All Blog Posts Tagged 'religion' (450)

“Does God ‘Got Game’?” Hits All the Right Buttons

"In America it is sport that is the opiate of the masses."

--Russell Baker

 

"Pro football is like nuclear warfare.  There are no wionners, only survivors."

--Frank Gifford

 

"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play.  It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasures in witnesssing violence: in other words it is war minus the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on February 4, 2013 at 8:20pm — 4 Comments

Remembering Bill Perlman

February 1 is the anniversary of the death of my father, Hyman William Perlman (1910-80). 

He was indirectly responsible for this blog – and in fact for all the secularism, skepticism, atheism, and humanism that have been the foundation of my intellectual life.  He was the first skeptic I ever met, and the effect was lasting.  Every time Mom would babble on about “God’s will,” he would snap back, “What’s God got to do with it?”

What indeed.  Things may happen for some reason or…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 31, 2013 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Reminder: 9/11 was about RELIGION

“Infidel, n.  In New   York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion.  In Constantinople, one who does.”

--Ambrose Bierce

 

 “If you believe in Judgment Day, I have to seriously question your judgment.”

--Bill Maher

 

 “If the kind of God exists who would damn me for not working out a deal with him, then that is unfortunate.  I should not care to spend eternity in the company of…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 19, 2013 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Religious believe that science theory exists just to prove that God does not exist. Religious belief is also just a theory but not to the Fundi. Truly, belief and theory are synonymous. The fighting over what “nobody knows as fact” truly is a twilight zone script. This is a rhetorical battle of imagination where everyone loses and has for over 2500 years.  How long is it to continue? Do the religious realize that science is not fighting? Science simply goes about the daily business of…

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Added by sk1951 on January 17, 2013 at 10:28pm — No Comments

In Memoriam, Martin Luther King: 45 years later, Blacks still enslaved

"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.  The foundation of such a method is love.”

 

Martin Luther King, Nobel Prize Acceptance speech, 1964



This week we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday.  He would have been 84.  There are tributes and speeches.  After all, we have a (sort of) African-American President.

1968 and beyond

King was murdered in 1968 –…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 15, 2013 at 11:36am — 5 Comments

Dealing with a religion and culture that shuns free-thinkers and Atheists alike.

Coming from an Islamic country, where the majority comprises of Muslims, anything that a person questions or doubt about it is quickly shunned or shot down without leaving any room to justify your base of questioning. 



Everytime you question the teachings and the contradictions associated with it, you're met with severe hostility, or ridiculed for your actions, and when you criticize it, you're faced with a lot of threats which leaves a person in a high state of depression as well…

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Added by Zohaib Javed on January 10, 2013 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Religion and Death: How Will I Behave at Mom’s Funeral?

“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”

--George Bernard Shaw

 

“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death.  Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 8, 2013 at 11:46am — 9 Comments

Is Religious indoctrination of children Meltal Abuse?

It's a crime to lock your child up under the stairs. It's considered abuse. I fail to see the difference in locking a child's mind under the stairs. The psychological wounds last forever a broken bone heals in 6-8weeks.



   I myself grew up attending the JW (Jehovah's Witness) kingdom Hall. I'm in my 40's I have 2 kids 18-22. I was lucky in a way, I was born without a God spot and knew from the 2nd day everything that was said and thought  about religions was utter bullshit. And…

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Added by J. Morr on January 1, 2013 at 1:00am — 6 Comments

Law dances the fine line between religion and insanity

“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it

with an air of great seriousness.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer

“Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most obvious conclusion is that they are all wrong.”

-- Christopher Hitchens

“Society attacks early, when the child…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 22, 2012 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

The choice of “nice” over “truth”

“Put on your yarmulke;

It’s time to celebrate Hanukkah…”

Adam Sandler, “The Hanukkah Song”

 

“Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of Jewish backwardness.”

Christopher Hitchens…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 8, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The existential significance of Adam Sandler’s “Click”

“Long as You Know You’re Living Yours”

Song title, Keith Jarrett

"The world is impermanent.  One should constantly remember death."

Nyogen Senzaki

 

“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep, and wake up.  After that, all we have to do is die.”

Ikkyu

 

“Please enjoy your only life!”

Jakusho Kwong

 

“The power of a man’s…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

On “Modern Psychology’s God problem”

“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?

Judith Hayes

 

“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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 16, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Religion, Evil and Insanity: Has God Been Talking to You?

“Men never do evil as completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

Blaise Pascal

 

“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.”

Sigmund Freud

 

Back in the day, the insane were considered evil, possessed.  You had to beat, torture or drown the demon within.  But the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 11, 2012 at 3:44pm — 10 Comments

Religion vs. Sex: The Battle Continues – Jewish men find novel way to rein in their savage lust

“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.”

Philip Wylie,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 8, 2012 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

The Battle for Zachary’s Brain IV: Hell

‘The atheist, by merely being in touch with reality, appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbors.”

Sam Harris

 

“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light on this world can alone help us.”

Walt Whitman

 

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 –…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 3, 2012 at 8:47pm — No Comments

“Thirty years ago, they couldn’t force me to come here…”

“…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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 21, 2012 at 10:24pm — 2 Comments

A Better View of the Feud Between Science & Religion

My brother brought me this link from reddit.
http://www.reddit.com/r/HistoricalWhatIf/comments/11oyew/what_if_the_prophet_mohammed_was_never_born/c6odycc

The title is unrelated because this short essay gives facts about the history of conflict between science & religion. A nice vantage to view our current state.

Added by JP Carey on October 20, 2012 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

Religion - It's In Email, Too

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…

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Added by Loren Miller on October 4, 2012 at 8:16am — 7 Comments

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