Camping with Jesus

7 05 2009

So I’ll admit it – in 1990 I was a cub scout.  I recently stumbled upon my old ‘Wolf’ book and found something that I have no recolection of – the section about a cub scout’s duty to god:

Here is the Boy Scout of America website that details how and why they don’t let atheists be boyscouts.

More scans after the jump . . .

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Golden Rule Evidently Taken more as a Suggestion

1 05 2009

From CNN:

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.  More than half of the people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified.  Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it.  People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it.  Only four in 10 of them did.

Perhaps it is because one of the most common things found at a religious service is:

crucifix

But then again, I don’t really buy the argument that images of violence beget violence – so maybe it is just their fucked up morals.





Republican Teabagging Threesomes

20 04 2009

From what I hear the Tea-bagging parties held this past April 15th were somewhat of a let-down.  Which is surprising because while I have never been to or seen a tea-bagging orgy party, I can’t imagine how they would fail to be at least more popular than they reportedly were. 

Jon Stewart’s take on teabagging.

Ok, so whomever decided that encouraging people to teabag Obama was a perfectly benign slogan – well, it may be compared to the conservatives next great campaign – 2m4m.





Limbaugh Doesn’t Know ANYONE who has died from torture.

9 04 2009

A republican calls into Rush Limbaugh’s show and calls Limbaugh a brain-washed nazi.  True story – take a listen:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/07/republican-caller-tells-l_n_184244.html

But what I find most amusing is Limbaugh’s comment:

LIMBAUGH: I don’t know of anybody who died from torture.

Is that his defense of torture?  That makes no sense on so many levels.  I don’t listen to his show ridiculousness so I don’t know if this is an argument he has made in the past . . . but sweet jesus.  Now I remember why I don’t listen to his show.





Critisize Israel, I Dare You!

26 03 2009

oliphant_gaza_israel_cartoon

This cartoon is sparking many claims of antisemitism according to The Raw Story.

For far too long anyone who criticizes Israel is demonized as an antisemitic asshole.  If some people have trouble separating Israel’s politics with Israel’s religion maybe that is because so does Israel.  If there are things in this world that are beyond criticism than we have a very serious problem.  Unquestioned support of anything is a dangerous thing and has the power to erode the moral fiber of any civilization.  Just ask the Nazis that were ‘just following orders’. 

And no, this post does not mean I’m antisemitic.





Expelled – Ben Stein’s Pro Creationist “Documentary”

22 03 2009

So I got Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed from Netflix.  I’m watching it as I write this.  The beginning is what you would expect, a long and tedious trek to find professors who have been shunned for expressing support of intelligent design.  A lot of ignorance about what evolution actually is, and a lot of pointing out that ID has good points (without ever actually making them so we can judge for ourselves how good they are).  But the best part so far is the long bit about Nazi Germany and eugenics.  What place do the Nazis have in this “documentary”?  Evidently the Nazis became Nazis because they were Darwinists.  Stein also manages to imply that Planned Parenthood is an organization guided by the principles of eugenics!

Stein spends a lot of time talking about how it isn’t the American way to suppress a viewpoint – we are the land of freedom and inclusiveness.  What he never does is make an argument of why we should listen to ID.  What is the evidence?  He says it is just as valid but never bothers to show us why.

And that is because its a bunch of bullshit.





United States Increasingly Claiming ‘No Religion’

12 03 2009

From the Huffington Post:

A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that . . . the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.

Secularism, is it the next big thing?  What do you think?