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The Battle for Zachary’s Brain XII: Logical Fallacies

“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be

firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to

instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it

with an air of great seriousness.”

 

-- Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will recall that they are a narrative not of a horror movie…but of something equally disturbing: the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 25, 2016 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

The real source of Muslim violence?

I’m going to start publishing this post after every act of Muslim fanaticism, suicide, and murder. 

I felt like starting it after the Ft. Hood massacre.  A psychiatrist(!) with openly Muslim fanatic leanings cold-bloodedly murders dozens of soldiers in one of their own facilities (where they are prohibited from carrying guns).  Surprise! It’s called a workplace incident and buried forever.

WHEN will we call the enemy by its right name?  And I don’t mean the argument about…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 16, 2016 at 9:00pm — 18 Comments

Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins

I heard this well-documented etymological error explained again on Fareed Zakaria's CNN show, which told me that a lot of well-informed people aren't aware of it, and I wanted to be sure that my fellow heretics are.

Armies of crazed, angry young Muslim men, who never had a job, an education, or a date, are blowing themselves up every day because they expect a paradise of 72 virgins, but the holy text uses a word that could very likely mean "raisins," which makes sense -- fruit was…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 24, 2016 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“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…”

Irving Berlin

“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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 26, 2016 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values

As a secular humanist who was raised Jewish, I have learned to ignore the Christmas excesses and platitudes that inundate us for two months of every year. 

But one idea, especially on display at Yuletide, I have never accepted: America is founded on “Judeo-Christian values.”   This claim has no basis in reality.  “Judeo-Christian values” are either moral precepts so obvious (love thy neighbor) as to be ubiquitous among the world’s major religions, or they are rooted in the primitive…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 11, 2015 at 9:29pm — 22 Comments

No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values

As a secular humanist who was raised Jewish, I have learned to ignore the Christmas excesses and platitudes that inundate us for two months of every year. 

But one idea, especially on display at Yuletide, I have never accepted: America is founded on “Judeo-Christian values.”   This claim has no basis in reality.  “Judeo-Christian values” are either moral precepts so obvious (love thy neighbor) as to be ubiquitous among the world’s major religions, or they are rooted in the primitive…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 11, 2015 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Even the Pope has his bad days

Added by Alan Perlman on October 30, 2015 at 3:31pm — 2 Comments

RSVP (not sent)

"Dear Alan and Elisha,

"We are planning to have the unveiling service for Belle [my mother, who died last year] on Sunday, November 22 at the Haym Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, PA at 11am.  We would love to have you join us, but please – [there’s] no pressure."

[Invitation to brunch afterward.]

The above is an invitation from my brother and sister-in-law (Deb, although a New Hampshire Congregationalist, follows along…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

No Freedom From Religion for this Atheist

To expose yourself to any news medium today is to encounter a veritable tsunami of religious bullshit, enough to confirm my worst visions of humanity and make it all the more difficult to hope for a secular future, free of religion’s enslavement.

The Pope comes to America.  At incalculable cost, we learn, unprecedented security measures are being employed to protect his holy self.  Why not trust God to do it? 

A potpourri of Popery

A guy from Argentina…

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Added by Alan Perlman on September 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

On the rhetoric of The Donald and the stupidest thing he’s ever said – so far

“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”

- Sophocles

 

“Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”

- Ben Franklin

 

Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacy

The Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience.  Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential…

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Added by Alan Perlman on August 27, 2015 at 9:00pm — 26 Comments

Once again, folks: It's about RELIGION .

Once again, a Muslim targets the military and slaughters Americans.  Once again, motives are sought.  He was such a nice guy.  He came back from the Middle East, and he was somehow different. I am still waiting for someone (why not a secular organization?) to have the courage to say that yes, he was different: his mind was taken over by a vile, heinous, psychotic RELIGIOUS fantasy.  

On CNN, law officers in impressive uniforms vow to find out why he did it.  The closest that the media…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Who is a Jew?

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.”

My response:

The question of "who is a Jew?" is right up there with "What do women want?".  Womb doctrine is the most enshrined and…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 7, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high

I have often said that Judaism is a religion for the obsessive-compulsive, with rule after rule, hundreds of them, interpreted and extrapolated to the finest nuance by generations of rabbis.  It could easily keep you busy most or all of your waking hours.

Nowhere is Jewish OCD on more florid display than in the 24 hours called Shabbat, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. (NOTE: The following is about truly observant Jews; practitioners of Judaism Lite, like my family,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 22, 2015 at 3:55pm — 34 Comments

Readings from the Quran: infidels beware!

“The Bible.  That is what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rogues teach, and young children are made to learn by heart.”

Voltaire

 

In my continuing efforts (I’ll be writing letters to the editor on this subject) to confront liberal Westerners, especially PC mealy-mouthed apologists like Obama, with the vile truth of what Muslims are required to believe, I provide a few quotes from Sam Harris’ The End of Faith.

I cringe when I…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 12, 2015 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Suggested Obama speech draft: "The Real Enemy"

My fellow Americans,

Tonight I speak from the heart.  My words are not ghostwritten or focus group tested.  This is what I, as leader of the free world, truly believe.

Let me talk about the real nature of terrorism (the kind that most affects us, since many different terrorist groups wreak havoc around the world).  And let me call the enemy by its real name.

Violent Muslim attacks on Western countries -- and let's face it, they ARE Muslim, and I apologize for my verbal…

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Added by Alan Perlman on February 12, 2015 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

The meaning of "Groundhog Day"

“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely,

One true reality alone exists.”

Zen saying

 

Amid the twin excitements of Super Bowl and blizzard, we vaguely recall that today is also Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration until Harold Ramis’ brilliant movie of the same name.  It was and is my all-time favorite message film.

Groundhog Day explores the everydayness of life with an ingenious premise…

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Added by Alan Perlman on February 2, 2015 at 11:59am — 6 Comments

More nuttiness from chabad.org: why Jews obey rules

I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion.  There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.

So why do it?  Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?

Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastika

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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)

I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the son of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood.

Bar/bat mitzvah invitations have been getting cuter, trendier, and ever more adolescent in form and content, as if we needed to be reminded that it’s all in honor of a child whom we pretend has reached some sort of milestone.

I just got a chance to see my own invitation (1956), in a photo album I salvaged…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 27, 2014 at 3:42pm — 15 Comments

Belle's funeral: epilogue

Thanks to all those who commented on my pre-funeral anxieties and other issues.  Things went quite smoothly in PA,  because the funeral was held in the social hall, where we also ate after the burial. So no religious problems.  I saw another funeral being held in the holy sanctuary but was told that they usually hold funerals in the social room, and the event in the sanctuary followed a sudden death.  So Belle is off to that Great Kosher(-Style) Deli in the sky, where every meal is brunch…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 25, 2014 at 4:22pm — 5 Comments

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