Items ranging from the gently ironic to the satirical

Jesus In Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult

Barry Smith's solo, multi-media comedy about his time spent in a religious cult. There was a guy in Montana who claimed to be the return of Jesus. Barry believed him. Then he didn't believe him. Then, years later, he wrote a comedy about it.


Also, see Canadian TV Interview - Jesus In Montana.

An open letter to the people who thought the world was going to end over the weekend

It sucks, doesn't it?

It sucks to be so very certain of something — like “The Bible Tells Me So” certain — and then be wrong.

I know this because I've been there myself. Twice.

Oh, I've been wrong about things a lot more than twice, sure, but twice in my life I was absolutely certain the world was gonna end. And both times I was wrong.

And not just wrong — I was WRONG!

The first time was in the early '90s, when I was involved in a humble little doomsday religious cult. We were preparing for the Apocalypse, which we believed would take the form of a nuclear war. This would be followed by all the well-loved Biblical tragedies; gnashing of teeth, moon as dark as sackcloth, cries of agony and so forth. We were convinced that we had the truth — sorry, “THE TRUTH” — but we weren't expecting a Rapture, which meant that we'd still be here on Earth after the Truth hit the fan. So rather than front-loading our efforts with billboards, as you did, we budgeted for follow-up pamphlets. We didn't have quite the same coffers that you have, so these pamphlets were pretty ghetto. Yes, our plan to help the confused masses through the Apocalypse was to hand them a single-sheet, tri-fold, photocopied, clip-art illustrated pamphlet.

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“The End Is Nigh” – May 21, 2011

In case you were otherwise engaged and were not made aware of this peculiar phenomena, for the past few months, a very small Christian group, lead by Harold Camping has been making a great hue and cry about the impending arrival of judgement day or the rapture on May 21st 2011.

You may not be surprised to learn that this is not Camping’s first prophecy. He made a similar claim in 1994. He said he wasn’t embarrassed about the previous failure because it was “premature” and regarding the current prophecy he again and again said that it was “guaranteed” and there was no way it wouldn’t happen.


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God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule

NEW YORK—Responding to recent events on Earth, God, the omniscient creator-deity worshipped by billions of followers of various faiths for more than 6,000 years, angrily clarified His longtime stance against humans killing each other Monday.

"Look, I don't know, maybe I haven't made myself completely clear, so for the record, here it is again," said the Lord, His divine face betraying visible emotion during a press conference near the site of the fallen Twin Towers. "Somehow, people keep coming up with the idea that I want them to kill their neighbor. Well, I don't. And to be honest, I'm really getting sick and tired of it. Get it straight. Not only do I not want anybody to kill anyone, but I specifically commanded you not to, in really simple terms that anybody ought to be able to understand."

{josquote}I did My best to inspire them, but a lot of imperfect human agents have misinterpreted My message over the millennia. Frankly, much of the material that got in there is dogmatic, doctrinal bullshit.{/josquote}

Worshipped by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, God said His name has been invoked countless times over the centuries as a reason to kill in what He called "an unending cycle of violence."

"I don't care how holy somebody claims to be," God said. "If a person tells you it's My will that they kill someone, they're wrong. Got it? I don't care what religion you are, or who you think your enemy is, here it is one more time: No killing, in My name or anyone else's, ever again."

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Laughter, religion match made in heaven

Among the groups who showed they can take a joke on April 1, was the Baha'i community. When we ran out of jokes to tell, the evening concluded with a rousing chorus of "The Baha'i song," sung to the tune of the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."

Ba ba ba, ba ba baha'i,
Ba ba ba, ba ba baha'i,
Ba ba ba, ba ba baha'i,We got Allah and Jehovah,
Jesus and the Buddha, oh Baha'i!

You can imagine the sound of people of all faiths laughing together. It was the sound of civility, the sound of community, the sound of joy!

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