By any other name…

Yes, you can call it “communion” all you want, but when I see a symbolic ritual celebration of vampirism and cannibalism, I CALL it a symbolic ritual celebration of vampirism and cannibalism, dammit!


  1. Kragon, March 3, 2008:

    Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib women was convinced by a talking snake to eat from magical tree…yeah, makes prefect sense.

  2. DarkIcon, March 3, 2008:

    Rib woman! HA!

  3. nate, March 4, 2008:

    Communion has nothing to do with salvation. It’s an observance done to remember Jesus.

    Also, salvation doesn’t remove an evil force from your soul. It negates the penalty for sin.

  4. WeREwOLf, March 5, 2008:

    Y’know, I never could quite wrap my brain around the hostility that some atheists have against those who have religious beliefs, other than to rail against the occasional annoying proselytizing. Personally, I’d describe myself as agnostic, not sure if there’s a supreme being (though rationally I strongly doubt it); I think evolution is a sound theory of the origins and development of life that fits well the evidence we have so far; I’m pretty well convinced the Earth is *far* more than a few thousand years old; and I sincerely doubt there are any phenomena in the universe that cannot, eventually, be explained by calm, reasoned scientific inquiry.

    Having said that, it bothers me when I see hostility toward religion from those professing to hold freedom and individual choice in high esteem. I too regard those principles very, very highly — both personally and politically. I also believe strongly in the principle of “live and let live”, and sum it up more precisely as the individual freedom to live one’s own life as one so chooses, so long as doing so does not infringe on the same freedom of others. Politically, our freedom to disbelieve as we choose is inextricably tied to the freedom of others to believe as THEY choose.

    And the moment my (or anyone’s) personal beliefs and opinions are sanctioned by the government to the exclusion of other beliefs, I’ll know we all have a huge problem on our hands.

    Freedom of thought, freedom to believe or disbelieve as we so choose; once one person loses that freedom, we ALL lose it.

    (PS: FWIW, I was a tad drunk when I wrote this — like ALL my posts.)

  5. Kragon, March 5, 2008:

    I really have no problem with religion. I joke a lot, but everyone needs something to believe in. I was brought up Irish Catholic so of course I had the fear of God drilled into me as a child.

    It was just when I got older that I started to look at things different than the way it was written in the Bible, and what was told to me by the priest on Sunday. I pretty much formed my own views. And yes, I do believe that the Earth is a tad bit older then a few thousand years… The Bible is just a few billion off. HA!

  6. DarkIcon, March 5, 2008:

    Yes, but what does all this have to do with drinking blood and eating human flesh?

    I’m kidding, of course. I know full well what communion is supposed to be about, but the wording and imagery are a bit… odd… don’t you think?

  7. nate, March 5, 2008:

    I agree with DI about the justaposition of communion with vampirism and cannabilism. It’s somthing I’ve thought of before myself. Kind of like the Saint Noir story from BODP. That plotline is something else I’ve thought of many times.

    I figure I’m kind of a minority around this site. I’m a huge fan of DI’s work, but I’m also a Christian and a member of a Southern Baptist church.

    I don’t intend on trying to convert anyone, and I prefer to avoid arguments, but I do take a bit of offense when Christians are portrayed inaccurately. I’m more than willing to discuss pretty much any topic, but this isn’t the place to be doing it. Maybe over on the Asylum Walls, if DI doesn’t mind.

    I’ve also gone through a period of time where I was borderline agnostic, and couldn’t reconcile scientific dating methods with the Bible, but now I’ve come pretty much full-circle and I do believe in a young earth (

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