Quote Of The Day: Bertrand Russell

6 03 2009

“You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.”

— Bertrand Russell, Why I am Not a Christian, 1927

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My Family Recipe For Bible Bacon!

4 03 2009

So after perusing the Constitution and reflecting on the First Amendment and what a wonderful thing freedom of speech is…I turned to my Bible. Wouldn’t you know it, but my family recipe for Bacon was bookmarking a rather ironic pearl of divine wisdom.

“Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.

And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.”  -Deuteronomy 14:7-8.

Oh hell yeah…they’re talking about BACON!  I f’ing LOVE bacon!  But after a recent paper drive I’m fresh out of newsprint to sop up all that fresh hot bacon grease. God always rewards those who overcome and can improvise in a pinch, so…

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A match made in heaven

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Of course it magically opened to Deuteronomy 14!

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Mmmmm, you can just smell that crispy pork goodness.

Who knew the Bible could hold so much bacon at once?

Who knew the Bible could hold so much bacon at once?

But is the word of God strong AND absorbant?

But is the word of God strong AND absorbent?

Bible by Bounty

Gospel...The Quicker Picker Upper!

Bible Bacon for the WIN!

Bible Bacon for the WIN!

God was with me and he made sure that the book of Deuteronomy was there for me when I needed it the most.  Alas, the face of Mary did not grace the toast of my BLT but there was a greasy stain that kinda reminded me of Charles Darwin.  Weird huh?

Stay tuned and maybe next time we can read a passage or two from Genesis 38:9!





Evolution 101

21 02 2009

For any of you who doubt the veracity of evolution, or perhaps simply don’t understand it, this straightforward video should shed a little light on the topic in a far more informative and less offensive way that I generally would.  I know, I’m a big jerk.  Whatever.  But this is my attempt to make a more civil offering to the discourse.

Comments are always welcome.





It’s A Good Thing God Is Real…

19 02 2009

…otherwise this would look really silly.





Muslims, They Do Love Their Irony

18 02 2009

Oh those silly silly peace loving Muslims.  Is there no length you won’t go to be Ironic?

And if you wait for it you’ll soon hear the Christians start to chime in about how even radical Christians are loving, accepting, and peaceful compared to Islam.  Ah yes, and don’t forget your Christian based hate, segregation, isolationism, myopic nationalism, and historic revisionism.   Practice hypocrisy much?





Philosophical Straw Men: There Is No Morality Without God

17 02 2009

I recently read a post that asks “Why shouldn’t I kill you?”  The gist of the argument is if actions are determined solely by the chemical interactions in one’s brain, which are in turn determined by DNA, then isn’t any action performed completely a-moral?  It isn’t right or wrong, it’s just what my DNA has me do.

Yeah, because a God that wiped out every man woman and child in a flood (excepting of course Noah) is a true moral compass.  Sorry, I digress.  It does seem to be an interesting question though doesn’t it?

Actually no, it isn’t.  Like most of these arguments it’s a stilted straw man of an argument rigged to favor the scientific ignorance of the religious masses disregarding the actual science that’s been done and the growing understanding we have.

The question assigns too much influence on a limited concept like DNA alone. The reality of the mechanisms that promote survival of certain genes is more nuanced and complicated than the raw survival of the fittest “kill or be killed” rules typically attributed to the oversimplified concept of natural selection.

Like many other species our survival and general ascendancy has happened because of our ability to form cohesive social structures in which we can specialize our roles and work together to improve our collective existence. These abilities of course have been enhanced by the genetic natural selection that promoted a multitude of attributes like speech, empathy, and complex reasoning.  Without these genetic predispositions we would not be able to work together as a society. So while some individuals have greater or lesser ability to do these things it is our collective ability to cooperate that is essentially embedded in our genes and allowed us to flourish as a species.

Ethics and Laws (the religious can call it Morality if they wish) are simply the codification of the social contracts that have proven the best at maximizing our survival.  Some of us have more advanced “Morals” than others.  One need only look at the doctrines of stoning women in Muslim cultures or the bombing of family planning health centers to see…oh wait, that might be a bad example.  Well, I think you get the thrust of what I’m getting at anyhow.

In any case this is a very limited venue for such a weighty topic.  If you really want to understand more about the evolution of social behavior in ours and other species I would encourage you to go get “Our Inner Ape” by Frans De Waal from your local library. It’s a great read.

Super J.

You have a big brain, use it!

You have a big brain, use it!





Senator Franken and Supply Side Jesus

11 01 2009