Memes of Reason

A Light in the Dark...


This is a blog featuring pro-reason, pro-science, pro-rational thought memes that I have produced myself. Critical thinking is important and I have been inspired by the numerous conversations I have had with people who, while well meaning, seem lack this skill. People who'll arguing against facts. This, to me, demonstrates a mistrust, misunderstanding and a general ignorance of science and how it works. Science is about knowing and understanding the nature of our reality and to ignore the nature of reality is simply irrational. We need to be able to navigate our reality with as much accuracy as we can and to do so we must navigate it with as much knowledge pertaining to that reality as possible - science is clearly our best tool for this. And yet we have people who ignore what the science and the facts tells us. This is a major problem as mistakes will be abound, from the smallest to the largest, with huge consequences. It is like driving around in the dark with your headlights off....


Science are those headlights.

cocoarama:

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mmcelhaney:

georgetakei:

Hope they’re paying attention. http://ift.tt/1k5kYIu

Obviously condemning others just because they sin differently than you do is wrong. However if pointing out what God says is hurtful, then one should look more closely at one’s self.

First demonstrate that your god exists, then demonstrate why anyone should obey this tyrant. Even if the god of the Bible exists, I see no reason to worship him or listen to anything he has to say other than ‘he’ commanded it. That is fascism.
And in this case and point, what God says is not just hurtful but it denies our fellow gay sisters and brothers their freedom and rights, along with on going physical and psychological abuse and persecution, depression, suicide and a fear of being who they are openly. Not a very compassionate or reasonable attitude from an omnipotent and all loving being if you ask me and a lot of intelligent people.

I think you might’ve read that wrong. What the quote is expressing is how we should only choose to love others, hating other people will get us nowhere in life. Also, putting down other people’s beliefs is just rude. I’m not saying I believe in the Christian God but slamming Christianity or any religion you don’t agree with doesn’t make you any better than the people who believe in it.  

what utter non-sense. I will openly criticize some ones beliefs without a bat of an eye lid. because they are just that, beliefs. especially when they clearly and undeservedly oppress others and their freedoms and liberties. are you saying we can never criticize anyone’s beliefs? this seems to only happen in regards to religious beliefs. no one seems to say this when political beliefs are being criticized. everything should be criticised to evolve ideas and theories. this is how science works and why it is so fruitful. there are many consequences to allowing faith to be an ok thing to live by. female genital mutilation… slavery… the oppression of women… genocide… suicide bombings… faith healing and the rejection of modern medicine, which includes rejection of condom use, leading to the rampant spread of AIDS in south africa… exorcisms instead of psychological aid… and in case and point, gay bashing…. should i go on? all these things are and have been direct results of people living on faith and not on evidence. and all of these things need to be criticized including the faith based ideas they stemmed from.

cocoarama:

memes-of-reason:

mmcelhaney:

georgetakei:

Hope they’re paying attention. http://ift.tt/1k5kYIu

Obviously condemning others just because they sin differently than you do is wrong. However if pointing out what God says is hurtful, then one should look more closely at one’s self.

First demonstrate that your god exists, then demonstrate why anyone should obey this tyrant. Even if the god of the Bible exists, I see no reason to worship him or listen to anything he has to say other than ‘he’ commanded it. That is fascism.

And in this case and point, what God says is not just hurtful but it denies our fellow gay sisters and brothers their freedom and rights, along with on going physical and psychological abuse and persecution, depression, suicide and a fear of being who they are openly. Not a very compassionate or reasonable attitude from an omnipotent and all loving being if you ask me and a lot of intelligent people.

I think you might’ve read that wrong. What the quote is expressing is how we should only choose to love others, hating other people will get us nowhere in life. Also, putting down other people’s beliefs is just rude. I’m not saying I believe in the Christian God but slamming Christianity or any religion you don’t agree with doesn’t make you any better than the people who believe in it.  

what utter non-sense. I will openly criticize some ones beliefs without a bat of an eye lid. because they are just that, beliefs. especially when they clearly and undeservedly oppress others and their freedoms and liberties. are you saying we can never criticize anyone’s beliefs? this seems to only happen in regards to religious beliefs. no one seems to say this when political beliefs are being criticized. everything should be criticised to evolve ideas and theories. this is how science works and why it is so fruitful. there are many consequences to allowing faith to be an ok thing to live by. female genital mutilation… slavery… the oppression of women… genocide… suicide bombings… faith healing and the rejection of modern medicine, which includes rejection of condom use, leading to the rampant spread of AIDS in south africa… exorcisms instead of psychological aid… and in case and point, gay bashing…. should i go on? all these things are and have been direct results of people living on faith and not on evidence. and all of these things need to be criticized including the faith based ideas they stemmed from.

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A collection of stories of over 670,000 people who have been injured or killed as a result of choosing ‘Alternative Therapies’ over proven medical treatments and believing in pseudo and spiritual non-sense can be found here:
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A collection of stories of over 670,000 people who have been injured or
killed as a result of choosing ‘Alternative Therapies’ over proven medical
treatments and believing in pseudo and spiritual non-sense can be found
here:

http://whatstheharm.net/index.html

Please also visit:

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/

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mmcelhaney:

There is no condoning nor commanding of genocide or psychological abuse in the Bible. Like it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to think. Without being born-again, none of us thinks correctly at all. And after that we still have to watch ourselves.
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It’s irrelevant if it’s explicitly in the bible or not. The clearly states that it has been associated historically with such acts which cannot be denied. From the churches persecution of the Jews to it’s support of the NAZI regime to the inquisition, it is clear that what is stated in this meme is very much true. But if you want examples of genocide and psychological abuse in the bible…

And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain. Deuteronomy 2:34

And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. Deuteronomy 7:2

But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth. Deuteronomy 20:16-17

And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. Joshua 6:21

So smote all the country … he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. Joshua 10:40
Thus saith the LORD of hosts … go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:2-3

Then there’s the story of Noah where God completes wipes out all of humanity except one guy, his family and his pets.

Regarding psychological abuse, there’s the story of The Lord speaking to Abraham where God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son:
‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)
Then he turns around and says, “Psyche. just testing ya, lols. You’re a good boy Abraham.” 
If that’s not psychological abuse then I don’t know what is.

mmcelhaney:

There is no condoning nor commanding of genocide or psychological abuse in the Bible. Like it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to think. Without being born-again, none of us thinks correctly at all. And after that we still have to watch ourselves.

natskep:

Visit http://natskep.com - Hey im @sidgr starting an atheist ig so hey:)! #atheist #atheism #godless #antireligion #churchandstate #humanist #secular #atheistpics #atnitheist

It’s irrelevant if it’s explicitly in the bible or not. The clearly states that it has been associated historically with such acts which cannot be denied. From the churches persecution of the Jews to it’s support of the NAZI regime to the inquisition, it is clear that what is stated in this meme is very much true. But if you want examples of genocide and psychological abuse in the bible…

And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain. Deuteronomy 2:34

And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. Deuteronomy 7:2

But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth. Deuteronomy 20:16-17

And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. Joshua 6:21

So smote all the country … he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. Joshua 10:40

Thus saith the LORD of hosts … go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:2-3

Then there’s the story of Noah where God completes wipes out all of humanity except one guy, his family and his pets.

Regarding psychological abuse, there’s the story of The Lord speaking to Abraham where God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son:

‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)

Then he turns around and says, “Psyche. just testing ya, lols. You’re a good boy Abraham.”

If that’s not psychological abuse then I don’t know what is.

mmcelhaney:

funnycoolatheist:

The reason why I became like this was because as a curious altar server before in our church, I ask my fellow religious brothers and priests a lot about evolution, God, the Trinity, and stuff like that, and they always respond: “Just have faith” or something like that… which basically means don’t think about it and just believe in it.
Well guess what, that just forced me to search for the answers myself!

No where does the Bible tells us to turn off your brain and stop asking questions and thinking. If you choose to do that, that’s on you and sin against God.

Just simply believing that the bible is enough proof for your beliefs is a good demonstration of how the bible and faith gets you to turn off your brain. Believing the Earth is only 6000 years old because the bible says so or denying evolution because it undermines the human origins story in the bible, etc. are other demonstrations of this fact…. but if you want actual biblical instances…

Take the very first story in the book.  Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden which contains a special tree at its center. This tree would “open their eyes” and “make them wise.”  They were expressly forbidden from eating of that tree. The “bad guy” in this story is the one who encouraged them to gain knowledge and for that he was cursed, becoming the prototype for rebellious spirits for the remainder of the book.The compiler of the Proverbs introduces his collection by redefining wisdom as “the fear of Yahweh” (Prov. 1:7), so that it takes on a primarily moral and religious tone rather than an academic one.

We are also warned to “lean not on [our] own understanding” but rather “trust in Yahweh with all [our] heart” (Prov.3:5-6)

The writer of Ecclesiastes  openly disparages the writing of so many books, stating that “much study wearies the body” (Eccl. 12:12).  With a dismissive attitude toward all that book learnin’, he finally summarizes: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:  Fear God and keep his commandments”.  Evidently that’s all that matters.

Jesus wasn’t a big fan of intellectualism, either.

Mathew 11:25
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

1 Corinthians 18-20
Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

mmcelhaney:

funnycoolatheist:

The reason why I became like this was because as a curious altar server before in our church, I ask my fellow religious brothers and priests a lot about evolution, God, the Trinity, and stuff like that, and they always respond: “Just have faith” or something like that… which basically means don’t think about it and just believe in it.

Well guess what, that just forced me to search for the answers myself!


No where does the Bible tells us to turn off your brain and stop asking questions and thinking. If you choose to do that, that’s on you and sin against God.

Just simply believing that the bible is enough proof for your beliefs is a good demonstration of how the bible and faith gets you to turn off your brain. Believing the Earth is only 6000 years old because the bible says so or denying evolution because it undermines the human origins story in the bible, etc. are other demonstrations of this fact…. but if you want actual biblical instances…

Take the very first story in the book.  Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden which contains a special tree at its center. This tree would “open their eyes” and “make them wise.”  They were expressly forbidden from eating of that tree. The “bad guy” in this story is the one who encouraged them to gain knowledge and for that he was cursed, becoming the prototype for rebellious spirits for the remainder of the book.

The compiler of the Proverbs introduces his collection by redefining wisdom as “the fear of Yahweh” (Prov. 1:7), so that it takes on a primarily moral and religious tone rather than an academic one.

We are also warned to “lean not on [our] own understanding” but rather “trust in Yahweh with all [our] heart” (Prov.3:5-6)

The writer of Ecclesiastes  openly disparages the writing of so many books, stating that “much study wearies the body” (Eccl. 12:12).  With a dismissive attitude toward all that book learnin’, he finally summarizes: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:  Fear God and keep his commandments”.  Evidently that’s all that matters.

Jesus wasn’t a big fan of intellectualism, either.

Mathew 11:25

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

1 Corinthians 18-20

Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

mmcelhaney:

georgetakei:

Hope they’re paying attention. http://ift.tt/1k5kYIu

Obviously condemning others just because they sin differently than you do is wrong. However if pointing out what God says is hurtful, then one should look more closely at one’s self.

First demonstrate that your god exists, then demonstrate why anyone should obey this tyrant. Even if the god of the Bible exists, I see no reason to worship him or listen to anything he has to say other than ‘he’ commanded it. That is fascism.

And in this case and point, what God says is not just hurtful but it denies our fellow gay sisters and brothers their freedom and rights, along with on going physical and psychological abuse and persecution, depression, suicide and a fear of being who they are openly. Not a very compassionate or reasonable attitude from an omnipotent and all loving being if you ask me and a lot of intelligent people.

mmcelhaney:

georgetakei:

Hope they’re paying attention. http://ift.tt/1k5kYIu

Obviously condemning others just because they sin differently than you do is wrong. However if pointing out what God says is hurtful, then one should look more closely at one’s self.

First demonstrate that your god exists, then demonstrate why anyone should obey this tyrant. Even if the god of the Bible exists, I see no reason to worship him or listen to anything he has to say other than ‘he’ commanded it. That is fascism.

And in this case and point, what God says is not just hurtful but it denies our fellow gay sisters and brothers their freedom and rights, along with on going physical and psychological abuse and persecution, depression, suicide and a fear of being who they are openly. Not a very compassionate or reasonable attitude from an omnipotent and all loving being if you ask me and a lot of intelligent people.