Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Having been involved in many discussions with religionists on the topic of morality, I often hear claims that have no basis in reality. It is particularly annoying when they arrogantly proclaim they hold a monopoly on morality, for example. This is due to their belief that God is the source or the ground of all moral values. Without God, they say, there could be no moral values and no moral behavior. As with their belief in the existence of God, the idea that morality is dependent on God is not consistent with reality.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
I have found myself the subject of yet another post at Christian Cadre. This time, by none other than JP Holding. JP is somewhat famous for making gratuitously insulting responses to well-known atheists, such as Ed Babinski, Robert Price, and Bart Ehrman. Should I feel honored by this? Hardly. JP doesn't know the difference between a scholarly argument and a third-grader's crude retort. To him. they're all just "fundy atheists", they're all stupid, and they can all be answered with facile responses. Check out his channel at YouTube. There, you will find many cartoon videos that go something like this:
Stupid atheist says some thing stupid.
Smart Christian says something clever to prove him wrong.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Never admit you're wrong. This is the modus operandi of arrogant and dishonest people for whom winning is everything, and the ends are justification for any means. When Donald Trump is caught in a lie, he doesn't admit that he's wrong. He doubles down, piling more lies on top of his lies. It's a show of strength. Better to be seen as strong man who can fool lots of people than a weakling who fools nobody, and will compromise his values on the altar of truth.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
It seems to be a common trope among religionists that the First Amendment to the US Constitution is designed to keep government out of the affairs of the church, but that in no way should inhibit the church from meddling in the affairs of state. They say the so-called "wall of separation" is just a myth, mainly due to the unfortunate wording of Thomas Jefferson, in his famous letter to the Danbury Baptists, which has been misunderstood. In their misguided view, Jefferson was not describing anything like an actual wall that separates two things from one-another, but rather something more akin to a pen that keeps the government within bounds, but places no restrictions on the church. But that raises the question: If that's what Jefferson meant to say, then why didn't he say that? One answer that seems to elude them is that Jefferson actually meant what he aid.
Friday, March 3, 2017
One thing that struck me about the president's address to congress was it's positively Orwellian nature. The speech was fairly well-received, mainly because he stuck to his script, reading from the teleprompter, and not interjecting his usual ad-libs that would likely lead him into trouble. When this president speaks impromptu, he invariably insults some segment of society, cites "facts" that are patently false, or otherwise puts his foot in his mouth. That's why simply sticking to the script makes him sound "presidential" by comparison. On the surface, that speech had a positive tone, and to most people, sounded better than the dark, disparaging, and divisive words we have become so accustomed to hearing from this man. That is, unless you look beneath the surface, and realize that the picture painted by Trump's words is not what it appears to be.