Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Has Nothing To Do With Christ

Christians who are hung up on Christmas, get over yourselves.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Two Imaginary Friends Console Each Other

Yes, Santa, I don't know why rational people don't believe in us.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Songs The Words Are Dodgy

I really like Christmas
It's sentimental I know
But I just really like it

I am hardly religious
I’d rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu
To be honest

And yes I have all of the usual objections to consumerism
The commercialisation of ancient religions
And the westernisation of a dead Palestinian
Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer
But I still really like it

I'm looking forward to Christmas
Though I'm not expecting
A visit from Jesus

I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My sisters and brother, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

I don't go for ancient wisdom
I dont believe just cos ideas are tenacious
It means they are worthy

I'm ambivalent to churches
Some of the hymns that they sing have nice chords
Though the lyrics are dodgy

And yes I have all of the usual objections to miseducation
Of children forced into a cult institution and taught to externalise blame
And to feel ashamed and to judge things as plain right or wrong
But I quite like the songs

I really like London
Though Christmas is not quite as white as I’d hoped
It’s kind of European

I'm not expecting great presents
Ye olde combination of socks, jocks and chocolate
Is just fine by me

Cos I’ll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My sisters and brother, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

And you my baby girl
My jetlagged infant daughter
You'll be handed round the room
Like a puppy at a petting zoo

And you’re too young to know
But you will learn one day
That wherever you are and whatever you face
These are the people
Who'll make you feel safe in the world
My sweet blue-eyed girl

And if my baby girl
When you're twenty one or thirty one
And Christmas comes around
And you find yourself 9000 miles from home

You’ll know whatever comes
Your brothers and sisters and me and your mum.
Will be waiting for you in the sun

Girl when Christmas comes
Your brothers and sisters
Your aunts and your uncles
Your grandparents, cousins
And me and your mum.
Will be drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you

I really like Christmas
It’s sentimental I know

White Wine In The Sun by Tim Minchin

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christian Fear For Public Schools - 1871

Christians, especially in America, have a very long history of being afraid. Fear of the dark and fear of each other. Religion shows it always will turn on itself if no other shiny objects are nearby.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

War On Christmas

What the Bible says about Christmas Trees

Jeremiah 10:1-4

Hear what the Lord says to you, O house of Israel.
This is what the Lord says:

Do not learn the ways of the nations
or be terrified by signs in the sky,
though the nations are terrified by them.

For the customs of the peoples are worthless;
they cut a tree out of the forest,
and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

They adorn it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rest In Peace

Such a brilliant man. He will be sorely missed but his contribution to rational thought lives on.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

If I Were A Motorcycle There Would Be No Sin

You need to get past the first 25 seconds to hear a really cool song. I could find another straight copy. The song is by Serena Ryder born December 8, 1982. She has quite a soulful voice for a young person.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Jesus Stag Night Club

Idiot Christians. I would never had heard of this song if they hadn't bitched. They don't learn. Well, you can't blame them since they are not fond of education, especially anything written after 2000 years ago.

ABC News
When you sing about Jesus getting drunk and passing out, you’re going to outrage a few people. Or a lot, if you’re Johnny Depp.

Depp and the band Babybird released a controversial new song in time for Christmas: “Jesus Stag Night Club.” In it, a Jim Morrison-sounding singer croons about a group of teenagers who hire a Jesus doppelganger to organize a bachelor party. By the end of the song, we learn that the doppelganger is actually the real deal and the son of God is absolutely blitzed and/or dead.
Key lyrics include: “Saw a man in a bar with his hair like a lady/ Bloody thorns round his ear like he was a crazy/ He had holes in his hands and a cross for a spine/ Crushed a berry in his Perrier and called it wine.”

And: “Saw a man lying on the floor beaten up/ He had a fish finger sandwich and a yellow M coffee cup/ I bent down drunk and tried to pick him up/ But when I turned around I could see it was Jesus.”

Jesus’ fans are not happy. Focus on the Family condemned the song to the U.K. paper The Daily Star; the Christian Coalition said Depp and his band mates “will burn in hell for this filth.” Neither group responded to’s requests for comment.

Nor did Depp’s publicist. To be fair, it might take a while to craft a response to the declaration that your client will burn in hell.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Minister by Floater

Good morning, children!
How nice to see you again.
I hope your ready for your lesson today.
To build your spirits will help:
We'll start erasing the self.
Suppress those tiny devils
boiling in your bone.

Your whole life,
You've been softly fading.
Once you were strong,
but now degrading,
and searching for a light to lead the way.

That's me...
I'm a holy spastic.
I'll make you feel
you're made of blood,
in a world that's plastic.

Take my hand,
'cause only I can show you the way...

And all the way

the sinister minister's grinning.
What have I got to offer?
What have you got to lose?
In your alcohol haze...
in the softest grace.
When you could be mine,
and even God needs lambs.
And I am the shepherd...

I am the shepherd.

I hate to see you cry.
And I hate to see you cry.
I hate to see you cry.

I hate it.

And what do you want to suffer?
What are you trying to prove?
In your sick little phase...
you got your hands up raised.
And you could be clean.
And you know I need lambs
and I am the shepherd...

you know I'm the shepard.

I hate to see you cry.
I hate to see you cry.
Bleach that soiled life
and take your place in line, yeah...

You know your whole life
you've been softly fading.
Once you were strong,
but now you're degrading
and searching for a little light to lead the way.

Well that's me.
I'm a holy spastic.
I'll make you feel
you're made of blood
in a world that is plastic.

Take my hand,
'cause only I can show you the way.

And now you know all the way...

that I will be grinning

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Women...Shut Up !!!!

The Bible tells me women should know their place.

1 Timothy 2:11-15

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
Eve isn't bright, eh. She was deceived. Oh poor little girl you need a big strong man to take care of you. You ain't as smart as we is. We knowingly do stupid sh*t. What a BS game the authors of the bible play.

Here is some more Bible-think

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Reasons Why People Cling To Religion

  • Christopher Hitchens says "As long as people are afraid of death, the dark and each other there will be religion"
  • It is the way you are brought up that keeps it going. Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). It certainly is true in my family. My grandmother became an SDA and pretty much everyone got in line or got drunk or crazy. Why don't Christians pop up ex nihilo in countries where they are in a minority? Why didn't I just suddenly become Jainist without every having heard of it? This certainly makes you wonder about the existence of a god. Why don't we just believe immediately and in detail? Everyone is born an atheist. We have to be taught about the "existence" of Jesus, Moses and Paul. This is why education is very important. Scientist are overwhelming atheist compared to non-scientist.
  • Religion is a great way to control the crowds. "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful" - Lucius Annaeus Seneca. It is not for nothing the Republicans (i.e. the rich's base) are all God & Country.
  • We are social creatures. Some people like to flock together with others and you can tell because they have lots of church socials and whatnot.
  • Religion is the opium of the masses - Karl Marx. Not in that in dulls their response to life, but it associates real suffering in life to religious suffering. It muddies the water. I now would associate any pain in life to a cosmic struggle of good & evil, where Jesus is battling for me and Satan is trying to drag me to hell. My ego takes on grandiosity. When all I really need to do is just accept this simple pain as it is.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Religion And Women - Still today?

Some say the Bible and monotheist religions honor women. But then again they say God is good. Hard to be believe in this day and age in Israel, the orthodox don't want women to speak, sing or even be seen. It is hard to believe that women want anything to do with the these religions. They must be terrified and for some not even know it. Note the stamp added to the picture by the vandals showing a symbol of a woman with a circle cross through on her and frankly covering her pelvis. Got misogyny?

From the Guardian:

Jerusalem's secular mayor, Nir Barkat, has pitted himself against the city's swelling ranks of ultra-orthodox extremists by demanding that local police enable women to reclaim their position in the public domain.

Over recent months, women's faces have disappeared from billboards across the city amid mounting pressure applied by the powerful ultra-orthodox lobby, who find the female image offensive.

Several advertisers have erased female models from their posters in Jerusalem. Elsewhere in Israel, the winter campaign of Israeli clothing brand Honigman features a model cosily dressed in winter knits. In the capital, the woman's head has been removed from the image, leaving just her arm and a handbag.

Companies that do not fall in line with the standards of the extreme ultra-orthodox have frequently fallen victim to direct action. Across Jerusalem, female figures have been blacked out of billboards with spray-paint, or vandalised with graffiti branding the image "illegal". Other posters are simply torn down.

On Sunday, Barkat wrote a letter to district police commander Niso Shaham in which he said: "We must make sure that those who want to advertise [with] women's images in the city can do so without fear of vandalism and defacement of billboards or buses showing women."

Police have confirmed an increase in vandalism on the borders of Jerusalem's closed ultra-orthodox neighbourhoods. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police would be stepping up patrols to prevent further acts of hooliganism and ensure it is investigated.

Rosenfeld added that despite being pelted with stones, police officers made several arrests in the orthodox Meah Shearim neighbourhood last week.

But activists claim the battle over Jerusalem's billboards is only one manifestation of an alarming trend towards gender segregation across Israel driven by the religious right.

Activist Hila Benyovich-Hoffman was spurred to take action by reports that nine male cadets in the Israeli Defence Force had walked out of an army event in September because women were singing. Four were expelled from an officer's training course for refusing to apologise.

"This was the final straw for me, that these cadets could humiliate female soldiers because some rabbi has told them that a woman's voice is indecent. The army used to be a source of pride because women served alongside men as equals. But more and more, rabbis are influencing army behaviour," Benyovich-Hoffman said.

She organised a series of demonstrations last Friday in which hundreds of women gathered for "singalongs" in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheva to demand their right to a public presence. She says much more needs to be done.

It is not just secular Israelis that have been moved to protest. Members of the Haredi ultra-orthodox community themselves are reporting a rise in assaults on women. One orthodox website reported this week that three orthodox girls had been physically attacked in Jerusalem for dressing immodestly.

The Israeli Religious Action Centre (IRAC) was founded more than a decade ago to take on the fight against gender segregation, which is illegal in Israel. They receive around four calls a day from mostly orthodox Jewish women complaining of segregation in medical centres, on pavements, in post offices, graveyards and, most often, on buses. The centre estimates that daily, between 500 and 600 bus journeys in Israel are segregated.

"I feel like a fire fighter – this issue spreads and spirals like a fire," saids the IRAC's director Anat Hofman. "But the fact that our case load is increasing is a good thing – it means more people are sensitive to the problem and are prepared to stand up against it."

Jerusalem's deputy mayor, Naomi Tsur, admits the situation is "deplorable" but also says that women's rights have never had a better chance of flourishing in Jerusalem. For decades until November 2008, under the leadership of an orthodox mayor, billboards featuring women simply weren't allowed in the city.

Tsur said: "We are talking about a very extreme group of people who don't recognise the authority of the city, the police, the government or the high court. It is critically important that we don't let this minority dominate."

Guardian Article