A lot of people find the whole idea of atheism impossible to grasp. In the past, I’ve actually been accused of believing in nothing, and asked how I could live like that. There’s a lot of confusion out there, particularly from people who question their own beliefs. Well, I recently came across this video – and it’s such a wonderfully clear and concise explanation of atheism that I thought I’d share it. It helps to explain a lot of things.
What it doesn’t explain, unfortunately, is why those some of those with belief expend so much hatred on those that do not believe. Atheists don’t go around yelling to believers that they should just die, or be burned at the stake. In fact, atheists are generally very gentle, non-violent people who look at all the death and destruction performed in the name of gods and wish it would stop. Atheists certainly don’t go out looking for believers to kill – and yet, in some religions, that’s perfectly acceptable. Given that, as babies, a lack of belief is the default position, why do believers feel so much hatred – or feel so threatened – by those who do not believe?
Okay, if you’re a believer and delighted Australia has its first saint, then here’s a warning for you – I’m about to rain on your parade.
I don’t get it. I really don’t. And if somebody out there would like to enlighten me, I’d appreciate it. I mean, what’s it all about? What is a saint, exactly? A half-human, half-god? If so, whatever happened to the whole ‘one god’ religion? If not, then how come she has the power to cure people of deadly diseases? I thought god was the only one supposed to have control over life and death. At least, that’s the excuse right-to-lifers have when they shoot people for carrying out abortions, or those people who sneered when the Nobel Prize for Medicine this year was given to the person who perfected IVF treatment. So if god has a monopoly on life and death – how did Mary McKillop save anybody’s life? If she didn’t do it herself, but god did it – then why are we making her a saint?
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This is a big question: who owns my body? The obvious answer, you’d think, is me. And in an ordinary conversation, nobody would argue with me. But the moment I step outside my house, I’m faced with a multitude of arguments – and none of them take my wishes into account at all.
If I go to a football match (doesn’t matter which code), I’ll inevitably see women represented there in the shape of shapely cheerleaders in their amazingly skimpy outfits. Amazing that they stay on while they leap and gyrate in front of the crowd, each routine a dance filled with hip thrusts and butt wiggles suggestive of only one thing. Continue Reading
Here’s a question for you – with equality between the sexes apparently won, done and dusted, (according to some pundits) – where are all the female game show hosts?
Back when John Howard was PM, a federal program was put in place to supply religious chaplains to schools, paid for by the government. This funding has now been continued for the next two years, despite a national campaign to bring it to an end. It’s interesting that, in a country where 70% of the adult population says that religion is unimportant in their lives, the government is prepared to provide religious advisors to 100% of the nation’s school children. I have to ask, why?
They say a week is a long time in politics. Three weeks however, suddenly seems like a century. Yes, I know we had to wait for them to finish counting the votes – but the three independent MPs who are to decide the fate of Australia were perfectly able to complete all the discussions they needed while the counting was being done. So what’s the hold up? I know I’m not alone when I wonder whether all the attention these guys are getting is slowing them down a little. Bob Katter has become a national celebrity overnight. Usually, you have to make a sex tape to get this kind of attention!
For those of you living under a rock for the last four days (or living in the US, which can, on occasion, mean the same thing) Australia’s Federal election yielded a stunning and history-making ‘no result’. The buzzards are circling, there are a few rats deserting various sinking ships and sub-editors the country over have completely run out of headlines that successfully pun on the word ‘hung’ without saying exactly how well.