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Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2009



Christianity Thomas on 30 Sep 2009

Was Jesus a myth?

Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries debate “Was Jesus a Myth?”

Second half

Christianity &Islam Thomas on 29 Sep 2009

Richard Dawkins on evolution

More Americans believe in angels than in evolution—and Richard Dawkins isn’t going to take it anymore

Creationists are deeply enamored of the fossil record, because they have been taught (by each other) to repeat, over and over, the mantra that it is full of “gaps”: “Show me your ‘intermediates!’ ” They fondly (very fondly) imagine that these “gaps” are an embarrassment to evolutionists. Actually, we are lucky to have any fossils at all, let alone the massive numbers that we now do have to document evolutionary history—large numbers of which, by any standards, constitute beautiful “intermediates.” We don’t need fossils in order to demonstrate that evolution is a fact. The evidence for evolution would be entirely secure even if not a single corpse had ever fossilized. It is a bonus that we do actually have rich seams of fossils to mine, and more are discovered every day. The fossil evidence for evolution in many major animal groups is wonderfully strong. Nevertheless there are, of course, gaps, and creationists love them obsessively.

The article is a good introduction to evolutionary evidence.

Christianity &Islam Thomas on 25 Sep 2009

How to talk to complete idiots

“Three basic options. Choose wisely, lest you go totally insane”:

How to talk to complete idiots

You may, for instance, attempt to explain evolution to an extreme fundamentalist Christian. You may offer up carbon dating, the fossil record, glaciers, any one of 10,000 irrefutable proofs. You may even dare to talk about the Bible as the clever, completely manufactured, man-made piece of heavily politicized, massively edited, literary myth-making it so very much is, using all sorts of sound academic evidence and historical record.

You are, of course, insane beyond belief to try this, but sometimes you just can’t help it. To the educated mind, it seems inconceivable that millions of people will choose rabid ignorance and childish fantasy over, say, a polar bear. Permafrost. Rocks. Nag Hammadi. But they will, and they do. Faced with this mountain of factual obviousness, the bewildered fundamentalist will merely leap back as if you just jabbed him with a flaming homosexual cattle prod, and then fall into a swoon about how neat it is that angels can fly.

Christianity Thomas on 23 Sep 2009

Most Christians are bigots

The definition of bigot:

a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

Here is what the bigotry looks like in our world:

Why are Christians afraid of Atheists?

This Christian fear became VERY evident to me in the past month. I was in a meeting with a man I was considering joining in a business partnership. He believed I was a Christian as he openly explained that he would only do business with fellow Christians. He said that anyone who didn’t believe in God couldn’t be trusted. There is nothing quite like being inadvertently insulted to your face. Since I don’t like partnering with openly bigoted people, I didn’t join with him in the business venture.

Now just a few days ago I was in another meeting with a group trying to convince me to join their business network. They sent me their business agreement form containing core values and legal information. What surprised me is their core values openly spoke about the God of the Bible as the foundation of their “Christ-like” values. By signing the document, I was being required to believe in their version of God or I wasn’t welcome as a business vendor. Only in America would this ever happen.

Actually, this is a common feature of religion in general.

Christianity &Science Thomas on 22 Sep 2009

The effort to debunk the theory of evolution

For Darwin’s “Origin of Species” 150th Anniversary, Christians take action. “There is only one way to change the heart of a nation…”

On November 21, 2009, the world will celebrate the 150th year since the publication of Charles Darwin’s book “Origin of Species”. When my friend Ray Comfort heard about this, and that the book was public domain, he actually wrote a 50-page introduction to the book which gives a history of evolution, a time line of Darwin’s life, Adolf Hitler’s undeniable connection with the theory, Darwin’t racism, his disdain for women, Darwin’s thoughts on the existance of God, and put them in the book. He also lists the theory’s many hoaxes…

See also – “Using Common Sense to Debunk Evolution”:

Meanwhile, reality keeps plugging away:

More ‘Evidence’ of Intelligent Design Shot Down by Science

Islam Thomas on 21 Sep 2009

The truth about Islam

Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks about Islam:

“Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a black Muslim-raised Somali woman does not believe Islam should be beyond criticism for its mistreatment of Islamic women and ongoing global jihad against the non-Muslim world.”

Christianity Thomas on 18 Sep 2009

Evangelical religion = insanity

Frank Schaeffer, the author of the book, “Crazy for God” speaks out:

The larger point this brings up is that the mainstream not just media but culture doesn’t sufficiently take stock of the fact that within our culture we have a subculture that is literally a fifth column of insanity. That is bred from birth through homeschool, Christian school, evangelical college, whatever to reject facts as a matter of faith.

“We have a village idiot in this country. It is called fundamentalist Christianity.”

Much more in the video.

Strangely, at 1:45 Frank Schaeffer admits that he is a church-going Christian. Why can’t he see that his belief is merely a milder form of the insanity?

Christianity Thomas on 17 Sep 2009

Why won’t God heal swine flu?

The rituals at churches and mosques make for perfect conditions to transmit swine flu:

Houses Of Worship Open Doors To Swine Flu

Through the eyes of the H1N1 virus, a Catholic church is a playground. The font of holy water near the church entrance is a great place for the virus to leap from one person to another.

The passing of the peace, during which parishioners shake hands, is yet another favorite place for the virus.

And then there’s Communion: The priest puts the host, or wafer, on a parishioner’s tongue or into the person’s hand, and then does the same for the next person. Often, he then serves wine from a common cup. It’s wiped clean each time, but that’s no guarantee it’s virus-free.

Why not pray to God and ask him to eliminate the virus?

Christianity Thomas on 15 Sep 2009

How religious delusion affects real life

Footage from the September 12, 2009 Tea Party in Washington DC. Note the amount of religion in this video:

From the video description:

On 9.12.2009, we went to Washington DC to document the Tea Party protests against, well, a lot of things, including health insurance reform, the IRS, abortion, global warming, and our “socialist/communist/fascist/Nazi/Muslim ” president, Barack Obama. Some of them called for a return to McCarthyism, while others called for Glenn Beck to run for office–indeed, it seemed the only thing that everyone agreed on was Fox News.

Christianity Thomas on 14 Sep 2009

Sad – evolution movie can’t be shown in U.S.

Shocking. Sad. Pathetic:

Charles Darwin film ‘too controversial for religious America’

Creation, starring Paul Bettany, details Darwin’s “struggle between faith and reason” as he wrote On The Origin of Species. It depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his beloved 10-year-old daughter, Annie.

The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.

However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.

Christianity Thomas on 10 Sep 2009

How can devoutly Christian, family-value Republicans be so scummy?

There is something extremely strange going on with Christian republicans right now:

OC Assemblyman In Bed With Lobbyist . . . No, Literally In Bed

This is how he was perceived yesterday:

Earlier this year, the man [Duvall] who never graduated from high school received “100 percent” approval scores ?by the California Republican Assembly, the state’s leading conservative outfit, and the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), a fierce guardian of traditional family values.?

“Assemblyman Duvall has been a consistent trooper for the conservative causes,” CRI president Karen England announced in March. “For the last two years, he has voted time and time again to protect and preserve family values in California. We are grateful for his support of California? families.’”

And Today:

“She wears little eye-patch underwear,” said Duvall [speaking unknowingly near a hot microphone], who is married with two children. “So, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And? so, we had made love Wednesday–a lot! And so she’ll, she’s all, ‘I am going ?up and down the stairs, and you’re dripping out of me!’ So messy!”

That line may quickly become part of colorful Sacramento political lore. In the meantime, it leads me to a question: Can someone please buy the assemblyman a box of condoms??

Duvall–who was twice a president of the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce, served two terms as mayor of Yorba Linda before entering the assembly in? 2006, and is the owner of an insurance agency–continues his tale: “So, I am getting into spanking her. Yeah, I like it. I like spanking her. She goes, ‘I know you like spanking me.’ I said, ‘Yeah! Because you’re such a bad girl!’”

He resigned the same day: Duvall Resigns After Sex Bragging

Sanford, Ensign, Coburn, Christie, McDonnell, Pickering… What is going on?

Christianity Thomas on 08 Sep 2009

Religion growing in Israeli Military

The rise of Israel’s military rabbis

Israel’s army is changing. Once proudly secular, its combat units are now filling with those who believe Israel’s wars are “God’s wars”.

Military rabbis are becoming more powerful. Trained in warfare as well as religion, new army regulations mean they are now part of a military elite.

Perhaps it explains this:

Israel has officially approved the construction of more than 450 new homes in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli defence ministry has announced

This is the first new government-approved construction project in the West Bank since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to power in March.

It comes despite US pressure to halt settlement building.

A senior Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said the move “nullified” the effect of any future building freeze.

Christianity Thomas on 03 Sep 2009

Christians admit the Bible is wrong

The Bible’s bad bits: silent women, mass murder and a weary concubine

Biblical verses apparently endorsing sexism, genocide and the slaughter of sorceresses have been identified by readers of a Christian website as the least endearing parts of the holy book.