I wonder how the oath taking happens in legal courts. I mean, cause I’ve never actually been to court and seen it first hand. Whatever I have seen is in movies or tv. Weather in Western movies or Indian, it always seems the same – before you testify in a trial, a clerk of the court brings you the bible and asks “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” or something along the same lines.
So the person wouldn’t have planned on telling the truth but just because he does swear on the bible or some holy book, he or she will do so! “Oh dear, now I can’t lie. I’ve sworn on the bible! Dammit!” Or the koran or the torah or the gita! And that’s more than enough until the person testifying is proven to be lying while on oath.
What happens when an Atheist is called to testify? Like me! “I swear to tell the truth… On what book will we swear? The Da Vinci Code? The Encyclopedia Britiannica? Science or Math text books? Playboy? We wouldn’t need any. But I would love to see a clerk bringing the bible or some holy book to a testifying atheist and the guy or gal say loudly “No thanks, I’m an Atheist!” (Gasps from the crowd)
Now that they have an African-American President for the very first time, maybe in a few years they will have an Atheist President in the While House! “…so help me ….Einstein? Newton? Da Vinci?” LOL!
Last night, as I was clicking on links that the blogs that I read have, I arrived at one of a devout catholic. One of this person’s entries was about how American Humanist Association in Washington DC were going to run ads on buses that read “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake”. While I am in firm agreement with the AMA, this person is not! Obviously, since he has a problem with all ‘silly atheists’ as he puts it.
His argument is that how do we derive at ‘good’ without something to base it upon, a standard or a code of conduct. And he choses the Bible or any religious book for that matter & god as the guide for the good. He also says that if there isn’t a god then why put constraints on people to do good and telling people to ‘do good’ is at best pedantic. Mr.Catholic also doesn’t allow people to comment against his blog posts.
I have to ask : Mr. Catholic, will you only do good because god says so? Or are you only doing good so that your god won’t punish you or will be pleased with you and grant you entry into heaven? Do you really need a religious book to tell you what is wrong and what is right? It might help some people like you but the truth is most good people, who happen to believe in a god, would be good even if they didn’t believe in a god.
Do you really need a god to tell you that you should not steal? Or that you should not beat a harmless being? That you should not molest an innocent child? Do you really need to read it in the Bible to help a stranger in trouble, someone drowning or in an accident? Do you only help others just because you think Jesus or Yahweh or the fairy godmother wants you to?
If you do, then the rest of the world is in big trouble!!
And he also thinks that it is not fair to run the add in the 3rd week of November, because December belongs to Jesus and his followers and running it so close to December is harsh. And he challenges the AMA to run the add during the month of Ramadan (which he claims they won’t do since they might get sued).
That notion is a ball of rubbish! The Islamic fundamentalists would sue no matter which time of the year it is. The timings doesn’t so much matter to them – they would find a reason to protest & sue at any time of the year!
. To all you believers of god, how many found this highway billboard offensive? Is this aggressive?
Well apparently the right-wing Fox News isn’t too happy about it! They have some scary music to along with the news clip on the billboard. I hope nasty Bill o’Reilly has his knickers in a permanent twist.
While watching the episodes of Star Trek : TNG on tv, I used to be struck by the predominant characteristic theme of atheism. In the world of Star Trek there is no need for money, materialistic possession, hunger, famine, diseases are almost non existent (other than the ones that the crew encounter on their trips) and instead there is a brotherhood of humans. And there is no god for humans! If you want to live a peaceful life bettering yourself, its possible. But from time to time, a human has been mistaken for a god.
Like in this case, Jean-Luc Picard is thought to be a God by a less advanced race. Saying he has no desire to send them back into the “Dark Ages,” Picard is determined to repair the cultural damage as much as possible while not further violating the Prime Directive. It finally takes the witnessing of the death of a human at sickbay for them to realize Picard is just as mortal as they are and that his godlike powers are nothing more than a technological advancement.
Watch the interview of well known journalist, author, literary critic & outspoken Atheist / Antitheist Christopher Hitchens. The interview is done by George Stroumboulopoulos on CBC’s the Hour segment and is based mainly on Hitchens latest book God Is Not Great : How Religion Poisons Everything. Another book that deserves a good read.
1. The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction;
2. jealous and proud of it;
3. a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak;
4. a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser;
5. a misogynostic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
“I find it deeply unimpressive that the Bible can be said to predict the Big Bang (theory). There are only two possibilities – either the universe began or it’s been here forever. Just two possibilities! To get one of them is really not that impressive” – noted author, Oxford Professor & atheist Richard Dawkins
When I saw it, I started laughing and then I read more about it. I also saw her interview in Larry King Live. She stated that Jesus isn’t in Darfur where needed, but is busy helping celebrities win awards or athletes win tournaments! She was parodying their acceptance speeches when she said that. Plus, she claims to be a militant atheist! And ofcourse Christian groups have denounced in print & on television. Her speech was edited in taped versions of the show.
My company’s client are going through a huge changeover today, something that means big bucks and lots of opportunities. I also hope that this means much better quality standards in the way that they run their business. That is needed a lot.
We are planning a huge event at the office premises and once again I have been roped in as a volunteer. Or better put, I was ‘volunteered’ by a senior manager. I guess there is no way for me to weasle my way outta this. But it can be fun, provided things happen properly.
One of my colleagues sent some of us in an emailÂ an old joke about an atheist professor who gets humiliated by one of his students who is a believer. The lines in it are lame; you can’t see the professor’s brain but it’s supposed to be there, so therefore there is a god. Ha ha ho ho, very funny! So I sent him back some anti-Christianity emails and stuff that has been done in the name of religion & god!
He has promisedÂ never to send me such bullshit again!
Christian fundamentalists would have you think that Norwegian Black Metal, which denounces all things about Christ and is anti-Christianity at it’s core, is evil & should be stopped at all costs. Black Metallists in Norway & other Scandinavian countries started due to a deep hatred of the history of how Christian crusaders brutally murdered thousands of Vikings in those countries and forcefully converted the remaining In May, 2007 an article by the BBC, The Global Peace Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, looked at 24 factors to determine how peaceful each country was. Norway is rated as the ‘most peaceful country’ in the world. In 2005, a survey conducted by Gallup International in sixty-five countries indicated that Norway was the least religious country in Western Europe, with 36% counting themselves as being religious, 9% as being atheists, and 46% neither.
â€œI contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.â€ – unknown
Here is review of this intreaguing book, In Defence Of Atheism :
“In the twenty-first century, religion is making a comeback, bringing in its wake extremism of all kinds. From Christian anti-abortion campaigns to suicide bombers claiming the righteousness of Islam, we are witnessing a resurgence of religious fundamentalism. Michel Onfray’s response to the threat of a post-modern theocracy is to lay down the principles of an authentic atheism: exposing the fiction that is God, he proposes a new philosophy of reason that celebrates life and humanity. “In Defence of Atheism” demonstrates that organised religion is motivated by worldly, historical and political power; that the three dominant monotheisms – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – exhibit the same hatred of women, reason, the body, the passions; that religion denies life and glorifies death. Onfray exposes some uncomfortable truths: Judaism invented the extermination of a people; Jesus never existed historically; Christianity was enforced with extreme violence by Constantine; Islam is anti-Semitic, misogynist, warlike and incompatible with the values of a modern democracy.”