Saturday, May 31, 2008

Thank you, God! For Giving Children Horrible Cancer!

I've managed to find what is possibly the most-offensive-to-human-progression group out there. While they focus on anti-abortion mostly, they are also vehemently opposed to the pill, and in this case, euthanasia.

Basically, they meander through some useless, if not all together irrelevant information until they utter these words of wonder:

What people have forgotten is that no matter what suffering we face in our lives, God has a plan for all of us. God can use suffering for good in our lives and in the lives of the people around us. With God, there is always hope!

Really?! The last time I checked (2 minutes ago) the assisted suicide matter was only relevant to the terminally ill and the elderly in rapidly declining health. So the suffering of these people is completely fine? And not only that, but is good? I know, we should check somewhere else to see what the thinking is elsewhere: says that suffering...

produces character improvement (holiness, maturity, etc. James 1:24) which in turn produces eternal rewards (crown of life – James 1:12).

"Sorry that you have cancer kids, but hey! It builds character!" Does that sound right to you? But really, that's where the debate of "the Right to Human Life" leads. In defining the 'sanctity' of one form, they have created the umbrella of protection against any and all people never ever being allowed in any circumstances to define their own sensibilities of death. ANY and ALL.

I find this extremely conflicting when you look at the "war". Take a look at the statistics of Christians that are Pro-War:

Support was strongest among Evangelicals, 77 percent of whom supported war, com­pared with 62 percent of Catholics and mainline Protestants.

Let's go BACK to Rock For Life and their anti-euthanasia rhetoric to contradict that, thus showing how clever I am:

No human being has the right to take another human life - or their own, for that matter! Only God can rightfully create and take life. Let's quit playing God.

Why be so selective? I ask this because it seems to always be the easiest thing to get upset about is what is constantly attacked by Christian groups. Abortion, Euthanasia, Gay Marriage, etc. These are all things that are so clearly NOT important issues to debate because they all fall under one simple factor: PERSONAL FREEDOM.

Instead of worrying about the "precious gift of life" that you feel abortion destroys, why not worry about, say... feeding the homeless, stopping the spread of AIDS, Cancer... anything that affects the "precious gift of life" that is here NOW. But that would require giving and compassion and hard work. Much more than a picket sign and a hateful message.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

So Jesus, What About Anal?

Apparently someone has started a very helpful website dedicated to sexual advice drawn from the Bible. Some of the benefits to anal sex? Well, according to this, it's just plain practical!

Disney, Make Up Your Mind; Are You For Or Against Child Porn?

Unfortunately, I've been subjected to the whole Miley Cyrus fiasco with Vanity Fair. If you haven't heard about it, congratulations. I wish I could say the same, but I work with people who have to talk about these things. The one thing I will say for opinion is, while I can understand why having her in a 'revealing' picture is bad, isn't it completely and totally unavoidable? I mean, EVERY SINGLE commercially generated pop-starlet has eventually become... well, trampy. It happened with Britney, Christina, Jessica, and countless other teen cardboard cut-outs. And we all rejoice in saying, "tisk, tisk. Look at that." We can't get enough of these gossipy little "news" stories.

SO... As the pop-stardom age gets lower and lower, isn't the whole Miley Cyrus thing just a symptom. Here's the model for the business:

- Find young, clearskinned person to appeal to youth

- Remove their personality, replace with business savvy

- Mass-Market the new product to the youth through T.V., Movies, Concerts, CD's, Magazines, etc.

- Exploit until 'product' is too old (about 17 or 18), or until a more viable product appears

- Inherently sexualize product, this makes the appeal to children more effective due to burgeoning sex-drives and puberty. It also maintains some amount of public awareness due to the nature of society.

- As product ages (around 18 and 19) it now desires to be an 'individual'. This will destroy product viability. Drop product and pick up younger product.

- This new product will have to be younger than the original when it started because of the growing youth culture that you are trying to reach. Upside? They will be a viable product longer.

Isn't this Miley Cyrus thing just the natural progression? Well, Miley look on the bright side. A few years from now, this will all just be "the beginning" of the end of your career. Enjoy sub-celebrity status and hanging our with Paris.

ANYWAY, the reason I started this rant... Disney was up in arms about the whole photo-shoot. They said that she had been taken advantage of to sell magazines. Really? Well, take a look at this. I would post it here, but frankly, I don't want it on my site and the story is told way better on Slate. Hint: It involves a giant billboard and a twelve year old in undies.

What was that about being taken advantage of?

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Paula Zahn discriminates against atheists?!

I have a wonderful amount of links that I've compiled into an 'Atheism' folder in my bookmarks that I wanted to share with friends, seeing as that e-mail has become a blog, I had to think about the one to "start" with. This clip from CNN pretty much sums up most of my frustration with mainstream American outlooks on Atheism. If you're a forward-thinking person, and if you're reading this I hope you are, try to watch this and NOT get mad.

Fun game: Try replacing the term 'Atheist' with the term 'Jew' or 'Homosexual' and tell me how you feel...

A few points:

- (0:25) I can't stand the arrogant smirk on Karen Hunter's face when she says "nothing, right?" Is that clever?

- (0:30) 'In God We Trust' wasn't on our money originally. In the history of currency, it's fairly contemporary... And it "ends" with freedom of religion.

- (0:38) "They took Prayer out of schools, what more do they want?" That sounds waaaay to similar some one in the 50's saying "They got in to our schools, what more do they want?" See how bigoted that is? Oh, and Prayer is out because tax payers shouldn't have to fund a religious belief. Look on the bright side, Karen! At least you don't have to pay for those darn atheist kids to... think rationally?

- (0:49) "We are a Christian Nation. I'm not a Christian, I'm Jewish but I recognize that we are a Christian Nation." That is so wrong and conflicting on so so SO many levels that it actually makes my nose bleed if I think about it for too long.

(0:56) "Freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom FROM religion"... Are you absolutely fucking insane? Can you HEAR the words coming out of your mouth or do you just hear the rhythm of the vowels and go with it?

(1:15) Firstly, are any of these cases true? Secondly, how are Atheists involved with this? Thirdly, I think it's pretty revealing that you choose to complain about Middle-Eastern beliefs that are 'okay'. I know it's really easy to 'poke' at the popular target, but it just makes you sound more ignorant and bigoted.

(1:55) Great. The ESPN Analyst... Who LOVES THE LORD... is the only one semi, half-heartedly sticking up for reason. The E..S...P...N...ANALYST. Why was he chosen for this 'round table' discussion? Oh, yeah. He Loves the Lord.

(2:17) After a really "witty" chuckle about Atheists needing greeting cards, we get to the real root of Karen's debate, "I think they need to shut up." Now imagine if it were any other group of people she said that about... "I think the Jews need to shut up." Spoken like a real American. "Martin Luther King should have kept his mouth shut, at least he'd be alive". Such warm feelings from Karen.

(2:48) Apparently without prayer, you have no morality... Um... right.

(3:30) Thank you Sports Man.

(3:40) I retract that thank you. "I heard that. I read that. I just don't believe it." Do you realize how EXACTLY that explains what I say about the bible?

(4:15) I'm done. Karen goes on about not imposing on her rights while slamming down the rights of others... I can't take the double standard. I'm trying so hard to reconcile the complete bullshit in that statement that my brain is actually pushing its way out of my head trying to escape. I can't take anymore. I can't try to make sense out of it and try to make some form of rational point of it. I CAN'T!!

If you manage to do it, let me know.

Only two days and someone is taking my WW_D idea!! (Okay, so I'm not the first...)

Saw this on Friendly Atheist and can only be jealous. If only 6'7" fat guys had access to cool shirts...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I have become one more in the sea of selfish, self-obsessed "Blog-People"

I want to apologize, first and foremost to anyone who may be subjected to my rambling. I realize that the world does not, in fact, revolve around me and that, no, people aren't stumbling over eachother to hear what I have to say.

The reason for this blog is simple, I was going to send a few friends an e-mail with a whole bunch of religious/atheist goodies in it and decided it would be easier to make it a blog. That way, after finding this stuff, it doesn't simply disappear after the e-mail. So there.

I can't believe I'm a fucking blogger.