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I find it really ironic how people are really panicked about how to explain gay marriage to their children… and these are typically religious people. They don’t seem to have a problem explaining hell or Jesus’ horrific death on a cross. So if you can explain crucifixion to a small child, I think you can probably explain two people loving each other.
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Please do not judge Jesus based on what others say He is or did. Find out for yourself! We can ALL agree on the teachings of Jesus.

OK, I won’t judge Jesus based on what others say. Since Jesus didn’t write the Bible or anything, I have nothing, not even a shred of evidence to his existence, to judge him on. In my search to “find out for myself,” I have found nothing. Therefore, I judge there is and was no Jesus.

By your criteria, I can’t “agree on his teachings” because I don’t even know what he taught since everything he’s said to have taught was actually only something “others say he did.”

Paradox, son!

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Source : redfaith.com

Disgusting mother

seythani:

On the store this morning I heard a woman reprimanding her child. ” If you don’t stop complaining God will punish you. You are acting like a devil. God punishes little devils.”
I am disgusted by the indoctrination of religion in children. How sad they believe in hell and the devil. How sad the parents use hell as a parenting tool. Your children listen to you, and follow your rules because they are afraid. They are afraid of “hell”, the eternal fire your beloved “god” will send them to if they “sin”. They do not respect you,or your disgusting religion.
Free thinking for them is doom. How disgusting you are. You sick, twisted poor excuse for a mother.

Religion makes you a bad parent. Here’s a prime example.

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smack93:

Someone asked me a question the other day. Why did God wait so long to send Jesus down? Was it because he realized he screwed up? Well after some prayer and talking with some spiritual guides, I can answer that question. God planned it all along. In Isaiah, it is prophesied that Jesus would come back. God didn’t send Jesus down right away because He wanted to show people how bad they needed Him. That they can’t live life on their own without a God to follow, because He knows what is best for us. 

Send down? Whatever, the point is, showing people how badly they need you, by murdering someone else is psychopathic. If that’s god’s plan, god can go fuck himself. That’s the same reasoning that the villain in Breaking Bad used and we were all rooting for him to die in a particularly violent way. Why would you support a sick god who would do this?

Source : smack93

I have a confession/situation

hope-for-a-waking-dream:

All my life I’ve believed in god and been forced to go to church and pretty much overwhelmed by it all and now I’m sick of it, so fucking sick of it. I don’t know how to tell my dad that I’m pretty much agnostic and have been for awhile, he’ll be all disappointed and shit :/

Help.

Hey, since this is an open ended question, I thought I’d throw you some advice.

First off, if you think there’s any threat to your safety, like if your dad is abusive or will throw you out of the house or create an emotionally unstable environment for you, don’t tell him. You’re 17. You’ll be grown and out of his house before you know it. However, if this is a conversation you really feel you need to have with your dad and you’re confident that your safety and your relationship with him will remain stable, I suggest you have that conversation with yourself first. Ask what you believe and why. Ask yourself what you think the term “belief” means. When you think you’ve figured out your position well enough to explain it, wait for the right opportunity. Catch your dad in a reflective, open-minded, introspective mood and mention something about how you don’t really think all this god stuff passes the smell test. It’s not an assault on him as a person or a parent, you’re not saying he’s wrong or dumb or a bad dad (make that clear, because he may be offended. Religions specifically try to make people think that the religion is part of who they are, but it’s not) you’re just saying that your worldview just doesn’t have room for something so clearly fabricated or, at least, so poorly justified.

Would it perhaps soften the blow to explain that you have a moral gauge that seems to work for you in spite of pretending to be convinced of a magical spirit from a supernatural dimension? If your dad really thinks you need a book to dictate morality, I recommend Aesop’s Fables. It holds up quite a bit better than the Bible and, for my money, it’s more entertaining, too.

Source : hope-for-a-waking-dream

Slimeball Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns as Archbishop amid sexual misconduct allegations →

Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric, Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has resigned his position as archbishop of Edinburgh and St. Andrews amid allegations of “inappropriate behavior” just days before he would have taken part in the conclave to elect the next pontiff.

O’Brien was had been taking advice from lawyers after British newspaper The Observer reported that three priests and a former priest had filed complaints to the Vatican alleging that the cardinal approached them in an inappropriate manner.

Coward Pope probably resigned in scandal after all →

Reports coming out of Italy suggest that the pope decided to call it quits not because of his old age but instead to avoid the fallout that could come from a secret 300-page dossier compiled by three cardinals he tapped to look into last year’s leak of confidential papers stolen from his desk.

Those papers, widely known as the “VatiLeaks,” raised questions of financial impropriety and corruption at the Vatican. The investigation that followed, however, may prove even more uncomfortable for church officials.

Good Reason News: No! You Prove It →

testedspirit:

I have posted before how God has blatantly answered prayer in my life including the fact I should not be alive today except for the prayers of others when I was too sick to care if I lived or died. Of course according to unbelievers that is no proof. I have concluded that most atheists would not believe proof of God if it bit them on the backside. Oh, I forgot. Without God all truth and morality is relative.

Sounds to me like all you did was get sick, pray and eventually get better. You know that correlation doesn’t equal causation right? It’s like if I said that keeping an American flag flying on my house keeps tigers away. I mean, after all, there’s a flag and there ain’t no tigers! That’s called confirmation bias and it’s not proof. It’s superstition. Like lucky socks, and like lucky socks, it stinks. How do you know you didn’t just get better? Human bodies are remarkably good at repairing themselves. How do you know it was god that intervened in your disease and not just a functioning immune system or medical intervention or some environmental influence or Satan or Jupiter or Zoroaster? And even if you rule all that out, of course, it doesn’t matter because proving that medicine wasn’t what helped you, doesn’t mean a god did. It just means the medicine didn’t. Your flaw is a mix of argument from ignorance (if not god then what else?!) argument from personal experience (it happened to me! Just blindly trust that I had a supernatural experience!) and confirmation bias (the thing that happened is the thing I wanted to have happened so I obviously made it happen!)

How’s that for a bite on the backside?

Source : testedspirit

Scientists use 3-D printing to help grow an ear, make-believe gods have yet to replace any missing body parts →

Scientists at Cornell have put 3-D printing to an incredible medical use: They’ve made an ear remarkably similar to a natural one. Using 3-D images of a human ear, they printed a mold to be injected with gel containing collagen from rats’ tails, HealthDay reports. Next, they added cartilage from cows’ ears.

She loved her son, but thought he would be better off in heaven