The human bones in the box included a knucklebone, a tooth, part of a cranium, a rib and an ulna, or arm bone. The researchers could only date the knucklebone, because radiocarbon dating relies on organic material, and only that bone had enough collagen for a good analysis. The researchers were able to reconstruct DNA sequences from three of the bones, however, showing them to be from the same person, likely a Middle Eastern man.
To understand just how stupid this is, it’s like if I told you I had a cat who licked bigfoot and has subsequently died and I buried him somewhere in New Jersey. Then, upon digging for years, you found some cat bones and said it lends credibility to my story and the existence of bigfoot.
BOWIE, Ariz. — The rescuers had rappelled from a helicopter, swaying in the brisk April winds as they bore down on a cave 7,000 feet up in a rugged desert mountain on the edge of this rural hamlet. There had been a call for help. Inside, they found a jug with about an inch of water, browned by floating leaves and twigs. They found a woman, Christie McNally, thirsty and delirious. And they found her husband, Ian Thorson, dead.
The puzzle only deepened when the authorities realized that the couple had been expelled from a nearby Buddhist retreat in which dozens of adherents, living in rustic conditions, had pledged to meditate silently for three years, three months and three days. Their spiritual leader was a charismatic Princeton-educated monk whom some have accused of running the retreat as a cult.
First off, this is just another piece of evidence that there is no safe religion and that Buddhism is just another load of superstitious bullshit fraught with danger and thought-termination designed to appeal to the weak-willed searching for easy answers about morality, death, and the nature of reality.
But also, it’s more evidence that the more orthodox and inclusive a secretive religious sect is (the other day’s example was Orthodox Jews and the Amish, both of which have problems with sexual abuse) the more likely they’re hiding dark secrets.
These are not institutions to be respected or to be appreciated. We ought to view them with suspicion and demand transparency. Claiming religion or culture doesn’t preclude a group from following the law. That means the insular Orthodox Jewish communities and Brooklyn and the “good simple” Amish folk and Buddhist retreats don’t get to have a little corner of the country where the long arm of the law and the prying eye of the 4th estate are barred.
"This fall, more than 100,000 American public school children, ranging in age from four to 12, are scheduled to receive instruction in the lessons of Saul and the Amalekites in the comfort of their own public school classrooms. The instruction, which features in the second week of a weekly "Bible study" course, will come from the Good News Club, an after-school program sponsored by a group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). The aim of the CEF is to convert young children to a fundamentalist form of the Christian faith and recruit their peers to the club…".* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur give more details on The Young Turks.
Good News, young Christians, God wants you to kill, Kill, KILL!
Georgia megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar, who was arrested last week after his teenage daughter told deputies he had choked her, denied the allegations Sunday from the pulpit.
"The truth is, she was not choked. She was not punched," Dollar said.
Deputies in Fayette County responded to a call about a domestic disturbance about 1 a.m. Friday. Dollar’s 15-year-old daughter said she argued with her father over attending a party, said investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Dollar’s version was that she became disrespectful and he was tried to restrain her, the report said. Only when she started to hit him did he wrestle her to the floor and spank her, the police report said.
A Christian Jordanian woman named Vivian Salameh is suing her former employer, the Dubai Islamic Bank, for arbitrary dismissal after she was fired a week ago for refusing to comply with her company’s dress code, which required her to wear a headscarf that would cover all her hair except for her hairline.
(CNN) — Christian groups in the Philippines planned to protest Lady Gaga’s performances there Monday and Tuesday, just after Muslim protests have cast doubt whether she will be allowed to perform in Indonesia. (via Lady Gaga’s Manila concerts face protests - CNN.com)
Once again, religion stands in direct opposition to young people having a good time ever.
Fundamentalism is strictly literal interpretation of a religious text and an unwavering commitment to traditional religious practices. There is no atheist text, there are no atheists practices. “Fundy atheist” doesn’t make any sense.
You became an atheist when you were 10 years old, based on ideas of God that you learned in Sunday School. Your ideas about God haven’t changed since.
So, you think an argument is invalid based on the age of the arguer and you reject the what churches (I guess all churches?) teach about God and imply that you know better than they do. How?
You think questions like, “Can God create a rock so big that He cannot lift it?” and, “Can God will Himself out of existence?” are perfect examples of how to disprove God’s omnipotence and ultimately how to disprove God. When someone proves to you the false logic behind the questions (i.e. pitting God’s omnipotence against itself), you desperately try to defend the questions, but then give up and go to a different Christian site to ask them.
Uh, what? The argument against omnipotence is that it is inherently paradoxical because it can’t be turned against itself. By pointing out that God can’t pit his omnipotence against itself, you’ve not found an out! You’re just trying to redefine omnipotence.
Related to the above, you spend a great deal of your spare time writing to Christian websites asking them these very questions.
Alright, so curiosity and communicating with people who have opposing viewpoints is an extreme position to take. Got it. Should I act more like a Christian and just, ya know, learn my place. Get back into line? Conform. Obey.
You spend hours arguing that a-theism actually means “without a belief in God ” and not just ” belief that there is no god” as if this is a meaningful distinction in real life.
I wouldn’t have to spend hours doing it if people weren’t so thick-headed about it. Why do you think it’s not a meaningful distinction? They mean two different things. One asserts a claim and one denies an assertion. If you think people either believe there is a god or believe there is no god, you’re operating under a false dichotomy that ignores the option of just not believing either claim that a god does exist or that a god does not exist.
I can’t understand why it takes hours for you to understand that.
You consistently deny the existence of God because you personally have never seen him but you reject out of hand personal testimony from theists who claim to have experienced God as a reality in their lives.
You can make the existence of pink unicorns the center-piece of a philosophical critique.
What’s wrong with that? Takes a smart person to be imaginative enough to understand that. I won’t apologize for my intelligence.
You adamantly believe that the “God of the gaps” idea is an essential tenet of orthodox Christian faith espoused by all the great Christian thinkers throughout history.
All? That’s a pretty high number. Are you sure the argument is being made that “ALL” Christian thinkers rely on that fallacies. I’ve heard a lot of them do it, but when I talk about it, I usually provide an example. You’ve just set up a straw man argument. This whole post is straw-men arguments.
You insist that “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”, then claim that Jesus never existed
There’s no good evidence Jesus ever existed. That’s not an assertion he never existed, it’s a denial he ever did and even if he did, c’mon, the guy in that book is clearly a fictional character.
You think that religious wars have killed more people than any other kind of war, even though the largest wars of the last 200 years (World War I and II, Civil War, etc.) had no discernable religious causes
Yeah, I can’t think of any religious implications in WWII, lol.
You complain that it is God’s fault if he didn’t make the Bible “clear” enough for you to understand it or not find problems in it without doing any homework in scholarly sources.
or not find problems in it without doing any homework in scholarly sources….What?
You say that if a Christian reads their Bible a lot, they are brainwashing themselves. But if they don’t read it much, you accuse them of being ignorant.
Variety is the spice of life, my dear.
Missionaries who give up their personal comfort to aid starving, impoverished and persecuted third-world people are actually “corrupting ancient tribal cultures with western religious dogma”, while you sit at home and complain about the price of KFC.
Aw, c’mon, that’s just a shitty, pointless, sizeist insult.
You believe that any Christian who claims to have once been an atheist is either lying or was never a “true atheist.”
You’re convinced that people only believe in God because they’re afraid of going to hell…despite the fact that if there is no God, then there’s probably no hell either.
I can’t tell if you’re like fucking with me here or if you’re actually this stupid. I think you’re fucking with me.
You think the USA is a theocracy.
Nobody thinks that.
You become upset when a Christian says that not everything in the Bible should be taken literally.
Because you get to be the authority on what gets to be taken literally and what doesn’t, right?
‘Thinking for yourself’ means adopting an atheist viewpoint.
Adopting an atheist viewpoint? You might as well just say “learning.”
You get mad when Christians stereotype you, and then proceed to treat them along the lines of your stereotype of them.
You say that having faith in something is “evil” yet you do not believe in absolute wrong or rights but despise the words “moral relativity” when attributed to atheism.
Sorry, but morality is too complex to be boiled down to these simple labels you want.
You think Richard Dawkins’ analogies of God and theism are sound and the examples of the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” and Zeus make an excellent argument against the existence of God.
Zeus is a god, please explain to me why whatever god you believe in is more plausible than Zeus.
You think it’s stupid to assume all people are evil if they don’t believe, but you have no problem with mocking or ignoring someone because they believe.