Saturday, February 25, 2006

In On The Joke?

I found this on Post Secret. A wonderful site. I wonder how true it is?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Forced to Watch Faldwell

I remember that my friends mother used to corner me and try to make we watch Faldwell (at least I think it was Faldwell) when he had specials on. She thought that it would cause me to see the light. I would try to find a way to stay far away during those episodes, but once or twice she cornered me into it.

My memory of Sunday morning religious shows was of faith healing on stage. It reminded me of Huck Finn on the little boat and the faith healing scene. Why, if we could understand the shyster nature of it in Huck Finn could people not see it clearly in these events, I would wonder.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Raving Atheist

Before starting this I had no idea how many sites there were devoted to pursuing a life without religion.

I just ran across the Raving Atheist. It is pretty good.

From my childhood I would have assumed there were no Atheists out there. Of course, college changed all that and I discovered there was a whole community of people like me. This was similar to how many discover their sexuality or come to grips with it.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

A good Christian

My father-in-law once told my wife that I am the most Christian person in the family.

He is a good man and I know he meant well, but that statement truly offended me. I was not raised with direct Christian values, though I do live in a Judea-Christian society so I have a lot of the values that come from that.

The presumption is that to be a good Christian is to be like me is so ludicrous since while I agree I have some values that are assigned to "good Christian," I loath almost everything Christian.

I guess if to seek the Truth and not tell a lie is to be a good Christian then there are no Christians that are good Christians since Jesus and God are both lies.

Here is good article on persecution and Christianity.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

An Atheist Manifesto

A very good article on ThruthDig by Sam Harris called An Atheist Manifesto.

Sam makes several very good points in here which I will explore in later posts.

Sunday School

When I was a child my parents sent me to Sunday School. They were both atheists, but they told me that they believed that I should have some background in religion, though I always believed they just wanted to get rid of me for another day. This was just one year and perhaps I do have some religious background now because of it.

I grew up in West Virginia and all my friends were religious. They all went to Sunday School and I did miss out on an important part of West Virginia socialization because I didn't go. That same thing with church camp. They all seemed to go one year or another, though I remember a close friend of mine saying he lost his virginity at a church camp. I guess that means I really did miss out on something.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Was There a Jesus?

I don't really know and I would profess that no one else alive today does either. The historical evidence runs counter to his existence. The best argument on this is that given the amount of written history of the times, if Jesus had the impact the bible says he had someone would have written a contemporaneous history of Jesus, yet none exist. What does exist is many earlier stories of saviors who had very similar characteristics. In fact I am not aware that Jesus had any original characteristics.

As a child my parents taught me that we believed that a person named Jesus Christ actually existed, but that we did not believe he was the son of God. He was just a historical figure that claimed to be the son of God.

I had held that firm belief most of my life until one day when I read in The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Told by Acharya S. pretty solid evidence that Jesus did not exist. This disturbed me so much that I called my mother and told her that I felt deceived that she had never told me that his existence as a person was not historically solid. She said she was not aware that it was not clearly known historical fact that Jesus did exist. What, tell me, is Christiantity if its basic tenet is based on someone that never existed?

From her book:
(quoted from http://www.truthbeknown.com/christ.htm)

Horus of Egypt

"Egypt, the primeval seat of learning, was the high seat of Sun adoration. The Sphinx, with the face to the east, represents Harmmachus, young Horus, or the rising Sun. The orb is Osiris, the ruling god of day. In its descent it is the dying deity, going below to the land of Shades; but only to be resurrected as the victorious Horus, piercing the head of the dragon of darkness." James Bonwick, Irish Druids & Old Irish Religions

The Egyptian sun god Horus, who predated the Christ character by thousands of years, shares the following in common with Jesus:

  • Horus was born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave/manger with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three wise men.
  • His earthly father was named "Seb" ("Joseph"). Seb is also known as "Geb": "As Horus the Elder he...was believed to be the son of Geb and Nut." Lewis Spence, Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends, 84.
  • He was of royal descent.
  • At age 12, he was a child teacher in the Temple, and at 30, he was baptized, having disappeared for 18 years.
  • Horus was baptized in the river Eridanus or Iarutana (Jordan) by "Anup the Baptizer" ("John the Baptist"), who was decapitated.
  • He had 12 disciples, two of whom were his "witnesses" and were named "Anup" and "Aan" (the two "Johns").
  • He performed miracles, exorcised demons and raised El-Azarus ("El-Osiris"), from the dead.
  • Horus walked on water.
  • His personal epithet was "Iusa," the "ever-becoming son" of "Ptah," the "Father." He was thus called "Holy Child."
  • He delivered a "Sermon on the Mount" and his followers recounted the "Sayings of Iusa."
  • Horus was transfigured on the Mount.
  • He was crucified between two thieves, buried for three days in a tomb, and resurrected.
  • He was also the "Way, the Truth, the Light," "Messiah," "God's Anointed Son," the "Son of Man," the "Good Shepherd," the "Lamb of God," the "Word made flesh," the "Word of Truth," etc.
  • He was "the Fisher" and was associated with the Fish ("Ichthys"), Lamb and Lion.
  • He came to fulfill the Law.
  • Horus was called "the KRST," or "Anointed One."
  • Like Jesus, "Horus was supposed to reign one thousand years."

Furthermore, inscribed about 3,500 years ago on the walls of the Temple at Luxor were images of the Annunciation, Immaculate Conception, Birth and Adoration of Horus, with Thoth announcing to the Virgin Isis that she will conceive Horus; with Kneph, the "Holy Ghost," impregnating the virgin; and with the infant being attended by three kings, or magi, bearing gifts. In addition, in the catacombs at Rome are pictures of the baby Horus being held by the virgin mother Isis--the original "Madonna and Child."



Saturday, February 04, 2006

School Prayer in the 1970s

I was in third grade around 1975 and attended a public school. This 12 years after the Supreme Court in Murray v. Curlett (Engle v. Vitale.) prohibited recitation of the Lords Prayer and Bible Readings in public schools. It was also well before the much publicized moments of silence in the 80s.

I remember at lunch we would have to pray. This was not a moment of silence because it was called prayer, though nothing was said during the prayer. We were required to put our hands together in prayer and lean our heads down. It amazes me to this date that that type of prayer still happened in the mid-70s.

I remember this particularly well because I thought of putting the straw into the orange drink or chocolate milk and up between my hands. While I prayed I would get a good drink and over time I talked the kids around me into doing the same thing. I don’t remember it ever being an issue or being caught, but drinking during prayers was my little third grade bit of defiance.

What is this all about?

Today I was reading about the Muslim reactions to Danish papers printing images of Mohammed which many Muslims believe are degrading and it infuriated me. Not because I was sympathetic to either side, but rather because it is all just so stupid. I decided it was time to make my views on religion known.

This blog will talk about my views on religion and what it was like to grow up in the United States as an Atheist.

I am not just an Atheist, I am a radical Atheist. That means I don't just believe religion is a big old lie, but I believe it is important to stomp out the lie. I believe that a fundamental belief in such a large untruth is harmful.

Growing up in the 70s in a university town in a rural state as an Atheist was at times a difficult thing. None of my friends were Atheists. Atheism was a major stigma, one I often kept hidden. It was just not acceptable to not believe in God. In fact, not believing in God was not something that our neighbors understood and we were in a progressive part of the state. In this blog I will often write about the feelings and difficulties growing up this way.