Another reason why atheism is dumb.

”  the  fool  has  said  in  his  heart there  is  no  God”

….  Psalm 14 : 1…..

When Charles  Darwin came  up with his  theory  of  evolution scientific  understanding  of  the  cell  was  extremely  poor  and  unsophisticated  so he  could  be  excused  for  thinking  that  life  and  its  changes  were due  to  simple chemical  reactions.

We now  know  that  life  is  extremely  complex  and  not  simply  due  to  chemicals  but  in  fact  in  the first  instance  information technology.   Chemicals  are  merely  the  template  for  carrying  and  producing  the  products  of  the  information.

The  only  known source of information is  a mind   so  only  the  very  dumb will  exclude  the  possibility  that  life  originates  in a  mind  but ….. you guessed  it….  atheists  do.  

Professor  Dean  Kenyon makes  this  point below.   Pictures  of   some  fools  are  shown below  his  video

 

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The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) views are being represented at the United Nations – are your’s?

” Your  future  and  your children’s  future  are  too  important to be left completely  in the  hands  of  strangers… you  need  to  be  vigilant”

…..  Testifyingtotruth…..

 

 

The  Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI)   is  aggressively  making representation about their  issues –  see  below –  at  the  United  Nations.

Are  you at  the  United  Nations  ?

are  your  views  being  represented at  the United Nations ?

is anyone at  the  United  Nations , speaking  on your  behalf, telling  groups  such  as  the  Sexual  Rights  initiative  that  you  and  your  nation  do  not  accept   made  up  “sexual rights”  for  your  children  etc ?

“if your  views  are not  being represented   at  the  United  Nations its your  fault –  the  Sexual  Rights  Initiative’s  views  are   being  represented”

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Our Issues

The SRI is committed to the right of every person to sexual and reproductive health and well-being, bodily integrity, as well as the right to have control over and to make free and informed decisions on all matters related to sexuality, reproduction and gender free from violence and discrimination.

The SRI regularly engages on a wide variety of sexual rights issues, particularly during the Universal Periodic Review, including:

Maternal mortality & morbidity
Comprehensive rights-based sexuality education
Criminalization and other restrictions on safe abortion
Empowerment of women and girls
Universal access to sexual and reproductive health information, education, supplies and services
The rights of sex workers
The rights of transgender and third gender persons
Violence based on the exercise of one’s sexuality including sex outside of marriage
HIV/AIDS and human rights
Discrimination based on sexual orientation
Sexual rights of young people
Early and forced marriage

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Why atheism is nonsense : Sam Harris is right on free will , Daniel C Dennett is deluded on the matter.

”  In the beginning  God created  the heavens  and  the earth”

….. Genesis 1:1….

Understanding  the  implications  which flow  from this sublime statement  reveals  why atheism is  utter  nonsense  and  the scriptures  can correctly  say  in Psalm 14 :1 :

” the fool  has  said  in his  heart  there  is  no  God”

Anyone  who  says  that  there  is  no  God  is  of  necessity  a  fool  for  without God  and  the supernatural  it  is  impossible  to  define  a  concept  of  truth ,  free will  or  morality (what one ought to do)  i.e  the  existence  of  the  supernatural  is  an  absolute requirement if  the  concepts  of  truth, free  will  and  morality are to be  valid.

The reason is simple.  If  there  is no supernatural human  beings  are  fully  determined  by  the matter  within their  bodies,  the laws  of  physics  and  the events which have  occurred  prior  to  the  moment  the human is  in.

Human  consciousness (thoughts) would  be  wholly  produced  by  the above 

Most  of  us  today  hold  that  we  are  a  human person who reasons  and  thinks  and  holds  to certain  truths –  the  “ghost  in the machine  concept”.

This  concept  would  be  false  and  the exact opposite  of  what would  obtain.  

Without  the  supernatural  our  thoughts , wholly  produced  by  the  chemical reactions  in our  brains , would be  the first  phenomenon .  These  thoughts  will  then produce  the  epiphenomenon  of  our consciousness i.e   the  awareness  of  self  which defines  us  and our  believes.

We have  no control  over  any of  the three components  which determine our  thoughts  i.e  the matter within their bodies, the laws of physics and the events which have  occurred prior to the moment we are in.

Within naturalism / atheism therefore humans  are  fully  determined  –  much like  a rock  is  fully  determined only  we  are  more  complex .  

We can  therefore  have  no valid  concept  of  truth ,  free will   or  morality.

Truth , free  will  and  morality  can only  be  valid  concepts  if human beings  have  a component which allows  us  to function independent  of  matter  and  the laws  of  physics  i.e  independent of  the natural in arriving  at  truth, defining  morality  and  having  the free  will  to pursue both.

See an extract  from Sam Harris’  and  Daniel  Dennett’s discussions  on free will  below. 

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http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/reflections-on-free-will

Reflections on FREE WILL
A Review by Daniel C. Dennett

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Daniel Dennett and I agree about many things, but we do not agree about free will. Dan has been threatening to set me straight on this topic for several years now, and I have always encouraged him to do so, preferably in public and in writing. He has finally produced a review of my book Free Will that is nearly as long as the book itself. I am grateful to Dan for taking the time to engage me this fully, and I will respond in the coming weeks.—SH
Daniel C. Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of Breaking the Spell, Freedom Evolves, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Consciousness Explained, and many other books. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987. His latest book, written with Linda LaScola, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind.
This essay was first published at Naturalism.org and has been crossposted here with permission.

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A rare moment of philosophical sense by an atheist : Sam Harris explains why in naturalism there can be no free will .

“The fool has  said in his heart there is no God ….”

…..  Psalm 14:1…..

Once  one  recognises  the truth,  and  it  is  true, that  in a naturalistic  framework  human beings  cannot  have free  will  the folly, nonsense  and  internal  incoherence  of  atheism  makes  it  pathetic  and  laughable  when atheist  criticise  others.

As usual  the bible  is  right :  ”  the fool  has  said  in his  heart  there  is no  God”.

Testifyingtotruth  is  less  diplomatic  than  the bible  and would  simply  say :

       ” the duncieheads  have  said  in their  hearts  there  is  no  God…..”

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At a loss : why don’t humanist and functional atheists simply leave the Christian church ?

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say”?

…..Luke 6:46…..

 

Humanists  and   functional  atheists  of  other  stripes  continue  to pursue  

contamination  of the christian church rather  than departure.

The church of Scotland is  the latest to  be added  to  this group.

Of  course the contamination by fifth columnists would  assist  in putting to death  the

fundamental  responsibility  of  the  church which is to be salt and light in the world and

by so doing bring all  nations under  the rule  of  God’s kingdom.

Instead of  being  salt  and light humanists  and  functional  atheists who  occupy  

leadership position in some institutions are covering  themselves  and  their  churches  

with  depravity which  God  expressly  condemns.

Undoubtedly  we  should  expect  more  fifth columnist  functional atheists  to  seek  to  

compromise  the  church  and  advance  the  LGBT agenda by claiming that  their’s  is  an

equally valid  interpretation of  scripture..

 

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http://www.kaleidoscot.com/kirk-votes-gay-clergy-ordination-2265

Kirk votes to support gay clergy ordination
16 December 2014

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The Church of Scotland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to allow local congregations to choose a minister who is gay and in a civil partnership.
The Church’s 46 Scottish presbyteries have been consulted on the matter and have spent the last few months voting on the compromise position put forward by the General Assembly in May.
32 presbyteries have voted for the proposal, with only 14 against. Those not supporting it included Lewis and a number of Highland presbyteries. The Church has yet to formally announce the vote but it is clear those supporting change have comfortably won.
The vote represents an overwhelming expression of support for the General Assembly’s position and almost certainly means that local churches will be able to choose to select ministers in civil partnerships once a final vote is taken at the 2015 General Assembly.
This vote is part of an ongoing conversation on gay ordination within the Church of Scotland, triggered by the appointment of the Rev Scott Rennie to Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen in 2009. Mr Rennie is openly gay and has a civil partner.
Speaking about the result of the vote, Mr Rennie told KaleidoScot “The voting figures are hugely encouraging, and shows the Kirk is moving to a supportive and helpful understanding of modern families in all their shapes and sizes. All over Scotland, churches that offer people an opportunity to explore spirituality in a modern and open setting are growing. The Moderator has called on us to grow our congregations – this can only help.”
Revd Blair Robertson, the convenor of Affirmation Scotland, which is supportive of those in same-sex relationships entering ministry, said “it is heartening that a majority of presbyteries have voted for the overture and Affirmation Scotland naturally hopes the General Assembly will endorse this. Of course, this is not equality for lesbian and gay deacons and ministers but it is a step towards openness and inclusion.”
In relation to the vote itself, Mr Robertson suggested that “debates were often dominated by the ‘traditionalist’ side but when it came to the vote, the ‘revisionist’ position carried. This seems significant and demonstrates that the tide of opinion in the church is following towards acceptability of people in same-sex relationships…it now seems that the silent middle ground has made up its mind and voted for an inclusive, affirming church!”
Stuart Ryan, a member of the Church of Scotland in the Paisley and Greenock presbytery, also welcomed the vote and was critical of media reporting. He told KaleidoScot: “The way this debate has been framed by the media as divisive and controversial shows a lack of understanding. We’re having a democratic conversation within the church. It’s been honest and open; we don’t all agree, but we’re making a decision on how best to go forward and it’s clear that the compromise position has been welcomed by most of us. The press want [Scots] to believe that the church is splitting over ‘gay marriage’ but as only thirteen ministers [from nearly 1,400, representing 0.009%] have left in five years I take a different view.”
“The media like to play up the dissent from presbyteries like Lewis, but the truth is they’ve always been ultra-traditionalist and a bit of a law unto themselves. It’s notable that the same reporters haven’t attached the same significance to the larger number of presbyteries who have voted to support local churches making their own decisions. The outcome of the vote is exactly what I expected and it shows the direction the church is moving in.”
Mr Ryan added that he was pleased the announcement has come on the same day that same-sex marriage becomes legal. “Personally, I’m delighted same-sex couples can now be married. The church’s vote being confirmed on the same day is a happy coincidence, but it also shows that no amount of wishful thinking by the old guard is going to turn back the tide.”
Some traditionalists have expressed their concerns at the outcome including the Forward Together group, which campaigns within the Church of Scotland for a more traditionalist line. A spokesperson, Revd Douglas Cranston, warned of the potential financial ramifications and played up the risk of division: “More people are going to leave and more people are going to stop giving. I know congregations where this is happening. By the very nature of the votes, it is really fairly divisive.”
What is clear is that 70 per cent of the Scottish presbyteries have supported the General Assembly’s proposed change and that unity can only be achieved if all who took part in the “democratic conversation” accept the outcome.

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Why we do not have the luxury of allowing fools to make public policy

 

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits”.

…… Albert Einstein……

 

Psalm 14:1  says :  “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good”.

Secularism which seeks  to leave  God  out of  public  policy equates  to atheism –  the  world view  of  the fool.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1973 became the first medical association to declare homosexuality normal.

In doing so it became , to the best of my knowledge, the first medical association in history to define normal without reference to anatomy (design) and physiology (function).

The consequences for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and the wider society have been enormous.

In 1981 HIV was identified among MSM in American cities which had removed their buggery laws facilitating the phenomenon of bath houses where MSM had casual sex with multiple partners. HIV has spread into the heterosexual population but continues to affect MSM disproportionately . For example data published in 2011 indicates that in New York HIV rates among MSM are 140 times that of heterosexual males and research published in 2012 indicates that it would cost New York approximately half a billion dollars each year to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PreP) to MSM to reduce this high rate of infection.

It has been established that 98% of the reason for the difference in HIV rates between MSM and heterosexuals is due to the combined effect of anal receptive intercourse (the most efficient means of transmission by intimate behaviour) and the fact that a given male can play either role on different occasions (role reversal)

Some 40 years ago the American Psychiatry Association set the world on a path which ignored fundamental principles of medicine and the chickens have come home to roost.

In 2012 researchers out of John Hopkins university indicated that MSM are the only group among whom HIV epidemics are expanding and this expansion is independent of the income levels of the countries studied.

In 2013 these researchers acknowledged that to date there no effective strategy to bring HIV epidemics among MSM under control. The reader can decide who is wiser on this matter ; the bronze age writers of the bible or the American Psychiatry Association and the World Health Organization and other groups which have followed the APA’s lead. For me that decision is a no-brainer.     

Should  those  who  make  public policy be  allowed  to impose  foolish  and  untested  ideology in matters as  important  as sexual orientation, gender, marriage  and  child rearing for  the catastrophic  consequences to come  to light 40 years later  ?

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AIDS. 2013 Nov 13;27(17):2665-78. doi: 10.1097/01.aids.0000432449.30239.fe.
The increase in global HIV epidemics in MSM.
Beyrer C1, Sullivan P, Sanchez J, Baral SD, Collins C, Wirtz AL, Altman D, Trapence G, Mayer K.
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Epidemics of HIV in MSM continue to expand in most low, middle, and upper income countries in 2013 and rates of new infection have been consistently high among young MSM. Current prevention and treatment strategies are insufficient for this next wave of HIV spread. We conducted a series of comprehensive reviews of HIV prevalence and incidence, risks for HIV, prevention and care, stigma and discrimination, and policy and advocacy options. The high per act transmission probability of receptive anal intercourse, sex role versatility among MSM, network level effects, and social and structural determinants play central roles in disproportionate disease burdens. HIV can be transmitted through large MSM networks at great speed. Molecular epidemiologic data show marked clustering of HIV in MSM networks, and high proportions of infections due to transmission from recent infections. Prevention strategies that lower biological risks, including those using antiretrovirals, offer promise for epidemic control, but are limited by structural factors including, discrimination, criminalization, and barriers to healthcare. Subepidemics, including among racial and ethnic minority MSM in the United States and UK, are particularly severe and will require culturally tailored efforts. For the promise of new and combined bio-behavioral interventions to be realized, clinically competent healthcare is necessary and community leadership, engagement, and empowerment are likely to be key. Addressing the expanding epidemics of HIV in MSM will require continued research, increased resources, political will, policy change, structural reform, community engagement, and strategic planning and programming, but it can and must be done.

 

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The secular world : Pornography, a secular product, welcomed by fools and duncieheads.

 

1″The fool says in his heart,  “There is no God.”They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good”.

…  Psalm 14:1….

 

 

Archives of Sexual Behavior
December 2014
Date: 03 Dec 2014
Pornography and the Male Sexual Script: An Analysis of Consumption and Sexual Relations
Chyng Sun, Ana Bridges, Jennifer Johnason, Matt Ezzell

 

Abstract
Pornography has become a primary source of sexual education. At the same time, mainstream commercial pornography has coalesced around a relatively homogenous script involving violence and female degradation. Yet, little work has been done exploring the associations between pornography and dyadic sexual encounters: What role does pornography play inside real-world sexual encounters between a man and a woman? Cognitive script theory argues media scripts create a readily accessible heuristic model for decision-making. The more a user watches a particular media script, the more embedded those codes of behavior become in their worldview and the more likely they are to use those scripts to act upon real life experiences. We argue pornography creates a sexual script that then guides sexual experiences. To test this, we surveyed 487 college men (ages 18–29 years) in the United States to compare their rate of pornography use with sexual preferences and concerns. Results showed the more pornography a man watches, the more likely he was to use it during sex, request particular pornographic sex acts of his partner, deliberately conjure images of pornography during sex to maintain arousal, and have concerns over his own sexual performance and body image. Further, higher pornography use was negatively associated with enjoying sexually intimate behaviors with a partner. We conclude that pornography provides a powerful heuristic model which is implicated in men’s expectations and behaviors during sexual encounters.

 

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