Richard Goscicki's Blog (73)

How I Got Into Opera (To be published 10/12 in Transformation Magazine)

 

My story shows how one day can change your life—one minute, one quick decision in a few seconds.

 

My girlfriend, Suzanne, and I were strolling up Broadway in the early ‘60s when JFK was president.  A kid growing up in a tough neighborhood in NYC in those days had to be pretty macho and street smart to avoid being picked on and pushed around.  It was something you learned pretty quickly on the streets, without ever realizing how or why it was happening.  But my “one of…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 29, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Favorite Lines From Mirror Reversal

Lines

 

His father was a venerable and respected police officer who never took a bribe except when he needed money.

 

“… mankind can be defined as ‘a peculiar ape infested by meme complexes!’” 

 

‘Fifty dollars for fellatio and a hundred for coitus.’  I gotta write that down so I can use it on the muckety-mucks from Connecticut.”

 

“What’s a skinny ass like…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 13, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments

A KINKY PARAMIOGRAPHY ON A SMELLY THEME

 When we study science, in particular evolutionary biology, it becomes pretty evident that humans were the result of purposeless and random forces of nature.  We are not what natural selection had in mind because there is no mind. 

So instead of attributing our existence to some patriarchal god, let’s take it for what it is: It just is.  Like the old song says, “Let’s live and laugh at it all.” 

 

You can lead a hog to a pigsty but you can’t make him stink.  (From the…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 10, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A Compilation of Biblical Nonsense by Barbara G. Walker

 

BIBLE MORALITY (compiled by Barbara Walker, author of Man Made God.)

Barbara asked me to add that this is from the King James Bible, as modern-day evangelicals have expurgated much of the really stupid and hostile quotations. 

This compilation is incontrovertible, conspicuous proof that the Bible is a book written by idiots for idiots. 

Read on, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.  As always, comments are encouraged and…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on January 13, 2012 at 7:41pm — 17 Comments

Next Item In Pandora's Box: Dichotomous Thinking

Dichotomous thinking is categorizing observations in one of two diametrically opposed groups.   Everything is white or black, good or evil, virtue or sin, heaven or hell, spirit or body, day or night, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, in light or darkness.  G.B. Shaw said there are two kinds of people in the world, those who lend money and those who borrow money.  This kind of reasoning is intrinsic to an authoritarian personality (not that Shaw was) and makes thinking easy,…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on October 19, 2011 at 8:05pm — 10 Comments

The Next Evil Promoted by Religion: Racism

Racism



A good example of how religion distorts and perverts the worldview is the treatment of racism.



The Bible doesn’t say much about racism but, just as with slavery, the belief or doctrine that certain races are inferior to others is rampant and pervasive throughout history. Just look at racism in America before MLK and the civil rights movement. As wrong, unfair, and illogical as it is, the Holy Scriptures have done little to encourage and exhort followers to… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on October 15, 2011 at 3:14pm — 4 Comments

Why Religion Is Bad For Humans And Other Living Creatures? Part I

The Bible and Koran encourage and condone the worst aspects of human behavior: war, slavery, necrophilia, cruelty to animals, anthropocentrism, suicide, starvation, racism, xenophobia, blind faith, sexism, homophobia, nepotism, denial of reality, self flagellation, dichotomous thinking, torture, human sacrifice, symbolic cannibalism, and other insults to reason. The result has been to distort and pervert the worldview of all who cherish these religious beliefs and have faith in the dictates…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on October 1, 2011 at 4:00pm — 13 Comments

A letter to New York Magazine

I just watched the interview with General Peter Chiarelli with Candy Crowley on CNN. I hit the ceiling to hear such balderdash. How the heck can the general say it with a straight face on national TV? To the problem of one in ten GIs coming home with missing limbs, or one in four with serious mental post-traumatic stress disorders and an “epidemic suicide rate,” the general conjectured “we need to study the brain!” What do you expect from ten years of atrocity, General? From a full decade of…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on May 29, 2011 at 5:46pm — 4 Comments

An Atheist Comedian


If you haven't heard of Doug Stanhope you're in for a treat. We even have atheist comedians now. Next there'll be politicians running on an atheist platform and a non-believers party.




Added by Richard Goscicki on December 3, 2010 at 10:24am — No Comments

Barbara's Article on Islamic Abuse of Women

I see Barbara usually every Thursday and the subject matter runs of gamut of reason and tolerance. Last night it was the abuse of women in Muslim countries. It's hard to accept that this is reality.



Please forward this protest to anyone you know whom you feel isn't indifferent to human suffering. The following is not only a moral outrage, it's an insult to reason.







THE ISLAMIC HOLOCAUST

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Added by Richard Goscicki on November 12, 2010 at 2:07pm — 12 Comments

8: The Mormon Proposition









From Netflix, I just watched 8: The Mormon Proposition and was outraged at what these pompous fuddy-duddies are getting away with. They are causing needless suffering and even death, all in the name of their whacky religion.



The…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on October 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Barbara's Essay in "Freethought Today"

The following essay was taken from this month's Freethought Today to which Barbara G. Walker is a frequent contributor. The thesis is pertinent to Bill Mahr's observation that President Bush Jr. would never have sent thousands of American boys to be killed in war if he didn't believe in the afterlife.



RELIGION AND WAR

by Barbara G. Walker

(author of Man Made God,…
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Added by Richard Goscicki on October 3, 2010 at 4:57pm — 16 Comments

A Question for Christian Apologists

My Brethren without Christ, I have to let you know you're all a bunch of Darwinian primates. (Just hit the link below to get the joke.) I just got back from the September 28, 2010, Dinesh D'Souza/Michael Shermer debate at USF in Tampa. They took questions at the end of the session and I got a chance to ask the following question in front of around a thousand attendees.



The opening…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on September 30, 2010 at 1:01pm — 37 Comments

Man Made God by Barbara G. Walker

I just posted this review of God Made Man by Barbara G. Walker on Amazon Reviews. I'll see her next Thursday and I'm anxious to hear what she thinks. I hope the Amazon editors don't think I came on too strong.





If I would have read this book 50 years ago it would have changed my life. Now that I'm…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on September 11, 2010 at 5:00pm — 69 Comments

Bus Advertizements

I'm feeling a lot better and back at my sacrilegious iconoclasm—my blog.



Since joining A/N and learning more about history and science, the more militant I become. The U.S. is heading toward theocracy as voters become more and more disenchanted with the democrats and the president. Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee are licking their crops.



So let's start fighting back by following the example of Richard Dawkins et.al and put unflattering anti-religious slogans on…
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Added by Richard Goscicki on June 24, 2010 at 4:19pm — 17 Comments

ARREST THE POPE is the catchphrase in London newspapers

I wrote Arrest the Pope six months ago. Now Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others are calling for his arrest in the Huffington Post.



My reasons go further back but are we're talking the same language. Dawkins wants to put Benedict XVI in jail for facilitating child molestation. I say the… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on April 12, 2010 at 12:17pm — 5 Comments

I Called It

Last September 14, I posted “Impeach the Pope.” Last year he said he was “deeply ashamed” for the misconduct of American priests for sexual

intrigues with children and other disgraceful behavior.



Now it's hit home. In the diocese (or is it…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 19, 2010 at 10:26am — 8 Comments

A Question For Pro-Lifers



We know fertilization takes place in the Fallopian tube. The zygote, when cleaved becomes a morula, which migrates along the tube to the uterus for implantation. But the majority of fertilized ova don't make it to implantation. According to religious orthodoxy human life has been conceived and a soul is present.



According to…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 4, 2010 at 3:57pm — 14 Comments

No One Is Mentioning The Role Of Chrisitanity In The Haitian Devastation

How come no one in the media is talkin’ about the role of the Catholic Church in the tragic loss of life in Haiti? If the Haitian people lived in harmony with their fragile, insufficient island, there wouldn’t be tens of thousands perishing under the mass of poorly constructed buildings and shanties. They were crushed to death like roaches under the heel of a boot.



If the Spanish conquistadors hadn’t invaded the island, Haiti could have been an earthly paradise. Imagine a tropical… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on January 18, 2010 at 11:59am — 27 Comments

Any Suggestions For Some Nasty Epigrams?

This is a follow-up to my previous post on church marquee epigrams. Richard Dawkins recently initiated an anti-religious banner on a London bus, but the material was pabulum. Something like, “There might not be a God so enjoy life.”



Utterly milquetoast. Read some of the epigrams on the list that the churches post. They’re downright… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on January 11, 2010 at 7:47pm — 31 Comments

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