go to church. get fat. praise the lard!

Jesus in Toast

Jesus appears in a piece of toast.

A new study out this week links obesity to religious activity.

The study, conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, found that young adults who frequently attended religious activities were far more likely to become obese than those who didn’t.

“Our main finding was that people with a high frequency of religious participation in young adulthood were 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than those with no religious participation in young adulthood,” says Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“And that is true even after we adjusted for variables like age, race, gender, education, income, and baseline body mass index,” he added.

The study, presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

The study says it may be all of the cheap, high-in-fat potluck foods. Then again, it could be attributable to a demographic overlay of southern cooking traditionally being high in fat and the Bible Belt being in the south. Maybe.


Do overweight people tend to gravitate toward church because it is a place they feel is more likely to accept them, since churches are not supposed to be concerned with physical appearances?

Or, do people who go to church get fatter over time (perhaps for the same reason)?

Whatever conclusion you reach, the numbers don’t lie: praise the lard!


george washington university capitol archaeological institute helps protect egyptian antiquities

The George Washington UniversityHere’s a cause you should join.

The George Washington University Capitol Archaeological Institute announced yesterday that it has launched an initiative to protect Egyptian antiquities from illicit trade around the world. The institute identified specific actions that the U.S. government and international law enforcement authorities should take to help prevent the illegal trade of Egyptian antiquities. In addition, many of the most respected Egyptologists in the United States and the world and other respected scholarly organizations have joined the GW institute in calling for action by government and law enforcement authorities.

The GWU CAI press release announcement is here.

The text of the Call for Action with Signatories is here.

The online petition, which can be signed, is here.

(via Eric Cline)

pole dancing for jesus. seriously.

Looking for the latest, greatest way to get people in the church door and stay in shape? and try out for the role of Charlie Sheen’s next girlfriend? How about a pole dancing for Jesus ministry.

As Crystal Deans, owner/instructor of Best Shape of Your Life, explains:

“On Sundays, we do pole fitness for Jesus. We do the upbeat contemporary Christian music because people have to bring their church program to get into the class, so we basically are just continuing the whole worship thing here.”

Exactly. Because pop and dance music are sinful. So, when they do their pole dancing(!), they use upbeat contemporary Christian music. It’s the upbeat contemporary Christian music makes it “Christian.” And, evidence of being a Christian is provided by the possession of a “church program,” which makes this the continuation of, like, “the whole worship thing.”

Because when you go to worship, you want to make sure to work your core and your glutes.

I shake my head. Where is the Church Lady when you need her?

HT: Scott Bailey

drunk baby destroys bar

what a great concept. i never thought about the fact that babies learning to walk look like drunks stumbling around.

ht: sarah drew lanfer

a game so good, it broke the spanish announcer

this game was so good, it wore out the amazing spanish announcer. listen through to the end. it cracks me up.

ht: bryan srabian

with friends like these… gaddafi is a clever thug

Gaddafi and Obamagaddafi is a thug, but he’s a clever one. he’s said repeatedly he thinks president obama is a muslim. of course, only the birthers and some tea party activists believe this, but that doesn’t stop gaddafi from hitting the president where it hurts the most in an election year – by giving his opponents ammo. gaddafi recently stated in a letter to the president:

“To our son, his excellency, Mr Baracka Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed.”

it’s clever rhetoric from a clever dictator. the president will have to dismiss gaddafi’s comments while not alienating the rest of the arab world, yet while not disenfranchising evangelicals in an election year.

with friends like these…

happy first anniversary, roslyn

Robert Cargill and Roslyn Bennett, just after being pronounced man and wife.

Robert Cargill and Roslyn Bennett, just after being pronounced man and wife.


one year ago today we were married. it’s been the best year of my life, and i love you more every day. i have always wanted a partner i could love and trust, one with whom i could see eye-to-eye, fight battles, advocate for justice, challenge the status quo, explore new places and ideas, and raise a family. you have been a wonderful friend (to both me and tali), confidant, caretaker, ally, lover, chef, and source of strength, laughter, and love. i am immensely excited about our coming son, and look forward to our next year together as a growing family.

more every day…

i love you.


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