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Spiritual Surf: Buddhists’ loving kindness goes down the river

A group of Buddhists ran afoul with the state of New Jersey, when they bought hundreds of eels, frogs and turtles and released them into the Passaic River, the Trentonian reports.

The state says the Buddhists needed a permit to stock the river with the exotic animals. The Biologists say that the action may have done harm to other species living in the river. One of the Buddhists says: “When I pass by the fish market, I cry. I tell people: ‘Stop killing them.’ Then: ‘Don’t eat them.’ Then your heart goes to mercy.”

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Spiritual Surf: No Christian brotherhood with strip club

Spiritual Surf: No Christian brotherhood with strip club

Preachers take care, the pulpit is not a place for railing against local businesses. Or at least that’s the message behind a lawsuit filed in Tasmania. The company that owns the Players Club franchise of strip clubs is suing the Anglican Church for the “continual harassment and media campaign” against the club and its business, according to a local newspaper.

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James Cameron’s anti-Christian documentary

James Cameron’s anti-Christian documentary

James Cameron and the Virgin Sacrifice | Originally uploaded by Jinxiecat.

James Cameron (in Perez Hilton-style photo, left) goes on record that the tomb of Jesus, the tomb of Mary was a myth — and that Jesus is dead and buried!

Or was buried, until he was dug up in a tomb in a suburb of Jerusalem.

Considering that Jesus and Mary are about as common a name at that time in the antique world as Bob and Betsy are in present-day North America odds are that Titanic-director James Cameron could be in way, way more over his head than he thinks. TIME magazine: “Tales from the Crypt”

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Spiritual Surf: Slate’s ‘Blogging the Bible’ feature catches up to Jonah

Spiritual Surf: Slate’s ‘Blogging the Bible’ feature catches up to Jonah

Kamandi | Originally uploaded by Jason Grote.

Slate’s always-funny David Plotz is in rare form this week, as he recaps the tale of Jonah and the whale.

If you haven’t been following Plotz’s project, a smart, fresh take on one chunk of that seemingly familiar book every day, now’s a great time to dive in.

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The Virginian Pilot dishes on Zeus

A Bible-belt newspaper goes nuts and attacks Zeus worshippers because their god had multiple wives, fought with his Dad, was neglected as a child — Hey, it almost makes Zeus sound like a stereotypical televangelist type:

His view of marriage would fit in pretty well today too. He worked his way through three wives while fathering so many kids with so many other women that most of them didn’t even know one another. That’s something to worship for sure.

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Spiritual Surf: Religion was the first meme

Spiritual Surf: Religion was the first meme

According to this story in the online zine, Salon.com (Religious primates), religion is a meme — “an idea that evolved like a virus — that infected our ancestors and continued to spread throughout cultures.”

Give it a quarter turn, and another way to say the same thing is that all being in the universe have a hardwired need to experience the sacred as a group, because each of us are cells in the body of . . . call it Christ, call it the Buddha, call it whatever you want

Crank Watch: scientist claims there is no God [EurekaAlert]

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Spiritual Surf: Pray-by-Phone

Spiritual Surf: Pray-by-Phone

Western Wall – Kotel – Jerusalem, Old City – 360° | Originally uploaded by Sam Rohn – Location Scout.

Forget that line from Joan Osborne’s ‘What If God Was One of Us‘ about “nobody calling on the phone.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that an Israeli startup is using the Internet to pipe prayers into the Middle East’s holy places, such as the Western Wall. Prayers Over IP, or POIP for short, claims to have more than 1500 callers a day.

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