Posts tagged christianity
Posts tagged christianity
The Christian right has long understood that in order to get the power they desire, they need to portray themselves as a group that is working for a majority.
The religious deviant understands that positioning themselves as spokespeople for a majority is an excellent way to push forward their agenda, even when that agenda is absolutely against what the majority actually wants. More than any other group in America, the Christian right knows that you can shove through a massively unpopular policy by appealing to people’s sense of identity and solidarity. Indeed, you can often get people to support you who would be utterly repulsed by your actual agenda.
How do they do it? They understand better than anyone how, in politics, identity trumps grittier concerns like actual policies. Labels like “conservative” or “Christian” create intra-group loyalty that allows the radicals within a group to push their agenda knowing that while the majority in their group may disagree with them, they won’t fight too hard because they don’t want to be accused of not being Christian or conservative enough.
Understanding how identity often matters more than belief is key to understanding how the religious right manages to gather so much power while pushing an agenda completely out of lockstep not just with the mainstream of America, but the mainstream of conservatism.
A good example of how this works is with the recent attempts by the anti-choice movement to undermine women’s access to contraception. Will Saletan, recently writing for Slate, denied that the anti-choice movement is any real threat to access to contraception, because the majority of self-identified pro-lifers, who are almost entirely self-identified Christians, actually support contraception. He triumphantly declared that one cannot believe the “pro-life” movement is really about misogyny.
Religion: the Death of America
There are “facts” in the ACE PACEs that are absolutely untrue. Now, you might be kind and say, “Perhaps they are mistakes.” But these errors have remained in the PACEs through successive reprints, and they are things which were known to be untrue long before the PACEs went into print in the first place. Therefore, we can say that the writers didn’t care about factual accuracy. If you’re running an education system, that’s gross negligence and I feel no compunction about calling these things lies.
I called ACE on May 3rd, 2012, and was told that all of these PACEs are still in print and the content has not changed. These lies are still being taught in over fifty British schools today.
This would be at number 1, but since it’s already been substantially covered in the Times Educational Supplement and the Guardian (at my instigation, please note), I don’t want you to feel you’re getting second-hand information. If you haven’t read the stories and can’t be bothered, Science PACE 1099 contains this priceless wisdom:
Some scientists speculate that Noah took small or baby dinosaurs on the Ark…. are dinosaurs still alive today? With some recent photographs and testimonies of those who claimed to have seen one, scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence…
Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie,’ for short, has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.
The sun, as everybody knows, works by nuclear fusion. Unfortunately, Creationists have a pet theory, outlined on pages 7-9 of Science 1096 (a PACE devoted entirely to refuting evolution, packed with misinformation and distortions of the truth). In short, Creationists want to prove that the sun is shrinking. If the sun is shrinking at a constant rate, then billions of years ago it would have swallowed up the earth. This, they say, proves that the universe must be young.
Unfortunately for them, the sun is not shrinking. That’s because, contrary to their assumptions, the sun is not a massive gas boiler gradually shrinking as it burns fuel. It’s a fusion reactor. This doesn’t fit their model, so they outright deny the truth:
The nuclear fusion theory of how the sun emits heat and light is an invention of evolution scientists… All other theories require the sun to use up all its energy sooner than the evolutionists’ invented timetable would allow.
From the same page as the Loch Ness Monster claim (man, they were just letting the crazy fly that day) comes this:
A Japanese fishing vessel brought up the decomposing body of a dinosaurlike [sic] sea creature off the coast of New Zealand. Caught at a depth of 900 feet, the creature weight 4,000 pounds, measured 32 feet in length, and was seen and photgraphed by the crew members. The animal could not be matched with any living species but certainly resembles a supposedly extinct species of dinosaur.
That quote was placed alongside this photo. Actually, not this photo;an artist’s impression of this photo.
Looks very dinosaur-y, no? Well, yes, but it wasn’t a dinosaur. It was a decaying basking shark; that’s just what they look like when they rot a bit. There was a lot of fuss about this when it happened, in 1977, before scientists got on the case and established what was going on through tissue samples. You can read all about it here.
Here’s the thing: As I said, this happened in 1977. Scientific evidence that it was a shark had been presented in 1978. So when did ACE write a PACE strongly implying this was a dinosaur (and saying it couldn’t be matched with any living species)? Nineteen Eighty-Nine. 1989. And they kept it in subsequent revisions. Utter mendacity.
And anyway, even if dinosaurs were found alive today, that wouldn’t disprove evolution. As a University of Sussex lecturer wrote to the TES, it would just mean we have to rewrite some timelines.
Not “there are flaws/ gaps in the theory of evolution,” or “evolution is just one theory” – those normal Creationist arguments are bad enough. No, ACE PACEs say on multiple occasions that evolution is impossible.
And, best of all:
That’s, um, not quite true though, is it?
There is a claim that fossilised human footprints have been found alongside dinosaur tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River, Texas. Well, I’ll just let ACE pick up the story.
“Biblical and scientific evidence seems to indicate that men and dinosaurs lived at the same time…. Fossilized tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas, also give evidence that men and dinosaurs existed simultaneously. Fossilized human footprints and three-toed dinosaur tracks occur in the same rock stratum…. That dinosaurs existed with humans is an important discovery disproving the evolutionists’ theory that dinosaurs lived 70 million years before man. God created dinosaurs on the sixth day. He created man later the same day.”
ACE, Science 1099, p. 29.
Unfortunately, the human tracks aren’t real. They may have been a hoax. Even the notable loons at Answers in Genesis have admitted they can’t be used as evidence for Creationism. Talk Origins deals with it too.
But that’s OK. ACE wouldn’t lie, would they? It was probably discovered that they were a hoax after the PACEs went into print, right?
Nope. By 1986, even the Institute for Creation Research had given up on the Paluxy prints. And as I’ve already told you, this PACE went into print in 1989. And it’s also mentioned in Science 1096, first copyright 1986.
The Paluxy Tracks are the Creationist equivalent of the Piltdown Man, except that evolution has other solid evidence and Creationism… doesn’t.
So there it is. Accelerated Christian Education: written by people who don’t care about the truth.
Christians are persecuted just like the fleas on the rats carrying the bubonic plague.
So before all you christians start saying “but we need to put the christ back into christmas… Let me remind you of other gods born on December25th
Devotion to an Imaginary Fucker in the Sky Is Not a Spiritual Experience. Christians Talk about Spirituality Constantly because of its Dearth in Their Lives.
Theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss has equated teaching children creationism with child abuse:Krauss also mentions the Taliban, whose ideology and unbending fundamentalism is remarkably similar to the Tea Party’s own beliefs. But so is their belief in armed insurrection and assassination (basically murdering everyone who disagrees with them, or has a different skin colour).
Creationism (and it’s dressed-up-in-drag younger brother, “intelligent” design) is the black mold of education. It’s an insidious infection of the mind, an intellectual parasite. And like real-life black mold, it creates a toxic environment – for learning and critical thinking.
Homophobes seem to depend on Christianity as a justification for their hangups and hatred. I guess that’s what the magic boo boo book is all about, justification of anything, interpret whatever you please and shazam…it’s the god fuckers will and you’re just a part of it instead of an instigator.
Scott Lively, the outspoken head of Abiding Truth Ministries which is listed as an active anti-gay hate group, has taken credit for President Putin’s ban on homosexual propaganda this summer, NBC reported.
Lively praised President Putin as the “defender of Christian civilization” for signing the ban on information that treats homosexuality as valid, tracing the move to his own tour of Russia in 2006-2007.
In his latest interview, Lively has suggested that Russian officials should stop gay activists planning to rainbow-bomb the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi so “the global homosexual moment” would be reminded that “the rainbow belongs to God!”
Currently being sued in the U.S federal court for crimes against humanity for his involvement in conspiring with religious and government leaders in Uganda to persecute LGBT people in 2011, Lively proudly takes credit for the rise in homophobic hate in the country that led to the infamous “Kill the Gay” bills and for Putin’s recent war on gays in Russia, New Civil Rights Movement reported.
According to Advocate, The Centre for Constitutional Rights said that Lively had a strong history of travelling to international locals to promote anti-gay propaganda. In 2007, Lively toured 50 cities in Russia proposing strict homophobic laws that recently Vladmir Putin enacted. LGBT activists are therefore eager to see the anti-gay pastor be made to testify about inciting anti-gay persecution in Uganda in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit under oath.
Yet, despite the pending legal proceedings, the virulent extremist and author of “The Pink Swastika”, a book which traces the Nazi Party to a gay bar, is still as cocky as ever, refusing to pipe down.
In his latest nonsensical ramblings this week in an interview with TruNews, Lively who has dedicated his life to combating the “homosexual agenda” implied that President Obama was the antichrist and using homosexuality to bring about the end of times.
Lively argued that Vladimir Putin is the world’s last hope, calling for other leaders to follow in his footsteps:
“… He’s the only world leader capable of standing up to the West and he is championing the traditional marriage and Christian values regarding the central moral issue of our time that no one else has the capability to do what he’s doing.” he said.
Scot Lively is a shit eating coward.
Abu Islam talking shit to shitheads called Muslims.
Looks like the birth of the Republican Party.
Rush Limbaugh and Abu Islam, aka ‘nasty boy mullah’ both stand up misogynists that rock and roll the status duh quo! Sweah tu god, mofo, my muslim brobro…
…my new desktop bckgrnd…
…notice the magic flying underwear…
A retired Vermont teacher offered a spot in his family’s Connecticut cemetery plot to the family of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died last month following a shootout with police.
In a blog post Monday, Paul Keane wrote that he would offer a spot in his family plot in the Mount Carmel Burying Ground in Hamden, Conn., to the family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed following a shootout with police four days after the April 15 bombing, if the family cannot find one elsewhere.
Tsarnaev’s family has received 120 offers of cemetery plots, but Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan has said none of graves have worked out because officials in those cities and towns don’t want the body.
God hates this and god hates that and allah hates this and allah hates that and oh go fuck yourself.
The Future of the Morning-After Pill Is The New Reality of American Catholics
The new Pope is hard at work doing the humble thing and trying to stop sex abuse, but that might not be enough to resolve the gap between the views of the Obama administration — and, increasingly, American Catholics — on contraception and the Church’s vehement stance against it.
Following a judge’s ruling that could make birth control available over the counter with no age restrictions within the month, the Obama administration announced Friday night that it will fight a subpoena from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which is requesting documents about the Obamacare mandate for its lawsuit against the government. The Archdiocese, along with several other organizations, contend that the mandate violates freedom of religion because it requires that employee health insurance includes contraceptives. The White House, which is represented by the Justice Department, says the Archdiocese’s records request is “too burdensome to fulfill” as well as “inappropriate.” So, basically, it’s way too much work and you shouldn’t have asked in the first place.
The Obama administration tried to compromise with anti-contraception groups in February by allowing certain religious organizations to opt out of providing for contraception in their insurance plans. The employees would be given separate coverage through a third party at no additional cost to the organization. But this still wasn’t good enough for the Archdiocese, which claims it will face $200 million in penalties every year if it refuses to comply with the mandate.
The Archdiocese’s parishioners may not feel quite so strongly. Last month, a New York Times/CBS News poll showed that the vast majority of American Catholics supported at least some form of contraception — nine out of 10, for example, were hoping the new pope would allow the use of condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Seven out of 10 were in favor of artificial methods of birth control.
The poll also showed that half of those polled thought religious organizations should be allowed to opt out of paying for contraceptives through employee insurance. Last year, though, that number was two-thirds. That’s a pretty dramatic decrease in a short amount of time.
Perhaps most telling, eight out of 10 Catholics polled said that when it came to “difficult moral questions,” they were more likely to trust their guts than the pope’s teachings. Which means if they want to use artificial methods of contraception, they will. Even if the Pope tells them not to and the Archdiocese refuses to follow the current health care mandate.
Pope Whathisfuck Is Resigning
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28.
From Rome, the pope is citing the lack of children to rape as his reason for stepping down.