“Royalty”: The Religious, Powerful and Well-connected, Live in a Different World Then “Common Folk”

(NOTE: Offensive Hypocrisy – It is only “news” when conservative Christians and religious extremists find it “offensive”. Yet, they believe they have the right to spew anything. When someone in politics is running for a “seat”, if they have anything to do with the gay community, the conservatives pull out their “He is a rapist” chatter, yet they want to protect the Catholic church who has a history of raping children. Until religion is no longer used as some sort of guide or measuring tool, there will always be “witch trials”. It is a shame that “liberal” ideology has given the religious community the ability to live openly. No longer do they get thrown to the lions for entertainment and no longer do Mormons or Quakers get lynched by Puritans. Some days I wish I weren’t a leftist-socialist, which believes all are equal, it would be much easier just to toss those conservative religious extremists (who have infiltrated the US government at all levels, the military and are rewriting history; like erasing Thomas Jefferson from the history books, even though he is the reason why we have many religions in the USA today living side by side) to the lions, and you know that is exactly what they would like to be able to do to someone like me.)

RE: Was Carrie Fisher wrong to out John Travolta?“In an interview with The Advocate, she claims everybody knows he’s gay. But is she overstepping her bounds?”

The “Aftermath” of America’s wars

Why Isn’t the IRS Going After James Meeks?

It’s unfair that gays and lesbians don’t have the same rights and benefits as … “They also appear in some states’ adoption laws that prevent lesbian or gay couples from adopting, even when the couple already has been caring for a child”

Arrests in Afghan attack that killed 6 US troops

Obama-GOP deal threatens America’s infrastructure

Gays should be able to serve openly in the military

Republicans and Obama add another $trillion to the deficit

Many of us know that the origins of Christianity have nothing to do with silent nights or wise men: So what are its true origins?

Cables reveal extent of U.S. ‘bullying’ at Copenhagen climate meeting

More Publicity for the Fort Worth Atheist Bus Ads (NOTE: Freedom of speech and capitalism should be in support of any bill boards or bus ads that arent stating anything that would incite violence.)

Scholar’s experience at Belmont raises more questions about treatment of gays and lesbians

US sues school over denial of Muslim pilgrimage

Attempts to prosecute WikiLeaks endanger press freedoms

Indoctrinating Children In a Religious Faith is Abusive

Will Switzerland allow incest?

How to get ahead as a Republican in 2010: “Ken Cuccinelli has called homosexuality “intrinsically wrong,” sought to alter the 14th Amendment in order to strip the children of undocumented immigrants of their citizenship, questioned the science of citizenship, and dabbled in birtherism. He is, in other words, a near-perfect embodiment of the passions that animate the base of the Republican Party in the age of Obama. And on Monday, the Virginia attorney general scored his biggest coup yet, convincing a (Bush-appointed) federal judge to declare the individual mandate of the new healthcare reform law unconstitutional.”

Poll: Only 8 percent of young Afghan men know of 9/11 attacks

Nir Rosen on the “Aftermath” of America’s wars

Faith-Healing Couple Convicted in Son’s Death (NOTE: Child abuse is just that child abuse. Religious fundamentalists are unfit to raise children.)

The GOP’s self-destructive jihad against healthcare reform

Intelligent people ‘less likely to believe in God’ – Telegraph

Another Honor Killing

In spite of all the promises about “change” when he was elected: “Barack Obama has not improved the lot of working people in the USA. On the contrary, things have got a lot worse.”

Minnesota Catholics Oppose Local Bishop

US ‘concern’ over UK extremists

Christian fundamentalism – the theology and vision of Josef Ratzinger: “The present Pope, Ratzinger or Benedict XVI as he has chosen to call himself, far from being a “transitional” Pope is not only following in the footsteps of John Paul II, he is putting his foot on the accelerator of Christian fundamentalism.”

Koran-protest pastor Terry Jones invited to UK rally

Sacrifices to the gods

The boy who fell to earth: “A teenage stowaway is ejected from a plane and dies. Must this story, too, be run through the prism of terrorism?”

Get ready for the most conservative Congress ever

Barack Obama is a bigger danger than WikiLeaks  WikiLeaks harms the US. But the president’s refusal to acknowledge the threats we face is a bigger danger

Wikileaks:Venezuelan Archbishop asked the US government to act again:In recent years, the U.S. government has increased funding through the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela, including multimillion-dollar contributions to the Catholic Church. One specific focus of this funding has been the penetration and infiltration of grassroots communities to counter and undermine the popularity of President Chavez in these areas.”

Science in Government Policy: “In last week’s editorial in Science, Bruce Alberts starts with a point that I think few here would disagree with: decisions in government need to be data-driven, and based on the best science available.”

What’s the difference between the Vatican and the Mafia?: “At least the Mafia doesn’t tolerate baby-rapers in its ranks. Otherwise, though, they’re both shady organizations with very tightly closed ranks and a sense of privilege. It seems the Vatican is also suspected of criminal enterprises — it has its…”

Lessons from How Rome Fell: “A while ago, I finished reading Adrian Goldsworthy’s How Rome Fell. While there are far too many inane comparisons between the Late Roman Empire and the U.S., this summary of Goldsworthy’s thesis seems appropriate.”

A new stage in the crisis of capitalism – Part One – “The capitalists attempted to overcome the limitations of the nation state by increased exploitation of the world market.”

More Anti-Shariah Laws On the Way: “Howard Friedman reports: Meanwhile, Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, who advised one of the drafters of the anti-Shariah amendment, says that they are looking ahead to proposing similar amendments in other states.”

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Why I Keep Banging on About Paedophile Priests and Papal Propaganda.

Posted by Crispian Jago on Saturday, 2 October 2010
Of course I want justice for the victims of paedophile priests. I want the Vatican to be shamed into releasing its files on sex abuse cases to the proper authorities where they can be investigated in the same way as any other sex offender. I want the perpetrators to be brought to appropriate and fair justice and most of all, I want the marginal but significant institutionalised culture of abuse within the Catholic Church to be smashed. 

But as a so-called “aggressive atheist” I clearly have an additional agenda too.

I hold my hands up.

I do have an additional agenda. I want to affect a sea change in the public perception of religious morality.

Let me start with a few Bible quotes all taken from the “Good News Translation”:

If a slave owner takes a stick and beats his slave, whether male or female, and the slave dies on the spot, the owner is to be punished. But if the slave does not die for a day or two, the master is not to be punished. The loss of his property is punishment enough.
Exodus 21 (v20-21)

When you go to attack a city, first give its people a chance to surrender. If they open the gates and surrender, they are all to become your slaves and do forced labour for you. But if the people of that city will not surrender, but choose to fight, surround it with your army. Then, when the Lord your God lets you capture the city, kill every man in it. You may, however, take for yourselves the women, the children, the livestock, and everything else in the city. You may use everything that belongs to your enemies. The Lord has given it to you.
Deuteronomy 20 (v10-14)

If a priest’s daughter becomes a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she shall be burned to death
Leviticus 21 (v9)

If a man has sexual relations with another man, they have done a disgusting thing, and both shall be put to death. They are responsible for their own death.
Leviticus 20 (v15)

And finally from the New Testament, Jesus speaking …

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law;
Matthew 10 (v34-35)

The purpose of the above quotes is not to try and convince you that the bible is completely full of hateful, immoral bigotry. Although there are frequent examples of intolerance, narrow-mindedness and chauvinism in all the monotheistic holy texts, there is thankfully a reasonable selection of wholly laudable advice on being nice to each other and loving thy neighbour with which to fill your bible study class.

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