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…)
[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…)
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…)
Conservatives. Ah. Some of them never cease to amaze me. Take this guy for example. I guess, as one of those infidel atheists (or I.A’s, as we like to be called) I should thank him? But this is just so damned awkward. He clearly doesn’t quite know what to make of us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfs_Rg3YeXY Let see… […]
A frequent dodge to avoid actually thinking about the issue criticism I have to deal with is that, as an anti-theist, I unfairly target Christianity and/or Islam. Why don’t I go around completely dismantling the vile B.S of other religions? Are their supernatural beliefs not just as irrational? Yes. Are their woo filled tenets not just as useless for understanding the reality which we inhabit? Yes. Is their presence not just as harmful to our society? No, no it isn’t.
And let me explain why.
We don’t have Zeus worshippers powerfully lobbying for science classes to ‘teach the (Read more…)
THE SHADY SUCCESS OF THE SECRET SUSHI SYSTEM Good old Time Magazine. It struggles on in the internet age, devoting more and more of its pages to bite-size “factoids” that rival websites for speed of transit through the intellectual digestive system. Each and every article has to be illustrated – over-illustrated. Colour and highlighting adds to the illusion of ethernet illusion, and the layout owes much more to Facebook than to any school of journalism. I love it, and I’m a long term subscriber who has lived through Time’s evolution.
Every once in awhile it digs up some (Read more…)
I am not a parent. It’s not that I didn’t want to be, I love children, and they seem to tolerate me well enough; events in my life have thus far prevented me from being a father. Which, of course, does not preclude it from happening in the future, and as time marches on, I […]
The famed warehouse superstore, also known for raising the ire of Fox News pundits for treating it’s employees decently and generally being on the right side of history, is now upsetting conservative pundits for the following price label:
Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION
— Caleb Kaltenbach (@calebwilds) November 15, 2013
It’s not the price that Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach is upset at but the “Fiction” label.
Naturally, this leads to Faux outrage over how this is intolerant and these “actions undermine Christianity” – the religion of nearly 3/4s of Americans.
I don’t (Read more…)
Unlike everything else in the news, this isn’t about Rob Ford.
I’m going to merge some Fraser Institute news with recent discussions in class, an old Munk Debate on religion, and some ideas from David Hume. Here we go!
Kate McInturff writes at the CCPA that the Fraser Institute,
“would like to remove compassion from the policy debate about poverty in Canada….because….compassion is causing us to confuse those who have lower income with those who do not have enough income to sustain life.”
The interesting bit to me is just these few words: ”compassion is causing (Read more…)
Religion inspires hatred.
Anyone proclaiming they are chosen ones, or are better than someone else because of pious qualities x,y,z are almost always horribly unethical people. Case in point the recent frenzy in the United States featuring devout followers of Christ insulting wait staff with homophobic slurs and not tipping them because it ‘goes against god’. But it is always best to let the bigots speak for themselves. First an incident in New Jersey:
When Morales introduced herself to the couple and their two children, the mother was allegedly shocked by Morales’ short hair.
“Oh I (Read more…)
“There is no difference between theism and non-theism, basically speaking. Declaring an involvement with any kind of ‘ism’ turns out to be a matter of self and other. In fact, the whole question of self and other can then become very important. But if you really pursue any spiritual path, you will discover, surprisingly, that […]
Your blogger with Rev. Bill Phipps, former United Church of Canada moderator and, in 2002, the NDP’s challenger to Stephen Harper. Below: Harper doubters Andrew Coyne and Tim Harper.
“The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.”
– Junius, published in 1772, from the Masthead of the Globe and Mail
I was sitting in Calgary’s airport the other day reading about Stephen Harper in a free copy of the Globe and Mail when, lo and behold, I spied Bill Phipps, who used to be the (Read more…)
Pakistan announced that Malala Yousafzai’s book “I Am Malala” was banned from private schools. From the CBC:
Officials say they have banned teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai’s book from private schools across Pakistan, calling her a tool of the West.
It isn’t about religion, holiness, or allah, god (etc.). It’s not about defending the country from Western influences or even polishing allah’s knob at exactly the correct speed as mandated by the Qur’an.
This book banning is about charlatans and courtiers defending their privileged status against the radical notion that women are people.
Adeeb Javedani, president (Read more…)
What the heck is a complementarist? Well I will tell you.  I was forced to look this up when I noticed that some of the traffic to my blog was also overlapping somewhat with people who would call themselves “Complementarians” (this is probably due to my awesome Feminist rants like this and that). A …
His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while […]
I want to look at a few things Russell Brand has to say – in print and on video (quotations below are from both). As Elizabeth Renzetti said in yesterday’s Globe & Mail, he’s resonating with people. But, as she also suggests, he’s not going far enough clearly enough for others to follow. It reminds me of the Canadian film The Trotsky in which a young rebel tries to encourage a student protest. (*spoiler alert*) In the end, they all decide that he hasn’t really thought it through all the way, but who cares? It’s clear we so desperately need (Read more…)
It is nice every once and awhile see how religious thinking, in this case, opposing contraception (let’s not mention abortion because women in control of their reproductive destinies really is just satanic) looks like if we follow through on the policy.
Filed under: Education Tagged: Contraception, DWR PSA, Religion, sex
It is fascinating to browse the wordpress reader and see all the posts that start with God says…and the bible sayeth and all of the other faux-flowery shards of bullshit that immediately marks the contents of the following paragraphs as absolute bollocks. Unfailingly, magic is consulted, mythology is taken as real, and we, the reader, are supposed calmly accept this vacuous nonsense and not ruin yet another keyboard by spitting tea/coffee into its delicate innards in a vain attempt not to laugh.
The problem religion has is that knowledge now, is way to easy to come by. Coupled (Read more…)
Well duh? I mean if we couldn’t stop the 25/8 festival of sin centered fun that all atheists share, why would be atheists?
Darkmatter2525 has a rather poignant reply to some of the horsepucky thrown at gentle unbelievers.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Atheists Just Want to Sin!, Christianity, DarkMatter2525, Religion
Reading Mark Twain…’Christian Science’ ‘Christian Science’….Mark Twain, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1907
I was continuing my task of reading anything available, in print or on the internet, when I came upon this book, over a century old, in the recesses of one of my storage boxes. The volume life in 1899 in The Cosmopolitan magazine. This is the first half of the book. The second half, a worthy addendum to the first, also began life as a periodical series in the North American Review in 1907 even though it had been written about 4 years (Read more…)
Anti-Citizen X lays waste to the idea that morality is divinely inspired. Shorter video – God is unnecessary for moral behaviour.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Anti-Citizen X, Morality, Religion, The Immorality of Christianity
A new report suggests the separatist Government of Quebec is listening to some of the criticisms of its proposed Charter of Values.
Supposedly the Parti Quebecois will now include a provision to remove the crucifix that has been hanging in the National Assembly since 1936 and “a previous exemption for lawmakers will also be struck from the charter, which would presumably make it against the law for Muslim, Sikh and Jewish politicians to sit in the legislature while sporting clothing and symbols important to their faith.”
One month ago, I wrote about the proposed charter, criticizing its hypocrisy (Read more…)
Poor Lao Tzu. He gets saddled with the most atrocious of the New Age codswallop. As if it wasn’t enough to be for founder of one of the most obscure philosophies (not a religion, since it has no deity), he gets to be the poster boy for all sorts of twaddle from people who clearly […]