The kid who was kidnapped is getting married but they won’t say anything about her fiance because you KNOW he’s a preacher. Yeah, that’s right, she’s got issues.
Richard Dawkins describes a state of war against biology. He is proud of his atheism as well as his defense of evolution. Although he loves Kenneth Miller because Miller is a devout Christian who defends evolution, Dawkins believes that an understanding of Darwin is antagonistic to any religion.
Evolutionary science is atheistic for Dawkins. He considers the TED audience to be largely atheistic like himself. If he examined this belief, he might be forced to acknowledge that the majority of his audience is likely to have at least some passing belief in God. In fact, a quick search of TED for religion shows that a wide range of religious views have been expressed by speakers who all made the assumption that the TED audience was receptive to their ideas. (http://www.ted.com/search?q=religion)
Darwinian evolution is, to Dawkins, so beautifully simple that it does not allow for any God. Religion is a P.C. subject that you aren’t allowed to question, and Dawkins wants all of us to openly attack religious ideas.
Going further, Dawkins considers religion to be corrosive to science. It provides people with dogma, authoritarian beliefs, and makes people stupid.
Dawkins uses George Bush’s dislike of atheists as non-patriotic as a lateral proof of the war on science. He considers it an academic belief, and considers the intelligentsia to have all come to the same conclusion he has.
The latest U.S. survey said there were 160,000,000 Christians, and 30,000,000 non-religious, which Dawkins assumes are all atheists. Dawkins argues that these people should be politically active. Basically, people who are less religious are more intelligent. Again, Dawkins uses George W. Bush as an example of what people look like when they have religion. Dawkins quotes studies showing behavioral scientists who believe in a personal God 7%, and 20% agnostic, the rest he assumes are atheists.
He suggests a public outing of atheists, comparing it to being a homosexual in the 1960’s. Dawkins asks the audience to start recruiting fellow atheists, convincing others to out themselves. To help the transition, he recommends using Darwin’s “agnostic” rather than the word “atheist.”
“Tooth Fairy agnostic” is another option. Both mocking God and avoiding the “A” word. Or you could use the teapot around Mars, the unicorns, or any other agnostic dodge.
But Dawkins wants fellow atheists to use the term humanist or naturalist. His preference is “non-theist,” mentioning “the God of the physicists” as meaning the currently unknown parts of physics. If he could, he would have everyone grasp the word atheist.
Carl Sagan is quoted as showing that science is much greater and better than any current religion. But evidently this fact has been missed by the majority of U.S. citizens.
Dawkins later quotes “10% of you are likely to be religious” the rest of his audience is at least atheist, and a few must hate God as much as he does. Finally he blames 9/11 as being the time he realized he must stop being “so damned respectful.”
Going back to Dawkin’s love of Kenneth Miller, Dawkins considers Miller a deluded idiot who has simply not grasped the basics of evolutionary theory. Any other interpretation of the facts of Dawkins’ speech seems improbable. Why then is Dawkins so “damned respectful” of someone like Miller? Could it be that he is so caustic and has so few allies in his personal jihad that he is loathe to count Miller out despite the man’s evident delusions?
Here is the best response to the pope’s suing Benetton.
In other news, Jesus Christ is suing the Vatican for damages over unauthorised use of his image, libel and slander, and seeking an injunction against further use of his image or name. Speaking at a recent press conference, Joshua ben Joseph, known to Christians around the world as Jesus Christ, tearfully claimed that the association of his image with the Catholic Church, and Christianity in general caused him “unending pain and mental anguish” and “made [him] want to vomit at the sound of [his] own name”.
“Imagine someone made a likeness of you while you were being tortured, and then sold it to billions of people to use to adorn their houses, cars, and places of worship,” he told reporters, “imagine people spoke to you of eating your flesh and drinking your blood in order to live forever. It would be bad humour if they were joking, but they’re dead serious and it’s terrifying,” adding that his fear of Christians, whom he referred to as “anti-semitic cannibals”, has kept him “basically heaven-bound during the best years of [his] eternal existence” before breaking down and sobbing. Holding on to an unidentified female for support, he recovered to say that claims that he suffered from dissociative identity disorder are “totally unfounded. Why anyone would accept the word of a fifth century Celt as authoritative on matters of mental health is beyond me, and I’m omniscient, for my sake!”
Neither Mr. ben Joseph nor his lawyer would disclose the amount in damages they were seeking from the church except to note that, should their suit be successful, the world could expect to see a “massive scale-back of their stupid gilded hat budget” among Roman Catholic clergy. Further, Church officials and Church laity would be unable to refer to themselves as ‘Christians’ in the future. “We don’t care what they call themselves, as long as the words ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ’ aren’t involved. Frankly, I’d love to see all billion of them come together to agree on a new name, but I don’t think it’s likely,” Jesus’ lawyer said, referring to schisms and sectarian in-fighting.
Vatican officials declined to comment on the case other than to say that they were waiting for definitive proof that the plaintiff was the actual Jesus of Nazareth, whom they claim is their god and messiah. “This fellow, whoever he is, has dark curly hair and brown eyes and has none of the Teutonic features we know Our Lord to have,” a spokesperson for the Church said. However, an anonymous source close to the Pope said that Benedict XVI wept tears of joy when he first saw the plaintiff on the news, though his joy reportedly turned to disappointment when he learned that the man identifying himself as ‘Jesus’ was not “a Mexican with more of that Aztec gold.”
ZZ Myers speaks in his head: What I’m really saying here is that the pope should be kissing Streisand instead of this butterball. Oh, I realize that this ad clearly supports the idea that the pope is a cross-dressing homosexual. But by mentioning a Jew at the same time I shock viewers with a gay pope, I’ve done my part to attack two of the world’s major religions. All that’s missing from this post is a tribute to Cthulhu: octiporn.
Words fail me.
What would Cthulhu Do?
Cthulhu craves worship. My blog Pharyngula features images of Cthulhu and his offspring held up for admiration and worship.
Cthulhu craves devotion. A head priest must be someone who has devoted his life to Cthulhu and his offspring. I am an expert on octopi, and regularly post images of octopi as “eye candy” for my followers.
Cthulhu hates all other gods. We attack religion, and aggressively promote his ideology of aggression and hatred. I claim atheism as a cover, while clearly focusing on octopi.
In order to promote the Cthulhu effectively, I travel internationally, speaking to groups. I focus primarily on tearing down established religions.
Cthulhu craves fresh blood. I gather supporters among the young and impressionable. In my work as an associate professor, I work hard at indoctrinating students against established religions and encouraging them to join 0ur blogosphere, where I inundate them with beautiful pictures of octopi.
Finally, Cthulhu craves money. I have begun advertising on Pharyngula. Give generously. Cthulhu is not a forgiving god.