OTTAWA — A delegation of Canadian politicians — including senators and government and opposition MPs — are at the Vatican this week for the elevation of Gérald Cyprien Lacroix to the College of Cardinals. It’s just the latest taxpayer-funded visit […]
For the past few months, we’ve been unsure which version of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah would be hitting theaters — there were tons of reports that Christian audiences reacted badly in screenings. Paramount had reportedly cut as many as six different versions of the film. But now, it appears Aronofsky has won.
Love it or hate it, the world’s religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn’t mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren’t going to evolve. To learn more about religion’s future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, h…
The original Robocop, released in 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven, was not only one of the best science fiction films of the last three decades—”a brilliant comedy operating in the guise of an ultraviolent action movie,” as Tom Scocca described it on Gawker—it was also a Christian allegory. At least according to Paul Verhoeven himself who, in a 2010 interview, referred to his resurrected robot hero as “the American Jesus.”
The title of this video is “what if you’re wrong” and yes atheist friends DM2525 does touch on that venerated old chestnut of Pascal’s Wager, but like M. Night – Can’tmakeagoodmovietosafehislife- with a twist – there are questions and consequences that the deluded must face.
If your god happens to be the right one, how is it merciful to condemn some 5 million other people to hell? How do you know your god is the “right” one, given the sectarian nature of the christian and muslim faiths you might be on the right team, but sitting in the wrong (Read more…)
Here’s my reasoning.
After the game, someone on the winning team, exulting ecstatically, will say “God was on our side” or words to that effect. It’s as sure as a post-touchdown two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, if the team is still down by a pair.
This will lead humorists and atheists alike to mock the athlete’s egocentric theology, along the lines of the great “God-Man on the Gridiron” cartoon from a few years back. Which will inspire angry rebuttals from offended fundamentalists.
Religious moderates are the collateral damage in this snake-vs-mongoose battle, bitten by both (Read more…)
CAPERNAUM, Israel — Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured some of the most important sites in biblical history Wednesday — including where Jesus Christ is said to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. He also travelled to the Hula Valley, […]
VATICAN, Vatican City — The archbishop of Quebec is among a new batch of cardinals selected today by Pope Francis. Gerald Cyprien Lacroix was one of 19 men named to the senior ecclesiastical post this morning at the Vatican. Lacroix, […]
I know, I know. Belief in magic is not really the best way to run anything, but rather than focusing on the silly nature of believing in the Grand Oooga-Booga, lets look at how those in power keep their ‘base’ ignorant and happy to continue to lap up all mendacity that spews forth from the Party of No. Alter.net has a nifty article about biblical illiteracy in America, so lets go over the highlights.
“More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of (Read more…)
Never mind Jesus Christ! It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas.
Who the hell is Krampus, you wonder? Well, we’ll get to that at the appropriate moment.
But first, let’s turn to the question of the Big Guy, the Christ Child Himself, before…
The Bible has been called an historical document, a guidebook for moral living, and a work of fiction. No matter how you view it, there is no question that certain parts are confusing. We’ll take a look at the possible meanings of the nine strangest pa…
It’s been a busy month — busy enough that though one in seven Canadians crossed the border for Black Friday, I wasn’t one of them. (Like a further one in three Canadians, I did my shopping online. Bought me some books — and by books, I mean books so nerdy Aya will despair for Leo’s future social skills. )
Seriously, more Canadians expected to participate in Black Friday, than voted in the last federal election. This is how dark ages begin!!
On the EV side, I wrote a few pieces for GreenCarReports, though I wasn’t able to write (Read more…)
Xtians began using “Xmas” 500 years ago, since in Greek, X is the “Ch” in Christ
Around the holidays, some people (not to name names or anything) urge modern society to put the “Christ” back in Christmas. There’s much to criticize about the hollow vacuousness of consumer culture, after all. Most of us can buy into the idea of better treasuring time with family and friends; and who’d oppose charity and compassion for the less-fortunate? (Well, apart from that strangest of philosophical tribes, the Objectivists, that is…)
Heck, the leftists among us might even be open to the Christian (Read more…)
[ed. Trigger Warning for child abuse.]
Christianity doesn’t have a clue what love is. It starts by fucking up the notion beyond all recognition right off the bat. God’s “love” is so great that if you swear eternal obedience and submission, he won’t torture you until the end of time, even though he knows full well you deserve it, you despicable mortal you. This ultimate perversion of love makes it possible for christians to say any atrocious action could be done “out of love”.
At it’s mildest, you have your run-of-the-mill bigots and misogynists, smiling sweetly as vile (Read more…)
The Dark Side of Christian History
The Dark Side of Christian History by Helen Ellerbe: Morningstar and Lark, Orlando Florida, 1999 ISBN 0-9644873-4-9 This is the sort of book that I had to force myself through. It was not so much the purported subject matter but rather the author’s not-so-well-hidden agenda. This is not an overview of the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches except insofar as these can be slotted into Ellerbe’s real purpose. This purpose is to argue against Christianity and for pop-religious New-Age “spirituality” with a thin veneer of corrupted feminism. The (Read more…)
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Winning ugly is nothing that Kansas coach Bill Self will complain about. In fact, there’s times he finds it downright satisfying. Like Thursday, for instance, when Canadian Andrew Wiggins was slowed by the flu, when the […]
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was delivering a homily but a little boy stole the show. Francis was speaking in St. Peter’s Square about the important role grandparents play when a little boy walked up behind him and confidently climbed […]
“You cannot petition the Lord, with prayer!” -Jim Morrison I have spent over 50 years thinking about the meaning of life, God, and what it’s all about……………., and I’m not much closer now than when I started! The only thing I know for sure is that we are all expressions of “God,” or “Nature,” or […]
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Here is another article written by Chief Bill Wilson- (Hemads-Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla) It tells of his life and history and we are fortunate to be able to read about native history than has been sparse at best. Perhaps that will change. Let us hope so.
Chief Bill Wilson (HEMAS KLA-LEE-LEE-KLA), Special to The Vancouver Sun
Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla. This name of rank has been handed down to worthy Chiefs for thousands of years. My white name, Bill Wilson, plain and common as it is, has no meaning to my people.
My people are the Kwawkgewlth. We have always been from (Read more…)
Pat Condell is a British commentator who has a worldwide following for his rants against religion, political correctness, injustice, politics, feminism, and anything else that catches his ire! Seems the Muslims in England have been getting pretty rank lately due to a number of factors including political correctness, government appeasement of minorities, multiculturalism, a large […]
Darkmatter2525 takes us into Genesis to highlight the idea that god is a douche. Dark Matter’s take on genesis is crude, so be forewarned.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Biblical Motherhood, Christianity, DarkMatter2525, NSFW Bible Stories, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
ZAHLE, Lebanon — It seemed this weekend as if it was open season on Christians across the Muslim world. Seventy-eight Christians were slaughtered Sunday by twin suicide bombers at a church where I have attended services several times myself in […]
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church […]
Egoless divine pride: the most glorious concept I have ever heard – from Tibetan Buddhism. The Uttara Tantra elaborates: There once was a prince, who lost his memory and forgot who he was. Lost in forgetfulness and confusion, he wandered aimlessly, and became a homeless beggar. Years later, a minister to the king came across […]
by “Kilgore Trout” [a/k/a "Kilgoar"]
As originally posted on: The Internet Chronicle
September 10, 2011
There are a myriad of solid reasons NOT to enjoy sexual pleasure on 9/11, such as safety, respect and religious zeal. Even more importantly, everyone knows that those who engage in sexual activity on 9/11 do not care about all the innocent people who died on 9/11. It was the day that everything changed. When those towers came down, American flags came out. Even so, one must completely refrain from masturbation, intercourse, and all forms of sexual stimulation on 9/11 in order to observe the holiday righteously.
First of all, it’s 9/11. Terror alerts will be raised and threats will be made. 9/11 is not a day on which it is wise to let one’s guard down. By masturbating or having sex on 9/11, citizens will put themselves in danger. Don’t take the risk of being caught unprepared. In the likely event of a terror attack, masturbation or sex is a deadly mistake. Stay safe on 9/11.
Secondly, how could anyone even masturbate with the endless inescapable thoughts of the innocent dead? Only a twisted and disturbed individual would be able to achieve orgasm on 9/11. It is despicable for anyone to forget about 9/11. Everyone knows the first rule of 9/11 is never forget, and breaking that rule is just as bad as having sex on 9/11. The guilt and shame should be so pervasive as to completely eliminate any Patriotic American’s sex drive.
Thirdly, we must remember always that Jesus is watching. Jesus might let a little masturbation slip by every now and then, but know that masturbation on 9/11 will earn you his hatred and a ticket straight to hell. Should a child be conceived on 9/11, the implications could be dangerous, if not deadly. At the very least, the child would likely grow up to become a converted Muslim. Worst case scenario, the evil of a couple knowingly enjoying sex on 9/11 would create a demonic portal through which the devil could plant the seed of the Antichrist. Fucking on 9/11 could mean the end of the world.
If someone enjoys sexual pleasure on 9/11, it is immediately apparent to those of us who are appropriately guilt-ridden and fear-stricken. The person who defiles 9/11 appears smarmy and cock-sure as if he or she has forgotten about 9/11. The devil turns bodies into empty casks and fills them with demons. Don’t even think of masturbating on 9/11.
Have you ever run up against a fine deluded individual who, in their desperation to ‘prove’ their grand ooga-booga exists, busts out the Ontological argument? It sucks, as the OA relies a lot on the more informal rhetorical process known as BBB or bullshit baffles brains. Let’s travel with AntiCitizenX as he unwends the spoor of the deluded and demonstrates how thin a claim the OA actually is.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christian Apologetics, Christianity, Fail, Religion, Religious Wanking, The DWR Sunday Disservice
It now looks as though Obama may lose the vote in Congress authorizing Syrian intervention. If he does, his best option is to arm Syrian rebels.
But here we have a problem: the main Syrian opposition is reputedly closely allied with al Qaeda. How can the US, and other Western countries, ensure that their aid does not end up in the hands of their worst enemies?
The answer is perfectly simple. Arm only the Syrian Christians. Here we have an easily identified group that is guaranteed to be anti-jihadist and pro-Western. They are two million strong—enough to make a difference. And they are currently at greatest risk.
|Newspaper of Record to the Nations|
A recent piece in the Washington Post claims to be a defense of Christianity against the visceral prejudice felt against it by “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins. Although the “defense,” this being the Washington Post, reads far more like an attack, it is interesting to see the things new atheists find disgusting about Christianity. I would never have guessed.
I find it hard to see these as objections. Let’s look at them in turn.
The problem is, God really is human. That’s what this Jesus thing is all about. One might not believe in God, but how can anyone have a logical problem with that? By definition, God is all powerful. This is true of the concept whether he exists or not. Therefore, by definition, he is capable of making himself human. One must therefore allow that he may have done so: to say that God cannot be human is absurd.
Moreover, given that God is by definition perfect, he is also infinitely good. Therefore, it seems almost the inevitable assumption that he would, for our benefit, choose to express himself in human terms.
So what is your objection?
This is not about faith. This is about sincerity. Anyone who is not at least looking for the truth is dishonest. And anyone who claims to be looking for the truth, yet ipso facto disdains anyone who claims to have found it, is a liar and a hypocrite.
Britain’s top prelate, the Archbishop of Canterbury, warns that Christians need to “repent” the mistreatment of gay people and, if they don’t, they’re “wicked.”The Most Rev Justin Welby told an audience of born-again Christians in London that the vast…
Britain’s top prelate, the Archbishop of Canterbury, warns that Christians need to “repent” the mistreatment of gay people and, if they don’t, they’re “wicked.”
The Most Rev Justin Welby told an audience of born-again Christians in London that the vast majority of people under 35 find the Church’s beliefs on the issue “incomprehensible” and equate them to “racism and other forms of gross and atrocious injustice”. While standing by his decision to vote against same-sex marriage in the House of Lords, the Archbishop, who is an evangelical, made clear that he was reassessing his own thinking, saying he wanted (Read more…)
|Holy Family. Joseph was kind of left out, wasn’t he?|
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[c]37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Croesus the Bankerby “FSK”As originally posted on: FSK’s Guide to RealitySeptember 7, 2007Croesus was the world’s first large-scale banker. This was around 550 BC.He had the first government-issued coin, with government-guaranteed metal content. Only t…
This car — yes, this car — has impeded Toyota’s electric efforts
My post on how The Innovator’s Dilemma explains why Toyota lags in electric vehicles — and how Kleiber’s Law explains there’s nothing for them to worry about (yet), is now up on GreenCarReports.
While the Tesla stats were cooler to have dug up, and will probably enjoy a broader readership, this particular piece was more gratifying to write; the Innovator’s Dilemma is a fairly well-known concept in business circles, but there’s a tendency to incorrectly think that all industries get changed and disrupted quickly. To adapt from yesterday’s (Read more…)
It is amazing the fuck-wittery that metastasizes when you combine religion and anti-choice thinking. I’m so disgusted and anguished over the deceptive practices at these so called Crisis Pregnancy Centers that I’m reproducing the entire article by Caitlin Bancroft written on the Huffington Post Blog. A big hearty frak-you goes out to our anti-choice christian friends. Read on about how the work of good christians in action.
“I wasn’t considering abortion. I wasn’t considering adoption, or parenting, or childcare. I wasn’t even pregnant, and I definitely wasn’t scared — at least not at first.
When I (Read more…)
The following tweets were originally posted by “Poep Francus” on Twitter via “his” account (https://twitter.com/PoepFrancus), variously, on March 13, 2013; March 14, 2013; March 16, 2013; March 18, 2013; March 19, 2013; March 24, 2013; March 28, 2013; …
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, thinks some Christians living in foreign lands need to “grow up” and stop hyping tales of how they’re persecuted.
“When you’ve had any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use the word very chastely,” The Guardian reports him saying. “Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable. ‘For goodness sake, grow up,’ I want to say.”
True persecution involves “systematic brutality and often murderous hostility that means that every morning you wonder if you and your children are going to live through the day.” He described the experience of a woman he met in India “who had seen her husband butchered by a mob.”
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The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, thinks some Christians living in foreign lands need to “grow up” and stop hyping tales of how they’re persecuted.
“When you’ve had any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use the word very chastely,” The Guardian reports him saying. “Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable. ‘For goodness sake, grow up,’ I want to say.” True persecution involves “systematic brutality and often murderous hostility that means that every morning you wonder if you and your children are going to live through the day.” He described the experience (Read more…)