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Sunday School 20th December 2020

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    Pew Report on religious affiliation, Evolution and Biotechnology.

    Human Development Report 2020 which looks to measure freedom and opportunity above GDP.

    As Project Blitz continues to fund church-state partnerships, it is hoped that Biden will prioritize the needs of all citizens over the greasy hands of religious groups. At the same time the nations courts are granting religious privileges to conservative Christians and blessing religious privilege over public health as some politicians are still objecting to public safety measures intended to protect human life. Maybe an explanation of the confusing new religious liberty order is in order. I suspect they would even rewrite the story of the Pilgrims at Plymouth to match their narrative.

    Jerry “I need an enema” Falwell spent millions on pro-Trump causes. I wonder if he will sing carols with Kirk “my bells are all-a-jingle” Cameron for lonely Mike “I-hate-rainbows” Pompeo? They could fly to Washington on Joel “I luv Kanye” Osteen’s publicly funded private jet and piloted by Tony “shithead” Perkins.

    There is no goddamn soccer in Heaven.

    The Department of Education will soon be devoid of DeVos.

    The National Prayer Breakfast will be virtual in 2021 due to COVID-19 as God can’t attend in person.

    Atheists to save historic wooden German church plank by plank.

    Catholic church in Poland must pay compensation to victim of pedophile priest, court rules.

    Religion often is but should not be a justification for discrimination.

    The FFRF spreads Solstice cheer in Illinois town.

    This weeks’ Woo: COVID-19 vaccine rollout creates new scamming opportunities for crooks.

    Climate Crisis: Paris Agreement five years on.

    The insidious attacks on scientific truth by Richard Dawkins.

    Why being kind to others is good for your health.

    When dinosaurs disappeared, forests thrived.

    Chance played a major role in keeping Earth fit for life.

    Long Reads:  We don’t know why the universe appears to be expanding faster than it should. The Weight of the World. The man I saw them kill, one of the recent federal executions.

    This week I will read this book: Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science.

    Photographs taken last week and some taken during 2020. The best science images of 2020.

    While you are waiting for the kettle to boil……

    Coffee Break Video:  USCIRF Hearing on Blasphemy Laws and the Violation of International Religious Freedom. Responding to 10 Questions for Atheists.

     

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    Have a great week everyone!

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    Jody Lee
    Participant

    “So much so that many scientists believe that for the first time, instead of the planet shaping humans, humans are knowingly shaping the planet.”

    That is a sad statement. As I get older, I find myself becoming frustrated at people in my life with careless, selfish, wasteful lifestyles. Instead of being a stronger advocate for the cause and speaking out, I tend to just withdraw from them. My behavior in turn is just as bad as the ones leading themselves into a state of idiocracy. I need to overcome and be more proactive in holding people accountable instead of shrinking away in disgust… that’s not helping anyone.

    It would be a beautiful thing to see Biden decline an invitation to speak at the NPB.

    I’m glad to see the stave church rescued and reused. The building is a work of art. I wish more contractors used more of that type of building these days… much more interesting to look at.

    I enjoyed the article on kindness and believe the world is lacking in truly kind people. Don’t get me wrong, people love to SEEM kind, by posting quotes on social media about being kind and spreading it, but fail to route that energy into actual kindness. Like many other things,  I believe more genuine intent and action could change the world.

    Your photography choices are great. The eclipse in Patagonia and the starlings in Rome are my favorites… however, the The Fall of the Naked Cowboy did give me a little laugh.

    Thanks for the reads on this cold morning. ✌

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    Strega
    Moderator

    Thanks, Reg!

    #35573

    Simon Paynton
    Participant

    The insidious attacks on scientific truth by Richard Dawkins.

    Richard Dawkins is a witty and entertaining writer.  He raises an interesting question: how do we know when philosophy is true?  I suppose the answer is, when it agrees with observation of everyday life in some way.

    Another good question is, how do we know when evolutionary psychology is true?  Some people say it’s all just-so stories, and some of it is fanciful and silly.  But it must be possible, with good data, to hit on accurate evolutionary psychology.  If you ask me, it should be capable of creating a model of everyday life that can make predictions and explain events.

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    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    There is a hidden opportunity in one of the stories you linked:

    If you ever hear Theists try to link Atheism and Communism together, you could point out that before there was Marxist-Leninist Communism, Christians undertook experiments in communistic common ownership of the means of production at Jamestown and Plymouth that were equally failures.

    Other failed  socialist/communist experiments in the U.S. were usually Christian-inspired too. Saint Thomas More was also a supporter of a Christian communism and proponent of chattel slavery in his work Utopia and the Soviets were so impressed by More that they commemorated him with a statue.

    The Dulcinians (referred to as Dulcinites in the movie The Name of the Rose) not only believed in personal poverty and poverty of Monastic Orders, but that everyone should be poor and they supported the very communal ownership that would accomplish that.

    And, of course, Plato, the totalitarian creator of The Republic has a place of honor in The Mother Church.

    For every finger pointing at Atheistic Communism, there are three  pointing at Theistic Christian Communists and a thumb pointing at their God.

     

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    TheEncogitationer
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    Reg,

    The FFRF’s Baby Bill of Rights is so precious. Every time Theocrats open their mouths, they make him cry, though.

    #35609

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Reg,

    Oh, my previous posting on Christian Communism reminds me of the line from the whizzened, burned-out old professional in the movie Repo Man:

     

    #35618

    Great movie. It was a regular one back in our 80’s stoner days. Harry Dean Stanton is one of my all time fav actors.  Christians are more interested in “de-possession” unless they are very unfortunate to be possessed by the devil a second time and….OK I will stop now……:-)

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    While I have heard of the Dulcinians, I had forgotten about them.  Given that Catholics burned 3 of them alive for thinking different ideas and then the Dulcinians took their revenge on innocent civilians through mass murder and theft  (don’t let your pesky commandments get in the way). They used their Bible (yes, the same one they have today!) to justify their crimes. wiki

    Yes, the majority of early Christian meta-physicians were Platonists . I think even their hero St. Augustine was heavily influenced by him. Funny, I have a tattoo of Plato’s Cave on my back (part of a bigger full piece). It is a reality that I will only ever see in a mirror 🙂

     

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    _Robert_
    Participant

    Re: The man I saw them kill, one of the recent federal executions.

    So we use Pentobarbital to execute Federal Prisoners. That’s what killed Marilyn Monroe.

    Ahhh no biggie, just another toe tag for Trump’s tally.

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    Unseen
    Participant

    While I have heard of the Dulcinians, I had forgotten about them. Given that Catholics burned 3 of them alive for thinking different ideas and then the Dulcinians took their revenge on innocent civilians through mass murder and theft (don’t let your pesky commandments get in the way). They used their Bible (yes, the same one they have today!) to justify their crimes. wiki Yes, the majority of early Christian meta-physicians were Platonists . I think even their hero St. Augustine was heavily influenced by him. Funny, I have a tattoo of Plato’s Cave on my back (part of a bigger full piece). It is a reality that I will only ever see in a mirror 🙂

    Science up to Einstein and then the quantum physicists was largely Aristotelian with a world that was obvious logical and was pretty much as it seemed, but then with Einstein and quantum physics the world has become in many ways Platonistic with a world that is anything but obvious or logical and certainly the reality of it isn’t at all as it seems. The world of our senses is like the shadows in Plato’s metaphor of the cave.

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    Unseen
    Participant

    Re: The man I saw them kill, one of the recent federal executions. So we use Pentobarbital to execute Federal Prisoners. That’s what killed Marilyn Monroe. Ahhh no biggie, just another toe tag for Trump’s tally.

    I nearly died of hypoglycemia about a year ago. One vial of insulin is more than enough to kill a person and I wonder why it’s never used. The subject would become unconscious and as far as I can tell would just not wake up as his system simply runs out of gas (metaphorically speaking), so I wonder why heavy-duty opioids and other such drugs are used. Just empty a vial of insulin into the guy and check his pulse in 30 minutes. Should he have one (which I sincerely doubt), give him more.

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