Archive for September, 2010

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Church worker reinstated after being sacked for inappropriate sexual activities

September 24, 2010

The European Court of Human Rights has judged that the Catholic Church in Germany wrongfully dismissed one of its employees.

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Papal Bull

September 16, 2010

The pope is trying to get the Brits on side by reminding them that they “won the war”. (Admittedly they did it by changing sides and joining forces with Stalin, abandoning the whole of eastern Europe to that killer of 50 million, but let’s not bring that up at this time.)

The pope, CEO of one of the biggest businesses on earth, needs to distract attention from his complicity in running a global pedophile ring, so what better way than to assert that his only detractors are atheists, and that the Nazis were atheists. Therefore, anyone who is against him is a Nazi, and the British defeated the Nazis, so the British defeated atheism, therefore any poms who don’t like him are committing treason.

Not only the tawdry manoeuvre of a desperate villain, but it’s also factually wronger than wrong. He speaks of:

….Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society…

Maybe the former Hitler Youth member has forgotten exactly what was going back then.

Fairly close to where I live, here in Berlin, there’s a church which was being completed just as the Nazis seized power. Here’s a picture of one of the releifs that has been preserved from 1936.

German soldier as disciple of Jesus, church in Alt-Mariendorf, Berlin

Care to explain, Mr Pope, just why a Nazi soldier is depicted as one of Christ’s disciples?

Why also did they immediately close down the athiestic Free Thought Society, with more than half a million members, and eventually have the chairman, Max Sievers, beheaded?

I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives.

And who the hell are you, Ratzi protector of pedophiles, to invoke the memory of those Christians who died resisting the Nazis? You apologist for creeps who don’t even resist their own urges to defile children.

And before you go casting Nazis as atheists and Christians as resisters, please discuss the photos below the fold.

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Part 2: What if astrology WERE true?

September 6, 2010

Astrologers always seem to think they are on the cusp of the great day when the dominant paradigm is dramatically over-turned, science accepts that astrology has been proven, and the New Age dawns…

But would astrologers really like the changes that would be likely to follow?

Following on from Part 1, and from recent discussions where skeptics have been kindly encouraging astrologers to raise their standards, I offer this speculation on what would happen if astrology suddenly started returning positive results from properly conducted experiments.

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Part 1: Why do astrologers even want to test astrology?

September 1, 2010

Following discussions over at Richard Rockley’s Skeptico and Jason Thibeault’s Lazy Canuck blogs, I want to look a bit more closely at astrology. Both those guys have done a first-rate job of explaining flaws in the arguments of numerous astrologers. I want to look at a few other issues surrounding astrology’s claims to legitimacy.

I’ll briefly consider why astrologers want to test astrology, and how they go about it, and then look later at the implications for astrologers (not scientists) if  astrology were suddenly to be vindicated. I’ll break it up into two parts.

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