on Abbas Call for UN Intervention

Hamas and Fatah Trying to Out-Muslim Each Other

Ahmadinejad Visits Anti-US Allies in Latin America

Mugabe's UN Remarks Seen as 'Sign of Desperation'

Other CNSNews.com Headlines:

Blasphemy Site 'Playing Texas Hold 'Em With Eternity' -- 02/05/2007


Blasphemy Site 'Playing Texas Hold 'Em With Eternity'
By Monisha Bansal
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
February 05, 2007

(CNSNews.com) - More than a month after atheists launched a campaign encouraging young people to blaspheme God in an online video clip, more than 800 people have done so, and a conservative analyst said the "boneheads" behind the initiative could only be pitied.

Fighting against what he calls "the mental torture that is religion," atheist filmmaker Brian Flemming created the blasphemychallenge.com website, asking teens to commit "the ultimate sin" in return for a copy of his movie, "The God Who Wasn't There."

The "ultimate sin," in his view, is denying the Holy Spirit, based on the biblical injunction, "Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin" (Mark 3:29).

The site asks people to videotape themselves saying "I deny the Holy Spirit" and to post the videos on YouTube.

As of Friday, more than 875 submissions had been recorded.

"Give it your own personal touches," posters are urged. "Possibly add extra blasphemy or maybe even a background story as to why you feel the way you do." The site also suggests recording "your video in a church or outside of a church."

"These kids apparently think this is some kind of cute stunt," Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues at Concerned Women for America, told Cybercast News Service.

"But to me, it's akin to dousing yourself with gasoline and running around screaming 'there is no God' while waving a sparkler."

"They're playing Texas Hold 'Em with eternity and are holding a lousy hand," Barber added. "You can only pity the attention-starved boneheads behind this wickedness."

He said of the young people making the video clips "the phrase 'methinks thou doth protest too much' comes to mind."

"By going to such lengths to deny God's existence, they implicitly acknowledge him, while arrogantly rebelling against his authority.

"Scripture tells us that the reality of God's existence is written on the heart of every man, woman and child," Barber added.

"Man's rebellion against the Creator is no new thing," he said. "It's a time-honored tradition among those who prefer to view the world through the prism of moral relativism."

Meanwhile, as a direct response to the blasphemy initiative a counter website called challengeblasphemy.com has been created and some Christian teens have been uploading clips to YouTube under the heading "Praise the Lord Challenge."

Peter Casarella, associate professor of systematic theology at the Catholic University of America, questioned the motives of the blasphemychallenge.com website. "It seems extremely manipulative," he said.

Casarella also questioned the premise of the site, saying its interpretation of the biblical reference was off.

"Blaspheming the Spirit is a sin, that's not up for grabs ... but they certainly can be forgiven," he told Cybercast News Service.

"Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit means taking the name of the Spirit in vain," Casarella added. "The Spirit is one who witnesses to the truth in the name of Christ within the gospels. A sin against the Spirit is clearly a sin against God."

But simply saying the words would not in itself ensure eternal damnation.

"The gospels in general - dealing in this case with blaspheming, but in general - look at the whole of the life, and individual acts are judged in the context of the whole of a life," Casarella said.

Flemming did not respond to requests for comment for this article. In a recent interview with Fox News, he said "if parents are going to terrorize their children with religious indoctrination, I think it's important to reach those kids and let them know that there is nothing to be afraid of."

He said the site "exposes the crock that is Christian doctrine and thus relieves the suffering of innocent children."

"Religious tyranny really has a hold on young people and they really are innocent victims," Flemming said, describing the gospel message of Jesus' death, resurrection, ascension and the notion of heaven and hell "psychological torture."

Make media inquiries or request an interview with Monisha Bansal.

Subscribe to the free CNSNews.com daily E-brief.

E-mail a comment or news tip to Monisha Bansal.

Send a Letter to the Editor about this article.











All original CNSNews.com material, copyright 1998-2007 Cybercast News Service.

 

Home | News This Hour | Politics | Culture | International | Nation
 Commentary | Bozell's Column | Cartoons | Fact-O-Rama | Privacy Policy