The Problem with Islamic Fundamentalism are the Fundamentals of Islam

23 12 2010

November 10, 2010 at the First Congregational Church of Berkley, CA
Complete video at FORA.tv

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To The Muslims, Christians, And Jews…

26 06 2009

Marcus Brigstocke sums it all up quite nicely.

Or in short…fuck off.





How Would You Feel?

30 05 2009




U.N. Bans Mocking Stupid Asshat Religions

27 03 2009

Yesterday the most ironic proposal to ever come from a “Human Rights Council” sought legal protection for religion from criticism.  That’s right, the U.N.’s top human-rights body is asking states to provide “protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general.”

Who would be so absurd to push for such a preposterously stupid resolution? The bombastically ridiculous Muslims of course.

“Defamation of religions is the cause that leads to incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence toward their followers,” Pakistan’s ambassador Zamir Akram said.

“It is important to deal with the cause, rather than with the effects alone,” he said.

Of course ambassador Akram couldn’t be bothered to actually follow the causal link all the way back to the real root cause…the asshats who follow and perpetuate the violent ignorance of dark age religions like Islam and Christianity. That would make way too much sense.

Muslim nations went on to whine absurdly that religions, and in particular their especially backward religion of Islam, must be shielded from criticism in the media and other areas of public life.  Apparently even a cartoon of their Prophet Muhammad would upset their astonishingly frail minds.

“Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism”

Oh Islam, you ARE so funny aren’t you?

How about this?  …Fuck No!

When all you religious fundamentalists and zealots come to your senses and cease to mutter to yourselves plead and pray to your invisible gods we will then, and only then, stop making fun of you. Until such time you are the crazies those of us in the reality based world will attempt to rescue from your self inflicted delusions.  We will sometimes use humor and ridicule in the effort to point out how profoundly absurd your beliefs are.  Sadly, until you wake up you will probably be offended,but if it makes you feel any better we are ultimately doing it for your own good.  (Well, and ours too)

We can always use a few more rational thinkers, so join us, the logic is fine.

muhammad

…or not.





Witches, And Why I Do This

19 03 2009

Every so often someone will ask me why I bother with this blog.  Isn’t it only radical religion that’s bad while moderate religion is ultimately benign?  Why do I bother to post videos?  Why do I waste my time grinding out my opinions, arguments, and views in these posts?  Why do I beg people of faith to rationally reconsider the tenets of their chosen devotion and confront the obvious contradictions and hypocrisy therein?

I do this because, by association, moderate religion gives unjustified shelter to radical religion.  Because moderate faith is only separated from radical faith by a few degrees of literalism and commitment.  Because moderate religion demands universal respect for all religious beliefs regardless how ridiculous, immoral, irrational, or criminal they might be.

Need proof?

I could point to how yesterday, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary, the Pope declared that condoms make the spread of AIDS worse…but I won’t.

I could point to the systematic rape of children and polygamy within the FLDS…but I won’t.

I could point to the man who founded a Muslim-American television station (to help fight Muslim stereotypes) and then beheaded his wife with a sword in a traditional honor killing…but even that is not visceral enough.

I will point to this story where yesterday 1,000 people accused of being witches in Gambia have been locked up in secret detention centers and forced to drink a dangerous hallucinogenic potion.  Two have died so far.

I will point to this video that talks about the Pentacostal church teaching fear of witches in Niger Delta and the children who are maimed and killed as witches.

I will point you to the single most disturbing video I’ve ever seen.  It is infuriating and anguishing and I warn you up front that it shows people accused of being witches…being beaten…and burned alive.  This cannot be unwatched and it is not something to view at work or around children.  You have been warned. It is here.

To bring this full circle, as AIDS has taken its horrific toll in Africa, villagers have blamed witches — and not the virus — for the deaths.  (Thanks Pope!)

And lest you think this has no impact on people here in the US…  VP candidate Sarah Palin gave credit to Kenyan Pentecostal pastor Thomas Muthee for her 2006 gubernatorial election victory.  This same pastor began his ministry with a witch hunt against a Kenyan woman he accused of causing car accidents through demonic spells and famously prayed over Palin saying “In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, every form of witchcraft is what you rebuke. ”

The salvation of humanity rests in education and rational thought, not in the outdated superstitions of ancient dogma.  God help us?  Today God can only help us by getting out of the way.  So I do this small thing, this insignificant blog, to try and help bring the insanity and fear out of the dark corners of the world and to replace it with the light of reason and courage.  It isn’t much, but at least it’s something.

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Obama On Religion In The US

19 03 2009

I’m glad I voted for him.





God Has A Food Fetish

9 03 2009

Well, at least one could easily conclude that.

Between the cheese sandwiches and Cheetos, the name sweet baby Cheesus might be quite appropriate indeed.