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God and Atheism

Reverently burgled from I Am your God

God and His Own Existence

Reverently burgled from I Am your God

God and Atheism

Reverently burgled from I Am your God

God and Insults

Reverently burgled from I Am your God

Respecting Beliefs

Australia’s new Prime Minister is an atheist. Yet her avowal of atheism raises as many questions  as it seems to answer.

Julia Gillard begins by saying that she does not believe in God.

Then at  0.43 she sinks into Weasel words (Examples of Weasel words) and says, “I am a great respecter of religious beliefs but they are not my beliefs”

What does this comment say about the current state of atheism?

Yesterday I was roused from a much deserved afternoon nap by a ringing doorbell. Two well-dressed young gentlemen greeted me as I opened the door. In their hands were copies of Watchtower. Had they had neat little badges on their lapels naming them as “Elder Ernest” and “Elder I am come to show you the way you should live” or had they been members of my local Protestant Church on the same  proselytising mission, the response would have been the same.  “Sorry, no myths or superstitions here!” and a firm closing of the door.

Several days earlier I had been walking along a city street when I was offered a pamphlet or a tract or somesuch by a very determined old man, trying to tell me that the “End is Nigh”.  Some short distance later his twin tried to present me with another piece of dead tree telling me that “Jesus Saves”.

Each of these people had a specific religious belief and was determined to make me see things their way.

It is accepted within our nominally Christian society that Christian Churches are expected to attempt to gain members through personal visitation yet any attempt to sway people away from a belief in God (any God) is considered to be disrespectful.

Having the Greatest Respect.

So while it is not disrespectful for a religious person to attempt to convert me/ tell me I’m wrong/ claim that I am a danger to society/ mock me for being different,  according to our Australian Prime Minister, it IS disrespectful to even think of telling a religious person that they may possibly be wrong or deluded.


Is it that the religious are so uncertain of their faith that they cannot brook any opposition? That belief in NO God is worse than belief in ANY God, however misguided?

I am sometimes met with the comment that, since I am an atheist and have no beliefs, why do I bother living? Shouldn’t I end it all now since there is no future for me? My response has become, “Since Heaven is so much better than this current life, why do YOU cling to life so strongly and avoid going to your marvellous reward?”

Somehow this suggestion is always rejected, not always coherently. In fact, in my experience, those who claim the greatest faith often cling to life the hardest.

I have spent many years as a gentle cynic. Yet I can feel the delusional fanaticism of the religious offending me socially and politically. Perhaps there is a touch of age-related curmudgeonlyness in my developing anger at the myths which would rule me but I am becoming quite intolerant of stupidity and deliberate ignorance.

I’m sorry Julia. The time has come to tell these deluded religious fools where to get off.

As Christopher Hitchens said, “I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.

God and Atheism

Burgled reverently from I Am your God

Australia, Strangled by Censors

Here in our gloriously free and oh so safe country, Australia, yet another Government is working hard to ensure our happiness, safety and contentment.

Having just been told that our internet is going to be fixed so that we are no longer menaced by internet  nasties that our guardians don’t like we now have a Governmental intent to change the laws on what is and isn’t art.

The New South Wales Government has released recommendations to scrap the defence of ‘artistic merit’ in relation to child pornography.

It is part of a report compiled by police, the DPP and Legal Aid in an attempt to make a clear legal distinction between pornography and art.

So now we will have artistic merit determined by Government Committee.

Just like Germany and Russia during the 1930’s and Eastern Europe in the 1950’s and 1960’s what is considered acceptable in architecture, music, theatre and the visual arts is soon to be decided for us by those who were once our elected representatives.

The talent of Bill Henson has once again been the excuse for this brutal slap in the face for Australia’s arts community.

Regardless of the fact that this law allegedly can only come into force once an item has been declared “Child Pornography”, once that decision is made, apparently by the Director of Public Prosecutions, then “artistic merit” goes out the window and is not even considered. Not a good start for any defense to a crime which is simply “In the eye of the beholder”. There is no objective way of defining “pornography” whether adult or child.

This new law suddenly appears just weeks after Senator Conroy announced in Federal Parliament that the “Great Firewall of Australia” will be fully operational by 2011. If that measure goes ahead in its current form then Australia will be off the internet map. All the little special interest groups will have their special interest desires met.

The “Pro-family” groups will have total censorship of pornography. Not just the “Kiddie Porn” of which those of us who oppose this measure are assumed (by Senator Conroy) to be devotees but adult porn which is currently legal under Australia’s censorship laws. They will also be able to block all sites which mention voluntary euthanasia, safe drug use or abortion.

The “anti-gambling” groups will have succeeded in banning, in Australia, all gambling sites on the internet.

The Religious Right will get their jollies because atheist websites and “alternative religion” websites will be banned, blocked or shut down.

How long will it be until a political party takes advantage of being in office to ban all sites promoting their opposition?

The “Clean Feed Filter” which is going to be used is almost exactly the same as the filter the Chinese Government, a noted liberal regime, was going to use but then decided that it was unworkable.

So, between these two arms of Government, it seems we Aussies are in for – I was going to say, “An interesting time.” In reality we will regress to the drabness of the Puritan regimes in both England and the then new Americas.

The art work comes from, in order; Mike Fitz, Bill Henson, Phil’s Phun, I Am your God.
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A Change of Mind

An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow both.

As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, “Oh, my God! Help me!”

At once, the ferocious attack scene froze in place, and as the atheist hung in mid-air, a booming voice came down from the clouds, “I thought you didn’t believe in Me!”

“Come on God, give me a break,” the man pleaded. “Two minutes ago I didn’t believe in the Loch Ness monster either!”

Atheism; Expletive Deleted

Australia is supposed to be a secular society, but the Atheist Foundation of Australia says the nation’s biggest outdoor advertising the company has refused to run its advertisements.

One of the humorous messages the foundation hoped to put on the back of buses was, “Sleep in on Sunday mornings”. But the foundation says Australia’s biggest outdoor advertising company, APN Outdoor, had a problem with it.

Atheist Foundation president David Nicholls told the Religion Report on ABC Radio National that the contentious slogan was one of a number which had been proposed for the $16,000 advertising campaign. “We started off with ‘Atheism – because there is no credible evidence’, we put that to the bus companies, they didn’t like that and they said the wording wasn’t to their acceptance,” he said.

“And then we changed that to ‘Celebrate reason’ and thought we’d make it a bit comical – ‘Sleep in on Sunday mornings’. But they refused that also. “The end conversation I had was I asked why we were refused and my answer to that was, ‘well we have to refer this to our legal department’, and the chappie hung up,” he said. “Nearly immediately after that he rang back with a message saying listen this is all finished, we’re not putting the signs on.”

“I’m disappointed but not overly surprised. Religion has a very great hold on societies, even democratic societies, and in fact it has too great a hold in democratic societies.”


Atheists overseas have had more success. In the United States there is a cheeky advertisement on Washington buses: “Why believe in a God? Just be good for goodness’ sake.”

“In Australia, religion started off having a lot of breaks way back when we were starting our society, and those breaks have continued throughout,” Mr Nicholls said. “Religions are tax exempt, they receive council breaks, they’re responsible for a $100 million chaplaincy program, tax payers are paying for religious schools, and ‘celebrate reason’ is a very appropriate message to be putting forward today.”

Mr Nicholls suggests it is a bit much to knock back a slogan questioning God, when a group which does believe in God has been allowed to run its advertising. “In Adelaide I believe, in the recent past, the APN buses had all across the back of a bus, or some buses, the message ‘John 3:16’, which is the most famous biblical passage, that God so loved the world that he gave his only son da da da,” he said. “Now atheists find that offensive, and there’s lots of atheism in Australia, but we wouldn’t prohibit its displaying.”

Thanks Mike for the tip, Phil for the cartoon and ABC Online for the article.

God on Atheism

Golden Primate Award

The provocative Dorid has created the Golden Primate Awards and has chosen me as one of the first recipients.

Thank you

I was tempted to pass this along to the well known proto-atheist Dr Rowan Williams but refused to give in to the temptation.

Instead I limited my choices to some of the people who make me think.

The Rev’d Anaglyph and the Tetherd Cow.

Honjii, who harangues us all.

Metro, a Canadian who deserves forgiveness.

The eloquent Truce who is curiouser and curiouser.

Gary Murning in whose hands words are lethal weapons!

Please pass this on to about five of those you know who are proud of their primateship with a link back to the creator of this award, dorid.

History of the Universe

Have you ever thought about how we know what we know about the Universe?

The macro Universe – that one out there that you look at day by day, and if you look at the moon or the stars, night by night.

That whole wondrous Milky Way and the Constellations and the occasional falling stars.

How do we know how far away are the sun and the other stars?

How did the Big Bang become a part of what we know?

I found this on Gary’s Blog. The original is one of a series of excellent videos on

What this doesn’t explain to me is just when did homo sap get around to seeing shapes in stars? To naming those constellations which we now know only as our “Astrological Signs”?

The Plaeides or “Seven Sisters” is very old because it is known as that both in Northern Hemisphere mythologies and in ancient Indigenous Australian tales.

Taurus appears in the cave paintings of the Ice Age in France and Spain. Yes, I know the Seven Sisters is a part of Taurus.

What of my Capricorn and all the others? When did they appear?

Yes, while I am in awe of the discoveries made by Astronomers and Physicists and Mathematicians, my interests are people and their thoughts. The origins of the myths we are surrounded by. The almost universal myths. It is time for me to begin writing of them.

After nearly two years I need to continue a train of thought.

Warning; Adult Content

Burgled from the very inventive and quite unapologetic Haranguing Honjii.

God; Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot were all dictators with a habit of imprisoning, torturing and killing anyone who was not totally subservient..

Somewhat like the God of the Old Testament who was transformed by his PR department into the loving God of the New Testament yet still maintains, and exercises the right to imprisonment and torture. Most of these punishments are related to fire and brimstone in that ghastly gulag, “Hell”.

Of course, Hitler and Stalin and Pol Pot were quite content to stop the punishment and torture once the criminal was dead. YHWH or God or The Lord abrogates to Himself the right to continue these painful, humiliating and nasty punishments for all eternity.

An infinity of pain, the like of which we can barely comprehend here on Earth.

Not a nice person, this God being!

Richard Dawkins, writing in his book The God Delusion, described God thus: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

As Sir Richard Francis Burton wrote, “The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.”

The God of the New Testament still demands total subjugation and an eternity of adoration or the Fires of Hell and the Lakes of Brimstone will be a punishment which last forever following Earthly death.

But he loves us! Unlike Pol Pot and Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

His PR Department tells us so.

Happy Easter/Passover/Pascha/

Just One God is the Difference

Found over on the Friendly Atheist, this list may not be complete.

Cthulhu doesn’t rate a mention and Dagon appears twice, apparently because of the God of Cut and Paste.

However the central thesis is quite clear. Atheists only disbelieve in one more God than Christians.

Yet Christians are convinced that THEIR God is real, unlike all the other Gods who have proved to be false. In supporting their God, they are defying history which is littered with the remains of forgotten deities.

Stripped of his powers following the collapse of Ancient Egypt, former God of Death Anubis is reduced to begging for Beef Treats. (And if you think that’s funny, wait and see what fate has in store for your God.).