WindySydney began as an online journal detailing my exit from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Since leaving the Mormon Church, I have come to the conclusion that religion does more harm than good. I have also become an atheist, looking for logic and reason instead of accepting things on faith.
I also blog about things going on in my life. I am learning photography, I have a severe addiction to diet coke, I am a proud vegetarian, and I have two of the cutest cats in the world. Life is officially an adventure without the magical fairy-tale ending. I plan on enjoying it.
Let me be honest, the Official Street Preacher website could easily be satire, and my exhausted human brain is unable to pick up on the sarcasm (I'm 90% sure it's sarcasm, but we all know there are people who are mentally ill enough to mean everything this guy says on the page... It's kind of like someone watching or reading the Onion News Network for the first time thinking, "Wait... that ain't right!"). Hopefully one of my wonderful, smart, beautiful readers will know more about this website and fill me in on the over-the-top insaneness that is Official Street Preacher.
That being said, it's funny to me how easy it is for religions to poke at each other...
"Mormonism is ridiculous for this reason!"
Um... yeah, but your religion is just as fucking ridiculous, you just fail to look at your faith with the same skeptical eyes you view others.
Don't get me wrong. Mormonism *is* bat-shit crazy. I would know. I just find this amusing.
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I was a HUGE drama geek in high school. I admit it. I was also a band geek, choir nerd, honor society weirdo and in the student council. You can't get any nerdier than me. I promise.
When I was in a play in high school I took part in a couple workshops that help you improvise. The games were very much like what you would see on "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" an old television show. Well, not that old... I wish it was still on, though.
We would laugh and laugh... keeping each other on our toes. Making jokes and doing unexpected things to throw the other actors off. It was soooo fun.
Anyway, I was browsing the net and I came across these fantastic clips of Whose Line that made me chuckle and wish I could take more of these workshops I miss so much. Watch them, you won't regret it :) Promise.
The 6:50 mark is hilarious....
Colin and Ryan at their best:
Jeff's Christopher Walken impression is hilarious:
Awards Show for the Most Bitter Divorce:
When Drew joins in on the games he always loses it. The three-headed-Broadway-Star clip is really funny:
If you don't laugh at this one there is something wrong with you:
Sorry I haven't been updating as much the past few days. I haven't been feeling well. Kind of shaky and wobbly... its hard to explain. I think I am getting better though. I need to watch my sugar I think. It's strange.
Here are some of the videos that I have decided to add to the blog. Hope you all enjoy them :)
This next one is really sickening. I would love to believe he is really good at satire, but unfortunately I think he is the real deal. Be sure to check out his other video telling everyone why women should never be allowed to be president. He is a nutcase.
Here is another of his videos on how Barak Obama is talked about in the Bible. I love how he says that the only reason Obama won was because the American people didn't pray and fast enough. He even goes as far as to say that the Lord gave him pain in his shoulder because he didn't do everything he could in regards to the presidential election.
Again... I would love to think this is satire. Please, tell me this is satire. Pretty Please. With a cherry and sprinkles on top.
Yes, those silly christians think that giving a hug the "normal" way is too dangerous and will lead to things like becoming sexually attracted to the person you are touching. This is bad. Sex is bad. Don't do it. Just say no.
Well, I found this well-made response to Christian Side Hug and I wanted to share it. These guys are awesome. I laughed out loud.
P.S. It's satire. I guess some people don't get that.
I also love that the guy on the left has underwear on his head.
I have made fun of various Jesus and Virgin Mary sightings in the past... Anything from Jesus appearing on a slice of toast or the Virgin Mary showing up in a Dorito. It's pretty damned funny if you ask me...
Well, check out this clip about a woman who claims a rock was painted by God...
She lost her son, and the rock really meant something to her. I get that. I even kind of see why they thought it looks like Jesus... but couldn't the face on that rock be a fluke? Doesn't the human brain automatically put order in things that seem random?
Here is a personal example:
The ceiling in my bedroom is textured to look like stucco. Sometimes when I have trouble sleeping, I stare at the ceiling in frustration and start to "see" things like penguins, bears, water bottles and tennis shoes in the patterns. Are these things real? No. Did God perform a miracle by making a penguin appear on my ceiling? Did I think this was a sign that I should go to the zoo today? Absolutely not. Even religious people would laugh at that idea... but they don't laugh when it happens to be an image of a face, do they?
On one of my many youtube video sprees I came across this clip from Bill Maher's Real Time. Most of you know I am one of his biggest fans :) Anyway, he pretty much explains my thoughts on the matter...
People see what they want to see.
I have shared this story before, but it kind of ties the whole thought process together...
My Dad died in January of 1998. My Mom and Dad's anniversary is in February. My Mom was cleaning up the bedroom on that particular day and she found the receipt of the gift my Dad bought her the year before lying in a dish on the bedside table.
At the time, I thought my Dad was trying to reach out to my Mom on that difficult day. I was convinced that he somehow made sure to connect with my Mom on their anniversary.
But that is what I WANTED to see.
Is there a logical explanation to how the receipt ended up where it did?
Heck, it could have been there the whole time and no one noticed. My brother could have been looking for something in the drawer and put the receipt in the dish, then forgetting to put it back.
Same goes with God in general.
People want to see God. They want to believe more than anything that there is something that continues after we die. They want to believe that they will see their loved ones again. They want to believe prayer works and that God works in mysterious ways. They want to believe that miracles happen.
I just want to see the truth now. No more fairy tales, no more lies and rules to follow (like no coffee/tea just because God said so). No more paying 10% of my money to an organization that refuses to share it's financial records with anyone.
It's weird how much I have changed. For the better, I think.