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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: https://t.co/sxaDIW1bC5

— 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

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