Friday, January 28, 2011

Was Jesus Real?

The Beginnings of the Renaissance of the Islamic world or a Flash in the Pan?


The Beginnings of the Renaissance of the Islamic world or a Flash in the Pan?


The recent upheavals in Tunisia, Yemen and now Egypt are building like a wildfire, spreading across the Middle East, the Arab World, Africa, Persia and beyond.
The seeds of doubt in oppressive, religiously controlled governments have started to sprout and from it, we have the rise of the people.
For almost 1400 years, Islam has seen some Golden Years as Europe sullied in a quagmire of superstition and war. Those Golden Years though died out about 340 years ago with the defeat at the gates of Vienna.
A combined European Force defeated the Ottoman Empire in a devastating battle that helped unite parts of Europe previously at odds with each other. Battle for Vienna 

This decline in the power of the Islamic states and empires resulted in a massive fragmentation and an eventual colonization of European forces in an almost Final Crusade that further divided the region.
What happened though, was the rise of Khalifs and religious micro states that severely oppressed the population.
Speed ahead a few hundred years and we are witness to what could be the next great war facing mankind. A war of Attrition or obliteration? Between the Enlightened Western Cultures (Including China and Japan for instance) versus the old, tribal cultures of the Middle East.
Let's consider why this is happening.
Oil.
It's funny. 9/11, and other terrorist attacks on the West, not to mention the terror attacks against other Muslims are a result of a modern society clashing with a more primitive less adapted one, all because of resources and global influx of money.
IN essence the Muslim world had been defeated for all time, problem is they sit on resources we need.
So what happens? Our governments interfere, manipulate and help Radicals foster a hate for us.
All the while, dictatorships build and oppress the people more, but it's ok, as long as we hate the West just as much.
I may be digressing, but I'm getting to my point.
The Islamic world is a fractured, broken world, united only in hate and even that can't help create peace either. More Muslims die at the hands of other Muslims than they do to Western aggression. (The Terrorism numbers are astounding).
So far, we know that outside influence causes problems, RELIGION causes problems, so how do we help the people escape the dictatorships and fractured world they live in?
We do nothing.
We step away and not interfere. What happens?
Riots, revolts and a rise of the people. I just hope this isn't a flash in the pan and it actually builds towards a stronger, smarter, better world.
A safer world too. If the people are emancipated, and secular governments rise, and turn the radicals into a weak, little minority, we in the West will benefit greatly. If the opposite happens, like in Iran, we are in for a lot more troubles in the near future.
I really hope this is the Renaissance the Islamic world needs, for all our sakes.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Religion of Peace? I think not. Russian Bombings and other musings.

Putin Vows Revenge for Airport Bombing
The Emergencies Ministry said the dead included one person each from Britain, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Tajikistan. Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan; 16 were Russians and the remaining 12 had not been identified. A further 110 people, including nine foreigners, were hospitalized.


This is another sad incident, among many thousands throughout the world that sum up what Free Society is facing in the 21st Century.
Since 9/11, and even long before, the Jihadist, or religious extremist (almost all religions can attest to having a good 5% to 15% of their population among the Fundamentalists and another 20% of those being fanatics. This could be even more. Numbers from the UN stats on Human Rights and Freedoms)

Think of the bombings in the London Underground or Madrid or the USS Cole, to name a few.
Men driven because of some twisted justification, with little or no regard for human life.

Fueled by the dementia of religion.


The Suicide Bomber isn't always the Fanatic

There is one common judgment across the board that suicide bombers are ALL fanatics.
This isn't true. Many are coerced into performing these actions because of extortion and threats of other fanatics.

They will routinely threaten to kill family members if you are unwilling to join in the cause.
Simple criminal activities. (A report on international crime outlined terrorism as consisting of both criminal and religious intent)

At the root of this though is the assertion of divine allowance for these actions to take place. The guilt, threats of hellfire and the mental abuse required to take an intelligent, well adjusted person to commit such actions are another form of coercion. So the suicide bomber isn't always a fanatic from the onset, but they find a way of getting there, which by their own means or the means of others.

What is it about religion, and more specifically Islam that allows for this?


Religion is NOT peace

Religion, with all it's niceties, and beautiful ceremonies is in essence the blind worship and unquestioning authority of , well, nothing.
Air. Imaginary things.
When you are a child and your mother tells you that your imaginary friend isn't real, you get upset. As an adult, you hurt people.
Not all religions suffer form the misogyny and death cult status of the Western, Abrahamic Religions. Some like the Jain's or Baha'i, regard life, and the purpose of life to be a journey of love and growth.
A Journey, not unlike their prophets, of self reflection and good deed with conviction and without hubris and arrogance. 
The problem is, they still believe in nothing. They worship creatures invented by man, as reflections of our own faults (in the case of the Roman Gods) or a reflection of our desires (Greek God's as well) or our natural fear of death (Abrahamic faiths and other, death worshipping cults)
Islam has not once entered into a state of Reformation. Right now, millions and millions of Muslims struggle with each other over the most irrelevant issues, sometimes blowing up fellow mosques in the name of their flavour of Islam. 
Shiite Vs Sunni etc etc. Islam has never faced a point in which it's very survival was resting on a a detente and then a rebirth. The thing is, Islam, as a religion is dying and I will talk about that in a moment.
Similar to the Protestant conflict with the Catholics, a wedge needed to be shoved in between. A true peace maker, secularism.


Peace is derived through Freedom, not absolutism

To have peace, you must have detente. True world peace, where everyone loves each other and hands out flowers doesn't come from a willingness to end conflict, far from it. It comes from the willingness to mutually profit off of the exchange of social and emotional bonds, which in turn result in a higher yield of benefit over conflict.
Most of the world's conflicts have been over resources and the control, and or power struggle over them.
Whether it be land, goods, people, regardless, it all comes down to who controls what. The best motivator for those in power though is religion.

Motivating someone to commit an atrocity better have a reward greater than any and all rewards ever summed up in their life. it could be money, (mercenaries)  religion (72 Virgins waiting for you) or simply the admiration of the state (National Socialism is a great example of this)


The greatest motivator though is the idea of eternal pleasures and rewards. I won't go into the idiocy of Islams afterlife or the silly descriptions of heaven in Christianity, but know that the reward of eternal salvation is a great motivator for evil.


The way to prevent all this though is the separate the daily lives and actions of men and women from their religions, emotional lives.
This is where Secularism and Democracy come into play.
Religion serves to remove the responsibility of action from the individual, then punishes severely the transgressions.
The Franchise, or democracy places the complete onus on the individual, including protecting the freedoms of others. This may sound similar but they are as different then Apples and Seahorses.

If the individual becomes responsible for their actions, both to the collective, to themselves and to the function of the  collective, then one feels a part owner in it. We are all owners of the franchise. Religion is more of a Parent/Child relationship where the rules have been set, do as you are told and you will not be punished. Break them and you will know what you have done wrong. 
Problem is, you don't learn anything new and you create stagnation and, in the end defeat. Subjugation.  




Islam serves to destroy this.

Why Islam is in for a big hurt
 Islam is not the first religion to use suicide bombers. The bomb vest was actually the invention of insane Tamils, waging a ridiculous war against Sri Lanka. They believed it was their divine right to create a nation of Tamils and die trying. Looks like they got half that right.
The Kamikaze of Japan, or Holy Wind died in the name of their God Emperor. 
history is rife with examples of those willing to die in the name of a Religion.
Islam is no different. As a religion it also offers little or no difference than Christianity or Judaism. Just another flavour of means and ways to control and subjugate people in the name of a flying Sky Daddy.


History shows though that the zeal and energy needed  to wage a war of fanaticism, soon burns out and usually ends up backfiring in the end. (The Crusades, the Islamic Invasion of Europe during the 1700's etc)

In our Modern world, especially in the West, we are expected to support, love and propagate the idea that we can all get along. This is bumpkiss mind you but, regardless it has allowed for cultures like Canada, Most of Western Europe, the US and others to create multigenus societies with mixed and inherently stronger cultures. 
Sometimes you get infiltrated with dead, dying and sick cultures which associate and further justify their actions with religious zealotism, then demand the new host country capitulate.

England and Europe are great examples of how not to treat and handle your immigrants. It's become an almost frightening. This is another topic to talk about for another post.

What is happening is a global spreading of a sick philosophy known as Islam.
There are those among the religion that are not fanatics, not dangerous in any capacity. The problem is, there are far too many that are.
Islam is at a crossroads. As the world begins to rely less and less on the oil of the Wahhabi's of Saudi Arabia, their influence as well will wane. To establish power, control and growth of their faith, ore militant and aggressive techniques will start happening.
We see this in the global reaction to a bunch of cartoons of the murderous Muhammad. A man renowned for his lust of young women, power and military conquest. I hold little respect for a man so willing to commit atrocities and is still worshiped today. I fear that in 200 years men will look back and may worship Stalin or Hitler, as their divine promises were just as wild and idiotic as those found in any religion.
The reason why Islam is about to get a big wake up call comes from their steadfast need to demand change of any nation they occupy.
I remember trying to go for a swim at my local pool. I was doing laps when a group of Muslim women came in, head coverings etc and demanded the men leave the pool out of respect for their faith. Like so many good natured and welcoming Canadians, people capitulated but I stood my ground. I said no. I have a right to swim here as do you. SO please swim but do not ask from me to usurp my own rights to fulfill your religious obligations. I will not cross that line.
Respect is earned and these women did not have mine.

There have been global protests in the name of Sharia Law. Even here, in Canada. Protesters demanding a tiered legal system to suit their religious beliefs!
This can not and will not be allowed to continue.
The free reign of demands and capitulation through politically correct measure is coming to an end.
The problem is, instead of us as a collective standing up and saying no, but here is a better collusion, we h ave fringe groups rising to the occasion.
Examples are the Tea Party, British National Party, and other Nationalistic parties forming throughout Europe and Asia. 
Groups that are fed up, and willing to commit heinous acts of violence. 
This can not be allowed either.
What we need is a global awareness of what it means to be free. Education, growth, food, etc can help in those efforts.
The first steps need to happen from Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia. They need to grow up. Their cultures need to change and their religion needs to mature.
Right now, as they continue to pressure and push Europeans, the Chinese, Russia, the USA etc, they do so under the guise their god will protect them.
Sadly, all that will happen is a global backlash. You will see more and more religious screenings in immigration. More and more violence perpetrated against Muslims, whether justified or not (in the minds of those doing it) it will happen.

Soon, if a large enough terrorist attack on US or European soil occurs, don't be surprised to see more invasions and if necessary, mushroom clouds over cities.
Is this fear mongering or idiocy? No, it's an inevitable and predictable outcome from a world fed up with capitulation and acceptance through forced tolerance.

Islam has a choice. Rise up, abandon these Islamist dreams of global superpowers under the name of Allah, find the personal adherence to the faith, while supporting and defending the rights of secular society. Which include the freedoms of and from religion, sexuality, gender and general discrimination.
Once this happens, this renaissance of Islam, then the world will be free from these kinds of conflicts.

Sadly, with men and women who see selfish, arrogant dreams of destruction and death in the name of god, we, the free society must stand as vanguards to the coming storm. Quell our fanatics and xenophobes and through that, establish a dialogue with the enemy and hopefully win over their hearts and minds with philosophies of inclusion and fairness.
Will this happen? I don't know. 


What I do know, is a lot of people are going to get hurt, needlessly, and without reason.




 







 


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Debunking that stupid Creationist Classroom video

Electroweak Stars

When a star dies, depending on its mass, it has several options. When a sun-like star runs out of fuel, it puffs up into an angry red giant, eventually losing its outer layers to space, leaving a compact mass of "electron degenerate" matter behind. This remnant is called a white dwarf, the kind of star our sun will turn into in about 4 billion years time.
Electroweak Stars

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Supportatheism.com

I am now on Support Atheism Dot Com!!
Ha. Good, it's exciting to start being linked when starting a new blog. I want to get my message out there about free thought, skepticism and freedom from religion.
To the guys and dolls over yonder in cyber space at supportatheism.com, thanks. I will be a big support and constant provider of information, arguments and input.
Cheers

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So much to kevetch about - Anti - Vaccination

I've been pretty involved in some big open debates about Vaccination, homeopathy and alternative medicine.
It get's pretty wild what people believe. And the key word is Belief.
That one word can make the difference between a factual, well tohught out theory, and sheer bumpkiss.

I believe in nothing except the philosophical application of reason and logic. The reason is that they exist in the realm of abstract thought, which in essence has no physical application except the indirect usage of such.
ANYWAY
I got into this really heavy debate on facebook on a page called V.I.N.E
Vaccination Information Network.
VINE
These quackpots, led by their semi insane leader, Erwin Alden, a Kiwi with a hate-on for Western Medicine, are out to rid the world of science and replace it with magic beans.

The nature of Vine is the question a)the validity of Vaccines b)Offer alternative medicines c)Educate people on their rights as well as give medical advice.

I'll start with C.
Erwin loves to give out medical advice. In fact, he is so assured to the evils of western medicine, even going so far as to claim MD's are part of a vast international conspiracy to depopulate the world through Vaccination and GMO's.
He calls them peddlers of evil and child abusers.
Making such statements without proof is called liable. I can tell you this., New Zealand authorities should be made aware of this.

B)Alternative medicines. I'm not going to go into detail here, as I want to have separate posts about the myriad of snake oil scams in alternative medicine, but what I will say is the amount of bullshit and nonsense peddled to poor, unsuspecting people.

I'll quickly round off the bullshit list. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). One only has to look at the general health and well being of China to know the Bull of TCM. Not to mention, if you support TCM, you support the Bear Bile, the Shark Fins, the Whale Penis. I won't go into the impurities found in many TCM products. Take a gander here.TCM Quackery (I'll talk more about that later)


Homeopathy. This deserves it's own post but for the time being, go here. How Does Homeopathy Work
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 It's actually quite an exhaustive list.
The last real factitious, idiotic and unscientific theory is Cellular Theory. Germ Vs Cellular
Read the chart. If you know a little bit, even the teeniest, tiniest smallest thing about biology, you would know Cellular Theory is bullshit.
Again, it deserves it's own post for analysis.


And now Number A).
Vaccines Don't Work.
Really Erwin? Don't they? Do Vaccines work? According to the CDC, ya they do.
Do they have side effects and could potentially cause death? Sure. It's called mitigating Risk. Vaccines (which I will talk further about later with some real data and medical information)
have been proven effective. Any argument against vaccines comes from analysis of statistical data, bad science (almost science fiction) and assumption mixed with anecdotal evidence.
Let me give you folks a little advice.
If you make a claim, EVEN IF IT IS RIGHT, you must prove it, and thus be willing to accept criticism for that statement. if you fail this, your claim, true or not, is invalid and you are wasting your time.
There is a reason there is a process in this.
So when Wakefield, the crook he is, was found guilty of manipulating data, lying, endangering children and accepting money from lawyers, people should have said, ok so this autism-vaccine thing probably isn't real.
Erwin and his collective of bleating sheep say otherwise. They worship him like a god. A martyr! They beleive him innocent, even in the face of absolute evidence indicating otherwise. Wakefield is a crook and will always be known as a man who, through his greed, has caused the death or illness of thousands of people, needlessly. Evil.Wakefield

I'm going to take off, next post will be less ranty and more specific. Cheers!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pakistan - A Microcosm of How a Nation Decays

Blasphemy Laws in Dispute

Recently a well known and loved left wing politician was murdered in Pakistan, simply because he insisted on fighting an outrageous set of blasphemy laws currently accepted in Pakistan.
The Pope along with countless other international delegates have demanded Pakistan repeal its harsh, and repressive laws.
In the streets though, the population feels otherwise.
The supposedly  peaceful religion rears its, well, head (I would say ugly but we should just presume it's nothing but ugly) with threats to any and all that question it's collective insanity.
"If you challenge the prophet, we will take revenge. It doesn't matter who does it," Cries a cleric from teh crowd.

Another example of the evil of religion and how it destroys everything it touches.


The politician that was murdered was somehow a criminal. Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province openly criticized the law because of its retardation of Pakistan. His body guard killed him and he becomes a national hero.
 Insane.

Why is this? I will talk about Blasphemy in another post but let's talk about the implications of this in Pakistan.
If you wanted to watch the effect religion has on a nation, look at Pakistan. A nation being torn asunder in the name of a religion which can't even figure itself out, let alone the means and ways of a population of fanatical followers.

Pakistan has a rough past. I don't know if any of you know much about it but I spent a few sleepless hours reading on the history, the players and the ways it was formed and now, sadly crumbles.
An ancient culture derived from Hindu practices, and filtered with Middle Eastern influence, Pakistan is a beautiful country I would love to visit one day.
Sadly, as a Kafir, I am an infidel and subject to execution under their laws.

The paranoia of the Jew (which I will cover in another topic. The Fallacy of the super race)
and the inability to control their own emotional cultures have fostered tribalism and the growth of fundamentalist Islamists.

The blasphemy laws are a clear indication of the extent that faith will go to protect itself from criticism.
Think of that poor woman who got into an argument among other workers in a field. In a heated exchange her life pretty much came to an end.
Christian Woman To be Executed

This insanity only serves to retard Pakistan. It permits the primitive cultures to perpetrate, the religion to control the government and the people to hate (which is the easiest way to control a population).

WE will be watching Pakistan Further and as things progress, I will be more active in my criticism of the Mullahs and Imans and the irrational and fanatical.
They will be brought to the light and held accountable for their actions infront of Man and NOT the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Why Skepticism Matters - a Short muse

Being A skeptic is not a bad thing. I hear people lambaste the cynic and the skeptic like they are the same thing. Politicians, Clergy, all love to make the poor Skeptic into this angry, grumbly fellow who wastes everyone's time complaining about stuff.
A Skeptic's role is the question the establishment and demand accountability to answers.
Without skepticism, we would not have science, as the very basis of science surrounds skepticism itself.
Skepticism is the very essence of positive thought as it demands accountability and the truth. In fact, those who serve to block or undermine skepticism tend to be very negative people as they fear new thoughts and tend to feel comfortable within their bubble.

Next time someone offers you a "truth", question it. Demand an answer, and if they can't give you one, probably a good sign they themselves are full of shit, and you were very justified in questioning them.

Going to go see a movie, when I come back, I have a few lamentations on religion in politics and the evils of faith based movements.
cheers
Your Prophet

The Book of Logic and Reason - Skepticism

Hello everyone.
This is my first post as Prophet Jephri. 
This blog will serve as a meeting ground for like-minded and contrarian minds to meet, discuss, and enlighten each other.

I want to serve reason and educated, civil discourse. However,  I also believe, as a Militant Atheist, that we, as secular champions must engage the darkness which is religion, fear, superstition and conspiracy,  and shine a bright, beautiful light into their eyes.

To give context to my understanding of these subject matters, I will give a brief history of myself, so you can know that I do not present partial fact, but will engage with accountable, and provable data. 
Anything I don't know, I will claim ignorance and research it. If I am proved wrong, I accept that and will champion the truth.

Who I am
I grew up in a Secular nation, surrounded by varying cultures and religions. A mother who is Jewish (spiritual more so) and a non-practicing Christian father, my first best friend a Muslim boy, I had a really good early eye opener to the insanity of faith.
I spent my youth studying. I would read anything scientific or philosophical. History, genetics, religion, geology, astronomy, astrology. I consumed it all. I needed to know. I was even going to enter sciences in university, specifically leaning towards geology and applied physics. I decided to engage in something far more difficult, social media, communications and entertainment. This gave me the ability to rationalize and contextualize all the information I spent my life learning. I don’t stop though.  Soon, I will begin my pursuit of sciences in University. I may be 30, but I never stopped learning.
I can guarantee you I have read the Bhagavad Gita, the Quran, the Bible and other lesser known religious texts more than most humans.  I’ve met some devote Christians who nary a page read but a pastor believed.
Many a fundamentalist Muslim who’s verses remembered were the ones his Imam forced down his throat for pious, controlling reasons.  Think he read through the misogyny of the Quran? Probably not, but he believes it regardless.
I even have spoken to Hindu’s who profess great love for their gods, yet know nothing of the texts written about them.

What I want to do
Prove or disprove the following

Monotheism Is It aA Farce?
The Holy Trinity is a Joke
Mohammed was Not a Character worthy of Worship
Jesus Probably Didn’t Exist
The True Nature of Religion
Why We Believe What We Believe
Evolution
Creationism
Skepticism
Politics
The New Religion (Conspiracies)
Education and Our Children
And other similar topics.
I will also be producing a video blog soon. So watch out for that.





Rules of Engagement
Religion is an obvious fallacy, or is it? For us to support a theory or conclusion, we must understand why something is, and how to go about proving it so. 
I will make many points, a lot of opinion and support it with data. I will make it clear it is an opinion, so please judge it accordingly. When I present fact, you must then use common sense in understanding that fact.
If a person of religious belief comes here and makes outrageous claims easily falsified, but in so doing you insult them, insult away.

The burden of proof is upon the taskmaster.

You make the claim, stand by it. 

If a person distastes religion and is only out to insult without rhyme or reason, then go away. This is a place of intellectual (and sometimes childish) behavior. I'm not looking for a fight for fights sake, I want people to learn and realize that maybe, they shouldn't fear what goes bump in the night.

Do not assume you know anything. No, this is not the philosophical gobbledygook that people love to wax poetically as an excuse to not bother learning anything and retaining that knowledge. (Mind you I find this funny as it tends to be uttered by religious zealots who toss it at those with scientific minds, saying that we really don’t know what we are talking about, even though they themselves have declared absolute knowledge on any subject matter)

What I mean is, Don’t come in all presumptuous with ideas, then get insulted when someone questions you. Remember, the Burden of Proof is upon you. I will prove every point I make, so you should too. Don’t assume, back it up with data.

This is my first post! So, please comment and enjoy and let’s start talking.

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