Can omniscient God, who
Knows the future, find
The omnipotence to
Change his future mind?
– Karen Owens
Julia Sweeney’s one-woman show, Letting Go of God, is one of the most inspiring monologues I’ve ever heard. A brutally honest recollection of her path from superstition to reason.
From the poster of Virgo on her wall to the copy of ‘Origin of Species’ on the deck of a Galapagos cruise-boat to her pair of ‘No God’ glasses, Julia bears her heart, mind, body and yes (dare I say it) soul to tell us the story of how she slowly came to realize there was no God.
Considering this is the second time I’ve posted about this amazing performance, I honestly can’t recommend this show enough. Julia is funny and inspiring, all the while, presenting deep and thought-provoking content.
In one of those stories that just makes me smile, a group of strip-club dancers have turned the tides on church-goers bent on imposing their own morality on others.
For four years now, Pastor Bill Dunfee of New Beginnings Ministries and his congregation have been trying to shut down Ohio’s Foxhole strip-club by staging disruptive protests and generally harassing the establishment’s patrons.
Every weekend for the last four years, Dunfee and members of his ministry have stood watch over George’s joint, taking up residence in the right of way with signs, video cameras and bullhorns in hand. They videotape customers’ license plates and post them online, and they try to save the souls of anyone who comes and goes.
Now, fed up with the tactics of Dunfee and his flock, Foxhole employees are ready to accept the invitation to come to church… Dressed in their Sunday best skimpiness, the Foxhole dancers have started showing up every Sunday to do a little protesting themselves.
Via: Atheist Revolution
A very humorous take on Genesis as a 1980′s computer program.
Whoever created this, it’s hilarious. Day 6 is particularly brilliant.
Via: Daily Cup of Tech
A UK Amazon.com user gives the Bible a fairly tough review.
This book doesn’t work. I’ve tried the “praying” method to get a new Porsche 996 delivered but to no avail. There’s nothing in the instructions about not wanting German sports cars but I tried praying for less ambitious things. I gave up when it didn’t even get me a Big Mac. In the early part there’s a bit about people crossing the desert and being sustained by manna from heaven, so you’d think that it would be able to manage at least a hamburger.
I’m disappointed and will contact the publisher. In the meantime I can’t recommend this book as it is clearly faulty.
Tom Willis, the creationist who was wondering whether evolutionists should be allowed to vote (and, of course decided ‘no’) has a new silly question (and insane answer) for us all. Should Evolutionists Be Allowed to Roam Free in the Land?
His conclusion, though predictable, still comes with some amazing highlights of insanity. After concluding that all evolutionists are incompetent warriors against Christianity (If we’re incompetent, why be scared in the first place?), he lists a few options for what could be done with us all.
- Labor camps. Their fellow believers were high on these. But, my position would be that most of them have lived their lives at, or near the public trough. So, after their own beliefs, their life should continue only as long as they can support themselves in the camps.
- Require them to wear placards around their neck, or perhaps large medallions which prominently announce “Warning: Evolutionist! Mentally Incompetent – Potentially Dangerous.” I consider this option too dangerous.
- Since evolutionists are liars and most do not really believe evolution we could employ truth serum or water-boarding to obtain confessions of evolution rejection. But, this should, at most, result in parole, because, like Muslims, evolutionist religion permits them to lie if there is any benefit to them.
- An Evolutionist Colony in Antarctica could be a promising option. Of course inspections would be required to prevent too much progress. They might invent gunpowder. A colony on Mars would prevent gunpowder from harming anyone but their own kind, in the unlikely event they turned out to be intelligent enough to invent it.
- All options should include 24-hour sound system playing Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris reading Darwin’s Origin of Species, or the preservation of Favored Races by Means of Natural Selection. Of course some will consider this cruel & unusual, especially since they will undoubtedly have that treatment for eternity.
I’m just… yeah.
The Christian Today Library has created a laughable chart of U.S. Presidential faith throughout history. A quick scan trough some of their “quotes” made me snicker but I almost fell out of my chair when I reached the actual list.
Their bold statements about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson being “Theistic Rationalists” (a Christian term apparently invented to assert Christian beliefs on famous non-believers posthumously) are laughable indeed, but when I hit their entry for Abraham Lincoln is when my body hit the floor.
Abraham Lincoln was a Presbyterian? Really? The most non-religious, non-believing, rational President in American history was secretly a closet Presbyterian? The man who biographer Jesse Fell says “rejected orthodox views on the innate depravity of man, the character and office of Jesus, the Atonement, the infallibility of the Bible, miracles, and heaven and hell” really believed in both the Presbyterian doctrines of Baptism and Communion?
Lincoln was arguably the greatest separator of church and state our great country has ever seen and for these wackos to go and play the “claim game” with his memory is not only childish but dishonest to say the least.
Via: The Invisible Pink Unicorn who reminds us “To find the first unarguably Christian president, you have to go to Andrew Jackson, the 7th president. And while Jackson left a mixed legacy, he’s best known today for slaughtering large amounts of American Indians. He was a true man of God, and of ethnic cleansing.”
- Note the bottom of the Theistic Rationalists Wikipedia article, “This Christianity-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.”
Recently the Pharyngula blog posted about a small prank involving moving all the books from the single religion bookshelf in their local bookstore to other areas in the store. In the comments, many of the southern readers couldn’t believe there was only one bookshelf in the store dedicated to religion. So I decided to snap some photos of what my local Hastings store (the only local store that could be called a bookstore) looks like. Here in Tullahoma, Tennessee, we obviously have a greater demand for Christian and Christian study books than science. I apologize in advance for the crummy photography. The staff started looking at me strangely.