After reading Urban Arcana for d20 Modern, I noticed something that I dismissed. It was the Church of Pelor. In Urban Arcana, the Church of Pelor has migrated from the world of Shadow to the Modern World of 21st Century America. However, I realized that it has become very, very important. The Church of Pelor is utterly appropriate for Urban Arcana.
Pelor is Greyhawk's Sun Deity. Ba'al is Earth's Sun Deity.
The Church of Ba'al is alive and well in Modern America. Every Christian in America has been duped into worshipping Ba'al. The Ba'alim, or Priests of Ba'al, have infiltrated the Christian Church in almost every aspect, and have now infiltrated the Church of Christ in America in all denominations and sects. Ba'al worship has replaced Christian Worship and the Priests of Ba'al do good in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ desires worship of the Most High during the Sabbath.
The true Christian Sabbath is the Lunar Sabbath, which in 2011 is on a Tuesday. Ba'al's Priests however has tricked the Christians into believing that Sunday, and Sunday only, is the Sabbath. They have tricked Christians into believing that since Christ rose on the Sabbath, and that the Sabbath is Sunday.
The Priests of Ba'al whisper good things into the ears of Christians. They proclaim them from oaken pulpits and tell the Christians that they can seek perfection. They tell the Christians that Pornography is a scourge and one must avoid it. They tell the Christians to rely on them for Salvation. They also tell the Christians that it's better to be spiritually prepared for the Second Coming of Christ than it is to be physically prepared.
These Priests of Ba'al have forbidden men and women to marry, they have given heed to seducing spirits, and the doctrines of devils. The priests of Ba'al speak lies in Hypocrisy, and have seared the consciences of Christians with a hot iron. Some of them command to abstain from meats, which was created to be received with thanksgiving of Christians.
Most Atheists have accused Christians of being hypocritical. The Atheists are right, when they are speaking about the priests of Ba'al. Most Christians, however, are in utter confusion. As a Christian myself, the worship of Ba'al is an abomination and must be stopped by Christians if we are to get the United States on Track. However, the priests of Ba'al infiltration into the Church is so complete that it will take a Divine Miracle to do just that.
So, who is Ba'al?
From Wikipedia (not the best source, but the one where you can copy text -- it comes in handy, actually):
Baʿal (Biblical Hebrew בעל, pronounced [ˈbaʕal], usually spelled Baal in English) is a Northwest Semitic title and honorific meaning "master" or "lord" that is used for various gods who were patrons of cities in the Levant andAsia Minor, cognate to Akkadian Bēlu. A Baalist or Baalite means a worshipper of Baal.
Ba'al is a title meaning "Master" or "Lord." The false god Ba'al is a canaanite deity from Tyr and Sidon. He is a Sun deity, meaning that the Ba'alim are sun worshippers. However, in Ancient Times, the children of Israel had begun worshipping Ba'al -- calling Yahweh "Ba'al" and offering sacrifices up to Ba'al instead of Yahweh. Eventually, during the reign of King Ahab, Yahweh sent Elijah to prove to the children of Israel that Ba'al was false and that He, Yahweh, was God.
The contest was over sacrifices. It was to see which God listened. The Priests of Ba'al would cry to Ba'al, they importune him, they would finally resort to self mutilation to prove themselves and gain Ba'al's attention. Through all this, Ba'al would not listen. After the Priests of Ba'al have let a lot of blood and exhausted themselves, it was Elijah's turn to call upon Yahweh.
Elijah then would have his bullock drenched with water and then he called upon Yahweh. Yahweh responded by sending "Fire from Heaven" which burned the sacrifice and licked up the water. The "Fire from Heaven" was an Interplanetary thunderbolt of plasma.
After the spectacular display, Elijah slew the priests of Ba'al and the Children of Israel had repented and started to call Yahweh by his rightful name -- YAHWEH and not "Lord." However, that wasn't the end of Ba'al worship. The Ba'alim went underground and infiltrated Judaism again.
After Yahweh came into his mortal form as Yahushua ben Joseph ben Judah and completed his mission, the Priests of Ba'al killed most of his apostles and infiltrated the Church. They've been stuck in the Church of Christ ever since. They have replaced Yahweh with Lord in the Holy Scriptures, and called Yahushua the Lord Jesus Christ -- giving Yahushua the name of another false deity -- Zeus (Iesous -- "HEY ZEUS!"). When the Christian Church was restored (as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), it was so that there would be a people prepared for Yahushua's return.
However, in the 20th Century, the Ba'alim have infiltrated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have wickedly subsumed the worship of the Christ with the worship of Ba'al. The infiltration is so complete that now Yahushua has to set aside a people from the people he set aside. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was never meant to be popular. The people were meant to be "special" and "peculiar" to the people of the world.
We were meant to be persecuted while we quietly gathered those who would listen so that they will be physically saved for the Second Coming. However, all of this has been undermined. In our zeal to be popular, we have allowed the Ba'alists to infiltrate the Church and takeover the Church. So, the takeover is so complete that we have broken mostly every commandment. We have coveted, we have taken the name of Christ in vain, we have crafted graven images and bowed down to worship them. We do not keep the Sabbath day holy. We have children who speak ill of their parents and fight their parents, we have committed Adultery as a body -- having left the Christ and sought other gods -- the god of Money (Mammon), the god of Popularity, the god of Fear, the goddess and god of Christmas, the goddess Eoster, and the gods of Hallowe'en.
When I found out about our sins, I was shocked! But yes, in our Zeal we have allowed ourselves to go to sleep and not notice the corruption that has taken place. Ba'al is the most worshipped deity in North America. He is worshipped mostly because of confusion of Ba'al over the Christ. However the Christ promised that one day the Ba'alim will be overthrown and that his people will call him Ishi -- or Husband, instead of Ba'al, or Lord.