Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's time to move passed the religious fundamentalists and get on with rebuilding our country.

Rachel Maddow had Frank Schaeffer on last night, author of the book "Crazy for God."

What he said was ABSOLUTE GOLD!

Here is the video, Mr. Schaeffer comment starts at around 5:40. If you can't see the video, I

wrote a transcript for you. It's pure gold. If you can't see it

Frank Schaeffer: author of "Crazy For God"

The main-stream culture does not take stock on the fact that within our culture there is a sub-culture, that is a fifth column of insanity, that is bread from birth through home-school, christian school, evangelical college - whatever, to reject facts as a matter of faith.

And so this substitute for authentic historic christianity, and I may add as a little caveat here, I'm a church-going Christian, really brings up the question:

Can Christianity be rescued from Christians?

and that's an open question and when you see a bunch of people going around thinking that our president is the anti-christ, you have to draw one of two conclusions, either these are racists looking for any excuse to level the next accusation, or they're beyond crazy, and I think beyond crazy is a better explanation.

And that evangelical subculture has rotted the brain of the United States of America.

we have a big slice of America waiting for Jesus to come back, they look forward to Armageddon, good news is bad news to them.

When we talk about the Left Behind series of books that I talk about in my book Crazy for God, what we're really talking about is a group of people who are resentful because they know they've been left behind by modernity, by science, education, by art, by literature.

The rest of us our getting on with our lives, these people are standing on a hilltop waiting for the end and this is a dangerous group of people to have as neighbors and they're our national neighbors and this is the source of all these insanities we see leveled at the president.

One way or another they go back to this little evangelical subcultue, uh.. it's a disaster.

Rachel MAddow talks a bit about a poll in New Jersey and other strange beliefs on the far fringes of society. Then she asks the question:

"How do you work to move people away from these beliefs?"

Frank Schaeffer:

You don't work to move them off this position. You move passed them.

Look, a village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot. It's as simple as that, and we have to understand that we have a village idiot in this country, it's called fundamentalist Christianity.

And, until we move passed these people, and let me add as a former life-long Republican, until the Republican leadership has the guts to stand up and say it would be better to not have a Republican party than to have a party that caters to the village idiot, uh, there's not end in sight.

The next thing they'll do is accuse Obama of being the anti-christ and then who knows what comes next? On and on it goes.

There is no end to this stuff, why, because this subculture has as it's fundamentalist faith, that they distrust facts per se.

They believe in a young earth, six thousand years old, with dinasaurs cavorting with humans, they think that whether it's economic news or news from the middle east, it all has to do with the end of time and Christ's return.

This is la-la land, and the Republican part is totally enthralled to this subculture, to the extent that there is no Republican Party.

There is a fundamentalist subculture which has become a cult, it's fed red meat by buffoons like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and other people who are just not terribly bright themselves, and they are talking to evenn stupider people, that's where we're at. That's where all this is coming from, and it's becoming circular, it's becoming a joke, unfortunately a dangerous joke, because once in a while one of these loony-tunes as we see, brings guns to public meetings, who knows what they do next?

It's a serious thing we all have to face, but the Democrats and sane Americans just have to move passed these people, say "go wait on the hilltop for the end, the rest of us are going to get on with rebuilding our country.

Rachel Maddow: Is there anyone on the right who could be constructive here if they wanted to be? To the extent that people could be moved off of these conspiracy theories? I understand your point that not all of them could be, but is there anyone who could be influential to try and stop the impact of these conspiracies?

Frank Schaeffer:

Look, in the year 2000 I worked for John McCain to try to get him elected in the primaries instead of George Bush, but John McCain sold out by nominating [..] Sarah Palin who comes directly from the heart of this movement and carries with her all that baggage, so he sold out.

I don't see anybody on the Republican Side of things these days who has the moral standing to provide real leadership or will risk their position to do so.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Abstinence Only Sex Education Fails in North Carolina

It was the law for that last ten years. North Carolina teachers were prohibited from teaching anything other than Abstinence Only.

Consequently, the pregnancy rate is up 12% and STD rates are "skyrocketing."

Quote by Jere Royall, an abstinence only education advocate: "They need to understand that sexuality is an important part of life but what they also need to understand is what the possible consequences are if they engage in sexual activity outside of marriage."

One might infer that marriage automatically protects you from STD's.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Abortion Law

Any biological product or extension attached to or contained within an individual is the sole property of that individual with all rights reserved to that individual and no other, to maintain or remove said biological product or extension. Parties assisting the individual having agreed in writing protected under Doctor-Patient confidentiality in rendering a biological change in the status of said biological product or extension are not liable.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

Quick thoughts on morality

I was in a discussion with a friend who complained that the Republicans who tout "Family Values" are still behaving contrary to Christianity. He listed some of the traits that define "Christian" as helpfulness and charity, which are contrary to the conservative belief of "absolute self-sufficiency, all others be damned."

He had a point. That contradiction is a glaring indication of deception and contempt for the public in general, and until just now I didn't think about it, instead I was focused on my friend's glowing accolades on Christianity.

I basically told him that "Christian," or any religious affiliation serves only as group identification. Group identification serves only to create boundaries, reinforce xenophobia, discriminate, marginalize, and motivate intra-organizational competition for status and power.


Morality can be defined as having the ability to put ones self in the position of someone else for the purpose of understanding their feelings regarding the consequences of ones own actions, having the capacity to distinguish the difference between a problem, and symptoms of problems, and having the ability to understand that one's actions have long-term consequences.

For example, crime is not a problem. Crime is a symptom. You must take the time to ask "Why?" One of the "W"s that journalists often ignore.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Action Alert - Secular Coalition of America

Before the August recess, a resolution will be voted on by the House of Representatives that will require the Capitol Visitor Center to engrave the words In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance onto the walls of the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Already, references to religion and faith are included in several permanent exhibits, and the words “In God We Trust” are even present in one exhibit. But that’s enough for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who are pushing for a larger, bolder display of the words “In God We Trust” and the post 1954 Pledge of Allegiance to be engraved on the walls of the CVC.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that this additional engraving could cost tens of thousands of dollars. Join me in telling members of Congress that it is inappropriate for taxpayer money to be spent on promoting a false and distorted idea of America that alienates the millions of nontheistic Americans who neither “trust in God” nor pledge "under God.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Saudi Arabia is picture of America's future

The continued coddling and patronizing of religion by Government will have an end result similar to what is being staged in the middle-east.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What you don't know won't hurt you! : Abstinence Only

George didn’t believe in driver’s education, he didn’t want to have anything to do with it.

Never mind how he learned to drive, his biggest fear was that his children would get hurt if they learned too much about it in advance, but he knew his children would one day drive a car when they reached the legal age.

Until then, he decided, his children would be allowed nowhere near his car or even see the keys, and especially not one of those rules-of-the-road books, that would be just irresponsible in the eyes of George’s community.

Mike had a safe full of guns and ammunition. He liked to target practice and hunt, but he absolutely didn’t want his children to know anything about any guns until they were old enough, but how old is old enough?

Sarah has a motorcycle but she absolutely didn’t want any of her kids to even think about riding a motorcycle, ever.

Okay, what is wrong with these people? They all use the notion of “Abstinence-Only,” which means simply “Stay away and ignore it, and maybe it will just go away.” Or “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” Does it make sense? Will their children be safe from exposure to driving a car, shooting a gun, or riding a motorcycle?

The United States Federal Government seems to think so, and so do most of the United States governments.

I received an email from Planned Parenthood of Illinois this morning asking me to send an e-mail to Governor Quinn stating the following: [edited for clarity]

Reject federal funding for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage programs!

In your FY 2010 budget proposal you included a continuation federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage (AOUM) funding. I urge you to reject this federal funding. These programs do a disservice to Illinois youth.

A federally-funded, nonpartisan study of the effectiveness of AOUM programs has found these programs to have no impact on the sexual abstinence of youth. The students' AOUM education had no effect on the age of first intercourse, number of sexual partners, or condom usage. Continuing to fund ineffective AOUM programs is throwing good money after bad.

Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are important problems. Comprehensive sexual health education programs (which include information about abstinence, contraceptives, and sexually transmitted infections in addition to other key elements) are proven to delay sexual activity and prevent disease among young people. While stressing abstinence, comprehensive sex ed provides students with the information they need to stay safe and healthy.

Again, please reject the federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage funding so Illinois can move forward with positive programs that protect our youth.”

The Illinois Governor has an opportunity to accept or reject funding that will go to such programs in the states, but I challenge President Barack Obama and Congress to suspend that program’s funding altogether on the grounds that it is a violation of the separation of church and state.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Public totally duped by non-currency

I just received an email proclaiming "In God We Trust is missing from the new dollar coin! REJECT THE NEW DOLLAR COIN!"

The coin in question is not minted by the United States Mint. It was minted by a company called which is unaffiliated with the U.S. Mint, and is not chartered to produce legal tender, only bits of metal pounded together with some flakes of gold to make collectors items of questionable value.

But, the upside is it does not say "In God We Trust." which should be removed from all currency.

It's funny getting a stupid chain-email with wailing laments about the missing slogan endearing a myth.

For the real dollar coins, go to the U.S. Mint instead.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Christian nation" resolution

American citizens: Please email your member of Congress and ask them to refuse to co-sponsor "House Resolution 397" and oppose all efforts to move this resolution forward.

This "Christian nation" resolution states that YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT:

"recognize the religious foundations of faith on which America was built are critical underpinnings of our Nation's most valuable institutions and form the inseparable foundation for America's representative processes, legal systems, and societal structures."

It tries to form a legal basis for introducing religion to the "Nation's public buildings and educational resources" and tries to solidify keeping "under God" in the pledge.

Your help is needed! Contact your congressional representative now!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A lesson learned from the movie “There Will Be Blood.”

The film portrays a relationship between an oil man, a preacher, and gullible community that caused me to take a second look at the relationship between the local newspaper, churches, and merchants in my home town, Springfield, Illinois.

On Christmas day a couple of years ago, the newspaper printed an unprecedented number of atheist letters to the editor. More than could be counted on one hand. They learned a hard lesson after that.

It’s highly likely that the emotion entrepreneurs sermonized on the unusually high number of atheist letters. The newspaper probably lost a large chunk of circulation and advertisers temporarily because Springfield’s bigoted merchants dominate church donation quotas and use their money as political clout to gain loyalty from charismatic preachers.

Now that they know who their audience is, the Illinois State Journal Register cannot care about objective journalism simply because they need to survive. Yet they continue to call themselves a newspaper. To demonstrate this bias, the following letter was given the portion of the Editorial section reserved for a letters from the newspaper’s own editors.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Freedom of Religion

Those who claim they support freedom of religion, they who support your right to worship however you choose (as long as your worship something), are supporting your right to volunteer yourself and your children into mental slavery.

Don't be a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian or whatever. Just be Yourself.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Gay Marriage

Attempts have been made to scientifically articulate sexual preference and physical sexual traits (Masters and Johnson). It is clear that there are degrees of sexual preference and physical traits. The only remaining scientific debate is measuring the subdivisions of the scale in between.

All the symbols, language and rituals involved in marriage are purely subjective exercises. Meaning is in people, not in things. Religion is nothing but a tool that dictates and reinforces subjective useless meanings on people. Marriage is a meaning with no independent physical attributes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ANP reports LDS went too far on Prop. 8

Mormons may have broken the law politically influencing proposition 8 and probably should lose their tax-exempt status.