How are you spending your Sunday? (09/05/10)

(Atheists have Sundays too, we just tend to sleep in. Almost every Sunday, I post about how I plan to spend – or just spent – my day.)

I’m writing this entry on a laptop that a friend donated to my oldest daughter, who just started high school last week.  It’s a gorgeous day outside, so I’m on the back porch now, taking advantage of the fresh air while I’m installing programs and setting passwords and such.

Thankfully Hurricane Earl, which was threatening to tear up the East Coast, left us with clear skies, cool breezes, and lower temperatures instead. Which means that I can finally get back to cutting the grass. That should make the neighbors happy.  A bit later this afternoon, the kids and I will head to the theatre for rehearsal of the new children’s play that we have parts in. Tonight, I have some work to do on a huge bag of peaches that we bought from the local orchard – some of them have started to get a bit soft, and I want to cut them up and freeze them for potential pies.

I was thinking about these Sunday posts the other day, and how they may come off as a little discriminatory. Not everyone celebrates Sunday as a holy day. All Jews and some Christians recognize Saturday (or sundown Friday to sundown Saturday) as their sabbath day, while for Muslims it’s Friday.

While I offer equal time in not recognizing either of these days as holy, I haven’t really been representing this in the blog. To correct this, I may start doing so from time to time.

So, don’t be surprised if you start seeing “How are you spending your Friday/Saturday?” posts in the future.


1 Response to “How are you spending your Sunday? (09/05/10)”

  1. 1 anti_supernaturalist
    September 6, 2010 at 3:30 am

    …what I do on sunday like most days for the last decade? StumbleUpon takes me to some xian site or some atheist site and I post, move on, and never return except by chance. Thoughts for today?

    Science makes predictions & Religion fakes prophecies

    There are altogether no supernatural phenomena, only supernatural interpretations of phenomena.

    • Science makes predictions.

    Today on the Net resides the precise time, precise duration, exact places on the Earth from which the next 50 years of total solar eclipses will be visible. Centuries before the historical fiction Jesus, astronomers in Greece accurately predicted solar eclipses.

    Current geology, however, cannot predict precisely when a killer ‘quake will hit San Francisco. It can offer no better than a probable, but meaningful prediction — there is a better than 50% chance that an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 or greater will strike SF within the next 30 years.

    The prediction provides — in advance — its own parameters for failure. It specifies a time limit, it specifies the severity expected, and it provides an estimated probability for the event.

    Nevertheless, a killer quake must happen eventually since SF floats almost atop two tectonic plates grinding past one another. There ain’t no bump without a grind.

    • Religion fakes prophecies.

    Contrast a grandiloquent and empty gesture of xianity — a long overdue “fulfillment” of scripture. Jesus in his featured role as Christ-Cosmic-Avenger® will return to Earth, raise the dead, judge all humanity past and present, and send each person to her or his ultimate and eternal state of being. Ask fundies; they’ll tell you that this core prophecy is 100% certain.

    “The Apocalypse” must happen; it is a dogma of fundie bibliolatry. Millions of otherwise outwardly sane people in the US believe this dishonest nonsense, quite literally.

    On what non-scriptural basis can their claim be justified? Not even an alleged “holy” text can justify its own statements. Prophesying is lying.

    Prophecy never predicts anything because prophecies lack falsifying conditions. Under what conditions — specifiable in advance — would a fundie say that a xian prophecy will fail? Which xian prophecies have failed in the past? Attempts to predict a date for the xian apocalypse have proved wrong for the last 2,000 years.
    When is enough is enough? Never. The revelation of st John the divine resonates as one of the central big lies of xian faith-based irrationality.

    Just remember, though, that the “End Times” are (again!) upon us because “signs” like earthquakes and total solar eclipses demonstrate it.

    Is the “Rapture” about to rid Earth of all fundies? Really? Can they take those damned tracts with them as they levitate away?

    the anti_supernaturalist

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I am an atheist, a person who does not believe in the existence of any gods.

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