Sep 21, 2014
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Respect Free Will: It is simple honesty and common decency…to avoid privately funded sectarian religious practices encroaching into publicly funded common facilities…and thereby forced onto the general public…

Respect Free Will: It is simple honesty and common decency…to avoid privately funded sectarian religious practices encroaching into publicly funded common facilities…and thereby forced onto the general public…

Sep 21, 2014
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Work hard to make your own life, and the lives of others, better…then congratulate yourself, on all your hard earned achievements…

Work hard to make your own life, and the lives of others, better…then congratulate yourself, on all your hard earned achievements…

Sep 21, 2014
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Dutch churches converted into health centres...

"…about two-thirds of all Roman Catholic churches in the Netherlands would have to be shut or sold by 2025, and many parishes merged, because congregations and finances were “in a long-term shrinking process”.

Their five-yearly report blamed a “drastic secularization” of society, although a critical group of Dutch lay Catholics said the scandal of sexual abuse of minors by priests, which has afflicted many Catholic dioceses around the world, had also driven many people away, as had the closures themselves.

More than 23,000 Catholics quit the Dutch Church in 2010, the peak of an exodus in which an average 18,000 have left each year since 2006. This year, however, only about 7,500 had left by October.

Catholicism is still the Netherlands’ largest faith, officially claiming 24 percent of the 16 million population. Next come the Protestant churches at 18 percent and Islam at 5 percent.

But Eijk told Vatican Radio that government estimates put the Catholic total at 16 percent, falling to 10 percent by 2020. And the bishops’ report said a mere 5.6 percent of those declared as Catholics actually went to church regularly.”

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/12/03/dutch-bishops-give-pope-francis-a-bleak-picture-of-catholic-church-in-decline/

Sep 21, 2014
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Respect and recognize public sanity: To blatantly and irresponsibly, categorically claim…that a god is real, and exists…without a shred of verifiable evidence…is an insult to reason…and destroys your credibility, as a rational, honest,  reasonable person…

Respect and recognize public sanity: To blatantly and irresponsibly, categorically claim…that a god is real, and exists…without a shred of verifiable evidence…is an insult to reason…and destroys your credibility, as a rational, honest,  reasonable person…

Sep 21, 2014
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Unless at least one of the theoretical gods, steps forward from the group of fabricated mythological characters…out of the shadows…and proves its existence to each and every individual on the planet…personally…
…they…are…all…fictitious…!

Unless at least one of the theoretical gods, steps forward from the group of fabricated mythological characters…out of the shadows…and proves its existence to each and every individual on the planet…personally…

…they…are…all…fictitious…!

Sep 20, 2014
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Creation Myths: If it isn’t verifiable…or hasn’t been verified, scientifically…it is only an hypothesis… conjecture…unreliable…religious fantasy…

Creation Myths: If it isn’t verifiable…or hasn’t been verified, scientifically…it is only an hypothesis… conjecture…unreliable…religious fantasy…

Sep 20, 2014
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Hey! Preacher! Leave those kids alone…!!
To forcefully immerse infants…into a religion…obviously against their informed and comprehended considered consent…is abuse…!

Hey! Preacher! Leave those kids alone…!!

To forcefully immerse infants…into a religion…obviously against their informed and comprehended considered consent…is abuse…!

Sep 20, 2014
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FYI: Selected causes of death…showing the number of Americans that died, annually, from each cause…and the average age at death…compared to deaths from drug or alcohol abuse…
From https://static-ssl.businessinsider.com/image/5419c8406bb3f71c148e964a-960/drug%20deaths.png

FYI: Selected causes of death…showing the number of Americans that died, annually, from each cause…and the average age at death…compared to deaths from drug or alcohol abuse…

From https://static-ssl.businessinsider.com/image/5419c8406bb3f71c148e964a-960/drug%20deaths.png

Sep 18, 2014
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The sad irony…is that all those things that the religious do… endlessly… that give them a false sense of being moral…
like:
going endlessly to church meetings…
reading a small selection of verses from the bible, endlessly…
memorizing a small selection of bible verses…
listening to (some hypocrite pontificating endlessly on meaningless drivel) sermons…
reading an endless array of religious books, pontificating endlessly about meaningless drivel…
singing meaningless songs endlessly, together…
giving loads of money to (be wasted by) the church, which will be mainly spent on fancy buildings, and their upkeep…
praying (to the ceiling)…
saying “god bless you” to each other…
buying the latest formal-wear, to wear at the next meaningless church meeting…
trying to catch the eye/kiss the ring/shake the hand…of some male church leader…in a dress…
wearing meaningless religious symbols and trinkets…
playing along with childish annual seasonal (pagan) religious fantasy activities, endlessly…
carrying a gilded edged, animal skin bound, super lightweight opaque paper bible, publicly…
saying hallelujah, amen, and praise the lord, endlessly…
finding arbitrary reasons to collectively ostracize people that are different to their group… 
etc ad nauseam…
has nothing, at all, to do with morality…and in fact, distracts from acting morally towards others…
***
Secular humanist moral affirmations:
We believe in the cultivation of moral excellence
We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and compassion.
We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species.
We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance.
We are engaged by the arts no less than the sciences.
We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality.
We believe in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as human beings.
We respect the right to privacy. Mature adults should be allowed to fulfill their aspirations, to express their sexual preferences, to exercise their reproductive freedom, to have access to comprehensive and informed health care, and to die with dignity.
We deplore efforts to denigrate human intelligence, to seek to explain the world in supernatural terms, and to look outside nature for salvation.
We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. There are normative standards that we discover together. Moral principles are tested by their consequences.
From http://atheism.about.com/library/weekly/aa061099b.htm

The sad irony…is that all those things that the religious do… endlessly… that give them a false sense of being moral…

like:

  • going endlessly to church meetings…
  • reading a small selection of verses from the bible, endlessly…
  • memorizing a small selection of bible verses…
  • listening to (some hypocrite pontificating endlessly on meaningless drivel) sermons…
  • reading an endless array of religious books, pontificating endlessly about meaningless drivel…
  • singing meaningless songs endlessly, together…
  • giving loads of money to (be wasted by) the church, which will be mainly spent on fancy buildings, and their upkeep…
  • praying (to the ceiling)…
  • saying “god bless you” to each other…
  • buying the latest formal-wear, to wear at the next meaningless church meeting…
  • trying to catch the eye/kiss the ring/shake the hand…of some male church leader…in a dress…
  • wearing meaningless religious symbols and trinkets…
  • playing along with childish annual seasonal (pagan) religious fantasy activities, endlessly…
  • carrying a gilded edged, animal skin bound, super lightweight opaque paper bible, publicly…
  • saying hallelujah, amen, and praise the lord, endlessly…
  • finding arbitrary reasons to collectively ostracize people that are different to their group…
  • etc ad nauseam…

has nothing, at all, to do with morality…and in fact, distracts from acting morally towards others…

***

Secular humanist moral affirmations:

  • We believe in the cultivation of moral excellence
  • We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and compassion.
  • We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species.
  • We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance.
  • We are engaged by the arts no less than the sciences.
  • We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality.
  • We believe in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as human beings.
  • We respect the right to privacy. Mature adults should be allowed to fulfill their aspirations, to express their sexual preferences, to exercise their reproductive freedom, to have access to comprehensive and informed health care, and to die with dignity.
  • We deplore efforts to denigrate human intelligence, to seek to explain the world in supernatural terms, and to look outside nature for salvation.
  • We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. There are normative standards that we discover together. Moral principles are tested by their consequences.

From http://atheism.about.com/library/weekly/aa061099b.htm

Sep 18, 2014
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It’s fun to make shit up…imaginative, to create fiction for entertainment, or to provoke thinking about real, uncomfortable issues. Hollywood makes billions of dollars a year…making shit up.
However…it is dishonest to convey fabricated religious fantasy…as fact…to make money off the gullible.
Also…it’s naive to believe concocted religious fantasy…modified incrementally by successive religions…by plagiarizing a long tradition of even older…ignorant, primitive, superstitious…made up shit…

It’s fun to make shit up…imaginative, to create fiction for entertainment, or to provoke thinking about real, uncomfortable issues. Hollywood makes billions of dollars a year…making shit up.

However…it is dishonest to convey fabricated religious fantasy…as fact…to make money off the gullible.

Also…it’s naive to believe concocted religious fantasy…modified incrementally by successive religions…by plagiarizing a long tradition of even older…ignorant, primitive, superstitious…made up shit…

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