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Comedian Returns to Religion Upon Re-Reading Bible

August 16, 2005 | 3 Comments

San Francisco, California, August 16, 2005
Special to The Raving Atheist

Heeding pleas from Catholic bloggers to read the Bible more carefully and remain “open-minded” to faith, comedian Julia Sweeney has abandoned atheism and returned to religion.

On Monday, Amy Welborn chided Sweeney for misinterpreting a passage from Mark in which Jesus drowned demon-infested pigs. Sweeney was likewise excoriated this morning for the error by blogger Dawn Eden. “I can’t believe I thought Christ turned people into swine, when he actually converted people-demons into pig-devils,” say Sweeney. “It all makes sense now. Verily, we are consecrated in the Blood of the Lamb.”

The comedian also dismissed rumors that Eden would be tossed into a Lake of Fire for calling her “Sweeney Clod.” “Under Matthew 5:22, one risks Hell only for using the word ‘fool,’ and then only if it is directed against one’s ‘brother,” she explained. “Plus, properly interpreted, ‘Hell’ refers to a Land of Dancing Lollipops.”

Sweeney added that the experience has inspired her to re-read other sacred texts, including The Wiccan Rede. “To my surprise, I discovered that it is actually the werewolf who howls by the dread wolfsbane. I’m a witch . . . Eppe, peppe kakke!


3 Responses to “Comedian Returns to Religion Upon Re-Reading Bible”

    August 16th, 2005 @ 4:43 pm

    Ouch – I winced when was first starting to read this and thought “Please – say it ain’t so” ! I visited Sweeney’s website where she has the complete text of the interview and I must say – she is quite the sensible skeptic. Go Julia! And – as far as her critics —- big deal – she misread the bible … isn’t that how the religious ones make sense out of all that nonsense ?

  2. Unscrewing The Inscrutable
    August 16th, 2005 @ 6:33 pm

    Julie Sweeny Vs. The Demon Pigs

    Catholic blogger Amy Welborn, takes atheist Julia Sweeny to task for getting the part of the bible where Jesus drives the demons out of a man into a herd of pigs wrong.
    [link] It’s an interesting interview, with a path that’s by no means unique. From what

  3. AK
    August 17th, 2005 @ 11:45 am

    Naw, I think its the criticizers that are misreading the Bible. Julia is spot-on.

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