What’s The Biggest Reason Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Disapprove Of Ex-Witnesses?

religious truthMany ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses have tried to justify their reasons for leaving the Watchtower Society to friends and family who are still loyal Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many ex-Witnesses not only fail to do this, but fail miserably. It seems that there are no acceptable reasons for leaving our former Kingdom Halls in the eyes of many Witnesses. But why? And more importantly, can we change their minds about it enough to keep their respect?

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News And Links For Atheists: Atheist Asks Obama About Faith-Based Absurdities

Thought I was dead, didn’t ya? That’s the problem when you blog for a hobby. You write whenever the hell you feel like it.

VIDEO: Atheist Asks Obama About Faith-Based Absurdities

VIDEO: Christopher Hitchens Debates Is the Catholic Church A Force Of Good In The World?

VIDEO: Senator Franken Shames Homophobic Imbecile

A large list of awesome female atheists

I swear I didn’t post this just to get me laid.1

Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

The site’s creator believes that atheists can use Wikipedia entries to help further skepticism throughout the world (or at least the web) while minimizing belief in superstitions and quack science. Her web site tells us how this could work.

The Christian Delusion

Since Richard Dawkins’ landmark book, The God Delusion, was published in 2006, one frequent criticism that has been levied against it is that the treatment of Christianity is insufficient and too naive. Professor Dawkins has very little of a religious background, and I would agree that it shows in his book. The same may be said for Christopher Hitchens and god is not Great or Sam Harris and Letter to a Christian Nation. While there is still plenty to appreciate about each of those books, they have not offered a thorough refutation of Christianity. Although several other authors have produced wonderful works criticizing Christianity, this ex-Evangelical minister, John Loftus, has compiled an outstanding anthology of scholarly essays that strive to expose The Christian Delusion.

Scientologists, Catholics and More Money Than God

We do not need these books to tell us that money and religion make for a poisonous combination. But it is of some interest to see that ancient truth confirmed in both a church as relatively new as Scientology and one as ancient as Roman Catholicism. Even religious leaders develop a certain swagger when they know they are backed by bundles of cash. When a French court fined Scientology nearly a million dollars, one of its officials shrugged that off as “chump change.” And when the Vatican ran a deficit of nearly 2.4 million euros in 2007, an Italian journalist familiar with the church’s finances dismissed the debt as “chopped liver.” Chump change or chopped liver, both churches have bigger sums they can get to and use, and few outsiders are given a look at how they do it. These two books trace the cash source of theological confidence.

As an ex-Witness, I would find it neat if they wrote something like this about the Watchtower Society. Still, it’s good to keep things in perspective. The Society may be rolling in cash by any sane human standard, yet the bank accounts of the Catholic Church or the Church of Scientology would crush theirs like a bug.

Apathetic Atheism

Are you an “apatheist?”

Judge suspended for requiring church attendance as bail condition

Anti-Porn event – emotional appeals and dangerous misinformation

Sensory Perception Linked to Conceptual Perception

An inability to distinguish between internally-generated and externally-generated physical sensations appears to be linked to having trouble distinguishing between delusions (generated internally) and facts (that exist externally). This means that there seems to be a bond between sensory perception concept generation — between our ability to perceive the world through our senses and our ability to organize what we understand of the world through our mental concepts.

Victory for evolution in Texas

I Do Not Think This Means What They Think It Means…

Nor do I.

Pat Robertson is Bat Shit Crazy

1947 heat wave caused Catholic school girls to go wild

Someone filmed my dream. Again.

Atheist Barbie

How to get people to quit using homeopathic medicine

I have an in-law I’d like to try this one on.

  1. But I totally would have if I thought it would work. Alas, few things do.

News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Film About Jehovah’s Witnesses And Blood Transfusions

Experience leads to film

Blood, written by Dundas resident Patrick Chilvers, is a hospital drama that follows a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The family is forced to decide whether or not to allow their daughter to receive a blood transfusion after she is involved in an accident. The consequences of that decision could change their lives completely.

Doctors, Police “fight off” Jehovah’s Witnesses over blood transfusion

The life of a critically ill nine-year old girl (name withheld) whose parents belong to the Jehovah Witnesses faith was saved last Tuesday when the James Town police offered protection to the medical staff of the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital to provide blood to the dying patient.

The police intervention was as a result of a distress call by doctors and nurses at the hospital who were faced with the challenge at the hands of the girl’s parents who were protesting against the intended transfusion of blood to their daughter since it was against their faith.

Well, at least they didn’t have to beat off the Witnesses. That would have been a totally different story. Hell, you know you would have clicked on the link if it said that.

Yerevan sees another incident with Jehovah’s Witnesses involved

Yet another incident between a priest and Jehovah’s Witnesses has occurred in Yerevan. According to a message obtained by PanARMENAIAN.Net, a sectarian gathering in a Zvartnots airport -adjacent banquet hall arouse concern of the employees as well as the guests of the adjoining halls.

Harold Camping, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Population Bombers: Fool Me Once…

Does Your Religion Affect Your Income

According to this study, the religions with members earning the least amount of money are historically Black Christian churches and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Just 15 percent of members of historically Black churches make $75,000 or more per year, which, as Hutson adds, may have a lot to do with the opportunities available to African Americans.

Are you a Closet Apostate?

Read through the points below and ask yourself if you can relate to any of them. Go on, humour me.

Jehovah’s Witnesses blocked from holding two conventions in St. Petersburg due to official interference

Mobs in India attack Jehovah’s Witnesses with impunity

2011 District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Let God’s Kingdom Come!
Yep, that’s the theme. I think it’s rather fitting, especially as this cult has been waiting for God’s Kingdom for over a hundred years! I think this theme has the slight tone of, “oh come on Jehovah, for heavens sake! We’ve waited for so long for your Kingdom to come. Please, let it come!”

I also have some PDF files for those who might be interested:

Change to Generations

Jehovah ’s Witnesses can accept transfusion of cryosupernatant plasma

Review: “X-Men First Class”

X-Men First ClassI read the reviews for X-Men: First Class before deciding to see it. They’ve been pretty solid up til now … but that’s how it goes when a movie is new. Still, I told myself, James McAvoy is a good actor and I really like the way January Jones’s boobies look in that bra. So, shit yeah, I’m in. On the negative side, the idea of Kevin Bacon playing Sabastian Shaw is pretty damn funny. I could see him as Mastermind or somebody like that, but Shaw is basically the ultimate evil guy in this one. For now, just try to picture this: Kevin Bacon is evil and he wants to rule the world.

You know you laughed. Can’t be helped.

I had other reasons for concern over the X-Men prequel even as my wife and I made our way to the theater. First, prequels usually suck. I’m looking at you, Star Wars. Second, Mystique looked pretty damn ridiculous in this movie. Sadly, I think the actress portraying her should have spent another hour in the makeup chair. I’d still beg her for sex and then spend the night at a titty bar when she said no1, but that’s beside the point. Her whole look screamed “fake” throughout most of the picture. It was even more distracting than all the hot chicks parading around in their underwear.

The chicks parading around in their underwear was actually a plus, mind you. But none of this makes me thing “X-Men: First Class was awesome” or “X-Men: First Class sucked.” So which is it? Click on the jump if you wanna find out.

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  1. That’s what always happens.