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Mark Twain on Slavery and the Church Taking Credit for Society’s Corrections After the Fact


This might make you wonder what they’ll take credit for next. Remember to not let them.

Originally posted on Jericho Brisance:

Posted in an excellent article by Ryan Bell today, a quote worth sharing all by itself:

The methods of the priest and the parson have been very curious, their history is very entertaining. In all the ages the Roman Church has owned slaves, bought and sold slaves, authorized and encouraged her children to trade in them. Long after some Christian peoples had freed their slaves the Church still held on to hers. If any could know, to absolute certainty, that all this was right, and according to God’s will and desire, surely it was she, since she was God’s specially appointed representative in the earth and sole authorized and infallible expounder of his Bible. There were the texts; there was no mistaking their meaning; she was right, she was doing in this thing what the Bible had mapped out for her to do. So unassailable was her position that in…

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Take a couple of minutes to contemplate this


Food for thought

Originally posted on What comes to my mind...:


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So Selfish


For those who are drunk on religion, this ought to sober you up.

Originally posted on Amusing Nonsense:

Today I feel like cataloging another baseless accusation made by some Christians: being selfish. Selfish is a word that has negative connotations, implying that one is unreasonably focused on oneself. As an idea, it could be used to discourage behavior and thinking that doesn’t take others into account. But, as it was used on me in relation to faith, it was a device utilized to break me down. I think this is why I have a problem with this rhetoric.

What I’m going on about.
I was told quite frequently while growing up that I was being selfish. Whenever I would try to assert my point of view, the accusation would get thrown out. Instead of figuring out if I was unreasonably focused on myself (and there were times that I was), it was simply insisted upon. The difference between the two practices is important. With the former, it…

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The origins of ethics and morals


This is a wonderful summary:
For secular people, morality is predicated on one simple principle: empathetic reciprocity, widely known as the Golden Rule. Treating other people as you would like to be treated. It is an ancient, universal ethical imperative. And it requires no supernatural beliefs. As one atheist mom who wanted to be identified only as Debbie told me: “The way we teach them what is right and what is wrong is by trying to instill a sense of empathy … how other people feel. You know, just trying to give them that sense of what it’s like to be on the other end of their actions. And I don’t see any need for God in that. …

When I read this post I thought to myself “Duh!” I hope that sooner rather than later my drop is but one in a sea of voices that agree.

Originally posted on The Unassuming Atheist:

One argument that many Christians make is that God’s word (the bible) provides the moral compass that we all should follow. Listen, there are some great lessons in the bible. However, the hogwash in it tends to outweigh those lessons, but that is for another conversation. Do we need God to tell us right from wrong? Would it be a free-for-all anarchy, lawlessness, terrifying society without having God to tell us how to act? Or would the honor of personhood or authority provide the guidance needed for an orderly and safe society? Just something to think about. For your consideration, check out the article below.

By Phil Zuckerman, The Los Angeles Times

More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation’s history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so…

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Anthropocene Apocalypse – The gorilla.


Humans, try your empathy on this….

Originally posted on Opher's World:


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These are gorillas. They come from the same place as us – Africa. They are primates who share 98.4% of their genes with us. After the chimpanzee they are our closest relatives. We shared a common ancestor as little as seven million years ago. That’s recent by evolutionary standards

Take a good look because it is probably, outside a zoo, the only chance you’ll get to see one. They are being decimated by ebola, their habitat is being destroyed and they are butchered by humans for meat. That is pretty close to cannibalism.

There are only 880 mountain gorillas left. That does not seem a large number compared to 8 Billion humans. Surely we can leave a little room for the rest of wild-life? Do we really need to take it all?

We need to restrict ourselves to 50% of the available space and limit our numbers. If we do…

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This is so very much like thoughts that I have from time to time. I recently related the story of Lot and was told that I used the word shit 15 times.

Originally posted on The Unassuming Atheist:


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Refuting the Atheist-Hitler Myth


“…right down to his brutal slaughtering of the “Christ-killing” Jews.”

I think that sums this up pretty well but there is a lot of detail in there. Something to think about while the world is ablaze with thoughts of how violent Islam is.

Let’s be clear, monotheism is violent … period. Let’s not focus only on the violence of fundamentalist Muslims because all the holy books of monotheism advocate violence, bigotry, hatred, genocidal thinking and numerous other kinds of morally reprehensible behaviors.

For any moderate readers all I have to say is that unless and until you begin condemning the words of your own holy book this problem will never go away. It may take a hiatus now and then but it will always come back because it’s right there in the book.

So, the moderate believer challenge: tell us all the bad parts of your holy book, the parts that you disagree with, the parts that you think should not be there.

Originally posted on Michael Sherlock Author:

I am very tired of theists attempting to poison the well of atheism by erroneously asserting that Hitler was an atheist.  Even if he was an atheist, such a fallacious claim would fail to demonstrate that atheism (a lack of belief in gods) was responsible for any of the atrocities committed by Hitler.  Yet, as will be clearly and unequivocally established, Christianity played a pivotal part in the heinous atrocities committed against the Jewish people in World War II.

Hitler was a Christian.  This undeniable fact couldn’t be made any clearer than by his own confessions.  Yet, I will not merely present you with these testimonies, as damning as they happen to be on their own, but I also intend on furnishing you with a brief history of the inherent anti-Semitism of the Christian religion.  I will do so to demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that Hitler and his Christian…

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