Category: Religion

The bad things about religions

| April 23, 2015 | 2 Replies

New article at Raw Story is titled, “These are the 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world.” If only religions would divest themselves of these tendencies. But then, if they did so, they wouldn’t be considered religions.

Chosen People

Heretics

Holy War

Blasphemy – Blasphemy is the notion that some ideas are inviolable, off limits to criticism, satire, debate, or even question.

Glorified suffering

Genital mutilation

Blood sacrifice

Hell

Karma

Eternal Life

Male Ownership of Female Fertility

Bibliolatry (aka Book Worship)

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The Onion explores the evolution of God.

| April 15, 2015 | Reply

According to The Onion:

“Challenging long-held views on the origins of divinity, biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, presented findings Thursday that confirm God, the Almighty Creator of the Universe, evolved from an ancient chimpanzee deity.

The recently discovered sacred ancestor, a divine chimp species scientists have named Pan sanctorum, reportedly gave rise over millions of years to the Lord Our God, Maker of Heaven and Earth.”

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What is marriage according to the Bible?

| April 14, 2015 | Reply

What is marriage according to the Bible? Betty Bowers explains:

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Whether Religion should be Mocked

| March 30, 2015 | Reply

Hemant Mehta argues that religion needs to be mocked, but only in the right way with the right type of audience, and using the right tone. Mockery is a form of criticism, he states, and many aspects of religion deserve to be criticized.

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Transubstantiation disproven

| March 29, 2015 | Reply

Explosive headline concerning the alleged transubstantiation. Here’s the title and opening sentence:

Vatican reeling as DNA tests show communion wafers contain 0% Christ

The Vatican is this morning facing a further crisis after routine DNA tests revealed that the communion wafers used in Sunday mass contain 0% of the body and blood of Christ.

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What’s new on Catholic radio

| March 25, 2015 | 3 Replies

Not much is new on Catholic radio.

Here in St. Louis, we have a Catholic radio station. Sometimes I listen to try to understand how Catholics think (I was raised Catholic). Yesterday, a woman called in and reported that her parish priest was serving up grape juice instead of wine to the 7-year old children who were about to receive their First Communion. She was upset because it isn’t proper to drink grape juice. Ten minute conversation ensued, with the radio hosts urging her to confront her priest, and then report this to his superiors if he didn’t change his ways.

I was thinking, “What would Jesus do?” (assuming that there were a divine Jesus). I couldn’t imagine any person with any heart sending a child to hell because she drank grape juice instead of wine.

Next caller wanted a clarification about the doctrine of papal infallibility. Another 10 minute discussion–it left me completely bewildered. Metaphors heaped onto metaphors, framed with utter vagueness. It reminded me of Daniel Dennett’s characterization of theology as “tennis without a net.”

Today, a caller wanted to know why priests couldn’t get married. The expert answer: Ao that they could focus on the important work they do. The voice in my head then said, “That’s why all the CEOs of all the big corporations are celibate and unmarried (as well as all professional athletes, entertainers, politicians, doctors and computer programmers).

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On coming out as an atheist

| March 20, 2015 | Reply

Wendy Thomas Russell came out as an atheist flu years ago and has found it to be a positive experience. “I can candidly say that, for me personally, being “out” has been one of the most surprisingly gratifying choices I’ve ever made.” Here are her four main reasons:

1. It turns out I really enjoy shattering people’s assumptions.
2. I like religious people more now.
3. I’m setting a great example for my child.
4. I’m opening the door for others.

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Original version of the “Pledge of Allegiance” recited by Porky Pig

| March 7, 2015 | Reply

No “under God” in the original. That bit of obvious conflation of church and state was jammed into the pledge in the 50’s:

If saying the pledge makes us better citizens or makes our country better, maybe we should say it 20 times per day, bowing in homage as we chatter those words. Or, of course, we could actually do the hard work of making ourselves better citizens or making our country better.

And here is a version of the pledge that reflects my feelings about forcing kids to repeatedly recite jingoistic formulaic speeches they don’t understand:

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Reasons why heaven would disappoint you.

| February 1, 2015 | 3 Replies

I don’t believe in heaven, but many people do, and they can’t wait to get there. But not so fast. What is heaven like? This article suggests that heaven is not all that it’s cracked up to be.

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