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As a “Kind Atheist” being preferred by any God is a gift I do not require, nor would I open it if received.
However, “Hateful Christians” are in the same category to me as “Hateful Muslims” or “Hateful Jews” or even “Hateful Atheists.” Being hateful is one of the reasons this whole world has been steadily going to pot.

Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

Actual photo, from the Rose City Park United Methodist Church, in Portland, Oregon.

The sign got a mention in Larry Bingham’s column in The Oregonian, and he says it’s making more headlines.

The Rose City Park United Methodist Church minister’s recent sign, which says “God Prefers Kind Atheists over Hateful Christians” is making headlines all over the place.

My colleague, Religion Writer Nancy Haught, cites it in her story on the shifting terminology between “religion” and “Christian.” And The Christian Post also has a story.

Tip of the old scrub brush to Kathy Paxton-Williams.

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A quote for the day… another view of the Religion conflict

When did the 1st Amendment change from basically saying that you can practice whatever religion you want and you won’t be burned at the stake as a heretic and we’re not going to form or recognize a national religion like the Church of England? When did it change to “everyone everywhere has to do what a bunch of old catholics in funny hats wants, because otherwise it hurts their feelings?” And why does it only apply to certain religions?

– John Cole at Balloon Juice.

I’m not sure what the government is ready to do for non-religionists (like me). My thought is that they would be totally unconcerned with the beliefs of atheists (like the belief that women should control their own lives and have the absolute right to protect their bodies and maintain their reproductive activities… or reject them entirely.)

If you listened to the Republicans (mostly male) at C-PAC in their comments on opposition to birth control and abortion or maintenance of some religious beliefs applicable to EVERYONE, then you know who people like me can’t help to support and vote for.

Belief and politics

I read somewhere, very recently, that an acknowledged atheist in our society, no matter how qualified or politically necessary, can never be elected President. Damn… there go all my hopes for the future.

Perhaps the majority of voters think we need a god to keep the world at peace, or feed the hungry, or raise the poor from the economic miasma.

And what about giving us an edge on foreign religions? Hell, don’t they believe in the god as well?

And what about the conflict between religion and science? Don’t we need science for civilization to progress? And don’t we need to reinforce education, rather than lay off teachers,  to promote science?

And Math?

And the Arts?

It seems, though, that the fundamental beliefs of the atheist in human development and responsibility are meaningless when compared to the beliefs of the prayer-meeting politician.

I signed a petition this week to have “Under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. I’d sure like to see “in God We Trust” taken off our money. Neither is likely to happen.

I know the rich keep getting richer while the poor trust in a god to lift them up to a mythical “next life.” The don’t see that they are being used… kept in their place by that upper class.

Now, I CAN’T take advantage of the poor. I’m what’s called in NYC an “Ethical Humanist.” It doesn’t make me much of a political guy in West Virginia… but, at least, I can live with myself.

I’ve been reading some posts on Atheism at Humanitarikim…

…and it reminded me of the Atheist Hymn that I put a YouTube cut on this blog last year (Steve Martin and the Stone Canyon Rangers):

And, please, check out Humanitarikim. You’ll enjoy it.

Ricky Gervais on Atheism…

I found this when I was searching YouTube for Mosque comments, of all things.

Now I know why I like Ricky Gervais so much…

Best quote:


“if there is a God, why did He make me an atheist?”

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) is American Humanist of the Year

Here’s his acceptance speech to this very large American atheist group in 3 parts:

And some Saturday Morning Humor…

An Atheist Barbie (c/o blaghag.com):

And where does Ken fall into this?

Collision: Hitchens Vs. Wilson

I’m not going to be in NYC or LA at the end of the month, so it is highly unlikely that I will see “Collision” right away. What is it? A film about debates between known atheist Christopher Hitchens (author of God Is Not Great) and Douglas Wilson, a Christian Cleric on whether or not Christianity is good for us. It was put together by filmmaker Darren Doane.

Here’s the Trailer:

And here’s the poster (blow it up, print it out, and hang it on your bulletin board):

collision

If you don’t get to see it around October 29th, I understand there will be a DVD available. Their web site, http://www.collisionmovie.com, says it will be available at Amazon.com.

Thoughts on Education, Religion and Our Culture

There is an article in Salon this morning about Home Schooling which I though was quite good, as it was written from the point of view of a Brooklyn Liberal father whose twins are being schooled at home for, what seem to be, non-religious reasons. I think that’s great, but it doesn’t jibe with what most of us think about when we consider Home Schooling.

A couple of years ago, home schooling was pushed by the religious right in order to avoid the teachings in public schools which were closer to Darwinism and scientific method. This was the major thrust of “Creation Science” as an educational discipline.

If you don’t know what Creation Science means, here is a number by Roy Zimmerman:

OK, this is America and people can believe anything they want. And they can make sure their children learn the things they believe as well. But it is worth considering why a majority of Europeans (the last figure I saw was 83%) are non-believers as opposed to 9 to 12% of Americans, and they are amazed at the fundamentalist beliefs that affect our country’s education and politics. One of the sources of these European opinions are expressly brought out by a pair of TV comics called The Chasers. A sample (called “Do you believe he Bible is true?):

I think what made much of Europe believe (or not believe) the way they do was the effect of World War II in bringing folks to the real truth: there was no God there to protect them as their cities were devastated and their civilization was destroyed. We, on the other hand, with the exception of Pearl Harbor, were left intact and wealthy by the war, which supported the God-is-on-our-side concept (as well as the time between capitalism and religion as a money making prospect).

Anyhow, to sum up, education, religion and home schooling have developed quite a few links in our culture which often works against us… and has a lot to do with whether or not we can put up a real fight against all the political stuff affecting us now.