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RELIGION: Catholic school fires teacher because she’s a domestic violence victim

Victim-blaming is one of the worst things about humanity.

Religion is pretty high up there, too.

Put the two together? And you end up punishing victims who dare assert their rights and speak up.

It seems the world, in general, wants you to just quietly skulk away if you are a victim.

LINK URL: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/13/catholic-school-fires-teacher-because-shes-a-domestic-violence-victim/

RELIGION: Catholic school fires teacher because she’s a domestic violence victim

Victim-blaming is one of the worst things about humanity.

Religion is pretty high up there, too.

Put the two together? And you end up punishing victims who dare assert their rights and speak up.

It seems the world, in general, wants you to just quietly skulk away if you are a victim.

LINK URL: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/13/catholic-school-fires-teacher-because-shes-a-domestic-violence-victim/

RELIGION: USPS Discriminates Against ‘Atheist’ Merchandise

America is full of religious assholes who want to violate the rights of people who don’t worship the same imaginary sky fairy as them

10 times more likely to lose a package that says atheist on it! And only in America, not in Germany.

The assholes are here. Everywhere.

This one is faced squarely on Christians, as they compose the majority of religious people here.

LINK URL: http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/03/27/0240241/usps-discriminates-against-atheist-merchandise?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

RELIGION: Cardinal Roger Mahony: I Forgive Those Who Are Angry at Me for Covering Up Child Rape

What a piece of shit. This guy is worse than the worst child molester you can imagine.

The commenters are right: The Catholic Church needs to be charged under RICO organized crime laws.

If you tithe, you’re paying for rape. Period.

LINK URL: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/02/17/cardinal-roger-mahony-i-forgive-those-who-are-angry-at-me-for-covering-up-child-rape/

COMEDY: RELIGION: Jesus Everywhere

My new favorite tumblr-“blog” of the moment, Jesus Everywhere, photoshopping Jesus into tons of hilarious situations.

LINK URL: http://jesus-everywhere.tumblr.com

RELIGION: Loyalty to your church is more important than not raping children – Not just in Catholicism, but Judaism too

But anyway, here’s a story of a Jewish person who turned in the person raping his child, and was shunned by his community, harassed, and kicked out of his residence.

Hasidic Jews, that is. These are the hardcore orthodox types. People who take their supernatural beliefs way too seriously, and then inflict them on other people.

Religion has got to be one of the top enemies for children.

(Islam is even worse in that they don’t need to worry about covering up chid rape quite as much as the other religions, because Mohamad set the awesome example of marrying a six year old while he was in his 50s, and Sharia says you execute the rape victim, not the rapist, so what’s left to cover up?)

In general, fuck religious people. Even the ones that do no wrong help prop up communities like this by passing on supernatural beliefs that have nothing to do with the modern-day world. If you don’t like my attitude, here is a cup of I don’t give a fuck that you can drink.

This is basically looking like the same bullshit the pope and various bishops have pulled repeatedly.

LINK URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/nyregion/ultra-orthodox-jews-shun-their-own-for-reporting-child-sexual-abuse.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

RELIGION: Loyalty to your church is more important than not raping children – Not just in Catholicism, but Judaism too

But anyway, here’s a story of a Jewish person who turned in the person raping his child, and was shunned by his community, harassed, and kicked out of his residence.

Hasidic Jews, that is. These are the hardcore orthodox types. People who take their supernatural beliefs way too seriously, and then inflict them on other people.

Religion has got to be one of the top enemies for children.

(Islam is even worse in that they don’t need to worry about covering up chid rape quite as much as the other religions, because Mohamad set the awesome example of marrying a six year old while he was in his 50s, and Sharia says you execute the rape victim, not the rapist, so what’s left to cover up?)

In general, fuck religious people. Even the ones that do no wrong help prop up communities like this by passing on supernatural beliefs that have nothing to do with the modern-day world. If you don’t like my attitude, here is a cup of I don’t give a fuck that you can drink.

This is basically looking like the same bullshit the pope and various bishops have pulled repeatedly.

LINK URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/nyregion/ultra-orthodox-jews-shun-their-own-for-reporting-child-sexual-abuse.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

RELIGION: Mass genocide of Mohawk children by UK Queen and Vatican uncovered in Canada

Seems like a month can’t go by without hearing about some new evil foisted on the world by Cathlocism, in the name of their fictitious sky fairy.

Can we say — Christian-sponsored mass-murder of Native American children?

Not only did it happen in America by Papal Decree from the Catholic Pope centuries ago, but it happened in Canada, set up  by the Anglican Church. 

Now add up the 100000+ babies stolen in Spain by Catholicism — and the sexual abuse of so many people that phone lines set up in support are overrun by calls…

…Yeah, religion is bullshit. A giant fairy in the sky threatening to burn people if they do wrong is not a proper motivator for a functional society. 

The Queen of England picking 10 children who were never seen again? Then a guy who has testimony against her mysteriously gets murdered? A rack? They were using an actual rack for torture, possibly as late as 1970? UK denied entry to people who were going to testify in the Tribunal, so they had to move it to another country?

They must really have something to hide.

LINK URL: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/236302-Mass-genocide-of-Mohawk-children-by-UK-Queen-and-Vatican-uncovered-in-Canada

TAGS: politics, Religion, Christians, Christianity, Anglicans, Catholicism, Catholics, TheVatican, AnglicanChurchOfEngland, children, deaths, massGraves, Brantford, Ontaria

RELIGION: Vatican spokesman TAKES BACK 10-year-old Apology to Sexual Abuse Victims of Catholic Priests

If you donate to the catholic church, you are supporting rapists. End of story. 

You gotta love that after 10 years of this, the guy takes back his apology, says “I believe the sex abuse thing was incredibly good”, and repeated a bunch of other falsehoods. This is one of the highest-ranking members in America. Fuck religion, and fuck rape.

“How about, ON WHAT PLANET IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO TAKE BACK YOUR APOLOGY FOR RAPING CHILDREN?”

LINK URL: http://unicornbooty.com/blog/2012/02/08/vatican-takes-back-10-year-old-apology-to-sexual-abuse-victims-of-catholic-priests

TAGS: politics, religion, Catholicism, Catholics, Christianity, Christians, sex, abuse, rapists, childMolesters, pedophiles, priests, apologies, un-Apologized, retraction, unicornbooty, NewYorkTimes, news, articles

/yard sale sign/ Overdid it a bit Friday, and Carolyn is always tired anyway, so somehow we ended up going to sleep on our foofsac at 10:30PM Friday night, expecting to get up more later. It never happened, and was the earliest we’ve gone to bed in our house in the past year (or several). Clint woke up at 3:30AM, slept more. Eventually he got up around 5:30AM.

Around 7:30AM, he decided to wake Carolyn up and make her go yard saling!

We actually drove out of the house around 8:00AM sharp, and ended up taking some alternate routes around due to realizing our traditional circuit isn’t the most opportunistic path we could be taking. Thus, we actually had good enough coverage that we stopped pretty early – 11:32AM.

The first sale we hit was a big church one RIGHT be our house. We had to take 4 trips of stuff to our car! So much stuff we decided to stop back home (because it was RIGHT by our house) and dump it back off. Then we ate breakfast at Burger King (only took 17 minutes).

Total yard saling time of 3 hours, 15 minutes. A short run for being up at the crack of dawn — yet more effective than most of our longer runs!

Spent $35.30 plus ~$9.41 gas for 35.0 miles of driving (13.8 mpg @ 3.71$/G) (the computer on the Chrysler car is so handy for giving us resettable MPG so we can calculate our gas expenditures so much more precisely now), for a total cost of $44.71.

We bought 28 items (maybe 30 if you count each ice tray and vacuum bag) – including some stuff we REALLY needed – for a total estimated value of $589.45, leading to a profit of $544.75. To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $778; money saved (by not having to spend it) is actually worth more than we realize when the government’s cut is taken into consideration.

Anyway, this works out to a “wage” of $167.62/hr as a couple or $83.81/hr per person.

20110806 - yard sale booty - beer+soda kits, new Etch-A-Sketch, light bulb, shelf, cast iron skillet, cake cover, drying rack, jar, napkins, quesadilla maker #2 - IMG_3435

most of our booty--at least, all we could fit into a single photograph

  • $5.00: camping backpack, Kelty + large ziplock bag of various nylon rope inside one pocket – this is the best camping backpack in the house, and Clint’s has been heled together by super-duct-tape-reinforced sewing for some time now, and has a broken strap (and it’s original body fell apart, the current one was cannibalized from a $3 camping backpack). It’s time for an upgrade, and this one is it. Very awesome! (EV:$65, based on some comps:1, 2, 3 (several))
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/vZTS1nyRAUfV4QA5psrEaXtWNplHn1UswjPZGc8ZKGPQISV9dDjqHjn3w9LN1KXbsTw1ovARICZjFnjTK-b5xxPJXsr0SsGeqN4B8yA5n-9Wa9XqGMN8pmGgGgjQ-r5TIhhxOucYXP4BZJ_s-1Z0KSyhlALNMPZ9sJTr_bcz6QnczLq4R4EftJD7UA

comparable to this

  • $4.00: skillet, *cast-iron*, 8″ x 1.75″ deep, slightly rusty but unlike the foodies I don’t see how that really makes much of a difference (EV:apparently only worth $8, which was the original estate sale price, now marked to half price. So basically, full price would have been worse then retail, due to the condition. In fact, I’ll bring this down to 6 for the condition it’s in.)
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like this, but rusty

  • $2.50: bowling ball, blue, sparkly, orange Scooby Doo, engraved with the name Nicole, with Scooby Doo bag, KPO4061, Brunswick (EV:bag alone is $13, cartoon network bowling balls in general are $100 … this exact ball out of stock here, so we’ll go with an INSANE total value of $112. I won’t take off for them being engraved; someone else’s name really makes the ball better, not worse, because you know some Dad got fancy balls and engraved him hoping to get his kids into bowling, but they weren’t interested and didn’t like it, so he had to sell them at a yard sale for $5. Any object that is a manifestation of disappointed parenting just makes us feel that much better for not having kids, haha.)
  • $2.50: bowling ball, purple, Dexter’s Laboratory, engraved with the name Steven, with Cartoon Network Bowling Club bag (EV:$112, same as above)
  • 20110806 - yard sale booty - cartoon bowling balls & bags - Dexter's Laboratory, Scooby Doo - IMG_3430
http://static-images.intheproshop.com/product-images/brunswick/bowling-balls/300/scooby-doo-blue-sparkle-17231.jpg

this. exactly.

  • $2.00: Make Your Own Beer home brewing kit, Item#61078, makes 1 case (6 bottles included, ingredients to make 24 bottles of Pilsner,Amber Beer — so ultimately it will cost 8 cents a beer) (EV:$25)
  • $2.00: Make Your Own Beer refill, Item#61060 (Australian Lager, European Dark, Irish Stout Beer) (makes 36 beers, so 6 cents a beer) (EV:guessing about $18)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VSfgImh-L._SS500_.jpg

this

  • $2.00: shelf, wooden, Platform-Plus Deluxe Monitor Stand, stores 6 CD/DVDs, item jb3493 upc#017874134939 (EV:$35.50)
http://www.promo-wholesale.com/Upfiles/Prod_k/Platform-Plus-Monitor-Stand--Gray-_20090833293.jpg

this

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ours doesn't say 'cake' on it

  • $1.50: napkins, cloth, mauve, set of 6 (EV:$5)
  • $1.00: scanner, HP Scanjet 4470c, C9880A, S/N#CN1BEAB0B2 – let’s see if THIS one works (EV:$50 if it works, 10 otherwise for the power adapter) — This thing works, physically, and we’ve even gotten image previews on our computer. But getting a scanner to actually SUCCEED always seems to be such a friggin’ challenge!

http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/public/1KdiNy5-TtNhNUqdapn3rT__ckGEoMtfZX961RSC1o8_xWnrsI5q72_EdK_KrsKAjvGdgGKeGHgtcva3H_4tvUSPXI2NXHB1xhWKJtFfhDnh_ObYLoW0NJKjWPjm7-ytT5urJDPnD20_j5nO9txz2MQojlbUReZdhnXGTfYz4XClqN6BW5XeHcKHbNXhbne2S4cPOWX5

  • $1.00: quesadilla maker, Salton Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker, Model QM2SFRCB – the same one we regretted not buying for $5 at one yard sale, then later saw at another for $5, got, and we’re happy. Then we discovered the pain of waiting for the 2nd quesadilla when the other person’s quesadilla is ready. Obviously we need two. *Especially* for $1. (EV:$20, though some are trying to sell this for $50 or even $60)
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yes, we needed TWO of these

  • $1.00: towel racks, Donner porcelain collection 9399w 24″ towel bar, towel ring (hand towel rack), TP holder, robe hook, lot no. 215782 – too bad we broke the towel rack when trying to install it. The robe hook we actually put above the ceramic tile top in our unused 2nd shower that holds our camping gear, so that at least one backpack can be hung instead of thrown on the pile of gear. Don’t think well ever use the TP holder (EV:$8.47 for towel rack alone, so we’ll say 4 for towel ring, 6 for TP holder, 2 for robe hook, for a total EV of $20.47)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21QMf6K3I2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

EV of $20.47, but we only used $5-$6 of that value for 1 of the 4 parts, other 3 are going to trash probably (we broke the towel rack part)

  • $1.00: dish drying rack – awesome, it’s slightly larger than ours, with better silverware holders, plus it’s not broken and dirty! (EV:$10, though ours is better than this one) — Update: Turns out that this rack is so big our old rack fits inside of it. So now we have twice the place to put silverware, a tiny gap all around the inner/smaller one to put tupperware tops, plus the ability to, if we had a LOT of dishes, remove the inner/smaller/old rack from the inside of the outer/larger/new rack, and have 2 racks. but no real exact space taken up. I thought we’d be throwing away the old one after this, but no. Now they are in synergy with each other. I’m easily impressed.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CAQAR34WL._SS500_.jpg

comparable, but ours is better

  • $1.00: Etch-A-Sketch Freestyle – wow, Etch-A-Sketch with a single joystick, not separate horizontal/vertical?! Weird. (EV:$15.40)
http://www.shopko.com/items/shopko/images/large/8635_0000.jpg

shit just got REAL

  • $1.00: Scientific Explorer, Soda Pop Kit – make your own flavored soda, sounds fun to do once (original price tag:$22) (can be gotten for $10 though, but for some reason I like to use the price tag over internet low price if there is one, because generally the person I got it from paid that price… so I’m calling this $22 not $10)
http://s3.amazonaws.com/bonanzleimages/afu/images/0461/7687/IMG_2075.jpg

i'm totally doing this one weekend

  • $1.00: vacuum bags, HomeCare Hoover, type A (2 in an unopened package), No 3317 – the type Carolyn uses! Karma for someone finding THEIR vaccuum bag type on our “free stuff desk” :) (EV:$1.19)

http://http.cdnlayer.com/ec1images/raw/products/1/13334h.jpg

  • $1.00: jar, 74oz (2.15L), plastic, interlocking top, MainStays acrylic large canister #1409081 (EV:$5 based on it being 1 of 4 jars in a $20 kit)
http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/78/63/48/40/0078634840207_500X500.jpg

I guess the previous owners didn't want the largest one, or maybe other yard salers bought the others. But large is best. Put one week's worth of chopped onions in one and not have to chop every day!

  • $1.00: tie, silk, light blue/grey kinda 2-toned, Geoffrey Beene – too bad about the wrinkle, but dry cleaning/pressing it will be way cheaper than buying a new tie (EV:$10 – $4 for dry clean/press = $6)
http://www.bows-n-ties.com/images/ties/SB3519_md_BNT.jpg

like this, but light blue/grey

  • $0.75: tobacco pipe, traditional — since Nicole lost mine :P (EV:$5)
http://www.faqs.org/photo-dict/photofiles/list/2196/2879tobacco_pipe.jpg

like this, but with a square (instead of flat) mouthpiece

  • $0.75: ladle, black plastic, pretty big, like 6oz (EV:$0.95)
http://www.schorin.com/prodimg/T17085235.jpg

like this but deeper instead of wider spoon part -- maybe not 6oz.. but definitely at least 3oz

  • $0.50: sleeping mat, foam, camping, RidgeRest just like the 2 we already have!, but this is purple on 1 side & green on the other, for some reason (held together by 2 bungee cords) (EV:$19.27 + $0.20 for the bungee cords)
http://gt.main.images.s3.amazonaws.com/userimages/1/3/13925070684e4125c40d398.jpg

like this, but in cool colors

  • $0.25: light bulb, red, pointy soft plastic tops all over (“holiday light”), Target item#5808 – we already use one of these! and it will break someday. And be replaced with this one. (original price: $4.00)
  • $0.20: ice trays, white, (2 @ $0.10 each) (EV:$1)
http://www.dollartree.com/assets/product_images/styles/alternate_large/969002.jpg

gradually learning what makes an ice tray good, and what makes an ice tray bad (pictured tray is probably more on the bed side)

  • $0.15: spatula, black plastic (EV:$1)
http://www.schorin.com/prodimg/T17085420.jpg

dramatization

  • $0.10: wrapping paper, 50sq ft (orig price: $4.00)
  • $0.10: The Beatles – Yellow Submarine metal box (originally a puzzle containing box) — I bet you could convert this to a lunch box and pass it off as one of these Beatles lunchboxes selling for $350 or even $1200… if you were a dick (EV:$15, though I can’t for sure say that link [which I forgot to save, to an ebay auction for $15] is the same thing as this)

20110806 - yard sale booty - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine - metal box - 1 - front - IMG_3419
20110806 - yard sale booty - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine - metal box - 2 - side - IMG_3427
20110806 - yard sale booty - The Beatles - Yellow Submarine - metal box - 3 - back - IMG_3423

  • $FREE: screw-in light socket – lightsocket+2outlet adapter, no pull thing, thrown in with estate sale (EV:$1 but since the pull is broken we’ll say $0.50)
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/ztS2clgOD9hz7ZILOqG82q98lY7GpEhw7xnVtdVehbZ6WcqX3bo3o-gRIFjkfvV4WJJ86P1p102RfwgPUvtv_V64twzaaO6uiVtTleNNR2Z_-Qx23MUfxe1RIUe6oA7EMre8KIRotbUtLkNAP9yY3TS8bnaU4zNLjnChNgs

but with the pull ripped off :/

  • $FREE: thumbtacks, about 100 (EV:$0.17)

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* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person).

2011 STATS SO FAR:
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 12
TOTAL TIME CLINT & CAROLYN: 27:33
TOTAL TIME CLINT ALONE:      1:15
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: 313.3
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $405.63
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 209-266
(depending on how you count them)
TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $2,568.30
—————————–
TOTAL PROFIT: $2,162.67 (avg discount: 84%)
AVG HOURLY WAGE PER PERSON: $38.38/hr

Mood:hurty
Music: Moistboyz – Date Rape

Book burning isn’t like the 1800s where burning a book permanently removed it from the zeitgeist. There is no way to destroy every Bible, Koran, and Torah on the planet. Even if every physical copy was burned, these would still exist in digital format. Book burnings these days are purely symbolic. And hey — if doing it causes 100 religious assholes to trample themselves to death, AWESOME! Now what videos can we post that will trick Christians into trampling themselves to death? ;)
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Comparative religion class sucks. But for some reason, I ended up enrolling in class and taking some comparative religion class.

The teacher was Indian, I believe, and a real douchebag. For instance, I was sitting near the wall at a rectangular table that seats 4 or 6 people. I was writing on a piece of paper. He grabbed it, and moved it to the aisle side of the table. Basically, forcing me to sit 5 feet closer to him just because he wanted everyone gathered around him. Really kind of an egocentric guy.

It was also quite clear that he was a very religious man himself, which I thought made him a really bad candidate for objectively teaching a comparative religion class. To top it off, I had no idea what any of the concepts he was explaining were about. I don’t remember what they were, but basically, you had to be a believer to understand the lecture.

Things got worse. After class, a few girls sitting near me told me that I should drop the class. They hadn’t even talked to me; they just made this judgment by the way I reacted to the lecture. (Hmm, at one point I might have had my whole body, except for my head, buried by a blanket, with my head laying on the table. That was probably me sleeping in real life.)

So after the class, I did end up thinking, “Maybe I should drop this shit, since the teacher AND other students are such douchebags”. I also had no clue what, when, or where my next class is. This is a common theme in myback to school dreams — Me forgetting my class schedule, and not having memorized it yet because it’s the first day of classes. This happens in my dreams ALL THE TIME.

''Dreams... They're the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.'' --Xavier:Renegade Angel

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
Xavier:Renegade Angel
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Here’s a repost of something Modemac posted on Facebook. This describes how I feel so accurately that I am reposting it as my own opinion, even though I didn’t write it..

20100324 - Clint - 0 - The Xanatos Scream - by IMBJR from alt.slack [SubGenius]

I am a Dobbist.

As a SubGenius, I occasionally find myself interacting with normal Pinks who have no idea what the hell a SubGenius is. As we know, most attempts to define our faith tend to attract outbursts along the lines of, “Oh, it’s a joke! Ha ha ha!” or “That’s not funny!” … But that doesn’t really satisfy the question of what the “spiritual tendencies” of a SubGenius are. For this reason, it’s not uncommon for most SubGenii to be tarred with the label, “you’re an atheist.”

B&B - SubGeniuses - Bob Bob Bob

SubGenius = Atheism? Not quite...

To many religious persons, atheism is the worst state of spirituality in existence – the absence of God. Atheists, on the other hand, revel in this state – they declare themselves to be free of the trappings of religion, even as they grumble and complain about the way that atheists are distrusted and discriminated against in spiritual circles.

Except, that doesn’t really describe my spiritual leanings.

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0385 - Clint, Christopher Lee - a meeting of the shirts

A Meeting Of The Shirts.

I’ve been called an atheist by Scientologists, Christians, and even some pagans; but that’s not really accurate. Atheism as a statement of spirituality causes many people of all leanings (including non-religious) to leap to conclusions, some of which may be wildly inaccurate. Also, I consider hard-core in-your-face atheists who scream “there is no God!” in my face to be just as obnoxious, offensive, and stupid as theists who scream “you’re going to Hell!”

20090730 - Venn diagram of open-minded groups

Atheists not included.

For years I considered myself to be an agnostic, but upon reflection I’ve decided that agnosticism isn’t really a “choice” for me, either. [Clint's note: The preceding sentence is not really how I feel, thought the rest of this post is.] Agnosticism tends to be a middle-of-the-road choice that lets one avoid making hard and solid decisions, and it can often be justified by such wishy-washy arguments as, “I’d like to believe in God, but I haven’t seen any real evidence to prove it. Show me some outstanding empirical evidence, and I’ll be a true believer in God.” Except, of course, that such evidence is not forthcoming; nor are we likely to see such evidence in the course of our lives – or, indeed, for the entire lifespan of the Universe, if scientific theory and discovery continues to move along the path it seems to be traversing.

So, if I don’t want to spend my life questioning the existence of God, yet I don’t deny God outright, then what paths are open to me?

20080704 - X-Day at Brushwood - 161-6116 - pavilion with Bob Dobbs banner

I suggest this path... Cool people in that tent/shelter.

Polytheism to me seems even more foolish than atheism, and I have no intention of picking up the hammer of Thor or the cross of Brigid at any time soon. Rather, upon reflection, I choose at this time to take on a name coined by Reverend Godfather (Reverend Magdalen’s Dad). He told me this at X-Day, and I liked the word; so now I am offering a definition of the term.

I am a Dobbist.

20080706 - X-Day - Versificators shirt - (by Scalpod) - 2656062825_33db550f2f_o

Put this in your pipe and smoke it.

If an atheist refuses or denies the existence of God; and an agnostic questions the existence of God; then a Dobbist MOCKS the existence of God.

20090703 - X-Day - GEDC0261 - Carolyn, Clint - communion wafer foreheads

Fuck you, Christian god.

This may be succinctly seen in the phrase that we first hear at the beginning of SubGenius Pamphlet #1:

“Jehovah is an ALIEN and STILL THREATENS THIS PLANET!”

Jesus Christ creates hate -- look how easy it is to make them spew hate - "MARIJUANA - What Would Jesus Smoke?" - Jesus used (not smoked) Cannabis, says the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and many others

Jeeze & Chong.

When one considers all of the crimes, desecration, and foolish acts committed in the name of God over the course of history – or even some of them – one can see that God is indeed a threat to the peace and security of the world; even to the point where World War III might turn out to be a clash of religions between the East (Islam) and the West (Christianity).

postcard - religious satire - Muslim asses praying - b40c

Fuck you, Muslim god.

In the face of a God such as this one, I would rather look at the Universe as a strange and sick joke at our expense, put there especially for God’s amusement.

20090620 - Artomatic - GEDC0119 - Parthena - pope painting, thumbs up

Fuck you, child-rape-accessory Pope(s).

God may exist, but if he exists then he is certainly laughing at us. Therefore, as a Dobbist, I will look for that which is funny and sick in this world, and laugh right back at God. He deserves our mockery, and certainly not our respect.

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Fuck you, Buddhist & Pagan gods.

One quote that might fit in with this sectarian view comes from Sam Harris (an outspoken atheist) in “The End of Faith:”

“We know enough at this moment to say that the God of Abraham is not only unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man.”

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Here's someone worthy of man. He could sell you a can of beans, and then sell you your farts afterward.

Why should we fall prostrate to an alien God from a corporate sin galaxy, when instead we can point at him and laugh at the fact that he has a small penis? (Considering the everlasting emphasis placed on sex in all of the major religions, it seems obvious that God must be compensating for something.)

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God, why are you so obsessed with penises? FUCK OFF!

The Church of the SubGenius is built on humor, though over time it has naturally seen many Schizms – as we are commanded by J.R. “Bob” Dobbs to do. This is my Schizm: I am not a Holocaustal nor an Ivangelical, but rather a Dobbist. It may turn out to be Short Duration Personal Schizm, and perhaps on this coming X-Day, “Bob” may show me to be a complete idiot for writing these words.

Bring it on, “Bob!” I’m ready for you!

For now, and at this point in time, I am a Dobbist.

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//www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/jesus1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.[originally posted 3/25/2008] Because I am outspoken, have a powerful web presence, and have unpopular and unapologetic opinions, I tend to attract trolls from time to time. For example, the guy who argued that we must protest South Parkbefore the series even came out. Honestly, I might be the actual troll here, as I deliberately put some stuff up to bait people into leaving responses, which is the definition of trolling. But that definition usually applies to neutral forums, not to posting to your own forum. So I’ll go ahead and call the people who attack me on my own spaces “trolls”, in the “I’m rubber you’re glue” spirit.

This is in response to my “What Would Jesus Smoke?” blogposts HERE, as well as my What Would Jesus Smoke (and other Jesus) Flickr images HERE.

These pictures draw “Christian soldiers” from all over the place, causing them to hurl entertaining vitriol in my direction. I fucking love it.

I always thought “Ye who has not sinned should cast the first stone”, but hey, Christians don’t seem to know much about being Christ-like, just like Muslims don’t seem to know much about being Mohammad-like. (And if they did, they would all have 6-year-old wives like Mohammad.) My uncle Sean has already published, analyzed, and commented on this letter, and there are already a few comments over there on his blog. He is more calm and collected, and can say how I feel better than I can. :)

Anyway, this gets ugly. Very ugly. Read on to see the love God puts in all Christians’ hearts. (That was sarcasm.) (more…)

[UPDATE: NOTE: For the purpose of this post, and to placate those who want to get into gritty details: Any time I say "agnostic", I mean "strong agnostic" as defined HERE.]

One of the things that bugs me about religion in general… Is that the very basis of it all is a foundation built upon assumptions that have no evidence to support them. I’m talking about “faith”. It’s just about the poorest foundation for any belief system. Idealism can sometimes work as the foundation of a belief system, though it’s not always logic. Practicality can as well — though it runs the risk of becoming calculating, almost reptilian. Even cynicism can be a logical foundation for a belief system. But faith? Pffft. What kind of idiot builds their belief system on that? (Hopefully not you. But if so: Don’t try to convince me. You’d be wasting both our time.)

This applies to atheists too.

How do you know God isn’t lurking somewhere, unless you can go there and see? You can’t. Nobody can. It would take a God to disprove God, which is a Catch-22. There’s no logic in that. It is quite annoying when somebody says, “I conclusively know the nature of the entire universe, and, knowing all, can say there is no god.”

Who do you think you’re kidding? Not me. To believe that there’s no god actually requires a hefty serving of… FAITH! Silly atheists.

But despite the fact that atheism makes the same mistakes as theism — at least their god is a god of reason, and not arbitrary faith and dogma. Atheists don’t tend to do a lot of the stupid shit theists tend to do. There’s not nearly as much to criticize them on.

Once I saw a big atheist brouhaha (which I can’t spell) about religious altars being put at the roadside where people died. How dare state money be involved? But seriously, guys. If my family member was killed in a car accident… And they allow a memorial to be put up in the very spot it happened… I would hope that it would involve whatever that family member would want. Even if it’s a pentagram dedicated to our dark lord Satan. Or (*gasp!*) a cross.
I’ve also seen some atheist newsletters that made me feel… Like I was exposed to a cult. They were into their non-belief just a little too much. Unsubscribe. Now.
But that’s about it. No religious wars. Nobody convinced that they will get sex for suicide bombing. None of this mystical bullshit that gets forced down our throats all the time. One nation under god? Really? Fuck that.

In the end, the most logical thing to do is to do nothing. Make no assumptions. You’ll find out. Or you wont find out, and blackness will envelop you as your soul and consciousness ceases to exist forever. What’s that feel like? I don’t want to know. But I’m not going to comfort myself with some b.s. sky fairy, nor am I going to be so cynical as to deny the possibilities that may be out there.

Agnosticism. It’s how I’ve always referred to myself, when not referring to myself as a SubGenius. On paperwork and such. (It always creeps me out when paperwork asks that! None of your business!)

agnostic
Etymology: Greek agnostos unknown, unknowable
1 : a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god

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A good illustration at the fucking idiocy of anyone who thinks the earth was created 4004 years ago.
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Cute kitty about 3/4ths of the way through!

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