Favorite Dollar Store Jebus Pic

Favorite Dollar Store Jebus Pic
This is the Jesus Christ of the Jebus Crusters (Note: NOT Semitic)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Santorum Only Hears What He Wishes

Some LGBT websites are throwing kudos at Rick Santorum for his comments about gays serving in the military. I thought the compliments unwarranted. Agent provocateur Dan Savage had this guy pegged when he created a website in the politician's name and used Wikipedia to define it as the spent fluids of anal congressus diabolicus, the comingled tinctures of gay coitus per vas nefandum. Santorum's new-found "liberalism" in this area strikes me as phony in the extreme. For one thing, he conflated orientation with sexuality in general in his debate comments, pointing out that the military cracks down on fraternization (by which he means male-female) as it is. For another, he is an evangelical and their agenda includes erasing the line between church and state. The last time I read Leviticus and that misogynistic homophobe "Saint" Paul, I came away thinking that Santorum would put us all in Marcus Bachmann Rehab programs. You want to see crony capitalism? Wait till Santorum makes the Rev. John Hagee Secretary of Religion and Morality. Yes, people can change, but to judge from Santorum positions taken fairly recently, if ever there were a wolf in sheep's clothing on any issue involving same-sex people, Santorum is it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jasper, Texas Racist Killer To Die for Dragging African-American Man Behind Truck

Have you ever noticed how the most rabid supporters of the death penalty are Tea Partiers and evangelical Crusters? I don't care what the Jasper man did or to whom, I am against capital punishment. Capital punishment is cruel and unusual. It is also immoral and unethical. None of the reasons given by its apologists is valid. For example, it costs more to appeal than to keep the person in prison terminally (try a three- squares budget of about fifty cents a day), and in a majority of cases the killer will never do it again (usually, he knew the victim). We are the only civilized democracy that takes a life for taking a life. Only in mathematics -- and using imaginary numbers at that -- do two wrongs ever make a right.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Cruster Plot to Mythologize Separation of Church and State: Comment on Origin of the Phrase

The phrase itself is, I believe, from a letter of Thomas Jefferson, my main man. The evangelical boobs and T Party types claim that this proves the phrase is not in any founding document, but just as the Supremes latched on to the concept of a legal umbrella in the First Amendment and found a right to abortion there as a result, the First Amendment by clear implication disallows any government involvement in religion and, I argue, vice-versa as well. But the trend is away from the umbrella and back at the mercy of the elements. When you stop to think that the same old Catholic justices form the "New Majority," you get skewed results. Do you really think Scalia leaves his faith at the door when he comes to work?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ugandan Homophobes For Michelle Bachmann

When the radical evangelical Christians began to push their phony Christianity on Africans a few years back, I thought, par for the course. Then the Ugandans actually had a bill in their parliament to mete out capital punishment for homosexuality. Uganda is 84% Christian and one-half Catholic. One of the websites I read daily had a story about evangelical-Ugandan contributions to Michelle Bachmann's Republican presidential campaign, including ties to a pastor who "was once imprisoned in Uganda for a supposed terrorism plot."

Duh! That is precisely the point. Evangelical Christianity is terrorism. The terrorism of brainwashing LGBT babies from birth to believe in a religion that despises sexual identity and gender difference. Like Nazis (they probably think Mengele was a hero), they sought to use this African nation to serve as an object lesson in Stone Age superstition and the ignorance of science. Terrorism in instilling in young gay males conflicting feelings and urges and exposing them to the co-conspiracy of schoolkid bullying. Terrorism in villainizing abortion doctors and using loony tunes men to buy guns and shoot to kill. Terrorism in trying to arrange the foregone conclusion they have reached that war in the Mideast will result in their nightmare fantasy, the Rapture.

It must have never occurred to them that some of us who don't believe in such superstitious nonsense think the world is moving ever closer toward self-destruction without the need of any meddling by people who have delusions of being taken up to heaven with Jesus (or was it Osiris, Tammuz, Attis, or even Apollonius of Tyana?). Wait, there is a plus to all this. When we freethinkers wind up in Hell, we will have breakfast with Einstein, lunch with George Carlin, cocktails with John Huston, and dinner with Voltaire.

Monday, August 15, 2011


The late comedian and wit George Carlin, may Anti-God bless his soul!, mused during a routine about God's seeming arbitrariness. For example, he said, why is it that women have to cover their heads at the cathedral but are forbidden to wear head coverings at synagogue. He was probably hip to the Christian hypocrisy of going to church on Sunday, which even violates the Ten Commandments and admits simultaneously of the influence of paganism since the Roman name for Sunday is Die Solis, or Sun Day quite literally, the day sacred to Sol Invictus (a.k.a. Father Mithras), whose birthday the Constantinian Christians also "borrowed." Syncretism was the order of the times.

I got started on these musings while shopping at Sprouts, a kind of poor man's Whole Foods in one of our strip malls here. It is the kind of store where good produce is almost always to be had, in season, and where "health foods" are supplied, including various naturopathic tinctures and supplements and a wide variety of nuts, candies, pastas, rices, dry beans, and other bins. I bought fresh peaches, some whole wheat bagels, and a few other things and took them to the checkout counter. The checkouts in this store face each other and I glanced at a chocolate-skinned man with a brushy mustache in the aisle across from mine.

My God!, I thought (yes, I still use "His" name in vain, even though I do not believe in his existence anymore than I believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy). He has a yarmulka on his head. And he did, a prominently placed, forward of the spiral, crocheted yamulka. I had to look away immediately to keep from laughing. Being an atheist is hard work. We have to suppress laughter at the silly lengths to which gullible believer types go to show their devotion to a scientifically disproved, completely illogical entity who did it all in less than a week and created the guy in red tights with a pitchfork, a guy who can quick-change into a talking snake, just to bedevil us when we exercise our freedom of choice, also "God-given."

Unfortunately, I think this guy sussed me out. I think he almost smiled himself, and while it is entirely possible he was being neighborly, it is also possible he was thinking, Yes, I have a kippah on my head. So what? I didn't know much about the kippah actually until I read the Wiki entry. The Talmud demands covering our heads "in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you." I thought so: pure superstition. Pure dogma. It's the old bogey man routine. Create a straw man to fear and make the gullibles, the small heads believe they have to cover their heads or face damnation of one kind or another. In this way the rabbis can extract shekels. Everyone works at something. The rabbis are selling myth and superstition to earn their pay.

One famous rabbi is said to have gone no further than four cubits(about five feet) with nothing covering his head, "because the Divine Presence is always over my head." Yes, and I had some good shit last week, too. I tried some of that synthetic marijuana and I felt the Divine Presence as well, and I did not go out without covering my head. I am prone to skin cancer and must always go topped unless indoors. I have to hope God stops at my front door so he cannot see my naked head when I am inside, walking six feet or more this way or that. And while He is at it, could he explain why he doesn't make the evangelicals believe in climate change. It's getting hotter and I am more prone to skin cancer than ever. I mean, I sometimes worship Sol Invictus, but this is getting ridiculous.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just as Ted Turner Said

Christianity is a religion for losers. Instead of taking responsibility for their actions, believers rely upon and feared their God. It seldom occurs to themselves that there are some things for which you just can't be forgiven. Yet Christians believe that there is NO sin God will not forgive. The same could even be said of the Jew. (Now there is a people born to feel guilty.) Would a Muslim say, Allah wills it? The common thread running through all the monotheisms is reliance on or submission to "God." But the passing of responsibility to an entity whose existence is supported by a complete absence of evidence and mounting proof to the contrary renders such people helpless to act from true will. They need big doses of the mottos of such organizations as the Cairo Mystery School, which taught that all scripture is shit: "Nothing is true; all is permitted," and even of the Theosophists, their founder Mme. Blavatsky stating quite correctly: "There is no religion higher than the truth."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

About Eric Cantor

jmmartin — 8/6/11 7:53am

I am trying my best to not sound like a racist s.o.b., and I do mean racist: Cantor has in common with the leaders of HAMAS and Hijballah a Semitic heritage: Judaism is a religion; one cannot be racist toward a religion, which is why I think application of "anti-Semitic" as applied to Jews alone is a fiction). All of the Mideastern religions have Abraham in common, too. All that said, I must ask, rhetorically, when in American history did Jews gravitate to the GOP? Cantor is so evil I have no trouble soever calling him a ****. A Yid, an M.O.T. Choose your racist epithet. If a person of any particular race misbehaves and acts to the detriment of the American people, he or she becomes worthy of the slurs. Those of us who are a little left of center (well, in my case, a lot) are just as prone as anyone to resort to such miscreant practices.

Nevertheless, as a minority, Jewish people in the U.S. tend to be Dems. This was true even when the Reverend Jesse Jackson referred to NYC as "hymietown." Jackson ran for president and had about as much chance of winning a single primary as Newtie, the born-again Catholic. I ask when Cantor became a symbol of Jewish abandonment of the Democratic Party because it would aid in understanding a society in which such a transition becomes possible. One is inclined to think it has something to do with the so-called Jewish lobby, with AIPAC. Smart lobbyists always oil the machines of both parties. At some point the perception arose that Democrats were not as protective and not as favorable toward Israel. I would have to believe, not knowing much more about him, that this drift led to the geek we now know as Eric Cantor. (And isn't that surname delightful? That adenoidal, sissy voice of his should have ended up singing parts of the Torah, not going on the stumps.)

As anyone reading this can surmise by now, I despise Rep. Cantor. I think someone should tie him down and perform foreskin restoration surgery on his penis; force feed him 25 pounds of pig guts; make him go to church on Sunday; make him grow his beard, and blindfold him, put him on a camel, and send him back in time about 5,000 years. Goodbye, Eric! Byeeeeeeee byeeeeeee.

Why Perry (Huckabee, Bachmann, Cain, and Santorum) Are Not Fit to be President

Texans should mount a recall and get this theocratic nitcompoop out of office. Belief in prayer is completely irrational. Prayers never work. If the desired result comes about, a score or more of *other* reasons may have been the cause: it is irrational to assume that because you prayed for something and it happened, your prayer caused it to happen. And if it does not happen, Perry would shrug and say, "God wanted something else." Deeply religious people and people who merely want the public to think they are deeply religious (it makes little difference which) are dangerously deluded and should never be trusted with the reins to government.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Little Arguments With "God" Part One

My sister in law recommended I see the Sigourney Weaver movie, Prayers for Bobby, and I knew from the title that the picture is going to have some religion in it, but I will see it as a DVD, as it is only $1 plus sales tax in the Red Box Kiosk. I am hoping the film winds up saying that what Bobby needs is not prayers but understanding and compassion. He certainly will not get anything like that at evangelical behavior modification centers like Mrs. Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s Phd-holding husband.

As is befitting a subservient hand maid Stepford wife (pardon the neo-criticism of the wonderful Ira Levin novel). As the Bachmanns firmly believe their scripture – the canonicals and the letters of Saul-Paul the Syrian zealot – finds same sex couples “abominations unto the Lord,” Mrs. Dr. Bachmann’s reopened the nature versus nurture debate is critical to an understand of where these simpletons are coming from.

With only dogma to guide them (or, perhaps, justify their fear, distrust, and total lack of human compassion), the Nurturist Argument goes, gay people are “that way” because they choose to be. The Naturist Argument, with which I am much in sympathy, holds that environment has nothing to do with it at the fundamental level. The Naturists have science on their side and make the better argument, that neurobiology tends to confirm Lady Gaga’s thesis we are born that way.

The religious Nurturists have a problem. They say on the one had that homosexuality is "an abomination unto the Lord," yet the Lord keeps putting gay people on earth. This brings one back to the Argument from Evil, as these same Nurturists urge upon freethinking peoples their pitiful free will argument: "God" allows people to commit evil acts even though God is good and omnipotent and could prevent the choice to do the evil as adverse to the good thing. “God” gave us freedom of will. If we choose to be evil, that isn’t “God’s” fault.

But it is. A good, omnipotent “God” could have designed man so that every choice he has allows selection because it is the right thing to do: a genuine example of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, a lesson of Confucius many centuries before Christ, by the way.

“God” disproves himself by fallacious reasoning. He proves himself an impossibility.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Prosperity Gospel & Gay Marriage

I've always speculated on the role discretionary spending plays in the minds of evangelicals. Ted Turner said Christianity is a "religion for losers," and we know the popular refrain, "nice guys finish last." The Prosperity Gospel is a feel good free trade doctrine inimical, one might think, to the prophet's philosophy. One is supposed to help others, after all, not horde wealth. (This hypocrisy is hardly limited to Christians. How much equality is there in a Muslim country ruled by oil profiteering ayatolahs who siphon riches off the top and throw the crumbs to the rest of the believers?)

Enter gays and lesbians requesting the simple human right to marry. The wedding planners in New York State are working overtime throwing that cash around. Studies show that partnered queer people make on average 44% more income than similarly situated heterosexual couples. Could it be that what really chafes Tony Perkins' ass is not that the Booble says gays and lesbians are abominations before the Lord, it's the Prosperity Gospel saying queers shouldn't be entitled to all that much money. This might make being a homo attractive to Perkins' children so that they could fall into the clutches of the perverts and have their lives destroyed as a result.

Yes, and Santa Claus has a reindeer named Rudy and the Easter Bunny comes with spring every year. And there's a real Tooth Fairy. No one has any more proof of those imaginary beings than we have of "Jesus Christ," much less proof that a personal deity gave a son for whatever religion says are our sins.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Why the Rapture is Stupid

At the time John of Patmos penned his "Revelations" the known world was ruled by Rome. Nero had spies everywhere. Like the Nazis with their Enigma Code, the early Christians utilized a system of letter-number transposition known as esopsephia. (Those practitioners of Cabala (Qabalah) employ a similar system in Hebrew known as gematria whereby Hebrew letters were assigned numbers, supposedly to reveal divine messages in the O.T.)

It is no coincidence, then, that To Mega Therion in Greek equals not only "The Great Beast" but also "Nero Caesar." The number, 666, in isopsephia is the same for both phrases. In order to warn his Christian brethren of the greatest enemy facing them, John sent coded epistles to far-flung corners of the known world -- coded because, obviously, if a Roman centurion managed to confiscate the parchment (or whatever they wrote on), no suspicion would be raised that the gibberish found in the document said anything about the emperor. Discretion was the better part of valor.

Now, here come these apocalypse freaks, claiming that signs and portents spell doom and gloom, and their silly, gullible followers, clutching their Bibles, run about with "The sky is falling" on their lips, Chicken Littles all. How ridiculous they look, trying to pinpoint the exact date of something that happened, if at all, a couple of thousand years ago.

The real danger, exemplified by the likes of John Hagee and his American-Israeli organization, is that the Rapture Nuts view the Palestinian problem as "God's" plan for bringing about the End Times. In other words, a foregone conclusion. They do not want peace in the Mideast. The exacerbation of existing tensions is part of their agenda to bring about total annihilation of the peoples of the earth. This is why they are all dangerous lunatics who should be shunned as pestilence. Viewing the Book of Revelations as prediction of future events would be comical if it were not so deadly serious.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Commercialized Jebus Crustian Gospel According to Black Rap Singing Bishop

Christianity, as a valid religion, began to decline late in the 20th century, especially in America. The rise of the electronic media was its partial crucifixion, but the surrender of the soul has become a 21st century phenomenon, largely propelled by the marginalization of the believers. That is only partly due to believers' susceptibility to criticism from freethinking people, and then there is their ongoing utter debasement -- I would call it whoring -- in death throes, which is most unseemly. Small wonder that so many cracker evangelicals openly rail against Shariah law: they're jealous of the inroads made by Muslim clerics toward theocracies, which as we have seen of late tend to be inimical to democratic principles.

I thought I had seen it all when a local megachurch headed by a moonfaced buffoon with spiked hair and a voice that would be envied by a carnival barker sent out salacious postcards displaying scantily clad couples whose marriage needs a jolt of Prosperity Gospel viagra. Then Rev. Bil (yes, one "l," he's never heard the word "affectation") and his perfect little Barbie Doll wifey copastor (these women are given dispensation from the requirement of remaining nothing but a help mate; after all, the wifey copastor is always part of the shill). You will pardon my use of carny language but when the shoe fits, --

These two bimbolimps put huge Bil-boards on every freeway in town with slogans like "Don't Go to the Megachurch. -- SATAN." And "I Died at the Megachurch. -- SATAN." I am surprised the city did not remove them to prevent accidents as people slow down to gander. This seemed to me the most incredibly flagrant example of what I consider the degradation of the Christian religion. With such mindless commercialism and rank hucksterism taking place, we atheists can simply sit back and watch the religion fade, like the worship of Dionysus, into history and legend. Christianity is already a myth; we are seeing the death of the cultus.

Enter Bishop Prince Moultry. Here is his curriculum vitae:

"Bishop Prince J. Moultry is the Pastor of the InTouch Christian Center. He is renowned for his innovative approach to addressing the overwhelming social issues such as gangs and violence that plague the urban Cleveland, Ohio community. He has received numerous awards including in F.B.I. Directors Community Leadership Award in 1995. Bishop Moultry is a facilitator at the Antioch Baptist Church's Project Respect, a job and readiness and placement program, the CEO of the Greater Cleveland Jail Division Program, and Chaplain for the East Cleveland jail.

"Bishop Moultry authors a weekly column in the Cleveland Life Magazine and is the composer of the first Roman Catholic Church Gospel Soul Mass. He will embark on a concert tour later this year."

Imagine that! He's also a shameless proselyte whose latest ploy was a "mock retrial of Casey Anthony," staged at his In Touch With Christ Christian Center in Cleveland. Apparently, Moultry thought it was the business of the church to impart "the important lesson...to protect children in Cleveland from the same fate as little Caylee Anthony." Excuse me? The last I looked our state courts are apolitical entities. You can't even post the so-called ten commandments inside a state courthouse so that religion doesn't intrude to far into judicial proceedings; we're now allowed to affirm rather than swear, which protects certain religious sects even as it protects atheists for having to say things they do not believe (and ironically thus become bearers of false witness). Religion in justice crosses the barrier between church and state.

Of course, the Moultry types do not believe in that doctrine, hypocritically -- in view of the dearth of factual proof in the historicity of their own prophet -- referring to it as a "myth." (See entry at this site about their whacky "historian," who appears on the disgraced Murdoch cable "news" as an "expert" in American history but never fails to distort or falsify recorded reality. Have I not said before, these folks are delusional?) Moultry must have thought he could do a better job than the civic minded participants in the Anthony trial, or else why stage another one? If he can preach, why couldn't he have born his "lesson" home simply by discussing the Anthony case from the Sunday pulpit?

No, Mr. Rev. Mouldy is a rap artist. His website identifies him as "Presiding Bishop" (appeal to authority) of a "Church in touch with it's [sic] Community" (aside from the spelling error, an appeal to masses) and having as its mission "winning lost souls to the glory of God" (do I envision a Crustian mission where a guy can get a bowl of soup just for praying a while?). Get this one. In the commercial web site at Facebook, Mouldy says the Church's "Products" consist of "The B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth," a dead giveaway that he is a Dominionist (i.e. theocratic) evangelical who is dedicated to bringing about the Rupture Rapture as soon as possible right now. Read your Booble while we encourage governments to take us to the Paradise with 72 Virgins and -- ooops!, wrong eschatology. Oh, well, it's the gimmicks these comedians use to get the sheep in for the shearing: pass the plate, now.

Like Woody Allen, from whom I borrow the line, I have no trouble with the Rapture, I just don't want to be there when it happens. That probably won't be the case as I think I will pass from earth from amazement at what these carnival shuck and jive artists will think of next.

P.S. The vote was eight to four in favor of guilt. Maybe Mouldy has an ulterior motive: let the congregation blow off steam. Here is the bottom line: what is the point of retrying an American in a church when a jury of her peers in a fair and impartial trial found the woman not guilty? It's too bad we can't sue Mouldy for violating the double jeopardy clause. Such a "service" at Mouldy's church (they actually called it a "service"!) does a disservice to democracy, the Constitution, reason, and common sense. Jesus said turn the other cheek. Yeah, right.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Local Bumper Sticker: "Prayer: The Only Defense Against Evil"

One may pray and pray and nothing that happens can with any certainty be said to have been brought about "because" of the prayer: that is post hoc reasoning. "I prayed and God granted my prayer" in addition to being solipsistic can only be a falsehood when one considers the statistical improbabilities involved. A poor man might pray for a fortune. The following day, a rich uncle dies and leaves him a mint. The poor man got what he wanted, but at what a cost! So, blaming himself for his uncle's death, the poor man shoots himself. "How sad," the grave digger observes. "Poor fellow having a brain aneurism." The logical problems inherent in claiming that prayer is efficacious keep it from proof: as with all things not proved, its failure lay in the complete absence of scientific evidence. When hospitalized persons were prayed for they did worse than those who were not, similarly situated.

Bill Burroughs once said we could pray in one hand and shit in the other, see which one fills up faster. Precisely.

Is Marcus Bachmann a Queer? Was Paul a Homophobic Misogynist?

Mrs. Marcus Bachmann, like her nutty hubby, is committed to the Booble. The O.T. in Leviticus, and the N.T. in the gospels of the raving homophobe and misogynist zealot Saul-Paul of Tarsus, make homosexuality an "abomination," which brings the penalty of stoning to death. (I think Shariah orders beheading for the same abomination.) What LGBT (my word: "Queer") people and many progressives and freethinkers know from science and reason is that Queers are born, not made. If it were possible to fulfill the mythical gay agenda and turn all little boys and girls into raving gays and lesbians, as the nurture argument goes, then the nature argument is false. (There appears to be no room for a middle, although I myself muse on it from time to time.)

The naturists, mindful of the bumpersticker slogan "Homosexuals Prove Darwin Was Wrong," point out the illogicality of a god who condemns gays but goes on putting so many on earth, implying an arbitrary, even perhaps perverse god, certainly not one worthy of respect, much less worship. The Bachmanns want to have it both ways. Since the O.T. condemns homosexuals and the O.T. as we all know is the literal word of "God," then homosexuals must be an abomination. One must suppose that the Prosperity Gospel allows Marcus to accept Medicare funding for his homo no more clinic, even as his lunatic wife runs for president lambasting Medicare. The most abominable thing, however, may be her marriage itself: to a deeply closeted, self-loathing closet queer. He should be congratulated: he has at least reached the status of "Saint" Paul: a self-loathing homophobic misogynist.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Christianization of the American Armed Forces

The saying, “there are no atheists in foxholes,” is a lie. In their proselytic zeal, Christians show a willingness to stoop to any fib to foist Jesus off on anyone willing to listen. They do it outside abortion clinics, they do it at gay pride events, and they do it in military barracks. They even proselytize with the dead: witness their cynical, fraudulent attempts to put causa mortis words into the mouths of Einstein and even Darwin (the latter while the proselytes are simultaneously claiming fossils were only an example of God “fooling the evolutionists”). Remember, when the lies did not work during the witch pogroms (against women who helped abort unwanted babies), they went auto da fe and used fagots (yes, one “g”) for kindling. In other words, the same crimes they are laying at the feet of evangelical Muslims in general and Wahhabists in particular, Christians and especially evangelicals themselves prove guilty.

It’s our way or the highway. Our God is the only God and he wrote or dictated every line in the Bible/Koran. But both religions cherry pick their dogma and most Christians don’t even practice the basic tenets of the faith proposed by their own prophet. How can you deny women and LGBT people basic rights or rights not equal to the “average” heterosexual male and claim that you are compassionate? Why are we ignoring diurnal reality in favor of things that existed on the ground circa 5,000 B.C.E. (O.T.) and circa 800 C.E. (Koran)? Those people didn’t even have printing presses for God’s sake!

(Ooops. Naw, I don’t believe in God, but I have a nostalgia for Him.)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tim Pawlenty (of Shit) on David Brooks' Editorial

If you caught Meet the Press today, you saw Gov. Tim Pawlenty (of shit) saying, of David Brooks' anti-Tea Party editorial: "Now is not the time for Rockefeller Republicanism." Duh! Nelson Rockefeller's perennial campaign to be president revealed a fairly candid, middle of the road politician who had socially liberal positions (he divorced at a time when it was tantamount to murder). What this obviously means is, Pawlenty (of shit) doesn't think normal Republicans should be consulted, implying that Brooks' chastisement of the GOP for its stubborn intransigence in debt ceiling negotiations was too sensible a solution. Pawlenty (of shit) was fortunate that the host did not bring up his failure to tell Mitt to his face that he was unelectable because of "Obamneycare." Instead, Pawlenty (of shit) was prodded into saying Mrs. Marcus Bachmann did not distinguish herself in the U.S. House. How could she? She was sponsoring such incredibly important legislation as putting the Founding Fathers, including John Quincey Adams, on a new U.S. postage stamp; a federal law making pregnant mothers of unwanted babies wait nine months before they are eligible for an abortion, and amending the U.S. constitution to read that all speech except Shariah is protected by the first amendment.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Words, Words, Words: The Semantics of "Family"

The road to hell is paved with best intentions.  Semanticists would cringe at some of the twisted ideations behind new uses of certain words, and, sadly, "family" is one of them.  Although as we all know this is an age of extended families, the traditional "nuclear family unit" is what is contemplated by the bigoted evangelicals.  They want "family," like "marriage," to be the special province of bigoted evangelical social policy, and it's tempting to flaunt the Anthony's as evidence of what many, if not most, nuclear families end up looking like.  (Note that in this case, the Anthony's really are a nuclear family: mom, pop, a boy, a girl.)  We can start with the obvious: they probably had religious upbringings, too.  All four of them are devout liars.  If false witness were punished by an omniscient God, hurling lightning, the Anthony's would be long gone, as would such Pastors as John Hagee and such PAC ops as Tony Perkins.  These people bear false witness about science and reason and a good omnipotent God would have bolted them with a billion volts long, long ago.  Of course, this begs the question: If God is omniscient why did He create the Anthony's, Hagee, and Perkins in the first place?  And while we are at it, who created God?

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Modest Proposal to Marginalize Theocratic Candidates

Like Swift, I occasionally come up with modest proposals.  Being the wife of a rabid homophobe who compares us to "barbarians," and following the same faith (evangelical Christianity -- an oxymoron if ever there was one) poor Mrs. Bachmann just can't express an opinion of her own.  First, she has become the butt of educated peoples' jokes ("John Quincey Adams was a Founding Father," "The Revolution's first shot was fired in Concord, New Hampshire"... I could go on).  Second, like Billary, you are getting a pair of ignoramuses when you vote for Mrs. Bachmann: together, like Beast and Scarlet Woman, they will bring down the U.S.A. in a blaze of Rapture as we bomb Iran and Pakistan retaliates and....Think about this: do you really want that horrid woman quite so close to the red button built into the Oval Office desk?  Third, quit calling her Michelle.  She is only a Stepfordian cypher, a mere help mate to Mr. Bachmann.  Under the circumstances, I think we should also start calling them the Backwards.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pat Buchanan Says America Cannot Survive Gay, Lesbian Marriages

Not to forget, this is a guy who said pretty much the same crap at one of the Republican Presidential Conventions not too many years back. Queer people all over the country complained. Look where he is coming from: he is an Irish Catholic. Catholic dogma says homosexuality, male or female is a no-no, yet the Vatican hides behind its “statehood” to prevent investigations that would show that the Popes know all about the sheltering of pedophile priests. Lawyers will tell you there is an almost impenetrable shield secreting away miscreants in robes let go with slaps on the wrist in the form of rehab and reassignment to other parishes where they can sin some more. Pat Buchanan puts his religious beliefs (and very likely the Vatican) above his belief in the Constitution. The Declaration of Independence from Europe says that all men are equals, not just all heterosexual men.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


My sneaking suspicion is that Obama is not particularly religious; he attended Rev. Wright's church because it was a good photo op (until the Rev started saying "racist" things). His church attendance now is irregular. I think he pretty much knows religion is bullshit, but it's OK to be "spiritual." Please recall, too, that this man has had a price on his head since he took over, and with "Christians" killing abortion doctors for a supposedly Biblical injunction against abortifacients, means there are seriously deranged loonies out there with weapons at the ready. There is no nut like a religious nut. If I were president I'd fake religious belief as well. This country is deranged, suffering as some 80% are from the worst sort of delusion: a good God has the power to prevent evil but does not. I should think Obama would be more comfortable with one of the pacifist Oriental religious. Hell, he already behaves like a Taoist.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Right Raps NBC For Editing Out "Under God" from Pledge

It is perhaps typical of America that it would go berserkers over the omission of that silliest of propositions from the Pledge.  First, requiring people to go through a pledge at the beginning of an event is so chauvinist as to be laughable.  Second, the phrase was put in just after Eisenhower helped us win a world war.  Religious Americans (i.e. almost everyone) were attributing the victory to a deity, by Jingo!  (One wag on TV asked why are we so certain "God's on our side" and pointed out, as did Lincoln , "the Rebels claim the same thing.") Finally, the phrase is blatantly unconstitutional because that document's Bill of Rights not only protects the religious against the whims and agendas of other religions, it also protects freethinkers, agnostics, and atheists from having to believe in the first place.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Gospel According to Marsha Blackburn

In ancient Sanskrit writings one encounters a treatise on the Kali Yuga, or age of Kali, the Goddess who destroys so that a new cycle of time can come to pass.  Time in the Orient is thought by many to be cyclical, the Hindu Yuga corresponding to thousands of years of earth time.  When this final, terrible endtime comes, a new beginning brings to earth a New Age.  The Kali Yuga is populated with the same frauds, mountebanks, charlatans, evil politicians, wicked and debauched priests, and rogues of every sort and variety.  The catalogue of horribles is paraded before the reader like ants on watermelon.  All of it roughly corresponds to pre-Rapture Christian eschatologies.  But whereas Christians give us no options other than heaven or hell, the Hindus believe the world will go on just as it has for aeons.  This is the Golden Dawn of the occultists.

By "evil politicians" I meant the followers of Jebus Crust, the false Jesus, who is worshiped today.  None of the evangelicals follow Jesus, which is not to say anything about his historical validity.  The Crustians follow a prophet who worships golden idols, whereas their real prophet said that the Koch Brothers will no sooner pass into the Kingdom of Heaven than a camel shall thread the eye of a needle.  Nor are these Crustian types capable of true compassion, else they would not deny rights to homosexuals and pregnant women.  Whereas Jesus dined with the whore, Mary Magdalene, Jebus worshipers eat off Tiffany gold plates, their prosperity gospel equating to Gordon Gekko's "Greed is good."

At the Republican Leadership Conference recently Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R.-TN.) equated the Booblical limits on tithes to churches with the brackets of the graduated income tax and flat out stated, "If it's good enough for church Sunday, it's good enough for the IRS on Monday."  Here is a woman living in the 1st or second century -- the third or fourth at most (I don't know which Booblical passage has the tithes bit, but I often date from the Council of Nicea), trying to impose the ideas and policies of that period on the factual reality of today.  It's like superimposing camel shit on crystal wine glasses.  What is implied is Shuckabee's "Christian Constitutional interpretation" whereby the western equivalent of Shariah law will be imposed upon us by dupes for the Koch Brothers, useful idiots.  If I were a believing person I might say, "Thank God for the U.S. Senate," where such cockamamie ideas are throttled to death.  But, hey, there are a lot of religious nuts in the Senate, too.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dr. Mabuse, the Evangelical Zombie

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.TX.) was right on in her observation that there are just as many Christer lunatics running around as those of the Muslim variety, and yet it took a former New York corrections officer named Patrick Dunleavy at Rep. Peter King's (R.NY.) ludicrous hearings, to pinpoint the precise nature of the problem: one who murders in the name of Jebus, Madhomey, Mosheh, Moroni, or any religious figure, prophet or disciple is by definition an ideologue. Only, in this case, an ideologue of a very special, very special kind: a theocratic stooge, a useful idiot, and a terrorist.  (Instead of saying you are sorry that these doctor  killers kill, but you understand (read: symphatize) the reason they murdered, you must condemn their deeds in no uncertain terms.  Note: the Catholics apologized for all the boy rapes, too.  Then they sent the miscreant to another parish to repeat his evils.

You cannot believe that Jesus would sanction the killing of an abortionist because you did it to protect "the unborn." To borrow an observation from John Prine, the Mark Twain of folk music, Jesus don't like killing, no matter what the reason is. These abortionist murders are not committed in the name of Jesus, you see, but in the name of his Mabusian madman modern counterpart, Jebus Crust.  It is Jebus Crust the Mabusian zombie who has successfully taken over the minds of all the megachurch evangelical types and has even convinced them that rich guys on camels can pass through the eye of a needle.  (That's the "Prosperity Gospel.")

The Supremes in "Roe" made third trimester abortions more difficult to obtain, and with good reason: there is no "person" until that late in the game at the earliest. "Life begins at conception" is Catholic dogma adopted by the Crustian evangelicals. A fetus until close to birth is not a person. Check it out here: http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-personhood.htm

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Religious Right and the Citadel

Trying to make up his pitiably vacant mind whether he'll try to follow his predecessor's steps to the White House, Texas Governer Hair Rick Perry suggests in news clips he is that most dangerous sort of politician.  Either he learned how to use evangelical Crustianity by sucking up to the megachurches and their bizarre, certifiably insane televangelists  (Rick's fave is John Hagee), or they genuinely believe in Jebus.  Either way, they sometimes remind me of Fritz Lang's immortant movie, "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler" in which an imprisoned criminal genius of the order of Hannibal Lecter issues coded messages.  Only, this time it is the ravings of St. John the Divine (that crafty code-master of Patmos).   When a pol tells you he is praying about something, look out!

I spent an evening with the late William S. Burroughs, who reiterated his published opinion that when you are dealing with a religious nut, "get it in writing."  He also was wont to say of prayer: "Shit in one hand, pray in the other -- see which one fills up faster."  Prayer may be defined as a wish that some unproved person who is omnipotent and all knowing (each of 300 million Americans? "he" must be a big fucking computer!) who actually cares a whit about anything he's so busy making war with neighboring tribes, telling you how to treat your slaves, telling you to avoid trichinosis at all costs, telling you a snake spoke to a woman whose common law spouse was off saddling a Troodon formosus so he could be made famous in the Creationism Museum.

I would argue that this is Rick Perry's territory, only if you look at him in the face, you can only see Satan.  I kid you not.  Take a good look at all those inverted pentagramical lines: that grin suggests The Great Beast, 666, and I think some of those women on Fox are using their tapes to try out for the Scarlet Woman.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Train They Called New Orleans

I just finished Ibn Warraq's Why I Am Not a Muslim. The title says it all: Warraq invokes the spirit of Bertrand Russell, whose Why I Am Not a Christian became a sensation. I started but never finished reading the latter while I was at a protestant-subsidized university where the entry philosophy course emphasized all things metaphysical, but had no time in the semester for existentialism.  I figured the Russell would be a tonic, a draft of spring water from that oasis that is any good book store or public library.

I wonder if, truly, there is any difference between one rigidly dogmatic monotheism and another. Both Muslims and Christians use scriptural presentism to bring natural insecurities and desert warlord law to bear on women and homosexuals. Is there really any difference between the Rev. John Hagee (right wing televangelist who blamed Katrina on gays) on the one hand, and any Taliban tribal leader on the other? Not really. Worse, Judeo-Christians and Muslims are on a collision course that is fueled by Booblical prophecy on the one hand and the ravings of a mad Arab on the other. One side believes we must hurry up the Rapture; the other, in agreement, long for the 72 Virgins of Paradise. Both see world annihilation as desirable.

Let me off that train!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Thatcher, Aides Refuse to Meet With Palin, Calling Her a Nut"

I never thought I would live to agree with Thatcher or anyone connect to the woman but here I am saying it's about time someone called it straight: Palin IS a nutjob.  The emails from Alaska, produced through FOI request, reveal a narcissistic personality with distinctively paranoid indicators.  Not to forget: she once got herself exorcised of "demons" by an African witch doctor. Apparently, the demons were preventing her from winning elections, or she thought they might. If you think it was daffy of G. W. Bush when he claimed an ability to talk to "God," wait till you get a load of Palin's bizarre religious beliefs. She wanted to meet Rev. John Hagee.  That's the guy who, ignorant of post hoc reasoning, claimed that Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans because it had hosted a gay event.  (For all we know, the ferocity of the storm was caused by climate change, but that is not something Hagee or Palin can accept, based as it is, like evolution, on science.)

Biship Eddie: Long on Homophobia, Short on Truth

James Withers, contributing editor of 365Gay, said of the return of "Bishop" Eddie Long:

"It’s been a difficult week for Bishop Eddie Long. The View’s Sherri Shepherd dogged him out. Fellow minister Creflo Dollar offered a defense that didn’t help much.Now there are rumors that Vanessa Long, the First Lady of New Birth, has left her man (thanks to Rod. 2.0 for this intel). The talk is that she has taken the children and moved out the house.

"No word from the pr team of New Birth.

"As most of you know, the good Bishop settled with four young men who charged him with using treats (trips and such) for booty. You would think after forking money over, Long would keep quiet for a while. He recently asked for more donations for two new satellite branches. The request was only for anything up to $1,000.

'Remember Alec Baldwin’s spellbinding rant in Glengarry Glenn Ross? According to his character it takes brass balls to sell real estate. Long’s privates are made out of that metal. Settlement for gay sex, no wife or children (allegedly), and a reputation that now is a punch line. Yet the huckster continues to troll for cash. Gotta love it."

Long is that worst sort of bigot: the hypocrite who lambastes against homosexuality even as he pursues homosexual partners.  This is a form of bearing false witness.  I do not know what Vanessa will do, but Mr. ReverEND Long should resign for breaking his "God's" commandments.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Presentism, Screen Memory, and Misremembrance

In a Religion Dispatches essay May 10, 2011, Paul Harvey wondered if Fox "News" frequent guest David Barton perhaps lived in an alterate universe, a place where Jefferson never said anything against Christianity, most if not all of the Founding Fathers were devout Christians, and the American nation was conceived and designed to be governed by Christian principles, separation of church and state being a myth created by perverted liberals.  Harvey was strangely hesistant to call Barton what he is: a quack.  Harvey does admit as to how Barton has had "a history of outright falsehoods" and has fallen guilty to "the fallacy of presentism (as in using a 1765 sermon or a 1792 congressional vote to show that the original intent of the founders was to oppose bailout and stimulus plans)."  Need we know more?   

In keeping with the saying by Seneca, I follow the dollar so to speak in sussing out those responsible for the sort of balderdash that Barton spews in his Hannity (and other Fox "News" guest appearances.  (Not being a devout Fox "News" addict, I am uncertain how many of their notoriously right wing commentators hire Barton to pontificate on his fallaciously thought-out conclusions about the Fathers in particular and the Constitution in general; though he calls himself a historian, he doesn't claim to be a Constitutional scholar.)  Barton is of course an evangelical, that sector of the Crustian Brigade most susceptible to hoodwinking and most gullible when it comes to intepretation of "scripture" when it comes to fooling the sheep and extracting their shekels.  Surely Barton knows that the earth was created by "God" about five or six thousand years ago; that "God" did it in six days and slept on the seventh, and that everything in the cosmos was created at the same time, such that when baby dinosaurs grew up, children began to saddle and ride them, waving at their parents, Adam and Eve.  And...wait a minute, where did Cain get his wife?

Knowing this kind of history is the reason Barton distorts our more recent entry into the scene, about a million years ago.  If he would distort that, he would distort anything.  The trouble with fundamentalist Crusters like Barton is that they value belief over reason.  Some even claim that "God" put the fossil record down "to fool the Darwinists."  Barton is a shill for the theocrats who want to make Crustianity the state religion so they can impose their Talibanic ways upon Americans.  We will end up in stocks for not going to church on Sunday, despite the fact that Leviticus says we have to go on Saturday and "God" can't decide from synagogue to cathedral whether he wants a woman to cover her head when she speaks meaningless rote ritual.

Presentism guides social positions, as well, because a segment of our population allows supposedly divine pronouncements about such things as abortion, homosexuality, and same sex marriage to dictate policy positions in the cyber age.  Barton should be wearing bear skins or at least a sackcloth.  Notice in the portrait (right column) that he shaves his beard.  What makes him think "God" would punish someone for being gay and let him off for shaving and not keeping the Saturday Sabbath holy?  There were small populations 7,000 years ago, so "God" probably forbade same-sexualism because it is not procreative.  (For "God," use "the leader": Crustians are so subserviant and feudal-minded they still call Jebus  and Jehovah "Lord.")  The main reason women use contraceptives today is that they're a better abortifacient as the devil-knows-what nostrums handed by out by Medieval "witches."  (That's why the RCC burned the wise ones, you know: to stop the home remedies.)  Looks like each age has its scapegoats.

I am one of the lucky ones: my memories of a Crustian upbringing are mostly what psychiatrists call "screen memories."  For my baptism, I have an old photo of some dude in white robes, my parents looking on, a baby, presumably me, awakened from a good nap by a sprinkling of "holy" water on his brow.  I have the photo, so I know it happened.  I reject it.  I reject it.  I reject it.  Now, if we were in an Islamic country and I said that about divorcing my wife, she would be toast.  If it's good enough for the Muslims, it ought to be good enough for the Crusters.  At least the Muslim prophet was an historical figure.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ed Schultz was Right!

At some point in life, Laura Ingraham converted to Roman Catholicism, the Church of the Pederastic Priesthood.  In all of her Fox "News" appearances, she has sported a huge golden cross and makes sure to wear outfits with plenty of cleavage so you can see her...well, cross.  Every time Laura Ingraham goes on Fox "News" she is whoring for the Roman Church.  Her golden cross symbolizes a 1688-year bloodbath and a 21st century problem in federal jurisprudence, with quite a few bodies stacked and stacking up, including Gnostics, Arianists, "witches" (mostly guilty of selling abortifacients, one might add), freemasons, and others -- as Crowley put it, "The Devil is the God of the people one personally dislikes."

The evidence of criminal conspiracy is pathetically blantant, making one wonder, why is it that the attorney-general has not instituted suit, or why hasn't the I.R.S. revoked the organization's tax exemption.  Many prosecutors have hit a brick wall when they attempt to examine RC parish documents and make a paper trail of covered up crimes, as with priests who were simply put through some sort of peer rehab then sent to some other parish, the Church knowing full well that recidivism in child sexual abuse is high, so the likelihood of a revisitation of pedophile behavior at second, third, and fourth parishes had to have left a document or two.  The RCC gets away with it by pointing to their diplomatic status, having long ago outfoxed Americans by claiming that they are ruled in all they do by the Vatican, which, by treaty with the U.S. enjoys immunity from suit.

Another relatively recent convert to Catholicism is Newt Gingrich.  After three marriages, Newt converts.  That is some feat.  Do you imagine for a moment that it did not involve some sort of alms transaction?  I give you my camel you give me your drachmas.  The Prosperity Gospel has always been a part of Catholicism, so the Vatican laughs at evangelicals, though the megachurch sponsors of this form of ersatz Christeranity, making millions off lies, does bother the Pop.  Apparently, Newt did not read that part of his Good Book that speaks of the chances of rich men of entering the Kingdom: Newt and his trophy wife (another Laura Ingraham) buy their Jewelry at Tiffany's, where they maintain a line of credit.  To say nothing of the 9.5% of Americans who are unemployed.  Newt, like Laura, is a whore for Catholicism.

At least Laura is kind of pretty in a put-upon sort of way.

Newt, on the other hand, is puke inducing to say the least.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gospel According to Janeane Garafalo

"Organized religions and their dogmas only serve to indoctrinate the participants into sheeplike common behaviors. This type of blind assimilation promotes the popularity of top-forty radio stations and movie sequels. Train your light spirit to shun God. Skepticism towards groups, holy or otherwise, is enriching and makes you a far more entertaining drinking companion." - Janeane Garofalo
Oh, my, what a remarkable statement for a celebrity to make, and no wonder far right wing dinosaurs like Bill O'Reilly regularly rant against her.  One only wonders if she had read Maslow, who wrote a remarkable book (he wrote several) titled Religions, Values and Peak-experiences (1964).  In some circles, Maslow was an enlightenment guru and "father of humanistic psychology" whose writings about peak experiences led to the est-type human relations seminars of the '70s.  In the 1964 work, Maslow compared church-goers to automatons, mindlessly mouthing rote gibberish week after week after week, no longer even faint carbon copies of the original congregants and incredibly ignorant about the contents of their own Holy Books.  Maslow was a genius.  So what if most of us had our peak experiences in smoke filled rooms?  A peak experience is the only way I could describe the birth of my first son, which I witnessed.  (He pee'd all over the doctor who said at least the plumbing works. Yeah, I know, they say that to every Dad.  So what?)
"Train your light spirit to shun God"!  Wow, that is almost as good as Luis Buñuel's statement, "Thank God I'm an atheist."  Well, yeah, Janeane may be some pagan or other heretical person, not so much anti-religion as anti-organized religion.  Me, too.  I think people like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council makes all Christians look bad.  I think that when the Catholic church pushes legislation designed to interfere with a woman's reproductive rights, e.g. making them see sonograms, or forcing a waiting period so they can be "counseled" by evangelicals, makes the RCC guilty of 1st Amendment violations that ought to revoke their tax exempt status.  (In the case of the RCC, it should be banned entirely in the U.S. until it convinces the Department of Justice that it has not hidden or assisted priests to avoid prosecutions for child molestation -- obstruction of justice by U. S. Code Annotated.  Randall "Sickhead" Terry should be locked up in a mental institution while we are at it.  All such laws violate the First Amendment.
But Janeane makes her point: Quit looking to religious dogma to supply your man-made laws.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Camping and the Damage Done: to Organized Religion, Hopefully

Here is one of Camping's victims: "I've been mocked and scoffed and cursed at and I've been through a lot with this lighted sign on top of my car," said Hopkins, 52, a former television producer who lives in Great River, NY. "I was doing what I've been instructed to do through the Bible, but now I've been stymied. It's like getting slapped in the face."  I have emphasized the words, "what I've been instructed to do through the Bible."  I'm sorry, Mr. Hopkins.  Anyone who bases his diurnal duties and responsibilities based upon one set of books that is 3500 years old, and another set of books that is 2,000 years old, books dealing with myth and superstition, deserves to be swindled by a con like Camping.  You pathetic creature!  Abjure the faith and abandon thyself to all pleasures!

Man in Joplin: "I Feel the Lord Watched Over Us"

Does this gentleman realize how egocentric and selfish this sounds?  Why him?  Why the congregation of the church he attends?  Why is he so special when over a hundred people were killed and many more lost or unaccounted for.  Why would the "Lord" watch over any one person and kill scores of others?  Why would a good, omnipotent god destroy good church-going people?  (It is to be assumed that some of the dead went to other churches.)  The same attitude attends to far right wing sentiments that the United States is special, so they emphasize our so-called "exceptionalism."  God may be on our side, but it's the wrong one: those other guys worship the real God.  (Crowley said "the Devil is the God of the people one personally dislikes.")  There is nothing exceptional about the USA, certainly not its de facto Judeo-Christian faith.

Third Time's The Charm

The Great Camping has recalculated for the third time. Now, he says the Rupture Rapture will be
October 21, 2011.  "God" can change his mind, can't he?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wikipedia on the "Molinists"

"Molinism, named after 16th Century Jesuit theologian Luis de Molina, is a religious doctrine which attempts to reconcile the providence of God with human free will. William Lane Craig is probably its best known advocate today, though other important Molinists include Alfred Freddoso, Alvin Plantinga and Thomas Flint. In basic terms, Molinists hold that in addition to knowing everything that does or will happen, God also knows what His creature would freely choose if placed in any circumstance."

That's Wikipedia's brief caption for its entry on Monism.  The late Luis Buñuel was fond of playing tricks on movie audiences by showing Catholic heresies in the plain light of truth: in "The Milky Way," he reconstructed some Gnostic sects and heretical groups based upon what is known of them.  He may have been familiar with the Molinists.  Today, the Molinist, Alvin Plantinga, argued with Mackie on the nature of evil, Mackie taking the position that no good omnipotent god would allow evil to exist, Plantinga countering with his claim it is man, not "God" who does evil; "God" cannot help it if man sometimes chooses incorrectly.  Once you understand the circular logic of Platinga's position the last line of the Wiki entry takes on special significance.

Either "God" is impotent and therefore of no use to man, or "God" is all powerful but allows man to choose evil.  Under the circumstances, "God" just can't win.  He's either a fraud or a coward.

After the Rapture

I just hope I go to Hell.  At least I will get to meet Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, and many, many others.  I will insist on a private audience with Darwin.  I will dine on hot nails with John Huston.  Nietzsche and I will invite Seneca the Younger to hors d'oeuvres of baby piranha fish, washing them down with Vouve Cliquot laced with hydrochloric acid.  I can't wait...well, of course I can wait. At least until Camping's next prophecy.

Jebus in Joplin

The followers of Jebus Crust will inform you that "God" was angry with Joplin, MO., and that is why he brought tornado devastation on the city.  A scientist will tell you that a tornado is naturally-occurring weather phenomenon that comes about when a large storm system sets into motion a destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud.  If the Crustian definition -- a work of "God" -- is accepted, it begs questions.  For one thing, what did the people of Joplin do to deserve this?  Why would a good, omnipotent god cause dozens of deaths and level parts of a city?  Why would a good, omnipotent god kill children along with the (presumably evil) adults?  Wielding Occam's razor, why should we have to resort to a weak, inadequate, entirely illogical explanation for a naturally occurring phenomenon when the scientific explanation is so obvious?  Nature, not "God," causes such tragedies.

Remember, the ReverEND John Hagee http://www.jhm.org/ME2/Default.asp
said that Hurricane Katrina was "God's" visitation on New Orleans for having hosted a gay pride event.  Why would "God" destroy heterosexuals in N.O.?  Children?  There are only two possibilities: "God" is an impotent grouch, or "God" is a sorry son of a bitch.  It comes as no surprise that most Hagee types are climate change deniers.  Because the Booble says nothing about climate change, the phenomenon is obviously an invention of un-American, un-Christian people who want us to fail by having limits placed on such things as the burning of coal to power our flat screen TV's, P.C.'s, and toasters.  If the Booble says nothing about it, "God" didn't mean it to be.  "God" wouldn't allow something like climate change to occur: if we all died of the effects of climate change, no one would be around for the Rupture Rapture.  Sheesh!  We just can't win!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

About the Booble, Part One

The Holy Booble consists of two volumes, the O.T. and the N.T.  Some of the poetry in the King James edition of the O.T. is marvelous, notably Ecclesiastes.  Most of the rest of the Booble is junk.  In the hands of Jebus worshipers, the N.T. is particularly dangerous, since it promulgates the existence of a person with little to no historical basis.  All that is known is that a rabbi was born in the "Holy" Land and came to be known as Reb (for Rabbi) Yeshua (for Joshua).  It is possible the "Jesus Christ" part was in part derived from the words "Yeshua" and "Krishna," the similarity of the names being noted by Massey, Blavatsky, and many other Jesus disprovers.  In all probability, the person or prophet we today call Jesus Christ was invented whole cloth by early Christians based upon pagan precedents including Dionysus, Osiris, Tammuz, Attis (or Attys), and any one of dozens of other death-and-resurrection deities the world over.  The biggest problem with the Booble is that it contradicts itself from verse to verse; that, and the tendency of Booblists to "prove" the existence of "God" with the following remarkable observation: "Of course God exists.  The Booble says so."

Camping Out

Try as they might, the followers of Crustian prophet Harold Egbert Camping have once again failed to bring about the Rupture Rapture.  Last time, late in the 90s, they spinned their  failure by saying a particular chapter and verse had not been considered, so recalculation was necessary.  News reports today, May 22, 2011, have Egbert's headquaters in Oakland and/or the old boy's house in Milpitas sacked by angry dissenters, probably including those who feel that Camping is making all Crustians look like fools, which of course he is.  The more of these End Times prophets come out of the woodwork, the more normal people see that their faith is misplaced, as there is no god but man.  Man created Yahweh-Jehovah and man must free himself of the grip that this demon has on him so that he can be more fully human: more functional, less likely to eschew responsibility for his acts and omissions, less likely to say what will be will be.  In other words, more likely to see the truth of the great god Zarathustra as channeled by Nietzsche: Crustianity is the greatest tragedy to befall mankind.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Gospel According to Jebus Crust

Jebus Crust is the god of the fundamentalists, evangelicals, and all other narrow minded bigots, those who twist the gospel of giving into the Prosperity Gospel and give once a week lip service to the principles laid down by Reb Yeshua, the mystic and revolutionary who, combined with Osirian and other resurrection deities, became "Jesus Christ," a misnomer if ever there was one.  (Has anyone ever noticed the similarity in sound and, transliterally, the spelling of Christ to Krishna?  Read your Blavatsky!)  This weblog with be devoted to exposing the Jesus of the Bigots as a false Christ.  I have chosen to call him Jebus Crust because (1) he does not deserve a better name, and (2) he is so often seen in breads bought by gullible, loser believers, so desperate they are for "signs and portents" of the Second Coming. They see him everywhere. That is because they are delusional.  There is no god but man.