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Another National Day of Superstition and Shame

Today is another National Day of Prayer, a day when all Americans are supposed to talk to their imaginary friend (who never answers).  The President, like his predecessors, shamelessly merges church and state and reaffirms, for the world to see, that we are still a nation awash in religiosity, still clinging to the notion that our imaginary friend hears it all, will somehow will be affected by the prayers, and change his immutable plan to grant every one of the zillion wishes that come his…

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Added by Alan Perlman on May 2, 2019 at 12:38pm — 6 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

[I thought this was worth re-posting on this very special day, especially since some fellow heretics may not have seen it. Hope you agree.]

“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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 21, 2019 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

Facing the end

I had not meant to post again so soon, but circumstances compelled me.  I'm writing partly in response to Joan Denoo's hopeful response that we atheists can do better in creating a world free of religious fantasy and conflict.

Maybe religion will retreat only so far and under certain conditions.  Maybe we can't cause major change. I think it was Shimon Peres who said that if a condition resists all effort at change, perhaps it should be considered a permanent part of the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on May 5, 2018 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

National Day of Shame

All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.”

Tennessee Williams

 

Hey, it’s National Day of Prayer!  What are you atheists doing as your superstitious fellow-countrymen, led by a hypocrite who exemplifies their values in no way whatsoever, declare their obeisance to their Imaginary Friend, and ask him for lots of stuff?

Mel Brooks compared God to a Chinese waiter,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on May 3, 2018 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy

"I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest.  Up comes a theologian and blows it out."

Denis Diderot

“Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”

David Hume

The Non-Event

Another Passover is upon us. Jews around the world celebrate their founding…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 1, 2018 at 12:30pm — 6 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 31, 2018 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

RIP Billy Graham, merchant of delusion

My stomach has been roiling with nausea, my eyes perpetually rolling, at the outpouring of religiosity that accompanied the passing of the most successful fantasy merchant of the last century, perhaps of all time.

His message -- God loves you -- is absurd. George Carlin first described religion's visions of the tortures of hell -- then ended with "...but he LOVES you."  So much for God's love.  

I'm really sorry that major secular organizations didn't speak out -- or speak out…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

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 — 15 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 — 5 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 — 9 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 — 21 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 — 18 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 — 10 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 — 16 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 — 32 Comments

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