Lettuce pray

July 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Atheism, corporate bullys, humor, Religion | Leave a comment
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Hey Charlotte, what about the rest of us?

March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Atheism, insanity, Religion, social comment | Leave a comment
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Thanks to Always Question Authority.

A group of morons good christians in Charlotte have found a unique and simple (as in Keep It Simple Stupid) method  to alleviate their city’s problems.  How very christian of them to keep their solution all to themselves.  Hey, what about the rest of us?

The c-word

August 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Posted in Atheism, Beliefs, Religion | 8 Comments
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I refuse to capitalize christian/christianity (unless it begins a sentence). It’s not that I don’t respect your right to believe as you please, in fact if you are truly a christian I respect your beliefs and would like the same in return. What I don’t respect, and in fact resent, is the level at which christianity is ever increasingly being shoved down the throats of those of us who don’t happen to subscribe.  Christianity is used as a vehicle to dictate cessation of behavior that you deem inappropriate, censor anything that offends you, and deny equal rights to those who aren’t christian…in your eyes.  I’m tired of your incessant insistence that we are  a christian nation!  We are NOT!  If you want a christian nation I suggest you all hire a great big boat, I hear Noah’s Ark isn’t being used, get on it, and start your own country.

I am offended when political events and public proceedings start with a prayer or a religious benediction.  I don’t think that our president should take the oath of office on a bible or that we should ever know or care what the private beliefs of any elected official might be.  The sky could literally be falling on your heads, and if the only person on the planet with the ability to hold it up happened to be pro-choice on abortion, you’d let the sky fall.

Organized prayer has no place in public schools, so stop trying to bring it back.  The lack of prayer in schools is not responsible for the moral decay of this country; in fact there is no proof there is any moral decay…except that you say so.  What you describe as immorality has always existed.  The only differences are that now it’s more in-your-face, because of the information age, and there are waaaay more people than there used to be.  And if we are going to have a pledge of allegiance to our flag, then let’s go back to the original version.  The revised version, fortified with god, causes indigestion (I forgot to mention I don’t capitalize the g-word either).

From the blog, Dover Beach,

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

-Stephen Colbert

Last night I said a prayer

June 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Atheism, Beliefs, god, Jesus, Religion, stupidity | 4 Comments
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They say, “Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.”, so I did.  I am now officially qualified to knock it.

So here’s what happened.  Last night I turned on the television looking for something to lull me off to the land of nod.  The first image was a close up of a  man and a woman with their eyes scrunched tightly shut.  The man was saying something about someone out there no longer having back pain, and someone else is no longer suffering from migraines.  My initial thoughts were, whoa this is some kind of crazy, low budget infomercial, for a miracle supplement that cures everything, shot in a studio with overly bright lighting (explaining the squinting).  Or, the supplement, while curing everything else, has an annoying side effect that causes extreme constipation; based on the facial expressions of the pair, they both looked as if they badly needed a bowel movement.

A moment later the man said, “And there is someone out there with a brain tumor that is now gone.  God and Jesus have taken it away”  By now I realized it wasn’t an infomercial.  As it happened the show was nearly over and identified itself as The 700 Club.  Immediately after you were told asked to send money the guy with the closed eyes said (this is likely not the exact wording but close enough), “Pray for what you want and you will receive it.” (from some guy named Matthew).  He didn’t say you may or you might or you probably will, but you WILL receive…

So I scrunched my eyes shut, as I had just seen and asked for what I wanted: to be a millionaire when I woke the next morning.  Praying does NOT work.  This morning I woke up and excitedly ran to the computer to check my bank balance.  Imagine how my spirits sank when I didn’t see seven figures. I can’t figure out what could have gone wrong.  I imitated the facial expression and the eye scrunching perfectly.  Could it be that not sending them money is where I went wrong?  If that’s the case then it’s a bit of a catch 22 situation.  If I’d gotten the damn million I would have been happy to send them some money.

The whole experience got me to thinking:  who is this guy Matthew and why did he lie?  Why is that religious TV program called The 700 Club?  Is 700 the number of members in the club, and if so does someone have to quit or die before someone new can join so they don’t have to keep changing the name of the club?  Or is 700 the collective IQ of the membership?  I’m leaning toward the latter because how gullible do you have to be to believe even those few minutes, I saw, of the show?  And I did give them the benefit of the doubt by keeping an open mind and praying.

I switched channels and found a show called AFV (America’s Funniest Videos).  After watching for a short while I realized three things:  The AFV audience is probably the same as that of The 700 Club, its producers evidently never heard of a little thing called the internet which has actual funny videos, and the program would be more aptly named, America’s Most Disturbing Videos.

If you’ve never seen AFV, unless you have sadistic tendencies, don’t bother.  People send in their ‘funny’ home videos for a chance to win a bunch of money.  Just about every video showed a person (sometimes a small child) being injured either by bad luck or their own stupidity.  Many of the injuries were such that I would expect any reasonable person would drop the camera and rush to see if the subject was OK.  Instead they kept on filming and you could hear the laughter of the person behind the camera, often the parent of the injured child, as well as that of the studio audience.  And, apparently you can never see too much footage of a man getting hit in the nuts.

I fail to find humor or enjoyment in watching people being injured and found it disturbing that so many people do.  It has to be stupidity; I can think of no other explanation.  Hence, my correlation between the pool of audience members for both shows.  I would pray they both be taken off the air but I already know it won’t work.

Christian fundamentalists are different from radical Muslims how?

May 30, 2011 at 9:27 am | Posted in Atheism, Beliefs, civil liberties, god, hypocrisy, irony, Religion, U.S. Constitution | 24 Comments
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Christians love to claim we are a nation founded in christianity (if you know me, then you know the c word gets capitalized only at the beginning of sentences).  I guess if I really think about it I can’t argue with that premise.  We did capture and enslave people, treated them like property, abused them, sold their children, and got rich off their backs for hundreds of years; it doesn’t get more christian-like than that.  Our christianity includes burning women accused of witchcraft, bombing abortion clinics, beating and killing people for being gay…and the list goes on.

For years christianity has been shoved down the throats of everyone who is not christian.  A few examples: prayer in schools, the addition of god to the pledge of allegiance, opening government functions with prayer, hearing our political leaders making religious references.  I’ll be so happy if the christians ever get the date right, and the rapture, or as I like to call it, lift-off, actually occurs.  I get first dibs on all their stuff…just letting you know.  Let us pray that it happens sooner rather than later.

So now this kid in Louisiana, who happens to be an atheist, has received death threats, from the good christian people, because of his opposition to the inclusion of prayer in his high school graduation ceremony.  His own parents threw him out of the house; how christian is that?

From the freethinker:

NORTH LOUISIANA has been described as “the buckle on the Bible Belt” – and not without good reason, as high school student Damon Fowler at Bastrop High School has discovered to his cost.

Damon Fowler: demonised, ostracized and threatened with death

On the eve of his graduation, the atheist student contacted the school superintendent to let him know that he opposed the inclusion of a prayer at the graduation ceremony. He pointed out that government-sponsored prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional and legally forbidden – and that he would be contacting the ACLU if it went ahead. The school agreed to substitute it with a moment of silent reflection, which was subsequently scuppered by a Christian student.

Then Fowler’s name, and his role in this incident, was leaked. As a direct result:

1) Fowler has been hounded, pilloried, and ostracized by his community.

2) One of Fowler’s teachers has publicly demeaned him.

3) Fowler has been physically threatened. Students have threatened to “jump him” at graduation practice, and he has received multiple threats of bodily harm, and even death threats.

4) Fowler’s parents cut off his financial support, kicked him out of the house, and threw his belongings onto the front porch.     read more

Don’t the christians have a saying about he who is without sin should not cast stones, or something like that?  Rather ironic isn’t it?

A Child’s Prayer

October 3, 2009 at 5:10 am | Posted in humor | 10 Comments
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A friend emailed this so I thought I’d share.

childs-prayer

Dear God,

This year, please send some clothes for all those poor ladies in Daddy’s computer.
Amen.

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GOOD NEWS about Gas Prices!

July 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm | Posted in Beliefs, god, Religion | 1 Comment
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Finally, after watching the prices at the pump rise daily, sometimes even hourly, the end is in sight. We can all sit back and breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Rocky Twyman who has organized prayer vigils to bring down the price of oil.

The Pray at the Pump Movement, founded by Rocky Twyman, has been holding prayer vigils at gas stations across the country. On Monday, Twyman decided to take his movement from Exxon and Shell stations straight to the steps of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., hoping to encourage the oil-rich country to raise the amount of barrels they release each day from 200,000 to 1.2 million.

I’m sure this idiotic idea is the solution, we’ve all been hoping for, and any minute now the insanity in the oil market will come to an end. C’mon Rocky…pray harder, harder, yes, YES, YES, OHHH YEAHHHHH!

GOTCHA! Didn’t I?


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