From "No Refunds"
The usual response when people make bad, dumb Jew-hate jokes is to call them 'antisemites'-- I think Stanhope is just a non-denominational, equal- opportunity ignorant asshole. But an interesting Jew item: It's well-known that here in Israel about 25% of the population define themselves as 'religious' and oserve the rules like dietary laws and wearing a skullcap. But in a recent poll 70% of Israel's Jewish population say they believe in 'God'. Puzzling, no? If they buy into the story, why don't they follow the rules? And if they don't buy the rules, why accept the fairy-tale?
Avi- it's nice to see someone from Israel here- I hope "freethought," atheism, and Humanism expand in Israel and, more importantly, the entire region.
I lived in Israel for about a year when I was younger- the geopolitical issues are immense- and religion doesn't help.
@ Avi Katz - I like the questions posed in your last lines.
@Avi Katz You mention those people who buy into the story, but don't follow the rules. I am more surprised at the ones who follow the rules but don't believe in god. Those Jews who cuts parts off their baby boy's penis and don't even believe god told them to. Tradition and culture can be as harmful as religion.
Interesting point Dogly but:
"Data from a national survey conducted from 1999 to 2002 found that the overall prevalence of male circumcision in the United States was 79%. 91% of men born in the 1970s, and 83% of boys born in the 1980s were circumcised. An earlier survey, conducted in 1992, found a circumcision prevalence of 77% in US-born men, born from 1932–1974, including 81% of non-Hispanic White men, 65% of Black men, and 54% of Hispanic men, vs. 42% of non U.S. born men who were circumcised"
These are overall figures for the U.S., not for Jews.
According to the data that I just made up ヅ, Avi, 99% of Tennesseans believe in "Jesus" whereas 17% of them behave like Christ, e.g. demonstrate compassion, forgiveness, and non-judgmental attitudes.
We don't even wanna talk about circumcision. From what I've read, there may be a lower risk of HIV transmission among the circumcised. Even if that is true, I still am resentful about it.
@Avi Katz It is true that the majority of boy infants in the U.S. are sexually mutilated by circumcision. Their parents are duped by their doctors to have it done. Non-religious Jews do it to their kids in the name of tradition, not misguided health scares. Somehow, as an excuse for harming babies, tradition seems worse.
Join Think Atheist
Welcome toThink Atheist
Get Started Nowor Sign In
Or sign in with:
Sunday School December 21th 2014
Sunday School December 14th 2014
Sunday School December 7th 2014
Started by Belle Rose in Advice. Last reply by Belle Rose 41 minutes ago.
Started by Belle Rose in Crime and Punishment. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer 3 hours ago.
Started by Belle Rose in Crime and Punishment. Last reply by Pope Beanie 6 hours ago.
Started by Physeter in Small Talk. Last reply by Belle Rose 7 hours ago.
Started by Belle Rose in Small Talk. Last reply by Unseen 11 hours ago.
April 13, 2015 all day – Anywhere that one might find a glass of Johnnie Walker Black
Posted by Fouad on December 20, 2014 at 4:48am
Posted by Belle Rose on December 19, 2014 at 4:36am
We are in love with our Amazon
Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!
Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com
In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media
© 2014 Created by umar.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.