Monthly Archives: February 2014

Faith-Healing Couple Sent Jailed After Child Dies Without Medical Care | TIME.com

Faith-Healing Couple Sent Jailed After Child Dies Without Medical Care | TIME.com.

 

I know this is not the average post from me, but I could not let this pass by without saying something about it.

Am I the only one who thinks that these two parents belong UNDER the jail? How can two parents watch as two of their children lay in bed and die? Where is the ‘mother’s heart’ we all heard about growing up?  During my time as a slave to religion I visited several Pentecostal churches and never once did I hear the Pastor preach against medication, so for the dad to say that the use of medication is against his religious beliefs is a crock of crap! It is nothing more than a ploy to get a not guilty verdict by using his religion to justify murdering his children and yes folks, if the dad had the ability to help his children and stood by and did nothing,  in my opinion it is murder.

I brought this article to the attention of a Christian friend today and he said “apparently those parent’s did not have enough faith.” What??? You’ve got to be kidding me! It seems to me that two children laying in coffins would show that the parents had faith all the way until the end. The problem is, they had faith in an invisible sky daddy when they should’ve had faith in the medical community.

 

 

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The Power of Baldness

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Will all the bald men please stand up!

As a folically challenged man, I can clearly understand the biblical story I am about to share. I started losing my hair at nineteen and I’m now in my forties and you can imagine what has happened over the last twenty plus years. As a bald guy, I have used every one-liner you could possibly think up to make light of my bald head. “Solar panel for a sex machine” is one that is commonly used but my favorite was used in a speech I gave several years ago. I always made a comment about my head at the beginning of my speech to evoke laughter from the audience and this is what I said ” Ladies and gentlemen, I must apologize for the glare, some people’s hair turned gray with age, mine turned loose.” This usually receives a good laugh and I am able to carry on with my speech. There have been many times that people have made cruel jokes about my baldness and I usually have some handy comeback, but I have never gone as far as the prophet Elisha.

II Kings 2 recounts the story of Elijah and Elisha. Chapter two isn’t a very long chapter but it is chock full of unbelievable events that supposedly took place which leads up to what I will share with you today.

In this chapter, Elijah is taken up in a whirlwind and taken to heaven (v11).  Elisha watched it happen and through his devastation he cried out ‘My Father! My Father!’ (v12). I think it is safe to assume that anyone would be upset after watching a man being sucked into the center of a tornado (whirlwind), so I can understand Elisha’s devastation. With Elijah gone, Elisha has left Jericho for Bethal and this is when things take a horrible turn. Elisha was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of her, Baldy!” the boys said (v24). Well this was the straw that broke the camel’s back and Elisha flips a bitch!

Instead of doing the adult thing and ignoring the childish acts of children, Elisha decides that the children deserved death. After all, they are poking fun at him, so surely this is an offense worthy of the death penalty, right? Well, Elisha turns around and faces the boys. He then calls down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Two female bears come out of the woods and mauls all forty-two children to death (v24).  That’s right folks, God sent two bears to kill forty-two children for acting like children. How dare those kids act like children!

I once heard a preacher say that this story is showing how God protects he chosen people. Protect them from what; children being children? Why is God so quick to kill? Where is the loving God that every pastor speaks about on Sunday morning?

Now, let’s look at this story with a little logic. We are expected to believe that forty-two children were eaten by two bears. Anyone who has ever watched Animal Planet knows that when a bear kills for food, it kills it’s prey and eats it right away. Yet we are expected to believe that two bears went on a biting and scratching spree and did not take the time to eat until all the children were dead. Even more screwed up is the fact that the other forty children did not run away while the first two children were being killed, but then again we aren’t supposed to approach scripture with logic and reason. We are to close our mind and believe with blind faith. Sorry folks but I don’t do faith. I do evidence along with logic and reason and this just doesn’t add up to either.

 

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Atheists On Air

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New Religion Podcasts with Atheists On Air on BlogTalkRadio

Tonight I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Cash and Love of the Atheists On Air podcast and had a wonderful time. Click the above Blog Talk Radio link above to hear the show.  If you have not had the opportunity to listen to this radio show, I cannot recommend it more. You can find their podcast on iTunes, Spreaker, YouTube or you can visit their website.

Thank you Cash and Love for having me on your show and I look forward to talking to you again in the future.

Coming Soon…

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On Feb. 2, 2014 I had the opportunity to share my de-conversion story with Brian and Steve of A Matter of Doubt. This show was recorded and will be available soon for download. Check back periodically for the free download of episode 68.  You can download previous episodes in the iTunes store or on their website.

In the upcoming episode I shared, in detail, why I stepped away from Christianity and what made me the man I am today.

Best wedding gift ever!

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By a show of hands, how many of you are married? When you decided to take the plunge what did you wife’s father gift to you besides his daughter of course?  House, car, watch, a trip to Hawaii? As we prepare to once again enter into the ridiculousness that is the Holy Bible, we will learn of the best wedding dowry ever given. We will also see that the dowry given was given in reverse. So, without further adieu…

The best wedding dowry ever given is found in 1 Samuel 18.  While I was reading this ridiculous story my first question was “what in the hell is a wedding dowry” after all, I’m a man, I’m not supposed to know right? Well, for the rest of you guys out there that are like me and didn’t have a clue about a wedding dowry allow me to educate you;  a wedding dowry is the money or goods that the bride’s family gives to her new husband when they are married. So, keep this is mind as you read the rest of this post.

In this story, David ( the man after God’s own heart, apparently the rest of us suck) is promised the hand of Merab, the oldest daughter of King Saul, if he will fight for the Lord (v17). Am I the only one that finds it ironic that God cannot fight his own battles? But anyway…

We see that this is King Saul’s feeble attempt to trick David because King Saul wants him dead. So, King Saul decided to send David to battle the Philistines hoping they will kill him (v17). King Saul, being the butt-head that he is,  gives Merab to Adreil instead of David. Seems like a dick move to me, but hey it’s biblical.

King Saul’s daughter Michal (who would name their daughter Michal?) was in love with David, so Saul, still wanting David dead remind you, has his attendants tell David that he can marry Michal for the low, low price of one hundred foreskins (v24). Wait? What? Foreskins???  So, David, being the stud muffin that he is says no problem. He rounds up his men and they don’t only take one hundred foreskins, oh no, not David, he kills two hundred Philistine men and obtains two hundred foreskins (v27)!

This is where my second question came to being, If a dowry is the gift that the brides father gives to the groom, why would he have David go out and slice off the fleshy tips of two hundred penises for a dowry?  This is where the definition is reversed. Remember, King Saul wanted David dead and was hoping the Philistines would do the job for him, so sending David to obtain the foreskins was one more attempt at killing him. Instead, two hundred men lost their lives including their manhood. Such a nice Bible story, I wonder why this story isn’t taught on Sunday morning?

So remember guys, nothing says I love you more than chopping off the fleshy tips of two hundred penises. Now that’s love!

So ladies, the next time your man says I love you ask him how many dongs he is willing to mutilate to prove it.

Moses shows his true colors

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This is one of those stories that when you read it you cannot help but facepalm.  It is story that shows the true humanity of Moses. So, join me if you will, as we journey into the book of Numbers Chapter thirty-one. Most people are familiar with Moses and the Ten Commandments. Well, this is a not-so-familiar story.

In this story, the Israelites are at war with the Medianites. During the battle the Israelites kill all the men and capture all the women and children (v9) and brought them before Moses. Now Moses who is supposed to be a Godly man becomes angry with this commanders. Keep in mind the Israelites have defeated the Midianites, killed all the men but allowed the women and children to live. They have plundered the city and brought anything of value (v11) to present to Moses and here we read that Moses is pissed off (v14)! Really? Why would Moses be angry? Well, lets see shall we? “Have you allowed all the women to live?”(v15) Moses asked. Now some would say that it’s good that the Israelites took mercy on the women and children, but not Moses! He chastised his commanders saying “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. (v16) Let’s look at this a little deeper. Apparently the women are to blame for making the Israelites be unfaithful to God and God struck his people with a plague. Damn you women are powerful!

So what does the man of God (Moses) tell them to do? You guessed it! Kill all the boys and kill every woman who has slept with a man (v17) but save every girl who has never slept with a man for yourself (v18). Wow! I wonder how the soldiers checked if the girls were virgins. Were they wearing the ‘V’ patched on the sweaters? Am I the only one facepalming at the fact that Moses had all the women and boys killed? Moses said it was the women who make the Israelites unfaithful. What did the boys do to deserve death? Why does the women deserve death when the Israelites were apparently lacking self-control? Were the boys killed simply for being born? How about the young virgins, what did they do to deserve being raped by the Israelites?

I can here it now… Christians will say the Bible didn’t say they raped them, it only said they took them. I’m often amazed at how naive some people are. Apparently they think these soldiers who have been to war, and possibly hasn’t been with a woman in quite a while, were sitting playing Parcheesi. Come on folks, its time to wake up!

In summery we see that Moses is really no different from God, he loves killing innocent women and children as well. We also see that, like God, Moses absolutely no respect for humanity much less women in general. I wonder who he learned that from…any guesses?

What was Jephthah thinking?

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If there was ever a story that people overlook when reading their Bible, this would be the story. It is safe to assume that Jephthah isn’t the sharpest tack in the box. Let’s enter the story and I will allow the you to decide whether he is dumb as a box of rocks or a brilliant mind.

Jephthah makes one brutal mistake, he bartered with God. If you have spent five minutes on this blog you’ve seen that God isn’t as great as people make him out to be and this is no different. The story goes like this: Jephthah is about to face the Ammonites in battle. now, Jephthah decides to make a deal with God. He says “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31 NIV)

This sounds like the plea of a desperate man begging and pleading God to help him murder a complete group of people. So what did God do? I’m glad you asked. Well being that God’s specialty is killing, he decides to help Jephthah; Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns.”
(Judges 11: 32-33 NIV) Once again, God proves just how good he is at killing and the all the people in twenty towns were brutally murdered. Wasn’t it nice of God to help murder all those people?

Now Jephthah is returning home a hero, a mighty warrior. He finally reached home and remember folks, he made a deal with God to offer whatever came out of his house first as a burnt offering, so who comes out the door first? His dog? Nope. His pet goat? Nope. None other than his only child, his daughter! His daughter rushes out to greet him playing timbrels and celebrating. Well, the celebration didn’t last very long because now Jephthah has to tell his daughter about the deal he made with God. It reads like this: When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break. (Judges 11: 35 NIV)

So, being the righteous dude that his, Jephthah allowed his daughter to roam the hills for two months and weep. After the two months had passed his daughter returned home and he kept his promise to God. He killed his only child and offered her as a burnt offering. Now, I must ask, If you knew your dad was going to kill you would you return? Me neither! But I guess the daughter has to return for the story to be complete.

A pastor would tell you that this is a story of obedience on the part of Jephthah and will completely overlook the premeditated murder of his daughter. After all, Jephthah made a deal with God so it had to be paid, right? The pastor would also tell you that Jephthah didn’t really murder his daughter but gave her up to the ministry. Really? If he was going to offer her up to the ministry why would he rip his clothes and say he was devastated? The scripture says he offered her up as a BURNT offering. When did a burnt offering become the ministry? Why didn’t God say “never mind Jephthah, I can’t allow you to kill your only child?” Where is God’s compassion and love for Jephthah and his daughter?  I can answer that question, there isn’t any!

So to a non-pastor like me this is a story of a murder God had every opportunity to stop and refused to do so.

Now that you have learned the story of Jephthah and the senseless murder of his daughter, is Jephthah a brilliant mind or is he dumb as a box of rocks for making the deal?

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