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Huge statue of Chinese deity covered in sheet

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It is a pretty ugly and tacky statute.

It probably isn’t wise to build such huge religious statutes when you’re a minority religion.

If it were a huge statue of Jesus built by American evangelists, the tone of the New York Times article would have been a lot less neutral and a lot more “stupid xtians keep your religion to yourselves.”

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August 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

Posted in International, Religion

The Hasidim are moving to New Jersey

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And thanks to this article, we now know that they vote for Donald Trump!

Lakewood Township, near the Jersey Shore [which is two-thirds Jewish], voted for Donald J. Trump last year by the largest margin — 50 percentage points over Hillary Clinton — of any New Jersey community.

So the most pro-Trump township in New Jersey is also the most Jewish township in New Jersey.

It’s understandable, however, that not all of their secular neighbors are happy with a sudden influx of Yiddish-speaking weirdly-clothed Trump-voting religious nuts.

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August 2, 2017 at 10:57 am

Posted in Religion

How anti-abortion people are legitimatizing unmarried teenage pregnancy

I’ve written about this topic before, but here’s a New York Times article the clearly demonstrates what’s happening.

An 18-year-old unmarried pregnant girl, the boyfriend who got her pregnant completely out of the picture and not named by the article, attends a small private Christian school, which is shaming her by not allowing her to attend the graduation ceremony.

Sounds reasonable to me considering that pre-marital sex is considered a major sin by Christians. This isn’t public school. Fifty years ago, she probably would have been kicked out. Fifty years ago, good Christian parents wouldn’t have wanted their pregnant unmarried teenage daughter to be seen in public and they would have sent her away somewhere and made her give up the baby for adoption. But no, that’s not what happens today, she continues to go to school with plans to become an unmarried mom, just like some girl from the ghetto.

But this modern leniency is still not enough for the anti-abortion people.

“She made the courageous decision to choose life, and she definitely should not be shamed,” said Kristan Hawkins, the Students for Life president, who tried unsuccessfully to persuade the administrator of Heritage Academy to reverse the decision. “There has got to be a way to treat a young woman who becomes pregnant in a graceful and loving way.”

So acting like a typical ghetto teenager means that she’s labeled as “courageous.” A great way to encourage more teenage sex and more unmarried teenage moms is to laud them for their “courageous” decision to commit the sin of premarital sex and then let nature take its course.

She said she felt that she was being treated more harshly than students who have been suspended for, say, underage drinking and lying about it.

Of course she should be treated more harshly! Drinking alcohol merely violates a secular rule, while premarital sex is considered, by Christians, to be a major sin against God.

Ultimately, and ironically, the actions of anti-abortion people are causing more premarital teenage sex which leads to more pregnancies and more abortions.

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May 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

Why do disbelievers in evolution read HBD blogs?

If you’re going to believe the fairytale that the God of the Book of Genesis created man, why not believe the good fairytale that He created the races to be equal? Why believe the racist fairytale that He created blacks to be inferior to whites?

It should also be noted that God chose a Middle-Eastern Jew to be his only Son, and not a white gentile European. (The white supremacist types who converted to Asatru at least have a religion that’s consistent with their racist beliefs.)

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May 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

Posted in Biology, Religion

Trader Joe’s macaroon vs Jewish macaroon

Last week I ate a Trader Joe’s macaroon, and it was very delicious.

Today, I ate a macaroon that came in a can, and on the can it said “Kosher for Passover.” This macaroon was disgusting. Yuck!

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April 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Posted in Religion

Question: Why is this night different from all other nights?

Answer: Because the food sucks.

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April 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Posted in Religion

Lion’s four-part system for understanding how the world works

1. HBD (human biodiversity)

There are three legs to HBD;

a. Differences between races. This explains why some races underperform or overperform others in a diverse society, as well as explaining differences between nations.

This would be the least important part of HBD were it not for the fact that current moral thinking makes a huge deal out of racism. Racism is considered to be extremely evil, and different group and individual outcomes caused by HBD are instead blamed on racism.

b. Differences between men and women. Sex discrimination is also defined as evil by today’s moral arbiters, and as with racism, group and individual outcomes caused by HBD are blamed on sexism.

Additionally, because relations between men and women are such an important part of how society is organized, HBD-caused differences between men and women help to understand this part of society.

c. Biological/evolutionary basis for behavior. Our instinctive human behavior evolved to help us have as many grandchildren as possible in a pre-industrial or even pre-agricultural society. As such, they often cause illogical thinking and produce suboptimal results in a modern technological society with a post-scarcity economy.

2. Value transference. Most economists stuck in an eighteenth century mindset (when Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations) believe that most money is earned because value is created. But in a post-scarcity economy, the majority of work is value transference work, work that doesn’t create any value but just transfers the value created by others.

As I’ve stated many times before, if you want to understand how and why businesses make a profit, don’t read an economics textbook, read Michael Porter’s book Competitive Strategy (or one of the many derivative books).

The irony of business “competition” is that businesses are competing to get themselves into a position where they have a monopoly and they no longer have to compete.

Value transference is tied to winner-take-all economics, because the natural state of things is for a small number of people and companies to be big winners based on transferring the value created by others to themselves.

3. Relative wants. It’s said that humans have unlimited wants, which is mostly true for the vast majority of people.

There’s an evolutionary basis for this. In pre-industrial times, there were often famines in which those with the least resources died, thus evolution favored the genes of those who desired and accumulated more stuff, which could then be used to barter for food in times of famine.

This is also related to our desire for status. In times of famine, the people with the highest status (the king, the people just below the king in the hierarchy, etc) were never the ones who starved to death.

Today, in the United States, no one starves to death (in fact, poor people have the opposite problem of being too fat) because the United States is a post-scarcity economy. Thus our biologically programmed desire to accumulate stuff and have higher status is a suboptimal leftover from earlier times.

Most economists fail to see or understand relative spending and relative wants.

For example, everyone (OK, not everyone, but a lot of people, especially people with a lot of resources) want a summer home in the Hamptons, but because there is less real estate in the Hamptons than there are people who want to summer there, not everyone can afford to buy a house there. And no amount of economic growth or lower taxes will ever change that. If everyone’s net income increased by 10% because of economic growth or lower taxes, then the price of houses in the Hamptons would increase proportionately, and those who couldn’t afford a house there before still would not be able to afford one.

The local governments in the Hamptons could vastly increase the number of houses by changing zoning laws, but then there would be an influx of middle-class people and it would no longer be exclusive or highly desired by the rich and they’d find some other place (for example, Martha’s Vineyard) where they want to summer but can’t afford to.

4. Religion and groupthink. Many people wrongly equate religion with belief in supernatural beings. Better definitions of religion leave out the supernatural part. Here’s a suggested definition: “A cultural system of beliefs, behaviors, practices, ethics and societal organization that relate humanity to an order of existence.” In pre-scientific times, religious thinking tended towards belief in and worship of supernatural beings, but use of the word “supernatural” is our way of looking down on others. Believers in religion don’t see their beliefs as “supernatural,” they just see the true way that things are (from their perspective).

Religion is obviously a behavior that is programmed into us by evolutionary biology. So just because a large percentage of people in developed nations reject the traditional religions like Christianity (because they just seem too stupid in light of our modern scientific understanding of the world) doesn’t mean they have ceased religious thinking. The religious thinking is just diverted into other beliefs that currently are not classified as “religion” because they don’t involve worship of supernatural beings.

Belief in global warming is an example of a post-supernatural religious belief.

Groupthink is the tendency for people to believe whatever other people believe. It’s why people believe in religion (everyone else believes in it so it must be true!), but explains a lot more than religion. Groupthink is only obvious to outsiders. Insiders, who believe the groupthink, don’t realize it’s groupthink.

There are some rare individuals, like myself, who think a lot more logically than the average person and are highly resistant to groupthink. Although even I once succumbed to believing in libertarian economics, which is definitely a form of religious thinking.

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April 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Biology, Economics, Religion

Criticism of religion (including Islam) is a criticism of ideas

I found the following reader comment at a Salon.com article :

Criticism of religion is a criticism of ideas. Religion is not an indelible attribute like skin color or sexual orientation. At some point a person chooses to accept a set of ideas. And some of these ideas are bad. It is perfectly valid for a person to say, “I do not want people who hold these bad ideas living in my community.” That is not bigotry. It is critical thinking.

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Commenter Gilbert Ratchet has the correct answer:

You’re wrong, of course. Criticism of CHRISTIANITY, being the historic religion of the majority of Americans, is criticism of an idea and needs to be encouraged. Criticism of anything else (e.g. Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Jainism, or Hinduism), being minority faiths in the US, is criticism of an identity and absolutely forbidden.

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March 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

Posted in Religion

Liberal manifest destiny?

I just read Randall Parker’s aka ParaPundit’s blog post about liberal universalism (which he thinks should be called liberal manifest destiny).

I think the story isn’t complete without bringing up unitarian Christian universalism (and I use lowercase letters to distinguish this from any formal church that may have the same or similar name), which is the belief that all of the major religions of the world are inspired by God and therefore they are all good and one can get closer to God by following the beliefs of any religion.

Ghandi said, “I believe in the fundamental Truth of all great religions of the world. And I believe that if only we could, all of us, read the scriptures of the different Faiths from the stand-point of the followers of those faiths, we should find that they were at the bottom, all one and were all helpful to one another.”

The assumption of unitarian Christian universalism it that what might be called Christian values are at the core of all religions faiths.

The impression of many readers is no doubt agreement with how good this sounds. You should be wary of that impression, because unitarian Christian universalism is what the elites have been preaching. Don’t trust the propaganda!

The Mayan religion included human sacrifices. That’s clearly not a Christian value. The unitarian Chrstian universalist would say that the practitioners of human sacrifice simply didn’t understand the true meaning of their religion, which coincidentally happens to match Christian values. If only the read their scriptures more carefully!

The concept of universalism doesn’t seem to make much sense when applied to the Mayan religion. Maybe it also doesn’t make much sense when applied to Islam. Many non-Muslim Westerners who say that “Islam is a religion of peace” may genuinely believe it because they believe in unitarian Christian universalism, whether actively or merely subconsciously, and peace is a Christian value so therefore it must be a value in all other religions, and any practitioners of other religions who think differently simply don’t understand the true meaning of their religion.

My own theory on this is that ISIS has a pretty good handle on interpreting the original intent of Islamic scripture (the Koran and the hadiths), and that the original intent (I hesitate to call it the “true meaning”) has been whitewashed by the elites of Islamic countries because it doesn’t serve their interests. The interest of elites has traditionally been to use religion to get the non-elites to behave well and to believe that the current social structure (which always benefits the elites at the expensive of the non-elites) is ordained by higher supernatural powers and therefore they mustn’t rebel against it.

The paragraph above is generally considered to be racist by liberals and SJWs, even though Islam is a religion and not a race, but racism is the most evil concept understood by SJWs, and they believe it’s very evil to make the case that Christianity has, at its core, better values than Islam. Even though many liberals are atheists (but those who aren’t are universalists), they believe in the idea that all religions are good if only their followers understood the true meaning of their religion.

So how does this all relate back to liberal manifest destiny, the belief that values supported by liberals (which now include gay rights and fighting global warming as well as peace on Earth and other more traditional Christian values) can be exported to the entire world? The answer is that Muslims are going to reject those values because they have their own religion which has very different beliefs. The only way to get the people of Islamic countries to believe in better values is to convert them to some other religion or to atheism. And that’s something liberals will never do because it would be evil, almost like genocide. Thus liberal manifest destiny is doomed to fail.

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December 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Posted in Religion

Was there a historical Jesus?

Below is a copy and paste of something I previously wrote, but some of my newer readers may not have had the chance to read it.

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This question is not whether God impregnated a virgin woman, but whether there was an actual man named Jesus who started Christianity, or inspired others he personally spoke with to start Christianity.

I always assumed the answer was yes. For example, Ghandi, a Hindu, seemed to believe that Jesus was a real person. He said, “The example of Jesus suffering is a factor in the composition of my un-dying faith in non-violence. What then does Jesus mean to me? To me, He was one of the greatest teachers humanity has ever had.” This is the polite thing to believe, but is it true?

Upon doing some research on the internet, I now think it’s most likely that Jesus was a myth made up by early Christians rather than a real historical person. Were Hercules or Dionysus real people? [Or Romulus and Remus?] Today we understand that they are myths, but during the time of the Roman empire, you might get punched in the face for telling someone that Hercules never existed. I mention Hercules and Dionysus because they were both, allegedly, the son of Zeus and a mortal woman. As you see, the idea of a guy being the son of a god but having a human mother was hardly very original. [And the same with Romulus and Remus. Not an original idea at all!] Dionysus was also resurrected, so that part wasn’t original either.

Learning that the Gospels weren’t actually written by people who knew Jesus or by the authors they are attributed to, and knowing the complete implausibility of the events in the Gospels, I am lead to suspect they were acts of creative story-telling rather than based on an account of an actual person’s life. And for all we know, Christianity evolved from a Dionysian mystery religion rather than being created from scratch. They are called “mystery religions” because we know nothing about them.

Some people seem to get pissed off upon hearing that Jesus never existed. Why does it matter?

Here is an extremely detailed explanation for why Jesus was not a real person. It has the aura of truth about it.

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And in case you think I’m just picking on Jesus, there’s good reason to believe that Mohammed is also a myth and not a historical person.

And despite all this, yes, I prefer the religious holiday of Christmas over the secularized orgy of consumerism that we now call the “holiday season.”

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November 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Religion

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