Religion Is All Magical Thinking

The Amazing Randy is asked i,in an interview in Salon if he doesn’t get frustrated by the seemingly endless shams, scams, and charlatans he encounters in his quest to expose the fakes and illuminate the truth. He responds

amazing_randiWell, a bit, but just because we — as a species — will always be affected by a disease, it doesn’t automatically mean that we are going to stop monitoring or treating it. It goes without saying that it’s our civil and moral duty to stand up for the less fortunate and the victims in our society. It’s our duty to provide them with tools so they can arm themselves properly in life.

Part of the “makeup” of a large proportion of the population is due to the influence of religion, which is all magical thinking, thoroughly well organized and well established.

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Who said that?

Romney: 1,2,4,6,7,9,10,12,13 Burns: 3,5,8,11,14It’s going around. It’s funny. It’s sad. But I can’t help repeating it so I too can sound redundant. This was a quiz published in the venerable Mad Magazine (which used to be one of those ten-cent comics down at the newsstand). I apologize for not knowing who Mr. Burns is (I’ve never seen The Simpsons) but from the graphic, he must be the Mr. Potter of Simpsonville. Try your hand at the quiz but don’t look at the answers hidden behind the poster:

  1. “It’s time for another old-fashioned tax revolt.”
  2. “I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.”
  3. “So, what shall we do tomorrow? Go grousing?”
  4. “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”
  5. “Why do I need another penny? I have billions.”
  6. “Corporations are people, my friend!”
  7. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
  8. “I’m really enjoying this so-called ‘ice cream.'”
  9. “I tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once, as a wayward teenager, and never did it again.”
  10. “I grew up drinking Vernors and watching ballgames at Michigan & Trumbull.”
  11. “A blue-collard bar! Let’s go slumming!”
  12. “I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners.”
  13. “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake—I can’t have illegals!”
  14. “This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes has cost me the election.”