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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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Religious beliefs for corporations win in Supreme Court

Posted on 30 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

Today, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in what is considered a landmark decision that gives corporations the right to decide what their employees receive coverage for, in terms of their insurance they have with that corporation. What does this mean? It means a company can pick whatever they want to deny, and say it’s due to religious belief.

I can’t stress enough how hypocritical Hobby Lobby is in this case, since their 401 k retirement plans were invested in the pharmaceutical companies that made contraceptives [Source Mother Jones], then through whatever backroom political pressure meeting, decided to go to the Supreme Court to fight for the right to deny their own employees from being covered for contraceptives.

What’s going to happen when corporations like Hobby Lobby say “It’s against my belief to receive coverage for blood transfusions”? Jehovah Witnesses come to mind with that. One thing you need to ask yourself is this: “Is it right that any corporation can have control and say on what coverage you can or cannot receive?”. Before you start to say “Well, they can just find another job!”. Think about that statement, and think about your current situation. Are you in a position yourself to have free roam to have a change of where you work freely? Do your relatives have a choice in where they work?

Regardless of if you make that statement or not, it’s a crime against humanity. Contraceptive is used for hundreds of other things besides preventing pregnancy. It’s used for the treatment of painful menstruation cycles. It’s used to prevent some extremely life threatening conditions such as cancer of the ovaries and womb – [Source]. All this is, is an overreach of the Supreme Court. They are more fearful of the loudmouth minority fundamentalists, because they are capable of triggering radical things. What things you ask? Oh, I don’t know, like shoot up abortion clinics [Source] (Google for more than this), bomb abortion clinics [Source].

 

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Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion, over a dissent from the four liberal justices, that forcing companies to pay for methods of women’s contraception to which they object violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He said the ruling is limited and there are ways for the administration to ensure women get the birth control they want. – [Source Boston Globe]

 

Corporations qualify for protection of religious beliefs under the law, Justice Alito writes for the majority, because even though corporate personhood is a “legal fiction,” those corporations are formed by human beings and they represent the people who are associated with them and their rights. Protecting the corporation thus protects the people who own and control it. – [Source New York Times]

 

I personally cannot wait until secular businesses fire people for radical religious beliefs, and then rely upon this ruling. The Supreme Court just approved of discrimination based on “personal religious beliefs” because “those corporations are formed by human beings and they represent the people who are associated with them and their rights. Protecting the corporation thus protects the people who own and control it”.

We live in a country where capitalism does not represent humanity’s best interest. It represents the corporation’s best interest. – The Secular Nerd

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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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Science and Religion: 5 Questions – Edited By Gregg D. Caruso

Posted on 05 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

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Announcing the publication of *Science and Religion: 5 Questions* edited by Gregg D. Caruso—a collection of interviews with thirty-three of the world’s leading philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists.

Description: Are science and religion compatible when it comes to understanding cosmology (the origin of the universe), biology (the origin of life and of the human species), ethics, and the human mind (minds, brains, souls, and free will)? Do science and religion occupy non-overlapping magisteria? Is Intelligent Design a scientific theory? How do the various faith traditions view the relationship between science and religion? What, if any, are the limits of scientific explanation? What are the most important open questions, problems, or challenges confronting the relationship between science and religion, and what are the prospects for progress? These and other questions are explored in Science and Religion: 5 Questions—a collection of thirty-three interviews based on 5 questions presented to some of the world’s most influential and prominent philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists.

Contributors include a Nobel Prize winning physicist, three Templeton Prize winners, two “Humanist of the Year” winners, the “Most Influential Rabbi in America” (Newsweek, 2012), “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism” (New York Times), a National Humanities Medal winner, a National Medal of Science winner, a Star of South Africa Medal winner, a Carl Sagan Award winner, a National Science Board’s Public Service Medal winner, a MacArthur Fellow, a Lakatos Award winner, an Erasmus Prize winner, a “Friend of Darwin Award” winner, a “Distinguished Skeptic Award” winner, the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures, and many more.

Contributors: Simon Blackburn, Susan Blackmore, Sean Carroll, William Lane Craig, William Dembski, Daniel C. Dennett, George F.R. Ellis, Owen Flanagan, Owen Gingerich, Rebecca Goldstein, John F. Haught, Muzaffar Iqbal, Lawrence Krauss, Colin McGinn, Alister McGrath, Mary Midgley, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Timothy O’Connor, Massimo Pigliucci, Rev. John Polkinghorne, James “The Amazing” Randi, Alex Rosenberg, Michael Ruse, Robert John Russell, John Searle, Michael Shermer, Victor Stenger, Robert Thurman, Michael Tooley, Charles Townes, Peter van Inwagen, Keith Ward, Rabbi David Wolpe

Now available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/8792130518

Many thanks,

— Dr. Gregg D. Caruso

www.greggcaruso.com

www.scienceandreligion5questions.com

@GreggDCaruso

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