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Slachtoffer steekpartij vmbo-school Voorburg overleden

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 16:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Op een school in Voorburg, het Corbulo College, is een jongen neergestoken. De 15-jarige leerling werd in de buurt van de school door hulpdiensten behandeld, maar is inmiddels overleden.

So sad… 15 year old kid stabbed to death on a school I know (son of a friend went to school there)… management has changed since I last went there, but I recognize some teachers names.


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Obviously he’s not well versed in taqiyya.

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 13:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Prominent member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Wassim Doureihi, discusses the Prime Minister’s comments about extremist organisations.


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  1. Blimey! What a wonderful provocation. Just what the ratings need!

Malala and Satyrathi win Nobel Peace prize

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize.

Good choice.


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Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 20:56 by Desiato in category: Pastafarian News

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No religion exists in a vacuum. On the contrary, every faith is rooted in the soil in which it is planted. It is a fallacy to believe that people of faith derive their values primarily from their Scriptures. The opposite is true. People of faith insert their values into their Scriptures, reading them through the lens of their own cultural, ethnic, nationalistic and even political perspectives.

After all, scripture is meaningless without interpretation. Scripture requires a person to confront and interpret it in order for it to have any meaning. And the very act of interpreting a scripture necessarily involves bringing to it one’s own perspectives and prejudices.

The abiding nature of scripture rests not so much in its truth claims as it does in its malleability, its ability to be molded and shaped into whatever form a worshiper requires. The same Bible that commands Jews to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) also exhorts them to “kill every man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey,” who worship any other God (1 Sam. 15:3). The same Jesus Christ who told his disciples to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) also told them that he had “not come to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34), and that “he who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36). The same Quran that warns believers “if you kill one person it is as though you have killed all of humanity” (5:32) also commands them to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (9:5).

How a worshiper treats these conflicting commandments depends on the believer.


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  1. a very well written argument

  2. You have to shape the message for the audience. Hey, that politics!

  3. The real issue, then, is how susceptible we all can be to a charismatic smooth-talking con man. And far too many of their ilk are drawn to the clergy, likely because of what that profession promises. Pick a famous member of the clergy of any religion. Would we know their names absent their profession?

  4. @Mudak – Answer — no we would not. I add: The susceptibility stems from both lack of education, especially modern science and an innate fear of the unknown. Unfortunately (or fortunately) this has never happened: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead, Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all” TS Elliot: Prufrock. If it did, well then we would be sure there is an afterlife. And Chas is correct, as the manifestation of any organized religion is politics. Why else to kill in god’s name? Is it not the same as sacrificing an animal to the gods? Ignorance of the followers, manipulation of the ignorant by the politicians (senators,clerics, priests, whatever). I hate to be cynical, but I see no hope until the human population dispenses once and for all with their various mythologies.

  5. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bring the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  6. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bringing the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  7. “He didn’t mean…”

    Yeah. There are *so many* apologetic explanations for that verse it’s almost funny. Here’s another one you see a lot: “The sword is to separate the good from the wicked, an all men are under the wrath of God until they become saved. Yet the gospel is the gospel of peace because once you become saved, you are at peace with God.”

    Of course, it’s all bullshit. In the very next verse he says that, yes, discord and violence is his goal: “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

    Not much selling of cloaks in that one.

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 15:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But it doesn’t work. Far from curing them of the conviction that they are threatened and beleaguered, greater control breeds greater paranoia.


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  1. Perhaps the more thoughtful amongst the ruling classes do feel paranoia. After all, they must anticipate that disruptive change is probably the inevitable outcome if present trends continue.

    Most of the rest seem to feel a fervid sense of entitlement.

Interview with Peter Piot Discoverer of the Ebola Virus

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 13:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Almost four decades ago, Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. In a SPIEGEL interview, he describes how the disease was isolated and explains why the current outbreak is different than any that have come before.


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Drone capture

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 12:56 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

You raise a village do they call you Ackmed the village destroyer?

No!

You start a caliphate in Iraq do they call you Ackmed the nation builder?

No!

You lead many men to victory in the Syrian battles do they call you Ackmed the great?

No!

But you fuck one donkey…


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  1. We all knew these guys needed to bugger off, but not literally.

  2. It’s getting so no self respecting goatherd can show his affection for his livestock without someone snooping. What ever happened to privacy! I blame Obama.

    Seriously though, wasn’t this sort of thing going on long before IS moved in?

  3. I vote for an air-drop of Fleshlights by the Humane Society.

  4. Sue, I second that.. maybe a fleshlight drone strike?

  5. Maybe he just couldn’t hold out any longer for those 72 virgins. I man has needs, Y’know.

  6. @Sue – According to the Fleshlight website, it is molded from “you favorite porn stars”. I searched and I could not find anything molded from “your favorite donkey” or “your favorite sheep”. Perhaps this is a business opportunity? Actually for these pricks, I would like air drop Fleshlights like devices that also do auto castrations once they are “done”.

  7. @Mykolas: Be careful what you ask for…some of the most violent and feared warrior groups in history were eunuchs!

  8. Oh. My technical advisor says there’s a difference between cutting off the pointy bit and the round bits. Sorry.

Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest.

“This is a first for us,” Denise Alex-Bouzounis, public information officer with the Columbus Police Department, told The Huffington Post. “She really didn’t want her face out there for everyone to see.”


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Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News

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Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could “harm public order”.

The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

Yeah, all those atheists joining IS, it’s really a… wait, what?

If Saudi Arabia thought atheists were actually terrorists, they would donate millions to secular political groups.


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  1. Surely, we can give the Saudis credit for one thing they have more of than anyone else … transparency.

  2. @Rob: When the House of Saud falls it won’t be a laughing matter, but I did chortle a bit there :-)

  3. And we got rid of Saddam for this?

  4. Not convinced “when” is the appropriate term, Sue. Think I’d go with “if ever”.

  5. This makes sense. If the population did not believe, they could not be manipulated. And if that happened, no more House of Saud. I hope the decree backfires. And: I think it will fall someday, after the middle east emerges from the new dark ages to which it seems intent on rushing towards.

  6. Referring to enemies as atheists is just a reflex, like certain people using the terms “communist” or “socialist”.

    @Rob: I wouldn’t bet much on their ultimate survival. They may have funded (and certainly their citizens have funded) both Al Q. and IS.

    @Mykolas: We might end up in the dark too…

1 billion people fired!

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 11:45 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Well, that’s if you believe this headline.

EVERYBODY!


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  1. Nothing like destroying your credibility than with a headline like that. How could you believe anything else that is comes after it?

Once you’ve dehumanized drug offenders, it’s easy to steal their identities

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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Consider what the federal government is arguing here. It’s arguing that if you’re arrested for a drug crime, including a crime unserious enough to merit a sentence of probation, the government retains the power to (a) steal your identity, (b) use that identity for drug policing, thus making your name and face known to potentially dangerous criminals, (c) interact with those criminals while posing as you, which could subject you to reprisals from those criminals, (d) expose photos of your family, including children, to those criminals, and (e) do all of this without your consent, and with no regard for your safety or public reputation.


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xkcd: Marriage

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 10:49 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Clio Acceptance Speech

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 20:15 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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  1. Wow! For the first time in his career, Jerry Seinfeld has actually said something that I thought was well-stated and worth listening to.

Banning club drugs hasn’t made users safer: A grieving mom hopes her plan will

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 19:37 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In her quest for answers, Goldsmith came to a startling realization: Molly didn’t kill her daughter. Federal policies that promote drug abolition and discourage education about safe drug use killed her daughter.

“The way we deal with it has got to change because people are dying,” said Goldsmith. “My heart says: if you’re gonna try Molly, you better make sure you know what you’re taking.”


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No, you don’t.

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 15:44 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Fuck off Tim!

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 14:59 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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  1. Shooting fish in a barrel isn’t trolling, Tim.

Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 14:04 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order. All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe’s server in clear text.

I am not joking; Adobe is not only logging what users are doing, they’re also sending those logs to their servers in such a way that anyone running one of the servers in between can listen in and know everything,

But wait, there’s more.

Adobe isn’t just tracking what users are doing in DE4; this app was also scanning my computer, gathering the metadata from all of the ebooks sitting on my hard disk, and uploading that data to Adobe’s servers.

In. Plain. Text.

And just to be clear, this includes not just ebooks I opened in DE4, but also ebooks I store in calibre and every Epub ebook I happen to have sitting on my hard disk.


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  1. Adobe stupid? I’ve said that before (their products drove me from the field in tears).

    I can’t really understand why they’d bother unless it is some kind of feature:
    “Here’s a list of all those ebooks you forgot you had…”

  2. I was at first not at all excited about app sandboxing on OS X, but I’m starting to warm up to the idea.

Hydrogen

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

“Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.”

– Edward Robert Harrison


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1997

Posted on October 5th, 2014 at 20:03 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


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3 Years ago today

Posted on October 5th, 2014 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

Remembering Steve


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Cubic Bezier Curves – Under the Hood

Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 19:08 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. I know that this clip was in english and I appreciate your apparent assumption that I am smart enough to understand and benefit from it. Sometimes, though, I think maybe posting an alternate viewing choice would be helpful – like maybe a video of playful otters – ?

  2. Now THAT one I understood!

  3. i. love. it. finally! this makes so much sense!

  4. I found this to be a wonderfully clear visual and intuitive explanation of Bezier curves. More like this please!

  5. I am more into brazier curves.

  6. That is a beautiful visualization! It makes data make sense!

  7. Yeah, but what’s under the bonnet?

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 13:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Cartoons

Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 10:51 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Dierendag

Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Pope Francis Among Picks for Nobel

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 23:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Japanese group seeking to preserve pacifism in the Asian nation’s constitution and Pope Francis, who has made the fight against poverty a focus of his tenure, are among the top contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He should start a land war somewhere and continue funding a torture camp to really get a lock on winning.


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  1. lol, you don’t have to do that until after you get your peace prize (actually, this is what happens when you give your peace prize to someone who hasn’t done anything yet.)

  2. Obama doesn’t fund Guantanamo, Congress does. And what’s with the land war? I’m only aware of an air war.

Turkish President Erdogan tells conference: ‘I am increasingly against the internet every day’

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 22:29 by John Sinteur in category: Boo hoo poor you

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The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended his government’s efforts to control online speech, telling a press freedom conference: “I am increasingly against the Internet every day.”

Mr Erdoğan’s comments came during an “unprecedented” meeting with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Press Institute (IPI).

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“Media should never have been given the liberty to insult,” Mr Erdoğan was quoted as saying during the 90-minute meeting.

Tough shit, asshole.


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  1. Justice and development, just not _that_ kind of development.

Eric Schmidt on Google privacy: We’re ‘more secure’ than Apple

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 22:18 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google

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The seemingly ongoing battle between Google and Apple has been well-documented, but it’s always at its best when the CEOs start trading blows. In an interview with Charlie Rose last month, Tim Cook took Google to task for its data collection practices. Unsurprisingly, Eric Schmidt wasn’t too pleased with Cook’s representative of his company, so he took the time to respond on a CNN Money segment this week.

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“Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policies,” Schmidt quipped. “It’s unfortunate for him. In the first place, in Google’s case, we have always been the leader in security and encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great.”

First, Tim Cook wasn’t talking about how well they protect data from others – he was talking about how well they protect data from themselves… here’s what he said:

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Cook said Apple makes most of its profits by selling hardware, unlike many of its Silicon Valley neighbors that profit from advertising targeted at their users.

“Our business is not based on having information about you. You’re not our product,” Cook said. “I think everyone has to ask, how do companies make their money? Follow the money. And if they’re making money mainly by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried.”

So, Let me summarize this back-and-forth:

“You’ve been spying on your users!”

“That’s not true! We protect our users from being spied on by other people all the time!”

So, Schmidt, you’re a deceptive little douche.


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What am I running inside my bash?

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 19:07 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Software

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I have a long running bash instance (inside a screen session) that is executing a complex set of commands inside a loop (with each loop doing pipes, redirects, etc). The long command line was written inside the terminal – it’s not inside any script. Now, I know the bash process ID, and I have root access – how can I see the exact command line being executed inside that bash?


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Catholic Church the only body ‘effectively acting to eradicate pedophilia’

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 23:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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A former Vatican spokesman has written, against the backdrop of the house arrest of a former nuncio being investigated for abuse of minors, that the Church is the only international body acting effectively against pedophilia.

But since this deranged piece of shit also thinks house arrest “is a very important penal action,” you can safely ignore anything else he says.


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  1. What? No flagellation for the papal nuncio? Pity.

Reza Aslan educates Bill Maher and CNN hosts on Islam

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 20:27 by Desiato in category: News

Worth watching for a rare nuanced take on Islam’s link with violence, lack of rights for women, etc.


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  1. So is it Christianity– Bad, Islam– Good?

    I would prefer Bill Maher to this Islamic apologist.

    Remember– Let me quote Pat Condell on that:

    “If you criticize religion, then, every so often somebody will say to you – quite disapprovingly – ‘you may not have faith in god, but you could show a bit more respect for those people who do’.

    And, you might find yourself thinking ‘well actually, maybe they’re right. It wouldn’t hurt to show a bit more respect – after all, nobody likes to be told point-blank that their religion is a crock of delusional garbage and a force for evil in the world. That, what they call ‘faith’ is merely fear dressed up as virtue. And that their puerile beliefs are a strait-jacket on the whole of humanity.’

    That’s bound to put anybody’s nose out of joint.

    So yes, maybe I could show a bit more respect.

    The only fly in the ointment is – I don’t actually feel any respect. I have tried, I really have, and I feel just terrible about it, but it just isn’t there.

    I suppose I could lie to myself, and pretend for the sake of people’s feelings – because we all know how delicate and tender they can be these days.

    But, the bold truth is, I don’t actually care about their feelings – at all; not even slightly.

    Of course, I realize that should weigh heavily on my conscience – but luckily my conscience knows when it is being bullied and manipulated – so it doesn’t care either.

    My conscience knows that there is no earthly reason for anybody on this planet to respect religion – in any way. Indeed, purely on the evidence religion itself provides, in such regular abundance, there is every reason to actively disrespect it to the point of outright abuse.

    And quite frankly, the fact that religion gets so little abuse, compared to what it really deserves, I can only attribute to the unbelievable tolerance, restraint and plain good manners of atheists and secularists everywhere.

    So, if you are a religious person, and if you’re thinking of demanding more respect for your beliefs, please try to bear in mind that you and your religion are already getting way more respect than you’ve ever deserved. Your faith is a joke. Your god is a joke. He’s so absurd, he’s an embarrassment even to people who don’t believe in him – and he and you still have it all to prove. So far, no proof has been forthcoming, nor is it likely to be; as we all well know – so respect, I’m afraid, is out of the question. The best you can hope for is amused incredulity – and that would be on a good day.

    People say ‘well, you can only truly understand faith when you have faith’ – which I take to mean when you’ve suspended your critical faculties and hypnotized yourself into believing a load of fascist nonsense about your eternal soul, then, you’ll understand faith – well, I can certainly believe that.

    Faith peddlers like to put themselves beyond question by claiming that their faith ‘transcends reason’ – the very thing that calls it to account – how convenient. Yes, faith transcends reason – the way a criminal transcends the law. The word ‘transcendent’ is very popular with religious hustlers because they never have to explain precisely what they mean by it – other than some vague, superior state of understanding, more profound than ‘mere reason’ – which is crude and simplistic next to the subtleties and profundities of belief without evidence.

    If you hear a senior clergyman, and you will, using the word ‘transcendent’ to explain the nonsense he claims to believe, then you know two things: one, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; and two, he doesn’t want you to know what he’s talking about either.

    Faith doesn’t transcend reason at all; faith sidesteps reason – it runs away from reason because reason threatens its cozy bubble of delusion. So faith disqualifies reason the way a Dutch criminal court disqualifies truth and the witnesses – and for much the same reason.

    If you’re a believer, your faith allows you to adopt a set of beliefs that make absolutely no sense, knowing that you won’t be measured by whether they make sense, but by the level of piety that you exhibit in believing them. In other words, your willingness to deny reality becomes a measure of your virtue.

    No wonder religion is so popular.

    But what a price you pay for this ‘virtue’. You’ve been persuaded that believing in the impossible is your only hope… how did that happen?

    And that your purpose is to worship something beyond your understanding, defined by and only accessible through, self-appointed intermediaries. Your thoughts, your words and your identity, are no longer solely yours to decide; but are subject to the approval of those who have assumed authority over you – through your faith.

    The people who’ve told you that you were born with something wrong with you – c’mon – in a state of ‘sin,’ no less. A condition that can only be cured by complete submission and obedience to them – surprise, surprise – from the moment you’re born ‘til the moment you die.

    And if all this doesn’t exactly flatter your ego – and why should it – Don’t worry, we can give it a special name to make you feel better, and persuade you that you’ve still got some dignity – let’s call it “faith”, and let’s deem it to be the highest and most noble and profound of all virtues; and let’s pretend that it comes from within. When we all know, that nothing about your religion is allowed to come from within – because that would give you strength and freedom – the two things your religion wants as far away from you as possible.

    Faith is the grip that clergy have over you.

    It’s the invisible rope around your neck that pulls you along the road they want you to travel – for their benefit, not yours.

    It’s a dead-end word.

    It’s a word of bondage.

    It’s a word that lets you believe what you’ve been told to believe -without feeling that you’ve been told what to believe, but you have – and you can stop pretending any time you like.

    It’s not a virtue – that’s the last thing it is.

    It’s an abdication from reality.

    It’s a dumb act of self-hypnosis.

    It’s a cowardly copout.

    It’s gullibility with a halo – and hiding behind it is like pretending to be an invalid.

    So, I don’t really understand exactly what it is that I’m supposed to respect.

    It seems to me, I’d need to be some kind of moral contortionist to respect something that noxious – something that depends for its existence on a closed-mind – and it is clearly dragging humanity in the wrong direction; giving us false ideas about ourselves, and about the nature of reality.

    I feel, if I respected that, I’d be needlessly contributing to the stupidity and ignorance of the human race – and that is one thing I don’t want on my conscience; no offense.

    Peace.”

  2. > I would prefer Bill Maher to this Islamic apologist.

    If you think he’s an apologist then I think you didn’t watch the video or didn’t listen very well.

  3. He’s definitely not an apologist. The problem is, he has a stupid audience sitting in the CNN studio like that.

    As a result, he makes a few statements that are problematic as well – for example, near the 5 minute mark, he’s telling that bad people will do bad things regardless of religion, and good people do good things, but he should have been called out with a “but it takes religion to make good people do bad things”. His audience is not sophisticated enough.

    But if I were to choose whom to have a good solid discussion with about this subject, I would pick him over Bill Maher any day. It would have so much more depth…

  4. Nice token anchorpersons being forced to try to furrow those botoxed brows in their best frowny faces? Priceless.

  5. I believe people use religion to justify their personal views. So, let’s just get rid of the “middle man”. It’s just business!


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