A non-Jewish friend writes in an email:
"The Harry Potter film series star is Jewish. Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish, which makes Radcliffe a Jew in the eyes of the Halacha [Jewish law]. Plus, Radcliffe considers himself a ‘Jewish atheist.’ Willard is convinced I have Jewish ancestry. He's scheduled a DNA blood test to prove it.”
The question of "who is a Jew?" is right up there with "What do women want?". Womb doctrine is the most enshrined and… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 7, 2015 at 9:30pm —
Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food. He sang something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and see a swami...Jews don't see Moses in their salami."
Well, Carlos, it seems that other ethnic groups -- I'm going to assume that the complainer was Jewish -- are prone to pattern-creation, driven by touchiness and political correctness, often around the Holocaust. The discipline of… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on December 28, 2014 at 5:30pm —
“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…
On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”
“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”
Marquee outside church in Massachusetts
Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm —
I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the grandson of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood.
The invitation itself was colorful and cheery, produced, no doubt, with invitation-creation software and thus exhibiting neither coherence nor originality but just an electronic mad mix of fonts, patterns, and such, chosen from among an infinity of alternatives.
Strangely, the trifold invitation had a… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on March 17, 2013 at 9:00pm —
February 1 is the anniversary of the death of my father, Hyman William Perlman (1910-80).
He was indirectly responsible for this blog – and in fact for all the secularism, skepticism, atheism, and humanism that have been the foundation of my intellectual life. He was the first skeptic I ever met, and the effect was lasting. Every time Mom would babble on about “God’s will,” he would snap back, “What’s God got to do with it?”
What indeed. Things may happen for some reason or… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on January 31, 2013 at 4:05pm —
“C’mon people now, smile on your brother
Everybody get together try to love one another – right now.”
Lyrics, “Get Together,” The Youngbloods
“[Thomas Sowell’s book Migrations and Cultures] is a strong indictment of both affirmative action and multiculturalism. The former because it tends to be self-defeating, the latter because it discourages minorities from shedding old habits and adopting new and more functional… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on January 26, 2013 at 9:30pm —
“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”
--George Bernard Shaw
“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on January 8, 2013 at 11:46am —
“God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.”
“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people.”
Recent A/N threads have generated much thoughtful… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on August 25, 2012 at 5:02pm —
“CLERGYMAN., n. A man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs as a method of bettering his temporal ones.”
We're just on the verge of a little known but very sad Jewish holiday, Tisha B'Av [the ninth day of the month of Av; July 27-8 this year], which commemorates the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, including, but not limited to, the destruction of the First and Second…
Added by Alan Perlman on July 25, 2012 at 1:00pm —
Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.”
It would be great to have reliable numbers on religious migration: how many people change religions each year, how many become new adherents, how many drift away, never to return?
Increasing the ranks
Different religions have different ways of increasing their ranks: birth rate (e.g., all… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on July 5, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Proving the Poobah’s posts are prescient, it’s seems the threat to smite the Mormons over posthumous baptisms caused them to collapse into mint jelly and quash the practice.
After the recent string of religious recycling, the…
Added by Omnipotent Poobah on March 9, 2012 at 11:33am —
Theists, I appreciate your prayers for my heathen soul, but there’s no need. Really. I’m an atheist. I’m good. And Mormons, posthumous baptism is even more than one step over the line. That’s even more unneeded, creepy, and unwanted – unless you want to modify that whole…
Added by Omnipotent Poobah on February 15, 2012 at 7:08pm —
First, a rave: I am most grateful for Atheist Nexus. Since effectively rebirthing myself as an atheist (decades ago, I was an agnostic), I've had no place to voice opinions, reactions or thoughts, where others might share them and perhaps further stretch my brain with their reflections. Thank you, A/N.
Now, a rant: There is little if anything more sacred to me, in all the history and legacy of the United States of America, than the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The most… Continue
Added by Doc on September 10, 2011 at 6:00pm —
Here is an interesting and very disturbing video about the religion of "peace" and how Sweden is caving in to… Continue
Added by Thomas True on December 3, 2010 at 12:19pm —
From Su Nombre en Vano
I don't write much about the Jews. This is mostly because either Christianity or Islam commit more atrocities and make their nonsense more obvious to the world. Which doesn't mean that the Jewish people are not guilty of anything, but in those cases, there is a huge percentage of the population (especially liberals) that will "stand for Palestine" and criticize Israel. Finally, I have to admit I don't know… Continue
Added by Diego on July 13, 2010 at 8:47pm —
I have just got back from watching this film and it was incredible.
At last, a feature film from the atheist's viewpoint. This doesn't mean… Continue
Added by Richard Francis on April 26, 2010 at 1:36pm —
It's good to visit fantastic worlds of Christian web-sites. A recent one said that blaming the Jews for the death of Jesus was unChristian and with no biblical support. Blaming all Jews, or any people for that matter, for the death of any real or imagined person some 2000 years ago is nonsensical and is usually for dangerous purposes. However the "no biblical support" - you have got to be joking.
So I revisited the Gospel passion narratives as well as one of Paul's letters in… Continue
Added by Alex McCullie on December 31, 2009 at 9:13pm —