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 March 22nd 2015
Sunday School March 15th 2015
Sunday School March 8th 2015
Started by Unseen in Society. Last reply by Unseen 2 hours ago.
Started by umar in Religion and the Religious, Atheism and Atheists. Last reply by Ed 2 hours ago.
Started by Alex Decesare in Religion and the Religious, Atheism and Atheists. Last reply by Dante Inferno 3 hours ago.
Started by Noel in Small Talk. Last reply by Ed 3 hours ago.
Started by Ahmed Sallam in Small Talk 4 hours ago.
April 13, 2015 all day – Anywhere that one might find a glass of Johnnie Walker Black
Posted by Ed on March 27, 2015 at 9:00am
Posted by Ed on March 25, 2015 at 11:47pm
Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com
© 2015 Created by umar.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.