Staks Rosch's Blog – February 2010 Archive (23)

The Judge God Argument

One frequent argument I hear from Christians is what I call the “Judge God Argument.” Here, Christians tell me a story about a teen that is speeding, driving drunk, or some other illegal act that teenagers might commit. In this story, we are the teen and after being caught by the police we are brought before the Judge. The Judge, bound by the law and by his need for Justice (The Judge always seems to be a man because… well Christianity is a very male chauvinistic religion) delivers the verdict… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 28, 2010 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

Analysis of the Secular Coalition of America White House Meeting

As most atheists are aware, the White House hosted a meeting on Friday with the Secular Coalition of America (SCA). Many in the greater atheist community have been ecstatic about this first ever White House meeting with representatives of the atheist community.



There were three main issues that the SCA planned to discuss: Protecting children from religious neglect and/or abuse, ending military proselytizing, and fixing the faith-based initiative.…



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Added by Staks Rosch on February 28, 2010 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

I Hate God

Often times when Christians find out that I am an atheist, they will ask me why I hate God. Usually I inform these Christians of the obvious by asking them how I could hate something that I just said I don’t believe even exists? This rarely satisfies them and maybe they are right. After thinking about it a little, I can now honestly say that I really do hate God.



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Added by Staks Rosch on February 26, 2010 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Real Christians Can’t Sin

I hear Christians tell me all the time that they are the true Christians and that other people who claim to be Christians but don’t agree with them one hundred percent are not true Christians. It’s the old “No True Scotsman” argument. Well, I searched the Bible and found that there is one very clear way to tell who is a Christian. Real Christians can’t sin!



Before I get into that I also want to point out that all the Christians who go around telling people that everyone is a sinner are… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 25, 2010 at 9:06am — No Comments

Should religion have a role be in U.S. foreign affairs?

There is breaking news from the Washington Post’s ‘On Faith’ section. Religious people think we need more religion in our foreign policy. This week they ask: Should U.S. foreign policy “get” religion?



There is little doubt that we live in a world ravaged by religious mythologies. Almost ever part of the globe features a religious conflict of some sort in which two or more religions are either on the brink of war or in open conflict with each other. Then there are the moral concerns… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 24, 2010 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Why Do Christians Bother to Proselytize?

It seems to me that Christians who proselytize are actually making a case against their position. Their claim is that their deity of choice is all-powerful and wants everyone to worship him but can’t seem to convince people on his own. God seems to need the Christian to proselytize.

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Added by Staks Rosch on February 24, 2010 at 9:22am — 7 Comments

The Abortion Issue

As many people in the greater atheist community know, Angie the Anti-Theist has just gotten an abortion. She has been blogging and tweeting her experiences during the process.



When I was younger, there was a short period of time in which I considered myself pro-life. But during my early college days I had more than one friend who faced the choice first hand. One of them really respected my opinion and asked me to for advice. At the time it really felt like I was making the choice for… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 23, 2010 at 10:35am — 10 Comments

Science Doesn’t have the Answers

I was listening to Christian apologist Dinesh D'Souza recently. He made an interesting argument in which he claimed that science didn’t have the answers to three very important questions.

1. Where did we come from?
2. What is the point of our lives?
3. Where are we going?

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Added by Staks Rosch on February 22, 2010 at 8:36am — 3 Comments

Jesus was an ahole

Christians seem to have the greatest public relations department. Even many atheists seem to think that Jesus was some white guy with a long beard who wandered the Middle East trying to bring about world peace. According to the Bible, Jesus was a real asshole.

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Added by Staks Rosch on February 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

The Famous Bear E-mail Forward

I get a lot of e-mails from Christians. One e-mail forward that I get often is a Christian idea of a joke at the expense of atheists. Stop me if you heard this one:

An atheist was walking through the woods.

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Added by Staks Rosch on February 18, 2010 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

Deathbed Conversion of Jesus

If you ask fundamentalist Christians, they will tell you that many well known atheists in history have had deathbed conversions to Christianity. Among the names that I have heard from Christians include Voltaire, Sartre, Mark Twain, Thomas Paine, and of course Charles Darwin. Of course, these well known freethinkers never really had a deathbed conversion.



It isn’t hard to look into each of these individual cases and see that none of these atheists converted to Christianity at the time… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 16, 2010 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Secular Family Values Groups

Over the weekend, I was driving in the Washington DC area and came across two interesting billboards. On the surface, I thought these billboards were put up by religious groups because of what there message appeared to be. I was wrong and the messages were much better than I assumed they were.

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Added by Staks Rosch on February 15, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

Catholic League offended by Lindsay Lohan

Bill Donohue is the president of the Catholic League which is sort of like the Catholic version of Focus on the Family. Donohue goes around the world looking for things to offend him so he can get interviewed and use his outrage to swindle more money from fundamentalist Catholics. Surprise, surprise, he is offended again, this time by Lindsay Lohan. …



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Added by Staks Rosch on February 12, 2010 at 5:57pm — 7 Comments

Why Do Christians Hate Science?

When it comes to science, so many Christians are quick to point out how scientists don’t know everything or how science gets it all wrong. They push to put their Creationist beliefs into science classes, argue against scientific research on stem-cells, and on global climate change. They just seem to hate science.



Of course, not all Christians are anti-science and but according to the last Harris Interactive Poll on this issue, over one-third of Americans support Creationism and more… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 12, 2010 at 10:27am — 4 Comments

Prayer Requests

Even though it is pretty well established that I am an atheist, I still get e-mails for “Prayers” or to join “Prayer Chains.” On social networking sites I also see these stupid things. How ought an atheist respond to such things?



For starters, I have to figure out what these people are hoping to accomplish with their prayer requests. Fundamentalists of course believe that prayers might change God’s divine plan or something, but moderate believers use them simply as a way of showing… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 11, 2010 at 9:20am — 12 Comments

The Bible is Boring!

Recently, I stumbled upon an interesting atheist YouTube video. Yeah, I know there are a million of them and atheists pretty much own YouTube these days, but this one pointed out something that is really

obvious. The Bible is boring.

The best selling book of all time really suck from both a literary and entertainment standpoint. The writing is just bad. I think I wrote about this once before, but I think it needs to be addressed again.…

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Added by Staks Rosch on February 10, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Television Atheism

One of the things, which really helped the gay community in gaining more mainstream acceptance is the portrayal of gay characters on television. Shows like Will & Grace were able to introduce many who have never met a gay person to that community and to show that gay people are just like everyone else. Today, the same thing is happening with atheism.

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Added by Staks Rosch on February 9, 2010 at 10:06am — No Comments

The Alternative Worldview Argument

Recently, a Christian commented to me that the fundamentalist worldview makes more sense than the atheist worldview. The idea is that either people see the world with a fundamentalist worldview or they see it with the alternative atheist worldview. The interesting thing about this is that there is no atheist worldview.



I think this stems from the confusion that some fundamentalist Christians have between atheism and secularism. Since… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 8, 2010 at 10:05am — 3 Comments

Christianity is More Dangerous than Scientology

I want to once again stress that I am not trying to defend Scientology, but I do think that Scientology performs a valuable service to our society for the moment. Right now, it serves as a comparison to show the dangers of Christianity.



In a previous blog, I talked about why I think that Christianity is wackier than Scientology. Today, I am going to talk about how in my view Christianity is far more dangerous both physically and… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 5, 2010 at 10:03am — 5 Comments

Benefit of the Doubt

I have noticed that often times when I am discussing and/or debating Christians they assume the worst about me and my arguments. This I think is a symptom of they belief that humans are all evil sinners. It is hard to have a friendly conversation with someone who won’t give you the benefit of the doubt.



Let me give a few examples. One time I was discussing the Ten Commandments with a fundamentalist Christian. I mentioned that the third commandment forbids working on Saturdays. He… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 4, 2010 at 9:12am — 3 Comments

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