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Fun With the Book of Revelation

< 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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on July 21, 2013 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

A Compilation of Biblical Quotations by Barbara G. Walker

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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on June 16, 2013 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Thoughts on the Afterlife

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,…


Added by Richard Goscicki on June 1, 2013 at 4:58pm — 5 Comments

Cultural Changes Caused By Legalized Marijuana


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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on April 29, 2013 at 8:10pm — 35 Comments

Final Thoughts on the Pope, God Bless Him

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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on March 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — 24 Comments

An Anecdote on Deuteronomy

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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on January 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — 17 Comments

Follow-up on Patraeus

Alan, I’m 68, so we’re just about the same age and probably have gone through similar experiences, especially during the time of the Viet Nam War. To me, the late ‘60s were life changing, to say the least.

I believe the answer to the problem we’ve been discussing lies in understanding Richard Dawkins’ selfish gene theory. I’m convinced evolutionary biology is the key to relieving much of humanity’s misery and suffering.

In the animal world following genetic impulses,… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on November 22, 2012 at 12:07pm — 12 Comments

An Atheist’s View of General Betray-us

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



Added by Richard Goscicki on November 12, 2012 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Consciousness, Kafka and a DUI Story

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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on September 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 20 Comments

The Auto Da Fe

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. 


File:Pedro Berruguete - Saint Dominic Presiding over an Auto-da-fe (1475).jpg





Added by Richard Goscicki on August 20, 2012 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

The Tragic Irony of Human Extinction

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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on July 31, 2012 at 10:30am — 14 Comments

Ten Reasons Not To Believe

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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on June 26, 2012 at 6:30pm — 39 Comments

An Interesting Look at the Dutch Masters

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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on June 16, 2012 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Religion Is Abomination

Religion Is Abomination

  Part I


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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on May 4, 2012 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

How I Got Into Opera (To be published 10/12 in Transformation Magazine)


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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on March 29, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Favorite Lines From Mirror Reversal



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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on March 13, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments


 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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on March 10, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A Compilation of Biblical Nonsense by Barbara G. Walker


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…


Added by Richard Goscicki on January 13, 2012 at 7:41pm — 16 Comments

Next Item In Pandora's Box: Dichotomous Thinking

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,…


Added by Richard Goscicki on October 19, 2011 at 8:05pm — 10 Comments

The Next Evil Promoted by Religion: Racism


A good example of how religion distorts and perverts the worldview is the treatment of racism.

The Bible doesn’t say much about racism but, just as with slavery, the belief or doctrine that certain races are inferior to others is rampant and pervasive throughout history. Just look at racism in America before MLK and the civil rights movement. As wrong, unfair, and illogical as it is, the Holy Scriptures have done little to encourage and exhort followers to… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on October 15, 2011 at 3:14pm — 4 Comments

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