Sunday, March 29, 2015

Column: Religious Discrimination in the Workplace | The Wild Hunt

From Manny Tejeda-Moreno, at The Wild Hunt, on workplace "micro-aggressions" in the workplace towards pagan co-workers.

Column: Religious Discrimination in the Workplace | The Wild Hunt: For me, this raised questions about the experiences of Pagans in the workplace. Pagans are, essentially a rarer find in the social fabric of faith where the most common thread is Christian. In other words, when an individual says “I’m Christian” in the United States, most people think some variant of “you and 260 million other Americans.” With less common faiths, such as Judaism, individuals may be marked by stereotypes, but are also recognized as present in the mainline religious experiences.

However,if someone says “I’m a witch,” most people – almost exclusively those unfamiliar with Paganism — are just left with Halloween imagery or TV episodes as a way of understanding the statement. That left me with questions about the kind of discrimination potential that could occur when someone discloses their Pagan faith. In other words, what happens when someone’s actual identity collides with the identity society expects us to have? (Manny Tejeda-Moreno, The Wild Hunt)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

John A. Keel Quote

"God may be a crackpot." ~ John A. Keel, The Eighth Tower

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bogus history Ancient Aliens Debunked: No UFOs in ancient art

(cross posted at Orange Orb)

Point goes over head in this bit of debunkery.Debunking the ufos in art theory: Bogus history Ancient Aliens Debunked: No UFOs in ancient art. Playing devil's advocate (yes, pun,) we have the language used in this debunkery: the ufos in art as "…prey to ufo enthusiasts" and (paraphrase) "no art historian would fall for such an idea…" the usual set-up to let us know Ancient Aliens and those entertaining such connections and ideas are silly and uneducated.

Referring to  the ubiquitous symbols of the moon and sun in such art -- and much mistaken "UFO" --- the narration informs us that these symbols meant the moon and sun were witness to Christian events. And, that they were taken from pagan belief structures. Which raises the question: why the sun and moon, planetary and "supernatural" (of the heavens) entities, as well as their place in paganism?

The Crucifixion, 1350, artist unknown

Citing another famous ufo-in-art painting, the Name says the image mistaken for a UFO is simply representative of angels. This passage from the bible is then quoted:

Madonna and Saint Giovannino,  15th Century Filippo Lippi.

Luke 2:8-14King James Version (KJV)And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
If one is of the opinion that sacred texts such as the Bible are records of supernatural/alien (sheesh, ever read the Book of Mormon?) events, the above is not proof of any debunking but in fact, gives support to the "ancient alien" idea.

Angels, moon, sun, clouds, lights from the skies, beams, voices, non-human entities: all acknowledged by this debunker and yet, according to him, these represent religious beliefs of the day and nothing more. Just couldn't quite make the leap from angel-light-beam-in-sky to alien-ET-non-human interfering entity. Like, God, would be one example.

So what's the source for this debunkery -- who is he? No citation. Simply "Brass Check, Anceitn Aliens Debunked." No name given for this art historian expert who narrates the video. From my brief look at the site, it seems to be a both religious and conservative site.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

VIDEO: Muslim "Shariah Law Patrol" Stops Woman on the Street, Does Something Sickening

Yes, quite frightening. If you need to have it explained to you why it's so damn frightening well, you're an idiot. The following, is the least of the fanaticism, it only gets worse:

VIDEO: Muslim "Shariah Law Patrol" Stops Woman on the Street, Does Something Sickening: If you have any doubts about what the radical Muslim agenda could mean for American civil liberties, this video should cure you of those.

“Ultimately, I want to see every single woman in this country covered from head to toe, I want to see the hand of the thief cut, I want to see adulterers stoned to death,” an Islamist told a reporter in this video posted to YouTube last month.

US Judge Refuses to Bow Down to Shariah Law, Slaps Down Muslim Woman's Insane Demand

US Judge Refuses to Bow Down to Shariah Law, Slaps Down Muslim Woman's Insane Demand: Under Pennsylvania law, oaths must be sworn on the Bible or be non-religious in nature, but still considered binding.

The woman is now challenging that law, arguing that it discriminates against her religious beliefs. 
The husband, meanwhile, swore his oath on the Bible without incident— perhaps because under Islam, oaths sworn on books other than the Quran are not considered binding.

Well, we have: a religious fanatic, self righteous and not getting what culture they're in. We also have the crazy contradiction of supposed religious freedom in this country, yet, state law mandates one choose an either or set-up. You're either a Christian -- swear on the Bible -- or you're basically an atheist, because state law also mandates you swear on the Bible or swear on something "non-religious in nature." Which implies that if you're not a Christian, your religion doesn't count.  Screwed up on all accounts.

So what is the agenda of the unnamed Muslim woman? Obviously political as well as shoving her religious beliefs upon others. Still, the state is wrong as well. It's not a Christian versus everyone else world, as much as many would like it to be so. The good that can come of this is that the state if found to be wrong.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Were Jesus and Buddha Aliens? BBC Program Debates the Idea

From CP Entertainment, the following religious debate:

Were Jesus and Buddha Aliens? BBC Program Debates the Idea: "We believe that various religious leaders from history have an inter-planetary origin," said Mark Bennett of the Aetherius Society.

"We believe that Jesus and Buddha came from Venus, that Sri Krishna came from Saturn, that Saint Peter came from Mars, and so on."
Others on the panel disagree. I found the following insistentice from a scientist amusing:

"It's very clear if you look at the gospels that there are only three answers as to who Jesus is," said the scientist Liz Weston.
"Either he's mad... or he's bad, he's trying to deceive us [and] his power comes from the Devil, or he is actually who he claimed to be and he is the son of God... none of those say that he was from Venus." 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Boycott American Women, Because They MIght Be Witches, or Terrorists, I Guess...

Awhile ago, I posted an item regarding TIME magazine's comparison of witches to terrorists. 

Checking the comments, this pond scum swilling troglodyte left the following spam packed spew. I haven't edited the following much, just left off his link info.

I do believe the misogynistic buffoon had left similar messages on my various blogs through the years. Seems familiar. I know I've come across this insipid, vapid and limply shallow rant before. Anyway, enjoy:

I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?
American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.
This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.
What this has to do with TIME magazine equating those who practice witchcraft or wicca to psychotic terrorists is a wonder. But then again, this man obviously has a few bulbs missing from the string.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"I'm Not Charlie" Apologists

Someone wrote a letter to the Eugene's Register Guard in response to my letter, mentioning me by name and then listing the obvious yet disingenuous points about how one being born into a culture/religion is not by choice, you're born into it. If you're from a Hindu culture/region, no doubt you'll be born Hindu and raised Hindu, etc. Yet, the letter writer concluded, one should not go to such lengths as the terrorists did in France to protest insults to their beliefs. Duh.

As I said.

The point does seem to be missed. Once you're all grown up and all, with enough intelligence to travel and think and you know, stuff like that, then you're responsible enough to know that your beliefs do not give you any rights over anyone else. It's that simple. Pedantically explaining how "cultures" and "regional religions" are impactful upon a human being ignores the issue.

Letter I wrote, published Sunday, Feb. 1st in the Register Guard:

Letters in the editor’s mailbag from Sunday’s print edition | Opinion | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon: Don’t blame victims of terrorism

Almost as frightening as the psychotics who murder in the name of their god are those who put the onus of terrorist acts on the victims. The two simply do not merit comparison — vicious killers filled with a crazed thirst for death defending a god vs. those who mock or criticize that god.

Apologists attack the victims of Charlie Hebdo for being ... well, it doesn’t matter what they were being. What they weren’t being was murderous in the name of a god.

Letter writers to The Register-Guard have used analogies to support their stance that they are “not Charlie”: Don’t poke a hornet’s nest and expect to not get stung; don’t walk in the woods and expect a grizzly not to attack, etc.

Expecting humans to quell their creativity or suppress their disagreements because it might upset someone is naive.

Those other humans — the ones who kill in defense of a belief — have a choice. Unlike the folksy comparisons of hornets or grizzlies that were born as such, they can choose what to believe. They have a choice on how to behave. They have a choice on how to respond to expressions and opinions different than theirs, regardless of any inanity in those opinions.
Those who don’t see the horrors of humans who thirst for control and think nothing of slaughtering humans so they can gain that control (which is thinly disguised as defense of religion) are complicit in those horrors.

Female Muslim Student Admits Kill the Jew Lust

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CIA's Secret Alliances Includes the Vatican: Coast to Coast

Tonight's Coast to Coast:

CIA's Secret Alliances - Shows - Coast to Coast AM: Author, researcher and investigator of the various causes supported by the CIA, Paul L. Williams will discuss the facts behind a secret alliance forged at the close of World War II by the CIA, the Sicilian and US mafias, and the Vatican to thwart the possibility of a Communist invasion of Europe.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Texas school suspends 9-year-old for making ‘terroristic threats’ with magic ‘Hobbit’ ring

When I first saw this item about the suspension of a 9 year old for talking about his "magic ring" and telling a student he could make him disappear with it, I thought it was a joke. Original source, The Daily Current or some similar spoof publication. But, no, it is sadly, all too true. Kid suspend from the fourth grade for making "threats":

Texas school suspends 9-year-old for making ‘terroristic threats’ with magic ‘Hobbit’ ring: Kermit Elementary Principal Roxanne Greer told the Odessa American that she could not comment on the suspension, because “all student stuff is confidential,” but Steward said that she told him that any and all threats to a child’s safety — including magical ones — would be taken seriously by the school.
I love the educational jargon used by the principal "…all student stuff…" it's not a coffee break with your friends, you're an educator talking to the media. Although, we are talking about a school that suspend a kid for making "terroristic threats" with a toy ring having imaginary magical powers.

Super Bowl Jesus


“The Earth is a farm. We are someone else's property.”  ~ Charles Fort

The concept is good, and not the first to discuss this idea that we are programmed meat for the gods/reptilian overlords/whatever. On the other hand, it's just the way this is structured that makes it sound… crazy. More like just really stoned. "People or a pea pole? Peas are beans and do grow on a pea pole…semen is …referred to as seed …" that's pretty funny.

But writing style aside and the sheer breathlessness of the whole thing ignored, and he's not wrong.

TRICKED BY THE LIGHT: HOW SOULS ARE PROGRAMMED TO GO TO THE SUN OR MOON AT DEATH TO BE RECYCLED AS ENERGY: How fitting that christians are referred to as the flock and Jesus as their shepherd, or lamb of God. Human beans were placed on this plant in the garden of eatin'. People or a pea pole? Peas are beans and do grow on a pea pole in pods. It's very interesting that so many of the latest sci-fi programs depict humans in pods living a simulated life. We are said to be raised much like crops are. Semen is often referred to as seed and if someone is our ancestor they are said to be from our seed. (Tricked By The

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Brane Space: Women Have The Right To Stand Up To Oppressive Religions!

A good post at the Brane Space blog: Women Have The Right To Stand Up To Oppressive Religions! on religion's self-perceived moral imperative, and women's (and all humans) rights. On the Vatican's recent excommunication of a nun who chose to to save the life of a mother:

The Vatican's distorted morality (the same that forbids artificial contraception as "mutual masturbation") demanded that both mother and infant perish rather than allow the lesser of the beings (the fetus, not yet a fully formed person) die to save the more advanced being. But this is exactly what Harris meant when he referred to the "pious uncoupling of moral concern from human suffering". (Brane Space)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Muslim Imam Claims Women Who Don’t Wear Hijabs are “Asking to be Raped”, Arrested for Trying to Rape Woman | FrontPage Magazine

Another religious, misogynist psycho. Sigh.

Muslim Imam Claims Women Who Don’t Wear Hijabs are “Asking to be Raped”, Arrested for Trying to Rape Woman | FrontPage Magazine: An Islamic mufti in Copenhagen, Shahid Mehdi, has sparked political outcry from the left-wing Unity List and right-wing Danish People’s Party, after stating in a televised interview that women who do not wear headscarves are “asking for rape.”

“Women are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab. They are to blame for it when they are attacked,” Imam Shahid Mehdi said.

“All the crimes that occur against women is because they are not covered. When they are not covered, you have no respect for them. ”