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Top 6 Frustrations Living With Conservatives

Posted on 29 January 2016 by The Secular Nerd

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Many people were fortunate to have never shared a roof with someone of the opposite political spectrum. This Top 6 is for you and those who could really relate to the frustrations. Please feel free to share any frustration points I might have missed in the comment section below.

 

6: The Bold Faced Lies

 

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Seeing lies and half-truthism coming out of the fingers in social media conversations are bad enough, but to have a loved one spewing those same lies? It digs deeps into the core of you. What do you do? Do you call them on it? Hell no. Why? Because attempt number 4,539 to do it will fail. Even with substantial evidence to disprove it, your loved one will go on a wild tangent how this person connects with this person, who did this small thing which caused X to happen because Y person said this, and their butcher was connected to an Islamic Goat Farm. WHA?!? I was just proving your claim that Obama wants to kill everyone to be false. What does this have to do with the goat herder in Saudi Arabia?

 

5: Insane Games of Connect The Dots

 

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Number 6 leads us to 5, where your head will spin from trying to follow the outrageous connections that have nothing to do with your original conversation. This will usually happen when they try to “prove” they are right. You could be sitting there having a casual conversation about flowers, then out of nowhere BAMB! A global warming conspiracy pops up and they are telling you about this one guy who knows a guy who allegedly saw a memo there’s no evidence of, which connected this organization to Nestle which produces chem trails for the government. WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH FLOWERS?!?! Furthermore… WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GETTING THIS?!?! Excuse me, I digress… but you know the frustration. The crazy game of connect the dots where they make new dots to prove a point.

 

4: Vote for my Candidate or Get Out (or some other threat)

 

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Living with and depending on each other for stability in a trying economy can be both beneficial and a nightmare. You may have experienced a time or two an outrageous argument out of the blue that starts with “You are voting for X Conservative right?”. IT’S A TRAP! Do you lie? No… because you want to maintain an ethical standing. IT’S A TRAP!

 

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So what’s left to do? Lie… Lie because if you don’t, IT’S A TRAP! When you don’t lie, and you are honest with who you are voting for, the threats start coming in. “If you don’t vote for X person, I’m not helping you anymore!” or “If you don’t vote for X, get out of here!”. Something along those lines.

 

 

3: Passing by a room blaring Fox News

 

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We’ve all been to a public place at one point or another, and a channel you would rather not watch, let alone listen to, is blaring for the amusement of the few employees really. Imagine 24/7 practically that channel blaring under the same roof? You might catch yourself listening and shaking your head ready to Google evidence that proves that douche bag guest of theirs wrong. Do you? No, because it will just start another fight. Instead, you find yourself venting on Social Media or to a like-minded friend of how much you want to pull your hair out over such insane claims.

 

 

2: The Conspiracy Theories

 

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As expressed in previous points, many of the arguments you might find yourself getting into will involve not only half-truths and lies, but also conspiracy theories. In my time, I’ve heard some outrageous things coming out of my mother and father’s mouth. The longest time, Obama was Barry Santos and Michelle Obama was Michael Obama. WHAT THE HELL?! Luckily my mother didn’t believe the Mars conspiracy theory where Obama either came from Mars or lived on Mars, but if your loved one does… I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry.

 

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1: Religion mixed with Politics

 

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If you relate to any of the top 6 points in here, it’s most likely the case that religion and politics are also involved. I’m an Atheist. I’m also a Secular Humanist. I use reason and logic to come to conclusive opinions based solely on fact. When I see things such as religion involved with politics, I shudder. I know many religious people who also shudder at politics and religion mingling. I’m sure you heard the rants of “Obama is a Muslim!” or “We need Donald Trump because he will keep all the muslims out of here!”. That’s all based on Religious propaganda, fearful of Muslim belief taking over Christian Belief. Little do they realize, they are the same thing.

 

 

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Top 5 Movies That Poke Fun At Religion

Posted on 30 June 2014 by That Heathen Girl

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Every now and then I like to sit back, relax, and relieve stress…

                By watching movies of course! And what better way to easy some tension than by laughing at the insanity that religion can be. I did leave out documentaries for this particular list so I could do a different one later, but until then check out my list for Top 5 Movies That Poke Fun At Religion:

 

5. Carrie


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Carrie was Stephen King’s first novel and was made into a movie in 1976 (and a remake, but we won’t get into that), telling the story of a young girl suffering at home from an abusive overly religious mother. It speaks volumes when you watch their interactions and the kind of things Carrie goes through at home and at school. I can’t imagine how horrifying it would have been to get my period at school and have no fucking clue what was happening to me. I’d think I was bleeding to death too!

 

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How am I not dead right now?

                The mother takes the cake in this movie, showing how an oppressive religious environment can cause someone to snap, especially someone as impressionable as a teenager. At least everyone gets what’s coming to them in the end right?

 

4. Saved!

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A little know movie, Saved! satirizes the lives of students at a Christian high school, showing how one wrong move can cause you to be ostracized and demonized in a heartbeat. Mary, played by Jenna Malone, ends up having sex with her boyfriend Dean after he tells her he might be gay. She hits her head and sees a vision of Jesus, telling her to do everything in her power to help him. Well what does any Christian girl do to make sure her boyfriend isn’t gay? She has sex with him. Not surprising, she ends up pregnant, and a cascade effect occurs as all her friends abandon her.

It’s really telling of the Christian household, especially overly Christian, as they don’t speak to their children about sex and sexual safety. Personally, the best part of the film is Eva Amurri, who plays Cassandra, the only Jewish girl in a Christian school. Her jokes are hilarious and the part where she starts speaking in tongues in order to freak out the students at an assembly is priceless. She even attempts to rip her shirt off in order to shock the masses.

 

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She’s speaking God’s language! Hallelujah!

3. The Invention of Lying

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Ricky Gervais, well known Atheist, stars in this film in which people live in a world without lying. Meaning no can lie. Ever. Meaning, no religion. However, when Gervais’s character’s mom is dying in a hospital, he tells her of a wonderful afterlife, introducing lies for the first time. Everyone takes him at his word, shocked and awed that maybe there is a great man in the sky and maybe there is a Heaven. Who knew making a religion was so easy?

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A little tooo easy.

                The point I took from the film is to make you realize how easy it is to dissuade people, and how if you tell a lie often enough eventually it becomes the truth to them.

 

2. Dogma

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Dogma is a great film when it comes to poking fun at religion. Two angels, Loki and Bartleby, have been living in Wisconsin as a punishment after being cast out of heaven. After discovering a loophole in the Catholic Dogma that would allow them back in, they set out for New Jersey to find this church that will ‘cleanse them of sin’. Loki’s (Matt Damon) exchange in the beginning of the film at the airport are hilarious, as he convinces a nun that it’s really not even worth it.

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What have I been doing with my life?

                Kevin Smith had some amazing actors brought into this film. Making Alanis Morissette God was just icing on the cake, and watching her prance around the church yard doing handstands says a lot about the Christian God. It makes God out to not only be a woman, but to be childish and forgiving in the most nonsensical ways.

 

1. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

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I think this film pretty much speaks for itself. You’ve got songs like “Every Sperm is Sacred”, which makes fun of the Catholic’s views of masturbation, and “Galaxy Song”, which speaks heavily on evolution. It’s basically a slap in the face to the Catholic church, and certainly a fun movie to watch in order to get a good laugh.

Monty Python’s been pretty famous for making films that poke fun at religion, and any of them could have made this list, so be sure to check them out as well.

 

Honorable Mention: The Life of Brian

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Social Media has spoken, and so with all the requests, I present an honorable mention of The Life of Brian (or substitute “Meaning of Life” with it). The Life of Brian can best be summed up by IMDB‘s storyline writeup about it: Irreverent satire of Biblical films and religious intolerance focuses on Brian, a Jew in Roman-occupied Judea. After joining up with an anti-Roman political organization, Brian is mistaken for a prophet, and becomes a reluctant Messiah. – The Secular Nerd

 

So there you have it, the Top 5 Movies that poke fun at religion, hope you enjoyed the list! What are some of your favorite movies out there? Any that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments!

Until next time,

– That Heathen Girl

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Top 5 Movies about Demonic Possession

Posted on 29 June 2014 by That Heathen Girl

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   I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid growing up in the deep south movies like these would scare the shit out of me. Religious fear makes seeing what could be lurking in the dark that much more frightening, and our imaginations run wild. Now that I am older (and wiser), it is interesting to see how these kinds of movies still scare people so much. I’m a huge horror movie buff myself, have been even when I was still religious. What’s even more interesting, is going back and re-watching these movies that used to strike the fear of God into me. So here are what I think are the best movies about possession.

 

5. Rec


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   I don’t go for foreign horror films often, but when Rec came out I thought, zombies? Hell yeah I wanna see some zombies! The story is about a group of people trapped off and quarantined because of a virus that has been spreading throughout their apartment building, causing people to become bloodthirsty, screaming and trying to tear you to pieces. Sounds very zombie like right? Well, by the end of the movie you find out whatever is making people want to eat your face off is actually demonic in nature. Fancy that. A tenant in the upstairs apartment had been messing with the occult and a mean rabies virus. Apparently this guy that owns the apartment was working on what looked like a biological cause for demonic possession on behalf of the Vatican.

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Cliche portrait of the Virgin Mary, check!

   This Spanish film is shot just like the Blair Witch, jumping on that “found footage” bandwagon. They did manage to do a really good job, it kept you wanting to look away because you knew at any minute something was going to come out of nowhere.

  Quarantine is the American remake of Rec, staring scream queen Jennifer Carpenter. She did a pretty good job I think, I love her as a horror actress but the Americanization of the film made it seem a bit lacking in comparison to the Spanish original.

4. The Evil Dead

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   I will admit this now, I haven’t seen the original Evil Dead yet. I did, however, watch the remake. I know, I know, it’s probably not near as good.

   The Evil Dead centers on five University students taking a trip out to an isolated cabin for spring break. I won’t use their names, because both versions have different character names, but in both one goes nuts and ends up possessed. One thing after another leads them all to question who is possessed and who isn’t, and trying to stay alive in a place where even the trees will attack you (and in some cases, rape you). There is a more comedic value as the films go on, showing a more humorous side to demons and how silly it all really is.

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3. Constantine

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   Oh, how I adore this movie. Constantine took a very modern approach to demonic possession. Keanu Reeves plays Constantine, a chain smoking exorcist who seeks out demons hiding in humans to gain favor back into heaven. You see he had a little run in with some razor blades at a young age and ever since he’s been able to see angels and demons. I’m sure we all know how the Catholic church feels about suicide. Oh, and he’s also dying of lung cancer.

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Fuck it.

   The film is great in the exorcism scenes because he makes it look like such a chore, and the way all these creatures fit into the human society and prey on the weak. The conversation between Constantine and Lucifer is great, their casting choices were good in that regard. Their exchange is very nonchalant and business like.

 

2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

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   In regards to the horror aspect of this movie, I love it. The idea was great, the story was great. Laura Linney was great. However, it went the path most movies with anyone Atheist of Agnostic goes, they become believers.

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The Witching Hour? Shit I smelled sulfur at around 3am, I better go back to Jesus!

     Jennifer Carpenter plays a girl who dies after a parish priest performs an exorcism on her. Linney’s character, a defense attorney named Erin, takes his case after he is charged with negligent homicide. Watching the court and seeing the flashbacks is like seeing two different worlds when you watch it as an Atheist. It’s like, you want to be on the side of the state, but all the flashbacks make you feel for this character. The actual exorcism scene is amazing to watch, Jennifer Carpenter goes all out and you can feel the hatred coming off this character. It’s certainly a movie I would recommend.

 

1. The Exorcist

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   Ahh we knew this would be number one! The Exorcist came out in 1973, and has sense been regarded as one of, if not, the scariest movie of all time. Rumors of strange occurrences on set spread after the film’s release, many sequels followed, and Linda Blair would always be remembered as that possessed kid that pukes on a priest.

    If you haven’t seen it, I’m sure you know the basic premise, so I won’t explain. I watched this movie when I was 13 years old, when I was still religious and went to church camp and Sunday school and all that fun stuff. So you can imagine what seeing that movie would do to a preteen Jesus freak. It was the first and only time I ever had to sleep with the lights on.

Now of course I can appreciate the horror aspect more; every time I watch it I actually find humor in some of things they made this kid say.

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     In any case, to go back and re-watch some of these movies and see what religious fear does to people is an interesting experience. Try it one day and see what I mean, maybe get in a few good laughs if you’re like me and find it all very humorous (I am sick and twisted at times though).
For now that is all until next time!
– That Heathen Girl

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Top 5 GOP Fails for June 2014

Posted on 29 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

In this new top 5 segment, each month we will list the fails/fallacies of the GOP party backing it up with evidence at the time, along with any fallacies they commit and the definition of said fallacy. We will not state opinion, but the irony here is the fact that we are rather biased. This is “nothing but the facts”, so help me Flying Spaghetti Monster.

 

5. Jordan Haskins running for office with felonies involving masterbation

A convicted felon running for a Michigan House of Representatives seat this November isn’t getting support, or opposition, from the Saginaw County Republican Party he has filed to represent.

Jordan Haskins’ record of criminal offenses dating back to his teenage years are mainly tied to a sexual fetish the candidate says he has since left behind him.

Haskins admitted to police that he scaled fences and trespassed on both public and private property in order to take vehicles for joyrides and to facilitate a fetish he referred to as “cranking.” Police reports state he disconnected the spark plugs on a vehicle and then masturbated while attempting to turn over the engine. – [Source MLive] [Alternate Source The Raw Story]

Saginaw resident Jordan Haskins is the lone Republican candidate who is running for the 95th State House District seat in November 2014. Neil Barris | MLive.com

Saginaw resident Jordan Haskins is the lone Republican candidate who is running for the 95th State House District seat in November 2014.
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The Secular Nerd:

This speaks for itself.

 

 

 

4. Suing the President for using executive orders granted to him for being the President

President Barack Obama on Friday slammed Republicans for a forthcoming lawsuit against him over alleged abuse of executive power, saying such actions were only necessary because the GOP has been unwilling to compromise on even the most basic issues.

“Now Republicans are mad at me for taking these actions. They’re not doing anything, and now they’re mad that I’m doing something,” Obama said during a speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, then why don’t you join me and we’ll do it together,” he added. – [Source NBCNews] [Alternate Source NPR]

 

House Republicans argue the illegality of executive action signings, like one in April 2014 in which President Obama acted to close the gender compensation gap among federal contractors.

House Republicans argue the illegality of executive action signings, like one in April 2014 in which President Obama acted to close the gender compensation gap among federal contractors.

The Secular Nerd:

Article 2, Clause 1, Section 1 of the Constitution states [Source Cornell University Law School]: “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected….”

United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law when they take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution, or are made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress that explicitly delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power (delegated legislation).” – [Source Wikipedia] [Alternate Source USA.Gov]

Congress may attempt to overturn an executive order by passing legislation (a bill) that opposes the order. However, the President can veto that bill, and Congress would then need to override that veto to pass the bill. Also, the Supreme Court can declare an executive order to be unconstitutional.” – [Source USA.Gov]

Total count of President Obama’s Executive Orders (As of 6/20/2014): 182.     George W. Bush: 291.    Bill Clinton: 364.     George Bush: 166     Ronald Reagan: 381  – [Source The American Presidency Project]

 

 

3. Rush Limbaugh’s book denied shelf access at a bookstore, and he loses it

…This is exclusionary, it’s racist, it’s bigoted, and it’s the opposite of everything they claim to be.  And it’s exactly what they accuse us of being.  They claim that they’re tolerant. They claim they’re open-minded. They claim that they are colorblind and all that.  They are the most bigoted, racist people. They exclude here and exclude there and then they don’t make any money and they can’t figure out why.

My two books are in the top five on the New York Times best-seller list, and here’s a woman at a bookstore who wants to sell books, is begging people to buy ’em, proudly says that two of the books in the top five are not even available at her store, and she wants accolades for that. These people are loony. They simply are dumb.  They don’t have the slightest idea what they’re doing.  And they happen to be running the country.  And I don’t just mean in Washington. People like this are in charge of the public school system. People like this are teaching your kids. People like this are running day care.  People like this show up at Obama’s fundraisers.

Limbaugh’s mention of the store was prompted by Teaching for Change Executive Director Deborah Menkart‘s remarks at a C-SPAN-taped event at Busboys and Poets for an unrelated book, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil, which aired Sunday. Menkart gave the opening speech and said 90 percent of children’s books that Teaching for Change sells at the bookstore are by or about people of color, specifically noting that the shop does not sell Limbaugh’s best-selling children’s book. She said the bookstore proves there is a market for these books by or about minority people, but then added that the bookstore isn’t breaking even and asked the audience for support through donations.” – [Source Washington City Paper] [Alternate Source Daily Kos]

 

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The Secular Nerd:

Fallacy List time:

  • confirmation bias: This refers to a form of selective thinking that focuses on evidence that supports what believers already believe while ignoring evidence that refutes their beliefs. Confirmation bias plays a stronger role when people base their beliefs upon faith, tradition and prejudice. (“This is exclusionary, it’s racist, it’s bigoted, and it’s the opposite of everything they claim to be.  And it’s exactly what they accuse us of being.”) The rebuttal is:  “Menkart gave the opening speech and said 90 percent of children’s books that Teaching for Change sells at the bookstore are by or about people of color, specifically noting that the shop does not sell Limbaugh’s best-selling children’s book. ” The bookstore “proves there is a market for these books by or about minority people, but then added that the bookstore isn’t breaking even and asked the audience for support through donations.” (It’s a bookstore focused on minorities, by minorities and/or for minorities)
  • ad hominem:  An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). (Practically everything in confirmation bias)
  • appeal to fear: When fear, not based on evidence or reason, is being used as the primary motivator to get others to accept an idea, proposition, or conclusion. (“People like this are in charge of the public school system. People like this are teaching your kids. People like this are running day care.  People like this show up at Obama’s fundraisers.”)
  • The list can go on, but I believe I made my case.

 


 

 

2. Ann Coulter calls soccer a liberal conspiracy

“Liberal moms like soccer because it’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys,” Coulter wrote. “No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level.”

They’re doing an incredible job of hiding all those girls on the field this week.

The 52-year-old also ripped the lack of scoring in soccer (“No other ‘sport’ ends in as many scoreless ties as soccer”) and how they don’t let players use their hands.

“What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs,” she wrote. “Our hands can hold things. Here’s a great idea: Let’s create a game where you’re not allowed to use them!” – [Source San Jose Mercury News] [Alternate Source The Kansas City Star]

 

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The Secular Nerd:

This speaks for itself. The biggest fallacy is Appeal to Tradition, at least what she feels is tradition, which are contact sports.

 


 

1. Timothy Ray Murray believes he won because the candidate who did win is an android

Murray claimed that Rep. Lucas was “executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine. On television they were depicted as being executed by the hanging about the neck until death on a white stage and in front of witnesses.”

 He stated that while “it is possible to use look alike artificial or man-made replacements,” such “replacements” are not human, and therefore ineligible to serve in office. He also assured the board that he “will NEVER use Artificial Intelligence look alike to voice what The Representative’s Office is doing nor own a robot look alike.” – [Source The Raw Story] [Alternate Source New York Daily News]

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The Secular Nerd:

All I can say is, this speaks very loudly for itself.

 

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Top 5 – Secular Games to play with the Family

Posted on 07 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

Everyone loves games, especially spending time with the family and playing games with them. These days though, with all the distractions we have (Smartphones, Tablets, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook) it can be really easy to let time pass without a good wholesome game with the family. Below are our Top 5 – Secular Games to Play with the Family that is for a wide range of ages.

 

#5 – Monopoly

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Who could resist the fun of Monopoly? It teaches a valuable lesson in saving money, investing, and anger management. Many hours can go by moving the pieces up and down the board, bankrupting your partner, or making your child understand the importance of buying Boardwalk and Park Place.

# 4 – Uno

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Uno is great for almost all ages. Playing for the title of “Uno Champion of the World” can be your childs ultimate goal here. When I was young, I played this with everyone, including one on one’s with my sister. The constant abuse of four draw four cards in a row will greatly ensure victory for you and yours!

 

#3 – Sorry!

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Who doesn’t love this game?! An endless battle to get your little peg around the board, knock your opponent back to start, and cry out “Sorry!” when you win! There’s nothing like being apologetic after a victory! Fun for nearly all ages!

 

#2 – LIFE

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What better way to teach your children the values of life, than by driving your car down the board, having unrealistic amounts of children, and never having actual real life issues such as STD’s and other diseases than LIFE! Enjoy a good solid hour of putting the board together, and 30 minutes of playtime with this awesome game!

#1 – Apples to Apples

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Now that all the filler games are out of the way, we present you the number one game to play with your family. Apples to Apples. This game will give you hours of entertainment with judging and choosing the appropriate card to play! The goal of the game is simple. Each person takes a turn at being a Judge. The judge picks a special card and reads it out to you. The other players has in his/her hand several cards to choose from, that they think would fit best with the judges card. The secret, is to pick a card you believe the judge would love the most, to match with his/her card. This game is pretty safe for ages 10+. Great party game too!

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