I found this on NPR. It concerns a locater chip in school i.d. cards. The student in question states that: "The mark of the beast is what the Antichrist is going to use so he can track the people." Hmmm. I might not be up on my fundamentalist theology, but isn't the Antichrist supposed to possess supernatural powers, when he/ she arrives? If s/he has to fall back on technology, then maybe s/he wouldn't be that much of a threat. Anyway, here's the link:… Continue
It’s nice to have a birthday in the summer – guaranteed good weather (almost). My early parties were well attended (everybody home from vacation) and outdoors. But I know why seniors tend to disregard birthdays: as the number of enjoyed August 9ths gets more numerous, so does the number of anticipated August 9ths shrink.
As a speechwriter, I learned such obscure facts as my shared birthdate with Francis Scott…
Beware of tendecy to see relationships that you expect to see or that are supported by striking examples readily available in your memory. Rely on your notes more than your memory. Recognize that hindsight is seductive: It can lead you to feel overconfident and sometimes to judge yourself too harshly for not having foreseen…
Yeah, that's right! I'm one of those godless heathen non-believers, and I say that your holy book is full of inaccuracies! It's not historically reliable at all, let alone divine and inerrant! Contrary to what all those hard-line conservative fundamentalist wackaloons think, it actually contains numerous-
Some of the conservative nut-jobs are with me on this? Those same freakazoids who believe the universe was created 6,000 years ago based on a… Continue
Creationism is so tiresome, but this Aussie take on the wowcrazy Creation Museum and its originator Ken Ham (who is also responsible for Answers in Genesis) is just so hilarious I had to share it, by Slacktivist at http://www.slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2009/08/land-of-oz.html.
Added by Crystal Shard on August 26, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Here is an oped piece I wrote and submitted to several newspapers. We will see if it gets published.
The Curse of Sexual Fundamentalism
Darrel W. Ray, Ed.D.
I am a native of Wichita, Kansas, and grew up amidst the fundamentalism that infects that once proud and progressive town. With the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, it is time to recognize that Kansas has been for sometime, an incubator for crazy ideas and behavior, much like the Swat valley in Pakistan has… Continue
"Casting Out A Homosexual Demon": Exorcism on YouTube
The Gay Christian Movement Watch, a self-described "cutting edge Christian ministry whose mission is to monitor, analyze and publish (MAP) the activities, leaders and public theological positions of the 'gay christian movement'" has posted two videos (a 5-minute version and a 10-minute version) of an exorcism of a young, presumably gay, man called "Casting Out A Homosexual… Continue
[Due to people's complete inability to follow simple instructions and keep commentary in a single instance of a thread, I have given up. This article is replicated here for anyone smart enough to bang two rocks together and wants to follow all comments]
The futility of using reason against religious loons of all flavours is a recurring theme here. Their defenses are an impenetrable… Continue
Heading into lift the gates of the lion's pens event, Warren was declaring that, since it is his job as a pastor to shepherd “Democrats and Republicans and liberals and conservatives and moderates” he wasn’t going to ask “gotcha questions” but…
I had a discussion with a friend the other day about religion - surprise, eh? - and in the wake of that I should probably briefly clarify my views.
I would love religion to vanish, but that's not a reasonable thing to want or strive for. I really don't mind religion as long as it doesn't affect the outside world. My main issue, which I think a few people have misunderstood (probably because I ramble and rant) is that religion isn't open to question and criticism, seemingly because… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:59am —
Further to my note of a few days ago, about the Sikh girl who managed to get her personal delusions championed over mere secular beliefs.
It occurs to me that the position religion occupies within the British judicial system – or seeks to occupy, with a great deal of success – is similar to the position it seeks to occupy in science. Fundamentalist religion challenges a varied range of scientific theories, but the alternative hypotheses supplied often function as refutations of… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:55am —
A Sikh girl, attending a school with a no jewellery policy, was excluded for wearing a religious bracelet. The report on this, which was dripping with shots of the girl staring bleakly through windows, detailed how she was winning support and legal advice on the issue.
To me, it seems reasonably simple. No jewellery. Religious jewellery is still just jewellery, worn for entirely personal reasons. See my rant on Secular\Non Secular… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:53am —
I’ve been thinking about some stuff recently. It’s sort of interesting, but hardly very original. Stick around, though – this will likely anger or confuse you.
I work in Vodafone now, which as you may know is a nest of fouls. My job so far has required me to stand at the door and apprehend all comers for the purposes of selling them a Nokia N95. This means I see a lot of people per day. Some of them are hilarious. Here’s some examples:
My atheist jaunt on Facebook stirred some feathers, it seems. I got some drunken heckling for it from someone that used to be a friend, and since as far as my ideology is concerned I REALLY care about this, I'm going to respond. I don't give a shit if you don't like it. You know who you is.
Firstly, issues were taken with me even having the audacity to argue with christians and what they believe. Why can't I just leave them alone, eh? Why can't I keep my mouth shut?
Top fundamentalist\creationist Christian responses to science, intellectualism, reason and empirical evidence. These are only common responses that have arisen within the short time I’ve really started using the internet to rape fundamentalists; there are, of course, countless other hilarious things that come up in conversation, and countless other hilarious proofs against God. This is a very small starting point, but it amused me.
1. “Biological life cannot come into existence from… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:06am —