Jesus loves me, this I know – for the Bible tells me so.

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spirit-byeI’ve been stewing about this one for several days.

Recently, a Facebook comment had me wondering at the unrecognized arrogance and self-importance of religious believers.

A woman posted a rather long comment praising Jesus and God for the gift He had given her.  Her story is basically this:  She was unable to be at her side when her mother died, and she felt terrible about it.  Once she did arrive however, she felt her mother’s spirit pass through her as it left to ascend to heaven.  This woman ascribed that as a gift from God to ease her grief and regret.

My first thought?  How utterly arrogant and self-centered!

Let me see if I understand this?  You are so important in God’s eyes that he felt the need to comfort you in your loss by letting you experience Mom’s spirit leaving her body?  (one wonders why Mom hung around the corpse rather than heading out right away, but that’s another blog for another time.)

Meanwhile,

starving-child-5 these kids are starving to death.  God doesn’t seem to be interested in helping them feel good.  You know, by providing enough food for them to eat.

God doesn’t want that woman to feel bad about Mom’s passing, but it must be part of his “plan” to let thousands of children die each day from hunger and disease.

If anyone wonders how I can be an atheist, here’s just one small reason.  If your God wants my worship, he’s going to have to demonstrate better priorities.  Starving children come before adults not being sad.

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The Facebook “American Challenge”

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Seems there’s a new “Challenge” thing going around Facebook, called the “American Challenge”. You’re supposed to show the world how ‘murican you are by taking a picture with the flag, a gun, and the Bible. Never one to want to miss out on the latest trend, here’s my contribution.
The Flag, of course. This one flew over the United States Capitol on September 5, 2004. The gun? A BB gun I bought at KMart 25 years ago, for $12. Don’t mess with me, I’m pack’n! The Bible was given to me by my maternal grandparents as a Christmas gift in 1968. I was 11 years old. In less than 2 years, I was a confirmed atheist. I don’t think that was my grandparent’s intentions, but there you go. The whole gay thing came later.
Just remember, “American Challenge” takers, this land is my land, too.

Vacation, day 4

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This is a bit embarrassing.  I’ve been telling myself I should get up a bit earlier each day, and get some work done.

Instead, I’ve been lounging in bed later and later, and blogging and Facebooking and Twittering.

Damn.

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Jimmie Joe Reeves Jr

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My First Album

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Some Facebook fun:
1 – Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band. 2 – Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. 3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days.” Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover. 4 – Use photoshop (I used MS Paint) or similar to put it all together. 5 – Post it with this text in the “caption” and TAG the friends you want to join in.

A Few Hotties

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Three guys I follow on Twitter or Facebook.  Lt. Dan Choi, Ben Patrick Johnson, and Dennis Depew. I haven’t met any of them (yet- who knows!) but they sure are nice to look at…  And from following their tweets and comments, they seem like they’re even nice guys!

UPDATE! 4/9/2010   Met Lt. Dan Choi this afternoon!  He gave a great talk at UC Merced.  He’s a good speaker, if you have the chance, go see him in person.  And I was right, he IS a nice person, in person!

Well, that didn’t take long…

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Since the age of 12, I’ve realized I was an atheist.  It wasn’t very hard to figure out that what I had been told just didn’t make sense.  We attended several different churches over the years, and all of them taught variations on the same story, all proclaiming, of course, that they were the one true way to “Heaven”. Over the years since I’ve been called various names for being an atheist. Some were voiced politely, some not. I long ago learned to ignore most of the comments, and only discuss the subject with people who are interested in a calm, rational, intelligent conversation.

What’s funny is the similarities and differences in reactions from people, when they find out I”m an atheist, I’m gay, or both.  I had an experience just today that is kind of amusing, but sad at the same time.

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