After being down for nearly a year, I have finally got my blog back up and running…one might call it a Ressurection; but please, don’t start oppressing homosexuals or force women to “dress modestly” as a result of this resurrection. This may be a Cult by name, but its certainly not one in deeds.
All my old plans that were laid out early in the life of this blog are out the window, and I have no idea what I plan to do with this in the future. In the meantime, at least you can go read or reread my old posts.
1. (of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
“historians try to be objective and impartial”
synonyms: impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, nonpartisan, disinterested, neutral, uninvolved, even-handed, equitable, fair, fair-minded, just, open-minded, dispassionate, detached, neutral
“I was hoping to get an objective and pragmatic report”
1. principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
synonyms: ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality More
Together it is “A set of principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.”
In other words, if you have a standard of morality that cannot be influenced by your own feelings, you can have objective morality.
When debating with theists on Twitter, or any platform really, there is a common mistake both atheists and theists make; although 9 out of 10 times it’s the theist that makes the error and the atheist then errors by not calling them on it.
That mistake is to compare atheism to a specific religion.
Note: This was originally published on my blogspot blog on November 9, 2014.
Different people obviously have different thresholds for what they consider “proof”; let’s call that our “Threshold of Proof” or ToP because I’m lazy & don’t want to type it over & over. To me, Evidence is what leads to proof. Some people require multiple pieces of evidence to consider something proven while others require little to no evidence to claim proof.
Throughout history, the gods’ men have invented have always matched the culture they came from and looked like the people of that culture (some exceptions apply). Often cultures would adopt & modify the Gods from neighboring or conquered cultures so they better reflect their own culture and then amalgamate them into one of their own gods or add them to their pantheon. This allowed them to integrate a culture into their own in a way that made them less likely to revolt.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. When I think of domestic violence I, of course, think about the countless women whose faces, hearts & minds bear the scars of violent, oppressive men in their lives. I also think about the many other people who also suffer from Domestic Violence.
Men get battered by their wives & girlfriends.
Gay men are assaulted by their husbands & boyfriends.
Lesbians get pummelled into submission by their wives & girlfriends.
Trans men & women fight for their lives in hospitals after telling their spouse their true gender.
All of the above being raped by their supposed loved ones.
All of these are horrific and all need strong voices standing up for them. However, there is another kind of domestic violence so horrific it typically gets put into its own category. I’m speaking of child abuse.
Children are beaten and raped by the very people that are supposed to protect them from this abuse. This is undoubtedly a form of domestic abuse that should be fought against always.
What I present below is the Eulogy I gave for my mother at her funeral. I took that opportunity to speak out against child abuse and once you read it, you’ll see why.
What does an atheist say to his dad that’s facing congestive heart failure? Well, I made a joke about death not being scary, it’s just like the billions of years before he lived.
Today my dad went into the hospital because of a fall. While there they figure out his heart is having trouble. When I left (my brother was there) they were taking him for chest x-rays, but before that, the doctor asked the question, “If his heart stops, do we try to resuscitate him?”
I thought I knew what my dad would say, but I told the doctor to ask him since he was of sound enough mind to answer that himself. I was somewhat shocked when he said, “If there’s a chance of it working, do it.”