Saturday, June 30, 2012

Atheist Fatigue Syndrome

This young atheist has got it bad.

Do you have Atheist Fatigue Syndrome (AFS)? Many of the godless do and don't realize it. Early stages of AFS are difficult to detect. The disease progresses slowly while gradually breaking down the immune response against the absurdities of religion. However, there is no doubt that the syndrome eventually turns an otherwise happy, productive atheist into something unrecognizable.  Recently the so-called prominent atheist blogger Leah Libresco succumbed to the late stages of AFS to become part of the worldwide criminal enterprise known as the Catholic Church.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Top ten things I'd like to say to a minister video

Well, here is another video from Purgatory's Youtube channel. (I deposit all the old vids there like God Blues, Our Mighty Sausage is Our God and Are You Addicted to God?) I feel that all that time watching Jon Stewart and making funny faces in the mirror are finally paying off.

Drinking helps.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jesus Vision Goggles Are Now Available!

Jesus Vision Goggles and helmet shown with optional
Air from the Holy Land mask

The Jesus Technology Initiative, the cutting edge center for Christ-based tech, is bringing to market an invaluable tool for ministers, missionaries or even stay at home moms: Jesus Vision Goggles (JVG).  JVGs have been designed to ensure that temptation does not get in the way of your salvation.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

White House Embroiled In Polio Scandal

From The Wolf News - Leaked White House papers and anonymous sources reveal the horrible truth that President Obama is responsible for the polio pandemic. Polio, otherwise known as Poliomyelitis, has ravaged mankind for thousands of years. The polio virus can attack the central nervous system causing paralysis and ultimately death. In 1952 Jonas Salk developed a three stage oral vaccine that gives recipients at least a 99% immunity to the disease.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

At Last! The Religious Right Has Proof That Gay Marriage Is Destroying America

The Religious Right finally has unmistakable evidence that gay marriage is destroying the natural order. Here is Molly, a bulldog, nursing a litter of kittens. The biological mother "Kitty Kitty" was killed by a car. 

*Here are a few quotes from religious leaders:

Monday, June 25, 2012

An Atheist Meetup With SPAM Lite

It won't feed the 10,000, but it's a start.

I live in the suburbs, and that usually means driving to Boston to get any face-to-face interaction with others of Godless Nation. While communicating with atheists online is fantastic, there is something special with sitting down and sharing a few hours with people who I am not going to have to defend my passion for rationality. That is what I did last night when our local atheist meetup group met. (The only reason why I'm the organizer of said group is that, well, no one else had started one in my area.)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The 100th Anniversary Of The Birth Of Alan Turing

Happy 100th  Birthday, Alan Turing.

Here is a short video about the man's accomplishments.

Here are some thoughts about the man's suicide from Jaron Lanier.

Friday, June 22, 2012

AASSS Protests Evolving Music

Completely off-key, but they are very motivated.

Hordes of protesters are expected today to fill America's metropolises today to fight against a most unnatural phenomenon: music that has evolved. These groups decry bioinformaticist Robert MacCallum of Imperial College London's work in creating music from only random sounds. Mr. MacCallum originally patched together various sounds and then sent them out to computer users. The users graded each 8 second sound bite on a 1 to 5 scale. The ones with the highest grades were then used by the computer program to create another generation of musical sound bites. Over many generations the music developed unique characteristics while still retaining traits of the original piece.

And many religious groups find this a crime against nature.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Davey And Goliath Video And Memes

I grew up watching Davey and Goliath back in the day. For all of you who may not be acquainted with the show, the stories revolved around a boy named Davey and his talking dog, Goliath (only the viewer and Davey could hear Goliath talk). The series featured cutting edge stop action photography, and was produced by the Lutheran Church of America.

Here is the short video I made and placed on Purgatory's Youtube channel.

Here are most of the memes that I used in the short.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jihadists For Democracy

The JDC's headquarters.

Cairo, Egypt The Jihadist Democracy Party (JDC), a new political organization, is taking its place in the political drama that is currently enveloping Egypt. The JDC was originally a splinter group that formed from several other political parties such as Jihadists for a Better Egypt, Egyptian People's Jihadist Party and the Sharia Democracy People's Front. Currently it is receiving widespread support amongst the disenfranchised population.
"Yes, we are getting widespread support amongst the disenfranchised population of Egypt," stated Mohammed al-Canard at a human rights conference being held in Cairo, "and luckily for us that is pretty much everybody in Egypt."

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day To All The Godless Fathers.

Traditional Father's Day ritual in some areas of America.

I was on the Huffington Post's religion section and read saw this title: Faith and Fatherhood: How Does Spirituality Affect Your Parenting? Well, fellow Purgatorians, this question was right in the strike zone for me so I felt like I had to take a swing.

Here is my extended answer to the question. As many of you know, the comments are limited to 250 words, so I had to cut out the last paragraph (if I can comment to my own comment I'll add it on).

My non-faith has greatly influenced my parenting style for my two children Will and Ali (ages 10 and 7). One of the things I like being an atheist father is that I don't have to tell them all the horrible stories Christians, Jews and Muslims tell children. For example, the Flood story is a genocidal tale on how God exterminates 99.99 percent of our species. And even if a religious parent understands the story to be only allegorical what is exactly is the moral of the story? It isn't the traditional theist spin on the story -- a cutesy parable about bunnies hopping onto the ark. No. It's about obeying or dying horribly. It's about God killing women, children and the disabled. That's not a story I want my young children to be traumatized with, thank you very much.

Scientology vs Psychology/ Psychiatry

A psychologist learning that he is evil incarnate.

I don't write a lot about Scientology on Purgatory, but that doesn't mean I don't keep an eye on it. One of the blogs I follow is Moving On Up a Little Higher. The writer is Mark "Marty" Rathbun, and Marty is not what one would call an orthodox Scientologist.

Scientology has been taken over by a self-appointed dictator, David Miscavige, who has turned the Creed of the Church of Scientology, the Code of a Scientologist, and the Credo of a True Group Member on their heads and instituted the virtual practice of Reverse (Black) Dianetics.
I think you get the flavor of Marty's position about the Church of Scientology. What is interesting to note that many religious arguments remind me of episodes of really bad reality shows like Mob Wives or Jersey Shore. If real science ran like Scientology we would still have problems between Lamarckians and Darwinists.

But I digress.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My Beer Is Better Than Your God

Here is another video that I did recently. This is titled My beer is better than your God.

You can check out the other vids I've done on Purgatory's YouTube channel.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Atheists Bringing Their Kids To Church

Atheists taking their kids to church.
 What's going on here?

I was looking through the list of blogs that I try to keep up with, and I saw this post Why my boys go to church on Mock Ramblings. And let me start off with saying that I have no doubt that the writer of the blog, Michael Mock, is probably smarter than I am as well as probably being a better father to his kids. He writes consistently and well (a difficult combination to have) about his adventures as a parent.

But he's dead wrong on this.

I take my boys down to my parents' church nearly every Sunday morning. The little one stays in the nursery, while the older one sits with his grandparents for part of the ceremony, and attends Sunday School for the other part of the ceremony. I park myself over in the other building - the one with the classrooms and the big meeting hall, and usually do a bit of writing on the laptop.

Local Clergy Ecstatic About New Orleans' Delta Times Closing

New Orleans -- home of local faith-based news.

New Orleans, Louisiana is having its premiere newspaper the Delta Times go from printing the paper seven days a week down to three, and the local clergy are very excited. "Sure, the paper has been a mainstay in the city for over a hundred and fifty years," stated local Baptist minister Jacob Cain, "but times change and if you don't change with the times you gonna die." (The minister quickly added that the comment should not be read as endorsing that "northerner evolution" theory.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hinduism And Dalit Persecution

Turing thinks Hinduism is a load of crap. 

The pernicious effects of Hinduism are alive and well in modern India. The Dalits, otherwise known as untouchables, still face daily infringements of their rights. Caste, as many of you already know, is a characteristic of Hinduism where people are born into a spot in the social hierarchy. There are four basic castes: religious leaders, warriors/politicians, merchants and the menial laborers. Underneath them all are the untouchables -- the Dalit.  Traditionally one is born into the caste of their parents. It was seen as his or her karma. If you were good in a past life, then you would be born as a religious leader, a Brahmin. If you were, well, a karmic dirt bag then you would live your current life as an untouchable. Another aspect of the caste/karma system is that a higher caste member would become spiritually polluted (and thusly get some bad karma) by touching/interacting with a member of a low caste. Being a untouchable means that you are spiritual pollution to members of the higher orders. 

See? It all makes perfect sense.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Memes From The Catholic Church's Religious Freedom Rally

I decided to make a few memes of the gentleman who took the time to tell me I am immoral because I don't believe in God. This occurred while I was at the Orwellian named Catholic Religious Freedom Rally the other day.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Protesting The Catholic Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally

I went on a field trip today to protest the Catholic Church's Stand up for Religious Freedom rally (religious freedom by their definition meaning the ability to tell other people what to do regarding health care), and it was all I could hope for, my friends. Their rally started at noontime so I arrived at Boston Common at 11AM. Having got there early, I walked around and got the lay of the land until I met up with the small group of atheists and secularists who were protesting the event. Some people wanted to hold signs and hung out across the street from the rally while some brave godless souls were in the middle of the Catholics.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Are You Addicted To God?

I've decided that doing youtube videos using my kids' computer and keyboard are very fun.

I hope you enjoy this video called Are you addicted to God?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Islamic-Based Morality Systems For Cars In Saudi Arabia

This driver didn't have enough faith.

Mecca, Saudi Arabia  General Motors has developed a morality program for it's artificial intelligence installed in every car sold in Saudi Arabia. This program is meant to reflect the moral underpinnings of Wahabbi Islam -- the dominant form of Islam in the kingdom.

"The next generation of vehicles will be able to drive themselves," stated Mohammed Canard, Marketing Director for General Motors in Saudi Arabia. "We already have vehicles that can parallel park as well as automatically stop if theire is someone or something in the way while backing up. Google has driverless vehicles in America that have logged in 250,000 miles."

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hindus Take A Shot At Making It Rain.

It doesn't matter how many arms this guy has,
 he can't make it rain.

I like reading the India Times, because it's always nice to be reminded that America does not have a monopoly on faith-based crazy. Today's dose of heavenly delusion comes from the article Keonjhar women 'steal' water to appease rain god.
It is that time of the year when a spell of heavy downpour tops everybody's wish list. People of Telkoi are not only wishing for it, but also doing their bit to appease lord Indra. Following an age-old ritual, groups of woman on Saturday marched to the sound of drums and crackers to neighboring villages and "stole" water.
It would be natural to think that this ritual is some quaint bit of superstition that no one really thinks is going to work. I mean, outside of the American South (Texas et al) who thinks that elfin magic is going to make it rain?
This, they firmly belief, [sic] will bring showers by appeasing the gods.
Oh, my.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Gaggle Of Atheist Jokes

Just gaggling the day away.

It's a rainy Saturday afternoon in Boston, so I think it's the ideal time to lay down some You may be a... jokes for you reading pleasure.
  • You may be a monotheist if you think 2 out of three monotheistic faiths are a load of junk.
  • You may be Catholic if you think all the other priests are perps but your priest is great.
  • You may be a skeptic if you say, "Your story is compelling, but ultimately irrelevant because it is only anecdotal."
  • You may be an atheist if the first thing your religious friends want to talk about is God.
  • You may be a humanist if you're an atheist who is afraid of the word atheist.
  • You may be an atheist if your kids know more about Norse mythology than Judeo-Christian mythology.
  • You may be a Hindu if you think yoga is strictly a religious practice whose goal is to get you to Never-Never Land. 
  • If you're a guy who is an atheist and you go to church, it's probably in order to find women who have impaired judgement
  • You may be an Orthodox Jew if you think Noah's Ark is a cutesy story for kids while the Holocaust was an abomination.
  • You may be an atheist blogger who uses Blogger if you meet other atheist bloggers who use Blogger and the first thing you talk about is how much Blooger sucks.
  • You may be religious if your idea of religious freedom is telling other people what the hell to do.
  • You may be religious if your idea of a miracle is finding your car keys in the morning.
  • You may be a Catholic if you have no idea what the Catholic Church is really doing.
  • You may be a Southern Baptist if you don't know that Southern Baptists became Southern Baptists because they supported slavery.
  • You may be an atheist if your biggest arguments are with other atheists. (They really should know better.)
  • You may be a Unitarian Universalist if you don't have an atheist meetup group close by.
  • You may be a Mormon if you look at the afterlife as a chance to run your own store in the celestial franchise.
  • You may be religious if when you say faith it really means bullsh*t.
  • You may be agnostic if you don't understand what being an atheist really means.
I hope you enjoyed some of these.

I know the possibilities are endless for these jokes. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Musical Ambition

Neil deGrasse Tyson takes this astrophysics and his rhythms seriously.

Neil deGrasse Tyson's first album is officially dropping today. Named Hayden's House, after the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, the album is a blistering nexus point of old-school rhythms and hardcore science .

His career has spanned from the humble beginnings at Bronx High School of Science to earning a BS in physics at Harvard and eventually attaining a PhD at Columbia in astrophysics. Neil T, as the recording label Big Bang refers to him by, feels that this album is a natural progression of his scientific career. "I've been popularizing science to the American public for years, and this album is going to send a message to younger people who may not be aware how science influences their everyday lives."

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