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A Basket of Broken Eggs

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In the past, I’ve discussed how Easter has been co-opted and corrupted by Christianity from what had been a pagan festival of fertility. What was once a celebration of life and our sexual nature has become for most Christians a mythology of a composite character drawn from Ishtar, Horus and Eostre. This wild tale of “an all-powerful god from outer space [who] decided to send his unborn son on a suicide mission to planet Earth” has been mocked by Bill Maher. But even worse is the idea of a God-man who died for the expiation of human “sin,” then made a bodily resurrection. If true, that would be a horrifying refuge–a “get out of jail free” card for the most immoral and irresponsible among us. But that’s what they’re claiming. That’s what they would have us celebrate, instead of the “circle of life.” That transition from something primal and real to a pallid and degenerate mythology is well documented, so I don’t need to elaborate further.

But trying to prop up this house of cards at Easter 2010 must be like living in a carnival fun-house. The distortions, lies and fantasies have piled on top of one another so quickly, there isn’t time to even evaluate them any more. The only thing that’s left for a person of faith to do to maintain their world view is to just stumble from the crooked floor to the warped mirror: deny, deny, deny and keep praying. When that fails, accuse the secular of persecution, and all manner of imaginary crimes, all the while appealing to people’s fears of a godless society.

The real arguments over religion have lost any of the relevance they might have once had. Even ‘debates’ have become a joke, with believers increasingly recycling every fallacious argument, no matter how many times or ways they’ve been called on it. It’s now just “defend the faith at all costs.” ”Whatever you’re claiming, it’s wrong,” they repeat in various ways with growing desperation to anyone who remains sympathetic.

But even the religious are being forced to admit the news has become surreal. For an atheist, it’s hard to muster any more than feeble outrage. The scandals keep rolling in, and nothing ever gets done. I mean, at what point do you just throw up your hands? Should that be my response to the Pope protecting child rape and torture and refusing to own up to it? Really, who thought they’d live to see that day? Who thought they’d live to see the day those demanding Papal accountability would be compared by the Vatican to persecutors of Jews.

I guess I’m not quite that cynical. I’m with Christopher Hitchens, who recently called for the arrest of said Pope. I still think people can snap out of their stupor to see religion for what it is. I still think we’d live in a better world if we got rid of our double standards and held people accountable for their delusions. Whether we’re talking about the Tea Party or the defenders of the Vatican in 2010, we’re having a far-right flameout of epic proportions. The only good news is that it can’t last.

The future still points toward greater rationality and coming to grips with age-old human follies. Those who have reaped the short-term benefits of the cover-ups, the lies, the unasked questions, the failure to challenge authority, or just plain incuriosity are in for a rude awakening. It can’t come soon enough.

So to that end, here’s a few samplings from today’s Easter-basket of denial:

Cardinal Tells Pope: Faithful Not Influenced By Gossip

“Also with you are the faithful who do not let themselves be influenced by gossip,” Sodano said in Italian, using the word “chiacchiericcio,” which means chatter or gossip. “May the Lord continue to sustain your mission at the service of the church in the world.”

In his Easter message, the pope did not address the scandal that encompasses high-profile abuse cases in several countries including Ireland, France, the United States, Mexico and his native Germany. More and more people have come forward complaining that as children they were victims of abuse by religious leaders, and that the church did little or nothing to stop it.

So now the heinous crime of sexual abuse by trusted priests has become “gossip.” That’s almost as rich as Bill Donohue’s outrageous claim on Larry King Live that priests were not pedophiles because their victims were post-pubescent. You think I’m kidding:

The head of the influential Catholic League says that the priest who allegedly sexually abused 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin did not engage in pedophilia because ‘the vast majority of the victims [were] post-pubescent.”

Bill Donohue made the argument during a raucous debate on Larry King Live Tuesday night, during which he repeatedly pointed the finger to homosexuality — rather than pedophilia — as the cause of the church’s sex abuse problems.

“You’ve got to get your facts straight,” Donohue said, addressing sex abuse victim Thomas Roberts. “I’m sorry. If I’m the only one that’s going to deal with facts tonight then that’ll be it. The vast majority of the victims are post-pubescent. That’s not pedophilia, buddy. That’s homosexuality.”

A rather surprised panel of commentators — which included pop icon Sinead O’Connor — then began to debate at what age, exactly, does sexual attraction to children cease to be pedophilia.

Donohue argued the age at which children become “post-pubescent” is around 12 or 13.

Coming from the likes of Donohue, this line of reasoning is not even shocking. But wait, there’s more. Secularism is now not only responsible for “hatred of God,” mass murder and man-boy love, but now also loneliness in old age:

Secular Society A Fast Track to Loneliness

“I have emphasised human loneliness this Easter because that is what expert observers of our society are saying is a real problem,” Dr Jensen said.

“It is what we would expect to occur given the secularist philosophy we have embraced.

“This philosophy emphasises the individual and individual rights, it invites us to invent our own lives and it undervalues commitment to other human beings.

“It is a recipe for loneliness and the path to a very lonely old age.”

Bishop Fisher said godlessness in the 20th Century led to Nazism, Stalinism, abortion and mass murder in his Good Friday address while in a similar address Dr Jensen said atheists hate god.

And finally, here’s the worst rotten Easter egg hiding under the fake plastic religious grass, an unrepentant murderer using the Bible to justify his killing:

Scott Roeder Gets Maximum for Tiller Murder–Life, With No Parole for 50 Years

In January, Roeder was found guilty in Tiller’s murder as well as of assault charges stemming from his attack on Tiller. It took a jury just 37 minutes to find him guilty.

During today’s day-long sentencing hearing, Roeder read a lengthy statement in his own defense that included details descriptions of abortion procedures and the fetal reactions to them.

Roeder admitted that he killed Tiller and compared an abortion to premeditated murder. He said that the state of Kansas was to blame for the abortion “holocaust” through its law legalizing abortions.

“The blame of George Tiller’s death lies more with the state of Kansas than with me,” he said. “George Tiller was their hit man.”

The statement cited the Old Testament of the Bible, as well as a book by Paul Hill entitled, “Why Shoot an Abortionist?”

Roeder also criticized the court’s handling of his trial, arguing at one point that prosecutors were allowed to show “pictures of George Tiller lying a pool of blood,” but he was not allowed to introduce pictures of aborted fetuses.

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“If I didn’t do it, those babies would die the next day,” Roeder testified, describing how he shot and killed Tiller in a church vestibule.

Roeder’s testimony, gruesome at times, proved immensely difficult for Tiller’s family, who openly cried in court. He detailed how he walked up to Tiller at the Reform Lutheran Church, put a gun to the doctor’s head and pulled the trigger.

He told the jury of how his religious faith had convinced him that what Tiller was doing was wrong and how he had considered cutting off the doctor’s hands with a sword. When told Tiller’s clinic had closed and asked if he felt regret, Roeder replied simply, “No I don’t.”

Cutting off a doctor’s hands with a sword. Seems Christianity and Islam are not that different, after all. In what crazy alternate universe do the good people of Earth let such systems go unchallenged, and even celebrate them?

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Comments (18 comments)

AmenASHandFree / April 5th, 2010, 7:37 pm / #1

Good read. I was reminded The Cross is a old Egyptian symbol for eternal life & the word Egypt is Greek. The word Christ is Greek, the word Jesus is Greek. "Christians" should actualy be called Mahsians (sp?) & what does this tell us about "Chritianity"? It's all Greek, not even Hebrew, isreali, "Jewish"-because there is no J in the Hebrew language, they're Yudeus not Jews. Oh the pain & blood shed for what the hell….! It's all evil bizare stuff that we should have snaped out of a long time ago. The human brain is up to something because that's what's doing all of this to begin with…..something is seriously wrong with all of us….=(

Craig / April 6th, 2010, 3:05 pm / #2

As usual, worthy and insightful. I forwarded this to a variety of my friends and the best reply I got was only seven words, two sentences:
"Run him for President. He makes sense."
Take it any way you wish but, coming from that particular friend, that is high praise indeed…..

NRubinstein / April 6th, 2010, 11:55 pm / #3

Just a question; I haven't been following news much lately. How can someone claim that an "athiest" hates God? That sounds like a paradox.

peter / April 7th, 2010, 1:11 am / #4

"How can someone claim that an "athiest" hates God? That sounds like a paradox."

Because some religious idiots cannot conceive of the idea that it is possible to live without acknowledging gods hypothetical existence. They can only approach the idea of atheism as "fighting against" god. I guess they mean a - theist stands as "anti theist".
We are not anti, we just don't acknowledge any god at all - a as in absence.

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dmabu / April 10th, 2010, 9:35 pm / #6

DEATH TRAP

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THE REAL QUESTION:

DOES ATHEISM HAVE A FUTURE?

AND THE ANSWER - NO!

Atheists

GET OUT OF MY UNIVERSE…

you little liars do nothing but antagonize…

and you try to eliminate all the dreams and hopes of humanity…

but you LOST…

THE DEATH OF ATH*ISM - SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF GOD
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Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism…

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atheists deny their own life element…

LIGHT OR DEATH, ATHEISTS?

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Cesare / April 30th, 2010, 2:43 pm / #7

"Atheist hates god" i wonder who is spreading hate around.
I must admit, i havent had a look at the site for quite sometime, and all i have to say is that this site is a breath of fresh air.

Bill Carruth / May 1st, 2010, 2:02 am / #8

As a 'Recovering Catholic,' I've had a belly full of organized religion better called organized superstition. Show me a 'professed' good Christian, and I'll show you a hypocrite. Small wonder ALL churches want the little ones to attend 'Bible Studies.' It's the beginning of life-long brainwashing and dependence on spurious doctrine.
Cardinal Wolsey [ca 1516-1528] is said to have uttered to Henry VIII, "Be very careful what you put into that head, because you will never get it out." It's take me the best part of 85 years to unprogram myself from the
man-manufactured guilt, fear and nonsense of Catholicism.

AmenASHandF / May 6th, 2010, 1:36 pm / #9

at the end everyone it all comes from Nature. If it's man made nature made it thru Man/Human……so sad

AmenASHandF / May 6th, 2010, 1:36 pm / #10

at the end everyone it all comes from Nature. If it's man made nature made it thru Man/Human……so sad

AmenASHandF / May 6th, 2010, 1:56 pm / #11

Adding something I was reminded around Easter….the Cross is a ancient symbol for Eternal life. The Egyptian Cross is that symbol, present with a Modonna & Child statue….hhhhmmmmm the word Christian is Greek, the word Egyptian is Greek…Cleaopatra & her whole family was from Greece, Modanna & Child Jewish/Yidddish
not likely….AWE COME ON ! DAMN IT ! Santa Clause with the red & white suit 's from Coca Cola..!…..got my drift?…oh yeah….the word Jesus is Greek…..Joseph, Jesse, John,….Jack…no not Jack that's French =)

AmenASHandF / May 6th, 2010, 2:03 pm / #12

oh yeah eternal life is a whole Easter thing so there goes the connection with Christianity, ressurection from the Dead eternal life etc etc etc….it's beleaved the Yiddish were actualy Greek…the big nose & everything in the tribes..male or Female they all have that look their known for,well most not all….

TehHawt / May 27th, 2010, 7:18 pm / #13

The head of the influential Catholic League says that the priest who allegedly sexually abused 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin did not engage in pedophilia because ‘the vast majority of the victims [were] post-pubescent.”

//facepalm.

AmenASHandF / May 27th, 2010, 8:27 pm / #14

Anything to keep believing…it is very sad serious & dangerous what religion does to one's loyality, didication & comitment. These r very delicate aspects of our being that get influenced as we grow up. We r all deceived in some way but this is rediculously frightening when done - DENIAL - it perpetuates the problem……..Nature…it's cruel……& fighting is it's provocation to solve what shouldn't even be so much trouble to solve……same old problem same old issues & our brain knows what it's doing…..creating stories bad & good, so who's the one with the real ethical problem…. it's the power known as Nature - physics - a Law unto itself deceptively changing when it hasn't…..SEX it's a number & that part of our body corisponds to that # but damn what is possesing men & women to act on "sexual" feelings with children except desperate uncontrolable feeelings/urges or a shame of those feelings a priest cannot do with another adult so they do it with the most sweetest gentlest funerable beings - children. ADULTS are grown children who's brains have illusively changed to create such arrogance confusion & chaos, sorry, ADULTS are the cause of all problems…

janus / June 5th, 2010, 10:52 pm / #15

A letter to the LA Times recently said that the French Revolution was responsible for the "world of violence" we now live in–and they printed it! Gee, I guess that takes the air out of the tires of the Roman Empire, Genghis Khan and the Inquisition. Enlightenment is just BAD for the world! Religion and monarchies would make it all better.

AmenASHandF / June 8th, 2010, 1:45 am / #16

CORRECTION - Adulthood is……

AmenASHandF / June 8th, 2010, 1:50 am / #17

janus
I find your statement enlightening. Enlightenment can't be just BAD….it's like a smell or color that was present during a bad experience. Words used by religous leaders have become this. They don't own them nor do they have a patent on them…….thk goodness!

fxgeorges / January 6th, 2011, 1:41 am / #18

Word problem - algebra?
The problem: A woman with a basket of eggs finds that if she removes
either 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 at a time from the basket, there is always one
egg left over. If she removes 7 eggs at a time from the basket, there
are no eggs left over. If the basket holds up to 500 eggs, how many
eggs does she have?

I've solved the problem using trial and error. I found multiples of 7,
and divided 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 into all the multiples of 7. 301 seemed
to be the answer because it is a multiple of 7, and when divided by
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, there was always a remainder of one. Is there a
simpler and quicker way of solving this problem?

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