NEWSFLASH: Televangelist Doesn’t Know What The F***k He’s Talking About

 AreYouInsaneAh yes, indeed. Again, we are pummeled with the mob’s madness, this time in the guise of a ‘preacher’ (whom nobody should listen to anyways). More ignorant lies flow out of a shaman’s mouth, this time it’s everybody’s favorite crazy assclown, Pat Robertson.

First, get a load of this:

‘Demons are cursing Facebook ultrasounds of unborn babies’, according to US preacher Pat Robertson

US televangelist Pat Robertson has claimed “demons are cursing babies through ultrasounds” in his latest controversial outburst.

Speaking on CBN, in response to somebody asking about posting ultrasound pictures to Facebook he said: “‘I don’t think there’s any harm in it, but I tell you there are demons and there are evil people in the world and you post a picture like that and some cultist gets hold of it or some coven, and they begin to muttering curses against an unborn child.’

Mr Robertson, has a history of controversial statements.

He has previously said gay people are “terrorists” and that homosexuals will die out because they can’t reproduce.

Curses? Demons? Get a little more up to date, Slobertson. Try replicating either item in a lab environment (which of course, no one can) before you go spouting off about some voodoo bullshit. This isn’t Middle Earth, and there’s no such thing as either wizards OR the ability to conjure something out of thin air by pronouncing it so. These Christians definitely live in a comic-book world.

And then there’s this latest bit of codswallop:

Pat Robertson Suggests Companies Will Be Forced To Cater To Man-Dog Weddings

Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson slammed a Washington state judge’s ruling that a florist’s refusal to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding had violated local anti-discrimination laws.

Robertson, who has made no secret of his opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the past, condemned the decision as “just outrageous” and “crazy” in an installment of “The 700 Club” this week, according to Right Wing Watch.

He asked, “To tell a florist that she’s got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding? What if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She’s got to have flowers for that?”

Robertson then went on to note, “What if there’s a polygamous situation where a guy has five wives and he wants to have five ceremonies and she’s going to be forced by the law to provide them flowers?”

Bakeries, florist shops and other wedding-related venues have become an unlikely battleground for marriage equality and other LGBT-related issues in recent years.

On Feb. 2, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein had similarly violated their state’s anti-discrimination laws when they turned away a lesbian couple who had sought a cake for their wedding in 2013.

On the flip side, Marjorie Silva, who owns Denver’s Azucar Bakery, is now reportedly facing a religious discrimination complaint after she refused to bake a cake decorated with phrases like “God hates gays” written in icing.

Jeez, this windbag is a major turd. Animal weddings are strictly off limits in most countries (but surprisingly, there’s more of this going around than I’d originally thought, mostly in India), but this is what’s commonly known among the intelligentsia as a category error – a marriage between two sentient adults is not the same thing as some of these lonely people ‘marrying’ a pet. And polygamy is illegal, so that’s also a broken analogy.

Such idiocy is always incendiary for atheists. For one, the somber pronouncement of something so monumentally stupid, that flies in the face of general knowledge – these numbbulbs shouldn’t even be on TV, let alone influence thousands (if not hundreds of thousands). For two, as if isn’t bad enough that their entire bankrupt epistemology is composed of contradictory, a-historical trash, they pre-suppose everything and vomit it out on anyone within range.

Be that as it may, it’s high time we should picket these bozos, and start shouting the idiocy down.

Till the next post, then.

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Judge Not Lest Ye Be – Oh Wait A Second…

republicanidiotCONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. –Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary

A day doesn’t seem to go by, where some obnoxious Rethuglickan pulls an opinion out of his (or her) ass, and tries to tell us it’s covered in chocolate. Case in point:

Roy Moore explains his stance on legality of same-sex marriage in Alabama

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sees his stand against a U.S. District judge’s decision that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as neither political nor emotional.

“My stand is a legal stand on the Constitution and the principles of federalism, as well as the principle of dual sovereignty,” Moore said Friday in an interview with AL.com. “It’s a stand on the law of the state of Alabama.”

On Jan. 23, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade ruled that the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and the amendment that later enshrined it in the state constitution both were unconstitutional.

The relationship between federal and state courts is parallel, Moore said, and a lower federal court’s interpretation is not binding for the state.

“For one district judge to overturn the laws of Alabama – she can’t do that… because federal rules don’t allow her to do that,” Moore said.

District court rulings typically affect the people involved in a specific case instead of making a law that applies to the entire state. That distinction has also been noted by U.S. Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

Bans on gay marriage have been overturned elsewhere in the U.S. under similar circumstances. So if that isn’t legal, as Moore argues, why has it occurred?

“It’s happened in other states because nobody has stood up and said, ‘Wait a minute, state court rulings on these issues are just as authoritative as federal court rulings,'” he said.

The New York Times’ Emily Bazelon wrote this week that Moore’s central legal claim of states’ rights is ineffective. However, she wrote, his frustration with the process that led to gay marriage in Alabama has some validity.

“To contest the statewide application of [Granade’s] ruling is a far more legitimate form of fist-shaking by a state official than contesting an order from a higher federal court would be,” Bazelon wrote.

Moore said Alabama will be bound by whatever the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately decides when it takes up the issue of gay marriage this summer. It’s “unfair to the people of the state of Alabama” for anyone to claim to have resolved the issue before that happens, he said.
Chief Justice Roy Moore on taking a stand, running for office Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore talks about taking a stand and what the future might bring in an interview Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. (Julie Bennett/ jbennett@al.com)

Moore declined to comment further on Granade’s decision because there is a case filed before the Alabama Supreme Court regarding the same issues. He said he will decide whether or not to recuse himself in the future on a case-by-case basis.

Moore stood by the administrative order he issued Sunday night, reemphasizing that probate judges are not bound by the decision of a single federal judge to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

Almost two-thirds of the state’s probate courts are now issuing marriage licenses to all couples, gay and straight. In a ruling Thursday, Granade ordered the Mobile County probate judge to issue license to gay couples and, in turn, nudged many judges sitting on the fence to accept her earlier ruling.

Moore would not say how he would react, as chief justice, if same-sex marriage were legalized in Alabama.

He did say he currently has no plans to run for another office.

“It seems like every time you take a stand, every time you do something right, people start saying you’re running for something because that’s what politicians normally do,” he said.

“Doing something right.” Yeah, pal, you keep telling yourself that little white lie. Its what the Christians seem to do best, especially the ultra-conservative ones. Moore is just another talking head puppet for the religious right. Despite the mountains of evidence contrary, he is one of those (perhaps unwitting) sycophants who have been brainwashed by the lie of Christian origins for this country. He has had several controversial moments, from having a Decalogue monument built (a clear violation of SOCAS), whilst babbling about sovereignty and his imaginary friend. Not to mention the ridiculous Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 (which luckily was defeated – WHEW!), or his anachronistic view of same sex marriages.

This is the sort of thing I’ve been railing against for the past decade. I constantly point out that people like this Moore character are inherently untrustworthy, not because they’re religious, but because their religion is an automatic default (though I’ve been accused more than once of wanting someone in office who agrees with me in toto, when I explain this).

Your oath to the Constitution should be total, and separate from all else. There should be no provisos, no escape clauses, no waffling. Freedom of religion stipulates freedom from religion. Undigested cake? Too effin’ bad, fella. Hypothetically, even if this country was allegedly built on Christian values (yeah? Freedom of religion? That doesn’t sound like something those jaysus-freaks would let pass), it has less standing in this day and age. Because the Constitution is a living document – it changes with the times, and besides, this country was built on slavery (ratified in the document itself), and we sure as fuck don’t keep other human beings as property anymore. Besides, Jefferson argued that America wasn’t founded on Christian principles, but English law (see his letter to John Cartwright).

Fact is, I’ve had this argument so many times (realtime as well as blogosphere), that it is almost a rote patter. It’s an old, tired argument rebutted once too often these days. But then again, children only learn from repetition, and the American gestalt is more akin to a toddler than a grown adult.

Till the next post then.

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Because Only Religious People Deserve To…?

religiouspersecutionNow for another episode of things that get right up my nose…

On BBC TV, Christian Says Humanists Are Debauched and Their Weddings Are “Demonic,” Then Throws in… Pol Pot

U.K. Christian and founder of the group Discuss Jesus Taiwo Adewuyi is radically opposed to Humanists, he declared on BBC TV’s The Big Question the other day, amid much audible snickering.

“Humanism is the cancer of thanks-giving. It is the devil’s PR. It is a first-class ticket to the sea of wantonness and debauchery. … The issue with Humanism is that it tries to knock God off the throne.”

Adewuyi is disturbed that Humanist officiants have been asking the government for the right to perform marriages, a request that, while having wide popular support, has so far fallen on the prime minister’s deaf ears.

I’ve said before – there are some you just itch to slap them into having a brain. But one Andrew Copson responded in a calm rational fashion, and this assclown shouts “Pol Pot!” (Apparently that was his well-prepared tirade – a single name. Idiot.)

It’s fucked behavior like this that makes me rude to believers. The last guy who declared “In my biblical viewpoint [blablalalalala]” to me and a group of others, was told (by me) that “no offense, but your bible is just a load of shit.”  No, a fist fight didn’t erupt. (We were all martial artists there). He was polite, but willfully stupid (born again, evolution is a belief system, planet is only 6,000 years old, etc., you know the wearying drill).

I talk to these people, and my people skills rapidly deteriorate. It’s hard not to browbeat people when the facts are clearly the complete opposite of their perceptions. And, more irritatingly, the calmer you are, makes no difference.

So now I just laugh, and ask incredulously, “You don’t really believe that crap, do you?” It’s rude, and it’s cost me dear sometimes (telling a drop-dead gorgeous woman that the cash she’s paid for ‘psychic training’ – for two years! – is complete rubbish – Ouch.)

Yeah, rude ‘n crude. But soft sophisticated reason only works well when there are ears to listen. And in our culture, sometimes a club is needed.

Till the next post, then.

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The Drive To End Blasphemy Laws

jesusandmoblasphemydayOne by one the instruments of torture have been wrenched from the cruel clutch of the church, until within the armory of orthodoxy there remains but one weapon — Slander. – Robert Ingersoll, A Vindication of Thomas Paine

I was unaware there was a world-wide drive to end blasphemy laws.

This then, is the last bastion of the religious, that they cry “foul!” and demand a respect unearned, unable at last to force their religion down our throats at the point of gun or sword, losing the battle and the war, reduced to the cringing cowardice that is the delusional mindset.

There will be a day when these anachronisms cease to plague us – but no joke, it’s going to take the long road and much work, and our generation may not see the end to it. However putting an end to international blasphemy laws, that is pulling a LOT of venomous fangs that shouldn’t exist anyways.

So let’s keep fighting the good fight: it’s a wearying war of attrition to be sure, but our children and their children deserve to be free of this nonsense.

Till the next post, then.

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More On The Madness Of Muslims: The Butchers Of Boko Haram

Boko-HaramWe are now in the 21st century: all books, including the Koran, should be fair game for flushing down the toilet without fear of violent reprisal. – Sam Harris

Those mad dogs are at it again:

Boko Haram emerges as brutal Islamic State of Africa

(RNS) Boko Haram, with its chilling brutality, radical Islamic ideology and unstoppable seizure of Nigerian territory is quickly emerging as the Islamic State of Africa.

While much of the world has focused on the terror attacks in Paris and the Islamic militants’ capture of swaths of Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram has gone on a bloody rampage through northeastern Nigeria.

Human rights groups have sounded alarms about the al-Qaeda-linked organization’s recent brutality: the slaughter of up to 2,000 people in the Nigerian towns of Baga and Doron Baga on Jan. 3 and the subsequent strapping of explosives on girls as young as 10 to detonate in public places. The unchecked rampage is affecting the looming presidential elections now weeks away and propelling a 72-year-old iron-fisted general, Muhammadu Buhari, back into the race.

Boko Haram first gained international notoriety for its savagery in April 2014, when it abducted 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok and threatened to sell them as wives and sex slaves. The “bring back our girls” movement began with Nigerian village women demanding government action and grew into a worldwide rallying cry, with participants that included first lady Michelle Obama. Some of the girls later escaped but the fate of remaining captives is unknown.

In addition to its ruthless tactics, Boko Haram, echoes the Islamic State in its aspiration to create a “caliphate” across national borders by crossing into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. On Jan. 12, its fighters seized the Cameroonian border town of Kolofata. Cameroon’s government said its forces killed 143 militants.

And like Iraq’s military setbacks against the Islamic State, Nigerian government troops seem weak and incapable of stopping Boko Haram from becoming a growing danger to Africa’s most populous country and the world’s 10th largest oil exporter.

“The United States needs to recognize we have a problem that’s second only to the problem we have with ISIS (Islamic State),” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa program at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. “We have a group holding territory and shooting down jet fighters. … If Nigeria collapses — it is the strong state in the region — there are no strong states to contain what would happen if Boko Haram succeeds in carving out an Islamic state in that area.”

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the Africa subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says Boko Haram is “as close to a carbon copy (of the Islamic State) as can be,” and the U.S. response to combat the two groups has also been similarly slow.

What’s needed, now, Smith said, is for President Obama to call Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and insist on the need for the U.S. military to train Nigerian troops to stop the movement.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told CNN  that the U.S. is “actively working with the Nigerians,” but added that “they need to step up,” move forward with elections slated for Feb. 14, and not let terrorists “use elections as a wedge between the government and its people.”

A week after the massacre occurred in Baga, groups that included Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reported it. On Jan. 3, the town was razed and its inhabitants killed as they hid in the surrounding scrubland. More than 3,700 structures were damaged or destroyed, according to satellite imagery before and after the attack, according to Amnesty International.

A week later, Boko Haram strapped explosives to three girls about 10 years old and detonated them in a market in Maiduguri and in a mobile phone store in Potiskum, killing about 22 people in total, the groups reported.

President Jonathan, who previously sent 20,000 troops armed with tanks and aircraft to the country’s northeast, has said little about the Baga attack. One of his aides, Doyin Okupe, questioned the reported death toll.

Gbara Awanen, the head political minister at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, told USA Today only the ambassador is authorized to speak to the media. And Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye was traveling and unavailable, Awanen said.

Boko Haram, who’s name means “Western education is forbidden,” seeks to replace the Nigerian state with its own radical interpretation of Islam and now controls up to 20 percent of Nigerian territory.

Nigeria’s government has yet to accept large-scale international assistance to deal with the problem, said John Campbell, a former U.S. ambassador to the country.

The parallel to the Islamic State is limited by the fact that Boko Haram has not expressed a desire to become a global caliphate, Campbell noted.

Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations at the rights group Amnesty International USA, said Boko Haram also lacks the governing skills demonstrated by the Islamic State in some of the territory it holds, although residents under its domination in parts of Iraq and Syria have complained about poor services and disorganized government.

Despite the international clamor over the kidnapped girls, the Nigerian government has had no success rescuing the 219 still missing, and local media have exposed weaknesses in the nation’s military that include soldiers refusing to fight and mutinies.

On Jan. 3, Nigeria canceled a U.S. counterinsurgency training mission, according to a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.

Nigeria has generally rejected offers of assistance from Britain and the United States “because of the conditions that come with such assistance,” said Akwei.

U.S. law prohibits U.S. military assistance to countries that commit human rights abuses. The Nigerian military’s operations against Boko Haram have resulted in multiple allegations of illegal killings and detentions of suspected Boko Haram members reported by rights groups such as Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, according to the State Department. Nigerian officials have rejected those claims as “fabrications,” Akwei said.

National pride also seems to be a factor, he said.

“The Nigerians have always felt themselves more capable and big enough and strong enough to take care of their own crises,” Akwei said.

Yet the country still has no cohesive military strategy to turn the tide and protect the population, he said. “It’s not the way a state functions if it hopes to survive, unless it’s unaware of the gravity of the threat.”

A bunch of rabid, xenophobic extremists? Who strap bombs to little girls? Sell children into slavery? Slaughter and raze entire villages? Someone needs to track these monsters down, and put a bullet in each one of their heads. And don’t give me that liberal crap about ‘all life being sacred’ – that only works if both sides agree to it.

An old saying goes something like this: “Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them.” In this case, this particular band of savages are trying to build a glass caliphate by throwing stones.

Till the next post then.

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Witless Witch Doctors Wiping Out The Wrong White Folk…

bushscienceWell, it seems like a step in the right direction….

Tanzania bans witch doctors after scores of albino people are killed in ritual slaughter

The government of Tanzania has banned witch doctors due to ritual killings of albino people for their body parts.

The witch doctors reportedly fueled the killings by inducing local people to believe “magic potions” made from body parts brought good luck and wealth.

Some religious leaders have welcomed the move but warned that a blanket ban could affect access to traditional medicine offered by healers and herbalists.

Now the leaders are calling for a new approach, even as the government clarifies it was targeting cheats.

“I don’t think the ban will end the problem,” said the Rev. Leonard Mtaita, a retired general secretary of the Christian Council in Tanzania. “A lot of people, including senior politicians, visit these witch doctors. I think the best approach would be to educate the communities about these issues.”

Tanzanian Roman Catholic scholar Pius Rutechura said that although the move was welcomed, it needed to be accompanied by a series of other actions.
“We need to research and understand why witch doctors prefer albino body parts and why people believe them,” said Rutechura, vice chancellor at the Catholic University of East Africa in Kenya.

In the last three years, more than 70 albino people have been slain. In the latest incident, on Dec. 27, an armed gang led by a witch doctor kidnapped a 4-year-old girl in the northern Mwanza district

Last year, the United Nations warned of increased attacks on albinos in Tanzania because of the upcoming 2015 general elections, when political campaigners visit influential witch doctors to seek help in winning the election.

Yeah, we have witch doctors in America too – we just call them Christian  Fundamentalists. And if we didn’t have a set of laws preventing it, those asshats would be murdering people for a variety of anachronistic nonsense as well. As for educating people…well, the best education will always be a secular one, not a religious one.

The only true supernatural horrors, are those perpetrated by belief in the supernatural. It is still horrifying – that anyone in the the 21st century would be hunted down and mangled in such a way…it’s stomach-wrenching. And for a bunch of superstitious bullshit to boot. And to compound this tragedy, it’s an election year, and witch doctors actually have political clout. Witch doctors. Man, someone needs to really re-think this fucked up government, like maybe bulldoze and start over.

It is to weep.

Till the next post then.

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More On The Madness Of Muslims: Serious Censorship

islam-religion-of-peace-cartoonTo speak specifically of our problem with the Muslim world, we are meandering into a genuine clash of civilizations, and we’re deluding ourselves with euphemisms. We’re talking about Islam being a religion of peace that’s been hijacked by extremists. If ever there were a religion that’s not a religion of peace, it is Islam. – Sam Harris

More death, pain, and madness at the hands of Islamic extremists – at this juncture, these sort of events are now to be expected at the hands of the proponents of their ‘peaceful religion’.

Charlie Hebdo hunt: Bloody end to sieges

Two sieges in France have been brought to a bloody end, with three gunmen and four hostages killed.

Two brothers who killed 12 in an attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday were shot dead as they fled a warehouse north of Paris, firing at police.

Shortly afterwards in eastern Paris, anti-terrorist forces stormed a kosher supermarket where hostages were being held by a gunman with reported links to the brothers.

The gunman and four hostages died.

French police believe the captives were killed before the assault on the Hypercasher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters late on Friday.

Four hostages were seriously injured and 15 were rescued unhurt. Two police officers were injured.

The operation was launched after the end of the siege in Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km (22 miles) north of Paris.

The two brothers there, Cherif and Said Kouachi, came out of the building firing at police and were killed. Two police officers were injured.

One hostage there had earlier been released and a second employee, who was hiding in the building’s cafeteria, was freed by police after the shooting ended.

Obama: “The US stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow”

French President Francois Hollande described the events as “a tragedy for the nation”.

In a televised address, he thanked the security forces for their “bravery [and] efficiency”, but added that France still faced threats. “We have to be vigilant. I also ask you to be united – it’s our best weapon,” he said.

“We must be implacable towards racism,” he added, saying that the supermarket attack was an “appalling anti-Semitic act”.

“Those who committed these acts, these fanatics, have nothing to do with the Muslim faith.”

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said there had been a “clear failing” in French intelligence.

“If 17 people die, this means mistakes have been made,” he said, including those killed in attacks on Wednesday and Thursday in the toll.

Sorry president Hollande, but the religion itself is composed mostly of fanatics. He should probably get up to speed finding out about all the human rights violations in Pakistan, extremist armpit of the world. Or that puckered starfish, the KSA.

A dozen people slaughtered. Over a cartoon. Un.fucking.believable. More mentally deficient mad dogs that need putting down.

This is the line where religion departs from all reason: where a belief, no matter how ridiculous, is more precious than a human life. Whether in the taking of one or fucking one up, these illusions are becoming increasingly difficult to rationalize (or they should be) even for the more moderate among the religious.

Till the next post then.

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