“…lest we offend them…”

New Living Translation “However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” Young’s Literal Translation “but, that we may…

Jesus, privilege, racism and sexism

It occurs to me that Jesus lived in a societal system not unlike today’s “modern” societal system because during his time in Israel, he was living in a monetary-based economic system that was dominated by racist and patriarchal mindsets. For example, the rich and powerful enjoyed class or economic privilege, the Jews had more privilege…

The irony of megachurch pastors

The original context of Noam Chomsky’s quote was regarding the government and big corporations in Canada who wanted to proceed with fossil fuel developments at the expense of the environment and the indigenous people are the ones taking the lead in combating climate change. But the same can be said of megachurch pastors, who rank…

Thinking aloud – why there is a need to critique

The article “Why Sex May Be the Greatest Threat to Christianity” succinctly describes how mainstream Christianity has been repressive and oppressive to people regarding human sexuality because the Christian narrative feeds on guilt and the religion itself thrives on control. It is therefore liberating and important to not allow ourselves be subject to any kind…

Nudism and spirituality (An excerpt)

“What is this freedom? It is being free of restrictive clothing, free from societal pressure of how we are to look, feel and behave and it is being free of shame of our bodies that we learned from our parents or that we were taught in some fear-based religion. It is being free of worrying…

“Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds”

The Humanist Society of Singapore posted an article in Facebook, quoting from the article the following: Academics from seven universities across the world studied Christian, Muslim and non-religious children to test the relationship between religion and morality. They found that religious belief is a negative influence on children’s altruism. “Overall, our findings … contradict the…