Archive for the ‘Atheism’ Category

The Herald-Sun (yes, I know it is a terrible paper with a reading age of about eight but that is another matter) and The Australian (alright, that isn’t a good paper either) are reporting that religious based charities will be allowed to discriminate against homosexual couples who seek to adopt children. This sort of thing is something that tends to annoy me no end; on one hand charities say they are there to help one and all … but not those people over there, they’re not like us so can go elsewhere. It is pretty standard this days that you can discriminate on the basis of gender, religious beliefs, nationality and (shock! Horror!) sexual preference.

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As he does every year, the Pope (you know, the guy who really looks like the Emperor from Star Wars) has performed the Catholic ritual of mumbling some words and hoping really hard some stuff changes.

This year he has reserved some specific words for oppressors and other folk who he sees as bad. This I find somewhat humorous since the Catholic church seems to make regular habit of trying to oppress the rights and freedoms of various people; homosexuals, women, etc etc.

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This entry being written on Christmas might be of interest to some but it should not be surprising. Last night the annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ event was televised across the country; I sat and watched some of it and it spurned forth a number of questions and lines of thought.

The first thing that struck me was the amount of lies being communicated throughout the evening, and even the entire festive season for that matter, especially aimed at children. Nothing that is built upon a lie is good. Ends do not justify the means, especially in this case. So why persist in the nonsense that is ‘Santa Clause’? It certainly sets a bad precedent in terms of trust between parents and child; if a parents lies to a child about what is considered an important time of the year then what else is false? There is absolutely no reason that a parent cannot say that Christmas is just a celebration where people try to be as kind to each other as they can. There is no need for the lies and falsehoods. Whatever shape they may take.

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6a00d8341bf68b53ef01156fb855cc970c-800wiChurch attendance across the globe is going down faster than Pamela Anderson in a football team locker room in almost all cases (the exception being those absurd US mega-churches but they are far more a business than an actual church).   Why is this happening? Former Australian Defence Force Anglican bishop Tom Frame is blaming a lot of churches that he’s labelled as ‘weak’, ‘insipid’ and ‘unintelligible’.  Let’s take a look at what he’s said, thanks to the ABC, and see exactly where Frame has gone wrong.

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1177096201508A story coming out of Glasgow caught my eye just now, one regarding a modern art gallery holding an exhibition titled “Made in God’s Image”.  This exhibition had a Bible on display and they actively invited people to write in it.  Now that said Bible has had messages written in it they don’t like, certain people have claimed it has been defaced and are upset.  Of course, they reach this conclusion without actually thinking the matter through at all.

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This story out of the United States of America (where else could it come from?) made me laugh in a sad sort of way.  A church in Kentucky celebrating firearms and even giving a free handgun away in a raffle.  That is sure a great way to spread peace and non-violence.  Bring your guns to church … just make sure, like always, you leave your brain at the door.

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stupid_idiots_bigThe Australia Christian Lobby seem to be a bizarre bunch, investing a great deal of their time and resources into Steven Conroy’s idiotic mandatory internet filtering plan for Australia.  Finally bowing slightly to technical expertise and simple common sense, Conroy’s hardline stance seems to be softening slightly of late to the extent where (shock! horror!) legal material won’t be filtered.

This seems to have upset the Australia Christian Lobby a bit since it stops their plan to impose their morals on everyone else.  What utter gall of them to believe they have such a right, the right to dictate what the rest of the country can or can not see – even if it is perfectly legal.  And certain people wonder why an ever growing number of people are growing completely disillusioned with the superstitious nonsense that is christianity.