How Ironic.

September 29, 2010 on 10:22 am | In Uncategorized | 149 Comments

It seems as though the people that know the most about religion are the ones that do not believe in it. It seems as though there was this study where questions were asked about the world’s religions and people that identified themselves as atheist or agnostic answered the most questions correctly.

Many times I have said that religion thrives because of ignorance. In my opinion there are three reasons that people remain ignorant so that they can keep their religious fantasy: 1) People are to lazy to want to learn. 2) People are dishonest and will not accept the facts that show they are wrong. c) Some people simply are not smart enough to understand the difference between religious hopes and scientific evidence.

Time after time when religious surveys are taken most Americans claim that they believe in a higher power. I would say that this is inaccurate. Most people claim there is a higher power but few people actually believe in a higher power. Why do I say this? Because belief in something without knowledge is a wish.

My religious beliefs were formed by the knowledge I gained on my quest for the truth. The harder I searched the more I learned and the less I believed in a god. Mostly for the comfort of others I claim to be a pantheist. The Universe has always been here in some form (the Big Bang came from something) and will always be here in some form. The Universe holds the answer to every question we simply need to understand what we observe.

Here are several very intelligent people from the past and what they say about religion:
Thomas Jefferson
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being, in the womb of a virgin , will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”
William Howard Taft
“I do not believe in the divinity of Christ , and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.”
Thomas Edison
“Religion is all bunk.”
Sigmund Freud
“Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.”
Jonathan Swift
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false and by the rulers as useful.”
John Adams
“The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.”
David Hume
“The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.”
George Bernard Shaw
“At present there is not a single credible established religion in the world.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
“It is easier to suppose that the universe has existed for all eternity than to conceive a being beyond its limits capable of creating it.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“I believe in god, only I spell it Nature.”
Clarence Darrow
“I don’t believe in god as I don’t believe in Mother Goose.”
Andrew Carnegie
“I don’t believe in god. I believe in patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life.”
B.F. Skinner
“I do not believe in god, so I am not afraid of dying.”
Ernest Hemingway
“All thinking men are atheists.”
Joseph Heller
“How much reverence can you have for a supreme being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlem and tooth decay in his divine system of creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatological mind of his when he robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements?”
Carl Sagan
“An agnostic is somebody who doesn’t believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I’m an agnostic.”
John Lennon
“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”
Albert Einstein
I believe in Spinoza’s god who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of all that exists, not in the god who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”
“The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.”
“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.”

These are some highly respected people because of their intelligence and ability to accept what they find as truth. People can argue with what this survey means but I believe all of the great men listed above would agree with me in saying the more informed a person is the less likely they would be to accept a god.

September 20, 2010 on 3:48 pm | In Uncategorized | 67 Comments

This weekend I attended a listener appreciation party that Real Radio 104.1 (Orlando) put on in Daytona Beach. There is no way I was going to pay money to stay in hotel that is that close to my house but I did want to go so I bought a one day pass for Saturday. Friday night was free so I was certainly going to go to that.

I was able to meet some of the on air people that do the various shows and I must say I was amazed at how pleasant they all were. I was able to talk with the guys from the Buckethead show that is on 11-1 every day. I e-mail their show frequently and I wanted to put faces with all of their names but I also thought it was important for them to see me. I think my e-mails mean more if they have met me.

I met a very nice lady that was also there alone and we got to talking about all sorts of things. Strangely enough we share a lot of common beliefs. I took her out to dinner and later that night she asked me if I wanted to just stay the night in her room. I hope I get to see her again but I suspect she will not contact me.

Friday evening as we were going out to dinner Jana Banana from the Philips Phile was going into the hotel to check in. I introduced myself and hugged her as I told her that she is one of my heroes. She is because she is a very special person. As a teenager she was in an auto accident that left her in a wheelchair. On air she is full of life and always very cheery. Jana started an acapella group, named Yell, that performed Saturday morning in the hotel restaurant. They were absolutely amazing. Their voices were incredible but the energy they have made the performance very powerful.

Saturday afternoon they put on a boxing match that was broadcast live on Real Radio. I was standing next to the ring close to where they were broadcasting. I had my shirt unbuttoned and the wind blew it open so that my nipple piercings and one tattoo were noticeable. The guys started making fun of me on air and I must say I enjoyed the attention.

The last event that I was interested in watching was Soul Brother Kevin with his band Fine Lady Mustache. I have met SBK a couple of times before and he is a really nice person. His band is pretty darned good as well. I was disappointed as they cut his set short. He was only able to perform about half of their songs. I do not understand the reasoning behind this. The weekend was to promote the radio station and the on air personalities. Why they cut SBK’s time to allow some no name band that is not affiliated with the station is beyond me.

All in all I think they put on a terrific weekend of events and the opportunity to meet and talk with all of the people that put on the shows was a really great opportunity that makes listening to Real Radio more personal.

I’m back from the rally.

September 13, 2010 on 12:50 am | In Uncategorized | 21 Comments

I went to Gainesville yesterday to attend the rally and I am very happy that I did. The turn out was pretty good and I liked seeing the diversity of people. Quite a few old “hippies” showed up, they brought their experience and wisdom with them. Then there was the large group of young people, thankfully they brought their enthusiasm and voices with them. Everyone that I met was very positive about why we were there.

This was not a protest, this was a rally. We were there to show how a peaceful message is the only way to get into the hearts and minds of those that hate. Most of us were in agreement that people have a right to burn what they want. The freedom of religion and the right to free speech are two of our most precious rights. Along with these rights come tremendous responsibilities, we often forget this. When even one of us chooses to recklessly abuse these rights we all risk losing them.

This week I have listened to many different people and heard a lot of different opinions. I am not surprised by the people that have defended the burning of Qurans. I am disappointed in the reasons that they gave for their views. Most people use the actions of those that burn Bibles and American Flags as a tit for tat argument for burning Qurans. Others point to the be-headings and murders of Christians in Islamic countries to show that Quran burning is not that bad.

I say that there is no degree of hate. When one person does wrong, it is wrong, but that does not give another person the right to escalate the situation by perpetrating another wrong. If one side commits an act that is non-violent but it was meant to force the other side into a violent act isn’t the blood on the hands of both sides? I am not sure who said this at the rally but it is something I will remember as long as I live, he said that, It is time to stop thinking in terms of them and us, we are all one people.

Burning books is not Love

September 8, 2010 on 6:09 pm | In Uncategorized | 88 Comments

My thoughts about the Quran Burning Saturday:

I plan on attending the anti-burning rally and my first thought was to take a Bible and burn it in front of the pseudo-Christian Quran burners. After thinking about this for a week I came to the conclusion that combating intolerance with intolerance was not civilized behavior. I still plan on going but I will go to spread my message of Freedom, Acceptance and Love for everyone.

The local police will be stopping people from getting close to the church so I do not expect to get to talk with anyone from this Church but I hope to make an impact on as many people as I can.
It is not my belief that these people do not have the right to burn a Quran. They do and I will fight for their right to do so. However, just because it is their right does not mean that it is correct.

Will the burning of Qurans cause more Muslims to become enemies of America? I cannot answer that. I do know that taking the sacred book of any religion and burning it will have the effect of empowering those that read violence in that book.

We cannot combat violence and intolerance with more violence and intolerance. This type of thinking is what causes wars to be fought. The one guarantee that comes from fighting a war is that we will always be left with another war to be fought.

If we want to tell the world that America and our way of life is better than it is in other countries then we are compelled to show them that this is true. Other countries have violence and hatred we need to show them our Love to win their hearts. Then their minds will soon follow and they will begin to fight just as passionately for their freedom as they do now against us.

Things are looking up.

September 5, 2010 on 8:11 pm | In Uncategorized | 113 Comments

I have met a lot of people from up north that tell me they like it up there because they like the changing of the seasons. I lived up north long enough to know that I hate the cold seasons. My favorite season just started this weekend. Football Season is the most special time of the year.

I especially like college football. When I was a child I knew I would play college football. I wanted to play for Woody Hayes but he stopped coaching before I was old enough so I decided to play for someone other than Ohio State. Of course that was their loss as I went to a small college in West Virginia and played with a great group of guys. We were not very big and we were not very fast but we all had a love for the game and the will to compete. Many of my team mates from yesterday influence my life today and I have not seen any of them in a long time.

One team mate that effected me greatly was a defensive back named Brian. I had only begun to get to know him when he ran through a glass window trying to get to a team meeting on time and died from his injuries. I still cannot think of this without shedding a tear.

Football was an important part of my education and it is something I wish more people could experience. All team sports teach team unity and each individual working together as one but nothing teaches it more than football. Each player must trust the person next to him and the success of the team depends upon every player doing their job. Football also teaches that by taking care of the little things the big things will take care of themselves. I believe this is true for all things in life.

The reason I believe that football is the greatest sport is, it is a total sport. It requires strength, speed, agility and intelligence. Part of the game is strategy and part of the game is physical, mind and body working as one. There are times when one must rely on his speed and times when it is his strength while remaining mentally tough at all times.

The beginning of football season is full of hope and promise. All of the off season workouts give everyone a chance to have a winning season and even those that lose more games than they win still win simply by finishing a difficult task.

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