Posted in Idiots and dumb-asses, Politics, Religion, Things that piss me off

Being Human

The bullshit that has occurred in the past two days goes way beyond a matter of religion.

It goes way beyond the matter of “keeping America safe”, “making America great again”, or “making America safe again”.

What has occurred in the past two days is something that has disheartened myself and millions of others, not just in America but around the world.

Our fellow human beings have been hurt.  They have been humiliated, bullied, interrogated, detained for hours, sent back to war-torn places they were escaping from.  You name it.  Our fellow human beings have seen it all in the past forty-eight-plus hours.

Why has it come to this?  Because some ASSHOLE who calls himself “president” didn’t have the decency to think through what may happen to his fellow human beings if he just suddenly signed a document on Friday afternoon and called it a day.  He didn’t have the decency because he doesn’t give a shit about his fellow human beings.  He’s made it quite clear in the nine days he’s been “in office” that it’s all about himself.  And maybe his “administration”, whom he will probably toss under the bus eventually.

I would love ASSHOLE to use what little brains he has and put himself into the place of the human beings he hurt with his “ban”.  I would love him to experience the fear of being a woman arriving at JFK to visit her surgeon husband only to be told that she cannot enter the United States.  I wonder how he’d feel being the eighty-something-year-old gentleman in a wheelchair who was interrogated for hours.  Or if he had been someone waiting for a loved one to arrive, only to learn that they had been told to return to where they came from.  I would love for him to consider all of that.  But I know he never would because that’s not how sociopathic narcissists think.

As I always say, everything happens for a reason.  At this moment the “reason” is to bring fellow human beings together in solidarity against hate and discrimination.  There are more of us than there are of them.

Karma and We The People will catch up with ASSHOLE.  He may not know the Constitution, The Geneva Convention or the United States Refugee Act but that’s no excuse for violating them.  It is, however, great grounds for impeachment.

Posted in Christmas, Religion

The Tradition Continues: War On Christmas

Worth reposting even two years later!

A way-back Wednesday re-post–originally from 12/2/14:

The holidays are upon us and so are the yearly traditions:  drinking eggnog, sending greetings, decorating trees, watching “Rudolph” and putting up controversial billboards.  The latter is at least a tradition for the organization known as American Atheists.  For the rest of us it’s an opportune time to raise our glasses of eggnog, roll our eyes and say “whatever”.  These billboards have become so old hat, most people briefly glance at them and say “ho hum”.

This year’s billboard kind of made me chuckle:

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First of all, the kid depicted in this photo looks devious.  Secondly, I believe the statement “I’m too old for fairy tales” could be considered an oxymoron.  Too old for fairy tales?  Yet in the billboard the child is “writing” a letter to Santa and is wearing a Santa hat!  Dear child, which fairy tale are you too old for?

I feel skipping church is perfectly fine.  I haven’t been to church in years but I still believe in God.  My belief is that you don’t need to go to a church to believe in God, to pray to God or to practice your religion.  Just as it is my belief that atheists don’t need to spend their money on putting up billboards to let others know they don’t believe in God.  We know you don’t believe in God.  You don’t need to throw it at us.

I’m not letting any religious groups off the hook either.  I know some of them spend money on a yearly billboard or advertisement of some sort pushing the real “reason for the season”.  The believers know what the reason for the season is.  Again, we don’t need you to throw it at us.

Here’s an idea for both of these groups of people:  take the goddamn money you spend on the billboard, the newspaper ads, the commercials, etc. and give it to a worthy cause.  All that money you waste telling people what they already know about your belief or non-belief could be used to feed the hungry, clothe the needy or care for the sick.

Kindness towards your fellow human being:  THAT is what Christmas is REALLY about!

Posted in Politics, Religion, Thanksgiving, Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off, Throwback Thursday, writing

Give Me Your Huddled Masses Yearning To Breathe Free

I know I have shared this a few times in the past.  With all that has occurred recently, this resonates very strongly with me now. With a week to go before the day we are to be thankful, partly because of the people who came to America before us, here is a pre-Thanksgiving #ThrowbackThursday.

Imagine if ignorant minds will allow:  your great-grandparents Charles and Annie Fitzpatrick arrive at Ellis Island during the height of the potato famine.  Before they can even step foot off the boat, they are turned away because America is no longer accepting immigrants.  Especially Irish ones.  Guess Chuck and Annie would be going back to Ireland to starve and I would cease to exist.

Now imagine you have lived in Syria all your life.  Your country is in a Civil War and like tens of thousands of others, your home has been destroyed.  To save yourself you realize the only thing to do is to flee.  You and your family suddenly become refugees.

Like Charles and Annie, you head to America.  It’s difficult to get settled into your new country.  Most of the states don’t want you because you are from Syria, your religion is Muslim and a bunch of Syrian assholes you’ve never met decided to terrorize the city of Paris.  And it’s all your fault.  But hey, you’re a professor with a wife and two kids and you don’t even own a gun.  That’s how much they know.

Many people don’t realize it but a similar thing happened to all the Japanese and Japanese-Americans who were living here after Pearl Harbor.  In our ignorance we blamed each and every one of them for what the Japanese government did on December 7, 1941.  Because of that these innocent people were ridiculed, bullied, tortured and segregated into camps.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

This may be a poor analogy of what is going on with the refugees in the world right now, but the next time you side with a member of the government in their not wanting to help people who need it most, think about how you would feel if you were in their shoes and you were the refugee.  How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to reside in another state because of your religion, because you were from Massachusetts or because you were a Patriots fan?  How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to reside in another country for these same reasons?  How would you feel if the government wanted to interrogate you because of your love for the Boston Red Sox?  Or because you believe Tom Brady is innocent?

This isn’t 1957 any longer, people.  We are not in the midst of the Cold War.  We are not stocking our bomb shelters with canned goods.  Why are we so afraid because of a few assholes in the world?  Understand that although there is evil, good overrides it every time.  If it didn’t humanity would cease to exist.  Think about it.  We would’ve all been killed off long ago if not for the amount of good in the world.

That’s something I’ll remember and be thankful for while eating my mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving…

Posted in Religion

Why do we still need God?

Once again Twitter has given me food for thought.

Today someone tweeted:  Why do we still need God?  I immediately wondered:  why wouldn’t we still need God?

So why do I feel we still need God?  Fear of the unknown may be a reason for some.  But what is the unknown?  What is going to happen tomorrow?  That is not for us to know.  Tomorrow is just for us to live, just as today is and yesterday was.  I all ready know I’ve been born and I know that someday I will die.  Everybody is going to die.  It is guaranteed.  There is nothing unknown about it, so there is nothing to fear.  As someone once said to me:  “you can’t fear or worry about something you have no control over”.

As for being comforted in believing something greater than myself has control, yes, I know something greater than myself has control because I sure as hell don’t.  I know non believers will argue the “nature” or “science” theory when it comes to bad weather.  Yes, I agree that nature does influence the weather.  But in thinking deeper, what controls nature?  What makes nature like it is?  Nonbelievers will blame religion on the fact that there are wars.  Yes, I agree that many wars have occurred because of religion.  But that is not the case with all wars.  And in thinking deeper, what controls the people who fight these wars?  What controls their ability to invent guns and other weaponry?

I think we still need God to have something to believe in.  And I know non believers will sarcastically ask “which God”.  To which I reply:  The Higher Power.  Call it what you want.  The definition covers everybody.  I know believing in something is great, but why God and not the dust bunnies under my bed?  Well, believing in God makes people feel good about themselves, myself included.  The dust bunnies, well, they just collect more dust.  And I’m sure not believing in God makes people feel good about themselves also.

Just like the percentage of extreme Atheists draws a bad picture for all Atheists, the same thing goes for the percentage of extreme religious individuals.  If we would all just learn to accept one another for what we do or don’t believe in, the world would be a much better place to live in.

Posted in Religion, Thanksgiving, Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off, World, writing

Give Me Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

Imagine if ignorant minds will allow:  your great-grandparents Charles and Annie Fitzpatrick arrive at Ellis Island during the height of the potato famine.  Before they can even step foot off the boat, they are turned away because America is no longer accepting immigrants.  Especially Irish ones.  Guess Chuck and Annie would be going back to Ireland to starve and I would cease to exist.

Now imagine you have lived in Syria all your life.  Your country is in a Civil War and like tens of thousands of others, your home has been destroyed.  To save yourself you realize the only thing to do is to flee.  You and your family suddenly become refugees.

Like Charles and Annie, you head to America.  It’s difficult to get settled into your new country.  Most of the states don’t want you because you are from Syria, your religion is Muslim and a bunch of Syrian assholes you’ve never met decided to terrorize the city of Paris.  And it’s all your fault.  But hey, you’re a professor with a wife and two kids and you don’t even own a gun.  That’s how much they know.

Many people don’t realize it but a similar thing happened to all the Japanese and Japanese-Americans who were living here after Pearl Harbor.  In our ignorance we blamed each and every one of them for what the Japanese government did on December 7, 1941.  Because of that these innocent people were ridiculed, bullied, tortured and segregated into camps.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

 

This may be a poor analogy of what is going on with the refugees in the world right now, but the next time you side with a member of the government in their not wanting to help people who need it most, think about how you would feel if you were in their shoes and you were the refugee.  How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to reside in another state because of your religion, because you were from Massachusetts or because you were a Patriots fan?  How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to reside in another country for these same reasons?  How would you feel if the government wanted to interrogate you because of your love for the Boston Red Sox?  Or because you believe Tom Brady is innocent?

This isn’t 1957 any longer, people.  We are not in the midst of the Cold War.  We are not stocking our bomb shelters with canned goods.  Why are we so afraid because of a few assholes in the world?  Understand that although there is evil, good overrides it every time.  If it didn’t humanity would cease to exist.  Think about it.  We would’ve all been killed off long ago if not for the amount of good in the world.

That’s something I’ll remember and be thankful for while eating my mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving…

Posted in Idiots and dumb-asses, Offbeat stuff, Religion, The New England Patriots, Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off

Put This In Your Colander And Eat It

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This woman was allowed by the Massachusetts DMV to wear a colander on her head for her driver’s license picture.  She argued with them that it is her religious right to do so, as she is a member of the Church of the Spaghetti Monster (no, folks, I’m not making this up—wish I was!).  I have known children who have worn a colander on their heads for non-religious reasons.  I have known children who worship Cookie Monster simply because, well, he loves cookies.  Then again, I can identify with Cookie Monster because (1) he’s friends with Big Bird (2) he is on “Sesame Street” (3) “Sesame Street” has been on for 46 years.  To me, this makes Cookie Monster way more credible than this kook with her colander hat who worships something that sounds like it came out of a comic book.

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Three things really scare me about this scenario:  (1) the fact that someone at the DMV and the state of Massachusetts allowed this to happen when they won’t even allow you to wear your glasses for a picture; (2) the fact that the state of Massachusetts actually gave her a license, considering how ridiculous she looks with a colander on her head and the wacky and wild look on her face.  Is she high on something?  And (3) the fact that this fruitcake is going to be on the road with the rest of us.

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Here is what I’ve decided to do the next time I’m going to get my license renewed and need a new picture.  I’m going to wear my New England Patriots cap.  When they ask me to remove it, I’m going to refuse.  Then I will tell them I can’t because it’s against my religious belief, as I belong to “The Church of Tom Fucking Brady, Greatest Quarterback That Ever Lived For The Greatest Fucking Football Team Ever And If You Live In Massachusetts And Have Never Heard Of The Church Of Tom Fucking Brady Then You Should Pack Your Bags And Move To Jersey And Become A Jets Fan”!

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That should shut ‘em up…

Posted in Christmas, Religion

The Tradition Continues: War On Christmas

The holidays are upon us and so are the yearly traditions:  drinking eggnog, sending greetings, decorating trees, watching “Rudolph” and putting up controversial billboards.  The latter is at least a tradition for the organization known as American Atheists.  For the rest of us it’s an opportune time to raise our glasses of eggnog, roll our eyes and say “whatever”.  These billboards have become so old hat, most people briefly glance at them and say “ho hum”.

This year’s billboard kind of made me chuckle:

SANTAHAT

First of all, the kid depicted in this photo looks devious.  Secondly, I believe the statement “I’m too old for fairy tales” could be considered an oxymoron.  Too old for fairy tales?  Yet in the billboard the child is “writing” a letter to Santa and is wearing a Santa hat!  Dear child, which fairy tale are you too old for?

I feel skipping church is perfectly fine.  I haven’t been to church in years but I still believe in God.  My belief is that you don’t need to go to a church to believe in God, to pray to God or to practice your religion.  Just as it is my belief that atheists don’t need to spend their money on putting up billboards to let others know they don’t believe in God.  We know you don’t believe in God.  You don’t need to throw it at us.

I’m not letting any religious groups off the hook either.  I know some of them spend money on a yearly billboard or advertisement of some sort pushing the real “reason for the season”.  The believers know what the reason for the season is.  Again, we don’t need you to throw it at us.

Here’s an idea for both of these groups of people:  take the goddamn money you spend on the billboard, the newspaper ads, the commercials, etc. and give it to a worthy cause.  All that money you waste telling people what they already know about your belief or non-belief could be used to feed the hungry, clothe the needy or care for the sick.

Kindness towards your fellow human being:  THAT is what Christmas is REALLY about!

Posted in Religion, writing

From the land of Twitter

Sometimes I read the most interesting stuff on Twitter.  And sometimes what I read is pure shit.

Today I read a tweet from someone who stated:  “Has concept of #God ever looked sillier than it does right now with #christians #sunnis #kurds #shiites AND #ISIS all praying to same thing?”.  

To me, the “concept” of a “God”, a “Higher Power”, “Someone More Powerful Than Yourself” is never “silly”.

The thing is, the original tweeter makes it sound as if Christians, Sunnis, Kurds, Shiites and ISIS are praying to the same God.  The tweeter is wrong.  The whole issue in Iraq is that ISIS wants anyone of another religion to stop believing in that religion and convert to Islam.  And if religion was not an issue here, ISIS would be going after these people for something else–probably land, resources, the clothes off their backs.  Who the fuck knows.  Their objective is to completely take over the region and make Islam the one and only religion.  These people are still living in the fucking Dark Ages.  Once we learn to accept one another’s beliefs, the world may start to finally know peace.

But I wonder:  if there is no “concept” of God then how can one have the balls to berate others who DO believe?  How can one person accuse OTHERS of believing in a God who is “responsible” for rapes and murders when this one person doesn’t even believe in God?

I wonder who this individual thinks is responsible for creating him, the birds and flowers.  Who is responsible for letting bad human things happen, from rapes and murders to earthquakes and tornadoes?  Who?  Who makes all that happen?  Does this person making this tweet make it all happen?  Maybe just because he wakes up every day it causes someone to murder someone.  Maybe because this tweeter merely exists it causes someone to want to rape someone.  Maybe every time this tweeter opens his mouth it causes an earthquake to happen.  As far as the tweeter is concerned, he may as well be responsible for everything.  Because after all, since there is no God, He certainly can’t be responsible for it, now can He?

It is just my opinion but I don’t feel God is responsible for any bad human things that happen.  However, he is in essence responsible for US.  He gave US the ability to know right from wrong, to do right from wrong.  As for the weather?  I do believe God controls that.  I know science does have to do with it also but where did science come from?  How were we given the ability to study and understand what science is all about?  How were we given the ability to learn how to track a hurricane and know how to prepare for one and protect ourselves in the event of one?  If God didn’t give us the ability to do any of that, then who the fuck did?  I don’t believe “it just happened”.  That’s too simple an answer.  Life is way too complicated for such a simple answer.  Saying “it just happened” is a cop-out.

There definitely has to be more to it…and maybe it’s not for us to know.

 

Posted in Religion

Why do we still need God?

Once again Twitter has given me food for thought.

Today someone tweeted:  Why do we still need God?  I immediately wondered:  why wouldn’t we still need God?

So why do I feel we still need God?  Fear of the unknown may be a reason for some.  But what is the unknown?  What is going to happen tomorrow?  That is not for us to know.  Tomorrow is just for us to live, just as today is and yesterday was.  I all ready know I’ve been born and I know that someday I will die.  Everybody is going to die.  It is guaranteed.  There is nothing unknown about it, so there is nothing to fear.  As someone once said to me:  “you can’t fear or worry about something you have no control over”.

As for being comforted in believing something greater than myself has control, yes, I know something greater than myself has control because I sure as hell don’t.  I know non believers will argue the “nature” or “science” theory when it comes to bad weather.  Yes, I agree that nature does influence the weather.  But in thinking deeper, what controls nature?  What makes nature like it is?  Nonbelievers will blame religion on the fact that there are wars.  Yes, I agree that many wars have occurred because of religion.  But that is not the case with all wars.  And in thinking deeper, what controls the people who fight these wars?  What controls their ability to invent guns and other weaponry?

I think we still need God to have something to believe in.  And I know non believers will sarcastically ask “which God”.  To which I reply:  The Higher Power.  Call it what you want.  The definition covers everybody.  I know believing in something is great, but why God and not the dust bunnies under my bed?  Well, believing in God makes people feel good about themselves, myself included.  The dust bunnies, well, they just collect more dust.  And I’m sure not believing in God makes people feel good about themselves also.

Just like the percentage of extreme Atheists draws a bad picture for all Atheists, the same thing goes for the percentage of extreme religious individuals.  If we would all just learn to accept one another for what we do or don’t believe in, the world would be a much better place to live in.