Category: secular humanist

Two men confront their former priest…who the…

Two men confront their former priest…who they say abused them as children…:

“…he’s admitted to abusing 5 other children…possibly 12…he’s never been charged…the statute of limitations has run out on all of them…“

“The part that I cannot forgive is the coverup…I tried to kill myself over this, when I was 24…Is this something you would have confessed, in the confessional…Yes I have, certainly…Do you think that god has forgiven you?…Yeah, from what I understand god’s forgiveness to be….I can’t …I have to carry this the rest of my life…”

Watch…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYQSl8UaOhg&feature=youtu.be

Myths and religious fantasy tales…can make the religious…guilty of heinous crimes…sweep everything under the carpet,,,in their minds…

Which is why we need secular laws to curtail religious ambivalence…with the power to provide victims with a sense of justice…and closure…and a reckoning for their religious abusers…

Also,
Catholic priests in Germany molested ‘thousands of children’

https://www.wikitribune.com/article/88136/

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There are no genuine religious “believers*”…or true religious institutions…with bank savings…

…and all those who seek the shelter of insurance…are really atheists**…!

*  “…take no thought (for tomorrow), saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)…Take therefore no thought for tomorrow
Jesus, bible god 

Matt 6:31-34

** atheists do not believe these religious fantasy claims…and neither do pretend believers…”you will know them by their actions…”  Jesus, bible god  Matt 7:16

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There are no genuine religious “believers”…at the doctor’s office…

…and all those who shelter in fox holes…are atheists…!

Faith Healing Dad…Who Starved Daughter to De…

Faith Healing Dad…Who Starved Daughter to Death…Called Lawyer Before 911…:

“The dispatcher goes on to ask Welch what he is observing and he says the child isn’t breathing and there isn’t a heartbeat.

Then the dispatcher asks Welch how long ago he found Mary and he says “about an hour and a half. I called my lawyer…to ask what’s the best thing I can do, and they said wait until they’re here to call police…I was waiting on legal counsel.”

In the call, Welch says he put Mary to bed at 3 p.m. on the day
before and then first went to check on her at about 10 a.m. the next
day. The dispatcher asked again about the delay and then asked if Welch thought the child was beyond help when he found her.

“Oh yeah,” Welch told the dispatcher. “She was dead as a door nail.””

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nosacredcows/2018/10/faith-healing-dad-who-starved-daughter-to-death-called-lawyer-before-911/

Religious fantasy belief…in reality…it is not benign…!

The only religious “believers”…that reach old age…are those who have learned to look both ways…before crossing the road…(and who actually rely on medical science…!)

The first challenge facing the newly instituti…

The first challenge facing the newly institutionalized religion…was to decide which forgeries to put into the bible’s New Testament…!:


“The Bible not only contains untruths of accidental mistakes. It also
contains what almost anyone today would call lies,” Ehrman writes in
“Forged: Writing in the Name of God – Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not
Who We Think They Are.”    

Written by Bart Ehrman, a former evangelical Christian and now agnostic
professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, the book claims to unveil “one of the most unsettling
ironies of the early Christian tradition”: the use of deception to
promote (their beliefs)…!

According to the biblical scholar, at least 11 of the 27 New Testament
books are forgeries, while only seven of the 13 epistles attributed to
Paul were probably written by him.                 

Individuals claiming to be Paul wrote 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, 2
Thessalonians, Ephesians and Colossians, he adds.                 

Contradictory views, discrepancies in the language and the choice of
words among the books attributed to Paul are all evidence of this
forgery, the author asserts.                 

Unlike Paul, Peter, a fisherman raised in rural Palestine, was most
certainly illiterate. So was the Apostle John, who could have not
written the Gospel bearing his name, says Ehrman. 

According to the scholar, the idea that “writing in the name of another”
was a common, accepted practice in antiquity is wrong. Forgery was
considered just as deceitful, inappropriate and wrong as it is today…”  
           

Pathetic Excuses…

Conceding that “some New Testament books probably
were not written by the people traditionally assigned as authors,” the
Catholic website remarks that Ehrman “barely mentions the concept of
oral tradition*.”                

“So even if a specific letter was not done by Peter
or Paul, it could well have been written by someone drawing from the
oral tradition passed down by one or the other…(!!)
,” according to the
Herald…”

https://www.seeker.com/forgeries-in-the-bibles-new-testament-1765267019.html

But then again…there is no evidence that the oral tradition is not simply a convoluted pack of outright lies..exaggerations…and blatantly false fabrications…!

* See  https://confrontingbabble-on.tumblr.com/post/179079038455/the-thomas-crown-affair-chasing             

See also:

“The “Strange” Ending of the Gospel of Mark and Why It Makes All the Difference…(spoiler alert: Mark has no account of the virgin birth of Jesus–or for that
matter, any birth of Jesus at all. In fact, Joseph, husband of Mary, is
never named in Mark’s Gospel at all–and Jesus is called a “son of Mary,”…But even more significant is Mark’s strange ending. He has no appearances of Jesus following the visit of the women on Easter morning to the empty tomb…! “https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/the-strange-ending-of-the-gospel-of-mark-and-why-it-makes-all-the-difference/

And furtherthe Gospel writings do not claim to be written by a Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Their true authors are purposely nameless…!

The Thomas Crown Affair – Chasing Thomas…ill…

The Thomas Crown Affair – Chasing Thomas…illustrates the nonsense of relying on the oral tradition…with a mainly uneducated…illiterate…highly superstitious populace…at the time of writing the gospels…:

Before you can get around to being talked into believing the religious magical fantasy myths contained within the bible (virgin birth/walking on water/raising from the dead etc)…you have to first be talked into believing the
religious magical fantasy nonsense of how the bible and NT came into being (the god no one can prove exists, used flawed humans to writing everything down flawlessly…that some flawed humans…who were flawed their whole lives…are deemed to be infallible while writing bible stories…or proclaiming that the bible is infallible…even though the writers wrote conflicting/flawed versions of the stories…and flawed self-appointed agents…constantly reinterpret it’s meaning forever thereafter…etc)

You may as well laugh at the ridiculous claim…that the bible gospel writers relied on a history of oral accounts*…by people who were not present at the time…nor eye witnesses…before writing down stories 40 to 60 years after the alleged events…about a “Jesus of Nazareth”…in Palestine…around 2000 years ago…when you consider:

  • That’s like saying “Noah of Texas”…(being the most popular boys name currently in Texas…!!)…https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/state/top5_2017.html
  • Or saying “Jesus of Mexico”…being a name occurring most commonly in Mexico…!
  • Or, saying he was the son of a carpenter (any craftsman or workman!…Strong’s τεκτον 5045)…almost all able-bodied men were workmen…!
  • “Jesus is the English form of Ιησους (Iesous), being the NT Greek form
    of the Aramaic name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu’a). Yeshu’a is itself a contracted
    form of Yehoshu’a (pronounced yeh-ho-shoo’-ah), in English being
    Joshua…(one of the most common names in the area at the time)…being
    said to have been the assistant to, and later the successor of,
    Moses…(Joshua allegedly led the Israelite tribes in the violent and
    bloody genocidal conquest of Canaan, and later allocated the invaded/stolen lands to the
    Israelite

    tribes…! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua…)

  • Archeologists have found 71 graves of Jesuses…from the biblical time of bible Jesus…
    Archaeologists have unearthed the tombs of 71 Yeshuas from the period of Jesus’ death. “ Further…
    “Of the 10 ossuaries found, six had inscriptions bearing the names of
    Jesus, Mary Magdalene, another Mary who the film-makers deem to be
    Jesus’s mother, Matthew and Yose who they say were two of his four
    brothers, and son Judah. The existence of the boxes and the precise
    inscriptions they bore are matters of consensus…”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/feb/27/religion.israel

  • Two Jesuses/Joshuas (meaning “son of god the father) were up for trial at the very time bible Jesus was before Pilot…They released the one not claiming to be the “King of the Jews”…! 
    Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas…or Jesus who is called the Messiah (anointed by the Jewish high priest to rule as King of the Jews)…?” Matt 27:17

    Further…“And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Jewish Messiah (king…!), the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself (meaning he was claiming that the high priest had anointed him to be the King of the Jews…!); nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (No one is recorded as having ever seen that, thereafter…!Matt 26:63-66

  • It was/is a common fact that false witnesses abound…seeking the limelight…with many conflicting documents purporting to be produced by disciples….
  • Some historians say Jesus was born 4 BC (before Christ!)…Because there is no 0 AD (Anno Domini…meaning “year of the lord” in Latin) others say Jesus was born in 1AD, meaning Jesus turned 1 years old, in 2AD) The dates are simple fabrications to try to place a religion’s origin myths into a historical context…
  • “Nazareth is never mentioned in the writings of Josephus, nor is it mentioned in any other first-century writings… (It’s first mention, is in ) 70 AD, (69 years after bible Jesus was born)…at the end of the Jewish war with the Romans, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and this meant that Jewish priests and their families (were scattered). An inscription was discovered in 1962 in Caesarea Maritima that documents that the priests of the order of Elkalir came to live in Nazareth…”  https://www.gotquestions.org/did-Nazareth-exist.html
  • Some say “Jesus of Nazareth” is a mistranslation, and should be “Jesus the Nazarene”   Acts 24:5 “For we have found this man to be a troublemaker, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.” (The sect of the Nazarenes is a designation for followers of Jesus the Nazarene, that later was differentiated from followers of Paul (Paulistenes, Paulistinians, Paulistians…being later called Christians…!  “the disciples (of Paul) were called Christians first in Antioch…

    Acts 11:26

    )

* watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MODlCaeiT0M

** With 71 concurrent Jesuses (that we know of from their graves) no one knows which Jesus anyone was talking about…! For example, one peasant says…“I was told Jesus (meaning Jesus number 45) had died by Easter***”…”Not so” says another…”My uncle said he saw Jesus (meaning Jesus number 38) two months after Easter…!”

***
“The origin of Easter, a holiday associated with the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is actually based on an ancient pagan celebration. ..” 

https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/origin-of-easter.htm

Freedom From Religion Foundation files IRS cha…

Freedom From Religion Foundation files IRS challenge in D.C. court…on behalf of Nonbelief Relief…:

“The significant tax benefits to charitable organizations under
§501©(3) of the IRS code include exemption from federal income taxes
and deductibility of donations for income-tax purposes, incentivizing
contributions. In return, tax-exempt groups are expected to annually
show that they deserve to retain these benefits by filing the Form 990,
which explicitly details income, expenditures, balance sheet, staff
compensation, fundraising, lobbying expenses etc., thus ensuring there
is no diversion of funds from the organization’s exempt purpose. The
Form 990 is made public by the IRS.

Yet churches are automatically
exempted from filing these returns.Such preferential treatment results in obligations and penalties
imposed on secular nonprofits that are not imposed on churches, in
violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and equal
protection rights, FFRF charges…

Not only do churches receive preferential treatment over filing
requirements, but the IRS preferentially does not enforce restrictions
on political campaign activity by churches, the complaint notes. Many
churches, FFRF alleges, “are quite deliberate and open in their defiance
of the politicking prohibition,” such as coordinating “Pulpit Sundays.”
The complaint cites a recent violation involving President Trump’s
evangelical adviser Paula White, who engaged in explicit partisan
politicking from the pulpit on Sept. 18.

FFRF is also in federal court challenging the
discriminatory clergy housing allowance, whereby “ministers of the
gospel” can be uniquely provided a housing allowance as part of their
salary, which is subtracted from taxable income.“Tax-exempt groups, whether religious or nonreligious, must be
treated equally by our government,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, Nonbelief
Relief administrator and FFRF co-president…”

https://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/33267-ffrf-files-irs-challenge-in-d-c-court-on-behalf-of-nonbelief-relief

“Bare Dick” Burdick…bathes in “holy water”…..

“Bare Dick” Burdick…bathes in “holy water”…in Spirit of Life Catholic Church in ND…before masturbating during church service…:

“A North Dakota church’s holy water fountain needs a $500 deep clean —
not to mention new holy water — after what happened during Mass on
Tuesday, the priest told police…”  https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/nation-world/national/article219831000.html

“A 21-year-old man allegedly high on drugs crashed a North Dakota church service on Tuesday morning and stripped off. Police allege Zachary Burdick had methamphetamine in his system when he entered the Spirit of Life Church about 9am.

There, he took off his clothes, bathed in holy water and walked down the aisle touching himself.

The
wannabe rap star had been at the church earlier, police say, and was
asked to leave after trying to bless people and hand out the Book of
Mormon…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6261495/North-Dakota-man-meth-bathes-holy-water-masturbating-aisle-church.html

Read police affidavit…http://thesmokinggun.com/file/church-tweaker

The story of American poverty…amidst tax cut…

The story of American poverty…amidst tax cuts for the extremely wealthy…:

For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him…” Jesus, bible god/bible immorality…Matt 13:12

Poverty…and extreme hardship by those devastated by government policies (and trade wars*/mismanagement) that disadvantage them…or who receive minimal government support in times of catastrophic natural disasters…is on the rise…particularly in the most Christian regions of America…

“More than 18 million Americans live in “extreme poverty,” according to a
report from the United Nations, which ranked poverty in the U.S.
alongside some of the poorest areas in the world….”  Read…http://fortune.com/2018/06/04/trump-policies-u-n-report-u-s-poverty/

“The UN Special
Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty paid a visit to the U.S. last year,
drawing worldwide attention to his findings…
Trump Policies Highlighted in Scathing U.N. Report On U.S. Poverty

"  Watch…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytd06hadrsM

“I
have spent the past two weeks visiting the United  States, at the
invitation of the federal government, to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of
human rights by its citizens…I am grateful to the Trump
Administration for facilitating my visit and for its continuing
cooperation with the UN Human  Rights Council’s accountability
mechanisms that apply to all states.

(Trump has since withdrawn the US from the
UN Human  Rights Council…!)

The…tax reform  package stakes out America’s bid to become the
most unequal society in the  world, and will greatly increase the
already high levels of wealth and income  inequality between the richest
1% and the poorest 50% of Americans.  The dramatic cuts in welfare,
foreshadowed by  the President and Speaker Ryan, and already beginning
to be implemented by the  administration, will essentially shred crucial
dimensions of a safety net that  is already full of holes…”  

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22533 

*  “The Tax Foundation estimated that…the
aluminum and steel tariffs alone could cost U.S. firms nearly $9
billion…”  

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jul/30/effects-donald-trumps-trade-war/

Rational reasoning is universal… Religi…

Rational reasoning is universal…

Religious thinking…is irrational…convoluted…varies from one day to the next, depending on what degree of hardship a “believer” just experienced…with almost no two believers able to agree on what they cannot prove anyway*…!

* Put two similarly indoctrinated believers in separate rooms…and give them a detailed questionnaire on the finer points of their religion’s beliefs…and they will demonstrate that they just don’t know what the hell they actually believe…or can even agree on it all…! (Start with…Why did Jehovah have a wager with Satan, and kill all of Job’s loved ones…if god cares for, and values each person individually, and equally…?  Then, What law was god bound by…and who created it…that required god to be put to “death”…(side question…Can god actually die…? Did the Trinity temporarily become a
binitarian

entity? Further, Did the Son exist for eternity, before he was born…barely  two thousand years ago…If so, why was he never mentioned by name…? ) to appease himself…before he felt he was able to forgive only believers…And what happened to the Chinese after they died…before Jesus’ death…and for thousands of years after…because they were unable to learn of Jahovah’s demands on their lives…? Then…Why did god drown all the unborn in the world…the mentally ill…and the baby animals…? Is he insane…or is religion just poorly thought through myth…that is not supposed to make any sense…?)