Archive for September, 2010

Penn Jillette – Atheists Are Better Educated In General

Posted in atheists on September 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Here is the quote from Dave Silverman!

“Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That’s how you make atheists.”

UK – The New Labour Leader Ed Miliband Is An Atheist – Thank gOd!

Posted in atheists on September 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – 1 Comment

From the Telegraph.

The Labour leader’s atheism puts him in stark contrast to his predecessors Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, for whom religion was a central part of their lives.

In an interview on Radio 5 Live, Mr Miliband was asked by presenter Nicky Campbell: ”Do you believe in God?”

The Labour leader replied: ”I don’t believe in God personally, but I have great respect for those people who do.

Yeah.   Sounds way better than Blair….

 Mr Blair has confirmed since leaving power that his religious faith was ”hugely important” to his premiership. He said he did not speak publicly about his belief while in office out of fear voters would think him a ”nutter”.Since leaving Downing Street, he has converted to Roman Catholicism, and in his recent memoir, A Journey, he wrote: ”I have always been more interested in religion than politics.”

He is a NUTTER!

Maybe the UK can get away from all of the nasty faith schools.

Ed said he believed most faith schools did a ”fantastic” job in educating children, but added he thought it best for children of different backgrounds to be educated together.

Any readers from the UK?  What do you think?

 

Jesse Ventura – Catholic Church should be prosecuted using RICO laws.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – 1 Comment

It’s a few months old but very true.

Do Atheists Know More About Religion? – Pew Forum Study.

Posted in survey on September 29th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Well, I am a few days late with this one – Kinda busy…..  There is a new study from the Pew Forum.

I, like everyone else, love it when some information is found that confirms my previously held belief.  In this case, I tend to think that atheists (and agnostics) seem to know more about religion then the people that actually follow it.  The old saying goes something like – if you have a question about the bible – ask an atheist.

Here is the information that is in all the blogs…

I little deeper look at the data shows that the atheists tend to know more about world religion and some of the christians (Mormons and White Evangelicals) know more about christianity – darn that is in conflict with my world view…..

Hey look – They have a quiz you can take.  Give it a try and tell us how you do.  What score did you get?  I got 14 out of 15 correct.

When you think about some of these questions – the results are very telling.

More than four-in-ten Catholics in the United States (45%) do not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine used in Communion do not merely symbolize but actually become the body and blood of Christ. About half of Protestants (53%) cannot correctly identify Martin Luther as the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation, which made their religion a separate branch of Christianity. Roughly four-in-ten Jews (43%) do not recognize that Maimonides, one of the most venerated rabbis in history, was Jewish.

Yikes.  Talk about not even knowing what your religion stands for.  Here are the results for different education levels.

Looks like you learn more from education then you do from going to church…

It looks like you learn nothing by going to a church!  This is NOT a surprise.  This next chart is not a surprise either.  Guess what group knows the least about religion.

Yeah – that’s right.  The people that think the bible is the literal word of gOd, know the least about religion.  There are many other graphs and charts - go check them out.

Hitchens On The Eddie Long Sex Scandal

Posted in religion on September 29th, 2010 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Hitchens newest post at Slate.

I have a rule of thumb for such clerics and have never known it to fail: Set your watch and sit back, and pretty soon they will be found sprawling lustily on the floor of the men’s room. It may be a bit early to claim the scalp of Eddie Long for this collection, but I doubt I shall have to withdraw…

The general rule of thumb is that the more a person spews forth hate against something, the more likely it is that they are sneaking around doing it.

Hitch continues….

Here, after all, is what his friend the Rev. Timothy McDonald III, of the First Iconium Baptist Church (no less!), has to say: “This is the issue: how can you be against homosexuality and you are allegedly participating in it? That is the epitome of hypocrisy.” Cynicism and naivete seem to coexist happily in this statement. The Rev. McDonald does not quite seem to believe the rather unimpressive denials issued by his richly draped brother in Christ. And he talks as if fevered denunciation of homosexuality has never before been an early warning of repressed desire.

Eddie Long has now joined a long and “noble” list of pious idiots that hide behind religion as they willingly steal from the ones that love them.

Many other charlatans have benefited from the clerical racket, and the most notorious of them—Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart—have been white. But there is something especially horrible about the way in which the black pulpit gets a sort of free pass, almost as if white society has assured itself that black Americans just love them some preaching. In this fog of ethnic condescension, it is much easier for mountebanks and demagogues to get away with it.

It is going to be fun whatching this guy fall over the next few months.  Anyone want to start a pool for which day he admits it all and asks us to forgive a poor sinner?