Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Robertson Blames "Kind of Gay" People for Earthquake

As if on cue, Pat Robertson is here to blame all of life's problems on teh gay:

VIRGINIA BEACH (The Borowitz Report) – Evangelist Pat Robertson sparked controversy in today’s broadcast of his 700 Club program by saying that yesterday’s mild East Coast earthquake was God’s revenge on people “who act kind of gay.”

“All across the Eastern seaboard, there are men who get manicures, wear designer eyewear and know about thread counts,” Rev. Robertson. “God finds this somewhat gay-like behavior confusing, and He responded by getting mildly peeved.”

The televangelist warned that if Americans persist in their “seemingly sort-of-gay behavior,” the country should brace itself for additional ambiguous acts of retaliation from the Almighty.

Let us start by giving him the benefit of the doubt and acknowledging that the earthquake was some form of punishment handed down by his imaginary friend in the clouds. One has to ask the question: why was it centered in Eric Cantor's district? One could argue that it is punishment for Cantor's, and his supporters', complete and utter intransigence on the negotiations over raising the debt ceiling? The great thing about arguing over magic, basically any argument is just as valid as the next.

Or maybe we could just accept that earthquakes happen and to date we have absolutely zero evidence to suggest there is a motive behind them. Although if we do find out some individual is causing these, I would hope that person would be brought to justice for the damages and injuries.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Religiously Beating an Adopted Child to Death

I'm speechless, yet I want to scream obscenities at the top of my lungs. Keep this in mind the next time someone tells you there can't be any morals without religion. Anyone who blindly follows the teachings of a book can be easily misled to do some truly miserable and disgusting things.

On another note, remember this the next time someone tells you that one dad and one mom are proven to be best for children.

Three years ago, Kevin Schatz and his wife Elizabeth did something so noble, a local television station featured them; the pair decided to adopt three children from Liberia. Now, they're accused of killing one of the children because she mispronounced a word.

Prosecutors say that the California couple used quarter-inch plastic tubing to beat their seven-year-old adopted daughter to death.

Apparently, they got the idea from a fundamentalist Christian group, which promotes this as a way of training children to be obedient.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

On #theResponse and my Response to @theyouthblog

A young man took some time to put together a video response to me today on twitter. I felt it would be disrespectful not to respond in kind, since it was clear that he was interested in real conversation. So, here's my first video, and I kind of enjoyed making it, so there will likely be more to come.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Priest dies after trying to walk on water"

Source: ReligionNewsBlog
A priest has died after trying to demonstrate how Jesus walked on water.

Evangelist preacher Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation he could repeat the biblical miracle.

But he drowned after walking out to sea from a beach in the capital Libreville in Gabon, west Africa.

It's hard to not laugh a little at this, but it's part of the tragedy people experience as a direct result of blind faith. Blind faith is remarkably dangerous. It is a shame and I hope his followers will use this as a wake-up call.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Atheist Converted to Islam Through Logic

Laughing my fucking ass off!

Some folks have a very different definition of "logic" from what I've read in my dictionary.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011


This speaks for itself. Enjoy!

ps: As hilarious as this may be, this type of bigotry is potentially deadly. That should not stop us from laughing at the guy who thinks we have to prove god does not exist but he does not have to prove god does. In fact, he goes so far as to say you cannot prove god's existence until after you believe in "him" (I'm going to call it "it" from now on because that just makes more sense to me). Well ain't that a bitch?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Getting Suckered

People keep letting themselves get suckered by con artists and snake oil salesmen:
The FBI and police were left red-faced today after launching a massive hunt for 30 dead children following a tip from a 'mentally unstable' psychic.

Texas Rangers and the FBI joined 15 car loads of local police officers, sniffer dogs and a helicopter last night to scour the area in Liberty County after blood and a 'foul odour' were found at a house the 'psychic' claimed contained the dismembered remains of dozens of children.
You mean to tell me the psychic doesn't actually have psychic abilities? No way! I would respond, but this guy does it perfectly for me:


We often hear religious folks make the argument that without religion society would have no basis for knowing what is morally right and wrong. What always irks me about these arguments is the glaring omission of so many moral teachings we think of as commonplace today. Angie the Anti-Theist, one of my favorite sources for atheist commentary, lays out pretty clearly how flawed this argument is:
I understand that you think this is a good guide for how to lead a moral life. But the toxic elements are there, and until you liberal Christians change your name and compile a new Bible that doesn't give rules for slavery, that doesn't tell the rapist how many shekels to pay the girl's father in order to marry her after he's raped her, then I think you're part of the problem. As long as the book says a woman is not permitted to teach a man, then it doesn't matter how many progressive churches employ female pastors - these things go in cycles.
What's got this on my mind today? This story from CNN on George Rekers and the "Sissy Boy Experiment":
The article received less attention than our other Rekers stories, but we thought it was more important. Entitled "Before Hiring a Rentboy, Rekers Tried To Spank The Gay Away," it explained how Rekers had attempted to cure a 5-year-old boy of exaggerated feminine behavior with an increasingly aggressive regimen of psychological and physical rewards and punishment, first in a lab, and then in the boy's home...


it became foundational research for those who think gay people can become "ex-gay" -- taught or counseled to become straight...


Even after his suicide, Kirk Murphy's case was still being used as a success story for a movement to treat "unwanted sexual attraction" -- a movement Kirk Murphy never elected to join, and whose use of his childhood story, Maris Murphy was sure, he would have abhorred.
If religious folks are going to run around claiming some authority on the teachings of morality, they are going to have to explain these types of things. Nothing in Christianity strictly forbids beating the gay out of a child. Nothing in Christianity forbids teaching a child that there is something wrong with him. In fact, beating religious "principles" into children's minds, something many of us would call brainwashing and/or torture, has long been an accepted form of "teaching" in the Christian community. Which explains why they treat attempts to stop the beatings of gays as an affront on their rights, because you can't really hate without beating!

You can almost feel the morality, although that might be someone beating you with a stick, it can be hard to tell sometimes. The truth is, when you base your morals on a book it becomes easy to justify anything that isn't strictly forbidden by that book. Our world, society, and morality, are not things that are static or set in stone. They are fluid and present us with new challenges and opportunities every day. Meeting those challenges requires a certain amount of logic and humility, the latter most likely being more important. That humility is crucial to learning new ideas of morality, and it is hard to come by when you are positive that your teachings are the infallible word of god.

There is no manual on morality but even if there were, the Bible certainly would not be it. That is, unless you think slavery and child abuse are morally right and rape is just expensive.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

About the blog...

My name is Jay and I am an atheist in hiding. My work is politically related and it is not exactly breaking news that the world of politics is tightly controlled by the fuck-jesus-tenderly lobby (and they are well funded!). Sure, it is a free country and I have the choice to be more open about by atheism, but we all know that would greatly limit my potential from the start. It is actually less that I am an atheist, and more that I choose to criticize organized religion. My criticism of the numerous faults of organized religion could negatively impact my ability to find work in this business. I am simply not willing to do that at the moment, so instead I will use this blog as my outlet. I hope my thoughts can shed some light on the intersection of religion and government, specifically as it pertains to infringing on the rights of atheists.