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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

Dead Wild Roses: Happy Easter – Top 5 Philosophical Failures of Christianity – Anti Citizen X

 

Anti-Citizen X does a wonderful job of listing some of the ways that shifty christian apologists spin their mendacious web. Arm your self against their rhetorical nonsense with this fine video.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Anti-Citizen X, Christianity, Easter, Religion, Top 5 Christian Philsophical Failures

Dead Wild Roses: Happy Easter – Top 5 Philosophical Failures of Christianity – Anti Citizen X

 

Anti-Citizen X does a wonderful job of listing some of the ways that shifty christian apologists spin their mendacious web. Arm your self against their rhetorical nonsense with this fine video.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Anti-Citizen X, Christianity, Easter, Religion, Top 5 Christian Philsophical Failures

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Send Yourself to Hell

Dark Matter2525 takes on the religious idea that somehow because we have free will their grand ooga-booga is somehow a less terrible entity for creating and sending people to hell.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, DarkMatter2525, Hell, Religion, Send yourself to Hell, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Featuring Dark Matter2525

The title of this video is “what if you’re wrong” and yes atheist friends DM2525 does touch on that venerated old chestnut of Pascal’s Wager, but like M. Night – Can’tmakeagoodmovietosafehislife- with a twist – there are questions and consequences that the deluded must face.

If your god happens to be the right one, how is it merciful to condemn some 5 million other people to hell? How do you know your god is the “right” one, given the sectarian nature of the christian and muslim faiths you might be on the right team, but sitting in the wrong (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: The losers of Superbowl XLVIII will be…

Religious moderates.

Here’s my reasoning.

After the game, someone on the winning team, exulting ecstatically, will say “God was on our side” or words to that effect. It’s as sure as a post-touchdown two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, if the team is still down by a pair.

This will lead humorists and atheists alike to mock the athlete’s egocentric theology, along the lines of the great “God-Man on the Gridiron” cartoon from a few years back. Which will inspire angry rebuttals from offended fundamentalists.

Religious moderates are the collateral damage in this snake-vs-mongoose battle, bitten by both (Read more…)

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…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Merry Christmas!

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and/or the joy and warmth of the holiday season. Make 2014 a year of more love, more compassion, more sharing and more service.

Three things to mark this day:

Some pictures. Here are 75 amazing pictures from 2013. Some more pictures. Here are 100 of the best street are photos from 2013. A political picture. Some thing about Israel.

Another brick.

October 7, 2011 Occupy the Church, Occupy Together (1) July 29, 2013 The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns (1) April 18, 2012 Boycott the National Headshot League (#NHL) (3) (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Merry Christmas!

Alberta Diary: Remember the reason for the season: It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas

Jiggers, look busy, it’s Krampus! And why is this mom giving him the thumbs up, I wonder? Below: Santa Claus, the God of Coca-Cola; Che Guevara; and Jesus Christ.

Never mind Jesus Christ! It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas.

Who the hell is Krampus, you wonder? Well, we’ll get to that at the appropriate moment.

But first, let’s turn to the question of the Big Guy, the Christ Child Himself, before and after he grew up and, in the historically perceptive words of the great Canadian poet Milton Acorn, donned “thorns and sunstroke, beating his life (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Christmas? I do Xmas

One of the traditions of the holiday season is lamenting about the corruption of Christmas by commercialization or by foreign cultures that have invaded our pristine Christian shores. I have always been amused by these complaints, first because in my family’s tradition, Christianity has never intruded on our celebration and second, Christmas has scrounged most of its traditions from a variety of

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Tis The Season For Bigotry And Ass-Hattery!

Religiously deluded, bigoted, right-wingnuts say the darndest things. Just the other day, Manitoban PC leader Brian Pallister wished the very best to “all you infidel atheists out there”.

Say again?

“All you infidel atheists”

He didn’t say that.

He really did. On camera. Check the vid.

Pretty amazing, right? But it gets even better. This video spurred an understandably unfavourable response from the secular community. Pallister did have some defenders though. They suggested that it was a joke, albeit in bad taste. Damn liberal media sheep, they whine that the poor conservatives are too uptight, but as soon as one (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: November EV (and FCV) musings

It’s been a busy month — busy enough that though one in seven Canadians crossed the border for Black Friday, I wasn’t one of them. (Like a further one in three Canadians, I did my shopping online. Bought me some books — and by books, I mean books so nerdy Aya will despair for Leo’s future social skills. ;) )

Seriously, more Canadians expected to participate in Black Friday, than voted in the last federal election. This is how dark ages begin!! ;)

On the EV side, I wrote a few pieces for GreenCarReports, though I wasn’t able to write (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: Putting the “X” back in Xmas

Xtians began using “Xmas” 500 years ago, since in Greek, X is the “Ch” in Christ

Around the holidays, some people (not to name names or anything) urge modern society to put the “Christ” back in Christmas. There’s much to criticize about the hollow vacuousness of consumer culture, after all. Most of us can buy into the idea of better treasuring time with family and friends; and who’d oppose charity and compassion for the less-fortunate? (Well, apart from that strangest of philosophical tribes, the Objectivists, that is…)

Heck, the leftists among us might even be open to the Christian (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Christian “Love” Murders Children

[ed. Trigger Warning for child abuse.]

Christianity doesn’t have a clue what love is. It starts by fucking up the notion beyond all recognition right off the bat. God’s “love” is so great that if you swear eternal obedience and submission, he won’t torture you until the end of time, even though he knows full well you deserve it, you despicable mortal you. This ultimate perversion of love makes it possible for christians to say any atrocious action could be done “out of love”.

At it’s mildest, you have your run-of-the-mill bigots and misogynists, smiling sweetly as vile (Read more…)

Molly'sBlog: THE DARK SIDE OF CHRISTIAN HISTORY

The Dark Side of Christian History

The Dark Side of Christian History by Helen Ellerbe: Morningstar and Lark, Orlando Florida, 1999 ISBN 0-9644873-4-9     This is the sort of book that I had to force myself through. It was not so much the purported subject matter but rather the author’s not-so-well-hidden agenda. This is not an overview of the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches except insofar as these can be slotted into Ellerbe’s real purpose. This purpose is to argue against Christianity and for pop-religious New-Age “spirituality” with a thin veneer of corrupted feminism. The (Read more…)