Am I the only one seeing the irony here?

Hey Rratzinger, that’s a good one, reality is important, I couldn’t agree more. But you forget a few more “realities” that you should mention:

How about not lying about condoms and AIDS?

Better yet, what about NOT COVERING UP THE RAPING OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD?

Yes, your concern is totally commendable! Thank you.

New technologies confuse reality and fiction: Pope

October 13, 2010 – 9:21AM

Incense smoke surrounds Pope Benedict XVI as he leads a solemn mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2010.

Incense smoke surrounds Pope Benedict XVI as he leads a solemn mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2010. Photo: Reuters

Pope Benedict XVI said today that the media’s increasing reliance on images, fuelled by the endless development of new technologies, risked confusing real life with virtual reality.

“New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality,” the pope said.

Atheist Sunday School – The Historical Jesus

Today, like many other Sundays, we had Sunday School on Twitter.  Since the topic was a bit long, a few of my friends suggested that I should preserve today’s stream of tweets for further reference. In fact, their suggestion was rather that I wrote these as a blog post, but my laziness knows no boundaries. My apologies.

So, to make it less embarrassing, let’s say that this is a raw draft of a future post; also, please consider that we have yet some facts that we need to review in our next Twitter Atheist Sunday School.

This is a fascinating story, in my opinion, everyone should have access to learn about these facts.

This is how we make atheists. 😉

Oh! For these tweets to make sense you need to read them from bottom to top. Sorry.

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Thank you all for attending and for your smart nice mentions. We will continue with this topic next time. Owe you guys some replies, sorry.
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There’s more, so much more, but that’s gonna have to do for today’s #AtheistSundaySchool. It’s been a long lesson. You liked it? #Atheism
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Finding no references to Jesus in Josephus’ original work, they interpolated a brief but all-embracing reference based purely on Xian belief
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The Christians planted evidence on Josephus, turning the leading Jewish historian of his day into a witness for Jesus Christ! #atheism
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Josephus’ histories survived because the Christian censors had a use for them…. #atheism
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Whole libraries of antiquity were torched by the Xians. Yet unlike the works of his Jewish contemporaries, Josephus’ histories survived.
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This happened about the year 340 AD. This was after the Christians had become the custodians of religious correctness. #atheism
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Bishop Eusebius, Church propagandist & self-confessed liar-for-god, was the first person known to have quoted Josephus’ paragraph. #atheism
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In fact, the Josephus paragraph about Jesus does not appear until the beginning of the fourth century, at the time of Constantine. #atheism
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If Josephus thought Jesus had been ‘the Christ’ he would have added more about him than a casual aside paragraph in Pilate’s story. #atheism
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How could Josephus claim that Jesus had been the answer to his messianic hopes yet remain an orthodox Jew? #atheism
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BUT… not so fast…
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But not a single writer before the 4th century in all their defense against pagan hostility, makes reference to Josephus’ words. #atheism
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In a single paragraph, the so-called Testimonium Flavianum, Josephus confirms every salient aspect of the Christ-myth. #atheism
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At face value, Josephus appears to be the answer to the Christian apologist’s dreams on the account for a historical Jesus. #atheism
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“…For penalties relate not so much to retribution as to their exemplary effect.” – Quintilian (AD 35-95, Decl 274) #atheism
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Crucifixion was chosen precisely to make a public point that the most humiliating punishment awaits those who opposed Rome’s will. #atheism
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And why would the Romans have allowed a convicted felon to be almost immediately removed from his cross and put in a tomb? #atheism
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Philo of Alexandria (On the embassy to Gaius, XXXVIII) speaks of Pilate’s ‘continual murders of people untried and uncondemned.’ #atheism
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A trial for Jesus, when suspected rebels were habitually arrested and executed by the Romans without trial? How so? #atheism
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Gospel writers, in scrambling details, used the Aramaic Barabbas knowing that few Latin or Greek speakers would know its meaning. #atheism
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Perhaps the truth is that a single executed criminal helped flesh out the whole fantastic fable. Maybe? #atheism
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Are we to believe that Pilate had a Jesus, Son of God and a Jesus, Son of the Father in his prison at the same time??!! #atheism
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But in the original text, the chosen criminal was Jesus Barabbas – and Bar Abba in Hebrew means ‘Son of the Father’! Coincidence? #atheism
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By the Bible, Pilate offered the Jews the release of one prisoner & the cursed race chose Barabbas rather than gentle Jesus… #atheism
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Another Jesus during the reign of Artaxerxes I of Persia 465-424 BC. His brother John, the High Priest slain him in the holy temple #atheism
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There’s hardly a word of Jesus that is not to be found in a parallel saying of the rabbis. #atheism
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Practically all the events of Jesus’ supposed life appear in the lives of mythical figures of far more ancient origin. Fishy, huh? #atheism
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… aaand, we now know that Nazareth did not exist before the second century. #atheism
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This ‘universal census’ makes no sense. Roman taxes were based on property ownership not on a head count. #atheism
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…therefore there was no reason for the journey. Even if Galilee had been imperial territory, history knows of no universal census #atheism
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At the time that Joseph & the pregnant Mary allegedly went off to Bethlehem for a Roman census, Galilee was not a Roman province… #atheism
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This ‘greatest story’ is full of numerous anachronisms, contradictions and absurdities. It just doesn’t add up. Let’s see… #atheism
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See, he problem for this notion is that absolutely nothing corroborates the sacred biography, nothing at all. Nada. #atheism
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But… with so many Jesuses could there not have been a ‘Jesus of Nazareth’? You might ask. #atheism
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Jesus ben Stada met his end in the town of Lydda (twenty five miles from Jerusalem) at the hands of a Roman crucifixion crew. #atheism
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Certainly. Jesus ben Stada – was a Judean agitator who gave the Romans a headache in the early years of the second century. #atheism
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But… was there a crucified Jesus? anyone? #atheism
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Jesus ben Thebuth.A priest who in the final capitulation of the city in 69AD, saved his butt by trading the treasures of the Temple #atheism
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When the Idumeans breached the walls of Jerusalem Jesus ben Gamala was put to death & his body thrown to the dogs and carrion birds #atheism
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Jesus ben Gamala. During 68/69 AD this Jesus was a leader of the ‘peace party’ in the civil war wrecking Judaea. #atheism
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When the city was about to fall to Vespasian’s legionaries Jesus ben Saphat fled north to Tarichea on the Sea of Galilee. #atheism
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Jesus ben Saphat. In the insurrection of 68AD that wrought havoc in Galilee, this Jesus had led the rebels in Tiberias. #atheism
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Jesus ben Ananias was considered as nothing more dangerous than a mad man. He died from a rock hurled by a Roman catapult. #atheism
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Jesus ben Ananias. Beginning in 62AD, this Jesus caused disquiet in Jerusalem with a non-stop doom-laden mantra of ‘Woe to the city’ #aheism
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This Jesus launched his end-time prophecy which upset the king. He met his own end-time by being hung on a tree – on the eve of a Passover.
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Jesus ben Pandira. A wonder-worker during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus 106-79 BC one of the most ruthless of the Maccabean kings #atheism
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Ecclesiasticus is part of Old Testament Apocrypha. Ben Sirach, writing in Greek about 180 BC, brought together Jewish ‘wisdom’. #atheism
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Jesus ben Sirach. This Jesus was reputedly the author of the Book of Sirach aka Ecclesiasticus or Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach #atheism
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Was there a #Jesus? Of course there was a Jesus! Certainly! The case is, there were many – but no “Jesus of Nazareth.” #atheist #atheism
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Ok, it’s #atheist Sunday School time. Who’s up for an avalanche of Jesuses? I actually love this topic. Ready? #atheism
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This one http://wp.me/pCWma-12J is for you, @bettered. Do some reading and find more answers yourself. #atheism #science
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The problem w/ you trying to prove your faith is that you look like an idiot when someone who knows more about science comes along. #atheism
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http://tl.gd/6aik3o wow! If you haven’t even heard about photosynthesis there’s not much that I can do for you.Seriously? @bettered #atheism
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Starting to think there’s no way to have everything you’ve ever dreamed of; it’s ok, though. In my dreams, I’ve had it all. ♥ Goodnight.
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Criticizing a belief is not persecution. You don’t have a problem when you deny all the gods you don’t believe in, do you. #atheism
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Our morality has evolved in spite of the so morally inadequate god described in the bible, not because of it. #atheism
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You can always close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel. ♥

Pennywise – My God

My God Lyrics:
People on the street they wannna find a god they’ll never know,
Organized religion pulls the blinds then they pull the wool,
They open up your head, they’re fuckin’ with your mind,
Now you can’t see because you’re blind
You try to make amends but your heads still spinnin’ round,
The church of Jesus Christ said it’s time, don’t fuck around,
You wanna go to heaven, you see it isn’t free, give your money up to me
My god is not the one that you wanna see, your god is a mirage,
A conspiracy, you pray for forgiveness cause your sinnin’,
Scared to death so your money you’ll be givin’, yeah

Holier than thou with your one way morality,
I think your shallow faith isn’t based in reality,
You don’t like how were live, we’re sinful and obscene,
Why are you judgin’ me?
You’re richer than God but you’re cryin’ out for more,
You’re livin’ like a king while you steal from the poor,
Wanna be forgiven, get on your knees and pray,
Send in your cash and be saved

My god is not the one that you wanna see,
Your god is a mirage, a conspiracy,
You pray for forgiveness cause your sinnin’,
Scared to death so your money you’ll be givin’,
Yeah, better hope you’ve been chosen to be saved

Cause your empathy only goes so far today
Pay no mind to those in pain if you just want the souls
Who are willing to pay
Their way, your god’s not for me

My god is not the one that you wanna see,
Your god is a mirage, a conspiracy,
You pray for forgiveness cause your sinnin’,
Scared to death so your money you’ll be givin’,
Yeah, my god is not the one that you wanna see,
Your god is a mirage, a conspiracy,
You pray for forgiveness cause your sinnin’,
Scared to death so your money you’ll be givin’,
Yeah, stop

Richard Dawkins' Speech at "Protest the Pope" March

This is the full speech by Richard Dawkins at the “Protest The Pope” rally, 18th September 2010. (unedited)

6 adults, 8 children plan mass suicide 'Cult-like' group 'awaiting the rapture'

Police alert: 6 adults, 8 children plan mass suicide

‘Cult-like’ group ‘awaiting the rapture’ after Palmdale, Calif., church service

Officials in Southern California on Saturday evening issued an emergency alert for six adults and eight children in a “cult-like” group believed to be planning a mass suicide.

“They were awaiting the rapture or some other catastrophic event,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s captain Mike Parker said.

Steve Whitmore, sheriff’s spokesman, at a hastily called news conference shown covered by KNBC Channel 4 of Los Angeles late Saturday, said the group believed “they were going to meet Jesus or deceased relatives.”

He said deputies were searching the Palmdale Desert area for the group, believed to be six adults, including men and women, and six boys and two girls.

The notes did not use the term suicide, but did say “they wanted to go on to the next life,” Whitmore said.

The group apparently belonged to three families, possibly all were Salvadoran, he said.

They were at what is believed to be a fundamentalist church with a close-knit organization, Whitmore said.

The group from Palmdale was believed to be traveling in three vehicles, a 2004 Nissan Quest, a 1995 Mercury Villager and a silver Toyota Tundra pickup, the California Highway Patrol said.

However, the members may have changed vehicles after disappearing, the CHP told msnbc.com.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to KNBC, Channel 4, news late Saturday that its detectives were actively investigating the case.

Two husbands of two of the church members reported the persons missing at around 2 p.m. PDT, BNO News said.

Parker said one of the men had a purse he was asked to hold by one of the group members, and inside were identifications, deeds to property, and letters indicating they were awaiting the end of the world.

Parker said the group’s leader, Reyna Chicas of Palmdale, is among the missing.

Officials earlier reported nine children missing, but later revised the count to eight.

The missing group was last seen around 1 a.m. PDT on Saturday at a prayer meeting at a Palmdale church, according to the CHP.

“It is believed, through further investigation, that the missing persons’ intentions are to commit mass suicide,” the CHP said.

Priest blames girl for abuse

AN Ipswich priest who claimed he sexually abused a 12-year-old girl because she encouraged him has been sentenced to three months in jail.
SHAMED: Murray Alexander Moffat at court.

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AN Ipswich priest will spend the next three months in jail after admitting abusing a young girl.

Murray Alexander Moffat was an assistant priest at Sacred Heart Church at Booval when he sexually abused the girl from 1978 to 1980 – when she was aged between 12 and 15.

Ipswich District Court heard the victim, now aged 43, confronted Moffat last year while wearing a police wire and he admitted the abuse.

But he claimed she encouraged it and kissed him first.

“I made a mistake – you invited me,” Moffat told his victim in the taped conversation.

“I should’ve said no but I didn’t. I thought you wanted me to do that.”

Moffat, 64, apologised for any pain the abuse caused her.

“You were special to me,” he told the girl.

Crown Prosecutor Sarah Farnden said the priest told the girl she instigated the behaviour and it was “his mistake to allow her to do that”.

Ms Farnden said the priest was regularly allowed to spend time with the girl in her bedroom where he kissed and touched her.

In about 1980 the girl remembered her dad driving her to see an industrial fire at Bundamba with Moffat sitting in the front passenger seat and her behind him when the priest reached back and molested her.

The court heard Moffat gave the girl gifts including a pushbike and an Easter egg and said he loved her and wanted to marry her.

The girl approached the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane in 1995 to complain and it was referred to Queensland Police, but she did not take the case further.

The church sent Moffat on a “retreat” and he had five counselling sessions with a psychiatrist before returning to work a few months later.

Moffat pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent treatment of a child aged under 16.

He was sentenced to 18 months jail which will be suspended after he serves three months for an operational period of three years.

Defence barrister Gary Long said his client had no prior criminal history and was held in high regard by his parish, friends and members of the clergy.

Mr Long said Moffat now suffered a range of health complaints, including heart problems and diabetes.

The Archbishop of Brisbane, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Brisbane expressed deep remorse for the pain and suffering experienced by the victim.

The Most Reverend John Bathersby said he was deeply saddened by the grave abuse of trust and breach of pastoral care in the case.

“The Archdiocese offers a sincere apology to the victim,” the Archbishop said. “We credit greatly her courage in coming forward to speak with the police so that justice might be achieved.”

The Archdiocese confirmed Moffat had not been involved in any public priestly ministry since June last year and the Archbishop will initiate processes under church law to see if other penalties are called for.

Moffat’s authorisation to minister publicly or privately was revoked upon his conviction.

When asked why Moffat was not stood down in the mid-90s, an Archdiocesan spokesman said the matter was referred to police in 1995 and investigated but the victim chose not to proceed.

“In the absence of charges being laid but to ensure that Fr Moffat posed no risk in continuing to undertake his priestly duties, the Archdiocese had Fr Moffat professionally assessed by a psychologist,” the spokesman said.