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Zoo Lion Kills Man Who Invokes Gods


Give Me That Old Time Religion, Give Me That Old Time Religion, Give Me That Old Time Religion, Cause It’s Good Enough For Me!

A MAN shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal’s enclosure, a zoo official said on today.

“A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery.”

The incident, yesterday evening when the zoo was packed with visitors, was the first of its kind at the attraction. Lions and tigers are kept in an “animal island” protected by thick concrete blocks. (The Australian).

A Problem With Daniel
by Peter Murphy

The Book of Daniel is regarded as prophetic among Christian circles because of its implied references to the messiah. In the Christian Old Testament it is placed following Ezekiel in order to make Daniel look like one of the great prophets of old. On the other hand in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) the Book of Daniel is placed among the least inspired books and there is no Daniel listed as a Major or Minor Prophet.

Irrespective of this difference the problems with the Book of Daniel historically are legion. This essay will address merely one moral problem. The question of just how loyal was this Daniel to YHWH. It is important to start at the beginning.

In chapter 1 Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon selected Daniel, to be trained in Babylonian literature and language. In chapter 2, during the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Daniel interprets a dream of the king and is made as a reward the ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over the wise men. Daniel, recognizing the need for assistants, appoints Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to deal with the administration of the province, while Daniel remained at Nebuchadnezzar’s court. This last item is very important to the point of this essay.

In chapter 3 Nebuchadnezzar raises a gold statue of approximately 90 feet in his own honor and decreed that all his subjects worship it. Nebuchadnezzar also decreed that any who would not worship his statue were to be thrown into a furnace. It must be conceded that Daniel, who was at Nebuchadnezzar’s court, knew about this statue and decree.

Chapter 3 tells us what happened next. In verses 7-12 we are told that certain men disobeyed the decree and charges were brought against them. According to the text they were the only ones who disobeyed the decree. The three accused were the men Daniel had appointed to deal with the administration of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. These three men are arrested and brought before Nebuchadnezzar, who threw them into his furnace. Anyway, to make a long story short an angel shows up to keep the men company and they are rescued and the king admits their god is the real god.

What is missing is where was Daniel while this was going on? According to chapter 2 Daniel was at Nebuchadnezzar’s court, as such he would have been one of those who bowed down to the golden image — if not, then why was he not accused along with his deputies! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are the ones who put their lives on the line for their beliefs; Daniel is nowhere to be seen. If he was at court, as chapter 2 maintains, then he must have bowed and worshipped the image because he did not get in trouble. And if he was an idol worshipper, as he must be, then what kind of prophet was he!

Once again the Christian belief in Daniel being a real person and a prophet falls apart just by a simple critical reading of this furnace affair.

You can visit the author’s MSN group at DEISM: belief in God without the baggage or Rev Peter’s Reading Room (yahoo group).

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A Christian Baptism brings on Good Fortune

Haven’t You Heard The Ol’ Wives Tale or Superstitution?
Having a Bird Poop on ya is a Sign of Good Luck!
Yes Jesus Loves Me, Yes Jesus Loves Me, Yes Jesus Loves Me,
For The Bible Tells Me So…

Thank you News Mutiny and Topless Girl!

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Atheists Should Be More Moderate and Less Extreme

I just read a funny article “How Moderate Should Atheists Be? How Should Atheists Be Less Extreme?”

Many religious theists would like atheists to be more “moderate” in their criticisms of religion, religious beliefs, and theism. They contend that atheists are too intolerant of religion and should show more respect to religious beliefs.

And, I have been told quite often — answer with the very first thing which came to mind, because it is normally the correct answer. So here goes my first thoughts to the answer of this question….

“How Moderate Should Atheists Be….lol” How about as moderate as your everyday normal religious crackpot person. You know the ones that knock and bang loudly on the door each Saturday morning with their Watch Tower in hand and big black Bible in the other.

Or maybe they should be as moderate as the normal everyday person standing on the corner screaming and yelling scriptures and condemning you and everyone else within their earshot to a everlasting eternal fiery Hell.

How about this though, Atheists getting a satellite and cable network station – instead of TBN it would be named ABN ‘Atheist Broadcast Network’.

And, they could have two week long marathons preaching No God and collecting No Money for your entry into Heaven.

(keep reading this wonderful article at How Moderate and Tolerate should an Atheist be?) I really enjoyed the comment from Austine Cline —

It seems to me that demands for atheists to be more “moderate” are ultimately demands for atheists to self-censor and not bring up uncomfortable arguments, facts, and ideas which conflict with religion’s long hold on people’s minds.

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People with Higher IQs less likely to believe in God

according to Telegraph.co.uk

A survey of Royal Society fellows found that only 3.3 per cent believed in God – at a time when 68.5 per cent of the general UK population described themselves as believers.

A separate poll in the 90s found only seven per cent of members of the American National Academy of Sciences believed in God.

Professor Lynn said most primary school children believed in God, but as they entered adolescence – and their intelligence increased – many started to have doubts.

He told Times Higher Education magazine: “Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ.  Academics have higher IQs than the general population. Several Gallup poll studies of the general population have shown that those with higher IQs tend not to believe in God.”

He said religious belief had declined across 137 developed nations in the 20th century at the same time as people became more intelligent.

full article at Intelligent people ‘less likely to believe in God’.

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No Atheists In Foxholes

Someone just dropped this off by my house for me to read.

Editorial Reviews

Experience gripping wartime stories and honest prayers by this Camp David chaplain now serving in Iraq. When words mean less and less, but money talks more and more; when blasphemy is a best seller, and eternal war has replaced hopeful diplomacy; in times like these is prayer even possible? Patrick J. McLaughlin thinks so. McLaughlin is an active duty Navy Chaplain who has ministered to heads of state and to soldiers living and dying in the heat of Iraq.

No Atheists in Foxholes assembles Chaplain McLaughlin’s experiences and prayers from e-mails, private notes, and personal conversations that take us real-time into realms of duty and spirit: from the quiet darkness of his infant son’s New England bedroom on September 11, 2001, to the bomshelled medical tents and blistered Army Humvees of Anbar Province. Chaplain McLaughlin believes that prayer is not only possible, but critical. “We must all learn to pray for peace,” he says, “and then become an answer to that prayer.”

I’ve only scanned the book and focused on a few small parts.  However, my friend found it – a bit disdaining based on the lack of respect given to the Atheists who have fought for our country.  Little attention was given to the Atheist who went in the foxhole as an Atheist and came out the same – an atheist.  Meaning everyone in a time of crisis or fear does not turn to a God.

Like I said I’ve not read the book I’ve only had it in my possession a few minutes, but hopefully it will prove itself a good read.

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Atheism as a cover for racism

I found this over at euraktiva’s blog.

The question proposed — Is this a part of a growing phenomenon — Religion being used a subtle code for race?

Islamophobia Watch – Home – Atheism as a cover for racism.

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What Should You Do If You Find an Atheist

Is this really what Christians want to teach their children?

I’m just asking, because I find this not only scary but disturbing, it doesn’t make a lick of sense to me.

OBJECTIVE Ministries (what a name, huh) targets young children.

Their goal and their mission, from the looks of it is too terrorize preschool children.
However this is how it reads:

Welcome to OBJECTIVE: Ministries! We offer a range of Christian educational and activist campaigns — or OBJECTIVES as we like to call them. A list of our OBJECTIVES can be found to the left. To learn what’s going on at our site, click the Site News tab above. You can return to this page at any time by clicking either our masthead or the Front Page tab on the left of any of our sub-pages.
Thank you for visiting and God bless,
OBJECTIVE: Ministries Web Team!

They even teach the kids all about cults – wow – that’s much needed knowledge for 4 and 5 year olds.

OBJECTIVE Ministries, has lots of fun and games for the little boys and girls. And, I just love “Lambuel who is a lamb devoted to God and knows that Jesus loves him a whole bunch! Go to the web page and hover over Lambruel, he doesn’t baa like a little cuddly sheep he sounds like a trained soldier in the world of conquer and hate.  Objective: 4 Kiz with Lambuel!

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