Third Eye Blind - Motorcycle Drive By

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Just when I thought you couldn't be any go and do something like this...

Westboro Baptist Church hasn't been around forever. As a matter of fact, it's first ever "public service" was held in the 50's. There are people alive that are older than this church. Nevertheless, this Church does now exist and thrive in the residential suburbs of Topeka, KS.

The church has gained much notoriety since it's inception but none more so than it's openly and active anti-gay movement that had begun in the early 90's. Their message is strong and fundamental. I even give them credit because when they say something, they actually mean it, and believe it; I don't know of anyone more convicted by their beliefs than these hate mongrels.

The hate speech that has become synonymous with this church and infuriating in the eyes of public is a red herring to the real issue at hand. Their exercising of free speech is just what this country was founded on, yet it is not welcomed anywhere outside of their church of 71. This is where we get into this strange area of uncertainty. We, as a country, cling to our patriotic roots as a means of sanity; a way to feel normal in the eyes of our peers as we jump at the first sign of anti-American defamation. And in doing so, we take for granted our freedoms. Speech, assembly, petition, press, and RELIGION

The problem, however, is not this one particular church. We look at this Church and we say "They got it wrong. This is not what God wants." Well, I'm going to pretend for a minute that I am not holier than thou and actually consider the message:

Where could these ideas be coming from?

* Leviticus 18:22 - "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
* Corinthians 6:9-10 - "…Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."
* Deuteronomy 22:20,21 - "But if ... evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones..."
* Mark 9:43 - "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched."
“ Luke 16:18 - "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

And as we can find below, Adultery is punishable by death as well as many other things.

* Murder
* Adultery
* Bestiality
* Rape
* Homosexual sex
* A betrothed woman who does not cry out while being raped
* A woman who is found not to have been a virgin on the night of her wedding
* Worshiping other gods
* Witchcraft (Exodus 22:18)
* Taking God's name in vain or cursing God's name
* Cursing a parent
* Kidnapping


"Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ." (Ephesians 6:5)

"Slaves, obey your human masters in everything; don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord." (Colossians 3:22)

"Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back ." (Titus 2:9)

"Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel. " (1 Peter 2:18)

Leviticus 27:3-7 - Here's a graph showing the value of a person in Shekels of silver in case you had ever planned on trading slaves


When presented with the sights of grieving parents, and picketing children, we can't help but to think "How can anyone person have so much hate for a stranger. A stranger who has done nothing but give their life to protect a country that they love. How can we stop this. What can I do to end this hatred." And for the majority of those who manage to conjure up these somewhat natural thoughts, most change the channel or turn the page. For the few that are directly affected, the first step they take is towards Washington and limiting the freedoms of this church...

...How is it not painfully obvious what the right step would be?

Even though 88% of Americans claim to be certain that Jesus will be returning within the next 50 years, almost no one will support the message of the Westboro Baptist Church; a church that has merely followed the directions laid out in their holy book better than any of their fellow self-claiming Christians.

As long as their hate speech continues, and those who are directly affected disregard the real matter, and as much as I disagree with their message, I will continue to support their right to free speech.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Littering and..Littering and..Littering and...

Dire Consequences of Religious Moderation

First of all, what is Religious Moderation? Well, it may help to look at it in terms of a spectrum. On one end, you have Religious Fundamentalism or Extremism. Those who fall into this category are those who have no doubt in their faith. If you were to ask a Fundamentalist, "Why do you believe in Jesus Christ and Christianity?" you would find that the person would immediately be in an evidential pursuit. They would give you reasons, although unproven, if proven, they would be concrete evidence. Regarding the return of their messiah, it is not a question of if, but rather how, why and when. On the other end, you have Atheists. Those who fall into this category would rather concern themselves with their shadow on the wall than consider the possibility of a supreme artificer. Similarly, it is not a question of if, but rather can't, won't, and please don't waste my time. And then, you have the in between. The Moderates.

Those who are considered Religious Moderates are those who don't necessarily believe one thing or the other. They enjoy their faith because it makes them feel good and because it is "cliquey." They consider that there is a chance that God had a son through what biologists would consider, for lack of better words, a miracle or a biological phenomena. The immaculate conception is not something that needs to be understood, just that it happened, and it happened for a purpose. Moderates believe that there was a man named Jesus Christ who turned water into wine and who died for our sins so that we may have eternal life. And worst of all...... if you say otherwise to these folk, you are considered a radical, baby-killing, cult leading, anti-patriotic, traitorous, faithless, nothingness with no purpose other than to raise eyebrows and blood pressures. If you go against the grain and you do and say what people are afraid of, you will persecuted to the highest extent. Fortunately (and I mean that with every letter), the Vatican is no longer responsible for the sentencing of these radicals. We live in a country of "financed" speech (where it may be free now but will ultimately cost you in the long run).

We need to begin to subject Religion to the same kind of criticism that we subject our sciences. It is through this criticism and peer review that the sciences flourish. We pride ourselves on trying to prove each other wrong because we know that the end result will be right, and just. It is becoming ever so more important that we measure Religion with this same ruler.

One thing that Moderates, Fundamentalists, and Atheists will agree on is that Religion has been around for quite some time. The teachings are extremely primitive however the present is not. We are living in a very modern world with modern technology. The possibility that martyrdom and nuclear warfare coexist is terrifying. And the inevitable consequence is approaching. It is only a matter of time before the car, bus, church, suitcase, and shoe bombers are integrated with the missing stockpile of nuclear weapons left over from the collapse of the Soviet Union.... is only a matter of time.

(to be continued...)

Friday, January 15, 2010

You drove halfway across the country in the WRONG DIRECTION!

It is a terrible thing what has happened to the country of Haiti. But there is a far greater travesty on our hands.

If it wasn't for the a natural disaster, would anyone had offered a helping hand?

Haiti has been living in extremely impoverished conditions for centuries. It is one of the most undeveloped countries in the World and is steadily declining in education and economic production. Before the Earthquake, half of all deaths in Haiti were attributed to HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, meningitis, and other health related problems.

The average Haitian gets by on $2 per day.

If you want to talk about a devastating natural disaster, simply talk about the livelihood of a native Haitian on a day to day basis.

I am glad that Haiti is getting the help it deserves, but it is not the only one that needs it. Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Nepal, etc. These are just to name a few. There are many other countries that suffer to an extent similar to Haiti and to an extent that we will fortunately never need to know first hand. It is unimaginable how much help could be done and how many lives could be saved if each American citizen simply donated $1.

We need to recognize these travesties long before they are plastered across our television screens.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Richard...what's happening

"The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun" - Thomas Paine

What does this mean? Parody of the sun? Well, it's actually not that much of a stretch. In fact, it makes perfect sense.

When civilization began some 12,000 years ago after the foundation of agriculture, an obsession and adoration with the sun became evident. We see numerous accounts of carvings and writings paying respect to this object. Why? Well with no iPods or PS3's, people didn't have a lot to look forward to. Also, it might be because life revolved around agriculture and the sun provided growth as well as warmth and light from the darkness of night. Without the sun, life would not survive, but I'm still sticking with my iPod theory.

Similarly, this adoration for the sun carried over to the stars. This is where our concept of constellations come from. In order to keep track of the constellations, the oldest known conceptual image in human history was created; the Zodiac.

If you're thinking what I'm thinking, I completely agree. These constellations look NOTHING like the personified images that have been created as representations. Agreed. But that wasn't the point. Personifying these stars created stories.

The Sun was known as God's Sun, or the light of the world, or savior of human kind. And this Sun possessed life saving qualities. The constellations were "places of travel" for God's Sun as they represented things that happened during the time of the year.

The star in the East (Sirius) is the brightest star in the night sky and on December 24th, it aligns with the 3 of the other brightest stars of Orion's belt, or as they are alternatively known, "The Three Kings." This combination of stars points to the Sun-Rise on December 25th.

Virgo, also known as Virgo the Virgin or the House of Bread, represents harvest. Bethlehem literally translates into House of Bread in Hebrew. Therefore, Bethlehem is a representation of Virgo, a place in the sky, not on Earth.

From the Summer Solstice to the Winter Solstice, the days get shorter and the Sun becomes more scarce. This would symbolize death to the ancients, as their crops would begin to die and the days would begin to shorten. Then, on December 22, the Sun would reach it's lowest point on the Horizon. It is at this point, the Sun stops moving south. And for three days, the Sun sits in the constellation Crux, or Southern Cross. Then, on December 25th, the sun moves one degree North. This would foreshadow longer days, warmth, and spring.

"The Sun died on the cross, was dead for three days, only to be resurrected or born again."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Your head is the one with the shell on it...

Imagine your neighbor believes he has a diamond buried in his backyard the size of a refrigerator and you ask him why. And he says "You don’t understand. This diamond gives my life a lot of meaning. My family loves the gatherings on the lawn digging this pit every Sunday and what, are you going to take that away from us? I wouldn’t want to live in a universe where there wasn’t a diamond buried in my backyard.” It’s immediately clear that those responses are inadequate; deeply inadequate. Those really are the responses of a madman or an idiot. And yet, take the same kind of thinking into the religious domain and these responses have immense prestige. In fact, unless you endorse some thinking of that kind, you could not possibly get elected to political office in this country. - Sam Harris

Invastdilusionaryschizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage... no big deal

I've decided to take it upon myself to extend my thoughts, conversations, desires, dreams, interests and ideas beyond the borders of my mind. This is to be a somewhat chronological and electronic record of whatever it is that makes me different. And in doing so, I hope to find some who share in those differences thereby finding similarities.

Some of the best parts of my day are when I am left in complete silence. I'm beginning to notice a trend. I no longer drive while listening to the radio. The mute/off button has become my favorite button on the TV remote. Things haven't always been this way. Nevertheless, I wonder where this trend is going to go.

I have developed new interests. It seems as if I am discovering the little things that create meaning in my life. With each new discovery, a door is opened to a new field, or a new domain; a place where I can be once again consumed by my thoughts. That is what I enjoy.

Terribly, I have an awful memory and there are times when I find myself struck by sheer genius with nothing to do but enjoy the moment. This is not necessarily my genius, but a genius thought that I share in that moment. Well, I want to remember that moment. And I want to share the moment.