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Saerain's Avatar Comment 1 by Saerain

Frankly, I have a lot of difficulty taking seriously, or having a positive opinion of, anyone who uses a term like 'real man' unless it is in contrast to a cardboard cutout of man.

Every time I've seen or heard 'real men' spoken of with sincerity, it has been a part of a profoundly ignorant sentiment that inevitably leaves me embarrassed to be of the same gender.

Besides, everyone knows that real men wear skirts.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 03:52:00 UTC | #437321

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 2 by Bernard Hurley

Comment #456870 by Saerain

Besides, everyone knows that real men wear skirts.

You're thinking of real Scotsmen.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 03:54:00 UTC | #437324

Irat's Avatar Comment 3 by Irat

"You're thinking of real Scotsmen."

Everybody knows there are no real Scotsmen.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 03:56:00 UTC | #437326

Saerain's Avatar Comment 4 by Saerain

All true Scotsmen know there are no true Scotsmen.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 03:57:00 UTC | #437327

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 5 by Bernard Hurley

Men don't want to feel brainwashed by reciting words that they don't believe

Who would have thought it?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 03:59:00 UTC | #437328

retep57's Avatar Comment 6 by retep57

"How would it go down to decorate with swords, or pictures of knights, or flaming torches?"

And that would be progress - how?
Let us leave the inquisition, burnings and crusades behind us.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 04:08:00 UTC | #437330

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 7 by Bernard Hurley

The charity, which also recommends subjects as "pornography" are discussed in church men's groups

Doesn't this already happen? Way back in the 60's I had to attend lessons on Friday evenings on Catholicism because I didn't have the privilege of attending a religious school. The priest who gave the lessons, "wee Lochie" was our nickname for him, spent an inordinate amount of time talking about pornography and the evils thereof. Looking back, for someone who had never, ever, ever, ever indulged himself in same, he had an extensive knowledge of the subject.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 04:10:00 UTC | #437332

Rodger T's Avatar Comment 8 by Rodger T

Perhaps "real"men don`t go to church cos` they think it`s a crock of shit?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 04:13:00 UTC | #437333

Carl Sai Baba's Avatar Comment 9 by Carl Sai Baba

Hell, why not go all the way and have topless churches? That would certainly raise the male membership.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 04:22:00 UTC | #437336

InYourFaceNewYorker's Avatar Comment 10 by InYourFaceNewYorker

I have actually wondered if this is why there are (or so it seems) many more male atheists than female.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 04:35:00 UTC | #437339

Fall's Profit's Avatar Comment 11 by Fall's Profit

Holy shit, this is the greatest article ever. "Coffee wench, bring me a beer and my sword!"

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 05:05:00 UTC | #437349

InYourFaceNewYorker's Avatar Comment 12 by InYourFaceNewYorker

Valden, I am also a non-penis carrier.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 05:14:00 UTC | #437351

JSW's Avatar Comment 13 by JSW

But what about the synthetic men? Won't somebody please think of the robots?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 05:45:00 UTC | #437354

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 14 by Bernard Hurley

So they think tea ladies are going to get me going to church? -- What about a few steamy whores? Then youl'd be talking business!

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 05:54:00 UTC | #437357

Philster61's Avatar Comment 15 by Philster61

I feel much more manly after reading this. I need to man bond with a fellow male. Anybody care to break wind?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:22:00 UTC | #437365

DanDare's Avatar Comment 16 by DanDare

Real men don't like queueing for coffee. Answer, the girlies can carry the fucking coffee to the men!

Jebus H Chrackers! What about the real men getting in and serving their fellow parishioners?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:25:00 UTC | #437366

glenister_m's Avatar Comment 18 by glenister_m

RE:. Comment #456885 by RightWingAtheist

I was going to suggest more sultry nun's outfits, at least for the attractive ones (What is that saying about nothing is a greater waste than an attractive nun?), but I like your thinking.

It does remind me of Star Trek - TNG (or rather the sexually-obsessed generation), with the Betazoid nude weddings, which would be another interesting idea for the bridal party at least.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:26:00 UTC | #437368

Rodger T's Avatar Comment 17 by Rodger T

Hell, why not go all the way and have topless churches? That would certainly raise the male membership.

How about nude churches? All those dried arrangements may attract some poor deluded souls.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:26:00 UTC | #437367

Alovrin's Avatar Comment 19 by Alovrin

These include redesigning the interiors of church buildings to make men feel more at home......blah blah blah.... decorate with swords, or pictures of knights, or flaming torches?"

Wow looks like the attack of stupid are pulling out all the stops in jolly old England. Cranmer(or the plonker who likes to be called Your Grace) & Gledhill.
Should you guys be worried?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:47:00 UTC | #437370

Saerain's Avatar Comment 20 by Saerain

How can we fit guns, dogs and trucks into this, as well?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:51:00 UTC | #437371

g-21-lto's Avatar Comment 21 by g-21-lto

Sure, we've kept our leadership predominately male and our theology predominately misogynistic all these centuries. But now you ladies and your lady-decorations have run all the testosterone out of the church. So go bring us some coffee, and smile while you're at it!!

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 07:04:00 UTC | #437373

Enlightenme..'s Avatar Comment 22 by Enlightenme..

"The charity wants vicars to erect big screens above the pulpit during this summer’s World Cup in South Africa and even serve beer during games."

Fool me once and shame on.. um shame on you, fool me.. you can't get fooled again.

This is from the onion again, isn't it?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 07:37:00 UTC | #437378

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Comment 23 by Jos Gibbons

When I read what little the front page of had to say about this article, I didn't know whether this was a finding by the church's fans or detractors, but I was really hoping the former, if only because I don't want to see churches adopting swords, or ... Oh dear, they really are thinking of trying those things. What's really weird is that they seem unaware they've been here before. Just quote some evil Bible verses. What Jesus said about swords is an option. Of course, they'd better not, or they will literally be going back to the Middle ages. Why are they even considering that prospect?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 07:48:00 UTC | #437380

flying goose's Avatar Comment 24 by flying goose

Its always been the case that women outnumber the men in church, even during the roman period this was so.

The sociologist Callum Brown has argued that this is why the churches have experienced such a decline in recent decades. During the 1960's women became empowered in ways unheard of before, and the male hierarchies of the churches attacked these new freedoms. Result; Women voted with their feet. Churches emptied.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 07:50:00 UTC | #437382

InYourFaceNewYorker's Avatar Comment 25 by InYourFaceNewYorker

And so it comes back to this: Why are women more likely to be religious?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 07:59:00 UTC | #437384

Flapjack's Avatar Comment 26 by Flapjack

I'm with Saerain on this, I hate the term "Real men" because it implies that gay men or metrosexual men are counterfeit men somehow, like we're made out of paper mache or wool.
It's a phrase used by the type of guy who thinks Jim Davidson is funny and that being a boorish wife abusing, beer swilling, football chanting philistine is the proof of your manhood rather than say a pair of testicles.
As for why the church hasn't already adopted this, it's hard to say, as the sexism and homophobia in the clergy is already well catered for, so what's with the guys in frocks?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:01:00 UTC | #437385

The Truth, the light's Avatar Comment 27 by The Truth, the light

Let's introduce a half time intermission where scantily clad women dance down the isles.

Also I think changing communion to include a tankard of beer would definitely help.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:06:00 UTC | #437386

jamiso's Avatar Comment 28 by jamiso

How about just drop that limp wrist jesus fella and just start worshiping Mithra again...I mean, while we're at it.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:26:00 UTC | #437390

MattHunX's Avatar Comment 29 by MattHunX

"How would it go down to decorate with swords, or pictures of knights, or flaming torches?"

LOL...I might actually go into a church for on my own for the first time. I wonder what the children would think though. They'd be scared of the place. As if some aren't scared now...

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:32:00 UTC | #437391

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 30 by Stafford Gordon

RIGHT WING ATHEIST: "Raise the male membership."


Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:38:00 UTC | #437396