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
Having lived through the '60s, I'd say "deep and profound."
American culture will shake at the rafters. The most obvious will be the impact on Big Pharma and the Liquor Lobby, but the ramifications will be much more subtle and far reaching.
First of all, as comedian Dennis Miller has mentioned, if Xanax and grass went head to head to see which is more beneficial, “Xanax would lose.” Weed is cheaper, healthier, more effective and more fun to use. Grass encourages…Continue
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. Did I really write that? I sure did, underscored and I’ll put in bold print.
I’m a proponent of chaos theory. The flap of a butterfly’s wing can cause cataclysmic changes given time and distance. A seemingly insignificant event can change the world and the course of…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
I was thinking about consciousness. In Reason #7 of my “Ten Reasons Not To Believe” post, I show pictures of the Vale Mine in the middle of the Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil as an example of how paltry Earth Consciousness (EC) is compared to fashion consciousness, celebrity consciousness or even car consciousness. Most Americans would recognize over a hundred words for “car” if I’m allowed to use brand names—I saw a Taurus or I drove a Corvette. Yet if asked, “How many of our genetic…Continue
I was so blown away by this painting I needed to post it on my blog to try to draw attention to it. The painting by Pedro Berruguete (1475) is truly remarkable and important because it’s sheer incontrovertible evidence of how sadistic and criminal the Christian mind is and has been in history.
When I wrote Mirror Reversal in 2007, Global Warming was still uncertain and actively debated. Now massive destruction and human depopulation is as certain as the sinking of the Titanic once the fifth lower compartment was breached by the razor-sharp spikes of the iceberg. As the head engineer said, “It’s a mathematical certainly.”
My son, Rickie, a long-distance trailer driver recently told me that when he spends a night at a gigantic truck stop in the Texas, there’re…Continue
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
Just for a change of pace, I'm going to take a break from my usual scurrilous and derogatory rebuke of religious intrusion into government and our personal lives. How about art and Humanism?
This painting is a mindblower. You probably saw it a thousand times on an old Dutch Masters cigar box without realizing the significance. To me, it’s one of the greatest paintings I ever saw.
Imagine you’re in Amsterdam in the early 1600s, Elizabethan times. You see an imposing…Continue
Religion Is Abomination
Preface: I’m not gay, but if I were I’d be pissed at some bronze-age fisherman or goat-herder declaring my genetic sexual proclivities to be “Abomination”—to be loathed or deplored. I have news for you, I’d say, the whole screwy religion has caused more misery and suffering than same-sex lovemaking ever could. At least nobody gets hurt when safely and consensually performed. It’s time we turn the tables…Continue
My story shows how one day can change your life—one minute, one quick decision in a few seconds.
My girlfriend, Suzanne, and I were strolling up Broadway in the early ‘60s when JFK was president. A kid growing up in a tough neighborhood in NYC in those days had to be pretty macho and street smart to avoid being picked on and pushed around. It was something you learned pretty quickly on the streets, without ever realizing how or why it was happening. But my “one of…Continue
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His father was a venerable and respected police officer who never took a bribe except when he needed money.
“… mankind can be defined as ‘a peculiar ape infested by meme complexes!’”
‘Fifty dollars for fellatio and a hundred for coitus.’ I gotta write that down so I can use it on the muckety-mucks from Connecticut.”
“What’s a skinny ass like…Continue
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When we study science, in particular evolutionary biology, it becomes pretty evident that humans were the result of purposeless and random forces of nature. We are not what natural selection had in mind because there is no mind.
So instead of attributing our existence to some patriarchal god, let’s take it for what it is: It just is. Like the old song says, “Let’s live and laugh at it all.”
You can lead a hog to a pigsty but you can’t make him stink. (From the…Continue
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BIBLE MORALITY (compiled by Barbara Walker, author of Man Made God.)
Barbara asked me to add that this is from the King James Bible, as modern-day evangelicals have expurgated much of the really stupid and hostile quotations.
This compilation is incontrovertible, conspicuous proof that the Bible is a book written by idiots for idiots.
Read on, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. As always, comments are encouraged and…Continue
Dichotomous thinking is categorizing observations in one of two diametrically opposed groups. Everything is white or black, good or evil, virtue or sin, heaven or hell, spirit or body, day or night, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, in light or darkness. G.B. Shaw said there are two kinds of people in the world, those who lend money and those who borrow money. This kind of reasoning is intrinsic to an authoritarian personality (not that Shaw was) and makes thinking easy,…Continue
The Bible and Koran encourage and condone the worst aspects of human behavior: war, slavery, necrophilia, cruelty to animals, anthropocentrism, suicide, starvation, racism, xenophobia, blind faith, sexism, homophobia, nepotism, denial of reality, self flagellation, dichotomous thinking, torture, human sacrifice, symbolic cannibalism, and other insults to reason. The result has been to distort and pervert the worldview of all who cherish these religious beliefs and have faith in the dictates…Continue
I just watched the interview with General Peter Chiarelli with Candy Crowley on CNN. I hit the ceiling to hear such balderdash. How the heck can the general say it with a straight face on national TV? To the problem of one in ten GIs coming home with missing limbs, or one in four with serious mental post-traumatic stress disorders and an “epidemic suicide rate,” the general conjectured “we need to study the brain!” What do you expect from ten years of atrocity, General? From a full decade of…Continue