Pawning PZ Myers

Skeptic Porn

I’ve been following the car wreck of PZ Myers “career” choices with shock and amazement.  My interest has definitely been renewed since his slanderous post attacking Michael Shermer the other day.  Of special concern to me is how Mr. Shermer would react to the hairy fatman slinging monkey feces all over the inter webs.  We’ve all been wondering for quite some time who would rid us of this meddlesome pzPriest.  In case any of you hadn’t yet heard, Mikey did it!!

Late last night (here in Europe) I noticed that PZ had a post about receiving a cease and desist letter from Shermer’s lawyer.  Rather than read it last night, I decided to set it aside as a breakfast treat.  Imagine my surprise and dissapointent when I woke up this morning, eager to dive into the gory details, only to find that PZ had pulled the complaint he received from Shermer’s lawyer out of his post!!

Just like the Mormon apologists I blogged about not long ago, PZ must have figured the letter from Shermer’s lawyer contained too much factual information negative to his personal jihad against Michael Shermer, and just like the case of the attempted Mormon coverup, probably didn’t count on the fact somebody would grab the document and mirror it elsewhere.  To make a long story short, I made quick work of locating the “scrubbed” doc and as such we all get to bask in the savory glow of PZ’s schadenfreude.

To be fair to PZ, the letter from Shermer’s lawyer, replete with facts, doesn’t really “fit” into the phantasm of the narrative that PZ has constructed around his frenzied imaginations of atheist get-togethers as nothing more than a perpetual Skeptic’s Sodom and Gomorrah Carnival Show.  Here’s just a taste of the karmic goodness that awaits those who download and read the entire six page PDF:

Contains numerous false and defamatory statements about Mr. Shermer based on certain unsubstantiated allegations purportedly made by an unidentified woman against Mr. Shermer. These statements are completely false, inaccurate and intentionally misleading in that they are intended to suggest that Mr. Shermer had forced this unidentified woman into sexual intercourse without her consent, and that he somehow “raped” her or is a sexual predator who would coerce women into nonconsensual sexual intercourse. Your statements in the Entry, including original statements, update and comments, to the entry to be false, inaccurate, intentionally misleading libelous, and these statements were designed to seriously damage Mr. Shermer’s name,reputation and character in the science community and elsewhere, and to humiliate Mr. Shermer.

The document also makes very specific demands of PZ. In addition to removing the offending content (and 4000 associated comments to date) there’s this chunk of cactus for PZ to choke down; Shermer’s lawyer is quite specific as to what is expected of PZ.  He is ordered to post the following statement on his website:

“I retract the original posted on August 8, 2013, entitled “What do you do when someone pulls the pin and hands you a grenade?” (the Entry). Specifically, I hereby retract all statements, quotations, and comments therein made with respect to Mr. Shermer. I extend my apologies to Mr. Sherman  any to any other party affected by the statements, quotations, and comments contained in the Entry.”

Now I’m off to tend to my horses and get some microwave popcorn (not really that easy to find here in Germany btw).  I’m gonna need it for the show that I expect will begin shortly after America wakes up and realizes that The Rumble in the Mumble is now fully underway.

Quick note to those reading this post on an iOS device or other mouse limited device.  You’re missing all the goodness of the Hoverjoy rollovers I place on most photos and links.

Enjoy.

Mormon Blues

Another Failed Mormon Prophet

The Missionary Position

Good day everyone!   I’m taking the time to post today because I have retrieved documentation on the Mormon Church that was pulled from the internet by concerned Mormons yesterday.  It’s an extremely important transcript, documenting the experience of Hans Mattsson and other Swedish critics with Mormon historical apologists (who were apparently airlifted to Sweden in an emergency attempt to quell the “foreign rebellion”).

For the record, I don’t have any special bone to pick with Mormons.  As a devout anti-theist and an American citizen (serendipitously born along the Mormon Trail), I take a special interest in their particular brand of lunacy but don’t wish to imply that they are really any different than all the other invented religions before them or contemporary with them.

First Encounter with Hans Mattson

Yesterday I read a story in the New York Times of a high ranking Swedish Mormon apostate, Hans Mattsson.  I have read many tales of Mormon apostasy, not the least of which is that of the 27th wife of Brigham Young, but I had never heard of Mr. Mattsson before yesterday. The Times piece highlighted his many difficulties in trying to get answers to some of the fundamental questions relating to Mormonism.  I could have saved him a lot of time if he had asked me, but as a good Mormon, he tried to follow the church protocol so he wouldn’t end up like every other outcast from Scientology Mormonism.  He followed the chain of command.

Whocouldanode?

As it turns out, the Mormons aren’t exactly forthcoming on the true history of the Mormon church.  Their brainwashed and gullible youth missionaries aren’t really at fault here since they are left equally in the dark over the deep mysteries of L Ron Hubbard Joseph Smith as well as some of the seedier details of the early church.

As a high ranking member of the Swedish Mormon sect, Mr. Mattsson took it upon himself to try and retrieve the answers to questions concerning not only the early history of his church, but also the many obvious problems in the Book of Mormon itself.

For the uninitiated, there are almost too many to count.  My personal favorite is the description in the Book of Mormon of horses, sheep and certain grains that are described as having been present in the Americas during the (purported) time of Christ and which Joseph Smith obviously was not aware were only brought to the New World by Columbus and later European explorers!

I can’t help but wonder how many fervent Mormons are even aware of such inconsistencies.  It’s been my experience that the deeper one delves into any particular religion, the more inoculated against reality they become.  The most blatant religious example I see infecting Americans today is the denial of the reality of human evolution despite irrefutable mountains of evidence in support thereof.  I’d sit quietly on the sidelines and let them abuse their children with whatever poppycock they felt comfortable with if they weren’t trying to infect the rest of society with their creative nonsense.

Major Issues in Mormonism

There are deeper problems in Mormonism than the recently failed Presidential bid of their favored son Mitt Romney.  According to the New York Times:

A survey of more than 3,300 Mormon disbelievers, released last year, found that more than half of the men and four in 10 of the women had served in leadership positions in the church.

When half the apostates of a church are folks from former leadership positions it doesn’t bode well for the future of your Church.  A very similar thing is going on in the Church of Scientology as well, with many high ranking members “coming out” with stories of abuse and deception.  Mormons, like Scientologists, have deep pockets, but there’s probably a limit as to how far hooey and deception can carry them in the long run.  Mormons may soon see their largest temples as empty as the gaudy facilities Scientology presents to the public as the face of their church.  They’ve also got a “disconnection” problem in Mormonism that’s not unlike that of their blood brothers in creative American religious revelation, the Scientologists.

Many said they had suffered broken relationships with their parents, spouses and children as a result of their disbelief.

Mattsson’s Mistrust of Mormonism

Mattsson was born into Mormonism and like many children sufficiently indoctrinated in any belief system, it took him the greater part of his adult life to see through the smokescreen of apologetics placed in his path by Church leaders to dissuade believers into questioning or straying from the faith.  His story is well documented within the New York Times article so I will skip it for the sake of brevity.

My Mistrust of Mormonism

This post would probably not exist except for the good folks over at mormonstories.org, where I read the PDF in question yesterday (linked from the NYTimes piece) and commented on it, only to return today to see both the PDF in question, (as well as my comments on the blog) “disappeared” into the void.

As it turns out, mormonstories.org is not a neutral observer in these matters.  It is run by a Mormon and as he explains pulling the transcript in his own words:

 Please forgive the inconvenience.  I am walking a difficult line as an active church member, and am trying to do the “right thing” for all parties involved.  This is a difficult balance.

By and large it’s just like any other religious apologetics website, eager to try and control and shape the “debate” to terms that suit their fancy.  I take the issue of this type of religious tomfoolery very seriously these days since religion has decided it’s their mission to invade and debauch our secular governance in lieu of placing their religious dogma ahead of that of our Constitution.

For my part, I am not an active member of any church and am trying to do the “right thing” for the sake of humanity in general.  The link to the full PDF transcript of of the 2010 meeting between the disaffected Swedish saints and Elder Marlin Jensen and Richard Turley, the Mormon “historians” dispatched from Utah to answer the question of the Swedes is below.   I plan to dissect the document more fully in a future blog post as a gift to the blogosphere.

Link to PDF:  Turley_Jensen_Stockholm_2010

Enjoy.

The Heretics Hayride

Heretic Hayride

Here’s a spring gift that I hope my aging tech, geek, atheist, skeptic, and nimble-minded Euro-youth niches will all appreciate.  I’m pretty sure I’ll offend, applaud or confuse quite a few other niches along the way.  As always, join at your own risk. I don’t want to read or watch whiny Youtube videos about a bunch of hurt feelings when everybody laughs at you for falling off the back of the skeptic’s hay wagon.

If there isn’t enough hay to begin with, there’s a good chance I might be able to stir up a little extra along the way.  Hold the horses!! Heretic HQ just called to tell me that if there are no rules of conduct, then the ride cannot be certified by the head of the Atheistplus Action committee, the formerly estimable Dr. Richard Carrier (aka Debbie Downer).  Since this blog insists on inclusiveness and I have been accused of being something a tad south of totally gracious, here goes:

The Heretic Hayride rules of conduct are as follows:

Leave your pets at home (no #carrierpigeon allowed).  Be aware that our path crosses the known territory of a doughy looking, blue-haired Siren, as well as a cinnamon skinned fuzzy-haired monster.  DO NOT attempt to approach either one. The latter is known to have hair trigger rage issues and an incredibly acute sense of hearing. Snap a PIC, Tweet to World, Call security, write blogpost, but DON’T be foolish enough to confront either of them directly if we have the misfortune of making their encounter.  Keep your arms inside the wagon at all times and avoid loose or dangling jewelry.  Dongle type earrings are known to be specially prone to snagging.

Having to construct and conform to arbitrary rules of conduct took all the fun out of the adventure, so the ride has been officially cancelled for today.

Enjoy.

To the Top

Keep Movin’ up, don’t you ever stop! 

Whatever it is, take it to the top! You can do what you want to, In your heart it will come true! If you reach for the stars you can go that far! Stop hesitating and anticipating!

To the Top, that’s you mark. Get Ready. Set, Go!!

Can I get a big DAR-WIN! ?

Today’s prosperity gospel provided by a proud member of the American rationalist community (and jubilant Democrats all across the nation!) with, as the Beatles encouraged, a little help from my “friends“!  Links provided below for both Red and Blue state residents so they can all play that funky music.

Spotify link, for the discerning class of people who are successful (and socially responsible) enough to pony up ten bucks a month for the ultimate groove machine AND continue subsidizing those impoverished citizens still living in “the breakaway states” of the country, (aka, parts of USA where sex with goats carries less of a social stigma than homosexuality.)

Youtube link provided for the hoi polloi

Enjoy.