Sunday, 23 March 2008

Christians & Sado-masochism: Filipino Jebus Lovers Nail Their Asses to The Cross On Easter Sunday

Crucification: One of the Most Painful Executions Inflicted On the Condemned

One of the loveliest traits of ardent Jebus lovers who go to extreme lengths to emulate their long-haired, gay-looking son of God superstar is perhaps the "What would Jebus Do" dogma: Jebus, it seems, is heralded as the penultimate Man-cum-God, and anything he ever did, from cursing fig trees to sporting a long mane and beard, can be gleaned and copied by the pious Jebus lover as an ultimate expression of their love for the God-Man dichotomy-cum-deity, who supposedly died on the cross two thousand years back as penance for humanity's blood debt, i.e The Original Sin.

Yet, some folks go beyond mere appearance: In their over-zealousness to feel the "pain" of their Lord's suffering, the more masochistic folks take it upon themselves to practice a mass orgy of gore, blood and pain: Indeed, self-flagellation by pious Christians have been practiced for centuries, not to mention their zest in tormenting pagans and other religious heretics. In a bid to purge their sins, which these ignorant buffoons thought was manifested in the form of the plague and other incurable diseases in the Dark Ages, Christians often took to all manner of tortures, such the bloodletting acts of self flagellation & other more extreme forms of self-immolation, such as impaling themselves to the cross to emulate their Man-God, Jebus. Pain, it seems, is a two-way street: Inflict pain on thyself, and enjoy the pure, unadulterated pleasure of inflicting pain on others.

Even in the 21st century, some jolly good Christians never fail to remind us of Christianity's almost fervent fixation with torture, blood-letting and a dash of Marquis de Sade's favorite theme: Sado-mashochism.

By Frances Harrison
Religious affairs reporter, BBC New
Health officials in the Philippines have issued a warning to people taking part in Easter crucifixion rituals.

They have urged them to get tetanus vaccinations before they flagellate themselves and are nailed to crosses, and to practise good hygiene.

On Good Friday dozens of very devout Catholics in the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

It is something that has become a huge tourist attraction, although the Church frowns on the practice.


The health department has strongly advised penitents to check the condition of the whips they plan to use to lash their backs, the Manila Times newspaper reports.

They want people to have what they call "well-maintained" whips.

In the hot and dusty atmosphere, officials warn, using unhygienic whips to make deep cuts in the body could lead to tetanus and other infections.

And they advise that the nails used to fix people to crosses must be properly disinfected first. Often people soak the nails in alcohol throughout the year.

Every Good Friday, in towns across the Philippines, people atone for sins or give thanks for an answered prayer by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Giving thanks

In the northern city of San Fernando alone there will be three separate improvised Golgothas - the biblical name for the hill where Jesus was crucified.

Four people there have pledged to have their feet and hands nailed to wooden crosses, while others will flog themselves while walking barefoot through villages.

Sometimes people repeat the penance year after year, like the fish vendor who will be nailed to the cross for the 15th and last time on Friday to give thanks for his mother's recovery from tuberculosis.

With long hair and a beard, wearing sandals and a crown of thorns, he is tied with cloth to the cross but also has nails driven through the flesh of his hands and feet, avoiding the bones.

I must admit, with a chagrin, that when I first came across this BBC article, I honestly thought that the Filipino health officials were broadcasting some kind of a heinous, cruel joke: It is as if self-flagellation on Easter Sunday, plus the liberal use of nails and other torture devices, is actually a normal and a sanctified act (It is, to the Jebus lovers. To the rest of us, this is just another form of perverse masochism masked under the umbrella of religion). The idea that "using unhygienic whips to make deep cuts in the body could lead to tetanus and other infections" seem almost laughingly trivial until you realize that these morons are practically immolating and bleeding themselves dry using some really menacing tools of torture.

Apparently, the health officials have all but given up on these folks: Sure, whip yourselves up to a bleeding frenzy, but please sanitize your torture equipments before applying them to your flesh, lest the infections that might set in your wounds would poison you, if you aren't already drained of blood after the crucification-cum flagellation orgy.

How anyone can go through such elaborate ceremonies of unparalleled pain and unnecessary danger is beyond me, or any other rational person for the matter.........but for the fish vendor to actually nail his ass 15 times to the cross is........well.......pardon the pun....... a real pain in the ass.

If there is anything else we can learn from this blood-letting episode, it is that Christianity is a blood-thirsty religion, constantly demanding blood sacrifices from its devotees as well as their God-Son deity. It is also a deadly reminder of the extremes which only religion has the power to inflict on the hapless masses, by removing logic, reason and rationality from their minds, rendering them hapless to all manner of trickery and non-sensible acts of a stupid, cruel piety.

The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
- John Adams, 2nd President of The United States of America


vjack said...

When looking at some of this extreme behavior, I go back and forth between thinking these people are lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key crazy or thinking that these are the "real Christians" and most are just posers. I mean, if people truly believes all this garbage they claim to believe, wouldn't they actually live it?

BEAST said...

I couldn't agree more. Live by the sword, die by the sword.


tina FCD said...

That's a good question Vjack.

Tom said...

Hey, I think this stuff is perfect.

If these people want to do this, and they die in the process, then to paraphrase Carl Sagan "it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism."

Of course, if that were true, wouldn't we ultimately have less and less fanaticism through history?


Anonymous said...

Amazing how atheists twist and manipulate facts:
Here are a more complete set of comments by Adams showing his faith:

"The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity, let the Blackguard Paine say what he will."

"The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion." In another letter, Adams reveals his sincere devotion to God, “My Adoration of the Author of the Universe is too profound and too sincere. The Love of God and his Creation; delight, Joy, Tryumph, Exaltation in my own existence, tho' but an Atom, a molecule Organique, in the Universe, are my religion.”

Certainly not a main stream Christian, nor a 'Christian' at all, by definition, but a far cry from an Atheist Icon.

Anonymous said...

Hmm...the Bible got mention anything about dinosaurs before or not? How about 'cavemen' era? Don't think those people know the English language yet nor Latin.

Then the Bible got mention anything about the Asian people or not? If no, then who 'created' the Asian people or the African people?

Anonymous said...

"Amazing how atheists twist and manipulate facts"

You know, in those days, especially politicians -- even today -- you really had no choice but to say disgusting things, though perfume to the masses. Sure, we do know he was never an atheist. DUH!? We applaud him because he was a skeptic! He valued secular reason more than blind religious dogma. Truth be told, X-tians are enormously guilty when it comes to manipulating and twisting facts. Just go attend a church sermon and listen to the preacher. Most I've heard are cock certain about most if not all important questions of value. They say it's all in the bible! Yeah right. Those intelligent enough who've actually read it properly would know that the book is full of myths, legends, folktales, divination, necromancy, astrology, oracles, seers, fortune-telling, slavery, incest, rape, scatology, discrimination, racism, a myriad of sexual perversities and obscenities, curses, primitive patriarchy, very vague parables, logical fallacies, inconsistencies, very questionable contradicting moralities, primitive monarchical justification, flighty human and animal annihilations, historical discrepancies from archaeological, geological, astronomical, biological, medical, physical... sciences etc. etc. etc. The bible is so full of sex -- mostly perverse, some delightful sensual (e.g. song of solomon). The fact is, most X-tians are hypocrites when it comes to actually following what the actual words of the bible -- they can't even agree among themselves which part to leave out and which ones are really to be followed verbatim. They're interpretations of each passage is myriad, infinite even.

Mr Gog said...

Christian has developed over two thousand years, through highly rational debate and argumentation - which has sadly been enforced at times by force of arms. But the clear existence of historic differences of opinion among Christians shows that there is not simply one vast, unquestionable dogma to which all must subscribe.
In fact, the very universities which have always fostered scientific innovation were established explicitly as religious institutions, and it is the wisdom of Aristotle - himself a theist - transmitted via Islam through to the Catholic Church that gave us the basis of empirical scientific method we use today.
Most of the greatest philosophers in European history have been Christian and have debated Christian truth-claims thoroughly, both with other Christians and with non-Christians (Augustine, for example, was familiar with Jewish and pagan thought).
Do you not think that with 2000 years of intellectual debate behind it, Christianity might not just have something of value to say? Or do you really suppose that the majority of European and Middle-Eastern intellectual life until around the 1800s was completely moribund?
Please do not confuse ignorance of 2000 years of thoroughly argued Christian doctrine and history with intellectual integrity.

Mr Gog said...

Bah - typo. Should have read 'Christianity' in the first sentence. By the way, I do agree that these Filipino chaps are barking mad,though.
With respect,
Mr Gog