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Daily Archives: 12/10/2012

no rights for the wicked (atheist)

This is wicked.

Atheists, Humanists Suffer Persecution World Wide, Report
The study, from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), showed that “unbelievers” in Islamic countries face the most severe — sometimes brutal — treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.
But it also points to policies in some European countries and the United States which favor the religious and their organizations and treat atheists and humanists as outsiders.”

I’ve always known that atheists, humanists and even agnostics are outsiders in many societies including the US — the land of free.

“O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

* When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.”

* fifth stanza added by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., as response to the Civil War

Ironically “provisions in place that bar atheists from public office” (other than the US Presidency, which was reserved for Christians only) and even “a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial” might be a little too much in most cases.

This might be why living in this old Jewish town once known as New Amsterdam can be a safe haven for every weirdo of this world (myself included).


end of times: T-11 & what i wish i’d done

So now it’s eleven (11) days to the end of it all .

Yesterday I mentioned the shows I’ve seen that I had truly cared about.

Now it’s time to list those I wish I’d gone to see (in alphabetical order, using modern Latin alphabet/script of course) even if before my time.

  1. AC/DC
  2. Aerosmith
  3. Arkona
  4. Barón Rojo
  5. The Birthday Massacre
  6. The Black Crowes
  7. The Clash
  8. The Cream (Wikipedia)
  9. Ani DiFranco
  10. The Doors
  11. Eurythmics or Anni Lennox (solo)
  12. Sara Evans
  13. Faster Pussycat
  14. Guns N Roses (original line-up with Izzy Stadlin and/or Matt Sorum)
  15. I:Scintilla
  16. Billy Idol with Steve Stevens
  17. Jimmy Hendrix
  18. KISS (original line-up with Ace Frehley and/or during the Bruce Kulick era)
  19. Korpiklaani (formerly known as Shaman)
  20. Led Zepelin or the 1994 Page and Plant project/tour leaving out John Paul Jones
  21. Lordi
  22. The Mamas & the Papas (Wikipedia)
  23. The Murder City Devils
  24. Nirvana
  25. Queen with Freddy Merucry and/or Paul Rodgers (Queen + Paul Rodgers)
  26. Stryper
  27. The Ramones (Wikipedia)
  28. Troll Bends Fir
  29. “Weird Al” Yankovic
  30. and other (un)lucky one(s) that I might not think of right now — maybe including my friend Elle Zamudio too (cheap joke).

Maybe I’d do so in the next life.

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