Mistercliff's Blog (23)

Heathen discrimination

Just ran into my first case of blatant discrimination. I was applying for a job helping resettle refugees in the United States. I was excited to apply since I'm quite qualified for the position and it's always been something I wanted to do. There was a mention that I had to be able to work with "colleagues, resettlement partners, volunteers and Churches in the local community" but in my experience this shouldn't be any sort of problem since many people in churches are doing some…

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Added by mistercliff on December 27, 2011 at 1:08am — 14 Comments

Chefs In Black

An issue of my webcomic guest starring a certain Muslim prophet, goes online in some 24 hours. Am I nervous? Fuck yeah.

 

True, our readership is currently small and I don't expect anyone will even notice, but I am tense nevertheless. I'm glad we stuck to our guns and didn't fall into the trap of fear-induced self-censorship that so many others do. Still, if anyone ever says that Islam is a religion of peace, call bullshit on them. I never lost a minute of sleep over an issue…

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Added by mistercliff on November 16, 2011 at 4:02am — 2 Comments

Atheist Trivia (Answers)

Here are the answers for the trivia I posted earlier, answers in bold.

Religious “crimes”

According to Mark 3:28-29 all sins can be forgiven except this.…

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Added by mistercliff on October 10, 2011 at 1:14am — No Comments

Atheist Trivia (Questions)

Recently I got together with the heathens of Seoul for Blasphemy Day and I brought along some trivia. Here are the questions. I will post the answers soon...

 

Religious “crimes”

According to Mark 3:28-29 all sins can be forgiven except this.…

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Added by mistercliff on October 9, 2011 at 10:46pm — 1 Comment

Dreams as a source of religion

I had a thought the other morning after some random and unimportant dream. Our ancient ancestors no doubt had dreams just as we do. I remember reading about a study that we can only see faces in our dreams of faces we have already seen, ie we cannot create fictional people in our minds and just recycle others. For us this is hardly significant since we see thousands of people throughout our lives, but imagine what it would be like for a small band or tribe when at most you'll ever see is a… Continue

Added by mistercliff on October 3, 2011 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Route reconsideration

For my upcoming atheist pilgrimage I've been thinking more and more about walking the camino instead of biking it. I don't have a singular reason for this, but it just seems more in the spirit of a pilgrimage if it is by foot. I think that walking the road will give me a greater relationship with the elements around me as opposed to the contraption I would be riding.

Of course changing my mode also requires other considerations. I was looking at doing the Arles route in southern…

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Added by mistercliff on September 27, 2011 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

New CIB comic online now!

The second comic in the new volume of Chefs In Black is online now! http://www.chefsinblack.com/v2e2p1.php

Added by mistercliff on September 16, 2011 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Pledges

Since my upcoming backwards pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago is as symbolic as it is going to be painful on the feet, I've began to wonder if I should see if anyone would be interested in pledging money per kilometer walked which could then be donated to the Ayaan Hirshi Ali Foundation or some other brilliant organization. Any thoughts? I've never done a pledge type thing and don't know if it'd be more work than it's worth, but then again I've never walked a thousand miles between two… Continue

Added by mistercliff on September 14, 2011 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Tidbits

This week the tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Paris are only $297 USD at the time of my pilgrimage so it's about time to make the jump and buy a ticket...(!) And, oh damn, it means spending a couple days in KL!

If this pilgrimage goes as planned, I'm looking at a couple days in Malaysia, a couple weeks in Italy, a quick peek at Vatican City to see what all the fuss is about, France, a half-way break in Andorra, Spain, and exit via the Netherlands. I'm going to be studying up up the…

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Added by mistercliff on September 12, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Freethinking News, September 11, 2011

This week's Freethinking News podcast:

Transcript:

Good evening and welcome to Freethinking News, September 11, 2011

I realize I’m getting this podcast out a little late and it might not actually still be September 11th in your time zone, but it’s Korean Thanksgiving and I am a friend of the grape.

I know you’re probably sick of all the news…

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Added by mistercliff on September 12, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Shitty Miracles (the second): Jesus gets angry at a fig tree



What is this miraculous evidence of Jesus' love?

Jesus and his disciples were out walking around and became hungry, as you do. Jesus spied a fig tree and went up to it excited. But, when he found there was no fruit on the fig tree, Jesus got angry at it and put a curse on the fig tree causing it to wither away and then lectured to his disciples about the need for faith.

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Added by mistercliff on September 9, 2011 at 9:38pm — 4 Comments

The Way

Turns out that there is a movie called The Way starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez about the Camino. Though the plot appears to be one of those disgustingly reassuring movies about life that I can't stand, I'm going to try to find it for the scenery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_%28film%29

Added by mistercliff on September 6, 2011 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Introducing the Camino



So I’ve already announced my decision to take a pilgrimage in Spain and France, but what exactly is the

trail? Expect heavy plagiarism from Wikipedia...


The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of Saint James, is an ancient trail from various

starting points around Europe to Northwestern Spain. Like most of

Christianity, the trail began pagan and…
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Added by mistercliff on September 6, 2011 at 1:46am — No Comments

Freethinking News, September 4, 2011

Video transcript:

Good evening, and welcome to Freethinking News.

This is the night of Sunday, September 4th, 2011.

In our top news, Hurricane Irene has been pounding the East Coast like Ron Jeremy on speed. American icon Glen Beck was quick to offer reassuring words to those suffering in the wake of the tragedy saying “How many…

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Added by mistercliff on September 3, 2011 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Free Will

A video response on the question of free will:

 

Check out the blog at …

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Added by mistercliff on September 2, 2011 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

A short post on recommended books

I have not read it yet, but fellow freethinking pilgrim Sam Harris has recommended a book on Buddhism, saying:

"Buddhist doctrines about meditation, compassion, and well-being have begun to greatly enrich the scientific study of the human mind--but we have long needed a careful analysis of the philosophical merits of these ideas. In The Bodhisattva's Brain, Flanagan has delivered it in fine style. This is an unusually wise and useful book." --Sam…
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Added by mistercliff on September 1, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Freethinking News, August 28, 2011

This week's news in skepticism:



 

Good evening, and welcome to Freethinking News.

This is the night of Sunday, August 28th, 2011.

In our top story, the Arab spring has reached a new level of success for freedom and democracy in the Middle East when the regions most violent and oppressive dictator, Allah, was captured in a bloodless coup. The disposed deity was tried at The Hague for crimes against humanity.…

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Added by mistercliff on August 28, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Plan

So enough with the suspense already, here's the first part of my plan:

So I'll fly to Spain in either February or March of 2012, volunteer for about a month, and then bike the pilgrimage trail, the Caminho, or Way of Saint James. I'm preparing for about two months. It'll be an adventure unlike any I've yet done!
Saint James is the patron Saint of travelers.…
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Added by mistercliff on August 28, 2011 at 1:11am — 2 Comments

Journey's End/New Trailhead

The end of every journey marks the beginning of something new. I, a skeptic and traveler, have decided to quit my job, pack up my things, and make an epic trek along an ancient pilgrimage trail.

Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Steven Pinker have gone to great lengths to explain that so-called spiritual phenomena actually do occur and we will be a great deal closer to understand them if we separate the meditative from the mystic. I agree, feeling that the very idea of a spiritual journey, a… Continue

Added by mistercliff on August 26, 2011 at 1:09am — No Comments

Understanding prayer in the face of Death

My grandpa, I man I deeply respect, lies dying from colon cancer a million miles away from me. He is not expected to survive the night. My own father passed away unexpectedly roughly the same time last year and I never got to see him before he died. I feel so powerless, so impotent. It makes sense that people pray in situations like this.

 

I will not, of course, since I understand them to be more harmful than good and would go unanswered on the other side even if I did stoop…

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Added by mistercliff on July 17, 2011 at 10:14pm — 2 Comments

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