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We’ll see if we can make it short and quick for today’s Disservice.   God has a lot of people who claim to speak for him and his will (see the mentally ill).  It’s like certain people happen to have a holy transceiver installed and others, like myself most decidedly do not.    I mean when I talk like my imaginary friend is watching over me –  my friends make that “keep the  freaky-delusional  guy happy smile” while someone covertly calls for the nice men in white coats to come get me.

But if you’re wired for God it’s fine:

Simply put, we did not come up with the idea of God. He came up with the idea of us.

God created you, and me, and all that the eye can see. According to this verse in Jeremiah, He knew us before we ever knew Him. He knew who we were, before our mother’s knew who we were. And depending on your interpretation of this verse and many others in the Bible, it might just be the case that God knows how our lives will pan out long before we know it. He may know the decisions we make before we make them. He may know that we’re going to be “a prophet to the nations.” He may know what our next job will be. Shoot, He may even know what our calling in life is.

Think about it…so many of us are trying to figure out our lives–where to go next, what to do next, who will be in our lives and the like. Maybe, God knows these things all along. And maybe, He wants to tell us that we’re set apart, […]”

Like really, really? – This is some grade A, finely ground, delusional crap being finger-painted on the walls over there and it is *okay*? This isn’t reasoned argument, deep introspection or anything resembling rational thought.  This is verbal wanking for jesus why it  scares the piss out of me is because is soooooo chillingly prevalent in the blogosphere.   Admittedly,  it (the jebus-babble) serves as a excellent tell highlighting where the reality challenged are and delineating the  rationality free zones, a meagre comfort in he towering shadow of  blissfully ignorant  religious stupidity.

I’m getting to the topic at hand soon, gentle readers, I just need to point out the crazy as I see it to in order to  frame what the title of this post hints at namely, the neat concept of Eternal Sin (ba ba buuuuuuum!).

Jesus saves!  Hold and accept jebus in your heart and you will enter heaven… blah blah blah….   Oh wait… you there the atheist looking type, you get to burn in hell *forever* why??  Here’s why :

  • Mark 3:28-30:Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven all their sins and all the blasphemies they utter. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin. He said this because they [the Pharisees] were saying, ‘He has an evil spirit’.
  • Matthew 12:30-32:Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
  • Luke 12:8-10:I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

Oh shit, there I go, now I’ve done it. You see kind readers, I’ve been a bad atheist. No, I mean it, a really bad atheist. My irredeemable crime? – here it comes… *holds breath….tension so thick you can cut it with a bad cliche.*

I have said (and shall reiterate here) and meant the following statement:

“The holy ghost is fictional character at best and is a big poopy-head”

Whoa there, that wins me eternal damnation. Don’t you feel the kindness and the loving of the christian god? I know I do. What kind of horrible fucking being demands blind devotion or else its a permanent lake of fire vacation for you? Him and his brand of “Justice”” can go frack themselves sideways, thank you very much.

Eternal damnation is immoral in any case, especially when you hand get out hell free cards for everything else. Mass murderer? Repent and accept jebus, go to heaven. Serial rapist and child molester? Repent and accept jebus, go to heaven. Torture cats for fun? Repent and accept jebus, go to heaven.

Frack heaven and frack the despicable “morality” that supposedly gets you there. It’s topsy-turvy bullshit at its very best; I get to burn forever for calling a ghost “poopy” and Ted Bundy after finishing gnoshing on somone’s liver, once saved, is in heaven with his 72 and half virgins (or raisins, depending on translation).

This notion of eternal damnation, lets lump it into the correct category and call it religious morality, is fractally stupid. To the rational mind religious morality is bug-fuck nutz.  It is also a maddening splinter punched into my cerebral-cortex as I witness the deluded start dropping these religious bags of spoor into a conversation not realizing the implications of their delusional shit-festooned beliefs.

And thus endeth the sermon. Have a good week folks.

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I’m not a fan of all of Jessie Ventura’s politics, but he makes a strong case against the use of torture while explaining to the designated right-wing nut on the View how and why its wrong.

Let’s open up the discussion.  When, if ever, is torture permissible?  Leave your opinion in the comments. :)

 

The signature series continues at CBC and here with D major. Follow the link and listen.

D major: Miss Congeniality

Also known as:
The Workaholic.
The Homecoming Queen.

D majors you might know:
The Goddess Athena from Greek mythology.
Oprah Winfrey.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The notes: D – E – F♯ – G – A – B – C♯ – D.

Number of sharps: two.

Relative minor: B minor.

What they said about D major in the 18th century:
“The key of triumph, of Hallelujahs, of war-cries, of victory-rejoicing.” – Christian Schubart, 1784

“Enflames the heart. The spirit … is roused to impudent, joyful, even to somewhat boisterous songs of praise. Even the god of thunder has a claim to this key.” – Georg Joseph Vogler, 1779

More D major listening:
The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss, Jr.

Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.

A substantial portion of the view DWR gets is from the United States.  Consider this a NSFW PSA from your friendly Canadian neighbours.

 

*ed – I do dearly love my early morning spelling shenanigans…*

Here in the West and in the East we have our religious nutters.   What is not being covered as much in the media here is the moderate response to the “film” the Innocence of Muslims.  Avaaz.org has a great article which I’ve taken bits out of and posted for your reading pleasure.

Seven things you may have missed in the ‘Rage’:

Like everyone else, many Muslims find the 13 minute Islamophobic video “Innocence of Muslims” trashy and offensive. Protests have spread quickly, tapping into understandable and lasting grievances about neo-colonialist US and western foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as religious sensitivities about depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. But the news coverage often obscures some important points:

1. Early estimates put participation in anti-film protests at between 0.001 and 0.007% of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims – a tiny fraction of those who marched for democracy in the Arab spring.

2. The vast majority of protesters have been peaceful. The breaches of foreign embassies were almost all organised or fuelled by elements of the Salafist movement, a radical Islamist group that is most concerned with undermining more popular moderate Islamist groups.

3. Top Libyan and US officials are divided over whether the killing of the US ambassador to Libya was likely pre-planned to coincide with 9/11, and therefore not connected to the film.

4. Apart from attacks by radical militant groups in Libya and Afghanistan, a survey of news reports on 20 September suggested that actual protesters had killed a total of zero people. The deaths cited by media were largely protesters killed by police.

5. Pretty much every major leader, Muslim and western, has condemned the film, and pretty much every leader, Muslim and western, has condemned any violence that might be committed in response.

6. The pope visited Lebanon at the height of the tension, and Hezbollah leaders attended his sermon, refrained from protesting the film until he left, and called for religious tolerance. Yes, this happened.

7. After the attack in Benghazi, ordinary people turned out on the streets in Benghazi and Tripoli with signs, many of them in English, apologising and saying the violence did not represent them or their religion.

Add to that the number of really big news stories that were buried last week to make room for front page, angry Muslim “Clash” coverage. In Russia tens of thousands of protesters marched through Moscow to oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin. Hundreds of thousands of Portuguese and Spaniards turned out for anti-austerity protests; and more than a million Catalans marched for independence.

Liberal Viewer (and everyone else) has decided that Romney should show a little more love to the moochers and freeloaders of American society.

 

Just sayn’.

 

I love it when people try to use their putrid magic books to say that they have a strong basis for their morality and ethical outlook.  Of course its mostly these same people who don’t actually read the bible to see what it actually says.  For your pleasure and edification a handy infographic on Christian Marriage.

So, when religious people ask me, as an atheist, on where I get my morality from I can happily say, not from the same place *you* do.  Mill, Kant are good places to start for rational moral thinking, finish with Lakoff and Singer.  :)

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