At the start of the Vietnam War, the South Vietnamese government favored Catholics over Buddhists so much that some Catholic priests ran private armies that forced conversions and demolished Buddhist pagodas with mortar fire.
A Tennessee judge ordered a name change for a baby named “Messiah”. He was later fired after her decision was found unconstitutional on appeal—she had previously stated, “That title has only been earned by one person and that person is Jesus Christ.”
Eight elderly Belgian nuns sold their convent without permission from the church for $1.4 mil. They used the money to buy a castle in France, racehorses, and a number of luxury cars including a Mercedes with a bar.
A man built the world’s largest treehouse after claiming God told him to do so. It was 97 feet tall. It took 12 years to build and burned down in 15 minutes in 2019.
The founder of Celestial Seasonings, maker of the wildly popular Sleepytime Tea, is the leader of a New Age cult that believes we live on “Urantia” and that pale aliens named Adam and Eve came to Earth to “purify” the planet of the inferior races, including gigantic green and orange people. According to Urantia’s text, a half a million years ago six colored races existed on our planet – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo.
January is named after Pagan God Janus. He is deity of new beginnings and transitions. He is two faced. Older face is the year that has come to an end. Younger face is the New Year we look forward to.
Christmas celebrations were illegal in New England in parts of the 17th century, because the Puritans found no scriptural justification for celebrating it and associated the celebration with paganism and heavy drinking.
Triclavianism is the belief that three nails were used to crucify Jesus. The issue of whether three or four nails were used has been a matter for a centuries-old theological debate.
When Chicago radio station “The Loop” was replaced by a Christian music station. They signed off with Highway to Hell.
Michael Jones, one of the all-time greatest rugby players, was a devout Christian, and didn’t play on Sundays (which made him miss many World Cup matches). When asked how a religious person can be such a fierce tackler, he replied with a quote from the Bible: “It’s better to give than receive”.