Fundamentalist Christians 'spanked' daughter to death

If god told you to torture and kill your child, would you?

If you’re a Fundamentalist Christian, you probably would.

CNN’s Gary Tuchman reported Monday on a fundamentalist Christian couple who killed their 7-year-old adopted daughter while practicing a violent form of discipline.

They reportedly beat their nine children regularly because they thought God wanted them to. Both parents were jailed after pleading guilty to the crime and the surviving children are now in foster homes.

Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=bestoftv/2011/08/15/exp.ac.tuchman.punishment.cnn

This, you may think, is an isolated occurrence. Well, certainly it’s not the norm (thank gawd!) but this is not isolated at all.  It’s just another of many atrocities committed in the name of god. This is not a Christian way to educate your children – this is torture and murder!

I just hope these irrational idiots who pose as parents, get the maximun punishment for their crime.

Thanks, religion.

Source: rawstory.com
Advertisements

God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales.

 

God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

Penn Jillette, on the introduction of his new book God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, states that he is “a loud, aggressive, strident, outspoken atheist, and I’m an asshole–but what I’m claiming is in no way arrogant. it couldn’t be more humble. It’s just ‘I don’t know.'”, as a response to the typical claim that atheists are know-it-all arrogant people who disregard god because they have it all figured out. Penn’s proposition is very simple, if you “don’t know” about god, you may already be an atheist.

God, No! is an honest and laid back narrative, written in Penn Jillette’s well-known unrestrained style and language; it covers many topics, like terrorism, the reasons why he is Libertarian, and includes many anecdotes and adventures. In his chapter “I also couldn’t get laid in a women’s prison with a fistful of pardons”, Jillette tells a hilarious story about his trip to a gay bathhouse in San Francisco. Not all of these stories are related directly to atheism, but are well embroidered into Jillette’s leading path to his main goal: The Penn Commandments.

Jillette says God, No!  is the result of Glenn Beck having asked him to entertain the idea of an atheist Ten Commandments, which he does with a well organized and fresh account of events. Each chapter consists of stories, some of them personal, that illustrate Jillette’s suggestion for each of his Ten Commandments.

His suggested commandments are quite practical. For instance, the biblical third commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy god in vain; for the lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”, becomes the atheist suggestion “Say what you mean. Even when talking to yourself.”

Later into the book, Penn tells about when he described himself as a “hard-core atheist” while on some show on CNN. “What’s a hard-core atheist?”, asks someone next to him, Penn says, “I don’t even believe that other people believe in god.”

In God, No! Penn calls all atheists to come out and be outspoken.

“Atheists are also morally obligated to tell the truth as we see it. We should preach and proselytize too. We need to help believers. Someone who believes in god is wasting big parts of his or her life, holding back science and love, and giving ‘moral’ support to dangerous extremists.”

With a little rambling, discovery, humor, wisdom and irony, an overall enjoyable book.

In Penn’s own words: “It’s a pretty funny look my life and all the goofy things that are important to me: skepticism, truth, atheism, our show, my family and friends, Libertarianism. I share funny stories about those things and talk about my beliefs and even tell one about the skin falling of my scrotum.”

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for contacting me, and providing the book for this review.

Buy God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

xPenn Jillette’s upcoming appearances:

August 16 — Washington, DC — Lisner Auditorium — sponsored by CFI DC

August 25 — Corte Madera, CA — Book Passage — sponsored by Book Passage

August 18 — Los Angeles, CA — Writer’s Guild Theater — sponsored by Writers Bloc

 

 

Christian kittens

A preacher comes upon a girl playing with a box holding a litter of new-born kittens inside. “What kind of kittens are those?”, he asked.

“They are Christian kittens”, she said. He left pleased she had Jesus in her thoughts.

Days later he saw her again. “How are your Christian kittens doing?”, he asked.

“Oh, they aren’t Christian kittens, they are Atheist”, she replied.

“I thought they were Christian kittens.” said the preacher.

“Oh, they were. But now their eyes are open!”

Astronomy Picture of The Day – The Red Spider Nebula: Surfing in Sagittarius

Credit: ESA & Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. This warm planetary nebula harbors one of the hottest stars known and its powerful stellar winds generate waves 100 billion kilometres high. The waves are caused by supersonic shocks, formed when the local gas is compressed and heated in front of the rapidly expanding lobes. The atoms caught in the shock emit the spectacular radiation seen in this image.

Better one of them than one of us.

A very old Jewish man called his wife to his bed. ‘I am going to die. Please call a priest — I wish to convert to Catholicism.’ His wife responded with shock and disbelief, reminding her husband that they had been devout Jews all their lives. ‘I know, dear,’ he said, ‘but isn’t it better that one of them should die than one of us?’

– Anonymous epigraph to John Martin Fischer, The Metaphysics of Death, 1993