Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Catholic Church Says It's Done With God

Vatican City Pope Francis addressed an early morning crowd in St Peter's Square this morning and dropped a theological bombshell: The Catholic Church is no longer in the God business. Reading from a prepared statement that had been certified by a full vote of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis stated that since it is impossible to discern the existence of God it was more productive for the Catholic Church to focus on assisting people without the burden of a dogma that only dulled the compassion that people have for one another.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chatting with Zee Crazy Atheist


This is me! At the Dawkins/Dennett event!!
I'm overly caffeinated.!!!

(Hank Fox took this pic, and made me not look
too hopped up.)
Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett had a fireside chat (sans fire) in front of a live audience two weeks ago in Boston. The event was billed as being in Boston, but it was in Medford, just north of Boston. It happened to be fifteen minutes away from my apartment. While The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion influenced me quite a bit, I wasn't planning to attend. You see I'm a bit of a misanthrope and not a huge fan of, well, anything. And fan I mean not being ready to shell out 35 dollars (for those of you who don't know I'm still officially ranked as poor in the socio-economic standings) for a ticket. However, as the event got closer I started to get the itch to go. The itch is irrational. The itch creates, or maybe discovers,  reasons to attend a function like this.  Regardless, a friend of mine had an extra ticket, and I decided to to go.

And happy I was to attend.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Conservative Fathers’ Heads Explode While Explaining Caitlyn Jenner


Caitlyn Jenner. I just want to point out something for those of you who believe that her popularity has peaked with her Vanirty Fair photo shoot, and that something is that you are 100% wrong. You may scoff and say, "Of course, that is obvious. Her upcoming reality series will propel her into the limelight and bring trans awareness to new heights." You would be correct with that statement.

However...

We live in the shadow of the Dark Side. The shadow of  the Dark Side is, of course, the 2016 Presidential Elections. Let's not forget that every single representative and a gaggle of senators are up for re-election along with POTUS. And with a lot of power and money and bad decisions being thrown about it is only a matter of time before the social conservatives use Caitlyn Jenner as the poster child of what will happen if the Democrats win big: men will be forced by the federal government to lose their genitalia.

In that spirit I wrote Conservative Fathers’ Heads Explode While Explaining Caitlyn Jenner over at the Random Journal. I hope you go over there and read the piece.

LiP

Monday, June 1, 2015

How this atheist responds to "Are you spiritual?"


I was at an atheist meetup last night. The group's home is the city of Brockton -- just south of Boston. And it's a blue collar type of place. There isn't a major university close by (which, by my experience, offers fertile ground to freethinkers and the godless), so our group is fairly small. We meet once a month to hangout, socialize, kvetch a bit, etc. Two new people showed up and everyone took some time to talk about him or herself and the journey to atheism.

Me, gobsmacked.
One of the common topics up for conversation is how the religious treat us. All of us at the meeting were out of the closet atheists, and so it's something that we all have to deal with. One of the new members related a story when a believer said this to her:
You seem so nice. Even though you're not religious, you are spiritual? Right?
The atheist in question was not pleased with the not so subtle implication that if she wasn't religious or spiritual then, well, she can't really be nice or a good person. Her response reflected that. It was blunt. And I understand being blunt. And angry. I'm particularly adept at blunt and angry (though I try to ameliorate it with humor).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Archbishop of Dublin: The Devil Caused The Church Sex Scandals In Order To Legalize Gay Marriage


DUBLIN - In the wake of Ireland's vote to legalize gay marriage throughout the republic Johnathan Swift, the archbishop of Dublin, has publicly gone on the record to say that the Devil caused the Church sex abuse scandal in order to legalize gay marriage.

Friday, May 22, 2015

2016 Presidential Hopefuls


The Mad Hatter:
the most misunderstood
Republican candidate.
I promise not to focus on the 2016 presidential race too much. There's enough faith-based insanity to satirize here in the States and abroad to focus exclusively on the wretched state of politics. In fact I had made a pledge to myself to wait until the race gets started in earnest before writing anything on the topic.

All that fell apart when I brought my son to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. We both enjoyed the movie quite a bit. However, I wasn't 100% engaged in the explosions and chaos. I kept on thinking You know, I bet Ultron could run for President as a Republican and no one would notice. Then I thought about Reverend William Stryker of the Stryker Crusade from the classic X-Men graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills. For those of you who aren't  acquainted with that story, the good reverend and his clandestine paramilitary force (Purifiers)  work towards the extermination of mutant kind. That guy could run as a Republican and at the very least win the primary in South Carolina.

I put finger to pixel (as against pen to paper) and wrote a quick cheat sheet for voters: 2016 Presidential Hopefuls over at The Random Journal. I hope you go over there and read it.


  

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