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Scripturient: Conrad Black: Wrong on Religion, Again

Atheists renounce and abstain from religions; they don’t reform them. So said Conrad Black in a recent National Post column. Black seems to be increasingly theological in his writing; perhaps he has had some sort of epiphany in prison. If so, it seems to be pushing him towards a Pauline-style intolerance and exclusivity, religiously speaking. […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Written by God?

I don’t pay as much attention to American politics as I suppose I should, in part because despite the entertaining craziness of some of their politicians, the internal politics seldom affect Canadians, and also in part because the craziness not only baffles me – it scares me. But this week I paid attention when I […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Another TEOTWAWKI

TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It – has been predicted ever since humans looked up in wonder at the sky and decided it was peopled with invisible beings. Beings who wanted to do us harm, it seems. And as quickly as we people the sky, there developed an industry predicting […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Revelations about Revelation

It’s got treachery, betrayal, politics, violence, skullduggery, sex, war, philosophy, politics, religion, an empire teetering on the brink of collapse, mystical visions, rebellion, emperors and slaves, angry priests accusing other priests, unrepentant martyrs going to their deaths in the arena, and the end of the world looming over it all. What more could you want? It’s all […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Easter Disservice – Contradictions you have Swallow.

I appreciate the hard work Matt Barsotti has done over at Jerico Brisance in putting together this lovely infographic, just in time for Easter Sunday. Get the PDF here for clarity and future reference purposes.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christian Foolishness, Christianity, Easter, Helpful Infographics, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Another Sterling Example of Egregious Religious Behaviour

When you believe in magic you can just stow your moral and ethical compass in your back pocket and whistle while you do God’s work.

“Estimates suggest that anywhere between 60 and 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped on their journey as they travel across the southern United States border. But many of the organizations that provide medical care to these migrants are refusing to provide emergency contraception or make pregnancy-related referrals to girls who have been raped. What’s more, the religious organizations that operate these groups are opposing a move by the Obama administration to address (Read more…)

Left Over: Can’t Tolerate Bigotry…

Time to put the brakes on our slide to intolerance: Tim Harper A government which deals with only symptoms and refuses to look at root causes is part of the problem.

By: Tim Harper National Affairs, Published on Sun Mar 01 2015

(with thanks to Montreal Simon’s blog for the reference: montrealsimon.blogspot.ca)

 

What has always bemused me is the fact that a ‘Christian’ like Timothy McVeigh who was an admitted terrorist and murderer, homegrown in the late great USA, was never ever called a Christian terrorist or a Christian fundamentalist, etc. nor was his religious affiliation even (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Christian States of America?

What if America became a theocracy?  Apparently a survey of Republicans found 57 per cent in favour of making Christianity the official religion of the United States.

Younger Republicans in the 18 – 45 age group were more favorable to the idea, with 63 percent of that cohort affirming that Christianity should be our national faith. Majorities of the older age groups still agreed, but in slightly smaller proportions. Among self-proclaimed Tea Partiers, 58 percent wished to establish Christianity as a state faith; and among those favoring former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary, 94 percent would support (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Literally Genesis 2

When christian’s ask you to go read teh bible, it should go something like this:

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – If Jesus Returned – darkmatter2525

Darkmatter2525 is at it again, placing the Jebus back on earth – but of course in this new security conscious era things might not turn out for the best.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, DarkMatter2525, Jesus, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Eloquence

‘Nuff said.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Bible, Christianity, DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Science

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Dear American Youth Pastor

Did you need another reason to be critical of christianity? Let’s take a look at what can happen when you preach hate and intolerance in your holy house of risible stupidity. You see, I’m all for the idea of having a meeting place in the community because people need to interact with people. Interactivity breeds empathy and respect for others on a general level – keeping in touch with your community is not only good for the neighbourhood, but it is good for you and your health as well. If we could dispense with all the fantastical bullshite that religions (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Not Coffee You Dirty Sodomites!

Get out the duct tape! You’ll need it to keep your jaw from hitting the floor over how amazingly absurd this fine christian preacher is. Because people are protesting outside of his church they must be Sodomites and by extension the coffee that they are serving must be infused with semen.

Yes, I know. So fasten your seat belt Dorthy – the good reverend awaits.

Oh hey, let’s investigate his source.

 

Hmmm…oh and snopes says its BS, just if you are really concerned about your overpriced coffee. Research time less than one minute. Hmm…I (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: Unity in Diversity

Polycarp of Smyrna

Former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, or LBP – not to be confused with U.S. President LBJ, dominant Japanese political party the LDP, or women’s wardrobe staple the LBD – once obscurely remarked that Canada needed to maintain a “unity in diversity”. (I’d’ve written “famously remarked”, but let’s be realistic, it wasn’t at all famous or notable… )

The phrase came to mind in early April, after the Liberal Party won a majority in the Quebec provincial election, the Parti Quebecois suffering a substantive-enough defeat that we probably won’t have to worry about the (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Unelected and unknown education minister looms as first major blunder of Jim Prentice’s New Tory Government

Still on track? Jim Prentice’s New Tory Government experiences its first full day of governing. Below: Unelected Education Minister Gordon Dirks.

The appointment of Gordon Dirks as unelected minister of education by Premier Jim Prentice on his first day in office has the potential to become the first serious political blunder of Alberta’s New Tory Government.

Mr. Prentice obviously intended the appointment of Mr. Dirks, a former Saskatchewan cabinet minister and Calgary public school trustee, to be a powerful symbol of dramatic change in the troubled 43-year-old Progressive Conservative dynasty he now leads.

If no one knew much about Mr. (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Sister Simone for pope

What you may ask is a non-Catholic, indeed a non-Christian, doing recommending someone for pope. Well, it’s partly tongue-in-cheek, of course, even if American Sister Simone Campbell might very well make a better pope than anyone else around, including Francis himself. I am quite aware that the Catholic Church, immersed in misogyny as it is, keeps women in their place and that place doesn’t

Bill Longstaff: Frank’s 10 happiness tips

Pope Francis may still be immersed in a certain amount of traditional Catholic misogyny, but he is nonetheless a breath of fresh air for the church, and for that matter, Christianity. In a recent interview he offered 10 tips to achieve happiness. The tips are worth repeating not only because they make good sense but because they are rather surprising coming from the world’s top Christian:

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The Disaffected Lib: China Moves to Nationalize Christianity

Yeah, I know, it sounds wacky but it’s true.  China wants to nationalize as in “Sinicize” the Christian religion as it’s practiced in the Peoples Republic.

“The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China’s national condition and integrate with Chinese culture,” Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, said at a Shanghai forum on the “Sinicization of Christianity,” according to Chinese state media. …the officials’ comments last week indicate that the Chinese Communist Party intends to further tighten its grip over Christianity. There are a number of possible targets and motivations for the crackdown. (Read more…)

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Letter to The Star Re: When free speech becomes hate crime (Letters, June 23)

From among the throngs walking past, largely ignoring him, a street preacher standing with a mic and an amplifier in front of Old City Hall called me out leaving the opening ceremonies of World Pride taking place at Nathan Phillips Square last Friday. Punching his words from between what he considered to be biblical condemnations […]

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

If anyone would like my two cents on the controversy surrounding Trinity Western University, its proposed law school, and its homophobic “Community Covenant,” please see the letters section of today’s Vancouver Sun. My letter appears at the very bottom, under the heading “Trinity’s gay policy anti-Christian.”

Filed under: Education, Gay Rights, Letters to the Editor Tagged: Christianity, Community Covenant, Trinity Western University, Vancouver Sun

Dead Wild Roses: Moving Away, Slowly and Painfully from Theism

The deconversion process does some pretty wacky things to people. We join Evidence and his tale of his journey away from the theism that held him prisoner for so long.

 

Filed under: Atheism Tagged: Christianity, Deconversion, Theism

Dead Wild Roses: Moving Away, Slowly and Painfully from Theism

The deconversion process does some pretty wacky things to people. We join Evidence and his tale of his journey away from the theism that held him prisoner for so long.

 

Filed under: Atheism Tagged: Christianity, Deconversion, Theism

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Appreciating Eric Hovind

 

It is a lighter Disservice today, kick back and laugh at the profound religious stupidity of Eric Hovind and the baffle-gab he extrudes.

 

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Assorted Religious Delusions, Christianity, Religion, Stupidity in motion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, YEC

Eclectic Lip: How Trinity Western University (unintentionally) promotes divorce

Trinity Western University has been in the news recently, as law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia voted to not recognize lawyers trained at the religious university’s soon-to-open law school. These two law societies – like your blogger and the vast majority of Canadians – recoiled in horror at the university’s community covenant (“covenant” is just a fancy way of saying “contract”) clause forbidding students from having sex outside straight marriage.

While discriminatory and immoral, TWU’s policy is not illegal. If I understand correctly, several years ago the Canadian Supreme Court agreed with the BC Civil Liberties Union that, as (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: UK PM claims Britain is a Christian country—it ain’t

British Prime Minister David Cameron has put the cat among the pigeons claiming, perhaps unduly influenced by the Easter season, that Britain is a Christian country. In fact, he suggested Brits should be downright evangelical about it.

He is, however, dead wrong. A 2012 British Society Attitudes Survey indicated that the country is barely religious, never mind Christian. According to the