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Dead Wild Roses: US Christians led Astray by Republican Party – “Shocking.”

I know, I know. Belief in magic is not really the best way to run anything, but rather than focusing on the silly nature of believing in the Grand Oooga-Booga, lets look at how those in power keep their ‘base’ ignorant and happy to continue to lap up all mendacity that spews forth from the Party of No. Alter.net has a nifty article about biblical illiteracy in America, so lets go over the highlights.

“More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of (Read more…)

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

In this video that’s gone viral, Reverend Phil Snyder makes a presentation in Springfield, Missouri where the city council is debating whether or not to add LGBTQ folks to the equal rights laws in the city. Watch the whole video – there’s a twist at the end that you won’t want to miss.

Dead Wild Roses: Breaking News(?):Bible Rife with Contradiction.

Shocking.

There has been a poster knocking around that illustrate every contradiction (with footnotes) in the bible. I’m posting it here as a resource so not only can we tell the deluded that their magic book is inconsistent, we can show how inconsistent it actually is with a pretty picture.

Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Bible, Biblical Contradictions, Christianity, Helpful Infographics

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Biblical Slavery

NonStampCollector enlightens us with the special case of slavery in the bible. Feel the moral goodness flow.

A great place to start if you need encouragement to stop drinking the religious Kool-aid. From the video description -

Whether you’re a believer or non-believer, when confronting bible slavery, don’t let anyone throw up this ridiculous smokescreen that says that the slavery instituted in the old testament was so completely different to, say, pre-civil war US slavery. The usual tactic is to throw facts and rules about Israelite indentured servitude around, to throw you off the scent of a Yahweh-mandated

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The Canadian Progressive: Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible

Dr. Cornel West, America’s most provocative public intellectual, progressive and champion for racial justice, explains why he’s upset that President Barack Obama was sworn in on Martin Luther King’s bible. He questions the first black president’s commitment to the values the slain anti-war civil rights leader stood for, including: peace, truth and justice. “You don’t play with READ MORE

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Forty-seven signs of the apocalypse (#31)

From the Book of the Blessed Pie It shall come to pass that the Pharisees of the Hut will take the Blessed Pie and unto it they shall do wicked things. They will stuff the crust with their wantonness and … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Forty-seven signs of the apocalypse (#31)

THE FIFTH COLUMN: God Created Adam and Eve Not Adam and Steve

I’m really not sure why religious right wingers always seem to use this phrase in reference to the Adam and Eve story (as well as other Old Testament references) to justify their claims that homosexuality is an abomination (and as the Catholic school system would call it “intrinsically disordered”). The lesson from the Adam and Eve story doesn’t exactly fit in with their moral code.

After all if

Five of Five: Dan Savage and the Economist

A few days ago the Economist magazine ran a short opinion piece on the Dan Savage “bible bullshit” speech and the predictable reaction that followed from the religious right. A good number of atheist and humanist bloggers that I read were not entirely happy with the Economist’s comments. I think this is because they focused on the opening paragraphs where the writer tries to make an issue of

Five of Five: Dan Savage and Some High School Kids

Dan Savage is talking to some high school age kids at a conference about journalism. When the subject turns to homosexuality in the bible a bunch of them walk out. By walking out they are making a public statement that they don’t mind being on the wrong side of history and rationality.

They would make some fine journalists.

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Bill Longstaff: Marriage one man/one woman? Not in the Bible

Although gay marriage seems to have settled into acceptance in this country, it still meets with virulent opposition elsewhere, including in the United States. Certain of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination serve as good examples. Strutting their Christian credentials, they loudly proclaim their mantra, “Marriage means one man and one woman.”

Their credentials do not,

PZ Myers takes on Jonathan Kay’s exhortation that we should all read the bible

A fellow blogger recently speculated that Jonathan Kay is actually one of the more moderate Conservative writers. I had my doubts but nodded reluctantly. I wish I had read this before that comment so I could have something with which to laugh down such a preposterous claim. Thankfully, PZ Myers has done the job beautifully for me.

Jonathan Kay is some conservative Canadian columnist who doesn’

350 or bust: Saturday At the Movies: The Bible Tells Me So

This video is an excerpt from the powerful documentary titled: For the Bible Tells Me So. The movie looks at Biblical literalism, a 20th Century creation that has been used as a weapon against civil rights, female equality, and homosexuality. Unfortunately, Christians have often stood in contradiction to what one would suppose to be the [...]

Bill Longstaff: At least read the bloody book

We in Christendom have a history of “Christians” using religion to justify violence of all kinds, from war to burning people at the stake. Indeed, exploiting one of history’s gentlest prophets to justify violence is one of the more intriguing themes of… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: At least read the bloody book

Tough on crime: it’s all about sex and drugs. (Rock & roll safe for now.)

Good to see the CBC nailing the Cons’ ‘tough on crime’ hoax. It has little do with violent crime. It does have everything to do with a biblical reproach to pleasures of the flesh.Of course, it’s a good thing for the Conservatives to go after child porn… . . . → Read More: Tough on crime: it’s all about sex and drugs. (Rock & roll safe for now.)

Death By Trolley: Where do Observant Jews and Conservative Christians get their Morals, Theologically Speaking?

Theologically speaking, where do Jews and Conservative Christians get their values? . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Where do Observant Jews and Conservative Christians get their Morals, Theologically Speaking?

Progressive Proselytizing: Cheri DiNovo and Biblical Views of Homosexuality

I don’t want to detract from the tone set in my previous overview of the religious leanings of Parkdale-Highpark candidates, but I feel compelled to address a particular interview with NDP incumbent Cheri DiNovo on the bible. As great as her religious … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Cheri DiNovo and Biblical Views of Homosexuality