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“Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.”—Carl Sagan (via tearsintheuniverse)
May 21st 2011 was the 232nd prediction of the Jesus coming back as a zombie to pick up his homies. First recorded prediction starts in the year 44 with Theudas claiming to be Jesus himself. Bunch of Romans chopped off his head to check. *Spoiler* He was not zombie Jesus.
Anyways we have a few coming up for you to be prepared for.
The most obvious is 2012. The Mayans developed a calendar that just so happened to end on December 21st, 2012. I would like to now mention that they also thought the earth was created August 11, 3114 BCE. So instant loss of credibility there.
Oh and the book the Bible Code predicts a comet as well in 2012. Funny story…the “bible code” can be applied to any book, including Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, or the newspaper. I would also like to mention the author of the book believes the code was written by extra-terrestrials.
Next up is 2016. Professor Lloyd Cunningdale of Salt Lake City says a disease in 2016 will wipe everybody out.
After that is 2034. John Denton of Bible Research & Investigation says that each covenant must be of equal length. Doesn’t really make sense at all, except if you like numbers. Each “covenant” was completely unrelated.
2038: The book “The Bible and the Future” predicts that a “large percentage of the world’s population will die in a series of severe punishments from God” at this time.
And then September 14th, 2047. At 3:28am the human race will be terminated as predicted by the Church of !Blair!. This is because we haven’t shaken our plastic conformity as a human race. Apparently this church isn’t actually around anymore, but I’m sure when this date comes close they’ll start up again for the publicity.
And honestly that’s just a random sampling. Harold Camping’s second brainless failure is more than likely not the 232nd, there’s probably hundreds more, each shittier than the last. On May 21st a bunch of reporters were outside of his house and he said he was “flabbergasted” nothing went down. Jesus stood him up. Stupid bastard. And his Family Radio website has no mention of the fuck-up either.
Look people, even if God did exist, we’re more than capable of ending life on this planet ourselves without his help. He’s probably waiting on us. Saves his resources.
“Rudimentary creatures of blood and flesh. You touch my mind, fumbling in ignorance, incapable of understanding. You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.”—Sovereign Mass Effect (via aggromuffin)
Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. Those who don’t believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts. Atheist soldiers are rated potentially deficient when they do not score as sufficiently “spiritual” in military psychological evaluations. Surveys find that most Americans refuse or are reluctant to marry or vote for nontheists; in other words, nonbelievers are one minority still commonly denied in practical terms the right to assume office despite the constitutional ban on religious tests.
Rarely denounced by the mainstream, this stunning anti-atheist discrimination is egged on by Christian conservatives who stridently — and uncivilly — declare that the lack of godly faith is detrimental to society, rendering nonbelievers intrinsically suspect and second-class citizens.
Is this knee-jerk dislike of atheists warranted? Not even close.
A growing body of social science research reveals that atheists, and non-religious people in general, are far from the unsavory beings many assume them to be. On basic questions of morality and human decency — issues such as governmental use of torture, the death penalty, punitive hitting of children, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, environmental degradation or human rights — the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious.
Consider that at the societal level, murder rates are far lower in secularized nations such as Japan or Sweden than they are in the much more religious United States, which also has a much greater portion of its population in prison. Even within this country, those states with the highest levels of church attendance, such as Louisiana and Mississippi, have significantly higher murder rates than far less religious states such as Vermont and Oregon.
As individuals, atheists tend to score high on measures of intelligence, especially verbal ability and scientific literacy. They tend to raise their children to solve problems rationally, to make up their own minds when it comes to existential questions and to obey the golden rule. They are more likely to practice safe sex than the strongly religious are, and are less likely to be nationalistic or ethnocentric. They value freedom of thought.
While many studies show that secular Americans don’t fare as well as the religious when it comes to certain indicators of mental health or subjective well-being, new scholarship is showing that the relationships among atheism, theism, and mental health and well-being are complex. After all, Denmark, which is among the least religious countries in the history of the world, consistently rates as the happiest of nations. And studies of apostates — people who were religious but later rejected their religion — report feeling happier, better and liberated in their post-religious lives.
Nontheism isn’t all balloons and ice cream. Some studies suggest that suicide rates are higher among the non-religious. But surveys indicating that religious Americans are better off can be misleading because they include among the non-religious fence-sitters who are as likely to believe in God, whereas atheists who are more convinced are doing about as well as devout believers. On numerous respected measures of societal success — rates of poverty, teenage pregnancy, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, drug use and crime, as well as economics — high levels of secularity are consistently correlated with positive outcomes in first-world nations. None of the secular advanced democracies suffers from the combined social ills seen here in Christian America.
More than 2,000 years ago, whoever wrote Psalm 14 claimed that atheists were foolish and corrupt, incapable of doing any good. These put-downs have had sticking power. Negative stereotypes of atheists are alive and well. Yet like all stereotypes, they aren’t true — and perhaps they tell us more about those who harbor them than those who are maligned by them. So when the likes of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and Newt Gingrich engage in the politics of division and destruction by maligning atheists, they do so in disregard of reality.
As with other national minority groups, atheism is enjoying rapid growth. Despite the bigotry, the number of American nontheists has tripled as a proportion of the general population since the 1960s. Younger generations’ tolerance for the endless disputes of religion is waning fast. Surveys designed to overcome the understandable reluctance to admit atheism have found that as many as 60 million Americans — a fifth of the population — are not believers. Our nonreligious compatriots should be accorded the same respect as other minorities.
Gregory Paul is an independent researcher in sociology and evolution. Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology at Pitzer College, is the author of “Society Without God.”