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Liberals Making Excuses

I find it really sad to see how idiotic and blind the liberal left can be.  Case in point, in a recent discussion about MTV host Ira Madison III mocking Jeff Session’s Asian family, saying that his grandkids looked like he got them at Toys R Us, instead of just admitting that it was a sleazy thing to say, liberals, and I don’t mean just one liberal, but scores of liberals, could only say that Trump said some pretty bad things too.

So what?  What does that have to do with Madison?  Even if you can criticize Trump, and you absolutely can, that has nothing to do with what Madison did. Madison was a prick.  Admit it.

But this is just commonplace.  Liberals like to point fingers at everyone else to explain their own failures.  Take the election.  They’re screaming that Russia is to blame for Hillary losing.  Nope.  All Russia did was get the truth out there.  It didn’t falsify anything, it just exposed DNC secrets.  It was the reality of the DNC’s dishonesty that cost Hillary the election, not anything sinister that Russia did.  Should they have hacked the DNC?  Probably not.  Should the DNC have done those things?  Absolutely not.  Who is more to blame? But they don’t want to take that responsibility and blame their own party so they scream and cry about the ones who brought their own wrongdoing to light.

And I’m frankly sick of it.  Yes, I’m also sick of it when the GOP pulls the same thing.  Both parties are full of crybabies, but that isn’t an excuse for being a dishonest idiot yourself.  Is Trump a dick?  Yeah, sometimes.  Was Madison a dick with that tweet?  Absolutely.  Does one have anything to do with the other?  Does one excuse the other?  Hell no.  Stop pretending that it does.  Take some responsibility for your own actions for once.  Stop acting like children.

The Immorality of Catholic Hiding

no-answerI said, a little bit ago, that I had encountered a lot of fundamentalist Catholics of late and yes, they’re still at it.  This time, in a discussion about children, someone brought up IVF treatments and one of our resident irrational Catholics declared that IVF was, in the view of the Catholic Church, immoral.

Of course, everyone started demanding that she justify her views, but in what has to be the most chickenshit move yet, she’s decided that she no is longer going to talk about her views, she gets criticized when she does, she’s just going to state them and never feel obligated to defend them ever again.  After all, she isn’t there to take equal part in any discussions, she’s there to “learn” and occasionally throw out something absurd, which she then retreats to her little “I’m not talking about my beliefs” corner.  This also happens to be a violation of the forum rules, you can’t refuse to answer questions, you must take part in the discussion equally, as I’ve pointed out, so we’ll see how long she lasts.  In any case, she’ll just be replaced by another, equally clueless Catholic.

But anyhow, back to the IVF thing, she’s also taken a ton of pot shots at lots of things that the Catholic Church objects to and she automatically accepts as undeniable fact, she spends quite a bit of time sniping from the supposed sidelines, starting threads that she makes accusations in, but will not address objections to, etc.  In fact, she makes so many unjustified and unsupported claims on morality, from her religion’s perspective, and then refuses to defend any of these claims, that I can’t help but feel that morality, actual, justified morality, isn’t her strong suit.  Everything she wants to do is one-sided, she wants to make moral pronouncements, but the second anyone challenges any of those pronouncements, she’s in the wind.

This isn’t an uncommon thing either, you see all manner of apologists pulling this.  They’re happy to tell you that everything you’re doing is immoral, but when it comes to answering responses, they have nothing much to say.  They’ll scream at you and beat you over the head with the Bible, but they really have no answers for the questions they might get in return.  It’s clear they have neither read nor understand 1 Peter 3:15, which says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  They have no answers and they know it, they just have irrational, unsupported, unjustified blind faith.  I’d call ignoring your own religious book, a book that demands that you act contrary to your actions, pretty immoral, wouldn’t you?

Obama Lies About Islam Again

obamalies1To be fair, it isn’t only Obama who does this, seemingly the majority of the liberal left operates like this, including a lot of people within the so-called “atheist community”.  This is a complete falsehood and there is no conceivable way that he cannot be aware that he’s vomiting a load of horse shit, but I guess when you lie as much as Obama does, he forgets what it actually feels like to tell the truth.

In an interview with Fareed Zakaria of CNN, he says Lindsay Graham said that he was bothered that Obama won’t admit we’re in a religious war with radical Islam.  He points out that the White House goes to great pains to never use the word “Islamic terrorists” or do anything to refer to the religion at all.  Obama came back with the following statement:

But it is absolutely true that I reject a notion that somehow that creates a religious war because the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don’t even recognize it as being Islam. And I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge, it’s very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9 percent of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we’re looking for. Order, peace, prosperity.

But this is simply not true.  How  do we know this isn’t true?  We just have to ask Muslims what they actually believe!  In a Pew survey of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan in 2013, they found that 64% of Muslims polled said they supported the death penalty for leaving Islam.  And before you say I’m arbitrarily picking the top numbers, I’m not.  Muslims in Afghanistan top the list at 78% who want infidels killed.  These three countries, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan are nominally allied with the U.S., yet the majority of Muslims there think that leaving Islam, or not being a Muslim in the first place, is a capital offense.  Sure Obama, tell us another one!

But, to be fair, the poll numbers show that people in these countries are also more worried about radical Muslims in their own countries than they are about radical Christians.  Certainly, I can understand that radical Muslims are only too happy to kill other Muslims who fall outside of their extremist sects.  However, I find it worrying that the number of people who fear radical Islam in Egypt, 67%, are almost the same number of people who want to kill non-Muslims, 64%.  I guess extremist has a different meaning depending on what questions you ask.

Yet Obama is saying that it’s only a small percentage of Muslims in certain communities around the world that have “perverted” Islam.  No!  No they have not!  In fact, there’s something that these people are really missing.  It isn’t the radicals who have perverted Islam, it’s the rest of the people who are not taking what the Qur’an says seriously!  It’s the “radicals” who are doing it according to their holy book.  The same goes for radical Christians.  Those are the people actually following their religion, not the people who pick and choose what to believe, based on their personal whims.

I’m not saying I think more people ought to closely follow these primitive religions, I think that everybody ought to grow up and give up on this superstitious nonsense, but to claim the people who barely follow the teachings of their religion are the ones doing it correctly?  That’s absurd!

But what can you expect from Obama and his crew of leftists?  Honesty isn’t something they’re well versed in, spinning reality to fit their agenda is part of the status quo.  The rest of us shouldn’t be at all surprised.

If You Don’t Want the Truth, Don’t Ask

real life anime girlNot long ago, someone on Twitter started posting pictures of themselves and asked what people thought.  This was done to a public hashtag, it wasn’t that it was a private message to friends that was accidentally re-tweeted or anything.  Therefore, I answered and set off a chain reaction of whining.

Let me take a step back and say that it was someone who posted themselves made up similar to the picture to the left.  No, that’s not the picture from Twitter, I’m not going to make fun of them in particular, this is just a similar type of picture, especially the eyes.

So what did I say that got people so mad?  I said it was freaky.  I said it was creepy.  And it is.  I told the truth, at least in my opinion, which is what was requested.

Now I don’t go hunting down creepy people on the Internet, but if they come right out and ask people’s opinions in public, I’m not going to hold back either.  People have a right to dress however they want, they have a right to act however they want, what they do not have a right to do is expect everyone to compliment them on it.  If you ask for honesty, expect honesty, even if it’s not the response you were hoping for.

There is no expectation that everyone is  going to ride you around on their shoulders because you make a personal choice, especially when it’s a choice that falls outside of societal norms.  The same is true of people with copious amounts of visible tattoos and piercings.  Yeah, if you want to be an idiot and draw all over yourself in permanent marker and punch holes in your flesh, knock yourself out.  Just don’t expect me to give you emotional validation for doing so.  I think you look like an idiot and I reserve the right to tell you so.  You have a right to do it, I have a right to respond negatively to it.  I also have a right to not hire you if you come to me for a job.

This goes back to something I’ve talked about before, the liberal thought-crime police.  They don’t want you to simply allow others to do as they wish, they want you to agree with it.  Where it comes to gay marriage, they aren’t satisfied that the religious accept the right to marry regardless of your gender, they want the religious to openly and completely accept that there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality.  Now I agree, there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality, but I don’t pretend that I have any right to insist anyone change their mind.  What matters most is the public allowance, not the internal acceptance.  The person with the weird eye fetish has every right to walk down the street dressed however she wants.  I have a right to shake my head and think she’s an idiot. I can’t stop her from doing it, she can’t stop me from thinking she’s ridiculous.  That’s how it ought to be.  Sure, you’re free to hate me for my opinion, just as I can think you look absurd, but so long as both of us can think what we want to think and do what we want to do, everything ought to be fine.

And no, you don’t have any right not to have your feelings hurt.  If you really only want validation for your strange ways, don’t go asking in a public place, where people who may not think your freakish eyes are wonderful frequent, what everyone thinks.  You just might get some honest answers and clearly, you don’t want that.

Stop Hiding Your Atheism!

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Now I recognize that I have no right to tell other people how to live their lives, nor would I ever do so, but I do have every right to post my opinions on various subjects and invite others to engage in a lively discussion of the facts so that’s what I’m doing.

Now on the Atheist Experience that aired 12/1/13, they had a caller who was “in the closet” about their atheism.  Okay, I don’t really know their circumstances and I have no means to really judge them, but that made me think about another in-the-closet atheist that I’m acquainted with, Sheldon of the Ramblings of Sheldon blog.  Again, I’m not criticizing Sheldon at all and whatever reasons he has for doing what he’s doing are entirely his and his alone.

However, it really does make me think that there are a lot of people out there who are hiding who they are, be it atheist, gay, transsexual or whatever, most likely for entirely bad reasons, or at least reasons that I think are bad and their mileage may vary.

Personally, I’ve never hid who I am from anyone at any time.  When I stopped being a Christian, even though my family was very religious, I never played along, I stopped going to church and I was never shy about what I believed or disbelieved.  I didn’t shove it in anyone’s face but I didn’t refrain from telling anyone who asked the truth and I never pretended to be something that I was not.

Granted, I had a family that I was pretty sure weren’t going to throw me out of the house for being a heretic and who I knew for certain weren’t going to impose any bodily harm on me for rejecting their religion, not everyone is that lucky and I acknowledge that, but still, there are plenty of people out there who are not in any physical or financial danger, yet they still refuse to tell the world that they are what they happen to be.  That’s honestly the part I don’t get.  Why do it?  What is your rationalization?  Is it something overly dramatic like “my mother will drop dead if I say I’m not a Christian”?  Is it just an attempt to make your relatives happy?  How happy do you think they’d be if they knew you were just lying to their faces?  Really, what’s the deal?  Explain this to me in rational terms.  I don’t think you can do it.

But even outside of their immediate family, I’ve seen at least one atheist who continues to go to church week after week after week, even though he says he hates it, not because his family would be upset if he stopped, but because he doesn’t want to disappoint the congregation and the pastor!  What insanity is this?  He seriously cares what a bunch of delusional religious people and their leader thinks about him?  Grow a pair!

And maybe that’s part of the problem, there are an awful lot of people, atheists and otherwise, who really have no backbone, who have virtually no self-esteem, they rely on the opinions of others to make it through the day and I think people like that need some serious professional help because they will never get anywhere in life with an attitude like that.  What others think of you really doesn’t matter, at least not in the general sense.  Sure, you want your boss to think you’re a stand-up individual, you want your significant other to like you, although honestly that’s not as important as many people think either.  The only person that really matters is you.  You need to be honest with yourself and with the world around you.  If you’re gay, be gay.  Get your ass out of the closet and just be yourself.  The right people are going to care about you.  I always get sick of the whining “oh, my friends won’t like me anymore!”  So what?  If they can’t accept who you are, they were never your friends to begin with.  Make better friends.  Even your family, if they can’t deal with who you really are and insist that you cling to a lie, then they’re not worth spending time around.  That’s something that I can sort of identify with, I have a distant aunt and uncle who are absurdly religious and can’t deal with anyone who isn’t as fundamentalist as they are. Unfortunately, they live in the same small town that I live in.  It wasn’t intentional, it just happened that way and I didn’t know they lived here until we had already moved here.  They even live very close to us, I occasionally have seen them at the grocery store just down the street.  However, they can’t handle that we’re atheists.  They used to want to get together and invited us to their church and all of that but we told them no and stuck by it.  We weren’t going to pretend to be nice and pro-fundamentalist-Christianity just to have some family in the vicinity that we could hang out with.  Their opinion of us is entirely irrelevant.  The nice thing is that since the rest of my immediate family has gotten less and less religious, my aunt and uncle have been essentially excommunicated from family holidays because they’re obnoxious religious assholes.  The last time I saw them, and it’s probably going on 7-8 years now, they came to Thanksgiving dinner and were utterly appalled that nobody was praying and giving thanks to God for all the food.  My cousin told her that she paid for it, she cooked it, she prepared it and God had nothing to do with it.  That was the last time that I know of that anyone in the family has seen them and good riddance.

Turkey Dinner

And speaking of Thanksgiving, way back in the day, my grandmother was very religious and she insisted that everyone pray before they started eating.  Most of the family was marginally religious and went along with it.  My family didn’t.  My wife and kids and I would just sit there, let them go through their ridiculous ritual, we’d  be respectful but we never pretended to take part, we waited for them to finish.  If it offended anyone, they never said and even if they had, we wouldn’t have done anything any differently.  However, having us just sit there started to make people uncomfortable and over a couple of years, more and more people just opted out of the prayers until the prayers themselves went away entirely.  It was our refusal to lie to everyone and play a part that made the religious nonsense disappear.  Go atheism.  That was never anything that we intended, it was never a goal, but it happened because we were not afraid to be honest about our disbelief.

Please, I want everyone who is currently lying to their friends and family about their religious beliefs to reconsider.  You’re not helping anyone else and you’re really harming yourself.  Your family can handle it and your friends are only really your friends if they can deal with the facts.  Besides, how much do you really care about your family and friends if you can’t be honest about who you are?  What’s more important, the facts or the fantasy?  If you’re a rational person, you have to say the facts.  Your family will understand and if they don’t, that really shows you how much importance they place in you.  Don’t you owe it to yourself to find out the truth?