Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Category: Atheism and Religion (Page 1 of 5)

Southern Baptists

Southern Baptists are just racists, plain and simple.  What’s amazing now is, just how emboldened they are by the Pumpkin to stand up for that position.

Richard Spencer was pleased.

What a country.


Spiritual Immune System

Henri Bergson was a French philosopher at the turn of the last century.

He’s famous for having debated the nature of time with Einstein, and it did not go well for M. Bergson.  But what happened a few years later, was the development of theories of Quantum Mechanics.  This was viewed by philosophers as a vindication of Bergson’s position.  Unfortunately, the prominent role of uncertainty and randomness in that school of physics leaked over into areas of philosophy where it is not truly applicable.  So in a vague but undeniable way, we may have M. Bergson to blame for Deepak Chopra and other such slime molds using the terminology of real science to bilk rubes out of their money for the fruits of pseudo-science.

In any case, I love this quote from On Intuition vs. Intellect – 1907:

Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon then from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins the journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd, and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.

It’s a testament to how it’s both difficult and possible to escape from the cave of mythical shadows into reality.



Elinor Carucci for The New York Times

I highly recommend the article in today’s NY Times Magazine about an organization called Footsteps.  Footsteps gives people leaving the Hasidic lifestyle some much-needed support.  Realizing they don’t believe in the extreme tenets of the most ultra- of the ultra-orthodox religion can cost them their families, their friends, and any social support they would have had for any other crisis.

The absolutist nature of the communities they are trying to leave behind means that not only much of what we consider normal activity is forbidden, even information about those activities is forbidden.  Reports are that access to the internet is now forbidden unless there is a business reason for it.  Television and movies have long been verboten among this crowd, as well as secular music.  Anything that might give a glimpse of the outside world, and how there might be other ways to live.

I personally came out two decades ago, and from a less-extreme version of this insanity.  I have been lucky in that my kids are also on a saner path now and we have a good relationship.  As for the rest of my family… well, my kids and I have a good relationship (winky-smile emoticon).  I was also lucky in that my need for a social support network is toward the low end of the spectrum, and I was able to find enough on my own.  It’s easy to see how difficult it could be for a lot of people.

I am glad that Footsteps exists.


Trump TV

Actually I will tire of this picture: Nov 9.

This is probably Trump’s endgame: a “news” channel that spews all-day ethnic hatred, racism, sexism and all-around ordure at levels that would shame even Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly.  NBC estimates that it could be up and running in about three months, based on the lead time for starting something like that using a low-cost streaming model.

This will be a TV network to continue pandering to uneducated and resentful over-privileged white “not not Christian”* men who can’t believe what a gross injustice it is that they no longer get to just rape and pillage without consequence.

And oh, by the way, http://www.trump.org/ and http://www.trump.tv/ would be domains you’d think any competent organization locked up a long time ago.  You’d be right, but we’re not dealing with a competent organization here.

* – That is, not Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or atheist, to name four minorities they feel free to despise.


Still Boycotting the Scouts

ldsThe Boy Scouts, that is. (Girl Scouts rock!  Two boxes of Thin Mints?  Yes, please!  THAT’S LUNCH!)

Today a Scout parent selling their popcorn at the office told me, but it’s all better now!  They allow LGBTQ leaders!

Well… no they don’t!  They no longer forbid them, that’s true. But it’s not the same thing at all.  The BSA have decided to duck right out of making any decision, and explicitly defer the rights of any minority to local majorities, however neolithic those might be.

From their release last July when they rolled out the non-change:

Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.

So the more bigoted an area of the country it is, the more likely it is to have a Council that bans LGBTQ leadership.

And, in case you were wondering, the BSA national policy on atheists remains unchanged: God or GTFO.

I’ll get my popcorn from Orville Redenbacher, thanks anyway.





They HAVE to Run!

Frothy Mix under Divine Orders!

Frothy Mix under Divine Orders!

Mike Huckabee.  Rick Perry.  Rick Santorum.  What does God want for them?  To run for President.

How dare they quit?  These devout Christians have been given direct orders from God!

John Kasich was ordered by God to run.  So too, Ben Carson, and  Scott Walker.

They need to stay in the race until the Big Guy gives them a pass.

So I don’t understand how they are all standing meekly back and letting this Trump guy have the floor.  And by the way, Trump is not under divine orders to be running.

Unless . . . unless . . . they don’t really believe in all this deity crap?  Nooooo.


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