Sunday, February 8, 2015

ICYMI: Frozen is bad news for boys, Jim Parsons (of Big Bang Theory) is going to hell, and threatening to use the One Ring will get you suspended in Texas

So I've had the chance to cover some really interesting stories at Friendly Atheist this past week. And a few of them had a tie-in to things near and dear to my heart: nerdy stuff. And cartoons, which, I have to admit somewhat abashedly, I still watch.

So, in reverse order, there was Fox and Friends' Steve Doocy discussing with the head of the conservative Christian women's group Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance, the hidden danger to boys of seeing a cartoon in which the main character man is not perfect. If you're in the mood for head-scratching comedy, I recommend watching the whole segment -- there's more gems in there than I could cover in one article. From the story:
After Doocy wondered what “message” these clips sent to boys, Nance revealed what she saw as the challenge this presents to good mothers.
… the question for us as moms when we bring our daughters to see Frozen or whatever the movie is, we often have our little boys sitting there, and is this message helpful? We want them to know they’re essential, we want to raise heroes, we want to raise real men that will stick in their families and be great dads and be great providers and great husbands.
There's more at Friendly Atheist, in case you need to know why watching Frozen will make your sons grow up to leave their future wives and kids, and be cowards. You know what they say about being forewarned!

My second fun story was the one about the Young Conservatives writer who is very, very concerned about Jim Parsons. You see, Jim is going to hell. And Young Conservatives' Michael Cantrell has the scoop on why The Big Bang Theory star has booked a permanent stay on the toasty shores of the Lake of Fire: because Parsons is playing God in a Broadway version of The Last Testament.

Since God will not be mocked, and the role mocks God...well, you know: Parson's destined for an eternal time-out at Satan's barbeque (which, supposedly, is worse than family barbeques -- your first clue that the hell claim is a load of nonsense).

Cantrell has a brilliant solution, though: Parsons should convert and repent. Again, more at the article. Suffice it to say, I'm sure Jim Parsons is quaking in his boots right now.

And, finally, there was the story of the Texas elementary student who was suspended for, of all things, threatening to unleash the power of the One Ring on a classmate, by making him disappear. Which was deemed a "terroristic threat sufficient to warrant suspension.

As someone who takes Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit pretty seriously (see: my blog title), I have to say...this seems like kind of, a tiny bit of, an overreaction... 

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