Thursday, December 28, 2006

God Hates Shrimp

Leviticus 11:9-12 says:

9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Deuteronomy 14:9-10 says:
9 These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat:
10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.


$93.2 billion given to religious organizations, $38.6 billion to education.

And we wonder why there are so many people who would seriously claim the entire universe is not more than 6,000 years old or throw the "theory" of evolution into the same category as fairy tales.


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Hindui Cruelty Results In 10 Year Old Girl Lose All Fingers

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Hindus traditionally believe in a "caste" system. Essentially, they believe that you are born into a certain live based on how you were in your previous life. So if you are born to wealthy parents, you must have been a good person in your previous life. If you are born to impoverished parents, that must mean you were a bad person in your past life. Same goes for people born with disfigurements and so on.

It's basically a really fucked up excuse to not care about anyone who is less fortunate than yourself. It's also worse than that. Some even use it as a fucked up excuse to not only not help those who are less fortunate, but to actually inflict harm upon people less fortunate in order to further punish them for their supposed bad deeds of their past lives.

An enraged landowner chopped off all five fingers of a 10-year-old girl's hand with a sickle after catching her stealing a few spinach leaves from his property in eastern India, a news report said Monday.

Khushboo, the daughter of lower caste laborers, was foraging for edible herbs near the railroad tracks of her village in Bihar state when she mistakenly entered the fields of upper caste landlord Pankaj Rai, The Hindustan Times reported.

Aside from Christians suppressing medical treatment and murdering doctors, and even aside from Muslims flying planes into buildings and expressing violence against anyone who speaks out against Islam, and even aside from Jews being violently cruel to people born a certain way...

The caste system that some Hindus still practice is just another one of those things that comes to mind when people ask why I actually actively oppose mythologies such as Christianity and Hinduism.


Sunday, December 24, 2006

Original Pledge of Allegiance Didn't Mention God, Added in 1954

Quick fact, most still don't know:

In 1954, Congress after a campaign by the [Catholic organization] Knights of Columbus, added the words, 'under God,' to the Pledge.


The Christmas Hoax: Jesus is NOT the "Reason for the Season" (Updated)

Along with all the griping going on about the so-called "War on Christmas," we've been seeing a lot of wagging fingers reminding us at every opportunity to remember the "Reason for the Season," and inevitably, these folks are referring to Jesus. The truth is, not very many of the traditions associated with Christmas are Christian- or have anything to do with the birth of Jesus.

So how did a raucous Pagan celebration become associated with Christianity? Very intentionally.* At the time the date of Jesus birth was officially assigned as Christ's birthday, Rome was pretty thoroughly Christianized, but the former pagans were more reluctant to give up the holiday than they were their gods. After brushing aside inconvenient facts (such as the bible's own accounts placing the birth of Jesus in the spring), the names were changed- but the holiday remained the same. Elements of popular Pagan nativities were borrowed to create a backstory fit for the new god, from the heralding star to the shepherds visiting the newborn in his cave.

Updated: I've changed the link to a much more well written article.