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Those who can see the static pattern in the ce…

Those who can see the static pattern in the center moving…have a natural propensity to believe in a god/prime mover… That’s right…just about everyone…! It’s just that conscious, rational, reasonable people…have learned to not blindly trust their fertile, primitive imagination… 

Only humans have invented stories to explain their imaginings/superstitions/irrational fears

…and credited the gods they created, for giving their imaginings to them…believing the very stories they invented…

“Once we realize this omnipresence of the imaginary in the everyday…nothing special is left to explain concerning religion…”  

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13782-religion-a-figment-of-human-imagination/

“In recent years scientists specializing in the mind have begun to
unravel religion’s “DNA.” They have produced robust theories, backed by
empirical evidence (including “imaging” studies of the brain at work),
that support the conclusion that it was humans who created God, not the
other way around. And the better we understand the science, the closer
we can come to “no heaven … no hell … and no religion too…”  

https://evolutionnews.org/2011/07/imagine_which_came_first_god_o/

“…religious love is only man’s natural emotion of love directed to a
religious object…religious fear is only the ordinary fear of commerce,
so to speak, the common quaking of the human breast, in so far as the
notion of divine retribution may arouse it…religious awe is the same
organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain
gorge; only this time it comes over us at the thought of our
supernatural relations…

…you might say that we were “designed” by natural selection to feel love
and awe and joy and fear. (So long as you understand that “designed” is a
metaphor; natural selection isn’t like a human designer who consciously
envisions the end product and then realizes it, but is rather a blind,
dumb process of trial and error.) But to say that these emotions are a
product of “design” isn’t to say that when they’re activated by religion
they’re working as “designed.”

What kinds of beliefs was the human mind “designed” by natural selection to harbor? For starters, not true ones…
we seem to be “designed” by natural selection to be (readily) brainwashed.

Survival depended on social support: sharing food,
sticking together during fights, and so on. To alienate your peers by
stubbornly contesting their heartfelt beliefs would have lowered your
chances of genetic proliferation.

Maybe that explains why you don’t have to lock
somebody in a closet to get a bit of the Stockholm syndrome. Religious
cults just offer aimless teenagers a free bus ride to a free meal, and
after the recruits have been surrounded by believers for a few days,
they tend to warm up to the beliefs. And there doesn’t have to be some
powerful authority figure pushing the beliefs. In one famous social
psychology experiment, subjects opined that two lines of manifestly
different lengths were the same length, once a few of their “peers” (who
were in fact confederates) voiced that opinion.

Given this conformist bias in human nature, it’s
not surprising that people born into “primitive” religions—or any other
religions—accept an elaborate belief system that outside observers find
highly dubious…

…defenders of religion would be ill advised to stake its validity on the claim, as Otto suggested in The Idea of the Holy,
that at the dawn of religious history lies some mystical or revelatory
experience that defies naturalistic explanation.

Because the more we
learn about the labyrinthine and sometimes irrational character of human
nature, the easier it is to explain the origin of religion without
invoking such a thing.

Religion arose out of a hodgepodge of genetically
based mental mechanisms designed by natural selection for thoroughly
mundane purposes…”

http://evolutionofgod.net/excerpts_appendix

“You can never convince a chimpanzee to give you a banana by promising
him that after he dies, he will get limitless bananas in chimpanzee
Heaven. Only Sapiens can believe such stories…
” 

http://www.ynharari.com/topic/power-and-imagination/

“Idaho Republicans fail to protect children f…

“Idaho Republicans fail to protect
children from faith healing parents, and fail to punish negligent
parents who choose to substitute prayer for medical treatment. By
failing to act, Idaho Republicans put children at risk, and continue to
have the blood of innocent children on their hands…”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/02/183-coffins-idaho-children-killed-faith-healing-parents/


members of the Followers of Christ told lawmakers at hearings last fall
and spring that they believe using medicine is a sin, akin to “sorcery”
and “witchcraft.”

…”  http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/feb/19/protesters-calling-for-repeal-of-idahos-faith-heal/


In Idaho and more than half the other states, some kind of religious
exemption allows parents to withhold medical treatment from a child….”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-idaho-medical-care-exemptions-for-faith-healing-come-under-fire/2018/02/19/18ef29f0-11b5-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html?utm_term=.f9847431815b

confrontingbabble-on: “And the Lord said…”Go …

confrontingbabble-on:

And the Lord said…”Go into all the world…and collect cash…and spend it on property…build a multi-million dollar personal library in your own name…make friends with the super rich and powerful…the very top of the top 1%…”   ….the bible, by their actions…


Billy Graham was also a wealthy man, leaving behind a fortune of real estate holdings, book royalties, and more…
That would rank Graham as one of America’s eight richest pastors, Beliefnet.com
reported…Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have purchased
vast acres for various museums, libraries, and religious training
centers, and spent tens of millions in their construction.The Billy Graham Library, opened in Charlotte in 2007, was built at a reported cost of $27 million. In 1972 the association bought more than 1,000 acres in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains,
where the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove now stands. It’s a
spiritual retreat center that hosts groups and individuals for special
events like “Navigating Life’s Challenges,” a two-night seminar that costs $109 to $447 per person…
“Sincerity,” he said, “is the biggest part of selling anything—including
the Christian plan of salvation… I am selling the greatest product in the world…”  http://time.com/money/5168865/billy-graham-net-worth-quotes-money-greed/


Ahead of Graham are: Creflo Dollar ($27 million), Joel Osteen ($40
million), Benny Hinn ($42 million), Pat Robertson ($100 million), and
Kenneth Copeland ($760 million), who operates on a 1,500-acre campus
near Fort Worth that reportedly includes a private airstrip for Kenneth
Copeland Ministries’ Gulfstream V jet…” 

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a18565083/billy-graham-net-worth/

“He died on Wednesday at 99 after battling failing health and severe memory loss due to hydrocephalus and Parkinson’s disease…” 
http://www.newsweek.com/billy-graham-net-worth-814750

Compare this to “The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on
you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt…
” Deut 7:15

6 Sickening Details You Won’t Read in Billy Graham’s Fawning Obituaries…

“Graham is getting tributes from all corners right now. And he deserves
praise for supporting the civil rights movement, supporting Nelson
Mandela during his imprisonment and embracing Muhammad Ali during the fall-out of his conversion to Islam.

But while Graham certainly did many great things, he also said and
did some awful things.
And because he was so respected, his deeds were
very influential.

1. Graham helped normalize ultra-rich pastors.
Graham’s wealth, and focus on more wealth…certainly not a vow of poverty.

2. Graham once preached that AIDS was the judgment of God. “Is AIDS a judgment of God?” he had said in Columbus, Ohio in 1993, “I could not be sure, but I think so.” Graham quickly backtracked on this one, saying that he didn’t believe that and didn’t know why he said it. Nevertheless, this dog-whistle was heard by too many.

3. Graham wrote a memo to President Nixon urging him to commit a war crime in Vietnam. Unlike many Christian leaders, Graham supported a very specific military strategy in the Vietnam war. He wanted Nixon to use nuclear weapons to destroy the dikes that manage flooding in North Vietnam. This plan was something Henry Kissinger dismissed as “just too much.”

4. Graham was anti-Semitic. Graham used the whole “I don’t believe that and have no idea why I said it” thing a few times. For example, after taped conversations revealed that Graham made anti-Semitic statements to President Nixon.
Specifically, he told the president that Jews control the media, and
that this was dangerous: “This stranglehold has got to be broken or this
country’s going down the drain.” Nixon agreed with this, and Graham
suggested that if he got elected to a second term “we might be able to
do something.”

5. Graham had backward views on women. He criticized feminism and is the namesake of that weird rule that Mike Pence lives by, never spending any time alone with any woman besides his wife.

6. Graham raised his boy wrong. In
his 1997 autobiography, Graham was regretful of his involvement in
politics, writing that, “If I had to do it all over again, I would also
avoid any semblance of involvement in partisan politics… there have been
times when I undoubtedly stepped over the line between politics and my
calling as an evangelist.” And yet, Graham failed to impart this wisdom
on his son Franklin Graham, who took over the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and who has taken the lead in defending and legitimizing Donald Trump to evangelicals. Franklin Graham told his flock to “hold your nose and go vote,” has said that the thrice-married serial philanderer is a “changed man” that “all Christians need to get behind him.”

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/6-sickening-details-you-wont-read-billy-grahams-fawning-obituaries

See also Hitchens on Graham…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubLu-9SicSM

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Faith is no longer a virtue in America…

Faith is no longer a virtue in America…:

““For McGregor and millions of other Christians, it is unnerving to
live in a world where the sister of a despot is normalized and
glamorized…but a man of faith is considered “mentally ill.”

Since the beginning of the 1970s, people who sit in a pew every
Sunday are decreasingly represented in the industries that control our
popular culture, entertainment, media and politics. Part of the reason
for this is demographics. While the United States is home to more
Christians than any other country in the world, according to data
compiled by Pew Research Center, and roughly 7 in 10 Americans identify
with some branch of the Christian faith, the percentage of adults over
18 who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly 8
percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6
percent in 2014.

Unsurprisingly, residents of red states are more
religious (Alabama is most religious at 77 percent), while people in the
coastal states, where the bulk of our media and entertainment is
created, are much less religious (Massachusetts is least religious at 33
percent).

This empathy gap often isolates people of faith as they are depicted
as being odd, unhinged, outside the norm — or “clinging to their
religion,” as Barack Obama once said on the campaign trail.

People of faith, meanwhile, are never confused by their roles as
citizens, said McGregor. “We try to communicate with everyone
respectfully* with understanding* . . . and, of course, civility*.”

Or as Pence said in response to the boos at “Hamilton”: “This is what freedom sounds like.”This country was built on tolerance towards all peoples*, including
religious ones. The cultural elite should remember that mocking them is
no different from mocking someone because of their race, gender or
sexual persuasion — groups they so fiercely and rightly work to protect.”

* except gays, minorities, women, children, unbelievers, Muslims, evolutionists…etc

https://nypost.com/2018/02/17/faith-is-no-longer-a-virtue-in-america/

Woman Who Claimed Veganism And Faith Cured Her…

Woman Who Claimed Veganism And Faith Cured Her Cancer…Dies Of Cancer…:

“"It’s over, it is done with, I am healed. I feel it in my spirit and in my body,“ she said.

Sadly, Mari passed away in December after her breast cancer spread to her liver, lungs, and blood….

Her niece explains in a new video that
Mari had already been through chemotherapy once, as well as having a
double mastectomy, and did not want to do it again, which led her to
choose a raw vegan diet and juicing.

Of course, changing to a healthy diet if you didn’t already have one
gives your body the best sporting chance to fight an illness, but this
should be alongside the recommended medical treatment, not instead of.

And the danger in making these misinformed pronouncements on a
platform like Youtube is that other people will hear claims like "I
recovered from cancer with this [juicing] machine,” and follow suit,
resulting in what may have been preventable deaths.

Macmillan, the cancer support group, recommends a balanced diet for cancer patients,
as well as taking whatever treatment is recommended to you by a
physician. If you are concerned about your diet they suggest that
doctors or nurses can refer you to a (REGISTERED) dietician…”

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/youtuber-who-claimed-veganism-and-faith-cured-her-cancer-dies-of-cancer/

“And the Lord said…”Go into all the wor…

And the Lord said…”Go into all the world…and collect cash…and spend it on property…build a multi-million dollar personal library in your own name…make friends with the super rich and powerful…the very top of the top 1%…”   ….the bible, by their actions…


Billy Graham was also a wealthy man, leaving behind a fortune of real estate holdings, book royalties, and more…
That would rank Graham as one of America’s eight richest pastors, Beliefnet.com
reported…Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have purchased
vast acres for various museums, libraries, and religious training
centers, and spent tens of millions in their construction.The Billy Graham Library, opened in Charlotte in 2007, was built at a reported cost of $27 million. In 1972 the association bought more than 1,000 acres in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains,
where the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove now stands. It’s a
spiritual retreat center that hosts groups and individuals for special
events like “Navigating Life’s Challenges,” a two-night seminar that costs $109 to $447 per person…
“Sincerity,” he said, “is the biggest part of selling anything—including
the Christian plan of salvation… I am selling the greatest product in the world…”  http://time.com/money/5168865/billy-graham-net-worth-quotes-money-greed/


Ahead of Graham are: Creflo Dollar ($27 million), Joel Osteen ($40
million), Benny Hinn ($42 million), Pat Robertson ($100 million), and
Kenneth Copeland ($760 million), who operates on a 1,500-acre campus
near Fort Worth that reportedly includes a private airstrip for Kenneth
Copeland Ministries’ Gulfstream V jet…” 

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a18565083/billy-graham-net-worth/

“He died on Wednesday at 99 after battling failing health and severe memory loss due to hydrocephalus and Parkinson’s disease…” 
http://www.newsweek.com/billy-graham-net-worth-814750

Compare this to “The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on
you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt…
” Deut 7:15

How Safe is Your Church?

How Safe is Your Church?:

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“In her book, Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists, and other Sex Offenders, clinical psychologist Anna Salter
outlines the results of numerous studies that clearly demonstrate the
prevalence of this offense and the dangers of those who offend. Here are
just a couple she mentions:

Abel Harlow Child Molestation Prevention Study: This study found that pedophilia molesters average 12 child victims and
71 acts of molestation. An earlier study by Dr. Abel found that out of
561 sexual offenders there were over 291,000 incidents totaling over
195,000 total victims. These are enough victims to fill 2 ½ Superdomes!
This same study found that only 3% of these sexual offenders have a
chance of getting caught.

Russell Study: This study revealed that up to 38% of women were molested before turning
18 years old. This same study found that up to 16% of boys are molested
before they turn 18 years old. Dr. Russell also discovered that only 5%
of child sexual abuse had been reported to law enforcement.

In her book, Dr. Salter revealed that her own interviews of sexual
offenders found them admitting to having perpetrated between 10 and 1250
victims. She also writes that every offender she interviewed had been
previously reported by children, and the reports were ignored.

It is critical to note that this abuse is no less prevalent within
the faith community. In fact, there are studies that demonstrate that
the faith community is even more vulnerable to abuse than secular
environments.
The Abel and Harlow study revealed that 93% of
sex offenders describe themselves as “religious”
and that
this category of offender may be the most dangerous.

Other studies have
found that sexual abusers within faith communities have more victims and
younger victims.

This disturbing truth is perhaps best illustrated by
the words of a convicted child molester who told Dr. Salter, “I considered church people easy to fool…they have a trust
that comes from being Christians. They tend to be better folks all
around and seem to want to believe in the good that exists in people.“
“   https://religionnews.com/2014/01/09/startling-statistics/

And…

“…the story of child sexual abuse in churches is a story of shocking moral
failure. Story after story has appeared in the media in Australia in
recent years of terrible sexual exploitation of children – and if that
were not bad enough, the cover-up of those crimes by superiors in the
Church who, for whatever reason, chose not to involve the police or to
act protectively towards children. These are not just Australian
stories. In the Catholic Church at least, these patterns have been
replicated in many countries across the western world

..” http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2013/10/25/3877103.htm

“The scale and nature of abuse uncovered in Catholic institutions is
staggering. Between 1980 and 2015, 4,444 people reported allegations of
child sexual abuse to Catholic authorities. There were 1,880 Catholic
leaders subject to allegations of abuse in over 1,000 separate
institutions. In total, 7% of Catholic priests in Australia between 1950
and 2010 were accused of child sexual abuse. In a reversal of the
gendered pattern of abuse in the general population, 78% of Catholic
abuse claimants were male; 22% were female…”  http://theconversation.com/royal-commission-recommends-sweeping-reforms-for-catholic-church-to-end-child-abuse-89141

Further…

“…religious abuse refers to psychological manipulation
and harm inflicted on a person by using the teachings of their
religion. This is perpetrated by members of the same or similar faith,
and includes the use of a position of authority within the religion.[2]
It is most often directed at children and emotionally vulnerable
adults, and motivations behind such abuse vary, but can be either
well-intentioned or malicious.[3] Even well-intentioned religious abuse can have long-term psychological consequences, such as the victim developing phobias or long-term depression.
They may have a sense of shame that persists even after they leave the
religion. A person can also be manipulated into avoiding a beneficial
action (such as a medical treatment) or to engage in a harmful behavior.

Physical abuse in a religious context often takes the form of beatings,
illegal confinement, neglect, near drowning or even murder in the belief
that the child is possessed by evil spirits, practicing sorcery or witchcraft, or has committed some kind of sin that warrants punishment…”  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_abuse

“This Study  brings  to  the  attention  of  the  highest  level  of  the  United  Nations  the  horrific  scale of all forms of violence suffered by girls and boys at the hands of adults throughout the world. The Study process and outcome are also an affirmation of the involvement and capacity of children.

Children’s  hopes  and  expectations  demand  that  States  act  now  with  real  urgency  to  fulfill  their obligations to children as rights-holders. Not only Governments, but individual adults throughout the world must accept, finally, the core message of the Study: that no violence against girls and boys is justifiable, and that all violence against them is preventable. All violence against children is a violation of their equal human right to respect for their human dignity and physical integrity…” 

https://www.unicef.org/lac/full_tex(3).pdf

https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/child-abuse

Consider the findings of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment)…http://www.netgrace.org/

Watch…https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=inoCbgOaI3I