Recently on John Zande’s blog I had the opportunity to participate obliquely in a conversation with a religious believer. David, from all appearances, clutches his religious ideals tightly and furtively resists all attempts of being reasoned with and of course, reasoned <em>at</em>.
As David rambled on it became clear that he just was not getting it. My attempt to clarify the argument for David went like this:
“David: You immediately dismiss anything supernatural which means you aren’t interested in truth.
JZ: Again, do you accept that Dionysus turned water into wine?
David: No, as I have (Read more…)
Here’s what it can feel like to practice religion when you don’t believe in the common fantasy [AKA faith].
I knew from a young age that I didn’t see religion as a literal interpretation of moral code sent from God, but rather a human construct of what we (those writing holy books) wanted or imagined it to be. Being commanded to participate for years after in routine rituals is boring and felt like a giant waste of time/effort. The only consolation was that it was still time spent with family, and friends in the community sharing snacks and meals, (and (Read more…)
This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on April 8, 2015. There’s a fundamental misunderstanding, or perhaps, a deliberate mischaracterization, of what constitutes religious freedom in a pluralistic society; of the role governments should play in protecting religious liberties, the extent to which citizens are obligated to facilitate the customs of another, and what it means to be unjustly … Continue reading →
This is old teleological hat with regards to anyone who has participated in debates with the religious. I like the video though because, even though it rehashes the old themes, it does so in a way that separates and insulates one against some of the white hot emotion that can and does go into debating the religious view of reality. It’s a clean, thoughtful presentation through and through.
On the whole, a very nice thought experiment put forward by DarkMatter2525.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, Religion, Teleological Questions, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
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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 […]
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
Citing media “intolerance and bigotry”, anti-science Canadian MP James Lunney has quit the government caucus to sit as an independent. Among Lunney’s claim to the crown as Canada’s least scientifically literate MP are:
He doesn’t believe in evolution He’s a chiropractor He’s claimed there’s a link between vaccines and autism He doesn’t believe the climate is changing
In his surreal press release (dated March 31, not April 1), he states that he will address his religious beliefs in Parliament at his next opportunity, which sounds like it will be a hoot. Lunney claims that Christians are being persecuted in Canada, (Read more…)
I wrote a tiny blurb about this over a month ago. This one is much longer and leans heavily on solid arguments from many critics – letting their words speak for themselves. The issue has become serious enough to warrant a lengthy rebuttal.
THE DANGERS OF SIMPLISTIC, BIGOTED IDEOLOGY:
My concern with the New Atheists is born of classroom conversations. In most of my classes there are a few students who are Muslim and, recently, a few who are followers of the New Atheists’ leaders: particularly Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins, and Maher. I’ve had students of different races and religions in (Read more…)
Like all of our imaginary friends gods, Terence deserves a little respect as his way – the way of the honey-badger – can be the only true way to heaven. Cool Hard Logic examines the toxicity of religion and the spurious arguments that are used to defend adult’s imaginary friends.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Cool Hard Logic, Imaginary Friends for Adults!, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
A new Angus Reid poll underscores the changing, ambivalent nature of Canadian attitudes towards religion, but there are many things about the poll that concern me and make me question its methodology and whether an inherent bias influenced the results. First of all, what is “religion”? That may seem obvious, but there are conflicting definitions, […]
It’s articles like this one that make you wonder if the Canadian media is telling you everything you need to know. (Seriously though, that’s plainly obvious.)
If Stephen Harper is serious about criminalising ‘barbaric cultural practices’, then he should arrest himself for even suggesting it
And while he’s at it, he can lock up all the other Western leaders who have savaged the Muslim world too.
Harper […] is about to push a truly eccentric piece of legislation through parliament in Ottawa. It’s called – and I urge readers to repeat the words lest they think it’s already April (Read more…)
I generally read Conrad Black‘s columns for their entertainment value, but I also read them for the language. Black is the best tosser of pithy epithets since Spiro Agnew*. And like the former US VP, he’s a pompous git who puffs up his intellectual feathers like a pigeon in heat – that puffery of sound […]
I’m glad to report that NonStampCollector is at it again. This collaborative effort with 43Alley is a wonderful return to his old form. Enjoy all the benefits that “An instant, fruit-based moral education” has to offer.
Filed under: Atheism, Humour, Religion Tagged: Fruit based moral education, NonStampCollector, Ode to Yahweh, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce
You might think that a church might be a safe place for homeless people to sleep. Considering how hard their lives are, and how little they have, and everything Jesus said about that.But not at this church in San Francisco. Read more »
Here’s a song for radicalized Canadians to sing.
I’m white and scared (clap clap) They want my guns (clap clap) And veils are wrong (clap clap) Except on nuns! (clap clap)
“I’m white and scared (clap clap) you know it’s true (clap clap) I’m scared of terror (clap clap) Because I’m a tool (clap clap).”
— Hat tip to Jay Bird
Let’s keep the magical thinking out of schools.
Let’s be upfront. The demographic situation in Alberta in the days gone past dictated that we have two school boards. Keeping the religious happy was much higher on up on the agenda in the 20th century. I get that.
It is, however, the 21st century. Religious cotton-brained ideas and the accompanying adherence to magical thinking should have no place in a secular society.
As a teacher I find it distasteful that fellow members of my profession are actively teaching ‘magic-as-reality’ to naive children who look to teachers (Read more…)
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…)
I’m always impressed with La Belle Province and her ability to serve up controversy. Recently a judge in Quebec decided that a hijab was considered not to be suitable attire for her courtroom and dismissed a case when the litigant refused to comply with her request. The judge’s words courtesy of the CBC:
“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,” Marengo says in the recording.
“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing (Read more…)
My second (and last) editorial in The Gateway while at the University of Alberta, salvaged via the Web Archive. The paper had a policy where writers were forbidden from submitting letters or opinion pieces if they were the subject of the news due to perceived conflicts of interest. I called them out at the time for the absurdity of such a policy.
Religion poll a waste of paper
Originally published in The Gateway, 9th October 2008
There’s an election going on at the moment. No—not the Obama/McCain one, and not even the Canadian one that you probably know less about, (Read more…)
Another old article, this one a review of Marci McDonald’s 2010 expose on the influence of the Christian Right in Canadian politics. Still relevant given that Harper has since gained his majority government and faces another election in October.
The Christians are coming!
Originally published in The Peak, 31st May 2010
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, And His enemies will lick the dust.
Psalm 72: 8-9
From this passage, Marci McDonald begins her argument in The (Read more…)
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
Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Nye, Religion, Science, The Children
Just read teh Bible, and seek the answers… What happens when you literally read the Bible.
Man, that herb was good.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Literally Genesis, The DWR Religious Disservice
Just WHO should be covering up?
I recall once that Stephen Harper believed in championing religious freedom. Except for people he doesn’t like.
Now he’s appealing a federal court ruling allowing people to exercise their religious freedom by becoming citizens while not publicly removing their niqab.
But why, you ask?
Because Canada is transparent, open, equal and just. And Stephen Harper is our leader, so he too is transparent, open, equal and just.
Except he’s not. At all. He’s a racist and a hypocrite. Read on!
“I believe, and I think most Canadians believe that it is — it is (Read more…)
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