Oh … cry me a river!

July 26, 2011

The video above tries to show how “atheists,” aka admitted  non-believers, are hated in this country.

Hated.

“Hello,” we say in a unified voice.

“My name is Jeremy Witteveen … and I … am … an atheist ….”

(Ominous thunder clap)

(Drum beats on the horizon!)

Bum bum bum!

Can I get an atheist pah-lease!

Ain’t nobody hatin’ on you, atheist!

Eighty — that’s EH-TEE — PER CENT of god-believing Christians in this country love EVERYBODY! That’s their M.O. That’s their Christ-tee-anne Modus OPERANDI!

They love that sinful,

free-thinkin’,

everybody lovin’,

science supportin’,

non-god believin’

bullshit!

We may have all kinds of great minds, scientists, writers, and actors backing our cause. But do you think that gives us credibility?

Sheeee-it, aaaa-thee-ist!

We

got

to

GAIN

that

LOVE.

We have to beg!

We

have

to

PLEAD!!!

Get on your knees, atheist.

That’s the way it’s got to be.

Regardless … you’re going to roast in hell.


Must watch: Alex And Liam Do Walmart

July 26, 2011

I believe that this is funnier than I thought it was going to be. I wish I did it.

 


@RickWarren purposely drives you out of your mind, screams “What a life I have!”

July 26, 2011

Purpose Driven Life, my ass.

Check out what Rick Warren tweeted and soon after deleted:

“HALF of American pays NO taxes. Zero. SO they’re happy for tax rates to be raised on the other half that DOES pay taxes.”

After someone reminded him his filthy-rotten rich church of its tax-exempt status, what with all its Jesus-loving restaurants, high-tech auditoriums, basketball courts and posh facilities, old douchebag Warren deleted his brainless tweet.

Deletion makes it all better!

Warren, I’m sure you’re a great guy. But since I don’t know you, and I’m on the Internet protected by miles and the locks on my front door … you’re an asshole.

Hey, Rick! I’ve got a message from a long-lost friend of yours named Yeshua. He said, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Via Irregular Times


It’s kind of … but not really … a gross generalization

July 26, 2011

Graphics include a photo of adult hands holding baby legs. The baby feet are in full view. Graphic says: “Notice: The Right to Life ENDS at Birth.” A message from the Republican Party. A quote at the bottom reads: “Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land minds, and still call yourself “pro-life.” 

– John Fugelsang

Via Reddit

 


Stephen Colbert sings the hits

July 26, 2011

Colbert says, “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

Via Reddit

To the point, I have spoken to Christians who realize they do not live up to Christ’s teachings. Many hide behind the “all have sinned” clause and forget that Jesus spoke of transformation. My Christian upbringing taught me that inviting Jesus into my heart equaled some kind of supernatural change.

It’s simply not true.

Most people want to do good things. The difference between Christians and non is that non-Christians blame ourselves for our shortcomings. Christians blame the devil and construct other scapegoats to hide behind. Or you have this prevalent idea that I will post below the fold that someone posted on my facebook wall yesterday.

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What the hell?

July 26, 2011

Believing friend and reader of this blog Julie Ferwerda sent me a copy of her book hot off the press. It’s called, “Raising Hell; Christianity’s most controversial doctrine put under fire.”

Julie deserves all kinds of accolades for this achievement, and I might not be the first to congratulate her, but I will rank among them. This is an accomplishment, and I can tell from its notes and citations that she put more scholarship into this book than Josh McDowell or Lee Strobel put into any one of their books.

I haven’t read it yet, so I have no real review yet. I flipped through it last night in bed, and it struck me in a couple ways.

One. I thought how cool it must feel to work on something and have it arrive in print. It’s almost as if there is an instant elevation to your feeling of worth and security. And this book isn’t mine. I can’t imagine how Julie must feel. Well done.

Two. Julie approaches the book that a person must be childlike in their curiosity. I couldn’t help but wonder how often we don’t do that. How often do we shed our minds of preconceptions to look at something fresh? It becomes almost impossible the older we get, right?

I can’t count how many times I was told that something was wrong thinking. Teachers, parents, friends. They all thought they knew what Jesus wanted, and told me to stop thinking and wondering and accept what they were saying.

“Why can’t you criticize Jesus?”
– “That’s wrong thinking”
“What if there’s not a heaven?”
– “There is a heaven.”
“What if we’re wrong?”
– “We are right.”

This isn’t a direct Criticism of Julie, but why even should a person believe in god or gods in the first place? Why the Christian god? Why not the Hindu gods or Buddha?

Julie obviously spent a lot of time researching. The book is likely much deeper and better researched than Rob Bell’s recent book “Love Wins” which she recognizes in the preface as well.

But what if Julie wasted a ton of research and life researching a book based on the idea that the Christian god is real, when he’s not? If the doctrine of hell isn’t right, what else is wrong?

I will likely approach this book as an adult with adult views. It will be hard to approach it without other research about Christianity. Hell was the first doctrine I stopped believing in as a young adult. It’s the easiest Christian doctrine to stop believing in. Once it went, the rest was just as easy to debunk. But hell is a tricky son of a bitch. Christianity is a tricky son of a bitch.

I skyped with regular-reader George W. last week. And we talked about how difficult it is to stop praying. The conditioning for religious activity is deeply engrained in the psyche. I’ve pretty successfully stopped. That doesn’t mean I don’t think, “Well, maybe God is out there listening to my thoughts” or “Maybe god is doing this to tell me something.”

I can admit I have doubts, and not just in private conversations. I am not sure of anything, because it’s then when I have given up. It’s then when I’m too lazy to check out all the information.

My believing friends, I wonder if they ever give credence to their curiosity. I wonder if they would put 1/5 or 1/6 of the effort Julie has into questioning one Christian doctrine through a pile of research.

My answer is no, they would not.

And that makes me sad.

 

 

 


Become realistic in thanksgiving

July 26, 2011

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Graphic says under picture of thankful woman: “Thank you Jesus for helping me find my car keys.” Under football player: “… for letting me throw that touchdown.” Under what appears to be a starving African baby: nothing. 

 


Betty Bowers: “Michelle Bachmann announces fantastic news on immigration.”

July 25, 2011

 

 

 

Graphic of Michele Bachmann in front of a Borders book store, says, “Thank the Lord that America has finally closed its borders! YOu just try to get in now, Mr. Mexican!”

Betty Bowers posted this graphic today.

You should “friend” her.

 

 


Two point five minutes of Maui

July 25, 2011

This one’s more for me than for you. But you’re totally welcome to watch it. It’s some of my footage from Maui.

Ahh, memories.


Repeal them ‘taters!

July 25, 2011

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Political cartoon: One elephant says to the other while standing in front of a kitchen table with a bowl full of potatoes, “Obama peeled potatoes!” Other elephant says, “Repeal them!”


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