What Epileptics Do on Sunday Mornings

Don’t stay out too late at the dance club tonight. You know you have to get up early for church tomorrow!

13 Responses to “What Epileptics Do on Sunday Mornings”

  1. Tina F.C.D. Says:

    It looks like the lady in the striped skirt wants to puke on the people coming close to her. 🙂 Kind of looks like my mom’s church. 🙁

  2. Parrotlover77 Says:

    It is pretty amazing how high one can get on the jeebus. Some of those people need to be on that show Intervention.

  3. Lindsay Says:

    I really don’t know what to think. I’m sure at clubs I look just as idiotic – granted in a completely different way – than these guys.

    It looks like they are having a good time? I remember this blog had a link once to another blog where someone wrote a story of growing up Pentecostal. The author said he loved it. I remember one line in particular stated

    “The holy ghost is so fucking cool. It makes adults look like complete idiots.”

  4. Brian Says:

    First they look like Slim Pickens and his crew of really, really white cowboys trying to remind the black railroad workers how “The Camp Town Lady” goes in “Blazing Saddles”. Then they start channeling John Belushi and the rest of the Deltas doing “Shout” in “Animal House”. I don’t think Jesus would approve of either comparison.

    Perhaps another Belushi performance would be more pleasing to the lord:

    James Brown: “Do you see the light?”
    Jake Blues: “Yes!”
    James Brown” “Do you see the light?”
    Jake Blues” “Yes! Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ! I have seen the light!”

  5. ericsan Says:

    Whoa. Now we know where Steve Ballmer goes to church.

  6. Sue Blue Says:

    Where were the snakes in all of this? I thought these guys liked to fondle legless reptiles during these freakfests! It would really add to the fun to see this.

  7. Lindsay Says:

    The Pentecostal snake handlers tend to reside in the deep south/Appalachia.

    Here is a link to an interesting article on this from National Geographic:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/04/0407_030407_snakehandlers.html

    Basically, it is a fringe practice in a fringe group. Not surprisingly MANY people have died from snakebites, but the deaths are blamed on heart attacks or something non-related.

    It might be just me, but I tend to think the snake has something to do with it!

  8. eema-le Says:

    OMFG, thank you for posting this. I think I peed my pants a little.

  9. Sue Blue Says:

    I know the wackaloon fundies who handle snakes do it to test their “faith”, but I always thought it was strange that they get off on playing with a creature that is supposedly Satan’s slithering representative. When you see these nutzoids, festooned with rattlesnakes, holy-rolling around in the aisles and foaming at the mouth like teenagers stoned on ‘shrooms, you’ve really got to wonder why they feel the need to prove their faith so often – could it be addictive? The only difference I can see in the video above is one of degree.

  10. Brian Says:

    Sue Blue,

    I’m not schooled in how the brain works, so I may just be pulling this out of my ass, but it seems to me that there is a strong group effect taking place that not only encourages asinine behavior but also renders the experience addictive.

    I’m no longer partial to any particular sports team, as I was years ago. I remember getting excited and agitated rather easily over mundane events that had zero bearing on my life. Whether its overly-hostile dads at kids’ baseball games or British soccer hooligans causing mayhem whenever their team loses, the fervor people can feel for something as meaningless as a football game (I live in Ohio, and I can tell you the annual OSU-Michigan game is one of the most over-hyped events on the planet) is very similar to what fundies experience in their own twisted get-togethers. There is something addictive about being surrounded by other like-minded people, for whatever the reason may be, because who wouldn’t look forward to letting their hair down without being ridiculed as an idiot for doing so?

    A girlfriend years ago in college talked me into going to her nutty Wednesday night church service. This was about the time when I was first starting to realize that I was an atheist, so the culture shock was profound. Here was a person I knew very well suddenly speaking in tongues, crying tears of happiness for no apparent reason, and laying her hands on other people to “cure” their ailments. Crucially, she never acted like that before, so I surmised that the group environment had that effect on her. She later broke it off with me because I wasn’t saved, and didn’t appear to be ready to be saved anytime soon. She retreated into her group, coming up for air and sunlight only occasionally, eventually dropped out of school, married one of the congregation, and presumably began punching out little fundies. Her group became her security blanket. She was as trapped as any person could be in an isolated cult that sensed a need in her for something more than she had previously found in life, and, having been offered what she believed she needed, she fell for it. Sad, really.

    So, yes, I do think that religion can act very much like a narcotic, which is one of the reasons I oppose is so vehemently.

  11. Lindsay Says:

    You know I was thinking about this on my run this weekend (I am training for a half marathon so Sundays are my days I do a really long run…gives me a lot of time to think!). I was thinking…Pentecostals are very repressive in many ways. For example women must wear very modest clothing…no makeup or any other hairstyle rather than long hair is accepted. Their only function is to basically pump out kids. Men have to dress very modestly too…and access to modern entertainment is often discouraged. So…this is possibly their main, if not only emotional outlet.

    I’m just winging it here, it’s not really a theory backed up with a whole lot of fact. But it is an idea.

  12. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Well this also relates to the whole video game violence issue, in that respect too. (Good luck on your marathon, btw, kick ass!) When I’m beating up zombies or aliens or whatever, I get that nice little primal hunter grunt grunt feeling and it’s a nice stress relief. Obviously they are of the type of people that think my doing that is the devil’s work. So if you can’t do something like that, dancing around like an idiot smoking the holy ghost is probably the next best thing. 🙂 So, to me anyway, what you speculate makes sense.

  13. Lindsay Says:

    “Smoking the holy ghost” – that line made me spit out my Coke Zero!

    You are right. I used to date a guy who had Medal of Honor on playstation, and I would come home from work, kill Nazis for an hour and feel better. I think there is something to this theory.