Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM's Blog (25)

Problems and Charity

I've been off-list for a while now.  We have been having a horrid time trying not to go bankrupt as the result of an IRS mistake and a vindictive wrongful eviction over serious maintenance issues.  We now waiting for the bankrupt State government to reimburse many thousands of dollars they owe us.  They have taken 4 months to process the material so far.  We have no savings, no credit and live from pay check to pay check. 



Insult to injury was recently provided by a local police… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 14, 2011 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

The fragility of god-derived self-esteem

During a recent forum exchange a participant suggested that a True ™ Christian would argue that perfect self- esteem is available to all who believe in the omniscient Christian God. If you truly understand God’s view of you, you then have the best esteem of yourself possible.



This is an insidiously evil viewpoint. It leaves the responsibility for fathoming the will and nature of god entirely up to the hapless Believer. The divinity is absolved of all responsibility for clarifying… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on June 23, 2010 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

LAYMAN IGNORANCE

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/health-care/3586-psychiatry-enters-dangerous-territory



According to an article in the New American:…



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Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on May 21, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

"I KNOW WHY YOU ATHEISTS BELIEVE WHAT YOU DO"

"Yolanda" commented :



= = = Rosemary and "Gina", I know I have to be careful how I post because I know that you do not believe what I believe. I cannot possibly present tangible evidence when faith is the foundation of what I believe. I will say this again. It is not my job to convince you. He will reveal Himself to you. It is not my job to defend Him. He does not need defending. I do, however, understand why you have questions or better yet why you believe the way you do. - - - My… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on May 19, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Australian Vice Chancellor mounts vitriolic attack on atheists.

The Vice Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University has attacked Melbourne atheists whom he accuses of descending like a Biblical plague upon the earth, attacking Christians and targeting Catholics in particular.…



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Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 4, 2010 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

RUFFLING THE GOD FEATHERS

I got my own back on some "god feathers" today.



A man and his son arrived on my doorstep. When I opened the door the man started to talk about the signs we have on the window next to the door. They read "Welcome to the House of Perpetual Commotion" and "Everyone here seems normal until you get to know them".



Recognizing foot-in-the-door sales patter, I smiled and asked bluntly "What is it that you want?"



"We've come here to talk about the Bible", said the man. I… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on January 31, 2010 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

WHO CREATED LIFE (PART 3)

Jacob, our humble expert in biological sciences, seems to be rather reluctant to address the issues brought up in response to his second posting. Here is what he came up with.



# jacob Says:





To sum up ALL OF THIS…….



‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’



(Abraham to the rich man, Luke 16:31)



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That one was just too good to miss.



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Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on August 27, 2009 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

WHO CREATED LIFE (PART 2)

My discussion continues with Jacob, the self-styled expert in biological sciences and critic of the scientific exploration of the feasibility and mechanism of abiogenesis.



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Author: jacob



thanks for taking the time to go throught wat i've written, and for taking the trouble to 'correct' me as well... i shall go thru ur points one by one..



firstly, i fail to…
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Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on August 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — 12 Comments

WHO CREATED LIFE?

My Stumble Upon button sometimes gets me into forums where I cannot resist taking on the locals who demonstrate less than stellar thinking, especially when it is related to god belief. Here is a recent example from the Nofunnybusiness web site.



jacob Says:

http://thatsnotwhatimeant.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/science-is-fun/#comment-105



Hi guys… I’m a post-graduate in the biological sciences, and I can humbly say that I possess more knowledge than most of you… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on August 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND MENTAL ILLNESS

THE PRACTICE OF VILIFYING THE VICTIM OF FAITH



Both religions and mental illness can give rise to bizzarre and ludicrous beliefs. When the practice of religious beliefs causes horrific events many people, especially those who also believe in the same religion, are quick to label the credulous believer as mentally ill. This shields the True Believer from examining the credibility of their beliefs.



Muslims who kill themselves by flying planes into buildings in countries full… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on August 24, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

A REVIEW OF THE DEBATE “IS ABORTION MORALLY JUSTIFIABLE IN A FREE SOCIETY?”

Participants:

Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

David Boonin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UC-Boulder

Yale University



Download available at: http://www.isi.org/lectures/lectures.aspx?SBy=lecture&Sfor=28e773af-4bd2-44da-8b3e-be5570fad64d

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Professor David Boonin began this debate with an analogy which illustrated the difference between… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on July 15, 2009 at 11:00pm — 60 Comments

SUBMISSION TO THE AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM

The basis for an Australian charter of human rights.



Submissions like the one from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia provide a vivid example of why Australia needs a charter of human rights which is based on mature forms of moral reasoning rather than self-preserving ideologies.



The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia argues that their unique form of Christianity should be forced on all Australians because



1. Australia was… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on June 5, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

WHAT IF YOUR GOD IS NOT ALWAYS LOVING?

Absolute truth, not limited truth, is a necessary component of many religions.





Christians frequently insist that God is Love. What they generally mean is that their particular version of god is always loving in every conceivable situation towards every conceivable person. Unless he gets righteously angry, of course.






The problem with this mindless assertion is that is is inconsistent with reality and with the rest of the standard Christian story.… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on May 15, 2009 at 12:26pm — 12 Comments

What existential "Meaning and Purpose" do theists have which Atheists do not?

I often hear from theists that they could never become an atheist because they are afraid that they would have no purpose and meaning to their lives.



While I was a dedicated Christian I do not recall what was so meaningful and purposeful about my life during this stage. Nor do I recall why I feared that these feelings would dissipate if I ever lost my faith. The reality, if my memory is not too distorted, is that this part of my life was not particularly happy or especially… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 20, 2009 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

IS GOD SECRETLY GAY?

The Jewish-Christian divinity is depicted as rabidly homophobic in the pages of the Old Testament, in the annuls of the Vatican and in the sermons of many Christian hot heads. What can we make of this in the light of modern psychological research?



We are told in the Hebrew book of Genesis that Yahweh (or El) made man in his own image. I guess that means that this god, like his earthly son, comes with male sexual organs attached. We don't know much about what the Almighty Father does… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 9, 2009 at 10:23pm — 4 Comments

THE RATIONAL STORY OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN

The story begins with Adam and Eve wandering happily around the garden without a stitch of clothing, just like small children. In spite of their nakedness they unashamedly chat with the Big Daddy Yahweh whenever he chooses to visit. They are blissfully unaware of the difference between good and evil so they do not realize that nakedness is immoral. Like children, they don’t have any responsibilities. There is no need to work because the garden is full of food that can simply be plucked off… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 26, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

SO YOU WANT TO CONVERT AN ATHEIST

Part of the doctrine of most branches of evangelical Christianity is that it is important to convert others to the belief in order to save their eternal souls. This involves influencing others in order to sell the system.



If you want to sell an idea to someone it helps to know your audience. Going into a discussion with a set of false notions about the beliefs and values of those you are talking to just makes you sound ridiculous. You need to understand what the real issues are, not… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 23, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

ANOTHER SINNING PASTOR

When a Christian decided to go soul fishing on the Unreasonable Faith site recently, his ignorance of the reality of non-belief and non-believers tripped him up.



Most Religionists are incredibly ignorant of what it means to be a non-believer. Fundamentalists of any brand are among the most naive in this respect. The gross inadequacy of their primary assumptions about the causes and characteristics of atheism is one of the reasons why attempts to reconvert the disillusioned faithful… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 21, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

COUNTER PREACHING

An atheist blogger recently outlined her experience as a commuting prisoner of a loud-mouther Bible Banger. http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/jesus-had-followers-not



It made me think about what I could do to counter such an anti-social attack. Perhaps a humorous counter attack might work.



I am thinking of preparing a mini book of not-so-nice Bible quotes which I carry with me at all times in preparation for a similar attack. Then with a loud voice I can cry to the… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

THE SOCIAL CRIME OF RELIGIOUS WITNESSING BEHAVIOUR

Religious door-knockers, button-holers and junk mailers engender a range of emotions in their victims which are almost entirely negative. The range includes amusement, boredom, irritation, frustration, anger, and even rage. While others identify the behavior as rude, religious zealots and fundamentalists who engage in “witnessing behavior” appear to be ignorant of several generally accepted social rules.



Extended or repeated "declarations of faith" are considered acceptable if they… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 25, 2009 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

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