There’s been much debate about trying to deprogram believers as opposed to ignoring them and letting them adore and worship any divinity they please. Live and let live, it’s a free country and what harm are they doing. In fact, religion can be a good thing because, like music, it soothes the wild beast.
Religion was fine with me most of my life. Religious people felt sorry for me, I’m losing my soul; I felt sorry for them, they’re losing much of the joy of life in anticipation of… Continue
The fact that these people are pushing so hard to shut the rest of us up, makes me suspect that they know they are in the wrong. Sorry guys if you want to worship a pedophile, brain wash kids into becoming suicide bombers, and treat women like property, I will criticize you and I don't care whether or not it hurts your… Continue
In order to give my rants a bit of consistency, I’m starting a new series of posts called Sheeple Reports. A large part of skeptical inquiry is pointing out the blind following of numerous trends from religion to homeopathy. Sheeple Reports will give me a chance to vent my frustration in dealing with the various followers all around me. First on the agenda is an update to my previous snippet of…Continue
Have you ever asked, “Why didn’t God answer my prayers?” Have you ever prayed for something but then did not receive it? Have you ever wished for something to happen, but it didn’t? Have you ever wondered why you couldn’t get along with your sister, love your neighbor, save your marriage, lose the weight, get that car, or anything else you prayed for that you didn’t get…
My earliest childhood memories are when I was five or six years old, in our beautiful village just outside the city of Mahabad in western Iran. My friends and I were playing tag in our front yard. One of my friends at one moment fell on the hard ground. As he tried to get up, everything seemed as though it was a slow motion movie. My eyes were fixed on a big ball of fire that was falling from the sky. The Iranian army was bombing a valley in the southern parts of the village. Our innocent… Continue
Little discussion today at work; we've been through it before. He has actually read Dawkins and Harris (and remains unwavering in his faith, definite proof of his irrationality), and he recommended this book to me, saying I should read it to get an less "biased" viewpoint:
"What's so Great about Christianity" by Dinesh D'Souza.
Description from Amazon: Is it reasonable to have faith in God? Can intelligent, educated people really believe what the Bible says? Or do the…Continue
A young woman cuts my hair and when I told her of my book last month, she got it and read it. I went for a haircut today and got an earful. She was raised in a fundamentalist/evangelical home, her parents were very strict. She has pretty much left religion, but still considers herself spiritual and a Christian. I asked her how she liked the book and she started on a non-stop monologue. She talked about the manipulation and hypnosis I discuss in the book and seemed to be in wonder that she… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on February 25, 2009 at 1:59pm —
I being somewhat a skeptic since very young. Although my mother is catholic, she's a 'light' catholic, in the sense that she thinks that there is a god, but he hardly has something to do with the universe we live in; she's something I like to see as a catholic-colored pantheist. My father, in analogy, would be a catholic-colored agnostic, he finds comfort in the idea and is attached to the festivities, but not very religious by himself.
There is a story told by my mother that, I… Continue
Religious door-knockers, button-holers and junk mailers engender a range of emotions in their victims which are almost entirely negative. The range includes amusement, boredom, irritation, frustration, anger, and even rage. While others identify the behavior as rude, religious zealots and fundamentalists who engage in “witnessing behavior” appear to be ignorant of several generally accepted social rules.
Extended or repeated "declarations of faith" are considered acceptable if they… Continue
I liked Ben Stein a lot more as a character actor and game show host. Stein embarrassed himself terribly last year in Expelled, in which his painful ignorance of evolutionary science was put on display for all the world to see. In that movie he equated science - apparently all science, judging from comments he's made since - with Nazism, and supporters of the facts of biological evolution with Nazi sympathizers. All of that is bad enough for one flailing end-stage career in… Continue
Yes...I'm posting about this Muslim dude I've been 'debating' with...
I give up arguing with this guy now even though I've been told on here to enjoy the debate, these are the remains of the debate...or at least his response, which has turned from wannabe intellectual debate to insulting:
February 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm
scream riot aka lacking in intellect and deen, you are errrr annoying me…and err scaring me. you are becoming a pilot? pshh, scary… Continue
I haven't seen his timely film, Religelous as I live in the Boonies and we don't get controversial movies here :-(. I LOVED his courage at openly bashing the religous plagued citizens of the good ole USA. I am so glad I have found this arena to speak to other thinking people who are not the usual lemming mentality that all good Americans are God fearing. Well, in thruth , I am god fearing, I'm saddened by the cultural embrace of religion vs. "Freedom of Religion" which our country says it… Continue
Sorry to have been under radio silence for so long, but I'm working on a scientific manuscript for publication. Once that's off to be savagely critiqued in peer review, I'll be back for more god-bashing. For now, though, I can only offer this ridiculously lengthy reply I just wrote, to a comment on one of my previous posts on evolution. Enjoy:
I actually don't think I'm being unfair to theists, in… Continue
I’m surprised I haven’t seen any comments here about Bill’s godless 2 cents at the Oscars. It was great, except for the silence that fell on the crowd after his shout out, aside from a few crickets chirping in the distance. Even liberal Hollywood, who cheered for the Milk acceptance speeches and the anti-prop 8 statements, didn’t seem to back Bill’s jokes. How come when the religious demonize homosexuals it starts a heated debate, but when someone calls out religion, everybody clams up and… Continue
I hear the phrase “secular society” thrown around a lot. Usually the people I hear using it are saying it with a tone of disgust in their voice, as if the secular society was keeping their religion from breathing easy, free from scrutiny or any kind of restraints.
So what exactly is a secular society? Well when I asked google to define it, all it did… Continue