Crazy of The Day: Religious Leaders Who Claim Ebola is God’s Punishment For Immorality

Great article. These hypocrite make me sick. I want to pour my Gay Agenda all over them

Godless Cranium

Recently, I’ve seen quite a few news stories about religious leaders who claim the Ebola outbreak is God’s punishment for immoral activity here on our little blue marble.

For example, yesterday we had this from Pastor Ron Baity:

A Baptist preacher says the biblical “End Times” are upon us thanks to a federal judge striking down a ban on gay marriage in North Carolina.

According to Ron Baity of the Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., God is so angry over the decision that He’s about to send something even worse than Ebola.

“You think Ebola is bad now, just wait,” Baity warned during his sermon on Sunday.

And if that wasn’t stomach churning enough for you, here’s a quote taken directly from his sermon:

“My friend, we are meriting, we are bringing the judgement of God on this nation as sure as Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, don’t…

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Religion is a Set of Symbols and Metaphors?

A great interview … not always in total agreement (with anyone for that matter) but I like his approach, no matter your philosophy or ‘belief’

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Even Dexter is a little skeptical that religion is just a set of symbols and metaphors to express the inexpressible Even Dexter is a little skeptical that religion is just a set of symbols and metaphors  used to express the inexpressible

I just finished watching an interesting interview with Professor Reza Aslan who says that religion is basically a coded language of symbols and metaphors that provide ‘a language’ which allows someone to ‘express the inexpressible’.

You can watch the video for yourself at the bottom of this post.

Anyhow, the host of the interview (Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks) asks a poignant question about why someone would choose to use symbols and metaphors that are both untrue and violent in nature.

Reza’s answer was less than satisfying. Instead of answering the question directly, he asks Cenk why he chooses to use English. He goes on to point out that language is just a way of passing on a message using symbols like religion. Religion (he says) is the language…

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Syrian Women Know How To Defeat ISIS

TIME

To the Islamic State, Syrian women are slaves. To much of the rest of the world, they are victims.

It’s time we expose their real identity: an untapped resource for creating lasting peace. Listening to and implementing the ideas of women still living in Syria is key to weakening ISIS and stabilizing the region at large because, in many ways, they have a better track record laying the foundations for peace and democracy than any other group.

Over the last two years, we’ve worked side-by-side with Syrian women leaders as they propose concrete steps to end the war. Most recently, we brought several women representing large civil society networks to Washington, D.C., where they cautioned against the current approach of the international community – and proposed a very different blueprint for the region’s future.

More arms and more bombs, they said, are not the answer.

They insisted that the…

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CELEBRATING CATSKILL WATERS: PAST AND PRESENT, Oct. 9, 2014

CELEBRATING CATSKILL WATERS: PAST & PRESENT.. AND EXHIBIT OPENING at TIME AND THE VALLEYS MUSEUM, Oct 9, 2014 , Grahamsville NY (Sullivan county)waterwheel IMG_20141009_170157953 IMG_20141009_165151871_HDR IMG_20141009_164515984_HDR IMG_20141009_160203071
the event began with a tour of the Exhibit, ‘Celebrating Catskill Waters’ (about the Neversink and other local Reservoirs that provide Water to NYC ).
After the tour of the Exhibit… the conference room of the Museum (2nd floor) was the place of the overflow crowd to hear, Museum Board President, Richard Coombe, introduce the speakers including SC. Legislature Vice-chair, Kitty Vetter and Patricia Adams of the Sullivan County Heritage Alliance. Remarks followed by John Bonacic, State Sen. 42 nd Dist, US Congressman Chris Gibson, (19th district) and a representative of the NYC DEP.
After brief speeches by each of the above, Mr Coombe and Museum Trustee, Dorothy Muthig Unveiled the ‘Catskill Farm Project’, which is being put together from donations behind the Museum. (more at “Recreating a Lost Catskill Farm” , ‘http://www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org/explore/a-catskill-farm/ ), on the hill behind the Museum.
After this, was the official unveiling of exhibit. and Reception. An overflowing crowd was in attendance.

Thomas Paine, founder and agnostic

Was  Thomas Paine, a founder? debatable, but definitely one of our philosophers. what did he say about the major religions?
“Noble in concept but highly unlikely for some, naïve in reality. Every one of those in some combination is caustic and highly reactive. Like Magnesium and oxygen; highly volatile. Nearly EVERY war, conflict, injustice in the World has been associated with a religion. I ascribe to these wise words:
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of… Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1794-1795.) “


So, let the ‘Domininist’ Christians chew on that… we were NOT founded on ANY religion.. we were founded on ‘freedom of religion’ as corrupt as that is…and considering the other ‘freedoms’ of the state of our founding Principles (no voting for blacks/slaves, women, those without property, and of course the Indigenous poplution=Indians …)