Jehovah’s Witnesses – really bad at math?

August 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Religion | 2 Comments
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Who hasn’t had a leisurely weekend interrupted by a group of overly dressed people selling their brand of door-to-door religion.  I am always befuddled that no matter how hot the summer day, they are always clad in the warmest of clothing.  Suits for both men and women, stockings on women (which are incredibly uncomfortable in hot weather) and children dressed for an Easter parade.  It doesn’t matter how far off the beaten path you live (as I do) they will find you.

I’ve had various forms of fun with them, as they’ve disturbed my peace and trespassed onto my property over the years.  At one point I kept a stack of pamphlets from the American Atheist Society near the door to hand them as they give me their booklet.  If they’d had a cross, like the ones used, in movies, to ward off vampires, they would have used it at the sight of my literature.  Hey if you’re going to force yours on me, at least have the courtesy to read mine.  On a few occasions I’ve seen them coming and answered the door au-naturale, that usually gets rid of them in a hurry.  But I usually just get angry, and let them know.  What right, I ask, do you have to drive onto my property, uninvited, and disturb me?  I threaten, get mean, posture, yell, all in the hopes they will put me on their version of the do-not-call-list.  They are, however, relentless.

I learned an interesting fact about these people the other day that makes me wonder why they are so insistent on selling their religion, like vacuum salesmen, door-to-door.  According to their belief there is a set number of places in heaven, 144,000 to be exact.  That being the case wouldn’t you think they would try to keep it on the down-low?

From Wikipedia

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that exactly 144,000 faithful Christians will be resurrected to heaven to spend eternity with God as spirit beings. They believe that this number is made up of early Christians and some of Jehovah’s Witnesses who profess to be “anointed” (or part of “spiritual Israel”), rather than being composed of literal descendants of Jacob.[7] Witnesses believe that the 144,000 have been selected by God since the first celebration of Pentecost. They believe the 144,000 (which they consider to be synonymous with the “little flock” of Luke 12:32) will serve with Christ as king-priests for a thousand years, while all other people accepted by God (whom they identify as the “other sheep” of John 10:16 and “the great crowd” of Revelation 7:9,14), will be given an opportunity to live forever in an earthly paradise. According to the Witnesses, the first of the 144,000 were resurrected as spirit beings in 1918 and others who die after 1918 are immediately resurrected to heaven when they die.[8][9] Nearly 11,000 Witnesses worldwide—an increase of more than 2,000 since 1995[10]—claim to be of the anointed “remnant” of the 144,000.[11] This “remnant” is considered to constitute the faithful and discreet slave of Matthew 24:45 and Luke 12:42, with teaching authority over Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. In practice, all doctrinal and organizational decisions are made by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is said to represent that “slave class”.[12][13]

Pastor Mike’s atheist registry – shades of Nazi Germany

August 30, 2011 at 9:12 am | Posted in Atheism, bigotry, PhotoShop Fun, Religion, sick & Twisted, stupidity | 9 Comments
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Putting Atheists on a “National Registry” – What Say YOU? by Pastor Mike   This made me physically sick when I read it.  Here is yet another illustration of good christian love and tolerance for one’s fellow-man.

Pastor Mike lists his reasons (as if there would be any good ones) for wanting to create his atheist registry, but the subtext, as I read it, is to make atheists easy to spot should one feel the pressing need to commit a hate crime.  I assume that in Pastor Mike’s twisted fantasy world, atheists would be issued an identifying arm band upon registration.  What’s next, Pastor Mike, free train rides for atheists?  Pastor Mike, you are one twisted motherfucker.

Why do many atheists hold a hatred toward a creator they say doesn’t exist? How can you hate something you claim doesn’t exist?
“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” ( Matt. 12:34 )

Brothers and Sisters , I have been seriously considering forming a ( Christian ) grassroots type of organization to be named “The Christian National Registry of Atheists” or something similar . I mean , think about it . There are already National Registrys for convicted sex offenders , ex-convicts , terrorist cells , hate groups like the KKK , skinheads , radical Islamists , etc..

This type of “National Registry” would merely be for information purposes . To inform the public of KNOWN ( i.e., self-admitted) atheists . For example , let’s say you live in Colorado Springs , Colorado , you could simply scroll down ( from the I-Net site /Blog ) I would have , to the State of Colorado , and then when you see “Colorado Springs” , you will see the names of all the self-admitted atheist(s) who live there ( e.g., if an atheist’s name happened to be “Phil Small” ) . The individual’s physical address , and other known personal information would NOT be disclosed ( though , perhaps a photo could be ) .

Now , many (especially the atheists ) , may ask “Why do this , what’s the purpose ?” Duhhh , Mr. Atheist , for the same purpose many States put the names and photos of convicted sex offenders and other ex-felons on the I-Net – to INFORM the public ! I mean , in the City of Miramar , Florida , where I live , the population is approx. 109,000 . My family and I would sure like to know how many of those 109,000 are ADMITTED atheists ! Perhaps we may actually know some . In which case we could begin to witness to them and warn them of the dangers of atheism . Or perhaps they are radical atheists , whose hearts are as hard as Pharaoh’s , in that case , if they are business owners , we would encourage all our Christian friends , as well as the various churches and their congregations NOT to patronize them as we would only be “feeding” Satan .

Frankly , I don’t see why anyone would oppose this idea – including the atheists themselves ( unless of course , they’re actually ashamed of their atheist religion , and would prefer to stay in the ‘closet.’ ) .

Anyway , my brothers and sisters , it’s something I would like to get your input on , as well as any other ideas or suggestions you may have along these lines . As Christians ,we CAN make a difference if we network together in fellowship , as well as seek guidance and advice from the Holy Spirit .

Until next time , may God bless and keep you all -

Yours in Christ ; Pastor Mike

Peanut butter, a turtle, a caveman, and chimps with typewriters..What do they have in common?

August 29, 2011 at 8:50 am | Posted in creationism, evolution, intelligent design, stupidity | Leave a comment
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Answer:  They have all been used in arguments to disprove evolution.  Here is the latest from Robert Ringer, at World Net Daily (discovered thanks to Ed Brayton) who bills himself as the voice of sanity.  You decide.

As Guy Murchie pointed out in his book “The Seven Mysteries of Life,” an intellectual, long-standing argument for a random universe wherein a seeming miracle such as evolution could take place on its own is that, given enough time, anything – including the evolution of human beings from inanimate matter – is possible.

This argument, said Murchie, is based on the premise that if you could sit enough billions of chimpanzees in front of computers for enough billions of years, random chance would allow them to write all the great works of literature.

Which is a fascinating thought until you consider the mathematics involved. There are approximately 50 possible letters, numbers and punctuation marks on a computer keyboard, and there are 65 character spaces per line in the average book. A chimp would therefore have one in 50 chances of getting the first space on the first line correct.

Since the same is true of the second space on that line, the chimp would have one chance in 50 x 50, or 502, of getting both spaces right (meaning just the first two letters of the first word of just one of the great works of literature). For all 65 spaces on the first line, the figure would jump to 5065, which is equal to 10110.

How big is 10110? According to physicist George Gamow, said Murchie, it is a thousand times greater than the total number of vibrations made by all of the atoms in the universe since the Big Bang!

Conclusion: It doesn’t matter how many chimpanzees or how much time you allow, not even one line of one great work could come into existence through pure chance. Given that you are infinitely more complex than a single line in a book, what are the odds that you, with all of your billions of precise, specialized cells, accidentally evolved from “primordial soup” over a period of a few billion years?

Thus, evolution in a random universe – i.e., a universe without a Supreme Power Source – would appear to be a mathematical impossibility. As with such phenomena as wind and gravity, it would seem that the only way evolution could have come into existence is through the work of a Higher Power that is beyond human understanding. Not an old man in the sky, as atheists like to mockingly portray this Power, but an invisible, conscious source of power that man can never hope to comprehend.

If Atheists left America

August 29, 2011 at 8:02 am | Posted in Atheism, Religion | 1 Comment
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Burgled from No Godz.  I am willing to bet the farm that the letter to the editor and the FaceBook comments are by those who consider themselves to be good…oh hell, I can’t even type the word anymore…you fill in the blank.  I have no doubt that there is a degree of bias here, but thought it worth sharing nonetheless.

Highlighting what would happen if all atheists were to leave America. Details of who would leave, what would change, and a look at other countries with virtually no Atheism.

SOURCES:
Over 10% of American population are atheist:
http://www.atheistempire.com/reference/stats/index.php

Less than 0.25% of prisoners are atheist:
http://holysmoke.org/icr-pri.htm

Majority of Nobel Prize winners atheist:
The Religiosity and Religious Affiliation of Nobel Prize Winners (Beit-Hallahmi, 1989)

Majority of University professors atheist:
Religion and Spirituality among University Scientists (Ecklund, 2007)

Majority of scientists atheist:
http://freethoughtpedia.com/wiki/Scientists_and_atheism

Atheist Intellectuals:
http://brainz.org/50-most-brilliant-atheists-all-time/
http://www.celebatheists.com/?title=Category:Atheist

Atheist Celebrities:
http://www.celebatheists.com/?title=Main_Page

Poverty rate lower among atheists:
Society Without God (Zuckerman, 2008)

IQ higher among atheists:
http://www.interfaith.org/2008/06/20/study-links-atheism-to-high-iq/

Illiteracy rate lower among atheists:
United Nations Human Development Report (2004)

Average Income higher among atheists:
United Nations Human Development Report (2004)

Divorce rate lower among atheists:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_dira.htm

Teen pregnancy rate lower among atheists:
http://www.americablog.com/2009/01/red-states-dominate-teen-pregnancy.html

Abortions lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005)

STD infection lower among atheists:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article571206.ece

Crime rate lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005)

Homicide rate lower among atheists:
Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005)

Percentage of atheists in the countries mentioned:
http://www.adherents.com

Those spooky atheists you only read about…they’re real

August 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Atheism, god, Religion | 6 Comments
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Sometime early this year on a bus, I sat next to an English man who could have been in his early fifties of age. I offered to pay his bus fare but he strongly declined and advised me to help out a needier person than he and I could not insist anymore. The traffic flow was quiet slow and so instead of letting my mind wander about the nothings of this life, I decided to engage the white man in religious conversations. I asked the man whether he was a Christian and to my amazement, he thoughtlessly said no and told me he was an atheist.

I only read about it in books and heard people talk about it but there I was, face to face with a man that never believed in the existence of God.

From, My encounter with an atheist, by pastor Mvula.

There he was, face to face..and without a silver bullet.  It was probably only by the grace of god he survived.  Excuse me a moment while I dislodge my tongue that is firmly implanted in my cheek.

I have no idea how I ended up at that blog, but as long as I was there anyway… I posted a somewhat snide comment stating the pastor must lead a very sheltered life, though I doubt that is the case.  I think this is a good illustration of one of the differences between the reasonable and the christians.  We don’t wear atheism like a badge, nor do we talk about it in a way that assumes the listener holds the same beliefs, and we don’t try to cure convert anyone.

How often have  you found yourself in conversation with a christian, that had nothing to do with religion, god, or christianity, but within the first few minutes you had no doubt about the person’s belief system?  And why is there no doubt?  It is because they always manage to sneak in a “god willing”, a ‘”praise the lord”, or an “…it’s what god wants” or something along those lines that have me looking for one of those little bags found in the pocket of the airplane’s seat.  If it is a casual conversation with someone at the gym, in a bank, grocery store, etc., like the pastor’s encounter on a bus, and I don’t expect any further interaction I just let my eyes glaze over and see no  reason to mention I am an atheist.  To do so might lead to a longer conversation with a closed mind, and we all know how those go.  So my guess is; the pastor has met many atheists in much the same way and never knew he was in the presence of what he thought was a fabulous creature that exists only in books, because they didn’t want THE TALK.

Caveman debunks evolution

August 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Atheism, creationism, god, intelligent design, stupidity | 4 Comments
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While surfing the my favorite blogs this morning, via a post over at Dispatches from the Creation Wars, I discovered, Bryan Fischer: Defeating Darwin in four steps – so easy a caveman could do it.

After reading the post I am convinced it was, in fact, written by a cavemen.  I’ve heard some ignorant drivel from the mouths of creationists in their misguided attempts to disprove evolution, but if there were a Nobel Prize for stupidity this guy would win, hands down.  Not only is he ignorant and misguided, but his post is so pathetic in its own way it’s rather hilarious.

I would urge you  to read the post, if just for shits and giggles.  In addition to numerous quotes of scientific facts and theories that disprove evolution here are just a few highlights that made me laugh.  Seriously, who needs drugs or booze to have a good time when there are troglodytes, like Fischer roaming the six thousand-year old earth, to offer boundless entertainment.

Here are a few of my favorite highlights.

When you see a turtle on a fence post, what’s the one thing you know? Somebody put him there. When you see a world hanging in space, what’s the one thing you know? Someone hung it there.

The turtle theory, that’s almost better than the peanut butter theory as proof of a creator.

it began when a ball of incredibly dense matter exploded and flung the universe into existence. Okay, fine. Now: where did that incredibly dense ball of matter come from?

This one was almost too tempting…incredibly dense ball of matter = brain of Bryan Fischer.

Fossils. Realize that the fossil record is the only tangible, physical evidence for the theory of evolution that exists. The fossil record is it. There is absolutely nothing else Darwinians have they can show you.

Sadly evolution lacks the same proof that creationist have…a turtle.

The problem: naturally occurring genetic mutations are invariably harmful if not fatal to the organism. Rather than improve an organism’s capacity to survive, they invariably weaken it. That’s why the phrase we most often use to refer to genetic mutations is “birth defects.”

Bryan has watched too many science fiction movies, he thinks all mutations are bad.  I bet his turtle is a teenage mutant ninja.

How to grow an atheist

August 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Posted in Atheism, god, Religion | 10 Comments
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In recent discussions with an atheist who happens to be coupled with a non-atheist (read christian) some thought and concern was given to how the hypothetical children might be raised.  This got me to thinking about the basic differences in the approaches to child rearing between religious folks and atheists.

Clearly I cannot speak for all atheists, but I can speak from my own experience and my observations of others with whom I am personally acquainted and share my non-beliefs.  My ex-partner in marriage shared my views on religion and god so it was rarely, if ever, an issue of discussion in our home.

When we had a child we didn’t raise our child to be an atheist.  In fact, since god seems to be everywhere…and not in the religious sense…it was inevitable that our child would be exposed, on some level, to god and religion.  To us, this was not a problem; we both believed our child should be allowed exposure to any and all beliefs and be allowed to choose freely.  There were occasions, when coming home from school, my child discussed god.  I listened and was engaged in the discussion of what had been experienced or learned, but never once did I say to my kid, “There is no god.”

Once, upon seeing an old poster from the Nixon era, in which Nixon appeared as a large dominant figure clutching dog leashes restraining his cronies in the Watergate debacle; my child said, “Look mommy, that’s a picture of god.”  I asked where god was and, sure enough, the index finger pointed to Nixon.  Amused, I simply replied, “So that’s what god looks like.”

Like all non religious children, my child heard, from kids at school, talk about church and god.  Wanting to fit in, my kid went to church, with friends, on several occasions (at various stages of childhood) and decided against pursuing it further.

In religious families, it seems important that the children be taken to indoctrination stations church (synagogues, mosques, etc.) from the beginning, so that young impressionable minds can be molded before the capacity for independent thought develops.  By the time a child reaches puberty these beliefs have become so ingrained that it would never occur to most of them to question their teachings.  Put simply, religious parents raise their children to embrace their own beliefs.

This is part of the dilemma for the atheist and the non-atheist should they decide to go forth and procreate.  I suppose one solution would be for the atheist to concede and allow any offspring to be taken to the indoctrination station, and upon reaching a certain point in their lives be told, in the same sitting, there is no Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, or god…it’s all just good childish fun.  Though I think it is more likely deprogramming, much like that used in recovering a brainwashed child from a cult, would be required.  Another approach, and to my mind a better one, would be to raise a free range child (like mine) who is allowed to ask questions and explore wherever curiosity takes him or her and when the child reaches an age where they can engage in critical thinking the religious parent can then expose the child to their ideology.

I wonder how many people would have taken a different path had they not experienced this early indoctrination.  Had those with strong beliefs in the invisible magic man in the sky and various forms of religion been raised in a fashion more like my child I think the world might be, at least slightly, a more sane place.

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