Category: Christian

NSS raises Vatican’s defiance of abuse inquiry with Foreign Office

The National Secular Society has urged the government to hold the Vatican accountable over its continued failure to cooperate with a British public inquiry on child abuse.

The NSS has written to Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmad over the issue after revelations at the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) this week.

Counsel to the inquiry Jacqueline Carey said the Vatican had refused to supply written evidence or send witnesses about clerical misconduct in advance of hearings in October, despite a request to do so.

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It’s easy to make fun of Christians for being stupid, but is it a genuine concern? 

While all Christians are not fools, and there are many, many stupid atheists, there have been many studies to demonstrate that a main difference between religious people and atheists is critical and analytical thinking. 

A Yale professor and psychologist Shane Frederick proposed a three-question test (none of which are religious in nature) in 2005 which he believed could predict whether or not you were religious with a high degree of accuracy. As you might have predicted, it’s a test that pits thinking skills against intuition.

Despite the professor’s stated refusal to draw a conclusion “on long-standing debates about the intrinsic value or rationality of religious beliefs…or about the relative merits of analytic and intuitive thinking in promoting optimal decision making”, if you can use those critical thinking skills he’s just unmasked, you can probably work out what it means. 

This is not new information. In 180 AD (!), the philosophy Celsus pointed out that not only are Christians more likely to be stupid, but that their religion more or less demands that of them in their Scripture. 

Ceremonial ashes burn 73 Redditch pupils at Mass

At least 73 pupils at a Catholic school have suffered forehead burns from ceremonial ashes applied during Mass.

St Augustine’s Catholic High, in Redditch, said 16 members of staff and the chair of governors were also affected by the Ash Wednesday Mass.

First aid was provided and some parents took their children to emergency hospital departments.

The school said it was “dismayed” and was investigating what happened during Mass.

A priest was drawing ash crosses on pupils in year nine and 11 when some of them began complaining of discomfort.

The ashes were being analysed by external experts, the school said.

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Ceremonial ashes burn 73 Redditch pupils at Mass

At least 73 pupils at a Catholic school have suffered forehead burns from ceremonial ashes applied during Mass.

St Augustine’s Catholic High, in Redditch, said 16 members of staff and the chair of governors were also affected by the Ash Wednesday Mass.

First aid was provided and some parents took their children to emergency hospital departments.

The school said it was “dismayed” and was investigating what happened during Mass.

A priest was drawing ash crosses on pupils in year nine and 11 when some of them began complaining of discomfort.

The ashes were being analysed by external experts, the school said.

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I was sent a youtube video by a Christian preacher who does his witnessing on youtube. I’m guessing it was a mass message, sent to as many tumblr atheists as he could find? 

I’m not naming or linking, but he wanted a response, so:

Mate, I have no interest in giving you free advertising. I watched your video and found it really annoying listening. Stop smacking your lips against the mic. Maybe also stop cracking thunder every time you quote God. Some people, myself for example, have hearing issues and such things make it really hard to process what the hell is going on. 

Other than that? Same ol, same ol. Nothing new or interesting. 

~M

I was sent a youtube video by a Christian preacher who does his witnessing on youtube. I’m guessing it was a mass message, sent to as many tumblr atheists as he could find? 

I’m not naming or linking, but he wanted a response, so:

Mate, I have no interest in giving you free advertising. I watched your video and found it really annoying listening. Stop smacking your lips against the mic. Maybe also stop cracking thunder every time you quote God. Some people, myself for example, have hearing issues and such things make it really hard to process what the hell is going on. 

Other than that? Same ol, same ol. Nothing new or interesting. 

~M

I do not hate your “god”.

Chances are, I am not even aware of your specific god.

Even if you’re a ‘Christian’ chances are the “god” you believe in and the god your ‘Christian’ neighbor believes in is not the same.

Yes, I know about a lot of different religions and a lot of different gods(goddesses as well), but with so many different religions, sects, interpretations, and individualized understandings~ its just not possible for me to be aware of every god that every theist believes in.

So no, I don’t hate your god. I’m not angry at your god.

I might be angry at the way some people use the concept of theism in order to do/justify harm.

I might be upset at the way certain churches systematically oppress large groups of people(from gender to race to beliefs).

But no, I have never hated your god.

I have never had A N Y feelings about any god, and I never will.

I simply don’t think they exists (no, not even yours).

Its hard to have emotions towards something you think is nonexistant…

This is so important for both minority religions and secular/irreligious idividuals.

Can you imagine how hard it is to explain a holiday when you dont have a holy book to back it?

Why should my celebration of earth day be less important than a Christians celebration of Easter?

(and before anyone says it, I would happily go in on easter and other christian holidays that I dont celebrate if I got the same time off for the holidays I do celebrate~ so please dont use the “why dont you go in then”- I would.)

Dear certain anti-theists and christians

Just because other religions, say muslims(because this is ALWAYS the one I see) oppress women, doesnt mean that christians or other religions arent oppressive.

If someone is talking about a religion being oppressive you dont hit with that “oh I think you mean Muslims”. No, they were talking about the bible. Literal quotes from the bible. Argue those if youre gonna argue dont tattle on someone else.

What is this third grade???? “Susie hits people” “oh I think you mean micheal, he hit someone last week” “no actually susie hit me—” “nope. Definitely micheal. Talk about how micheal hits people”.