I couldn’t stop laughing after I read this.
And all I could think about was this clip. [Read more…]
I was poking around the net when I came across Skeptic Ink’s Rebecca Bradley and her take on “privilege” when it comes down to race and indeed sexism.
And I don’t think she gets it. [Read more…]
[notice]Testing out my three tier comments policy. Expect fancier artwork to be put in place when I can get some up but consider this topic a Yellow one. Stay on target, and discuss away. And at all points will there be no personal attacks and no bigotry. The following topic is NSFW as it contains a discussion about the sex trade. If you like what you read then pass it on, as I do feel there are a fair few misconceptions[/notice]
This was watched and reviewed at the Bengaluru/Bangalore Meeting of Freethinkers and it got me thinking and one of it’s members asked me if I could have look at it. It’s about the Devdasi or the sacred prostitutes of India. I am not against it, it’s not incorrect but it has a few misconceptions that we can clear up. [Read more…]
A friend of mine is planning to do something amazing.
He is planning to climb Mount Everest for charity. Peter Bradley grew up with me and we went to school together so it is with great pride that I snork the hell out of his post. It’s already an amazing thing to attempt and to do so to raise money for comfier chairs for those undergoing dialysis is extremely cool.
Here is the link if you fancy donating.
Ignore the spin on the article, it’s fantastic but the law in question allows for the quarantine of those who suffer a communicable disease and by chance “HIV/AIDS” comes under that category. [Read more…]
This was sent in by a reader for me to cover and in light of the gay marriage debate in the USA, I figured I should weigh in.
It’s rare to see Hindus bash atheists but they do so rarely. This it’s that our Atheism isn’t Justified according to the Hindustan Times.
I have taken five reasons why people don’t have faith in the existence of God. The first reason is the low or nil success rate of our prayers. Everyone prays from time to time, but our prayers are not always answered. We have many questions regarding God and generally about spiritual matters, but we are unable to get satisfactory answers. Scriptures appear quite mythical. God appears very distant even to persons who regularly do many rituals. And many exploit others in the name of religion/God by promising quick fix solutions.
No. These things create doubts in religion, but the ultimate reason is that there is no evidence for a god and scripture appearing mythical is a euphemism
But are these reasons good enough and valid? Are they based on facts? Judge for yourself. Let us start with the first reason, i.e. the poor success rate of our prayers. Let me give some examples. A student has not studied properly and he is praying for success in exam. A partisan fan prays for his team’s success. A gambler prays for winning a lot of money. Should these prayers be acceded to? The rule regarding prayers is very simple: if the cause is deserving, God generally helps.
Yet there are students who pray who pass their exams. There are fans who pray and get a team win. There are gamblers who win.
India is home to some of the poorest people on the planet and god doesn’t answer their prayers. Either this means that the gods do not exist or that your god thinks lottery wins are more important than starving people. There are plenty of deserving causes that god chooses to ignore.
Now let us take the second reason for lack of faith in God. Human beings are inquisitive by nature, because they are intelligent species. Unfortunately, we either don’t ask from experts or try to find answers within ourselves. The third cause for disbelief in God is equally unacceptable. This is regarding scriptures. Who wrote them? Did God write them? No, human beings did this. Are they conveying exactly what God had said in the past? The fourth excuse is equally fallacious.
Except the experts in religion regularly say things that are plain idiotic and are responsible in the case of Hinduism of a hegemony of oppression that is only now starting to crumble. If scriptures are fallible due to the humans who wrote them then so are the so called experts you claim who know the true meaning of “scripture and faith”. And the gods appear distant because they are non existent.
God is not distant for persons who follow His instructions to know Him. We cannot invent our own system and hope to know God. The last reason is extremely unfortunate. Fraudulent persons have done a lot of disservice to humanity by making a business of cheating the innocent public in the name of God.
Even if you chanted the Vedas and sacrificed ghee you would not be able to appease a non-existent being. You may pray for the health of your loved ones but you still check your blood pressure at a clinic.
So what is the conclusion? Is atheism justified?
Until you can prove without contention using empirical evidence that your god exists, a skeptical viewpoint is not only justified but also the logical norm.