Jumalaton kulttuurilehti

Toukokuu 2017 May  2017

Ubuntu 17.04 hankala

Tämän lehden tekeminen ei tahtonut onnistua millään. Kesäkuun numero tehtänee vanhalla Ubuntulla.

Tehtiinkö Suomen Ubuntua vastaan verkkohyökkäys eilen?

Lisätty 30.5.2015

Eilen Suomen Ubuntun arkistosivut olivat käytännöllisesti katsoen tukossa. Lisäksi jotkin FTP-ohjelmat olivat toimimattomassa tilassa.

Uusi Bluegriffon on haittaohjelma

Lisätty 29.5.2017

Onnistuin ottamaan käyttöön vanhan.

KIRKKOVANGIN PALKKAPUSSI PIENENEE (20.5.2017, PAT)

Lisätty 28.5.2017

Kirkkovanki on alle 18-vuotias lapsi tai nuori, joka ei omin toimin eikä vanhempiensa toimien johdosta pääse eroon valtiokirkosta (evankelis-luterilainen tai ortodoksinen), vaikka itse tahtoisi.

Huoltajan luvalla jo 14-vuotias kirkkovanki voi tehdä palkkatyötä. Erityisistä syistä työsuojeluviranomainen voi myöntää luvan alle 14-vuotiaallekin tilapäiseen palkkatyöhön.

Palkasta tehtävän ennakkoveron pidätyksen lisäksi kirkkovanki joutuu maksamaan kirkollisveroa, jos hänen tulonsa nousevat siihen määrään, että hänen tulee maksaa kunnallisveroa. Evankelis-luterilaiset kirkkovangit joutuvat maksamaan kirkollisveroa 1,0-2,0 prosenttia seurakunnastaan riippuen. Ortodoksiset kirkkovangit maksavat kirkollisveroa 1,75-2,20 prosenttia seurakunnastaan riippuen.

Verojen lisäksi kirkkovangin palkkapussia laihduttavat erilaiset sivukulut. Vuoden 2017 uutuus on, että palkansaajan työeläkemaksu (6,15 prosenttia) pidätetään jo 17-vuotiaalta. Aiemmin tätä maksua ei pidätetty näin nuorelta. Maksu pidätetään 17-vuotissyntymäpäivää seuraavan kuukauden alusta lukien.

Jos olet täyttänyt ennen palkkakuukautta 17 vuotta, työnantaja perii lisäksi palkansaajalta 1,60 prosenttia työttömyysvakuutusmaksua.

Vaikka palkansaajan veroprosentti olisi nolla, palkasta voidaan silti pidättää erilaisia maksuja 7,75 prosenttia.

Kimmo Sundström

Olen vaihtanut ehdotukseni Maamme-laulun säveleksi tänään klo 00.07

Erkki Hartikainen 27.5.2017

Olen samalla poistanut entisen Maamme Tangon tästä lehdestä, koska se on minusta laulua huonompi. Sävelen olen tallentanut MuseScoren alkuperäisessä formaatissa, koska siitä näkyvät soivan sävelen ohessa laulun sanat.

Kristinuskon jumalaan uskovia on enää kolmannes

Lisätty 27.5.2017

Kaikista suomalaisista 34% ei usko mihikään jumalaan, 33% on kristittyjä, 19 muita teistejä, 14 epävarmoja agnostikkoja.

Säätytalolla muisteltiin presidentti Koivistoa ilolla – miksi Paavo Lipponen vertasi filosofikuninkaaseen

Erkki Hartikainen 26.5.2017

Keljuili siksi, että Suomen kaikkien aikojen tunnetuin filosofi Jaakko Hintikka totesi aikoinaan, ettei Lipposesta ole filosofian opiskelijaksi.

Jatkan kuitenkin kansanlaulujen julkaisemista

Erkki Hartikainen 25.5.2017

Kun koko Suomi viettää hautajaisia, en ole keksinyt muuta kuin julkaista lisää kansanlauluja kuten toisaalta näkyy.

Tietysti kansanlauluja kannattaa sovittaa, mieluiten jopa ihmisäänille. Kontrabassoon säästän kuitenkin, ja jos sellaista ei ole, lisään sen. Joskus kyseessä on aito kontrabasso ja joskus elektroninen.

Lopetan elektronisen musiikin julkaisemisen

Erkki Hartikainen 24.5.2017

Olen tehnyt sitä halvat eläkeläisen rahoilla ostetut kuulokkeet korvilla. Tämän tietokoneen osat eivät sentään ole halpoja, tässä on peräti ssd-kiintolevy.

Olen koonnut koneen itse, koska kaukoidässä kootut laitteet ovat alkaneet maksaa paljon enemmän kuin komponentit yhteensä. Tietokoneen kokoaminenhan on noin puolen tunnin työ.

Vaimo on alkanut ärsyyntyä siitä, että hän näkee näytössäni nuotteja. Olihan hänen isänsä viulunsoittaja ja onhan hän äitinsä puolelta sukua musiikkiakateemikolle.

Jotenkinhan muutamat jäljellä olevat elinvuodet on saatava kulumaan.

Maammelaulu jäi kesken, mutta se ei ole mitenkään tärkeä asia, pikemminkin satiiria suomenruotsalaisia vastaan.

Uutta Maamelaulua on muutettu helpommin laulettavaan muotoon

Erkki Hartikainen 23.5.2017

Olen sovittanut säveltämääni kansanlaulua hieman helpommin laulettavaan muotoon.

Nyt myös argeniinalaiset koululaiset osaavan laulaa sen.

Kerrotaan, että Pariisissa pyydettiin erästä argentiinalaista muusikkoa soitamaan oman maansa kansallislaulun.

Ei tiedetä, ymmärsiko muusikko, mikä kansanlaulu on, mutta hän soitti argentiinalaisen tangon El Choclo.

Arvellaan, että tango tuli Eurooppaan nimenomaan Pariisin kautta.

Sibelius ja Pyhä Pietari

Erkki Hartikainen 22.5.2017 

Jean Sibelius tuli taivaan portille, ja Pietari kysyi:

"Annatko meille sävellystesi tekijänoikeudet?"

Sibelius vastasi:

"En anna."

Arvaa, pääsikö Sibelius taivaaseen.

Uusi Maammelaulu

Erkki Hartikainen 21.5.2017

Kuten lukijat voivat toisaalta tästä lehdestä havaita, olen julkistanut tänään lopullisen verion sanoittamastani ja säveltämästäni Uudesta Maammelaulusta.

Jälleen kerran minulle kävi kuten ennenkin: En osaa laulaa omaa sävelmääni.

Minun piti aikoinaan esittää televisio-ohjelmassa lauluni Uusi isämeidän, mutta en osannut. Onneksi ohjelman tekijät löysivät Tampereelta miehen, joka lauloi sen upeasti. En vieläkään tiedä, kuka hän oli.

Tällaisia asioita ei tarvitse hävetä. Kun musiikin opiskelija Gerardo Matos Rodríguez sai musiikkia opiskellessaan tehtävän, jossa hänen piti rakentaa tango urugyailaiseisesta kansanlaulusta ja kahden eri tangosäveltäjän tangosta (säveltäjät olivat antaneet hänelle siihen luvan), mies ei uskaltanut itse esittää sitä. Tämä tango on nimeltään La Cumparsita.

Britannia

Erkki Hartikainen 20.5.2017

ei kuulu enää Eurooppaan vaan Pohjois-Amerikkaan.

Mistä voidaan päätellä

Erkki Hartikainen 19.5.2017

että valehtelu on uskontoja vanhempi ilmiö?

Ihmistä varhaisemmat eläimet osaavat valehdella.

Miten tulevaisuuden sisäilmaongelmat voidaan estää

Erkki Hartikainen 18.5.2017

Kovassa kapitalismissa ainoa keino vaikuttaa asiaan on panna muutamien suurimpien rakennusalan yritysten suurimpia omistajia muutamaksi vuodeksi vankilaan.

Lainsäätäjille asia voidaan myydä osoittamalla, että tämä on veronmaksajille halvin tapa hoitaa ongelma.

Miksi uskontoja pitää saada pilkata

Erkki Hartikainen 17.5.2017

Tyhmyyttä pitää saada pilkata.

Mistä rytmi habanera on peräisin?

Erkki Hartikainen 18.5.2017

Rytmin alkuperästä ei ole mitään yksimielisyyttä. Mahdollisia alkuperäalueita ovat Afrikka ja Eurooppa.

Nimitys "habanera" on naispuolinen nimitys "habanero":lle joka tarkoittaa "Havannasta".

Ehkä kuuluisin habanera on ooppera Carmenissa, jonka on säveltänyt Georges Bizet.  Ooppera esitettiin ensimmäisen kerran Pariisissa maaliskuun 3. päivänä 1875.

Mitä tangomarkkinoilla tulisi tietää

Erkki Hartikainen 17.5.2017

Se, että tangon loi yksi mies, Ángel Gregorio Villoldo Arroyo (1861 - 1919) vanhaan kansanmusiikkirytmiin habaneraan.Tangosta tuli yksinkertainen, koska kapakkalaulajalle ei haluttu maksaa paljon ja tangot piti esittää laululla ja yhdellä kitaralla. Villoldon kuuluisin sävelmä on El Choclo, joka tarkoittaa maisintähkää, ja se elää yhä keskuudessamme.

Villoldo sävelsi paljon, koska ahneet kapakoitsijat eivät halunneet tilittää tekijänoikeuksista.

Tangomarkkinoiden pitäisi siis alkaa ja päättyä El Choclolla, ei La Cumparsitalla, joka oli uruguylainen karnevaalimarssi.

Jotta Pohojanmaan miehet muistaisivat El Choclon, laitan linkin sen alkuperäiseen sovituksen midinä tähän.

Jos Tapani Kansa on vielä elossa, suosittelen, että hänet kutsutaan laulamaan El Choclo muodossa

SATAMAN TANGO - EL CHOCLO - En Finlandés - TAPANI KANSA

Terveydenhuollon portinvartijajärjestelmä säästää eläkkeissä

Erkki Hartikainen 16.5.2017

Se säästää eläkkeissä siitä syystä, että tällä järjestelmällä ihmiset eivät elä liian vanhoiksi. Itse palkkakuluissa järjestelmä ei säästä, sillä moninkertainen portinvartijajärjestelmä maksaa paljon.

Ensimmäinen portinvartija on terveyskeskuslääkärin terveydenhoitaja, joka päättää siitä, pääseekö potilas lääkärille. Toinen portinvartija on itse lääkäri, joka päättää siitä, pääseekö potilas erikoislääkärin jonoon. Kolmas portinvartija on itse jono erikoislääkärille.

Minulla on ollut tuuria muutamia kertoja. Kerran terveysaseman päivystävänä lääkärinä oli naapurikunnan lääkäri, ja pääsin nauttimaan verenpainelääkkeistä. Sitten sain tutun lääkärin vaihtamaan verenpainelääkkeen kalliiseen mutta sivuvaikutuksettomaan.

Perinnöllinen selkävika sai minut menemään suoraan Pörriäiseen, ja siellä sattui vahingossa olemaan julkisen terveydenhuollon ulkopuolella oleva ortopedi, joka määräsi minulle ensin tramadolia ja sitten leikkausjonoon. Tehokkaan kipulääkkeen avulla kestin jonotuksen.

Yksityinen silmälääkäri määräsi minut julkisen terveydenhuollon harmaakaihileikkausjonoon, ja näin sain näön sellaiseen kuntoon, että saan ajaa autoa.

Olen selviytynyt hyvällä onnella lähes 75- vuotiaaksi. Nyt on harkinnan paikka. Pitääkö antaa luottokorttivelan kasvaa ja tutkituttaa itsensä Pörriäisessä.

Helsingin Sanomat taas kiivaasti kipujen hoitoa vastaan

Erkki Hartikainen 15.5.2017

Luulin jo, että Helsingin Sanomain kaikkein tyhmin toimittaja on jo kuollut. Hänellä on tapana kirjoittaa erityisesti asioista, joista hän ei mitään tiedä.

Äitienpäivän numerossa hän taas kauhistelee heikon opiaatin Tramadolin käyttöä kovien kipujen hoidossa. Miksiköhän hän ei älyä kieltää vahvojen opiaattien käyttöä syöpään kuolevilta ihmisiltä?

Helsingin Sanomat on jo pohjustanut juttua uutisilla ISISin tramadolikaupasta. Siitä on juttu alempana.

Minulla on geneettinen taipumus selkärangan kipuihin. Minä ja veljeni saimme onneksi syödä tramadolia ennen leikkausta. Leikkaus lopetti hermosäryn molemmilta lopullisesti.

Tällä kertaa minulla on muuta särkyä, mutta minulla ei ole varaa tutkittaa sen syytä, ja tramadoliakaan ei enää anneta kuin pieniä eriä laimeina pillereinä. Minulla ei ole varaa ortopediin, joka uskaltaa määrätä lääkettä.

Arvauskeskukseen en mene, koska sieltä ei saa mitään apua, vaan päin vastoin käsketään syödä vähitellen tappavaa ja kovaan särkyyn tehotonta ibuprofeenia, jota saa vapaasti apteekeista ja jota muistetaan mainostaa televisiossa.

Täytän 24.6. 75 vuotta, joten taidan tulla jotenkuten toimeen muutamat jäljellä olevat vuoteni kipugeeleillä, joihin kyllä uppoaa rumasti rahaa.

Mistä lisää vesivoimaa

Erkki Hartikainen 14.5.2017

Bosporin salmen kapein kohta on vain 700 m. Jos siihen rakennettaisiin vesivoimalaitos, saataisiin valtavasti energiaa.

ISIS taitaa jäädä häviölle

Erkki Hartikainen 13.5.2017

Maailmaa kiertää uutinen, että ISIS vahvistaa itseään tramadolilla, joka on keskivahva kipulääke. Tarvitsisin sitä juuri nyt pahaan selkäkipuun, mutta kun ortopedi, joka uskaltaisi antaa lääkettä, maksaisi sata euroa, minulla ei ole pienituloisena eläkeläisenä rahaa sen enempää ministeri Rehulan Pörriäiseen kuin Mehiläiseenkään. Sitä paitsi ortopedit uskaltavat jakaa enää niin mietoja tabletteja, että niitä on otettava useita.

Toista oli Adolf Hitlerin aikaan. Hitler popsi metamfetamiiniia, jota saksalaiset jakoivat nimellä Pervitin myös suomalaisille sotilaille, ja kyllä ryssiä kaadettiinkin runsaasti.

Myös liittoutuneet ottivat aineen käyttöön, mutta sodan Hitler hävisi siksi, että Neuvostoliitto osasi valmistaa parempia panssarivaunuja. Tämä kannattaa muistaa neuvostovastaista propagandaa tehtäessä siinä kuin Hitlerin ansiot moottoriteiden rakentajana.

Laiton ministerinvala?

Lisätty 12.5.2017

Kolme uutta ministeriä vannoivat valan: http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9596662 .

Kukin vannoi kaksi valaa, virkavalan ja tuomarinvalan.

Ei vaan mennyt putkeen, sillä tuomarinvala on poistunut... Asetuksen mukaan "Valtioneuvoston jäsenen on vannottava virkavala ja tuomarinvala tai annettava virkavakuutus ja tuomarinvakuutus ennen tehtävään ryhtymistään. - - Tuomarinvalan ja tuomarinvakuutuksen kaavasta säädetään oikeudenkäymiskaaren 1 luvun 7 §:ssä.", ja mainittu oikeudenkäymiskaaren kohta ei enää sisällä tuomarinvalaa.

Eihän tällä nyt suurtakaan väliä ole, mutta yksi uusista ministereistä on oikeusministeri. Luulisi hänen olevan tarkka muotoseikoista.

Lisätieto alempana olevaan kirjoitukseen

Hei,

asiassa ilmenneiden väärinkäsitysten vuoksi ja kyseessä olevan työntekijän luvalla ilmoitan, että Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton toiminnanjohtaja Maarit Fredlund on pois työstä sairauden vuoksi. Lisätietoja saa minulta tai pääsihteeriltä.

Marko Lakkala

varapuheenjohtaja

Suurmiehet

näyttävät suurilta vain, jos niitä katsoo

suurennuslasin läpi.

Erkki Hartikainen 11.5.2017

Miksi Suomella on Sibelius

Erkki Hartikainen 10.5.2017

Symposium
  1. Hän syntyi oikeaan sukuun.
  2. Hän oli oikeaa sukupuolta.
  3. Hän osasi ryypätä oikeiden kaverien kanssa.
  4. Hän osasi naida oikeaan sukuun kuuluvan naisen.
  5. Hänellä oli luottoa niin, että hän omisti pianon.
Nykysuomeksi tämä kaikki osataan sanoa yhdellä lauseella:
  1. Sibelius osasi verkostoitua.

Loukkako alla oleva kirjoitus kunniaa?

Lisätty 9.5.2018

Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton puheenjohtajan vaatimus

Internet-osoitteessa http://etkirja.pp.fi/Jumalaton132.html on 3.5.2017 päivätty kirjoitus otsikolla "Kelju-Maarit petti". Kyseinen teksti loukkaa alaiseni työntekijän kunniaa. Vaadin sen poistamista välittömästi.

Marko Lakkala

varapuheenjohtaja

Vapaa-ajattelijain liitto ry

Vastine vaatimukselle

Koska en ole Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton minkään jäsenjärjestön jäsen, en voi tietää sitä, mitä liitossa tapahtuu.

Alla oleva kirjoitus on Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton jäsenyhdistyksen jäsenen kirjoittama. Oletan hänen tuntevan asiat hyvin.

Keljuksi sanominen ei ole mikään kunnianloukkaus. Huonoksi työntekijäksi sanominen on vain yhden ihmisen mielipide.

Sikäli kuin kirjoituksessa on virheellisiä tosiasioita, sitä korjataan. Minä en pysty tekemään korjausta ilman esimerkiksi liiton taholta tulevia tarkempia tietoja.

Mitä tulee kertomukseen menneen ajan kavalluksista, ne tapahtuivat siihen aikaan, kun olin liiton johtoelimissä. Köyhän yrittäjäperheen tytär oli lainannut liiton rahoja ilman kenenkään lupaa. Oikeusjuttua ei käyty vaan rahat perittiin takaisin.

Erkki Hartikainen

Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton entinen puheenjohtaja (6 vuotta) ja pääsihteeri (10 vuotta).

"Miljoona ruusua" löytyy tästä  lehdestä

Lisätty 8.5.2017

Raymods Pauls

Tiesitkö, että sen on alun perin säveltänyt Latvialainen huippupoliitikko
Ojārs Raimonds Pauls? Hän käänsi sanat venäjäksi, ja AllaPugatsova teki siitä maailmankuulun..

Uudet ministerit vannoivat sormi Raamatulla loitsunsa perjantaina

Lisätty 7.5.2017

Presidentti Sauli Niinistö on nimittänyt hallituksen uudet ministerit.

Oikeusministerinä aloittaa kokoomuksen Antti Häkkänen, Eurooppa-, kulttuuri- ja urheiluministerinä perussuomalaisten Sampo Terho ja maa- ja metsätalousministerinä keskustan Jari Leppä.

Kittilän kunta- ja firmasählinkien taustana on Palosaarten kristillis-roistomainen klaani ja kristittyjen mafiamaisuus

Lisätty 6.5.2917

Kittilässä on nyt usean vuoden ajan (2013-) muhinut lomakeskusfirmojen ja kuntahallintoväärinkäytösten suma,joka on johtanut kuntapäättäjistä joka toisen rikosepäillyiksi ja pian koko Kittilän kunnanhallinnon otettavaksi valtion holhoukseen.
Taustana on enimmäkseen se, että kristittyjen saalistajien tyypilliseen tapaan toimiva Palosaarten suku on halunnut pitää lomakeskustoiminnan vallassaan ja hallussaan, taitamattomuuttaan toisinaan lakejakin rikkoen, ja sitten se että vallantakertumisen tueksi he ovat hankkineet kuntahallinnon taantumusvoiman kepun vaikuttajahenkilöitä tuekseen.
Kittilän kuntahallinnossa on pyörinyt sen tuloksena raskaat valtataistelut, jossa roistomaiset ja mafiosot ovat yrittäneet käääriytyä valtaan ja hankkia vielä lujemmat asemat.

Mafiosot järjestelivät erään biologianopettajan valitsemisen kunnanjohtajaksi, mikä on melkoinen pohjanoteeraus: ei biologeja ole tarkoitettu hallintotöihin. Biologianopettaja kuitenkin on itse rikosepäiltynä kavereidensa joukossa.
Tätä Palosaarten ja kepulaisjohtajen mafiatoimintaa vastaan ovat sitten pyristelleet monet maallisemmat ja rehellisemmät ihmiset, kuntapäättäjinäkin, mutta mafia on niin luja rakenne että sitä ja sen valtaa ei ole saatu rauhallisin keinoin hajotettua.
Huhtikuun 2017 kuntavaaleissa, Kittilässä kepu ja kd olivat vaaliliitossa. Mafiaa. Kristillisdemokraateista kunnanvaltuustoon tuli valituksi Palosaarten suvun jäsen, joka hänkin tietysti on elinkeinonaan mukana lomakeskustoiminnassa.

Lehtisaaren asukkailla on suuri hätä kirkon ahneuden edessä

Kirkko on maanomistajana korottamassa maanvuokria tasoon, jota tavallisen työssä käyvän ihmisen on vaikea rahoittaa

Helsingin ja Vantaan seurakuntayhtymät omistavat valtaosan Lehtisaaren maasta.

Lisätty 6.5.2017

Helsingin Lehtisaari on erikoinen paikka asua. Helsingin ja Vantaan seurakuntayhtymät omistavat valtaosan maasta. 1960-luvun lopulla saareen rakennettiin tuhannen asukkaan tasakattoinen lähiö. Rannat varattiin virkistyskäyttöön ja saaren eteläkärki säilytettiin metsänä.

Saarelaiset asuvat kerrostaloissa. Loput kolme neljäsosaa asuvat rivitaloissa ja muutamassa paritalossa. Asuntojen pohjapiirustukset toimivat hyvin lapsiperheille.

Saaren ytimessä on puolikuollut ostari, johon ravintola Old Jerusalem on tuonut uutta eloa. Lähikauppa palasi vuosi sitten, kun Alepa avasi ovensa. Viipalekoulu ja päiväkoti sekä kirjastoauto palvelevat lapsia.

Maanomistajana kirkko on on kaavoittanut saarelle lisää asuntoja, jolloin väkimäärä tuplaantuisi ja sen seurauksena palvelut paranisivat. Nykyisin Kuusisaaren ja Kaskisaaren kupeeseen ei rakennettaisi enää 1960-luvun lähiötä, vaan korkean profiilin asuinalue. Juuri tämä tekee Lehtisaaresta erityisen.

Maanvuokrasopimusten päättyminen vuoteen 2019 sekä vuokrien yleinen korotus eivät ole yllätys.

Korotusten suuruusluokka sen sijaan on. Kirkko on maanomistajana korottamassa maanvuokria tasoon, jota tavallisen työssä käyvän on vaikea rahoittaa.

Helsingin kirkkovaltuustoon on 11. toukokuuta menossa esitys maanvuokratasosta, joka on jopa kolminkertainen verrattuna Helsingin kaupungin uusiin vuokrasopimuksiin Kampissa, Töölössä ja Munkkiniemessä.

Käytännössä korotusten vaikutus asumis­menoihin on 5,8–8,8 euroa ­neliöltä kuukaudessa muiden vastike-erien lisäksi.

Sadan neliön asunnossa tämä tarkoittaa 700 euroa kuukaudessa, kun kaupungin tavoittelema taso on 250 euroa kuukaudessa. Vaihtoehdoksi kirkko tarjoaa sitä, että lehtisaarelaiset muuttavat muualle asumaan.

Ulospääsy tilanteesta on vaikeaa, koska asuntokauppa on tyrehtynyt ja myyntihinnat laskeneet – asuntolainaa on silti maksettava. Kirkko on myös ­kategorisesti kieltäytynyt siitä, että taloyhtiöt voisivat lunastaa maan rakennusten alta, jolla ­tilanne voitaisiin ratkaista.

Johtopäätöksenä kaikesta voi todeta, ettei kirkko halua tukea kohtuullista asumista pääkaupunkiseudulla. Kirkon pihtiote asukkaista on vahva, ja asukkailla on nyt suuri hätä.

Kirkon ahneus selittää myös asukkaiden primitiivisiä ylilyöntejä kirkon luottamushenkilöitä kohtaan, joista olen itse vilpittömästi pahoillani.

Kirkko ei näytä tunnustavan sitä epäoikeudenmukaisuutta, jota moni perhe tällä hetkellä tuntee. Kirkkoa ei tunnu liioin kiinnostavan, että toimillaan se luo hallaa tuleville rakennusprojekteilleen, kun Lehtisaaren ja kirkon maine kärsivät alkavassa riidassa peruuttamattomasti.

Ville A. Niiranen
Lehtisaari, Helsinki

Erja Sallinen oli mutkittelija

Lisätty 5.5.2017

Malliesimerkki vaparitoimijasta, joka ehdointahdoin väänsi asioita mutkittaammiksi, oli Erja Sallinen.

Asioita olisi hoitunut ihan normaalisti mutta Sallinen väänteli, jolloin hommat alkoivat mennä hankaliksi ja pieleen.

Sallinen höyrysi noin vuosikymmen sitten useat vuodet vapariliitonkin piirissä ja iänikuisten ällöjen tamperelaisten tuella pyrki johtoonkin.

Eräs syrjintä- ja edunvalvonta-asia lopulta menestyi, kun se otettiin pois Sallisen hoidettavista. Sallinen siihen vahingollista mutkitteluaan kytkemällä, oli pilata koko asian ja oli lähes aiheuttaa syrjinnän uhrille tappion.

Internet petti

Erkki Hartikainen 4.5.2017

Olen kopioinut itselleni suuren valikoiman latinalais-amerikkalaista musiikkia midi- muodossa Internetistä. Sieltä löytyy myös Sibeliuksen Finlandia.

Olen etsinyt pitkään maksutonta midi-tiedostoa laululle Miljoona ruusua. Taitoni eivät riittäneet sellaisen löytämiseen.

Niinpä minun oli pakko kopioida nuotit pdf- muodossa. Lähipäiviä aion tehdä nuoteista oman midin ja sen saa taatusti kopioda ilmaiseksi.

Kelju-Maarit petti

Lisätty 3.5.2017

Tärkein ajankohta, jolloin Vapaa-ajattelijain liitto tarvitsee palkkaamaansa paperinpyörittäjää, on liittokokousta edeltävä noin kuukausi ja itse liittokokouksen päivät.

On niin paljon virallisia paperien kopiointi- ja lähettämisvelvollisuuksia, yli kahdellekymmenelle jäsenyhdistykselle ja yli neljällekymmenelle liittokokousedustajalle. Yleensä vain toimiston työntekijä edes tietää jokaisen paperin sijainnin.

Voisi siis kuvitella että juuri liittokokouksen ajaksi ja liittokokousta edeltäväksi kuukaudeksi, toimiston työntekijöille ei myönnetä lomia. Eikä kukaan toimistohenkilö edes yritä saada vuosilomaansa sille ajankohdalle.

Mutta Vapaa-ajattelijain liitto tiedotti toukokuun 2017 alkaessa, että nyt toimiston ainut työntekijä Kelju lähti lomalle, jolta hän ei palaa ennen kuin kesäkuun liittokokous on ohitse.

Vapaa-ajattelijoiden organisaatiossa on aina ollut jonkinsuuruisena riskinä kavallusten tapahtuminen. Jos kavallus tapahtuu ja lopulta havaitaan, eräs mahdollinen välinäytös sellaisesta kiinnijäämisestä on että poliisi ottaa kavaltajan joksikin aikaa tutkintavankeuteen.

Tutkintavankeus on joskus järjestöorganisaatioiden historiassa ollut tilanteena parin kuukauden "loman" ilmoittamiselle.

Kelju on vuosien ajan ollut kurjan huono ja sekoileva työntekijä, joka sotkee omalaatuisesti sellaisiakin asioita jotka hoituisivat ihan normaalisti jollei tekijä ehdointahdoin väännä niitä mutkitteluksi. Onkohan parempi että Kelju on poissa tieltä, vai hukkuivatko jotkut tärkeät arkistopaperit nyt hänen lomallelähtönsä tuloksena.

Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton jäsenyhdistyksen jäsen

Radikaalianarkisti Trump haluaa kaataa maansa hallinnon

Republikaanina, konservatiivina valituksi tullut Donald Trump on oikeasti näköjään stevenbannonmainen anarkisti, joka haluaa kaataa maasta hallinnon. Tämä on eräänlainen ääritaantumuksellinen näkemys. Moinen anarkisti uskoo että ilman hallintoa eli viidakon lakien vallitessa, hänellä itsellään menee paremmin. Muista ihmisistä viis. Järjestyneestä yhteiskunnasta viis.

Sekaisin menneen luontaisen änkyrän kiukutteleva näkemys tuo, että pitää kaataa hallinto.

Trump ryhtyi äsken julkistamassaan puheenvuorossa vaatimaan syksylle SHUTDOWNia. Eli hallinnon kaatamista.

Bayesin lauseen väärinkäyttäjä on saanut jättipalkinnon kristityiltä

Lisätty 2.5.2017

Alvin Plantingaa on käsitelty kauan sitten myös tässä lehdessä. Palkinnosta kerrotaan tämän lehden englanninkielisessä osiossa.

Kaikkien vaikeiden alojen asiantuntija Erkki Kurenniemi kuoli tänään 75-vuotiaana

Erkki Kurenniemi

Erkki Hartikainen 1.5.2017

Erkki Kurenniemelle mikään ei ollut liian vaikeaa, ja hän oli aina hyväntuulinen ihminen. Esimerkiksi matematiikan ja fysiikan opiskelu sujuivat häneltä kuin tyhjää vaan. Titteleitä hän, toisin kuin vanhempansa, ei vaivautunut hankkimaan, koska hänen taitonsa tunnettiin muutenkin.

Erkki Kurenniemi teki puoli vuosisataa sitten elektronista musiikkia, josta minä olen vasta nyt kiinnostunut kuten alempaa ilmenee. Hän oli mukana mm. rakentamassa Suomen ensimmäistä 8-bittistä Intel -tietokonetta.

Opiskelimme samoihin aikoihin mm. matematiikkaa ja filosofiaa Helsingin Yliopistossa.

Erkki Kurenniemi teki monia uusia asioita ja paneutui niihin kaikkiin suurella innostuksella. Hänen kaltaisiaan ihmisiä tarvitaan lisää.

Kaukaisessa nuoruudessani

sävelsin kaikenlaista pientä akustisella kitaralla.

Niistä sävellyksista on tallella vain vuonna 1970 tekemäni Uusi isämeidän.

Nyt, kun on helppo säveltää tietokoneella, olen alkanut tehdä uusia sävellyksiä ja uusia sovituksia vanhoista kansanlauluista tai sellaisista muista sävelmistä, joita voi helposti parantaa.

Valitettavasti nyt tuli eteen sävelmä, josta ei voinut muuttaa nuottiakaan. Tämä sävelmä on Finlandia siinä muodossa, jossa se lauletaan.

Erkki Hartikainen 1.5.2017


Uskonnottomat EU-maissa (Eurobarometri 2010)

Lisätty 1.2.2017

Sija Maa Osuus %
1 Ranska 40
2 Tšekki 37
3 Ruotsi 34
4 Alankomaat 30
5 Viro 29
6 Norja 29
7 Saksa 27
8 Belgia 27
9 Slovenia 26
10 Iso-Britannia 25
11 Luxemburg 24
12 Tanska 24
13 Suomi x22
14 Unkari 20
15 Espanja 19
16 Islanti 1
17 Bulgaria 15
18 Slovakia 13
19 Portugali 12
20 Liettua 12
21 Itävalta 12
22 Latvia 11
23 Sveitsi 11
24 Irlanti 7
25 Kroatia 7
26 Italia 6
27 Puola 5
28 Kreikka 4
29 Kypros 3
30 Malta 2
31 Romania 1
32 Turkki 1

Laskuharjoitin lapsille löytyy osoitteesta

Laskuharjoitin

Gravitation

This is a link. Updated 5/7/2013.

Ateismin määritelmä

George H. Smithin ontologinen ateismin määritelmä:

Ateismi on väite: jumalaa tai jumalia ei ole olemassa

Tässä määritelmässä on määritelty olemassaoloa koskeva eli ontologinen käsitys. Jumala joko on olemassa tai ei ole olemassa. Mitään olemassaolon ja olemattomuuden välimuotoa ei ole.

Teismi on väite: jumala tai jumalia on olemassa

Deismi (jumala on olemassa, mutta ei puutu maailmanmenoon) ja panteismi (jumala on sama kuin maailmankaikkeus) ovat tämän mukaan teismiä

Inhimillinen tieto siitä, mitä on olemassa, on vajavaista. Joku saattaa pitää varmana, että jumalaa tai jumalia ei ole olemassa. Joku toinen saattaa pitää varmana, että jumala tai jumalia on olemassa. Joku kolmas voi olla epävarma siitä, onko jumalaa tai jumalia olemassa vai ei.

Ateistin määrittelemä

Ateisti on henkilö, jonka mielestä ateismi on tosi.

Agnostikon eli jumalaongelmaisen määritelmä

Agnostikko eli jumalaongelmainen on henkilö, joka ei mielestään tiedä, onko ateismi tosi vai onko teismi tosi.

Uskonnon määritelmä

Uskonto on järjestäytynyttä teismiä.

Ne käsitykset joissa ei ole jumalia, eivät ole tämän määritelmän mukaan uskontoja.

Raamatun ristiriidat

Lukeaksesi napauta tästä

Godless Culture Magazine

www.ateismi.fi

New book: Logicical empiricism 2017

An antirelativist postulate

Anti-relativist-postulate.html

Wainamoinen's Departure

Julkaisija

Tango Our land

Copy pdf here and midi here.

Suomen ateistiyhdistys ry
Sähköposti: info@ateismi.fi

Publisher: Atheist Association of Finland
E-mail: info@ateismi.fi

Exmuslims

http://ex-muslim.org.uk/

Last uppdate May 31, 2017
Päivitetty 31.5.2017


Sisällysluettelo
Contents

  1. Jumalaton kulttuurilehti
    1. Toukokuu 2017 May  2017
  2. Ubuntu 17.04 hankala
  3. Tehtiinkö Suomen Ubuntua vastaan verkkohyökkäys eilen?
  4. Uusi Bluegriffon on haittaohjelma
  5. KIRKKOVANGIN PALKKAPUSSI PIENENEE (20.5.2017, PAT)
  6. Olen vaihtanut ehdotukseni Maamme-laulun säveleksi tänään klo 00.07
  7. Kristinuskon jumalaan uskovia on enää kolmannes
  8. Säätytalolla muisteltiin presidentti Koivistoa ilolla – miksi Paavo Lipponen vertasi filosofikuninkaaseen
  9. Jatkan kuitenkin kansanlaulujen julkaisemista
  10. Lopetan elektronisen musiikin julkaisemisen
  11. Uutta Maamelaulua on muutettu helpommin laulettavaan muotoon
  12. Sibelius ja Pyhä Pietari
  13. Uusi Maammelaulu
  14. Britannia
  15. Mistä voidaan päätellä
  16. Miten tulevaisuuden sisäilmaongelmat voidaan estää
  17. Miksi uskontoja pitää saada pilkata
  18. Mistä rytmi habanera on peräisin?
  19. Mitä tangomarkkinoilla tulisi tietää
  20. SATAMAN TANGO - EL CHOCLO - En Finlandés - TAPANI KANSA
  21. Terveydenhuollon portinvartijajärjestelmä säästää eläkkeissä
  22. Helsingin Sanomat taas kiivaasti kipujen hoitoa vastaan
  23. Mistä lisää vesivoimaa
  24. ISIS taitaa jäädä häviölle
  25. Laiton ministerinvala?
  26. Lisätieto alempana olevaan kirjoitukseen
    1. Hei,
  27. Suurmiehet
  28. Miksi Suomella on Sibelius
  29. Loukkako alla oleva kirjoitus kunniaa?
    1. Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton puheenjohtajan vaatimus
    2. Vastine vaatimukselle
  30. "Miljoona ruusua" löytyy tästä  lehdestä
  31. Uudet ministerit vannoivat sormi Raamatulla loitsunsa perjantaina
  32. Kittilän kunta- ja firmasählinkien taustana on Palosaarten kristillis-roistomainen klaani ja kristittyjen mafiamaisuus
  33. Lehtisaaren asukkailla on suuri hätä kirkon ahneuden edessä
    1. Kirkko on maanomistajana korottamassa maanvuokria tasoon, jota tavallisen työssä käyvän ihmisen on vaikea rahoittaa
  34. Erja Sallinen oli mutkittelija
  35. Internet petti
  36. Kelju-Maarit petti
  37. Radikaalianarkisti Trump haluaa kaataa maansa hallinnon
  38. Bayesin lauseen väärinkäyttäjä on saanut jättipalkinnon kristityiltä
  39. Kaikkien vaikeiden alojen asiantuntija Erkki Kurenniemi kuoli tänään 75-vuotiaana
  40. Kaukaisessa nuoruudessani
  41. Uskonnottomat EU-maissa (Eurobarometri 2010)
  42. Laskuharjoitin lapsille löytyy osoitteesta
  43. Laskuharjoitin
  44. Gravitation
  45. Geometria
  46. Ateismin määritelmä
  47. Ateistin määrittelemä
  48. Agnostikon eli jumalaongelmaisen määritelmä
  49. Uskonnon määritelmä
  50. Raamatun ristiriidat
  51. Godless Culture Magazine
  52. New book: Logicical empiricism 2017
  53. An antirelativist postulate
  54. Wainamoinen's Departure
  55. Tango Our land
  56. Exmuslims
  57. Do not change to Ubuntu 17.04
  58. Mississippi man kills eight, says God will forgive him
  59. Disabled Saudi man sentenced to death for attending a protest
  60. Islamists demand the removal of ALL statues in Bangladesh
  61. 2 months to "Glastonbury of Freethinkers"
  62. Idiots of the week: Matt Archbold and Andy Burnham
  63. Hopes that New Zealand would bin its blasphemy laws dashed
  64. Orthodox Church flexes its muscles in Russian Parliament
  65. ‘Hello central! Give me heaven’
  66. Florida Christian assaulted ‘provocative’ eight-year-old
  67. FGM practitioners in Michigan face harsh new penalties
  68. Australian Christians told to butt out of matters of state
  69. Russian Orthodox Leader Sprays Holy Water on Government Computers to Stop WannaCry Attack
  70. The origin of the space dystopies
  71. So That’s How the Dinosaurs Went Extinct…
  72. Being gay makes you ungodly, sacked Kentucky woman told
  73. Pokémon Go player sentenced for inciting religious hatred
  74. Stephen Fry case sounds death knell for blasphemy law in NZ
  75. The written warnig for Yahweh
  76. In Muslim-Majority Indonesia, Jakarta’s Christian Governor Gets Two Year Jail Sentence for Blasphemy
  77. OMG! Poundland’s promotional sticker upsets devout Christian
  78. Ireland made to look stupid over blasphemy complaint
  79. Scientologists charged with kidnapping in Tennessee
  80. Trump rewards evangelicals with religious freedom order
  81. Public funds must no longer be used to finance churches and religions!
  82. Is Greece still Christian?
  83. Robots can make products for individuals
  84. San Diego gay cure pastor rebuffed by US Supreme Court
  85. Money for old dope: more than £1-m for Christian philosopher
  86. Beliefs in USA
  87. Contradictions of the Bible
  88. Arguments for atheism
  89. Proposal for national anthem for Finland
  90. Maamme
  91. Our country
  92. Two folksongs as tango
  93. White Nights, folk song
  94. Northern lights, folk song
  95. Red Roses, folk song
  96. Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo
  97. Jovano Jovanke, folk song
  98. Finnish folk song
  99. Finnish folk song
  100. Another Finnish folk song
  101. Swedish folk song
  102. Sommarkväll - Swedish folk song
  103. Norwegian folk song
  104. Estonian folk song
  105. Danish folk song
  106. German folk song
  107. Italian folk song
  108. British folk song
  109. The Birch, Russian folk song
  110. Ne grusti Kalina, Russian folk song
  111. Black eyes, Russian folk song
  112. Tsiganochka, Russian folk song
  113. Lunnaja noch, Russian folk song
  114. Sauka dy gryshka, Russian folk song
  115. Redka, Russian folk song
  116. Proschanie slavjanki, Russian folk song
  117. The house of the rising sun, Britanian folk song
  118. Folk song from Netherlands
  119. Hungarian dance
  120. Greek folk song
  121. Jewish folk song
  122. Russian folk song
  123. Folk song from Uruguay
  124. English folk song
  125. Cuban folk song
  126. Guevara, Cuban folk song
  127. French folk song
  128. Folk song from Brazil
  129. Folk song from Mexico
  130. Catalian folk song
  131. Den blomstertid nu kommer
    1. (In Finnish Suvilaulu, Suvivirsi)
  132. Sacklake tango
  133. Tango Carelia, origin unclear
  134. Birthday tango
    1. (In Finnish Syntymäpäivätango)
  135. The Time of the Sorrow
    1. (In Finnish Surujen aika)
  136. Habanera
  137. Million Roses
  138. Tango Tannenbaum
  139. Walzing Mathilda
  140. Funiculi
  141. A mi reina
  142. Mexican hat dance
  143. Vom Himmel Hoch
  144. Kalinka, Russian folk song
  145. Irish folk song
  146. Guyanese folk song
  147. Forbidden games, folk song
  148. Blowing in the wind, folk song
  149. Tom Dooley, folk song
  150. Where have all the flowers gone
  151. Zorba, a Greek folk dance
  152. Boatmen of Volga, Russian folk song
  153. Las mananitas, Mexixan folk song
  154. Pueblito Vieo, Folk song
  155. Karjalan kunnailla, folk song from Finland
  156. Swedish folk song
  157. German folk song
  158. Hungarian folk song
  159. Austrian folk song
  160. Nocturne by Eino Leino (Finland). Folk music
  161. Ukrainan folk song
  162. Filosofia ja elämänkatsomustieto
    1. Elämänkatsomustiedon opetussuunnitelma 2016
  163. Filosofi och livsåskådning
  164. Philosophy and Life View
    1. Constructed language misil
  165. Katsomusaineiden didaktiikkaa
    1. Yleistä didaktiikkaa
    2. Kristillinen dogmatiikka
    3. Filosofian, elämänkatsomustiedon ja uskonnon didaktiikkaa
  166. Lukion filosofia, Filosofi i gymnasiet
    1. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    2. Ilmaiset filosofian oppikirjat
    3. Filosofian ylioppilastehtävät
  167. Elämänkatsomustieto, livsåskådning
    1. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    2. Peruskoulu Grundskola
      1. Ilmaiset oppikirjat
      2. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    3. Lukio Gymnasium
      1. Ilmaiset oppikirjat
      2. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    4. Elämänkatsomustiedon ylioppilastehtävät
  168. Syksyn 2017 ylioppilaskirjoituksiin valmistautuminen
  169. Elämänkatsomustieto ainereaalissa
  170. Muuta tietoa
  171. Ehdotus lukion opetuksen järkiperäistämiseksi

Do not change to Ubuntu 17.04

Erkki Hartikainen May 31, 2017

Working with this magazine has been very difficult.

Mississippi man kills eight, says God will forgive him

Added May 30, 2017

Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, who shot dead eight people at the weekend including law enforcement officer William Durr, inset, told reporters that God will forgive him.

According to this Progressive Secular Humanist report, Godbolt said after his arrest that he had intended to commit “suicide by cop” after the shooting spree that left seven members of his family and deputy Durr dead.

    My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets … Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live. Not after what I’ve done. Not in y’all eyes and not in nobody else’s eyes. But God, you know, He forgives you for everything.

Godbolt confessed to the crimes at the time of his arrest, and his confession was captured on video by The Clarion-Ledger‘s Therese Apel.

Authorities from multiple agencies took Godbolt into custody on East Lincoln Road in Brookhaven on Sunday morning, some seven hours after the shooting spree at three locations started. He has been charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first-degree murder. The identities of the seven slain in what appears to have began as domestic dispute have not yet been revealed.

Durr, married and the father of an 11-year-old son, was a two-year member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and a four-year member of the Brookhaven Police Department.

In the aftermath of the tragedy Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement asking for prayers.

    Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work.

“But why pray?” asked Progressive Secular Humanist’s MichDisabled Saudi man sentenced to death for attending a protestael Stone.

    Wasn’t this all part of God’s plan? ‘Mysterious ways’ and all that, don’t you know. Indeed, the killer is already on his way to salvation and forgiveness, a guaranteed spot in eternity with all the other good Christians.

    Because with Christianity, there is no accountability. After all, God will forgive you. All one needs to do is say some magic words, with sincere feeling of course, and all crimes and misdemeanors will be absolved, washed away by ‘the blood of Jesus’.

    Bottom line: Jesus – The eternal ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card. Giving comfort and hope to mass murderers and other villains for over 2,000 years.

Disabled Saudi man sentenced to death for attending a protest

Added May 29, 2017

Apparently emboldened by President Trump’s failure to raise concerns about human rights abuses on his recent visit to  Saudi Arabia, a Saudi has upheld a death sentence imposed on a disabled man who was arrested after he attended a protest.

According to this report, Munir al-Adam, 23, above, was beaten so badly he lost hearing in one ear during demonstrations in the Shia dominated east of the country in 2012.

Human rights campaigners have slammed the decision, calling it “shocking” and demanding the White House intervenes.

Trump shakes hands with a Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

When Trump visited the Islamic kingdom on May 20, he praised King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his “strong demonstration of leadership”, and pointedly promised not to preach about human rights abuses:

    We are not here to lecture – we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.

Munir al-Adam was sentenced to death in a secretive trial in the country’s Specialised Criminal Court last year. Now, an appellate court has decided the sentence should be carried out, despite international criticism.  He has the opportunity to appeal the decision once more before King Salman signs his death warrant.

Said Maya Foa, the Director of Reprieve, a legal justice charity:

    Munir’s case is utterly shocking – the White House should be appalled that our Saudi allies tortured a disabled protester until he lost his hearing then sentenced him to death on the basis of a forced ‘confession’.

Munir was tortured by police, despite his medical records detailing his disabilities, and forced to sign a false confession, campaigners said. He already suffered impaired vision and hearing, which stem from a skull fracture after a childhood accident.

He was charged with violent acts at a protest, a Reprieve spokesman said, but no evidence was produced at his trial other than the signed confession – made under duress, activists say.

The authorities accused him of “sending texts” but the manual worker was apparently too poor to own a phone.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most prolific executioners and notorious for its human rights abuses. Previous administrations have raised the issue of rights with Saudi leaders, but campaigners believe Trump’s failure to do so may have emboldened the state to proceed with controversial decisions.

Foa said:

    Today’s judgment shows that, by failing to raise human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, President Trump has emboldened the Kingdom to continue the torture and execution of protesters.

    The Trump administration must now urgently stand up for American values. They must call for the release of Munir, and all others who face execution for simply exercising freedom of expression.

After Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Wilbur Ross, the US Treasury Secretary, said there was “not a single hint of a protester” in the country. The remark which was widely condemned because of Saudi Arabia’s severe restrictions on freedom of expression.

Islamists demand the removal of ALL statues in Bangladesh

Added May 28, 2017

In April this year a writ was filed with the High Court demanding removal of the statue of Greek goddesses from the Supreme Court premises.

The reason given for the lawsuit was that the statue of Themis, the Greek goddess of Justice, was “unconstitutional” and “unIslamic”.

The authorities, anxious to appease moronic Muslim zealots, began the job of disposing of the statue this week.

But, as is invariably the case, appeasement leads to further demands, and – according to this report – Islamist groups now want statues all across Bangladesh demolished.

Mufti Fakhrul Islam, Youth Affairs Secretary of the Islamist platform, issued the demand while talking to reporters.

    We initially demanded for removal of the murti (sculpture) at SC premises as it’s located very close to the National Eidgah where we offer Eid prayers.

And he thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, above, for:

    Fulfilling her oath of removing the statue.

He added:

    We hope the Prime Minister will take steps to remove all statues across the Muslim-majority country.

Earlier, on April 11, Hasina said she personally did not like the sari-clad statue on Supreme Court premises either.

Later on April 17, Hasina told her cabinet colleagues that she had asked that the statue be removed or relocated to to another location where it could not be seen seen from the National Eidgah, a large open-air prayer centre.

The removal sparked a wave of protest in the social media. This week, protests broke out at Dhaka University, where police used tear gas shells and water cannons to quell protesters.

Protesters are now demanding the removal of all statues in Bangladesh

Those against Themis claimed her presence “hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims” and mass protests followed in the capital, Dhaka.

Analysts say this is a sign of the rising tension between Islamic conservatism and liberal values in Bangladesh.

Protesters have long asserted that the figure, which held the familiar sword and scales of justice in her hands, amounted to idolatry.

2 months to "Glastonbury of Freethinkers"

Added May 27, 2917

There is less than 2 months left for our 22-24 July conference in London which is being called the "Glastonbury of Freethinkers". With over 70 speakers, comedians, musicians and artists, it's going to be the largest ever gathering of ex-Muslims and freethinkers in London and will reaffirm the right to think and live outside the confines of religion. (Read an interview, which discusses the importance of the conference at a time when atheists and secularists are increasingly under attack). As our spokesperson, Maryam Namazie says:
 
"If anyone feels there is no hope, it is only because they are not familiar with the resistance. Everyone knows Khamenei, Bin Laden, al-Baghdadi but why are Raif Badawi, Avijit Roy, Nadia El Fani, Fauzia Ilyas, Waleed Al Husseini or Zineb el Rhazoui not household names? This conference is the conference of the resistance and resistance to totalitarianism always brings hope".
 
Help us mark the 10th anniversary of the CEMB with a celebration of apostasy and blasphemy. Get your tickets today and support our important work.
 
In the run-up to the conference, please also send 30 second videos or photos that defend freedom of conscience and expression, notably the right to criticise and reject religion, to exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com using hashtag #IWant2BFree.
 
CEMB Pride London
 
CEMB is pleased to announce it will be taking part in the Pride in London parade on Saturday 8 July 2017 and will use the event to protest Islamism’s violence, including the death penalty, directed towards LGBT people. In particular, CEMB will focus on the harrowing roundup, detention and torture of LGBT people in Chechnya where its president, Ramzan Kadyrov, has expressed the desire to “eliminate” gay people before the start of Ramadan. By participating in Pride in London, CEMB hopes to highlight the persecution of LGBT under Islamic law, defend LGBT equality, and increase solidarity between ex-Muslims, Muslims and LGBT in defence of basic human rights. To join the CEMB contingent, please contact Daniel Fitzgerald  at exmuslimcouncil@gmail.com, telephone 07952 593 227.
 
Feminist Enlightenment Founding Congress in Sulaymaniyah
 
Maryam Namazie spoke at Dabran's Founding Congress of Feminist Enlightenment in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan during 22-24 May. Dabran's slogan for this year's conference was "Religion for the Individual; Democracy for All". At the Congress, Maryam spoke about Islam and Islamism as the greatest stumbling blocks for women’s emancipation and how Islamists target women and girls first – whether in Tehran, Peshawar or Manchester. Speaker upon speaker reiterated the importance of secularism and universal human rights as a challenge to Daesh and in defence of women's rights. You can read Maryam's speech and see photos of the historic event here.
 
In a related event, CEMB's next monthly meet-up will be with Journalist and Activist Rahila Gupta who will speak on Rojava, Northern Syria and secular space in the middle of a war.
 
Actions and Petitions
 
Over the past few weeks, we have called for support of Mohamed Salih, a young Sudanese accused of apostasy for filing a request for the removal of mention of Islam from his official ID and adopted a Declaration on Apostasy and Blasphemy at “Days of Atheism 2017 – For the Right To Choose” in Warsaw in defence of Sina Dehghan and Mohammad Nouri sentenced to death for apostasy in Iran and Ayaz Nizami and Rana Noman arrested on charges of blasphemy in Pakistan, amongst others.
 
Moreover, we have reviewed Sayeeda Warsi's book and its shockingly blinkered view on Islamism in the Evening Standard, issued a statement about hate preacher Yasir Qadhi's visit to London, as well as joined petitions against Facebook's censorship of ex-Muslims and Denmark's blasphemy ban.
 
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Idiots of the week: Matt Archbold and Andy Burnham

Added May 26, 2017

Archbold, a Catholic commentator, and Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester, qualify for this spot for observations made about atheism and Islam.

Archbold, writing for the National Catholic Register at the weekend, boldly declared:

Atheism is the Uncoolest Choice Ever, and I Can Prove It.

Among this twerp’s “8 Reasons Christianity is Cooler than Atheism” is that:

Religious people live longer, happier lives, according to numerous scientific studies. 

And:

Atheists have less children and that probably means … well you probably know what that means since you’re all about SCIENCE! Once again, to sum up, you’ll be miserable, have a shorter life, and quite likely less sex than your religious counterparts. And you thought atheism was cool? Reconsider and repent ye fools. Jesus said he is the way, the truth, and the life.

Left unsaid, is that He’s totally cooler than Richard Dawkins!

Archbold then juxtaposes an unflattering photo of Dawkins (“This is an extreme atheist”)  with a sweet shot of the despicable Mother Teresa with an infant  (“This is an extreme Christian”.)

Burnham makes this spot for saying that Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was “not a Muslim“.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, he said:

The message that I would want to get over – and this is how the vast majority of people feel – this man was a terrorist, not a Muslim.

Hopes that New Zealand would bin its blasphemy laws dashed

Added May 25, 2017

Last week we reported that New Zealand was on the brink of scrapping its blasphemy laws, but today, to the anger of many, politicians voted to keep them. At least for a while longer.

According to this report, parliament had the opportunity to remove decades-old anti-blasphemy laws but bailed out yesterday, leaving blasphemy an offence punishable by up to 12 months’ jail.

Labour MP Chris Hipkins, above, introduced an amendment to remove the legislation but both the National Party and the Maori Party voted against removing it from of the Crimes Act.

Prime Minister Bill English said his preference was to:

Go through the proper process rather than just spontaneous amendments on the floor of the House.

But he said once a bill to scrap the law does go to Parliament he expects it would be repealed.

Hipkins said it was:

A sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance and leadership. What moral authority does New Zealand have condemning other countries for draconian blasphemy laws when we have one of our own that we refuse to repeal?

The law – which appears not to have been used since 1922 – came under scrutiny after reports that British entertainer Stephen Fry had faced a police investigation in the Republic of Ireland for comments he made about:

A capricious, mean-minded, stupid God.

English previously said that:

Laws that overreach on addressing robust speech are not a good idea.

Anglican Archbishop and Primate Philip Richardson also said it was time to get rid of the arbitrary and archaic law.

My view is, God’s bigger than needing to be defended by the Crimes Act.

ACT leader David Seymour had originally pushed for an MP to introduce a private member’s bill to repeal the law. He said:

Especially in the context of the terrible atrocities in Manchester, we need a fearless debate about freedom of speech and what is acceptable in a free society. These kinds of laws make New Zealand look a bit hypocritical.

The Humanist Society of New Zealand, which represented the 41 per cent of people in the country who were not religious, was appalled by the vote in Parliament.

President Sara Passmore, above, said the decision to keep the law was:

A clear vote against human rights. By refusing to remove the blasphemy law from our Crimes Act, the Government is saying we are not free to criticise and challenge all ideas. This decision was backwards, and not in line with international trends. We think people, not ideas, should be protected.

Orthodox Church flexes its muscles in Russian Parliament

Added May 23, 2017

It’s become increasingly obvious over the past few years that the Orthodox Church has been driving Russia towards a virulent form of Christian fundamentalism.

Now it even has a presence in the lower house of the Russian Parliament – the Duma – in the form of the Commission for the Protection of Christian Values that last week called for a total ban on abortion.

Archimandrite Theothilactes, attending the first session of the Commission in the newly-elected State Duma, said that certain Russian laws needed urgent changes.

First, abortion. This, he demanded:

Must be made equal to murder.

Second, child cruelty. The cleric lamented the fact that Russia has a law that forbids parents to use violence against their children. This, he insisted, contradicts Holy Scripture.

We should not allow any bans on traditional upbringing in a Christian family, any attempts to make children equal to parents. We need to introduce amendments to this law.

The lower house working group for the protection of Christian values unites 46 MPs from various parliamentary factions. Its main purpose is to evaluate current Russian laws in the context of “Christian values”, and to initiate new bills to serve this purpose.

Abortion is currently fully legal in Russia, but in recent years conservative politicians, together with religious figures, have made repeated attempts to change this.

In May 2015, MPs representing the parliamentary majority United Russia party and the center-left opposition Fair Russia party drafted a bill that would limit state insurance payments for abortions, ban private clinics from performing them, and allow women to buy morning-after pills only on prescription after an obligatory health check.

The lawmakers also proposed that any woman seeking an abortion should undergo an ultrasound scan of her womb, because:

According to statistics, up to 80 percent of them refuse to have the abortion when they see their child on the screen.

Kirill addressing the State Duma

In January 2015, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, delivered his first-ever address to the State Duma, in which he called on MPs to begin a campaign against abortion, with a view to a total nationwide ban. He also criticised surrogacy and urged lawmakers to take steps to replace it with adoption.

In January this year, the State Duma passed a controversial bill on domestic altercations that some in the media described as the “legalisation of domestic violence.

The bill reduced responsibility for first-time domestic violence to an administrative offence (punished with fines or up to 15 days in custody), but still allows for repeated cases or violence that leads to bodily harm to be prosecuted under the Criminal Code.

‘Hello central! Give me heaven’

Added May 23, 2017

 
‘Hello central! Give me heaven’

That cheesy old song immediately sprang to mind when I read today that Zimbabwean pastor Paul Sanyangore, above right, claims he has regular telephone conversations with God.

According to this report, Sanyangore can also arrange for members of his congregation to receive calls from the Almighty.

The photo purportedly shows a man called Tich Mataz receiving a call from God in front of an entire congregation of Sanyangore’s Victory World International Ministries.

Mataz then began delivering prophetic messages, and Sanyangore – also known as “Pastor Talent” – said that the “miracle” was enough to prove that he was telling the truth the whole time about his hot line to heaven.

Sanyangore first revealed his ability to speak to God in a February video filmed during a service at Victory World International Ministries.

In an interview with Zimbabwean news site H-Metro, he revealed that he was indeed on the phone with the Almighty, adding that he was surprised to see people so shocked about the whole thing.

I have a direct channel, actually I have his number and I can call him when need rises. It is possible to talk to God, why would you doubt that I got a call from him? I actually have a direct line which I can call him and get instructions on how to proceed. I got this when I was praying and I heard a voice telling me to call direct.

I got instructions on the phone on what to do or say and that is what happened on Sunday.

Sanyangore then went on to say that he would be launching a new show on his church’s television channel, Victory TV, called “Heaven Online”, where more of his phone conversations with God would be heard. He even said that he planned to reveal God’s phone number during a special service at the Victory World International Ministries, and invited people to attend so they could witness the miracle.

When he failed to give out God’s number, he said he’d decided the time wasn’t right. But at the beginning of May, in a follow-up interview with H-Metro, he said he’ll definitely reveal God’s digits later in the month.

The time is ripe, come Sunday the contact will be shared. I will not intercede on behalf of people; they will be talking to the creator directly. We will have the event beamed on our television channel, Victory TV for the avoidance of explanations and misrepresentations.

But once again he wasn’t forthcoming with the number. Instead he arranged to have God call Mataz.

But don’t call him a charlatan. Last year, after revealing that he had died as an infant but was then resurrected, he said:

The same people you pray for and deliver are the people who want to pull you down. This is not only to me but all the men of God. They are the same people who speak ill of you.

Another thing, being labelled fake is the greatest insult not only to me but the one who sent me. You will be doubting that God has no power to do things through me.

Florida Christian assaulted ‘provocative’ eight-year-old

Added May 21, 2017

Sydney Allan Markland, above, who has a passion for ‘teaching people the Bible’, has been arrested for sexually assaulting a girl aged 8.

According to this report, Markland, 68 – who allegedly lured the girl into his home in July 2016 – told detectives that the child had been dressed “provocatively”.

After Markland, who goes by the nickname “Dread,” sexually battered his victim, told her not to tell anyone.

Detectives wrote in their arrest report that after the assault:

He kissed her on the cheek and read from the Bible.

The girl told a parent, who called law enforcement. DNA samples were collected from the victim’s and after several months, they proved to be a match with Markland.

Deputies said Markland told them that in his culture his actions were considered acceptable. He also said the child’s clothing and “actions” suggested consent, officials said.

In confessing to the crime, Markland said:

She was wearing provocative clothing. Her actions suggested that she was consenting to sexual contact.

Said neighbor Steve Sarju:

When she started running and crying with her pants down, I knew something was up. I know something was up but I was scared because he always had guns and I didn’t want to go up there.

Asked about the alleged assault, Markland’s brother said:

He’s a good person, all he does is teach people to read the Bible and stuff, that’s all I know about him.

Neighbors confirmed that Markland would preach to people, including children, when they walked by his home. Said neighbor Frank Ley.

Oh my gosh I can’t believe it, because I’ll be honest with you, he preaches the Bible, he knows it inside out. Everybody that walks by there will sit with him and pray, God is the light in our salvation, we always sit there, congregate two or three people at one time.

Markland is charged with an array of offences, including sexual assault on a victim under 12 years old, lewd and lascivious behaviour, and molesting a victim less than 12 years old.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office public information Officer Lauren Lettelier said authorities waited to make the arrest until they had a strong case.

Sometimes, these cases take longer to build so we have as strong of a case as possible, especially when it goes to trial. The DNA came back in November 2016.

Markland is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail.

Deputies said Markland could have more victims because he’s familiar with children in the neighborhood. Said Lettelier:

We don’t have any direct evidence to believe that he may have molested any other children, but he has not been truthful with us so we are still asking if anyone who could be a victim to come forward.

FGM practitioners in Michigan face harsh new penalties

Added May 20, 2017

Following the arrest last month of Muslim Dr Jumana Nagarwala, accused of mutilating girls for religious reasons, the Michigan Senate yesterday approved legislation making FGM a state felony.

Doctors who perform the procedure and parents who transport a child to undergo the surgery now face jail sentences of up to 15 years.

A sponsor of the legislation, State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rick Jones, above, cited recent expert testimony before his panel describing Michigan as a “hotspot” for female genital mutilation due to its large community of immigrants from countries where such surgery is still routinely performed. He said:

    It’s been hidden. But now that we’re aware, we want to make a very strong statement to the world – never again in Michigan.

Genital mutilation of girls, typically involving removal of all or part of the clitoris, is banned by several international treaties but remains a common cultural or religious practice in some African countries, including Somalia, Sudan and Egypt.

Aside from carrying tougher penalties than federal statute, Michigan’s legislation would allow arrests and prosecution by local law enforcement.

It also would close a federal loophole by outlawing transportation of girls under age 18 within state boundaries for purposes of undergoing genital surgery, Jones said. Parents or guardians who bring children to Michigan from abroad or are found to have taken them overseas for such procedures could likewise be charged.

The federal law, enacted in 1996, targets practitioners of female genital mutilation as well as individuals who carry a child across state lines to undergo the procedure.

Jones said female genital mutilation bans have been passed or were under consideration in several other states, including Minnesota and Texas, but he believed Michigan’s would be the toughest.

The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone genital mutilation, which can cause lasting health problems.

Australian Christians told to butt out of matters of state

Added May 19, 2017

Australia can’t bring itself to legalise same-sex marriage because of interference from Christian prodnoses.

That’s the view of Penny Wong, above, the Labor opposition leader in the Senate, who said in her Frank Walker Memorial Lecture in Sydney today that marriage equality:

Languishes in the too hard basket because of the intransigence of those who see it as their right to impose their personal views on the community as a whole.

Wong’s speech made the argument that a major problem in Australia’s contentious same-sex marriage debate is:

The application of religious belief to the framing of law in a secular society. The law slowly evolved to regard marriage as a contract rather than a sacrament and recognised that the marriage contract had particular reference to children and property.

But it remains the case that religious attitudes to marriage continue to impact on much of the political debate that has delayed the recognition of the marriage equality rights of the gay and lesbian community.

Wong described Australia’s secular society as a “great protection” against extremism, and stressed the importance of separating church and state.

Religion-based moral codes continue to limit the freedoms and the rights of those who, in the view of religious groups, do not ‘conform’ to their views. In advocating, and indeed proselytising, their own views, they too often restrict and constrain the rights of others.

Why, one might ask, should gay people be expected to show ‘gratitude’ that their sexual relationships have been decriminalised?

And why, one might also ask, should the gay and lesbian community be merely ‘tolerated’ when the heterosexual community takes for granted ‘acceptance’ and recognition of their sexual preference as ‘the norm’?

She also said religious liberty does not extend to the law enforcing a particular religion’s view on marriage.

Religious freedom means being free to worship and to follow your faith without suffering persecution or discrimination for your beliefs, It does not mean imposing your beliefs on everyone else.

And it most emphatically does not mean deploying the power of the state to enforce one set of religious beliefs.

Wong said she is a person of faith and does not believe a secular society is anti-religion, but rather:

Characterised by the personal freedoms of its members to hold God in whatever regard they wish.

Wong also rejected the argument that marriage is chiefly about procreation and should therefore be restricted to heterosexual couples.

I’m pretty confident that the description of marriages as loveless relationships with the pure aim of procreating would not resonate with the vast majority of Australians.

Russian Orthodox Leader Sprays Holy Water on Government Computers to Stop WannaCry Attack

May 18, 2017 by  

Over the weekend, the WannaCry ransomware attack targeted Microsoft Windows systems across the globe, even disrupting hospitals in Britain.

But Russia won’t have to worry about anything like that happening because the Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill apparently visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs and sprayed holy water on the computers.

They can hack our political campaigns, but they think spraying water on computers is a smart move… #Logic

It won’t do any good, obviously, and I suspect the government let Kirill work his magic because he’s a powerful figure in the country. I think the government official standing in the middle of the room with the “you’ve got to be kidding me” look speaks for all of us.

Kirill has previous blamed the rise of ISIS on the “godless, secular” civilization in which we live. Also: Pride parades. He also thinks marriage equality is a “very dangerous sign of the apocalypse.”

And now he’s adding to his bullshit-filled toolbox with holy water. Because who needs a white hat when you have religious headgear at your disposal?

The origin of the space dystopies

Erkki Hartikainen May 17, 2017

The reason for space dystopies is anticommunism.

The model for this type of fiction is Robert Heinleins Starship Troopers.

Robert Anson Heinlein (/ˈhaɪnlaɪn/; July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", his controversial works continue to have an influential effect on the genre, and on modern culture more generally.

Heinlein became one of the first science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s.

He was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.

Among his most famous novels are the literary classic Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, which helped create the space marine and mecha archetypes, and the libertarian novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

A notable writer of science-fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. at his Astounding Science Fiction magazine—though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.

Within the framework of his science-fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices.

So That’s How the Dinosaurs Went Extinct…

May 16, 2017 by  

It all makes sense now.

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You can see the full comic at Optipess.

Being gay makes you ungodly, sacked Kentucky woman told

Added May 15, 2017

A credit union in Kentucky has been hit with a lawsuit following its sacking last year of long-serving staff member Penelope Hudson, above, who was judged to be ‘too butch’ to serve customers.

She was also told that, as a lesbian, she couldn’t possibly believe in God.

Hudson worked for Park Community Credit Union offices in Louisville and Southern Indiana for 15 years and received positive performance reviews. But last year she was sacked because of her sexual orientation.

Hudson’s lawsuit, filed last Friday, alleges she was:

Passed over for promotions due to her supervisor’s animus toward lesbians.

She was told to change her appearance because she was “too butch” to deal with customers and

Was called ‘unprofessional’ because she wore her hair short.

The court filing says that:

Her sexual orientation was discussed with other employees and customers overheard those conversations.

It also says her supervisors and co-workers gossiped about her sexual orientation and would “belittle” her for not being a “typical woman”.

One of her supervisors asked that employees at her branch pray for good result, but noted that Hudson, the doesn’t believe in God since she is gay. She was told:

Because you’re gay, you don’t believe in God.

Hudson’s lawsuit also says that when a client at a business event sexually harassed her by flirting, trying to kiss her, and repeatedly asking for her phone number despite her turning him down, she complained to the Vice President of Human Resources.

Shockingly, the VP’s response was:

If the gay thing doesn’t work out you can also go the other way.

After being cleared to take time off via the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a federal law, for in-vitro fertilization, she was asked why. When she challenged the question, she was told that the credit union needed:

To insure it wasn’t for something related to her being gay.

Hudson says she is “heartbroken” over he sacking:

I loved my job and I was good at my job, and I loved the members that I dealt with every day. I gave my heart and soul to this company, and then I was fired for no other reason than that I am gay. That is hard to believe, and I’m filing this case because I want this company to know that this is not OK.

I never want any other LGBT person to be treated the way I was treated.

After being passed over for promotions and even being demoted, Park Community Credit Union ultimately fired Penelope in September 2016.

Months before she was fired, she received a positive performance review and she still gets questions from longtime credit union members about why they don’t see her at work anymore.

According to this report, Jim Spradlin, above, the credit union’s CEO, said the financial institution:

Vehemently denies the allegations made against us and will defend our position through all legal means.

Spradlin also said:

We take great pride in the diversity of our workforce and embrace each employee as a part of our family. We look forward to the public learning the truth about our organization, which is that our incredible employees are a treasure that we value

Pokémon Go player sentenced for inciting religious hatred

Added May 14, 2017

Ruslan Sokolovsky, above, arrested last August for committing the horrendous crime of playing the video game in the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land in Yekaterinburg, was given a suspended jail sentence this week.

The blogger, according to this report, compounded his offence by posting his caper on YouTube, and more than two million people viewed his videoIn a short speech at the beginning of the video, Sokolovsky dismissed media reports that playing Pokémon Go in churches could result in a prison sentence. He said:

This is complete nonsense. Who could get offended if you’re just walking around with your smartphone in a church?

But several weeks later, on September 2, Sokolovsky was detained on charges of extremism and insulting the feelings of believers.

Prosecutors claim to have found “elements of incitement of hatred” in nine videos uploaded by Sokolovsky to YouTube and his so-called “atheist” video blog, between May 2013 and September 2016.

He was charged with nine counts of inciting hatred and seven of breaching the right to freedom of religion.

A separate charge of using special equipment to illegally obtain information was added to the list after police found a ballpoint pen with a hidden camera during a search of his home.

The maximum sentence for insulting the rights of religious believers carries a sentence of up to seven years. But prosecutors thought that a three-and-a-half year term in prison would be sufficient punishment.

But on Thursday, a court sentenced him to 160 hours of compulsory community service and ordered him not to appear in public places.

Russian news agencies had quoted a prosecutor as saying in court:

There are no grounds to let the defendant go unpunished.

Pokémon Go, jointly developed by Nintendo Co and Niantic Inc, generated masses of followers around the world as players use their phones to capture animated characters that appear in real locations.

Sokolovsky’s treatment has drawn comparisons with the jailing of the Pussy Riot performance artists after they staged a punk performance in a Moscow cathedral in 2012.

The case has once again highlighted the power of the Russian Orthodox Church under the conservative rule of President Vladimir Putin.

Stephen Fry case sounds death knell for blasphemy law in NZ

Added May 13, 2017

The foolish police investigation of Stephen Fry for allegedly blaspheming on TV in Ireland has prompted New Zealand to scrap its blasphemy law.

According to this report,  David Seymour, above, leader of ACT, a minor opposition party, instigated the move, saying lawmakers of all stripes wanted to end what they saw as an archaic curb on freedom of speech.

New Zealanders cherish the fact that we have strong separation between church and state. So when people discovered that there was a law that meant you could spend a year in jail for offending someone of a religious persuasion there was widespread condemnation.

Seymour, an enthusiastic supporter of gay rights and an assisted dying advocate, will notify parliament today (Thursday)  that he intends to include blasphemy on a list of laws that are scheduled to be scrapped.

He added that the government had agreed to the move and the repeal should be complete by the end of the month.

Seymour said his bid to repeal the law was prompted by the Irish police probe into whether Fry blasphemed in a 2015 television interview when he denounced God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous”.

While the Irish investigation was dropped this week, it led to New Zealanders reviewing their laws and finding blasphemy was still on the statute books.

The news came as a surprise to many, including devout Catholic Prime Minister Bill English, who said:

It’s basically an accident of history … I can’t imagine a use for it.  I think laws that over-reach on addressing robust speech are not a good idea … frankly, I didn’t think we had it, I thought it had gone.

Lawmakers from the majority of political parties, including opposition Labour leader Andrew Little, all voiced support for repealing the law.

Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson also backed the move:

My view is, God’s bigger than needing to be defended by the Crimes Act.

Blasphemy has been an offence since 1840, when New Zealand became a British colony, and was included in a revamp of the criminal code in 1961. But no one has ever been convicted of the crime.

The written warnig for Yahweh

Added May 12

The summer is late in Finland.

In Muslim-Majority Indonesia, Jakarta’s Christian Governor Gets Two Year Jail Sentence for Blasphemy

Added May 11, 2017
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Back in November, we learned that the Christian governor of Jakarta, Indonesia, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was being investigated by police for blaspheming against Islam.

He didn’t actually do anything of the sort. What he said was that his opponents, by citing a verse from the Qur’an against being ruled by non-Muslims such as himself, were misleading people with their interpretation of the holy book. However, when video of that speech appeared online, someone had subtitled it without an important word, making it seem like he was criticizing the Qur’an itself rather than his political opponents. Approximately 100,000 Muslims demonstrated against Purnama on account of these lies.

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Purnama’s blasphemy trial took place in December. This wasn’t long before the city’s elections, and the whole controversy saw his popularity plummet. He lost the race to a Muslim challenger a couple of weeks ago.

As for the trial, it was really a test of whether the nation’s legal system could fairly evaluate all the evidence… or whether it would succumb to mob rule.

Looks like mob rule won out.

The five-judge panel at the Jakarta court found Purnama guilty of blasphemy and jailed him for two years.

Announcing the verdict, presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto said Purnama was “convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy and is sentenced to two years in prison” and ordered him to be detained.

Another judge, Abdul Rosyad, said reasons for the stiff sentence included that “the defendant didn’t feel guilt, the defendant’s act has caused anxiety and hurt Muslims”.

Purnama will appeal the decision, but what good is a legal appeal in a corrupt system?

Jakarta, much like the U.S. last year, fell for misinformation. And the new leader’s political opponent may indeed be locked up.

OMG! Poundland’s promotional sticker upsets devout Christian

Added May 10, 2017

Committed Christian Lizette Franklin, inset above, went into a state of shock when she clapped eyes on a ‘revolting’ OMG! promotion at her local branch of Poundland  – and has vowed never patronise the store again until the the signs are removed.

According to this report, Franklin, a South African now living in Kinross, Scotland, was “absolutely disgusted and appalled” when she headed into Poundland’s Dunfermline branch, and assumed that OMG! was short for “Oh My God!”

However, the retail giant stressed the campaign was in fact an acronym for “Oh My Goodness!” A spokesperson for Poundland said:

We can assure her we have no intention to cause any upset with our ‘Oh My Goodness’ signage. While we know ‘OMG’ is in common use – especially online –  and people differ on what it stands for, our overall intention is to surprise and delight customers with the amazing value we offer.

Franklin isn’t buying it. She said:

To me it expresses the name of the Lord and can be taken as disrespectful. If it was to mean Oh My Goodness they should have written it out.

She said she will boycott what is still one of her favourite shops until the offending campaign ends. She estimated she has spent a minimum of £100 every month for the last three years at the branch.

I am an absolute fan of the store. But when I saw this I was really in shock. It was as if the name of the Lord has been made fun of and disrespected all over the store. It is as if the name of the Lord was being used in vain to promote prices and this is revolting to say the least.

This is disrespectful to us as Christians and should be removed at once.

A while back got her pretty little Christian knickers in a twist when she saw a man strip naked on a beach before donning a diving suit. She recounted her experience on her Facebook page in June 2014. When a friend pointed out that Brighton, on the south coast of England, had a nudist beach, she replied:

Dont think we wil go there,,, little white soft winkies isnt really my idea of attraction. ….hahaha.

Having been an regular at the beach every summer for the eight years I lived in Brighton I can assure Ms Franklin that the “winkies” on display weren’t all white – and certainly not all “little”.

Speaking of offended South African Christians, back in 2011, a deodorant ad featuring angels ran into trouble with the country’s Advertising Standards Authority, which banned it.

The advertisement for Axe deodorant (known as Lynx in Britain) features winged, attractive women crashing to earth in an Italian town.

The scantily-clad women are then drawn towards a seemingly unremarkable man preparing to get on a moped. They regard their quarry lasciviously while sniffing the air before one by one smashing their halos and advancing towards him.

A voice-over says:

Excite, the new fragrance from Axe. Even angels will fall.

A viewer who complained to the ASA) said the suggestion that God’s messengers would literally fall for a mortal because of a deodorant was incompatible with his belief as a Christian.

The ASA agreed, and ordered Unilever SA, which sells the product, to withdraw the TV commercial.

The ASA said that the angels themselves were not a problem, but:

They are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires. This is something that would likely offend Christians in the same manner as it offended the complainant.

Ireland made to look stupid over blasphemy complaint

Added May 9, 2017

News that actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry is being investigated for possibly breaching Ireland’s blasphemy law, went viral at the weekend and has attracted condemnation from many quarters.

Professor David Nash, above, an international expert on the history and contemporary status of blasphemy laws throughout Europe and beyond, told Atheist Ireland:

This incident really points up the utter folly of still maintaining a blasphemy law on the statute books of a modern democracy and the Irish government has been warned about these dangers.

History has shown us that even benign governments can think a blasphemy law will never be used and is there as a deterrent and a reflection of the country’s religious culture. No matter how unworkable governments and civil servants think the law is this incident indicates the power of the individual in finding offence and acting upon this.

Nash, of Oxford Brookes University, added:

Accepting the maintenance of this law is to accept the chilling effect of censorship in daily life – past and present. It is time for the State to itself act responsibly and repeal this law.

The investigation was prompted by an anonymous individual who demanded that Fry be prosecuted for describing God as “an utter maniac” in an RTE One interview with Gay Byrne in 2015.

According to this report, a member of the public, who asked not to be identified, said he travelled to Ennis Gardaí station, Co Clare to report the alleged blasphemy.

I told the Gardaí I wanted to report Fry for uttering blasphemy and RTE for publishing/broadcasting it and that I believed these were criminal offences under the Defamation Act 2009.

The Gardaí then took a formal written statement from me in which I quoted Fry’s comments in detail. This written statement mentioned both Fry and RTÉ specifically.

He said he was asked by the Gardaí if he had been personally offended by the programme and if he wished to include this in the written statement.

I told the Gardaí that I did not want to include this as I had not personally been offended by Fry’s comments– I added that I simply believed that the comments made by Fry on RTÉ were criminal blasphemy and that  I was doing my civic duty by reporting a crime.

A Gardaí source said the matter is being investigated.

A complaint has been received and it is currently being investigated. Detectives will speak to those involved if they are available and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Atheist Ireland said it welcomed the Gardaí investigation into Mr Fry for blasphemy, saying:

It highlights a law that is silly, silencing, and dangerous. On 1 January 2010, the day the new Irish blasphemy law became operational, Atheist Ireland published a list of 25 blasphemous quotes in order to challenge the law.

Today, in solidarity with Stephen Fry, we are republishing those 25 blasphemous quotes, and adding in the quotation that has caused the Irish police to investigate Stephen Fry.

If we are prosecuted, we will challenge the constitutionality of the blasphemy law. If we are not prosecuted, it will again highlight the absurdity of this law, which should be repealed immediately. We again call on the Irish Government to honour its commitment to hold a referendum to remove the ban on blasphemy from our Constitution.

The law passed in 2009 and was introduced in January 2010 and it carries a maximum fine of €25,000. It prohibits:

The publishing or uttering [of] matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion. There have been no publicised cases of blasphemy brought before Irish courts.

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a qualified barrister who campaigned against the introduction of the law in 2009, said this was a “most unusual” case.

She said then Justice Minister Dermot Ahern made a grave error introducing the blasphemy law in 2009 and while criminal prosecutions haven’t been pursued in Ireland the law has been used as a model by other less democratic states.

Pakistan and other repressive states pointed to our law as an example of a law they wished to pursue. It is being used as a model by these regimes and this is not what Ireland should aspire to.

Yesterday, the British Humanist Association entered the fray. It pointed out that Fry was a patron of the BHA, and branded that the garda investigation as “ridiculous”.

Ireland’s current blasphemy law was passed in 2009 and has never been used. However, that does not mean it never will be – just in February, for example, prosecutors in Denmark decided to use their blasphemy law to charge a man for the first time in 46 years. Blasphemy laws also remain in active use in Greece, Poland, Turkey, and Russia, all of which have seen prosecutions in recent years.

The BHA is part of the End Blasphemy Laws campaign, an international campaign aimed at eradicating such laws around the globe that has seen laws be abolished in Norway, Iceland, Malta, and France since it was launched two years ago.

In England and Wales, blasphemy laws were abolished in 2008. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, blasphemy laws still remain on the books – but neither have been used for some time.

BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson, above, commented:

It is ridiculous that Stephen Fry is being investigated for a possible breach of Ireland’s blasphemy laws. Not only are such laws detrimental to free speech here in Europe, but they also enable countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran to justify their own laws, which in the case of 13 states come with a death sentence.

The current Irish Government is committed to holding a referendum on the abolition of Ireland’s blasphemy law. It is past time that referendum takes place.

Scientologists charged with kidnapping in Tennessee

Added May 8, 2017

Marc Vallieres, inset above, the operator of several Church of Scientology ‘facilities’ in Tennessee, has been charged with multiple felony counts of kidnapping.

Vallieres, according to this report, was arrested in Cannon County and faces two felony counts of facilitation of kidnapping. Two others involved with the alleged kidnapping are Dennis Flamond and Hans Snyder Lytle, who have both pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment.

Vallieres runs a number of facilities in Woodbury, about 60 miles southeast of Nashville. His goal at the centres is to take in teenagers who struggle with mental issues or drug and alcohol addiction and treat them with his longstanding Scientology-based therapy programme.

The arrests followed a raid by police on a collection of cabins and a double-wide trailer, concealed in the wilderness and heavily secured. This collection of cabins in Woodbury belong to the Life Center for a New Tomorrow, which is owned by Vallieres. It says on its website:

The Center was created to provide a safe environment for people who have conditions difficult to deal with. The Life Center is not a medical or treatment facility. The main focus is to provide an environment that is peaceful and safe, where people can rest, destimulate, gradually calm down, regain their senses and with some help perhaps recover the social skills necessary to function successfully in life.

No mention is made on the site about the Church of Scientology, but Vallieres indicated his involvement with the Life Centre on his Facebook page. Last August he said he was looking for staff for the Life Center.

A Global News report said the authorities had found out about the cabins when a man inside managed to call 911. When police arrived the captive was “looking out through a Plexiglas window”.

The unidentified man told police that he had been held in the facility against his will for nine months, and had been treated with unknown medications. According to officers who witnessed the scene, it was impossible for the man to leave the cabin, and all he was provided was a single bed with a single sheet and a tiny bathroom, which was the “only room with a light”.

After assessing the scene, the man was taken to an emergency room at a local hospital for care. When police later returned to the cabin and trailer armed with a search warrant, they discovered people hastily packing up and moving out all contents of the facilities.

Later, when the police searched another reported Scientology location, they discovered yet another “patient,” this time a female. She too was transported to a local hospital and her family notified.

The authorities ordered an immediately shut-down of the cult’s facilities. A statement released by the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department said:

We would like to make the general public of [the] county aware that the Scientology facilities are closed and [no longer] operating.

Well-known Scientology reporter Tony Ortega has been sounding the horn on these covert facilities for some time, citing examples of other people who have allegedly been held against their will – including severely mentally ill Scientologists – and who have  suffered mental breakdowns in similar rural Tennessee facilities. On his website Ortega, in reporting this week’s police operation, said:

In 2015, we told you the shocking story of a woman with severe mental health issues who was “treated” with Scientology’s pseudoscientific techniques at the Woodbury, Tennessee facility that Vallieres called Life Center for a New Tomorrow. The woman was later moved to the basement of a house in Arkansas, where she had to be rescued by local authorities.

Anne Vallieres:

Photo: Church of Scientology International

A Church of Scientology press release dating back to 2012 said that Marc Vallieres and his wife Anne had embarked on a crusade to:

Create a drug-free Tennessee after they began to notice heavy drug abuse in their own small town of Woodbury.

They began the campaign in 2009 and since then have conducted drug education seminars in schools, reaching thousands of children in 30 counties around the state. They intend to bring the program to all remaining counties and make drug prevention part of every child’s education in Tennessee.

The release added:

The Church of Scientology has published a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World, to meet requests for more information about the drug education and prevention initiative it supports.

Trump rewards evangelicals with religious freedom order

Added May 7, 2017

US President Donald Trump today made good on a promise to allow faith-heads – particularly those of an evangelical stripe – greater freedom by signing an Executive Order called ‘Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty’.

He is quoted by NBC News as saying at political speech at a National Day of Prayer event at the White House:

Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation. We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.
We are giving our churches their voices back.

Trump promised during his election campaign to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt organisations like churches from political speech and activities. His executive order relaxes IRS enforcement of that ban. While the executive order signals a promise kept, fully repealing the Johnson amendment would require Congressional action.

His Executive Order also gives “regulatory relief” to companies that object to an Obamacare mandate for contraception in health care.

While an earlier draft of the religious liberty order reportedly would have let federal contractors discriminate against LGBT employees based on faith beliefs, today’s version did not include such provisions.

Pastor Mark Burns, a longtime Trump supporter who attended the White House signing and a White House dinner for religious leaders on  Wednesday evening, celebrated the move, telling NBC News today that it was :

A great day for religious freedom in America.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a statement:

The open season on Christians and other people of faith is coming to a close in America and we look forward to assisting the Trump administration in fully restoring America’s First Freedom,

But Civil liberty groups criticised the order, with several vowing to sue.

Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights said in a statement.

Plain and simple: President Trump’s executive order will hurt women, and the Center for Reproductive Rights is ready to fight back in court. President Trump’s executive order discriminates against women and robs them of essential preventive care.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D Romero said in a statement released minutes after the order was made public:

We intend to file suit today. President Trump’s efforts to promote religious freedom are thinly-veiled efforts to unleash his conservative religious base into the political arena while also using religion to discriminate.

Lambda Legal said on Tuesday that it would sue Trump if an explicitly anti-LGBT order were signed. But today, the organization’s CEO, Rachel Tiven, said the lawsuit was on hold – for now.

We will be scrutinising the moves that will be taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other administration officials in response to the Executive Order. If they take action based on this Executive Order that harms our community, we will sue.

Public funds must no longer be used to finance churches and religions!

Added May 6, 2917

We represent associations from all continents acting for separation of churches and religions from states, for formal secularization of institutions, in accordance with the increasing secularization of societies.

The watchword of our actions is to work towards respect for the freedom of conscience of each and every one, of all human beings living on the planet. That is to say, the freedom to believe or not to believe. We do not conflate freedom of conscience with freedom of religion because the latter is only one component of the former and not its equivalent.

We reject the idea that religion be considered a separate category among the variety of convictions of Humanity. Or that it should be given special status exempting it from rational and human criticism. Or that it should in addition be financed by public funds taken from the total contributions of taxpaying citizens.

That is why we are opposed to any form of civil and criminal enforcement of what is generally referred to as “the crime of blasphemy.” The right to engage in unfettered criticism is a fundamental democratic right. Its necessary corollary is complete freedom of expression. We are referring here to criticism of opinions and facts, not individuals as such.

That is also why we refuse and condemn the privilege of churches and religions – which represent the convictions of only a few – being financed from public funds which are the fruit of the contribution by everyone.

Coming from the USA (1791), Mexico (1857), France (1905), Portugal (1911), Russia (1918), Uruguay (1918), Spain (1931) and Turkey (1937), the democratic demand for the necessary Separation of churches and religions from states has continued to mobilize conscious Humanity. Since then, numerous countries on all continents have established that principle. The progress of Separation has a long history.

Ever since James Madison, Father of the American Constitution and 4th president of the United States, observed in 1819 that “the number, the industry and the morality of the clergy, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of church and state,” the History of human emancipation has shown that, whatever the dominant religious cultures in society, the principle of Separation of the sphere of public institutions from the religious sphere is not only possible and feasible, but it is highly desirable in order to establish and consolidate Democracy.

In all countries, on all continents, in all national and international institutions, we must take action to advance the Separation of churches and religions from States.

Together, let us work for secularism!

Is Greece still Christian?

Added May 5, 2017
Alexander Pereira
, Half Greek, live in Greece

I’ll take a stab at an answer based on some data and on my experiences as a Christian in Greece, hopefully I can give you some more insight into the matter.

Officially, the Greek Orthodox Church is accorded the status of prevailing religion in the Greek constitution. So if you want a very simplified answer, there it is.

It might also interest you to know that “Orthodox clergy's salaries and pensions are paid for by the State. All Greek students in primary and secondary schools in Greece attend Christian Orthodox instruction, although there is an exemption system.” (quote from wikipedia)

According to the most recent Pew report, 88.1 % of Greeks identify as Orthodox Christians.

Most people happily take part in religious traditions such as local fairs held on saints day, drawn out Easter celebrations (including fasting), Christmas and so forth. These traditions are part of the Greek experience and differ a bit from what you find in catholic and protestant countries.

Based on this above info, Greece seems to be like some kind of Orthodox theocracy where both the people and the state are extremely religious.

The reality is different. Belief in Christianity in Greece is dropping rapidly, the country is becoming more secular… more or less like how you’d expect a western European country to be.

According to this wikipedia page, self-reported Church attendance is at 27%, putting Greece in the company of countries like Canada and the Czech republic. This percentage correlates a bit better with my day to day experiences with my fellow Greeks.

In the cities, among the middle and upper class, among the young, you will find that few people seem to self profess as Christians. The Greek Orthodox church and clergy (and by association Christianity as a religion) are routinely criticized, looked down upon, or just ignored. In the countryside and among the working class and older people you will find more people who proudly will identify themselves as Christians. This is not an uncommon pattern that probably also applies to other countries.

Whatever the case, Christian solidarity did not stop Greeks from electing our current prime minister, a self-described atheist (and marxist?) whose political roots are in socialism and the far left. A Che-Guevara fanboy, he remains un-married, but has cohabitated with his high school girlfriend for twenty years and they have one child. He took a civil rather than a religious oath of office and is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. This is not a political diatribe for or against him, its to illustrate how this is not a country in which there is some kind of powerful organized Christian voting block like you see in the USA.

As far as Christianity and Islam is concerned, any theories that the state of Christianity in Greece is somehow directly threatened by Muslim immigration are off the mark. It is threatened by secularization. It is also threatened by population implosion due to its “lowest-low fertility” rate of 1.3 births per woman, one of the lowest on earth… but that’s another story.

Something that I’d like to add that is important in understanding Greeks is that we have very blurred line between traditions and religion. People can and will enjoy religious traditions without necessarily being believers, its more about community. This Easter I was attending church and next to me in the courtyard lighting their candles with the holy flame where friends who are most definitely atheists… and marxists. Don’t confuse the widespread participation in and identification with traditions with spiritual-religious belief.

This is a halfway Christian country undergoing a transition. The Church holds lands and influence and commands financial support from the goverment, but at the same time, people are tuning away from organized religion in droves. I have the lingering impression that the hierarchy of the Orthodox Church is out of touch with its people, or simply not up to the job of navigating the 21st century. Its hard to say what it will look like in 2–3 generations.

Robots can make products for individuals

Erkki Hartikainen May 4, 2017

Hundred years ago carpenters made individual pieces of the furniture.

Now I can buy only products for average people, not for me.

I hope that in the future robots will make products for individuals.

San Diego gay cure pastor rebuffed by US Supreme Court

Added May 3, 2017

Donald W Welch, a quack Christian therapist and an ordained minister at Skyline Church in Rancho San Diego, inset, had failed in his bid to overturn to a California law banning gay conversion therapy for minors.

According to this report, the US Supreme Court yesterday declined to take up Welch’s challenge to the law. The justices, turning away a challenge to the 2012 law for the second time in three years, let stand a lower court’s ruling that it was constitutional and neither impinged upon free exercise of religion nor impacted the activities of clergy members.

The 2012 statute noted that homosexuality is not a disease and that gay conversion therapy is harmful.

Similar laws against gay conversion have passed in the District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont. A challenge to the New Jersey law was rejected by the Supreme Court in 2015.

Welch is an ordained minister and a licensed family therapist with the evangelical Skyline Wesleyan Church near San Diego. The church believes sex should take place only in a marriage between a man and a woman.

When the Bill SB 1172 became was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the Sacramento Pacific Justice Institute immediately launched a challenge on behalf of Welch, saying the law violates First Amendment and equal protection rights.

Welch, whose church operates one of the oldest Christian counseling centre in the area, is as an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Azusa Pacific University. The suit also named as a plaintiff Aaron Bitzer, a Culver City man who says he has benefited from the “reparative” therapy.

Institute president Brad Dacus said of the law:

It directly threatens the rights of parents and how they choose to address the issue of same-sex attraction with their children. It threatens to have the child removed from families that do not affirm the homosexual conduct of their children. And then it also violates the rights and the professional duties of licensed counselors – and even clergy who are licensed counselors – by dictating them to affirm homosexual same-sex attraction as well as the sexual conduct resulting from that attraction.

Senator Ted Lieu, above, who introduced the bill, dismissed the lawsuit as:

Frivolous. Their view of the First Amendment is so expansive it would protect therapists and psychiatrists from medical malpractice claims and abuse claims simply because they use speech in practicing their medicine.

He said conversion therapy:

Has no basis in medicine and, in fact, causes harm.

That’s why the state has the authority to step in, he said.

We let adults do stupid things in society but we don’t let children. We don’t let children drink whiskey at a bar even if parents consent. We don’t let children buy cigarettes even if their parents consent.

The state has precedent on its side, Lieu said. For example, California bans children from electric shock therapy and psychosurgery. Lieu also said the lawsuit’s citations related to the right to privacy is so expansive that no court has ever upheld such a claim.

This is not about speech. This is about the practice of medicine.

Not so, argued Dacus. He added that an underlying fallacy to the law is that it presupposes anyone attracted to someone of the same sex does so purely based on their genetics. He further argued there were many youth “suffering” from same-sex attraction who were abused as children.

These youth have already been victimized once. By denying them the ability to get reparative or healing therapy that they choose, they are being victimized twice. That is what makes this so repulsive to those who appreciate not only civil rights but sincerely wish to address the unique needs and the unique therapies that are necessary for each individual.

Money for old dope: more than £1-m for Christian philosopher

Added May 2, 2017

Alvin Plantinga, 84, described by Christian Today as ‘a giant of philosophy and apologetics’ has been awarded £1.1m by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) , the US-based organisation that honours those who have ‘made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery or practical works’.

Plantinga has his own proof for gods existence. He misuses Bayes' theorem.

Biologist Jerry A Coyne, PhD, author of Faith vs. Facts: why science and religion are incompatible, greeted the news with contempt, saying:

JTF has bestowed its annual Templeton Prize on someone who’s not only a deeply misguided religious philosopher, but also has promoted intelligent design and criticised naturalism …

His main schtick is to claim that it’s not irrational to believe in God; that therefore it’s rational to believe in God; that the existence of God is a ‘basic belief’ that doesn’t require empirical justification; that such belief comes from a divinely installed sensus divinitatis that allows us to detect truth; that because the truth-detector has to come from God, what it finds, like scientific ‘truths’, is incompatible with pure naturalism; that evolution was guided by GOD AND SATAN; that the God who installed our sensus is none other than Plantinga’s Christian God (surprise!); and that the presence of atheists, Hindus, Jews, and the majority of people with ‘false beliefs’ simply had broken sensuses, which were due to, yes, the actions of SATAN!

Coyne says the award, a sum exceeding that given to Nobel prizewinners:

Casts doubts on Templeton’s claim to be increasingly down with science, for, after all, Plantinga is pretty much an intelligent design creationist. Although he’s waffled on this a bit in the past, he seems to have settled on ID creationism.

In awarding the prize, JTF claimed that Plantinga’s work for more than half-a-century – mostly “piffle”, says Coyne, had led to a dramatic increase in the number of religious philosophers:

Indeed, more than 50 years after this remarkable journey began, university philosophy departments around the world now include thousands of professors who bring their religious commitments to bear on their work, including Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim philosophers.

Coyne reponded:

Note the claim (mostly false) that Plantinga’s work has inspired serious philosophers to ‘bring their religious commitments to bear on their work’. That is, he’s given them a license to engage in confirmation bias: justifying post facto what they already believe and want to be true. That’s hardly a good way to do philosophy, but of course it’s the way philosophers of religion proceed.

Now if Plantinga were that influential, why are 62% of philosophers atheists – a frequency at least ten times higher than the general public as a whole? (Plantinga claims that the reason is that atheistic philosophers don’t want to believe in God rather than having good rational reasons for their non-belief.)

Coyne ends by providing a partial a partial list of scholars – natural scientists, social scientists, and philosophers and historians of science – whose endeavors have been supported by the JTF.

These are good scientists and scholars, by and large, but they take money from an organization that promotes religion, natural theology, and anti-evolution. I ask them this with all due respect: do you really want to take money from a Foundation that’s devoted to watering down science with superstition?

Beliefs in USA

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Contradictions of the Bible

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Arguments for atheism

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Proposal for national anthem for Finland

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Words:

Maamme

1     Oi maamme, Suomi, synnyinmaa,
soi, laulu suomalainen!
Ei laaksoa, ei kukkulaa,
ei vettä rantaa rakkaampaa,
kuin kotimaa tää pohjoinen,
maa kallis asua!-
     
2     On maamme vauras, siksi jää,
jos rahaa kaivannet
sen pankki kyllä lainoittaa,
mut meille kallein maa on tää,
sen kaupungit suuret etelän,
ne meist on ylihintaiset.-
     
3     Ovatpa meille rakkahat
naisemme kutreineen,
komeiden miesten vartalot,
rakkauden yöt, kesät kirkkahat,
kaikk’kuvineen ja lauluineen
mi painui sydämeen.-
     
4     Täss auroin, kuokin, miettehin
isämme raatoivat,
kun päivä piili pilvihin
tai loisti onnen paistehin,
täss Suomen kansan vaikeimmat
he vaivat kokivat.-

The proposal for the translation

Our country


O our native country
Sound loud, o Finnish words!
Do not lift a height to the edge of the sky,
Do not lower a valley, do not rinse a beach,
Our town in the north, is expensive to live
 
Our country is rich, so shall be
For the one who asks for money.
A bank will always loan it
For us this country is the most expensive to live
The towns with too high prices.
 
We love our women with their curls
And the handsome bodies of our men
the nights of love, our summer light.
Everything, everything, what a sight, like a song
Our heart moved once.

Here our fathers sweated with hoe and plow.
Here, here, in the clear as the cloudy time.
Good luck, good luck happy.
The most difficult misery of the country
They suffered.

Two folksongs as tango

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White Nights, folk song

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Northern lights, folk song

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Red Roses, folk song

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Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo

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Jovano Jovanke, folk song

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Finnish folk song

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Another Finnish folk song

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Sommarkväll - Swedish folk song

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Norwegian folk song

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The Birch, Russian folk song

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Ne grusti Kalina, Russian folk song

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Black eyes, Russian folk song

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Tsiganochka, Russian folk song

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Lunnaja noch, Russian folk song

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Sauka dy gryshka, Russian folk song

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Redka, Russian folk song

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Proschanie slavjanki, Russian folk song

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The house of the rising sun, Britanian folk song

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Folk song from Netherlands

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Hungarian dance

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Guevara, Cuban folk song

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Catalian folk song

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Den blomstertid nu kommer

(In Finnish Suvilaulu, Suvivirsi)

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Sacklake tango

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Tango Carelia, origin unclear

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Birthday tango

(In Finnish Syntymäpäivätango)

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The Time of the Sorrow

(In Finnish Surujen aika)

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Habanera

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Million Roses

by Ojārs Raimonds Pauls.

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Tango Tannenbaum

German folk song

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Walzing Mathilda

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Funiculi

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A mi reina

Folk song from Paraguay

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Mexican hat dance

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Vom Himmel Hoch

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Kalinka, Russian folk song

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Irish folk song

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Guyanese folk song

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Forbidden games, folk song

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Blowing in the wind, folk song

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Tom Dooley, folk song

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Where have all the flowers gone

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Zorba, a Greek folk dance

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Boatmen of Volga, Russian folk song

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Las mananitas, Mexixan folk song

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Pueblito Vieo, Folk song

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Karjalan kunnailla, folk song from Finland

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Nocturne by Eino Leino (Finland). Folk music

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Ukrainan folk song

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Filosofia ja elämänkatsomustieto

Last update 01.04.2017

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Filosofi och livsåskådning

20 läroböcker och vokabulär

Philosophy and Life View

20 books and dictionary in Finnish

Constructed language misil

misil

Katsomusaineiden didaktiikkaa

Yleistä didaktiikkaa

Ilmaista didaktiikkaa

Kristillinen dogmatiikka

http://etkirja.pp.fi/dogmatiikka.html

Filosofian, elämänkatsomustiedon ja uskonnon didaktiikkaa

Motivaatio, kv sopimukset, totuus jne...

Lukion filosofia, Filosofi i gymnasiet

Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa

Mitä filosofia on?
Vad är filosofi?
Opetussuunnitelma
Läroplan
Yliopistofilosofian sivustot
Filosofi.fi på svenska
Svenska material
Philosophy links in Internet
Logiikan alkeet Internetissä
Palautelomake

Ilmaiset filosofian oppikirjat

FI1 , FI2 , FI3 , FI4

Normatiivinen etiikka
Sukupuolietiikka
Metaetiikka
Deskriptiivinen etiikka

Filosofian ylioppilastehtävät

Vanhoja ylioppilastehtäviä
Vanhojen tehtävien sanaluettelo lukumäärineen
Ylioppilaskirjoitusten filosofit
Ylioppilaskirjoitusten sivistyssanat
Palautelomake

Elämänkatsomustieto, livsåskådning

Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa

Elämänkatsomustieto vai uskonto?
Mitä elämänkatsomustieto on?
Miksi evankelis-luterilaiset eivät pääse et:n opetukseen
Elämänkatsomustiedon opetussuunnitelmat
Grunderna för läroplanen för den grundläggande utbildningen
Koululait ja muut säädökset
Kysymyksiä ja vastauksia
Keskeiset ongelmat opetuksessa
Elämänkatsomustiedon opetusaineistoa ja linkkejä
Ohjeita kouluille
Dosentti Jouni Luukkaisen kantelut
Elämänkatsomustiedon stipendit
Kilpailut
Uskonnottomien uutisia
Religionskunskap i Sverige
Svenska material
Palautelomake

Peruskoulu Grundskola

Ilmaiset oppikirjat

et1 et2 et3 et4 et5 et6 et7 et8 et9

Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa

Elämänkatsomustiedon opetussuunnitelmat
Grunderna för läroplanen för den grundläggande utbildningen
Opetusvihjeitä: 1-5, 5-9
Verkkomateriaalia
Vähemmistöuskontojen oppikirjat
Palautelomake

Lukio Gymnasium

Ilmaiset oppikirjat

et10 et11 et12 et13 et14

Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa

Elämänkatsomustiedon Blasphemy / 9opetussuunnitelmat
Grunderna för läroplanen
Sanasto
Opinnot Helsingin yliopistossa
Uskontojen vertailutaulukko
Palautelomake

Elämänkatsomustiedon ylioppilastehtävät

S 2012 K 2012 S 2011 K 2011 Vanhoja tehtävä
Vanhojen tehtävien sanaluettelo lukumäärineen
Ylioppilaskirjoitusten sivistyssanat

Syksyn 2017 ylioppilaskirjoituksiin valmistautuminen

Sekä elämänkatsomustiedon että filosofian ylioppilaskirjoituksiin kannattaa valmentautua lukemalla tämän oppiaineiston sanastoa sanasto.

Elämänkatsomustiedon kokeeseen lue myös ainakin kerran viikossa Elämänkatsomustiedon (opetushallituksen) opetussuunnitelmaohjeen sanat aakkosjärjestyksessä.

Filosofian kokeeseen lue ainakin kerran viikossa Filosofian(opetushallituksen) opetussuunnitelmaohjeen sanat aakkosjärjestyksessä.

Elämänkatsomustieto ainereaalissa

Elämänkatsomustieto on eräs lukion reaaliaineista. Elämänkatsomustiedon ainereaalissa kokelas valitsee vastattavakseen kuusi kysymystä kymmenestä vaihtoehdosta.

Reaaliaineiden sijoittuminen koepäivien kesken: Samana koepäivänä järjestetään evankelis-luterilaisen uskonnon, ortodoksisen isen uskonnon, elämänkatsomustiedon, yhteiskuntaopin, kemian, maantieteen ja terveystiedon kokeet.

Muuta tietoa

Esitelmä ateismista 9.2.2012 (pdf)
Maailmanuskonnot
Wienin piiri
Valtion ja kirkon ero
Java kielen perusteet versio 0.7
Palautelomake
Jäsenlomakkeet palautelomakkeet tekstinä ohjelmoijille

Ehdotus lukion opetuksen järkiperäistämiseksi

Suomen Ateistiyhdistys ry. kannattaa kaikkien mielipideaineiden poistamista kouluista. Erityisesti oman uskonnon opetus on mielipideopetusta.

Suomen ateistiyhdistys vastustaa kuitenkin jyrkästi kaikille yhteiseen "elämänkatsomustiedon" opetukseen siirtymistä lukioissa. Se merkitsisi Ruotsin mallin mukaista uskonnon opetusta eli sitä, mitä Kulosaaren yhteiskoulussa nyt opetetaan.

Kulosaaren yhteiskoulun kaikille pakollisen opetussuunnitelman löydät napauttamalla tästä.

Koska peruskoulun järkeistäminen on Suomen äärivanhoillisessa mielipideilmastossa mahdotonta, ehdotamme että järkeistäminen aloitetaan lukiosta.

Kun oman uskonnon tai elämänkatsomustiedon opetusta on peruskoulussa 9 vuotta, on kohtuutonta, että sitä on lukiossa.

Koska lukion elämänkatsomustiedon opetus oli aikoinaan filosofian opetusta ja nykyään huuhaata, ehdotamme, että oma uskonto ja elämänkatsomustieto poistetaan lukiosta ja muutetaan filosofian opetusta niin, että lukioissa filosofian nykyiset kurssit 2, 3 ja 4 ovat pakollisia. Samalla on päätettävä, että näiden kurssien sisältöjä ei muuteta lisäämällä niihin uskontotietoa.

Koska lukioissa on paljon evankelis-luterilaisia uskonnonopettajia, ehdotan, että heitä varten luodaan lakkautuspalkkajärjestelmä siirtymisajaksi. Vastaavasti teologikoulutusta vähennetään niin, että lukioiden evankelis-luterilaisen uskonnon opettajat voivat siirtyä joustavasti evankelisluterilaisen kirkon tehtäviin.

Nykyisin pätevät elämänkatsomustiedon opettajat katsottakoon päteviksi lukion filosofian opettajiksi.

Siirtymäajaksi myös opettajakoulutusta vailla olevat, joilla on yliopistossa suorittettu vähintään keskimmäinen oppimäärä filosofiassa, katsottakoon päteviksi lukion filosofian opettajiksi.

Lakkautuspalkka lisää menoja, mutta teologikoulutuksen keskeyttäminen pienentää menoja.

Kun joukko teologian professoreja joutuu lomautetuiksi, tämä on vain osoitus siitä, että kansalaisia lomautetaan tasapuolisesti kaikissa yhteiskuntaluokista.

Todellisiä hyötyjiä ovat lukiolaiset.

Mainittakoon, että ylempää löytyvät täysin ilmaiset lukion filosofian oppikirjat.