Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wishlist for Atheists, Agnostics & Anti-Theists--from

R. Joseph Hoffmann has a 2010 wish list for various religious faiths:

It is time for a list of things religions must give up, forswear, abandon and forever repudiate in order to be what they want to be–or say they do: mechanisms of peace, justice, compassion and love of humanity.

A few excerpts…

For Christians:

1. Abandon the mythology of Genesis. God did not make the world in 6, 8 or 1000 days or 1000 days of years. Stop squabbling over Hebrew syntax and what you think the Biblical writers meant. They meant what they wrote and they were wrong. We know far too much about how things really came about to believe any of the nonsense about how a Hebrew-speaking priest of the sixth century BCE thought things came about.

For Muslims:

3. Let your women get an education. Admit that the most ordinary housewife who chooses to wear hijab to keep her husband and eldest son happy is smarter than the average imam. Don’t cut off people’s legs for adultery. Stop the stoning. Stop saying that cliterodectomy is un-Islamic, or rather shout it out and mean it. Don’t throw battery acid in girl’s faces for consorting with boys en route to school. Stop torching the schools. Etc.

For Jews:

1. There are no chosen people. There are just people. It is depressing, isn’t it? We all want to be special.

I like his list, but the #4 item under Judaism rubs me the wrong way and I suspect many of you will feel the same. Hoffmann knows this and acknowledges it. I’m curious what you think of it

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas playlist!

Playlist For Pat's Power Pop Hours
Aired On 12/25/2009
Hosted By: Pat Keenan
Artist Song Recording
1 The Ramones Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) Anthology
2 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Trim Yo' Tree Happy Horny Holidays
3 The dB's Christmas Time Christmas Time Again
4 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Good King Wencenslas Happy Horny Holidays
5 The dB's Home For The Holidays Christmas Time Again
6 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Mr. Grinch Happy Horny Holidays
7 Marshall Crenshaw (It's Gonna Be A ) Lonely Christmas Christmas Time Again
8 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers We Three Kings Happy Horny Holidays
9 The Db's Holiday Spirit Christmas Time Again
10 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Santa Clause Goes Straight To the Ghetto Happy Horny Holidays
11 Thad Cockrell & Roman Candle Christmas Time Is Here Christmas Time Again
12 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Everyday Will Be A Holiday Happy Horny Holidays
13 The Kinks Holiday Romance Soap Opera
14 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Jingle Bells Happy Horny Holidays
15 Don Dixon I Saw Three Ships Christmas Time Again
16 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Boogie Woogie Santa Clause Happy Horny Holidays
17 Keegan Dewitt & The Sparrows Christmas Light Christmas Time Again
18 Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquers Run Rudolph Run Happy Horny Holidays
19 Ted Lyons Santa's Moonlight Sleigh-Ride Christmas Time Again
20 Todd Rundgren Courage Arena
21 Laurie Biagini Face In The Crowd Ridin' The Wave
22 Richard Snow Expectations Tuesday Music
23 The Kinks Celluloid Heroes One for the Road
24 The Replacements Little Mascara Tim
25 The Donnas Girl Talk Bitchin'
26 Chewy Marble She Roxx Modulations
27 Killing Joke Eighties Night Time
28 Utopia Princess of the Universe Redux 92
29 The Kinks Low Budget One for the Road
30 Joe Jack Talcum Methodist Coloring Book Live In The Studio
31 The Dead Milkmen Punk Rock Girl Death Rides a Pale Cow: The Ultimate Collection
32 The Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop Anthology

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Agnostic Christmas

AGAIN we celebrate the victory of Light over Darkness, of the God of day over the hosts of night. Again Samson is victorious over Delilah, and Hercules triumphs once more over Omphale. In the embrace of Isis, Osiris rises from the dead, and the scowling Typhon is defeated once more. Again Apollo, with unerring aim, with his arrow from the quiver of light, destroys the serpent of shadow. This is the festival of Thor, of Baldur and of Prometheus. Again Buddha by a miracle escapes from the tyrant of Madura, Zoroaster foils the King, Bacchus laughs at the rage of Cadmus, and Chrishna eludes the tyrant.

This is the festival of the sun-god, and as such let its observance be universal.

This is the great day of the first religion, the mother of all religions — the worship of the sun.

Sun worship is not only the first, but the most natural and most reasonable of all. And not only the most natural and the most reasonable, but by far the most poetic, the most beautiful.

The sun is the god of benefits, of growth, of life, of warmth, of happiness, of joy. The sun is the all-seeing, the all-pitying, the all-loving.

This bright God knew no hatred, no malice, never sought for revenge.

All evil qualities were in the breast of the God of darkness, of shadow, of night. And so I say again, this is the festival of Light. This is the anniversary of the triumph of the Sun over the hosts of Darkness.

Let us all hope for the triumph of Light — of Right and Reason — for the victory of Fact over Falsehood, of Science over Superstition.

And so hoping, let us celebrate the venerable festival of the Sun.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “The Agnostic Christmas” (1892)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Playlist 12/18/09 with the COMO DERBY DAMES!!!!!

Playlist For Pat's Power Pop Hours
Aired On 12/18/2009

Hosted By: Pat Keenan
Artist Song Recording
1 The Ramones Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) Anthology
2 Editors In This Light And On This Evening In This Light And On This Evening
3 Holograms Scene Whore Night of 1000 Ex-Boy Friends
4 Editors Bricks And Mortar In This Light And On This Evening
5 NOFX Creeping Out Sarah Coaster
6 Plastiscines Barcelona About Love
7 Depeche Mode In Chains Sounds Of The Universe
8 The Gruesomes You Said Yeah Gruesomology
9 Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs Go All The Way Under The Covers Vol. 2
10 Riff Raff, Columbia, Magenta The Time Warp Rocky Horror Picture Show
11 The Damned I Think I'm WONDERFUL!!!! Best of the Damned: Total Damnation
12 Radagun Check Me Out Life Lessons
13 Joan Jett Bad Reputation Bad Reputation
14 Radagun Runaway Life Lessons
15 The Donnas Checkin' It Out American Teenage Rock & Roll Machine
16 Todd Rundgren Drive The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
17 Richard Hell & the Voidoids Love Comes In Spurts Blank Generation
18 The Romeros Just A Memory Cooler Than Your Boyfriend
19 D.I. Pervert Nurse Horse Bites Dog Cries
20 Holograms Drunk Dial Night of 1000 Ex-Boy Friends