Monthly ArchiveNovember 2011
Christianity Thomas on 29 Nov 2011
Tim Tebow is well known for his Christianity, but it gets to point where it can drive people nuts:
Tim Tebow says:
“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity?
“And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ is that it is the most important thing in my life. So any time I get an opportunity to tell him that I love him or given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity.
If your relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in your life, then why not do what Jesus says to do in the Bible? Surely everything said by Jesus in the Bible would be memorized at this point, and many of the things prescribed by Jesus are necessary for having a relationship with him and God. This video spells out five of Jesus’s prescriptions:
How can Tim Tebow ignore all five if Jesus is so important? How can any “True Christian” ignore these things? If you are going to be frontal about Jesus, why not do exactly what Jesus says?
A great set of simple facts about the United States:
Did you know?
* The original Constitution of the US had only one reference to religion – Article 6 “No religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
* The de facto motto of the US in 1782 was E. Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one). Congress added “In god we trust” in 1956.
* The original Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 and did not include the words “Under God.” That was added in 1954.
* “In god we trust” did not appear on paper money until 1957.
It’s time to change things back to their original form. Get rid of “God”.
Why Are You Atheists So Angry? Here are many reasons why:
At 2:00: Not all atheists are angry.
At 3:00: Even if an atheist makes a simple statement, it is incorrectly perceived as anger.
At 4:15: Atheists are often perceived as angry simply for existing.
At 5:45: When atheists are angry, it is because they legitimately have things to be angry about. List starts here.
Christianity Thomas on 24 Nov 2011
If you are not a Christian, chances are that Christians can drive you nuts. But have you ever wondered why? What is it that is so annoying? This image summarizes one major element of the problem:
The dictionary defines hypocrisy as:
“a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.”
“the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one’s real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety.”
Christians claim that the Bible is the word of their “god”. They pick parts out of the book that they claim to be vitally important, and often try to ram these parts down the throats of everyone else in society. But then Christians ignore all the parts of the Bible that they find uncomfortable. If the book contains the word of God and if Christians are not a hypocrites, Christians should follow the whole book – every single part of it.
Any intelligent person has two problems with the hypocritical cherry-picking approach. First, it smacks of hypocrisy of the highest order. Second, many of the “words of God” in the Bible are obviously repulsive and/or insane. Any intelligent person rejects the entire Bible because of the insanity it harbors. These two videos explain how ridiculous the Bible is:
When a book is that ridiculous, that repulsive and that insane, the entire book is thrown away and ignored by any intelligent person.
Sam Harris talks about the nature of religion:
You’re all aware of course that the Koran exists and claims to be the perfect word of the creator of the universe. You are aware that once having heard this possibility and rejecting it, you are all going to hell for eternity.
He then goes on to ask, what if the Koran is right? It is identical to the Christian claim that if you don’t believe in Jesus that you are going to Hell. These claims cannot both be right.
Either way, billions of people are going to Hell if there really is a “god” and the Bible or Koran are correct.
A more important question: Why is the “god” portrayed in these books as such an obnoxious, demonic troll? Why would a supposedly “all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving” being want to brutally torture anyone for eternity? Why would such a being, if he were to exist, allow there to be multiple religions, guaranteeing the torture of billions?
Simple questions like these lead any intelligent person to understand that God and Allah are both imaginary. It’s obviously nonsense on so many different levels.
Why would anyone choose to believe in such nonsense? Why would anyone spend their time worshiping a being who is so obviously an obnoxious, demonic troll?
This article nicely summarizes the prejudice faced by non-religious people and tries to explain why it happens:
So why are atheists “among the least liked people … in most of the world,” in the words of a research team led by University of British Columbia psychologist Will Gervais? In a newly published paper, he and his colleagues provide evidence supporting a plausible explanation.
Atheists, they argue, are widely viewed as people you cannot trust.
“People use cues of religiosity as a signal for trustworthiness,” the researchers write in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Given that “trustworthiness is the most valued trait in other people,” this mental equation engenders a decidedly negative attitude toward nonbelievers.
Not an easy problem to solve.
This quote explains how an intelligent person would approach the idea of a “god” or gods:
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. [ref]
The only approach is to live a good life. Since there is no evidence for a god or gods, an intelligent person assumes that they do not exist. Living a good life is the right path no matter what.
What’s funny is that Christians believe in an unjust God – the worst-case-scenario of the three options presented. They worship a god who they know to be unworthy of worship.
A funny situation has arisen in the Republican party. Either: 1) God cannot decide who he wants to be president, or 2) God is purposefully telling people to run so they can suffer the agony of defeat, and 3) these candidates are lying:
This year, we have no less than four God-called GOP candidates for president, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), (Mrs. Perry agrees) and now Herman Cain. So far.
There should be no clearer proof that God is imaginary. If a God really existed, and if God chose candidates, then God would decide who would be president and we would have learned by now that voting is unnecessary. God’s chosen candidate would always win, what with God being all-powerful and such.
Christianity Thomas on 11 Nov 2011
If you talk to people who have abandoned religion and replaced it with rational, delusion-free thinking, many of them have something in common: they took time to read through the Bible. That is enough to convince most people that the Bible is nonsense. Once they realize that the Bible is nonsense, religion rapidly collapses. This is such a powerful technique that it has become part of an advertising campaign:
Don’t believe me? This page will get you started in about 2 minutes:
The amount of nonsense in the Bible boggles the mind. How can anyone believe this book or or believe in the God it purports to describe?
Christianity Thomas on 04 Nov 2011
It is a well known fact that people, especially in middle and high school, can bully gays so much that recipients of the bullying commit suicide. This article describes one such case:
Jamey Rodemeyer sent out many signals on social networking sites that he was struggling with his sexuality, and although he encouraged others on YouTube to fight off the bullies, things didn’t get better.
The Buffalo, N.Y., boy, 14, killed himself this weekend after posting an online farewell.
A student at Williamsville North High School, Jamey had been tormented for the past 12 months by cyberbullies who made disparaging comments with gay references on his Formspring account, a website that allows anonymous posts.
“JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND [sic] UGLY. HE MUST DIE!” one post said, according to local reports. Another read, “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!”
Who would write things like that? Christians for one. Their track record in the gay-bashing arena is long and storied. And now, in Michigan, Christians have a new law that protects them so they can keep up the bullying.
the Michigan legislature is doing its best to make me hang my head in shame. On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” justifies their harassment.
Michigan is already one of only three states in the country that have not enacted any form of anti-bullying legislation. For more than a decade, Democrats in the state legislature have fought their Republican colleagues and social conservatives such as Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, who referred to anti-bullying measures as “a Trojan horse for the homosexual agenda.” In that time, at least ten Michigan students who were victims of bullying have killed themselves.
This year, Republicans only agreed to consider an anti-bullying measure that did not require school districts to report bullying incidents, did not include any provisions for enforcement or teacher training, and did not hold administrators accountable if they fail to act. And they fought back Democratic attempts to enumerate particular types of students who are prone to being bullied, such as religious and racial minorities, and gay students. But it was the addition of special protections for religiously-motivated bullying that led all 11 Democratic senators to vote against the legislation they had long championed.
In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer accused her colleagues of creating a blueprint for consequence-free bullying. “As passed today,” said Whitmer, “bullying kids is okay if a student, parent, teacher or school employee can come up with a moral or religious reason for doing it.”
The bill is called “Matt’s Safe School Law,” after Matt Epling, a Michigan student who committed suicide in 2002 after enduring prolonged bullying. Matt’s father, Kevin Epling, expressed his dismay in a Facebook post after the state senate vote on Wednesday. “I am ashamed that this could be Michigan’s bill on anti-bullying,” wrote Epling. “For years the line [from Republicans] has been ‘no protected classes,’ and the first thing they throw in…was a very protected class, and limited them from repercussions of their own actions.”
This video talks about how ridiculous “Matt’s Safe School Law” is:
There are no words to describe how disgusting and hypocritical Christians can be. First they have a leader, Jesus, who specifically tells them to love one another. Christians completely ignore Jesus’s central message and decide instead that their “God” hates homosexuals. Then Christians use their hatred to bully homosexuals, to deny homosexuals rights like the right to marry, etc. And in the case of Michigan, Christians pass laws that are specifically designed to kill homosexuals through extreme bullying that leads to suicide.
How can any group of people who claim to be moral and ethical be so transparently disgusting in their behavior? This is not some little fringe group of radical Christians behaving this way – these are elected public officials in prominent state offices acting in concert to kill people. All because they do not listen to their religious leader’s message of love but instead create their own brand of bigotry and hatred and then spread it nation-wide. Disgusting.
See also this post: Are Christians killing gay kids? Yes, absolutely.
Are you a Christian? Why? How can your conscience tolerate the bigotry and hatred of the Christian faith? If you would like to break free of your religion and become a far more ethical human being, these sites can help:
Rabbi Marc Gellman reaches millions of people in the U.S. with his “God Squad” newspaper column. In a recent column he attempts to answer the question: Why don’t Jews believe that Jesus is the messiah?
Question: Do Jews believe that Jesus did not perform the miracles the Bible claims He did? On the other hand, if Jews do believe Jesus performed miracles and healed hundreds of people, why don’t they believe He is the Son of God? How could someone perform miracles and not be divine?
Gellman reframes the question in this way:
I receive many versions of your question and they all focus on the same issues:
1. Jesus either did or did not perform miracles.
2. If he did perform miracles, Jews should become Christians.
3. If Jesus did not perform the miracles, Jesus is a liar.
4. Are you calling Jesus a liar?
He then gives a remarkable explanation for why this line of reasoning is incorrect:
The problem with this line of argument is that only the Christian Testament, and not the Hebrew Bible, makes such claims. Jews, Muslims, Hindus and others don’t accept the Christian Testament as God’s word. Therefore, all non-Christian religions do not accept Jesus’ messianic claims.
Islam, you should know, accepts some of the Christian claims but not the essential Christian claim of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. It should be obvious that claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion. You cannot quote your own scripture to refute the scripture of another faith.
It is an amazing admission. Gellman lays bare the nonsense of all religion: “It should be obvious that claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion.” Yes, it should be obvious, because all religious claims are based on pure mythology. Since all gods are imaginary, all claims made by all religions are ridiculous. The only difference between a religious person and a rational, non-religious person is that the religious person rejects all of these imaginary gods but one, while a non-religious person rejects all of the imaginary gods.
Every scripture is mythology and nonsense. That is why “claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion.” If any religious person would simply understand the truth of this statement, and its ultimate meaning, religion would end. No thinking person would believe in any book filled with mythology and nonsense.
Are you a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu of a member of any other faith? Do you “believe” in the claims of your religion, even though no one outside your faith does? Take the time to understand what Gellman is saying:
It should be obvious that claims within one’s religion are not convincing to those outside one’s religion. You cannot quote your own scripture to refute the scripture of another faith.
Realize that the claims of your religion are not convincing because they are nonsense and mythology. In that way, you set yourself free from all of the corrosive effects of religion. As soon as you step away from religion, you release yourself from bigotry, discrimination, immorality, irrationality, guilt and self-loathing. You stop talking to and listening to imaginary people in the sky. You stop believing in imaginary places like heaven and hell. You become a normal, intelligent human being free from mythology and superstition. You become a much better, more complete human being. This video can help you understand reality by explaining religious delusion: