Apparently, Richard Dawkins is engaging in a campaign to publicly shame certain preacher types who have been, shall we say, “blessed abundantly.” He and another atheist activist are collecting photos of minister’s houses for a “documentary.” As Moe said:
“Dawkins isn’t really an atheist. Nobody sane would spend this much time hating Something that they don’t actually believe.”
But lets be honest: Activist Atheism is, sociologically, it’s own religion. There is no god but human Reason and these dudes are it’s Prophets; With the exception of an irrational paranoia of anything “religious,” in public discourse. The definition of “religious” is, of course only to be determined by them at whatever moment they so choose to object. For people who list hateful intimidation as an objection to religion, they seem to be fairly religious by their own definition.
This just begs for shameless Rule 2 link-pimping, especially since two of the links are back Rule 2 Master Stacy McCain. Blog-sidekick Smitty posts a link extolling Headline Juxtaposition, and I simply must take him up on that regarding a story they posted right below that one:
UNIONS BOYCOT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION -TheOtherMcCain
Except for the actual Democratic convention, apparently. The politicians here don’t know who to pander to, even editing out the name of their host stadium, because Bank of America is still an Official Ememy of Teh People(or something).
Posted in Government
Tagged BLogging, charlotte, convention, DNC, Headline, Juxtoposition, links, Robert McCain, Rule 2, Smitty, Stacy McCain, The Other McCain, union boycott, unions
All my news sites are covering the political conventions, from which I am detox-ing myself as a recovering political junkie.
So, I leave you with some friends of mine in a short video project I did last spring, playing the best board game ever.
Again with the Japanese this week, they have fascinating takes on religion as well. While there have been claims that Jesus never died/resurrected ever SINCE he was reported as dead/resurrected, I don’t think I ever heard he was a world traveler before. The anthropology on this would be fascinating, since there is such a miniscule Christian presence in that country. But that wasn’t always so: the Portuguese were very evangelistic before the shoguns closed the country to the West and massacred the hundreds of thousands of Japanese Christians as traitors. Maybe this is one of the things that survived from that time and was corrupted as legends and myths often are.
If something is worth doing, they refine it into an art.
Warfare? Karate and all it’s related marital *arts*. Even something simple like Tea has it’s own elaborate tea service ceremonies.
Japan seems to have declared kittehs Something Worth Doing.
” The setup is this: You walk in, pay 1,000 yen, or about $12, for an hour (which includes one drink)….sit down, pick up a toy, and wait for the cats, who, needless to say, want absolutely nothing to do with you.”
Not that Americans disagree, declaring the same in their own way:
“the Cheezburger Network raised $30 million last year in venture funding, and the Bible has been translated into Lolcat”
I’d be cruel if I didn’t include some…..research:
Posted in Geek-ery, God Stuff
Tagged art, Asia, boutique, ceremony, cute, Internet, Japan, kittehs, martial arts, tea, video
An entire world awaits those willing to venture beyond the faded pavement into the forest beyond. What adventures wait outside the steel and fiberglass bubble? I know somewhere in the distance lies a river, and between us a hillside sloping towards it’s shore. Another road may pass that way as well, the new path to which may link neighbors unawares.
It’s only dead if you stay in the bloody car.