BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) – Hundreds of people gathered for a Hindu religious rite in a town in eastern India on Friday, seeking divine intervention into the global economic crisis as stocks plummeted worldwide, organisers said.
The rite was performed on the same day as the Indian rupee hit a record low of 50.15 per dollar, and the Indian share market dropped 11 percent to three-year lows.
More than three hundred people watched the rite being performed by 131 priests in a temple in the beach city of Puri in Orissa state.
The priests poured water into pots from a nearby pond and carried them out in a procession to the temple, shouting praises of Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.
The priests burnt sandalwood and clarified butter, and offered flowers to the goddess while chanting hymns.
“The entire world is witnessing a financial crisis and Goddess Laxmi can only help us in this crucial situation,” Kumuda Ranjan Samantray, one of the organisers told Reuters.
The financial crisis was set off by a U.S. housing market collapse nearly 15 months ago.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
“Atheism is a faith”, says Mondo, which we know is totally false. He might be able to understand correctly what atheism is if he could step outside of his fundie bubble for five minutes and take the time to truly educate himself about atheism instead of simply inventing a meaning for himself from his own imagination.
Mondo, atheism = WITHOUT GOD. No god beliefs. And if you want to make the claim that there is a god, then it is you who must show us the proof of the existence of your god, without using your mythology book. Where is your verifiable evidence? I can say there is a pink unicorn buried in my back yard based on a storybook which was written about the pink unicorn, and you will tell me I am full of it. Millions of people believe in the various Hindu gods. You cannot prove that the Hindu gods do not exist, you cannot prove that Odin doesn’t exist, you cannot prove that Isis doesn’t exist, you cannot prove that Ra doesn’t exist. And all of these mythologies that were once religions have texts. Human beings have invented so many gods throughout the ages. So Mondo, based on your reasoning, all of these other gods and goddesses that people believe in must exist simply because no one can prove that they do not exist?
With his published ignorance, Pastor Mondo is showing just how little he understands science and theology. My neighbors and I just shake our heads after reading his little essays. (And shows us the lack of quality of this newspaper that prints such drivel.) It’s disturbing to see grown people in the year 2008 who are so incredibly ignorant in the field of science and with such a lacking of knowledge in the field of evolution. Fundamentalism such as Mondo’s is one of the bigger reasons why our country is so far behind the rest of the Western world in the fields of science and mathematics. Mondo, here is a site for you to read through concerning evolution.
Mondo’s latest tirade is simply is an attempt to justify his own worldview. Mondo’s worldview shows lack of tolerance of those who are different. I think we atheists are getting under Mondo’s skin by knowing that we just simply exist. And it is bothering the god believers immensely that there are more of us than they had realized and we are no longer staying silent in the shadows. But I think that it is a good thing that Mondo is bringing attention to the subject of atheism and drawing us into discourse and hopefully he is also bringing it up in his church sermons. There are many atheists in church pews who are encouraged to hear that so many others think as they do and may realize the fear tactics being used to control them.
The typical atheist “believes” somehow life evolved from non-living things (rocks, primordial soup, etc.). Yet let it be screamed from the rooftops, not a single scientist has ever produced life from non-life empirically or in any other way. The laws of science and probability all speak against this even being a possibility, most specifically for those who believe it happened randomly, with no intelligent input. Yet this is exactly what evolutionists want us to “believe” happened.
The chemical steps that led to life on Earth remain a matter of intense speculation.” What’s the point? They have no proof, but instead will dismiss evidence a Creator is the only logical conclusion while staying committed to their “intense speculation.” That is why God calls them fools (Rom 1:22).
How many times do we have to tell these fools that atheism simply means lack of belief in the existence of any god, gods,goddesses. Period. We are not the delusional who believe that a 2,000 year old mythology book is real. Atheism is saying gods do not exist and requires no faith in anything. But it sure takes a whole lot of faith to believe that a god always existed, and took interest in a speck of a planet in the vastness of the universe, made his own little pets on this little speck of a planet for the sole egotistical purpose of worshiping him forever, and then plays games with these little pets if he doesn’t like how they use the “free will” so creates a son for himself to torture and kill in a most horrific way, only come back to life and float up into heaven. This Christian mythology is just as bizarre as any of the myths invented by humans to try to explain things they do not understand, or things they have no control over.
Mondo…science is based on a hypothesis, verifiable evidence and facts. Religion is based on faith and falls in the category of
delusion theology. Mondo, you have zero evidence for the existence of your god, you have zero evidence that your god made a son for himself and turned him into a zombie and floated him up into some other dimension. Christianity is MYTHOLOGY. A mythology as bizarre as humans have ever invented. Jesus and God are figments of human imagination just as all the gods of other cultures around the world throughout time.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The president of France seems to be at least a wee bit superstitious since he is all in a tizzy threatening the publishing firm to pull the product from shelves or be subject to a lawsuit.
PARIS (Reuters) – has threatened to sue a publishing company unless it withdraws a Sarkozy doll that comes with a "voodoo manual" instructing readers to plant pins in it, his lawyer said Tuesday.
The doll is emblazoned with some of Sarkozy's most famous quotes such as "Get lost you pathetic arsehole" -- his words to a bystander who refused to shake his hand at a farm show last year. Readers are encouraged to plant pins in the quotes.
" has instructed me to remind you that, whatever his status and fame, he has exclusive and absolute rights over his own image," lawyer Thierry Herzog wrote to publishers K&B in a letter published by newspaper Le Monde.
Confirming details to Reuters, Herzog said Sarkozy would sue the publishing firm if it didn't respond and pull the product. K&B has issued 20,000 copies of the manual and doll.
The company has also issued a doll representing Sarkozy's rival in last year's presidential election. Her lawyer said she was also considering legal action.
Voodoo is a religion rooted in West Africa that is practiced in parts of the Caribbean, especially Haiti, and parts of the southern United States.
According to a widespread belief, voodoo worshipers can plant pins in dolls representing their enemies to curse them from afar. However, voodoo experts say the practice has been widely misunderstood and misrepresented by outsiders
The atheist posters are the idea of the British Humanist Association (BHA) and have been supported by prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins.
The BHA planned only to raise £5,500, which was to be matched by Professor Dawkins, but it has now raised more than £36,000 of its own accord.
It aims to have two sets of 30 buses carrying the signs for four weeks.
The complete slogan reads: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
Richard Dawkins states:
This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think - and thinking is anathema to religion
We have been seeing stories in the news here and there about the atheist billboards popping up around the country, thanks to groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but we need to do more to let other atheists know that they are not alone and to let them know and especially let the believers know that there are more of us non-believers than they realize.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
While we continue to hear stories from whiny religious folks about their delusions being offended, one of the latest complaints from some Muslim groups is that they find the background music in the eagerly anticipated “LittleBigPlanet” to be “offensive”. LittleBigPlanet was to be released yesterday but has been delayed as the game’s developer caved to the protests of the Muslim groups.
Videogame delayed over possible offense to Muslims
. . .” its release date has been put back after one of its background music tracks, a song by Mali-born artist Toumani Diabate, was found to have included expressions from the Koran, which could be interpreted as an offence to Muslims.”
Shit, the entire text of the Koran and Bible is offensive to many of us! The Koran and the Bible contain some of the most offensive literature ever published. Why aren’t we all out there protesting and demanding apologies and removal of these questionable texts from store shelves? Well, that answer is easy . . . the majority of we Americans believe in the freedom of speech and expression.
Religious folks complain about certain games, movies, and other forms of entertainment being offensive to them and instead of just not buying the product or choosing not to see a film they find objectionable, they want to censor these things for everyone. I find many films, games, magazines, etc to be offensive and I simply do not purchase those things or attend those films. It would be crazy for me to go around demanding that just because something offends me that it must be removed or changed to accommodate my sensitivities. But when the religious folks go around demanding things be removed or banned to accommodate their beliefs, god botherers are taken seriously, as the developers of LittleBigPlanet are taking their demands seriously.
According to a separate statement on the website of Media Molecule, the British-based developers of LittleBigPlanet, they were “shell-shocked and gutted” by the delay to the game’s release.
“We learnt… that there is a lyric in one of the licensed tracks which some people may find offensive, and which slipped through the usual screening processes,” the statement read.
“Obviously MM and Sony together took this very seriously. LBP should be enjoyable by all.”.
Now, how many “true believers” are going to be enjoying this game anyway, with or without the “offensive” background music? Why can’t these folks go find some hungry people to feed, some poverty to fight against, some wars to solve, some abused children to care for, etc?
As one commenter at GamesRadar said sarcastically, “what brave new world we live in.”
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I just want to let you know I am still here. I've been through some medical "challenges" in recent weeks with my ankle surgery, then before I was even out of the boot cast got TWO herniated discs and found out my lower spine is degenerating. Then night before last I got a gout attack in my left big toe. So, have a lame left foot, and my right foot is still need of therapy after surgery. I walk like CP3O!
I had an epidural steroid injection into my spine yesterday and all those magical prayers people were saying for me didn't work (we all know why now, don't we?) The procedure I had failed to alleviate my severe back and leg pain yet, and am still hoping it will kick in soon. I am so weary of having to rely on others to do things for me. My hubby has been great through all of this illness crap, but he can't keep missing work to drive me to the doctors and hospital...and doing all the errands and shopping. He is getting pretty tired out from it all.
I can't sit at my computer for more than a couple minutes at a time because of that. I have TWO herniated discs in my back and degeneration in the low spine. I am trying to figure out a way to blog that won't aggravate my symptoms. Laptop in bed didn't work. I will think of something . Can any of you who has back trouble give me some ideas as to how I can comfortably blog?
I hope to get something together to post real soon!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Now that I have been having another bout of frustrating medical problems, the magical emails have started to come from a couple of my "devout believer" friends and family members. Apparently this god can do nothing without magical emails and special magical messages for everyone to be "touched" by this god, and in turn I am supposed to forward the magical email tIo others like some sort of Chinese telephone magical god game. This god never speaks for himself. And no one can explain how this god who never speaks for himself speaks individually to people. One on one. God talk always relies on other humans to "pass the word". God is inside human imagination, whatever the person imagines this god to be. Just like any other sort of fiction.
I wanted to badly to write back: “These touchy-feely emails are invented BY HUMANS, and passed around BY HUMANS, with a HUMAN MESSAGE. No one would even know about your religion if HUMANS didn’t go around talking about it -- all religions are alike in this way. Nothing happens without human intervention!” But I controlled myself like I always do because I do love and care about this person.
Now, back to sending religious fundie emails to sick people. . . What’s wrong with just sending a HUMAN message of concern? Why do people have to use a time people are sick to zero in to push their own version of this god crap? That is very disrespectful when the ones sending it know the beliefs of the person who they are sending it too, and doubly inconsiderate to send it at a time when we need HUMAN support and help, not some magical wishes about a magical being who I can never even believe in (and when those forwards raise blood pressure– not because of the message itself since we think it’s a bunch of hooey, but the idea of knowing why they are sending it…to try to get you while you are not feeling good. It’s very inconsiderate to take advantage of sick and injured people for one’s own selfish purposes of pushing their own personal beliefs.I could send out atheist forwards to these people, but do not because I can let most of this crap slide. For one, I recognize that it is their right to believe however they want. But if I did send out emails telling them they need to get rid of the delusional beliefs, they would get all shitty about it and never speak to me again for dissing their delusion. Even when we try to tell them even nicely to keep their religion to themselves, it causes some of them to have an emotional meltdown, they cry, accuse me of hurting them for rejecting their silly god beliefs -- some even went so far as to shut me out of their lives. I don’t reject them, but I do reject the crap they are trying to sell me. There are millions of things to talk about, and I don't find a problem talking with most people about all kinds of things. But for the fundies, it always goes back to their own version of god beliefs. They cannot see that their beliefs are interfering with real living and relationships with others.
It’s all so unnecessary, this endless god peddling that drives a wedge between friends and family members. Most of my friends and family members believe in some version of god and yet only a few who find themselves to be more “holy” than anyone else and have “true beliefs” have the problem with respecting the beliefs or non-beliefs of others. It’s so very sad that religion also makes people change. While those people who have become more and more “devout” may say I have changed, it is not me. I have never believed in god or the Jesus zombie story unquestioningly even as a Christian. I did the church thing as a tradition when the kids were growing up, because it’s how I grew up in a country that is predominantly Christian. I now reject it, but I am still the same person that I have always been. I do not go around preaching atheism to family membes and friends. While I support atheist organizations and movements within the internet realm, and I have a blog, I rarely talk about my non-belief even when people make comments about their magical friend.
The ones who HAVE changed cannot see it. They cannot see how pious and self-righteous they appear to others. They cannot see that their religion is no different now than before. Lack of god belief isn’t causing the economic crisis, lack of god belief doesn’t cause medical problems, lack of god belief doesn’t cause misfortunes to happen. Non-believers bounce back from problems just like believers, because of human actions. Things usually get better in time if PEOPLE work to correct the problems. But if people don’t do somthing, no god comes. If people don’t go to have surgery, therapy, take medicine…no god comes. If people don’t work to pay their bills and manage their money intelligently, no god comes. If people build their house in low-lying flood areas, no god comes to stop the floodwaters when we get a freak rain. I wish the people who push their religion on others would actually stop and consider who is really in charge in their lives. THEY are.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday blamed a lack of attention to religion and God for the crisis in global financial markets.
“Their economy is collapsing… the reason for their defeat is that they have abandoned faith in God and piety,” Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech in the northeastern city of Bojnurd.
The financial crisis is a sign that the domination of “international thieves” is over, he said, in comments following the same theme as a speech on Monday by Pope Benedict XVI.
The repercussions of the credit crunch are “evidence that God’s promise is being delivered, that tyrants and corrupt (people) should go and be replaced by the pious and believers,” he said.
“God willing, a global government of justice will be set up with the resistance of Iranian people as the flag-bearers (of the movement) led by Imam Mahdi.”
The president is a devotee of the Mahdi, the 12th imam of Shiite Islam, who Shiites believe disappeared more than 1,000 years ago and who will return one day to usher in a new era of peace and harmony.
Pope Benedict said the financial crisis sweeping the world proves the futility of craving success and money and urged instead that people base their lives on the word of God.
Those who seek “success, career or money are building (their lives) on sand,” Benedict told a synod of bishops at the Vatican.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
I was reading about OCD the other day and how so many of the symptoms are similar to religious beliefs and rituals. While the person knows what they are doing is illogical, they can't help themselves and keep doing it anyway, unable to stop because they must.
Comparisons between OCD and Religion
* Obsessions. These are unwanted thoughts, ideas, and impulses that you have again and again. They won't go away.
Like the church teaches that humans cannot stop "sinning" even in one's own thoughts?
They get in the way of your normal thoughts and cause anxiety or fear.
Must keep believing or something bad will happen, God will send punishment even if you aren't really doing anything or thinking anything bad.
o A fear of harm to yourself or a loved one.
o A driving need to do things perfectly or correctly.
o A fear of getting dirty or infected.
The fear that you must believe so that you won't harm yourself or others, desire for perfection that we can never obtain, but religion teaches that their magical sacrifice and resurrection of a zombie can bring that perfection, wash away the "dirt and infection". Week after week, day after day, hour after hour they keep trying to get "clean" but cannot. The rituals must be repeated because there is just no end to the "dirt".
* Compulsions. These are behaviors that you repeat to try to control the obsessions. Some people have behaviors that are rigid and structured, while others have very complex behaviors that change.
Just like religions and their rituals that are used to try to attain some special favors from supernatural beings in order to feel like something, someone is in control of things.
o Washing or checking that something has been done.
o Counting, often while doing another compulsive action, such as hand-washing.
o Repeating things or always moving items to keep them in perfect order.
We hear in churches about the "washing away of sins" and how Jesus can wash all our troubles and cares away...along with our evil sins.
I am not certain about how exactly the rosary works, but I know there is a repetition of numbers involved and counting...saying a number of "hail Mary's" after confession of doing something bad. Hoarding...not sure if I can think of one that fits this one, except hoarding people, getting more and more people for Jeeebus and God.
Praying...I don't need to go into detail about praying and the wishful thinking. This is listed as an OCD symptom though, and this must then pertain to all of these fools who flock to mass, church services, revivals, or whatever to pray their hearts out for some kind of control in their lives.
Religion should have a place in the DSM-IV
Friday, October 03, 2008
\ˈnü-klē-ər, ˈnyü-, ÷-kyə-lər\
Another annoying mispronunciation is that of the name of the Iranian leader -- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. McCain screwed it up by adding a k sound in the beginning and a few extra syllables that weren't supposed to be there (Achmadinejadadadad), then Palin screwed it up again last night the same way withe the k sound at the beginning. Then instead of pronouncing it properly, what does Biden do? He follows suit of the same mispronunciation as Palin. Doesn't anyone do their homework anymore? Is just skating by how we all function now?
Based on the advice of the BBC Persian Monitoring team,
(-h is pronounced in 'Mahmoud' and in 'Ahmadinejad') ."
There is no "K" or "CH" sound in Ahmadinejad. (Edit: there is a very, very soft k sound in native speakers, but not the hard German "ACH" sound like Palin, McCain and Biden were using. I had never heard anyone say it like that before. )
It really isn't that hard to pronounce once you learn it. There are helpful dictionaries and other resources all over the internet. LINK There is no excuse, especially for highly elected officials to lack proper pronunciation of even the most complex words. They are either very lazy, or they are trying to sound stupid to the voters, which is insulting to the average educated person.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
It’s all well and good that they finally approve of a woman to lead the nation and have power over male citizens, but too bad their beliefs are contradictory since Baptists believe women still must be subservient to their husbands. Palin’s religion, while allowing a woman to preach in the church and be pastors, they also believe like the Baptists that according to I Timothy 2:12 “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”(NIV) and Eph. 5:23-32 “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.” How do they reconcile these things when it comes to women being in powerful positions and their literal Biblical beliefs? How much influence do the husbands of these fundamentalist women have who reach high elected positions within our government?
RALEIGH, N.C. - Within the nation's largest Protestant denomination, a woman may not lead a church or a home. But prominent Southern Baptists see nothing wrong with Sarah Palin serving as vice president — or perhaps even commander-in-chief someday.
In other words: A woman can run the White House, just not her own house.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain's selection of the Alaska governor as his running mate — the first female on the party's ticket in history — has thrilled conservative Christians. It also has led Southern Baptist congregations and seminary students to confront their beliefs about the role of women in leadership.
Interpreted from Scripture, the teachings on women are held close in thousands of churches where millions worship. Among them: "The office of pastor is limited to men," and a wife should "submit herself graciously" to her husband. Earlier this month, more than 100 — a retail chain affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention — pulled from the shelves a magazine featuring five female pastors on the cover.
But when their wants and desires change, they change their interpretation, as usual.
Yet many in the denomination say the nation's second-highest leadership post is an apple to the pulpit's orange. Palin's potential work in a McCain administration — or even as president in the event of McCain's death — would be separate from her family life with her husband, Todd, and their children.
But there is no separating them since her husband and children are citizens of this country and Palin will be working for all Americans, male, female, young and old, and even her family members. She indeed has power over even her own husband. There is no way of separating that oath of office. One cannot say I am second commander-in-chief, or Commander-in-Chief over everyone but my husband. It doesn't work that way.
"There's no disconnect or inconsistency whatsoever," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. "We don't go beyond where the New Testament goes. Public office is neither a church nor a marriage."
How convenient. That's not what they say when Hillary Clinton was running. When Hillary was running in the primaries and doing well, Baptists in my own family have said that they don't think a woman should be running for office. And now they condone it because the woman running happens to be a conservative fundamentalist Republican Christian? That is so typically hypocritical and inconsistent of them. There is indeed "disconnect and inconsistency" when you take an ancient mythology book and bend and shape it, change it's meaning to however you want like Christians of all denominations do all the time.
It's good to see more and more denominations re-interpreting their religious text and ending discrimination and oppression of women, but in this case I suspect it is merely a matter of changing those interpretations and rules to suit themselves in the political arena to get a conservative god believer in a position of power. And this goes to prove once again that god believers make up their "God's plan" according to their own agendas. They want it both ways, to control a woman in her home and church, but say it's okay for her to be in positions of great power over all men nationwide. Doesn't make sense.
It will be greater progress if they go even further and admit that their entire religious text is outdated and incompatible in these modern times, AND admit that a woman is in charge of her home, her family and is on equal status as her husband.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
What will tomorrow night's debate be like between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden? Andrew Halcro knows what it is like to debate Palin:
I should know. I've debated Governor Palin more than two dozen times. And she's a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality. Against such charms there is little Senator Biden, or anyone, can do.
On paper, of course, the debate appears to be a mismatch.
I don't know about that. Biden has had his own share of gaffes lately. Also, the general public is so easily baffled and distracted with bullshit it's not even funny.