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More religious idiocy: encoded Bible cures

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I like to ridicule the way religious people look to the Bible for morality (selectively, of course: modern people don't kill their children for disrespect or execute their neighbors for violating the…Continue

Tags: codes, cures,, Bibllcal, medicine, Bible

Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Dec 31, 2014. 11 Replies

Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food.  He sang something to the effect of  (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and…Continue

Tags: Nazi, Germany, Holocaust, Jews, political

Chomsky and the end-times

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 6, 2014. 12 Replies

I have a longer familiarity than most people with Chomsky, since I too was trained in linguistics. I haven't always agreed with him, but this assessment seems right on.  …Continue

Tags: nuclear, war, change, climate, end-times

Snake-worship and death: what to make of it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Feb 25, 2014. 2 Replies

Another snake worshiper dies of snake-bite.  Hew refuses medical treatment.  It's against his religion.See …Continue

Tags: religious, freedom, psychiatry, atheist, worship

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More religious idiocy: encoded Bible cures

I like to ridicule the way religious people look to the Bible for morality (selectively, of course: modern people don't kill their children for disrespect or execute their neighbors for violating the Sabbath, as prescribed in the Old Testament) -- but when they get sick, they don't turn to these ancient scribblings for medical advice.  At least, that's what I thought.But then I saw this: …See More
2 hours ago
Alan Perlman replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Religious fascism in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Thanks, Joan.  Dogby is right about Western perception of Buddhism.  But that is the special perniciousness of religion: it can preach peace but slaughter unbelievers. So, two questions for believers -- challenges, really: (1) If your…"
Jan 24
Alan Perlman commented on Hiram's blog post Charlie Hebdo and the Terror of Free Expression
"Thanks, Bertold.  I share Freethinker's fears.  Our forebears were way too optimistic about the triumph of reason.  A messianic, zero-sum religion that prizes martyrdom is most disturbing, as the trend towards small-scale attacks…"
Jan 10
Alan Perlman commented on Hiram's blog post Charlie Hebdo and the Terror of Free Expression
"For all its faults, Judaism can laugh at itself.  Beware the religion with a strong orthodoxy and no sense of humor.  Irreverence and skepticism are higher mental functions than Us Kill Them. and too many Muslims aren't there yet.…"
Jan 9
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More nuttiness from chabad.org: why Jews obey rules

I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion.  There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.So why do it?  Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they can espouse views…See More
Jan 1
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"Yes, context -- including the images you've been exposed to -- has so much to do with it.  Hindus would not see Jesus - they would see their gods.  Even atheists in Western societies have been exposed to the same handful of iconic…"
Dec 31, 2014
Michael Penn replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"It is human nature to see things. The way our brain is made has us constantly trying to compartmentalize things and put them together. We see patterns in clouds, sticks, and chicken entrails. Does it mean they are real? NO. We see all sorts of…"
Dec 30, 2014
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"Brother, you have to WANT to see Jee-zus!  But seriously, inclination is part of subjective pattern-formation.  But then, why do atheists see the same images as religious people (most of the time, anyway)?"
Dec 29, 2014
Idaho Spud replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"I don't see anything in that bread, except perhaps a bird."
Dec 29, 2014
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"I was hoping for some visual contributions to the thread...thanks to all. Dog-butt Jesus is a terrific illusion.  We see what we want to see, and the intention behind the use of the symbol (in this case, to provide attractive gift wrap, not…"
Dec 29, 2014
Loren Miller replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"No, but someone might light your fire!"
Dec 29, 2014
Loren Miller replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"Oh, you mean THIS: Right?  (Ain't pareidolia fun???)"
Dec 29, 2014
Pat replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"Looks like Jim Morrison of The Doors. If I eat that, will I become the Lizard King?"
Dec 29, 2014
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastika
"Right, because he/she would be using the symbol in its one negative context."
Dec 28, 2014
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"You have touched upon the most ghastly aspects of Chrstianity - the zombie/cannibal thing.  Christians don't wanna go there. Eating the god was depicted in Clan of the Cave Bear.  Probably very old."
Dec 28, 2014
Emma Lennon replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastikas
"I've seen a dog-butt Jesus. It looked more like Chewbacca to me."
Dec 28, 2014

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More nuttiness from chabad.org: why Jews obey rules

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion.  There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.

So why do it?  Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?

Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…

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Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastika

Posted on December 28, 2014 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food.  He sang something to the effect of  (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and see a swami...Jews don't see Moses in their salami." 

Well, Carlos, it seems that other ethnic groups -- I'm going to assume that the complainer was Jewish -- are prone to pattern-creation, driven by touchiness and political correctness, often around the Holocaust. The discipline of…

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Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:42pm 15 Comments

I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the son of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood.

Bar/bat mitzvah invitations have been getting cuter, trendier, and ever more adolescent in form and content, as if we needed to be reminded that it’s all in honor of a child whom we pretend has reached some sort of milestone.

I just got a chance to see my own invitation (1956), in a photo album I salvaged…

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Belle's funeral: epilogue

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 4:22pm 5 Comments

Thanks to all those who commented on my pre-funeral anxieties and other issues.  Things went quite smoothly in PA,  because the funeral was held in the social hall, where we also ate after the burial. So no religious problems.  I saw another funeral being held in the holy sanctuary but was told that they usually hold funerals in the social room, and the event in the sanctuary followed a sudden death.  So Belle is off to that Great Kosher(-Style) Deli in the sky, where every meal is brunch…

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At 6:30am on July 14, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for you comment. "Disrespect" is a pretty strong word, and, although I'd like to think I respect other opinions (religion, in this case), deep down I think "believers" are foolish and illogical.

At 9:18pm on December 10, 2012, Wyatt said…
Thanks Alan, I agree that the education system could do with a major overhaul. Speaking of education, if you haven't seen it already, check this out: "Texas is the large hadron collider of denying science - All God, no particle"
Stephen Colbert with the Word:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/416535/july-17-2012/the-word---on-the-straight---narrow-minded
At 8:04pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Well, you and I both know there are plenty of BOOBS out there ... enough to form a class, for sure!

At 12:48pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Ummm, the "booboisie"?!?  That be a NEW one on me.  Care to elucidate?

At 7:38pm on May 30, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Alan! Glad you could join us. :D Did you hide your groups? Perhaps I'll suggest groups to which you already belong. It's great to see the way you jumped right in with a blog.

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Jewish Atheists

and LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 5:05pm on May 30, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:01pm on May 30, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Alan
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you well know as a life long atheist and freethinker. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and over 3400 members.
 
 
 

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