There has been a poster knocking around that illustrate every contradiction (with footnotes) in the bible. I’m posting it here as a resource so not only can we tell the deluded that their magic book is inconsistent, we can show how inconsistent it actually is with a pretty picture.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Bible, Biblical Contradictions, Christianity, Helpful Infographics
Among other highlights of the Saskatchewan NDP’s leadership convention this month, I was able to meet and chat with longtime NDP MP (and later MLA) Bill Blaikie, who attended in large part to introduce party members to The Blaikie Report. And I appreciate the opportunity to review the book – particularly given that others have already had their say since its release.
Blaikie’s book reads in part as autobiography, in part as polemic. And on both fronts, he nicely highlights how little Canadian politics have changed over the past several decades, with the appropriation of religious messaging by the far
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Book Review: The Blaikie Report
Picking on creationists and their loopy ideas is low-hanging fruit, however, every once and awhile, you find someone who does an exceptional job of skewering cringe worthy creationist ninny-poo while being laugh-out-loud funny. Paul Chartly, in my opinion, achieves this in his video. It is long at twenty seven minutes, so a morning cup of coffee is required for viewing.
Filed under: Atheism Tagged: Creationism, Oh those zany Creationists!, Religion, The DWR Sunday Disservice
When it comes to teaching my kids about the world, I never assumed science would be a top priority. Yet these days I find myself spending little time focusing on language, instead opting for discussions about things like gravity, the solar system and human evolution.
This is partly due to my children’s natural curiosity about such topics. But one might also argue that our future as a species depends on our ability to think critically, and base our decisions on evidence and reason. (Climate change denial, and its potentially dire consequences, might be the ultimate example of our collective failure
. . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Can reason and secularism protect kids from anti-science rhetoric (and build a better society)?
Superstition, and it’s ugly codified twin brother religion, rely on the suspension of one’s critical faculties. When someone is going on about how jeebus talks to them or they are feeling the power of god or <insert prurience for inane godbaggy here> or whatever, the topics covered in this video by Qualia Soup come to mind. Confirmation bias, what we all struggle against (or should be struggling against) robs us of the capacity to evaluate situations and events around us in a reasonable way.
You may be “good with god” but you look pretty stupid to the rest
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The First Step in Deprogramming the Religious – Superstition
Most atheists are as irrational as those who believe in religion. And perhaps even more hypocritical.
There’s no greater example of this than those vocal opponents of religion who criticize Christmas but in just a few months time celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and other religious holidays with unrivaled enthusiasm.
St.Patrick’s Day is of course associated with celebrating the Irish, but it was created and is still renowned as a day to remember Saint Patrick and the introduction of Christianity to Ireland.
The very same snarky atheists who attack Christmas but partake in St.Paddy’s Day, could argue that
. . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Atheist For Christmas, Christian For St.Paddy’s
There is a horrendous series of advertisements for the moron mormon church which centres around the ‘appeal to authority’ fallacy. The ads each feature one person (that’s one person for each ad, in case I’m confusin’ ya) and this person goes on and on about how they are a wonderful person. At the end of the ad, the featured person finishes by affirming ‘I’m a mormon.” Of course, nothing in the first part of the ad has much to do with actual mormonism. That would defeat the purpose. The ads are supposed to gloss over all the ugly bits
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Hooray for Formons!
Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by an elite cabal during a secret backroom ritual. This one is from Argentina. I guess that country deserves it, considering they just lost the recent vote on the status of the Falkland Islands.
Yay, does this mean the end of the Olympic-style news coverage by almost every mainstream media outlet around the world? Unfortunately the media over-saturation will likely persist for awhile, at least until the lucky new warlock settles into his new digs,
I guess congrats are in order for his new hat, frock, ring, Wizard of
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by…
Misogyny, Bigotry and Priest Child-Rape Apologia – all in together in one package of Pope Awesome!
It would be a disservice to the Disservice if we did not comment on the high octane jack-assery that is going on in Catholic-land at the moment as they feverishly scrabble about looking for the best candidate to be their earthly link to the Almighty-Holy-Gibberish in the sky. I’m thinking they would have better luck with Alectryomancy.
Sadly, Canada has a candidate in the running for the title of His Pope-ness, by the name of Marc Ouellet. His grip on reality, like
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Pope-tacular Fail – Marc Ouellet
You would think that god would have a fairly good grasp of equality, being final arbitrator and high mucky-muck an all that bally-ho. Apparently not, as it would seem that none of the major religious texts seem to think that men and women are (or should be) equal, and in fact, most advocate for women being in a subordinate position relative to men.
So the real question is that, if you happen to be female, why do you subscribe to a mindset that explicitly marks you as inferior class of people. People spend a lot of
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Religion – Crumby for Women
Today’s disservice is a little rough on the language side, so consider yourself warned, as DarkMatter2525 explores the lovely RAA of who created god.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, god’s god, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
Tomorrow, the Canadian polysyllabic pontificator Rex Murphy will be in Vancouver recording a live episode of Cross Country Checkup on religion in public life..
The Checkup is a long-time Canadian radio talk show, designed to spark dialogue across the country.
To arrange my thoughts for the discussion, I sat down for a Google+ Hangout with Mavaddat and discussed some of the issues that might come up. You can watch the discussion below the fold.
In the video, I referenced Murphy’s article about Hitchens and Dawkins, “Bluster masquerading as reason.”
I also discussed briefly Professor Edward Slingerland’s Vancouver Institute (Read more…)
I really have to hand it to some social conservatives who are so sexually repressed they recoil at the word sex. I don’t know if Charles McVety of the Canada Family Action Coalition is quite that regressed, but his playing on people’s worst instincts would be comical were it not for what’s at stake — the kind of country that we want Canada to be. Especially when it comes to personal choices.
Groups Submit Report on Worldwide Sex Abuse Crisis By: Center for Constitutional Rights (Press Release) | Feb. 28, 2013: NEW YORK and ROME – Today, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child READ MORE
I just about fell off my chair when the Globe & Mail’s Tuesday editorial actually suggested that a suitable first task for newly minted Religious Freedom Ambassador Bennett would be an inspection tour of Tibet:
Sending the freshly minted ambassador would surely anger China, a major Canadian trading partner. But if the Harper government’s much-touted initiative on religious freedom is to have credibility, it should accept this challenge.
Without even touching the fact that the Harper government has obviously lost whatever interest it once had in challenging the totalitarian dictatorship in Beijing, this proposal betrays a startling amount of ignorance
. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Reason No. 217 Why an Ambassador for Religious Freedom is a Silly Idea
Stop behaving as if you have feelings, because religion!
Considering the amount of revenue generated on Valentine’s Day (I’m looking at you 9.99 roses that mysteriously appreciate to 29.99) it can be safely said that Valentine’s Day will never be banned in North America. However, in societies that still give the religious the time of day, Valentine’s Day is in trouble. That little bastard Cupid promotes lustful, shameful, immodest-ful behaviour and represents the totality of all the six hundred and sixty six layers of hell.
“LONDON — While much of the world celebrates Valentine’s Day on
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Religious Loopyness in Pakistan – Let’s Ban Valentine’s Day!
I have to say, the childish credulity of the professionally faithful is kind of amazing. We all knew that the Harper government was creating the Religious Freedoms Office because his religious base would love it. I don’t think until this week that I realized how truly silly they are, how willing to accept even the most piddling and pointless of scraps from the master’s table. To wit: Catholic priest turned National Post columnist Raymond de Souza and Christian TV personality and occasional Globe & Mail columnist Lorna Dueck, who on previous occasions has claimed that God intervenes in court
. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: No One Actually Believes in Freedom of Religion
I always suspected the angels didn’t like us very much. Alltop is an angel of humor.
Philosophy is has been described as the root of all bullshite, and it is a fact that BS can baffle brains. The religiously orientated, faced with an ever increasing secular reality, can and will grasp at all straws in order to make their ooga-booga based reality seem reasonable and not a reason to be laughed at.
Variants of the Ontological argument fly thick and fast, just waiting to trip up the unprepared. Fear the the BS no longer as this tidy chunk of youtube education will inoculate you and provide the means to show your opponent that, once
NonStampCollector enlightens us with the special case of slavery in the bible. Feel the moral goodness flow.
A great place to start if you need encouragement to stop drinking the religious Kool-aid. From the video description -
Whether you’re a believer or non-believer, when confronting bible slavery, don’t let anyone throw up this ridiculous smokescreen that says that the slavery instituted in the old testament was so completely different to, say, pre-civil war US slavery. The usual tactic is to throw facts and rules about Israelite indentured servitude around, to throw you off the scent of a Yahweh-mandated
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Biblical Slavery
On the face of it Saint Valentine is a pretty odd fellow, after all how many saints have days promoting procreation named after them?
There really is only one other figure who shares such a dichotomy, who like St.Valentine had one of the most holiest of titles yet himself was the most profane. He too asks, with albeit more subtlety but equal enticements, “Will you be mine?” It is by chance that this fiery fellow is also after the heart, the abode and symbol, of the soul.
Both St.Valentine and this once angelic figure are intimately associated
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Kids were getting chemical burns from a toilet seat (and probably desk, for a boy with burned elbows) at an Ottawa area school. Most likely the disinfectant was sprayed on but never properly wiped off and rinsed. One of my concerns with using publish washrooms that have just been cleaned, is chemical splash-back or toxic seats. Thanks Ottawa area school for perma-scaring these poor kids for life into avoiding public washrooms…
The Pope quit. Holy Quit, as the Daily Show wrote last night. The jokes on Twitter were non-stop, totally unlike the Pope. He gave up his job for
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So, the pope is retiring. Even in Canada, which is hardly a Catholic country, this apparently ranks right up there with the fact that Harper’s select senators are pilfering the public purse. Which is a story I’ll return to tomorrow. But today the press and, more importantly, the government media page are devoted to glowing retrospectives on Benedict XVI, so Sixth Estate will be, too.
On that note, I’m seriously starting to wonder who writes editorials at the Globe & Mail. Are they just incredibly dense, or is this a joke to them? Honestly, how does anyone who pays the
. . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Benedict XVI Was Not a Good Pope
As suprising (not) as Joe Ratzinger’s resignation today as Pope Benedict XVI may have been, he did the right thing. The Catholic Church is so dysfunctional that it’ll take years to begin to fix it (and although he was an insider for decades, it got to be too much even for him) — and the fact he’s had to have Midnight Mass for Christmas at 10 pm four years in a row was warning that this was