When Tolerance and Reason Collide

July 26, 2007

I support religious tolerance. I really do. But I hate stupidity. And foolishness.

But I’m not sure how I feel about sacred bovine tuburculosis. Moo!


Meet an Islamic Moron

July 17, 2007

I am hardly surprised to learn that moronism, the belief that God loves idiots, has adherents in Islam.

Meet Mr. Yahya, an Islamic creationist with vast resources to foist stupid propaganda.

Allahu Akbar!


The Holy ||| Way

July 15, 2007

Who in the West does not recognize the Catholic trinity, the principle of the triune God, and the prayer “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

A curious doctrine, the Catholic trinity: wholly devoid of the sacred feminine. As if God does not understand the reproductive family of mother, father, and child. Instead, in the Catholic doctrine, we have God the Partriarch, God the Son, and a sexually ambiguous holy spirit—probably an incubus.

It’s funny—dare I say ironic?—that a tradition that unifies the sacred masculine in a divine three way is so opposed to homosexuality.


Thank you, Glenn Greenwald

July 13, 2007

Defeatism can lead one to believe that there is no progress at all and that progress is impossible. Impatience can lead one to conclude that the progress is too slow and incremental to matter. But slow and incremental progress of this sort is the only kind that is viable, and ultimately, the only kind that really matters. (Source)


Patience?

July 11, 2007

Although I am a close observer of American politics, I recognize that my pastime is futile. The nation that we are indoctrinated to believe is blessed by God no longer exists: the myth of America rings dead in my ears.

As Ralph Nader and Amy Goodman never tire of pointing out, our public landscape is dominated by corporate interests. And with a respectful nod to George Orwell, our “public” media is hardly public. But voices like Nader’s and Goodman’s (and Noam Chomsky’s) lie on the periphery of public awareness. And even in the progressive blogosphere, I rarely see Goodman and Nader and Chomsky mentioned at all.

We live in a world where definitions are mutable and the year is 1984. I admire those who still participate in the system and who are hopeful that the damage done by the Bush administration can be corrected by the 2008 election. But the entrenched power structure—and the concomitant wealth that empowers it—are not going to be altered by one election.

The ills of our society and culture are not going to be healed in one generation. Or at all.

For only the dead have seen the end of war.


Pope to Protestants: Our Church kicks you guys’ church’s ASS!!!

July 10, 2007

LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI reasserted the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation. (Source)

The following is from The World Fact Book:

Religions: Christians 33.03% (of which Roman Catholics 17.33%, Protestants 5.8%, Orthodox 3.42%, Anglicans 1.23%), Muslims 20.12%, Hindus 13.34%, Buddhists 5.89%, Sikhs 0.39%, Jews 0.23%, other religions 12.61%, non-religious 12.03%, atheists 2.36% (2004 est.)

I suppose ole Pope Bene-dick doesn’t consider the God of the Jews and the God of the Muslims to be the same monotheistic (yet triune) God of the Catholics.

Let’s see. Three monotheistic religions supposedly have the same God, who happens to be triune.

It’s bullshit religious reasoning like this—there is only one true path to salvation / God = 3 = 1—that makes me think religious tolerance is

Misguided.

Besides, my theory that religious memes are keys to the collective mind seems less far fetched—and more testable—than belief in the imminent return of The Hidden Imam.

Allahu akbar!

Correction: I posted before consulting expert Catholic theologians mythologists.

But Cardinal Kasper said the declaration “does not say that Protestant Churches are not churches, but that they are not churches in the proper sense, that is they are not churches in the way the Catholic Church understands the word church” (Source)

Just in case you’ve been reading mainstream media headlines, we should probably start out with this: Pope Benedict does not believe, and has never suggested, non-Catholics are all going to hell because they are not members of the Catholic Church. (Source)

Whew. Maybe one day even I—and the other 77% of the world’s population who aren’t Christian—will see the other side of the pearly gates.

Praise Jesus!


No Shit Sherlock

July 9, 2007

Hot off the psychology presses: Men work out at gyms because women are sexually attracted to muscular men. That’s the conclusion, after a careful four-year study, of two UCLA researchers. (Source)

Next, I predict a study that proves people have sex because it’s enjoyable.

Hmm. I wonder what the control group for that study would look like.