Monthly ArchiveApril 2010
Here is an excellent example of a situation where a million religious people have become absolutely disgusting:
Utterly disgusting on so many levels.
Good news from USAToday:
If the trends continue, “the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships,” says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group’s survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% say they’re “really more spiritual than religious.”
Among the 65% who call themselves Christian, “many are either mushy Christians or Christians in name only,” Rainer says. “Most are just indifferent. The more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith.”
Read the whole article. It is heartwarming.
Christianity Thomas on 28 Apr 2010
Linked from that article:
That Christians would listen to these men, and believe that any “God” is speaking to him, demonstrates the insanity.
Christianity Thomas on 27 Apr 2010
It is so obvious that it should require no discussion or debate:
Detain or subpoena the pope for questioning in the child-rape scandal? You must be joking! All right then, try the only alternative formulation: declare the pope to be above and beyond all local and international laws, and immune when it comes to his personal and institutional responsibility for sheltering criminals. The joke there would be on us.
Not only has the pope never read the law, he has never read the Bible:
If you are religious, offer your explanation. If you are rational, offer yours:
The rational person speaks:
The religious person responds:
Who is right?
This video demonstrates how people can be mistreated by the media and made to look like idiots. It goes in all directions. In this case the recipient of the treatment is a Muslim, but atheists can get this treatment as well:
Islam Thomas on 20 Apr 2010
It doesn’t get any more insane than this. The message: “If you don’t do what we like, we will kill you”:
The posting on Revolutionmuslim.com says: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
It is not clear what the founding fathers were thinking when they came up with the first part of the first amendment. If they could see what “religion” stands for today, they would never have included it. Religion has become a safe harbor for insanity.
An interesting way to look at the different values of religious and rational people:
But let me offer a slightly less smug and rather simple possible explanation: highly intelligent people are simply playing a different mating strategy, and it’s one that doesn’t go well with being conservative or highly religious.
But whay are atheists smarter?
“one of the problems in agruing in defense of God is that the evidence in your favor is either terrible or non-existent”
Sam Harris: “one of the problems in agruing in defense of God is that the evidence in your favor is either terrible or non-existent…”
Islam Thomas on 13 Apr 2010
The first 45 seconds is a little slow, but from there the demographic analysis of what is happening in Europe is very interesting:
As the population shrinks, so does the culture. As of 2007, the fertility rate in France was 1.8, England 1.6, Greece 1.3, Germany 1.3, Italy 1.2, Spain 1.1. Across the entire European Union of 31 countries, the fertility is a mere 1.38. Historical research tells us these numbers are impossible to reverse. In a matter of years, Europe as we know it will cease to exist.
Yet the population of Europe is not declining. Why? Immigration. Islamic Immigration. Of all population growth in Europe since 1990, 90% has been Islamic Immigration. France, 1.8 children per family. Muslims: 8.1. In Southern France, traditionally one of the most populated church regions in the world, there are now more Mosques than churches. 30% of children ages 20 and younger, 30% are Muslim. In the large cities such as Nice, Marseilles and Paris, that number has grown to 45%. By 2027, 1 in 5 Frenchmen will be Muslim. In just 39 years, France will be an Islamic Republic.
A follow-up on this post on Spanking:
This article in Time Magazine states that spanking creates problems rather than solutions:
Compared with children who were not hit, those who were spanked were more likely to be defiant, demand immediate satisfaction of their wants and needs, get frustrated easily, have temper tantrums and lash out physically against others.
The reason for that, says Singer, may be that spanking instills fear rather than understanding. Even if a child were to stop his screaming tantrum when spanked, that doesn’t mean he understands why he shouldn’t be acting up in the first place. What’s more, spanking models aggressive behavior as a solution to problems.
Islam Thomas on 08 Apr 2010
Christopher Hitchens on Islamic child abuse. This video discusses a disgusting topic and probably should not be viewed unless you want to be depressed for the rest of the day:
How contemptible can religion get? Here is one person’s story of the “talk” with his parents, telling them that he is rational rather than religious:
At this point, they both hit me with pascal’s wager, but with the awesome twist of instead of betting my soul, I was wagering my childrens. I told them I was not keeping religion from them, but that I was teaching critical thinking and reason as the highest value. My mother, with tears in her eyes, levels an acusing finger at me, and says “The kids that try to view everthing through reason are the kids who kill themselves, and you need to be prepared for when that happens.”
One question: Why is it considered evil when rational people try to help religious people heal their delusions, but it is OK for religious people to go door-to-door “spreading the news” of religion and pulling these kinds of stunts?