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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Contradiction of the Christian Conservatives

It is the modern day GOP that holds a monopoly of the power of Christ in politics.  Let that sink in.  I am a firm believer in separation of church and state, and yet our elected officials call upon the influence of the shepherds to bring in the votes.  But let's look closer at the contradictions they live by.

The Christ taught his followers to love they neighbor, turn the other cheek, share your wealth on Earth, heal the sick and not to pass judgement just to name a few.

It is the GOP that brought on an occupation of Iraq that was not warranted in any way, shape or form.  They manipulated the "evidence" to their liking to allow the unlawful overthrow of a regime that had nothing to do with the attacks of September 11, 2001.  I am not saying that Saddam Hussein was a great leader, I believe that every tyrant needs to be dealt with, but by their people, and then to have outside influence when requested.  Just like in the Revolutionary War, we established an alliance with France, it was not France that invaded England on our behalf.

It is the GOP that wants less government interference between "the man" and your gun.  The Supreme Court has upheld the Second Amendment for gun rights for the citizens a number of times, but it is the GOP that says that more guns equate to less violence.  More guns is to less violence is just as insane as using gasoline to put out a fire because it is a liquid.  If we are to say that we are a modern society then we have no need for guns to solve disputes.  Yes, there will always be criminals and breaking the law is what makes them criminals, but being a vigilante is a crime as well.  The idea of arming the citizens was to protect them from tyrannical take over.  Where were these militiamen when the PATRIOT ACT was signed taking away our freedom of privacy as citizens as well as not needing warrants for surveillance? This was the ultimate overreach of power by our government and our "patriots" let it slide by without opposition.  Is that their definition of turning the other cheek?

Many of the GOP have signed a pledge to Grover Norquist saying that they will not raise taxes in any way, shape or form.  Now that the government is strapped for funds, it is the GOP that is holding the country hostage from moving forward.  They refuse to cut funding on defense, which accounts for the majority of our spending as a country, and rather cut spending on social programs like Medicare and Social Security.  They will cut these programs, continue to take money out of our public schools all before they raise any taxes, especially on their buddies that hold 98% of the wealth in this country.

It is the GOP that takes a staunch stance against universal healthcare.  The fact of the matter is that the United States of America, once the most prosperous nation in the world, is the ONLY developed nation in the world that DOES NOT have a universal healthcare system.  The healthcare reform that Obama lobbied for is not universal healthcare.  Universal healthcare is made to seem as a communist idea, how do you explain that it is communist when Canada, England, France and Germany, all republics have state run health care?  The Cold War is over, it is time to stop playing on past fears.  With everybody having equal access to healthcare, we will become a healthier nation.  With better health comes better performance in the workplace raising the profits for the owners, generating more revenue for shareholders, more tax money going back into the state to fund for the healthcare provided and to put more money back in schools to better the education of our children, all of this getting the United States put back on the track of prosperity.

So, ask yourself, if you're a Christian and follow the teachings of Christ, can you honestly continue to vote for the GOP when they do not follow the fundamental teachings of your savior?

Why Does Your Deity Need a Little Blue Pill?

Another week has passed and yet again there have been extremists raising arms in the name of their impotent deity.  Tragically, four people lost their lives as mobs raided a U.S. embassy in Libya.  Yes, the mobs were comprised of Muslims and they were upset about a video that depicted their great "prophet" Mohammad in a negative fashion.  The one question I have about this is how Omnipotent is Allah and Mohammad that when they are mocked their minions must create chaos and wreak havoc?  The answer is not Omnipotent at all, rather the antonym impotent.

Here's the truth.  Religion is a man-made con established to maintain control of the masses by the threat of eternal punishment and falling out of the good graces of their gods.  The reason why people get so greatly offended when religion is questioned is because subconsciously they know that religion is a farce, but their conscious does not want to come to terms with the delusion.  So in order to protect the fantastical, they take the words of the Bronze Age text literally, and infallible, striking down any opponent of their views.  This is why the basics of democracy cannot thrive in a theocracy.

We hold dear both our freedom of speech and religion.  Part of the freedom of speech is to be able to mock that one sees ridiculous.  To those that continue to try to push your "Christian Values" into our government, please understand that it is our secular society that protects your freedom of religion because our government cannot recognized any established religion.  Our Founding Fathers were smart enough to understand that mixing religion and politics is a combustible mixture and will eventually blow up in our faces.  We can see examples of this around the world today in the nations that use the Koran as their constitution.  Take heed, and please leave your religion where it belongs, at home or in your temple.  There is no room for fairy tales in the outside world because religion breeds hate, intolerance and bigotry.  It holds back the advancement of society (i.e. Galileo, Copernicus, and Darwin) by trying to keep nomadic traditions on a settled society.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Pursuit of Happiness

The hot topic on a lot of political burners today is the question on whether two consenting adults of the same gender have the right to get married.  A lot of the objection to same sex marriage comes from the religious moral majority stating that it does not jive with their holy doctrines.  Like it or not we live in a secular society giving people freedom from religious persecution, but to garner votes the right is pulling at the strings of the devout and standing on the platform of morality.  Other politicians are taking the stand that the states should be the ones that decide whether same sex marriage.

The problem with relying on the states to define marriage laws is that the United States contain 50 states and the citizens are free to move from state to state.  If two men who are married in a state that recognize same sex marriages and an employment opportunity comes up in a state that does not recognize same sex marriage then that happy couple has a more difficult decision to make than choosing to spend their lives together in a mutual partnership.  Do they choose to uproot their lives and move to a state where they lose their legal benefits of any married couple for a better employment opportunity or stay where they can be happy together?  It is a common sense situation being overly complicated by religiosity.

The Federal Government needs to recognize same sex marriages as a true marriage between two consenting adults, no more civil unions.  These people are choosing the partners they want to spend their lives with and should have access to equal benefits ans heterosexual couples do.  Having only seven out of fifty states recognizing same sex marriage truly limits these citizens as to where they are able to relocate and still have their freedoms.  Love and happiness are inalienable human rights and we as citizens in these United States need to stand up for ALL RIGHTS for the simple fact that if we allow our elected officials to determine who has rights and who does not, it is only a matter of time before they start infringing on your rights.  Interracial marriage was not accepted as legal throughout the union until 1967 with the Supreme Court ruling of Loving v. Virginia.  We are in the 21st Century, it is time to stop using Bronze Age text written by goat herders to influence modern doctrine.  Those same texts encouraged concubines, and now our modern society looks down on infidelity.  It is sad that people hide behind what their god "says" to influence their bigoted actions.

Our Founding Fathers stated that all men are created equal.  At the time that was written, slavery was thriving throughout our country, particularly in the South.  It was nearly a century after the Constitution was ratified that slavery was abolished (the same Bronze Age text was used to defend slavery as is used today to shun hate towards homosexuals) with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.  The Constitution was written for the time and there have been 27 amendments to it in the 225 years of its existence showing that times change and societies change.  In 1789 when the new Constitution came into play, only white male land owners were allowed to vote and blacks had no vote, lucky if they had citizenship. Women were expected to be background figures, just like the Bible stated.  We live in a time of equality.  It is sad that people still hold prejudices and bigoted views after all the hate that has reigned down throughout human history.  It is time that we start living life for today and stop living life for the mythology of yesterday.

Monday, August 13, 2012


This past month the United States has produced two mass murders that have no place in a civilized society.  Dozens of innocent people were slain and families forever changed by the tragic events that took place in Colorado and Wisconsin.  I am not trying to take anything away from the families touched by the horrific actions of these two men that have forever shaken their worlds, but what puts these victims on a pedestal compared to the other murder victims that have their lives tragically taken on a daily basis in this great nation of ours?  Colorado had 12 lives taken in a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" and 58 injured.  Wisconsin had 5 lives shortened in a Sikh Temple, the gunman was also killed totaling 6 lives ending that day due to unneeded violence.  After these tragedies our government buildings and local business establishments lowered their flags to half mast showing respect for the victims and their families.

A total of 18 lives were taken in these two tragedies and our nation goes into honor mode immediately by lowering flags to half mast, but what actions are taken daily for those who have their lives cut short by mindless gun crimes?  According to the National Institute of Justice, there was 11,346 people killed by gun violence in 2005 averaging 31 lives lost every day that year.  How many times did our flags fly at half mast for those victims?  We tragically lose 18 victims over two different incidents and we show respect for isolated incidents performed by what appears to be mentally unstable individuals driven by psychosis or hate, but for the innocent people lost by stray bullets from drive by shootings, home invasions or even escalated domestic disputes are not given the same respect?  A life is a life, once it is gone it cannot be gotten back.

The answer is not more guns; that carries the same logic as using gasoline to put a fire out because it is a liquid like water.  If we are truly a civilized society we can thrive without firearms, but I know realistically that day will not come, so there will have to be other answers.  Education only goes so far, and we are a quick-tempered, gut instinct society that has a quick fuse and guns provide that superior feeling, especially when the other party does not have one.  Rather than gun control, there should be regulations on the ammunition.  Stop making it so easy to obtain these projectiles that inflict the damage.  Alcohol and tobacco cause damage to humans as well, and those industries are regulated.  There are stark differences between the use of alcohol/tobacco compared to firearms.  The people consuming alcohol/tobacco are making the conscious decision to partake in those products, and the harm they inflict are not instant.  The damages become apparent overtime.  Firearm victims have no choice in the damage that is inflicted upon them and the capacity for damage is far greater from a magazine of bullets compared to a carton of cigarettes or a fifth of whiskey.

Again, I mean no disrespect to the families of victims in Colorado and Wisconsin in these recent tragedies.  Any life lost is always tragic, especially in the face of ignorance and neglect.

Friday, August 3, 2012


Have your bowels ever been so impacted that you could not pass regularly?  Were you hesitant going to your pharmacy to buy an enema thinking that your God would see that as a form of sodomy and deem you an abomination?  Worry no more, now there is a way to release those dammed up demons from inside with the loving touch of Christ with Chick-Fil-A's all new enemas.  Dan Cathy decided rather than recycling his used oil that fried the ever so delicious chicken fillets, he can bottle it and resell it to his patrons that get constipated from showing their support for traditional marriage by consuming countless chicken sandwiches. It's a simple process, after every shift, the oil cools and is funneled into a plastic bottle, boxed up and shipped out across America to pharmacies to be sold daily.  The oil works better than the standard saline solution because of its natural lubrication properties.  Now you don't have to worry about a reach around denying you the gates of heaven resulting in an overwhelming show of support for Santorum.

Also in the works from Chick-Fil-A Labs is the Chick-Fil-A Colostomy Bag, with waffle fries.  It doubles up as a food & waste carrier, be sure that is the BBQ sauce you're dipping those nuggets in.

Disclaimer: The author has no ties to the workings of Chick-Fil-A and has no knowledge of inner workings of the company. This is satirical opinion, in my opinion that Chick-Fil-A is full of shit.

Monday, June 11, 2012


One argument that is used often to justify public displays of religion on government property is that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and that we derive our laws from the sacred Ten Commandments.  I will argue that this is not true.  Below is a chart of the Bill of Rights and the Ten Commandments and you will see that there is little to no correlation between the two.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. You shall have no God before me
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.You shall not murder
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.You shall not commit adultery
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.You shall not steal
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
I put this to your proposal; if in fact these United States was founded as a Christian nation, why is the very first amendment to our nation's constitution saying that Congress shall not make any laws respecting an establishment of religion?  This clearly defies the first commandment given by that flaming bush to Moses saying that you shall have no God before me.  If we were truly a Christian nation, how can we allow to have other faiths openly practiced here, or, even worse, have the blind atheists troll the internet denouncing the true God?

The fact of the matter is that we have to go all the way to the SIXTH Commandment before we find any rule/law that pertains to modern day society; You shall not murder.  The first FIVE commandments were of the utmost importance that our founding fathers failed to ignore them altogether when laying the foundation of these United States.  Our founding fathers thought it was more important to protect the citizens from tyranny by creating a clear distinction between the government, church and civilization.  They had just finished defeating the King of England (and head of the Church of England) in the Revolutionary War and saw what influence religion had on matters of state.  There are only two places for religion and those are the places of worship and the worshipers home.  We can look at modern day nations that have Islamist regimes and see what happens when we mix religion and government.  Taking our rules from ANY Bronze Age text with unknown authors is a disaster waiting to happen.  Just because the majority believes in their own imaginary friend DOES NOT give the majority the right to enforce those same beliefs on those that do not share the same enthusiasm.  

I will take this one step further in saying that we are not a Christian Nation.  One of the premises around the United States being a capitalist society is that we are all millionaires in the making, if we just work hard, we can have that mansion, we can have that car, we can have that yacht, etc.  Our society is built on us coveting our neighbors have obtained in order to drive success.  Not everyone will achieve that mansion in the Hamptons with a Lamborghini in the garage that they drive to the docks to devour caviar on their yacht.  No, but hard work towards that will lead to happiness.  

I propose these New Commandments to lead a life by.

1) Have an open mind to anything, prejudices make it impossible to be impartial
2) Always question, test what others claim
3) If it causes any harm (physical or psychological) to another, refrain from that action
4) What you do will resonate through eternity, do what is right
5) If you don't wish to be judged, don't pass judgement.  Those who are first to pass judgement tend to have the skeletons deepest in the closet.
6) Encourage exploration and critical thought
7) If you are in a position to help others less fortunate than you, see it as a privilege and not a burden
8) Treat others as you wish to be treated
9) Live, love and be free
10) Do these everyday, one day is not superior than the other  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pasteurization is Murder

There's been a lot of talk lately about the War on Women and how Conservative held legislatures across the land are trying to impose their "moral" will on society.  I say kudos to those tea-baggers; without you we would surely be in hell by now (metaphorically speaking).  I applaud the stance that the right wing is taking in their crusade on womens' rights because that unborn glob of cells could, one day, be a vital vote.  I say why stop at fetuses?  Everyday, doctors in the developed world sign death warrants, nay, execution orders for genocide.  At times, even nurse practitioners are allowed to commit mass murder with the swipe of a pen.  Ladies and Gentlemen, we are truly in an age where the pen IS mightier than the sword.  These living creatures cower at the sight of a syringe.  Life is the most precious thing on this obscure globe we call Earth and we must protect it.  I am calling for all politicians to stand up against antibiotics and vaccinations.

Bacteria & viruses are single cellular organisms that are able to survive on their own, they are fully developed so they should get more attention than fetuses that take 9 months to even come close to be able to set foot in this world.  Bacteria and viruses thrive in undeveloped nations, and we sit idly by while we allow people to execute innocent cells.  Trillions upon trillions of bacteria are slaughtered on an annual basis in developed lands all just so we can feel better.  Rubbish I say.  Life is life, and if we are to consider that an unfertilized egg is a life, we need to consider other unicellular organisms.  I am speaking for those that do not have a voice, that do not have rights to representation, those that are slaughtered needlessly and without a second thought.  I am the voice for e-coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, H1N1, Ebola and the imaginary AIDS.

It is time to put the manslaughter into perspective and shift attention away from abortions of fetuses and focus on the abortions of bacteria and viruses.  Life is life and death is death.  Are we going to sit in a doctors office anymore and wait for the execution order to be sent in to the pharmacist so these living creatures are able to suffer and writhe in pain and agony?  Are we going to expose our buttocks anymore for penicillin?  Reject your z-pack, reject vaccinations, reject Campbell's chicken noodle soup.  We are hosts and we support life.  A runny nose is a small sacrifice to make in order to support life.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Intelligent Descent

In light of the ongoing debate between the Theory of Evolution and the Theory of Intelligent Design.  I am starting an onslaught on one of the most accepted theories in our world today, the Theory of Gravity.  We have taken for granted what is truly pulling us down to the ground, holding our planet in orbit and keeping all celestial neighbors in our solar system in their orbital tracts.  I am out to prove that gravity does not exist and that the orbits of our planets are too complex to be left to some imaginary unconscious force.  Today, I propose to you the Theory of Intelligent Descent.

Genesis 1:31 states that "the heavens and the earth were created in all their vast array" but it does not distinguish as to where the heavens are located.  I am proposing that since God made man in his own image (Genesis 1:27), that God is attempting to pull us closer to heaven, eternal paradise.  When we fall from a ladder or a building, we are accelerating to the center of our planet at a rate of 9.8 m/s/s.  This not only proves that all objects fall at the same rate through space, but also that God is trying to bring all of his creation closer to him without showing favoritism.  All items from a cannon ball to a feather to the bearded sheikh to his bearded wife are all within the grasp of their creator.  He is just pulling us closer in, think of it as a fatherly hug.

Now you may start to argue that scientists have proven that at the Earth's core is nothing but molten rock, churning away from the intense fiery furnace created by the immense amount of gravity holding this rock together as it floats through space.  I tell you that you are wrong.  Have those scientists been to the center of the Earth to prove that it is no more than molten rock?  For all we know the center of the Earth could be as Jules Verne told in his novel.  Granted, as we dig deeper into the Earth's crust the temperatures do increase, it is only because we are getting closer to his embrace.  A wrathful creator found in the Old Testament is bound to have immense amounts of anger, and the anger of a deity is so overwhelming that it radiates heat, melting rock.  The deity tries his best to keep that anger bottled up, but there are events that his creation does that pushes god to the limit (we were made in his image, how far fetched is it to think that god cannot be pushed to the breaking point?) and that penned up anger will overflow in a volcanic eruption releasing his wrath upon the world.

Another argument you may present is the tides and how scientists have proven that the gravitational pull of the moon dictates the tides on our globe.  I put to you that the moon has nothing to do with the tides coming in or out, it is simple water displacement.  The Judeo-Christian God Yahweh is not the one true god.  There are multiple deities that come and go.  Being a deity is hard work, so once their done, they allow their civilization to crumble ushering in new deities.  Twice a day, these deities gather in the oceans to chat about what's going on in their immortal existence.  Think of it like a bunch of senior citizens sitting in a hot tub.  The water is simply displaced by the immense presence of these all powerful beings.  That is what brings the tides in and out on a daily basis.

Finally, the argument about the other planets staying in orbit around the sun.  I accept the fact that we live in a heliocentric system where we revolve around the sun, but I do not accept the fact that it is gravity that keeps the orbiting globes in their places.  I present to you the slot car racing theory.  Yahweh went to visit Shiva one day and Shiva got a new slot car track.  Yahweh was supremely jealous of this as he did not have a slot car track.  In a feat of one-up-man-ship, Yahweh created the additional planets not mentioned in Genesis and put them in their own slots.  When Allah, Shiva, Buddha, Ra and others come over to visit Yahweh they're playing slot cars.  Everyone wants to get Mercury because it's the fastest, nobody likes Jupiter because it is big and slow, the same with Saturn, Neptune & Uranus.  And the reason that Pluto is no longer considered a planet is because Ra has a horrible temper and threw Pluto against the wall, shattering it to where it will no longer run on the slot car...true story.

With just a few paragraphs and reading only a few versus in ancient text, I have disproved centuries of scientific study about gravity because gravity is only a theory just like evolution.  We should attack all the theories that are accepted and mainstream and show how deities have influenced our everyday lives.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Focus on the Family

First off, I hope everyone is enjoying their new year.  This is my first post of 2012 and I hope you enjoy just as much as I did.

So here it is.  I'm watching the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the New England Patriots & Denver Broncos enjoying the sight of the almighty Tim Tebow getting knocked down a few pegs from his heavenly high pedestal and CBS goes to a commercial break as there was a timeout in the action (more than likely a change in possession from the number of touchdowns that Brady threw).  During the commercial break my children were playing upstairs and my wife was in the living room with me not paying attention to the game.  She was playing on her computer with her headphones on giggling to some YouTube video or something.

Remember, the Denver Broncos are playing in this game who's quarterback is none other than Tim Tebow, God's personal messenger and advocate for Focus on the Family, a Christian based group that is anti-gay, pro-life and anything in the Bible, with the exception of piercing of ears and cutting of hair because their founder looks very clean cut.  Anyway, on comes this 30 second spot that has a "Children of the Corn" type of feel to it.  These children start reciting John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." After screaming obscenities at my television, during a commercial nonetheless not the game, I startle my wife who is sitting idly in her chair who lectures me not to scream so loud unless there is something really important.  I let it slide for a little while and then I share with her the very link above that I shared with you, my dear readers, and I find her screaming to her computer the same as I was to my television, minus the obscenities (only because the children were in the room now).  

This commercial is wrong for two primary reasons (I can list others, but I'm sticking with two); 1) Religion brainwashes children and this publicizes this practice and 2) humans DO NOT need religion to be good or to raise a family.  First I will make the argument for the brainwashing.  We sit and tell our children that the Boogey Man, vampires, werewolves and monsters are not real but Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are.  Society picks and chooses what lies are okay to tell for the best of commercialization (Read about Valentine's Day and its origins, you'll be surprised).  On the other hand, society tells these very same children that they better believe in Jesus, God and Satan or they will be tormented forever in the bowels of Hell.  Jesus is the adult's Santa and Satan is no more of a threat than the Boogey Man.  The only argument presented to this idea is that the Bible says so.  Contrary to popular belief, the Bible was written by man, not by the hand of god.  There is no evidence for an almighty, omnipotent, omniscient being for faith is not evidence. Society has a responsibility to its children to nourish and develop functioning individuals of society and allow them to choose their own faith.  I personally have not belief in a superior being, I believe in the power of science and natural selection that brought about our existence.  Faith is a personal relationship and brainwashing children ruins that.  When they get to the point to start questioning faith and thinking rationally they are tormented with guilt because they are going against all the propaganda that they were force fed through the fictional ancient works.  To address my second reason on why this commercial is bad Focus on the Family stands on the premise that you cannot be good without God.  How can you raise a good American family without Christ in the mix?  Let me tell you, it's easy and there's a lot less burden in doing so.  It is awesome being able to sleep in on a Sunday morning, it is phenomenal being able to teach my children about different philosophical views on life without any dogmatic consequences.  It is an innate human trait to be good.  God does the opposite, I argue that God makes people bad.  Look at how many innocent lives are ended short in the name of God.  Look at all the wars that have been fought throughout history in the name of Allah, Yahweh or Jesus because each side felt that their imaginary friend was better than the others (I would like to point out that there have not been ANY wars fought in the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, RAmen).  Given the opportunity, most people will do the right thing, not because of a superior imaginary friend, but because it is in our DNA to do right, we want to do right because we have that want to build trust among our neighbors.

Back to my story.  My daughter, who will be 10 in a few months, started asking questions, like "what is brainwashed?".  So, I tried to make a friendly analogy for her to try and understand what we were talking about regarding said commercial.  The scenario I presented to her is as follows:

  • Father: "Ok, what would you do if I told you that you could have M&M's only if you prayed to me everyday and if you did not pray to me then you would have to stand in the corner for a week"
  • Daughter: "Well, when you went to work, I would just sneak out of the corner."
  • Father: "Ok, I forgot to mention that there would be chains in the corner preventing you from moving"
  • Daughter: "So there are chains on the wall?"
  • Father: "Yes"
  • Daughter: (after a few seconds of thought) "Well, I would just tell you that I don't need M&M's anymore.  I can live without them."
Hearing her say that made me one happy atheist, but we had to elaborate more to help her understand what she was asking.  She asks a lot of these questions because kids can be cruel at school, especially in the Bible Belt.  We explained how those kids are forced to believe in Christ as their parents do or they will be tormented forever by the eternal flames of Hell.  The advice that we gave her when kids give her a hard time at school is that they are not the ones to judge, as that judgement shall be passed on by their God and that it is their loss that they are letting religion get in the way of a potentially fantastic friendship.  Yes, seeing Tim Tebow's God not show at the game tonight and only have 9 completions (at the time this was written) was great, but it would not top hearing a child of our society stepping into free thought and questioning societal norms.  Focus on the Family, my pagan wife and I are doing just fine without your imaginary friends and myths.  We will accept free thought and science and adventure into learning.