I was looking at tarvu.com for a while and I still don't get it. I'm not sure if the website is making fun of Mormons, Christians, Scientologists or just religion in general (non-Muslim, of course... fear of death and all). It sure seems to me that a lot of work went into this obviously fake website, complete with fake doctrine, prayers, testimonials, videos, etc. And speaking with an octopus? I don't get it. "It's so easy to join," but I'm not getting why anyone would want to do so.
Of course, I had to doodle around the internet to find out more. This is the part of the post where I warn my gentle readers that those with sensitive eyes might want to just hit that little X that's in the top right corner of your screen right now. This post isn't for you... sorry. Onward...
Typed in "religion parody" and didn't find tarvu. I found the flying spaghetti monster religion, to be sure, but that's old news. Even older but less well-publicized? The Church of the SubGenius, having been around since at least 1979, is an oldie. Some lady "reverend" from this pretender pseudo cult lost custody of her child because she's galavanting around indecently at semi-religious parties. From the comment section of this article:
"Nudity - sure.
Owning a dildo - sure.
Mocking religion - sure.
Mocking religion with explicit use of a dildo while nude and being photographed - well, I guess it depends on whether her son actually saw it, or pictures of it."
Or how 'bout this:
"Make fun of religion, lose your kids. It doesn't matter that Kohl (the son) had a healthy, stable home. Nor does it matter that he was home-schooled and tested at a 5th grade level (on par with kids his age). Let's ignore that his family provided chess lessons, art lessons, Tae Kwon Do and boxing lessons. Clearly, this kid was at risk - at risk of not being raised to be a Christian." Source
Um, and the author in this 2006 article is wondering where all the Christians are wanting to defend this person. I'm thinking that no one really heard about it... did they? Anyone else big into homeschooling blogs and stuff who knows about this? Did I just miss it? That's about when we began homeschooling, so it would be easy to miss. Certainly I was just getting my homeschool ducks in a row and only a few weeks from delivering Woodjie.
I looked around some more and found that no, she didn't really lose custody permanently. It sorta looks like she got custody back because the father had some problems, including drunk driving (scroll way down). Wow.
But what if someday Christianity became that offensive to judges? Do you think people like this would come to our defense? Would we want them to?