Archive for December, 2012

Adding insult to a massacre

December 26, 2012

I hate to subject you to such obscenity, but I’m posting the disgusting trash that I mentioned previously about seeing posted repeatedly on Facebook.

It goes like this:

Happy Jesus Dead Kids

Twas 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate. Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air. They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. They were filled with such joy; they didn’t know what to say. They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. “where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. “This is heaven” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house”. When what to their wondering eyes did appear, but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near. He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same. Then He opened His arms and He called them by name. And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring those children all flew into the arms of their King and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face. And as if He could read all the questions she had He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad. “then He looked down on earth, the world far below He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe, then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, “Let My power and presence re-enter this land! “May this country be delivered from the hands of fools” “I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools! “Then He and the children stood up without a sound. “Come now my children let me show you around. “Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran. All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can. And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, “in the midst of this darkness,” I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

I still just can’t believe that anyone would be so deluded, insensitive, and … twisted, that they would believe this is anything other than a slap in the face of everyone who lost a child or a loved-one in that massacre.  It makes my determination to be kind to delusionoids falter a little.  Until they post hideously cruel crap like than, then I will not be kind.  I will be honest.

 

 

Outsmarted

December 23, 2012

That old Satan.  If he weren’t just as imaginary as his nemesis, then he’d be one smart guy.

He was smart enough to put fossils in the ground (dinosaur fossils are just “giant pig bones” according to a religionist I used to know) in order to fool people into believing in evolution and geology, and to doubt the Genesis fairy tale.

He was smart enough to teach people to celebrate the winter solstice just as soon as they noticed it so that many tens of thousands of years later Christians could claim that he did it in order to try to trick people away from celebrating “the reason for the season” of Christmas.  Never mind that the supposedly sacred event couldn’t have taken place around this time of the year.  And never mind that the Jesus story was just an obvious adaptation and mishmash of various similar, earlier, stories.

So, since I favor intelligence over arrogance, and since I can read the bible for myself and see with my own eyes who it was that was promoting genocide, murder, slavery and all other sorts of evil (like dashing the heads of babies into rocks), I know which one I’d probably prefer to hang out with.

If we were talking about anything other than a fairy tale.

I’ll now sit and ponder the other deep questions: Yoda or Chewbacca?  Han Solo or Indiana Jones?  George Burns’ “God” or Morgan Freeman’s “God”?

I don’t “believe”; I care

December 19, 2012

I love how I get lectured about my non-belief by people who live less “morally” than I do.  Seriously.

If you drink to great excess on a regular basis, cuss like a sailor, have indiscriminate sex, and chain smoke, then I envy you.  Wait, what I mean to say is that you really shouldn’t be lecturing me when I object to some offensive religious tripe I see on Facebook.  You aren’t credible.  I don’t really want to chain smoke anyway.

I objected to a horrifying poem celebrating the entry of the Sandy Hook Elementary murder victims into heaven, and was told that I only object because I don’t believe in heaven.  WTF?

That won’t wash.

I would have been just as horrified by that poem back during my “believer days”.

I was also scolded because I need to recognize that people need to believe they will be with their lost loved-ones again.  Otherwise the grief is overwhelming.  Yes, it is.  That is reality.  And through that grief maybe the rest of us will learn that the way to protect what you value is NOT to forbid people from protecting those precious lives with the best tools available.  I probably have too much optimism.

Back to the subject at hand… this isn’t the first time this has happened.  I have even been lectured, by people who were so drunk that they could barely form words, that I “just have to believe, because god loves you”.

Then god has a sick way of showing it.

Fortunately, I know god is imaginary, and the Universe doesn’t care about our planet, much less life, or any individual.  The job of caring rests with ME.  And I do.

 

Neil, you are out of touch

December 11, 2012

Tyson atheist

(From here)

Sorry, Mr. Tyson, but your culture makes it hard for you to see the world the rest of us live in.  You are surrounded by scientific thinkers who are functional atheists, even if they claim to be “believers”.  They have to operate as if reality is what it is, and there is no possibility of a miracle popping up and invalidating all the data.

In the rest of the world, though, we have to live with a different culture surrounding us.

A culture where the “non-golfers” get attacked, sometimes quite literally, for not being “golfers”.

In this culture it makes sense to band together with other “non-golfers” for mutual protection and in order to not be seen as a lone prey animal.

I am an atheist, and I will lend my support to any other atheist I see getting attacked.  I will call myself an atheist, if asked, in order to let others know they are not alone.  I will act like an atheist by not going along and pretending to believe in imaginary friends, even though it makes it hard for me to find a job and have a social life.

Mostly I don’t care whether other people believe in imaginary beings or not.  What I do care about is when they punish me because I don’t share their belief.  I welcome the chance to get together with others who don’t feel the need to praise their imaginary friends for every good thing that happens in their life.  It’s not about sitting around talking about not believing in god- it’s about not having to listen to the believers gush.

God loves stupid people

December 7, 2012

Peggeen again.

Why is god always going out of his way to rescue people from their own stupidity?

You have to read to the bottom; that’s where they always keep these “heartwarming” conclusions.

It’s funny how “god” takes care of people who deliberately do irresponsible, foolhardy things but won’t take care of, say, starving babies in Ethiopia or little girls who are getting beaten and raped by their daddies.

Christianity not a religion???

December 5, 2012

Pegeen here.

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of christians claim that christianity is “not a religion.”

I don’t know how long this has been going on. When I was a kid and a young adult surrounded by christians, I don’t recall ever hearing such a claim. Everybody acknowledged the obvious — that christianity was, is and will always be a religion.

Of course, the people around me liked to believe that theirs was the only “true” religion. But denying it was a religion would have been laughable.

When I first heard that christians were now making the “not a religion” claim, I wasn’t terribly interested or bothered. I just thought it was another harmless delusion. But not so.

The much scarier reality turned up in in Bill O’Reilly’s scary mouth, when he carried on and ranted at American Atheists president Dave Silverman that christianity is not a religion, but a philosophy. O’Reilly said that anybody who thought the Big C was a religion was irrational — and a bunch of other bad things.

He later partly recanted. But not really.

Maybe I’m slow. But I finally realized “not a religion” isn’t just another self-aggrandizing self delusion on the part of people who want the world to think they’ve got the inside track on god. I got it. And it’s chilling. The sole, entire purpose of the “not a religion” claim is to subvert the Bill of Rights. Because while the first amendment says that the federal government can’t establish a religion, and while Jefferson’s principle of separation of church and state is growing in influence, there’s no law that says the government can’t promote, finance, or enforce a philosophy.

Never mind that it’s a “philosophy” about an all-powerful sky god who demands that you do what preachers and scriptures demand — OR ELSE.

The entire “not a religion” claim is nothing but a tool to promote and permit an American theocracy.

And that’s scary.

Where’s the bias?

December 3, 2012

It is so obvious there is no consciousness, particularly nothing that could be called an “intelligence”, behind the workings of the Universe.

Not an evil one and certainly not a benevolent one. Any consciousness would give itself away with some sort of consistency, or a bias. I’m not speaking of things like laws of nature, but with events like people and their acts. Either there would be a preference for evil or a preference for good. A bias for one or the other. Such a preference is not a part of reality by any reality-based measure.

That preference only exists in the human mind. Some people prefer to do evil and some prefer to do good. But no part of the non-conscious Universe cares one way or the other. Any consciousness behind the scenes would have a bias and would show its hand- unless it were totally unaware of this planet’s existence or it simply didn’t care about humans one way or the other.

Either way it doesn’t bode well for the Delusionoids.  They have to resort to fairy tales about what happens after death to make it appear that there is such a bias.  And that’s just pathetic.