Fan art - Susan Sto Helit (Duchess of Sto Helit) and Death (on assignment as the Hogfather, bringing Hogswatch cheer and joy to the masses). Oh, and who can forget Uncle Heavy (Albert or Alberto Malich as he was known in a previous life) sitting near on the hearth dressed as a pixie).
TB Joshua is a charlatan. Unfortunately, the man has been able to build his reputation to the point it has reached cult-like proportions. I believe this incident demonstrates that particularly well.
A choice report from the article mentions that:
Joshua told Nigerian newspapers Sunday that a low-flying aircraft had been repeatedly circling the building and may have been responsible for the building collapse.
What?! How does even make sense? Yet the folks of his congregation will swallow up this nonsense, going to the point of attacking and generally frustrating the attempts of rescuers to get to people trapped in the collapsed building.
The rescue operation was delayed by the refusal of members of the church to allow emergency workers from NEMA access to the collapsed building.”The church members were very aggressive and tried attacking emergency responders,” Farinloye said.
What I find must frustrating about this incident, is that with all the bales of money that TB Joshus is raking in, he could not spend some of that to ensure that his buildings are up to code and can handle the stress of several hundred people. To me it demonstrates that the man is nothing more than a thief.
A good thing about this incident is that more will be made aware of the fact that Joshua is a thief. As a man who has made his bones as being clairvoyant and the messenger of god, if he could not foresee the tragic events on his church’s compound, how can he possibly hope to accurately predict the goings on of important things around the world.
For some reason, when I saw this photograph I immediately thought Ancalagon The Black. But then, Ancalagon is supposed to be a massive, massive winged dragon. In fact he was said to be so massive that when he fell in ruin, his death throes had cataclysmic effects on the land.
When the horrid events happening around the world, are turned into a circus side-show for our nightly consumption, you get the events shown below.
Sean “blowhard supremo” Hannity at Fox News, interviews Phil Robertson, the religious nutcase who happens to be a part of the “model” Christian family, that A&E has foisted on us in recent years. During the interview, Robertson is asked for his opinion on IS/ISIS/ISIL, you know, the violent, religious fanatics, currently waging war in parts of Syria and Iraq and more recently known for the gruesome killing of a couple of American journalists. And in a lovely homage to violent, Christian fanatics everywhere, Robertson succinctly states, “Convert them or kill them”.
While the simplicity of Robertson’s policy initiative is certainly awe inspiring, what grabs my attention is his unflinching conviction regarding the matter. “Convert them or kill them”, it is almost as if he were wearing a mask looking into a camera and informing Western nations that they must repent for their numerous sins against god, or be wiped out by the religious tide that will cleanse the world leaving behind a modern-day Caliphate.
This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith (1759) - Chap. III