Terry Osburn-Sharff's Blog (15)

Pagan's Retake Parthenon-Briefly



When I was a young student in school studying ancient mythology, I always loved the fanciful tales and colorful characters, but couldn’t help but wonder why we call ancient Roman and Greek religious practices mythology and ancient Christian practices religion. If Christianity had not had such a powerful or successful PR machine behind it, we might all still be praying to Athena and worshiping Zeus, and the world’s few remaining pagans might not… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 12, 2008 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Wisconsin Child Dies While Parents Pray

Dale and Leilani Neumann of Wausau Wisconsin have been charged with 2nd degree reckless homicide for letting their 11 year old daughter die of diabetes while they prayed for her recovery rather than seeking medical care.





Their family’s attorney is fighting the case saying that the courts, if the charges are allowed to continue, will “become entangled in constitutionally protected religious matters.” because the charges “…unconstitutionally infringe on their right to freely… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 3, 2008 at 10:41pm — 3 Comments

Five Women Buried Alive in Honor Killing

Five women, three of which were teenagers, were shot then buried alive in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, as punishment for the crime of wanting to choose their own husbands.



The women were killed by tribesmen for the dishonor they brought upon their family and tribe by rebelling against tradition and refusing to accept arranged marriages. This week a Pakistani lawmaker, Isar Ullah Zehri, defended the actions taken by the tribesmen, and outraged fellow lawmakers by asking the… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 2, 2008 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Anti-Christ Misses Day in Divorce Court

Luis De Jesus Miranda, minister of the Miami Growing in Grace church, gained international notoriety in 2004 by declaring himself to be Jesus Christ, and then later claiming to be the Antichrist. His theory: As he is the Second Coming, his teachings supersede those of Jesus.

His powerful and charismatic influence over the congregation of Growing Grace was in evidence when they all showed up, in mass, to get the numbers 666 tattooed on their bodies, in honor of their messiah. At home, he… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 26, 2008 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Christians want their Bibles Back from Chinese Govt

The Vision Beyond Borders is a group based in Sheridan, Wyoming that distributes bibles and Christian teaching materials around the world. The VBB web site states:

Many of the six billion people on the earth have never heard of the name of Jesus Christ. The disciples were sent out to preach the Good News of Jesus to the far reaches of the world. We believe that Vision Beyond Borders is helping to fulfill that commission with the same urgency found in first-century… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 21, 2008 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Honour Killing: Child Killed after Converting to Christianity

Honour Killing is generally defined as the murder of a female member of a family by the family, when they (and maybe the wider community) believe her to have brought dishonor upon them. A woman can be targeted commonly for: refusing an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or committing adultery. Basically, these killings result from the perception that defense of the "family honor" justifies killing a woman whose behavior… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 19, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Woman dies during Curse Lifting Ceremony

In case you only think the Catholic Church performs strange ceremonies, here is a story from New Zealand that will convince you otherwise. Janet Moses, an average looking 22 year old New Zealand woman of Maori decent, died ten months ago during an exorcism or “curse lifting” ceremony performed by six women and three men, all members of Ms Moses' extended family, who will now stand trial for manslaughter.



According to Wikipedia:

The word Māori refers to the indigenous Polynesian… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 14, 2008 at 5:50pm — 2 Comments

Unfair Criticism of PZ Myers and other Secular Scientists

On July 31, 2008 Salon.com posted an articled titled: What's wrong with science as religion, by Karl Giberson. Giberson, who has a PhD in physics and is the author of “Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and believe in Evolution” was responding to a July 24th web posting by PZ Meyers on Meyers’ blog Pharyngula. (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/) In the web posting Meyers stuck a rusty nail in a communion cracker, and then used the nail to impale pages of the Qur’an and Richard Dawkin’s “The… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 7, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Sexual Morality and Censorship

Recently while skimming through discussion threads on the Richard Dawkins forum, I was attracted to a thread discussing uproar by some members over the number of sexually themed discussion threads, with several members very upset over the number and the type of topics being discussed. The topics ranged from serious non religious based ethical queries into such topics as how one should view homosexuality or how one should define pedophilia, to more superfluous topics such as how long the perfect… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 6, 2008 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Atheism Disrobed

Atheism is not an ideology, it is not a belief system, but is simply the disbelief in a supernatural God. While theists often portray atheists as an immoral or amoral pact of people bent on evil doing, or as having no reason or seeing no value in life, it has been my experience that nothing could be further from the truth. Many rational thinking reasonable minded atheists value human life, human potential and human intellect. I and other rational thinking atheists look for answers to life… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 4, 2008 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

50 Lose Sight Seeking Virgin Miracle

When I was a very young child in rural Texas, a strange annual event would happen each summer during the hottest time of the year. A large white tent would be set up in a park near my grandparent’s church, and lots of little metal chairs would be set up around a small raised platform with a microphone. For several nights in a row my grandparents would take me to this event they called a “tent revival” and we would listen to a rather portly sweaty man tell us colorful stories from the New… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 31, 2008 at 7:58pm — 1 Comment

The Danger of Religion

We hear many words to describe religion, but we rarely discuss the danger religion poses. To see the danger of religion one has only to read the daily news. Today, for instance, the AP news service reports that “Suicide bombers struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq on Monday, killing at least 57 people and wounding nearly 300….” We might make the mistake of attributing this violence to extremists of a certain religion or sect, but that ignores all… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 28, 2008 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Science Trumps Religion RE: AIDS Immigration Law

Last week the US congress finally managed to reverse a law prohibiting anyone with the AIDS/HIV virus from visiting or immigrating to the US. The Law was established in 1987 and codified into law in 1993, when conservative ideology labeled AIDS the "gay" plague despite scientific and medical information suggesting the illness was much more widely spread



The illness was used in conservative pulpits in America to preach hate against gay men, but the Catholic Church responded to the… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 24, 2008 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Faith Based Funding Violates US Constitution

I read that Senator Obama wants to establish Faith Based funding initiatives. It makes me nervous when I start hearing elected officials in the government start talking about issues of faith for a number of reasons. As an atheist I feel uneasy contemplating the fact that a recent Pew poll (7/18/08) indicates 92% of my fellow Americans believe in an invisible being who watches over them, providing them with personal attention and guidance. If that isn’t enough to worry about now I have to worry… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 23, 2008 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Atheism in Popular Culture

Popular culture tends to stereotype and pigeon-hole unpopular or minority groups in society, and atheists are no exception. In film, TV and even news shows, Atheists are commonly portrayed as being pitifully confused or temporarily deluded. This is commonly established by presenting atheists as either previously faithful people who (temporarily) lost their faith after some personal tragedy, or as misguided non-believers who are simply in need of one God affirming moment to see the proverbial… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 23, 2008 at 5:36pm — No Comments

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