Here's an excerpt from Mirror Reversal that supports Ruth's "Future generations" comment of Sept. 20. I think it's very beautiful and poignant, but I guess that doesn't count. I wrote it.
We shouldn't say atheists don't believe in the afterlife. All the nonsense about St. Peter and the Pearly Gates, divine judgment, and heaven and hell is folly or wishful thinking. Divine justice is a myth and I believe Hitler sleeps in his grave (nonexistence) as peacefully as St. Francis…Continue
Thanks, Judy. Here's a vignette about “DUI Story.” I've always considered Shakespeare to be the greatest writer. Not just for great stories, but many of his verses are a pleasure to listen to, just like music. Romeo and Juliette's balcony scene, surely Hamlet's…Continue
The Garin Hoover Radio Show is on line. It was recorded March 12 and featured a Jew (Manny), a Christian (Rev Terry Jones), an imam and an atheist (moi). The discussion was centered around the question, "Is Islam a Religion of Peace?"
The debate was often heated and vituperative. Rev Jones, I thought, was very good with an all-American cowboy mentality. He told the imam, "we don't want your Sharia Law, so don't even try to bring it here." He made national news last year by trying…Continue
I’m thinking of renaming the first essay “Cardinal Ratzinger and Chaos Theory” to
“The Story of the Moron and the Mouse”
Ever wonder why there’re no clergy listed on the National Sex Offender List? To my mind the first story gives a plausible explanation. It also tells how the cards are stacked against the poor and working class. In 1964, W. Bush was admitted to Yale with inferior grades as a “legacy student.” As you know, I’m not religious, but this…Continue
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Joan, thanks from your encouragement on Pot Stories. I'm writing a little summery of each piece and I'm really having fun just going over this stuff. There're 27 separate pieces, each with its own information and lessons to be learned. And the diversity of history and thought. All for three bucks.
True story: I was in a Manhattan Blarney Stone bar drinking fifty-cent beers. It was the mid-'80s. I got involved in conversation with a reporter for the New York Post, which…Continue
Many church or mosque goers believe religion gives their lives “meaning.” It’s a delusion, an appealing but false concept. What meaning could being credulous enough to believe the preposterous give one’s life? If anything, I think a good and magnanimous god would disdain such behavior. They’re abandoning reason for self-interest and wishful thinking.
In biology, the Prime Directive (PD) governs all life down to insects, worms and beyond. The force that governs all life is…Continue
The Hoover Radio Show went fine but only as an icebreaker to more important issues. It reminded me of early Christian bishops arguing over how many angels can reside on the head of a pin. I felt like standing up and yelling out, “Look, as you sit here in this luxurious setting, people are getting their heads chopped off, wars are being fought, 15 million people (mostly children) are starving to death and billions have to live in fear of opening their mouth or saying the wrong thing. Isn’t…Continue
It’s by the Humanists of Sarasota Bay. The reason it’s so superb and wonderful is that Pot Stories of and Humanist Essays of Barbara Walker and I has just been added to the recommended Reading List—to me, anyway.
I’m really honored to be in the company of such important authors. I made the joke: if the majority of Americans read these books it would it would knock modern “In God We Trust” society on…Continue
Here's my latest eBook, kinky and fun as ever. Plus it brings our a serious national problem that we all should be concerned about. As always a five-dollar purchase will help me continue buying ads on Atheist/Nexus to support our important website—to go along with…Continue
Ratzinger and Chaos Theory
As I watched Pope Benedict's helicopter sail off from Vatican City with an escort of angels taking him to some forlorn monastery, I wished the fuckin’ thing would crash! No bull. Hey, I’m a nice guy. I’m a graduate of one of the best Catholic schools in Brooklyn. Did I really write that? I sure did, underscored and I’ll put in bold print.
All right, the following can’t be proved. It’s pure supposition but it’s…Continue
OK, I’m tired of hearing the word “actually.” I’m actually sick of it. Really.
I mean, what does “actually” really mean? Most dictionaries define “actually” as “in reality”, really. I mean “really.” But why is it actually necessary to say “in reality” every couple of sentences. “In reality” I feel sick. Or “in reality” I don’t like people using “actually” every few sentences.
As opposed to what? Fantasy or unreality, right? But why should I have to quality my…Continue
< Writers of the new testament 4+1 gospels (includes Acts) cribbed liberally from the OT, especially Isaiah. >>>
And where does The Book of Revelation fit in? After all, it’s St. John the Divine’s bad LSD trip. There has to be something sacred about that.
Aside: How the heck do you get a name like St. John the Divine? Do you think he called himself John the Divine? He was a prisoner/slave working in the quarries on a remote Roman possession…Continue
BIBLE MORALITY (compiled by Barbara Walker)*
Barbara gave me this list last year and said I could with it as I wish. It’s copyrighted in the epilogue of Mirror Reversal, but I decided to share it with A/N friends and readers. I love it because it’s so conspicuously “whacky and bizarre” that you can hit your religious antagonists in the head with their own beliefs. After reading this list, the only rational conclusion, (I feel anyway) is that the…Continue
As many members of Atheistnexus expressed on these pages, I also was a victim of parochial schools. Not just Catholic school but all the other institutions that teach students how to worship and adore God, some more regimented that others. I learned to “march in step” with all the other kids and kneel, sit, pray, sing, stand, then kneel again according to how many clicks there were or stern whispers from an adjoining pew.
But in high school when I became a little more educated,…Continue
Steph, I was just thinking about that piece. All Barbara did was read the Bible and use a magic marker on all the stupid and/or crazy quotations. It’s beautiful in its simplicity.
Here’s a favorite of mine I was thinking about:
Deut. 25:11,12 - A woman who seizes a man's genitals, even to defend her husband from an attacker, must have her hand cut off.
What weird, sick mentality could come up with a moral directive like the above? Let me…Continue
When I heard the news that the director of the CIA had an affair with his sycophantic, fawning biographer, I was shocked, dismayed and flabbergasted. Here he paid lip service to Biblical nonsense his whole life and now when he reaches sixty he admits to breaking the seventh commandment —big time.
Deut. 22:22 - Adulterers must be killed
There’re many more reasons not to believe in the doctrines of organized religion. These are ten of my favorites, not necessarily in the order listed. You can probably think of many more.
1. If God is all-knowing, he knows the future before an event happens. So before a baby is born, God knows if it’s going to hell or not. If the baby is predestined to go “there” and God allows it to happen, we have to question if the Divine One is all-good. I wonder if anyone ever…Continue