August 30, 2005

Cowards and Heroes

I hate political labels. Aside from being the most misused words in the English language, they are pointless exercises in further dividing people.

However, since I'm more than a little sick of the (brain-dead) neo-con insistence that "Libs" are cowards:

Bush - too much of a pussy to play sports, became a CHEERLEADER... Watched from the sidelines, while others did the work...

Bush - too much of a pussy to FIGHT in NAM, became an AWOL Nat'l Guardsman (and couldn't even finish THAT!)... On the sidelines AGAIN, while others went and died...

Bush - too much of a pussy to WORK to succeed in business, so he let his daddy and friends set him up while he watched from the sidelines....AS THEY DROVE INTO THE GROUND...

So NOW, we're at war and Bush once again watches others from the sidelines...Sacrifice? He knows nothing about it? Loss? That's for others to endure…

Which neo-con "heroes" have seen a battlefield?

Not Rush Limbaugh, he never served, and never would. (though, in fairness, being a junkie would keep him out)
Not Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, he never served, and never would.
Not Faux News talking head Bill O’Reilly, he never served, never would.
Not Former Majority Leader Dick Armey, he never served, and never would.
Not Bill Bennett, he never served, and never would.
Not House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, he never served, and never would.
Not Bill Kristol, never served, never would.
Not Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, he never served, and never would.
Not Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, he never served, and never would.
Not Rick Santorum, third ranking Republican in the Senate, he never served, and never would.
Not Trent Lott, he never served, and never would.
How about Jeb Bush, he never served, and never would.
Or how about Kenneth Starr or Antonin Scalia? Nope, didn’t serve.
How about former Att’y General John Ashcroft or the new one? Nope. Didn’t serve.
Newt Gingrich? He never served, and never would.
Not Tom DeLay, he never served and said he wanted to, but there were too many minorities in the service.
Not GW BUSH, Daddy would see to it that he was safe at home while you served.
Not Dick Cheney, he got more deferments than Clinton ever dreamed about getting.
Not Sean Hannity, he never served and never would.
Not the Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, he never served and never would.
Not the under Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, he never served and never would.
Karl Rove? Please.

How about the children of all the Republicans in the House and Senate? You can always count on them to cover your, oh wait, not a SINGLE ONE of them serve this country in the military.

(both quotes attributed to "anonymus")

And then there’s this:

http://neurotransponder.blogspot.com/2005/08/who-is-dying-for-america-again.html

Install a Religion today!

http://www.plug-pray.org/ENG/Home.html


Unfortunately, there is no Atheist kit. Though I imagine one isn’t necessary. I’m sure there’s an "uninstall" feature for all these. ;)

August 29, 2005

This explains a lot

Thanks to a post from the Atheist Network forum - this was brought to my attention.

My hopes for humanity have slipped a little further.

According to
this creationist textbook Fallacy is defined as:

"Fallacy: that which contradict's God's revealed truth, no matter how scientific, how commonly believed, or how apparently workable or logical it may seem; or that which is contradicted by scientific evidence."

Well, that explains a lot. I guess they do want their kids working the night shift at McD's for the rest of their lives. How are they going to pass the English portion of the SATs with definitions like THAT.

Nothing Fails like Prayer

An excellent article.


"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." --Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." --Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

"Ask and it will be given to you.... For everyone who asks receives." --Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)
"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." --Matthew 18:19 (NIV)

These promises are, obviously, false. No Christian I know of would claim that they can accomplish literally anything, up to and including moving mountains[1], through prayer (and if there are any who do claim that, James Randi has a million dollars for you). Instead, most Christian apologists defend these verses by claiming that the only prayers that are answered are those that are in line with the will of God. Of course, since no one can know what the will of God is, this gives them license to explain away any failed prayers.

But this is a condition not stated anywhere in the text itself. The above verses state clearly what the requirements are for having any prayer answered: believe, have faith, and if you want to be really sure, get someone else to pray along with you. Those are the only requirements listed. Do these things, the Bible says, and your prayer will be answered. It is hard to imagine how this promise could be any more unequivocal. If the text really does mean that any prayer by a faithful believer will be granted, in what way would it have to be different for the apologists to recognize and accept this as the intent?

The apologists' extra condition is, quite simply, an invention. They have made it up out of whole cloth and imposed it on these verses to rescue the Biblical text from errancy. Moreover, in doing so, they have opened a loophole so broad it drains these verses of all meaning. Why bother to make such splashy promises about the dramatic power of prayer if they are immediately qualified by fine print that says there is no guarantee that any prayer will ever be answered? And why would this not be stated in the original text if that is what was meant - must we rely on human beings to clarify the things that God forgot to tell us? This tactic turns God into an overzealous advertiser who is prone to get carried away with his claims and must be rescued by disclaimers from the apologist legal department. It will not stand. In any rational reading, these Bible verses can only be regarded as broken promises.

Probably the most common purpose of prayer is to ask God to do things - fulfill requests, grant favors, and generally use his supernatural powers to act on behalf of the petitioner. Internet prayer request pages overflow with theists asking others to pray for them so that they may be healed of sickness and injuries, delivered from financial troubles, or so that they may find love. Christian visitors to my site often inform me that they will be praying that God reveals to me the truth of his existence.

However, as an application of simple logic shows, any prayer that asks God for anything is pointless. Is prayer going to bring to God's attention a need of which he was not previously aware? Is it going to convince him to do something he was not already going to do? Both of these are impossible with an omniscient deity. On the contrary, if God is all-knowing, he already knows everyone's desires without needing to be told. Likewise, long before any believer ever begins praying for him to take a certain action, his infinite mind will have tabulated every possible reason for or against taking that action, judged the consequences of doing it versus not doing it and run down all the innumerable ramifications of each decision, and finally settled on the verdict that he knows will best achieve his goals. Do theists, believing themselves to be unimaginably small and insignificant by comparison with the Almighty, hope to then change his mind? Do they hope to budge this divine calculus with a single whisper of supplication? A prayer for God to do something he was already going to do is unnecessary; a prayer for God to do something he was not already going to do is futile."


Full article

For proof that prayer doesn't do jack:

Prayer doesn't help

Required Reading

Required reading for Atheists -
A list compiled by the fantastic Martin Willet (www.mwillet.org - be glad this guy is on our side).

I haven't made it all the way through that list yet, but the following I consider to be the most important (so far):

The Origin of Species
(on The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.)
Charles Darwin, M.A.

The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins
1976, 1989

River out of Eden
Richard Dawkins
1995

The Meme Machine
Susan Blackmore
1999

Religious Spam

Came into work this morning at 7 a.m. to find this:


"The Cross


You are my 7 in 7 seconds. I am not breaking this. No way! I'M TOLD THIS WORKS!!!!! just repeat this prayer and see how God moves!!

"Lord, I love you and I need you. Come into my heart and bless me, my family, my home and my friends. In Jesus' name, Amen."

Pass this message to 7 people {EXCEPT YOU AND ME}. You will receive a miracle. I Hope that you won't ignore this and will let God bless you!"


Obviously, I have serveral problem with this:

1. It's SEVEN IN THE MORNING

2. forwarding an e-mail to piss off seven other people will get me a miracle? Goodness, god is low rent these days.

3. PRAY DOESN'T WORK.


Why is it that a murderer who claims that god told him to kill someone is crazy, yet these whackadoos who think their prayers are answered are not? They're doing exactly the same thing - talking to god. And since the bible is full of examples of god telling people to kill other people, why should they consider these divinely inspired killers to be anything less than soliders for god?


It's 7:30 and I've already had my fill of nonsence this morning.

August 26, 2005

Xtian "Love"

And here I was thinking stuff like this happened only in America.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16390605-29277,00.html

"Junior assistant pastor Chi Yeong Yun, 37, and Bible study teachers Tom Chae-Yong Lee, 22, and James Kang, 21, from the Open Door Presbyterian Church in Chatswood, northern Sydney, pleaded guilty to assaulting Angela Kim, 19, in July last year.
In the New South Wales District Court today, Acting Judge Joe Gibson named Yun as the "architect of the plan" to punish Ms Kim for not regularly attending the church and disrespecting her elders."

"The court was told Ms Kim was picked up at the Waitara train station on July 8 last year and was taken by the men to a park at Bobbin Head in northern Sydney.
She was kicked and punched for about two hours, leaving her with extensive bruising to her arms, legs and buttocks.

Two nights later, Kang went to Ms Kim's home and smashed her portable CD player.
Judge Gibson said Kang's actions were intended to further enforce the message from the beating. "

"In handing down the sentences, he said the actions of the three men had gone against their teachings."


Do religious people STILL believe that these things are not part of their teachings? Have they never actually read their religious texts? Violence, coersion, murder are not strangers to religion.

http://www.evilbible.com

Trying to Make Kids Stupid

As if American public school kids aren't far enough behind their foreign counterparts in areas of science, math (etc etc etc), the religious wrong still want to push them further back.

http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=15569

Check this out. This textbook was labeled as:

1. "anti-free enterprise" - describing American industries’ roles in environmental pollution, and they compared him to Osama bin Laden for noting the pollution caused by the country’s airlines

2. "anti-American" -They decried his assertion that Americans, only 5 percent of the world’s population, generate 25 percent of the greenhouse gases widely believed to contribute to global warming

and

3. "anti-Christian" - “No one would want to offend an ethnic minority,” Frey said. “Why shouldn’t people also be made aware of the sensitivities of a religious minority?”


If you can still be amazed at the level of stupidity in neo-cons - read the article. If you can't be any more surprized, read it anyway. It will be a nice reminder of why it is so good to have the ability to think for yourself.



Frankly, I hope these dipshit creationists are able to institute a creationist school ciriculum from start to finish. That way, when these kids are 45 and still working the nightshift at McD's no one will wonder why.

August 25, 2005

An Exercise in Logic


I got this e-mail recently:
"You better be right. Being in hell forever is sure going to hurt. God loves you and doesn't want you to burn. Why do you turn your back on Him. I will pray that you change your mind before it is too late."


Let's think about this, shall we? For the sake of argument let's assume four things:

1. God exists (the Xtian verison, for our purposes here.)
2. God created all of us
3. God has a plan.
4. Being omipotent, God knows all


If those things are true, then:

1. God is all-powerful and all-knowing
1. God created me as I am - a freethinking atheist
2. He planned for me to be that way
3. Being omipotent He knows that despite my "free will", I will never be able to accept the yoke of religion.


Therefore,
God created me specifically to occupy hell. What a right fucker he "is"! (that is, if he existed) .


I'll stick with atheism, thanks. Far fewer confusing nonsensical contradictions.

GUTPILE

I'm a big fan of heavy metal and hardcore music. The more yelling and screaming the better. I love bands like Cannibal Corpse, the Rollins Band, Fantomas, The Deftones etc etc.

My hometown yielded one of the best heavy metal bands I've ever heard. Check out

GUTPILE

Saw them at this local club called The Cruise Inn - they fucking rocked. One of the guitar players looks like Dimebag Darryl reincarnated.

There's a demo on the site. I highly recommend checking it out.

Five facts to be happy about

Living in a sky-pixie obsessed country can really suck. So, here's somethings to be happy about:

1. There are no creationist Nobel Laureates

2.In other countries, the number of relevant scientists who accept creationism drops to less than one tenth of 1 percent.

*The following 3 facts are based upon the results of a survey conducted by Edward Larson and Larry Witham on the National Academy of Science.*

3. 72.2% were overtly atheistic, 20.8% agnostic, and only 7.0% believed in a personal God.

4. 93% of scientists who are members of the National Academy of Science are in fact agnostic or atheists.

5.Top scientists are more atheistic than ever before


source: Talkorigins.com

August 24, 2005

Best. Onion. Article. Ever

Full article

"TOPEKA, KS—As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

"Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, 'God' if you will, is pushing them down," said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.

Burdett added: "Gravity—which is taught to our children as a law—is founded on great gaps in understanding. The laws predict the mutual force between all bodies of mass, but they cannot explain that force. Isaac Newton himself said, 'I suspect that my theories may all depend upon a force for which philosophers have searched all of nature in vain.' Of course, he is alluding to a higher power."

See, it IS all in their heads

http://atheistempire.com/reference/brain/main.html - fun read for all atheists.

"Synopsis: Findings seem to point to a region of the brain commonly referred to as the 'God Spot' or 'God Module', that when stimulated creates hallucinations that are interpreted as mystical or spiritual experiences. This 'spot' is stimulated during meditation and prayer and is affected by electromagnetic fields and epilepsy. The resulting hallucinations may be the cause of mystical, spiritual and paranormal experiences as they can give feelings such as a presence in the room or an out of body experience. In the case of epileptics, this may be the reason for many of them becoming obsessed with religion. For those who experience the stimulation it is explained related to their own personal beliefs; a visit from an angel or lost loved one, an extraterrestrial encounter, a higher plane of consciousness or a visit from God."

Theocrat Mining


In an effort to make sure democracy in America is completely destroyed:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-statesman23aug23,0,2666633.story?coll=la-home-headlines


"Evangelical programs on Capitol Hill seek to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God."


for a price, naturally:
"The Statesmanship Institute, founded two years ago, offers more in-depth training for $345."


My favorite bit:
"If we leave it to man to decide what's good and evil, there will be chaos."


Well, sure. Leaving it up to the imginary sky-pixie has proven to work so well.


Where's a sick bag when you need one.

Office Shenanigans

I used to work for a bank.

Around the time that Gibson released his religious snuff film, the office started to buzz with religious fervor. It was all Jews = bad, PRAYYYYYYYYYZZZZEEEE JEEESSSSSUSSSSS. As I am an atheist, I hid in my cube and avoided any and all discussion about the movie.

An especially religious co-worker noticed this and asked why.

"I haven't seen it." I replied. Why hadn't I seen it? "I'm not very interested in religious movies." I said, hoping that would be good enough. Fake and phoney Jesus help me, it was NOT good enough.

I started getting e-mails containing insipid and remarkably sappy stories about god and angels and prayer - complete with bible verses. When that didn't work, I started getting pictures of that poor man strung up on the cross taped up in my cube when I'd return from my day off. Then, I would be wittnessed at whenever I stepped an inch out of my cube.

(You might be asking yourself why I didn't just go to the boss and complain. Well, having worked in the corporate world for several years prior to this taught me that it's often the complainer who gets in trouble - not the culprit. Plus, as it is painfully clear that atheists are the final minority that it's perfectly acceptable to shit on - what would be the point?)

This went on for several weeks. Then I went on vacation. I returned to work to learn that this story has a fantastic ending.

While I was out, this good religious woman had been fired for giving out customer information to her boyfriend (yes, she was married) about his live-in girlfriend. Her boyfriend turned out to be the father of her eldest daughter's unborn child.

Gotta love it.