Sad, Lonely Atheists Insist Prayer Is Dumb As They Stare Hopelessly Into Desolate Cosmic Abyss

 

By Eric Owens
Education Editor

 

One of the world’s largest atheist organizations has declared that praying to God or any other supernatural deity is a useless, stupid endeavor that will not lead to “evidence-based solutions.”

The Center for Inquiry, an organization that promotes secular education, released its anti-prayer statement after Rep. Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, defended prayer as a way to respond to horrific events — in this case the massacre of 26 people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

“It is the right thing to do, to pray in moments like this because, you know what? Prayer works,” Ryan said Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News.

People who don’t pray after such events don’t understand the benefits of religion, Ryan suggested.

“It’s disappointing. It’s sad, and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith, don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say.”

Robyn Blumner, the CEO of the Center for Inquiry, responded to Ryan with a press release charging that Ryan’s statements about prayer in response to a mass shooting are “responsible for the nation’s polarization.”

“There is no evidence that intercessory prayer has any effect on earthly events, as numerous controlled studies have shown, and it won’t save anyone from future atrocities,” Blumner said. “So instead of dismissing legitimate criticism, the Speaker should work toward evidence-based solutions to the pressing national issue of gun violence.”

“Individuals and communities are free to pray, worship and heal as they wish,” the atheism CEO graciously allowed.

“At the same time, the religiously unaffiliated are the largest group of voters of all belief denominations, and they want more than platitudes when the times demand real-world solutions,” Blumner also said.

Blumner also charged that Ryan’s support for prayer in response to 26 murder victims is an attempt “to scapegoat the nonreligious to divert from his own ineffectiveness.”

“That he chooses this moment to belittle secular Americans, or Americans of any religious affiliation, is what is truly sad,” Blumner said.

According to the Center for Inquiry, a Pew Research poll shows that voters who aren’t affiliated with any particular church or denomination — “nones” — constitute the largest voting bloc when voters are grouped by religion. Catholics and “White Evangelicals” come in a very close second and third.

 

Election Night Brings Historic Wins For Minority And LGBT Candidates

 

About the “Article” I have but ONE word to say….SICK!

If this is a peak at the 2016 elections then TRUMP definitely, and maybe the GOP, could be in trouble…….Papa Mike

 

Via KRTV:

In a night of many firsts, several minority and LGBT candidates won local elections that echoed the blue wave in which Democrats won races large and small.

Two openly transgender candidates won races as well as the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey and first African-American mayors in major cities.

First openly transgender state lawmaker elected in Virginia

Danica Roem defeated incumbent delegate Bob Marshall, who had been elected 13 times over 26 years, for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. When Roem takes office, she will be the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislative body.

Althea Garrison, elected in Massachusetts, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992.

The race between Roem and Marshall to represent Virginia’s 13th district, which encompasses Prince William County and Manassas Park, had been rooted in ideological opposites.

Marshall had been at odds with LGBT issues and had proposed a state bill in 2015 that would allow anyone who has a license with the state to refuse services to gay people and earlier this year introduced a bill to restrict transgender people’s access to public restrooms, CNN local affiliates reported.

During the campaign, Marshall refused to use Roem’s correct pronouns.

Roem was open about her gender identity and had backing from LGBT groups.

“To every person who has ever been singled out, who has ever been stigmatized, who has ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own because there is no one else with them, this one is for you,” she told her supporters Tuesday night.

Prior to running for office, Roem worked as a journalist.

First openly transgender person of color elected to public office

Andrea Jenkins won a seat in the Minneapolis City Council to represent the city’s 8th ward, the Star Tribune reported. She won more than 70% of the votes, the newspaper reported.

Jenkins had served as a senior policy aide to two Ward 8 city council members. She touted more than 25 years of public service experience as a policy aide, nonprofit executive director, consultant and employment specialist on her website. She also described herself as a poet, writer and performer.

Suicide On Live TV

 

Robert “Budd” Dwyer, shown here, was Treasurer of the state of Pennsylvania in the 1980s before being accused of receiving bribes. Due to the stature of his position in state government Dwyer’s highly public trial was broadcast on live television.

In the midst of the trial Dwyer pulled a gun out of a manilla envelope, put it in his mouth and pulled the trigger. Millions saw it happen live on TV.

 

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Papa Johns

 


Papa Johns Pizza sales are down. Hmmm. I wonder what’s causing that? Could it be that they are the official pizza of the NFL? The CEO, John Schnatter, blames the NFL.

Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter is going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza.

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

It’s also hurt sales of Nike and Under Armor, but that’s self imposed, since both of those companies virtue signaled and came out on the side of the players. Turns out pissing off white people who love the country isn’t a good business model. Who knew? Certainly not the NFL owners and the league office.

The remarks follow a controversy over NFL football players protesting during the national anthem, a movement that started last season. The demonstrations have sparked calls for a boycott and raised concerns among league sponsors. But Schnatter’s comments mark the highest-profile example of an NFL partner publicly blaming the outcry for hurting business.

Isn’t it nice seeing patriotic Americans using boycotts? As Kurt Schlichter said, “The left is gonna hate the new rules.” Those rules include using the left’s tactics against them.

Goodell, whose contract is up for renewal, has taken flak for not resolving the controversy more quickly. The flap has even drawn tweets from President Donald Trump, who called for owners to fire or bench players who refuse to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said.

Ya think? Of course the owners are to blame as well. The sight of owners like Jerry Jones virtue signaling while kneeling with his players and Arthur Blank doing the same by locking arms with his players was not only disgusting but stupid. The NFL has become the WHPWPL

It’s hard to quantify the connection between the NFL and pizza sales, but Papa John’s did post disappointing results in the latest quarter. Its shares fell as much as 13 percent on Wednesday — the most in two years — after same-store sales missed analysts’ estimates. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company also trimmed its revenue and profit forecasts for the year.

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Of course they did. When the Democrats have been guilty of a ridiculously offensive race-baiting ad.

Via Daily Caller:

A CNN op-ed lambasted Virginia Republicans for “fearmongering” during the state’s gubernatorial election Tuesday, but offered no criticism of Democrats for doing the same.

Author S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, a public policy professor at the University of California, railed against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s campaign for airing ads about MS-13’s gang presence in Virginia, but he had no criticism for Democrat candidate Ralph Northam. While supposedly critical of “fearmongering,” the op-ed was devoid of any reference to the infamous pro-Northam ad which portrayed Gillespie supporters as confederate-flag-toting Nazis who want to run over minority children with trucks.

Gillespie has centered his campaign on Virginia’s violent crime and high number of members of Latino gang MS-13. And while it is true that police in Virginia’s wealthiest county are equaled–if not outnumbered–by MS-13 members, Ramakrishnan nevertheless pounced on the ads, claiming Gillespie was actually pushing hatred of Mexicans and residents of South America.

SOURCE: Weasel Zippers 

UK Daily Mail Refuses to Capitalize “God” in Texas Christian Hero Post — But Capitalizes “Allah” in Previous Post

 

When did the UK Daily Mail become a God-hating rag?

The Daily Mail tonight reported on Texas hero gunman Stephen Willeford who chased down Devin Patrick Kelley after he shot up First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

Stephen Willeford is a hero and he thanked God in his first interview since the Sunday massacre.

But The Daily Mail didn’t see it that way.
The godless Daily Mail refused to capitalize and honor “God” in their report.

SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit