Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Christians aren’t being driven out of public life – they’re just losing their unfair advantages

…[nonbelievers can] play the victim game if we fancy it. Just as some men bleat that they are the oppressed because of feminism, [they] confuses a loss of advantage with an act of oppression. This is the shock of those who are losing their divine right to dominate.

Religious people are not being pushed out of public life. Instead, the presumed superiority of morality cherry-picked from ancient books is no longer a given, nor is such morality held in the same high regard it may have been a few decades ago. Evolution has supplied human beings with minds that allow us to think for ourselves and rise above the rigid dogma of a few prophets…

WATCH: Ted Cruz's Dad Calls For Christian Dominionism (Christian Talibanism)

The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Turns out Rafael Cruz is a big time tea party Christian Dominionist preacher. Meaning the central pillar of his theology is man’s dominion over the earth, and over women, and Christian dominion over all areas of society. Basically the equivalent to Wahhabi or Taliban style Islam. It’s ideas like these in both religions which make holy war inevitable.

In July, several prominent Dominionist pastors at a ceremony in Iowa blessed and anointed Ted Cruz, rendering him, in their view, a “king” who would help usher in the kingdom of Christ. There goes that famous Christian humility.

He thinks Obama is a Marxist who wants to “destroy god” and should “go back to Kenya”, which is ironic in his native Cuban accent. (You know, since Obama was actually born hear, and the Sr. Cruz was not.) And he preaches the ahistorical nonsense that our declaration of independence and constitution were a divine revelations from God, making this a Christian (only) nation.

And the nonsense goes on and on…. only thing worse than his ideas is the certainty with which he preaches them. Check out this collection of videos of him in action. If you dare.

namelessgenxer:

Reason #8,561 Why Christianity is the Root of All Evil
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christiantheatheist:

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They’ve really stopped trying to be subtle about it, haven’t they?  They’ve kinda openly declared war against the constitution and those who support it. ~ Steve


It is our solemn duty, as lovers of freedom, to resist this theocratic totalitarianism.

namelessgenxer:

Reason #8,561 Why Christianity is the Root of All Evil

more reasons>


religiousragings:

christiantheatheist:

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They’ve really stopped trying to be subtle about it, haven’t they?  They’ve kinda openly declared war against the constitution and those who support it. ~ Steve

It is our solemn duty, as lovers of freedom, to resist this theocratic totalitarianism.

(Source: christiantheatheist)

Santorum Takes Climate Change Denial To A Biblical Level


Climate change denial has become a litmus test for modern Republicans, but Rick Santorum, in his fondness for melding faith and government, has become one of the precious few to cite the Bible as evidence that the science-accepting crowd has it all wrong — and apparently the first to bring that thinking to the presidential stage.

“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit,” Santorum told a Colorado crowd earlier this month.

He went on to call climate change “an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.”

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Santorum Takes Climate Change Denial To A Biblical Level

Climate change denial has become a litmus test for modern Republicans, but Rick Santorum, in his fondness for melding faith and government, has become one of the precious few to cite the Bible as evidence that the science-accepting crowd has it all wrong — and apparently the first to bring that thinking to the presidential stage.

“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit,” Santorum told a Colorado crowd earlier this month.

He went on to call climate change “an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.”

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Democracy Now: American Fascists Pt. 1

(2007) Chris Hedges appears on Democracy Now! to talk about the phenomenon of Christian dominionism and the right wing’s comfort with/thirst for totalitarian theocracy and how it affects global political issues.

Part 2

The Benefits Of Dominionism

religiousragings:

On Monday evening, Cindy and Mike Jacobs of Generals International hosted a three-hour “Reformation Day” webcast featuring a variety of New Apostolic Reformation leaders like John Benefiel, Samuel Rodriquez, Chuck Pierce and even C. Peter Wagner.

Wagner, participating via Skype, continued his recent policy of trying to downplay all of his past teachings on taking dominion and has now started to promote it as the solution to all of the nation’s problems.

To hear Wagner explain it, once God’s kingdom is established here on Earth and this nation operates according to Biblical principles, it will bring tremendous benefits like justice, peace, equality, prosperity, health, honesty and the end of racism, poverty, corruption, and crime … and who could possibly be opposed to that?

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stfuhypocrisy:

Christians Should Control Government - Michele Bachmann & Dominionism (by TheYoungTurks

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Now hear this: FUCK THE THEOCRATS! The prospect of living in a Christian theocracy is equally as terrifying as living in a Muslim one.

Michele Bachmann vs. Rick Perry: Who's the Bigger Right-Wing Extremist?

Contest: Who really deserves a reputation as too much of a right-wing extremist for the Beltway media to take seriously?

Seven Mountains Dominionism: The Early Downfalls of Perry and Bachmann

namelessgenxer:

Shorter Version:

Republican Presidential Candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are

RAVING LUNATIC CHRISTIAN DOMINIONISTS

The only question is: What policies will Bachmann and Perry put in place to exterminate us non-believers?

manicchill:


One of my first “original” articles for this blog was a relatively short post titled, “Seven Mountains Dominionism: Why Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich Won’t Be President”. The post has a couple notes, but hasn’t been a particularly popular ….until recently. Suddenly, in the last few…

(Source: thedailybeast.com)

The Transformation of Michele Bachmann

Francis Schaeffer instructed his followers and students at L’Abri that the Bible was not just a book but “the total truth.” He was a major contributor to the school of thought now known as Dominionism, which relies on Genesis 1:26, where man is urged to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Sara Diamond, who has written several books about evangelical movements in America, has succinctly defined the philosophy that resulted from Schaeffer’s interpretation: “Christians, and Christians alone, are Biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns.”

In 1981, three years before he died, Schaeffer published “A Christian Manifesto,” a guide for Christian activism, in which he argues for the violent overthrow of the government if Roe v. Wade isn’t reversed. In his movie, Schaeffer warned that America’s descent into tyranny would not look like Hitler’s or Stalin’s; it would probably be guided stealthily, by “a manipulative, authoritarian élite.”

Today, one of the leading proponents of Schaeffer’s version of Dominionism is Nancy Pearcey, a former student of his and a prominent creationist. Her 2004 book, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity,” teaches readers how to implement Schaeffer’s idea that a Biblical world view should suffuse every aspect of one’s life. She tells her readers to be extremely cautious with ideas from non-Christians. There may “be occasions when Christians are mistaken on some point while nonbelievers get it right,” she writes in “Total Truth.” “Nevertheless, the overall systems of thought constructed by nonbelievers will be false—for if the system is not built on Biblical truth, then it will be built on some other ultimate principle. Even individual truths will be seen through the distorting lens of a false world view.”

When, in 2005, the Minneapolis Star Tribune asked Bachmann what books she had read recently, she mentioned two: Ann Coulter’s “Treason,” a jeremiad that accuses liberals of lacking patriotism, and Pearcey’s “Total Truth,” which Bachmann told me was a “wonderful” book.