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Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 13 Dec 2011

Why religious people refuse to believe in evolution

A very valid rant on why Creationists are wrong:

It also helps explain why religion is invalid and should be ridiculed by every intelligent human being.

Politics &Rationals Thomas on 13 Oct 2011

Are Atheists Really That Tainted?

Here’s a story that, in any other context, would defy belief – the American Cancer Society has turned down a $500,000 donation because it comes from atheists. There does not seem to be any other explanation for the behavior of the ACS:

Is Atheist Money Too Controversial for the American Cancer Society?

I’ll say this clearly, right up front: The American Cancer Society did not explicitly reject a massive donation offer from a non-theistic organization on the basis of it being a non-theistic organization.

That was not the stated reason given for rejecting a matching offer of $250,000 from the Foundation Beyond Belief and the Todd Stiefel Foundation to sponsor a national team in the upcoming Relay for Life. (An offer that, as a matching offer, was likely to bring in a total of half a million dollars for the American Cancer Society.) Nobody at the ACS has ever said, in words, “We don’t want our organization to be associated with atheists. It’s too controversial. We don’t want atheist money.” And when asked if this was the case, they have denied it.

It’s just difficult to reach any other conclusion. In the place of clear explanations, there has been an ongoing series of evasions, imprecisions, conflicting answers, moved goalposts, apathy, and even hostility…

It’s a fascinating story of the ACS turning down a $500,000 donation, apparently because the donation comes from atheists who want to be recognized for their good works. As the article points out:

And in case you’re thinking, “Why do those mean old atheists have to pick on the American Cancer Society? Why are they publicly embarrassing such a noble organization? Why do they have to make it all about them?” ask yourself this: If this were happening with any other organization — if it were a Jewish charitable foundation, an African-American one, an LGBT one, that had tried to give the American Cancer Society a $250,000 matching offer and had gotten shot down — would you be responding the same way? Would you be mad at the Jews, the African Americans, the queers, for calling attention to it? Or would you be writing enraged letters to the ACS, saying, “WTF? My aunt has cancer, I donate $500 a year to the American Cancer Society — and you’re turning down $500,000 because the money comes from a segment of society that some people don’t like?”

Are atheists really that tainted?

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 12 Sep 2011

Ads that Advocate the Abolition of Religion

In Australia they had a competition to make the best anti-religion ads:

From the description:

‘The Pitch’ is a segment on ABC TV’s ‘The Gruen Transfer’ where two ad companies compete to ‘sell the unsellable’. Past example of selling the unsellable include invading New Zealand, compulsory? euthanasia for the elderly, cosmetic surgery for children and introducing a parent licence.

This week, the two companies have to sell the idea of ‘banning all religion’.

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 07 Aug 2011

What religious delusion looks like in our world

Here is what religious delusion looks like in our world:

Polygamist leader walks out of sentencing hearing

A polygamist sect leader [Warren Jeffs, 55] convicted of child sexual assault walked out of his sentencing hearing in protest Friday, after reading a statement he claimed was from God. The statement promised a “whirlwind of judgment” on the world if God’s “humble servant” wasn’t set free.

Warren Jeffs is completely delusional, believing first that “God” exists, second that an imaginary “God” can write statements, and third that an imaginary “God” can cause a “whirlwind of judgment”.

Even more amazing, according to the article, is the fact that, “10,000 FLDS members nationwide see Jeffs as a prophet who is God’s spokesman on Earth.”

Clearly Jeffs and his followers have lost their minds.

But the fact is that Jeffs and his delusional followers are no different from any other religious practitioner. Anyone who believes in an imaginary “God” who “answers prayers” and routes people into “heaven” or “hell” is just as delusional. This video explains it:

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 22 Nov 2010

WHY IS YOUR GOD AWESOME?

Last week this video was posted to ask, “what’s with the trance-like swaying?“:

The lyrics of the song’s refrain are:

Our God(our God) is an awesome God
He reigns(He reigns) from heaven above
With wisdom(with wisdom) pow’r and love
our God is an awesome God

In the post this question appeared:

WHY IS YOUR GOD AWESOME?

HE LETS THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN STARVE EVERY DAY.

HE KILLS PEOPLE WITH HORRIBLE DISEASES.

HE STANDS BY AS CITIES ARE DESTROYED WITH HURRICANES AND TSUNAMIS

IF YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE, HE KILLED THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE (WHICH HE CREATED IN HIS OWN IMAGE) IN A FLOOD.

ACCORDING TO REVELATION HIS PLAN IS TO DESTROY THE ENTIRE PLANET

AND HE WON’T HEAL AMPUTEES!

WHAT IS AWESOME ABOUT THIS DEMON??????????

Good question Christians: why is your God awesome?

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 19 Nov 2010

Can anyone please explain what is happening in this video?

The raised arms… the swaying… the trance-like state of the audience. Does this happen in any other context?

Christianity &Islam &Politics &Science Thomas on 11 Nov 2010

Christians beat Middle School Student because of her name

What is it about Christianity (and religion in general) that causes such huge, senseless bigotry and violence?

Middle School Student Beaten Because of Her Name

FAST FACTS:
* 12-year-old girl at Hernando Middle School was attacked by fellow students.
* The attackers said the victim’s name, Randi, was a ‘boy name’.
* No charges were filed because police were not called.

(Hernando, MS 11/4/10) – A 12-year-old girl was beaten by fellow students at Hernando Middle School on Wednesday, ostensibly because of her masculine-sounding name.

Randi Foster is a four-foot-nine student who doesn’t go looking for trouble. But on Wednesday morning at school, she ran into plenty of it.

After a Fellowship of Christian Students meeting, four girls and a boy surrounded her.

“They started talking about me like I was a man, and like, stuff like that. That I shouldn’t be in this world. And my name was a boy name,” she said.

Foster described how these people attacked her.

“I was kicked in the rib. I was kicked in the leg. I was hit in the face. I was sat on top of and my face was jammed into the floor. I was thrown onto the cafeteria table. I was thrown in between the seats.”

Her mother, Meggan Foster, is appalled at the whole ordeal.

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Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics Thomas on 28 Sep 2010

Morons are morons – When you talk to someone who believes in God, generally they are morons. So when you test their knowledge of religion, they are morons too

Imagine you took a large, randomized group of Americans. Most of them are going to be religious. If you ask them about God and prayer and the Bible, they are going to come across as Morons. Every rational person – every atheist or agnostic – knows this. You ask a religious person, “Why would you believe in prayer when prayer accomplishes nothing?” The answer you get is moronic. You ask a religious person, “Why would you believe in the Bible when the Bible is filled with hate, misogyny, slavery, etc.?” The answer you get back is moronic. To believe in an imaginary god, you have to be a moron at some level.

So guess what happens if we give religious people a test on their religion? Yes, they come across as morons:

Don’t know much about religion? You’re not alone, study finds

Although the United States is one of the most religious developed countries in the world, most Americans scored 50 percent or less on a quiz measuring knowledge of the Bible, world religions and what the Constitution says about religion in public life.

The survey is full of surprising findings.

For example, it’s not evangelicals or Catholics who did best – it’s atheists and agnostics.

It’s not Bible-belt Southerners who scored highest – they came at the bottom.

Those who believe the Bible is the literal word of God did slightly worse than average, while those who say it is not the word of God scored slightly better.

Barely half of all Catholics know that when they take communion, the bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ, according to Catholic doctrine.

“Most Americans scored 50 percent or less on a quiz measuring knowledge of the Bible, world religions and what the Constitution says about religion in public life.” That’s exactly what you would expect from a bunch of morons, isn’t it?

Don’t believe CNN? What about Fox:

Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist.

Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths. In fact, the gaps in knowledge among some of the faithful may give new meaning to the term “blind faith.”

On Basic Religion Test, Many Doth Not Pass

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

They are deeply ignorant about religion because they HAVE to be ignorant in order to believe. No one who actually reads the Bible can help but be repulsed by it. No one who analyzes prayer can avoid the fact that the belief in prayer is pure superstition. Ignorance protects their faith.

But only a moron could stand to live a life filled with such ignorance.

Would you like to stop being a moron? Here are two sites that can help you:

Why won’t God heal amputees?

God is imaginary

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics Thomas on 11 Aug 2010

If you are religious, facts don’t matter

Simple facts, clearly presented:

The state of Norway

We would all be better off without religion. See also:

The war on brains

Facts simply do not matter to religious minds.

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Rationals Thomas on 22 Jun 2010

A chance to help, whether you are Atheist, Christian, Muslim or anything else

Here is a humanitarian crisis, and anyone can help:

Aid agencies launch Niger appeal

About seven million people – half of the country’s population – face food shortages after crop failures last year.

Aid organisations Oxfam and Save The Children say the situation is growing more critical by the day.

Their concern is shared by the UN, which says the crisis is of a magnitude not seen before.

Save the Children says 400,000 children under five are at risk of starvation.

- Oxfam International – “The name ‘Oxfam’ comes from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded in Britain in 1942.” (Rating)

- Save the Children – “Our mission is to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in need in the U.S. and around the world.” (Rating)

One online discussion about why God allows children to starve:

Why does an omnipotent God allow so many millions of innocent children to starve to death?

Another:

Why do so many children live in poverty?

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics Thomas on 17 Feb 2010

If humans really were intelligently designed…

…they would look like this:

Built to last

As shown in the article, the current design has a million flaws – exactly what you would expect from a random process.

Christianity &Politics Thomas on 18 Dec 2009

Chuck Norris asks: “What would have happened if Mother Mary had been covered by Obamacare?”

What if Mother Mary Had Obamacare? – by Chuck Norris

What would have happened if Mother Mary had been covered by Obamacare? What if that young, poor and uninsured teenage woman had been provided the federal funds (via Obamacare) and facilities (via Planned Parenthood, etc.) to avoid the ridicule, ostracizing, persecution and possible stoning because of her out-of-wedlock pregnancy? Imagine all the great souls who could have been erased from history and the influence of mankind if their parents had been as progressive as Washington’s wise men and women! Will Obamacare morph into Herodcare for the unborn?

Why would Mother Mary need to “avoid the ridicule, ostracizing, persecution and possible stoning because of her out-of-wedlock pregnancy?” Because of fundamentalists following Bible verses like this:

Deuteronomy 22:20-21 – “If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.”

If Mother Mary Had Obamacare, she would not face stoning and her child would have been born in a hospital instead of a barn.

Christianity &Politics Thomas on 18 Dec 2009

According to Rush Limbaugh, today’s snowstorm in Copenhagen came from God

Rush Limbaugh declared on his December 17 show: “In Copenhagen, it is a blizzard on loan from God, my friends. I always believe God has a sense of purpose and I always have believed that God has a sense of humor.”

The storm is described here: Blizzard Dumps Snow on Copenhagen as Leaders Battle Warming

So in the mind of this Christian, God looked down from heaven and adjusted the planet so that snow would fall at a specific place and time to send a message to world leaders.

Of course that same God would not want to look down on the planet and help the tens of thousands of children who will die of starvation today.

Why does Rush Limbaugh think that his God has a sense of purpose and a sense of humor, but not a sense of compassion or a sense of decency? Christians like this are disgusting.

Politics Thomas on 27 Nov 2009

The insanity of religion – Scientology edition

From the video description:

This is a promotional video used to amp people up on “clearing” the planet. Imagine a world run by Scientology. They admit how they fund frontgroups with money from the IAS.

The other side – a BBC report called “Scientology and me” that labels the cult “corrupt, sinister and denagerous”:

Time magazine has been covering Scientology’s insanity for decades:

Scientology : The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power

The Church of Scientology, started by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard to “clear” people of unhappiness, portrays itself as a religion. In reality the church is a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner. At times during the past decade, prosecutions against Scientology seemed to be curbing its menace. Eleven top Scientologists, including Hubbard’s wife, were sent to prison in the early 1980s for infiltrating, burglarizing and wiretapping more than 100 private and government agencies in attempts to block their investigations. In recent years hundreds of longtime Scientology adherents — many charging that they were mentally or physically abused — have quit the church and criticized it at their own risk. Some have sued the church and won; others have settled for amounts in excess of $500,000. In various cases judges have labeled the church “schizophrenic and paranoid” and “corrupt, sinister and dangerous.”

Yet the outrage and litigation have failed to squelch Scientology. The group, which boasts 700 centers in 65 countries, threatens to become more insidious and pervasive than ever. Scientology is trying to go mainstream, a strategy that has sparked a renewed law-enforcement campaign against the church. Many of the group’s followers have been accused of committing financial scams, while the church is busy attracting the unwary through a wide array of front groups in such businesses as publishing, consulting, health care and even remedial education.

Christianity &Politics Thomas on 02 Oct 2009

Science finds a fossil. Ray Comfort (representing Christianity in general) refutes it.

News of the fossil find:

Oldest “Human” Skeleton Refutes “Missing Link”

Scientists today announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor. The find reveals that our forebears underwent a previously unknown stage of evolution more than a million years before Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen that walked the Earth 3.2 million years ago.

Ray Comfort’s rebuttal:

Hot evolution news!

How does Ray know that this fossil is false?

They say Ardi is 4.4 million years old and you believe them. I don’t have that sort of faith. I need hard evidence, and I have it in Christianity. I know where we came from (on the highest Authority), I know why we are here and I know where I am going after death.

No one needs to misrepresent the findings of these learned Berkeley folks. No one needs to because they don’t have any empirical evidence.

What causes Ray Comfort (representing Christianity in general) to disbelieve the “4.4 million years old” estimate? He says, “because they don’t have any empirical evidence.” Has he looked at the evidence?

How does Ray Comfort (representing Christianity in general) decide when to keep and when to discard scientific evidence? Does he believe that the bones do exist but are dated incorrectly? If so, why does he believe the bones exist? What evidence would he accept related to dating? Or does he believe that the earth is as old as the Bible says, making 4.4 million years in age an impossibility?

What other parts of science does Ray Comfort (representing Christianity in general) reject whole cloth? Why? Why does Ray Comfort (representing Christianity in general) accept other parts of science (for example, the parts that produce microwave ovens and Internet connections and automobiles) without question?

Why can’t Ray Comfort (representing Christianity in general) see that all of science interconnects? So the part that produces microwave ovens also detects microwave background radiation and therefore, with other interconnecting branches of science, establishes things like the age of the universe and the age of bones?

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