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INTERNET FILTER DUMPED (for now) [Jul. 9th, 2010|09:57 pm]
Reason as a candle in the dark

saithkar
[Current Mood |Upbeat]
[Current Music |The Vision Bleak]

A good day for freedom of information and speech in Australia, but unfortunately we can not yet close the book on this sordid saga. For those who have not heard, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s planned internet filter has thankfully been shit-canned, although regrettably not completely. There will be a 12 month review of the whole plan and if the Gillard government is re-elected it may re-emerge in some form. Ideally - after an ALP victory - it along with Conroy will be ditched completely, and this along with the demise of Kevin Rudd will help Labor be mostly free of the insidious Christian influence that is dragging the Liberal Party ever further to the right.

For those unaware of Senator Conroy and his shameful body of work, a bit of background: Although a member of the Australian Labor Party, he is a fundamentalist Catholic conservative who’s chief qualification to the National Parliament is that he once represented Australia in international volleyball. In his time in opposition after his election to the Senate in 1996 he disgraced himself with a series of public and shadow-cabinet blunders, white-anted the leadership of three successive ALP leaders (Beazley, Crean and Latham) and in such issues as the Iraq War and the availability of the emergency contraceptive RU486 voted with the Howard government rather than his own party. However his lowest point came in 2000 when he spread malicious rumours about Labor MP Greg Wilton who was suffering from depression in the wake of his marriage’s breakdown. Conroy leaked to the Murdoch papers that Wilton was going to lose his pre-selection before the next election and would be forced out of parliament. This was the last straw and tragically on 14 June 2000 Greg Wilton committed suicide.

Mark Latham recounts how in the wake of Labor’s loss of the 2004 Federal Election Stephen Conroy confessed he wasn’t really interested in any particular policy areas which is how he ended up in the communications portfolio, and Kevin Rudd – perhaps recognising a fellow conservative Christian – kept him there instead of having him clean toilets at Parliament House which is all he’s fit to do. Hopefully Julia Gillard drops both him and the whole internet filter if they win the next election. It is disgraceful that a member of the parliament could insinuate that anyone who opposed his draconian clampdown on internet freedom and freedom of speech was somehow supportive of child pornography. We are all against child abuse but we don’t all agree Chinese Communist Party-style censorship is the answer.

Vote one The Australia Sex Party!
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The presence is unquestionable. [Jun. 9th, 2010|09:39 pm]
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losfer
[Current Mood |contemplative]
[Current Music |Atheist - Unquestionable Presence]

So, surely everyone has heard the news from Nasa that there is some new evidence that life may exist on Saturn's moon Titan. May. Even if the new research does not reveal life, there is some sort of interesting new phenomenon going on up there that is definitely fascinating in it's own way.

But let's contemplate that there is life on Titan. Odds are, it's simply bacteria. Methane based bacterial life forms. Creatures vastly different from our own biology. What does this mean for the human race? I'd personally be excited to know that we're not alone in this massive and beautiful Universe. To see extraterrestrial life in our own solar system would be an amazing revelation that mayhaps life is not as rare as we think.

Where did this life come from? Did it evolve separately from us or do we share a common ancestor? The thought that we carbon based creatures might be related to methane based life is staggering. Staggering in a wonderful way. We may have to rewrite our science literature. Would these creatures exist in an already defined kingdom? Will they fit in a new domain? Do we need to scrap the eight current levels of life classification and start over?

The thoughts are swirling like cyclones.

I am very curious as to what the religious will say. If man is created in God's image, what about a three legged, five tentacled, eight testicled, purple and pink floating orb from Saturn? Surely the son of God's mother did not get impregnated by a 50's sci-fi creature. ...Although, that might be awesome.

Will they reinterpret their holy books? Will they condemn the new life as demons? Will they finally admit that their ideas are baseless? It will be a comical affair if anything. I can't wait to see the show.

Maybe Professor Dawkins will have to rename his latest text to The Greatest Show in the Universe.

Go science.
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Look, it's a cunt doing what a cunt does best: Be a cunt! [May. 21st, 2010|07:54 am]
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losfer
[Current Mood |enraged]

RONNIE JAMES DIO - Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Public Memorial Service

I cannot fucking wait for Fred Phelps to get his ass kicked by hundreds of angry Metalheads.

What a fucking prick, I am completely aghast at how inconsiderate these scumbags are. I know plenty of Atheists who would never do anything so completely batshit insane.

He and his retarded cultists are absolute proof that religion perverts and rapes all forms of natural morals.
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The Rise of Atheism convention OR Barney Zwartz Barney part the 4th. [Mar. 17th, 2010|11:37 pm]
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saithkar
[Current Mood |Congregational hedonist]
[Current Music |OSI - Blood]

I was going to write in detail about The Rise of Atheism convention that Joanne and I attended last weekend, but something more important got in the way. Yes, in something that will come as no surprise to most of you, The Age's resident faith head Barney Zwartz was dispatched to give his opinion of events with not the hint of journalism in evidence. Haha evidence, who needs that when you already know your opinion is right before you step out the front door? For those with a bucket handy, his pathetic shots at the highly successful and sold out event can be read here. This could not stand so I have just emailed him the below response:



Dear Barney

It’s been a while since I wrote to as I recognise you are a busy person, and I have instead restricted my comments about religion, politics and national other affairs to the letters page of The Age. You may be interested to know my published views on religion have resulted in an angry Christian posting me some threatening hate mail. I can say that neither I, nor any of my many atheist friends have ever posted hate mail to any believer, what happened to turning the other cheek and loving thy neighbour? I’ll leave that up to other Christians to decide.

As you can probably guess, my reason for emailing was that travesty of a write-up you penned about the Rise of Atheism convention in Melbourne. It is no exaggeration to say your piece was both biased and disingenuous, and some corrections are in order. I can imagine one reason for your case of sour grapes came via the huge laugh Rationalist Society of Australia President Ian Robinson received for observing that while we are lucky in this country not to be put to death for our lack of religious belief, we do have to endure ignorant libel from Barney Zwartz. That was cheap shot I admit, but not without truth. However rather than turning the other cheek as Jesus himself advised, you instead to decided to lash out vindictively rather than by using reason, thus proving Mr Robinson’s point perfectly. I also object to your assertion that any joyful gathering of like-minded people is in some way analogous to a church service, as if the religious have a monopoly on such things.

Yes, comedian Jamie Kilstein’s material was a bit blue, but what you deliberately neglected to mention is that he bought the house down. Also, there were no children there. Many of us found this materiel especially refreshing in John Howard and Kevin Rudd’s Australia where we have our political leaders trying to force their own form of Christian morality down the throats of the nation and censor everything they personally find objectionable. Most humour comes from mocking the establishment and those in power; comedy by its nature is ant-establishment. There is far more humour in the silly costumes and beliefs of say, the Catholic Church, than there is in the behaviour of freethinkers and scientists; sorry, but that’s just the way it is. Find me a polite and conservative Christian comedian who could get as many laughs in such a short space of time and I’ll eat my pointy hat.

Your Uriah Heep-esq exertions about how so very humble you and other believers are compared with atheists sits somewhat awkwardly next to your overall tone of sneering condescension. And as Sam Harris observed, by believing the universe was designed with them in mind and that God has a special plan for them, your average Christian sitting in a church on a Sunday is committing a feat of arrogance unmatched by any scientist, and there have been a lot of arrogant scientists. I personally found there to a positive and cheerful atmosphere at the convention, and enjoyed talking to visitors from both near and afar. I don’t know if you talked with any of the attendees, but I suspect not as then you wouldn’t then have been able to deploy your favourite adjective, “militant” (just to use a few of your favourites, “strident” would be another) to describe atheists. I did look out for you and was prepared to offer to have a look over your notes to make sure you were giving a fair representation of what occurred. Regrettably my partner and I could not locate you.

I would imagine you likewise find it instructive that the federal government gave $20 million towards the Catholic World Youth Day in 2008, and the Victorian government gave $4.5m towards the Parliament of World Religions last year - but in our supposedly secular society, requests for funding an atheist conference were rejected. How sad it is to be despised for merely speaking to truth and advocating reason over blind adherence to Bronze Age myths. If only we’d run around babbling in tongues and agreeing that women were second-class citizens, then we would have been rolling in cash Scrooge McDuck-style. If there was even a grain of truth in the claims the world’s religions make then they would welcome more events like The Rise of Atheism convention. They would encourage criticism of their belief systems and then confidently shoot down all arguments against their faith one by one so at the end even the most impartial observer could see the unquestionable truth shining through all the smears. But this is not the case. The religious know that their houses are built upon sand and that even the most cursory examination of what they are espousing will cause the whole edifice of dubious morals, outdated dogmas and scientific impossibilities to collapse. So they attack the medium rather than to answer tricky questions, far better to demonise Richard Dawkins and other atheists than address the substance of their arguments.

If I could ask a personal question, I would wonder if any of what the speakers said get through to you, or since you already know that Christianity is true, such notions as evidence and logic can be easily waved aside as they are nothing compared to the awesome ignorance of faith? Did you watch all the speakers for the weekend, or at least all of the Sunday speakers? I’d be interested to know if you found Dan Barker’s amazing transition from evangelical preacher to atheist as compelling and fascinating as I did. And Robyn Williams spoke very well and surely you don’t consider creationism-believing Senator Steve Fielding as anything other than a bad joke, worthy of being mocked? I watched Q&A on the ABC last week and even the other Christians on the panel seemed embarrassed to share a faith with him.

The conference was not just attended by hardcore atheists - there were rational people of all description in attendance (and even one party-pooping Christian who proceeded to waste Professor Dawkins’ time with an inane question). It was not dedicated to one purpose. Rather, it was a statement of intent, to show that there are large numbers of atheist, agnostic and above all secular Australians who do not approve a Christian minority’s attempt to overtake this country. We do not want chaplains and religious instruction in schools, prayer in parliament and censorship of free speech and the internet. Australia should continue evolving into the very model of a secular 21st century democracy, with freedom of religion and freedom from religion for all. That is an Australia we can all be proud of, believer and non-believer alike. And one more favour, please point out those self-deprecating religious folk for me, will you? I didn’t know they loved a laugh at their god and their beliefs, I must remember to join you and them for a chuckle about your religion and then we can call back Jamie Kilstein and get cracking on those atheist jokes you’ve been hanging out for.

Cheerio

Saithkar



Two much better wraps of the convention can be found by following the below links:
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/atheism-is-a-broad-church-20100316-qclu.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/celebrating-life-beyond-belief/story-e6frg6z6-1225840634149
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It's like trying to teach a dog algebra. [Jan. 9th, 2010|10:18 am]
Reason as a candle in the dark

losfer
[Current Mood |chipper]
[Current Music |Hail of Bullets - Red Wolves of Stalin]





Hey, there are a few more Symphony of Science videos up! The newest, The Unbroken Thread, focuses on David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, and Carl Sagan. The previous, Our Place in the Cosmos, contains Robert Jastrow, Michio Kaku, (of course) Carl Sagan, and Richard "Posh Bastard" Dawkins.

"I find the reality thrilling."
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They do no harm, cause Satan's wings protect. [Dec. 28th, 2009|10:57 pm]
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losfer
[Current Mood |tired]
[Current Music |God Dethroned - Firebreath]

2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

2:10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.



Truly a book to use as a guide for morals.
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Christmassacre. [Dec. 24th, 2009|07:46 pm]
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losfer
[Current Mood |contemplative]
[Current Music |Vital Remains - Savior to None... Failure for All]

It's that time of year again, when many people from around the world celebrate one thing or another. Christmas, Natalis Invicti, Winter Solstice, Hannukah, Spendeverypennyyouhave Day. Everyone seems to have something "important" to moan about.

I was accosted by two eager thieves the other morning while cleaning up the house. I didn't know what religion they wanted my money for, all I saw was their book displaying the words "HOLY SCRIPTURES". I told them "I assume you are here hawking some religion... No one here wants anything to do with anything like that" and I politely slammed the door in their faces.

Sometimes I find myself postulating that the most pious are more "sinful" than us Godless. I never give to the poor, but I also don't offer up false claims to others that their souls will be saved if they write large cheques. In Mediaeval times, it was not uncommon to purchase sin directly from the church. This "get out of Hell free card" is currently being used by some clowns in the hopes they can get tax bailouts.

I'm not necessarily against giving money to the poor, but I am against funding bollocks. If you want to give, time and foodstuffs is probably better than lining the pockets of fucking thieves.

Furthermore, Jesus "Masochist" Christ is not the reason for the season. Everyone else hate that phrase as much as me? I hope so. :P

The origin of Christmas lies in the Sol Invictus celebration of Natali Invicti, a religious celebration honouring the birthday of the sun. I know, that's pretty silly too, since the sun first started forming over four billion years ago. :P

So as you can all piece together, it's obvious to see that Christmas is a time of unrestricted theft for the pious.

As always, I will be spending time with my family. Christ will not be involved. It will be a time of love. And the thieving cannibal horde of Christendom will not be involved.

So, enjoy, everyone. The holiday season doesn't need to involve idols to spend time with your family. And if a Christian gets in your face about CANT CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CHRIST, you can kindly inform them how all seven days of the week are named after Sol Invictus and Norse Gods.

After all, muttering the days of the week doesn't make you a Pagan, eh? :P
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...Hrm. [Dec. 15th, 2009|09:45 pm]
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losfer
[Current Mood |annoyed]
[Current Music |Swashbuckle - Back to the Noose]

I just finished Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and I can't help feeling that the moral of the story is: Science is evil, but suffering for God makes you human.

I've always been confused of the religious need to make oneself (or others) suffer. I mean, pain evolved to tell us when we were in immediate danger of bodily harm.

Silly.
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Judaism is amazingly fucked. [Nov. 27th, 2009|09:18 am]
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losfer
[Current Mood |blah]
[Current Music |Sodom - Wachturm]

"Metzitzah b'peh ("suction by mouth") is a practice in certain Haredi and Hasidic circles in which, after removing the foreskin, the mohel sucks out the blood from the wound to clean it."

WHAT !

So, it's customary after the penis has been hacked and slashed for the mohel to PLACE THE INFANT'S PENIS IN HIS MOUTH AND SUCK THE BLOOD OFF OF IT.

If you had ANY OTHER JOB ON THE PLANET and you said "well i put this kid's dick in my mouth" YOU WOULD BE FUCKING JAILED.

And hopefully beaten to death by someone in the process.

But this kind of ritual is allowed because it's a religious rite !

Fucking paedophiles.
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Not a sunrise, but a galaxyrise. [Nov. 10th, 2009|07:44 am]
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losfer
[Current Mood |amused]
[Current Music |Borknagar - Traveller]

So, listening to the latest episode of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe (Episode 224), they mentioned this neat tune made by a fellow at http://symphonyofscience.com/ that I thought I'd share with you. And since it was just Carl Sagan Day a few days back, it fits.



The man really was a poet. :P (And Stephen Hawking is pretty cool too! The man was in Star Trek: TNG. ...Then again, Carl Sagan's son Nick /wrote/ episodes of TNG. .....But I digress.)

The Universe really is an amazing place. You do not need to pretend the idea of a ficticious man in the sky is poetry. In fact, the sheer scope and immense grandeur of the /actual/ Universe does not and cannot be faked. It is too wonderful to be explained simply by "god did it."

The true beauty of the Universe crushes all religious lies.
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