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patrionizing-v. 1: to act in a condescending manner while veiling it as love for your country, 2: snappish defensiveness of one's own views by claiming others of not appreciating their country("Well that's the way things are, and if you don't like it then I guess you hate America." would be patrionizing)

christiscending- v. 1: to claim others to be inferior because they are not christian, 2: to attempt to prove Christian view as correct solely on the basis that Christianity claims to be correct ("You cannot be right because the bible says you are wrong, there is nothing to debate." is a christiscending statement)

Humanistic Jones- v. to desire a logical humanistic existance free of revealed religions vying for political power, n. your good friend and now Atheist from Metro Atlanta
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May. 2nd, 2007 @ 12:46 pm Give someone hope!
Okay everyone out there, tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer started by who know's who. Tomorrow, people everywhere will be getting on their knees and giving prayers. Well, what's a non-believer to do?

I'll tell you what we do! Its time to roll up your sleeves, put those arms out, and give blood (not prayer). Donating blood is proven to help people, where as prayer is shown to do absolutely nothing but make the prayer-giver feel like they've done something. Its not hard to find a place to give blood, and following this are some links to help you out.




http://www.atheistvolunteers.org
http://www.americasblood.org
http://www.givelife.org
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Feb. 16th, 2007 @ 05:04 pm The response! Open for pre-send comments and suggestions.
Current Location: @Home with my Skeptics Annotated KJV
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: A boy called Brian - Monty Python
Well, here is the response I'm going to send up to my family. I didn't quite say "Hey I'm an atheist." But I'm certain it will come up soon after this. Nothing says I'm not a part of this religion quite like tearing one of its foundations up by the roots.

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Well, it would appear that we are still teaching children about the End of the World and how they really need to be concerned about it.  Far be it from me to impose, but it does seem that having an authority figure tell children that their lives pretty much mean nothing more than getting to watch the world erupt in flames is a bit traumatizing.  But, that's just me and my thoughts.

It would seem that the end of the world is coming soon.  Well, I guess with the one verse given in that video, we should be concerned.  It does say that it will be quick, but it does not really say when.  Now I'm not to keen on trying to read into prophecy here.  After all Revalation 22:18-19 says, "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."  If that passage is correct, we need to go exactly with what the Bible says.  Nothing more, and certainly nothing less.  And since I’m trying to go from a sola scriptura answer to the end of the world, the search has to assume that the accurate answer is in ONLY the bible with no outside sources allowed or needed.

Well, first off, the bible does say that the end of the world will come soon.  We can see that in such verses as:

Philippians 4:5 "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."

James 5:8 "Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

Hebrews 10:37 "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry."

Revalation 1:1 "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:"

Revalation 1:3 "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."

Revelation 3:11 "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

Revelation 22:7 "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."

Revelation 22:12 "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

Revelation 22:20 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

Well, that is a lot of subjective terms, they say things like at hand, draweth nigh, and coming quickly and the like.  However, to try to put a time limit on these things?  Wouldn't all this fuss about the end coming within this generation be to "add unto these things"?  Since the Bible is said to be revealed, wouldn't there be a quantification?  Something there so that we wouldn't have to guess?  Well, it just so happens that there is!  A lot in fact.

1 Corinthians 1:7-8 "So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."

1 Corinthians 7:29 "But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;"

Philippians 1:10 "That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ."

1 Thessalonians 4:17 "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

1 Thessalonians 5:23 "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Hebrews 1:2 "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"

Hebrews 9:26 "For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."

1 Peter 1:20 "Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,"

1 Peter 4:7 "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."

1 John 2:18 "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."

This is still a little vague, but it is obvious that in all these verses, the authors of the new testament were telling their people that THEY THEMSELVES were going to see the end of the world, thus they had to behave as perfect Christians until the day that Jesus came back to end the world.  After all, you could know the end time by the coming of the anti-Christ and according to 1 John 2:18, there are a lot of them around.  Certainly then that was the end time.

Yes you see what I am saying here.  The verses that say the end is coming soon don't give a relative soon, they are clarified in the earlier books.  Paul, Peter, and John say a number of times here that the end is coming within the life times of the people alive then!  You may not believe me on this still, so I have even more proof for you.  And I'm not even going outside the bible for this.  See those verses, though letters to actual groups, may be taken to mean anyone that gets to read them, they really weren't that specific, so my assumption that Paul meant only the Corinthians, Thessalonians and Hebrews at THAT TIME is a bit presumptuous and dangerous if Revalation 22:18-19 are still correct.

So here it is from the mouth of the man himself.  Jesus, go right ahead and tell us EXACTLY what the timeframe for the end of the world is.

Matthew16:28 "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."

Matthew 23:36 "Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation."

Matthew 24:34 "Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."

Matthew 26:64 "Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

Mark 9:1 "And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power."

Mark 13:30 "Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done."

Mark 14:62 "And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

Luke 9:27 "But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God."

Luke 21:32 "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled."

John 21:22 "Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me."

Well, there you have it.  Jesus, speaking directly to his disciples said very plainly, that he would return in their lifetimes!  Some of them would not taste death until those things came to pass!  Therefore, this leaves us with only a few conclusions we can draw.

1)      2000 years later, there are still some of the original disciples alive on this planet, still waiting for the prophecies to be fulfilled.

2)      The end of the World has already happened and nobody noticed it.

3)      The bible was wrong about when the world would end.


Well, in all debates the surest bet baring more information is the premise that is the simplest one.  The simple way is that the bible is just wrong about this, because the other two are so absurd as to be simply comical.

There is no end of the world coming.  There never was, it never happened and it will not happen.  The best thing one can get for the end of the world is in a few hundred million years when our sun goes nova.  Stop telling children that their lives are pointless because the god that they love has a great plan to destroy the earth in a spectacle of blood and suffering.  Stop jumping to the pulpit every time another country goes to war and blaming it on the prophesized end of the world and instead see that most of the wars fought recently have their roots in religious intolerance.  Get back to living and stop worshiping the death of all things!

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Christicending
Feb. 16th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm Christiscending #1
EDIT and Update (02-16-07):
I've recently found a copy of the Koran to poke through and discovered that this email is a blatant lie!  By this Email
Koran 9:11 - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken
a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the
lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still
more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah;
and there was peace.

By the real Koran
Koran 9:11- But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due,
then are they your brethren in religion.

We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge.


Well, I can see why they didn't use the real verse.  That verse is no fun at all.  Hell, I can't even find where they would have even seen anything like that in the Koran.  Tisk tisk Christians... what ever happened to that commandment about not lying?

EDIT END

Okay, so I've just been extreemly busy with life, the universe, and everything. but I'm back with a brand new email to poke with a stick. Chock full of Christian end-times fear mongering and political ignorance! Hey everyone is our favorite subject!!

Subject: iraq
>That's not suspiciously vague at all.


Keep your eye upon the eastern sky!! Lift up your heads; your
REDEEMER draweth nigh!!
>MY Redeemer? The one from the Hall of Giants level of UT2k3? I loved that one.


Read down to the very bottom, you don't want to miss this!

VERY INTERESTING -
>Oooo I'm all a tingle!

1. The garden of Eden was in Iraq.
>Contextual coincidence that the stories in the currently compiled documents known as the bible were set in and around the middle-east

2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization!
>Not really a religious fact and more a geographical nicety that two rivers just happened to be there.

3. Noah built the ark in Iraq
>Which doesn't really matter anyway given that the flood story is a re-working of an exerpt from the story of Gilgamesh, which was a retelling of the Sumerian story of Ziusudra!

4 The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.
>The story of the tower of babel also implies that all space-craft and airplanes are a sin against god and that the "all-powerful" Biblegod is afraid of humans

5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq!
>Yay, history books.

6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq!
>I really should care why?

7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
>And I met Jennifer in Dr. Cox's Theater Appreciation class, what's the big deal.

8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq.
>And Father Raul preached in Cordele, which is in Georgia, seriously... this list is starting to lose me on what the point is.

9 Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
>Wait, more history, so maybe this is... just a random trivia list about Iraq

10. Amos cried out in Iraq!
>And Humanistic Jones cries out in Austell, "Why did you send this list to me!"

11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.
>Oh, I get this one, Iraq is historically predisposed to hating Judeo-Christian things.

12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq!
>Yes, alot of crap in the bible was in Iraq...

13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the fiery furnace!)
>See quite a few of the above.

14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the "writing on the wall" in Iraq.
>Criminy I'm just going to go get something to drink. I'll be back when there's a point.

15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
>More of this history from the bible proving the evil of the middle-east

16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
>See my response to #8

17. The wise men were from Iraq+.
>As apposed to Iraq- which has a different integral quantum spin

18. Peter preached in Iraq.
>See #8 and #16

19. The "Empire of Man" described in Revelation is called Babylon,
which was a city in Iraq!
>And revalations was writen in the context of the horrifying conditions facing early Christians in Pre-Constintinian Rome, and was actually almost not put into the bible by Constantine's little council of bishops for seeming too radical and outrageous.

And you have probably seen this one. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia
>I think I really got that point from the rest of this.

The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq, means country with deep roots.
>Wow, 2 points for knowing the roots of a country's name.

Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.
>And minus those two for assuming this means anything more than the fact that "THE STORIES IN YOUR BIBLE HAPPENED NEAR OR IN IRAQ"

No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq.
>For the love of God, CONTEXT people. If all the jews were from Atlanta, and were held captive in Savanah, and Jesus was born in Macon, do you think that the bible would be talking about Iraq and Isreal? No, it would be all about Georgia!

And also... This is something to think about! Since America is
typically represented by an eagle. Saddam should have read up on his
Muslim passages..
>Hold on, I think the true meaning shines out of this.

The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

Koran (9:11) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken
a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the
lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still
more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah;
and there was peace.

(Note the verse number!) Hmmmm?!? God Bless you all Amen !

>Ah, here is the meat of it. Patrionizing and Christecending all in one package! Look here! The absolute word of God says that this unpopular policy is neccisary and holy, so if you don't agree you hate God and America!

I'd like to quote one of my holy text, the Script of Babylon5.

"And Londo Molari did look at the General and say, 'Arogance and stupidity all in one package, how very efficient of you.'"

When it comes to the Koran, I hear nothing from Christians but diatribes on its falsehood and evil. But sudenly a passage from it can be contextually tied to some event to suit your wants and all of a sudden the Koran is a book of prophecy! Hey, did you ever think that to a Muslim, every place on earth is considered the Lands of Allah (unless I'm mistaken). And hey, maybe this son of Arabia awakens an eagle and it cleanses the lands of the enemies of Allah? Ever thought that's what the writer had in mind when he pinned that passage down?

Just a bit further, I have just two more passages to pick at.

I BETTER NOT HEAR OF ANYONE BREAKING THIS ONE OR SEE DELETED This is a ribbon for soldiers fighting in Iraq. Pass it on to everyone and pray.
>So if I love our soldiers, I'll immediately agree with this trash... indeed. Also, how will you know if I delete it? HACKERS!! UNLAWFUL ACCESSORS OF MY INBOX!! EVIL!!


Something good will happen to you tonight at 11:11 PM This is not a joke. Someone will either call you or will talk to you online and say that they love you.
>At 11:11 pm the day that I recieved this email, I had a terriblely upset stomach from a disagreeable Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito and was on the toilet for like 30 minutes. Thanks Christian prophecy, that was really something good.
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Christicending
Feb. 14th, 2007 @ 02:15 am The last staw of rapture emails
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
So I've received another email from my mother about the rapture. Apparently one of my aunts sent it to her. The message itself was just a bunch of footage of wars from the news and then a skit at the end of a preacher preaching to a full room about the return of Jesus, only to be interrupted in his sentence about Jesus coming back any minute by himself and the majority of the room being Raptured away.

Yes, I've gotten these for a while. I'm not surprised anymore when my family tries to remind me that any day now the world is going to end and that I was just born into this world to have my life taken away from me by a divine plan to wreck the human race into an early grave. Why did this finally get to me? One sentence...

"After some of our Sunday school discussions of late - I thought I'd share it."

My mother teaches Sunday school at her church, this I know. But now I know that she's been teaching the end of the world to children. I can't sit by and have another generation of children go through what I went through. I spent a large part of my childhood in irrational hysteria every time I heard of another nuclear test, war, conflict, etc. I was always convinced that I was going to die at any minute because the world was going to end very soon.

That is no way for a child to live. I've got some compiled stuff on the rapture and the bible's wonderfully conflicting statements on it. I guess it's time I sent it back up the line. Look out world, my family is about to find out I don't believe in that crap anymore.
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Christicending
Feb. 11th, 2007 @ 04:44 am 0% Theist here!
Current Mood: amusedamused
You scored as Scientific Atheist. These guys rule. I'm not one of them myself, although I play one online. They know the rules of debate, the Laws of Thermodynamics, and can explain evolution in fifty words or less. More concerned with how things ARE than how they should be, these are the people who will bring us into the future.

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Apathetic Atheist

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Spiritual Atheist

75%

Militant Atheist

58%

Angry Atheist

50%

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42%

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Yeah, that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, 0% Theist all the way!
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Christicending
Feb. 7th, 2007 @ 02:26 pm Panel on Paula Zahn proves that Discrimination against atheists exists.
Current Mood: angryangry

I attempted to send this to Paula Zahn's Now comments section but the length was a bit much for the form.  I sent a condensed version, but here's my complete version.  Enjoy.


I have just finished watching the special report on discrimination against atheists in America, and after watching the panel of "experts" and the way the discussion was handled, I can easily say that you have just proven that discrimination does exist and that this show was only made to enforce it.  I have had to suppress outrage and anger at what I saw tonight in order to voice a letter of complaint.  What your show has done harkens to a vision of discussing African American Rights by inviting David Duke, George Wallace, and Strom Thurmond.  This is like debating Same-sex rights with Fred Phelps, Pat Robertson, and Ted Haggard.  You cannot seriously expect the atheists in the public to believe what your show has done was unbiased after having not a single atheist or even a non-theist like a deist or an agnostic to speak for the side of the alleged oppressed.

Instead, two Christians and a woman who’s Judaism I greatly question treated us to a regurgitation of propaganda.  Only Steven Smith said anything in our defense, but his disagreements were weakly squeaked forth through his apologetics and rhetoric.  The injustice of this "debate was very well summed up here...

Paula Zahn: "Are any of you going to defend them here tonight?"

Karen Hunter: "No, I agree with her one hundred percent."

Some of the statements were either so enraging or false, that I feel I need to call attention to them.

Debbie Schlesle:  "What does an atheists believe, nothing, right."

I may lack belief in a god, a higher power, a sky man, a holy book, or a divine code of honor but I still have values.  I value freedom, democracy, human rights, and the power to make up our own minds.  I hold to beliefs that were fought for and had blood shed for them by men and women of all creeds, colors, and heritages.  I am an American and I believe in the rights my great country affords me.  I hold to the moral code of humanism.  If I see a person suffering, I am called by my belief to help.  I believe that since we cannot know if there is a life beyond this one, we should do all we can to make this one right and good.  If that is nothing, then yes, I stand for nothing.

Debbie Schlesle: "Are we going to take in god we trust off of our dollars?  Are we not going to say one nation under god?"

In the beginning of this nation, we did not.  It was good enough for Jefferson, Adams, Washington and Franklin.  It was good enough for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt.  Why do we say it now?  Theocratic maneuvering is the only reason.  Both were added in the 50s by Christian groups to stifle atheism.  Given this, reasoning, I do feel we have a right to want them gone.

The original Pledge read as follows: I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.    After a proclamation by President Benjamin Harrison, the Pledge was first used in public schools on October 12, 1892 during Columbus Day observances. The form adopted inserted the word "to" before "the Republic."  In 1923 and 1924, the National Flag Conference called for the words 'my Flag' to be changed to 'the Flag of the United States of America'.  These phrases were all added to enhance the message of a unified America.  When the words 'under God' were finally added in 1954, it was not to bring Americans together, it was advocated by a minister to 'remind America of the America Lincoln wanted' though he misquoted the Gettysburg Address to make this point.

The 'In god we trust' on our money needs no such length explanation.  The change was partly motivated by a desire to differentiate between communism, which promotes Atheism, and Western capitalistic democracies, which were at least nominally Christian.  There you have it, the McCarthy era linking of communism and atheism resulted in this.  Certainly Communism does advocate atheism, but one cannot make the logical argument that "For all x then y, therefore for all y then x” All communists may be atheists, but all atheists are not communists.  There is no good reason for this to be here today, the McCarthy Witch hunt is over.

Debbie Schlesle: "We took prayer out of school what more do they want?"

How about the ability to not fear losing our jobs for being publicly atheist?  How about the right to, as Christians put Jesus fish and bible verse bumper stickers on their cars without fear, to be able to put large pro-atheism signs on my vehicle and not have to worry about it being vandalized?

Karen Hunter: "We are a Christian Nation."

Steven Smith: "We're a Christian Country, there's no question about that."

Oh really?  Then why does the declaration of Independence only mention a vague 'creator'?  Could I not consider my family my creator that endowed me with my rights?  If we are a Christian nation, explain why the constitution has no mention of God or Jesus or the Bible?  If we are a Christian nation, why allow the first amendment, which allows a person to worship any god they want, which clearly breaks the First Commandment of having no strange gods?  If we are a Christian nation then why does article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli state "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;"?  I find it odd that people constantly claim what is not true, and do so even though we in the Non-Theistic community have pointed this out numerous times.

Karen Hunter: "... Freedom of Religion does not mean Freedom from Religion."

Then I guess that since Christians have no freedom from religion, they would have no problem with that Shamanist I know coming to the school to offer up prayers and rituals to the spirits of nature.  Did I mention that some of the offerings to certain spirits are best done naked?  They cannot really say anything about that though, since we do not have freedom from his religion.  He is obviously more than welcome to teach your children all about Father Coyote and what not.  No, that would not work.  The Christian religion prohibits such things, and to have him bring this before your children would greatly impede your ability to practice freely.  We have freedom for religion when we are in our private homes and places of worship.  In places where all Americans are affected such as tax-funded institutions, all beliefs must be respected, and the best way to do this is to not display any of them.

Debbie Schlesle: "They have a horrible PR rep, and they don't have good marketing.  If they had Hallmark cards maybe they wouldn't feel so left out."

Of course this would never result in a person caught buying an atheist card from being the target of the same discrimination we face now.  How dare an issue of oppression be trivialized into Hallmark cards!  Even reading that line again causes my ire to well up.  I guess the Jews in Nazi Germany should have just gotten their Happy Chanukah cards out sooner.  I guess there should have been more Black People cards in America during the 50's and 60's, I bet then the black community would not have felt so left out.  We are the target of discrimination, and this "expert on the issue" trivializes us to holiday greetings.

Debbie Schlesle: "I think they [atheists] need to shut up, and let people do what they do."

Karen Hunter: "They are on the attack, it is obnoxious and they do need to shut up."

Transpose the atheist 'they' in this sentence with any other group that has face oppression in the past.  I bet they heard that a lot too.  And I can bet that Debbie would not be where she is today if her parents and grandparents had just shut up and let the people opposing them do what they did.

Debbie Schlesle: "Then don't pray; don't say one nation under god..."

It is easy to say it.  It is harder to do this in practice.  I was scolded in school by my teacher in front of the whole classroom for not saying the whole pledge when I left out Under God since I did not believe in it.  We can simply not do the thing or not say the thing, but we are then very easily singled out in a crowd, as Debbie feels that we are not.

Debbie Schlesle: "Don't impose upon my right to want to have prayer in school [etc]"

We do not impose on your rights to fight for it or want it.  We demand that we be allowed the same right to fight for not having it.

Debbie Schlesle: "We're not inclusionary!"

I do not like the America that Debbie thinks we live in, where we just forget that people all through out history have been oppressed, singled out, and abused for something they believe or are.  Where it is okay to hate the new group because we are different.  America is inclusionary.  E Pluribus Unum!  From many, one.  The original motto of this country declared that while we are all different people, we all come together, included as one, as America.

Finally, the most erroneous statement... one that I feel will soon be disproved.

Karen Hunter: "... and I think Atheists are not strong, and that's a good thing."

I am raising up my strength here and now!  I can only guess the numbers of atheists that have written in angry at this debacle.  I can only begin to imagine the public outcry we will make in our forums.  We are not weak.  We stand up for what we believe and we will not be shamed by a horrible biased report!  We are not weak and it is good that we are not.  It is bad for intolerance that we are strong.  Atheists are no longer quiet and the Theistic world is doing everything it can to try to shame us underground again.  Well, we are not going to go away.  We are out here, and we are going to stand strong.

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Christicending
Dec. 12th, 2006 @ 09:56 am (no subject)
First off, my wonderful girlfriend just pointed out to me today that its been a bit longer than tomorrow since my last post. I assure you that article is coming... tomorrow... maybe...

Secondly
If you are a Christian or a theist, do not click on the button. I repeat : DON'T CLICK ON THE DAMN BUTTON  >>


Have fun.
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Christicending
Nov. 30th, 2006 @ 09:28 pm New stuff just down the tube!
Horray for earth, I was starting to think that the spam was going to stop! As I sat here tonight wishing for something new to write about, something showed up! And it will be in the blog... tomorrow.
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Christicending
Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 03:38 am Christiscending #3
Current Mood: sleepysleepy

It was late, I was very tired and just couldn't sleep while this was in my system.  You ever start to go to sleep, only to look at something you planned on doing tomorrow, only to have it not want to wait?  That's like this.


Sweet Evil Jesus was this message a hoot to reformat.  Sent down the tubes of the internet and nearly choking my browser and my optical nerves with its Baskerville Old Face, 18pt, Bolded, Italicized and bright blue font.  If you are wondering what that looks like, it LOOKED SOMETHING LIKE THIS! AMEN!

Ah!  That burned… so yeah.  I hate to admit it but I do find myself in agreement with a part of this message.  It is about a little thing called religious tolerance.  This is where, no matter what your religion tells you, you put up with the existence of others not of your faith.   This implies politeness.  You do not even have to try to understand what they believe, just don’t be a jackass to them about your beliefs or theirs and expect the same in return.  It is a two way street.  This however is a story that assumes that to one group of believers, it is a one-way street, and ends up proving that to their own group, it is a dead-end drive, no exit.  Begin email deconstruction (reformatted for readability, typos, and grammar… I know, I’m too nice)

 

Living in the Detroit area I can concur with this, we have more Muslims moving into our neighborhood monthly and they are very active in the schools, preaching all the time about their "rights" and how tolerant we should be of their faith.
>Good for them:  Activity in the community shows concern for one’s surroundings, community, country, and fellow humans.  Also given the state of the world right now it is no wonder that they would be calling out for tolerance.  Most people see beards and burkas and immediately assume bombs.

 

 However, toleration is a one-way street with them.  We are to learn about Ramadan, etc. but they are not to learn about Easter or Christmas.

>This I will agree with as a very bad thing.  I would not think to ask someone to understand Humanlight and Festivus without trying to understand their customs and beliefs.  We get nowhere and shoving our own customs onto others, they must be exchanged.  So you hear that Muslims, I’m keeping a score here, and you’ve just lost a point, Christ 0 Mohammed -1

 

What is below is very true.

>The careful reader always discounts a “This is totally True!” especially if this statement was in an email.  The last time I saw that tag, it was followed by requests for money from Nigerian Royalty.

 

"In God We Trust"

>Do you mind if I just change this real quick?  E Pluribus Unum.”  I prefer that one.

 

The Basics of Islam...

>Whoa now, be careful.  A title like that, and I might expect some history or foundational tenants.  You’ve got something to live up to Christians.

 

This is a must-read -- it's short but Very informative!

>More with the build-up.  Must-read!  All True!

 

 

Bull Shit, I'm willing to wager.

 

 

The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States, especially in the minority races!

>Oh dear me, statistical statement and no sources to back it up?  I’m sorry but that’s going to cost you a point right or wrong (Christ-1 Mohammed-1).  And I am also afraid to say that you are DEAD WRONG.  Allow me to state a source and then elaborate.

Source http://www.adherents.com/rel_USA.html#religions

Of the larges religions in the US, the top 5 per percentage growths were Deism (+717% Go fighting deists!  Keep those numbers rising!), Sikhism (+338%), New Age (+240%), Hinduism (+238%), and Baha’i (+200%).

 

But the figure was per capita, or per person.  So by that, the number of people that joined Islam could be higher than these right?  Well, surprisingly, none of these religions made it into the per capita top five, the ones that did rank thusly

 

#1 Nonreligious/Secular +14,423,000

#2 Christianity +7,805,000

#3 Atheism +902,000

#4 Buddhism +681,000

#5 Islam +577,000

 

Wow!  That poor Islamic religion just cannot win.   It is just barely in the top five.  It looks like you have got more to worry about from the Christians and Buddhist than from them.  Therefore, this was not just a lie, but also a flat out, bold-faced lie… I am feeling generous, so no more point deductions about this, but you had better watch yourself from now on.

 

Allah or Jesus?

>God or Son-of-god… Coke or Pepsi… None of the above.  The High Fructose Corn Syrup makes my pancreas scream for mercy, and the god-heads make other people scream for mercy.

 

 By Rick Mathes

>A name to check up on…  Will do…

 

Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prison security clearance.  During the training session, there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who explained each of their beliefs.

>Really no problem with this selection, two polar opposite Christian sects and another Abrahamic Religion, since the monotheisms tend to have the more stringent guidelines and the highest chance of stepping on another’s toes.  Don’t really need an Atheist up there.

 

“We believe in nothing.  I’m done, you can go now.”

 

I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam (interruption for a definition, Imam is an honorific title given in Islamic societies, they could be a leader of a country, a cleric, or just the local Muslim that leads others in prayers.  Depending on this man’s level of Imam, he could either be an authority, or just a local voice) had to say.  The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam complete with a video.  After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers.

>Q&A is my favorite time of anything.

 

When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and asked, "Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world.  In addition, that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, they are assured of a place in Heaven.  If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?"

 

There was no disagreement with my statements and without hesitation, he replied, "Non-believers!"

>Techincally correct… However, once again this is a statement sans sources.  Therefore, that is another point off.  Secondly many Muslim Imams and Clerics have issued Fatwas ( http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8740980/ ) against such radical statements commanding that the true message of Allah and Mohammed is to love  and teach the infidel so that in his own time, he shall come to see the righteous way.  Obviously, this particular Imam did not get that memo or did not care about it. 

 

Either way, it is safe to say that if this man did not disagree with the kill the non-believer = get into heaven free card, it is a safe assumption that even by his own religion he is considered an extremist, ESPECIALY as he is a US Imam and the aforementioned fatwa was from US Clerics.

 

At the end of this round its Mohammed -2 Christianity -2

 

I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can go to Heaven.  Is that correct?"

 

The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  He sheepishly replied, "Yes".

>Hooray!  What a way to show that Christianity is religiously tolerant; by making a fool of this man in public.  Yes, I will concede that this man is an extremist and a fool, but the words I am reading now are of a man so puffed up by his own smiting of the wicked that this Imam is now being addressed as a child.  Practically, however, these questions do not really help anyone out with work place sensitivity training, as secular law forbids killing and since it would not really come into play in the office.

 

I then stated, "Well, Sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine Pope John Paul II commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith, or Dr. Stanley ordering Protestants to do the same in order to go to Heaven!"

>The problem here is that historically I do not have a problem imagining this occurring.  The pope ordered extermination if Muslim peoples for the “liberation” of Jerusalem during the crusades and Protestant leaders now feature war propaganda and messages of getting ready to fight and die for Jesus in their services ( http://www.jesuscampthemovie.com/  ).

 

The Imam was speechless.  I continued, "I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me.”

>Which they are not actually.

 

“Let me ask you a question. Would you rather have your Allah who tells you to kill me in order to go to Heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to Heaven and He wants you to be with me?"

>Or maybe we could look at it with the other view of the Koran (5:8) that tells us to not hate any man and treat others fairly and Jesus who tells us that he is here to make it so that the father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father, etc. (Luke 12:53).  Both books and religions love to forget that they both contain some messages of good when they need to look nice, but once you’re in there, they have all the hate propaganda you’ll need.

 

You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame.

>You could have heard it if not for the fanfare of pride in Rick’s head.  Isn’t pride a sin?

 

Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the "Diversification" training seminar were not happy with Rick's way of dealing with the Islamic Imam and exposing the truth about the Muslim beliefs.

>I wouldn’t be either.  He didn’t expose the truth about anything but the motivations of Islamic extremists by acting like a good Christian extremist and having nothing but contempt for the beliefs of others.

 

I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the liberal justice system, liberal media, and the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized.

>I think everyone should be required to read a lot of things, but it doesn’t happen for one reason or another, but… sob… this won’t be read because the liberals are mean to you.  Oh, you want to bet?  I’ll help you.  The problem is, you have to deal with my additions being along for the ride (I hate leaving unchecked facts).  I’ll have all of my friends send this around.  Hell, I’ll put it on fliers (to those reading this on the fliers, what’s up in the world of paper media?)  Nevertheless, here again, as in the last email, we have something against the ACLU.  What do they get to say about you emailing this to everyone?  Get over your fear of non-believers and grow a belief-spine.

 

Please pass this on to all your e-mail contacts. This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry.

>Rick Mathes and his wife, Trish, are the founders of Mission Gate Prison Ministries, an outreach to those who are incarcerated and their families.  This is true and will not be argued, but I found something interesting in my digging around and now the people demanding that this be passed around are going to be sorry they did!

 

 

From http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/rickmathes.html (a website dedicated to debunking chain mail myths)

The veracity of the claims made in it, however, is the author's to prove. Unfortunately, Rick Mathes told BreakTheChain.org that he will not provide further details because, in his words, "I fear retribution - I have a 20 year prison ministry to protect."

 

Apparently, two interesting points have come up in the third party accounts.  One is that the speaker was simply an inmate chosen to speak after no Imam could be arranged.  The other is that though he was asked some question he could not answer, none on the vein of the question within this message were asked.

 

Then in Mathes’ own words

"We all agree that there is a "simmering volcano" in the Muslim community. Give me an Imam that will sing "God Bless America" or will say the "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag" and I will listen to them discredit the fears we have about the Muslim community and all that we see and hear in the media. Until the American Muslim community speaks up, I have my doubts about those who join them."

 

Well, Mr. Mathes, they have.  I guess you were not listening when they declared that terrorism was not part of their religion or when they renounced those that include it in their beliefs.  “We” do not all agree that every Muslim is just looking for the chance to topple the western world.

I ask that anyone who has received this email send this version back up the tubes!  The people that sent it have a right to know that they were duped and the world has a right to have some light shone into the dark places where lies and fear fester to burn them out and clear out the cobwebs. 

Peace and Humanism to all!  Humanistic Jones

p.s. Don’t think I forgot that I was keeping a score.  In the end neither side gained any points and both ended up dead equal in the negative.  Short summary, you both came out looking like jerks.

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Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 01:44 am Why do Atheists care about Religion?

I found this video while I was browsing about the internet (I think it was on one of the many series of tubes). I figured that I'd share it, because though I am not an Atheist, I still have to deal with much of what this man spoke about. How many people really know the difference in an Atheist and a Deist in America today? All they know is both of us aren't Christian and that's all they need to lump us into the buzz words of Card-carrying Godless ACLU-serving Liberals.

Why do Deists care abotu Religion? For just about the same reasons that atheists do. Have a watch.
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