Five of Five: Minnesota Archbishop: Opposing Marriage Equality Is Not Anti-Gay

Via ThinkProgress: Archbishop John C. Nienstedt: “The Minnesota Catholic Conference, made up of the seven Catholic bishops from the state, support this amendment not for prejudicial or political reasons, but rather for reasons that are theological, biological and pastoral.” (Original news item.) Lets assume for a second that the Archbishop’s homophobia is not born of ...

Dead Wild Roses: Just in case you missed it – No Rapture for Anyone!

Darkmatter 2525 is quickly becoming one of my favourite youtube video producers. Filed under: Education, Religion Tagged: Reality Check, Religion fail, The Rapture?, Welcome to Atheism

Dead Wild Roses: Hallelujah – Charlatans for Jesus!

Hallelujah!  The faith healers of the world prey on the misery and hopelessness of others.   Watch the fail in action as the power of the christian faith heals the sick, mends the crippled and gets everyone ice cream and unicorns for the car ride home. For a dogma based on uncritical belief and an ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Honour Killings – No place in Secular Canada

The correlation between religion and the capacity to do monstrous deeds is again shown by the following clip which describes a few of the honour killings that have happened in Canada since the turn of century.   Most certainly patriarchal cultural norms play factor, but it religion that puts the icing on the cake, the ...

Enormous Thriving Plants: Anglican Same-Sex Blessings.

Anglican churches in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. will now apparently have the individual autonomy to choose to bless same-sex marriages. A tiny step to be certain, but at least it’s one in the right direction.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Anglican Same-Sex Blessings.

Anglican churches in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. will now apparently have the individual autonomy to choose to bless same-sex marriages. A tiny step to be certain, but at least it’s one in the right direction.

Enormous Thriving Plants: Anglican Same-Sex Blessings.

Anglican churches in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. will now apparently have the individual autonomy to choose to bless same-sex marriages. A tiny step to be certain, but at least it’s one in the right direction.

Dead Wild Roses: The Cleavage between Science and Religion – Richard Dawkins

When the religious compare their dogma of choice to science it is almost always a grand misrepresentation of what science actually is.  One can break it down for them categorically for instance: religion – requires a belief in magic and the supernatural science – requires a dedication to finding the evidence and testable facts about ...

Dead Wild Roses: Atheism – Standing up for your Rights.

    The world wide atheist community has stood up for Damon Fowler.  Providing over 20, 000 dollars toward his post-secondary education.  What heinous crime has Mr.Fowler committed that resulted in threats to his person, public defamation by his teachers and being kicked out of the family house?  Expressing his rights, guaranteed by the Constitution of ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – How Religion Poisions Everything – Hitchens

Religion is one of the factors that constantly works against civilization and the values of the Enlightenment.  Belief in magic and the supernatural, a wish to return to the Dark Ages is remarkable exercise in puerile wish-fulfillment.  Strong argumentation, relentless morality and ridicule are the only answers to the plague of religion.  The purulent immorality ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: When is a scholarship a "forgiveable loan" (or vice versa)?

A very interesting class action lawsuit has been launched here in The Hammer.   It involves students of Redeemer University College and their parents who claim they were ripped off by an enticing “forgiveable loan” scheme to offset the costs of the tuition at the private university.   The “found class” of 500 or so people is ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gender As Afterthought

It’s not so strange to want children to be safe from bullying. It’s also not strange to want children to grow up whoever they want to be. One thing many people take for granted is that a person’s gender matches their sex organs. Obviously for millions of people around the world (homosexuals, transgendered, two spirited), ...

Canadian Soapbox: Time for the post Rapture headcount….

May 21 came and went with no earthquakes or other disasters to speak of, unless you think this blog qualifies.  The Rapture was supposed to happen on Saturday, and near as I can tell we’re all still here.  For those unfamiliar with what the Rapture means, some Christians believe they’ll be beamed up to heaven before the ...

Death By Trolley: The world ended yesterday

Or not. Nothing happened. What a shock. No quakes, no Rapture, no nothing. The closest we came were some day-early Victoria Day fireworks in Canada and some American atheist jokesters laying full clothing outfits out on the street and sending off helium-filled inflatable plastic bodies into the sky. On this site, a non-scientific poll was ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Obama: 1967 borders, please

It’s quite the provocation in the minds of many, but Barack Obama has done an almost complete reversal of what he said when campaigning in 2008. At a meeting of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, then Senator Obama said that he supported the Jerusalem Law that Israel’s Knesset passed in 1980 that states ...

Canadian Soapbox: Market research for a new religion

Having looked into various religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam I’ve decided that the marketplace is in bad need of a new faith, but given our modern age I think some market research is in order first.  After all, new products and services almost always involve the taking of surveys and an examination of things ...

Canadian Soapbox: Is Christianity an evil religion?

It has become something of a common practice for those of the Christian faith to ask whether Islam is an inherently “evil” religion.  I’ve even heard fundamentalists question whether Muslims worship Satan.  Just type “Is Islam an evil religion” into google and you’ll get over 42 million hits.  Given that the golden rule, ‘do unto others ...

Death By Trolley: In Defense of Abortion

In this month’s Canadian federal election, abortion was not an issue. However, whenever election time roles around in North America, the issue of abortion tends to garner at least a little bit more conversation than normal, even if it is not a specific policy issue. Social conservatives will want to elect politicians who may one ...

Progressive Proselytizing: On Faith and Inductive Logic

Perhaps largely due to its strong religious associations, the word ‘faith’ is often significantly abused by both sides of the religious debate. The result has been some consistent misconceptions about the meaning and significance of the word. Firstly, it should be noted that faith is a state of being; namely, the state of being of ...

Death By Trolley: Less than a week until nothing out of the ordinary happens. Poll: How will Rapturites react?

It is no longer news that a small group of devout American Christians are eagerly awaiting this coming Saturday, May 21st, which they believe will see the Rapture of all spiritually and morally upstanding Christians into Heaven, leaving the rest of us behind. As described on their website, WeCanKnow.Com, this group also believes that on ...

Don’t Let Life Get You Down . . . .

Two weeks from tomorrow it’ll all be moot, anyway.Stock up on emergency supplies and offer to take care of your “believing” friends’ pets when they are released from their earthly ties . . . . Recommend this Post at Progressive Bloggers

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Japan tsunami

No politics, entertainment, business or whatever, and for the obvious reasons … Certainly this is a sad day with the news about one of the biggest earthquakes (8.9, off Honshu, although some reports say as much as 9.2) and tsunamis ever recorded causing massive damage to Japan and other countries, even affecting the West Coast ...

DTK: Catholic Child Abusers

No, I’m not not talking about the priests who are forcibly sodomizing little boys. That deserves attention, undoubtedly, but I’m talking about mental abuse. This kind of bullshit. It wasn’t until her seven-year-old son asked her if he’d burn in hell that Marjorie Kirsop became concerned.But this fall, when five-year-old Sarah Kirsop declared she had ...

DTK: Catholic Child Abusers

No, I’m not not talking about the priests who are forcibly sodomizing little boys. That deserves attention, undoubtedly, but I’m talking about mental abuse. This kind of bullshit. It wasn’t until her seven-year-old son asked her if he’d burn in hell that Marjorie Kirsop became concerned.But this fall, when five-year-old Sarah Kirsop declared she had ...

DTK: Catholic Child Abusers

No, I’m not not talking about the priests who are forcibly sodomizing little boys. That deserves attention, undoubtedly, but I’m talking about mental abuse. This kind of bullshit. It wasn’t until her seven-year-old son asked her if he’d burn in hell that Marjorie Kirsop became concerned.But this fall, when five-year-old Sarah Kirsop declared she had ...