Saturday, April 28, 2012

Week 27 - "Waiting for Armageddon - Just How Evil Evangelical Christians Really are?"

Waiting for Armageddon - Just How Evil Evangelical Christians Really are?

"An eye opening documentary revealing how evil and messed up evangelical Christians are. filmmakers Kate Davis, David Heilbroner and Franco Sacchi explore the lives of evangelical Christians who believe that Armageddon is imminent and that Israel will be the site of Jesus's second coming. The film follows evangelical nut jobs as they prepare for the apocalypse and examines how their beliefs and craving for destruction have influenced the U.S. government's relationships with Israel and Muslim majority countries."

Week 26 - "Random Headlines 3.0"

Once again, over the past few months I've been making a point to collect any news articles I stumble across online, regarding atrocious acts that religious people have been committing all over the world. I don't know how aware you are of recent events. This will hopefully help shed some light on why many people now see Christians (and other religions) to be more harmful than good.

For consistency's sake, I'm going to arrange the links under specific headlines, whether it's Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, etc. Because I know how much you hate Catholics and how you think most of the nasty side of Christianity comes from them alone. I want you to see how widespread it is and how it is not solely a Catholic issue in this day and age.

I don't take credit for writing or publishing any of these links. I'm simply sharing them for others to read. Click the link to read the article. Credit goes to the authors, editors, and web hosting of all links below.

The oldest link was taken from February 2012, the newest as recently as today in April of 2012.

Catholic Diocese Puts Bigotry Before Service – Ends Funding For Homeless Shelter For Director’s Opinions
Abuse priest Alexander Bede Walsh jailed for 22 years
Priest who allegedly denied Communion to lesbian placed on leave
Catholic Church tortured 200,000 kids with electroshocks, lobotomies in Catholic mental institutions [VIDEO]
Lawsuit accuses Quebec's Catholic Church of coercing adoptions
Dutch Roman Catholic Church Castrated Boys As 'Treatment' For Homosexuality
Minister accused of abusing 12-year-old son
Irish priest convicted of sexual abuse for the fourth time - victims live with nightmare
Bethlehem pastor Santos Rosado sentenced up to 19 years in prison for child molestation
200 priests suspected of abuse living in California, victims' lawyer says
Mother Teresa Letter Defending Pedophile 'Authentic' and 'Disturbing,' Says Former Nun
Pa. Priest Faces Trial On Child Abuse Cover-Up
23 Philly priests still suspended after 1 year
Priest Alexander Bede Walsh jailed for 22 years Read more: Priest Alexander Bede Walsh jailed for 22 years
Controversy grows after Catholic priests starve cats in NY church
Former priest arrested for sexual battery
Pope won't meet with Mexico abuse victims
Philadelphia Priest Trial: Reverend Thomas Smith's Passion Play Allegedly Used Naked Boy
Catholic Bishop compares Obama to Hitler, Stalin
Vatican defends excommunication for raped nine-year-old girl's abortion
Pope Tells Nuns To Forget About Feeding The Poor And Focus On Hating The Gays
Catholic church urges pupils to sign anti-gay marriage petition
Forced castrations reportedly found in Roman Catholic care

American Politics

Evangelical & Baptist Christians




Week 25 - Internet Meme: Philosoraptor

Before I get straight into the point of this post, I'd like to share some background history with you so you aren't confused or wondering what the point is of me sharing this with you. I know you (my mom) are not as internet savvy, and you don't keep up on things that my generation are interested in.

"Memes" is a term coined by the scientist & front running Atheist peaker Richard Dawkins himself back in 1979 to explain "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture."
"A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.
The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek μίμημα Greek pronunciation: mīmēma, "something imitated", from μιμεῖσθαι mimeisthai, "to imitate", from μῖμος mimos "mime") and it was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, fashion and the technology of building arches." - Wikipedia
The context we're using the term "meme" in for this post is how the internet culture has branded the word, as in a meme is "a concept that spreads via the Internet." The specific meme I'm introducing today, and the point of this post, is an old one named Philosoraptor. It is a character who, as the name suggests, is both a philosopher and a raptor. This meme's purpose, as the name may suggest, is a "deep thinking philosopher-raptor, who challenges the reader with his deep, existential, Paleolithic questions." While the meme itself is meant as a light hearted way to make people laugh, it also has quite a lot of serious, real life questions in which to sincerely question the reader with deep, existential, Paleolithic questions. Just because some things are made in fun does not mean it does not also come with educational purposes at times. Philosoraptor touches on many subjects, from every-day life, politics, grammar, to even religion. I'm going to post today some good Philosoraptor pictures for you today of genuine questions you yourself should be asking about the stories you've read in the Bible, some of which are inconsistencies I've noticed myself even as a child.

There are obviously hundreds more of these. I'd waste my life away if I searched for every single one that hits on a topic about religion. There are also other meme's designated to make us ask questions or point out obvious flaws about religion as well, and I plan on posting these sometime soon. Hope you enjoyed.