Monthly ArchiveJanuary 2010
Christianity Thomas on 29 Jan 2010
Islam Thomas on 29 Jan 2010
Breathe deeply of the insanity, as reported by Reuters:
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has a black goat slaughtered at his house almost every day to ward off “evil eyes” and protect him from “black magic,” a newspaper reported Wednesday.
A spokesman for the president told the Dawn newspaper the goats were slaughtered as an act of Sadaqah — meaning “voluntary charity” in Islam whereby one gives out money or the meat of a slaughtered animal to the poor to win Allah’s blessing and stave off misfortune.
“It has been an old practice of Mr Zardari to offer Sadaqah. He has been doing this for a long time,” the spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, told the paper.
Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim country where many of the well-off offer Sadaqah.
The logic: “If I kill this animal, I will win Allah’s blessing and stave off misfortune.” Makes perfect sense, if you are insane.
Actually she is now an ex-Christian, looking back at her days as a Christian and apologizing to humanity for her words and deeds as a Christian:
This apology should be read by every Christian and Muslim. It perfectly summarizes the vast problems with Christianity, and the reasons why Christianity (as well as all flavors of the Islamic faith) must die.
Christianity Thomas on 28 Jan 2010
If any “normal” person did this, it would be considered insanity, but when a religious person does it, it is considered normal:
The late Pope John Paul II, who has been put on the fast track to sainthood by the Vatican, regularly whipped himself as an act of penance to feel closer to God…
“In his wardrobe, among his vestments, there hung on a clothes hanger a special belt for trousers which he used as a whip,” Monsignor Oder says. He said self flagellation was “an instrument of Christian perfection” emulating the sufferings of Jesus Christ.
Imagine a corporate CEO admitting to this. He would be immediately dismissed. But the pope can get away with insanity like this because religion is already a form of insanity. Whipping yourself is just an extra cherry of insanity on top of a giant insanity sundae.
Another example of papal insanity:
As the video points out, Christians are delusional. How does the delusion affect Christians in their everyday lives? Here is one example:
If accepted by Congress, the Obama proposals could force significant changes in how the nation’s biggest banks do business. The specter of new profit-crimping regulation battered bank stocks Thursday, dragging down the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 213.27 points, or 2%, to 10389.88. Some financial stocks sank by more than 5%, though they recovered slightly after Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said the new rules would take effect over three to five years, not immediately. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s stock was the hardest hit, sinking 6.6%.
The concept that the Wall Street Journal is espousing in the article is simple: What Obama says and does has immediate, dramatic impacts on the market; there is a direct cause-effect relationship between Obama and the stock market.
The problem is that, as soon as you accept that concept, then you have to explain this graph showing the dramatic rise in the stock market in 2009:
If Obama is to blame for the drop in the stock market last week, then he is also to blame for the 10-month rise, is he not?
When questioned about this, the WSJ would surely say, “There are other explanations for the rise in the stock market over the last year – Obama had nothing to do with those stock market increases.” In other words, Obama is the direct cause of all stock market drops, but none of its increases.
What does this remind you of? It is just like the Christian belief that God causes all blessings, but none of the disasters. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow”, and all that.
Both of these beliefs – 1) that God causes all (and only) blessings, and 2) that Obama causes all (and only) stock market drops – are completely delusional. No rational person would tolerate such cognitive dissonance in his or her thinking. But for Christians, because they are delusional to begin with, such dissonance is easy to accept. They embrace massive dissonance every single day in order to be Christians.
Daniel Dennett puts it this way in Problem of evil and religion’s double standard:
The idea that God is a worthy recipient of our gratitude for the blessings of life but should not be held accountable for the disasters is a transparently disingenuous innovation of the theologians.
Religion is delusion. That delusion has a negative impact on the thinking of all religious adherents because it encourages them to be delusional in other parts of their lives as well.
One of the questions answered: What is the meaning of life?
Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.
Christianity Thomas on 25 Jan 2010
Jesus taught his followers to love one another and give to the poor. You can see how modern-day Christians – for example, a Republican candidate for governor in South Carolina – interpret these Christian ideals in this article:
The hypocrisy of Christians is stunning. More details:
In many parts of the world today there are people performing “miracles” for money. Here’s how they do it, and the effect they can have on ignorant villagers:
Two documents that help you understand atheism:
Plus an audio introduction to ethics:
The humanist chaplain at Harvard preaches on living an ethical life without belief in God as the underpinning. His new book explores why people manage to do good without belief in a deity. Guests * Greg Epstein: Author of “Good Without God.” He’s the humanist chaplain for Harvard University.
This video explains how evolution created human beings:
“Based on simple rules and feedback, from which complexity spontaneously emerges.”
Christianity Thomas on 18 Jan 2010
A documentary on the Mormon hatred of homosexuality. Choice quotes from Mormons:
“We know the voice of the Lord”
“It would be better to be dead than to be a homosexual”
“There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us”
Christianity Thomas on 14 Jan 2010
Sarah Palin talks about her relationship with “God”:
There is nothing more important in my life than my relationship with God and my faith and in this past year especially — past year and a half — I have been so driven to my knees to pray for His guidance, for His wisdom, for His grace and for His Strength. And I’m never going to tell anybody else how to live, I’m never going to preach to anybody else and tell them you must do that. But I sure would like to see more Americans give it a try and seek the guidance that our Founding Fathers sought and were able to [then] craft documents that allowed America to become the greatest, strongest, healthiest, most prosperous nation on earth.
If Sarah Palin has an omniscient God’s guidance, why is she so stupid? Should not her omniscient benefactor fill her with wisdom and truth so that each word from her mouth leaves listeners dumbfounded by her brilliance? Should she not have the right and transcendent answer to every question, and an outstanding solution to every problem?
She is also woefully misinformed – America is not the “healthiest, most prosperous nation on earth”. Anyone who can read statistics knows that. America’s infant mortality rate is 3 times higher than Japan’s. The U.S. poverty rate is an embarrassment:
Another Brookings study released earlier in the year estimated that the national child poverty rate could climb as high as 25 percent, or one in four, by 2012.
“Such predictions are sobering,” Isaacs concludes, “since child poverty rates were higher in the United States than in most other rich nations even before the onset of the recession.” Isaacs was referring to a UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) report that found the US next to last—ahead of only the United Kingdom—in a ranking of child well-being, falling behind countries such as Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and Greece.
There had already been a dramatic increase in poverty among US children even prior to the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009. This is confirmed by a new report, “Kids Count,” on living conditions among children in Michigan, once one of the wealthier US states.
The report, compiled by the Michigan League of Human Services (MLHS), includes data up until 2007 and 2008. Among other findings, it shows that in 2008 more than 40 percent of Michigan public school children came from families whose income was low enough to qualify them for reduced-cost federal lunches, an increase from 30.7 percent just seven years earlier.
Christianity Thomas on 14 Jan 2010
This kind of nonsense is why we must work to eliminate religion from human society:
The fact that anyone would listen to this man is an embarrassment to the species.
Christianity Thomas on 13 Jan 2010
This video is definitely NSFW, but does a perfect job of showing the stupidity of the Bible:
Despite the stupidity, more than half of the American people believe that the Bible is literally true.
How bad is this stupidity? So bad that a legitimate candidate for governor in Alabama has publicly declared that the Bible is literally true:
“I believe the Bible is true,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne said here Wednesday. “Every word of it.”
This level of stupidity hurts our country.