Half of American fans think God (or demons) affect the outcome of sports

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One of the perpetual ways to make fun of religion, at least in America, is to note that many Americans think that God takes an interest in sports. Athletes like Tim Tebow give thanks to God for their achievements and their teams’ victories, and Americans regularly pray for the success of their teams. (I doubt that this happens much in Europe, but I’m sure it’s common in South America!).

Well, now there are data showing that the belief that God (or demons) somehow affect the outcome of sporting competitions has been quantified by a survey—a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, and summarized int their report, “Half of American fans see supernatural forces at play in sports.”

This graph summarizes the data, with “average Americans” in tan, football fans are in maroon, and other fans are in olive. Now since the survey methodology reports a survey of 1,011…

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Ten Thousand Things I Say to Theists When I’m Bipolar

When I first ideated this concept, it was “twenty things…;” however, I am a rapid cycler.  And for some serendipitous reason, they seem to find me when I am manic or hyper.

Twenty seemed an appallingly insufficient number.

Whilst these stories are true, they are also infused with my rather original demeanour and humour.

One winter’s Sunday morning, I was blowing off church and was outside training.  I realised we needed something at the shop; so, I set forth.  Still garbed in my training gear (complete with weight lifting gloves and Rocky Balboa hat), I set off.  I prudently left my swords at home.

In the queue, I felt a sharp shove from behind, and upon turning around, spied an Asian man passing me (with plenty of room to have passed without making any contact at all).  I looked him in the eyes and said, “EXCUSE ME.”  A few minutes later, he passed me again and performed his dutiful shove.

My response: “your religion may teach you that women are beneath you; but, THIS woman can knock you on your ar5e; so, BACK OFF!”

Several people giggled, smiled and nodded.  He backed off.

Atheist, bipolar martial artist – 1; linguine-for-brains Muslim man – 0!

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Religious Nigerian woman disowns cat for being gay

Every last one of these people is orbiting the outer moons of Saturn…

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This is part 2 of Religious Animal Craziness. You couldn’t make stuff like this up.

It’s bad enough that various species of Christianity and Islam persecute people for being gay, but now religion has injected its poison further—into supposedly homosexual felidsThe Nigerian newspaper Leadership reports (and I give their piece in full, with bolding mine; I haven’t tried to fix all the misspellings and errors):

A middle-aged woman (names withheld) yesterday in Lafia, Nasarawa State, publicly disowned her cat whom she had kept as a pet for seven years for what she termed “an unnatural sexual behavior” which she finds disturbing and “a contradiction of the laws of nature.”

By this, the cat has made a record as the first cat to be so publicly declared gay and disowned by its owner.

The cat, named Bull, was alleged to be in the habit of making sexual advances only…

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Microevolution, my arse!

Creationists often say that they believe that microevolution is a demonstrable,scientific reality whereas macroevolution is a nonsense. By microevolution, they mean that organisms may change to adapt to their environment, but they will never change into an entirely new species. Macroevolution is a nonsense because organisms will never change so much that they will cross that unbreakable wall of separation between species (see? they do believe in unbreakable walls of separation when it suits them!)

Tosh and nonsense, of course. It is like arguing that although I indeed can take one step forward (microstepping, if you like), then because some holy book says that I can’t take more than five steps that means I can’t walk home (microstepping good, macrostepping bad).

But what is even more bizarre is that they aren’t really microevolutionists at all. Look, they believe (say) wolves, hyenas and dogs developed from one representative pair of the dog “kind” that were carried on the Ark.

So, in other words, a mere 4000 years of so-called microevolution is enough to allow all modern day representatives of the dog “kind” to evolve into being from a single ancestral pair. This is not microevolution. Even Richard Dawkins doesn’t believe in evolution on this scale and speed!

In short, the kind of evolution that Creationists believe in is megaevolution, not microevolution.

Why not donate organs?

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I think most states in the U.S. now provide a place on your driver’s license to verify that you’d be willing to donate organs, corneas, etc. in the case of a fatal crash (or other cause of death). I routinely check that box, of course, as should everyone, for what better use for a dead body than to give life or sight to others?

Yet the percentage of people who elect for donation is surprisingly small. According toNBC News:

Only about 45 percent of adults in the U.S. — nearly 109 million people — are organ donors, a figure that donation and transplant experts say seems tragically low when the public’s attention is riveted on the lack of organs for a child such as Sarah.

“We have millions of people that are concerned or outraged about this particular situation, yet 55 percent don’t sign up to donate,” said…

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DIVINE INTERVENTION OR DELUSIONAL BEHAVIOUR IN CLASSICAL GREEK TRAGEDY

The Classical Greeks embraced an evolved value system.  Authors utilised their art to convey the value system (and their own thoughts on it) by creating an inevitable conflict between two characters.  The tragedy lay in the conclusion, which would obviously leave one side devoid of, for example,  Δίκη – or justice.Extensive study has been undertaken by Classics scholars to understand the role of G  reek values (predominantly Δίκη) within Classical tragedy and epic poetry, its interaction with the contemporaneous legal system and allegiances to family and the State.  Where was religion?

Given the amount of research done by scholars and the fact that I have written several papers on this subject alone, this offering is rather truncated.Antigone 2

On responsibility to the State, Family and Justice

“…If I were a mother, and my children rotting to death, or my husband, I would never have taken on this task against the City’s will…”

(871-875) (Sophocles, Antigone, trans. Franklin and Harrison, 2003, p. 67)

This duty was the one that may be perceived to have superseded one’s allegiance to family; or φίλος.  Antigone echoes Creon’s feeling (Sophocles, Antigone, trans. Franklin and Harrison, 2003, p. 15) that the city should come first; owing to the fact that children and husbands are expendable.  Herein lies a conflict.  Creon and Antigone argue that Polyneices was brother to one (Antigone) and traitor of Thebes to the other (Creon).  Citizens’ highest callings were said to be to family and state (Pomeroy, 1976, p. 60); therefore, this presents an unquestionable dilemma for Antigone.

This speech was regarded to be unfit for a heroine on account of the high child mortality of the time and the fact that if the marriage dissolved, any children would transfer to the father (Pomeroy, 1975, pp. 100-101).  Therefore, were children not so replaceable as Antigone suggested?  Pomeroy’s assertion is irrelevant, as Antigone was neither a wife nor a mother.  I am in agreement that masculine woman of Greek tragedy (equivalent of today’s feminist and compensating for the passive role of women in tragedy) would reject the role of wife and mother; and therefore, experience a markedly closer familial bond to a brother.

On the Role of Religion

“…Justice determined his death; I wasn’t alone…”

(527-528) (Sophocles, Electra, trans. Raeburn, 2006, p. 152)

Given the importance of the State and one’s family, it may be asked where the supernatural fit?

When she claims to Electra she was not alone in “demanding justice,” to whom was Clytemnestra referring?  Possibly divine intervention?  However, Gill offers a concept called ATE, or delusional behaviour, or the notion of belief in divine intervention (Gill, 1995, p. 383).  One may interpret this as Clytemnestra asserting the gods also “demand justice.”

Additionally, Clytemnestra leaves Electra to sacrifice to Apollo and admits, during her prayers, to having nightmares.  She further asks that if Apollo should – in his divine wisdom – choose to punish her act, that he punishes her enemies and not her.  Even so many centuries ago, people could not guess at the wishes of their deities.

Gill also argued that by the fifth century, humans in lyric poetry were possessed of the capability to make and be responsible for their own decisions and actions; therefore, acceptance of this argument will nullify the probability of Clytemnestra’s expectation of divine intervention.  One wonders if Sophocles also recognised this level of evolution.  Perhaps a question for further study?  Another question worthy of note is: does Clytemnestra feel vindicated because her act was successful (Gill, 1995, p. 384)?

Thor

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This is a statue of Thor that was found in Iceland. In the Edda, written by Sturluson, he wrote about 3 superior races, the AEsir, the Vanir and the Elves. One would have to think, how did Snorri Sturluson know anything about the AEsir, that is if the AEsir, Vanir and Elves are Asians. AEa is written up in the Argonautica. Was Asia originally named AEa? It is interesting, because Indra was a god of Thunder as well. Pay close attention to the hat on Thor. It is very similar to what the president of Afghanistan wears on his head. There is nothing remotely ‘Viking’ about this statue. Next, the Edda (Eddas) and the Vedas sound the same. Take the V from Vedas and you have Eddas. Just some fat to chew on.