Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I'm actually a rather new reader to your blog, and I'm in a much younger demographic. You know, as I read your blog, I'm realizing that I've been lucky and lived in a very secular community. Now, I'm gonna be taking a trip into the heartland. Any tips?
The writer, I imagine, is in their teens or college age and has been living in what may be called Civilization. Civilization is a great place to live! People talk about issues intelligently. In Civilization Conservatives may not have to resort to the Bible for government policy tips. Good for them.
I have noticed, however, that people who live in Civilization do not always get how the rest of the the old U S of A works. I have friends in Civilization (Brookline and Cambridge MA for example) who are just not adept at maneuvering the social intricacies in what I call the Provinces or the Outter Rim. I have grown up in and travelled to these dark places and can give some meaningful advice.
•We recognize the unlimited right to freedom of conscience, religion and belief, and that freedom to practice one’s religion should be limited only by the need to respect the rights of others.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Rush has finally gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (check it out here).
What? You don't know who Rush is?
Rush are the Patron Saints of white middle class guys from the suburbs - doesn't that sound awesome?
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Christianity: 31% (89 votes)
Islam: 62% (179 votes)
Judaism: 4% (12 votes)
Hinduism: 1% (4 votes)
Buddhism: 1% (4 votes)
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I'm in Chicago with the wife (no kids - left'em locked in the closet at home with water and bread) and have been been busy having fun. Most of my time yesterday (Friday) was spent scouting a location for my next short film. It's really super cool. Why? Robots! Yep, I've got a location with programmable robots and we're going for a Alice In Wonderland meets M.C. Escher vibe.
Tomorrow I plan to post the results and personal opinion to the Worst Religion poll.
I hope everyone has a happy, godless weekend!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
- I can crank out material. I've always had the fear that I would wake up one day and not be funny or that the comedic well had run dry. Writing this blog has allayed that fear.
- Writing every day is hard. This is not for the undisciplined.
- Atheists are a wide assortment of people. D'uh you may say - fair enough. It's interesting that my most vigorous discussions are not with Theists, they are easy to deal with, rather it is with non-God people about morality, responsibility, political action, etc.
- Atheist bloggers by and large are fairly decent people. They tolerate my antics and support the variety of ramblings that I call posts.
- I never want the Theists to go away completely. Who would I make fun of? Oh wait, I forgot about politicians, lawyers, and BP (I know they won't be in the news forever though I suspect some other company will take their honored spot).
- I've learned a lot. It's kinda funny, when you read informative posts some of that information - just by osmosis - sticks in one's head.
- My screenwriting has helped my blogging. Screenwriting is about using language economically (maybe not if you are Quentin Tarantino) blogging is similar.
- I have become less computer illiterate. Got that? I'm not even close to being computer savvy, but I'm not in the Special-Needs class anymore (and yes I can make that joke because I was in a Special Needs school/pullout classes for a time).
- My children are useful for something else beside tax deductions. I've gotten some good material from them.
- I need to learn quite a bit more so I can make fun of more people. There's a lot of crazy religions in dem dere hills! I need a map to explore every nook and cranny.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
they're really into Jesus.
Luckily that did not happen with the REAL God on Earth - Joss Whedon.
From an 09-Oct-2002 Onion AV Club article titled Is There A God? (click here for link)
The Onion: Is there a God?
Joss Whedon: No.
O: That's it, end of story, no?
JW: Absolutely not. That's a very important and necessary thing to learn.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I have a policy when I get angry - get some sleep, re-address the issue in the morning before I write anything. Most of the time it works and I wake up with some perspective.
Not this time.
Probably because I'm right.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Pffffft! (My utterance of disdain for my own stupidity.)
I have a buddy, in his early 30's, who's about to have his first child. He was a bit... anxious about the event. I asked him if he had a plan for what happens after the baby is born. A plan about minor stuff like work, schedules, and lifestyle changes.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
No, (I'm not aware of that quote) but I'm going to give an answer that Richard Dawkins may agree with.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I'm wondering what are peoples thoughts concerning these "miracles" that occur (bleeding rocks, extreme healings etc..). I don't believe in any organised religion or there explainations but science can't seem to explain it either??
Theists want you to believe in miracles. Miracles are the manifestations of God's will on Earth, yet Theists are always willing to say that you shouldn't rely on physical proof to believe in divine power. It is a common human phenomenon called I want my cake and eat it too. I'm going to talk about miraculous healing first and then go onto bleeding "stuff" like rocks, statues, etc.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I've also added a My Movies page where I have posted some (not all) of the short films I wrote/directed. A few are Atheist related, most are funny, and one may be considered disturbing (and funny).
I added this cool rotating globe thingy that shows when people visit the site and where they are from. It's actually part of a plan devised by the Religious Right to ferret out Atheists so the Mind Control Satellite can be trained on'em. Yes, this does mean I'm a double agent - sorry to break the news.
Of course, feel free to use the Ask Me Anything page to anonymously ask me a question.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I've heard this a gazillion times-
He'll get his!
What goes around comes around!
Karma will get her!
Not buying it.
Done and done, thank you very much.
Atheists come in a broad range of beliefs. That may come as a surprise for the God people who read this blog (don't laugh there are a few) but it's true. There are atheists who believe in ghosts (Atheist Revolution did a post about this - click here to see it), atheists who believe in ancient alien visitations to Earth, and atheists who are skeptical and follow Carl Sagan's motto: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. I am (unsurprisingly) in the last group. The only characteristic one needs to possess to be an atheist is not believing in God or gods.
I have seen nothing that would prove karma exists. You may say, "What about criminals who are in jail? They did something wrong!" Maybe (there are convicted criminals who are innocent), but those are either the criminals who were stupid or just unlucky - of course they are the ones who get caught. There are many, many evil and successful individuals who will die asleep in their beds when they are 90 years old. These are the smart and lucky criminals. There are also the smart and lucky sociopaths in business/politics/everyday life who have manipulated the system and never had to break the law.
For some atheists this karma stuff is a hold over from their God days. As someone who once was a God guy it took some time for me to wrap my mind around this. Think about it. A theist goes from a Just Universe, even if that justice is delayed until the after life, to a universe where people are responsible for forging justice. Ick. It's like (to paraphrase Lincoln) the bottom falling out of the bucket. It's that bad. Karma is a way to salvage the just universe while getting rid of God. Unfortunately, karma makes as much sense as God.
So what's a person to do?
Control the things you can control,
educate yourself about the important issues,
let your voice be heard.
this is Purgatory.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Today is Hugh Laurie's, Atheist extraordinaire, birthday. His thoughts on the Sky Fairy?
"I don't believe in God, but I have this idea that if there were a God, or destiny of some kind looking down on us, that if he saw you taking anything for granted he'd take it away." The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 28 October 2007 (thank you NNDB).Most of you probably know him from the Fox TV show House. However, I came to know Mr. Laurie's work from that classic, high drama that is shown here.
That of course is from Blackadder the Third (Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder) where Hugh Laurie plays the bumbling Prince Regent George IV.
I was reading through his biography on Wikipedia (click here for it) and I found three items from his life particularly interesting.
- His father won a Gold Medal in the 1948 Olympics in coxless pairs rowing.
- Hugh Laurie is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, granted to him in 2007. I wonder if there is a problem in any of the colonies his services would be called upon?
- I've never seen the Blackadder Christmas Carol. Hmmm... I've got to check that out.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
A quote from the interview with the Cathoic "fixer" who silenced those irritating rape victims of priests.
Click here for the article (you will need to listen to the audio for the quote).
Other Catholic Cleanerupper - Man posts:
Catholic Cleanerupper-Man's Original Costume
Catholic Cleanerupper-Man II (the eternal enemies)
Catholic Cleanerupper-Man (the original limited edition post!)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The Sensei (karate teacher) is a big guy. Height wise we measure up but be has - what do you call it - oh yeah muscle. Lot's of muscle.
"Thanks, what did he do?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Also, I've added a page (see above) listing some of my posts on parenting.
Of course, if you want to ask an anonymous question go to the Ask Me Anything page (also above) and click the link.
Monday, June 7, 2010
What advice do you have for an "undeclared" Atheist whose friends and family (minus one other person) are strong Christian (many Catholic) believers?
I don't know how old you are. If you are in high school or in college I advise extreme caution. There are many stories about religious parents cutting off tuition payments because their child is an Atheist. I'm not saying not to "come out" when you're young, but you need to be honest with yourself about what that means financially.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Would you say that your atheism is as important to you as someone's religion is important to him/her? (let's imagine a "true believer," not just someone who goes to church on Sundays)
Luckily for you, dear reader, there was a time that I was a true believer (and thought about going into the ministry). My mind (as Luther would put it) would "rest on God". I would think about God, pray, and attempt to convert my heathen friends. I was troubled that I would go to Hell because of playing Dungeons and Dragons. I was in deep. Comparing my current Atheist state of mind with my religiousy past is easy.
Yes, Atheism is just as important to me now as Christianity was back in the day.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Don't you just love it when the news media runs one of those sensationalistic headlines containing an obviously false statement with a question mark at the end to absolve themselves of responsibility?
Getting people motivated and organized is a common issue. There is a dynamic where 20% of the individuals in any group (whether it's a church, fraternity, environmental group, etc.) will do 80% of the work. The trick, at the early stages of community activism (that is what you are doing by the way), is to find a few people who are motivated and willing to do work. This core group does not need to be large at first (even 2 would be OK). You can find other Atheists through a variety of online forums and Atheist sites. Once you find your motivated core group the work goes to the next stage.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Feel free to use the Ask Me Anything page (above) to ask a question anonymously.
I've also added a Search this blog feature. It's pretty useful.
I'm also offering a 50% discount off my free Services I Provide (see the page above) for those who sign up for an Email Subscription. Just put your email in the Get Purgatory In Your Email box on the right hand side of the blog.
What I'm happy about is that Ted has been made into a heterosexual. Praise God!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
A good question!
This could be a really looooong answer, but I'm going to boil it down.
I could be wrong. There. That's that. See ya later.
But seriously, the only way we have to make decisions is to place your money on the best bet. If you were in a casino and wanted to make some money, your wagers would reflect (hopefully) the best odds of winning. Oh sure, people say they "know" stuff about God, but ultimately that statement is based on a feeling (see my recent post on the problems of making decisions on feeling and personal revelation).
Well, the Theists will argue, you can't prove there isn't a God. My response has been traditionally something like, "Look, I'm not the one making the outrageous statements like: the world was made in 6 days, a world wide flood occurred, or a man died and was brought back from the dead. When you make statements like that you have to back them up with proof. I could tell you the world was made by Magikal Green Hamsters and you would raise an eyebrow and say prove it."
For the sake of argument let's say there is a God. Which god should I go with? I was brought up Baptist but I think it would be arrogant of me to assume the Christian God is automatically the One. What criteria should I use to judge one god against the other? Popularity? Nifty accessories?
Ultimately, I can live my life morally without a god looking over my shoulder. My big secret? I try not to be a dick to other people. That seems to cover a lot of bases.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
To ask your question click here: http://formspring.me/AndrewSHall
Do I have to say it? I'll show some judgment about which questions to answer. No, I will not tell you where I hid the bodies or the codes to launch a nuclear strike. Sorry.