Part 3 of an ongoing series by M.E. Anders. Enjoy!
“100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”
Here’s Maryam Namazie’s answer to that question.
In reading about the account of an autistic boy who went missing (and was found 6 days later) in Virgina, I came across this little gem of a quote from Hanover County Sheriff David Hines:
There were sometimes that you just had to reach down and find that faith that you were going to find him. Whether it’s appropriate or not for everyone, there is a God. He listens to prayers, and prayers were answered,” he said.
Nice. What eats the lining out of my stomach is that time and again, reporters let people get away with this without offering the slightest challenge. If someone makes an “on the record” comment to a reporter, that comment is fair game to be scrutinized and questioned. Isn’t that what is supposed to happen? Isn’t that what reporters are supposed to do?
When the circumstances were such that the boy could have been lost, where was the miraculous intervention to prevent it from happening in the first place? Where the fuck was “God” THEN?! Taking a nap? Getting laid? Playing poker?
This completely supports what I’ve said all along…the faithful cannot be bothered with facts and even if they KNOW something would discredit their beliefs, they’ll still cling on to their superstition. It’s never about the truth when it comes to religious belief.
Who or what really determines what is good? Mr. Deity has his opinion…
I was on another blog and read a few comments from a Christian apologist that just ate the lining out of my stomach. It’s the height of arrogance to claim that you and a select few have the one and true understanding of holy scripture or the intent of the almighty. My response to this kind of idiocy:
I find it fascinating that one must study and study and then study some more in order to understand what your deity really meant or if indeed the scribblings of some barbaric Bronze Age nomads were really inspired by said deity.
Let’s be real. What kind of well-intentioned god would put forth such a collection of literature that is so confusing as to cause well over a thousand years of agonizing disagreement and dissension amongst even the most intelligent and lettered of men? What kind of loving being would mind-fuck generations of humankind in such a manner? When one considers the numbers of innocents that have been barbarically murdered over the centuries over differing interpretations of this book, the seriousness of the situation cannot be lightly dismissed.
If your god was intent on even the most lowly and uneducated amongst us being able to find a path to their creator, this god would have ensured that it was a path that is clear to ALL of his creation and not open to countless interpretations or manipulation. If you believe otherwise, you are (by default), stating that your deity is, in fact in favor of a special and elevated group of individuals (such as yourself and your favorite authors)who can and should control others faith by virtue of their special understanding of this god and his “inspired” word. Certainly, a clear and unambiguous understanding of this being should not be the purview of a few intellectual elites.
A “holy” and “god inspired” book that requires countless other books and self-appointed experts to explain what should be a simple, concise and clear message is not the work of a beneficent and all-knowing/powerful deity. It is the work of an incompetent entity, an evil entity or of humans. My money’s on humans.
The video I’ve posted below one of the more hilarious YouTube videos to have sprung from the never-ending evolution vs. creation battle.
For those who don’t recognize who is being spoofed…look at the photo above, click on it and check out his channel. It’s Nephilimfree, a young earth creationist who is known for his outrageous lies, bizarre behavior, litigious posturing and overall asshattery.
Courtesy of TruthSurge
Can you imagine a world in which ALL the religious behaved as if they believed all the crazy shit they claim to?
The Thinking Atheist gives us a small taste of what that might be like.
To date, one of the best atheist videos on morality I have seen on Youtube.
The recent Supreme Court (McDonald vs. City of Chicago) decision has inspired a rash of lawsuits challenging gun control laws around the nation. Some of them are laws prohibiting the concealed carry of weapons in places of worship. Some of them are being overturned. Other laws have been proactively introduced by state lawmakers specifically to allow concealed carry in places of worship.
What’s going on here? Several highly publicized church shootings over the last several years seem to have provided the impetus for most of this litigious activity. To be honest, I don’t blame them and I don’t have an issue with them providing for their own protection.
First of all, I’m a strong supporter of our second amendment right to defend ourselves. No, I don’t care much for the NRA, but that’s another issue which I’ve already covered in another post.
Also, if there ever was a group that needed protection from some of their own kind, it’s the fundamentalists. I can’t help but think that there has to be a higher level of untreated mental illness in that demographic, rejecting modern mental health treatments as they do in favor of useless panaceas such as prayer. Let’s face it, these places of magic and woo carry a strong attraction for a large percentage of the mentally ill and socially dysfunctional.
In addition, there’s been a growth of super churches in the last decade and whenever you get a large group of folks together, you’re just going to have problems, some of them serious. It’s inevitable.
While I don’t have a problem with Christians doing what they can to keep their congregations from whacking their pastors and each other, I do have a problem with the hypocrisy and irony of it all.
To those who criticize church concealed carry laws, I say that a better argument is to be made by criticizing the fact that Christians don’t even have faith in their god to keep the peace in his own house one day out of the week for even a few hours. How pathetic is that?
So, anyway, I need to know…what would Jesus shoot?
The Vatican isn’t going to let well enough alone. I thought they’d had their say about the Belgian police raids and investigation, but, no…they continue to press the issue and whine like the privileged bitches they are.
The words being bandied about now by the Catholics are “serious and unbelievable” and “astonishment”. In my post yesterday, I pointed out the discrepancy between the Vatican reaction to untold thousands (maybe millions) of children being raped and a few priests being inconvenienced for a few hours.
Today, I’m looking at one comment made by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, let me refresh your memory. He’s the Catholic cleric who recently claimed that gays were to blame for pedophilia:
“…that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true! That is the problem.”
Yes, this is THAT Cardinal Bertone.
In regards to the recent anti-boy-buggery campaign in Belgium, Bertone states, “there are no precedents, not even under the old communist regimes”.
I haven’t been doing a lot of digging in regards to media reaction to this comment, but there’s bound to be others like myself who read that remark and just laughed.
Bertone is either stupid or he’s lying and I’m inclined to think it’s the latter. History has given me every reason to believe that the good Cardinal – like so many others from his clique – is intimately familiar with the Catholic variation of Hitler’s “Big Lie” strategy and that this is just another implementation of it. Those with an education in, or understanding of the history of the Soviet Empire need to expose the Cardinals comment for what it is: complete and utter bullshit.
Under the Soviet boot, oppression permeated every aspect of clerical life, especially countries like East Germany, but to varying degrees, difficulty was part of every Christian cleric’s lives throughout the Soviet bloc. In general, unless you cooperated with the secret police organs, Soviet bloc countries were not good places to be a Christian cleric, so… cooperate the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches did. For the most part, they served as organs of the State and depending on the country, were employed to some degree or another by the State, either officially or unofficially. Promotions and assignments depended quite frequently on a cleric’s willingness to cooperate with the regime and inform on others.
Of course police raids and detentions were not a part of everyday life for the cleric living under Soviet rule. They did happen, but for the most part, they occurred as the communists were consolidating their power after WW II. Once their hold on power was absolute, there was no need for raids or detentions on a regular basis because the clergy were already under communist control.
For Bertone to cast the legally and morally justified acts of the Belgian police in a negative light as compared to the pervasive subjugation under the communists of the last century is absurd and is a strawman argument of the highest order.
What does a distortion of this magnitude say about the Catholic Church? It shows that they will say and do anything in order to keep their hold on power.
They will not go quietly into the night. When backed into a corner, just like Islam, Catholicism relies on the old standby, the “persecuted victim defense” in order to gain influence amongst those who have a predilection for supporting the underdog.
The Catholics are no underdogs, and rewriting history won’t erase their crimes.
Remember my post from June 15th? *Video* Nutsoid Christian ninja nabbed in Pakistan?
Well, he’s back in the U.S., and it seems that wackiness definitely runs in the Faulkner family. If you thought his brother was “out there” and full of himself, wait til you get a load of Gary.
This guy should run with Palin in 2012. He’d be the brains of the team.
I challenge you to not rip off your ears or tear out your eyes while watching this video. Enjoy!!!
P.S. The first 2-3 minutes are fairly boring…skip ahead 3 minutes or so and you won’t have missed much.
I’m not referring to sodomy, sorry to disappoint.
Nope, I’m talking about those wacky fundamentalists who are always wanting to have their cake and eat it, too.
Latest example: the fine Republican politicians of Louisiana who are currently “seeking the brightest minds in science and engineering to help” in regards to the giant fuck fest that is the BP oil disaster. Of course, these are the very same folks who have pushed for weakening science education in Louisiana public schools.
The irony of this request wasn’t lost on Charles Kincade, columnist for the Shreveport Times:
…And Jindal’s educational policy handicaps future generations’ ability to deal with inevitable future crises.” He concludes, “unless the anti-science policies of Jindal, Vitter, et al[.] are corrected, and soon, future generations will be unable to function in the modern world…
You can read more about it on the NCSE website HERE.
What really eats the lining out of my stomach is these folks are willing to reap the benefits of science but they aren’t willing to admit that when they push for inserting religion into science classes they are injuring the economy and putting our national security at risk. If these folks are so opposed to science, maybe we should establish science and technology free zones in this country and ship all of these asshats off to live there.
I bet a good number of them would come around after a few days.
This September join dprjones of YouTube and thousands of others from the secular and atheist community in the 24 hour Blogtv event to support Medecins Sans Frontieres (also known as Doctors without Borders).
MSF are a secular group, founded in 1971 and are devoted to providing medical aid to those in need worldwide. If there’s a natural or man-made disaster somewhere n the world, chances are MSF volunteers are in the thick of it. Oftentimes they are the first on scene in remote areas. They literally risk life and limb to go to dangerous places and help complete strangers.
$32,000 was raised last year and this years they hope to raise at least $75,000.
Please give the video a watch and pass it on to others and if you can…please give.
Postscript: There is a YouTube user who has flagged the above video and is trying to get it banned as he is opposed to the secularist and freethinking point of view. Here is the link to the video dprjones released in regards to that threat.
The Taliban are the most extreme example of what happens when church and state become one, yet, we have fundamentalist Christian Taliban hard at work to create a theocracy here in the United States while our soldiers die fighting to prevent that horror from happening again in another land.
It enrages me to know that there are SOBs back here in the States trying to undermine everything that our men and women in Afghanistan are dying for.
In case you need a reminder of the sacrifices being made…
vjack explores the idea of worship as a form of self-love. This one’s really got me thinking. Read it. Do it now. Click here.
and others who would usurp the United States Constitution.
It’s time for religion’s special status in this secular republic to end. They are nothing more than businesses selling pipe dreams. They take much from the public, yet produce nothing of value that couldn’t be or hasn’t been produced by secular entities.
Ironically, it is quite often the religious who preach loudly about subjects such as patriotism and sacrifice for our nation. I say it’s time for them to put their money where their mouths are, especially in this time of great financial need.
Let the pricks start paying their own way.
For more on this story, check The Friendly Atheist.
What does the IRS have to say about clergymen who cross the church-state line? Check it out HERE.
On May 20th, 2010, millions of Muslims worldwide cried out like infantile idiots over scribblings that were not in any way directed at them, but at an idea that is anathema to those who cherish freedom; the idea that religion is off-limits to criticism and that those who dare to criticize it should be silenced or killed.
It’s guaranteed that most Muslims came away from the day’s events with nothing but an increased hatred for the West and contempt for democratic institutions. It doesn’t matter, that was a done deal anyway. The coalescing of the Islamic world into a definitive, destructive force against the West is a process that was begun 14 centuries ago and was only briefly interrupted by the Crusades and then later, by European & Soviet colonialism.
If we didn’t convince the Muslim community that we were right, then what was the purpose of all of this? What was the point?
As with the “Don’t believe in God?” billboards, this was a way for so many of us to let others in our community know that they are not alone. We’re in this struggle together. That’s the point.
Together we sent out a message to those who would rely on violence to force their way of life on us: