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Mar 07 2010

Sunday Sacrilege: Speaking it Real

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Wow. The cartoonist even got the dress right. Almost. At least relative to the buttoned-up dudes who peddle their brand of mythology in my neighborhood.

[cartoon thanks to atheistcartoons.com]

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Feb 28 2010

Sunday Sacrilege: Nothing to Fight For

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Sometimes having nothing to fight for is a very good thing. As this cartoon from atheistcartoons.com illustrates:

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Feb 21 2010

Sunday Sacrilege: So Much Finery, So Few Facts

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The Holy Momma — as depicted in a humongous Sicilian house of worship.

Me, I prefer houses of pancakes.

Look at all that gold. And the crowns.

I am skeptical of skeptics who “are religious.” For it is a focus on facts, measurable, replicable, reliable facts, that does or at least should lead the skeptic. Not a superficially glittering argument, not a finery of worldview. Facts.

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Feb 14 2010

Sunday Sacrilege: Astrological Mary

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Seems like “Mother Mary” got punched in the head and is seeing stars. Guess how many there are? Twelve. No, not thirteen. How much do you want to bet that the number of stars in such halo depictions originates not in months but in astrological mythology?

In religions you can find not only supernatural beings, but super-mathematical numbers. Good numbers, bad numbers. As if a number could be good or bad. Of course, all the number stuff is evidence of ancient superstition. As are the deities themselves. It’s not a chaff and wheat situation; it’s chaff and chaff.

The above photo was taken in Montreal.

Oh, and for more freethought writings, check out the latest Carnival of the Godless over at Homologous Legs.

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Feb 07 2010

Sunday Sacrilege: The War on Cows

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Many religious folk feel their beliefs are under attack. The supposed war on Christmas being one example. But if non-believers are waging a war, what is under attack is not people but cows. Sacred cows.

Are cows sacred? Only in the minds of believers. It is thought that makes cows sacred. So in reality, the target of the warfare is a type of thinking. Thinking that elevates something to a cherished, “you must honor and never critique” sacred status .

Those who cherish the Christian part of the Christmas holiday may feel that others are disrespecting their holy day. Yet the day is only holy in their minds. Asking others to change their thinking because it conflicts with their own is pure arrogance.

My thinking trumps yours because I feel really really strongly about mine.

If there is a cultural battle occurring, I see the real issue as that of free speech. And this is what I believe: if you can’t tolerate the public criticism of your religion, keep it out of the public square. To insist that all other thinkers play by the rules of your thought is frankly egocentric and dictatorial.

What to do? One way to protect free speech is to exercise it. Especially when is is unwelcome.

But that’s just my thinking. Feel free to express your own.

[cartoon thanks to atheistcartoons.com]

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Jan 31 2010

Sunday Sacrilege: Blood on the Altar

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I took this photo in a small Sicilian church. Relative to the rest of the church, the altar was quite large and ornate.

What are altars all about? Here’s the etymology of the term:

O.E., from L. altare (pl. altaria), probably originally meaning “burnt offerings” (cf. L. adolere “to worship, to offer sacrifice, to honor by burning sacrifices to”), but infl. by L. altus “high.” [source]

Today millions of people will go to their “high place.” The place where transcendant forces are supposedly manifest. Will they make sacrifices to their most high being? Their ancestors likely did.

Historically speaking, altars got splattered with blood. While the talk of body and blood sacrifice is purely metaphorical today, does that make the ideology any more lofty? In my opinion — to the contrary.

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Jan 03 2010

Sunday Sacrilege: Ho Ho Ho

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Actually, that’s wrong.  The idea of hellfire as punishment after death is not found throughout the Bible.  Only here and there in the New Testament.  In other words, it is a Christian “advance.”

Those Christians, they are so morally evolved….

If we must keep Christ in Christmas, maybe we should keep hellfire in there as well.  It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

[thanks to atheistcartoons.com]

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Dec 20 2009

Sunday Sacrilege: Swords into Keyboards

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If there is a culture war today, the weapons of that war are not swords, spears, and arrows, but keyboards and video cameras. This is a much more civilized way to battle opposing forces.

Speaking of civilized, is it just my personal experience, or do the vitriolic comments and emails from individuals expressing opposition to theism have less violent comment and threat of bodily harm than those from individuals expressing opposition to atheism? Seems to be the case to me. I could be wrong, but in the culture wars those armed with religion seem a more threatening lot. A less civil lot.

For more words by individuals on THIS side of the current culture war, I recommend checking out the new editions of these two blog carnivals:

1) Carnival of the Godless #131

2) Humanist Symposium 47

The above photo was taken in a Sicilian place of worship. At times “church” has readily embraced and utilized the forces of “state.” And even glorified those forces. This is a huge reason to keep church and state separate.

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Dec 13 2009

Sunday Sacrilege: Dead Deity Hanging

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List for decorating an impressive place of worship:

Gold candlesticks . . . check.

Throne-like chair with red velvet padding . . . check.

Statue of your most favored deity, bloodied and hanging from a cross . . . WTF!?

That’s no dead man walking. Which would be creepy enough. Hung in churches across the land: Jesus Houdini Christ just prior to escaping the shackles of corporeal existence.

An encore performance was promised, but has yet to materialize. Maybe backstage one day Satan punched Jesus in the stomach and permanently terminated his act.

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Dec 06 2009

Sunday Sacrilege: One Smart Church

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Gotta love this item from the Onion about a fictional church that cancels its services due to “lack of God.”

A church that adapts to reality! . . . Oh, wait. It is a fictional church.

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