Category Archives: Religion

Fall for anything

This one might be a little long, sorry.

I often speak of my friend on this site. This is because we have very deep, insightful discussions dealing with religion. While having a discussion on Atheism and Skepticism he uttered the famous quote;

“A a skeptic you believe anything can happen”

very interesting considering this is the definition of a skeptic; http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/skeptic

Pretty clear huh?

I don’t believe anything can happen, not at all. Basically I just want evidence when any claim is made. If someone says that they were flying close to the sun with homemade wings, I would not automatically believe that it can happen. I would doubt it could happen and then demand evidence of the claim. If given evidence that can be demonstrated and independently verifiable then I will believe it.

This is my problem with the Church. They don’t encourage skepticism in any way. In fact, people growing up in the church are taught a strict set of beliefs and actively discouraged from investigating these claims outside of the church or the bible. Basically it teaches people to believe things without evidence. This presents a lifelong problem. If people are taught from a young age to accept claims without evidence and not do research then they grow up and tend to believe things without doing the proper research or questioning of claims.

How do I know this? Experience.

People here at my work are devout Christians. And to make matters worse, they pretty much only make decisions based on what their pastor says. Here is a list of things that people here have purported to be true, and this is just lately;

1: All the women at a particular restaurant are prostitutes.
I asked how they knew this to be true and this was the response: “Because my friend told me so.” This person never ate at the restaurant in question, and doesn’t know anybody who works there.

2: Email forwards

-These are my favorite, they all start out along the same lines as this “This explains things better than all the baloney you hear on TV.” And go on to explain how men hide in the backseat of your car, cut your Achilles tendon while hiding under your car, how you need to check your hotel beds for HIV infected needles, and any number of insane warnings that are not validated with facts. When I ask them about how they know them to be true, I usually get an answer like this; “My friend got it from a friend who is a (insert profession here, cop, marine, lawyer, etc…)”. Right.

3. Resistance to Art

-It could be anything, music, movies, TV shows etc.. Example; I was speaking about how my son loves Spongebob Squarepants. The girl I was talking about the show with freaked out! “I cant believe you let him watch that! Its a bad show!” I asked her why it is a bad show and she said that “She heard it was”. She didn’t want to actually find out if it was a “bad show”, she just wanted to tell people it was. She was operating on a claim that was made without finding any evidence to prove or disprove it. I explained to her that she needs to watch the show before she makes a statement of fact like that. She said she didnt need to. OK.

See the pattern? When people are raised to accept claims without evidence, and are discouraged to find independent answers they are likely to grow up and believe other things without evidence.

So, how do skeptics still “… believe anything can happen”?

I wonder if he was serious when he said that.

-GRAtheist-

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More Craziness!

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I know I keep saying I am going to do a post about what a lady here said about kids, but craziness keeps coming up. Check this out.

People crucified themselves. WTF??? This seems like a lot to do for something that doesnt exist.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17978154/?GT1=9246

-GRAtheist-

Biblegod.org

I love this site! Just click on one of the awful words…. and it brings up a verse from the bible that talks about that horrific, immoral word or concept you just picked.

http://biblegod.org/

and then there is this one:

http://www.evilbible.com/ 

the rape section is pretty disturbing.

-GRAtheist-

Who Really Scored the Goal?

Through people at my work I have become aware of a man who has recently died.

Before I go on, I want to say this: I am saddened by this man passing away. I wish it would not have happened, but such is life. This man had a son, a young son. This also makes me sad.

Back to the story.

This young boy is in a soccer league. Before his father passed he hadn’t scored a goal in several games. 2 days after his father passed he decided to return to his soccer league. This was a great decision on the boys part. From all accounts of the game this little boy played his heart out. He scored a goal. That must have been great for him.

Here is my problem; His friends and family (who are very religious) have made the claim to the little boy that his deceased father and God guided his feet to score the goal.

This is ludicrous and preposterous for several reasons. And I believe it does more harm than good.

1: It Takes the credit away from the little boy.

Rather than saying that the boy played well and that his father would have been proud, it tells the boy that he didnt really score the goal. Instead, his fathers ghost and god did. They need to build up this boys self-esteem and confidence by giving him the credit when and where it is due. Taking away that credit and attributing it to the supernatural is just wrong.

2: What happens when the boy has a setback, not only in sports but in his general life?

The young boy now has this “wonderful” notion (and I am sure it is comforting to him) that his father is with him. When this boy has a setback he could now believe that his father wasn’t there for him. Leaving him with another dose of abandonment feelings. First from the passing of his father, and second from when he expected his dad to “guide his feet” into scoring a goal or whatever feat the young boy is trying to accomplish.

As I said, I am sure it is comforting for the young boy. But over time isn’t it better to deal with the child in real terms? Explain how death really happens and why it happens rather than giving the boy false hopes and teaching him to rely on the supernatural? In reality this child will not score goals in every game, not win the prize every time. If his dad helped him out that one time, why not now?

-GRAtheist-

Comedy? Racism?

Chick Tracks have now branched off into the “black scare literature”. Classy

I dont know if I can get too mad about this. Because the people who make these things are crazy anyway…

CHECK IT!

-GRAtheist-