Hitler’s Prayer

October 3, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Posted in hitler, Religion | Leave a comment

For this, to be sure, from the child’s primer down to the last newspaper, every theater and every movie house, every advertising pillar and every billboard, must be pressed into the service of this one great mission, until the timorous prayer of our present parlor patriots: ‘Lord, make us free!’ is transformed in the brain of the smallest boy into the burning plea: ‘Almighty God, bless our arms when the time comes; be just as thou hast always been; judge now whether we be deserving of freedom; Lord, bless our battle!”- Adolf Hitler’s prayer, Mein Kampf, Vol. 2 Chapter 13

http://atheism.about.com/od/adolfhitlernazigermany/tp/HitlerNazisAtheismSecularism.htm

190 Burmese Monks beaten to death

September 30, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Burma, myanmar, Religion, violence | Leave a comment

A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.

http://www.bpf.org/html/whats_now/2007/burma_peace.html?

The decline of evangelical influence

September 23, 2007 at 9:42 pm | Posted in politics, Religion | 1 Comment

The Evangelical outcasts

Conservative Evangelicals, angry that women still have control over their own bodies, angry that their prayers aren’t foisted on every school child, angry that we don’t live in a theocracy, and angry that gays, well, still exist, are claiming they’ll be tougher on Republicans this time around.

It definitely is a moment of crisis for the Evangelical Right. When you style yourself the GOP’s ground army (and they are), yet your presidential forum attracts only Huckabee, Brownback, John Cox (who?), Alan Keyes Ron Paul, Tancredo and Duncan Hunter, you know you’re getting the dredges of the GOP field.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/18/13255/3685

Because right now, there is perhaps no greater item we as a struggling human ant farm can be grateful for, no single social emetic we can look to for inspiration or hope or a happy tingly sensation in our collective groinal region indicating a possible move away from our long-standing Dick-Cheney-in-hell attitude of shrill bleakness, alarmism and religious righteousness than the simply wonderful implosion of the evangelical Christian right that’s happening right now in America.

Do you know this clenched and panicky group? Of course you do. They’re the throngs of megachurch lemmings Karl Rove masterfully manipulated and rallied and whored to Bush’s very narrow advantage in two elections.

Apparently, Bush’s GOP has let them down. They have not been content with BushCo’s anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-sex, pro-abstinence, anti-women, anti-science, pro-war, God-hates-Islam stance, nor have they been content with having their trembling hands around the throat of the preceding Republican Congress for half a decade and clearly they have been insufficiently humiliated by the happy slew of right-wing preachers and politicians who’ve been revealed as meth-loving, restroom-lurking, boy-fetishizing gay hypocrites.

But when you come right down to it, the Great Truism has been validated once again: Righteous fundamentalism, be it Christian, Islamic, or otherwise, has the seeds of its own destruction built right into its very framework, a priori and de facto and by default. Powered by the deeply joyless engines of fear and shame, it can never quench its own impotent desires.

The fall of the Godmongers

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/09/21/notes092107.DTL

Professor fired for discounting the story of the garden of eden as a ‘fairy tale’

September 23, 2007 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Religion | Leave a comment

A community college instructor in Red Oak claims he was fired after he told his students that the biblical story of Adam and Eve should not be literally interpreted.Steve Bitterman, 60, said officials at Southwestern Community College sided with a handful of students who threatened legal action over his remarks in a western civilization class Tuesday. He said he was fired Thursday.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007709220333

A talking ass (Numbers 22) and a god as strong as a unicorn, perhaps we should consider the possibility that the story is allegorical if not an outright fabrication.

Who reads this crap?

September 23, 2007 at 5:42 am | Posted in Religion | Leave a comment

As I explained in what the hell is cranial gas? I’m bored out of my mind and housebound so I thought I’d play with writing a blog. Within an hour of my first set of postings I received the following comment on my
posting Bill Maher on Religion

Satan: Have you ever told a lie during your lifetime?

Bill Maher: Yes, I have lied numerous times…everyone has

Satan:
“The word of God says All liars shall have their part in the lake of fire”- Revelation 21:8

“It also says if you fail one part of the law you fail the whole law” – James 2:10

No attornery for law breaking Bill. Break the law you get punished.

Not being a very clever person, I thought I’d look to see what http://formerthings.wordpress.com was posting to see if I could understand why the devil was quoting scripture. Surely scripture must be evil if the devil quotes it. I found this post

Seven Youths Claim to See Lennon in Hell
“This man was John Lennon, the member of the music group “The Beatles.” John Lennon was a man who mocked and made fun of the Lord during his life. He said that the Christianity was going to disappear and Jesus Christ would be forgotten by everyone. However, today this man is in hell and Jesus Christ is alive!! Christianity hasn’t disappeared either.” – Taken from Revelations of Hell Testimony

Things John Lennon said that got him a special room in hell, the one that plays Barry Manilow

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

“And so this is Xmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let’s stop all the fight.”

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”

“I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!”

“Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law. It’s nine-tenths of the problem.”

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first — rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

  • One of the most controversial statements Lennon ever made, this was published in England’s Evening Standard newspaper (4 March 1966) as part of an interview with writer Maureen Cleave. This single quote (taken out of context — Lennon was often misquoted as stating the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus”) was to spark protests across the Bible Belt in America. Beatles records were burned en masse, and the Ku Klux Klan burned a Beatles effigy and nailed Beatles albums to a burning cross. The band members were dismissive of this, as they pointed out that first the people had to buy the albums in order to burn them.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Lennon

So I guess we make up a discussion in which Bill admits to having told a lie, have the devil quoting scripture to Bill and come to conclude that having told the truth in admitting having lied in whole or in part at some time in his life, Bill must be going to hell. Well at least the Beatles are better than listening to harps all day long.

Forged Origins of the New Testament

September 23, 2007 at 5:41 am | Posted in Religion | Leave a comment

Nexus Magazine posted an interesting article

Constantine’s intention at Nicaea was to create an entirely new god for his empire who would unite all religious factions under one deity. Presbyters were asked to debate and decide who their new god would be. Delegates argued among themselves, expressing personal motives for inclusion of particular writings that promoted the finer traits of their own special deity. Throughout the meeting, howling factions were immersed in heated debates, and the names of 53 gods were tabled for discussion. “As yet, no God had been selected by the council, and so they balloted in order to determine that matter… For one year and five months the balloting lasted…” (God’s Book of Eskra, Prof. S. L. MacGuire’s translation, Salisbury, 1922, chapter xlviii, paragraphs 36, 41). At the end of that time, Constantine returned to the gathering to discover that the presbyters had not agreed on a new deity but had balloted down to a shortlist of five prospects: Caesar, Krishna, Mithra, Horus and Zeus (Historia Ecclesiastica, Eusebius, c. 325). Constantine was the ruling spirit at Nicaea and he ultimately decided upon a new god for them. To involve British factions, he ruled that the name of the great Druid god, Hesus, be joined with the Eastern Saviour-god, Krishna (Krishna is Sanskrit for Christ), and thus Hesus Krishna would be the official name of the new Roman god. A vote was taken and it was with a majority show of hands (161 votes to 157) that both divinities became one God. Following longstanding heathen custom, Constantine used the official gathering and the Roman apotheosis decree to legally deify two deities as one, and did so by democratic consent. A new god was proclaimed and “officially” ratified by Constantine (Acta Concilii Nicaeni, 1618). That purely political act of deification effectively and legally placed Hesus and Krishna among the Roman gods as one individual composite. That abstraction lent Earthly existence to amalgamated doctrines for the Empire’s new religion; and because there was no letter “J” in alphabets until around the ninth century, the name subsequently evolved into “Jesus Christ”.

There is an explanation for those hundreds of years of silence: the construct of Christianity did not begin until after the first quarter of the fourth century, and that is why Pope Leo X (d. 1521) called Christ a “fable” (Cardinal Bembo: His Letters…, op. cit.).

http://www.nexusmagazine.com/articles/NewTestament.html

This is a small fraction of the posting.

Shortly thereafter hundreds of blogs posted the article in its entirety, but I didn’t see one that didn’t give attribution to the original or at least the magazine.

For example http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2007/08/06/p18661
Did a fine job of formatting the article in some post 1993 style that a professional publishing house couldn’t seem to pull off.

At least as interesting is the civility internet blogs on the article.

William C. Carlotti thepeoplevoice.org article cited has a protracted analysis of the improbability of the accuracy of the story of Exodus written in a very
academic manner. There are many such comments in postings around the web, both skeptics and believers although the skeptics usually seem to have a better command of the historical facts and the believers have a more “well, I haven’t been convinced that maybe this isn’t true anyway” ring to them. The point is the postings were amazingly civil for a subject matter that could be so potentially divisive and contentious. There were few posting such as

Oh for piss sakes. Lets just get rid of the Bible and the Koran and every other man made fairy tale. Maybe when people quit killing in the name of their God we’ll have some peace.

from SoapScumBuildup.

Which seemed to detract from the civility and academic (rational or theological) nature of the conversations.

As a rationalist I find it amazing how little of the bible most of the truly devout know. They were force fed a condensed version as it is difficult to believe a story filled with 600 year old men, a god who just loves blood spilled on gold in his honor, talking snakes, talking asses, people turning to salt, the only good men in a town throwing their daughters out onto the street to be raped by mobs, etc.

What the hell is Cranial Gas?

September 23, 2007 at 1:39 am | Posted in Religion | 1 Comment

Cranial Gas is just a bunch of brain farts and categorized news summaries from around the web.

Too many people who get their “news” from TV.

I scratched the hell out of my cornea last weekend and got a pretty good infection. Now I have to put Vagamox in my right eye once an hour 24 hours a day. Not a lot of time for sleeping, can’t see to drive. So I thought I’d play with starting a blog to replace my daily webstuff mailings derived from my netvibes RSS consolidator. Most of the subscribers prefer the articles such as

Lurking underground in the heart of Tokyo’s trendy Roppongi is a true heart of darkness – a members-only club that combines forbidden sex practices with the art of fine dining.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – if I didn’t read about this in Japan’s respected Mainichi Daily News, I would not have believed it – and I’m not sure I want to believe it *.

The gist of it is, members pay a hefty fee at the door to be allowed to… have sex with the animal of their choice – which is subsequently killed, cooked and served to the violator and his party for dinner!

http://inventorspot.com/articles/new_bestiality_restaurant_caters_6934

But if you’re interesting in things of this nature, check out

and others of that ilk.

So, dear webstuff readers, your webstuff mailings will be trimmed of anything truly useful and focus on the weird.

Please pray for my recovery. It is a corneal abrasion. I’ve had this 4 times, twice in both eyes at the same time. Your prayers may be answered. But don’t pray for amputees. God hates amputees.

http://www.whydoesgodhateamputees.com/god5.htm

Which brings me to my next topic

There can be no free will

The beauty of my deep spiritual faith is my sureness in the all knowing nature of God, the all powerful.

As God has known forever every action I am going to take in my entire life, I couldn’t possibly act any differently than I do, or God would be wrong, which is impossible, therefor I am unaccountable for my own actions. Faith is truly liberating.

See, a brain fart.

See ya around I hope.

Soldier harrassed for being an atheist – Army can’t find the defendant in lawsuit

September 23, 2007 at 12:24 am | Posted in iraq war, Religion | Leave a comment

Pentagon Can’t Find Major Named in Suit

By JOHN MILBURN

The Associated Press
Saturday, September 22, 2007; 5:08 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. — Military officials are investigating an Army specialist’s allegations that he was harassed for being an atheist but said Saturday they have found no trace of the officer listed as a defendant in the soldier’s lawsuit.

Spc. Jeremy Hall and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed a lawsuit this past week against a Maj. Paul Welborne and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.


“We’re talking about stuff that happened 36 hours ago. If they can’t find the people who have been harassing Jeremy, we will,” said Weinstein, who released Hall’s e-mails to The Associated Press on Friday. “This isn’t that hard to do.”


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/22/AR2007092200939.html?tid=informbox

Bill Maher on Religion

September 23, 2007 at 12:24 am | Posted in Bill Maher, Religion | 2 Comments
  • 7 in 10 say its important for a president to have strong religious belief.
  • If you believe in judgment day, I have to question your judgment.
  • Maybe a president who didn’t believe our soldiers were going to heaven would be a little less willing to have them killed.
  • You’re either a rationalist or you’re not. And the good news is, a recent poll found 20% of adults under 30 say they are rationalists and have figured out that Santa Claus and Jesus are really the same guy. Now 20% is hardly a majority. But it’s a bigger minority than blacks, jews, homosexuals, NRA members, teachers or seniors and it’s certainly enough to stop being shy about expressing the opinion thatwe’re not the crazy ones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IcUumWzue4

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