“The Biblical account of Noah’s Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his Ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?”
“We have fools in all sects and impostors in most; why should I believe mysteries no one can understand, because [they were] written by men who chose to mistake madness for inspiration…Continue
“Men never do evil as completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
“The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass-delusions of this kind. No one, needless to say, who shares a religious delusion ever recognizes it as such.”
Back in the day, the insane were considered evil, possessed. You had to beat, torture or drown the demon within. But the…Continue
“The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.”
Malcolm Muggeridge, “Down with Sex” (1966)
”Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?”
William Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV (1597-8)
“The sex instinct is one of the three or four prime movers of all that we do and are and dream, both individually and collectively.”
‘The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.”
“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light on this world can alone help us.”
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will remember that Zach is my 7-year-old stepson, whose task of configuring the world –…Continue
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“…the name Vietnam…arrived…as a summary and combination of everything one had ever learned…about the horrors of war. There was something profoundly, horribly shocking in the odds and the proportions of the thing. To all appearances, it seemed as if a military-industrial superpower was employing a terrifying aerial bombardment of steel and explosives and chemicals to subdue a defiant agrarian society. I had expected the newly-elected Labour government to withhold British…Continue
Over the past several years, I have been attempting to garner external interest in my abilities and knowledge of a specific type of test equipment, used in the semiconductor industry. I've been out of work for not quite four years, and it would be nice to leverage those skills to make a buck or two. Over the past couple of weeks, it is beginning to look as though my patience and perseverance are finally going to pay off. In simple terms, I GOT A GIG!
So ... in…
“Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity.”
“Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.”
Fuck _____ (fill in the name of any deity, past or present).
There, that ought to do it. I’m an equal…Continue
My sister had a religion report she had to do for school the other day. She and her partner chose to do their report on spiritualism. She said others in her class did Church of Christ, Judaism, Islam, the usual stuff. So, when it came time to present their report, she said that the people in her class asked, "Well, how do you know?" and said that, actually, "it's just a trick of your mind."
Is that so? So why is it that people can apply that logic to other people's religions (wrong…
For weeks, the NFL was involved in a controversy as contentious as the Protestant Reformation: a salary dispute with and concomitant lockout of referees...and their replacement by lower-level officials who have already made countless blunders, failed to understand football's elaborate rules, and even counted an interception as a touchdown by the player who never caught the ball.
Their ineptitude has enraged the fans. In Baltimore, they united into a "fuck you" chant that the…Continue
God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: he will set them above their betters.”
“If this is your God, he is not very impressive. He has many psychological problems; he’s so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes.…Continue
Magic and magic, what do they have in common? Perhaps I should clarify. What do prolific supernatural beliefs have in common with conjuring tricks?
In between study, I work as a close-up magician, performing at weddings, coorporate dinners, birthday parties and other such events. My passion for creating illusion has led me to perform for thousands of people, and to spend countless hours in front of the mirror, fiddling with cards, and studying the techniques and psychology of magic.…
In memory w/respect:
Ex-SEAL, online gaming maven among Benghazi dead
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Selected Article Excerpts:
Details began to emerge Thursday about some of the three Americans who died in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi with Ambassador Chris…
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[Note: The following was written when I was an adherent of Humanistic Judaism. I have since left the movement and revised the post, but the basic ideas still apply.]
“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increased noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and…Continue
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Good evening. Tonight I speak, as always, to my fellow Americans…but also to the entire Muslim world, from those who think theirs is a religion of peace…to the perpetrators of the ongoing insanity of blasphemy laws, jihads, and fatwas – all of you who call yourselves Muslims.
I want to talk to you about the recent resurgence of Muslim insanity. Actually, most of Islam is insanity, but the same is true of all religions, and that’s beside the point.
Sometimes Muslims just go…Continue
Of the many, many things there are to know about 9/11, here are three that I hang on to. Other suggestions are welcome. What is not fact about 9/11 is voluminous: the Jews did it, the government did it, they hate our freedoms, etc., etc. But here are three (proposed) facts:
(1) The horror could have been prevented. Every indication is that the government knew about Muslim men being trained to fly planes. It is common knowledge…Continue
“No child should predecease their parents. I remember what it’s like (PAUSE). It brings back (PAUSE)…It brings back memories…that call, out of the blue.”
Why is football still legal? It’s a serious question. Why maintain, nay, lionize a pastime that wrecks bodies and minds?
A century ago, Teddy Roosevelt, that manliest of…Continue
“God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.”
“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people.”
Recent A/N threads have generated much thoughtful…Continue
“If God wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.”
“I cannot believe in a God who has neither humor nor common sense.”
W. Somerset Maugham
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series will remember that Zach is my 6-year-old stepson (7 this month) whose task of configuring the world – his…Continue
Another A/N blogger, Richard Goscicki, has eloquently written on the connection between religion and the destruction of our planet. Let us count the ways.
Time is wasted in religious ritual and obsessing over ancient texts. Religious wars and terrorism carry on a constant slaughter of humans and destruction of resources. Religious teachings – that contraception is wrong, that man is not descended from animals but is special, that we are meant to have total dominion over nature…all…Continue
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