No, White Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama | john pavlovitz

If virulent cognitive dissonance upsets you, I recommend not reading the comments section of this uncompromisingly truthful analysis. (Cognitive dissonance being by far the most common response to accusations of being a racist, with frank admission trailing  in a distant second place.)  Otherwise, have at it.

But I don’t believe [your embarrassment at Obama] had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offended all our allies in a few short months. And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it.


Source blog post

Zoroastrianism: “The obscure religion that shaped the West”

There’s – almost – nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. I wonder by what cognitive process watertight believers account for the fact, borne out by history, that there is very little originality in their belief system of choice?


 

The obscure religion that shaped the West

Idiocracy’s Advent

Stunning.

When asked during her confirmation hearing of January 17th as to whether she still believes in conversion therapy, Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, side-stepped the allegation inherent in the question by claiming all students “no matter their age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe”.

Continue reading

Gordon Klingenschmitt: American Gays Are Like ISIS, Metaphorically Throw Christians Off Rooftops

This is a good one.

The sheer, barefaced egregiousness of the man’s blatant self-victimisation had my jaw hitting the lino.

I would ordinarily be tempted to call him delusional, or perhaps call what he’s doing confabulation, but I suspect he knows exactly what he is doing, and that is speaking to others’ ignorance, and making an appeal to those who suffer from selectively amnesiac bigotry. Continue reading

Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed

Gearing up for Christmas? Setting out your Nativity? Well guess what?

For any interested in the question of the historicity of Jesus, some useful introductory articles are appearing around now, probably not by chance, in the source below by psychologist Valerie Tarico (also here on WordPress), and here by writer and blogger, Philip Perry of the Internet forum, Big Think.

Before anyone shouts “appeal to authority!”, Tarico makes clear in a postscript that she is not an expert in this area, and is inclined to “defer to the preponderance of relevant experts while keeping in mind that paradigm shifts do occur”. I haven’t been able to determine what Perry’s claim to expertise in this area is, but as he is aggregating existing research rather than making any outright or novel claims, I’m choosing to turn a blind eye, as it were.

The points summarised here – as well as the names of the various experts cited – are simply helpful starting-blocks for further reading into the matter of Jesus of Nazareth, be he mythologised history, or historicised mythology.

Source: Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed