I don’t know who this guy is, but he’s asking all the right questions. It’s pretty much a bulletproof argument against letting paper-pushing clerks like Kim Davis interfere with the lives of others for their own selfish, petty reasons.
I weep for our species. Truly.
Anyone who’s been on Facebook long enough has run across one of those “Click ‘Like’ to send a prayer for this sick child!” posts. And people do it, as if clicking that button does anything at all…besides make you feel good about yourself, that is.
This is quite hilarious. So you have your religious panties in a knot because a show based on science doesn’t feature unprovable, untestable, philosophical, non-science topics? This is why you go out and make your own show which proves the universe was created by the magical invisible sky god. I’m dying to see some of your evidence and experiments. Oh wait, there are already thousands of such shows and movies available. None of them has any evidence, but it’s still a good effort.
Creationists Demand Airtime On Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’
Appearing on “The Janet Mefferd Show” on Thursday, Danny Faulkner of Answers In Genesis voiced his complaints about “Cosmos” and how the 13-episode series has described scientific theories, such as evolution, but has failed to shed light on dissenting creationist viewpoints. He said:
“I was struck in the first episode where [Tyson] talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion –- it’s all on the table — and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem.'”
Ya know what I think is child abuse? Filling your child with the fear of a horrific and eternal death/life in a lake of fire where people scream and cry out for mercy where none will come. But that’s just me…
Fischer: Performing Gay Marriages At The Grammys Was An ‘Abomination’ Because Same-Sex Parenting Is ‘A Form Of Child Abuse’
“If you care about children,” Fischer said, “this thing ought to appall you because gay marriage is bad for children. In fact, same-sex parenting – I’m going to be very direct here – same-sex parenting is a form of child abuse”.
This is really the only truth we can know 100%.
A post from AlterNet last year asks, “Is prayer selfish?” I think so, depending on what you’re praying for — most people pray to get things, or have have certain things happen (or not happen) to themselves. If this is the Supreme Being you’re praying to, why wouldn’t you make your prayers more about the welfare of others and less about your own self-interest? This is assuming your prayer is heard by anything, much less answered. And I have to question what kind of supreme being would divert a hurricane away from a political convention and towards a populated area where it can kill innocent people. But that’s kinda beside the point, I suppose…
Fall is prayer season. Some folks think of it as football season, and indeed, images of football players circled with heads bowed or pointing to the big guy in the sky are almost as familiar lately as birds flying south. But the real season kickoff this year was the Republican convention, where the fervent supplications of evangelicals and Pentecostals miraculously diverted Hurricane Isaac, so that the party could go on. Praise the Lord, Tampa was spared, and the death and destruction that might have befallen people who live there…befell somebody else.
Should the families of those who died in Louisiana and Mississippi sue the Republican prayer warriors for not being a little more specific? Couldn’t they have gotten the hurricane to touch down somewhere remote, where the only homes destroyed would be those of, say, birds and non-pet, non-farm and most importantly non-human mammals?
According to the latest Pew report, almost 1 in 5 Americans identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” In other words, they have some feeling, some intuition of something greater, but feel allergic to institutions. Yet as we approach Passover and Easter, it’s important to remember that it is institutions and not abstract feelings that tie a community together and lead to meaningful change.
You know what?
Organized religion can provide the structure that many need for their spiritual pursuits, but it’s not for everyone and can’t possibly fulfill everyone’s spiritual needs. Not to mention the tiny fact that it has also been the greatest source of human-inflicted death and suffering the world has ever known. For example do I really need to mention the Catholic institution and the countless lives it has destroyed? Whoops, I just did. I think organized religion has enough power, thank you.
To claim that non-religious or “spiritual” people have no moral compass or can have no impact in the world is more than a bit elitist. If someone wants to just be “spiritual” and they’re happy without churches and dogma, and their beliefs do no harm to others, why should that bother those entrenched in the institutions?
You give religions more than $82.5 billion a year
When people donate to religious groups, it’s tax-deductible. Churches don’t pay property taxes on their land or buildings. When they buy stuff, they don’t pay sales taxes. When they sell stuff at a profit, they don’t pay capital gains tax. If they spend less than they take in, they don’t pay corporate income taxes. Priests, ministers, rabbis and the like get “parsonage exemptions” that let them deduct mortgage payments, rent and other living expenses when they’re doing their income taxes. They also are the only group allowed to opt out of Social Security taxes (and benefits).
It’s quite a racket, all right! But while I’m all for taxing churches, how can we assure that the revenue would be used for something worthwhile? Rather than putting it into government coffers where it will surely be misused, maybe the revenue could go directly to local charities and other organizations that actually help people.