Monday, November 28, 2005

Another Republican Bites the Dust

Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty to taking two million dollars in bribes in a criminal conspiracy today.
"After entering his plea in San Diego, California, the eight-term California Republican (surprise!) said he was 'deeply sorry.'" [source: CNN]
This guy actually put on a pretty good stunt:
"'the truth is I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my office,' he told reporters, his voice strained with emotion. 'I know I will forfeit my reputation, my worldly possessions -- most importantly the trust of my friends and family.'"
Maybe he should have is next career be in Hollywood. C'mon, since when has a politician, Republican or Democrat been "sorry" for breaking the law.

And speaking of breaking the law, isn't it funny that in the last couple of years, the great majority of high-ranked politeness accused and convicted of breaking the law have been Republican? Coincidence? I think not...

Saturday, November 26, 2005

We Need Stricter Gun Control

... And this story proves it -
In Alabama, a man with a history of mental illness killed two police officers with a rifle he bought on Christmas Eve.

In suburban New York, a schizophrenic walked into a church during Mass and shot to death a priest and a parishioner.

In Texas, a woman taking anti-psychotic medication used a shotgun to kill herself. [MSNBC]

This appears to have happened because licenced gun dealers DO NOT have to check for mental illness when selling a gun, becuase, apparently, it's illeagal.

Most states have privacy laws barring such information from being shared with law enforcement. Legislation pending in Congress that has bipartisan support seeks to get more of the disqualifying records in the database.
If you're going to allow people to wield guns, you better check to make sure they're not mentally ill before you hand one over to them!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Absence of Miracles

I have never experienced a miracle. I will almost certainly say that any other human being on planet Earth has never experienced one either.

Many religious people of any faith will use miracles as proof of their God or gods. But what really is a miracle anyway? Is it Divine Intervention? Something that seemingly breaks the laws of physics?

If it's the first, what events are just naturally occurring, and which are actual Divine Intervention?

Then again, if it's the latter, how can you tell when a miracle is actually is a miracle, and not just an illusion or a stroke of luck?

There are things people say are miracles but can be easily explained by science. Some of them seem like miracles at first glance, but if you look deeper, it can be explained by science. Then there are those that cannot be explained by science. Does that make it a miracle? Or does it mean that science has just not progressed enough to explain it?

On the other hand, if something can be explained by science and yet is so implausible that I would confidently bet my life on it that it wouldn't happen ever, and it DOES happen, does that constitute as a miracle?

I guess the reason this post is full of questions is because I would like to know what the theists out there that read this post constitute as a miracle. Have you ever actually personally experienced a miracle?

I would guess that you have never actually experienced a miracle. Am I wrong to say this?

Friday, November 18, 2005

Vatican Astronomer Attacks ID

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States. [Source : MSNBC]
Maybe the Vatican isn't so bad after all.

... if you discount the pedophile priests, their anti-feminism, and anti-homosexual views. Along with their "colorful" history.

Well, they're getting there.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Yay for me!

Much thanks to PZ Myers for including my Sunday School piece in the latest Carnival of the Godless (XXVII) and for giving me well over 2000 hits. The next one will be held at The Evangelical Atheist a week from Sunday.

Thank you.

Friday, November 11, 2005

O' Reilly, Robertson Hit Home

The loving conservative Bill O' Reilly said on Fox new's "The O' Reilly Factor" that it was just fine with him if San Francisco was hit by terrorists. [source: MSNBC]
"Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead," ... "And if al-Qaida comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead," O'Reilly continued, referring to the 1933 San Francisco landmark that sits atop Telegraph Hill.
I've never actually watched "The O' Reilly Factor", but I've listened to his radio show on occasion. This doesn't really suprise me. It sounds just like something O' Reilly would say. And oddly enough, I couldn't find anything about it on FOXnews.com.


And in related news, the Christian Evangelist Pat Robertson warned about "God's wrath" on the citizens of Dover, Pennsylvania for kicking out school board members who endorsed "Intelligent Design" [Source: CNN]
"Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting "intelligent design" and warned them Thursday not to be suprised if disaster struck."
Luverly, Pat. If you can't beat 'em, exterminate 'em.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A Grim Day for Science

Intelligent Design wins in Kansas. Big suprise, huh? Smack dab in the middle of Jesusland.
In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.
What?! You can't do that! Pathetic. Look at what this country is coming to.

Ah well. We're still waiting for a decision on the ID trial. Hopefully we'll have better luck on that one.

P.S. GOD or NOT #2 is up at Eternal Revolution.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Sunday School

A recent post at Kingdom of Heathen found me digging up a cheat sheet I compiled a while ago about the Bible's view on women. Christian feminists, this is for you.


BIBLE VERSES ON WOMEN (a short summary):

OLD TESTAMENT:

"Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." – Genesis 3:16

"Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, an do ye to them as is good in your eyes." – Genesis 19:8

"And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire." – Leviticus 21:9

"If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city." – Deuteronomy 22:23-24 (But it's okay in the countryside.)


NEW TESTAMENT:

"...The head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man." – 1 Corinthians 11:3

"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak.... And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home." - 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord." - Ephesians 5:22

"Let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing." – Ephesians 5:24

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands." - Colossians 3:18

"I will ... that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." – 1 Timothy 2:9

"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." – 1 Timothy 2:11-12

"Teach the young women to be ... obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." – Titus 2:4-5

"Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands." – 1 Peter 3:1


Thanks to www.skepticsannotatedbible.com

E-mail this to all your Christian friends and enemies!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Politicians and Ethics?

This just doesn't make any sense:
Bush is requiring his executive office staff to attend refresher courses on ethics and handling classified materials, according to a White House memo. [source]
Since when do politicians care about ethics? When have the two ever gone together? This is probably just another stunt to make it look like Bush is doing something about the CIA leak.
"The President has made clear his expectation that each member of his Executive Office of the President (EOP) staff adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all rules governing ethical conduct for EOP staff," states the memo sent to Bush's staff.
Define "ethical conduct". Maybe I'm just being too much of a skeptic here, but hey, it's what I do best.

Friday, November 04, 2005

"Screw the Animals" Says the Senate

Why did the Senate vote to drill in wildlife refuges? Is an animal's life worth less than American's need to consume oil like an ever-expanding black hole?
Environmentalists said drilling platforms and a spider web of roads and pipelines will threaten the ecology of the refuge's coastal plain which is used by caribou, polar bears, musk oxen and millions of migratory birds that land there during warmer parts of the year. [source]
Save a moose. Use less gas.