Rare Giant Gemstone Sort of Wasted. Thanks, Religion.

BC-Jade-Budda

I'm okay with Buddhists, generally. But guys, really? A statue of Buddha (there are a few around, in case you don't know) was the best the human race could come up with for the largest single piece of jade ever discovered? ... a mammoth boulder of nephrite jade sourced in Northwest British Columbia, Canada. Dubbed the Polar Pride boulder when it was discovered in 2000, gem experts called the 18-ton specimen “the find of the millennium.” I'll admit I'm coming up short in figuring out what sho … [Read more...]

No, I don’t believe in God. I thought YOU did. Well, heck. Now what?

crazy

We're born to sanity. We instinctively feel that things should be reasonable. That it should all MAKE SENSE.Most of us, as we grow to adulthood, at least TRY to be sane and sensible. But we all know we share the world with some crazy-ass others.In my view, the biggest reason for rampant craziness in the world is religion. Religion is not only mistaken about basic facts of reality, it sets up a social field of acceptance to casual lies, deliberate falsehoods, even malicious acts, by both … [Read more...]

Time to RICO the Catholic Church?

Touched by Jesus

Here's a Reuters article: Documents show Milwaukee archdiocese shielded pedophile priestsSomeone correct me if I'm wrong here, but if someone commits a crime, and you act to help them hide that crime, doesn't that make you an accomplice? Part of a conspiracy to evade justice? The 6,000 pages of documents related to eight decades of abuse cases showed in great detail the Milwaukee archdiocese regularly reassigned priests who were accused of sexual molestation to new parishes ... Because … [Read more...]

Pain and Healing: Rotten Charities and Wonderful Puppetry

kong

Couple of things caught my attention this morning.One is a list of America's Worst Charities -- thanks to the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting.Imagine a "charity" that takes in tens of millions and gives out nothing -- zero -- in direct cash aid to the cause it supposedly champions. It's on the list: Project Cure of Bradenton, Florida. Since 1998, Florida-based Project Cure has raised $65 million to lobby Congress and educate the public about alternative … [Read more...]

Neuroscientist: Fundamentalism As Mental Illness

A HuffPo article from yesterday (Friday, May 31) says:Kathleen Taylor, Neuroscientist, Says Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness An Oxford University researcher and author specializing in neuroscience has suggested that one day religious fundamentalism may be treated as a curable mental illness.Kathleen Taylor, who describes herself as a "science writer affiliated to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics," made the suggestion during a presentation … [Read more...]

One Hundred and Five Thousand, Nine Hundred Eighty Nine. Dollars.

Wolf-Blitzer-Atheist

You know the story: Helping A Tornado Survivor, Atheist Style — Oklahoma tornado survivor Rebecca Vitsmun admits she's an atheist during a TV interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, and atheists worldwide pitch in to help her and her family rebuild.The donation effort at Indiegogo is still roaring along.The total as I write this is, yes, $105,989. … [Read more...]


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