Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Day After The Reason Rally

I was fortunate to be able to stay an extra day in Washington, DC after the Reason Rally. I took the opportunity to go to the American History museum where I  saw the exhibit on the Jefferson Bible. For those of you not acquainted with the text, Thomas Jefferson cut out the parts of the gospels that he thought made sense. This entailed Jefferson leaving out the magical elements. I also checked out the exhibit Slavery in Jefferson's Monticello. It was a sobering, to say the least.

The Mormon Church Is Losing Members! Lots Of Members.

I found this video on Mormon 411. It has great news: The LDS (the Mormon church) is losing members hand over fist.


Friday, March 30, 2012

The Olympics Are Satanic.

One of the false gods of the Olympics: Zeus

At the time of this post's writing, in 119 days the Devil will envelope the city of London in evil. This is an ancient evil that has plagued humanity for centuries. It has lured holy men and women away from the path of the true God through the wide gate onto the roadway of false deities. I am speaking, of course, of the Olympics, aka Lucifer's Games.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

2 Kings 13: 21-22 And Healthcare

Christians don't need medical imaging.
They have Yahweh.

American Christians, you don't need health insurance.
You have God.
I'm reading through 2 Kings, and Elisha, the prophet, had died and was buried. But God still had plans for the prophet's corpse.
Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring.  Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. 2 Kings 13: 20-21

Don't Burn The Qur'an Memes

As we all know there was an incident where the US military burned copies of the Qur'an, and there was an outcry against the holy book being treated in such a fashion.

I decided to give the military a hand and offer advice on what to do with the Qur'an.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

An Email From A Reader

I got an email from a reader of Purgatory who wanted to get something off her chest. I asked the writer if she wanted it on the blog and she said yes. Below is what the person wanted to say. These are her words and her story.

I can tell my husband anything, and lately, to my sister who has recently been more receptive to my anti-religion conversations. I cannot state my opinion on Facebook as I do not wish to offend my husband’s daughter and her family. I do not wish to offend my friends who are in Narcanon and AA even though they post their daily praises to their god. This does not offend me, as I knew them while their addictions were at their worst and if this is what keeps them alive and happy, more power to them. I do not argue with my dying father when he tells us in the hospital the next day after his pastor visits that the prayer that was given cured his shaking. If this is where he gets comfort, I am good with that.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What If You Had Two Kids That Were Gay?

I found this on Think Progress and thought I'd share it. The video is about two gay children coming out to their Catholic parents. It's worth watching.

What I'm doing Differently Because Of The Reason Rally

My eternal enemy.

Regular readers of Purgatory have probably already seen the pictures and videos I took while at the event. However, some of you may want more -- more analysis and my reaction to the rally. So be it. Here is a serious look at what I came away with from the time I spent in the mist, drizzle and general dampiness (if Christians can worship a made-up God, please allow me to make-up a word now and again) at the Reason Rally..

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Two Short Videos Of Reason Rally Protesters

OK, there were a few protesters on the periphery at the Reason Rally and they were politely (from what I saw) discussing their imaginary friend.

Well, this first chap wasn't really discussing, just doing a lot of shouting. And I don't want to be accused of launching an ad hominem attack, but the guy was wearing what appeared to be a fanny pack. A man wearing a fanny pack automatically places himself under the umbrella of suspicion, to say the least. The ghost of Bertrand Russell could appear to me right now and drop some logic down, but if that ghost had a spectral fanny pack on I'd politely ask him to go back to the other world.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Reason Rally Pics

I just got back to where I'm staying in DC, and thought I'd share some pictures from the Reason Rally.

I got to the rally early, so I decided to take these two shots of the cherry blossoms.

Here are a few shots of some faith-based  protesters.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Dan Silverman And The Atheist Billboard In Brooklyn

Here is a short clip about the atheist billboard in Brooklyn.   

I'm currently in Washington, DC for the Reason Rally that is being held tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Theist's Creed

We said it.
You believe it.

I'm reading through AD 381 which is about how the Roman state got behind the idea that God-the -Father, Christ and the Holy Spirit are equal and of the same substance. One of the other conceptions of the trinity, Arianism, proposed that Christ was somehow less equal to God-the-Father. The Emperor Theodosius declared in the Council of Constantinople that Arianism was, well, bad and the official Christian line was going to be that all three members of the godhead are equal.

Wow, that was a long setup for a joke.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Look

Well, on the plus side I changed the look of Purgatory for the better. On the other hand, Disqus, the commenting system I use, is temporarily not working.

I'll see what I can do about it.

- LiP

Monday, March 19, 2012

B*tches In Bookshops

I was on Digging for Fire and found this. I'm a huge fan of the Strand Bookstore and had to share it.

Here is the link to Annabelle's blog.

Here are the lyrics.

Climate Change + Poverty + Political Turmoil = A Jihadist Wonderland

This week's Economist has a disturbing piece called Strife in the Sahel: A perfect desert storm. And the term perfect storm refers to a combination of factors that is making life intolerable in the Sahel region. Where life is intolerable, religion flourishes.

The Sahel is the southern area of the Sahara Desert. It covers a wide expanse of the continent as seen here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saint Patrick's Day - Reloaded

This bit is based on the Yahoo article on Leprechauns: Sweet or Scary? I altered it to be about another mythical figure. Enjoy.
On St. Patrick's Day some facts are clear: Celebrate the patron saint of Ireland by wearing green, drinking green liquids, and celebrating the luck 'o the Irish. But what about St Patrick's boss Jesus -- does he bring luck or terror to the party? In the Book of Revelation, He's seriously scary. But on the cover of this "magically awesome" book, not so much.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Five Things That This Atheist Has Learned From The World's Religions.

I've gotten into reading pieces on the Huffington Post Religion section. And before getting into the meat and potatoes of today's comedic take, I just want to say that although none of my comments have been removed by the moderators for being dickish (although I do challenge people's beliefs), quite a few responses to my atheistic comments have been removed.
I'm sure you're not surprised.
That being said, today's piece of  Purgatory satire focuses on the post: 5 Insights From the World's Religions. But enough talk, let's get into the Five Things That This Atheist Has Learned From The World's Religions.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Black And Tan

Nike has put its foot in a bear trap. The bear trap is the centuries long conflict between Protestants/English vs Catholics/Irish. Nike has marketed a sneaker in Ireland called the Black and Tan Quickstrike. Nike intended Black and Tan to be a reference to the drink where one pours half a glass of Bass (a personal favorite of mine) though any pale ale can be used, and then fills the rest with Guinness. The densities of the two beers differ with the Guinness being less than the Bass creating this effect.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Six Ways To Respond To The Westboro Baptist Church At The Reason Rally

As many of you are aware the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church is going to be at the Reason Rally and spewing forth their brand of psychosis. I think we atheists should have a plan on how to deal with the representatives of "God Hates Fags" and "God Hates America".
Humbly, I present my suggestions.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spiritual But Not Religious

I am not spiritual, and I don't believe in angels either.

The phrase “spiritual but not religious” is firmly entrenched in our culture. Its use has gone viral and one can find it in the comment sections of left-leaning blogs as well as being bantered around in polite conversations. However, I am and atheist and I refuse to call myself spiritual for a variety of reasons.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I Am An Atheist Meme

Another Purgatory original.

Iraqi Women And Allah's Law

When is it a good time to leave Islam? Anytime you can do it safely.

I find it particularly noxious how many of the religious who tirelessly persecute women say  treats men and women equally. However, God made men and women differently and so being equal is not the same as being treated the same. And not being treated the same, of course, opens the door to such tragic idiocy from wives submitting to their husbands, women needing to shave their heads and wear wigs, honor killings, well, the list can go on and on and on...

Posts that focus on the religio-domination of women are easy to write because the news is sadly full of stories how men mistreat women because God demands it. Not only are these tales of misogyny but often times a  reminder of what occurs when religion and state intermingle.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sh*t Your God Says - Christian Edition

The Son of Man will send out his angels,and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. - Mark 13:41-42

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.” Exodus 10: 1-2

The New Freedom From Religion Foundation's Ad In The Times

Here is the ad from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in today's New York Times that points out the obvious: staying in the Catholic Church means that you are an enabler for an immoral organization -- get out now. Here is the link to the FFRF where you can enlarge the doc.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reading II Kings: God Doesn't Like Hecklers

Cute and cuddley or God's killing machine?
God doesn't like satire - at least satire directed towards Him or His lackeys.

I'm reading through II Kings and the book starts off with Elijah, the prophet who played a prominent role in I Kings, being taken directly to heaven in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:11). Yes, this is the same Elijah who slaughtered all those priests of Baal and Asherah, but God had always favored the killers who did His dirty work. This leaves the prophet Elisha to carry on the Lord's work.
And what glorious work Elisha does.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What Ultimate Fighting Can Teach Atheists

I was watching the cable station FX the other day and saw an advertisement for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter that starts on Friday, March 9th. For those of you who aren't aware of the show, The Ultimate Fighter is a contest where amateur mixed martial artists compete to win a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) - a chance to go pro. I've been a fan of the show since its inception and there are a few lessons that atheists can learn from that sport.
Not a fan.
Oh, many of you have just clicked on to some other internet destination. And those who have probably think the combat sport is something like human cockfighting -  to use the phrase coined and popularized by Senator John McCain. I can't blame people who don't like to watch these type of fights. It can be an intensely violent sport. However, the UFC does have rules and regulations such as no blows to the back of the head, no strikes in the privies, etc that make the fights closer to a combination of kick boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling than two roosters going at it.

That being said, here are two lessons the godless can learn from the octagon.

Thank You

When one watches a stand-up comedian the comic typically ends with a thank you of some sort or another. The thanks can come in the You've been a great audience, Thanks for coming out, etc. Then I started thinking about how many of you come here to share in the insanity, and reflected how I never really offered a thank you.

Well, here it is.

Thanks. I enjoy the time we spend together in Purgatory.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Catholic Church Eradicates Polio In India

A child receiving holy water.

An announcement from the Catholic Church's Center for Disease Control (CCCDC) on Sunday made it official: India is no longer on the list of polio-endemic countries.

On January 13 India celebrated a full 12 months with no new cases of polio reported. And if they remain polio-free for two more years, they will be formally considered to have eradicated the virus.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Political Turmoil in Virginia!

The Virginia senate race is heating up. Here are two videos that take the job of clarifying the issues seriously.

The video below has been created by an anti-Hank SuperPAC

It's important to note that Hank is a carpetbagger to some extent since he is a Maine Coon cat running for office in Virginia.


Friday, March 2, 2012

A Comedy Bit About The Speech Impediment I Had When I Was A Kid

Is this funny?
I'm going to put it to the test

Below is a bit I'm working on for some open mic stand-up I plan to do on Sunday night. This routine is based on a speech impediment I had when I was a kid. Let me rephrase that: my horrifically bad speech impediment. How bad? I got tossed out of the Christian kindergarten I was going to because of my speech delay. In retrospect I was better off hanging out with the kid wearing a helmet on the special bus then being in that faith-based "school".

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jews Who Want To Censor Anne Frank

Even the monkey knows this is crazy.

You read the title correctly. There are Jews who think that The Diary of Anne Frank is not appropriate for high school students. I was reading Coin Laundry today and noticed two posts (here and here) concerning The Kosher Booklist: An Assessment of Children's Books for Parents and Teachers.  The books in question are censored if they have too much handholding or make too many references to Christianity amongst other absurd reasons.  Books that are forbidden are graded with a N - not acceptable.

New Atheist Ad That Targets Muslims

I just saw the new ad from American Atheists, Inc that targets the Muslim community in Patterson, NJ.

Here it is.

The Official Proclamation That You Are An Atheist

A few weeks ago Staks over at Dangerous Talk wrote about how the media always classifies an atheist as "self-proclaimed" and in doing so delegitimizes godlessness. (What would be the Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu reaction be if the media called one of their adherents "self proclaimed"?)

After thinking about, I decided that atheists need to have a certificate of authenticity.  Then the media will still call us self-proclaimed, but they would be really, really wrong as against to being simply wrong.
Here is my humble suggestion for an official proclamation of godlessness.

Note how I added a bogus international organization in the form. People seem to be impressed with international organizations with official seals.

Me? Not to much.

This is Purgatory.

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