The Real Danger Of Belief

In the following piece on Patheos you can read the story of an elected official ejecting a citizen from a public meeting for that person’s failure to participate in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Florida Mayor Kicks Atheist Out of City Commission Meeting After He Doesn’t Stand for the Invocation or Pledge

The quoted exchange (partial) gives you a feel for the nature of the event, and provides sufficient basis for my concern. Religion cannot exist without control, and that control inevitably leads to abuse. This story described but one form.

Religion cannot coexist with rational, humanitarian processes. At some point religion’s requirement for power and control surfaces to ill effect. In particular, religion and government are incompatible.

At yesterday’s meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), Mayor John Rees announced that they would begin with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, as many government meetings do, and asked everyone to stand up.

John Thoreau, an atheist, remained seated. Normally, that would be irrelevant since he has every right to do that, but Rees had other ideas.

As the first syllable of the invocation was uttered, Rees told everyone to hold up because Thoreau was still sitting down…


Atheism Or Chiropractic – Choose Your Cult

Could I be wrong? Do I judge too harshly?

I see the good folks at Watchman Fellowship, Inc. have published an Index of Cults and Religions. That’s not intrinsically bad. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been doing an exemplary job of this, and taking positive action, for years. I’m not against overlap when it comes to outing and eliminating harmful wackos.

I thought I’d peruse this christian created list of cults and see what’s out there. Oh, did I not mention they are christian? Ah, sweet irony. So I’m scanning their list and, much to my chagrin, find atheism is named. Damn. Me, in a cult. Whoda thunk. I can see the deprogramming coming.

Actually, as cults go I should be ashamed, based on the mild description. I do take issue with the “assertion” and “faith” lies, however. I must make allowances here, though. This is, after all, christians outing cults. Haha! Haha! Haha!

Atheism: The assertion, to be taken on faith, that there is no God. Some atheists, such as Madalyn Murray-O’Hair, have fought to prevent any recognition of God in public life. See American Atheists, Inc.

Maybe I’m naive, but I had no idea Chiropractic reached the depths of cultism. I feel much better about atheism bring listed.

Chiropractic Medicine: A holistic health practice whereby practitioners use a form of manipulative therapy to treat musculoskeletal problems. While many chiropractors are not engaging in alternative religious activities via their practice, critics claim that some chiropractors engage in chiropractic medicine in accordance with the Taoist principle of facilitating the flow of chi.

Oh the evils of chi. Next thing you know those evil Chiropractic cultists will want to teach that Communist Yin and Yang stuff in school.

These chi pushing Communist school children brainwashing Chiropractors must be stopped!


Beware the Chiropractor!

Wishing For Slavery? Bond-Servants? Seriously?! Oh Their god!

Baud Bits just did a video on Ray Comfort
Ray Comfort The Skeptic, a part of which I wish to highlight here.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the following was posted on the On The Box blog.

Words of Comfort: Bond-servants.

Skeptics are often angered by the biblical practice of having a bond-servant (a slave). They presume that “slavery” automatically means tremendous cruelty with chains and whips–because of the history of American slavery.

However, a bond-servant in scripture was someone who found themselves in debt, and they worked off their debt. We don’t do that in America. We think we know better. We throw people into jail. So the person who lost the money doesn’t get it back, and the person in debt goes to jail. At present the United States has over 1.5 million people in prison, at a cost of over $31,000 per prisoner per year.

Perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps Ray is making a case for better science education. Yet, it really seems to me that Ray is arguing for a return to his version of biblical slavery.

Naw, can’t be. Not even banana air-sex wacko Comfort is that dumb. Right?

Who Wrote The Bible?

I disagree with the video’s author as to the Satanic origin of the bible. I spoke with Satan about this, and was full well prepared to use harsh language when chastising him for creating such horrific evil stories. Satan, however, swore on a bible it wasn’t him.

So, there you go. I said it. It must be true.

While this piece isn’t comedic, Edward Current is quite funny. Check out his channel if you’re interested in short, humorous pieces on religion.