If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
Notes from the Golden Orange
EppsNet Archive: Religion
Whenever I see headlines like this I wonder why God couldn’t find an atheist family to drop a concrete slab on. The infant, whose shirt appears to say KING JESUS, was also killed.
I will tell you how to achieve complete solitude. In the solitude that I am talking about, Thera, all that which is past must be relinquished. All that which is in the future must be relinquished. Desire and lust in the present must be fully mastered. This is the way, Thera, that the true ideal of solitude can be completely realized. . . . The sage who overcomes everything, who knows everything, who is attached to nothing, who is completely free because he has renounced everything, who is without thirst — he is the true sage. This man I call “one who lives alone.”
The Dalai Lama identified himself as a Marxist on Tuesday while addressing capitalism, discrimination and violence at a lecture on world peace in Kolkata, India. This is not the first time that the 14th Dalai Lama has spoken about his political leaning – in 2011 he said: “I consider myself a Marxist…but not a Leninist” when speaking at a conference in Minneapolis . . .
The Tibetan spiritual leader partly blamed capitalism for inequality and said he regarded Marxism as the answer: “In capitalist countries, there is an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. In Marxism, there is emphasis on equal distribution,” he said.
Hello, Dalai? An emphasis on equal distribution is not the same thing as equal distribution. In practice, there never seems to be equal distribution, because whoever gets to be in charge of actually distributing the goodies equally acquires a dictatorial level of power that would be wasted were it not used to make sure that most or all of the goodies get distributed to themselves and the people they like. This is followed by shortages, starvation and mass murder.
Regarding Brittany Maynard:
Suicide is not a good thing. It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and toward those around us.
Huh? If you said the Monsignor, you are correct . . .
The lot that I usually park in at the high school was full this morning so I parked across the street at what looked like a large church. I checked in at the school office to make sure that was okay . . .
“I couldn’t find a space in the lot out front so I parked across the street,” I said to the woman at the desk. “Is that okay?”
“Did you park on the street or at the church?” she asked.
“I parked at the church . . . I asked myself, ‘What would Jesus do? Would he tow my car just because it doesn’t belong there?’ No, because he’s all about forgiveness and love.”
“Jesus doesn’t love you when you park in that lot. You need to move your car.”
What I want to know is why there are so many people who don’t want me to know things . . .
- What the 1% Don’t Want Us to Know
- Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About
- 20 Terrifying Facts Food Companies Don’t Want You to Know
- 11 things the Koch brothers don’t want you to know
- What hospitals don’t want you to know about C-sections
- 5 Things Hackers Don’t Want You to Know
- The Sad Secret Successful People Don’t Want You To Know
- 7 Rip-Offs Corporations and the Wealthy Don’t Want You to Know About
- Something Most Christians Don’t Want You to Know
- 11 Secrets Supermarkets Don’t Want You to Know
- Conspiracies: Five things they don’t want you to know
- The 25 Shadiest Things Drug Companies Don’t Want You To Know
- 11 Secrets Pilots Don’t Want You To Know
- Bottled Water: 10 Shockers “They” Don’t Want You to Know
- Simple Health Secrets the Globalists Don’t Want You to Know
- Six things colleges don’t want you to know about financial aid
- What the bad guys don’t want you to know
- What Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know
- 5 benefit changes the government don’t [sic] want you to know about
- Global warming: what the oil companies don’t want you to know
- 9 Things The Rich Don’t Want You To Know About Taxes
- 5 Scary Food Secrets Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know
- Five Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Conspiracy Theories
- Tech Secrets: 21 Things ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know
- The Secret Danger Liberals Don’t Want You to Know
- What Banks Don’t Want You to Know
- 6 Negotiating Secrets Buyers DON’T Want You to Know
- 10 Application Secrets Admissions Officers Don’t Want You to Know
- 8 Dirty Secrets the Car Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know
- What cruise lines don’t want you to know
- What bookies don’t want you to know about NFL underdogs
- 5 Secrets Politicians Don’t Want You to Know
And that doesn’t even include all the things that people “won’t tell me.”
Any time I see a person fleeing from reason and into religion, I think to myself, There goes a person who simply cannot stand being so goddamn lonely anymore. — Kurt Vonnegut
A woman on Facebook a couple of days ago asked everyone to pray for her seriously ill father. Today, he died. Go figure.
Had he made a miraculous recovery, we would have said that prayer “worked” . . . but what does it mean when you pray for someone to live and he dies?
I had a college professor . . . his exams were graded by a graduate assistant, but students had the option of appealing grades to the professor. That’s not unusual, but most professors will either raise the grade or leave it as is. This guy, however, would either raise the grade, leave it as is or lower it. Risky!
Maybe God operates on the same principle. When you put someone’s fate in his hands, he retains the option of saying “toodle-oo.”
Seattle Archdiocese to pay $12 million to settle child sex abuse claims — MSN News
Giving them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they didn’t know that sex with children is wrong.
NEW YORK (AP) — A&E has declined to comment on new video of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson reviving past anti-gay remarks.
His comments are included in a sermon delivered at his church in West Monroe, Louisiana, on Easter Sunday. Robertson includes homosexuals with other groups such as thieves and adulterers as hell-bound sinners.
Oooh, new anti-gay remarks. I’m trying to get appropriately offended about this but I can’t do it:
- As previously noted the last time he said the same thing, he’s not ad-libbing those remarks, he’s quoting a bible verse:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God.
He’s giving a sermon in a church and quoting scripture. If scriptural quotations offend you, stay out of churches. That’s pretty simple.
- There are a lot more adulterers than homosexuals. Why aren’t people offended by anti-adulterer remarks?
- “Going to hell” is not a real thing that happens to people. It’s a fairy tale. Calm down.
- There’s an old joke: “If there’s one thing I can’t tolerate, it’s intolerance.” If you see yourself as a fan of tolerance, diversity, “live and let live,” etc., apply it to everyone, not just people who think exactly like you.
I’m choking to death on all the pious platitudes re Donald Sterling. I hope that TMZ will make a recurring feature out of providing glimpses into the private lives of NBA executives, coaches and players. The level of sanctimony amongst these juvenile moralizers will drop off a cliff.
To cite an obvious example: The Clippers are currently in a playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. The coach of the Warriors, Mark Jackson, describes himself as “an African-American man that’s a fan of the game of basketball and knows its history and knows what’s right and what’s wrong.” He goes on to encourage people to boycott Clippers games and says, “We cannot allow someone with these feelings to profit.”
Jackson is an ordained minister. He and his wife run the True Love Worship Center in Reseda, Ca.
Jackson was also, a couple of years ago, the victim of an extortion attempt involving dick pics he sent to a stripper with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
TMZ should do one of those man-on-the-street interviews and ask him, “Coach, you’re a religious man who knows what’s right and what’s wrong. Let me ask you . . . do you think a man who has extramarital affairs with strippers is the kind of man who should be allowed to profit as a member of the NBA family? Do you think a man like that has the moral stature to stand in judgment of the private lives of others? When someone’s private transgressions become public, should they just be able to say ‘Oops’ and move on?”
I just want to see all of these pretentious phonies laid low . . .
Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope
A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome.
The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital.
The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998.
It’s clear to me that the Pope intended to kill this man. What’s the rule? Does this cancel out one of his life-saving miracles?
If you believe that a dead person can be the agent of unexplained happenings on Earth, then you’ve got to take the bad with the good. If the Pope gets credit for a miracle when a woman’s health improves after seeing his picture in a magazine, then he should take the rap when his crucifix falls over and kills someone.
What sort of evidence is required to certify that an earthly phenomenon was caused by a dead person?
William of Occam would have pointed out that there are simpler explanations for a sick person getting well, e.g.,
- The disease responded to treatment.
- The disease went into remission.
- The patient was misdiagnosed and did not really have the disease in the first place.
I assure you that if 667,302 people with diagnosed medical ailments prayed to my dog, in at least two of those cases (and more likely, thousands), something unusual would happen.
Years ago, a lower GI series revealed that I had a golf ball-sized (4 cm) tumor in my colon. The doctor did a colonoscopy a few days later and the tumor was gone.
It’s a miracle! Unless something was wrong with the production or reading of the x-ray and the tumor was never there at all.
I didn’t say any prayers so no one will be getting a sainthood out of it. Or maybe I myself am a saint!
When the truth is found . . . to be lies. And all the hope . . . within you dies. What then?
Life is bleak. If you try to lead a good life, bad things happen. If you yield to temptation, worse things happen. Religion offers no more wisdom, insight or consolation than a Jefferson Airplane song.
P.S. I know the lyric should be “joy” and not “hope” but in the movie the rabbi says “hope.”
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.
IMDb rating: 7.0 (93,303 votes)
[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]
The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.