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With one of the most painful years in memory behind us, and an upcoming year that seems certain to be worse, it’s time to imagine a better world:

  • Imagine if people were responsible, self-directed adults who thought for themselves rather than followers who abdicate their responsibilities by worshiping power-grubbing sociopaths and their sacred texts (both religious and political).
  • Imagine if religious and political true believers had a live-and-let-live attitude rather than believing that they have the right, or even the duty, to impose their beliefs on others.
  • Imagine if people knew how to reason logically and allowed evidence to determine their conclusions rather than engaging in wishful thinking while ignoring inconvenient facts.
  • Imagine a world in which there wasn’t an inverse relationship between the usefulness of work and pay for it, a world in which those who do the dirtiest, most necessary work — farm workers, childcare workers, garbage collectors — were the highest paid, and parasitic hedge fund managers, day traders, and lobbyists weren’t paid at all.
  • Imagine if people wanted to hear original music or see original artwork rather than hearing or seeing things they’ve heard or seen ten thousand times before.
  • Imagine a world in which justice wasn’t a term of vicious mockery (as in “equal justice under the law”).
  • Imagine a world in which social isolation wasn’t the norm, in which architecture, housing design and patterns, the transportation system, and the economic system reduced social isolation rather than fostered it.
  • Imagine if the Ten Commandments prohibited slavery, torture, and subjugation of women rather than swearing, worshiping graven images, and thought-crime (coveting thy neighbor’s wife or ox).
  • Imagine if no one thought they were better than other people simply because they’re “the chosen,” “the elect,” “God’s people.”
  • Imagine a world in which some people didn’t make money by locking other people in cages.
  • Imagine if ethical conduct in business didn’t put you at a competitive disadvantage.
  • Imagine a society based on cooperation, voluntary association, and mutual aid rather than coercion, economic inequality, economic insecurity, and frantic accumulation of material goods (at any cost — to others).
  • Imagine an economic system that didn’t provide constant temptation to lie to and to cheat others in the pursuit of profit.
  • Imagine if the Catholic, Mormon, and other churches prohibited their members from breeding like rabbits rather than commanding them to worsen the population problem.
  • Imagine if the churches emphasized the Golden Rule rather than punishment of those who transgress their “moral” dictates.
  • Imagine if the churches’ concept of morality wasn’t focused on controlling the private sex lives of consenting adults  and instead focused on reducing harm to others.
  • Imagine if the Democratic Party was actually democratic.
  • Imagine if Donald Trump was a compassionate, ethical human being.
  • Imagine (and I know this is a stretch) that America really was the land of the free.

Bible Tales for Ages 18 and Up, by G. Richard Bozarth, front cover

In 1947, Dr. Sebaceous Piafraus discovered the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls in the same month the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The Dead Sea Scrolls became internationally famous, but the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls were consigned to obscurity, along with their discoverer. Dr. Piafraus, who endured decades of ego-bruising neglect, provides translations of well known Old Testament stories, which he insists are the most authentic versions of the stories because the Jewish end-times cult that created the Scrolls claimed that they were. These stories are more fully developed than in the Old Testament and are humorous, though some parts are appalling, because Bible stories often are appalling.

For a large pdf sample, click here.


First up, Al Perry has a new one on Youtube, Barrio Cucaracha, which gives a good musical and visual impression of his neighborhood, half a mile from the University of Arizona. I live a mile-and-a-half farther away from the U than Al, and my neighborhood is pretty similar, except that the infestation of U of A students and the mini-dorms in which they lurk hasn’t reached this far north.

On a more serious note, there’s a good article on Muckrock.com about the FBI surveillance and infiltration of Food Not Bombs. Your tax dollars at work — paying for the political secret police to monitor and disrupt a peaceful political group explicitly committed to nonviolence.

If you’ve ever had any doubts about anti-“hate speech” laws being a bad idea, look no further than Spain, where three feminists were recently indicted in Seville “for ‘making a mockery’ of Catholic religious traditions after marching with a two metre plastic vagina ‘in the style of the virgin’, according to court documents.”

For the best antidote to Islam (and to PC apologists for it), look no further than the many ex-Muslim atheists on Youtube. One good one is IntrovertedSmiles; his video Things Muslims Should Know About Apostasy is a good introduction to the work of these brave people.

The New York Times, which we generally dislike because of its right-wing, corporatist bias (google “Judith Miller Iraq War New York Times” for the most egregious example of such bias), has, amazingly enough, a good article about the media-fueled hysteria surrounding The Assault Weapon Myth.

Finally, if you’re in the mood for a deeply disturbing, sick but funny article on sex, you won’t do better than attn.com’s piece, This Japanese Company Is Taking Masturbation Tech to Extreme Levels. The nightmare-inducing video loops in the article are not only NSFW, but NSFA (Not Safe For Anyone).

 

 

 

 

 


Catholicism graphic from The American Heretic's DictionaryWhile perusing fark.com yesterday I found a link to an AP story, “Grand Jury: 2 bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children.” It contains the following paragraphs:

In a practice seen in other dioceses, the bishop created a “payout chart” to help guide how much victims would receive from the church, the report said. Victims fondled over their clothes were to be paid $10,000 to $25,000; fondled under their clothes or subjected to masturbation, $15,000 to $40,000; subjected to forced oral sex, $25,000 to $75,000; subjected to forced sodomy or intercourse, $50,000 to $175,000.

Clergy abuse scandals are not new to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

Sickening, yes. But also typical. Elsewhere, the AP article informs readers that American Catholic Dioceses have paid out “nearly $4 billion since 1950” to settle sexual abuse cases. Then consider that the total should be even higher: a dozen U.S. Catholic dioceses have declared bankruptcy in order to stiff survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

And this deeply perverted Dark Age institution still has the unmitigated gall to claim moral authority. It still arrogantly passes judgment on the sexual practices of consenting adults.  And its minions still use the coercive powers of the state, wherever they’re able, to intrude into the private lives of everyone.

Those decent people who still support this sick, authoritarian institution should be ashamed of themselves. By staying in it, they provide cover for the pedophiles and those who hide the pedophiles’ crimes.

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For perhaps the ultimate comment on this matter, check out the short film, Louis CK learns about the Catholic Church.


Charlie-1

The Catholic Church is back at it in the wake of the new Charlie Hebdo cover cartoon of God beneath the caption, “One Year On, The Assassin Remains at Large.” This time, Osservatore Romano. the official Vatican newspaper,  wrote, “Behind the deceptive flag of uncompromising secularism, the weekly [Charlie Hebdo] is forgetting once more what religious leaders of every faith unceasingly repeat to reject violence in the name of religion . . .”

“Unceasingly repeat”? Well, that certainly is news.

One needn’t go back centuries to see how this “unceasing” rejection of violence has manifested itself, but we’ll do so anyway.  Shall we start with the crusades? Better, let’s start with the Beziers massacre of ten thousand Albigensian heretics in 1209 by a returning crusader army, at which abbot and papal agent Arnaud Amalric famously told the rampaging crusaders, “Kill them all. God will recognize his own.”

Then there was the Inquisition and its brutal torture of uncounted people during the Middle Ages. Let’s also consider the wave of torture, coerced confessions, and witch burnings that swept across Europe for centuries, which resulted in the horrific deaths of at minimum tens of thousands of unfortunate women, and which was largely inspired by Pope Innocent VIII’s encyclical Summis Desiderantes, and the subsequent appointment of witch-finding Inquisitors.

Then, following the Reformation, there were all of the religious wars in Europe, continuation of the millennium-long orgy of pogroms against “Christ killer” Jews, and the Christian slave trade–which no pope said a word against–and the list goes on.

To cite but one non-Christian example, following their trek to Utah, Mormon “prophet” Brigham Young instituted a reign of terror, which reached its high point in the Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857 in which 120 non-Mormon men, women, and children were murdered on the orders of Young. (Mormons, despite their official name, are about as Christian as Muslims are.)

In more modern times in the West, churches have largely relied on the institutional violence of the state to do their dirty work for them. They’ve been behind laws banning contraceptives, abortion, sexually explicit materials, and homosexual acts. Those imprisoned for violating these intrusive laws were direct victims of  institutional violence inspired by religion. Religious leaders not only didn’t denounce this institutional violence, they were responsible for it.

In the Islamic world, there’s not only daily institutional religion-inspired violence, but direct religious violence continues unabated, with uncounted victims (undoubtedly in the thousands) being murdered annually for “crimes” such as adultery, fornication, atheism, and homosexuality. Muslim religious “leaders” not only haven’t spoken out against these atrocities, they’ve ordered a great many of them.

How all this fits with the Osservatore‘s assertion that “religious leaders of every faith unceasingly repeat to reject violence in the name of religion” remains a mystery.

 


Abel Ascona

“Religion is at the same level as cancer or AIDS, and in fact it has killed more people than those diseases.”

–artist Abel Ascona, who is currently using 242 consecrated hosts to spell out the word “pederasty” at an art exhibit in Pamplona


Andrew Dickson White

“On the 7th of December, 1484, Pope Innocent VIII sent forth his bull Summis Desiderantes.  Of all documents ever issued from Rome, imperial or papal, this has doubtless, first and last, cost the greatest shedding of innocent blood. Yet no document was ever more clearly dictated by conscience. Inspired by the scriptural command, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” [Ex. 22:18], Pope Innocent exhorted the clergy of Germany to leave no means untried to detect sorcerers, and especially those who by evil weather destroy vineyards, gardens, meadows, and growing crops. These precepts were based upon various texts of Scripture, especially upon the famous statement in the book of Job, and, to carry them out, witch-finding inquisitors were authorized by the Pope to scour Europe, especially Germany, and a manual was prepared for their use–The Witch Hammer, Malleus Maleficarum. . . . .

“With the application of torture to thousands of women, in accordance with the precepts laid down in the Malleus, it was not difficult to extract masses of proof for this sacred theory of meteorology. The poor creatures writhing on the rack, held in horror by those who had been nearest and dearest to them, anxious only for death to relieve their sufferings, confessed to anything and everything that would satisfy the inquisitors and judges. All that was needed was that the inquisitors should ask leading questions and suggest satisfactory answers. The prisoners, to shorten their sufferings, were sure sooner or later to give the answer required, even though they knew this would send them to the stake or scaffold. Under the doctrine of ‘excepted cases,’ there was no limit to torture for persons accused of heresy or witchcraft; even the safeguards which the old pagan world had imposed upon torture were thus thrown down, and the prisoner must confess.

“The theological literature of the Middle Ages was thus enriched with numberless statements regarding Satanic influence on the weather.”

–Andrew Dickson White, History of the Warfare Between Science and Theology