Cult leader Tony Alamo, imprisoned for taking girl as young as nine as his ‘brides’ will lose many of his properties in order to satisfy restitution judgments against him. is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning still Christian America’s most segregated h…
|Spanish woman, 1922|
If there was one thing we in the West could do to encourage peace with Islam, it would be to simply return to our own Christian traditions. This would automatically make us much more like Islam. We look instead like a bunch of godless infidels, because, well, that is what we have become.
But not that long ago—say, a hundred years ago—we were a lot more like Muslims. Women up until a little after that time would have covered their hair in public as a matter of course, and a well-bred woman would never have revealed a leg.
|Italian woman, early 20th Century.|
“for a woman to pray or prophesy with her head uncovered shows disrespect for her head; it is exactly the same as if she had her hair shaved off. Indeed, if a woman does go without a veil, she should have her hair cut off too; but if it is a shameful thing for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved off, then she should wear a veil.”
When Europeans dealt with the rest of the world, they saw such modest dress in women as the ultimate mark of civilization. As it is. And I suspect most men would actually prefer it if most women dressed that way. It is so much more feminine.
A hundred years ago, any sex outside marriage would have been a crime. No respectable woman would be found alone with a man to whom she was not married. Catholics, like Muslims, fasted regularly, and, also like Muslims, prayed at several set times a day—the liturgy of the hours. Church bells used to ring the times, just like the Muslim call to prayer. When do you hear church bells ringing any more? In those days, there would have been much less trouble integrating Muslims into Western society; they would have fit right in.
|How a lady dresses: Queen Victoria, 1880s.|
As it is now, though, when Muslims recoil at Western culture, they recoil for most of the same reasons serious Christians do. If we respected these traditions of our own, it might be easy to negotiate the remaining differences. And, in any case, we would have the moral standing to do so. One cannot honourably negotiate with the devil.
It would be easier if the religious would just admit the one fact the lies at the root of their belief system – “facts don’t matter”. Once we shove that sideways down their craw, unravelling the rest of the bullshite will quickly unravel. A good place to start that sort of discussion is with AntiCitizen X and his dissection of christian apologetics.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, Epistemolgocial Concerns, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
I love cartoons, and Discern4 has come though and delivered unto me what I love…it must have been an act of god. :>
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, The Power of Faith
Dear Readers; Paul Hogan made one big pile of money from his “Crocodile Dundee” movies,Â and now his good fortune has come full circle after his best friend/financial adviser/buddy made of with 34 MILLION BUCKS of his money! Phillip Egglishaw is currently being sought by Interpol, and is believed to be hiding in Switzerland, or [...]
By Capt. Fogg The “reverend” Phelps is at it again, twittering that God Bombed Boston for the same reason God does most of the horrible things he does like letting millions of children die miserably and needlessly and live miserably and hopelessly all …
Marxism is a child of the Enlightenment. It was born of the revolutions in politics, philosophy and economy that shook Europe and America from the 17th Century through to the 19th Century. As such it was tempered in part in the polemics and struggles a…
By Michael J.W. StickingsJust in case you weren’t quite sure Republicans are the party of Christian theocracy:A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of t…
This is really a thumbnail sketch of trying to wrap my head around a Marxist approach to religion. This really comes out of the experience, evolving from the approach pioneered in contemporary times by Chris Harman, of relating to imperialism in the Mi…
By Michael J.W. Stickings I hope you’re all enjoying the long Easter weekend — hopefully you get at least one day off.Even if you’re not much of a Christian, or not even a Christian at all, even if you don’t believe in that silly story about that Jewi…
Happy Bunny Day or Happy Easter as the deluded like to say. This merry bunny day, we have a short, but telling expose on how much bullcookery you have to swallow if you really want to get down the Jebus and hang out with him on Easter.
God is quite the bag of dicks, it would seem.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Christianity, Easter, Happy Bunny Day, Religion
By Frank Moraes Booman Tribune provides some useful information in its post “Religion and Gay Marriage in the Senate.” What it shows is that the only ten Democratic senators who have not come out for gay marriage are all Christians. The article al…
There has been a poster knocking around that illustrate every contradiction (with footnotes) in the bible. I’m posting it here as a resource so not only can we tell the deluded that their magic book is inconsistent, we can show how inconsistent it actually is with a pretty picture.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Bible, Biblical Contradictions, Christianity, Helpful Infographics
Superstition, and it’s ugly codified twin brother religion, rely on the suspension of one’s critical faculties. When someone is going on about how jeebus talks to them or they are feeling the power of god or <insert prurience for inane godbaggy here> or whatever, the topics covered in this video by Qualia Soup come to mind. Confirmation bias, what we all struggle against (or should be struggling against) robs us of the capacity to evaluate situations and events around us in a reasonable way.
You may be “good with god” but you look pretty stupid to the rest us because we lack the cognitive barriers of faith you’ve erected against reason (aka the world as it is, as opposed to how we want it to be.)
Anyways, QS says this much better than I, thus on to the video!
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, Faith, Qualia Soup, Religion, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The First Step in Deprogramming the Religious – Superstition
There is a horrendous series of advertisements for the moron mormon church which centres around the ‘appeal to authority’ fallacy. The ads each feature one person (that’s one person for each ad, in case I’m confusin’ ya) and this person goes on and on about how they are a wonderful person. At the end of the ad, the featured person finishes by affirming ‘I’m a mormon.” Of course, nothing in the first part of the ad has much to do with actual mormonism. That would defeat the purpose. The ads are supposed to gloss over all the ugly bits there are mountains of ugly bits), build up a bunch of warm fuzzies, then sneakily latch the happy feelings onto their religion. It isn’t a new tactic. Stealing credit from others is a solid ingredient for the foundation of any strong religion.
Enter the latest episode of ‘Way of the Mister’. . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Hooray for Formons!
How many popes does it take to screw in a light-bulb? “Popes don’t screw in light-bulbs, they’re too busy banning the use of condoms!”by “Radical Comedian”As originally posted on: Radical Comedian (RadicalComedian) on TwitterDecember 22, 2012
What students are talking about today (March 14th)
Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by an elite cabal during a secret backroom ritual. This one is from Argentina. I guess that country deserves it, considering they just lost the recent vote on the status of the Falkland Islands.
Yay, does this mean the end of the Olympic-style news coverage by almost every mainstream media outlet around the world? Unfortunately the media over-saturation will likely persist for awhile, at least until the lucky new warlock settles into his new digs,
I guess congrats are in order for his new hat, frock, ring, Wizard of shoes, palace and lifestyle full of obscene wealth and opulence (to go with his alleged abstinence). I’m not exactly sure what all that has to do with the fictional characters god and Jesus, but whatever.
This video is an oldie but goodie: Sarah Silverman’s: “Sell the Vatican, Feed the . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by…