Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bible Blog

My Christian friend "Carmunelk" has started his own Bible blog here. He's a great writer and I would urge everyone, especially atheists, to check it out.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Sheehan Arrested

Read it here.

Sheehan, carrying a photo of her son in his Army uniform, was among hundreds of protesters who marched around the White House and then down the two-block pedestrian walkway on Pennsylvania Avenue. When they reached the front of the White House, dozens sat down -- knowing they would be arrested -- and began singing and chanting "Stop the war now!"

Police warned them three times that they were breaking the law by failing to move along, then began making arrests. One man climbed over the White House fence and was quickly subdued by Secret Service agents.

Kind of a pointless thing to do, if you ask me. I don't see how getting arrested is going to help anyone. She's got the whole "civil disobedience" things down, anyhow.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Hypocrisy of Sin

Have you ever asked somebody to follow a rule that you don't even try to follow? It's happened to all of us at one point or another.

Christians out there: Most of you probably consider the Ten Commandments a basic guideline of Christianity. But have you actually tried to follow it? Take a look:

The 3rd commandment:

"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."

Have you never said "Jesus Christ!" in you life? Many Christians haven't, I'm sure, but plenty have.

The 4th commandment:

"Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.

Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou."

How many Christians actually make an effort not to work on Sunday? Is this commandment less important than any of the others?

The 5th commandment:

Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Have you ever dishonored your parents?

The 8th commandment:

"Neither shalt thou steal."

Perhaps some people have never stolen something purposefully in their life, but most people have. Stealing a pencil or a stick of gum is still stealing whether somebody notices or not.

How about the 9th?:

"Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour."

Does any Christian never lie? You can’t accidentally lie, can you?

And the 10th?:

"Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's."

Do Christians really have NO desire AT ALL for something they don't have?

It really isn’t difficult to follow the 10 commandments, though it might take a little bit of work. But wouldn’t it be worth it to enter heaven? Of course nobody wants to not lie, steal, covet or work on a Sunday. God doesn’t even want to. How many times has God killed somebody? (Hosea 13 is my favorite example) Does God ever lie? Does God really not work at all on Sunday?

You have to be a hypocrite to expect people to even TRY to follow the 10 commandments. But this is a post for the Atheists as well as the Theists: The next time you tell somebody to obey a rule, ask yourself if you have even TRIED to obey it. It’s not that hard. It just takes guts.

Kingdom of Heathen

I've joined a new atheist blog, Kingdom of Heathen. It's a teen athiest blog started by Aeger and Seth. Everything I post there will also be cross-posted here. At this time, Kele also has agreed to join, and any teen atheist who wishes to join is more than welcome.

In other blogs, my sister started a Shakespeare blog. If anyone wishes to visit and check it out, please do.

Friday, September 23, 2005

ID Going To Court

The latest from CNN dot com:
"Eleven parents of students at a Pennsylvania high school are suing over the school district's decision to include "intelligent design" -- an alternative to evolution that involves a God-like creator -- in the curriculum of ninth-grade biology classes."
Good for them. It's good to know that at least some people know the difference between science and religion these days. Take a look at this:

"But the American public appears to back the school district.

At least 31 states are taking steps to teach alternatives to evolution. A CBS poll last November found 65 percent of Americans favor teaching creationism as well as evolution while 37 percent want creationism taught instead of evolution."

At least 35% are/were against it. For America, that's not bad.


Don't teach religion in the science classrom!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Deja Vu

Hurricane Rita becomes third most intense hurricane. Somehow I don't think that two catagory 5 hurricanes within a couple of weeks is coincidental. Is global warming the reason? We still have over two months of Hurrican season left, I believe.

At least this time we will be prepared, right?

Good luck to everyone out there...

Monday, September 19, 2005

Police Break Up Sheehan Rally

Not positive that this actually happened, but I had to post it anyway:
read about it here, here, and here. (Thanks to UTI for the links 1 & 3)

So... police forcibly remove Sheehan from speaking at Union Square in New York. As far as I can tell, she didn't break any laws, or anything like that. Any ideas why the police would do this? Normally I would point fingers at Bush or New York's republican mayor, but I don't want to jump to any conclusions here.

More later as the story develops.

UPDATE: 9/20:

Okay, it's official. Apparently, they didn't have permits to use a microphone in Union Square.

Is that justification for forcibly breaking up a rally and arresting someone? That's right, the event co-ordinator was arrested for not having the proper permits to use a microphone in public.

Police shouldn't respond with violence to something as simple as no permit for a microphone, especially when the person was speaking out against violence.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Political Circus: Katrina

Yeah, I know this post is about a week late, but I think the whole thing is so apalling, I just have to wrtie a post about it.

I just read a in Newsweek: How Bush Blew It. It was very intresting, and I wanted to say a couple things about it.

"[...] President Bush knew the storm and its consequences had been bad; but he didn't quite realize how bad.

The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett made up a DVD of the newscasts so Bush could see them in their entirety as he flew down to the Gulf Coast the next morning on Air Force One."

The hurricane hit on Monday, right? Why is the president so out of touch with the news?

"President George W. Bush has always trusted his gut. He prides himself in ignoring the distracting chatter, the caterwauling of the media elites, the Washington political buzz machine. He has boasted that he doesn't read the papers."

I've heard Republicans talk about the "liberal" media, but this is just bizzare.

Maybe that explains why this happened:

"Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, a motherly but steely figure known by the nickname Queen Bee, knew that she needed help. But she wasn't quite sure what. At about 8 p.m., she spoke to Bush. "Mr. President," she said, "we need your help. We need everything you've got."

Bush, the governor later recalled, was reassuring. But the conversation was all a little vague. Blanco did not specifically ask for a massive intervention by the active-duty military. "She wouldn't know the 82nd Airborne from the Harlem Boys' Choir," said an official in the governor's office, who did not wish to be identified talking about his boss's conversations with the president. There are a number of steps Bush could have taken, short of a full-scale federal takeover, like ordering the military to take over the pitiful and (by now) largely broken emergency communications system throughout the region. But the president, who was in San Diego preparing to give a speech the next day on the war in Iraq, went to bed."

Allow me to recreate* some of the dialogue that might have happened between the two:

Gov: "Bush! WE need all you can get! Three levees have broken and the city is flooding!"

Prez: "Don' worry Bee, everythin'll be all right."

Gov: "We need help now!"

Prez: "Y'all be fine. [yawns] gosh, its almost 8 o'clock, I gotta go the bed. BIG speech tomorrow. Chao.".

"By the predawn hours, most state and federal officials finally realized that the 17th Street Canal levee had been breached, and that the city was in serious trouble. Bush was told at 5 a.m. Pacific Coast time and immediately decided to cut his vacation short. To his senior advisers, living in the insular presidential bubble, the mere act of lopping off a couple of presidential vacation days counts as a major event."

Puh-leez. If it's such a major event to cut off a couple of vacation days, i think Bush needs to spend more time in the office. Most Americans don't get anywhere NEAR as much vacation time as he does.

"Bush blithely proceeded with the rest of his schedule for the day, accepting a gift guitar at one event and pretending to riff like Tom Cruise in 'Risky Business'."

Vjack posted a picture about that here. I think that pretty much sums it up.

There's much more in the article, if anybody's intrested.

*Dramatization may not have happened.

Friday, September 16, 2005

He'll Be Bahk

The Govenator just announced his plan for re-election. My two cents? He's doomed. Kahlifoania is one of the most liberal states in the USA, and especially with his popularity plummeting, he's not going to make it. As long as the Demos have a decent canidate, I don't think Mr. Schwartzenegger will be bahk.

The only reason he was elected in the first place is becuase of the crazy recall election which screwed up all the votes. I think Davis actually got more votes than Schwartzenegger, but he didn't have enough to stay in office. There were about a hundred people on that ballot, though that might be a slight exaggeration. This time, he'll get pummeled.

Hasta la vista, baby, and good riddance.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

One Nation, Indivisible

For those who don't follow the news, yesterday the 9th Circut Court ruled that the words "under god" in the Pledge unconstitutional.

This can only be a good thing. Finally, prehaps the Supreme Court will hear the case instead of dismissing it becuase Michael Newdow didn't have custody over his daughter. With Renquist dead and O' Conner gone, Liberals actually have a majority in the Supreme Court, unless of course Roberts is confirmed.

Prehaps this is the first step in bring back a strictly secular goverment in America.

Prehaps someday Atheists won't feel excluded from our goverment.

I did notice however that the person over the P.A. this morning at school still said "under god" during the pledge. Does anybody know where the 9th Circut Court has authority over?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

First Post

Hello Everybody. This is my first post, and I just want to welcome you to my blog.

So there it is. Have a good one.