Archive for December 2008

Catholic Bishop Tells Advocate to Get Out of his Church

December 30, 2008

Bishop Richard Malone, of the of Maine Roman Catholics, is attempting to punish Paul Kendrick for criticizing the church’s response to the sexual abuse scandals by denying him communion and banning him from church. Of course,  the church’s response to the scandals have been horrendous (I think criminal) and are to be criticized openly and often.

Another abuse victim advocate and priest, Tom Doyle, has said that the aggressive actions of some activists have been a sore spot for the church, but has shared that he too has seen oppression because of his advocacy. His career as a church cannon layer is effectively over.

I, for one, would assume that the advocate’s aggressive tactics have something to do with the church’s response (or lack of a response) to some very heinous crimes. They anger the hell out of me. I guess I can’t actually think of anything that the church has done of their own accord that shows any remorse or compassion for the victims. If it hadn’t been for legal victories, I really don’t think the church would have done anything at all. Why there are any Catholics left beats the hell out of me.

In the article, Doyle says, “One of the biggest sins in the Catholic Church is to criticize a bishop.” Boy, they can make anything a sin, can’t they. And it’s a really convenient sin. A little dose of sit down and shut up.

virginity pledges are crap

December 29, 2008

So, as it turns out, people that were raised to be naive about sex are … naive about sex. Amazing! Data analysis has shown that virginity pledges are absolutely worthless. Well, not absolutely. People who take the pledges are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.
But, as obvious as the results may sound, these surveys need to be done because certain groups that happen to hold belief systems that involve magical fairies (angels) and invisible friends (jesus) tend to not accept reality.

What bothers me is that the government is investing in these abstinence only sex ed programs. So, you could say that the government is spending money to give kids STDs.

I really cannot wrap my head around people actually planning on keeping their kids ignorant of sex. Of course we need to teach people sex ed. People are not born fully formed out of the womb. They need to be taught even basic things like proper diet and what to and what not to stick your dick into.

Atheists Talk #51: 2008 Life Science Stories

December 27, 2008

This Sunday PZ Myers and Dr Perry Hackett will discuss the top life science stories of 2008 on the Atheists Talk AM radio show and podcast, including the latest low down on human ancestry, high speed sequencing, pluripotent stem cells, RNA regulation, and copy number variation.  Be sure to tune in or crazy Christians will break into your house and implant their insane little dogmas into your head.

Can’t Phone It In Anymore, Says Pope

December 26, 2008

In the Coptic Church, people started phoning in confessions about 5 years ago. Well, that practice is all done with now. The Pope (The Coptic one of course, one of the ones that doesn’t get any respect-there are currently three popes) has put the cabash on the practice. Why? Is it because it’s not very personal? It it because it ruins the humanity of the church? Nope. It’s because intelligence agents might be listening in. That’s right, the Pope thinks the man is tapping his phones. And don’t get any ideas, confessions over the internet will no longer accepted either.

With rules like this, people are going to have to start actually going to church.

Monks have also been banned from using cell phones. Seesh, what good is a life of solitude if you can’t text your buds in the middle of prayer service.

The Agnostic Christmas

December 26, 2008

AGAIN we celebrate the victory of Light over Darkness, of the God of day over the hosts of night. Again Samson is victorious over Delilah, and Hercules triumphs once more over Omphale. In the embrace of Isis, Osiris rises from the dead, and the scowling Typhon is defeated once more. Again Apollo, with unerring aim, with his arrow from the quiver of light, destroys the serpent of shadow. This is the festival of Thor, of Baldur and of Prometheus. Again Buddha by a miracle escapes from the tyrant of Madura, Zoroaster foils the King, Bacchus laughs at the rage of Cadmus, and Chrishna eludes the tyrant.

This is the festival of the sun-god, and as such let its observance be universal.

This is the great day of the first religion, the mother of all religions — the worship of the sun.

Sun worship is not only the first, but the most natural and most reasonable of all. And not only the most natural and the most reasonable, but by far the most poetic, the most beautiful.

The sun is the god of benefits, of growth, of life, of warmth, of happiness, of joy. The sun is the all-seeing, the all-pitying, the all-loving.

This bright God knew no hatred, no malice, never sought for revenge.

All evil qualities were in the breast of the God of darkness, of shadow, of night. And so I say again, this is the festival of Light. This is the anniversary of the triumph of the Sun over the hosts of Darkness.

Let us all hope for the triumph of Light — of Right and Reason — for the victory of Fact over Falsehood, of Science over Superstition.

And so hoping, let us celebrate the venerable festival of the Sun.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “The Agnostic Christmas” (1892)

Happy Saturnalia

December 24, 2008

And re-birth of Mithra!

Mithra Killing the Bull

Mithra Killing the Bull

Your Medical Care Must Follow MY Religion

December 20, 2008

The Bush administration, with just a month left in office, has shot freedom in the nuts once again. On December 18th they passed the Provider Conscience Regulation which allows medical personnel to “refuse to participate in any practice they find morally objectionable”. So, medical personnel no longer have to be able or willing to do their jobs anymore. Anyone along the line can decide that your birth control, or your end of life plans, or your blood transfusion offends them and they can put an end to your plans. Yep, their religion is now your religion, believe in it or not. And remember, unlike groups like Jehovah’s Witness’ that are pleased to stay out of the aspects of life they don’t agree with, fundagelicals have no problem going out of their way to impose their beliefs on others. Hopefully this will be overturned once the gaurds are changed.