Friday, December 30, 2011

The Real Analgesic


[Amy Winehouse - there is a better way]

Many people suffer from severe emotional pain of some sort. They feel disappointed, insulted, rejected, poor, lonely, hopeless, worried about the future, miserable about growing uglier and weaker with age and so forth.

To cope with this pain, people turn to painkillers of many types: alcohol, heroin, prescription pain killers, marijuana, etc. These substances unfortunately all become less effective with use, which encourages the use of higher dosages and as a result leads eventually to very serious and possibly fatal side effects. They may be good short term solutions, however in the long term they are horrifically damaging. (One biographer of Ernest Hemingway, the brilliant but atheistic and alcoholic writer, mentions that after age 45 he became more insane each year [ Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn page 532], until his suicide at age 61.)

What is the solution? Why can't doctors invent a powerful analgesic to which we will not develop a tolerance?

Fortunately, orthodox Judaism has solved this problem thousands of years ago. When one is suffering, he need merely remember that everything is from God and everything God does is good. The Talmud teaches us "one must receive the evil with gladness". It is all for our good. Everything is an atonement for our sins and prepares us for paradise. Furthermore, if one is unhappy with anything material, he may recall the words of the ancient rabbis who taught "This world is [merely] like an entrance chamber before the World to Come. Prepare yourself in the entrance chamber so that you may enter the banquet hall." Numerous inspirational works are available which expand on these and similar themes.

How precious is Thy lovingkindness, O God! and the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Thy wings. Psalms (36:8)

This is the real analgesic. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Close to the Truth


[the real Hitchens - a parody of the far left]

from the archives
APRIL 23, 2003 | ISSUE 39•15

SPARTA, TN–Noted author, social critic, and political gadfly Christopher Hitchens was once again the focus of controversy Monday, when he was forcibly removed from Happy Trails trailer park following a drunken confrontation with Noreen Bodell, 39, his common-law wife of 14 years.

Responding to a domestic-disturbance call, police arrived at the couple's double-wide trailer at approximately 2:15 p.m. to find Hitchens and Bodell throwing dishes at each other. When the officers attempted to remove Hitchens from the premises, the leftist intellectual became physically and verbally abusive toward the officers, calling them "shitkickers," "bitches," and "effete liberal apologists for the atrocities of late-stage capitalism."

An inebriated Hitchens is forcibly removed from the Happy Trails trailer park. Having consumed what sources described as "a substantial amount of single-malt scotch," Hitchens then burst into tears, yelling, "That woman never understood me for who I am. I want to talk to [Harper's editor Lewis] Lapham. Lapham's the only one who understands me."

Charged with disturbing the peace, Hitchens was taken to the Sparta police station at 3 p.m. and released four hours later.

Little is known about Bodell, a heavy-set blonde who has been known to use several different surnames. According to sources familiar with the couple, the incident marks the third time in as many weeks that police have been forced to intervene in their volatile relationship.

"We're down at the old Hitchens place probably twice a month at least," said Sgt. Wilson Vernon, the first of three officers to arrive at the scene. "Once his blood's up, old Hitch can get meaner than a three-legged coon hound. From what the neighbors told us about this latest incident, Noreen was all worked up, accusing him of drinking and womanizing. He was angry with her refusal to acknowledge that there is ample evidence to make a case for prosecuting Henry Kissinger as a war criminal. She just kept shouting, 'No, there ain't!'"

Police were initially summoned when neighbors reported hearing shouting and a loud crash, followed by a rambling polemic on Kissinger's alleged covert approval of Indonesia's illegal invasion of East Timor in 1975.

Though the belligerent Hitchens required three officers to subdue him, police do not consider the incident serious, calling it "business as usual" and describing Hitchens as a "hot-tempered but essentially harmless provocateur for the Far Left."

"Hitch is an all-right guy once he sobers up," Vernon said. "He just gets a little wound-up sometimes, like when his woman stays out all night down at Smokey Joe's Tavern, or he has a deadline looming for his Vanity Fair column."

Hitchens' run-ins with the law have not been restricted to Sparta city limits. In May 2002, he was arrested for drunkenly singing 1930s union songs while driving a stolen riding lawnmower through the streets of Boston, where he was attending an international women's-rights conference. Hitchens accused police of "atavistic, morally reprehensible Stalinist scare tactics" before being bailed out by conference organizers the following morning.

Sgt. Ed Poole of Boston's 11th Precinct said there was no love lost between Hitchens and his arresting officers.

"Word got around the station that this guy wrote a whole book claiming that Mother Teresa was a stooge of right-wing dictators," Poole recalled. "Supposedly, he said her hypocritical approach to charity for the poor of Calcutta, as well as her steadfast advocacy of the Catholic Church's doctrine prohibiting birth control, made her an essentially immoral individual undeserving of the mantle of sainthood. Well, a lot of the boys here are Irish-Catholic born and raised, and they don't take too kindly to people speaking ill of nuns."

Town officials in Sparta, where Hitchens has maintained an on-again, off-again residence for two decades, admit that he may be "a handful" at times, but they insist he is not a danger to himself or others.

"If I know Hitch, by the end of the week, he and Noreen'll be back together, cuddlin' and kissin', just as happy as two crawdads in a pond," Sparta Police Chief Buck Perkins said. "We don't get a lot of ultra-progressive agitators 'round these parts, but Hitch is okay. Plus, he earned a lot of points with the townsfolk for his vocal criticism of the anti-war movement. Even though he was attacking the war opponents from the left, folks around here don't necessarily understand the implications of that, so he's an all-right Joe in their book."

Added Perkins: "So long as Hitch can learn to keep his mouth shut about Christianity being symptomatic of the 'savage and ignorant prehistory of our species' and whatnot, I'm sure he'll cause no trouble that a few cups of black coffee and a night in the drunk tank can't solve."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Crime of the Century


[AIDS orphans - thanks a lot sodomy advocates!]

The Gay Liberation Front was organized in New York City in the summer of 1969. Afterwards states began repealing sodomy laws.

Having recently achieved equal rights for blacks (which Jews have nothing against by the way; the modern Western concept of "race" is unknown in the Talmud), atheists needed a new cause célèbre to make them feel good about themselves. Homosexual rights fit the bill. Furthermore, the gay rights movement had, for atheists, the added bonus of making traditional monotheists appear to be "racist" since they could now be portrayed as irrational persecutors of a helpless, pathetic "sexual minority".

The first cases of AIDS were reported in New York and California in 1981. It usually takes 10 years or more for an HIV infection to turn into AIDS. Therefore these homosexual men apparently became infected with HIV about 1971.   

In  1984, AIDS was reported in Africa. (Just for the sake of comparison, AIDS was first reported in Brazil and England in 1982, in China in 1985 and in India in 1987. Thanks to modern jet travel, the plague spread quickly worldwide.)

In the 1990s, life expectancy in many parts of Africa dropped by about 10 years due to AIDS.

Today about 15 million children in Africa are AIDS orphans.

I just have a small question to ask gay rights activists: Was it worthwhile to cause this immense suffering, which far outweighs the Nazi Holocaust, for the sake of a few million American men being able to fully indulge themselves sexually? Or would it not have been far wiser and kinder to continue to outlaw sodomy, as the Torah commands? Rather than condemning the Torah's strict prohibition of sodomy as being "homophobic" and "genocidal" shouldn't it now be recognized as a remarkable sign of divine wisdom?

Have any gay rights activists even bothered to apologize? Or are such psychopaths incapable of regret?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Two Peas in a Pod


psycho 1

psycho 2

Both died on almost the same day. (Hitchens December 15, Kim December 17).

Both were atheists.

Both admired Marx and Lenin.

Both were mean and selfish. Kim unfortunately had more opportunity to express it.

Both drank heavily.

Both were fat.

Both were heavy smokers, however Kim quit 12 years ago, perhaps because of that living to be 70 instead of Hitchens' 62. Hitchens apparently had less self control.

Another difference: Kim is scheduled to have big funeral next week. Hitchens, for all I know, has already landed in a dumpster behind the hospital.

(Update: Hitchins' body was donated at his request to  medical research. Presumably, that would mean that medical students at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, where he died, will use his body to practice dissections. Afterwards, what remains will presumably be cremated and the ashes delivered to his widow. I find it however a little odd that this statement was made by Hitchens' literary agent, after being asked, rather than an announcement being made by his family and only nine days after his death, rather than at the time of death. Did his family simply abandon the body and tell the hospital to get rid of it? I don't know. For example, when the famous Anglo-American atheist Francis Crick died in 2004, he was cremated and a memorial service was held within a week.)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Biogeography - Love not Evolution


[marsupials - only in Australia - well, almost only]

One of the major “proofs” of evolution is biogeography – the distribution of living things.

As far as I can tell, biogeography does not mean that animals are always most similar to other animals living near them and more different than animals that live far away. There are too many exceptions to this rule. Alligators, for example, occur only in Florida and eastern Asia. The opossum is a unique American marsupial. It also doesn’t mean that present day animals closely resemble extinct animals from the same area. The fauna of North America a million years ago resembled today’s Africa.

What it seems to mean is that, if God created life, then similar habitats should have been created with similar plants and animals. There would be no need for all the variety that we find in the modern world. Deserts should all have one standard desert flora and fauna, forests should have a standard forest type of life, the Polar Regions should be the same and so on. In fact, this is far from the case.

I would like to question this premise, however.

According to Judaism, the highest level of serving God is the love of God, and that love may best be attained by studying nature. The wisdom and beauty of nature instills within us a love of God. If a painter painted a thousand masterpieces he is clearly greater than if he painted only ten. So also, the diversity of nature is designed to fill us with a greater love of God. This is the correct explanation for biogeography.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hitchens is Not Great



Christopher Hitchens, lunatic author of God is Not Great, is finally dead yesterday at age 62, a victim of his own  debauched lifestyle.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Portrait of an Atheist




"All thinking men are atheists."
- Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 2

Hemingway, a brilliant writer, but a lifelong alcoholic who married and discarded one wife after another until he finally fell into depression and blew his own head off at the age of 61.

If this is a "thinking man", it may be wiser to be thoughtless.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Science versus Atheism



Atheism is a religion which became popular following the publication of its bible "Origin of Species" in 1859. Atheism teaches that the Biblical God, an intelligent, eternal, creator, does not exist and that life developed through the unguided, natural process of evolution.

Many recent advancements in science have seriously undermined the atheist faith. How long can they turn a blind eye to reason and evidence and continue to cling to their old, Victorian era myths?

Atheists rejected an eternal God and therefore were forced to assume that the universe has existed eternally. This has recently been proven to be false - the universe in fact was created about 13 billion years ago. If there is no God, where did it come from?

Recent research has demonstrated that the universe is fine tuned to make life possible. If there is no God, who fine tuned it?

If there is no God, how did life appear on earth and appear so suddenly?

If life evolved through small, gradual, trial and error changes, not divine creation, then why do the fossils indicate sudden dramatic changes?

If life developed through genetic mutations and natural selection, how could flatworms develop into humans in only 500 million years, while only one organism in countless trillions is born with a beneficial de novo genetic mutation?

Atheists may try to devise various tortured and complicated arguments to justify their beliefs. 

Some have desperately suggested that space aliens have created the universe and created life.

But surely atheists, especially the younger generation who are more open minded and less dogmatic than their traditional parents, will eventually have to throw their hands up in despair and admit "God did it!"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Miraculous Mouth



Every day we use our mouths, but how often do we contemplate what a marvel of engineering it is, even on the most superficial level?

Notice how the nose is positioned directly over the mouth like a security guard. If you attempt to put something rotten into your mouth, the nose warns you to take it away.

Inside the mouth, the front teeth are sharp like knives. They are ready to chop off a small bite sized piece of a large chunk of food. The teeth further back in the mouth are very different - they are like millstones. The molars are broad and rough and grind the food into a fine pulp which is suitable for further digestion. 

The tongue is covered with taste buds which further screen the safety of the food being put in the mouth. If something tastes bad, then it probably is bad for you and you will warned by the taste buds to spit it out.

The tongue is also covered with very sensitive nerves. The tongue is constantly moving around the mouth during chewing to check if the food is thoroughly chewed before swallowing. If some hard object in the food cannot be chewed, the tongue senses this and it is spat out.

If a person is missing part of his mouth as a result of a birth defect, cancer surgery or an accident, surgeons can replace it, but only to a limited degree and mainly by removing tissues from other parts of the body and using them to rebuild the mouth. Our mouths are truly priceless machines which we use constantly without a second thought. Let's remember to thank God every time we eat.

At the same time, what could be more insane than the idea that random mutations, even in hundreds of millions of generations, could create this clear example of purposefulness and complexity? Imagine a factory producing telegraphs which would occasionally make some random production error. Then customers would non-randomly select only those devices which are functional. (Non-functioning machines would not be purchased and would be discarded.) The factory would then continue to faithful reproduced those machines with a functional error while occasionally accidentally making some new random change to them as well. How much chance is there that a simple telegraph would evolve into a smart phone - with no intelligent designer, merely random accidental production errors and customer selection? This is exactly how atheists believe the primitive mouth of a flatworm turned into our mouths through 550 million years of random genetic mutations and natural selection. What massive blind faith is required to believe that; the Pope should be put to shame.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Are the Fossils a Diabolical Trick?


[not really bones?]

Recently I took my family on a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. The dinosaur exhibits are amazing, however they do raise a question: from the point of view of Judaism, when did they live or did they indeed live at all?

The most recent Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote that we can readily accept the possibility that God created 6,000 years ago fossils, bones or skeletons (for reasons best known to Him), and this explains the existence of fossils.  

In other words, the trilobite, dinosaur and mammoth fossils were never parts of actual animals but are rather natural formations created by God.

Some very conservative Christians have believed that the dinosaur bones were planted by God to test our faith.  

I personally have difficulty accepting this.  Isaiah 43:7 wrote "Every one that is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him." I think that this implies that there is some positive purpose in everything God has created; it is all for His glory. It seems impossible to imagine a positive purpose in creating rocks which look like bones. Furthermore, the fossil strata, many of which include only extinct plants and animals and which therefore give an impression that other different ecological systems existed before the present one, have misled many people to believe that the Torah is false. It seems inconceivable that God would create anything solely for the negative purpose of testing and deceiving people.

It therefore seems to me more reasonable to suggest that the fossils are exactly what they appear to be - remnants of earlier worlds. These earlier worlds may well have existed to prepare the earth for our present existence.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Compatible with Judaism?


[a prophet?]

Orthodox Jewish alcoholics are rare, however they do exist. Some attend regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in an effort to recover. Does Orthodox Judaism permit this, however?
 
My opinion is no, it does not. AA is a religion unto itself and to join AA means joining another religion, in addition to observing Judaism.

Here is my basis for saying so.

Alcoholics Anonymous is based on a document called the Big Book. AA members will tell you that if you wish to become and remain sober, then you must follow the teachings of the Big Book. If you do so, you are guaranteed to lead a life of sobriety; if you do not you are guaranteed to suffer and eventually die prematurely.

This belief is not based on science. Scientific research indicates that AA may be helpful, especially in conjunction with professional treatment, for many people who are addicted to alcohol, but it is not a unique, guaranteed cure.

Rather this is based on the belief that Bill Wilson wrote the Big Book with divine guidance. In other words, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous must accept that Bill Wilson was a prophet. This belief permeates all AA meetings and all advice from AA  "sponsors" (spiritual guides). The Big Book cannot under any circumstances be questioned, amended or improved upon with the implication that it is infallible holy scripture. In AA to think critically is prohibited because "your best thinking got you here" (see slogan 389)  

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 11a) states that Haggai, Zachariah, and Malachi were the last prophets. Furthermore, Maimonides stated that the spirit of prophecy only rests upon the wise man who is distinguished by great wisdom and strong moral character, whose passions never overcome him in anything whatsoever, but who by his rational faculty always has his passions under control, and possesses a broad and sedate mind. Therefore, in my humble opinion, the idea that Mr Wilson, who apparently was not even a very nice person, was a prophet is ludicrous and even heretical.

Joining Alcoholics Anonymous involves accepting a false prophet. It is very similar seemingly to a Jew joining a mosque (Muslims also abstain from alcohol, incidentally). 

If a Jew sadly has succumbed to the habit of habitual heavy drinking, I would urge him to wholeheartedly, enthusiastically commit himself to Judaism.

We don't need a Higher Power. We have God.
We don't need Bill Wilson. We have Moses.
We don't need the Twelve Steps. We have the Ten Commandments.
We don't need the Big Book. We have the Talmud.
We don't need meetings. We have a synagogue.
We don't need a sponsor. We have a rabbi.

In addition, making vows along the following lines may be helpful.

I hereby accept upon myself that if later this week or next week I knowingly and deliberately purchase any beverage containing alcohol, I will be required to fast 2 days sometime during this month of ------ or next month of -------.

I hereby accept upon myself that if later this week or next week I knowingly and deliberately consume any beverage containing alcohol, I will be required to fast 2 days sometime during this month of ------ or next month of -----.

If the drunkard is not helped by this, then sadly AA would probably work no better.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Science and Pseudo-science


[oops]

Diederik Stapel (pictured above) was the dean of the social and behavioral sciences faculty of the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. He was fired this week for fabricating data which he used to support research papers which he published. 

His general method towards the end of his career was to develop a complete experiment at the level of theory, hypotheses, methods, stimuli, questionnaires, and even participants' rewards and to then pretend to run the experiments at schools which only he had access to. Instead of doing so, he would make up the data and send these to colleagues for further analysis. 

In other words, the scientific publications of a distinguished researcher were in fact purely works of fiction.

Some people will say that this event actually reinforces the validity of science, because it proves that "science is self correcting" and fakes are always quickly caught. However that isn't true. It just proves that this guy got caught, however we have no idea how many cleverer or luckier people are not.

The New York Times quotes Jonathan Schooler, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara as saying “The big problem is that the culture is such that researchers spin their work in a way that tells a prettier story than what they really found. It's almost like everyone is on steroids, and to compete you have to take steroids as well.” In other words, like athletes, scientists have to cheat to succeed professionally. This is not encouraging.  

I think that it would be more honest and accurate to be more careful with the word "science", a word which I believe has carried so much prestige since the 1870s and the life saving breakthroughs of Louis Pasteur.

Physics, chemistry and medicine are based on exact, repeatable laboratory experiments which make fraud unlikely. These fields win Nobel Prizes and have greatly enhanced and lengthened our lives. These fields should be called "science" and their practitioners called "scientists".

Astronomy, geology, paleontology and biology should be called "natural philosophy" and practitioners would be called "natural philosophers".

Psychology, sociology, archeology, literature, art, history and economics should be called "humanities" and practitioners would be called "human researchers".     

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Coolidge Effect and How to Defeat It


[thanks Calvin]

One instinct common to all mammals (including humans) is known as the Coolidge Effect. This refers to the tendency of the male to be significantly more sexually aroused by a female whom he has not yet had sex with than he is aroused by a female whom he has already had sex with.

For example if a male rat is placed into an enclosed large box with four or five female rats in estrus, he will immediately begin mating with all of the female rats repeatedly until eventually exhausted. Although the females will continue nudging and licking him to continue, he will not respond. However, if a novel female were introduced to the box, he would become alert and find the ability to mate once again with the new female. New is more arousing than used. Similar tendencies are found in all other mammals.

Today, thanks to Internet pornography, men are able to have "sex" (in their imaginations) with an endless stream of new women. This can lead to a complete lack of interest in real women, besides becoming a serious addiction similar to cocaine.

Orthodox Judaism prohibits any sexual stimulation outside of marriage. Therefore the Coolidge Effect presents an enormous challenge to Orthodox men in the modern, sexually promiscuous, Internet wired world. I would suggest that this may be the greatest challenge to Orthodox Judaism today.

Making vows can be a very powerful means of controlling oneself. Each week one can read a list of vows along the lines of:

I hereby accept upon myself that if later this week or next week I knowingly unblock any webpage from Net Nanny software I will be required to fast 1 day during this month of --------- or next month of -----------.

In some cases, medication may be helpful.

In addition, heartfelt prayer for divine assistance is very important.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Atheists Have a License to Kill


[the "happy face" killer]

I know this because an atheist and a killer says so.

Keith Jesperson is a serial killer who brutally murdered eight random women between 1990 and 1995.

According to his biography I: the Creation of a Serial Killer page 92 he later explained that after he had dumped his third victim on a garbage pile, he realized "It looked like I would never be punished by God or Satan. I decided there was no God or Satan, and when we died our lives just flickered out. The sooner a person understands that there's no punishment after death and allows his own inner impulses to take over, the sooner they become an unstoppable serial killer. That's the point I'd reached. It was scary, but it was exciting too."  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Don't Trust High IQ


[the genius in his prime]

I recently read a fascinating book about the famous chess champion, Bobby Fischer.

One point that struck me is that although Fischer's IQ was incredibly high, about 180, meaning he was one of a handful of the most intelligent people in the United States, many of his personal beliefs were very bizarre. As a teenager, he became devoted to the somewhat unusual  Radio Church of God (renouncing it finally in his late 20's). In addition to that, he was a fanatic neo-Nazi although he was Jewish.

It's important to realize that a person may be extremely intelligent, yet never the less believe in a lot of silly nonsense. One must always look at facts and not be impressed by this or that authority, however brilliant or talented.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Suspect Your Spouse Is Keeping Secrets?


[new "find my friends" app]

Suspect no more. The iPhone can tell you if your husband is at the local Talmud class or the local strip club.

Also great for tracking teenagers.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Near Death Experience



An interesting proof of the afterlife is the phenomena of near death experiences.

I believe that NDEs are brief glimpses of the afterlife experienced by people who are physically dead (no pulse) and then are later revived. I believe that these experiences are basically accurate and authentic, although the experiencers tend to interpret them to some degree according to their own religious backgrounds.

Millions of Americans have reported these experiences. They confirm the existence of the soul, the afterlife and the existence of a loving God, all concepts taught by orthodox Judaism.

The idea that these experiences are merely hallucinations caused by some chemical reactions in the oxygen deprived brain seems implausible. Hallucinations never cause radical positive life changes. No one has ever woken up from a ketamine experience for example and decided to stop practicing law and devote his life to working in a homeless shelter. Radical improvements in behavior are however common after an NDE. This leads me to believe that these experiences are real contacts with a spiritual world, which confirm several basic Jewish beliefs, rather than merely hallucinations. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Our Amazing Scientists


[alleged perv]

Kimberly Lindsey, Supervisory Health Scientist, serves as the Deputy Director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office (LSPPPO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Lindsey received her doctoral degree in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from Emory University and her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Central Florida.

The scientist was arrested yesterday for sex acts involving herself, her boyfriend, a six year old boy and an animal.

Of course these are the same type of scientists whose belief in evolution we mere laymen must accept without question.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Atheist "Ethics"


[John Stuart Mill utilitarian and  atheist]

A common ethical system claimed by atheists is "utilitarianism" - in essence the belief that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

A recent psychological study seems to indicate that utilitarians were often psychopathic, Machiavellian or tended to view life as meaningless. I guess that's not very surprising, since they probably were often atheists as well.   

Friday, September 23, 2011

An Interesting Comment


[did he get it wrong?]

After hearing of the results of a recent experiment which seems to indicate that particles can travel faster than light, Alvaro de Rujula a theorist at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research commented "If it is true, then we truly haven't understood anything about anything."

An interesting comment, considering that atheists will insist that anyone denying evolution is ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked since most scientists endorse it. This is in spite of the obvious fallacies of evolution. 

What if most scientists don't understand anything about anything?   

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

God and the United Nations



"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble Article 1.

How could an atheist say this?

First of all, if humans are merely soulless bags of chemicals created by mindless evolution, what rights and dignity do we have more so than a rat, a jellyfish or a rock?

Secondly, if we have no soul and are purely physical, in what way are all humans equal? Even identical twins have different experiences and therefore are different. Would anyone say all diamonds, stars or animals are equal?

One of the United Nations' founding documents seems to imply the existence of a God given human soul. It seems to have been inspired by the Bible, not Darwin.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gaddafi and God


[in big trouble]

These days, former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi isn't doing very well. His location is currently unknown and he is wanted for war crimes. Things aren't looking so good right now for the former tyrant and fashion icon.

There is an important message to learn from this: sooner or later, there is justice.

Gaddafi was an evil man who killed many innocent people. For many years he lived in great luxury, however ultimately justice caught up with him.

By the same token consider, Saddam Hussein, a brutal killer who finally met a bitter end. And of course recently Osama bin Laden. Jewish Communists, who persecuted rabbis without mercy in the early years of the Soviet Union, were themselves purged by Stalin a few years later. The same is true is many evil people - they may seem successful for a while, however then suddenly they're gone. Most bad people end up suffering greatly even in this world.

There are however some exceptions. I would suggest that Stalin and Mao, for example, were such monsters that no earthly punishment could begin to apply to them and their suffering was reserved only for the afterlife.

It's well known that many people in recent years who have converted from Orthodox Judaism to atheism have ended up having disastrous personal lives. I know of one man who grew up Orthodox in Brooklyn, dropped out about thirty years ago after being married with a daughter. He then married a Colombian woman, had children, had a good job however his sexual promiscuity caused him to lose his new family and career. I know of another woman who left her Orthodox husband for a non-Orthodox coworker. Today she is divorced, penniless and has three kids. I personally know of no apostates from Orthodoxy who seem to do too well personally and financially.

We must learn from this and use this to help us increase our belief in and fear of God.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Where is the Surgeon General?


The British government just last week permitted gay men to donate blood - after one year of full celibacy.

Few nations allow sexual active gay men to donate blood.

Shouldn't this perhaps tell us something - that rather than issuing marriage certificates to gay men, the Surgeon General should issue a warning against men having sex with men? I'm not suggesting that anyone go so far as quoting the Bible, (although it's interesting how many Biblical ideas have immense therapeutic value - see the post prior to this one) however it's at least a matter of hygiene.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

God Will Make You Sober


[he's not "getting it"]

In 2001, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University published a study concerning the link between monotheism and sobriety.

The study found that God, religion, and spirituality were key factors for many in the prevention and treatment of their substance abuse and in continuing recovery.

Adults who did not consider religious beliefs important were more than one and one-half times likelier to use alcohol and cigarettes, more than three times likelier to binge drink, almost four times likelier to use an illicit drug other than marijuana, and more than six times likelier to use marijuana than adults who strongly believed that religion was important. 

Teens who never attended religious services were twice as likely to drink, more than three times likelier to use marijuana and binge drink, and almost four times likelier to use illicit drugs than teens who attended religious services at least weekly. 

In the context of treatment, individuals who attended spiritually based support programs, such as 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, in addition to receiving treatment, were more likely to maintain sobriety.

The essence of addiction recovery and prevention seems to be to train people to find true solace in a belief in and trust in God during times of stress, rather than a self destructive false solace in substance abuse. (For example see A Natural History of Alcoholism page 193.)

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Jellyfish - an Amazing Creation


[a giant Nomura's jellyfish]

My daughter visited an aquarium last week and one thing which impressed her were the jellyfish.

Jellyfish are indeed remarkable and unique creatures. These are living, moving, reproducing animals which thrive in the oceans yet have almost no distinct organs.

Jellyfish do not have specialized digestive, osmoregulatory, central nervous, respiratory, or circulatory systems. They digest using the gastrodermal lining of the gastrovascular cavity, where nutrients are absorbed. They do not need a respiratory system since their skin is thin enough that the body is oxygenated by diffusion. They have limited control over movement, but can use their hydrostatic skeleton to accomplish movement through contraction-pulsations of the bell-like body; some species actively swim most of the time, while others are passive much of the time. Jellyfish are composed of more than 90% water; most of their umbrella mass is a gelatinous material — the jelly — called mesoglea which is surrounded by two layers of epithelial cells which form the umbrella (top surface) and subumbrella (bottom surface) of the bell, or body.

A jellyfish does not have a brain or central nervous system, but rather has a loose network of nerves, located in the epidermis, which is called a "nerve net". A jellyfish detects various stimuli including the touch of other animals via this nerve net, which then transmits impulses both throughout the nerve net and around a circular nerve ring, through the rhopalial lappet, located at the rim of the jellyfish body, to other nerve cells. Some jellyfish also have ocelli: light-sensitive organs that do not form images but which can detect light, and are used to determine up from down, responding to sunlight shining on the water's surface. These are generally pigment spot ocelli, which have some cells (not all) pigmented.

It's hard to imagine an animal so bizarre in comparison to most other life. It's truly awe inspiring to consider the variety of God's creatures.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Eternal People


[the Old Prague Synagogue]

I don’t believe that any culture or religion is as ancient or has been as stable as Judaism.

The name “Israel” is first found mentioned about 1210 BCE.

Israel Finkelstein, no friend of Orthodoxy, writes in his book “The Bible Unearthed” page 119 that from about 1150 BCE until 586 BCE, no pork was raised in the villages of the highlands of Palestine. (According to rabbinical tradition, the Israelite invasion of Palestine took place in 1273 BCE.) This is the earliest archeological evidence of Jewish observance.

Based upon the Mishnah, we know that a Jew living in Palestine 2,000 years ago could enter an Orthodox synagogue today and have virtually no difficulty joining in with the services. The phylacteries worn today and the Bible read from today are the same as some found in the Dead Sea caves.

Today the Orthodox Jewish population stands at about two million, and growing.

What’s truly incredible is that throughout this entire period, Jews have been constantly attacked and persecuted. The above-mentioned inscription from 1210 BCE tellingly reads “Israel is laid waste, its seed is not”. Jews have been hated since literally the first day of Jewish history and endless attempts have been made to annihilate the relatively small and helpless Jewish community. Why have these attempts always been unsuccessful? And, more surprisingly, why have the Jews bothered to be different?

In my humble opinion, the answer is quite simple.

There are an infinite possible number of false religions. There are 4,200 religions in the world today. Surely thousands more have existed in the past. More will exist in the future most probably. False religions come and go according to people’s preferences, whims and temperaments.

However, there can be only one true religion, and there will always be some honest people in the world who will embrace that religion in spite of all sacrifice. This is why Judaism is the eternal religion.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gay Marriage


The New York State government recently legalized gay marriage.

Male homosexuality is about as unhealthy as heroin usage. Nevertheless, our state government has decided to celebrate it, apparently for no other reason than to demonstrate their sympathy for a minority group and to emphasize their rejection of the Bible, which prohibits sodomy. If people die, that's just collateral damage.

Great work guys. This may lower costs for Social Security and Medicare, but then don't forget about the higher health care costs of male homosexuals.

Monday, August 15, 2011

God's Microhelicopter


[the spinning maple seed; it may blow miles before finally landing]

When I got out of my car this morning on the way to pray, I noticed some maple seeds on the curb.

The simple little maple seed is one of God's open miracles. Each fall, a maple tree will produce thousands of tiny seeds, each one with a little wing on it to carry it away from the broad shade of its parent.

Their papery little wings keep them aloft so they can find a good place to germinate and make a new maple. But how they manage to fall so slowly has been a bit of a mystery—until recently.

Scientists filmed maple seeds as they wafted through a smoke-filled wind tunnel. And they found that a spiral of air develops on top of each falling seed’s wing. That vortex generates lift, and acts like a miniature tornado that sucks the seed up.

The design is so intelligent, Lockheed’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratories in New Jersey has just announced the creation of a tiny drone aircraft based on the maple seed.

Even this seemingly simple little chip of fiber bears witness to the existence of God.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

The Ultimate Pleasure


[From High School Confidential 1958; the voice of the Beat Generation]

Since the 1950s, the trend in American society seems to be moving more and more toward selfish, short term pleasure and enjoyment and more away from being concerned with long term consequences, the welfare of others and the afterlife.

Pornography became somewhat socially acceptable with the publication of Playboy magazine in December, 1953. Marilyn Monroe, the first Playboy model, and Elvis Presley, known for his suggestive movements, became superstars in the mid-1950's.

In 1964, the Beatles became the first true "rock stars". In 1967, the Summer of Love popularized the hippie movement.

About 1970, it became socially acceptable for women to have sex before marriage. Abortion was legalized in 1973. Divorce also became much easier legally at that time and divorce became commonplace rather than a rarity. Young people commonly smoked marijuana by about 1970. Also, at about that time, sodomy became legalized in many states. In the 1970's, the term "serial killer" was coined, generally referring to people who kill many strangers for pleasure. Child abduction and murder began becoming a national problem in 1981.

Today, probably almost every man, woman and child in America is regularly exposed to hard core pornography thanks to the Internet. Many men report losing interest in sex due to pornography being better than sex. For women between age 15 and 25, casual sex with virtual strangers is normal. About half of all children are born to single women. Marijuana is basically legal in California and becoming legal in other states. Many states have legalized same sex marriage. Stranger homicide is becoming more and more common. Programs like Intervention and Celebrity Rehab give insight into the horrifying world of hard core addicts. Hundreds of thousands of homeless people, primarily drug addicts and alcoholics, litter city sidewalks, something which blossomed in the 1980s.


Beginning slowing in the 1950's, gathering speed in the 60's and really taking off in the 70's, self indulgence and pleasure seeking has become more and more "cool", smart and fashionable. What is this leading to ultimately? What would the ultimate in hedonism look like? How cool can we actually get?

I can imagine society eventually allowing the opening of what I would call Total Pleasure Centers. These centers would allow Godless hedonists to indulge themselves at no cost to society and to then disappear, without endlessly filling up prisons, rehab centers, hospitals, homeless shelters, etc. Just do it and get it over with.

The Total Pleasure Centers, which would be heavily advertised in the most attractive terms, would work simply like this:

The client must be 18 or older and have at least $10,000.

If the client has custody of children, that custody must be completely surrendered and the children made available for adoption.

The client will surrender all his money and assets to the Total Pleasure Center when arriving.

He will be stripped naked, shaved and placed in a cell.

The cell will include a very comfortable recliner and a large screen computer monitor and desk with a mouse and keyboard. The monitor will also be attached to cable television. There will be a funnel attached to a tube to collect urine.

The client will have an IV line inserted, which will deliver nutrition.

The client will be groomed by aides (sponge baths; hair will be shaved periodically; he will be turned every two hours if need be to avoid bed sores) and nurses will make sure that the IV line remains open and uninfected. The urine collection bag will be changed daily as well.

The client will have a hand held device which will control the delivery of either heroin or cocaine through his IV line. The client will also have access to, but outside easy reach, a button which will administer a dose sodium thiopental, causing death.

The client’s account will be debited based on the cost of his basic care, the drugs he uses and the websites and cable programs he accesses if they require payment. The client will never be allowed to leave his cell. If necessary, he will be restrained to his chair.

Finally when the client’s account approaches zero, the IV will automatically administer a dose sodium thiopental, causing death. The client will them be cremated and his ashes disposed of in a refuse bin.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Baby Killer - and Secret Atheist

Levi Aron is a Brooklyn resident who has confessed to murdering on July 12, 2011 an eight year old boy whom he had just recently met on the street. Prior to his arrest, Aron was a member of an Orthodox synagogue and had once studied in a yeshiva. Was he, however, a true believer or a secret atheist?

Here is a photo of Aron from Facebook, pre-arrest:


Here he is the day following his arrest:


Here he appears in court for the first time, later that same day:


Here he is in court for the second time, today:


Had he appeared to his victim, Leiby Kletzky, a Hasidic child, as he appears now, with no distinctive Jewish clothing, would Leiby have gotten into his car?

Furthermore, according to news reports, police offered Aron food at some point the evening of his arrest. Aron said that he did not eat kosher and when detectives suggested he get Burger King or McDonald's, he said McDonald's. He wound up eating Chinese food.

I have never heard of any statement made by Mr Aron concerning his beliefs. I would very much like to visit him at some point and question him personally. However, I believe this does this emphasize the importance of ridding our community of the phonydox.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of identifying these imposters, expelling them from our homes, schools and synagogues and creating an Internet database tracking them. It's a matter of life and death.  

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Miracle of the Sun


[our privileged planet]

Yesterday morning as I was walking to my synagogue, I felt the warmth of the sunlight falling on my face. It suddenly occurred to me how seldom I appreciate this miraculous gift from God.

Without the sun, obviously all life on earth would instantly die. The temperature of earth's surface would quickly go down to a few degrees above absolute zero, about 450 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

There is more to the story however. If the earth would be any closer to the sun or further from the sun, or if the sun were any hotter or colder, liquid water and therefore life would not exist on earth.

Furthermore, the earth's atmosphere contains a small amount of a gas called ozone. Ozone is vitally important to life because it absorbs biologically harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation coming from the sun. Without this God given shield, created by a process called the ozone-oxygen cycle, we would all be dead.

And there's more involved than that. The sun produces a solar wind, a stream of charged particles ejected from the upper atmosphere of the Sun. The earth's magnetic field saves us from being killed by the solar wind. The magnetic field is caused by the special composition of earth's outer core. Mars, for example, does not presently have a global magnetic field. (The outer planets do have magnetic fields, however are lifeless for other reasons, such as low temperature.)

So when we enjoy the beautiful life giving light of the sun, we should be aware that this is the result of many fortunate factors: the existence of the sun, the size of the sun, the distance of the sun from the earth, the presence of the ozone layer and the magnetosphere. If anything was changed, we wouldn't be here to marvel at it.

We should remember all this every morning when we say the Yotzer ohr which states "the blessed God, great in understanding, prepared and brought about the rays of the sun". [emphasis mine]

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Counter Atheism Activity


[it's not OK]

One thing which I think has raised the most eyebrows about my blogging is that not only have I written articles supporting and promoting Judaism, however I have also done a lot of writing critiquing atheism and sometimes even leaving very critical comments on atheist blogs. Not only am I trying to advocate Judaism, however I am also doing everything possible to discredit atheism.

This has sometimes come at great personal cost. I have, for example, been fired from my job and expelled from nursing school.

This is, however, hardly unprecedented.

In Israel, the Yad L'achim organization for decades has done counter missionary work, trying to diminish the influence of Christian missionaries in Israel. Activists have sometimes been beaten, sued and complaints have been made to the US State Department. When doing anti-intermarriage work, Yad L'achim members even risk their lives to save Jews.

All this work is done apparently with full ultra-orthodox rabbinical support.

Every "Jewish skeptic" writing on the Internet is no different than a "Messianic Jew" handing out pamphlets at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Surely, everything possible must be done to discourage these scoundrels who seek to corrupt their fellow Jews.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Two Proofs That Atheists Are Lying


[if he lies, his nose gets longer]

Proof #1: Atheists do not suggest replacing law enforcement with animal control.

According to atheism people are animals who are in no way exceptional in comparison to other animals. Therefore atheists should logically suggest that animal control officers be used to capture and destroy nuisance people in the same way they are used to control nuisance animals. People are not merely like animals, we are animals. Animal control is far more effective and less expensive than law enforcement. About thirty people per year in the US are killed by dogs; about 20,000 are murdered by other humans. Furthermore the cost of police, courts and prisons is astronomical; dog catchers and animals shelters, not so much. The elaborate and expensive criminal justice system is based on the superstitious, pre-Darwinian notion that people are different; we have souls and were created in the image of God.

However no atheist suggests this because no atheist sincerely believes that we are merely animals, not better or worse than a dog or a rat.

Proof #2: Atheists do not advocate global warming.

According to atheism, microbes developed into people through the process of evolution. Mass extinctions have accelerated evolution in the past. Global warming is now causing a mass extinction. Global warming should therefore be a positive thing in the long run which should be encouraged.

However no atheist suggests this because no atheist sincerely believes in evolution.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I Want to Create a New Word



What should you call someone who acts like an orthodox Jew but rejects some or all of the beliefs of orthodox Judaism?

He could be called a hypocrite, fake or impostor. These words however are very general and have nothing specifically to do with religion. These people like to call themselves "orthoprax", however I feel that this seems to emphasize the positive excessively - practicing Orthodox Judaism, at least publicly.

I would like to use the word "phonydox", short for "phony Orthodox Jew". I believe that rooting out the phonydox and expelling them from our homes, schools and synagogues should be an urgent priority.

Quote of the Day


"Kids. They're not easy. But there has to be some penalty for sex."

Said by Bill Maher, atheist and winner of the 2009 Atheist Alliance International Richard Dawkins Award.

Practicing what he preaches, Mr Maher has never married or fathered a child nor does he intend to.

If atheists succeed in converting all of humanity to their beliefs, how long will humanity survive? At best a couple of centuries?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What I Fight Against


From a life of truth and happiness to a one of falsehood and disappointment.

Now I'm Really Convinced


[how science works]

Converting from Judaism to atheism is all about Science, nothing to do with promiscuity.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Animal House


[our true home?]

Darwin wrote in Descent of Man Chapter VI

"Some naturalists, from being deeply impressed with the mental and spiritual powers of man, have divided the whole organic world into three kingdoms, the Human, the Animal, and the Vegetable, thus giving to man a separate kingdom. (1. Isidore Geoffroy St.-Hilaire gives a detailed account of the position assigned to man by various naturalists in their classifications: 'Hist. Nat. Gen.' tom. ii. 1859, pp. 170-189.) Spiritual powers cannot be compared or classed by the naturalist: but he may endeavour to shew, as I have done, that the mental faculties of man and the lower animals do not differ in kind, although immensely in degree. A difference in degree, however great, does not justify us in placing man in a distinct kingdom"

This is a cornerstone of atheism. Man is not central to the universe, he is not in any way special nor was he created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), but rather man is merely another animal. Human exceptionalism is anathema to the true atheist.

Taken to it's logical conclusion, this would seemingly mean a huge cost saving to the criminal justice system.

There are a total of about 160 million cats and dogs alone owned by people in the United States. This is in comparison to 311 million people in the United States. Regarding people, we spend about $70 billion per year locking up about 2.5 million people. We have close to a million sworn law enforcement officers in the United States as well as thousands of judges, prosecutors and civilian workers on all levels at an incalculable cost. However regarding cats and dogs, we seem to make do with a handful of inexpensive animal control officers and a small number of shelters plus the liberal use of lethal injections. And this very low cost system seems to work quite well. Thirty four people were killed by dogs in the United States in 2007 while about 19,000 people were killed by other people that year. According to atheists, we should apply the same methods of animal control to people because people ARE animals.

Additionally, human reproduction should be supervised by the state and federal departments of agriculture. Someone like Casey Anthony, for example, from an atheistic perspective should probably just have been quickly spayed and released once her lack of fitness as a mother became obvious (which was from day one), no three year long carnival needed.

I wonder why atheists don't argue more passionately for social reforms based on Darwin, reason and science? Are they afraid to reveal how insane their beliefs really are?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Know What to Answer a Heretic (Avos 2:19)


[the Jonestown victims - don't drink the Kool Aid]

In my experience, there are two primary arguments which atheists use to support their belief that the Biblical God does not exist and evolution created us.

The first, more logical however lesser known, is an argument from facts.

The fact is a something known as biostratigraphy. This is the discovery, about 1840, that fossils in sedimentary rock present themselves in distinct assemblages. There are for example fossil assemblages which include trilobites, other assemblages which include dinosaurs and so on. This seems to contradict the creation story in Genesis, which seems to imply that all life was created six thousand years ago and while some species have surely become extinct since then, any fossil strata should include modern day living species as well as any extinct ones. In fact, many strata, perhaps most, contain only extinct species of plants and animals.

The correct explanation for this is that these fossils represent remnants of earlier eras in earth's history, prior to Adam, as I have explained here. The facts therefore do not contradict the Torah.

The second, and more popular, argument for atheism is an argument from authority.

This argument states that if a vast majority of eminent, let's say Nobel prize winning, scientists, believe that a certain concept is true, then it is true beyond reasonable doubt and any rational person should be willing to literally bet his life, his afterlife, his family's lives, everything in this world and in any other worlds, on the truth of that concept. This applies even if the concept appears to be absurd, even if the scientists are not able to provide convincing evidence supporting the concept to a layman and even if there is a clear self serving reason for the scientists to promote the concept. Therefore evolution must be accepted as a fact and the Bible rejected as a myth, even though evolution is clearly nonsense and even though scientists clearly have a strong interest in discrediting the Bible and endorsing evolution, because by doing so they negate the influence of the clergy and promote themselves as being society's most important intellectuals. They are no longer merely studying God's handiwork while the theologians study God Himself; rather now scientists are unraveling the secrets of the universe while the clergy are simply liars or idiots.

Of course, if someone is willing to set aside his own critical thinking and blindly embrace anything taught by the "great leaders", he could just as well have followed Jim Jones into his suicide pact.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Don't Trust the Anonymous Bloggers


[a lesbian blogger - exposed]

One key point to constantly remember is that we know absolutely nothing about anyone writing on the Internet and not providing clear, verifiable, identifying information.

This was brought out recently with the case of Bill Graber, a married, heterosexual man who blogged as "Lez Get Real", posing as a a deaf, lesbian, mother of two.

Also a couple of weeks ago it was revealed that "Amina Arraf", the blogger who wrote "A Gay Girl in Damascus" was in fact not gay, not a girl and not in Damascus but actually turned out to be Tom MacMaster, a married, heterosexual American student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

So bear this in mind when a Jewish skeptic blogger claims to be a nuclear scientist or a rabbi or sexual abuse victim or whatever. Anything they write about themselves to increase their credibility may be complete fiction. In fact, I would guarantee it is. Furthermore, five different Jewish skeptic bloggers may all be the same person.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Miracle of the Butterfly


[perfect beauty]

On Saturday morning, while walking home from my local synagogue, I noticed a butterfly floating around my neighborhood.

I began to consider for a moment what a beautiful miracle this tiny creature is.

A monarch butterfly, for example, has six legs and four beautiful wings. It has two compound eyes and is about 1.3 inches long and 0.15 inches wide and weighs about 0.41 grams.

In man made technology, the state of the art today is the microdrone. It weights about a kilogram and must be recharged every 30 minutes and guided constantly by human operators and of course it cannot reproduce itself. Although quite remarkable (see demo), it is still laughably primitive compared to the beautiful, tiny butterfly, which guides itself, feeds itself and reproduces itself all in a tiny package weighing half as much as a dollar bill. (I will admit however that the microdrone will send you some interesting videos of what's going on in your neighbor's backyard, if you really need that and don't mind the $40,000 price tag.)

We must stand in awe of God's simple, commonplace creation - the tiny butterfly flitting about at this time of year. All of mankind's combined wisdom does not even approach it's sophistication.

[The atheist will respond: The butterfly merely appears to be exquisitely designed by a superhuman intelligence. However actually blind chance could have done it. A monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type the complete works of William Shakespeare. To this I respond with the duck test: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Absent very strong evidence to the contrary, things are what they appear to be.]

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Atheism Myth


[Read it!]

This morning I was watching The Atheism Tapes, a collection of six video taped interviews with prominent atheists conducted in 2003 by the BBC. Specifically, I listened to lecture #2, which was with Steven Weinberg, a physicist, Nobel laureate and the only distinguished scientist interviewed. (Richard Dawkins is a popular science writer, however he has done very little original research in his field of animal behavior.)

Now, why exactly is this eminent scientist, Nobel prize winning physicist, undoubtedly a brilliant man far more intelligent than myself I assume, an atheist? Well, he says why:

"What happened was that much of the early basis for religious belief was dissolved by science. It wasn't that scientific discoveries made religion impossible... it's that they made irreligion possible. It became possible to understand how things worked without the religious explanation and particularly, I think, more important than anything any physicist did, was what Darwin did, Darwin and Wallis."

That's it - evolution did it, no God needed.

However, taking the question one step further, how do we know that evolution did it?

In my opinion, it seems very clear that evolution could not have done anything. It is impossibly improbable and the fossils indicate sudden, not gradual, changes.

The proofs from homologies, embryology and vestigial organs have already been discredited by books like Evolution a Theory in Crisis by Michael Denton and Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells and by websites like trueorigin.org.

Nevertheless, atheists are unperturbed. Atheists remind me very much of Christians who insist that Jesus fulfilled numerous Biblical prophesies, although any objective person sees this is clearly nonsense. Christians want to believe something, have grasped an excuse to believe it and will not be discouraged by anything.

In recent years, one of the new arguments for evolution is "junk DNA" - the portions of a genome sequence for which no discernible function had been identified. In a nutshell, Michael Shermer explains in "Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design" page 74 "We have to wonder why the Intelligent Designer added to our genome junk DNA" .

Well, we need wonder no longer. Jonathan Wells has just published a new book "The Myth of Junk DNA". He explains how as time goes by, more and more "junk" has been discovered to be quite useful. Just as an example, endogenous retroviruses were regarded as clearly junk, inherited from some ancient viral infection. Two years ago, biologists discovered that this alleged junk may be essential to human life: "These results demonstrate that syncytin-A is essential for trophoblast cell differentiation and syncytiotrophoblast morphogenesis during placenta development, and they provide evidence that genes captured from ancestral retroviruses have been pivotal in the acquisition of new, important functions in mammalian evolution."

"Genes captured from ancestral retroviruses" is of course the atheist interpretation. Why not genes designed by God?