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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Teaching Magic To Children

The year is 2015. In this age the availability of information has never been greater – and yet, the abuse that is religious teaching, is regularly foisted on children across the globe. One would think that in this information age a rational parental-agent would attempt to look for the best way to transmit the necessary cultural values to children.

I postulate this cultural transmission should involve the following –

1. The formulation of strong emotional and social attachments with immediate and extended family.

Realizing that nothing else works without strong attachments to parents/caregivers Working on the social (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Meta-Thoughts on Conversing with the Deluded.

The authors here at DWR have a mean atheistic streak. There is no denying that. I mean we have a whole day of postings that deal specifically with religion and the goofiness that ensues when you allow magical thinking into your wheelhouse. My readership mostly knows that believing in religion is seen by most rational people, a character flaw at best and a reason to make funny and derisive comments at worst. It is obvious how toxic religion is to critical thinking, progress (social and otherwise) and advancement of the human condition (see the religion/patriarchal (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Losing Faith

One of my favourite youtubers is theramin trees, his videos are always coolly narrated and punctuated with slick visual animations that always manage to highlight how incredibly toxic religion is. He recalls how his questions got him in trouble… and the terror of growing up as curious child. So many alarm bells with this video – the stunting of critical thinking, the mental abuse and the emotional blackmail all in the name of believing in magic.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Faith, Losing Faith, Submission, The DWR Sunday Disservice, theramin trees

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Alberta Politics: Why stop with just one religion? Shouldn’t Ottawa certify clerics for all religions, plus martial arts instructors?

PHOTOS: The Senate of Canada, also known as “the Red Chamber,” possibly for its adoption of tactics for dealing with religion reminiscent of two large communist countries. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew P.W. Bennett, Canada’s first “Ambassador for Religious Freedom” and a cantor at the St. John the Baptist […]

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Most Famous Convert

A short film that uses repetition to make a very good point.

“This is touted as a compelling reason Christianity is believable, but I find it sorely lacking. People convert, even antagonistic people. It happens all the time. Some people even call them traitors. Such conversions prove nothing. It’s even a Hollywood trope, yet notice how none of the plots of those movies felt the need to invoke the supernatural to explain the protagonist’s change.”

On a more cinematic note I think the above trope is one of the reasons why I found the latest Mad Max (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

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Scripturient: One Small Step, One Long Whine

The Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark decision last week that states cannot constitutionally (i.e. legally) ban same-sex marriage. The bottom line: under the Constitution, every citizen is entitled to the same rights and freedoms regardless of sexual orientation. Most of the world celebrated with the USA over this decision (the US […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Destroying History, for What?

There is no morality to be found in religions and their scriptures. It is a human being who interprets the words and it is human being that makes the decision to x or y – no religious magic involved. So what is happening in Palmyra with ISIS is a testament to how religion enables truly shitty human behaviour.

“ISIS militants have blown up two ancient tombs they consider sacrilegious in Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site in central Syria, the ultra hardline Sunni Muslim group said on Tuesday.

The report was the first of any damage (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Alas! The Problem Of Good Cannot Save Us!

I should have known! Sometimes I just bite off more than I can chew. It’s that damned hope…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

For those of you still unaware, John Zande has just put out a new book. Further, in an unimaginable act of generosity, he has been gracious enough to share some of the basic groundwork concerning his case for an omnimalevolent creator in a few recent posts over at The Superstitious Naked Ape. Briefly, all the suffering in the universe points to a creator that is all knowing, all powerful, and all malevolent. It is a surprisingly polished theology, surpassing (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice: The Dreaded Knock at your Door.

Almost all of us have had one. You race away from what you happen to be doing we the grand expectation of someone you know coming to pay you a visit for a coffee or whatever. But no, it isn’t like that at all. It is a stranger and their goal is to test your politeness and patience while they ramble on about trying to save your soul and getting to know Jebus and all that hullabaloo.

Another unhappy feature of this is that these proselytizers are usually so damned nice about the whole thing. (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Jon Stewart Disects Charleston Terrorist Attack, Its Rhodesia Inspiration

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart got serious about the racist Charleston church shooting, racial hypocrisy and the terrorist’s apparent Rhodesia inspiration.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Quiver-Fail Movement

Religion and patriarchal bullshite usually go hand in hand. The Quiverfull movement proudly leads this toxic parade of misogyny, combining the worst of religion and misogyny all into one neat corrosive package.

Witness how much grievous stupidity can be gleaned from just one biblical verse:

“Children are a blessing and gift from the Lord.

Having a lot of children to take care of you in your old age is like a warrior with a lot of arrows.

Psalm 127:3-4″

Let the fun begin…


Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christian Patriarchy, Misogyny, (Read more…)

Scripturient: This week’s reading

Going Clear by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright is an expose of the Church of Scientology. Fascinating, scary stuff and it makes you want to keep looking back over your shoulder to see if someone is watching you. A great read, though, and a real eye-opener if you’ve ever wanted to know the inner workings […]

Dead Wild Roses: At the intersection of capitalism and patriarchy

It appears TLC is quite aware on which side its toast is buttered. Look what they were airing a couple weeks before the Duggar scandal broke:

Feminists beware: the new TLC special “Submissive Wives’ Guide To Marriage” is sure to stir a hot debate by showing marriages in which the woman caters to her husband’s every need and allows him to be the king of the castle.

And that means he gets plenty of sex, too—even when she’s not in the mood.


sigh… anybody remember when it was The Learning Channel, and showed actual educational programming?

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Rear Admiral Stupid Has New Recruits.

I was going to preface this post with a Captain Stupid character but I found that the outright level of stupid going on here required a (much) higher rank in the Hurr-Durr Legion to properly accommodate the conditions being described. The leaders of the ulta-orthodox Belz sect in North London eminently qualify for Admiralty in the Legion. These antediluvian bags of douche recently deployed a fatwah against women who have the audacity to drive cars with the “immodest” goal of… it is almost nigh unspeakable… yet intone it I must… (*screwing courage to the sticking place*) – taking (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice: Christian “Counselling” for victims of childhood sexual abuse

I am going to start this post with a big fat trigger warning: incest, sexual abuse of children, adults in positions of power revictimizing survivors of sexual abuse, victim-blaming, gaslighting. This is a post about some seriously sick and fucked up shit.

The story about the oldest son in the Duggar family of (former) hit TV show 19 Kids and Counting, having molested several of his very young sisters, as well as at least one non-relative, is old news by now. (Story here if you aren’t familiar with it. Trigger warnings abound.)

There are any number of angles I (Read more…)

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. […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Missing Names in Matthew

Most of my readers will be shocked by the glaring inaccuracies in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus. Could it be that yet another part of the bible just isn’t accurate?

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Genealogy, Jesus, Matthew, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church

The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel.

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A Grumpy Hobbit: May 20th – It Draw the Prophet Mohammed

May 20th – It Draw the Prophet Mohammed

I really do not care if this offends people, I do not care when I depict other religious significant figures either, whether it be the Pope, Jesus, Satan or whatever batpoop crazy you pray to. Fair game is fair game and I will mock the occult and their Icons when ever I feel like it. And that goes double for Scientology.

A Grumpy Mohhobbit

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That’s A Turnabout

When I first started writing this blog, Michael Coren was a regular target for my ire, especially when he would go off spouting right wing talking points about gay marriage.  Quite frankly, I saw little difference between his columns published in the Sun newspapers and the tirades of his then ally Charles McVety. About a month ago, I saw a segment on CBC’s Power and Politics (starts at 1:39:00) where McVety and Coren were talking about Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum.  I was shocked at the irrational flailing about of McVety, and even more stunned by how reasonable Mr. Coren was sounding. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – DarkMatter2525 – Would You Vote for God?

A resounding hell no from me, but that was never in question. Let’s investigate what a religious government might look like if it happened to follow biblical rules and regulations.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce, Voting for God

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Theramin Trees – On Respecting Beliefs.

It’s been so long since Theramintress graced us with one of his well reasoned, BS busting videos. Sit back and enjoy 22 minutes of erudite commentary that, as usual, demolishes arguments believers have about their very important magical beliefs.


Filed under: Religion Tagged: Religion, Respecting Belief, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, theramin trees

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude And Special Disservice Friday Mass – Metallica

Sometimes, after a long, frustrating week, a soothing sonata to ease the built up tension just won’t do the trick. Sometimes a sublime symphony is wasted on a battered soul that just doesn’t have the fortitude to fully appreciate it. Sometimes you need something that will defibrillate your arrested senses, something that will inject adrenaline directly into your atrophied psyche, something that will forcefully infuse life back into your weary body.

Sometimes what is required is something angry and very, very loud.

I have been a Metallica fan for most of my life and “The God That Failed” is one of my (Read more…)

A Grumpy Hobbit: So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

To my Liberal friends sorry, but voting and supporting Bill C51 in any way shape or form is a deal breaker for me. Welcoming Ex-Police Chief, Bill Blair into the Party and have him for an MLA in Ottawa shows even more bad judgement. Look I was willing to give Trudeau a chance, I was willing to wait and see what he would deliver,… What he is