À l’instant, Le Pen ne sera pas élu. À tout à l’heure !

Oh. My. Goodness.

and now this~

I watched this happen in the US. “Nobody in their right mind would vote for Trump” followed closely by 63 odd million voters voted for Trump.

Please France, I beg you. Don’t be like US. Be better.

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What Did Republican Jesus Do This week?

Meet Georgia Pastor Kenneth Adkins who said about the Pulse massacre, he had “been through so much with these Jacksonville Homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!”

BRUNSWICK, Ga. | In a matter of an hour, a jury of three men and nine women found Kenneth Adkins guilty Monday of eight child molestation-related charges stemming from his sexual relationship with a teenage girl and boy at his church seven years ago.

The controversial, anti-gay pastor showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He will be sentenced April 25. Georgia has strict mandatory minimum sentencing laws; and because Adkins, 57, has a prior record, there’s a possibility he will never again be a free man.

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Then there’s the three christian stalwarts from the Georgia Legislature.

22 months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, North Carolina Republican lawmakers have filed a bill nullifying all marriages between people of the same-sex. The bill, which is unconstitutional, falsely invokes the 10th Amendment and claims the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over marriage. It also falsely claims the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the Christian Bible.

The “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” known as HB780, says, “the ruling of the United States Supreme Court not only exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the State of North Carolina and a vote of the People of the State on an issue pertaining solely to the State of North Carolina and the People of North Carolina but also exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God.”

It then quotes Genesis 2:24, “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

HB780 “declares that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision of the United States Supreme Court of 2015 is null and void in the State of North Carolina.” It also declares that marriages “whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina.”

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Alabama’s been busy, busy, busy.

A church in Alabama is seeking to create its own police force with the same power as local law enforcement — and just got one step closer.

Last week, Alabama’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send SB 193 to the Senate for a full vote. If enacted, the law would allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church to assemble, employ, and enable its own police force under the state’s nonprofit corporate law.

The church, which is located 10 miles south of downtown Birmingham, is home to a K-12 school and theological seminary. Leaders are claiming that the house of worship needs its own police to protect its 4,000 some members and 2,000 students and teachers, NBC News reports.

The bill even has its own sponsor, Senate Majority Leader JT “Jabo” Waggoner, one of the longest-serving members of the legislature.

Yes! Let’s make the wall of separation between church and state a rickety picket fence. Meanwhile, at the ranch,

“the ACLU is arguing that the legislation unconstitutional.”

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And!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As governor, Robert Bentley would quote the Bible before the Alabama Legislature and say that God had elevated him to the State Capitol. In his dermatology practice, in the city where he was a Baptist deacon, he sometimes witnessed to patients. And when he was a first-time candidate for statewide office, his campaign headquarters were often filled with volunteers from local churches.

This is a state that knows well how mixing faith and politics can lead to disappointment. When Mr. Bentley on Monday resigned from office and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in the wake of the sex scandal that ended his 50-year marriage, his downfall reflected both enduring and contemporary challenges for evangelical voters.

To many of the conservative Christians who unexpectedly propelled Mr. Bentley, a Republican, into power, his demise was a dispiriting setback in an age when they feel their values are under siege.

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Not to put too fine a point on it, but this was the third in a Republican Jesus trifecta of multiple ethics violations involving Alabama Lawmakers. Speaker Mike Hubbard, and Chief Justice Roy Moore who loves him some homosexuals and some 10 commandments.

You’d think being all “godly” would keep them from doing the wrong things, but evidently it’s better to be forgiven than to get permission.

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Why Do Christians Complain About Liberals Ushering In The Anti Christ?

Juuuuuuussst when I thought I couldn’t possibly manage to squeeze out another athy post this week, I see this on social media about former Congressman and raving right wing loon, Michelle Bachmann.



Feel free to imagine your own captions 😉

In the interest of complete honesty, I only listened part way through the intro, I’m relying on the reporting of others who hopefully got it right. Do listen if you can stand it.

It was my understanding that the monotheistic bronze age death cults all had a goal of going to heaven to reign along side jesus in a perpetual state of synchophantic bliss. The “big signal” of the end times and the rapture would be the emergence of the anti christ. So what precisely are they bitchin about?

Repeat after me, christians: “Thank you liberals and jesus!”

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Dear Christians: Is It Ok To Lie To Promote Your Beliefs?

This is an important and uncomfortable question for believers to consider. If polled, I’d guess most would say not in spite of the fact they do it routinely when talking to atheists *and* other christians. Are they aware they’re doing it? I’m convinced some of them are. Do some look to mitigate their responsibility to the truth by rationalizing that because they *believe* something to be true, stating those beliefs as true doesn’t “count” as a lie. I think some do. It’s an ironic position to be in as an absolute moral values advocate, to assume such a subjective moralistic position. And to acknowledge it I think would eventually erode their confidence in their beliefs. I’d call it a generally dishonest intellectual practice.

Some of you may already be aware of this fellow.

Otherwise known as “CARM. Matt is the master of framing a question in such a way that pre-supposes what he claims is the “truth”. To my recollection he’s never actually demonstrated any of his beliefs are true, mostly he just engages in sophistry to muddy the water with his followers. On his website he’s got “questions for atheists” that he imagines are insurmountable barriers for non believers to answer. Most roll their eyes and move on rather than waste time addressing first the sophistry in order to get to what the question actually is. I’ve gone through his lists somewhere, although I can’t remember where. Might be early in the blog or elsewhere on social media. I digress. That brings us to this:

I’ll post a link to the whole page at the bottom of this post, if you have the time and are up for the aggro.

The actual philosophy Matt’s using as a “source” for this idea is Jeremy Bentham’s principle of utility~

and Francis Hutcheson, who first introduced a key utilitarian phrase. In An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725), Hutcheson says when choosing the most moral action, virtue is in proportion to the number of people a particular action brings happiness to. In the same way, moral evil, or vice, is proportionate to the number of people made to suffer. The best action is the one that procures the greatest happiness of the greatest numbers—and the worst is the one that causes the most misery.

I think Harris has boiled this down in various recent discussions as maximal good vs minimal harm. In any event, you will note Slick makes no mention of the whole idea, but frames the question in reductionist terms as just “reducing harm”. Then he follows it with a litany of questions intended to force the reader to accept absolute moral authority as true against the reality that all morals are inescapably subjective. Implied as well in the framework is the assertion that “all atheists” adhere to his false characterization of reducing harm as secular “dogma”.

The questions get increasingly ridiculous by orders of magnitude culminating in this final question:

When atheists have to deal with the attitude from the religious that we are morally defective somehow and then ask a question like that with the implication that we’d condone anything about that scenario as good or moral illustrates the level of moral bankruptcy on Matt Slick’s part. Does he know what he’s doing? I think so.

And christians wonder why atheists are “angry”.

CARM link

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Everyone Has a “god”

I haven’t managed a good “athy” post in a while, but here’s something I bet you can chew on.
It’s an appeal to authority for the most part, something we’ve seen many times before. I think this is a good opportunity to explore Hitchens famous challenge: Name one moral act a christian can do that an atheist can’t.”

Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)

A few hours ago, someone posted some thoughts about atheism. This prompted me to also write about some things I have considered. Some of these things were covered by the other blogger, while some thoughts were not.

I recently read something posted by someone who brags about being an atheist. He has every right to believe as he wishes. That is one of the great things about America – freedom of religion (or lack thereof). This individual has also made statements about what is right and what is wrong. I began to contemplate this. If this person does not believe there is a god, then who decides right from wrong? We do. Doesn’t that elevate us to a god-like status?

That is a huge part of today’s problem…we have become our own god. We would swear that we don’t worship ourselves, but the evidence proves to the contrary. Life, for…

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