April 28, 2011

A How to Video on Starting Your Own Mind Control Cult

Seek Truth
An interesting instructional video on how to start and maintain your own mind control cult.  I also found many elements of accepted religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism in this video as well.

One of the best parts of the video is when they sing the song "We Love the Leader"

Sing along now, “We love the leader, the leader is love, when I’m not with him I feel like a schlub!”
Ω TRT


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April 26, 2011

The Easter Bunny was Late Again this Year


Warning:  This is a book
of fiction.  Do not take
literally.
 By Francis Nye

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year.  Not only is it spring and Mother Nature is waking up from her long winter slumber but it reminds me of how fallible the bible is.  God breathed and divinely inspired.  Not so.  Most of authors of the gospels are mistaken about the day Jesus rose from the dead.  In other words Easter did not take place on Sunday.

In Matthew, Mark and Luke the last supper takes place on the first day of the Passover (Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:7). In John’s gospel it takes place a day earlier and Jesus is crucified on the first day of the Passover (John 19:14).

Most scholars believe that John’s versions of events are correct.  The author of John, the last gospel of the bible to be written around 100 CE finally noticed the mistake made by the previous writers some 30 years earlier and corrected it.  However, all Christendom still mistakenly believes otherwise.

Christian tradition puts Jesus’ last meal with his disciples on Thursday evening and his crucifixion on Friday.  This is one day off.  Jesus’ last meal was Wednesday night, and he was crucified on Thursday, the 14th of the Jewish month Nisan.  The Passover meal itself was eaten Thursday night, at sundown, as the 15th of Nisan began.  So Jesus never ate the Passover meal because he died at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The confusion arose because all the Gospels say that there was a rush to get his body off the cross and buried before sundown because the "Sabbath" was near.  Everyone who is not Jewish assumes the reference to the Sabbath had to be Saturday-so the crucifixion must have been on Friday.  However, as Jews know, the day of Passover itself is also a "Sabbath" or day of rest-no matter what weekday it falls on.  In the year 30 CE, Friday the 15th of Nisan was also a Sabbath-so two Sabbaths occurred back to back-Friday and Saturday.  Matthew seems to know this as he says that the women who visited Jesus' tomb came early Sunday morning, “after the Sabbaths"-the original Greek (sabbaton) is plural (Matthew 28:1).


As is often the case, the gospel John preserves a more accurate chronology of what went on.  John specifies that the Wednesday night’s "Last Supper" was "before the festival of Passover".  He also notes that when Jesus’ accusers delivered him to be crucified on Thursday morning they would not enter Pilate's courtyard because they would be defiled and would not be able to eat the Passover that evening (John 18:28).  John knows that the Jews would be eating their traditional Passover, or Seder meal, Thursday evening.

Reading the other three gospels one can get the impression that the "Last Supper" was the Passover meal.  Some have even argued that Jesus might have had the Passover meal a day early knowing ahead of time that he would be dead.  But the fact is, Jesus ate no Passover meal in 30 CE. The entire Last Supper scene is a product of someone’s poetic license. Suffice it to say that when the Passover meal began at sundown on Thursday, Jesus was dead.  He had been hastily put in the tomb until after the festival when a proper funeral could be arranged.

Finally, the reference to the day the women came to the tomb has been translated as "the first day of the week," but the original Greek that the text was written in does not say that; the original Greek is "mia ton sabbaton," which means ”First of Sabbaths."  This expression, which has been incorrectly translated as "Sunday" or "the first day of the week," actually refers to the wave sheaf offering.  The wave sheaf offering was a yearly offering made to God from the first grains of the harvest and it always falls on the first Sunday after Passover.  Again, this goes to show you how mistranslation over time and the authors’ true shortcomings are magnified when shown under the light of historical and archeological facts.  I think it is also further evidence that the authors of the Gospels were not eye witnesses to the life of Jesus as some tend to believe.


Why so much stock is put into this holy book leaves me nonplused to say the least.  It proves that the Bible is not “God Breathed” as many of the faithful proclaim but a poorly written and researched work of man that has been cobbled together with spit and bailing wire over time. If it was dictated by God then why would God make these silly mistakes in the first place?  There are many more such contradictions throughout all the books of the bible as well, but that is a topic for another post and too voluminous for this blog (see video).  There have been whole books written on just this subject.  Self-Contradictions of the Bible by William Henry Burry Pometheus Books (1987) and Biblical Nonsense: A Review of the Bible for Doubting Christians by Jason Long,  iUniverse, Inc. (2005) just to name a few.


So to recap; Good Friday should really be Good Thursday and, if Jesus was only dead for three days then Easter Sunday should really be Easter Saturday.  Hopefully someone will read this post and tell the Easter Bunny he is always a day late.  Ω TRT

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Quiz Show (Bible Contradictions)

Religion and Science are incompatible Global Atheist Convention 2010

By Francis Nye

I found this to be a very enlightening video of  PZ Myers at the Global Atheist Convention 2010 in Melbourne.  Mr. Myers waste no time in explaining that religion and science are incompatible.  His wit and humor is very refreshing. Ω TRT

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April 19, 2011

Study Finds a Link between Obesity and Religion


Let's hope your praying for
some low-fat meals and fashion tips


By Francis Nye

Good news for the religious.  It seems religion may be bad for your health.  Several studies indicate that religion may be fatting and cause heart disease.  A report from Northwestern University: "Young adults who frequently attend religious activities are 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age as young adults with no religious involvement, according to new Northwestern Medicine research."

A broader study at Purdue University found similar results: "Religious people are more likely to be overweight than are nonreligious people."

Studies on Mormons have also shown this correlation between religion and weight gain. A Desert News article reported that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were found to be 5.7 pounds heavier on average and 34 percent more likely to be obese.

Religious people shouldn’t fret.  They can just view their obesity as a vehicle for going to the after-life sooner rather than later.  This is good news that can be embraced and celebrated by followers of Christ and Mohammad to be sure.  After all isn’t the point of religion to prepare you for the end?  Isn’t the goal of religion, the after life?  Ah, Eternal bliss. Paradise.  Streets paved with gold.  A mansion for everyone.  Seventy-two virgins and all that noise.

I never really understood why the faithful go to doctors or worry about their health in the first place.  I am nonplussed as to why most are so afraid of death with such rewards awaiting them in the after life.  If I was religious my mantra would be “Bring it.  I can’t wait meet my maker.”  One would think they would want the most hazardous careers to be had.  Test Pilot, Dare Devil, Crash Test Dummy and the like.

Didn’t Jesus say don’t concern yourself with this life but the next? 

Matt 6:25 (NKJV)

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Christians and Muslims shouldn’t worry about diabetes, high blood pressure, heat disease and all the things associated with obesity.  Just keep in mind what Jesus taught.

Matt 6:34 (NKJV)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Also why are they so sad when their spouse or other loved ones passes away?  You would think it would be cause for celebration.  You never hear them say, “Hey my infant baby boy just died and he is with Jesus.  Halleluiah! Party at my house; BYOB.  Or “Dude I just got my diagnosis; I have stage 4 lung cancer.  Just three short months and I will be with the angles. I hope to die a slow and agonizing death like Jesus.  YEAH! I can’t wait.”

After all Jesus taught: Matt 7:24-5 (NKJV)

24 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not ...”

Myself – Since I am a non-believer, I think I will worry about my health.  I will go to the doctor for a regular check up.  I will be concerned for my loved-ones’ earthly well-being.  I am not one to just throw caution to the wind and live in the here and now like Jesus taught, but maybe I am just funny that way. Ω TRT



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Cardiovascular Health and Religion

April 12, 2011

Calling the Kettle Black; Who Has Killed More, Islam or Christianity?

By Francis Nye

Holy Facepalm
Failure so epic, that even
Jesus can't bare to look.
Terry Jones, the pastor from Gainesville, Florida makes the claim that Islam and its holy book, the Qur’an is an, "instruments of violence, death and terrorism." But one could argue that his religion, Christianity is just as dangerous as Islam.


This pastor, who burst back into the news last week when his burning of the Qur'an led to deadly riots in Afghanistan, says that he does not regret his actions, and that he will move forward with plans to stage an anti-Islam protest outside the largest mosque in the United States, which is located in Dearborn, Michigan. He says that he's gotten hundreds of death threats, but that he would die for his belief that the Qur'an and Islam are instruments of violence.


Disturbingly, Jones says that he's only read parts of the Qur'an. This is clearly a bigoted mission by a man who knows little about the religion that he's persecuting and less about his own religion.


The reason I say he knows less about his own religion is because Christianity has as much or more blood on its hands than does Islam. Christianity has killed or maimed more people than the so-called “Atheist” regimes of Hitler and Stalin combined. The numbers are in the millions. That right I used the “M” word; millions. By the way; there is a large amount of evidence that points to Hitler being a Christian and not an Atheist but that is a topic for another post.


It is shocking the millions that have been butchered by the followers of Christ. Christ the Redeemer, the Lamb of God, the Savior of the World, etc. His devotees of peace and generosity have demonstrated anything but.


Some people I have talk to argue that this is because of a relatively few bad apples within the faith. That Christianity as a whole is a force for good. All I have to say is, really? It takes a lot of participants to kill millions of people. And this butchery is not just confined to a small period of time but has gone on since the very inception of the faith. As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire by imperial edict 315 CE, pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mobs. Pagan priests were put to the sword and untold innocents were raped just because they worshipped a different deity. Before that time it is interesting to point out that religious tolerance was the norm. It wasn’t until the advent of Christianity that religious intolerance began to raise its ugly head.

In another more recent example in 1994 in the small African country of Rwanda in just a few months several hundred thousand civilians were butchered, apparently a conflict of the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. What is shocking is the Catholic clergy was actively involved in the 1994 Rwanda massacres. That’s not all. What’s odd is the denials of the involvement that were printed in Catholic Church journals, before anybody had openly accused members of the church or any wrong doing.


A Religion Kills Tag
In yet another recent conflict between 1992 and 1995 in the Bosnian War in Europe the Christian Serbs systematically killed the Bosnian Muslims in what is nothing short of a religious genocide. The ethnic cleansing campaign that took place throughout areas controlled by the Bosnian Serb Army targeted Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats. The ethnic cleansing campaign included unlawful confinement, murder, rape, sexual assault, torture, beating, robbery and inhumane treatment of civilians; the targeting of political leaders, intellectuals and professionals; the unlawful deportation and transfer of civilians; the unlawful shelling of civilians; the unlawful appropriation and plunder of real and personal property; the destruction of homes and businesses; and the destruction of places of worship. All this from members of a religion that espouses peace and compassion for all. Really! Really! It appears that Christianity wrote the book on religious intolerance and has perfected the art of killing in the name of God. For all those that say Christianity is a force for good, I just laugh.


In truth how anyone can be a part of either faith, Christian or Islam is just mind boggling to me. But I presume it comes from lack of understanding of history and being duped by the leaders of these “hostile” faiths. Jones is just one of the many personalities that come to you with honeyed words of love but whose actions are venomous and have serious repercussions.


The simple act of the burning of the Qur'an has touched off a firestorm of retaliation throughout the Middle East that has put American service men and women at risk. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this would be the outcome of such a stupid and senseless act. He accomplished nothing but fanning the flames of hatred. Jones is obviously a few pews short of a church or he just didn’t care about the fallout of this actions.


Bottom line - Jones the “pot” in this drama should not be calling the kettle black. His religion has killed more people than Islam. I will say this however; it is not from Islam’s lack of trying. God knows they are just as dedicated to killing as the Christians. I believe the only reason Jones’ religion has killed more is because it had a 622 year head start over Islam. Ω TRT


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If you want to see a historical list of crimes against humanity that can be squarely placed at the feet of Christians over the centuries go to the following link: http://articles.exchristian.net/2002/10/how-many-people-have-been-killed-by.php This is by no means an all inclusive list either.


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Racial Radical Christians Killing Muslims

April 5, 2011

Witchcraft Trumps National Security

Dorthy and the Wickey Witch of
TSA
By Francis Nye

People are such fearful and suppositious creatures that if someone doesn’t fully understand or appreciate something or someone then they mistrust it and lash out at it. A Wiccan TSA employee alleges that she has been harassed and fired from her job because of her religion.  I personally think her accusations may have merit knowing how witches have always been persecuted in the past.

Carole Smith was one of the best at finding weapons in luggage at New York's Albany International Airport.  Despite this she was fired after a series of incidents starting with a complaint from a co-worker that Miss Smith had cast a spell on her.  Mary Bagnoli accused Miss Smith of following her on the highway one evening after work and casting a spell on the heater of her car, causing it not to work, though she later admitted she had not actually seen Miss Smith's car.

This is all laughable because a practitioner of Wicca does not cast spells or anything like what Smith is being accused of. Wicca is very nature oriented and actually has a lot of similarities with Native American.  The spells that a Wicca practitioner casts are meant to bring them closer to nature, not to cause harm to others.  Moreover, even if she did cast a spell, which she denies doing, is one really that naive to think she has real power.  If she had that kind of power she should quit the TSA and take her show on the road and make real money.  Only a nut would claim to have real power and only a nut would believe it.

To add further insult to injury Smith’s employer suggested that she go into a formal mediation session with her accuser and educate her on her religion to dispel any misconceptions. She of course refused.  At a hearing her employer admitted that they would not expect a Jewish person to do that in the same circumstances and that they actually did not know that Wicca was a recognized religion.  Even more egregious is after the complaint was filed other employees started asking where her broom was parked and why she didn't wear her pointy hat to work.  I am just glad they didn’t take her out in the parking lot and burn her at the stake or throw her in the river to see if she would float. 

It surprises me that this is the kind of professionalism that is tolerated from a national security agency of the United States Government that is responsible for our safety.  I don’t know about you but I would be wary of flying out of the Albany International Airport after learning that one of their best baggage screeners was dismissed over such a trivial thing as her religion and a totally baseless accusation.  I think the real problem here is management of the TSA.  How can the supervisors of TSA think there is any merit to these allegations of so-called witch craft?  Another good point is that all this happened off the clock and off the property.  So is TSA now involved in its employee’s personal lives as well?

When will we as a species finally realize there is no such thing as magic or the supernatural?  Witches have no more power than faith healers, gypsies or wizards.  We should be more afraid of terrorist than of witches.  Terrorist are real.  We have seen the horrific pain and suffering they have caused.  How they have debilitated our society and our core values.  When was the last time you saw a witch soaring over head on her broom? Ω TRT.


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