"We Jews regard our race as superior to all humanity, and look forward, not to its ultimate union with other races, but to its triumph over them." (Goldwin Smith, Jewish Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, October, 1981)
Don't be distracted by this nonsense. The "atheists" are NOT the Grinch who stole Christmas. Remember Festivus? All of you dumb, white people just laughed and laughed at Festivus and if you didn't celebrate Festivus you DID celebrate the Seinfeld episode that inflicted it upon us. Although the idea is not so funny anymore now is it? You weren't intelligent enough to realize that you were being MOCKED by Festivus, but you "get it" now with "pastafarianism". Glenn is running scared from having (quite unintentionally) exposed the Z.O.G. conspiracy, so he is willing to blame "atheists" for the war on Christmas. Still don't know WHO is the real Grinch? Try reading "Culture of Critique" by Kevin MacDonald!
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is now considered the deity of a Tracy McPherson and she feels we should include this on Christmas trees. Tracy, if that what you believe, then there really is a flying noodle that brings "you" gifts.
It stops when you try to force everyone else in your ideaology. This is also Racist, plain and simple, against Italians in the world to think that Pasta belongs on a Christmas Tree. Everyone knows that Pasta is a food staple. Italians may be highly resentful towards this liberal radical assumption and neglect of our Rights.
Why are the liberal radical atheists and racists so against individual American Rights of preference??
It is when they have no rebuttal to other's individual beliefs, that they resort to Racisism and try to force you into compliance.
So separation of Church and State forbids the display Christian symbols, but not Pastafarian ones?
November 15, 2012 at 1:11pm
Hate begets hate in the Middle East. It has been passed on through generations, and unfortunately will never end until one side or another is annihilated. The Jewish people are surrounded and the Obama administration appears to have no time or inclination to support them. These developments will likely progress to a full-blown Middle Eastern war. I certainly hope that Iran doesn’t become directly involved, although Iranian insurgents are likely already throwing money, military hardware and personnel into the mix. God bless the Jewish people…
November 12, 2012 at 9:26am
Mental diseases are sometimes treatable, but last time I checked there was no cure for stupid. Oh, What a Town Chicago Is!!! Sing it with me now…
January 14, 2012 at 12:59pm
Dear Blaze Typesetters,
Are you serious with changing the font just to get the umlauts over that U? Dusseldorf would have been acceptable. Don’t you have a style book? Just sayin…
January 13, 2012 at 3:11pm
Really, I mean, can I just throw out one statistic… Anyone who bothers to give Michael what’s his fat any attention is an idiot. And no, I didn’t watch the video. Move on, nothing to see here.
Critical Puppy You need a new Monitor the field is FRIGGEN BLUE GO BRONCOS
July 9, 2011 at 10:30am
b-o-r-i-n-g. Don’t care about your stupid religious propaganda.
June 13, 2011 at 12:21pm
Sorry, no. Let’s tell the truth. He is just one of millions of religious charlatans that people around the world are stupid enough to listen to. They deserve everything they get. Maybe one day some of those whose thinking hasn’t progressed beyond the stone age, when lightning and strong winds was proof of the fury of “god”, will wake up. Religious types have be preying on the weak since the dawn of man. Get a clue.
April 11, 2011 at 2:21pm
Bottom line, just another example of hate and intolerance. Religious bigotry is as old as religion, and will never, ever stop. Words, even hateful words, are one thing. Violence, killing, and purposeful destruction of others’ property are another matter. This man and his family are seemingly minding their own business and living their own lives, peacefully.
If all people would simply follow the golden rule, the world would be a much better place. No religion need be involved in this argument. Just stay out of other peoples’ business, period.
I hope the perpetrators of this crime are caught and prosecuted. They deserve no less than a very strong lesson in basic human respect.
April 7, 2011 at 8:36am
I live about 5 miles from the former touchdown jesus location. I just couldn’t help it… every time I passed by, it would just come into my head naturally…
I Don’t Care if It
Rains or Freezes
As Long as I Got My
Ridin’ on the Dashboard
Of My Car
Through My Trials
And My Travels
Through the Nation
With My Plastic Jesus
I’ll Go Far
With My Plastic Jesus
Goodbye and I’ll Go Far
I Said With My Plastic Jesus
Sitting on the Dashboard of My Car
Ridin’ Down the Thoroughfare
With a Nose Up in the Air
A Wreck May Be Ahead
But He Don’t Mind
He Don’t See
He Just Keeps His Eye on Me
And Any Other Thing That Lies Behind
When I’m in a Traffic Jam
He Don’t Care if I Say D*mn
I Can Let All My Curses Roll
‘Cos Jesus’ Plastico Doesn’t Hear
‘Cos He’s Got a Plastic Ear
The Man Who Invented Plastic
Saved My Soul
And if I Weave Around at Night
Policemen Think I’m Very Tired
They Never Find My Bottle
Though They Ask
‘Cos Plastic Jesus Shelters Me
For His Head Comes Off You See
He’s Hollow and I Use Him Like a Flask
I Don’t Care if It’s Dark or Scary
Long as I Got Magnetic Mary
Ridin’ on the Dashboard of My Car
I Feel That I’m Protected Amply
I’ve Got the Love of the Whole D*mn Family
Ridin’ on the Dashboard of My Car
When I’m Goin’ Fornicatin’
I’ve Got My Ceramic Satan
Sittin’ on the Dashboard of My Car
Women Know I’m on the Level
Thanks to the Wide-Eyed Stoneware Devil
Sneerin’ From the Dashboard of My Car
It will be great to be able to hear that refrain once again in my head!
March 26, 2011 at 8:15pm
Look, you’re not getting it. I don’t want a religious discussion here. IT DOESN”T BELONG IN THIS FORUM, that’s my point. I came here to read NEWS, not to go to church. I don’t care about your god or gods. Please don’t make me dodge through your inane bible verses and comments to read news and enjoy sane people’s commentary. I’ve spent enough valuable time asking (I think politely) to just take the church/god drivel elsewhere. I bear no ill will, it is a simple thing that I ask. Don’t be unreasonable— you take offense far too easily.
March 26, 2011 at 7:42pm
“First I would logically work from the existence of God, which must be assmued from the start because it can’t be proved, to the premise that if Giod exists it is logical that he would want us to know him, since he have obviously been created with a dominant religious sensibility.”
It didn’t take your premise long to fall apart. You start out “logically” assuming the existence of god. Sorry, don’t buy that. Since your whole discussion is built on that idea being a given, that is the end of discussion as far as I’m concerned.
March 26, 2011 at 7:19pm
You are correct, I don’t have to be here and I don’t have to read the commentary that I find offensive, and trust me, I don’t. However, I don’t think it unfair or demanding that I should come to a news website and read a news article and entertain some intellectual discussion without being bombarded by blather and dogma from religious loonies who think they have all the answers for what ails my soul, and wow(!) it’s THEIR religion. No, I don’t read it word for word, but it is offensive to me to have to scour through the gospel to get others’ insight on national and world events. This is a news site after all, isn’t it? It isn’t church. I firmly believe in freedom of speech, but there is a time and a place for everything. Just cut the holy scripture quotations and inane commentary, and I think more people would find this a better place to exchange ideas. If this doesn’t make sense to you, wise up.
And BTW, don’t assume. I am neither a liberal, a progressive or a democrat. I am a Libertarian who leans strongly towards conservative values. I just don’t need a god to do so.
March 26, 2011 at 6:44pm
Just because you capitalize words doesn’t make them true. I don’t believe in prophesy because I don’t believe in magic.
March 26, 2011 at 6:40pm
Chris Hitchens isn’t blogging here.
March 26, 2011 at 4:38pm
Firstly, let me say that I wish Chris Hitchens the best. He possesses marvelous intellect and is a very skilled writer and debater. I enjoy listening to him very much, and will miss him immensely if if does not win this seemingly uphill battle.
I think it is wonderful that Hitch has found someone who may be able to help him. He is certainly in terrible straits, and for that I am sad. I do not think that Hitch looks on Dr Collins as an evil man because he is a Christian; they are friends after all. Collins is simply a very talented individual who has developed great healing skills because of his devotion to the art of science and medicine, and Hitch is in great need of those skills at this time in his life.
The problem that I have when articles with even the remotest intonation of religious component appear here on the Blaze, is that the discussion always seem to devolve into a topic of good vs evil, which is what this particular commentary has done. And the answer from many who post here is always that the perceived ‘evil ’ individual or group needs to find the religious dogma of those who know best for everyone. (Where DO you come up with some of this stuff, have you no life?) The most offensive to me are those who quote their scripture, as if it may have some intrinsic value to me or anyone else. Must you impose your selfishness over your personal beliefs to try to persuade others that you know best? Or, are you simply trying to reinforce your own self-doubt? And I’m sorry, but Christians seem to be the worst offenders. Please, go to church and argue dogma, don’t do it here in a public forum. It is very offensive.
As stated here perviously, I am an atheist. I have reasons for my beliefs, as I am sure all people with various religions do. However, I do not attempt to persuade you into atheism. I think that my beliefs are personal. They have come to me through years of evaluation and exploration while exposing myself to diverse religious beliefs approached with reasoned thought and research. In other words, I’ve read more than one ‘holy’ scripture. Yet there are those who will say there is only one for whatever imagined reason.
That said, I am more than the sum of my atheism. I am a good, moral person and live a full and rich life. I don’t lie, cheat, or steal, drink or smoke (anything), just because it’s the way I choose to live. I happen to believe that the simple Golden Rule is just a good, common sense approach to life. I am no more evil than you, even though you may be a Christian, Buddhist, Catholic, Muslim, etc. I just don’t believe in (or hate, as one poster put it!) your ‘God’ whomever or wherever he/she/it is, or was. Maybe in your mind that makes me evil; so be it. That’s your problem.
And just food for thought for everyone: of the literally thousands of religions in the world today, and in the past, what exactly makes YOUR ‘God’ the omnipotent? This is a question just for YOU. Don’t bother quoting your scripture here to me from your chosen tome to offer proof, you’ll just be arguing in circles. That is not a question put forth in an evil or mocking way; I’m sure that some who are tied to a religion to the exclusion of many other things in life will take it so.
Please keep your religion to yourself… and thanks, but no, I, like Chris Hitchens, don’t need or desire your prayers. We have chosen our path, and are at peace, if you care. Some may not buy that, but again, that’s your issue to deal with. Peace be with you…
"of the literally thousands of religions in the world today, and in the past, what exactly makes YOUR ‘God’ the omnipotent?"
I hope your question was an invitation to a reply. I will try to do so with as little reference to the Bible as possible as, of course, it has zero authority in any argument with you.
I interpret your question thus way, "what reason do we have to believe the Christian story accurately represents who God is better than any other faith?"
It is a good question.
First I would logically work from the existence of God, which must be assmued from the start because it can't be proved, to the premise that if Giod exists it is logical that he would want us to know him, since he have obviously been created with a dominant religious sensibility.
Second, if God wants us to know him then he must either make knowledge of him instinctive and natural, and hence generally universal, OR ESLE he must reveal himself to instruct us. The presence of multiple religions contradicting each other testifies rather strongly that God did NOT create us with a natural knowledge of him OR that any nature of that kind we had has become corrupted and undependable. This leads us to the conclusion that God will have to take the intitiative for us to know him.
This then brings us to the next question: "Has God done this?" If he has how do we imagine that would God go about introducing himself?" Given that it is imperically clear that God has not chosen a universal route to do this though some form of constant spiritual broadcasting of himself to all human beings, we are then led to conclude that his self-communication has most likely taken the form of a specific entry into space-time which will then build temporally in a chain of causation taht would allow us to identify it in our present time and place and follow that present link back to the source.
This finally brings us to a simple historical question: "Do we see any religion in the world testifying to just such a train of divine self-communication continuous to this day?" When we ask this question then the Hebrew scriptures testify to the oldest, and thus most likely, candidate. As Christianity presents the only continuation of the Jewsih religion to claim to know what God has been doing since the last Jesish scriptures were written it is the logical successor.
So, to summarize, If there is a God he should want us to know him and Christianity is the only religion that shows how he has been doing that from early antiquity right up to the present day.
"First I would logically work from the existence of God, which must be assmued from the start because it can’t be proved, to the premise that if Giod exists it is logical that he would want us to know him, since he have obviously been created with a dominant religious sensibility."
It didn't take your premise long to fall apart. You start out "logically" assuming the existence of god. Sorry, don't buy that. Since your whole discussion is built on that idea being a given, that is the end of discussion as far as I'm concerned.
Too bad you quit so easily. I assume God because I cannot figure out ANY other way that we got here. When you can explain origins I would say you MIGHT have a reason to deny what is self-evident. Of course you could evolve a science professor from an amoeba in a lab right before my eyes and I could not deny that which I have an intimate relationship with...
The premise of YOUR question was why we would think our understanding of God the right one. That question has no relevance if you don't start out with the premise that there is a God. You didn't ask why we believed in God but why we believed in THIS one over all the others. You set up the premise when you asked the question and then you blame others for answering on that basis.
It doesn't sound like you are really interested in understanding anything.
Let me give an example of why your objection is wrong.
Imagine you ask me why I prefer Hershey's chocolate over Nestles or Cadbury or Godiva and I answered laying out the obvious, "Well, since I love chocolate..." and you stop me there, saying, "But I DON'T love chocolate. So you've lost me there. Why should I care what you have to say after that?"
I would respond, "Because you asked my why I like Hersheys, not why I like chocolate"
Logical arguments always start with a set of givens. It is the logical progression FROM those givens by the introduction of other conclusions that is the debated point of any argument.
Look, you're not getting it. I don't want a religious discussion here. IT DOESN"T BELONG IN THIS FORUM, that's my point. I came here to read NEWS, not to go to church. I don't care about your god or gods. Please don't make me dodge through your inane bible verses and comments to read news and enjoy sane people's commentary. I've spent enough valuable time asking (I think politely) to just take the church/god drivel elsewhere. I bear no ill will, it is a simple thing that I ask. Don't be unreasonable— you take offense far too easily.
You have a mighty big problem then! The very nature of a forum is that people can voice whatever opinions they have as long as it is within the rules. As this article deals with a religious topic then it only stands to reason that all of us Bible thumpers are going to come out and play, just as the Beck articles bring out the anti-Beck nuts. My only suggestion to you is to take note of the people who type things you do not want to read and DON'T READ THEM! You will most certainly not stop me from preaching the gospel each and every chance I get until my dying breath. I have never been the type to ram it down anyone's throat if they are not interested, but in YOUR case I may just make an exception! Jesus loves you, this I know, for the Bible tells me so! Turn to Him and all your questions will be answered. The fool hath said in his heart there is no God. (Psalm 14:1) But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:23-)
"Look, you’re not getting it. I don’t want a religious discussion here."
Then why did you ask this question?
"of the literally thousands of religions in the world today, and in the past, what exactly makes YOUR ‘God’ the omnipotent?"
For someone who doesn't want a religious question you have a strange way of showing it.
Methinks you do protest too much.
@ ISLES and TROLL........very good replys and information that I would totally agree with. as CS Lewis told a bunch of young college kids that were asking the same question as they sat around and debated what makes Chrisianity different from all other faiths. Over hearing the discussions he calmly walked by the group and said, "That's easy, GRACE! " and proceeded on. I love it. So easy yet so profound as ISLES pointed out very well. God reaching out to us rather than us reaching out to him.
March 26, 2011 at 2:08pm
Absolutely untrue. There are many atheists who have not “repented” when at the end of their lives. Carl Segan comes immediately to mind.
March 25, 2011 at 1:27pm
Do you have pictures you could share? I would like to see Jesus. He must be getting up there in years…
March 25, 2011 at 11:45am
And you divined this how…?
March 25, 2011 at 11:38am
Professors will use him; he’ll use them. He’ll miss his childhood and “grow up” to be a neurotic nerd. Pressure in his life will be endless. I cannot see this kid as a happy man in the future, sad to say. I wish him the best…
Proffesors will use him of course. Because you will have people and groups with higher interests. But this kid is 12 and already setting out to disprove something that is widely accepted as the explanation of how we came to be. I highly doubt this boy can be groomed to grow up to be another leftist hack. Meaning he will grow up happy and without all the world weighing heavily on his shoulders. It'll be interesting though to hear how it all unfolds. Obviously he will be a name to remember in the near future.