Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A chemical irritant was sprayed through a window into a mosque with aproximately 300 muslims inside were celebrating the last 10 days of Ramadan with dinner and a prayer session, but the prayer session was interrupted so those suffering from tearing, coughing and shortness of breath could receive treatment. Wost of all, there were children inside!
This morning, the were 144 people killed in the western state of Rajasthan. This tragic loss of life occurred when approximately 25,ooo worshipers were climbing to the 15th century Chamunda Devi temple in Jodhpur's hill-top Mehrangarh Fort at the start of Navaratri, a major Hindu festival. Some people lost their footing, causing panic and a stampede.
Stampede in India kills 144
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Mark 14:22 - And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
What do you think??????????????????
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I guess I would say that I was in limbo since I rejected religion and became atheist. I had no direction, no purpose. Now I feel that I must share the freedom of being godless. It has made me rethink how religion has affected our world, and the great harm that has become of it. I bet you didn't know that Hitler was Catholic and blamed the Jews for killing Jesus(which was a common stance in the past)!
And now to get back on topic, cherish your friends, get to know them. Don't be afraid to ask one more question about them. True friends will stay true friends no matter what you ask them(with some exceptions). No indecent proposals!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I made an effort to look at the books in the library and in the classroom, specifically, books on science. There was one book that stated that ancient animals lived thousands to millions of years ago. They were accurate for the animals the chose. For the most part, everything was the same as a public school, except for effigies of the virgin Mary, crosses and other religious paraphernalia.
The most interesting and eye opening part of the night was a short presentation in the gym. The principal led the parents in a prayer. I was expecting it being a Catholic school, but it sounded like a cultist chant. It was disturbing.
So, for any of you who have a choice in your child's schooling, CHOOSE PUBLIC!!!!!!! If I had my choice, it would be public. It will be tough, if not highly improbable, to show my wife why it is better to have our son be able to have a childhood free from the "brain washing" I experienced.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
These words are not bad words in of themselves, just to pious people. I call my self an Atheist, I know that I am a godless heathen and I lead a secular lifestyle. I am still trying to get these thoughts out of my head placed there by years of mind numbing, relentless, indoctrinating teachings. But it is getting easier. I hope all of you who feel the same do not get discouraged. The journey to the full acceptance of the truth of everything is worth it. In the famous words of Richard Dawkins, it just a "Gos Delusion"
Monday, September 15, 2008
10- You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of your god.
9- You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from lesser life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt
8- You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Trinity god
7- Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" -- including women, children, and trees!
6- You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
5- You are willing to spend your life looking for little loop-holes in the scientifically established age of the Earth (4.55 billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by pre-historic tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that the Earth is a couple of generations old.
4- You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects -- will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet you consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving".
3- While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to prove Christianity.
2- You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
1- You actually know a lot less than many Atheists and Agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history -- but still call yourself a Christian
Saturday, September 13, 2008
It all has to begin somewhere. It is theorized that life on earth started in vast oceans rich with inorganic compounds and a hot and toxic atmosphere. My beginnings in the blogosphere are similar, even if only metaphorically speaking. The net is a vast "soup" of digital signals and information rich with bits, bytes; ones and zeros. The atmosphere of this digital world is full of misinformation, pseudo science, and writings toxic to our gullible minds.
This being my first blog, I decided to theme it around to two very important topics; Skepticism and Atheism. My skepticism started at an early age when I started to question the religious beliefs of my Christian parents. When we are all young, we are all impressionable and will believe anything we are taught by our parents and elders. Perfect examples of this are Santa Clause and the Easter bunny. We are taught that a man travels around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer to deliver presents to all the "good" children of the world, and all of this is accomplished on one single night! And we believe it. Why you may ask? It's because they are authority figures and to us, they know everything. And the same goes for or belief that a rabbit delivers chocolate eggs and other confectionary goodies... while carrying a basket! So when I was taught about the Baptist religion and their god, I believed. I didn't know better at the time. But as the saying goes, "with comes wisdom".
I started to question such things as "the great flood". If Noah brought a male and a female of every species on the ark, where are all the dinosaurs? If the aquatic dinosaurs swam, and would not be affected by higher flood waters, where are they now? If god created the heavens and the earth, then who created god? If it is a sin to kill, why is it ok to stone sinners to death? Whenever I questioned these further, I was told the bible was infallible. If man is not perfect and bound to make mistakes, and the bible is written by numerous men, isn't there chance that parts of the bible are wrong? Or "I don't fell well".
My family and friends at church were not "fundies" or hardcore "bible beaters". They provided me with love, kindness and all the tenderness and caring a child could need. I wasn't spoiled either. I also had rules that a child of non-religious parents would have, as well as the discipline too. Even though I was taught that a highly improbable god and highly improbable miracles were real, I would not trade my upbringing for anything.
Being an atheist with my religious upbringing, I disagree with the viewpoint of some of the hardcore, religion bashing atheists. Yes religion is nonsense, I won't argue that. I draw the line when it comes to the disrespect that some Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, etc., who are not "fundies" that try to force their beliefs on others no matter the cost. The believers that are not fundamentalists are, for the most part, kind, caring and compassionate members of the human race. It is a shame that they are taught falsehoods and fallacies as well as that there is always an answer to every question; the bible and their god. It is ok to say "I don't know" and look for the most plausible answer.
Enough of my ramblings for now. It's not perfect. It could be debated whether or not it was even worth typing. That is for you, my readers, to decide. Just as all life on earth has done for billions of years, I'm sure, (at least I hope), that my posts evolve into a better form then the very first post