Patrick's Rants



8/22/2010

It’s Politics Season

Filed under: Politics,Religion — site admin @ 8:15 am

The supposed “Ground Zero Mosque” is adding to the list of lies perpetuated by the Tea Baggers and right wing wackadoos. “Death Panels” is a notable tick mark on that same list.

Here’s where I weigh in. Do not allow any, any “house of worship” anywhere. They impinge on my right to be atheist. They offend me in their beliefs that there is some mysterious “man in the sky” who controls life or watches us like tropical fish in a bowl.

Or maybe the right wing whackadoos should step back and realize that our first amendment protects the Islamic religion as much as it protects the Mormons who killed innocent cross country travelers in the US, the Catholics, who baptized babies so they would go to heaven when their heads were bashed in moments later with axes by those same Catholics and the Jews, who killed Jesus himself.

The mosque is blocks away from ground zero. And the right wingers, as Sara Palin has said, cling to their guns and their religion. The First and Second Amendments allow them to do that. It also does not allow them to take that away from the Muslims. If they want to build a mosque and cling to their guns I say so be it. The First Amendment does not read, “unless you happen to be muslim, or your church is too close to something I want to call ‘sacred’.”

Right wing whackadoos are allowed to spew their lies and hatred under the First Amendment and back up their words with their Second Amendment rights. Muslims are too.

7/7/2010

Enough Already!

Filed under: General,Religion — site admin @ 7:26 am

Let me repeat something that I have said before – all water is reclaimed water. All water is recycled. There is no more and no less of it. All the water on the earth is water that has always been here. Matter can neither be created nor destroyed; it’s a law of physics. Sure it can be combined with other chemicals and some reactions that make it something different – hydrocarbons for instance contain the basic molecules for water, burning oil based fuels will release some water vapor. Heck, breathing and plant respiration both release water vapor.

Native tribes, and some European transplants (yes, Caucasians, I’m looking at you) don’t want snow making at Arizona Snowbowl. They don’t want snow making because the “reclaimed” water “desecrates” the peaks. Give me a break. The First Amendment protects me from your wacky religious ideas as much as it makes an argument in your favor. Freedom of Religion canceled out by Freedom From Religion. Your religion cannot impinge on my freedoms just as mine cannot impinge on yours.

They don’t want it because there is “not enough research” into the effects of reclaimed water on the environment. Again, all water is reclaimed water. Reclaimed treated water is cleaner than incoming water in the water treatment plants. It is cleaner than water that you naturally find flowing down the streams. It is clean. Drop the bogus claims already. To use a phrase that has been floating around lately, your claims are vapid and hollow.

Bottom line, your side lost. You have lost at every step of the way. Howard Shanker has filed for an injunction in the related article,

“To win a temporary retraining order, Shanker must prove either that he is likely to win this case, or that irreversible changes (logging, for example) will result if construction proceeds before his case is heard.”

The recent 15,000 acre Shultz fire in Flagstaff shows what happens when the forest is allowed to become too thick, too dense. Fires that might have been small and burned naturally end up burning tens of thousands of acres due to injunctions against cleaning and clearing land. Don’t get me wrong, I like trees. I like my hair too, but I’m not about to never cut it because it would be “unnatural” to do so. Shanker and his clients have lost over and over again. It’s time to step aside, you have lost. You have nothing left to prove and you are using the legal process to vex and harass.

1/20/2010

Finally

Filed under: Politics,Religion — site admin @ 8:31 am

Scott Brown defeated Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last night. Now we will get meaningful health care legislation. Fundamentalist Christian politicians are exactly what this country needs. Why could we have not had Sarah Palin and John McCain? Christians know that they must provide health care for the poorest of the poor, Jesus says so right in Matthew 25. In fact he goes so far as to say if you don’t, you are going to hell. Matt 25:41

Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did not to me.

So I am happy that conservative Christians will be able to wield their power. By letting one child go hungry or without health care, you are damning yourself to eternal fire and brimstone. It’s right there in Matthew, “that which you do unto the least of these you do unto me”. No less that God himself is watching what you plan to do to the most underprivileged, the least of these. Can you really look that poor, underprivileged and sick child in the eye and tell him he can’t go to the doctor, especially since you know that the eyes of God stare back at you when you do?

11/23/2009

Reverse Campus Crusade

Filed under: Religion — site admin @ 8:45 am

The disbelief in giant invisible beings is growing on campus.

7/29/2008

September Dawn

Filed under: On video,Religion,Reviews — site admin @ 10:57 pm

September Dawn gets four starsOn September 11, religious zealots set out to murder innocent men, women and children. Of course I’m not writing about September 11, 2001 now. This was September 11, 1857 and the religious zealots were members of the Mormon church, finishing a siege on a wagon train that started days earlier. September Dawn, a portrayal of the Mountain Meadow Massacre is a factual event that shows another unpleasant facet of religion and fanaticism. The Meadow Mountain Massacre is a stain on the Mormon church. This portrayal places the blame at the top, with Brigham Young. Naturally, Young, and the entire LDS church deny that the church had any prior knowledge of the impending death of the wagon train members.

For a more in depth history of the Mormon Church’s murderous spree in Utah, read The Mountain Meadows Massacre

3/11/2008

Oh Right

Filed under: Geek News and Stuff,Religion — site admin @ 8:35 pm

I have a couple of posts that I have forgotten what it was I was going to write. This one is about the weird Scientologists. It’s mostly a collection of links, but man are there some weird stories at the end of this fishing line.
Church Calls Protesters ‘Cyber Terrorists’ (As opposed the the Xenu “real life terrorists”)
‘What Drives Me’: Tom Cruise’s True Mission This is no top gun mission – we’re talking real life.
Hackers Hit Scientology With Online Attack Something I would never condone. Exposure to the light is far worse for Scientology.
Check out the Operation Clambake site for a complete debunking of the bunkful “religion”. Don’t overlook Wikipedia’s Operation Clambake entry or the Slashdot story about the “emeter” being pulled from Ebay.

2/8/2008

What?

Filed under: Religion — site admin @ 10:37 am

Dr Rowan Williams says that the UK should adopt some aspects of Muslim law causing a fair amount of fallout. How can it not? To suggest that the same rules that jailed a woman over a teddy bear with some people calling for her death should be adopted as a parallel set of courts and that the belief in invisible beings should rule rational people is irrational. Remember, this law demands that unbelievers be killed. If you want to know where to draw the line, it’s before you allow this to creep in. I mean, you might even get arrested for being in Starbucks with men.

Sharia, according to the BBC.

12/3/2007

This is Why Religion Must Die

Filed under: Religion — site admin @ 9:21 am

There is no excuse for the idiotic behavior over the naming of a teddy bear in Sudan. Mohammed bear. This teacher was sentenced to 15 days in jail and (some) protesters were demanded that she be put to death over the name Mohammed. This is not rational thought, it is extreme xenophobia. Perhaps all the children named Mohammed or their parents should be put to death as well? What about all those hispanic kids named Jesús? Or maybe a good old fashioned book burning: King James, the Torah, the Koran. Reasonable and rational people do not get their panties in a wad over the name of a bear, but when it comes to religion, there is no such thing as reasonable or rational.

9/19/2007

NPR : Nebraska Senator Sues God

Filed under: Politics,Religion — site admin @ 11:35 am

NPR : Nebraska Senator Sues God

8/7/2007

I Know, Leave It Alone

Filed under: General,Religion — site admin @ 2:28 pm

I can’t help it. It’s like a puss filled wound. You know what’s underneath the slightly spongy scab, but there is a morbid fascination with peeling it back, squeezing just a little to see whether it really is as disgusting as you think it is: greenish-yellow fluid with the consistency of really runny oatmeal. That’s how it is for me and Arul Casmael and his cult. I can’t help it really.

As you will recall, he stated on MySpace,

“I used to work a corporate job, but then I got laid off and realised there are more important things in life than pleasing the monster of the system.”

At the time I merely noted that the story isn’t that “simple”, but as I think about it I have to wonder if he really doesn’t want to please the corporate monster.

I mean, he kept his car, his crappy mobile home and all his other corporate products. If you want to stop supporting the corporate monster you have to give up your car, your house, your clothes, move into the woods and go naked. If you keep your house and your car and your clothes and shop in stores you will continue to use gasoline from the corporate monster, electricity from the corporate monster, water from the corporate monster, etc. To truly get away from anything corporate, you must shun everything, buy a couple of goats that your neighbors pay you to bring around for weed removal, ride a horse and live in a tent made from buffalo skins and hemp twine. Hopefully you didn’t shoot the buffalo with a (corporate) manufactured gun. You must get all your energy from plants, you can’t buy a wind generator or solar panels – they are all made by corporations. So good luck with all that….

PS – I just found out that he moved to Phoenix (or at least claims to have posting on a corporately owned server using a computer manufactured by a corporation). It must be so he can get away from all the corporations.

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