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What is "Sacred?"

Started this discussion. Last reply by tom sarbeck Apr 1, 2013. 11 Replies

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Ted Cruz's Father





Breaking Israel News
And Israel has a "titled deed from God almighty."


Right Wing Watch
No, we don't want your theocratic totalitarianism.


The New York Times
How much can we attribute to Trump? How much can we attribute to Raphael Cruz?
Looking back on Ted Cruz's campaign, I wonder how much of his downfall is the result of his nutty father claiming that God anointed Ted through messages from his wife?

I imagine church leaders from other denominations were not pleased with that proclamation.

Public Prayer vs Empathy Training




Matthew 6: 5-8
LA Times (Nov 6. 2013)
Christ was clear about how Christians should pray, but what about other religions?

Politicus USA
Jim Bakker apparently follows a religion other than Christianity.


WBAL Baltimore
What is the price for ignoring the teachings of Jesus Christ?
Who are these self-proclaimed Christians who keep demanding prayer in public anywhere?

Other religions might allow prayer in public, but such a display carries the impression of arrogant self-righteousness and opens one up to easy accusations of hypocrisy, something even atheists can agree that Jesus was trying to avoid, according to scripture.

Very young children have not quite gained the understanding of social consequences. They understand how to avoid punishment but not how their own behavior can make other people feel about them for the long-term. They need to be guided toward seeing from the perspective of others.

Did you ever notice that certain people cannot be convinced that they are wrong about something until it happens directly to them or someone very close to them? Did you notice that they also tend to be religious conservatives? This is just some of the damage caused by replacing empathy training with prayer.

Social Boundaries

Fear of the unknown controls all of us and is the basis for all social and cultural separatist movements. Only those who have mastered real logic and critical thinking skills can overcome their fears, and overcome their masters. This is why they say "managing atheists is like trying to herd cats."

People become attached to groups or subcultures in an effort to feel like they belong. Psychologists call it "affinity-seeking behavior" that affords a sense of validation. Most people are social animals, seeking to belong somewhere, in some group, among "friends."

Many subcultures, cults, or groups must adhere to specific tenets. Successfully passing regular, ritualistic loyalty tests provides validation which reinforces the psychological bond to the organization.

When a member is confronted by someone who has opposing beliefs, they fear that the influence may disrupt their performance or their standing within the community. Their biggest fear is banishment or rejection. They must reject arguments against their own belief systems, even at the cost of logic or reason. The only way to reach someone under such influence is to find some little things in common, and keep them focused on those things. Gradually steer them toward critical thinking skills and logic.

Feminism as a topic for discussion at large atheist gatherings makes perfect sense because atheism is supposed to reject all forms of gender role distinctions, because they are codified in religious doctrine. It's perfectly reasonable to raise awareness of misogynist behavior and propaganda because it is founded in the psychological influence of religion over many generations. Despite self-proclaimed atheism, some people are still shackled to certain assumptions that were formed from exposure to religion.

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tom sarbeck replied to Atheist Insurgency's discussion What is "Sacred?"
"The New Oxford American Dictionary suggests comparing "sacred" and "secular". NOAD defines "secular" as having no religious or spiritual basis, so it warrants criticism as "atheist" does (because it implies…"
Apr 1, 2013
Loren Miller replied to Atheist Insurgency's discussion What is "Sacred?"
""Set apart" is right on the money, as in not subject to scrutiny or critical analysis.  More like "leave your brain at the door, because if you use your brain, you'll see right through the snake oil we're trying to sell…"
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A lot has changed since I was here last at Atheistnexus.org. I finally moved out of the Bible Belt. There were a few atheists in central Illinois, but we were up against religious institutions so deeply entrenched in state and local government that putting forward progressive rational public policy is met with vicious, irrational hatred and bigotry. The state would rather have unquestioning loyal sheep that vote on name recognition alone than to have people who question authority and demand…See More
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Posted on August 25, 2012 at 5:07pm 0 Comments

A lot has changed since I was here last at Atheistnexus.org. I finally moved out of the Bible Belt. There were a few atheists in central Illinois, but we were up against religious institutions so deeply entrenched in state and local government that putting forward progressive rational public policy is met with vicious, irrational hatred and bigotry. The state would rather have unquestioning loyal sheep that vote on name recognition alone than to have people who question authority and demand…

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Reading Amazon.com book reviews of The God Virus

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 12:42am 1 Comment

I still haven't read Dawkins. I'm getting most my information from posts, comments, my personal experiences, and my Communication education. Most of the ideas I come up with fall in line with Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins and others, but I certainly don't mean to plagiarize anyone's work, and I would hate to put a huge effort into a book only to discover that I re-invented the wheel.

 

I guess I'll just have to start forking over the cash for a whole library of atheist…

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Public Education in the United States of America

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:17am 0 Comments

It's a crazy conspiracy theory that education is deliberately stifled in the U.S. right? Wrong. First and foremost, I was never taught critical thinking skills in District 186 in Springfield, Illinois. I was never even taught that there was such a think as "critical thinking" until I went to college.



So, what purpose is served by deliberately limiting or suppressing knowlege?



A primary law of economy states that a product's value is inverse to it's available quantity. In… Continue

Muqtada al-Sadr

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:19pm 0 Comments

As U.S. Troops were reportedly nearing the city's outskirts, Muqtada al-Sadr was preparing several squads for guardianship of the ancient relics of Iraqi history. He sent troops to guard the museum that contained some of the earliest relics or human activity on the face of the planet. He was there to prevent looting. U.S. troops were totally indifferent to the building and its contents. Was it worth it to piss him off? He wasn't there to defend Saddam. He was perceived as a threat and…

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Gender Judgement question

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 10:00am 8 Comments

You might think this is a stupid question, and I would like answers for real so please leave comments:

If you knew that you would never be judged against your gender, never be criticized for not being "manly" or "womanly" what do you imagine your life might be like?

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At 11:47pm on January 3, 2011, Josh Trott said…
Checked out your blog and your website, have you ever thought about publicly debating theists? If not, or even if you have, I'm trying to get a group together here in Springfield to do just that, confront the delusion that is religion. I'm thinking about calling the group "The Logic Squad", but your name and website gave me an idea for a different one if you're in agreement to at least allowing me to use it, the "Atheist Insurgency Debate Squad". The initials aren't coincidence either, I'd like to spread rationality and reason like AIDS.
At 6:53am on January 6, 2010, Rick said…
At 3:43pm on July 24, 2009, Little Name Atheist said…
I've never wished an entire insurgency a happy birthday before.

Happy Birthday!
At 4:09pm on May 28, 2009, Rick said…
Just wanted to say HI
At 11:36am on November 28, 2008, Atheist Insurgency said…
http://www.skeptic.com/
 
 
 

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