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August 29 2013

surveyork
09:20

If you were to travel back in time 4,000 years and speak with a devoutly religious Egyptian, what would you tell him about the future? How would you explain that his immortal and all-powerful gods would be murdered by the mortal and simply human Romans? How would you communicate that this Egyptian’s lost loved ones would never be resurrected? Would you tell him that there are people in your time who actually believe that his ancestors are in eternal torment for not believing in a religion that didn’t exist yet?

No matter how soft spoken, logical or respectful your message is, how can it not be offensive? Would any evidence you bring to the discussion matter? What would the response be? An acceptance? A disagreement? A stone against your head? Quite possibly the latter, especially if this Egyptian was supported, financed and held a high position of authority within the religious hierarchy. Not only would you be denying his dreams of immortality, stating that his devotion and the devotion of his ancestors were all for naught, you’d be taking away his livelihood if he were to accept it.

July 21 2013

surveyork
22:03
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Wednesday, "The insolent and impudent act by the young couple who insulted Islam showed that freedom of expression and irresponsible opinion can jeopardise the community," according to The Star.

May 25 2013

surveyork
15:16

One of the suspected killers who attempted to behead and disembowel a young soldier in the horrific Woolwich attack had listened to the preachings of a radical Muslim cleric banned from Britain over extremist activities, including alleged links to al-Qa’ida, The Independent has learnt.

The cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed has been secretly filmed stating that decapitation of the enemies of Islam was permitted. Today, in comments met with outrage, he told The Independent that he could understand the feeling of rage that had motivated the attackers and that what they had done could be justified under certain interpretations of Islam.

surveyork
15:06
Although defenders of religion like to portray faith as a source of peace and fellowship, and condemn those who commit atrocities in its name as untrue believers, the daily news media show how far this is from being invariably true. In fact, the relentless drip of bad news about religion-prompted violence in the world shows that the more zealous people are in their religious beliefs, the more likely they are to behave in non-rational, antisocial or violent ways.
Woolwich: Dogma will always lead to murder. In the end, scepticism is the only answer - Comment - Voices - The Independent
surveyork
13:30
  • An Orthodox Jewish plane passenger was seen wrapped in a plastic bag during a flight
  • It was believed the man is a Kohein, a religious descendant of the priests of ancient Israel, who are banned from flying over cemeteries
  • surveyork
    13:20

    SCORES of believers are flocking to a makeshift shrine – to worship an AUBERGINE that looks like a Hindu god.

    Religious followers believe the divine vegetable is the reincarnation of multi-armed elephant deity Ganesh.

    May 18 2013

    surveyork
    07:54

    May 15 2013

    surveyork
    06:40

    May 14 2013

    surveyork
    04:34

    May 13 2013

    surveyork
    18:49
    Dubai is being promoted as a luxury high-class paradise in the desert, but the reality is brutally different, as Australian Alicia Gali discovered. Gali took a job in the UAE with one of the world’s biggest hotel chains, Starwood. What happened next makes this story a must-watch for every Australian planning on travelling through the region.

    Gali was using her laptop in the hotel’s staff bar when her drink was spiked. She awoke to a nightmare beyond belief: she had been savagely raped by three of her colleagues. Alone and frightened, she took herself to hospital. What Alicia didn’t know is that under the UAE’s strict sharia laws, if the perpetrator does not confess, a rape cannot be convicted without four adult Muslim male witnesses. She was charged with having illicit sex outside marriage, and thrown in a filthy jail cell for eight months.

    May 08 2013

    surveyork
    00:04
    By opposing Plan B, conservatives show they are willing to sacrifice women, teens and pre-teens on the altar of patriarchy and religion.

    May 07 2013

    surveyork
    22:49
    DHAKA, Bangladesh — Violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday as Islamist fundamentalists demanding passage of an anti-blasphemy law clashed with security forces, leaving a trail of property damage and at least 22 people dead after a second day of unrest.

    April 30 2013

    surveyork
    15:01

    April 29 2013

    surveyork
    13:54

    Why this is important

    The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill introduced into the House of Lords by Baroness Caroline Cox in 2011 aims to tackle the discrimination faced by Muslim women within the Sharia court system. The Bill, which applies to all arbitration tribunals, will firmly outlaw the practice of giving women's testimony half the weight of men's. The Bill's proposals include: * a new criminal offence of 'falsely claiming legal jurisdiction' for any person who adjudicates upon matters which ought to be decided by criminal or family courts. * Explicitly stating in legislation that sex discrimination law applies directly to arbitration tribunal proceedings. Discriminatory rulings may be struck down under the Bill. * Requiring public bodies to inform women that they have fewer legal rights if their marriage is unrecognised by English law. * Explicitly stating on the face of legislation that arbitration tribunals may not deal with matters of family law (such as legally recognised divorce or custody of children) or criminal law (such as domestic violence). * Making it easier for a civil court to set aside a consent order if a mediation settlement agreement or other agreement was reached under duress. * Explicitly stating on the face of legislation that a victim of domestic abuse is a witness to an offence and therefore should be expressly protected from witness intimidation.

    April 28 2013

    surveyork
    12:10

    April 24 2013

    surveyork
    20:56

    I recently found the full text of Michael Pearl’s To Train Up a Child online, in case anyone is interested. I also found some compilations of quotes and basic teachings from both that book and another of the Pearls books, and the transcript for an interview between Anderson Cooper and Michael Pearl. I want to pull all of these things together for those who may be interested.

    First, a selection of quotes and recommendations from To Train Up a Child.

    The Pearls recommend whipping infants only a few months old on their bare skin. They describe whipping their own 4 month old daughter (p.9). They recommend whipping the bare skin of “every child” (p.2) for “Christians and non-Christians” (p.5) and for “every transgression” (p.1). Parents who don’t whip their babies into complete submission are portrayed as indifferent, lazy, careless and neglectful (p.19) and are “creating a Nazi” (p.45).

    Some Michael Pearl Quotes on Child Training

    April 23 2013

    surveyork
    13:53

    A Philadelphia couple — serving 10 years' probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor — has violated their probation now that another of their children has died.

    Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith-healing.

    Reposted bytrivpinkspaider

    April 18 2013

    surveyork
    03:14

    Scientific Errors in the Qur'an

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    This page lists various types of scientific errors in the Qur'an.

    Scientific Errors in the Qur'an - WikiIslam

    April 16 2013

    surveyork
    03:13
    Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No! on Vimeo

    April 15 2013

    surveyork
    23:08
    The vast majority of Biblical historians believe there is evidence sufficient to place Jesus’ existence beyond reasonable doubt. Many believe the New Testament documents alone suffice firmly to establish Jesus as an actual, historical figure. I question these views. In particular, I argue (i) that the three most popular criteria by which various non-miraculous New Testament claims made about Jesus are supposedly corroborated are not sufficient, either singly or jointly, to place his existence beyond reasonable doubt, and (ii) that a prima facie plausible principle concerning how evidence should be assessed – a principle I call the contamination principle – entails that, given the large proportion of uncorroborated miracle claims made about Jesus in the New Testament documents, we should, in the absence of independent evidence for an historical Jesus, remain sceptical about his existence.
    Stephen Law: EVIDENCE, MIRACLES AND THE EXISTENCE OF JESUS
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