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Dead Wild Roses: A look into Sam Harris and Islam – Liberal Viewer

Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them. – Sam Harris.

This is a dangerous quote from Mr.Harris because it muddles the line between action and intent. How can there be any sort of dialogue when one faction can be singled out for death for nothing that they have done, but their beliefs.

Consider how easy it would be for opponents of US policy to follow this same doctrine – would they too be taking ethical action?

Harris, in this context, is not adding clarity to the complex (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Religion’s Twelve Deadly Sins

Alternet’s Valerie Tarico has written an insightful piece about 12-concepts, integral to organized religions, that “promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace.”

First up is the concept of “chosen people” – that separates believers from non-believers, the believers alone linked to God.   Then there’s the companion concept of “heretics.”  Again, non-believers.  Call for the headsman!

Religions have also introduced us to the notion of Holy War.  Gott Mit Uns, that sort of thing.  When Muslims do it we call it Jihad.  When we do it, it’s just getting (Read more…)

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Eloquence

‘Nuff said.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Bible, Christianity, DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Science

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – MisterDeity responds to the Pope.

Sometimes the Pope makes a error when speaking. We all do. But this was not one of those times and Mr.Deity unabashedly and quite colourfully rips into the perfidious pontiff over his comments about the recent murders in France.

*Strong Language Warning*

I’m not sure what the pope was thinking on this one, but I think rightly he deserves the chastisement Mr.D brings to the table.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: France, Mr.Deity, Pope Francis

Dead Wild Roses: Logic: How to PWN an argument, without getting the RPOJ

If you want to take down somebody else’s argument, a certain familiarity with the nature of intellectual or philosophical (as opposed to playground) argument is required, so that you can construct your own counter-argument. In an intellectual argument, the person putting forth an argument sets out a number of premises (statements of facts), which, when you add them together, at best makes it impossible for their conclusion to be false (deductive argument), or at least makes it much more likely that their conclusion is true (inductive argument).

If you want to show that somebody’s argument is wrongity wrong, there (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Words and Virtue

Scott Long wrote an excellent article separating the act of supporting free speech from the act of supporting the words and images created by Charlie Hebdo.  But I disagree with this one bit:

“Words don’t kill…”

As I said in a comment there, too many young people have lost lives as a direct results of malicious words and images.  We can’t ignore that reality.  In my lifetime, I’ve seen a change in the way we talk that developed through punishments for transgressions of the new rules.  We use gender-inclusive language in scholarly writing, and professionals and politicians can no (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Charlie Hebdo

Oh, those wacky religious Muslim terrorists are at it again going all murder happy on people who dare to make fun of their religion.

This event is completely ludicrous and, in 2015, should not be happening, some reasons off the top of my head:

1. Mohammad, Jebus, Krishna, Sif – pick your imaginary friend – they all don’t fucking exist.

2. If they did exist wouldn’t there be some godly smiting going on, like all the time? Being immortal and all powerful and all that shite, you would think that they could take care of business without (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Very Best of 2014

Ms. Betty Bowers hits the highlights of christian religious folly from 2014.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Betty Bowers, Humour, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Mice and the Piano

Wow, it has been a long time since Theramin Trees has made any videos. Let me assure you, it has been well worth the wait. In this video he illustrates the power of stories and their ability to circumnavigate our critical faculties.

I really appreciate Theramin’s videos as his perspective is one of someone who has been on both sides of the fence, as he was a fundamentalist christian in his earlier years. I have no access to that point of view as I never has the pleasure of being bamboozled into believing stupid shit.

Anyhow, I (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: What Christmas Means to Me. Again

It's Christmas Day, and although I'm an atheist, and I believe that our beautiful planet is our heaven and our hell.And that it's up to us to decide what world we want to live in. Not up to some invisible deity or some bloodthirsty Godzilla. And although I hate the shopping and the greed. And although I know it can be a sad and lonely time for many. I was raised in the Christian tradition, I believe in the earthly message of Jesus the revolutionary, I share the vision of those fighting for a kinder, gentler world. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Dear American Youth Pastor

Did you need another reason to be critical of christianity? Let’s take a look at what can happen when you preach hate and intolerance in your holy house of risible stupidity. You see, I’m all for the idea of having a meeting place in the community because people need to interact with people. Interactivity breeds empathy and respect for others on a general level – keeping in touch with your community is not only good for the neighbourhood, but it is good for you and your health as well. If we could dispense with all the fantastical bullshite that religions (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Sex Ed, Double Standards, and the Red Herring of Consent

We discussed Erin Anderson’s article from Friday’s Globe and Mail in my philosophy class on Friday, and it provoked a whole gamut of topics.  I’ll try to encapsulate some of them here.  The article starts with an important question:

“The question left is whether we’ll waste this moment, leaving the teenagers today to have the same conversation decades from now.  It’s time to talk about solutions – in the courts, on the Internet and in our schools.”


The article calls for better sex ed in the high schools.  I agree, but what it fails to realize is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Blasphemy!

Wacky Weligious News!

When will people say “enough”?

I mean, how much more silly do religious beliefs need to become before we can all agree that we are really great story tellers, but the stories we spin need to stay safely in the land marked FICTION.

But, until then we have potholer54 to tell us about Holy Sinkholes and the Shoes of Blasphemy.

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

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Hate Crimes Against Non-believers Growing

We all know about the hate crimes religious believers commit against one another, against people of a different faith. It’s headlines news, almost daily. Protestants against Catholics. Sunnis against Shiites. Muslims against Christians. Hindus against Muslims. Buddhists against Muslims. Christians against pagans. Christians against Jews. Muslims against Jews. Cults against anyone and everyone against cults. […]

350 or bust: Dr Katherine Hayhoe: A Climate For Change

Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, climate scientist, communicator, educator, and CCL science advisor, spoke at Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s Carbon Fee Prosperity conference last month. Dr Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center. She is also an evangelical Christian married […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Demons Of Sickness Part 3

Are you sick? It’s your own fault. See also all those positive energy quacks, the Secret and other assorted bullcookery.

I especially love the part where women’s sicknesses are caused by hating their husband…

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Demons of Sickness, Discern4, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Generational Curses?

Wow. Just highlighting doctrinal christian stupidity. I don’t have the words for this one.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christain Fail, Discern4, DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Generational Curses, Religion

Exponential Book: Don’t mix me with them!

In these two videos [1,2], prominent non-believers [1] Neil deGrasse Tyson and Sam Harris reject the denomination “atheist” as not only inaccurately portraying their views on the (non) existence of God, but also, according to them, of little content or use, and even potentially pernicious. The Oxford Dictionary defines Atheism as “Disbelief or lack of […]

Dead Wild Roses: Demons of Sickness – Or, Watch the Religious Say Highly Ironic Things Whilst Pushing Their Mumbojumbo

Discern4 has been quiet as of late, but in this comeback video he illustrates how he still has God-bothering chops of the very first order.


Filed under: Religion Tagged: Bilking The Blinkered, Faith Healing, Religion, The One True Religion

Exponential Book: Absence of evidence and evidence of absence

It has been a while since my last blog post (yes, I love euphemisms). I have not been writing for the simple reason that I ran out of things to say, a fate that I am told few, very few amateur bloggers escape. So, what am I doing here now? Well, I have been engaged lately in the […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Not Coffee You Dirty Sodomites!

Get out the duct tape! You’ll need it to keep your jaw from hitting the floor over how amazingly absurd this fine christian preacher is. Because people are protesting outside of his church they must be Sodomites and by extension the coffee that they are serving must be infused with semen.

Yes, I know. So fasten your seat belt Dorthy – the good reverend awaits.

Oh hey, let’s investigate his source.


Hmmm…oh and snopes says its BS, just if you are really concerned about your overpriced coffee. Research time less than one minute. Hmm…I (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: It Seems That Bill O’Reilly Got A Few Things Wrong About Jesus

At least according to scholar Resa Aslan:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Learning Lessons of History

11. Government handing over the most vulnerable to religious groups has worked out well in Canadian history: look at the residential schools

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014

1. Canada is now a country that will offer sex workers the "option" of being sent to religious reeducation camps:

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 10, 2014

I’ll give old clothes to Salvation Army, and shop in their thrift shops, but I wouldn’t attend a re-education camp of theirs.

@HeerJeet Also, how will people of First Nations descent caught up in this react to being offered 'ride out of (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Camping’s madness carries on

Harold Camping has been dead for almost a year, but his legacy lives on. Not just in the broken dreams of his deluded followers, but in the many lives he destroyed through his madness. You would have thought that, having predicted the end of the world several times, and been wrong each one, because of the […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Featuring DarkMatter2525 – Where No God Treads

God will tell me, and I will tell you. All religious belief flows from that sentiment. Beware of it, for it has been used to manipulate countless people and instills unfounded assumptions of the unknowable in each of us, causing us to presuppose the very nature of our own experiences.


Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice