Church Attendance Dictates Views on Torture

First of all, it must be pointed out that torture is a war crime. It is totally 100 percent ILLEGAL everywhere on EARTH. As a serious and horrific crime, it ranks second only to genocide. But thanks to entertainment programs that postulate unrealistic scenarios where torture is somehow GOOD, about half of Americans think there might be times when it is okay to commit war crimes – according to the most recent Pew poll.

The most telling element, however, is that Catholics and evangelical Christians are the sub groups MOST LIKELY to love torture. Hard to believe, but it is the church-goers themselves who have told us this. Mmmm……Jesus just LOVES torturing people (apparently).

Catholics are the biggest lovers of war crimes, and those who attend services at LEAST monthly are the most likely to salivate over the prospect of hurting people.

You can read the breakdown of numbers here: Pew Poll:The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate.

So what does this tell us? Well, evangelical Christians and Catholics may be unusually ignorant about torture and its victims. Or perhaps Catholics and evangelical Christians are particularly ignorant of the law. Maybe members of these religious groups know the law but have utter disrespect for it. OR, finally, evangelical Christians and Catholics may have a strong sadistic streak in their religion. Take your pick.

Whatever else you derive from this information, know that it is not outsiders attacking religion! What we have here, is a case of Christians condemning themselves.


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Logically Disproving God?

Presented more for the comments than the initial arguments, here is another importune attempt to disprove the existence of a certain deity (not an argument endorsed by this blog): Logically disproving the Christian God.

There is a general rule in logic which says that you cannot prove a negative. Example… So if I say that there are extraterrestrial parrots living on Mars, you know it’s stupid, ridiculous (and I’m either delusional or lying my ass off) but you can’t prove it isn’t true. But there is a reason why this is a rule rather than a law…

If I say that there are parrots living on Mars and I know this because they broadcast a radio show on a certain frequency, THAT can be checked.

I can say that you still haven’t proved that the Martian parrots don’t exist but that’s an irrelevant argument now; my only evidence supporting their existence has been shot down, so I have nothing; there isn’t a single reason to believe me.

Likewise, while you can’t prove that some vague, generic non-defined GOD really doesn’t exist, you can certainly test claims that are more specific.

There are a couple of typical tests in this area; the Parsimony test looks at the claim (in Christianity) that God has the characteristics of being all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving. We then look at real life and discover, hey, you know what? At least one of those things can’t be true, otherwise life on earth would be very different from the reality in which we live.

The other way – which is the approach used in this article – is to look at the Bible, which is supposedly THE evidence for the existence of the Judeo-Christian god, and see how it stacks up to its own claims.

The beauty of the article cited here is not so much in the arguments but rather in the response of religionists in the comments section: The resistance to logic is priceless. Such is the fallibility of human nature, though; we have a great deal of trouble seeing the flaws in our own preconceptions.

Instead of trying to use blunt-force logic, I always suggest to people that you turn arguments around: If you say that “you can’t prove God doesn’t exist” and you think that this is a devastatingly effective argument – then saying that “the earth is 4.5 billion years old and you can’t prove it isn’t true” must be equally effective: They rely on the same logic.

Yes, I know you still won’t get anywhere; religionists by nature are only interested in arguments that support their beliefs. They aren’t really searching for truth. I know this with absolute certainty because as an ex-religionist I’ve already learned that there is no truth behind the tales of religion (ANY religion) and I know that the information that led to discovering my own error is out there and available to all. Those who think otherwise simply don’t want to find out what is real and what isn’t.

But again, that’s just part of human nature. Like it or not, we all have to live with it.


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Christian Activist Commits Murder-Suicide

Self explanatory. As I have often pointed out, it’s always the Christians zealots who end up slaughtering dozens of people in a mass shooting or killing their families. When was the last atheist shooting you ever heard about? Crazy Christian Vlogger Commits Murder-Suicide in Michigan


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End of Christian Supremacy? …What?

I wonder sometimes what planet some other writers are living on, or perhaps it is just that they never studied history … or paid attention in school.

Lately, I have been seeing many articles talking about the “decline of the Christian right,” “the end of Christan supremacy in America,” blah blah… it’s a mix of stats and wishful thinking, perhaps, and it is also the most dangerous trend we face.

First of all, it’s important to remember that these things always wax and wane within a relatively narrow range.

Second, the evil truth behind oft-quoted statistics is that while denominations are losing ground, mega-churches – often with extremist ideology – are doing just fine.

Third, numbers don’t mean a lot. We have read that the Taliban in Afghanistan never numbered more than 20% of the population. Yet they managed to turn their nation into a 14th century theocratic nightmare state.

The lesson here is that fanaticism counts more than numbers. And my general sense is that while general purpose Christians are shrinking (thanks in no small measure to how extremists have made the Christian brand an ugly thing) the extremists are only getting more extreme, and that bodes ill for everyone.

For instance, I’ve heard talk lately that there is a debate about whether “good” Christian women should be covering themselves in order to avoid inflaming the passions of men. Say hello to the burka, sisters. It’s only a matter of time.

Finally, these hand-wringing articles really amount to a call to arms for radical Christians. Like the dinner bell at the zoo, radical Christian extremists will go into attack mode and as the Afghanistan model shows, they only need a relative handful of highly-committed radicals to turn America into an oppressive theocracy.

My bottom line is, when you read articles like this: The End of Christian America | Newsweek.com
Don’t believe them…

And be afraid.


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The Dangers of The New Atheism

A take-down of the new atheism by a top atheist. This is something that needed to be done: The New Atheist Movement is destructive – Fri Tanke


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UFO Sitings HOAX Makes it to National Television

A great account of how a recent UFO siting complete with national news coverage and UFO investigators who swore it couldn’t be faked (complete with the History Channel’s “UFO Hunters” no less, was a very simple, only half-clever hoax. Proving that it takes NOTHING to fool a true believer: eSkeptic: April 1st, 2009
IF you doubt this was a hoax, look at the hoaxer’s confession with the video.


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NDE OOBE Rehash Article

Yet another article on the near death experience, with at least some attempt at balance. When dealing with the brain’s construction of reality, however, facts are less important than feelings – well, at least to the experiencer: Near-death experiences: Heaven can wait – The Independent

But there’s no consensus on what lies behind near-death experiences, even though they are being increasingly reported. Are they, as some people are convinced, signs of the soul leaving the body? Or are they, as others suggest, the last, dreamlike act put on by a dying brain?


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A Poem of Rationality

Describing by the Alphabet, all that plagues humanity… The ABCs of skepticism | Discover Magazine


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More on Militant Religion

Instructive as to how the things we now decry in the religion of others creeps into our own…. Fundamentally Flawed: Militant Religion and Modern Atrocity


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Anti-Vaccine Crusade Shows Us How Anti-Science Operates

The discussion about “antivaxxers” is an interesting one for multiple reasons. First, we see something about how pseudo-science operates. Second, we get a look at how these hucksters respond when they get exposed. And third, we can’t help but see the commonality between false beliefs in science… and religion: Antivaxxers and their trouble with truth | Discover Magazine
If you take apart the methods here, you will find it instructive for many areas of your life.


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