Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In Rememberence and disgust.



Seventy years ago this week, the Soviet army liberated Auschwitz. Exposing the undeniable evidence of the atrocity of the Nazis and the most grotesque aspect of the curse of religion ever experienced. 

The hideousness of the Holocaust begs the answer to the eternal question posed by the Greek philosopher Epicurus:


Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

Believers will move to avert placing the blame on their god for this inhumane obscenity. They will say "God gave man free will", as though it gives their god a pass.  They will invoke the "
theodicy problem", the defense of God's goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil, which they will claim is "still unanswered."

But in fact the theodicy problem
has been answered ever since the first atheist existed ... religionists simply don't acknowledge that answer.  To do so would kill their god, just as sure as their religious delusion killed the Jews.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Why [some] Liberals are in Denial about the Threat of Islam: The Camel explains it all.





 “Hatred And Stupidity Killed 12 People, Not Religion”

That’s the headline PoliticusUSA  ran last Friday in response to the Muslim terrorist attack in France. They go on to say blaming Islam for the acts of these bastards is unfair. That it is tantamount to blaming Christianity because of Timothy McVeigh’s murderous demolition of the Federal Building in Oklahoma years ago.  To which I respond:  BULLSHIT!


Here’s the whole story, if you can stomach it:
http://www.politicususa.com/2015/01/09/hatred-stupidity-killed-12-people-religion.html



What a silly, unthinking, dishonest and utterly misguided article. McVeigh didn't kill in the name of Christianity, or in the defense of his God or Jesus.  Just invoking McVeigh in some kind of perverted attempt to diminish the role of Islamic religious fervor in the Paris tragedy is the worst kind of grotesque false equivalence.


These Muslim fanatics killed specifically because their interpretation of the Koran demands they defend Muhammad's honor. Pictures or ridicule of Muhammad demand the offenders’ deaths.  Period. Without that religious imperative it never would have happened and seventeen innocent people would be alive today. 


When is Liberal America going to stop pretending that Islam / Muslims and the Koran had no part in this and every other Islamic attack the world over?  Did Islam also have no part in the killing of that journalist cartoonist Theo Van Gogh in Amsterdam a few years ago, or the death fatwa still in place against the author Salmon Rushdie for his book "Satanic Verses"?  What drove those acts of violence and incivility if not religion?  When a Muslim apostate is murdered by a Muslim believer; or a “blasphemer” in Saudi is given one-thousand lashes for his “crime” is it because of hate and stupidity, or is it because Islam and the Koran demands it ?


Now, had they suggested that religiosity makes people haters and stupid, then they’d be on the right track. But to deny Islam’s role and responsibility for the acts of these fanatics is either the highest level of stupidity or gross dishonesty - overt denial out of some misguided attempt to placate Muslims and paint a pretty picture of “the religion of peace.”   It fails on both counts. At best it succeeds in putting lipstick on a pig.  It doesn’t fool anyone who possesses eyes, ears, a brain to process fact and reality,  and who is not cowed by Islamic threats of vengeance.


Islam is where Christianity was eight-hundred or so years ago. Anyone who is not a follower of the pedophile Prophet is “the other”, someone to hold in suspicion and a potential convert.  Anyone who opposes Islam, or who leaves Islam, or who offends Islam is the enemy to be dealt with as prescribed by the Koran, a preferred Hadith verse, or by a vengeful and maniacal Imam. How many more times do we need to see it repeated before we call it what it is: religiously instigated psychosis?


The Liberal press’ tendency to deny the truth, to sugar coat it, to cloak it in secular terms in an effort to spare Muslim’s feelings, or to appease those Muslims who stand ready to kill en masse at any hint of disgust and rejection of what Islam stands for, is an act of appeasement at best, or out right dishonesty at its worst. It’s time to wake up and call Islam what it is: a potentially infectious disease steeped in medieval ignorance and vengeance. To deny it will be Western culture’s death knell.  





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

'Je Suis Charlie' : In solidarity with the French who stand against Islamic Intimidation





Blasphemy?? Too damn bad!

The freedom of expression will never be crushed by mindless religionist fervor. 

I stand with the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Let the jihadists, and their child molesting prophet be damned.   





Sunday, January 4, 2015

Islam or Christianity: Which is the greatest threat to United States’ freedom?


A friend and fellow anti-theist from Canada posed this question to me the other day:     

“… when I first made your acquaintance, your frustration with American ‘Christians’ gave you cause to discount my warnings about Islam …  I put to you back then and I put again to you now that one ‘moderate’ individual holding fast to Islam is exponentially more dangerous than 50 Scalias + 50 Pat Robertsons + 50 Rick Santorums put together.”


My reply to him is as follows. See if you agree:  

I do not need convincing of the threat Islam represents to Europe and potentially the US. However, Europe is not the US. We have people here, Christians,  who are distorting our Constitution for religious purposes … people at the highest levels of the Judiciary and Legislative Branches that hold first allegiance to their God and Bible and second to the Constitution.

Laws are being passed in states making official prayer days; a Supreme Court decision declared corporations have religious rights- just like individuals-  that permit them to refuse providing contraception coverage to their employees; Justice Thomas of the Supreme Court says he believes the states are allowed to set up their own state religions. There are tons more such examples of religious activism at state levels. All are
frightening.

Add to that a 20-25% vocal and armed minority of fundamentalist Right Wing Christian extremist nutters, FOX News devotees one and all, largely itching for a reason to instigate armed rebellion, and the danger of fundamentalist Christian fanaticism to this nation becomes magnified exponentially.

We have 0.8% Muslims in the US. Compare that to the UK at almost 5%, France at 10% and other European nations in high single or low double digits. They are nations who have largely thrown off Xtian fanaticism. Their greatest threat now is the growing Muslim population that seeks not to assimilate but to displace European culture. But, the US is still THE focal point of Christian fanaticism in the Industrialized World. We still have to battle that which has already been largely defeated overseas.   That is a fact, pure and simple.

SO… while I appreciate the threat that is Islam to the US and the world as a whole, the clear and MOST PRESENT danger to the US are far Right Christian fanatics, of whom there are five on our Supreme Court appointed for life,  dozens more in elected positions, millions roaming the streets.

Speaking as an American and with all due respect to your knowledge of my country - the threat of a Christian controlled Executive branch, coupled with the Legislative and Judicial branches that they currently control is the greatest danger to secular freedoms in the United States, at least for the immediate future.

I held that position when we first met ... I maintain it now.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

When Xtians reject the “magic and myth” of Jesus, but accepting reality is too hard: What’s a believer to do?



”Virgin Birth, etc.  is part of the "magic" part of Christianity. I used to accept all that … but now, with a lot more thought and study, I clearly understand all that as myth. And now I'm on my journey in search for the true, true understanding of God.  I think it is okay to acknowledge that I may be right. Don't you?”


The above is an extraction of a statement from a believer responding to an article that places doubt on the miracles attributed to and surrounding the story of Jesus.  Ostensibly what this disillusioned ex-Christian is saying is “I was fooled once and I reject THOSE magical things; now I’ll seek the Ultimate Magical Thing.” 

My reply to this confused fellow follows:


I am always open to the possibility of the virtually impossible.  Give me objective evidence of Bigfoot, I'll buy in. Show me scientific proof of faeries, and I'll accept it as real. Demonstrate the evidence for a God or gods that is objective, observable, and repeatable under controlled conditions, and I'll drop to my knees and render oral gratification to It ... if that's what It wants. 

Until then I don’t need to seek anything magical. Why you feel the need to, as opposed to simply acknowledging reality, is your own bugaboo to cope with - don’t ask for my approval or reinforcement, there is none forthcoming.

Believers in all make believe things - the products of man's boundless & wondrous imagination - are simply mimicking their culture's prevailing concept of supernaturalism. That many still credit all the marvels of the universe, our planet, human life, medical advancements and technological discoveries, et al... to a benevolent boogie man who always existed; and all disease and war, and all the evils of civilization to a Satanic being of one variety or another - is owed nothing but ridicule and disdain, as it impedes human advancement and knowledge. Even those who hold "belief" to a much lesser degree are simply enablers of those believers who are so far gone.


The fact is for tens of thousands of years man has invented and worshiped or feared imaginary beings. Not one of them has ever materialized. They've sacrificed to them, prayed to them, implored them to end wars/ give victory, vanquish foes; to destroy or resurrect; to heal or cause pain; to rain and grow crops. They’ve used these gods to justify their tribe’s horrendous genocides of other tribes.  But not one of these beings has ever showed itself, demonstrated the efficacy of its powers, or yielded evidence of existence.

Thousands of gods are on the trash heap of man's imaginary friends. The current God version is simply a few steps from being disposed of itself, thanks to the modern age of communication and growing acceptance of science and the scientific method to explain what was once attributed to the divine (well, at least in First World Nations - excluding the US South).


As for your question, once again: No! For the reasons I just explained I cannot acknowledge you may be right. But I will offer you this : if there is any truth to the old saying that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity,  then I'd proffer you and your fellow "God searchers" over the past few thousand years are closer to insane than you are to "right."

Friday, December 19, 2014

I'M PISSED... AND FOR ONCE IT'S NOT A RELIGIOUS ISSUE.


The obscenity that is the surrender of free speech by SONY Pictures to a little fat bastard in North Korea has my hump in a twist. So, I am departing from my usual religious themed rant to just clear the air...especially for anyone who doesn't see this issue as particularly troubling.

People are reminding me that Sony is a Japanese held company, and thus has political concerns relative to Korea, a centuries old enemy, vis-a-vis the potential of starting a hot war over this idiotic movie. Or they  cite the financial exposure in the event of a terrorist attack at a theater as the over riding concern to the Japanese. 

To both of those things I say: Bullshit!

Look ... it's very simple: If you want to play in America, reap the benefits of the American
consumer's dollar, then you play by American values. And one of those values is:
WE DO NOT TRUNCATE THE HARD WON FREEDOM OF SPEECH BECAUSE WE ARE COWED BY THREATS FROM SOME TWO BIT 3RD WORLD DICTATOR'S HACKERS.


The ability for a company within our borders to produce and present the ideas words and pictures they want to should not be truncated either by OUR government, or by threat of another government, or by religious fanatics. To bow to that pressure, to let that happen, is counter to American values.

If a foreign company wants to play the American capitalism game then that is the price a foreign company should pay to do business here.  If that runs counter to their business philosophy, their cultural imperative, or offends their sensibilities, then sell that segment of your business to a US concern, or just get the hell out.


Okay... I feel better now.