Religion

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Sadly, Belfast is a city divided along religious grounds. This map shows the Catholic/ Protestant lines of Belfast

We will live again – Cryogenics

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The map highlights 8 major Christian denominations, showing where they represent a plurality (and in counties marked with a + at least 50%) of the relevant counties’ population. This shows that there are quite a few remarkably contiguous religious blocks in the US

Anyone silly enough to want more than one mother in law deserves them

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Polygamy may well be part of the slippery slope that comes from legalising gay marriage…but my view remains that anyone silly enough to want more than one mother in laws deserves them.

The New York Times looks at polygamy and reality TV.

Kody Brown, his four wives and 17 children want to be the new face of polygamy, what some consider the next frontier after same-sex marriage.

That is why, the Browns say, they invited TLC television cameras into their homes for their reality show “Sister Wives,” why they have written a best-selling book about their lives, and why they challenged Utah’s polygamy ban in federal court.

Fear of prosecution under that law led them to flee to Nevada. Last month, a federal judge partly overturned the ban, ruling that prohibiting “cohabitation” violates the First Amendment guarantee of free exercise of religion.  Read more »

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Did any of you figure out the maze today?  Here is the solution:   Read more »

God is warning us…are we listening?

Apparently the current pope is the false prophet because Time Magazine shows him with two horns…and Miley Cyrus twerking is simulating animal sex.

Yes it is William Tapley, the 3rd eagle of the apocalypse and the co-prophet of the end times…

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Dodgy buddhist ratbags rooting their followers

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At least it is better than buggering little boys.

The Daily Beast looks at the dodgy rooting buddhist ratbags in the US.

A new ebook by New York Times religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer alleges what many in the American Buddhist community have known for years: that some of its most revered teachers were also serial sex offenders.

Case in point: Eido Shimano Roshi. The founder and leader of New York’s Zen Studies Society—among the largest Western Buddhist communities in America, with prominent CEOs and celebrities among its members—Shimano carried on clandestine affairs with over a dozen women in his community over the course of thirty years, according to Oppenheimer’s provocatively titled Zen Predator of the Upper East Side. The book is a devastating indictment of Shimano Roshi, filled with hard evidence of the affairs and the cover-ups, the testimony of several victims, and occasionally lurid details.  It even includes Shimano’s own confession to having sex with some students, though, he says, “far fewer” than his accusers allege.    Read more »

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Religions of the World

The Third Eagle of the Apocalypse needs your help

William Tapley, also known as the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse and the co-Prophet of the End Times, needs your help.

Apparently he “has to build a website” as instructed in the Book of Daniel…Jesus is anti-paperless office! Who knew?  Read more »

Are atheists more intelligent than religious people?

Are atheists more intelligent than religious people? Quite possibly, on average.

Tom Chivers comes to the conclusion that even though evidence suggests atheists might be more intelligent than religious people it doesn’t necessarily follow that they are smarter.

[T]he internet is currently interested in a meta-analysis, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, which finds that atheists have a higher IQ, on average, than the religious. They base this on a review of 63 studies, but, as the authors say, this news isn’t new. The evidence has been around for a while.

There are several reasons given, including a suggestion that the more intelligent you are, the more likely you are to need empirical and logical reasons to believe something; and, interestingly, that the things that religion does for people (helping them to delay gratification for greater future reward; providing an “anchor” in their life in hard times) intelligent people have less need for, because they use other methods. It’s an interesting study.  Read more »