Category: atheism

Why I don’t belive in God

Let’s put it this way I’m pretty sure if you read this here blog you know I don’t believe in any sky fairies aka gods. None of them.

But today I’m going to pick apart the Bible that everyone loves to wave around to quote scripture, etc.

1) The number of different versions of the Bible gives me pause. There is the KJV, NIV, and many others out there where the language is changed just so.

2) I know the Biblical texts were written anywhere from 30 to 80 years following the alleged life of Jesus. Can you tell me what you did 30 years in the past?

3) During the time of the writing of the New Testament literacy was not common as it is today. So the story must have been passed via oral tradition. If you ever played the childrens game of Telephone you know a message morphs big time if N>2.

So just those three – leaving out translation error, copy error or even scribes changing text. Christianity is only based on so much woo. Even the term Christ is Greek for Messiah.

How my Atheism came about

All the time I see how most people became atheists in their middle age. Me I started very early.

You see my early schooling it was all in Catholic schools. Not a bad way to go as the academic side was a bit more rigorous than the public schools. It’s just they tried to instill religion in all of us and I wasn’t buying it.

The whole idea of transubstantiation left me cold. Because someone says a few magic words over the crackers and wine it’s the body and blood of Christ? Way to go with ritual cannibalism.  That added to the holy trinity – how God, Jebus and the Holy Spirit are one and the same. That smacks of unadulterated bullshit there. But I made my first communion, and begrudgingly my confirmation.

You see by the time I’d made my confirmation it was the year after we studied the Bible in one of our religion classes. It’s where we learned of translation error, copy error, and the propensity of scribes to editorialize. It explained the parts of the Bible that seemed very contradictory. Boiled down, it’s mostly bullshit plain and simple. So much so that I stopped going to church. And of course a year or two earlier when my mom passed away – that fucking priest Father David – seeing my dad pick that priest up by the neck – well I knew then. It was all about the money.

So I stopped going to church cold. I felt it was better for me to sleep in on a Sunday than to get up early to go and hear the same useless platitudes. Now fast forward to the mid 1980’s. One day I’m driving down RI-15 (Mineral Spring Ave.) in North Providence and I see my dad’s name on the benefactors board. I asked my dad about it, a nice five figure sum was given to the church to annul his new wife’s former marriage. Again, all about the money.

And what I’ve learned about mankind – it’s all about the money everywhere. Even me – I demand a commensurate salary. There’s no going back.

Then of course I happened on a series on Netflix about the Borgia family. It was an interesting look at the popes – and their able assistants.

Then of course there are the Bishops and Cardinals who looked the other way while priests abused kids. Not only is this a serious detriment to their credibility but that those same Bishops and Cardinals looked the other way. For example, the current Bishop of Providence – he knew about a certain priest and stood by and did NOTHING. Not a damned thing. I wonder how he can sleep at night.

So now you know why I’m an atheist.

Experimenting with Science

You know someone posted about Atheists having never done a scientific experiment that supports what they say.

I’m one that has. For instance the famous double slit experiment which demonstrates the wave duality of photons and electrons and it’s derivative string theory. I used a laser to do the experiment and I saw the interference pattern that demonstrate the wave nature of photons. It was interesting.

Plus I experiment with electrons too – in building electronic circuitry. Things like radio projects, computing, power supplies, etc. For instance one is a 5VDC power supply – from line current and voltage. Step it down, rectify it, smooth out the ripple and voila – if you really want it solid a voltage regulator works.

But you get the idea – not only can I talk the talk, but walk the walk.

The answer to how did something come from nothing

This video pretty much sums it up. There’s energy in empty space. Zero point and other types of energy exist too.

It’s all based on Quantum Physics. Some strange and wonderful things have come out of that field of study. It has pretty much exposed the innards of the universe.

And the video talks about vacuum energy, the Casimir effect etc. Really fascinating stuff. And it has the added benefit of being one more piece of evidence for the fact that no gods have ever existed.

Ask an Atheist: Aka Dumb Shit Question time

Got this from Journeying Atheist. 

1. If creationists can’t do science, then why do Kent Hovind and Duane T. Gish, who are creation scientists, have professional degrees in science? One has to ask, where did those degrees come from, if they came from Liberty or it’s ilk I’d say those degrees are highly suspect. 

2. If dinosaurs turned into birds, why are we not afraid of them? If you’ve ever seen a  hawk up close you’d definitely be afraid. That said, the lack of understanding of evolution is astounding. 

3. If homosexuality is right, then how come two people of the same sex not produce a child? Give it time, pretty soon they’ll be able to do it. Though who will carry the child remains a question. 

4. What purpose do we have if evolution is real? Apples to oranges comparison here. My purpose is to annoy theists. 

5. You say Jesus never existed, but have you heard of the Shroud of Turin? The shroud has been debunked several times over. 

6. Why do we not see humans being born in the zoos from monkeys if we came from monkeys? Didn’t we answer this already – evolution is a branching process. And monkeys and humans did at one point in time a very long time ago have a common ancestor. Sort of like Chimpanzees and Bonobos and Humans – we had a common ancestor a not so long time ago. 

7. Why do we go to church if God is not real? I think a more accurate question is why go to church at all, just read the source documentation. 

8. How did the Grand Canyon form?  A lot of water over a very long time carved that baby out. 

9. Do you know that Jesus loves you? No I don’t know that Jesus loves me. Unless of course he’s a cute Latino guy. 

10. If Christianity is false, then why is it popular? Constantine – that mutt.  

11. If you say Christianity is not true, then why do hundreds of people continue to become saved every day?  People will grasp when they think life is unfair etc. Which is true, life isn’t fair. 

12. Why do we not see half trees and half carrots, fronkeys, and crocoducks if evolution is real? Oh wow – this one is right out there. Here’s a hint, evolution is a BRANCHING process. It’s not linear. 

13. Why is Richard Dawkins afraid to debate Ray Comfort? Perhaps he doesn’t want to suffer a massive headache if he had to deal with the level of stupid presented by Ray Comfort? 

14. Did you know Christopher Hitchens was saved before death? Yes this one has been debunked too. 

15. Are you aware Ray Comfort disproved atheism with a banana? I saw the video and it made me laugh. I’d love to see his take on seedless grapes. 

16. Why do people laugh at evolutionists? Never seen this happen, conversely I have seen people laugh at creationists. 

17. How did the planets form when the Big Bang explosion all of a sudden happen? After all, you don’t see round objects form when something blows up. Well massive expansion and then gravity compressing huge clouds of gases like hydrogen, until such time they start fusing that hydrogen to helium and so on. And the mass around said stars, it pulls together by gravity and you get rocky planets, gas planets, etc. Perhaps you should read a book on cosmology sometime. 

18. If evolution is real, how can it explain gravity, angular momentum, human emotions, and why we worship God?  Wow the nonsensical comparison here is astounding. I mean gravity and angular momentum are related, but what the hell does it have to do with human emotion? 

19. How did pond scum make living things appear out of nowhere? Consider if you will the humans are made up of CHNSO  – Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur and Oxygen. The stuff spewed out from ancient stars. 

20. How can evolution be true if we don’t see pocket watches or airplanes form by themselves? Someone has a hard time understanding that the process of evolution selects for maximum survival, whereas pocket watches and airplanes are designed and engineered by the human mind. 

21. Did you know that dinosaurs and man lived together? If this were the case I assume quite a few humans would be dinosaur food. 

22. If evolution is real, then why do caring people like Rick Santorum argue that it must be challenged in the classroom? By challenged they mean they want to dispute it. 

23. Why are youtube atheists like AronRa and Thunderf00t afraid to debate Ray Comfort? Because the brain hurt they’d suffer at having to tolerate Ray Comfort is just too much to even contemplate. 

24. Why do we celebrate Christmas if Christianity is not real? If you consider that most of the symbology of the Christmas celebration are pagan in origin you get the idea. 

25. If creationists can’t do science, then why does the website Answersingenesis have proven science articles from creationists that do science? See answer one but as far as AIG there’s a great YouTube channel that debunks most of AIG.  I left this one because I cannot do it justice any better than the orginal. 

26. If evolution is true, then why can’t white people compete to be good in basketball like black people? After all, white people can’t jump! Whoa, this one just blows my mind. 

27. Where do you decide to fit God in your everyday life if you don’t believe in him? I don’t fit God anywhere. Don’t need to do so. 

28. Why is Christianity the fastest growing religion if it’s false? Yeah Christianity is declining in membership. Islam is gaining. But they’re both false religions. 

29. Do you feel free to commit murders, homosexuality, go to strip bars, steal, commit adultery, and do other sins since you believe there is no God?  I’m gay, been to strip bars, even did a live radio broadcast from one. So go fuck yourself with this stupid question. 

30. Why do the fossils say no to evolution? Really?? If anything they bolster evolution. 

31. Why did Darwin admit that how the eye formed is impossible? Because Darwin didn’t understand things at a microscopic level. 

32. Where did everything come from if there is no God? Well, E=mc^2 says energy comes from mass, but did you know that mass can be created by energy? Bet you didn’t see that coming. 

33. If there is no God, then why do we have laws that govern us, such as speed limits? Mainly because as a society we agreed to be governed. 

34. Do you know where you are going when you die? To a crematorium then ashes sprinkled in a little town in Italy. 

35. Why do we not act like monkeys if it is true we came from monkeys? Ever observe monkeys, or chimps and bonobos? Lots of common behaviors. 

36. Why do we display The Ten Commandments in the courtrooms if you say the Bible is not real? The display of such is a violation of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

37. Why should be it wrong to rape if God is not real? The concept of mutual consent comes into play. 

38. Why is The Passion of The Christ very high on the Box Office? It was snuff porn true and true. And it’s box office return wasn’t THAT spectacular. 

39. How can America not be a Christian nation if there are way more churches than mosques? Well you could be from my home state, where the first baptist church,  synagogue etc. were established. 

40. How is the bible not real if it’s the most popular book read by man? If you actually read your Bible you come to understand that it’s based on only so much woo  and nothing more. 

41. How did the moon form? Current theory states a rogue object crashed into earth and the rest of the work was done by gravity. 

42. Did you know that famous scientists like Newton, Sir Richard Owen, Einstein, Galileo, and Copernicus were creationists? I have a strong suspicion that this question was pulled out of someones nether regions. 

43. Why do we not see black people come from white people? Well it’s called genetics. For example, some white people could have some black ancestry they didn’t know of, or vice versa. 

44. Why are fruitflies still fruitflies in the lab experiments if they are claimed to prove evolution? We did this experiment in high school. It focused on the eye color. 

45. Did you know that the Piltdown Man was a hoax used for Darwinist propaganda? Yes indeed. 

46. Why do we not see frogs turn into birds? Let see it’s a BRANCHING process and not a linear process. 

47. Why is Fox News dishonest if it is a network run by truthful Christians? This one is rich – truthful Christians? They exist? 

48. Why did Hitler fail to make a superior race if evolution is true? Hey did you know Hitler was a Christian? 

34 things atheists hear – and my responses

My answers in bold

  1. The only reason you don’t believe is because you don’t want to be obedient.

    I don’t give a rats ass – that’s why I don’t believe. 

  2. Evolution is just a theory!

    First of all whoever says things like this don’t understand evolution. It’s not a linear process but a branching process. Sort of like how there are chimpanzees and bonobos. Look it up dipshit. 

  3. Science changes its story all the time, but the Bible never changes because it’s the truth!

    Because science updates it’s information on a constant basis as discoveries and new data are observed. You’re a dumb shit had to have said this.

  4. The watchmaker analogy.

    This one irks me – it comes down to a lack of understanding of evolution. Those asking this question focus on the eye – and Richard Dawkins does a very good explanation of how vision evolved with props and everything. 

  5. You believe deep down, but you’re not willing to admit it because God would punish you for being a sinner.

    Deep down inside I don’t believe in a sky fairy. I also look at he fact of all the gods we’ve kicked to the curb and ask the question, why is this particular god so important? 

  6. It’s dangerous to be a Christian these days because we are being persecuted in this secular society.

    If Christians really think they’re being persecuted, I can both assure them that they’re not and also provide them with the means for persecution that was perpetrated by emperors, religious leaders, etc. 

  7. If not the Bible, where do you get your morals from?

    Simple empathy gets you pretty far. You know, you wouldn’t want that done to you. So why do it to someone else? 

  8. Evolutionists took Intelligent Design out of public schools, because they’re afraid of it because it’s true.

    No they didn’t take it out of school due to fear but  because it’s bunk, junk science, whatever you’d like. Come on humans and dinosaurs co-existed? We’d be lunch if that were the case. 

  9. It takes just as much faith to be an atheist!

    Um, no it doesn’t. Faith is believe without evidence. I require evidence for extraordinary claims. That’s a big difference. 

  10. Atheism is dangerous because it claims that man is his own god.

    And what is so wrong with that? And I’m not a god, but I’m a demon. 

  11. When God does things that don’t make sense, just trust him and have faith.

    Sorry bob, can’t do that. If things don’t make sense you can do something like read a fucking book and learn. 

  12. I’ve experienced God personally, so he’s real.

    That’s nice that you’ve had a mental breakdown. 

  13. So do you think you’re smarter than everyone else?

    I’d say smarter than a large chunk of the U.S. population. But I know there are smarter. But here’s the secret  – smart as we can be we have our blind spots. 

  14. This is a Christian country.

    And you say this why? The founding fathers experience church control and they didn’t like it. And we’re not so much a Christian country as we are a country of the gun. Imaging saying “Holy Gun, deliver us from evil.” See, it works. And the founding fathers were deists – every hear of the Jefferson Bible? Yeah. 

  15. Why don’t you believe? Is it because something bad happened to you?

    I don’t believe because I was taught critical thinking skills. Of course they tried to tell me you couldn’t apply it to religion but seriously – you expect me not to do that? So contrary to your assertion, nothing bad happened to caused me to lose belief.

  16. Just wait until you’re dead!

    And you rot in the ground. Won’t you be sorry then. Because there’s not heaven or hell. 

  17. Just read the Bible.

    Oh I did read the Bible. All of it. It made me a better Atheist. Because if you just focus on a few things like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and you see that all four have completely different accounts of the resurrection. Or you look at Genesis where Cain goes east to the land of Nod. Who were those people in Nod? 

  18. I’m praying for you.

    Keep you smarmy prayers to yourself. 

  19. Hitler and Stalin were atheists.

    Hitler was a Christian and Stalin was an ally to the U.S. 

  20. There’s no proof that God doesn’t exist.

    There’s PLENTY of proof – for example discounting Josephus there is no historical mention of the Christ. None. And if there is one thing you learn about the Roman culture – they were record keepers. 

  21. Why do you hate God?

    I cannot hate something that doesn’t exist. 

  22. We all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts.

    We have lots of holes in our hearts with valves to control the flow of blood. What is this shape of god by the way? The circle, the oval what?

  23. Without religion, society would fall to chaos.

    Not true – empathy works too and it doesn’t require belief in a sky fairy or god. 

  24. Without God, there is no meaning.

    If you can’t find meaning in your life without having to believe in a sky fairy I feel really sorry for you. 

  25. Even though you don’t believe in God, he still believes in you.

    How presumptuous of you to think that a god believes in me. 

  26. You can’t look at the beautiful sky and tell me no one created that.

    Oh I know what created that – it’s called physics – look it up. 

  27. You’re going to hell!

    Here is an interesting one. You know the Old Testament or Pentateuch  – there is no definition of hell in those texts. Judaism doesn’t recognize a hell. 

  28. We don’t see wind either but we know it’s there.

    You can see the effect of wind, you cannot see the effects of a non existent deity. And extension of this argument is that you can’t see electricity  – I beg to differ. Ever see a jacobs ladder? 

  29. If evolution is real then why are there still monkeys?

    Because again, evolution is a BRANCHING process, not linear. So other species will still exist. 

  30. What if you’re wrong?

    What if I’m right – there’s no heaven, no hell. Now the quantum world – that’s a possible but not probable account. 

  31. You’re saying all this happened by chance?

    Pretty much. The big band, fusion of hydrogen, all based on gravity. 

  32. So do you even believe in anything?

    Not really. Evidence is pretty addictive. 

  33. There are no atheists in foxholes.

    Horse shit. There are a fair number of atheists in foxholes.

  34. You’re taking it out of context!

    Actually I’m taking it completely within the context provided. It isn’t pretty. 

8 Questions for Atheists

Gad I love answering questions like those below. Love it. The pure illogic of the statements is astounding.

Is Atheism a LACK of Belief in God or a BELIEF that there is no God?

Actually in my case it’s the lack of belief in this particular god and a certainty that there is no god.

If God Exists Would You Become A Christian?

Um – this one is a bit on the illogical side. It makes the assumption that god does not exist and then tries to be all clever in asking if x then y. See my answer to question 1, I don’t believe in god, and I’m certain the Christian god, along with all gods don’t exist.


How Do You Determine What’s Right & What’s Wrong?
It’s a little thing called empathy – imagine how things would be perceived and act accordingly. For example, I’m flippant when answering stupid questions like these for a reason.


How Do You Deal With Guilt & Sin in Your Life?

Well since there’s no god, then there cannot be sin. As to guilt, it’s generally better to fess up and take the lumps.


Do You Act According To What You Believe or According To What You Lack In Belief?

I try to be a nice guy and it grates my nerves when apologists try to conflate belief with act. See my answer to Question 4.

Can You Prove HOW the Universe Was Created?

Can you prove that your god is the true god out of the hundreds and thousands of gods in the past?

That said, the big bang – I think the apologist who created these questions has no inkling of what may have been before that event. For example, string theory taken to it’s optimal configuration says there’s more than one universe. So who’s to say the spark for the big bang wasn’t an event that occurred in one of those other universes. The stupidity of this question makes my head hurt.

Can You Prove That God Does Not Exist?
Oh the proof  – simple if God exists may he strike me down right this moment for blaspheming his name. Haven’t been struck down yet. Therefore God does NOT exist.

And in addition, let’s think for a moment. God also created evil in that he create the Angel who fell from heaven and became what we know of as the Devil, Satan, Bellzebub, Asmodeus, El Diablo, etc. And did you know the the concept of Hell does not exist in the Old Testament? Yes boys and girls.

Then there’s Genesis 4, after Cain slay Abel. He goes east into the land of Nod and finds a wife. So who were those other people in Nod? Let’s just say whoever wrote Genesis, they weren’t good at logical leaps.


Do You Know Where You’re Going When You Die?

To a crematorium? And from there scattered in a little town in Italy. So yes, I know where I’m going.

How to do religion

You know by now I don’t believe in god/God/gods. None of them even existed or were real.

But it hit me, I grew up Catholic. Catholic churches are sight, sound, scent factories. Think about it, all the stained glass, the lighting, the incense that was burned on certain days, and the fact that the mass was said in Latin up until the 1960’s. And think about it, in that time before Vatican II or before the invention of the Gutenberg Press in the 15th century  – the churches must have been quite the scene and rather mystical because the mass wasn’t said in local vernacular.

But we live in the 21st century – some 600 years after the invention of the printing press. And so we have greater access to information, from books, libraries, and the web in general. And there are much greater spectacles on the web than a church could ever, in so many words hold a candle. Think about it we all have LASERS now. Either your net connection comes to you as light via a LASER  or you have a CD-ROM reader on the computer, or any number of things. That makes the net possible and well, that has done more to enhance science and destroy religion over time. And I’m so on board and good with that.

So if religion wants to survive it has to stop with the Old Testament bullshit but they’ll never do that. It is precisely why in the 18-29 age group – fewer and fewer are turning to the church. And as I said to someone recently – what irks me more than anything is the proselytizing – I mean come on, if your god is so great why do you have to tell everyone about him/her/it?

The cat is literally out of the bag vis a vis the Catholic church and even on Christianity, Islam, etc. All of the Abrahamic religions are based on what I term extreme amounts of woo. In other words, it’s all made up, the fevered imaginings of bronze age people. We’re 20 centuries or so past that and it’s time we start behaving as such. Because using a bronze age collection of texts as your basis for live is pretty much asinine.

Sed solum hominibus non est deus – which is “There is no god but there is only mankind”


Post 2001: One Town’s War on Gay Teens

You may well have heard about the Anoka-Hennepin school district. It’s where Michele Bachmann went to school. It’s also where the school board is comprised of clods who have no business being on that board.

Nine suicides in two years. Of the nine, four were LGBT.

I’m sick and tired of the religious bigots out there. You have no right to impose your morality on the rest of a community. And be careful where you tread because I for one want to make sure you all lose your tax exempt status. As I said on a facebook post, tax the churches, if they want to play in the political sphere, it’s their price of admittance.

We’re being beset with religious bigotry lately. Don’t they realize that they are putting the lives of the children at risk with their idiocy? That’s right, at risk. Whether it be a student who is LGBT, or a student who is an atheist, neither group, neigh no student deserves the abuse of bullying and name calling.

But as recent events here in the blue state of RI demonstrate, even the adults are guilty. For example, we have Rep. Peter Palumbo (D) Cranston calling Jessica Ahlquist an “evil little thing”. He said this when she’d won the case to remove a prayer banner in Cranston West High School. I’d expect better from a state representative but then I know who they are and I can tell you, we could do a lot better.

So lets stop the bullying at all levels, including from our elected representatives. There are reps out there who get it. As much as I dislike my state rep, he’s been fairly polite with me so he gets some slack there.

And I too should tone it down a little. I mean after all, my open criticism of people and my occasional use of ad hominem could be construed as bullying. But then, if you deserve a ration of shit, you’re going to get a ratio of it.

In memorial of the students who have taken their own lives due to the stupity of their school board:

Rest in peace. All of you. And know that you have many of we adults out there fighting for you to enjoy an education free of bullying.