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Mormonpiece Theater

July 18th, 2011 by

Video report from the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, NY

So. Yeah. A couple of weekends ago, I went to the Hill Cumorah Pageant. It’s a big ol’ gay lavish theater production of the Book of Mormon. And, no, this one wasn’t written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. But it’s just as funny. (more…)

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Paley's Watchmaker

June 17th, 2011 by

In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there; I might possibly answer, that, for anything I knew to the contrary, it had lain there forever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer. But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think of the answer I had before given, that for anything I knew, the watch might have always been there. (…) There must have existed, at some time, and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers, who formed [the watch] for the purpose which we find it actually to answer; who comprehended its construction, and designed its use. (…) Every indication of contrivance, every manifestation of design, which existed in the watch, exists in the works of nature; with the difference, on the side of nature, of being greater or more, and that in a degree which exceeds all computation.
–William Paley, Natural Theology (1802)

That’s how this teleological argument for the existence of God was most famously articulated. It’s also known as the argument from design. Like Pascal’s Wager, it’s one of those bits of theology that’s often repeated ad nauseum by laypersons, and usually ones who’ve never read the original citation above. And also like Pascal’s Wager, there are so many problems with it that it’s difficult to know where exactly to begin. (more…)

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Jews News!

June 15th, 2011 by

Glennifer Beck is going to have one of his right-wing parties in Jerusalem soon to find out how many ways people can mis-spell angry slogans in Hebrew. So fans of his who happen to be Jewish are now trying out some subtle viral marketing techniques to help raise awareness of just how dumb and fanatical people can get to defend even one of the non-mainstream hipster religions. Anyway, here are some true facts I found from Stormfront dot org. (more…)

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Rick Perry and Bryan Fischer will pray five times facing Mecca on August 6, Insha'Allah

June 14th, 2011 by

You’ve probably heard that Texas Governor/Imam Rick Perry has called for a day of prayer n’ fasting in order to call on his favorite deity, Jehovah 1, to reverse the disastrous course of President pro Tempore Barackhmed Husaini al-Nobamacare IV, Esq. He has also invited all foreign, non-Texan Governors to hang out with him for the day and talk about how awesome the sea Goddess Sedna is and maybe have a barbecue because the odors are pleasing to the Lord. But unfortunately only Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has RSVP’d so far.

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Jesus was a reactionary douchebag

June 13th, 2011 by

Some really obnoxious and mindless cliches have been popping up from commenters in a previous article about how Jesus was really a swell guy who had such nice teachings, and if only his followers hadn’t distorted his message we’d all be living in some hippy’s fever dream conception of a socialist commune with free tofu for all and an open bar by the pool between three and five by now.

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BEASTcast 8: PZ Myers

May 23rd, 2011 by

BEASTcast episode 8: PZ Myers (mp3)

Here is an interview with PZ Myers. He is a professor of biology at the University at Minnesota Morris and has a very popular blog called Pharyngula. He’s an outspoken advocate for science and atheism and a critic of religion and pseudoscience. He is also the owner of a fantastic beard. We talk about deformed Stalinist Nazi squid in outer space, diapers, religion, fig trees and why Jesus hates them, PZ’s upcoming book, condoms, and stuff like that.

Music is by Pigface and is used with permission.

You can subscribe to the BEASTcast by using this link in iTunes or any other podcast subscription software.

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BEASTcast 7: Harold Camping

May 19th, 2011 by

BEASTcast episode 7: Harold Camping (mp3)

Harold Camping is a Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio. He is the man behind the recent nationwide billboards which warn commuters that The Jesus will return to Earth on May 21, 2011. We talk about his prediction, the Bible, how there are actually 12 hours in a day and not 24, and puppies. Will I be convinced and start believing in God and The Jesus? You will have to listen to find out.

There are a few things I’d like to make note of about this interview.

  1. Here is the interview I referred to regarding the International Date Line.
  2. Here is Eternal Earthbound Pets, which we did not discuss but is totally relevant.
  3. The third voice you hear popping in a couple times to clarify things between Camping and me is Tom Evans, Mr Camping’s media contact guy.
  4. The vacuum cleaner you can hear from time to time is on Camping’s end. Apparently they are still vacuuming the floors a week and a half before the rapture.
  5. Towards the end we were disconnected. I don’t know why, but you’ll hear an indication of that when you get to it.
  6. The question about faith and Christianity refers to the story of doubting Thomas. And by that I mean the story from John 20, especially verse 29 – not the Skinny Puppy side project.
  7. I know this was a pretty softball interview, especially by BEAST standards, and I had a lot more critical questions, but they mostly depended on him accepting that he hypothetically could be wrong, and he was not willing to do that.

Music is by Pigface and is used with permission.

You can subscribe to the BEASTcast by using this link in iTunes or any other podcast subscription software.

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5 Religious Organizations You Should Hate

January 21st, 2011 by

It’s a list. You love lists.

A common response to criticisms of religion is that its adherents can sometimes do good things, even if it’s for irrational reasons. That’s fair enough, but at the same time it’s useful to remember that while some good can be mixed in with the bad, sometimes religions create institutions of pure evil. Here are a few of them: (more…)

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GOD HATES BILLS

November 29th, 2010 by

Super slow-mo video reveals God’s hand in Stevie Johnson’s last-second drop during the Bills heartbreaking loss to the Steelers.

Johnson responds:

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And a nervous nation awaits an end to the supernatural feud.

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Black & Godless in Philly, Harlem and D.C.

October 22nd, 2010 by

Or Richard Dawkins, Other Africans Reveal Radical, Atheist Afro-genda at Howard University

BY IAN “WHITE PRIVILEGE” MURPHY


THE NORTH AMERICAN WILDERNESS—Used to be a time when a white man could put a black lawn jockey or Carl Paladino sign out front of his summer home, and feel a sense of pride, because race-hate was moral in God’s book. And black folks appreciated the white man’s sins because the same book taught them that to suffer on the oppressor’s cross was divine. Those were the “good old days,” as candy bars only cost 5¢ and the gays knew their place.

But no more. There’s a black POTUS. Black atheists meet out in the open. Even my girlfriend is black! What has happened to my country? (more…)

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