Monday, July 24, 2006

A Word To The Wise...

According to the BBC, The Greek media enjoy considerable freedom, although editors and publishers risk prosecution over material deemed offensive to the president or religious beliefs.(Emphasis added). However, the article is unclear whether this applies to all or any religious beliefs, or only those of the lunatics who call themselves the Orthodox Church, LOL!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Election Of A New Member

Recently Jamie Whyte wrote an article in The Times which said, inter alia:-

"The Enlightenment idea that beliefs should be based on evidence and reason is losing ground. Many Westerners claim the right to believe whatever they like - from Christianity to astrology to homeopathy - whether or not their views are supported by even a shred of evidence.

And despite their intellectual frivolity, they also claim a right to be taken seriously. They expect their prejudice (or "faith", as they prefer to call it) to be protected by limitations on free speech and to be pandered to in tax funded hospitals and schools.

Tony Blair is eager to oblige them. Of course, he is himself a man of superstition. But even among more rational politicians I sense a drift towards the idea that state services should reflect the distribution of stupidity in the population. It is a shame. Nothing could be less in need of government subsidy than stupidity."

Couldn't have said it better myself, Jamie. And on the strength of that article, I hereby elect you to a lifelong membership of 'The Anti-Theist and Misoclere Society'.

It's A Sin...But Only When Others Do It!

According to an article in 'The Sunday Times' today, Richard Chartres, the Anglican Bishop of London, has declared it sinful for people to contribute to climate change by flying on holiday, driving a “gas-guzzling” car or failing to use energy-saving measures in the home.

Chartres, the third most senior bishop in the Church of England, has stated, "Making selfish choices such as flying on holiday or buying a large car are a symptom of sin. Sin is not just a restricted list of moral mistakes. It is living a life turned in on itself where people ignore the consequences of their actions.”

Unsurprisingly the Bishop doesn't think that it is a sin to lie to people about the existence of his make-believe god that he claims to serve, and that it is all right for him to pontificate about how we should live our lives whilst he enjoys all the trappings of wealth and power for himself.

Bet the same hypocritical Bishop doesn't tell his darling Prince Charles - who hopes soon to be the Head of the Church of England - that it is a sin for him to own a fleet of gas-guzzlers, jet about everywhere in private helicopters and planes, and run several large homes that consume vast amounts of energy between them.

If Chartres was really interested in reducing global warming, he and his ilk should stop spouting all their mendacious hot air and get themselves a real job doing something useful for a change.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Are Women Theologically Justified?

It occasioned me much mirth to read that the Church of England Synod are to consider whether the ordination of women priests can be "theologically justified" - apparrently their particular concern is what to do with the significant minority of clergy who have refused to serve under women bishops.

Those who refuse to serve under women clerics are using some obscure interpretation of so-called 'holy scripture' to disguise their misogyny and to hide their petty and ridiculous actions behind.

Isn't it amazing just how selective these complete phoneys can be when it comes to using 'holy scripture' to justify themselves?

What's the matter, dearies - just why are you so frightened of women, and affronted at the idea of one of them serving your malignant and pathetic invention you call god?

All intelligent people capable of rational thought already know that all religious people are phoneys and liars, but anyone still in any doubt only has to look at they way that they behave towards each other and the rest of us to see them for what they really are.

Marx correctly stated that religion is the opium of the people, but clerics are the vile drug pushers who are poisoning them for their own profit and self aggrandisement.

"Be off with their heads," as the Queen of Hearts was want to say.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Confusione de Confusiones

I was polishing my shoes this morning - that fact alone shows how old I am - and my eyes, as is their wont during this activity, fell upon the words in an old copy of The Times newspaper I had spread out to protect the kitchen table from shoe-polish. Sometimes they would read a sentence or two here, other times scan a paragraph or so, but rarely take in a whole article, even though the words all seemed fresher and more engaging than when I had first read them several days ago. And then my eyes fell upon this letter, which had given me some amusement when I first noticed it:-

"The Times June 21, 2006:

Gender, sin and the Anglican Communion

Sir, We are told by some bishops that the election of Katharine Jefferts Schori to lead the US Episcopal Church shows the Holy Spirit in action and is theologically sound (reports, June 20). Others strongly dissent.

Many bishops find biblical support for their belief that homosexuality is an abomination. Others find same-sex love a gift from God. These days most bishops ignore the Bible’s recommendation that neighbours who work on the Sabbath should be put to death (Exodus xxxv, 2).

I wonder if the bishops would care to offer any criteria for correct biblical intepretations, gifts from God and how to spot the Holy Spirit in action. Or are the ways in which they reach their conflicting conclusions as mysterious as God’s?

PETER CAVE
Humanist Philosophers’ Group
London W1 "

Amusing though that letter is, it nevertheless raises some doubt in my mind as to Mr Cave's fitness to be a member of the Humanist Philosophers' Group since he has failed signally to appreciate that whilst it is an empiric fact that this god to whom these clerics refer does not exist, it is also an empiric fact that all clerics are deceivers of themselves and others. In other words, this god is simply a figment of their own psychopathology which they then adopt as a means to cope with their own inadequacy and to control others.

In a word, they are all liars!

However, whilst their antics do provide much amusement for those of us who are capable of thinking for ourselves and have the courage to face up to reality, it is a great pity that these vile clerics be allowed to poison the minds of those incapable of analytical thought or unwilling to accept reality.