Close Encounters of the Religious Kind...You think you have it all worked out, you think you have your faculties in check, you think you have your emotional responses under control...and then something pops up to blow the lid on that whole damned affair...Close Encounters of the Religious Kind... by CorSecAgent
To begin, I maintain a collection of books and media for two separate organizations here in central Iowa - 'Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers' and 'Humanists of Iowa', sister organizations affiliated in common secular cause. As such, it is fitting for me to have a modest understanding of the works I curate so that I can more accurately represent them to the communities I serve.
One of the means I'm currently employing to facilitate this better awareness is the use of book discussions held by both groups. Currently there is a Humanist book club, just begun, meeting twice a month, which is reading 'The Righteous Mind' by Jonathan Haidt. And just recently there was an aborted attempt to have a book discussion on 'The End of Faith' by Sam Harris on the IAF side.
Then, of course, t
Anything But Islam...Aesop — 'It is easy to be brave at a safe distanceAnything But Islam... by LordSaintFire
It’s fair to say that many of the individuals who criticize or scrutinize Christianity, other religions, and even sexism seem to be suffering from lockjaw when it comes to Islam. For example, on the show Penn and Teller: Bullshit! The comedy duo did an episode entitled “The Bible: Fact or Fiction?”. In this episode – aired May 6, 2004 – Penn and Teller debunk the Bible's claims, with some help from Biblical experts. The episode, like the rest of the show, was well received, but no one could ever expect the pair to scrutinize the so-called “Religion of Peace”, and they even admitted to it themselves:
Are there any groups you won’t go after? We haven’t tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn’t want us to. Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists—I’m not sure. And we haven’t tackled Islam bec
Falstaff is DeadFalstaff is dead, and life bleats onFalstaff is Dead by Canis44
A few million shoes go “bye!”
The host, formulates along
Correctness, sublimations of
Teary speeches, of how wrongly
He lived, and now how dead he is.
Rain dies too, athwart his face
(Yes, athwart) it sleets, authentically
Tarnishing his already tarnished--
Yet defensive rotundity; the great mass in which
He lived, is filled with massive space…
Space, deep below the roomy preconscious.
Now the Halophiles are singing,
They love a good ascent, the correct way
To say ‘end a story’ or, ‘cut out those tongues!’
No need to say anything eclectic, villain & man &
Hero & coward or debonairly a slob! Such eloquence
Can have the long, routine, execution--hence sublimation etc…
Air, air on the guts of words, what are words?
Or THAT word? To guts on the ground, and fire in the air?
It is a long sleep-nonsense-nothingness, while politicos
Decide who is who, and what is what, this word for that!
Trodden, broken upon
Accusations Aginst ApostatesRecently, I wrote a poem entitled “I No Longer Believe”, which basically sums up all of the likely accusation one might make to an individual who reveals he/she is no longer a believer in the Christian faith. The poem is filled mostly with references to Bible verses, which Christians often apply to individuals who are defined as “Atheists”, or - more specifically - Those who have no positive beliefs and lack conviction in the existence of any spiritual or meta-physical person/concept/place, etc.Accusations Aginst Apostates by LordSaintFire
So what exactly are these accusations that Christians might make towards apostates (those who abandon an organized religion and no longer believe in it’s doctrines)? Well, before I get into the “what”. I think that it’s fair to address the “why” element first.
Most religious people believe that their scriptures are infallible; containing no errors, contradictions, and are demonstrably true. In addition, these people also believe that t
Agnosticism, Judgmentalism, and Faith.I just watched a documentary called "The God Who Wasn't There". It seemed very immature to me, but I have to admit that they guy does make a few decent points. (Overall, it just seemed like angst from bible camp.)Agnosticism, Judgmentalism, and Faith. by CrypticGrin
I left the documentary with only one question. Why do most Christians look down on agnostics? To me, you can't truly have faith until you have doubted it and rediscovered it through deep thought and reason. I'm in the process of trying to find and understand my stance on faith, and I get the most judgmental looks from devout Christians when I explain to them where I am on my path of discovery. In the bible, Jesus says that anyone who doubts the existence of the holy spirit will be damned. I have a creeping feeling that this is a severe misinterpretation, or one of the many edits by the early Catholic church. If God is truly a loving god as people claim, why would he condemn people for seeking the truth? Would he rather us lie to ourselves? This seems very contradictory.
How Christianity gave us gay marriage (?)Now here's a stunning article that made me sit up and stare at it in amazement. The piece is well worth the time to read. Equality is at the heart of the article and is the reason for the author's outrageous comment. It gives me hope that despite the hell the world is going through to find some area of peace, that Christianity (of all things)is the one holding up the banner of equality for all and isn't that amazing?How Christianity gave us gay marriage (?) by ulyferal
Stop Believing in EvolutionYeah, that's the thought of the day: It's not a matter of faith; you either understand it or you don't.Stop Believing in Evolution by PyrrhusiVictoria
"Evolution is nothing more than a fairly simple way of understanding what is unquestionably happening. You don't believe in it — you either understand it or you don't. But pretending evolution is a matter of faith can be a clever way to hijack the conversation, and pit it in a false duality against religion. And that's how we end up with people decrying evolution, even as they eat their strawberries and pet their dogs, because they've been led to believe faith can only be held in one or the other." -Keith Blanchard
He goes on to give the 10 second tour in lay-speak, although there are definitely better resources for that... but the underscoring point is certainly well-put.
Houston, We Have Crustacean!Decided on a whim to do a feature on a certain type of marine life, not really sure why to be exact but the piece I want to feature first as a lead into this exhibit is a wonderful illustration by :iconjeffdee: that he recently posted to his account -Houston, We Have Crustacean! by CorSecAgent
I can't get enough of this illustration to be honest. It's just amazing the imagination that goes into his work. Anyway, ON TO THE REST!
Before anyone gets the notion to point it out, YES, I do know that horseshoe crabs are not crustaceans. But they look cool so deal with it...
What You Are Actually AgainstI am to-day the mother of six living children, and have had two miscarriages. My oldest son is now twelve years old and he has been helpless from his birth. The rest of my children are very pale, and I have to take them to the doctor quite often. One of my daughters has her left eye blind. I have tried to keep myself away from my husband since my last baby was born, but it causes quarrels, and once he left me saying I wasn't doing my duty as a wife.This letter was printed in Harper's Monthly Magazine in 1930, and was, as the publisher explained, "one of the many heartbreaking pleas for help that Mrs. Sanger has collected in her recent book, "Motherhood in Bondage". Another in the book goes as follows:What You Are Actually Against by PyrrhusiVictoria
I have had five children, my oldest died when ten months old. I expect my sixth next month and this is eleven and one half years in which I haven't enjoyed no life at all. When my children are small I can't go nowhere, and as soon as I think I have a little rest from a baby I'm getting an
On Law Enforcement and the US Police StateI've been meaning to write this for a while, since it's a topic that not only doesn't go away, but only seems to continue worsening. We've all seen the stories, the statistics, read the articles, had the discussions, and in many cases, experienced the injustice firsthand. The overreach of authority from law enforcement, the abuses of power, the abject failures of judgement that go on around America on a daily basis are a national disgrace. In short, we are becoming - if we aren't already - a police state. We are becoming a country where the law shoots first and asks questions later, a country where you are guilty until proven innocent, and a country where the worst crime you can commit is to flout the authority of a cop, to disrespect him/her, especially in front of others. This "crime" has become a capital offense, one where the police officer is all to often the judge, jury and executioner. This has to stop, and America has to demand that it stops. These are the reforms which I belieOn Law Enforcement and the US Police State by AmericanDreaming
Merchants of DoubtDenial that climate change is man-made is almost exclusively an American feature. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/306/5702/1686.fullMerchants of Doubt by Modern-Ecology
Have you ever been curious why that is? Merchants of Doubt tells the history of climate change denial in the US and how "selling doubt" is profitable for a few scientists.
Merchants of Doubt has been praised - and attacked - around the world, for reasons easy to understand. This book tells, with "brutal clarity" (Huffington Post), the disquieting story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists, and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is "not settled" have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one t
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