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battalogeo: A response to Tim Minchin. →

[I cut out just the relevant segment of ajbuchan's post, there was a lot more.]

ajbuchan:

There is an abundance of evidence for the reliability of the New Testament’s eye-witness accounts of his life.

Really? An abundance. Well, in the more than half a decade I’ve been atheist blogging and studying religious claims worldwide I’ve heard about none. Although, I must say, I’ve sure heard a lot of people make these types of cocksure claims about evidence without presenting any.

There really was a man named Jesus of Nazareth who came to be called ‘Christ’.

I deny that, show me a single piece of extra-Biblical evidence of this.

There really was a trial, a sentencing and an execution of a man who didn’t deserve it.

First of all, there’s also no record of that, unless you’d like to produce some. Even the accounts in the Bible vary, probably because they’re slightly different versions of the same myth that had previously been passed down orally.

Second, within the context of the story, what makes you think Jesus didn’t deserve what happened? He wasn’t wrongfully accused, he was truly guilty of the crime he was charged with. You could say that the crime was bullshit or that death was severe, but you make it sound like he was innocent.

There is evidence that what happened next changed that part of the world in a way that meant his followers went around sharing about his life and ministry with the world around them, risking their lives for the sake of their message.

You can’t just say there is evidence and think that that counts. Back it up! Show me the evidence. Of course, this point doesn’t even matter because proving that the spread of the story of Jesus changed the world doesn’t prove the story true. It just proves the story effective. Superstitious people, near cavemen really, living in fearful times under a dictatorship, of course this story of hope and redemption appealed to them. Of course power structure was fearful of it.

What does Minchin think happened instead of this?

I can’t speak for him, but I bet part of what he believes happened was a guy didn’t rise from the dead and promise a magical kingdom of supernatural wonder to the ghosts housed within the bones of all who apologized to him for masturbating.

Why would you create a story and risk your own life in sharing it, and die for it like many have?

You should really watch this:

Source : ajbuchan

Bristol University's Christian Union Bans Women From Speaking At Meetings →

A university’s Christian society has banned women from speaking at events and teaching at meetings, unless they are accompanied by their husband, it has been revealed.

The Bristol University Christian Union (BUCU) had originally decided women would be allowed to teach at meetings after their international secretary resigned in protest, but the group has since changed its policy.

Salvation Army Clarifies: they didn't mean gays deserve physical death, just spiritual death. →

divineirony:

After an Australian official said the Salvation Army “aligned to the scriptures” in their view that homosexuals deserve death, the head office clarifies: we don’t want homosexuals to be punished physically, only spiritually.

I like how a part of them are acknowledging that they don’t mean “real” death, they mean “pretend Christian after death in our make believe la-la land.”

Source : divineirony

NOM: TEH GAYZ, THEY IN THE SKOOLZ!

MORSE: I think a lot of our students are encountering this type of situation in their dorms and on their college campuses… What I want to say to you, is that the other side has RAs in the dorm where your young people are going to school. There’s no TV message that is going to do the job of countering that type of influence. Somebody’s got to be there talking to young people one at a time in the places where they’re hanging out and doing the things that they’re doing. There’s no mass media strategy by itself that will solve this problem. […]

And this holiday season, when your young people come home from college, ask them about this. Ask them if they have a gay RA in their dorms… So please, talk to your young people about this and see what kind of pressure they may be under that maybe even they don’t realize how much it’s having an impact upon them.

lol, here’s to all the jackasses who say being against gay marriage isn’t indicative of a hatred of gay people.

Fascist Christian not-real college challenges ACA in Supreme Court →

A few things about Liberty University, besides their obvious hatred of their own employees:

1) They have a library named after founder Jerry Falwell

2) They banned students from having a “college Democrats” club because “The Democratic Party platform is contrary to Christian doctrine” (actual quote)

3) They teach young earth creationism instead of actual science.

4) Their medical school is funded by tobacco companies

5) It’s churned out such ‘winners’ as Tony Perkins, Billy Graham IV, and confederate sympathizing, homophobic, anti-intellectual Chuck Baldwin

nprfreshair:

(Stills from video footage of reporter Susannah Cahalan in the hospital.)

Susannah Cahalan on the possible connection between her rare autoimmune disorder and cases of “demonic possesion” throughout history:

When you think about the symptoms — in my case alone, this grandiosity, this violence. In a lot of children, you see hypersexuality. Even my grunts and these guttural sounds that came from me sounded superhuman to someone who might be inclined to think that way. … When you see videos of people — in fact, when I see videos of myself — demonic possession is not far from your mind. It wasn’t far from Stephen’s mind when he first saw that seizure. And I’ve talked to many people who’ve had this disease, and one woman I spoke to actually asked for a priest because she said, ‘The devil is inside of me. I need it out.’ A little girl was grunting — they had a monitor in her room — and she was grunting so unnaturally that her parents looked at each other and said, ‘Is she, is she possessed?’ They actually said that about a little girl. You can see throughout history why people would believe this.

Medical science once again solves what paranoid, superstitious religion (namely Christianity, specifically Catholicism) could only every make up stories about.

Source : nprfreshair

Even if every story about Jesus ever told were true

Nancy Pelosi is still morally superior.

The truth about Mitt Romney's "charitable" donations →

Here, via Forbes, is a breakdown of where the Tyler Charitable Foundation has given the more than $7 million it doled out since 2000:

1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: $4,781,000
2. Brigham Young University: $525,000
3. The United Way: $177,000
4. Right to Play: $111,500
5. The George W. Bush Library: $100,000
6. Operation Kids: $85,000
7. Center For Treatment of Pediatric MS: $75,000
8. Harvard Business School: $70,000
9. City Year: $65,000
10. Deseret International: $50,000
Weber State University: $50,000

As you can see, the majority of the funding goes to the Mormon church. The second-biggest recipient is the Mormon university that Romney attended. Other recipients include Romney’s former business school, and the library of the former president he has an incentive to curry favor with. In all, it is clear that Romney’s donations are about taking care of his own and advancing his personal interests. Relative to his vast wealth, he has given relatively little to programs that assist those truly in need.

Donations to religious organizations are considered “charitable contributions” for tax purposes. So are private schools. But that doesn’t mean that giving your church money for a new stained glass window or helping your alma mater build a new swimming pool is charity in the colloquial sense.

The Business Insider breakdown of Romney’s personal donations in 2009 and 2010 is worth quoting at length, because it exposes just how miserly he actually is.

In 2010, Mitt Romney took $3 million in charitable deductions on his tax return, against adjusted gross income of $22 million.

  • $1.5 million was a direct cash donation to the LDS Church

  • $1.5 million was a stock donation to the Romney’s private foundation, which is called the Tyler Foundation. The Tyler Foundation, in turn, gave away $647,500 in 2010, of which $145,000 went to the church. (The Tyler Foundation is controlled by the Romneys, so any money the Tyler Foundation gives away is effectively money the Romneys are giving away)

In 2010, therefore, Romney gave third parties (other than his foundation) a total of $2.1 million, with a total of $1.7 million going to the church. 78 percent of Romney’s donations in 2010, therefore, went to the church.
In 2009, meanwhile, Romney’s private foundation gave away a total of $631,000. This was made up of four gifts:

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ($600,000)

  • My Sister’s Keeper ($5,000)

  • The Becket Fund ($25,000)

  • Mass General Hospital Cancer Center ($1,000)

In 2009, therefore, 95 percent of the money Romney’s foundation gave away went to the church.

The other recipients of Romney’s money are often right-wing anti-gay groups. As Raw Story reported: “The Tyler Charitable Foundation, set up and funded by the Romneys, donated $10,000 in 2006 to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which promotes the ex-gay therapy. The charity also donated $25,000 to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which opposes same sex marriage and has compared LGBT activists to the terrorist group al Qaeda.”

Oklahoma judge bars trans people from changing names →

socialistexan:

trlr:

fuzzyhorns:

Oh cool I’m a fraudster in Oklahoma. “Citing the Bible, Judge Bill Graves says transgender men and women are changing their names for ‘fraudulent purposes’”

This only has 6 notes because… Why? This is important people.

Yeah, when people bitch about how backward-ass Texas is, I always point them to one state north. Because shit like this.

So…

Oklahoma County district judge Bill Graves, a former state legislator, cited the Bible in disallowing the name changes

‘It is notable Genesis 1:27-28 states: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.”

‘The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female.’

Tell me again why groups like Freedom From Religion are unnecessary. Please, remind me about how all this church-state separation stuff was solved years ago and that we should all drop it now, please. Now is the fucking time to speak up.

Source : fuzzyhorns

Faith healer parents avoid jail after son, 16, dies in horrible pain after they tried to 'pray away' his burst appendix →

Two parents have avoided jail after admitting they let their son, 16, die in horrible agony because they chose to ‘pray away’ his burst appendix and refused to take him to the hospital.

Russel and Brandi Bellew, age 39 and 36, of Creswell, Oregon, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday and were sentenced to five years probation after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Yikes do these two look older than 39 and 36. I guess they’ve been praying the filth away too. I usually just take a daily shower, but that’s faithless me.