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

McCarthyism and the 70-Year Stain, or Atheist-bashing from the Religion of Love

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I was gladdened to stumble across a fellow Wordplogger’s post just recently, entitled “Why Atheists Call Out Christians on Morality“. It’s a heartfelt and I think quite representative account of the sort of vitriol, negative typecasting, and unempathetically demeaning comments that regular and otherwise inoffensive atheists can be subjected to, by the followers of the “religion of love” (who paradoxically tend to be the most vociferous in claiming persecution, but that’s for another blog post). Continue reading

Exit the Predator

The Guardian newspaper published an article last month1, the topic of which was the rising number of people in the UK who identify as being of ‘no religion’. Geographical and demographic data pertaining to religious attitudes and affiliations had been collected by British Social Attitudes surveys over the course of roughly 30 years, and were analysed by Dr. Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. (The report did not consider data from Scotland or Northern Ireland, although comparable statistics on the former were broadly in step with figures from England and Wales.)

The findings were reflective of the familiar trend of rising Continue reading

Get Them While They’re Young: Juvenile Crucifixion Re-enactment

It’s good (…) that we’re representing what happened when Jesus was alive.

~ Joseph Salvage, actor and church-goer

The quotation above comes from Joseph Salvage, the lead participant in a Brighton, UK, crucifixion re-enactment on the occasion of Easter Good Friday celebrations, in a story carried by the local press.

Joseph is all of 12 years old.

I don’t Continue reading