Gordon Duffy's Blog (19)

I don't feel mental

I'm lucky I suppose. I don't feel like there's anything wrong with me. Other people sometimes tell me there is. But from the inside I feel like I'm doing fine. I'm functional.

 

I mean, I have my "things". Like I feel uncomfortable hanging clothes on the line using two different coloured pegs, or cooking while someone else is in the kitchen, or being in my lounge with more than four other people, or making small talk with people on the street...

 

But nothing like…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 25, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

Oh that's a secular cross, not a religious one

Imagine a world where we were the ones claiming the cross is not a religious symbol. Perhaps there'd be a billboard claiming it for all of us. The christians would be furious.

 

And if they believed the claims made to justify crosses in classrooms or on public land were sincere, they would be even more outraged. One of their own! Disowning the cross. For shame! Jesus would be turning in his grave!

 

But we all, atheist and theist alike, know that this is just a…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 25, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

The sweet stench of crazy

I just pulled mself from the quicksand. I've been trapped for the last two days in a fruitless and frustrating back and forth with a pro life, anti euthanasia, creationist... I know, I know "Someone is wrong on the internet" but it is so frustrating recieving her messages. You know you shouldn't look, but the stupid calls to you. "How bad can it be this time" you ask yourself.

 

Seriously, this girl uses all the talking points! She repeats "questions" over and over looking for…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

Your sins are forgiven

I sat through so many RE lessons in school. And by RE I mean Catholicism. We would read Good News Gospels and if the existence of other world religions was mentioned I must have been off sick that day.

 

Anyway. It always used to puzzle me that the Gospels made a big deal out of how angry people got when the Jesus character would say "your sins are forgiven." I didn't understand what the fuss as about, and it was never addressed in class - possibly because it would involve…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 20, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

You keep using that word...

Plenty of our words have been stolen. Anti vaxxers call themselves skeptics for example. And the religious often turn everything on its head definining up as down to squeeze reality around their chosen dogma.

 

An interesting example I came across recently was "pro science" which should mean supportive of the scientiic method and the evidence based approach. I heard it disputed by someone claiming that pro science shouldn't mean against…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on July 13, 2011 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

Who is on our side?

I'm listening to a lot of podcasts at the moment. I was working through back episodes of Point of Enquiry. I don't often agree with Chris Mooney, who usually seems to be the host. He didn't get that Templeton fellowship for nothing! But I especially didn't agree with a statement I heard today about Francis Collins.

 

"He's on our side"

 

No, I don't think so. If you define our side as "accepts evolution as a fact" then sure, he is on our side. But... come…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on July 13, 2011 at 8:14am — No Comments

The whole Elevator thing

I mentioned this whole elevator thing in passing to my friends yesterday and they said

 

"is that the thing where Dawkins said something stupid?"

 

I was astonished they knew anything about it at all, but apparently the only bit that filtered out into the world was that Dawkins responded badly. Very, very badly. Astonisingly so considering how much thought his typical response has had put into it. But then, we are all human.



One friend (who  mentioned it…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on July 8, 2011 at 4:20am — 62 Comments

Imaginary Friends, Imaginary Problems

I jumped into the swamp again recently. Some atheist blogs linked to atheist related stories at the Christian Post. Since Facebook notifies me everytime someone replies to my comments I'm in the ironic position of now being rated as a top commentor over there. I should have learned from my mistake commenting on…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on July 4, 2011 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Writing more

I don't write the way I speak. I never have, and I've always wondered why. Either I'll have this eloquent passage in my head that sounds pretentious when I write it but fine when I speak it, or I'll have what seems like a clear position in my head that sounds like waffle when I say it, but that the time taken to write it let's me make clear.

 

Which is to say - I've decided I should blog more. I have all these opinions about topical religious storys that just evaporate from my…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on July 4, 2011 at 7:07am — 3 Comments

It's a Relationship

You've probably heard the claim plenty of times: "Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship". Maybe the empty headed vacuousness of it made you want to scream? Maybe you've seen comparisons showing that if it is like any kind of relationship it is that between the abused and their abuser? Maybe you wondered if anyone actually believed it?



It seems… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on October 2, 2010 at 10:18am — 3 Comments

Two meanings of sorry

I glanced at the newspapers today to see the fawning coverage the UK press is giving to Ratzinger's "state visit", and noticed a headline saying something like "Pope apologises to abuse victims"...



It got me thinking.



In my line of work people tell me their problems. They talk about the terrible things that have happened to them. And I tell them how sorry I am. This almost always confuses them. After all, the things they are telling me are never my fault.



Unlike the… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on September 19, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Primate Pride

I got bogged down in a twitter argument a week or so ago. I didn't mean to. I had the best of intentions, but I still ended up with a raging headache and a pile of @ replies from a believer.



So anyway... Like many other people I am fascinated by my fellow primates. I stand and stare in awe at them whenever I'm at the zoo. They are a real and tangible connection to the world around me. It is quite inspiring and poetic really.



I noticed a believer [@tministry] had been… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on February 14, 2010 at 8:21am — No Comments

I'm rubber, you're glue...

Where did the christian boing-flip come from? It seems like they are always holding up a mirror to life so that then can get everything backwards. But even by their standards this is a ridiculous tactic.



Consider Ray Comfort, unpleasant though the task may be. Ray makes statements like

  • "Evolution is a fairytale for grown ups."

  • "you can lead an atheist to evidence but you cannot make him think."

  • "Evolution is the dumbest religion ever…
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Added by Gordon Duffy on February 14, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

I met the Pope

To be fair, met is a strong word. Like the religion he leads the meeting was fairly formal, liturgical and overcrowded. Appropriately for Rome it was bread and circuses. He read a speech in various languages ominously, in retrospect, inviting us all to World Youth Day.



I'm tempted to think he wouldn't dare give such a speech these days, what with his contempt for youth being more widely known, but I suspect that nothing is too low or two faced for this man. He'll stand up and call… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on February 5, 2010 at 9:42am — No Comments

Jumping in the Piranha Tank

A few times recently I've taken myself over to some conservative blogs. Partly I was challenging my own confirmation bias by not just reading blogs I agree with but I also had pressing question for myself. I can most easily sum it up by saying:



"What the hell are these people thinking?"



And it seems that I am left none the wiser. I held my temper in check, and laughed in nobody's face. I kept in mind the behaviour of christian trolls on the blogs I read and purposefully… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on February 1, 2010 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

Death is your gift...

It's sometimes hard for me to put myself back in the mindset I had as a believer. For one thing I am ashamed that I believed what seems to be clearly nonsense. And, I did things, like bringing people to church, or children's liturgy, that in retrospect are too close to evangelising for comfort. I can't change the past, but at times I can't really imagine it either. It is like it happened to someone else. But that person was me, a backwards wishful thinking version of me.



In a way it… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on January 8, 2010 at 3:25pm — 2 Comments

Bloody Facebook Games!

So, before Christmas I added a few of those facebook games. People kept asking me to, and they assured me that I wouldn't need to do anything. They'd get the benefit just by me adding the application. But once I had added them my notifications were a stream of messages like:



Such and such has sent you the third piece of the Trident of the Sea People, will you send something back and conquer the oceans together?



And I had fallen for similar scams myself previously. I played… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on January 7, 2010 at 11:46am — 3 Comments

My imaginary conversation with Ray Comfort

Since Ray uses a scripted argument when dealing with unsaved heathens like me I thought I'd walk myself through it.



Ray: Hey, do you think you're a good person?

Me: I do ok, I try to be good, but I'm not perfect. Like sometimes I lose my temper, I'd say I was a very angry person, but ironically a lot of people tell me that they cant imagine me angry!



Ray: How many lies have you told in your life?

Me: Gosh, who has a number for that? I am not a chronic liar, but… Continue

Added by Gordon Duffy on January 7, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

I met the Pope

To be fair, met is a strong word. Like the religion he leads the meeting was fairly formal, liturgical and crowde. Appropriately for Rome it was bread and circuses. He read a speech in various languages ominously, in retrospect, inviting us all to World Youth Day. I'm tempted to think he wouldn't dare give such a speech these days, what with his contempt for youth being more widely known, but

Added by Gordon Duffy on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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