The Iranian cleric Kazem Sedighi has once again demonstrated the fantasy riven mind of fundamentalist thinking:
"Some ask why (more) earthquakes and storms don't occur in the Western world, which suffers from the slime of homosexuality, the slime of promiscuity and has plunged up to the neck in immorality, he said."
Jen McCreight on BlagHag.com previous attempt to demonstate the truth or fallacy of Sedighi's belief that immodest female dress causes earthquakes by staging the event "Boobquake", now understands why "Boobquake" was a geological failure. It was the result of a missunderstanding Sedighi's meaning and God's intentions. McCreight writes in her latest blog:
"God's relationship with humans is really like a relationship with an irrational, passive aggressive, emotional abusive person."
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Today over at PZ Myer's Pharyngula is yet another example of why priests are incapable of rational or truly ethical thinking. In a video Father Barron explains why the New Atheists are not true atheists because they are not sufficiently saddened by their disconnect from God.
"they [the good old atheists] knew that inside us we have a deep desire for fulfillment, truth, goodness, justice…in other words, for God."
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It's this never ending crap, like the above, from all the conservative priesthood that has become so tiring to deal with. I've had the privilege of being an agnostic/atheist since childhood and have avoided being sucked into the fantasy system of communal religion and the power mongering of their respective priests. Being able to evaluate religious claims of moral authority as only God's will, from an external reference, makes it easy to see the flaws in the God only view of ethical behavior.
Only a small amount of speculative thought about the historical antecedents of most religious moral prescriptions, should make it clear that humans have a biological and social predisposition for ethical cooperative behavior. Most people, both from their instincts and through social experience, are able to act ethically without any threat of divine or political punishment. Why the priests can't even admit this and discuss it reasonably is beyond me. It is perfectly reasonable to create a social system defined by an external divine will, under which, a voluntary and willing group of people may choose to live. This still admits that there are other ways of organizing human groups that are ethical and stable, by defining a rule system that is pragmatic, naturalistic and non-theistic.
I chose to live by simple pragmatic rules, derived from my practical experience, that allows me to interact with society in non-aggressive and productive manner. No supernatural gods are required, since to quote Vernon Dersley: "There's no such thing as Magic!"
When you remove the premise of magic from your thinking and replace it with a modern science based education, most of life's little problems can be understood as skill and knowledge based issues that can be solved by appropriate training and skilled application. If there is a physical solution then there are one or more sequences of step-wise causation to achieve it. No wishful thinking or magical assistance will accomplish a real goal, only direct human labor and skill.