Babies: hate and religion free from the start. No wonder god hates them so.
This is unacceptable. A child’s hero is their hero; whether it’s Jesus Christ, God, Santa Claus, Michael Jordan, etc. This has nothing to do with separation of church and state. Religion in the classroom is a no-no but belief in a god isn’t necessarily a religious issue.
Now had this situation been flipped, and the teacher been promoting religion or even a god–then that’s more along the lines of the “separation of church in state” as put forth in this nations founding doctrine.
I will say that it gives me pause with relation to the indoctrination of children. The “god thing” is similar to the “Santa Claus” thing. But telling a child there is something greater than them that looks out for them, is not ALL bad I think–though I would argue it doesn’t have to be a god, per se. “Lord knows” it only takes a sprinkling of passages to learn that the god of the bible is a dubious character to say the least.
The challenge for parents is to know when the child is ready to handle real answers. I like to think of a child’s mind is being akin to the mind of early humans–it needs explanations for the things it experiences for which it has no discernible control over. The hard questions should be met with soft answers until it is able to handle the reality of hard answers.
Sadly, a great deal of the world’s population is still in a child-like, early-human mind state where we’ve traded the literal inability to handle real answers for willful, outright non-acceptance of reality.
The hilarious writing that follows–I only WISH I could take credit for. But Alas, that isn’t the case. No, this gem brilliantly pokes fun at the hypocrisy of the Adam & Eve myth and comes from the sick and comedically genius minds (at least I think so) of the satyrical bastards over at the:
Came across this podcast while listening to the ‘A Matter of Doubt’ Podcast Episode 56
I was initially turned-off by Noah’s “angry atheist” leanings, but decided to give the show a listen and unholy christ am I glad I did!
These guys could easily have a show on…well…not on a real network but on like a Comedy Central or a SpikeTV or maybe like NBC.
This is some of the most quick-witted, smart and, yes, scathing laugh-out-loud satyr I’ve ever heard and it was a welcome respite from my usual academic-discussion-based podcast leanings like The Atheist Experience or The Thinking Atheist–not that these shows aren’t entertaining, it’s just that the Scathing Atheist is like Atheism on Speed after a meth binge to bring you down off a bad crack bender. (not that I know what that’s like…at least not all three of them…….ahem…)
LET THE SCATHING BEGIN!!
“Today we’re gonna open our bibles up to Genesis and learn all about the first people that god ever made, Adam and Eve.
Adam was god’s finest creation, whom god fashioned in his own image. And Eve was an afterthought made from a rib when Adam decided bulls, sheep and hamsters were inadequate companions. And together they lived in the Garden of Eden.
The Garden was a beautiful paradise where the weather was always nice and there was always enough to eat. There were plenty of delicious fruits to eat, but the very most delicious fruit of them all was the only thing in the whole garden that they weren’t allowed to have, because it would give them knowledge.
God could have made the fruit they weren’t allowed to eat taste really bad or he could have just not put it there at all, but he decided to put the only thing they couldn’t have right there where it would be really, really easy for them to get it. But they didn’t because god had told them not to.
But then the devil came to them in the form of
serpent and he spoke to Eve. Because, yes, boys
and girls, the devil can inhabit snakes and talk to you.
And it’s okay to tell kids that because they would
probably have nightmares anyway.
God also could have not made devil snakes or been there when he knew that the devil was tempting Eve, but he decided not to because god is mysterious, so instead he allowed Adam and Eve to disobey him, even though he already knew that they would before they did, because god knows everything.
And when Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they realized that they were naked and they were ashamed of it because people should be ashamed of their bodies no matter what and nakedness is evil. And it’s okay to tell kids that because they’d probably already have plenty of suicidal thoughts in their teen years anyway.
So Adam and Eve made clothes out of leaves and they hid when they heard god coming because they didn’t want him to see their naughty bits. So god asked them, “Hey guys, where’s your cock and tits and stuff?”
And Adam told god that he didn’t want god to look at his penis anymore. So god got really mad. And it’s okay to tell kids that because the priests would have probably overpowered them even if they weren’t theologically predisposed to letting authority figures see them naked.
And god said “Did you guys eat the fruit I told you not to eat?”
And Adam said, “It was all Eve’s fault” which meant that god wasn’t the only one who wasn’t gonna see her naughty bits for a while.
So god became so angry that he stole the snake’s legs and made it crawl on it’s belly, which is a punishment even though it’s an equally valid method of locomotion that is better suited to the snake’s ecological niche than legs would be.
And god got so mad at Eve that he made childbirth hurt for all animals forever and ever. And he also kicked them out of the beautiful garden and made them live in a crappier world with hurricanes and earthquakes and disease and stillborn puppies. And he also cursed every human being who would ever live to carry the sin of Eve. Because she ate a fruit god told her not to eat.
And nobody ever lived happily ever after again. Because of a fruit.
When President Obama asked Americans to examine their own racial biases, photographer Jane Critchlow took that to heart. She approached black men in her neighborhood and asked to take photos with them. Host Michel Martin talks with Critchlow about her project, and the men’s reactions.
A New Black Manifesto:
• Stop looking to others to lead us.
• Stop basing our lives around a 2000 year old book about a dead “messiah” and his, evidently, non-existent father. Two hands working can accomplish more than a thousand hands clasped in prayer. 400 years of Christianity–how’s that working?!?!
• Be responsible for ourselves.
• Stop dumping ALL of your personal issues challenges and difficulties into the racism basket. Racism is real, but it’s not an excuse. For instance, when a Simon Cowell tells you can’t sing………It’s probably cause YOU CAN’T SING!!!! There’s no substitute for talent or competence. [EDITED: September 8, 2013, 7:56 PM]
• Stop giving each other passes for self-defeating behavior.
• Stop pigeonholing each other into some narrow-minded definition of ”Blackness”. Be a well-rounded person; culturally, academically and socially.
• Convert the energy wasted in “attitude” and the “chip-on-the-shoulder” to effective action for your betterment.
• READ!!!!! READ!!!!! READ!!!!! and question everything. Know who and where you REALLY are and where you REALLY come from.
• Stop buying. Start creating and selling; make yourself a sought after commodity outside of the entertainment and sports industry.
• Respect yourselves. Maintain (or develop some) Integrity, civility and empathy.
• Stop dreaming and hoping and burying your head and attention in distractions and ancient fables.
• WAKE-UP!!! PARTICIPATE and EVOLVE!!!
Further instruction to follow…
[September 8, 2013, 7:01 PM] REVISED TITLE (“Are Believers Stupid?”)
This post started as an e-mail question to the good(subjective of course) folks at the Atheist Experience, but I got on a roll and well, here goes…
It’s been suggested that people who believe are perhaps not as intelligent as those who don’t believe.
As an atheist, I think there’s ample evidence for this being false, but there has to be some connection between cognitive ability, emotional intelligence and belief.
After all, when a believer has come to a point in a debate when they have no answer for lack of evidence for a god, their inevitable go-to is “well, that’s just what I feel” which is basically a self-imposed point of “satisfaction saturation”–a point beyond which they have no need to explore. Their need has been satisfied.
Another believer go-to is inserting a god where there is no evident answer or in matters of natural beauty(again, subjective) and wonder regarding our world. “There is no answer, so the answer must be a god.”
I like to say: “I cannot question how what you believe makes you feel and what it means to you, but I have every right to question what you attribute it to” (bad English–but it rhymes this way).
The core difference in a believer vs. an atheist is their core goal. In essence, the need to believe what makes them feel good (not to confirm with evidence, and further, to claim as evidence the feelings they experience) vs. the skeptic/atheist’s need to know and explore what is evident and right before us, regardless of what hard truth it may reveal.
I used to dread when my thought process lead me to contemplate my own mortality and the finality of it, but since embracing atheism I literally cannot, no matter how hard I try, get as upset or anxious about dying and never existing again as I used to when I was merely undecided about such matters. I took the red pill and haven’t looked back–and am content with where it has brought me.
The iconic tv character Archie Bunker once said [8/27/13, 7:51pm EDIT: paraphrase deleted, actual quote found]: ”Everybody’s afraid of death until it hits you. After that, you never give it another thought.” (All In The Family, Season 9, Episode 19)
When you occupy yourself with the exploration of reality and truth in life, apparently, your mind has no time or interest to contemplate post-mortum (so to speak).
What is that thing forces some to seek truth and others to seek satisfaction?
I am exploring this topic currently (independently) after reading the intro to Robert Green’s ‘Mastery’.
It speaks to our adaptability to the prevailing environment: ”early humans evolved the ability to detach and think as their primary advantage in the struggle to avoid predators and find food. It connected them to a reality other animals could not access. Thinking on this level was the single greatest turning point in all of evolution— the emergence of the conscious, reasoning mind. [Greene, Robert (2012-11-13). Mastery (p. 7). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition]
Ironically, avoiding his immediately, impending mortality was a key factor in early mans adaptability and evolution.
To me the believer / atheist tug-of-war is the modern-day version of the Homosapien / Neanderthal fight for survival. The one who is most equipped to deal with the reality of his environment and willing to address the challenge internally–not seeking the divine intervention of external forces to intervene of their behalf–is the one who will survive and prosper–and even prosperity reaches a point of diminishing returns.
So, if I had to give a reason why I care what someone else thinks or believes, or why I care what someone else believes, it’d be that–not using our cognitive ability to it’s fullest potential is detrimental to the survival of all.
That’s all guys. Remember, keep the non-faith!
Saw this saying posted on a forum by a user by the name of ‘exa’ and decided I’d do my own visual pictorial thereof.
(I’ve since learned there’s a plethora of ‘takes’ on this saying to found on the interwebz)