Finally refuting the improbable “myth”: The Grandpa Joe Delusion.

Fort Lauderdale, FL–As debate continued over whether or not it was appropriate for members of the Hamilton residence to discuss the topic of Grandpa Joe in the home, family atheist Rob Hamilton, 29, argued with family members that they had absolutely zero “rock-hard evidence” proving the existence of his so-called “grandpa.”

Hamilton told a gathering at the annual Hamilton Family Reunion that he has in fact definitively disproven the existence of his grandfather, and planned to reveal his findings in his new book, The Grandpa Joe Delusion.

“In my book, I eviscerate the major arguments for the existence of my grandpa and I demonstrate the supreme improbability that we actually have one in the family,” Hamilton told family members gathered around a picnic table. “Furthermore, I show how a belief in this supposed grandfather that many of us has never even seen or heard from has fueled turmoil in the family, causing conflicts that would never have arisen if we all accepted that there is no Grandpa Joe.

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Editor’s note: This begs the question: Is it possible for a Jesuit to also be an atheist?

A response to Hundreds of Proofs of God’s Existence by “Godless Geeks”

Hundreds of (not very good) Proofs of God’s Non-Existence

TRANSCENDENTAL ARGUMENT
(1) If reason exists then God does not exist.
(2) Reason exists.
(3) Therefore, God does not exist.

COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT
(1) If I say something does not have a cause, it does not have a cause.
(2) I say the universe does not have a cause.
(3) Therefore, the universe does not have a cause.
(4) Therefore, God does not exist.

ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (I)
(1) I define God to be something inconceivably absurd.
(2) Since I cannot conceive of that, it must not exist.
(3) Therefore, God does not exist.

ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (II)
(1) St. Anselm has a proof for God’s existence.
(2) I look at the proof and laugh.
(3) I’m not quite sure how to disprove it.
(4) But I laugh at it all the same.
(5) Therefore, God does not exist.

ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (III)
(1) The Ontological Proof for God’s existence relies on the assumption
that existence is greater than non-existence.
(2) But existence is not greater than non-existence.
(3) Existence is the worst thing there is.
(4) Therefore, God does not exist.

MODAL ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT
(1) God is either necessary or unnecessary.
(2) God is not necessary, therefore God must be unnecessary.
(3) If something is unnecessary, then, necessarily, it does not exist.
(4) Therefore, God does not exist.

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Knew it all along: Atheists are “nutz!

Let’s dispense with the crude metric of IQ and look at the actual lives led by atheists, and believers, and see how they measure up. In other words: let’s see who is living more intelligently.

And guess what: it’s the believers. A vast body of research, amassed over recent decades, shows that religious belief is physically and psychologically beneficial – to a remarkable degree.

In 2004, scholars at UCLA revealed that college students involved in religious activities are likely to have better mental health. In 2006, population researchers at the University of Texas discovered that the more often you go to church, the longer you live. In the same year researchers at Duke University in America discovered that religious people have stronger immune systems than the irreligious. They also established that churchgoers have lower blood pressure.

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Editor’s note: So much for Christian charity … so why not “pile on”?

Psalms 14:1 Unto the end, a psalm for David. The fool hath said in his heart: There is no God. They are corrupt, and are become abominable in their ways: there is none that doth good, no not one.

Atheist Penn Jillette defends the Catholic faith against (Catholic) Piers Morgan’s liberal, modernist heterodoxy.

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Seen on the web: Denying Jesus’ existence.

Posted by Babs on Friday, Jan 13, 2012 10:12 AM (EST):

I dated an atheist in college. I remember him questioning the existence of Jesus. I was flabbergasted.

“Do you believe Julius Caesar existed?” He did. “Then how can you question the existence of Jesus? I mean, I get that you don’t think he is God, but he did live. He did die. There are extra-biblical references to him and his followers you know.”

That relationship didn’t last long, but I remember coming away with the shocking knowledge that there could be such ignorance on the part of people who pride themselves on their superior knowledge. Sadly, I’m not as surprised when I come across it today.

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Outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens dead of cancer

Among other things, Hitchens referred to Mother Teresa as a “fraudulent fanatic” and urged British authorities to arrest Pope Benedict. May he rest in peace.

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On-line atheist offers to convert … if you’re up to the task

From the writer’s blog (linked below):

Dear Catholic League,

This feedback form begins with the sentence:

Please give us any information regarding incidents of anti-Catholic bias.

Boy, do I have one for you: http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd/2011/12/08/adopt-me-adopt-me/

I am a perfect target for your Adopt-an-Atheist program.  You want to convert the faithless?  You’d have to go pretty far to find someone like me.  I have an enormous bias against dumb-as-shit ideas, which pretty much makes me biased against Catholic ideas.  I think the cracker is just a cracker, a tasteless one at that, and I think anybody who thinks it becomes the blood of another human being is 1) insanely gullible and 2) pretty fucking sick for eating it.  I think anybody who believes a Canaanite Jew rose from the dead has a capacity for evaluating reality less than any five year-old who has managed to emancipate herself from belief in Santa Claus.  I also think anybody who gives money to an organization that enables and defends child rapists needs a serious recalibration of their moral compass (read: they’re a horrible human being).  I also think that, if the pantheon of hell truly exists, that the tallest pillars in it were constructed for people so aloof that they’ll contribute to an organization that shields pedophiles and then go out into the world and boast their moral superiority.

Clearly, I’m an excellent candidate for adoption.

You don’t have to contact any affiliates to adopt me, I’m happy to come right to you.  My email address is wwjtd21[at]gmail[dot]com.  Come adopt me.  Hell, I’ll even put your conversion attempts on a fairly well-read atheist blog for a bunch of other atheists to see.  Think of the potential for bringing people to Christ!  You’re welcome.

Great idea for a program.

JT Eberhard

Former atheist Lee Strobel’s Christian conversion based on facts

Presenting his case for Christ, former atheist Lee Strobel described how the evidence of Easter killed his faith in atheism in his essay published in The Wall Street Journal.

Over 30 ago Strobel – who was no stranger to investigating as the legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and an award-winning journalist – began his two-year search for evidence regarding the credibility of Christianity after his wife’s sudden conversion.

Recalling his first reaction to his wife’s newfound belief, Strobel stated in the WSJ how “it was the worst news [he could] get as an atheist.”

“Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was ‘divorce,’” the evangelist relayed.

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Spanish atheists plan attacks on Catholics during Holy Week

During an interview on Madrid’s ELA Radio Atheists in Combat, a group representing a coalition of Spanish atheist groups made a public declaration of their intention to  “punish” the Catholic belief, and to “damage” the views of Catholics.

Atheists in Combat went on to praise the burning of churches in 1936, and expressed their intention to “welcome” the Pope “as he deserves”, during the announced visit to World Youth Day which is to be held in Madrid this summer.

Several militant groups in Spain are planning sacrilegious actions against Catholics during Holy Week with the intention of perpetrating ‘hurtful action against the innermost feelings of Christians, around the passion and crucifixion of Christ.

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The ACLU’s Not-So-Holy Trinity

In the interest of faith and charity, I’d like to add my own ecumenical offering—a history lesson. It concerns some fascinating material I recently discovered on the ACLU’s early founders, especially three core figures: Roger Baldwin, Harry Ward, and Corliss Lamont. I can only provide a snapshot here, but you’ll get the picture.

First, Roger Baldwin: Baldwin was the founder of the ACLU, so far to the left that he was hounded by the Justice Department of the progressive’s progressive, Woodrow Wilson. Perhaps it was a faith thing. Wilson was a progressive, but he was also a devout Christian, and Roger Baldwin was anything but that.

Baldwin was an atheist. He was also a pro-Soviet communist, though smart enough not to join Communist Party USA (CPUSA). Other early officials of the ACLU, which was founded almost exactly the same time as the American Communist Party, included major party members like William Z. Foster and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Communists used the ACLU to deflect questions from the U.S. government over whether they were loyal to the USSR, were serving Joe Stalin in some capacity, and were committed to the overthrow of the American system.

That “overthrow-the-government” thing is something our universities insist is a bunch of anti-communist, McCarthyite tripe. In fact, it took me mere minutes of digging into the Comintern Archives on CPUSA to find fliers and formal proclamations from the American Communist Party publicly advocating precisely that objective. (Click here to view some of the documents.) I also found the ACLU rife throughout those archives.

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Atheist Journalist: Priestly abuse claims have been wildly exagerrated

A fascinating article today by the atheist Left-wing columnist Brendan O’Neill, editor of spiked, rubbishing claims that thousands of children were “raped by the Catholic Church’s army of paedophile priests”. Here’s an extract:

Were 10,000 children in America and thousands more in Ireland really raped by Catholic priests? In a word, no. Instead, what has happened is that in the increasingly caliginous, almost Inquisitorial mindset of sections of the New Atheist anti-pope lobby, every allegation of abuse against a Catholic priest … has been lumped together under the heading of ‘rape’, and every allegation has been described as an actual proven ‘rape’ regardless of whether it resulted in a legal trial, never mind a conviction.

The term ‘paedophile priest’ has become such a part of everyday cultural lingo that most people, when they read in last week’s relatively respectable UK Independent that ‘over 10,000 children have come forward to say they were raped [by Catholic priests]’, would probably think, ‘Yeah, that’s possible’. But it isn’t true.

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Peter Hitchens not quite like his atheist big brother

Rogier van der Weyden’s “Last Judgment”

A far-Left cultural revolutionary in the 1970s, Hitchens was in his early 30s, and had experienced life behind the Iron Curtain covering the Polish shipyard strikes when he began to feel strong unease.

“I no longer avoided churches,” he writes. “I recognised in the great English cathedrals, and in many small parish churches, the old unsettling messages. One was the inevitability of my own death, the other the undoubted fact that my despised forebears were neither crude nor ignorant, but men and women of great skill and engineering genius, a genius not contradicted or blocked by faith, but enhanced by it.”

On a cycling trip to Burgundy he saw Rogier van der Weyden’s 15th-century Last Judgment, and this made a lasting impression. “I had scoffed at its mention in the guidebook, but now I gaped, my mouth actually hanging open, at the naked figures fleeing towards the pit of hell. I had a sudden strong sense of religion being a thing of the present day, not imprisoned under thick layers of time. My large catalogue of misdeeds replayed themselves rapidly in my head.

I had absolutely no doubt that I was among the damned, if there were any damned. Van der Weyden was still earning his fee, nearly 500 years after his death.”

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Noted atheist author and speaker Christopher Hitchens diagnosed with cancer of esophagus. (Trip to Lourdes recommended, by me.)

Author, journalist and public intellectual Christopher Hitchens announced Wednesday that he will undergo treatment for cancer of the esophagus, thereby cutting short his current book tour.

Hitchens made the announcement via a statement posted on Vanity Fair’s website, a publication for which he regularly contributes.

“I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice,” Hitchens said.

Editor’s note: Let’s all pray for Mr. Hitchens’ prompt and complete recovery … since unlike Christopher … we Christians acknowledge the fact that God is indeed great.

Idiot teacher “comes out” as an atheist, wonders why she was fired from teaching job at Catholic school.

Nurre said she was called into the principal’s office just before winter break and asked about Atheist Nexus, a social network that bills itself as site for “nontheists.”

She said she registered on the site on her personal computer at home. She noted a New York Times‘ article reporting the government had spent $2.3 million on prayer research since 2000 and added the link.

“I never thought something like that would jeopardize my job,” she said Friday from Phoenix, Ariz., where she was applying for teaching jobs.

Nurre was suspended by Monsignor Kevin McCoy and later fired by the school board for violating a policy that prohibits employees from advocating “principles contrary” to the teachings of the church.

St. Edmonds took the “appropriate action,” Kristie Arlt, spokeswoman for the Sioux City Diocese, said of the math teacher.

“The main thing is that she stated she didn’t believe in God,” Arlt said. “It’s pretty hard to put that same teacher in front of students in a Catholic school system.”

Nurre said her views constantly evolve and that she is constantly trying to expand her knowledge, whether on religion, astrology, fitness or politics.

“I just like learning about it. I don’t see why that should cause someone to get fired,” she said.

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Chilling interview with abortionist defines the problem with abortion and birth control

Q: Your website describes abortion as an “important medical procedure.” Can you expand on that?

Well, it’s a philosophical question. But to us, ethically, having an early abortion and taking birth control pills are the same procedure, because certain types of birth control prevent the development of a fertilized egg and leads to miscarriage.

If you consider a fertilized egg a pregnancy, which religious people do, then taking certain birth control pills is just as much an abortion as anything else. It’s somewhat interesting that many people who would demonstrate against an abortion service think nothing of taking birth control pills. Ethically, you cannot differentiate between the two.

Second, in a certain patient population, an early abortion is a safer, better birth-control method than even taking birth control pills. So, from a medical point of view, there is no scientific or ethical argument that you could come up with against early pregnancy termination. As long as humans have recreational sex they will need abortion. As long as some pregnancies are abnormal, we will need abortion. You can’t get around it.

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Psycho “Angie the Atheist” posts her abortion on Twitter

Angie has since shared that an ultrasound was not able to identify the age of her unborn child but the “state of my pregnancy” — which presents possible medical concerns for Angie since the mifepristone (RU 486 abortion drug) is only “safe” to use at certain time intervals in pregnancy.

Angie has since taken the abortion drug and has gone on to describe the “4-hour bleed out” that accompanies it and puts women’s health at risk.

She also talks about the two part drug process, saying “Today’s pill kills it, tomorrow’s pills will flush its carcass (as horrifying to lifers as I can do).”

Now, Angie appears to have no regrets for the abortion and harsh words for pro-life people who are upset by what she’s done.

“Don’t think you’re a moral crusader for trying to make me feel bad for killing a parasite that would’ve left my boy an orphan,” she writes. “I’ve been having depression as a result of pregnancy. Ending that will probably make me feel much better.”

She claims pro-life people don’t “care if I die in pregnancy as long as I give myself up nobly to the cause of breeding.”

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Editor’s note: Maybe this is just a cruel hoax. Either way, Barack Obama, the abortion President, would be proud!

Seen on the web: Free groceries from the devil

There was a Christian lady who lived next door to an atheist. Every day, when the lady prayed, the atheist guy could hear her. He thought to himself, “She sure is crazy, praying all the time like that. Doesn’t she know there isn’t a God?”

Many times while she was praying, he would go to her house and harass her, saying “Lady, why do you pray all the time? Don’t you know there is no God?” But she kept on praying.

One day, she ran out of groceries. As usual, she was praying to the Lord explaining her situation and thanking Him for what He was gonna do. As usual, the atheist heard her praying and thought to himself, “Humph! I’ll fix her.”

He went to the grocery store, bought a whole bunch of groceries, took them to her house, dropped them off on the front porch, rang the door bell and then hid in the bushes to see what she would do. When she opened the door and saw the groceries, she began to praise the Lord with all her heart, jumping, singing and shouting everywhere! The atheist then jumped out of the bushes and told her, “You ol’ crazy lady, God didn’t buy you those groceries, I bought those groceries!” At hearing this, she broke out and started running down the street, shouting and praising the Lord.

When he finally caught her, he asked what her problem was. She said, “I knew the Lord would provide me with some groceries, but I didn’t know he was gonna make the devil pay for them!”

One Remarkable Conversion Story – Three Parts

An atheist chronicles the path from reason alone, to reason, faith, love and peace through Jesus Christ and his grace empowered Church.

In three short parts:

Why I Believe In God

Why I’m Catholic

From Atheism To Christianity: Through Books

Obama’s Creed

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“… we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

You can check the quote for accuracy on the Internet. It’s verifiable. Well, as reader Joan Solms (and conservative activist) says: who are “we”? And what “ideals and a set of values”? What are they?

Here is the closest affirmation I can find of what this 3rd World-indoctrinated mystery man of murky genealogical background really “believes” if in fact belief is the right word. He is really not very smart. He poses often with his forefinger dug into his cheek with a faraway look in his eyes from which we are to deduce he’s an intellectual. He’s decidedly not (take it from me who was the first to interview him on radio after he became a state senator).

Some say he’s a Deist like Thomas Jefferson but the above statement contradicts that. Jefferson who first postulated (in a private letter) the concept of “wall of separation” between church and state first suggested that members of Congress go to church in the Capitol itself. That’s not Obama. His statement above is humanist and intrinsically atheist. His 20-year membership in Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ was no test. How can one sit there for 20 years hearing Wright rave against whitey and believe that’s Christianity? Obama did it because he was a young man on the make and he decided the folks there could be put to good use as volunteers for him. Period. If he ever believed anything Wright said he should not have tossed him aside when the heat came on… because Wright was a detriment.

No, essentially Obama is an atheist clothed in humanist philosophy. His declaration above certifies it.

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What it’s like when life has no other meaning than Obama

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the factors in my life that lured me far Left for so long;  what captivated me and held me there even with mounting evidence that the ideology was bankrupt.  And why are millions still following the Pied Piper of Chicago, even though he’s looking increasingly more corrupt and vacuous?
             
And I’ve come to this: the Left is filled to the brim with people like me, who grew up in homes with God in permanent exile and various adults floating in and out in hot pursuit of self fulfillment. With no way to understand life, this realm starts looking like an unmanageable House of Horrors. The result: people turn to someone like Obama to engineer a whole new world.
        
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