RSS

Category Archives: Government

Ask an Atheist Day!!

Yesterday, was Ask an Atheist Day. I told everyone on a Buddhist message board to summit their questions and here are my answers.

Where does consciousness come from?

Consciousness is a very complicated concept that most people will have an hard time to agree. Personally, I believe consciousness starts when you are born and your brain starts accepting all this information. When you die or have brain damage. The date can be damaged or gone like a computer hard drive. This is why I believe when you and I die. We are just GONE. POOF! NOTHING!

Why are atheists often so defensive?

This is mainly due to our backgrounds. We lived in a mostly theistic world. For example, the United States is an Christian state due to population. We do have the “Establishment Clause” to prevent state and religion mixing, but in some parts in our government we get into a Grey area. For example the US government endorses deism due to “In God We Trust.”

In America, we are considered lest trustworthy than RAPISTS. Yep, abortion bombers, Muslims, and rapists are most trust worthy than me.

This is due to American culture from the red scare and Christianity adapting it self to the modern world. The communists were supporters of state Atheism, so during the Red Scares the US government made it a policy to endorse an god. In Christianity, it developed from a hateful god to a loving god where people who love god as good people and the people who don’t like or believe in god as evil people.

When atheist groups like “American Atheists” & “Freedom from Religion Foundation” go after cities, states, and the federal government for violating the Establishment clause. We are viewed as anti-religious bigots trying to remove god. We get attacked, death threats, or lively-hood destroyed for defending ourselves and the majority of theists would happy to see Atheists gone. We are trying to uphold the US Constitution and try to have the Untied States to keep it’s secularism.

Why do atheists tend to me more fervent than evangelicals?

We are tired of being told to “Sit Down and Shut up.” for a long time. How do you like being told that your an unmoral human being and your deserve eternal torture. You can’t do anything about it because you are an minority. A lot of atheists lose friends, family, and jobs due to being an atheist. We are telling the world (Well mostly America.) we are Atheists and were not going anywhere.

What do you call a Buddhist who doesn’t believe in a God?

An Buddhist Atheist!!

What do you call a Buddhist who does believe in God?

Buddhist Theist

As an atheist how can you tell right from wrong?

The same reason why an Christian, Animalist, Druids, Hindus, and etc can tell right from wrong. It is society who thinks right and wrong. Also a bit of evolution in human development that help us to tell right and wrong. Since Murder and steal from each other doesn’t help us survive when we were in small social clans. We humans are an social animals. We love groups. We went from small family clans to big clans full of millions of people.

As an atheist what’s your purpose in life?

To lead a good, happy, and compassionate short life.

as an atheist what’s your excuse for being?

Should there be an excuse for being? That is the wrong question to ask. There is nothing wrong for being.

As an atheist do you have all the answers?
Nope

As an atheist where will you find any answers at all?

For some, but not all answers. Religion is has not filled any of my answers.

Why label yourself as an atheist?

For the same reason you may call yourself Buddhist. Also in America, it’s better for more people to admit and come out of the closet and be an atheist. Maybe our stigma will go away.

What’s the best way to make Baked Alaska?
I don’t know. I never made a “Baked Alaska.”

Do you agree the difference between “atheist” and “a theist” is not bigger than one space?

That space is pretty big in the quantum world.

Why do some Atheists make fun of people for believing in God?

Since sometimes, theists are so into their religion. They will ignore all facts. When I debate Christians I feel like I chatting to a brink wall. For example, on facebook a Christian told me that “my parents never knew her god.” and yet I told her that my parents are Christians who believe in the same god and is she suggesting that my parents are not true Christians. She keeps ignoring my question and kept on saying that I must accept Christ as my savior to get my answer. I dug in and told her to answer my question and I still get the same response: “Just need FAITH! Jesus loves you and you know it.”

Sometimes making fun of people is a reactionary tactic to get their attention on how silly their reasoning is since they will or can not debate us.

Especially when their belief in God helps them live their life?

I have no problem if they think that way. If they do trying push their religion onto me or through government. I do have an issue. If they are an young Earth creationist. Yes, it good to call them out even by making fun of them to show how silly their views is and even damaging it is to society.

He stole stuff, treated people like crap,etc. Then he got sent to jail and when he was in jail, he was “born again” and found Jesus and god. After that, he stopped stealing stuff, stopped treating people like crap. He became a nice guy. What’s wrong with that?

Have no issue like that, but there are some people like for example General Butt Naked (Joshua Milton Blahyi). A warlord in Africa who killed thousands of people, sent children to slavery, and admitted to sacrifice children by taking their still beating heart before every battle. Years later he convert to Christianity and the evangelical community calls him an hero and a good person now.

Really, I do have an issue like that. A evil mass murder can get an accepted, but an good atheist is not accepted.

Was Jesus Divine, or just a prophet and healer?

There is still a debate, but I believe there was a radical rabbi who may or not be called Jesus who called himself a prophet of the Jews and the Romans killed him. That his story of the current form of Jesus came out of legend and exaggeration.

Did he survive the Crucifixion, and if so, where did he go afterward?

I believe he did died and never survived.

When does the next season of Doctor Who start? And what is the question???

This fall and did you forget the last episode. The question is: Doctor Who?

 
 

Communicate to your constituents the right way.

A few weeks ago there was concern that the new NASA budget would cut the James Webb Telescope from the budget. Like any concerned citizen I sent an email to my representatives and tell them to support the James Webb Space Telescope. My representatives where Congressman Rick Larson, Senator Patty Murray, and Senator Maria Cantwell. I told them that the billion dollar telescope is needed for America because we don’t have a vision anymore without the shuttles now. It created American jobs and shows America can be a leader for science, so that we will not be 2nd place to the Europeans or the Russians.

The first Email I got back is from Senator Patty Murray.

Dear Mr. Evans:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this matter.

The views of Washingtonians are very important to my work. I will keep your thoughts in mind, and I encourage you to stay in touch. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

It’s a ok reply. I would love to see a better response than the typical copy paste letter. At least she mentions my subject.

Now lets look at Maria Cantwell’s:

Dear Mr. Evans,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on federal spending. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

Government has a responsibility to spend taxpayers’ dollars wisely, but it also has a responsibility to provide certain services and guarantees to the American people. I take both of these very seriously. To ensure that we have the ability to maintain our infrastructure, defend our borders, educate our children, and more, it is imperative that we keep our financial house in order.

It is critical that we carefully evaluate all spending proposals that come before the U.S. Congress; we have to focus on investing taxpayer dollars wisely.  In this time of economic crisis, I believe it is especially important that Congress prioritize those measures that will foster long-term economic growth. We must reinvest in our education system, in our workers, in our nation’s infrastructure and in the development of clean energy technologies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. By making these important investments today and helping revitalize our economy, we can leave our children with prosperity not debt.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee I will continue to work with President Obama and with my colleagues to draft legislation that strikes the right balance in how we collect and spend federal tax dollars so we can leave more than debt to the next generation. I understand that this issue is especially important to you; be assured that I will keep your views in mind as we craft legislation.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter.  You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents.  If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

What the hell? Did they even read my letter? I never talked about federal spending. I was talking about NASA’s future with the James Webb Telescope and why as Americans that we need to save it.

If Maria is like this what is Rick is like?

Dear Adam:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the proposed cut in funding to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the termination of funding for the James Webb Space Telescope. I appreciate hearing from you and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

As you may know, H.R. 2596, the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2012, passed the House Appropriations Committee on July 13 of this year. Under the proposed funding bill, NASA would receive $16.8 billion in FY2012 funding, a $1.6 billion cut from FY2011 levels. In addition, the James Webb Space Telescope program would be terminated.

I share your commitment to space exploration and enhanced research and development programs, and am disappointed that our federal budget does not sustain continued support for this program. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind when this bill comes to the House floor for a vote, as well as in the future if further legislation regarding space exploration and research is proposed.

Again, thank you for sharing you concerns with me. In the future, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this or any other issue of importance to you.
Sincerely,

Rick Larsen
United States Representative
Washington State, 2nd District

…..

I am speechless.

Rick and his team has shown me that they have the skills to communicate with their constituents. This is how every representative we elect should communicate. A good representative needs to be close to their constituents almost personal matter. They truly understand what I meant and feel about the James Webb Telescope and my vision of a better NASA.

Rick you have my respect.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Cosmos, Current Events, Government, Politics

 

This really disgust me.

I thought America was over this whole thing with discrimination against atheists.  Well I thought wrong with morning with the news of a high school soon to be graduate. Damon Fowler sent an email to his school to stop with its plan to have prayer at a high school graduation ceremony. He threaten to contact the ACLU to stop the school if they continue their plans. Damon told the school that the prayer violates the establishment  clause under our Constitution. He is an atheist and one of possible four atheists in a city of over 12,000. Still he maybe a minority, but he believe he still has rights. Let me post his full story.

My graduation from high school is this Friday. I live in the Bible Belt of the United States. The school was going to perform a prayer at graduation, but due to me sending the superintendent an email stating it was against Louisiana state law and that I would be forced to contact the ACLU if they ignored me, they ceased it. The school backed down, but that’s when the shitstorm rolled in. Everyone is trying to get it back in the ceremony now. I’m not worried about it, but everyone hates me… kind of worried about attending graduation now. It’s attracted more hostility than I thought.
My reasoning behind it is that it’s emotionally stressing on anyone who isn’t Christian. No one else wanted to stand up for their constitutional right of having freedom of and FROM religion. I was also hoping to encourage other atheists to come out and be heard. I’m one of maybe three atheists in this town that I currently know of. One of the others is afraid to come out of the (atheist) closet.
Though I’ve caused my classmates to hate me, I feel like I’ve done the right thing. Regardless of their thoughts on it, basically saying I am ruining their fun and their lives, I feel like I’ve helped someone out there. I didn’t do this for me or just atheists, but anyone who doesn’t believe in their god that prayer to Yahweh may affect.
Moral of the story: though the opposition may be great, majority doesn’t necessarily mean right. Thank you for reading. Wish me luck at graduation.
EDIT: Well, it hit the fan a couple hours ago. They’ve already assembled a group of supporters at a local church and called in the newspaper. I’ve had to deactivate my Facebook account and I can’t reason with any of them. They refuse to listen. The whole town hates me, aside from a few closet atheists that are silently supporting, which I don’t blame them looking at what I’ve incited here. Thanks for the support though.
If anyone would like to offer support, the superintendent is who I emailed and the school’s website is mpsb.us
Thanks for the support. It’s really helping. This has just gotten sickening.
Edit: I’ve had requests for my Facebook info… I don’t mind giving that out at all. Damon Fowler – Bastrop, LA. I could use all of the support I can get. Not sure if this link will work: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001146281052

It is sadden to see his fellow community make Damon an outcast due to he beliefs and rights. According to information from this brother. Damon’s parents are religious as well, so his parents are banning Damon from using any form of communication and trying to get Damon to reverse his decision. Now his brother is planning to pick him up and move him to Texas because Damon’s town is too dangerous to live in.

Also the local paper and news channel is not helping Damon because they clearly supported the Christian students and teachers.

What do students think of Damon? Well lets look at a video of his graduation practice he attended:

Damon is under his rights under Engel v. Vitale which banned official school prayers. Prayer is a religious activity and is a violation of the establishment clause.

You Christians and other religions who  maybe in the majority, but you have no right to tell us to sit down, shut up,  and deal with it. What if the current majority religion becomes an minority? Do you want to be like us who has to sit down, shut up, and deal with it?

I urge my readers to support Damon and his struggles. Here are some links to support Damon:

The Support Damon Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Damon/103714833051042

Support the Freedom From Religion Foundation and also it has contacts of all the school officals.:
http://ffrf.org/news/action/controversy-over-prayer-at-graduation-in-bastrop-la/

Oh? Morehouse Parish School board are you ready to get sued?

 
 

National Day of Prayer

While most Americans will be celebrating an Mexican holiday at the local bar. Many Americans celebrated another special day. Thousands or Millions of Americans joined up with the “National Day of Prayer.” This day is bad for America for a good reason. Why you may ask. It’s an official day endorsed by congress and passed by law to endorse the Christian religion.

History

The current form of the National Day of Prayer started back in the 1950s when Eisenhower was president. Congress passed a bill (36 U.S.C. § 119) forcing the President to set a date for Americans to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.  Also during the 1950s, many laws were passed trying to lessen the secular government to counter the Communist who had an atheist government.

During the 1980s, there was some major changes to the National Day of Prayer. A National Prayer Committee was formed to help crate evangelical  Christian prayer events with local, state, and federal entities. In the late 80, Congress updated the law to have it on the first Thursday of May.

Christian Biases

The supporters clam that the National Day of Prayer is not trying to push Christian views into government and yet they are very open that they are a Christian group.

If you go too there official site.   They admit they support Judeo-Christian values. Their leadership is majority all evangelical Christians from Mrs Shirley Dobson (James Dobson’s wife. James was the founder of the Christian group “Focus on the Family”.) and all the way too Dr. Billy Gram.  There are no none-Christians on the board, chair, advisory groups. Source

The National Prayer Committee admit they ARE a Christian organization. Their mission statements includes pushing Christ as part of the national day of prayer. Oh of course all the board members are evangelical Christians.

Respect of the Law

There has to be some serious changes too this law. The first thing to do is to kill this law. It clearly violates the 1st amendment by forcing the president to endorse a religious activity. The supporters will say that the law is legal because it doesn’t force the people to do anything. Yet, what if I was President? I don’t believe in god and prayer. Why should I forced to do something that I do not believe in?

Just like the intelligent design idea went through America during the Bush years. This is just another attempt trying to push religion (mainly the Christian religion) into our government. Out Constitution clearly states that the government can not endorse a religion. Prayer IS a religious practice and is a clear violation.

Changes

How could we change this for the better and support every American? Instead of a day of prayer. Congress should create a day to celebrate our freedom of religion. Where any American theist, non-theist, atheist, and etc to celebrate this great law that gives the right to believe anything we want and not to believe. Citizens can do anything they want to celebrate it like prayer, having a party, or even doing nothing.

If for some reason we can’t kill this law. The leadership of the national day of prayer should have members of other religions.  Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and etc should have more say into our national day of prayer, so everyone can have a saw on how this is run. America is a nation of many faiths and no faiths and not an America of one type of faith.

How to Help?

If you want to help end this law you should support these groups:

Secular Coalition of America & Freedom From Religion Foundation

 
2 Comments

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Government, Religion

 

“Traditional Marriage” Falsehood

Good news came out of the news today. The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheald a lower court ruling that banning gays and un-married couples from adopting or fosting children as un-constitutional.

The Court wrote:

“Act 1 directly and substantially burdens the privacy rights of ‘opposite-sex and same-sex individuals’ who engage in private, consensual sexual conduct in the bedroom by foreclosing their eligibility to foster or adopt children. The choice imposed on cohabiting sexual partners, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is dramatic. They must chose either to lead a life of private, sexual intimacy with a partner without the opportunity to adopt or foster children or forego sexual cohabitation and, thereby, attain eligibility to adopt or foster.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/07/ark-court-strikes-law-barring-gay-adoptions/

This mean that single person, gay or un-married couples can adopt or foster a kid. Some opponents believe this marriage ruins “traditional marriage.”  Well what is “traditional marriage?” Well it means it marriage rules based off the local culture with the United States of America this is normally the Christian moral values. Most of our laws were based off of Christian morals laws set forth in the bible.  So the basis of this blog will be based on the Christian view. The idea of marriage is man and a woman has it’s start in Genesis 2:18 & 21-24:

18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

The last passage is important because this fully impacts the idea of the Christian view of marriage. That men and woman joined together as man and wife are merged into one “flesh” or unit. This passage also supports the view of the Christian’s ban of homosexuals getting married. Since god never said anything about two men joining together as flesh. Well we do know what the bible says about homosexuals:

Leviticus 20:13

13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Romans 1:26-28

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

With these passages and many others. Homosexuals are banned from getting married.

Think about the Children!

Now we have to figure out where did we get that children must require to have a mother and a father in a “traditional marriage?” Well lets go back to the book where the idea of marriage was told! Genesis!

Genesis 1:28

28 “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

From this statement. It tells that god has order Adam and Eve to populate the Earth and subdue everything that is on the Earth. For some Christians this means that god endorse marriage only for the producing & raising of children. Gays can’t reproduce, single couples can’t either, and un-married couples is against god’s will. There are many passages in the bible on how about raising children.  Because of this Christians view that only married couples who are different sexes can only raise children. Anything other than that will only hurt children and it is against god’s will.


Do we need “Traditional Marriage?”

In the past few decades, there has been less people getting married. This is due too many reasons. Women are making more money, so they don’t need a man to support them and for some couples they believe marriage is not really needed. There is also a rise of single parents and un-married couples over the years. Also over the years that gays are more openly getting married or showing off that they are couples. Is this the end of traditional marriage? I clearly hope so.

What two adults do in their own private lives does not interfear or hurt others. I don’t think my lesbian friend and her partner is going to corrupt and destroy my marriage. There has been no evidence showing that government controlling who gets married protects marriage and it benefits the state.  Also divorce rates are still the same rate for decades. It shows that government controlled marriage still doesn’t work.

As for gay parents and single parents. Studies have clearly shown here and here. That kids raised by them lead normal and happy lives.  From my own experiences meeting with gay parents and single moms & fathers.  I see happy children. One for example is my niece. She rarely had a father figure in her life. I don’t believe my sister is in a hurry to find a father figure to fill the fatherless gap. I can say the same to one of my friends. They both have wonderful girls.

Government and Marriage

The best way to protect “marriage” is for the government too get out of the “marriage” business. The United States government is suppose to be a secular state and yet we get our marriage laws based off of Christian moral values.

I would be happy for me if my wife and I just went to the local court house and a judge got us married. Yet, there are many others who can’t do that in some states. Nearly half or more of the states and the federal government oppose same sex couples from getting married. Why is that? It is not because homosexuals are a threat too America. It is because the laws were written by Christians, so their views of marriage were the only views that the government supportive.

There were some laws passed recently by the people or the legislators. Banning gay marriage or limiting the rights of gays, single parents, and un-married couples to adoption or fostering. This is wrong because they are forcing their ethical values which others may disagree. Also why should the people vote about rights of the minority. This only brings tyranny of the majority like for example proposition 8 in California.

The best way to fix all this by making everyone file as “domestic partner” so everyone has equal rights. If they want “marriage” title also they can go too a church or any religious organization to do so.  This will make it much fairer.

Conclusion

We must value know that the idea of “traditional marriage” that we have brought up should be changed or removed. We lived in a different society now where same sex couples get married and get children. You don’t have to have a male or female partner to bring up normal kids. Two gay couples or a single parent can bring enough care & love in the word as an couple of the opposite sex.

 
1 Comment

Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Government, Religion