Saturday, October 24, 2009

One more reason to hate the Flyers

Last night the Pens squeaked by the Panthers. I spent half the game cursing at Tomas Vokoun through my television. Then I watched David Booth loose his stick then proceeded to pick up the puck with his hand and throw it down the ice. He went to the box for that, but the Pens failed to score. I laughed myself sick in disbelief.

Fast forward to tonight when thug Mike Richards lays a shoulder right on Booth's chin, who subsequently went face down onto the ice motionless.

Reason #4,235,089 to hate the Philadelphia Flyers - Mike Richards. Even Jesus hates the Flyers.

Christians torturing and murdering children in Africa.

Why are Christians torturing and murdering children in Nigeria? Because they're witches, of course! Do these Christians need actual proof that these kids are witches? Of course not!

Fundies in Africa are taking Exodus 22:18 to heart. It states, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

I had a bit of a tussle recently with an individual named Isaiah over at Ray's blog. Isaiah, who goes by the handle, God Sent, tried to convince me that the Bible is the end-all, be-all guide to morality. But whenever I posed him with a couple of simple questions to reveal his hypocrisy, he ran away.

If you're reading this, Isaiah, I want you to explain to me again how Judeo-Christianity is the foundation of morality after a bunch of brainwashed, fundamentalist murderers used the Bible as justification for their crimes. Against children, no less.

Even if you're not Isaiah, and you're a Christian, can you explain this to me?


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Creationism at State High?

The likelihood of creationism being taught in our public schools in State College is a long shot. Most people here with any amount of gray matter between their ears know better. However, a few eyebrows were raised over the past couple days when a local Republican expressed his belief that creationism should be taught in public school.


The Republican in question is Brian Kaleita, one of five candidates up for election to the State College Area School District Board of Education. Of course, he's the only one who believes creationism is scientific. I don't know much about Brian Kaleita, so I did a little bit of homework on him.

On one hand, he expressed strong opposition to the Catholic Church's protection of priests' accused of sexual abuse, and publicly confronted an Altoona bishop, demanding the names of those who are being protected. For this, I stand firmly behind Kaleita. On the other hand, he's against equal rights for those who are not inclined to his sexual persuasion. And his belief that creationism should have equal footing with evolutionary biology put me firmly at odds with Kaleita, in spite of our shared perspective on sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

So, Mr. Kaleita, if you're reading this, let me give you three reasons why creationism should not be taught in public school.

1. Science deals with the physical, natural universe, that we can empirically observe and test. Creationism, however, by its very nature is supernatural, and not scientific. Therefore, the two ideas are mutually exclusive.

2. Which creation epic would you like to see in public science classes? Chinese, Sumerian, Germanic, Celtic, Polynesian, or Judeo-Christian? I presume that you would like to see the latter in school, but let me reassure you, Mr. Kaleita, biblical creationism has been thoroughly destroyed. Being a former creationist, I can tell you without reservation that creationism just does not stand up to scientific scrutiny. And even if you did get Judeo-Christian creationism in public school, what about the dozens of other ethnic and religious beliefs surrounding their versions of creation? Are you willing to give equal time to Egyptian creation epics? Probably not.

3. Creationism doesn't require you to know anything - about anything! It doesn't require you to understand chemistry, biology, genetics, physics, astronomy, geography, or even mathematics. Ask any creationist what plasma is, or a closed system, or an allele, or genetic drift, or explain speciation, and chances are they'll look at you like you have a third leg growing out of your forehead. But that's the comforting simplicity of creationism. It just requires belief. Whenever a creationist is asked, "Can you explain how goats mating in front of a series of poplar rods produces goats with stripes, speckles and spots?" they ignore you and run to the safety of their dogmatic belief in creation.

I could go on and on about why creationism does not deserve, nor should it be given, equal time with science. I think these three reasons are more than enough to destroy any ridiculous argument about trying to get creationism into public school. Especially in a place like State College. But you're welcome to try, Mr. Kaleita.

Note: This is my 100th post! Where, oh where, does the time go?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The brainwashed mind of Ray Comfort.

Last week Ray went on one of his rants about how the Jews are Gawd's chosen people, all other races are gutter trash, blah blah blah. Apparently, Ray believes that since the Jews are still around while other nations like the Moabites, Jebusites, and Perizzites have gone the way of the dodo, somehow this means that Gawd loves them more than any other race and has protected them all this time.

Ray, if you're reading this, I would like to introduce you to an ancient nation known as the Egyptians. Some of the earliest known artifacts have been dated to around 3,150 BCE, and regardless of your pre-conceived, Bible-induced stupor about the Egyptians, they were among one of the most advanced civilizations in the ancient world. They were around long before the Israelites, and guess what, Ray? They're still here! I love how you conveniently left that little part out of your recent musings, by the way.

But what I really don't understand is that Ray believes Gawd led the Hebrews out of the hands of all those mean, horrible little nations and let the Hebrews rape their virgins, steal their land, and murder their infants, only to hand their descendants over to the Nazis 3,000 years later.

Can you explain that to me, Ray? Oh wait! Let me guess - gassing 6 million Jews was God's will. Right, Ray?

Your dinner invitation dangles by the slenderest of threads, Mr. Comfort.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Too little, too late (again).

400 years after Galileo was threatened with death and placed under house arrest by the Church for having dared suggest that the earth revolves around the sun, the Vatican decided to have an exhibit celebrating his work.

In 1992, Pope John Paul II pardoned Galileo for confirming the theory held by Copernicus that the earth is not at the center of the Universe. Nice.

Anyway, I never wanted to go the Vatican until now. Anyone got an extra ticket to Italy?

Note to creationists: science once again confirmed a theory, proving that science is self-correcting. It supports theories that work, and weeds out those that don't.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A message for those who prefer dogma over medical attention

This is for Ray, Kent, Pat Robertson, the brainwashed zombies who killed Kara Neumann, and those of you who believe that healing faith is more important than medical science.

This is David Rice, a.k.a., Desertphile. David suddenly and mysteriously became ill, spiking a fever of 106 F. His friends believed that he was on his death bed. Thankfully, though, through a discipline that is foreign to all of you called medical science, the doctors who are helping to bring David back to health finally brought his temperature under control and gave him a good prognosis.

No faith healers were present during David's ordeal. Visit David's website, then visit his Youtube channel. Perhaps you'll learn something.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Just a reminder

One of the most brilliant performances by any actor of our time was by Peter Finch in his portrayal of TV anchor Howard Beale in the movie Network. I hate to use the word "prophetic", but these clips from the movie are just that - prophetic. This movie applies more to our time than any other throughout history.

Just a little reminder in this age of Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga clones - you are more powerful and infinitely smarter than anything Fox News, CNN, or any advertising agency can throw at you. Stop believing everything they tell you and be true to yourself, and no one else but your family.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Thoughts on the word "tolerance"

I had a very brief exchange this morning with a Christian about the decision by the founders of Conservapedia to come out with their own version of the Bible. Apparently, all modern translations of the Bible are too liberal and feminine for these clowns, so they feel it's absolutely imperative to have their own version. Oh, and Hell. Apparently, nobody takes the "logic" and "very real existence" of Hell seriously these days. What a joke. If they do come out with their version of Gawd, I can't wait to get my hands on it so I can eviscerate it as well.

Anyway, the topic of tolerance came up from said Christian. The gist of his argument was, "for someone whose political group places so much emphasis on tolerance, you sure don't practice what you preach." No pun intended.

So let's consider this word for a moment in light of what the Bible says about a variety of topics, starting with parenting.

"And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death." Exodus 21:15

So, one of these days, if Brendan ever hits me out of childhood frustration and anger, the Bible says I have to put him to death.

I won't go too far into every facet and every verse of the Bible here. But Christians don't have much authority to wield when they discuss intolerance by atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers toward Christianity. Genocide, infanticide, rape, murder, lying, slavery, and abortion are all condoned in the Bible. Are these things that we should tolerate?

I am intolerant of shameless ideologues who think the world should bow to their interpretation of God or die. I am intolerant of those who stomp on science and never make an attempt to understand it, but accept the luxuries it offers that make life better. I am intolerant of those who steal and lie to others to become wealthy. I am intolerant of misogynists who control and brainwash their wives and daughters, robbing them of a life, liberty, and education. I am intolerant of those who use religion in order to justify evil. I am intolerant of those who ignore science in favor of dogma.

Yes, I am intolerant. And you should be, too.