October 18, 2011

American Cancer Society Turns Down Donation from an Atheist Group

American Cancer Society turns down $500,000 from the Atheist group, The Foundation Beyond Belief.  Join Francis Nye as Today’s Religious Truth Weekly explores this week’s topic, cancer doesn't discriminate, so why does the cancer foundation?

October 11, 2011

The Cult of the Green Dragon

On this weeks edition of Today's Religious Truth Weekly, Francis Nye explores the Evangelical Christians claim that climate change is a rouse concocted by science to deceive the world in what is called by these Christians, The Cult of the Green Dragon.

October 4, 2011

See You at the Pole


Join Today's Religious Truth Weekly with Francis Nye as he explores the controversial "student led" prayer rallies that were held in public schools across America last week. This event represented an insidious effort by some Christian parents and organizations to force their religion yet again into our public schools. And while the sponsors claimed that the event is "student led," the evidence was quite to the contrary.

September 27, 2011

The Evolution of Religion

In this week's episode, Today's Religious Truth Weekly explores the evolution of religion especially Christianity.  How religion mimics life by change and adaptation.  TRT also explores the changes in the Bible from the 4th Century until present day.  Join TRT and its host Francis Nye this week as it asks the question, why there are 33,000 sects of Christianity when it is supposed to be perfect and the true religion of God.

September 20, 2011

Gays More Dangerous to America than Terrorist

In Episode No. 7 Today's Religious Truth explores the questions, are gays more dangerous to America than Terrorist as claimed by Republican Congresswoman Sally Kern of Okalahoma.  Is it also true that any society that embraces homosexuality is doomed to collapse in just a mere few decades?  And also should gays be sent to re-education camps to be cleansed of homosexuality?  Join Francis Nye as he explores these questions and high lights the danger of the new America brand of weaponized religion, Christianity.

 

September 13, 2011

Dress Code or a Child's Life

Dress Code or a Child's Life

By Francis Nye

Episode no. 6 of Today's Religious Truth Weekly explores Islam's values regarding a woman's dress and modest verse that of a human life. A child's life. Today's Religious Truth Weekly asks a very important question: What is it about Islam that made a woman's dress code a higher priority than that of the well-being of a child in her care? And also asks what are your thoughts on this issue?

September 6, 2011

For the Love of Jesus: The Christian Nation Registry of Atheists

For the Love of Jesus: The Christian Nation Registry of Atheists

By Francis Nye

Episode no. 5 of Today's Religious Truth explores The Christian Nation Registry of Atheists.
Pastor Michael Stahl of the Living Water Church in Florida propose a National Registry to track and discriminate against atheists in the United States.  This all flys in the face of Jesus' teachings and is yet again another example of Christians run amok.




August 30, 2011

Can Atheists Prove Their Belief about Religion is Correct?

 

By Francis Nye
 

Just a few days ago I was on one of my favorite atheist fan pages on Facebook. Someone posted this question:
 

“I would like to post something. SOO CAN I HAVE ALL ATHIESTS AND THIESTS ATTENTION?! Ok athiests quite oftenly ask thiests to prove that there belief about religion is correct. Am i Right? Well now I ask: Athiests can you prove your belief towards religion/s is correct? Thank you.”
 

Other then this person's woeful deficient spelling skills, gross grammatical errors and their need to butcher the English language in ways that are utterly barbaric they asked an interesting question; Can a person that is an atheist prove that their belief towards religion is a correct?
 

Although I do not speak for all atheists, I am sure that most would agree that they would not use the word “belief” in describing how they feel towards religion.  This “belief” is more of an “attitude” that atheists share towards religion in general.  This whole line of questioning really boils down to this statement;
 

Can an atheist prove that God does not exist and therefore proving that their attitude is indeed correct towards religion? The answer is, since no one can prove a negative, in this case proving that God does not exist the question itself is not a valid question in any sense. 
 

However, an atheist can provide evidence and therefore justification in their attitude that religion in of itself is oppressive, cruel and dangerous.  Even if one could prove that God did, or conversely did not exist, one can prove that the top two major world religions, Christianity and Islam alone have killed, murdered, and butchered millions all in the name of their religion.  And that their modus operandi is to set up an “us verse them dynamic.” 
 

One example of this us verse them dynamic is the hatred that has been directed at homosexuals that is without precedent.   Also religion has become very patriarchal in nature. Excluding women from key roles in the practice of the faith and making them subservient to men in general.  Some religions like Islam for example view woman as nothing more than chattel and therefore without rights.
 

Yet surprisingly millions still rally to the call of religion.  They themselves have become a sort of 21st century holy warrior crusading to keep these us vs. them dynamics alive. These holy warriors of sorts have poured millions of dollars into their churches and political campaigns with a common goal of recruiting or converting the masses to their particular brand of hate and hypocrisy.
 

There is no room for rational or logical thinking in the world of religion either. Religion cannot be questioned in its version of historical events. Religion refuses to embrace science even though science has time and time again shown it to be right though evidence and observation.    Religion is like a leash that is not only holding our species back in advancing but consistently strives to drag mankind kicking and screaming back to the Dark Ages when religion reigned unopposed by logic or reason. 
 

Religion thwarts all efforts of humankind from living a free and happy existence.  Everything that brings pleasure and enjoyment is considered to be a construct of evil even when done in moderation.  Never mind that their holy books are silent on many of these restrictions that are imposed by the religion itself. 
 

While I am on the subject of holy books; there is the belief that their holy books are pure and infallible.  Never mind that the Bible and Qur’an are riddled with errors, inconsistency and pseudo-science. 


Religion is the opposite of liberty. Religion is devoid of true compassion and understanding. It is rigid and unbending to the point of absurdity.  It is a heinous ideology that promises ever lasting life with a vengeful selfish god that no one can prove exists.  Yet this question that was posed above wants to lay the burden of proof at the feet of the atheists. And if atheist cannot prove the nonexistence of an imagery being then they are labeled immoral and homicidal.  Never mind that people who talk to invisible people are delusional. 
 

These labels are unjustly branded upon atheist in general.  The sole purpose of these labels is to again create those us vs. them dynamics thus dehumanizing atheists.  Once dehumanized then they can be dispatched in whatever means fancy the religious.  Us verse them dynamics are very powerful weapons in the arsenal of hate.  History is replant with such examples.  One that comes to mind is how Nazi Germany persecuted the Jews and the atheists with equal vigor causing million of unnecessary deaths.


Just last week I had the opportunity to see this us vs. them dynamic in action.  It was targeted at atheists in debate over the issue of the 9-11 Memorial at Ground Zero. Many Christians called for the death of atheists over the lawsuit filed by atheist regarding the proposed cross at the 9-11 site.  Christ who was a man that espoused peace and love for his fellow man was ignored yet again.  His words of compassion and understanding fell on deft ears over this issue as his followers of mercy said things like:

“Nail them [atheist] to that cross then display it.”
 

“I think we should hang the leader of that group [the atheists] on the cross with nails through their hands and feet, place a crown of thorns upon their head, RAM a spear through their side all after being whipped and beaten publicly! Just so they can endure what Christ did so they understand the sacrifice behind what that cross symbolizes”
 

“Stupid atheists. I hope God kills them all.”
 

This kind hate speech went on and on for pages and pages.  All this hate while they contended that the cross at the 9-11 site was not a religious symbol and therefore did not cross the constitutional line between separation of church and state.  To that I say, liar, liar pants on fire.
 

What is really amazing about religion is the lack of ownership for one’s belief.  When called on the carpet to answer that kind of hate speech every person I have ever spoken to says, “I am not like that.  I would never say or do anything like that.  It’s not me but just a few bad apples in our faith.”  This is laughable.  Religion would not be capable of murder and oppression on such a massive scale if it did not involve a super-majority of followers to either be actively involved or complicit in these actions.  Even if one is silent one is condoning these actions through inaction.  In other words if you find out that your organization has been killing and oppressing for thousands of years and you still retain your membership and loyalty to them without fighting for change then you are in fact giving your blessing to their actions.  It is not just a few bad apples.  It is nearly all.   Just before the civil war only the upper class of the South owned slaves but yet the entire South was complicit in the bondage of the nego.  They believed whole heartedly that slavery was just and correct.  In fact the Southern society of the mid-19th Century went as far as to say that it was their God-given-right to own a person of color.  That the African was not even a person.  Again the, us verse them dynamic used to dehumanize a segment of the population and thus oppress it.  It wasn’t until the South left the union and North forced the issue did slaver end in the United States and only then after a terrible cost in human life and suffering.


It is not a question of atheist needing to prove that their attitude is correct.  It is a question that the religious need to prove that their faith in their religion is justifiable.  They should prove that their religion is a force for good.  So far all I can see is all the sadness it brings.

August 23, 2011

Secularism on the Rise World Wide

Secularism on the Rise World Wide

Study shows that secularists make up a large portion of the global population today. This puts secularists third behind Muslims and Christians.

Study also shows that sociologists say that nonbelievers tend to be more ethical than religious people, thus debunking the myth that atheists are immoral people. Watch video for more.

August 16, 2011

Hilter Christian or Atheist

Hilter: Christian or Atheist?

This video looks at the evidence that suggest Hitler was a Christian and opposed to Atheist. The Hitler Atheism myth developed during WW2 as allied propaganda to suggest to the christian West that the Nazi's were anti-religion and encourage support for the war. This view is still in use today because religion does not want to associate themselves with Hitler and this view further reinforces the arguement "Atheists are immoral".



August 9, 2011

July 26, 2011

An American Holy Crusader or the Next American Scourge

By Francis Nye

On Fox news the other night presidential candidate, Herman Cain asserted that the American people have the right to ban mosques. This statement just left me stunned.  Did I hear right?  Is Mr. Cain calling for an American Crusade against Islam within the borders of the United States?  Is Herman Cain’s plan to demonize and dehumanize a group of people like Hitler did with the Jewish religion?  Is the GOP by indorsing this man going down the same road as the Nazi Party?  This kind of blatant bigotry reminds me of how the Nazis came to power, by blaming all the woes of Germany on a group of people.  This eventually led to millions of deaths and the destruction of much of Europe as we all know.  

What amazes me even more is how someone can run for the highest office in the United States and not understand the fundamental rights that were laid down in the Constitution. It is not like the freedom of religion clause is hidden in the Bill of Rights. For crying out loud it is in the very first amendment. 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

In other words the government of the United States has absolutely no right to ever ban a particular religion even if there is a perceived argument that it may be violent in nature.

Even if one could argue that it is constitutional to ban certain religions (which it is not) once you start down that slippery slope you could open a very messy can of worms, worms that could eat away at the very fabric of our society.  The United States could be not only open a door to potential genocide but be embroiled in religious civil wars much like Europe had been in its history prior to the American Revolution.  The American founding fathers in a sagacious manner saw the danger of this and correctly prevented it from happening thus far in America by creating this pur sang document of liberty, the Bill of Rights with its First Amendment clause.

All individual rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, right to bear arms, due process of law, and prohibitions against warrantless searches and seizures are important concepts in American Liberty.  In other words it is what has created American freedom and prosperity.  The Bill of Rights is what separates the people of the United States and from countries like China, Libya, or Iran for example.  To strike down any of these rights is a path to tyranny and injustice.

Religious freedom is so fundamental that I am shocked at this man’s ignorance of it.  Such rhetoric should immediately disqualify anyone from a serious run for the White House.  This kind of hate speech is a clear indication that we are dealing with someone that is of inferior education and low self-esteem.  I watched some of his campaign ads on You Tube after hearing of his propose ban on Islam.  After peeling away the atmosphere of flair and panache that all campaign ads seem to have now-a-days, one starts to see some of the hidden subtext of his campaign, mainly Christian bigotry. 
 
With the type of oratory Mr. Cain is espousing he is either ignorant, a religious bigot, or both.  In the American quest for prosperity and optimism for better times I hope the American people would not be bewitch by such a personality when it comes to the 2012 GOP primary debates.  America does not need a religious war heaped upon the mounting funeral pyre of problems it is now experiencing.  What America needs is people that inspire a willingness to comprise and an air of compassion to quench the flames of its troubled times.  I think these qualities more than anything will heal the ills of the American way of life and drive forward its enduring pursuit of happiness and success.

July 19, 2011

Flying Spaghetti Monsters Can Now Drive

By Francis Nye

After three years of persistence, Niko Alm of Australia was finally allowed to pose for his driver’s license photo wearing his religious head cover, a pasta strainer.  Mr. Alm belongs to The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), which is a lighthearted faith. Members of the FSM are self-confessed atheists. Strangely enough; or not, one of the tenets of their religion is that if you choose you can wear a pasta strainer as a head covering. Not my cup of tea but to each their own as I like to say.  The officials in Australia at first didn’t know what to think about Alm and his pasta strainer so they requested that he submit to a medical interview to see if he was "psychologically fit" to operate a motor vehicle. Now one would think after dealing with the public as these license officials do that one would be inured to these flights of fancy. But I guess not by their over-reaction.  I mean come on.  Are not all religious people a little delusional anyway?  

 

Let’s examine the facts.  FSM members believe that their deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is invisible and indefinable. Christians believe that their God is also invisible and indefinable. Nothing so different there.  FSM beliefs states that global warming is due to a decline in piracy throughout the world, pirates being the original patriarchs of the FSM church. Christians for the most part deny global warming. That the theory of global warming is an elaborate hoax at best. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster believes that heaven contains beer and a stripper factory. Sounds like a fun place where do I sign up?  Christians believe that everyone will have a mansion in heaven and the streets are paved with gold.  Really gold?
 

Most of the science community and the media according to FSM's Wiki page embrace this lighthearted faith. Christianity on the other hand is always at odds with science because they deny evolution; believe that the earth is 6000 years old, and other scientific explanations regarding nature and origins.  Christianity instead embraces the idea of a perfect garden in which man was created and was deceived by talking snake. FSM embraces ideas of equality while on the flip side Christianity treats women as second-class citizens and gays as abominations.  Not to mention they have had consistent wars against themselves and other faiths.  To the best of my knowledge The FSM church has not had a single skirmish with anyone.


All in all FSM is very benign and pigeon-lived compared to most mainstream religions.  So what is all the fuss? Is his make-believe religion really that strange when compared to accepted mainstream faiths? Both religions are absolutely wacky. Yet we have a double standard in Australia for some reason.

July 12, 2011

Atheists are the Blame for Global Warming

By Francis Nye

In a speech given at the Vatican Pope Benedict claims that the atheists are responsible for the destruction of our environment. To this I say the Pope is uninformed when it comes to matters of science and I allege he is in the business of divisiveness which in and of itself is un-Christ like.  If the Pope would have bother to open a science book and look into the research that has been going on for the last decade or more he could clearly see that people's lack in the belief in the Almighty has absolutely nothing to do with today's climate change. That in fact today's climate change has more to do with the burning of fossil fuels then it has to do with one's religious or lack of religious preference.

A recent article in the July 2011 Scientific American by Lee R. Kump entitled The Last Great Global Warming, does an excellent job explaining that not only is today's climate change’s main underlying cause fossil fuel burning, it also explains past climate changes that this earth has experienced.  During the Cretaceous period the earth experienced a hothouse effect because of volcanic eruptions. The earth at that time experienced a temperature increase of .000025°C per 100 years with an overall warming of 5°C. Again, during the Eocene period our planet experience yet another climate change due volcanoes and methane bubbling up from the ocean bottom. At that time the earth experienced a .025°C per 100 year increase in temperature with an overall warming of 5°C. These were the last two times the earth experienced climate change. In both of these two cases climate change was due to environmental factors caused by nature.

Today we are experiencing a 1 to 4°C per 100 years increase in temperature with an overall warming of anywhere from 2° to 10°C increase.  This increase is projected over the next 200 or 300 years. Make no mistake this kind of increase is man-made as the data clearly demonstrates.

We can expect the acidifying of our oceans, greater extreme weather than what we are currently experiencing now, continued melting glaciers, and a rise in our sea levels that will leave many living by the coast homeless or worse. Science predicts that there is going to be a poleward moving of many species, large habitat loss, coral bleaching, and extinctions on a grand scale.  All of which threaten the very existence of every single living creature.

For the Pope to make a statement that all of this can be laid at the feet of the atheists is not only absurd and ridiculous but further demonstrates how many religious leaders will go to any lengths including outrageous claims such as this in order to discredit what they feel is a threat to their belief system. In a time where we face the possible extinction of mankind in the near future because of our poor choices regarding our energy needs we do not need a world leader like the Pope who commands respect of literally millions of people to take this tack that is so transparent in its bigotry that he should be embarrassed for stating it in the first place. Who does he think he is anyway? 

Instead of this type of rhetoric this man has it in his power to affect real world change by calling for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and an increase in the research, development, and implementation of renewable clean energy sources.  The followers of Catholicism should denounce this man and demand that their faith take a more proactive attitude towards clean energy and our environment. A new attitude is called for here by the Christians. This world should not be seen as a mere waystation on the way to the afterlife but as the birthplace of humanity. Everyone should treat this wonderful place we call home with love and respect that it deserves. It is not only our home but the home of countless of other species of life. Christians have a history of standing up for the unborn. Their passion towards the unborn and the life that it represents is unquestionable and at times remarkable. Can they not have the same attitude towards the earth? This planet is a living breathing organism in its own right also. Too polluted and treat it the way we do is shameful and disrespectful to future generations. I challenge today's Christians not to be like the Pope. Not to play the blame game or to inspire more hatemongering and divisiveness towards people that have different beliefs then there's but to become stewards of this planet we call home.

July 5, 2011

God is Just Getting Warmed Up

By Francis Nye

The other day one of my relations came to visit.  To protect the innocent I will refer to her as Jackie.  Jackie is a nice enough person but she is very deeply religious and as always she steered the conversation toward that end.  We were all making small talk when I had made the comment that it was going to be a hot Summer.  You see I reside in one of the warmer climates of the United States.  Jackie piped up and stated that all the sever weather that is being experienced around the world is God punishing us for turning our back on him.  I of course chimed in and said that it had nothing to do with God but with Global Warming or as some have come to call it today, Climate Change.  It is just like the religious to claim God’s influence into something they truly don’t understand.

So here we go again.  As Shakespeare so poetically said in Henry the Fifth, “Once more into the breach dear friends once more.” And the battle between theism and science was on yet again.  I would of course champion science and Jackie, well - she would defend stupidity. 

Jackie replied with, “Oh, I don’t believe in Global Warming it all just a lie.” 

“What about the melting glaciers around the world?  I said, “What about the rising sea levels?  What about the sever storms and floods and droughts?  How do you account for all the strange whether if not for Climate Change?  How about the fact that the majority of climate scientists agree that the data shows a trend toward warmer climates in our future?”

Jackie said that, “scientists do not agree on this.”

Astonished and perplex I said, “What scientists don’t agree?”

“Well you know scientists.  Most scientists.” she insisted.

That’s no answer.  If you can’t back up your facts then you don’t know what you are talking about.  The truth of the matter is that the National Academy of Science, the Pembina Institute, and the Royal Science Academy just to name a few do support the Climate Change theory.

Why is it, that science can provide facts and theists can only provide bible quotes as support for their argument?  Why is it so hard to believe science when it has proven that the earth is heating up because of man made causes? Why does God have to factor into the equation? 

Really God is sending us a message?  I can think of better ways for that message to come to us.  Why not just come down and say hey I don’t like the way everyone is behaving.  What’s with all the passive aggressive behavior anyway on God’s part anyway?  It seems childish to punish everyone by heating up the planet just because of a few bad apples. 

God is like our father right?  At least that what the Christians want us all to believe.   Now I am a father so I have an idea of what good fatherly behavior should looks like.  Let’s say I come home from work and my wife tells me one of our four children was caught shop-lifting today. Would it then be fair for me to spank all four of my children for the crime of the one and then not even bother to tell them why?  Just leave them to figure it out on their own.  No of course not.  That is silly and poor parenting to say the least.  But this is what people like Jackie want us to believe when they say God is causing Climate Change because some of us have turned our back on him.  He punishes all of us.  Think of all the innocent children that have died in some of these server storms or droughts.  What is the message there?  You’re bad so I will kill your innocent child and destroy your home with a tornado.  Is this what God said to the people of Joplin, Missouri recently?  If that is what you truly believe then I don’t want anything to do with your religion. 

It just sickens me to think that this acceptable behavior.  This sort of philosophy is why today’s religions are having such a hard time gaining converts.  Most people are not going to take the rap for everyone’s deeds.  It makes your religion seem unjust and unfair not loving or compassionate as it should be.

Just because you can’t explain something or you don’t agree with the data don’t interject God into the equation.  That just makes you look stupid and your religion uninformed.  Instead just say you don’t agree and provide some sound facts for your point of view or keep your mouth shut.  My father always used to say, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

June 28, 2011

Wrath of the Professors

The "Wrath of God" card
from the popular
Magic the Gathering
card game.

The text reads; "All
creatures in play are
buried"
By Francis Nye

At last count 79 professors from various institutions signed a petition to halt the United States Speaker of the House, John Boehner from speaking before a Catholic graduating class.  These academics find this Ohio congressman’s voting recorded concerning abortion issues not to their liking.  They urge him to re-familiarize himself with church’s teachings before delivering his commencement address before the Washington D.C. Catholic University of America. 

I could understand how this could be a problem if he was going to speak on abortion but somehow I don’t think this is likely with this type of audience.  If I recall correctly at my college graduation and that of my daughter’s the keynote speaks regaled the graduating classes with what the future holds for them.  So I am not sure why they are all uptight about this man’s record on abortion issues.  I suspect their religious bigotry is bubbling up to the surface.  It’s the smug; you’re not with us so we don’t want you around attitude.  They should ask themselves is this how Jesus would treat Mr. Boehner?  Would he shun this man because his beliefs are different? 

Besides since when has God placed a high value on human life?  When I look at his track record it makes me wonder what the entire hubbub about abortion is anyway with Christians.  God has consistently killed or had killed thousands of people.  In fact God wiped out the entire population of the earth in Noah’s time with a mass flood and he promises to do it again with fire in the future.  I am quite certain if the flood tale is to be believed that babies and pregnant women died in the Great Flood story.  Also what about the time when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorra with fire from heaven?  Did he think to spare the children then?  No of course not.   He even went as far as turning Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt just for turning around to see the city burn.   I always felt pity for her.  I guess I have more compassion than God does.

Then there is this little Gem from the Book of Zephaniah:

I will sweep away everything in all your land," says the LORD. "I will sweep away both people and animals alike. Even the birds of the air and the fish in the sea will die. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, along with the rest of humanity.

In this quote you can see that not only does God destroy all the people he kills all the animals also.  I bet God has been blacklisted by PETA after that incident.

God also approves of people killing one another.  In the Book of Judges Micah butchers an entire town and God seems to let the entire incident slide. 

Then, with Micah's idols and his priest, the men of Dan came to the town of Laish, whose people were peaceful and secure. They attacked and killed all the people and burned the town to the ground. There was no one to rescue the residents of the town, for they lived a great distance from Sidon and had no allies nearby. This happened in the valley near Beth-rehob.  Then the people of the tribe of Dan rebuilt the town and lived there. They renamed the town Dan after their ancestor, Israel's son, but it had originally been called Laish. (Judges 18:27-29 NLT)

Did you get the part where the people of the town of Laish were peaceful?  I think alone speaks volumes on God’s attitude toward mankind.
 
I agree that abortion is appalling but please spare me your self-righteous religious outrage over abortion.  God could care less if women murder their babies by the bushels.  So instead of Speaker Boehner re-familiarizing himself with church teachings maybe these esteemed professors should bone-up on the good-book themselves.

June 21, 2011

Negative Light Being Shined on Religion

By Francis Nye

I was scanning the local paper and I happened upon an article, Suspect in Sect Deaths Pleads Guilty to One Charge.   This was a very short three paragraph article about a church leader's daughter who managed to elude law enforcement for 20 years until she was finally caught. She had murdered an eight-year-old little girl and three other members of the church's congregation for leaving their faith. She initially faced murder and other charges but now only faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to obstruct religious beliefs.

Now some of my detractors have come forward since I have started this blog and have accused me of only pointing out the bad in religion. That for the most part religious people are good people. That somehow my blog shines an unfavorable light upon religion for the most part. First of all I want to make one thing clear. My intention is not to persecute the individual. My intent is to demonstrate how these organizations have lost control of their message. 

Religion for a very long time has gotten a free pass in this country. The most zealous and fervent followers have committed unimaginable crimes all in the name of religion. It's not like I find one article every six months that points out some sort of heinous act that has been committed in the name of religion. Like the article above about the woman who killed an eight-year-old little girl I find these types of articles each and every week on a regular basis. Some weeks it is really hard for me to decide what to write about because there is such a plethora of articles to choose from. I wish these things only happen every once in a blue moon. Because if they did this blog wouldn't exist and there would be less hate in the world.

However what I find really appalling and surprising is how my detractors can be part of an organization whose most committed and best members commit these types of crimes on a regular basis. Then turn around and say well that is an isolated case.  Like that makes it okay. For the record I do understand that most of you are not like that. But with that being said can you step back for a moment and see how your faith has harmed so many people and cause so much social upheaval?

Can you imagine any other organization, let's say for example the Lions Club or the Masons having members killing and raping children, or treating women as second-class citizens on a regular basis, or oppressing homosexuals?  Would you knowingly want to be associated with those types of people? Do you think that these organizations would be good role models for your children? Would you once or twice a week attend their meetings? Give them money on a regular basis? I know I wouldn't. And neither would any rational thinking person. So why is it that my detractors associate themselves with all these crazy religions? 

I think people are starting to wise up. According to a Pew Report people attending religious services is on the decline. I know myself and other are really just feed up with all the cruelty and bigotry in this world that is done in the name of religion. Its articles like the one I mentioned above about the daughter of the minister that are really turning people off to religion. So the next time you want to say, those people and not me remember this; you are part of those people. They represent you. Every time they kill someone, molest a child, or treat someone as if they are a lesser being they are doing that in your name. You are in some small part responsible for their actions. You support them every time you give them money and your time. Think about this, people like Hitler and Stalin would not have been able to do the things they did without the support of the common person like you. It is the same with religion. People would not be able to hurt other people in the name of your faith if it wasn't for you supporting their actions either directly or indirectly. If you don't like that so many are committing such acts in the name of your faith then do something about it. Stop the hate!

June 14, 2011

The Gay Diagnoses

By Francis Nye


NARTH is the acronym for National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality.  Did you catch that last part - Therapy of Homosexuality?  NARTH believes that homosexuality is a mental disorder like being bipolar, depression, OCD,  GAD, PSD, ect., ect.  In other words you are “mentally ill” if you are gay.


According to Healthline’s website (http://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-basics) that list mental disorders I don’t see homosexuality listed.   I also checked out the popular WebMD site (http://www.webmd.com/) and much to my astonishment I didn’t find homosexuality listed there either.  So what does NARTH know that the medical and psychological establishments don’t?  Nothing.  So what’s their agenda then?


To see NARTH’s agenda look no further than its former president.  NARTH’s past President, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi  Ph.D. was the director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic.  For those of you who are not so savvy with your church history, ThomasAquinas is a Catholic saint.  So we can infer that there are religious overtones in these mental diagnoses of homosexuality. 


It’s the beat of the same old drummer.  Being gay is a sickness.  Being gay is a choice.  Stop sinning and change your ways.  One just has to ask, when is the religious community going to get it through their thick skulls that being gay isn’t a sickness or a choice?  It’s nothing more than the same old song and dance and the persecution of the gay community.  I read post that that said NARTH gives psychology a bad name and they are no better than hate groups like the Klan or Neo Nazis.  I am not so sure I would go that far but NARTH does shed a bad light on the otherwise noble establishment of psychology in my opinion.


The only reason I bring all this up is that these so called diagnoses of NARTH are leading good people who are gay to feel so depressed about themselves that they end up committing suicide.  Kirk Murphy was just one that was treated by NARTH for his homosexuality.  His mother, Kaytee gave him over to these witch doctors when he was a boy hoping that they could cure him of being gay.  His treatment last a little less than a year but haunted him the rest of his life.  Now his mother lives with this regret the rest of her life according to an interview with AC360.


Despite acknowledging himself as a gay man in 1985, Kirk never had a loving and committed relationship and chose a career where being openly gay wasn’t even possible. He spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force and then held a high-profile position with an American finance company in India. It was there, in his New Delhi apartment, that Kirk Murphy died by suicide in 2003. He was just 38 years old.


When will religious people realize that their supernatural self-righteousness has real world consequences?   That people actually are harmed in their attempt to shape the world in their own delusion of what God wants.  Enough already let people live their lives the way they want.  Gays don’t interfere and oppress Christians so what is the need to destroy their lives.  Get over it already and accept the fact that people are born gay just as people are born heterosexual.  It’s not a choice but something that is hardwired into their very being.  I am sorry that the Christians find gay people so distasteful but Christians need to worry more about their souls than the souls of others.  What was it that Jesus said, “Let the one among you that is without sin cast the first stone.”  John 8:7

View the Sissyboy Syndrome Video as seen on CNN and you can begin to understand the torture that NARTH put Kirk Murphy through.

June 7, 2011

Part II- Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up?

Crazy Christian or
someone with a message?
You decide.
By Francis Nye

Last week I asked the two part question; does Jesus fulfill the 21 signs and requirements of the scripture and does he embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah? I demonstrated with a preponderance of scriptural evidence that Jesus failed the fist part of the question. He failed in most of the 21 signs and requirements of the Messiah. He did not build the 3rdtemple, he did not gather all the Jews of Israel, ect.

Now let’s look at the second part of the question; does Jesus embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah? This too is a scriptural laundry list of things like the first part of the question that will point to the true Messiah. The Messiah must be a prophet, a descendant of David, and he must lead the people in Torah observance.

Let’s look at these one by one. First Jesus was not a prophet. According to scripture prophecy can only exist in Israel when the land is inhabited by a majority of world Jewry. During the time of Ezra (circa 300 BCE), when the majority of Jews refused to move from Babylon to Israel, prophecy ended upon the death of the last prophets -- Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Jesus appeared on the scene approximately 350 years after prophecy had ended.

Next the Messiah must be descended on his father's side from King David (see Genesis 49:10 and Isaiah 11:1). According to the Christian claim that Jesus was the product of a virgin birth, he had no father -- and thus could not have possibly fulfilled the messianic requirement of being descended on his father's side from King David!

Finally, the Messiah will lead the Jewish people to full Torah observance. The Torah states that all mitzvot remain binding forever, and anyone coming to change the Torah is immediately identified as a false prophet. (Deut. 13:1-4) I personally think that Jesus fulfills this prophesies and that it was St. Paul that puts a spin on Jesus message not to follow the Torah. This however is a topic for another post. So because of this we now have throughout the New Testament, Jesus contradicting the Torah and stating that its commandments are no longer applicable. (see John 1:45 and 9:16, Acts 3:22 and 7:37).

It is also interesting to point out some of the mistranslations referring to Jesus and the Messiah. Biblical verses can only be understood by studying the original Hebrew text -- which reveals many discrepancies in the Christian translation. Which is not uncommon, the bible is riddled with mistranslations and contradictions as I have demonstrated in previous posts and will continue to demonstrate in future posts as well.

First there is the so called virgin birth. The Christian idea of a virgin birth is derived from the verse in Isaiah 7:14 describing an "alma" as giving birth. The word "alma" has always meant a young woman, but Christian theologians came centuries later and translated it as "virgin." This accords Jesus' birth with the first century pagan idea of mortals being impregnated by gods. Greek gods like Zeus where notorious for impregnating mortal women. This idea has been around a long time before the time of the biblical authors.

Then there is the crucifixion. The verse in Psalms 22:17 reads: "Like a lion, they are at my hands and feet." The Hebrew word ki-ari (like a lion) is grammatically similar to the word "gouged." Thus Christianity reads the verse as a reference to crucifixion: "They pierced my hands and feet."

Finally there is the suffering servant. Christianity claims that Isaiah chapter 53 refers to Jesus, as the "suffering servant." In actuality, Isaiah 53 directly follows the theme of chapter 52, describing the exile and redemption of the Jewish people. The prophecies are written in the singular form because the Jews ("Israel") are regarded as one unit. The Torah is filled with examples of the Jewish nation referred to with a singular pronoun.

Ironically, Isaiah's prophecies of persecution refer in part to the 11thcentury when Jews were tortured and killed by Crusaders who acted in the name of Jesus. From where did these mistranslations stem? Gregory, a 4th century Bishop of Nanianzus, wrote: "A little jargon is all that is necessary to impose on the people. The less they comprehend, the more they admire."

Then there is the question of Jesus and his miracles. Judaism, unique among all of the world's major religions, does not rely on "claims of miracles" as the basis for its religion. In fact, the Bible says that God sometimes grants the power of "miracles" to charlatans, in order to test Jewish loyalty to the Torah (Deut. 13:4).

Maimonides states (Foundations of Torah, ch. 8):

The Jews did not believe in Moses, our teacher, because of the miracles he performed. Whenever anyone's belief is based on seeing miracles, he has lingering doubts, because it is possible the miracles were performed through magic or sorcery. All of the miracles performed by Moses in the desert were because they were necessary, and not as proof of his prophecy.

What then was the basis of Jewish belief? The Revelation at Mount Sinai, which we saw with our own eyes and heard with our own ears, not dependent on the testimony of others... as it says, "Face to face, God spoke with you..." The Torah also states: "God did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us -- who are all here alive today." (Deut. 5:3)

Judaism in which the Messiah concept is derived is not miracles. It is the personal eyewitness experience of every man, woman and child, standing at Mount Sinai3,300 years ago. One only has to read the scriptures to see this.

It amazes me how many Christians have asked me if I have read the bible when they find out that I don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. I am simply stupefied by how many Christians do not understand what they have read in the bible or how they fail to connect the dots. If they did they would not ask me such a ridiculous question. I think most of them check their brains at the door and take at face value what they are taught in church on Sundays, forgoing the effort it takes to verify what they are told. It is just simply laziness. It is people’s laziness to take things at face value that makes religion such a terrible and dangerous concept. This is why it is so easy for good people to be convinced to do such bad things. Ω TRT

What are your thoughts on this situation? Please let me know below in the comment section.

May 31, 2011

Part I – Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up?

Hitler, one of the many
false Messiahs that the
world has followed.
By Francis Nye


Is Jesus the Messiah? To answer this, my Jewish friends tell me you must really ask a two part question.   Does Jesus fulfill the 21 signs and requirements of the scripture and does he embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah?  This week in this two part series, Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up? I am going to tackle the first part of the question; does Jesus fulfill the 21 signs and requirements of the scripture?


I am a fact based person that looks at everything in a logical way. The Bible has a laundry list of requirements to determine who the Messiah is but first it is important to understand where the idea for the Messiah came from.  The Messiah concept came from an established religion, Judaism.  Judaism claims a historical continuity spanning more than 3000 years. It is one of the oldest monotheistic religions, [1] and the oldest to survive into the present day.  Not only is it the religion of these desert peoples of the Middle East it is also their philosophy and way of life.[2]   God revealed his laws and commandments to one of these people namely, Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah.[3]  Included in God’s laws passed to these people are signs and requirements of the coming Messiah. 


Most of the scriptural requirements concerning the Messiah, what he will do, and what will be done during his reign are located in the Book of Isaiah, although requirements are mentioned by other prophets as well.  There are by my count 21 requirements that are written in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Psalms. 

So does Jesus fulfill these requirements?  Let’s look at some of what the Bible say he will accomplish:

The Torah (The Old Testament) says that the true Messiah will:

·         Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).

·         Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
 
·         Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4)

·         Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: "God will be King over all the world -- on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9).

Does Jesus pass the first part of the test?  The historical fact is that Jesus fulfilled none of these messianic prophecies. 
 
Christians counter that Jesus will fulfill these in the Second Coming, but Jewish sources show that the Messiah will fulfill the prophecies outright, and no concept of a second coming exists.  Since the God told the Jews what the requirements are I would counter that the Jews would be in the know. 

One could argue that Jesus has more in common with Krishna than the Messiah.  (See http://www.near-death.com/experiences/origen047.html for the 22 identical life experiences between Jesus and Krishna) Maybe the Christians got it wrong.  Jesus is the reincarnation of Krishna and not the Messiah, but that is a topic of another post.

Next week I am going to tackle the second part of the question; does Jesus embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah?





[1] "Religion & Ethics - Judaism". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
[2] Jacobs, Louis (2007). "Judaism". in Fred Skolnik. Encyclopaedia Judaica. 11 (2d ed.). Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. p. 511
[3] "What is the oral Torah?". Torah.org. http://www.torah.org/learning/basics/primer/torah/oraltorah.html. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 

May 24, 2011

2011 Rapture Scam

By Francis Nye



Some ask me are you ever afraid of running out of material for your blog or how do you come up with a post every single week?  My answer;  There is always someone, somewhere on this little blue ball we call home that will do something or say something so stupid or outrages in the name of religion that I have a hard time choosing what to write about.  Just the Christians alone are so damn entertaining.  The Cult of Christ never ceases to amaze or delight.  This week all the talk was on Harold Camping and his rapture scam.



Really -was any sane or rational person for even one moment worried that the end of the world was going to happen last weekend?  Yet so many people who otherwise live normal lives flock to this man, Harold Camping.  People are so damn gullible it is frightening.  Many of his followers gave up their jobs and spent their life savings and now they are left with nothing. 



This manic or gifted man, I am still undecided, advertised on billboards and ran other ad campaigns in an effort to convince everyone that the world was coming to an end.  The reason I say he may be brilliant is that according to his IRS tax filings he made tens of millions of dollars with his message of doom.  That’s right; I used the “M” word, millions.  People were giving to his ministry by the truck loads in order to fill the hole in their souls.  People turn to religion when their lives have hit a low point and this man and others like him know just what to say and do to get people to believe such utter nonsense.



Now that the end time has come and gone and they are still here do you think he will be giving refunds?   When will people learn you can’t buy your happiness through religion?  That these cult of personalities that are out their selling the so-called message of Jesus are nothing more than frauds and charlatans.  When will America realize that your problems won’t go away sometimes no matter how much money you throw at it?  There is no quick fix or supernatural way to solve your problems.  Sometimes you just need to learn to deal with it.  People need to start telling these Jesus freaks that enough is enough.  Stop feeding the beast of religion.  Its appetite will never be satiated. Ω TRT

May 21, 2011 Is Judgment Day; Family Radio's Harold Camping Prepares for Biblical Rapture





May 16, 2011

God Defined

Image from the game; God of War
By Francis Nye

The most misused and misunderstood word in the English language might well be the word “God”. It is a word used freely like water from a public drinking fountain in today’s society.  Literally hundreds of millions of English-speaking people use this word.  It is used by Christians in reverence and as a curse word by the not so reverent.  Yet so many do not understand the true meaning of the word and what it represents.  So can it be that misuse of the word has today given the Creator a bad name?  I think it has.


What is really surprising is that many Christians acknowledge a belief in the Bible. Yet in a literary sense, the word “God” never actually appears in any of the original languages of the Bible. Instead, such words as Yahweh, Elohim, Ho Theos, Adonai or Ho Kurios are used.  The word “God” is Germanic and dates back to before the 12th century.  It found its way into English-language through such translations as the King James Bible of 1611. But its origins are decidedly both racial and “pagan.” So the most important word in the Christians lexicon first of all is a term that is far-removed from the scriptures.

What has done probably the most damage to the idea and word of “God” has been the use of it by religious adherents in their justification for war. Throughout history, more people have been slaughtered in the name of God or its ideological derivatives than for any other word.

This fact perplexes me since the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines God as the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.  He is also merciful, loving, and compassionate.

Churches also show their bigotry when railing against homosexuality while saying little or nothing about corporate greed and political power plays that place profits and selfishness over people and destroy our precious environment in the process. Today’s hypocrisy of the Christian churches is leading many to flee the teachings of Christ for a secular life style.  More and more people have had enough.  This is collaborated by the Pew Forum on religion that shows a steady fall in church goers year after year.

Either religious people need to change their ways to emulate their creator’s mercy and love or we as a society need to redefine the word God to mean hypocrisy, violence, and hate.  Ω TRT

What are your thoughts on this situation?  Please let me know below in the comment section.





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