Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hooray for Muppets! Down with Chick-A-Hole

Chick-Fil-A is proving itself to be one of the most corrupted and immoral food franchises out there. Their business practices are two-faced, self serving, and just plain fucked up (and that's putting it mildly).

So earlier this month the president of Chick Fil A, Dan Cathy, decided to make a not-too-thoughtful statement regarding the gay rights debate. Cathy went on the radio asserting:

"[W]e’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about."

Never mind that Cathy doesn't understand the first thing about the history of 'traditional' marriage, he merely represents the populist Christian view that, since the Bible says homosexuality is bad, like most Christians raised on this stunted mentality he simply finds homosexuality "gross." That's the only argument anybody's got--and it's not a very good one if you ask me.

Doubly never mind that Chick-fil-A does not have the right to define what marriage means, traditionally or otherwise. I mean, give me a break! They make chicken for crying out loud.

But it's not beyond the Chick-Fil-A powers that be to support a homophobic agenda masquerading as, what Cathy calls, support of "Christian family values."

Never mind that gay marriage has ZERO impact on Christian families or what values they hold. Two people falling in love, getting married, and living happily ever after... well, that's not exactly going to ruin your day.

But all this only paints Chick-fil-A as a sexist, homophobic, corporation. What makes it immoral and fucked in the head is what followed in the wake of the media fallout over Chick-fil-A's anti-gay statements and position.

Following Chick-fil-A's display of intolerance, the CEO of The Jim Henson Company, Lisa Henson, had the company give their royalty payment from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

This sparked the mental image in millions of Muppets fans of Miss Piggy giving Chick-Fil-A the finger, and telling them exactly what hole to shove their Chick-Fil-A nonsense. Apparently, this gesture of The Jim Henson family and company supporting gay rights, and upholding human rights (big of a Muppet to do) didn't sit well with the powers that be over at Chick-fil-A.

Soon after The Jim Henson Company's denouncing of Chick-fil-A, a sign (see above image) started appearing in Chick-fil-A restaurants which read:

"We apologize for any inconvenience but as of 7/19/2012 Chick-fil-A has voluntarily recalled all of the Jim Henson's Creature Shop Puppet Kids Meal toys due to a possible safety issue. Please be advised that there have not been any cases in which a child has actually been injured, however, there have been some reports of children getting their fingers stuck in the holes of the puppets. We are offering a substitution of a complimentary kids icedream cone in its place until a replacement toy is available. Thank you."

Wow! Talk about two-faced, dishonest, back-handed business practices. Not only were there NO problems at all with any of the Muppet toys, all the various models of them, Chick-fil-A blatantly, unashamedly, concocted a huge-ass LIE!

Apparently, while Chick-fil-A supports "Christian family values," whatever that might mean, it doesn't support any other Christian values, like... NOT lying. A pretty big one as it made the BIG TEN of things, according to Christianity, NOT to do.

"You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." (Exodus 20:16)

So let's review. 
1. Chick-fil-A is anti-gay.
2. Is bigoted (i.e., purports to support Christian values then turns around and ignores those values the first chance it gets).
3. Lies (see #2).
4. Defames rival companies and then tries to make itself look good by covering it up.
5. Also, astonishingly enough, Chick-fil-A is seemingly prejudiced against Muppets.
I mean, seriously, what did the Muppets ever do to Chick-fil-A other than draw countless young and hungry mouths to their store for one of those happy toys? I ask you, wouldn't it have just been easier for Chick-fil-A to honestly state that they recalled the Jim Henson toys as a voluntary choice and left it at that? The truth wasn't hurting Chick-fil-A, after all, they already made their dumbass-anti-gay-intolerance perfectly known. Why the big fat lie on top?

Obviously Chick-fil-A wanted The Jim Henson Company to lose their reputation as being kid friendly. This is a back-handed way of trying to discredit The Jim Henson Company, by saying, they hurt kids. They couldn't simply agree to disagree--no. Rather, Chick-fil-A had to do something about it--so they sought to ruin the reputation of a company they didn't agree with. Not only is that one whopper of a lie, it's defamation too. Chick-fil-A better be careful... and I'm not talking about a defamation lawsuit which they would sorely lose, I'm talking about pissing off Miss Piggy. Because that would be a HUGE mistake.

Now, instead of admitting to any of this back-handed business and seedy--if not outright sinister--behavior, Chick-fil-A is making up cover stories to save their sorry asses. They have even gone as far as to create fake Facebook supporters to make their company look good in light of the recent defamation and intolerance. Talk about classy.

Hey, here's an idea, how about you Chick-fil-A wankers stop defaming innocent people, stop being so goddamn intolerant of others, stop dictating how people ought to live their lives (which is none of your goddamn business), and stop lying about your immoral behavior. Yeah, how about not being assholes all of the time and just try to... here's an idea... keep to your so-called "Christian" word and try to emulate the love of Christ? If that's too hard for you, and apparently it is, why not simply try to be good, for goodness' sake?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Over 200,000 Page Views!


The Advocatus Atheist has now received over 200,000 page views! 

That's a lot. My first reaction was, literally, "Are you kidding me?"

Especially considering that I'm nobody all that special. Who cares what I have to say? I'm just some guy who blogs about religion, philosophy, science and stuff. But hey, I'll take it as a compliment. Heck, I'll even take all the trivial views I get for posting hot lesbians kissing. Why not?  After all, all is fair in love and blogging. Or is that the love of blogging? 

Anyway, I truly appreciate the interest in this blog and the continued readership--even as my blogging has fallen off as of late. I have novels to write and deadlines to meet, but I haven't thrown in the towel. Not by a long shot. As long as their are religious wackos, crazies, and brain-dead morons out there... this blog will have a voice. So thank you for your support and here's to the next 100,000!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pic of the Day: Marriage Equality

I just love this picture. I love the message. I love the sentiment. I love the aesthetic beauty of two beautiful people kissing--let alone two attractive women. But it could be two attractive men too, I wouldn't care. It's just a beautiful picture. I love the muted background and the vibrant focus on the central colors, and themes. Just thought I'd share it with you all. I just found it lovely, that is all.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thought of the Day: On Giving Thanks to God

Like most religious experience, which is largely emotion based, it seems that many religious adherents equate grand uplifting emotional responses, such as that of being healed by a medical professional, as a religious experience. At least, it would appear that their response to the emotions they experience is what triggers them to equate those emotional experiences as spiritual--or as related to God. Thus they thank God for healing them instead of their doctor--just to cite one example of this.

It's what little children do. For example, when my daughter gets help from somebody, but she's only 2 and 1/2 and doesn't know the person's name or who they are who has helped her, and when I ask her who helped her... she makes up an answer and says something like, "It was grandma."

She's not intentionally lying--she merely equates the emotional response of being helped by an older person to the same thing she recognizes as the feeling she had when her grandma helped her in the same way at some previous time. Also, she lacks the language skills to articulate the situation and relay the information, it was a stranger that helped me.

When she matures, mentally and emotionally, she'll be able to recognize the person who helps her and thank them directly.

In a way, I perceive the thankfulness toward God not as an obligatory form of veneration but rather a stunted social understanding of one's emotional responses with a limited ability to express one's gratitude and respect to those who have helped them. Like my daughter, they simply attribute the emotional response they feel to a figure head--in this case God--rather than to the actual person responsible for triggering that emotional reaction by doing something such as helping them.

It also explains that when called on their giving thanks to the wrong person they, usually, take offense that anyone would have the audacity to point out their mistake. Why? Because in their mind it's not a mistake. Just like in my daughter's 2 year old mind it's not a fib. It's simply what she feels. While it may not diminish her feelings, which are genuine, it doesn't make her attribution correct either. My daughter is wrong to suppose help always comes from Grandma just as religious people are wrong to assume help always comes from God.

Sometimes, we simply have to learn how to thank those who help us for helping us--God has nothing to do with it. Becoming an atheist has taught me to be grateful for others in a way I took for granted when I was religious.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pity the Atheist? Why not Pity the Christian Instead?

Why should we pity atheists again? According to the Covenant United Methodist Church it is because they [atheists] are unburdened by the unlawful demand to give mandatory homage and venerate a megalomaniacal deity who doomed his own son to death and forced everyone to be grateful for his doing so.

How is not having to submit to such a ridiculous, unfair, and immoral proposition a pity?

I pity the Christian who thinks that their God is "love" and that Jesus' sacrifice meant anything let alone was actually a good thing. Twisting evil things to mean good things, and sanguinary acts to be righteous is merely a distortion of terminology--it's a type of semantic trickery meant to dupe the weak minded.

John 3:16 is a perfect example of this backwards, irrational, type of thought.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

What word play! In actuality (according to the context of God's divine plan) it should read:

"For God was so indifferent to the sanctity of life that he first damned all life and then divined a plan to forsake his own Son's life, and thereby, in treacherous scheming, shed his son's blood so all those who God had previously damned might worship him for the price of their eternal salvation through vicarious redemptive blackmail... or else perish."

Not all that loving or moral of a plan when you stop to actually think about it.

At best, the Christian faces the unfair Catch-22 of not being allowed any other option but to worship God and obey God's obligatory call to love him (and only him--he is a jealous God, after all) because he so "loved" the world first. 

Except, by God's acts, we know that he did not love the world in totality. He first damned the sons and daughters of the world and then called it his love that he might blackmail his followers into worshiping him for the price of their souls. Worship me, says God, and get your soul back. Refuse, and spend eternity in hell, where you will be going anyway, if you fail to worship me in the first place.

But why would the failure to worship God result in our inevitable doom? Because we are damned. Who damned us? God did! Unlike Allah, the Muslim God, the Christian God was incapable of Original Forgiveness. He was only powerful and intelligent enough to devise Original Sin, and after that, God's divine plan, if one could even call it that (seeing as how limited it is), regressed back to a primitive form of barbaric Bronze Age blood sacrifice. Original Forgiveness, apparently, was just too impossible a concept for the Christian God.

Perhaps worse still, is the Christian is forced to sin, otherwise the blackmail has no legitimate meaning, since it only works against so-called "sinners." Which is the reason why God damned everyone with the curse of ancestral sin from the beginning. It's not enough that Adam and Eve were punished for their sins, but you'll be punished for their sins as well. 

Anyone with a 21st century understanding of ethics will tell you how morally bankrupt it is to hold the entire race accountable for the crimes of just a few. We don't hold all Germans accountable for Hitler's Holocaust. Why would we hold all of humanity accountable for the crimes of illiterate teenagers at the dawn of civilization? (This is granting that the story of Adam and Eve is an accurate account of Original Sin--I do not believe it is at all a literal account, much less historically viable, but Christians deem it so, so on their word the question of God's so-called love hinges, once again, assuming God exists anything like the Christian conceptualization. I think not, but for the sake of argument, and to show the invalidity of Christianity, we must look at the feebleness, contradictions, and irrational platitudes of the whole theology, as if Christianity actually had a leg to stand on. By knocking those legs out from under it, we demonstrate that it is not legitimate--and instead all one is left with is a house of cards collapsed in on itself). The fact is, Original Sin, and the sacrifice required to cleanse us of it, is an immoral proposition to begin with--and anyone who thinks otherwise simply hasn't thought it through.

By using our natural conscience against us, God uses our feeling of guiltiness to convince us of our wrong doing(s)--to convince us that there is no hope without proper redemption. What God apparently forgot to realize is that a truly corrupt and sinful being wouldn't have any inkling of goodness to feel remorse or guilt in the first place. Only a inherently moral creature could be so inclined. Thus God's ultimate plan is to ruin and enslave the human race to his malicious will, not actually help us to flourish or realize our true moral potential.

That's not a God any thinking, rational, or compassionate human being would ever desire to worship. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Simple Answer to Why so Many Christians Sin

This explains why so many Christians are habitual sinners, wrong doers, busybodies, and just generally  self-righteous holier than thou types--if they weren't doing their best to be bad then their loving vicarious redeemer Jesus would have died been murdered by his own father for no good reason. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Bucket List

It's a dark and morbid idiom--the bucket list. To "kick-the-bucket" literally means to die, so the infamous "bucket-list" is a list of things one wants to see, do, or accomplish before they "kick-the-bucket" and are gone for good.

In other words, it's a colloquial way of saying I have certain *goals I want to accomplish before I go. Here are mine, in no particular order.

1. Write 50 novels and/or nonfiction books.
2. Sell the movie rights to at least one of my novels.
3. Pay for my daughter's education up through college (no exceptions)
4. Build the Battlestar Galactica out of Legos.
5. Write an episode of Dr. Who which actually gets made (even though I am an American)
6. Do a Halo jump (because bungee jumping is for kidz).
7. Kiss or get kissed by Karen Gillan (Amy Pond from Dr. Who)
8. Help my wife kiss or get kissed by Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester from Supernatural)
9. Write a teleplay for an ongoing hit TV series.
10. Take a vacation with my family to Italy and Spain.
11. Visit the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.
12. Ride a dolphin

There are more things I'd really like to accomplish in life besides, well, you know, the above--but these are just the ones which would help me feel that I accomplished something in my life. Notice that most of them are purely selfish and in no way help anybody else. Except for, you know paying for my daughters education.

Maybe entertaining people with my writing is a good in and of itself. Putting a smile on peoples faces--may be one small good I can contribute during my time here, especially since I won't likely be finding the cure for cancer or anything like that.

Also, I kept my list practical. I want to be able to do these things. Having unrealistic goals merely means you will be disappointing by the fact that you set yourself up for an inevitable failure. People who say they want to visit all the countries in the world... well good luck to them if they really want to do that. But it's much more practical to pick your favorite countries and try to get there before tackling the whole planet.

Of course, the bucket list can change as my priorities change. We will see. So what's your bucket list?

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