Friday, October 26, 2012

FYI....

I'll let this link speak for itself as a news item longtime readers will want to be aware of, and which I only discovered this week.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tube Boobs v. 10.0

Two comments made by two different fundy atheists on Thursday, over on TektonTV, are most enlightening when placed in opposition.

One, by one “johnnythesailorman,” was on my vid NoSCo’s Bogus Journey, which was a response to NonStampCollector’s mishandling of the Sermon on the Mount. My answers for this, as you may expect, came from scholarly sources like Keener’s Matthew commentary. Johnny’s comment was too laced with profanity for me to actually print here, but I’ll rephrase it: “This video is full of excrement. But Christians have their heads so far up their gluteals that they won’t notice.”

The other comment was “on” my vid The Tale of Jephthah. I put “on” in quotes because it wasn’t a comment on the vid itself. Rather, it is a comment on a comment of mine. A prior fundy atheist , Chuck Pike, has posted:

I just love it when Christians try to defend child murder.Just disgusting!!

I replied:

I just love it when fundy atheists and morons whine instead of answering the argument -- and also fail to notice that by my reckoning, no one was killed. Just disturbing!!

The second fundy atheist, one “txfreethinker”, replied to that:

"Moron"? Really, tektontv?? You're going to resort to insults? A Christian friend of mine just recommended this video for me to watch and spoke very highly of you. But, my respect for you has just taken a nose-dive.

Oh dear. How rational.

I asked “txfreethinker” a number of questions he thereafter refused to answer, such as: What about putting your house in order with atheists who use even worse language (like Johnny)? Why wasn’t Chuck’s comment actually moronic? And so on. It became quickly clear that his complaint was no more than an excuse to simply brush off the detailed arguments in the vid itself.

Two of my regular views captured the matter accurately:

Dante Ting:  Ironically, non-Christians always accuse us Christians of having a "holier-than-thou" attitude to the point of being obnoxious, and when we are demonstrably not having such a "holier-than-thou" attitude, people like you complain. What, is this some kind of double standards here? That we're somehow expected to be perpetually polite just because you people perceive Christianity to be a religion about being nice people? LOL

Ukchristian28: I used to argue with a guy who felt he could be extremely insulting towards me. But when I was slightly sarcastic in return he accused me of being a hypocrite. As he saw it he didn't live by the standards of the Bible so being nasty and insulting wasn't hypocritical for him, but it was hypocritical for me because I live by those standards. Lol, he wanted a a Christian punching bag who wouldn't hit him back.

Precisely – although I’ve used the analogy of a rapist wanting a victim who just lays back and takes it, too.

In the end, no atheist can make such complaints without engaging in rampant hypocrisy. Their house is very dirty right now thanks to Sam Harris, Richard, Dawkins, and so many others – especially on YouTube.

I’ll close this week’s entry with this remark from a reader:

…a big screwball nominee to XAtheistX who got a cheap little dig in on Marshall on his post about his father's death yesterday:

"I'm very sorry for your loss. This is something I as an atheist am never sure what to say to someone who has lost someone. Obviously there is no heaven to go to but all I can say is I'm sorry for your loss and I can understand your pain.

I understand the need to believe in something after death so you can be with loved ones but it makes no sense. Why believe it if it's not true? Why can't people just accept the fact of death and loss and leave it at that? Why does the human species have to make up stories to comfort us?

Given the circumstances you don't have to answer now but when you're ready I wouldn't mind discussing it."

A screwball indeed. This is the atheist version of a Chick tract wielding fundy who starts his evangelism by telling you you’re going to hell – and it’s just as tactless.

Friday, October 12, 2012

If I Could Save Time: A Personal Memoir

My pleasure-reading cycle has brought me again to an old favorite: Harry Turtledove's Guns of the South, a somewhat corny-in-concept story about how a group of South African apartheid fanatics from 2013 bring AK-47s back to 1864 to help the South win the Civil War. Inevitably, any time I read Turtledove, I begin to consider what I'd do with a time machine and it actually worked as it should (which, based on time-travel theory, it probably would not, as I want it to; but that's another story).

The answer: I'd send my prior self in the late 1980s all of my articles, as well as all of Glenn Miller's articles from the ThinkTank, and strangle a lot of the current contrary material out there in its cradle. I'd be there the fastest with the mostest when the Internet came to its own. Infidels.org and all the rest would be outdated and on the defensive more so than they are now, from the very start.

There'd be problems, too, of course. I'd have to figure out a way to give references for factual material and claims from books that were published from the late 80s on. In Turtledove's novel, the Confederates discover a cache of books from the future, but General Lee -- who becomes the Confederate President in this version -- is duly cautious about how and when to use the knowledge those books give him; using the knowledge, particularly, without revealing where he got it.

There's also the technology issue. Sending myself a thumb drive or a notebook with all the articles wouldn't work. I'd likely need a whole lot of the (now) old-fashioned A-drive disks. My current Dell doesn't have such a drive, but I still have the older Dell which does.

There'd be personal issues to consider too. My beloved Mrs H -- who at the time I was engaged to -- would probably find it all hard to believe, but she's a smart, sensible woman who would accept it with enough evidence and do her best to help me out. A couple of other people I knew at the time would accept it, too; but most of the ministry-associated people I know now, I did not know then. 

I'm having some fun meandering here, but there's (always) a serious point. Time is a non-renewable resource, and it is one I'm particularly sensitive to. Mrs H will tell you that I have a lot of time-related things down pat -- I can figure out, by instinct alone, exactly when we should leave to get from Point A to Point B by a certain time. 

Having recently met other members of the Holding family I once did not know, I'm also now aware that if I stay reasonably healthy, I'll likely live into my 90s. One aunt of mine in her mid-80s survived cancer and lives on her own very well. An uncle I met in Texas died just recently, but he was in his 90s and had no serious health problems other than needing a cane to walk. His mind was as sharp as it was when he was a young man (when he was a sharpshooter in the Pacific war), and he did not have a gradual decline as some do before he died. 

Based on family history, I probably have a lot of time left available to me. But I still consider every moment a gift to be used to best advantage for the greater good.

So there you go. That's one of my driving forces. Jim Croce had the right idea about saving time in a bottle, though I'd use it for a lot more than he imagined.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Join ASPCFA!

My muse is a little worn this week, so I'll use this week's Forge entry to feature a vid I just loaded against the YouTube censorship crybabies: