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The Cold God September 30, 2009

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Let’s pretend for a minute (although to Biblical literalists that could be a year) that I accept your senseless arguments for the existence of an intelligent, loving, creator God and let’s pretend that I begin my love affair with him by thanking him for everything that exists, as we all can admit that he is in control of everything and can do absolutely anything he wants, right?

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And then let’s quit pretending.

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Will religion kill Obama? September 18, 2009

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In a climate filled with the perceptive fears of a black planet, end of world scenarios, communistic infiltrations, Orwellian governmental controls, and delusional right wing militia members, it would not be shocking if a Glen Beck, Fox news fueled nut job decided, against everything America’s political process and freedom of speech stand for, to attempt an assasination of President Obama. Did I mention that militia membership has been on a steady rise since the days of the Bush administration? Did I mention that Bush did nothing to crack down on the growing threat from these heavily weaponized and well trained groups, many of which are powder kegs waiting for the right time to initiate a race war? Of course, why would Bush want to discourage these people? They were a large part of his base after all. Viewing all of this from a Biblical context only makes the situation seem that much more plausible and dire. The Bible is well known for the stances that it takes regarding slavery, race, homosexuality, violence, and education. Many people are apparently angry with what they percieve as an Obama intrusion into their values and daily lifes. While an unindoctrinated person may vocally disagree with the policies and opinions of the Obama adminstration, a person that has been drilled since birth with the ideas that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and that any transgression against it must be defended with any costs, may start to feel that it is their personal mission from God to do what ever it takes to stop Obama. All we need to do to see this kind of situation taking place is to look to the Middle East. It is ironic that many Christians are quick to point out the violent doctrine of the Muslim faith, while conveniently ignoring their own. In America, when someone does evil things, such as drowning their children or beating their wife to death, because of their belief in God, people are quick to accept that it is because the person was obviously crazy, as if it had nothing to do with their delusional belief that God was talking to them. When will Americans come to their senses and realize that faith in God is often a contributing factor in the evil that people do? Will it be at the expense of our first African America President? If so, it would certainly be a tragic lesson to learn.

Do you disagree that many of the religious wish Obama harm? Do you disagree that many of the religious are attempting to use their belief in God to do Obama harm? What do you make of Reverend Steven Anderson’s prayer for Obama’s death? Do you truly think that he is an isolated incident and that religion is not a contributing factor to his death wish?

Read about the Baptist death wish here:
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/09/08/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5294157.shtml

The impotence of Christian faith. September 16, 2009

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A fourty five year old mother of three decides one day that she needs a bigger home, so that she may have enough room in order to procreate and bless the world with another home schooled Christian soldier. The problem, is that her husband has become impotent as of late. Thus begins her ordeal of trying to convince God, by prayer, that she really needs for her husband to get it up. One night, after she puts all of the children to bed and removes her triple layer Tammy Faye brand make up, she begins to pray vigorously that the Lord up above will grant speedy arousal to her husband, which of course fails. After weeks and weeks of praying, she begins to feel defeated, and starts to guiltily look online for a doctor who specializes in sexual disorders. Within days, by the help of a mere human, her and hubby once again begin getting it on, like they were actually attracted to one another or something. Although she was taught better by the fundamentalist church, she even began to enjoying the sex. While this particular situation is ripe with all kinds of openings for sharp and humorous critiques for the abusrdities and failures of prayer, there comes a point where prayer reveals it’s self as deadly in nature. A recent example of prayer’s deadliness is the case of Sarah Neumann. For those of you unfamilar with Sarah Neumann, her parents were under the assumption that God actually answers prayers and that he had commanded them to stay away from medical professionals. In the end, Sarah Neumann was simply allowed to die because of her parent’s belief in God’s power.  

You can read more about Sarah Neumann here: www.abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=8171611

This tragic example leads me to the point of the title, which is that the parents of Sarah Neumann were simply doing what every good Christian should be doing. The Neumann’s were following the commands of their God. They put their faith in God to the point of sacrificing their child. Luckily, most Christians are not foolish enough to actually trust their faith in God to this point. I mean, sure they may ask God for a winning Lotto ticket or a good hair day, but never to treat their child’s deadly medical condition. What it all boils down to is that, if a Christian really wishes to tell the world that they believe in an all powerful God, shouldn’t they be putting the same kind of faith in him that the Neumanns did? Shouldn’t all Christians seek God’s faith healing rather than having a professional look at it? Why is it that so many Christians fail at putting this much faith in God? Is it because deep down inside they know better? Is it because deep down inside they know that prayer is ineffective and that God is probably not real? Can we tell the real Christains from the fake by the size of their life insurance? Why do Christians even have health insurance? If Christians voluntarily gave up their HMOs and donated them to the uninsured heathens, wouldn’t that help solve the health care crisis?

Erasing the word of God. September 12, 2009

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What you see below is an exchange that I initiated due to what I view as a violation of the seperation of church and state. As a government employee, I get to see on a day by day basis the various unconstitutional intrusions that religion has made to our representative democracy. Recently, I made a personal pact that I will no longer sit by as the religious shove their way into making all of us have to live by their beliefs. This leads me to the point of when I discovered an Oklahoma State governmental form that required the signee to agree to the phrase “so help me God.” With my newfound pact, I immediately went into battle mode and contacted the OKDHS Programs Administrator. The results of this exchange are below.

Me: Regarding the ADM-6 form that I have attached, I am having difficulty with the requirement of people wishing to receive payment for their travel claims to sign their name to the statement “so help me God”. It seems, at the very least, that there should be an option to affirm to the truth of the form. As it stands, if any nonbelievers wish to be paid for claims, they will be forced into signing a lie. Of course, an affirmation option may not be feasible either, since that will force people to be identified as nonbelievers in order to receive payment. What I am getting at is that I am offended about having to force people to either make a statement that they do not believe or making them sign something that is untrue. Thank you for your time.

OKDHS: We referred your comments to staff who work with OKDHS forms. They have been talking with the Finance Division and there are plans to revise this language and remove “so help me God.” Revisions take a minimum of 30 to 60 days.

This is a far better result than what I get from my usual method of scratching out the words “In God We Trust” and replacing it with “It’s OK to not believe.” I wonder what would happen if all of the Atheists got together with one voice? I dream of the day that we get the lie removed from our U.S. currency. Think about the fact that every time an Atheist or anyone that doesn’t believe in the U.S. God, spends U.S. money, the government is forcing them to lie. I am pretty sure that this is not one of the responsibilties of the United States government.

Atheists do whatever the fuck they want right? September 10, 2009

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I hate to burst your concept of religious moral superiority, but us godless heathens have plenty of reasons to be good, on our own, and without a threat by an always watching supreme punisher. Yes, we are good because we wish to be and not to gain God’s reward, or to avoid his wrath. Now, suppose that you say that you are not like that, that you don’t behave because of God, and that you do good regardless of the threat and rewards from God. Well, you have either found that it is indeed possible to do good without God, or you have found that you are lying about your motives. I don’t know about others, but I tend to think that I do good because I care about others, have empathy for my fellow humans, know that society would not like me much if I had bad behaviors, and want to be an example as to how I expect others to treat me.

So, is all of this just wishful thinking? Do Atheists really just do whatever they want? Are Atheists only concerned about themselves? Let’s look at hard facts for the answers.

Let’s look at the case of Kiva.org, which is a micro-lending site that’s entire function is “lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.” Out of all of the lending groups on Kiva.org, the Atheist group has given more money to the poor. This means that Atheists, on Kiva, have given more loans to individuals suffering in poverty than Christians, Obama supporters, and even Australia. I don’t know about you, but that hardly sounds selfish to me.

Look for yourself:
www.kiva.org/community

Next, we look at the prison population, as I would think that, if a person who does whatever they want regardless of rules is going to be somewhere, it would most likely be in prison. If Atheists were truly without morals, you would expect to see a large number of Atheists in prisons. The fact is that Atheists make up 0.209% of the prison population. Of course, this could also be related to the fact that Atheism correlates with higher education, and people with higher education are rarely in prisons, which is entirely a subject for another blog.   

Look for yourself:
www.holysmoke.org/icr-pri.htm

So, the answer to the question of whether Atheists do whatever they want seems to be a resounding no. Now, the real question remains, that if good is possible without God, why, with no verifiable evidence for his presence, do people still cling to the idea that God is real?

A marriage to God. September 9, 2009

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If God were human, he would make one terrible boyfriend.

If God were to come to earth today seeking a mate, he would be shit out of luck. Considering today’s do’s and dont’s in romantic relationships, God would most likely not even find a Christian lover. Who would put up with his murderous temper tantrums, baby killing, womanizing, homophobia, racism, etc.? Yet here we are, with millions of willing God followers. As long as God remains in the heavenly realm of the human mind, he is shielded from the normal judgements of man. On planet earth, God’s behaviors would not got over well in any nation, city, or community. It is with total confusion that I see millions of people claiming to love God and to even be married to him. If only they knew how lucky they were that Atheists are right and that God is not real.

How religion has retarded humanity’s growth. September 9, 2009

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While people obliviously congregate in their choice of religious facility, do they ever consider what good they could do if they only stood up and went to work in the name of humanity? I am sure you have all heard the statement that “Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.” If we take this line of thinking even further and begin to imagine how many homes that could have been built in place of the massive religious infrastructure, the neglect we done to our fellow humans becomes all to clear. Without speaking in depth of the wasted availablility of helping hands, funding, and the future problem solvers that have been lost to countless religious wars, we still arrive at a humanity that’s had it’s growth stunted by the prevailing belief in religion. Religion is truly humanity’s achilles heel.    

One of the most heartfelt arguments about the shackles of religion.

Jesus=Love? September 9, 2009

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Off the top of my head, I can think of quite a few groups that the Bible teaches to either think less of, to outright depise, or to even kill. There are the gays, the nonbelievers, women, people who worship other gods, and well, even your family according to Jesus. In a world that is pushing for the acceptance of diversity, religion is outdated and out of touch. The world will never be peaceful and unified with the predominance of hateful religions.

Thank God for watered down religion. September 8, 2009

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While us Atheists shout from the rooftops about the absurdities of religious belief and the very real dangers that come with it, we should at least be thankful that there are so many watered down religionists. Take for instance the Muslim hadith, which states that “Paradise is in the shadow of swords” and that “A day and a night fighting on the frontier is better than a month of fasting and prayer.” The Holy Koran is also very clear in it’s messages of violence. (2:176) “Slay them wherever you find them.” (2:15) “A fire, “whose fuel is men and stones” awaits them.” Many Christians like to pretend that they are peaceful religionists, like there really is such a thing, but we all know that this can only come from ignoring their doctrine and Matthew 10:34 where Jesus states “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Need I say anything about the stoning, the fire and brimstone, and the rules for beating slaves. No matter what excuse the religionist uses to ignore the more violent aspects of their doctrine, it remains that they are indeed ignoring them and thank God for that.

To see how scriptural violence affects aggresion, click below.

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118505503/abstract

Proof that an old myth from a far away land can be mistaken as real. September 8, 2009

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Spoof moon landing story dupes Bangladeshi newspapers

DHAKA — A Bangladeshi newspaper was forced to print an apology Thursday after running an article that said astronaut Neil Armstrong had admitted his 1969 moon landing was part of an elaborate hoax.

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