Perhaps, if you aren’t from the US, you haven’t see our ignorant and arrogant president making a fool of himself again, with trying to claim that Time magazine wanted him on the cover but he declined. Since Donnie Trump has lied before, we can be pretty sure this is a lie too, and we do know that he had fake time covers in his properties to support his ego. Here’s one that is more appropriate for that complete idiot.
I’ve occasionally used the posts of a Christian minister to riff off of when it comes to showing how strange Christian arguments about their god and their religion. It’s a way to have an actual Christian’s quotes to review and to point out how their claims don’t always work out quite like they intend. For those who may not be familiar with the term “Pollyanna” it is from a movie, and has come to mean someone with a overly optimistic outlook, that every thing is wonderful and perfect, generally considered someone more than a bit naïve.
Pastor Dave has had a series of posts about creationism and his religion. This is the most recent. The basic argument is that the universe is evidence of this version of this religion’s god and that it is a result of this god’s “greatness”, which is a rather vague term, and its “goodness”, which shouldn’t be too hard to define but with many Christians, anything that this god can be claimed to do is “good” by default, a very circular argument.
He claims that “In Creation, we see God’s beauty, holiness and wisdom. For example, we see his holiness as God makes distinctions separating light from darkness, day from night, land from sea, sea from sky. This is the same God who will separate a people out for himself as a holy nation. This is also the God who, in his wisdom, creates an ordered and structured Universe.”
Now, considering what we know of the universe, it often isn’t very pleasant, and indeed, 99.999999999999…% of it is inimical to human life, supposedly this god’s favorite “creations”. It includes the vacuum of space, guinea worms, gamma ray bursts, flesh eating bacteria (a some awful photos), water that is very deep with great pressures (also pretty gross), temperatures of millions of degrees and of many hundreds below zero, toxic gases, toxic liquids and things with lots of unpleasant venoms. It takes an amazing amount of pure willful ignorance to try to make this argument, and an assumption that people are either too ignorant or simply too unintelligent to question it. It could also simply be a lot of pure malice to control people by telling them such nonsense.
It also shows that the religious must try to convince themselves that they are special and above all other humans. It’s not hard to see through history just what such ideas have done to humanity.
Pastor Dave tries to argue that this god cannot be a distant god, perhaps like the one that deists have invented, but a personal god that is constantly interfering with his creation, quoting John Calvin in that one cannot have a god that was just a “momentary creator” and claiming that “Here, especially, we must dissent from the profane, and maintain that the presence of the divine power is conspicuous, not less in the perpetual condition of the world then in its first creation.” The pastor makes the following claim: “God’s goodness, kindness, compassion and love are reflected in his providence.” Calvin’s words reflect this: “After learning that there is a Creator, it must forthwith infer that he is also a Governor and Preserver, and that, not by producing a kind of general motion in the machine of the globe as well as in each of its parts, but by a special providence sustaining, cherishing, superintending, all the things which he has made, to the very minutest, even to a sparrow.”
Really? Goodness, kindness, compassion and love. In this world, shown by this god. Hmmm. I wonder, can we tell this to the children who have their body parts cut off in Africa? I guess the sparrow gets cherished and screw the children. I guess it’s easy if you are comfy in a first world country to make such baseless claims and need external validation for your religion.
We also have the claim of predestination, which means that this god intends that everything happens as it does and approves of it. I guess again, this god needed children who were made amputees in one of the worst ways possible, hacked by a machete. “Providence describes the way in which God is concerned for the well-being of his creatures and so orders and sustains the very detail of Creation. Providence is a consequence of God’s Will and Decrees. In other words, everything happens because God predestines it.”. and we are told that miracles do occur and are “natural” and are part of predestination. In that there is no evidence for miracles period, there is no reason to think they real, much less natural or supernatural. Having been a Presbyterian, I know quite a bit about the claims of Calvinists and predestination, which is nothing more than excusing a god, and declaring oneself to be extra special that one will be saved because this god chose you. They aren’t much different from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in this. And many Christians are sure that predestinationalists are entirely wrong.
Pastor Dave also wants us to know that this god works through “intermediate means” like him. What he doesn’t explain is how does this work when pastors like him don’t agree on what this god wants. He also wants us to believe that this god works through “processes of the water cycle and crop generation to bring this about”. Hmmm, if this god can do miracles, why does it rely on natural processes that show that the claims of its bible never happened at all, and why does every other religion claim that their gods are responsible for the same natural processes? And why do these natural processes fail sometimes and we have famines? He also doesn’t quite get the “god of the gaps” idea. The God of the gaps is a term where non-Christians have noted that the claims for his god aren’t true, and this god is only now able to be claimed as cause for processes we do not understand yet. He wants to claim that his god is controlling all natural processes but that doesn’t work out very well for him because he wants to pick and choose when his god does something magical and when it does something by natural processes. It’s awfully convenient to cherry pick like that, insisting that coincidence should be considered a miracle, and then be able to show no evidence at all that this god does anything. It’s also quite funny to see him declare that his version of his god created a “mature universe” aka as it is right now,, when there is no evidence of that at all and indeed plenty of evidence that the universe became what it is today and wasn’t always this way. Why some Christians try to lie about such things, when accepting the same science that shows that the universe has changed, as long as it makes them comfy, is rather ridiculous. As for an orderly universe, yep, it does have certain physical laws that seem to control it, however, it’s a bit of a bummer when a star goes supernova and destroys what is around it.
Now, we get to the part where Pastor Dave claims this: “Providence encourages us to trust God’s provision and to depend on him every day.” So how does that work out with the people who were murdered in that church down in Texas? How many people does Dave think were praying desperately as the murderer was methodically walking around and shooting people in the head? Did God need a baby to die of a high-power gunshot wound? How about a good part of a family? How about those people who were in the assisted living home in Philadelphia just today which burnt in a 5 alarm fire? Continue reading
Haven’t had much of an urge to write a blog post lately. Work has become a real pain since I have a new boss who doesn’t know anything about the job and who hates using computers. Of course, that’s all we use and trying to get new boss to do anything is damn near impossible.
But if that’s the worst of my problems, I’m not doing bad.
We watched the movie Logan last night, the last of the trilogy about Wolverine. I’ve been a fan of the X-Men for a long time, first picking up the comic book around the time of the Phoenix saga. I always loved the interplay between Logan and Kurt aka Nightcrawler. The movie was very good, extremely violent (you see exactly what does happen when someone gets three adamantium claws through their head) and I have to say that I just loved Laura, having spent a decent part of my growing up wanting to be Wolverine.
This weekend we also got a pair of new appliances (General Electric) for the kitchen, in preparation for the Great Kitchen Remodel of 2017. We have an old house, circa early 20th c, and the kitchen is simply worn out. The month of December will be the gutting (yay, plaster and lath) and rebuilding of the kitchen. The new fridge is a split door up top and the freezer on the bottom. My tall spouse very much likes that set up. The stove is gas, and has a griddle in the center and I finally got a broiler again. They are stainless steel since our kitchen is very dark and we need some light bouncing around.
Finally got a chance to try Apothic’s Inferno, a red blend that’s been aged in bourbon casks. It has a very nice mellowness from the oak. They are very manipulated wines and I like them a lot. I saw out on their website that they now have a bubbly. I’ll have to try that soon.
That’s about it. I’m busy looking for a new job and just waiting until the chaos of construction is unleashed.
These videos show just how ridiculous the evangelical Christian position is on birth control and also how ridiculous the evangelical Christian attitude is toward the controversy over kneeling during the US national anthem and how many false claims have been made about that by them.
An excellent spoof of a Viagra ad, pointing out the hypocrisy of those who have no problem with employers paying for medicine to for men to get an erection but have plenty of problem women getting equal treatment.
Getting hard is easy. Getting birth control is not.
A video why Colin Kaepernick took a knee and why this is respectful towards veterans since a veteran suggested it.
In my last blog post, I pointed out how Trump and his minion Sessions are doing their best to create a theocracy in favor of their supporters conservative Christians. I then had some a conservative Christian, silenceofmind, participate in my comments. He asked what religion was being favored, and promised as soon as I told him, he would answer my questions. He of course lied and never answered the questions put to him. Still waiting, but why would one expect a conservative Christian to be honorable at this point?
He did his best to try to convince me, and others, that the “religious freedom” document released by Trump and Sessions wasn’t only for conservative Christians who have repeatedly tried to get their version of their religion treated as law. Seems he forgot this gem of Donnie’s: “I’ll tell you one thing: I get elected president, we’re going to be saying “Merry Christmas” again. Just remember that. And by the way, Christianity will have power, without having to form. Because if I’m there, you’re going to have plenty of power. You don’t need anybody else. You’re going to have someone representing you very, very well. Remember that.”- January 23, 2016, Dordt College, Sioux City, Iowa.
Always fun to see again and again how wrong someone can be and how hard they try to avoid being caught.
He kept on with this on his own blog where more lies were told by an even greater number of TrueChristians™. Oh, the hairshirts were worn and the ashes were scattered on how anyone daring to disagree with their version of their religion was a “mortal danger” to that religion. They of course forget that there are plenty of Christians who don’t agree with them at all.
And now we have even more evidence that yes, Trump and Sessions are indeed trying to create a theocracy for their conservative Christian followers, followers who ignore their very own bible when it comes following a man like Trump: Exodus 23:1 You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness” (and yes, Christians I can quote the bible and hold you accountable to that which you claim is the “truth”. Also, humans being against liars and lying isn’t anything new to the human race. It’s really pathetic when you try to claim that it is only a Christian view. See Code of Hammurabi)
Sessions, when building this memo, had “listening sessions” that unknown people were invited to. The Department of Justice has yet to release this information on who got a chance to give input to this memo. However, we can count on conservative Christian groups to be loud when they want to make their version of their religion law. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that has to spell that out in their name since no one could tell from their actions, has spilled the beans and let everyone know that they were invited and they are please that they, an organization that only defends conservative Christians, got their way. The Family Research Council (only for families that fit their description) was also hot to trot on this memo, to the point of already having things in place for it before it was announced. Most curious, that. It seems that Tony Perkins, often a guest of the White House, may have had a hand in the cookie jar, when the memo has that religious groups may be funded by the gov’t, who would choose one sect of a religion over another and one religion over another to make these decisions.
Of course, not one liberal Christian group has announced their involvement in these “listening sessions”. What they are doing is denouncing the memo and pointing out that it is indeed only meant to protect bigotry and ignorance.
We also have a lovely story today about Roy Moore, the fellow in Alabama who tried to get the ten commandments into a courthouse. Well, evidently those commandments and that bible doesn’t mean much to ol’ Roy since he intentionally lied when he said he wasn’t paid by his non-profit, ironically called The Foundation for Moral Law. It’s amazing how being paid $180,000 a year and needing a bodyguard (so much for faith, eh?) might slip a man’s mind and just be “forgotten” to be put on the major form that the IRS requires from charities, the 990 (I worked for a non-profit so know these well). It’s a shame that he and his family (they are of course employed by the onstensible “charity”) decided to lie to the government that is put into place by his god, if one believes Romans 13. One can guarantee many excuses will be given by TrueChristians™ about this, desperate to acknowledge that one more Christian has lied and has profited by the lying.
So, SOM, JB and all the other conservative Christians out there seeking to try to spread false information, your fellow Christians just let the figurative cat out of the bag and have indeed been behaving badly. Your supposed messiah president lied to one group when he said he supported LGBT people and then betrayed them. He can be quoted as promising worldly power to conservative Christians. A much lauded conservative Christian has been discovered to be ignoring his ever-so important godly commandments Now, what does the bible say about liars and those who follow them? What verse says this is just peachy and okay?
(If you’ve come to this website following a link from a conservative Christian blog by someone named SilenceofMind, welcome! I do invite you to read my blog and comment if you’d like Please see here for my words about how comments work on this site). Please evaluate if SilenceOfMind’s comments about my blog are false or true from what you read. He has claimed that my blog is an example of “virulent hatred” that is a mortal threat to Christians. I wonder how that works when I allow his posts to exist on my blog? You may want to ask SOM about his actions and how they square with Christianity.)
From the Freedom From Religion Foundation:
Sessions’ theocratic memo on ‘religious liberty protections’ will unleash legal chaos
The Trump administration today unveiled a series of theocratic interpretations of “religious liberty protections” that will unleash legal chaos and discrimination, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The executive orders and memos largely redefine religious liberty as the right to discriminate and deny others civil rights. Earlier today, President Trump signed two executive orders under the auspices of religious liberty permitting employers to deny women workers contraceptive coverage, in a move condemned by FFRF. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today, at Trump’s behest, has now issued a list of 20 far-reaching “Principles of Religious Liberty” that all federal agencies must implement. The goal appears to be to exempt Christians and other religionists from the rules and regulations of civil society, including rules that prevent discrimination.
Read the entire thing here.
Now, this will require that the government now get in the business of deciding who has a valid religion to figure out how this nonsense will be applied. Will there now be sects of Christianity that say that they can’t possibly interact with people of color? Will there be Catholics who will refuse Protestants? And how will people know who is what? Will we all get to wear nice little yellow stars if we are Jewish? Perhaps a red latin cross if we are Christian? And then how will we tell which Christian is what? Who will get to claim the mantle of TrueChristian(tm)?
Trump and his minions are vermin out to sow hate and fear.