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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Larry & Jerry’s Inferno

I had forgotten about this book until recently when I came across a reprint. I read it originally in the late 1970s when I was reading a lot more sci-fi than I do today. (Many years ago, I ran a Toronto computer convention where I invited the authors to be the keynote speakers. I got to […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Kidnapped for Christ – AKA Child Abuse.

What? The religious using coercive tactics to harm children. Unpossible.

 

From Wikipedia:

Kidnapped for Christ is a documentary film that details the experiences of several teenagers who were removed from their homes and sent to a behavior modification and ex-gay school in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. The film was directed by Kate Logan. Tom DeSanto, Lance Bass and Mike Manning are the executive producers.

 

The documentary details the experiences of several teenagers who were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to Escuela Caribe at their parents’ behest. The film focuses on the plight of (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Religious Child Abuse

Our imperial conquests in the Middle East are, of course, busily blowing up in our face. The new normal is a murderous state of higgledy-piggledy brought on by us wiping out the quasi-stable societies that had kept the peace (of sorts). Because nothing says we love peace like bombing the shit of a country we now have religious extremists attempting to establish a new Caliphate in the ruins of our bastion of democratic freedom imperial conquest.

So anyhow, once you cripple the umbrella of supports (infrastructure and otherwise) that keep a civil secular society running it comes as (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religous Disservice – The Philosophical Failures of Christian Apologetics – Objective Morality

Well you knew it was hogwash, but Anti-Citizen X unpacks and analyses how silly the idea of Objective Morality is. Unfortunately, their are many layers of stupid that come, hand in hand, with Christian Moral thought, thus necessitating the twenty minute deconstruction of all the silliness.

Filed under: Philosophy, Religion Tagged: Christian Philosohical Failures, Objective Morality, Religion

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Why Something Rather than Nothing?

The Counter Apologist takes on just one small part of questions that the religious often use when debating atheists.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Someting Rather than Nothing, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Alberta Diary: Ten Questions about the Harper Government’s embrace of war with ISIS-ISIL-IS

Ready, Aye, Ready! Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird whips up the War Party in the House of Commons. Below: Stephen Harper, the prime minister, and Edmonton Centre MP Laurie Hawn.

Stephen Harper, John Baird, Laurie Hawn and the rest of the boys yesterday finally got the war in Iraq they’ve been pining for since 2003.

“We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies,” Prime Minister Harper, who was still the leader of the opposition, complained back in April 2003. At the time, the United States had just invaded Iraq to punish it for having nothing to do (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Closer You Look …

The closer one looks at the ISIS thing, the more it starts looking like a sectarian war in the Middle East.  Yesterday in the Globe and Mail, Robert Fowler very nicely articulated the problem with short term solutions to the mess in Iraq, and today I spotted a really interesting read describing some of the reasons behind the apparent lack of response from several Arab states, in particular Saudi Arabia.

As is typical of these situations in the region, it is starting to become apparent that for all of its bloodiness, ISIS is simply another sectarian feud spilling out (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Global Regina Bullied by Racists Into Censorship

Racists who were criticizing the launch of a new mosque in Regina, forced the TV station to remove the news story from their Facebook page, rather than report and delete the offensive comments. Some of the racists were not even from Regina (one persisting is from the deep south).

When will this good-news story be shared again on the Global Regina facebook page so more people know about it?

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…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Disproving Geo Centrism – Part 10?

Who knew we would need 10 segments to properly dismember Geocentric theory. I’m still sorta shocked that people would believe in Geocentrism in 2014.

 

Filed under: Religion, Science Tagged: Confirmation bias, Geocentrism, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Justin Trudeau’s remarkable demand that Stephen Harper set up a federal shun registry to make life easier for Trudeau politically.

For further reading…- Trudeau’s Question Period interview is here, with the key passage starting at about the 3:15 mark. And some Libs went so far as to trumpet the demand for a public enemies list as a show of political talent.- Carlos Tello reports on the RCMP’s interest in stigmatizing the environmental movement – which of course matches the Cons’ rhetoric. And Alex Boutilier reports that hundreds of public events have already found themselves (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Planting the Toxic Seed

Religion doesn’t just happen in the 21st century in the West. Religion must be instilled into children, magic and fable must be taught to be revered and most darkly, the fear of eternal punishment must be enshrined in young minds.

Hell for children is a very real fear – it torments their thoughts and causes a great deal of unnecessary anxiety. My question to the religious is simply this:

Why make your children fearful?

Isn’t there enough to worry about life with regards to food, shelter, and security to add another imaginary layer of anxiety to the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Whelp – Conversion time for me…

Religion plies its trade in fear. Thank you khaki dude for providing such a clear example.

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Fear, Humour, Psychology, Religion, Satan

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Aron Ra on the First Foundational Falsehood of Creationism

Aron Ra begins his series with a nice set up about how the extreme religious tend to frame evolution as being exclusively atheistic. I suppose anything that can be used to flog/frighten people to the cause is fair game for the radically religious.

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Aron Ra, Creationism, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – God and Jeffery – The Prequel

DarkMatter2525 has produced many videos that highlight the shortcomings of religion, in this video we see how things started with, of all things, a sociological thought experiment.

I’m not sure how many people would pass this particular test as stated, but more power to them.

 

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, God and Jeffery, The DWR Sunday Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Why is there Something, Rather than Nothing?

The desperate need to feel like a special snowflake with an afterlife easily sums up many Theistic arguments. This video goes a little deeper and compares the common endpoints when discussing the problem of why is there something rather than nothing.

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Atheism, Religion, Something rather than nothing, The DWR Sunday Disservice, Theism

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Much Ado About Religious Accommodation

Much is being made of a decision by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) managers at Toronto’s Pearson airport to allow a small group of Hindu priests to avoid screening by female border guards to comply with their religious beliefs.

Apparently some female CBSA officers feel that they were discriminated against by this decision. I could understand an outrage if female officers were only allowed

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Do You Know God?

One of the basic objections to religion laid out nicely by Darkmatter2525.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, Do You Know GOD?, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Musing on the Afterlife

Cool Hard Logic takes a tour of the afterlife and distressingly enough postulates that they must have queues there as well. Bloody hell.

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Cool Hard Logic, The Afterlife, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Confusing Freedom With Imposition

Canada’s “Association For Reformed Political Action” came to my attention this past week.  Just from the name, you can tell that this is one of the groups that is seeking to turn Canada into a theocracy much like the far right is currently doing in the United States.

I decided to spend a little time sniffing through their website, and found a fair bit of interest.

First is an explicit and clear sense of just how deeply these groups are connected with the Harper Government. … a speech to the ARPA groups from cabinet minister Jason Kenney

Do you (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Rapetastic Catholic Misogyny

Christianity and its various sects harm women.

In the early 1960′s, in response to the call of many millions of Catholic women, especially in the US, who wanted to limit the size of their families through the use of contraception, a papal commission was set up to look at Catholic teaching on birth control in light of the current scientific knowledge. If found that there was no scriptural, theological, philosophical reason, or basis in natural law for the Church’s prohibition on birth control.

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However, in 1968, Pope Paul VI responded instead with an encyclical Humanae (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Service Addendum – What would Jesus do?

Helpful Advice.

 

Filed under: Humour, Religion Tagged: Humour, The DWR Sunday Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Atrocities of Christian History: The Malleus Maleficarum

Christianity has never been good for women.

Historically speaking though it takes a new invention coupled with the preexisting corrosive doctrine of religious misogyny to achieve that next tier of gynocidal malevolence.

“Accusations of witchcraft and demonic sex began to occur more frequently in the fifteenth century. They were a feature of the first wide-ranging witch-hunt in the Rhone Valley in southern France in 1428, during which between one and two hundred witches were burned. Less than sixty years later, a land mark text in the the history of misogyny appeared to explain why it was that (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment

The fellowship of over 300 churches representing some 590 million people in 150 countries, this week endorsed fossil fuel divestment.

The post World Council of Churches Endorses Fossil Fuel Divestment appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: On My Relationship with Religion…

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Angel, Humour, Religion