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 Continue
by Barbara G. Walker
(author of Man Made God,…
Added by Richard Goscicki on October 3, 2010 at 4:57pm —
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… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on September 30, 2010 at 1:01pm —
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… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on September 11, 2010 at 5:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on June 24, 2010 at 4:19pm —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on March 19, 2010 at 10:26am —
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… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on March 4, 2010 at 3:57pm —
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 —
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 —
You all know how I feel about certain words. Vulgar words don’t bother me; it’s words like SUBMIT, that have some kind of freaky connotation. To me, “submit” means giving up on life. It’s saying “uncle.” It means getting down on the ground and admitting you’re not the most important person in the world. I’m not, but I don’t like to admit it.
There’s a word that’s driving me crazy and I want to use my blog to get it off my chest. It’s many times worse than “submit” because it’s a word… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on January 10, 2010 at 1:59pm —
This video fascinates me. No laughing; this is serious stuff because it influences so many people. I keep asking myself, "how can this be reality?". The same answer inevitably pops into my cluttered brain like one of those mole games in the Playland that you hit on the head with a mallet: “chaos theory and Murphy’s Law are the only drivers of reality, stupid. That's how.”
Good doctor Zakir Naik has dozens of videos on Youtube.… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on December 5, 2009 at 10:56pm —
Organized religion is incorrect and inappropriate. The doctrines, beliefs, and liturgies of Catholicism, Islam and Judaism should be classified with other mythologies.
It is the Earth and the natural environment that is sacred and deserves our love and respect—not plastic figurines of Christ, Moses or the Holy Prophet (may anxiety be with him for screwing up so many heads.)
Biodiversity must be preserved. The dwindling wildlife and deplorable extinctions at human hands are… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on November 24, 2009 at 5:56pm —
What is it about organized religion that irks me so? It’s like being on the Titanic as they headed for the iceberg. “Hey, you dopes, we’re headed for disaster. What the heck are you saying prayers for? Turn this oversized ego trip. You can still avoid hitting it.”
For centuries the Church has done the most sick, most demonic and most cruel work, via the Inquisition, to suppress Species Consciousness. The popes seemed to know that if people learned how we got here, their life of pomp,… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on November 24, 2009 at 5:53pm —
I took another look at the Muslim Demographics video
and I’m quite dismayed. Unknowingly, I was recommending a Christian-based piece of propaganda.
I was so daunted by the Muslim growth statistics (> 8 per family) that I overlooked the purpose and intention of the video makers.
First of all, when a video or article starts off with, “According to research…” it should send up a red flag. What… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on October 24, 2009 at 1:00pm —
I’ve been saying it all along: Over-population is slowly strangling Gaia. Even the Christians are worried about Muslin demographics. This video will scare and shock you.
I wrote Mirror Reversal
in 2004 and predicted this scenario. Christians are complaining about Muslim population growth, but families like the Duggars, with… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on October 22, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Did you ever stop to think what life would be like if Christian thought never happened? In the twenty-first century we should be living in an earthly paradise. Species consciousness would have given it to us.
The fact is Christian thought crippled and stultified the progress of consciousness. We have species consciousness for only 150 years since the publication of Origin of Species
—and even then the Church tried to render Darwin’s ideas ineffectual and worthless. The… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on October 9, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Ever fill out as on-line application or sign-up and when you fill in all the numbers and street addresses, the bottommost button says: SUBMIT?
Hey, wait a minute, says I with a smirk. SUBMIT—that’s what Mohammedans and other religious people do. They SUBMIT; they get down on all fours and kiss the ground with their foreheads and elevate their rumps in the air like some sort of smoke detector.
Islam means submission. SUBMIT has a religious connotation. Atheists and… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on September 19, 2009 at 1:58pm —
Consider what Pope Benedict’s organization did to freethinkers and scientists during the days of the witch hunts and human sacrifices. The Catholic Church murdered and tortured thousands of deep thinkers and thereby stultified and fossilized human thought and curiosity. Humans should have evolved into a spiritual entity by now.
Left to me, I would do to him what the church did to Galileo. I would place him under house arrest in one of his many mansions—the church loves real estate.… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on September 14, 2009 at 10:06pm —
When I was teaching biology in the late ‘60s, I’m trying to picture what would have happened if a colleague came up to me and asked if I were teaching the biblical account of creation. It was after all a Catholic school.
I’m trying to think of what I would have replied if my job weren’t on the line. As tennis great John McEnroe liked to yell, “You can’t be serious. You want me to teach the story of Adam and Eve and the talking snake in a science class? How about Shadrach, Meshach,… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on September 3, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Jacqueline Sarah Homan sent me a very disturbing video about Sex and Religion in Manila
. I haven’t been so pissed off at the Catholic Church since Brother George failed me in religion and spoiled my academic record. With 90s in the NYS Regents in science and math, I was turned down by two universities because of my apathy and animosity to Catholicism.
Years ago in Mirror Reversal
Added by Richard Goscicki on July 22, 2009 at 9:30am —