Sunday, January 29, 2006

God Told Me To Hate You!

As a young christian may ask, "Why did Jesus have long hair like a homo?" (Children are so honest and upfront. ) I would direct them to a website that I recently discovered.

I was doing some research for a dissertation that I'm obligated to write regarding examples where religion has hampered scientific progress throughout history. There are the obvious examples of how the Catholic Church gagged Galelieo regarding his heliocentric view of astronomy, and of course stem cell research, epilepsy vs excorsism, hiccups vs witchcraft, germs as demons, etc.

One example of religious efforts to stifle learning is the burning of books (A True Christian
® Tradition) . Not just evil bad books but all books that aren't of 'divine' origins. This led me to the website that I am introducing.

A hilarious parody of ultra fundamental christian idealism that will have you rolling in laughter all the way to hell. Please check out the Landover Baptist Church. They are endorsed by God and George W. Bush as the purveyors of faith and salvation.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

With This I Can Agree

The embedded video that was on this post is now here. It's Dateline's Josh Mankowitz discussing, 'chocolate' New Orleans, and Hillary. Pretty good stuff. I liked his use of Google Earth to enhance his editorial.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Bad People

Do you think Bush's approval ratings will increase if Osama attacks? Do you think his ratings will increase if Osama fails to attack? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are correct. If we get attacked again, as threatened today by the Al Qaeda leader, we will see the wishy washy political middle sway in favor of the 'war on terror'. If not, the red states will claim that the efforts of our whitehouse administration has been successful at protecting us. It makes me think that Osama and George W. are way ahead of the rest of us.

What a stupid thing for Hillary to say. Even if I agree with her, she's not very smart to say the 'Plantation' thing. I'm not sure if she won any net votes with that move. Sure she got some 'black' support for that, but she probably lost some 'black' votes too. Anyone who is educated on the plight of the American slavery liberation and the effort to abolish prejudism will agree that it was a gigantic set back for civil rights. I hope the democrats have another candidate in mind for 2008.

Nancy (dis)Grace... I don't know, I just don't like her show. She is irritating to listen to and she took over my regular 3o minute repeat of the headlines. Now I have to listen to 3 hours of Nancy's pet peeves. She is hell bent on missing children. Good for her, but there are other news stories. I think Nancy is a lonely bitter bitch.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Jesus? - Let The Courts Decide

I heard a rumor that the Catholic church in Italy was facing a lawsuit claiming that it was fraudulent to teach the existence of Jesus. Turns out that it is one very old and very vocal atheist that has brought suit against his seminary school classmate for writing christ oriented stories in the local Italian paper. He is claiming that laws are being broken, laws that are in place to prevent Italian citizens from being swindled or conned in to believing something to be true when it is not. Source1 Source2 Source3
The plaintiff is calling upon the defendant to prove in a court of law that Jesus truly existed. This may claim to be a difficult task. The bible, with all of its contradictions and fallacies, will be a flimsy, if admissible, piece of evidence. A hearing is scheduled for the 27th of January to decide if the case is worth the courts time. I'll be following this story.
I would like to see this go a couple of steps further and see someone challenge the legal system to prove the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, creator. I won't hold my breath either way.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Personality Quiz

I took a quiz and these were the results. Pretty accurate I'd say. Try it!

You are .mp3 The kids love you.  You get along with just about everybody except the music industry.  You really make yourself heard.
Which File Extension are You?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

I Love Chinese... that is.

Did you know that the Chinese government censors their citizens' blogs? What's worse is the cooperation that the Chinese government gets from Microsoft to do it. A very popular blogger that goes by the name Mr. Anti has been shut down for reporting (on his personal blog) that a group of reporters in Beijing has gone on strike. Allegedly Mr. Anti didn't even say he supported the walkout. Apparently a reporter was fired for reporting on some police shootings and citizen unrest. In sympathy for the fired reporter, hundreds of other reporters refused to work. Hooray for a glimpse of cohesion in an oppressed society.

It has been common knowledge that MSN Spaces cooperates with oppressive governments to prevent their citizens from expressing any dissention. Words like 'Democracy' and 'Human Rights' are banned from blog titles. This however is the first account of an entire bloggers work being removed, and without any warning. (He wasn't given any chance to back up his files.)

This is disturbing to me. I am unsure what the solution is. I know that Microsoft can't force China to be an open country, but where does it end? Will companies like MS and Yahoo become so powerful as to shape the way information is presented and decide who is allowed to present it? Will crap like this spill over into our country? I hope not. source source source

Thursday, January 05, 2006

What A Dumbass

Here's another example of religion getting stupidly involved in politics. Today Pat Robertson suggested that the prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, brought his stroke on himself by making god angry. What a stupid thing to say. I know people who truely believe that their physical illnesses are caused by guilt from sin. This is exactly how religion can be dangerous. When medical problems are ignored or simply prayed about, the condition can become gravely severe. Even if I were a religious person, I would believe that god gave us medical science for a reason.

The justification for Pat Robertson's statements came from the old testament - something to do about dividing god's land. I thought that the christian dogma states that the old testament's laws were nullified by the resurrection of the christ. If we still lived by the laws in the old testament it would be a very scary world. Read this.

Anyway this holier-than-thou jesus pimp named Robertson has seriously embarrassed himself in my eyes. He sells religion and makes a real good living doing it, so I suggest he stick with that and stay out of politics. Anyone who watches his 700club television show will soon realize what a fanatical kook this guy really is, and anyone who buys into it is worse because it indicates a weak mind and a low self-esteem.

Here's today's links.
The Anti-Pat Robertson/Christian Coalition Site (Pat's REAL agenda is scary!)
Humanist Association of Tulsa (The official site)
Positive Athiesm (Checkout the extensive list of quotes)
The Complete Bushisms (Comprehensive collection of stupid things our president has said)

My favorite 'Bushism' from the above website:

"Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican." - George W. Bush Declining to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Politically Incorrect Secular World

If any of you have had the opportunity to watch Bill Maher's latest HBO comedy special "Victory Begins at Home", you would agree that if he had performed that routine a couple of years ago, he would have been branded anti-American, terrorist, or even Satan. His views are expressed in a very 'matter of fact' style, mixed with cynicism and sarcasm. As GW's war slowly lingers, people are starting to wise up to the fact that the Bush administration manipulated the public (flat out lied) to justify waging war for his own hidden agendas. Bill Maher got some big laughs here and there, but there were also alot of nervous jittery laughter throughout. When he asked if there were any fundamental christians in the audience, people just quietly giggled, but no one responded directly. I found myself laughing out loud in a sinister kind of way. It's worth watching if you can catch it.

Also, today I found a new resource for secular information. Check out the home of The Internet Infidels at The Secular Web.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ringing in the New Year

Happy New Year to all. This is day one of your new resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, start excersizing, or whatever honorable endeaver you have chosen. Most new year resolutions are given up within the first month. Therefore, I have chosen not to make a resolution.

However, I do intend to post more often, and to be more open about my personal philosophies. Until just recently I have felt guilty about being godless and existential. I now realise that I'm not alone and I'm not a bad person. There is a local organisation of humanists that I intend to join for fellowship and enlightenment. The Humanist Association of Tulsa is affiliated with the American Humanists Assocation and The Council for Secular Humanism.

As defined by the AHA, "Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity".

So my new year reasolution is to learn more about the responsible secular societies and be more active in their support.