I, as so many others of my generation, grew up in tightly knit christian farming communities with little exposure to "other" races and religions. We were taught that Roman Catholics and Jews were of the devil and the only way to heaven was through the christ.
WW II changed all that. Strong, young men were swept out of the farming communities to go to war or to building wartime facilities. My father and uncles went away for the duration of the war, with the exception of one uncle who…Continue
I was watching a segment of CBS Sunday Morning today, when a segment was presented about a new Broadway production, “It’s Only a Play.” During that piece, Lesley Stahl asked the cast about the expected fortunes of this new work and what the reviews might be. The reactions of the players, whether feigned or real, bothered the hell out of me and were of the tenor of “you don’t EVER talk about that in the theater!” Eventually, there was conversation on those issues, but that the superstition…Continue
God of the gaps means whenever you cannot explain some thing then "god did it." I know of no other thinking process, except superstition, to define it.
Science is all we have. All of life, indeed, all of the universe is so complex we can’t possibly know all the answers. We can observe and describe and think and still we don't have all the answers; we may never know them. It is to rationalize to say “god did it”! How do you…Continue
Borogora village in District Purulia of West Bengal. Last week, a 9 year old girl Sumitra Hansda was mentally tortured after being accused as witch by the villagers. Sabujmoni, mother of Sumitra left the village and took a safe shelter. She told us villagers are demanding 1 lakh rupee as a fine. She also told us,…Continue
My first choice, when I rag on religion, is Judaism, just because I know it first-hand. Of course, there's always more to learn. Through my current wife, I became aware of what goes on in Jewish enclaves/ghettos (depends on who's herding Jews together, Jews or gentiles) -- the threats, the ostracism, the mind control, the obsession with ritual (these people REALLY observe all the Sabbath and milk/meat separation rules, and it is a major…Continue
It's been a battle, having this as an identity. People think its a contradiction of terms. Atheist and Pagan, like the two can't coincide, like they are .... mutually exclusive or something. Well, I'm here to say they are not. Cause first off, no one said that being a pagan required you be a polytheistic believer or a wiccan dual theistic believer. There is no template, there is no dogma, there is no book except what you claim as your own. For me, being a pagan is…Continue
Ain't it the truth?!
“A religious person is a dangerous person. He may not become a thief or a murderer, but he is liable to become a nuisance. He carries with him many foolish and harmful superstitions, and he is possessed with the
notion that it is his duty to give these superstitions to others. That
is what makes trouble. Nothing is so worthless as superstition. . . .”
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Kansas Rewriting Science Standards Tuesday February 13, 2007 10:46 PM By JOHN HANNAContinue
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