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Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2011

Christianity &Islam &Judaism Thomas on 26 Sep 2011

Teaching Creationism: Tantamount to abuse of young people

David Jennings, theologian at the Leicester Cathedral, describes the act of teaching Creationism as, “Tantamount to abuse of young people”:

His analogy: The fact that some people believe that Creationism might be true does not mean that we have to teach it in schools in the same way that the fact that some people believe that the earth might be flat does not warrant serious consideration of their opinion. We know, categorically, that the earth is not flat in the same way that we know, categorically, that a magic being in the sky did not poof the earth into existence and populate it as described in the Bible. There are a thousand ways to prove that the Bible’s creation story is not true.

See also:

Why the Anti-Science Creationist Movement Is So Dangerous

A few weeks ago, Jon Huntsman torpedoed his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination by making the following announcement: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

It’s a pathetic commentary on the anti-intellectualism rampant in American politics that this is newsworthy. A major-party candidate announces that he doesn’t deny a foundational theory of modern science! In fact, given the political atmosphere in the Republican party, it’s not just newsworthy but a daring act: polls have shown that almost 70 percent of Republicans deny evolution.

And this classic video:

If you believe in creationism and would like to learn about the alternative, this video can help:

Christianity &Islam &Judaism Thomas on 22 Sep 2011

How do we know that God is imaginary? We look at how ridiculous he is.

The following article brilliantly demonstrates that God is imaginary:

Churches speak up on gay marriage

Let’s say that God were real. If he were, we would know where he stands on gay marriage. Instead, no one has a clue:

“Does the Bible dictate that marriage is a union between a man and a woman and that homosexuality is an abomination? Or is the Bible open to interpretation, and is God’s love all-encompassing?”

The Bible contains God’s commandment that “Thou shalt not kill”. The Bible also contains God’s commandment that gay men should be killed because they are an abomination. And the Bible contains God’s commandment, delivered through Jesus, that we love one another and love our enemies.

Why would anyone believe in a being, a book or a religion that is this ridiculous? We are supposed to kill no one, except all the people we are supposed to kill, and we are supposed to kill them while at the same time loving them.

These videos explain the problem. Any intelligent person can see it, and this is why intelligent people know that God is imaginary:

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 Thomas on 07 Sep 2011

How religious delusion destroys real-world thinking

The following article about Rick Perry perfectly depicts the problem with religious delusion: once you become delusional, you can no longer think clearly in the real world. It is the only explanation for the hypocrisy seen here:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Cut Fire Department Funding by 75%

According to KVUE-TV, the state of Texas, under Gov. Rick Perry, cut state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires…. Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain had their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million.

At a press conference Monday, Perry promised to seek federal disaster relief and said that FEMA would be in the state by Wednesday. While the Texas governor has been highly critical of FEMA in the past, he dodged questions from CBS’ Erica Hill on Tuesday’s ‘Early Show,’ insisting that now was not the time to worry about reforming the agency.

To any normal person, Perry appears to be a complete hypocrite. How can Perry be “highly critical of FEMA in the past” but then request FEMA’s services? Any rational, intelligent person who is highly critical of FEMA would shun FEMA’s services and let the state of Texas deal with the problem on its own.

But Perry’s behavior is exactly what we would expect from a delusional person. After all, if you worship a “god” who commands “thou shalt not kill”, how can you accept that fact that this same “god” killed nearly every human and animal in a gigantic flood? How can you worship a “god” who prescribes murder as the chief punishment for disobeying the Ten Commandments? Only complete delusion would allow anyone to accept such blatant hypocrisy.

How could anyone hear “thou shalt not kill” from his “god” and then turn around and kill inmates left and right? Yet this article accurately describes Perry as “the leading Republican candidate for president, the governor who has authorized more executions than any other governor in the history of the United States, more even than his infamous predecessor.” Only complete delusion allows that sort of inconsistency.

Why would anyone want a person harboring so much delusion, hypocrisy and inconsistency to govern a state, much less a nation?

Christianity &Science Thomas on 05 Sep 2011

Prayer does not work, even for Texans, even for presidential candidates

Not long ago Rick Perry prayed for rain:

Rick Perry Prays for Rain

In the spring, Perry declared a 72-hour “Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas,” which has been followed by the persistence of one of the worst Texas droughts in history.

Perry’s prayer group has not worked at all:

Catastrophic fires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations across Central Texas

The largest and most destructive fire was in Bastrop County, where a blaze burned 14,000 acres and grew to an estimated 16 miles long by the end of the day, said Mark Stanford, fire chief of the Texas Forest Service.

“It’s catastrophic,” Stanford said of the Bastrop County fire. “It’s a major natural disaster.”

What are Christians left to do with the evidence before them? They could recognize the obvious: That the belief in prayer is a ridiculous superstition. But instead they have to explain why a “loving God” would completely ignore their prayers and cause so much suffering.

Here is what is really going on when people pray. These two videos can help you understand just how ridiculous the belief in prayer really is: