Seasons of Nature

In this “Holiday” Season, I hope we can often turn to the natural world around and in us, to enjoy and celebrate the Seasons of Nature–the daily beauty of our little home spinning in space.

For me, one season is not more “blessed” or “holy” than any other.  Each and all have their beauty, lessons, challenges and joys.

With faith or faithless, may we each be grateful to Goodness for the natural gifts throughout the year.

Pope Kiss

Baby Pope


baby’s tumor is apparently shrinking.  Great.  The parents say it’s because of prayer and a kiss from the Pope when he was poping through America.

Well, this begs, really begs, the question:

Why doesn’t the Pope just kiss every sick child’s head?

Just KISS everyone!

Seriously, why doesn’t he kiss everyone’s head in the world, or at least send out an Army of Kissing Priests bearing his papal lips, to kiss every sick person on the planet?

Wouldn’t that be something!

Just for a second, can you imagine. . .

can you imagine how many would be healed. . .

and how many wouldn’t?

I suppose that’s why he doesn’t kiss everyone.

Do you suppose?

(Babies work in mysterious ways. . .)

Where are the Christians Going?

Bye, bye

Bye, bye

It appears there’s a decline in the number of Christians in America.

Horror!  Outrage!  Whine-Time!

Of course, “true Christians” are quick to point out that. . .well, that THEY are the true Christians and all those others who SAY they are believers are not REALLY believers.  Same old, same old.

Here’s one takeaway from the Pew survey and the article. . .

IF over 70%–SEVENTY PERCENT–of Americans identify as Christian, this may answer some questions like:

Why does America have such a high rate of INCARCERATION, still have the DEATH PENALTY, have more NUKES and GUNS than anywhere else, seems to love a GOOD WAR every few years, wants to close the golden doors of our borders to “ILLEGALS,” has huge numbers of HOMELESS people in every city, treats the ENVIRONMENT like a massive toilet, still has a huge problem with RACISM, SEXISM and HOMOPHOBIA and fights so hard to stop UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE?

I wonder if we could see any connection here?

At least we could ask:  Where are those “true Christians”?

I find THIS fascinating bit from the PEW research:

Over all, the religiously unaffiliated number 56 million and represent 23 percent of adults, up from 36 million and 16 percent in 2007, Pew estimates. Nearly half of the growth was from atheists and agnostics, whose tallies nearly doubled to 7 percent of adults. The remainder of the unaffiliated, those who describe themselves as having “no particular religion,” were less likely to say that religion was an important part of their lives than eight years ago.

The ranks of the unaffiliated have been bolstered by former Christians. Nearly a quarter of people who were raised as Christian have left the group, and ex-Christians now represent 19 percent of adults.

So, though WE ARE OUTNUMBERED, maybe those of us who have LEFT FAITH, are being challenged to TAKE MORE LEADERSHIP to CHANGE things, since it’s clear the MAJORITY is FAILING.

HEY, here’s one possible GENIUS IDEA:  We wait for the CHURCHES to EMPTY and then WE march in and take over the buildings to ACTUALLY DO something to make our communities better, safer and more SANE!

No Religious Test for Office. . .Just a little Atheist Test

god and government

If you don’t believe in a God there are seven states where you can forget running for public office, even though the Constitution says there can be no religious test (there are obviously many other states where a non-religious person wouldn’t seriously be considered for office either).

It’s truly stunning to read what the constitutions of these seven states say to non-theists (and maybe non-Christians, who, as everyone knows, don’t believe in a “Real” God).

Seven Christian States

And Read This on the New York Times


Tis the Season for Animals to Hide from the Gods


Just watched the excellent Netflix documentary: Virunga.  Highly recommend the film.  This incredible National Park in the Congo is not so much threatened by religion as by the flow of oil, which means the flow of money.  Then again, I suppose we could say oily money is one of our modern gods?

Then, once again, as another slaughter season begins, I get to read this bloody article on the sacrifice of animals in Nepal.

Half a million animals beheaded to give an orgasm to Gadhimai, Hindu goddess of power.  Lovely.

The people carrying out this brutal sacrifice are farmers and factory workers, all hoping that this bloodshed will bring them prosperity from the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. The sights and sounds are unimaginable. Pools of blood, animals bellowing in pain and panic, wide-eyed children looking on, devotees covered in animal blood, and some people even drinking blood from the headless but still warm carcasses.

So, let’s do the murdering math for the gods (I’ll round off the numbers just for the sheer joy):

-Millions of calves have their heads cut off for a Goddess.

-Millions of goats cut open for Allah (recently).

-Millions of chickens hacked apart for Yahweh (recently).

-Millions of birds and hogs and cattle chopped up for the American Holiday God.

-Millions of trees cut down for the Baby Bethlehem God.

-And let’s not forget the millions of animals poached for Folk Medicine Spirits.

Any others you can think of?

I would recommend that we all Give Shelter to Living Things in this season of “love and joy and light.”

It seems the Gods we humans love to please so much Really Don’t Like Animals!

(oh, and I would invest in an anti-drone weapon of some sort, since we know thousands of these will fly out from under christmas trees this year to scare even more birds to death)


Leaping (Off the Bridge of Reason) to Conclusions

leaping to conclusions


This has been bothering me.

What do the Ferguson mess, the Iraq mess, the Israel/Gaza mess, the shooting down of the plane over Ukraine, the Robin Williams’ suicide and religious faith have in common?

People jumping to conclusions.

People leaping without thinking.


The town of Ferguson apparently has a big, deep problem with race relations.  Seems so.

A young man of color seems to have strong-armed another man of color in a robbery.  Seems so.

The young man gets in a scuffle with an officer and is shot, killed, and we still haven’t got the full story.  Seems so.

Bad all around.  No question, this needs to be investigated, we need some truth, something must be done.

People protest.  Which they probably should.  But what are the facts?  Right.  We aren’t sure yet.  But people are mad, some get violent, some loot the businesses of innocent citizens.  And where are we?  A lock down of the town.  Great.  A mess.

People don’t think. . .they react. . .they leap to conclusions (some “News” fans the flames of quick conclusions).

It’s “Racist!”  Could be true, and if so, should be addressed.

It’s “Police Brutality!”  Could be true, and anyone who does violence with a badge on deserves to be punished.

It’s “Not enough non-White Police!”  Seems the case.

Now, quickly. . .

-An Army of Allah (I.S.) marches across Iraq killing people.  Check.

Some think this is what Islam is all about.  Wrong conclusion.

-Israel goes after tunnels from Gaza and Hamas keeps firing missiles from populated areas.  Check.

People leap to conclusions on ALL sides:  It’s THEIR fault!  No, it’s THEIR fault!

-The plane is shot down and it’s this group and that group and “certainly” the Russians.  Check.

But, we aren’t really sure yet.

-Robin Williams kills himself and it’s all over the papers that he was an addict.  Sells papers.

Comes out that he was sober and his depression and Parkinson’s added to his decision.

We aren’t really sure, and may never know the private story.

-Things happen in the world and some decide that “God is at work” or “God saved” someone from dying.

Except, we don’t know.  How do YOU know?  Where did that “Conclusion” come from?

What’s the difference in these stories?  Not much.  Check.

We seem to LOVE to Jump to Conclusions.

This, friends, is exactly why we need to practice serious Reason with a huge dose of Wisdom.


We are Just Jumpers.