On The Campaign Trail With Yes Equality

With the vote on Marriage Equality only a week away, I thought I’d write a post about what it’s like canvassing for a Yes vote. I’ve been out most nights knocking on the doors of South Dublin encouraging people to support marriage equality. If you support marriage equality, then I would highly recommend that you come along too, canvassing is really easy and quite fun too. You can find your local group and more advice on how to canvass here. Continue reading

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What Is The Best Electoral System?

In the aftermath of the UK general election, a lot of focus has shifted to the electoral system and questions have been raised over how fair and democratic it is. In particular, is it democratic for the Conservative party to win a majority of seats with only a third of the votes? Is it democratic for the 7.5 million people who voted for the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Greens to have only 10 seats? Surely the fact that 25% of voters got only 1% of the seats is a sign of a serious problem with the electoral system? How can we make the electoral system better? Continue reading

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An Atheist Reads The Bible: All Men Must Die

I’ve been watching Game of Thrones lately and I’ve been surprised at the similarities between it and the Bible. You would think that they would be complete opposites but they have more in common than your local priest would like to admit (especially with this week’s episode involving the Faith Militant). Both are filled with violence, incest, murder, sexism, war, betrayal, religious fanaticism and arbitrary rulers. Reading the Book of Leviticus, I noticed a particularly strong essence of Valar Morghulis (All men must die) both in the sense that women are ignored and in the sense that, no matter how hard you try, sooner or later you’ll end up tripping up and being killed. Continue reading

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An Atheist Reads The Bible: Unclean, Everything Is Unclean!

The story takes an interlude away from Moses and instead details the laws that God wants us to follow. The main theme of the book is a dire fear of the unclean. Honestly, Leviticus must have been written by OCD germophobe as there is an obsession with avoiding anything unclean (which turns out to be most things). God gives these rules unconditionally and demands that they must be obeyed, which Christians have interpreted to mean they can pick and choose whichever they wish to follow. Continue reading

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An Atheist Reads The Bible: People Are Following The Wrong 10 Commandments

Welcome back to another blog post where, me, an Atheist, reads the Bible and finds lots of weird and crazy things. Continuing where we left off, Moses is on Mount Sinai receiving laws from God on stone tablets. The laws are nothing special, nothing a tribal society couldn’t create by itself and not much relevance for modern day. Let’s continue the story. Continue reading

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An Atheist Reads The Bible: A God Of Smoke And Fire

While the story of the Israelites escape from Egypt is one of the best known stories in the Bible, what happened next is not as well known (mainly because it’s not as dramatic). But the Book of Exodus continues with the wanderings of Moses and the Jews and the first government run by God. This part is significant as it is the first time God gives rules that must be obeyed. Continue reading

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An Atheist Reads The Bible: Is God A Freedom Fighter Or A Terrorist?

The story of the Israelites escape from Egypt is probably the best known story in the Bible, possibly even more so than the stories from the Book of Genesis. I can still remember watching The Prince of Egypt as a child in school. However, what people don’t know is that there is no evidence that the Israelites were ever in Egypt or that the Book of Exodus is actually true. The Israelites were supposedly in Egypt for 400 years, yet archaeologists have found no traces of them nor ant Egyptian records of them. Nor is there any record of the plagues that allegedly occurred (which were so massive you could hardly ignore them) or the death of the Pharaoh (who is never named, further weakening the story) and his army (which is something which would have deserved mentioning). Nor has any evidence been found in the Sinai desert were supposedly 600,000 men (which implies about 2 million women and children) wandered for 40 years. Scholars now recognise that the Exodus simply didn’t happen (interesting most criticism comes from Jewish rather than Christian or Atheist sources). Continue reading

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