Quotable quotes

As we should stand at a certain distance to view objects, so we should also stand at a distance to observe society, each has its proper point of view from which it should be regarded. It is quite right that it should not be looked at too closely, for there is hardly a man person who in all matters allows himself themselves to be seen as he they really is are

God

This joke is too good not to share.

The little boy was found by his mother with pencil and paper, making a sketch. When asked what he was doing, he answered promptly, and with considerable pride:
I am drawing a picture of god
But, gasped the shocked mother, you cannot do that. No one has seen god. No one knows how god looks.
Well, the little boy replied, complacently, when I get through they will

cycling on Kenyan roads

I cycle for fun. Some of you know this already.

I also cycle to work. Most of you don’t know this. I do this when the weather is good or when I don’t feel like driving and sitting pretty in slow moving traffic looking at the beautiful women and not so handsome men stroll by. That is where the good news end.

For the benefit of those who can’t place Kenya on a world map, it is somewhere in East Africa, a third world country where 46% of the 43 million citizens live below the poverty line and income level is in the lower middle income you would think the engineers who design the roads would plan for pedestrians and cyclists. What we have are roads planned for vehicular transport and a host of drivers who lack courtesy.

It is hectic trying to cycle in this mess.

People’s attitudes towards cyclists must change. Instead of seeing us as things to be avoided on the road, drivers must begin to see us as road users with as much right on the road as they.

Did I say I hate helmets. They tell you to not ride without one. The thing they should tell you is to as much as possible avoid being knocked down. I wear a helmet though. One only hopes motorists will learn to share the road with cyclists and the road engineers will think of pedestrian and cycle lanes.

No blog about cycling is complete without cyclists.

All photos by my good friend Moses

on local news

I am beginning to think the missionaries that came to the shores of East Africa to spread their slavish religion were Puritans. If they were not, I think their descendants or rather successors want to create a puritanical society in Kenya and the rest of Africa where they have a hold.

There was a demo against a mini skirt law in Uganda. This piece attempts to show what the problem with this craze is.

These puritans are at it again. Netflix is planning on opening shop in Kenya. The Kenya Film Censoring Classification Board has come out from slumber to tell us

[We cannot be a] passive recipient of foreign content that could corrupt the moral values of our children

The author of the above statement is, you guessed right, a bishop. He must believe that if he can’t be happy, no one else should be. Reminds me of the stories I hear of the US of A where in some states at some point in history, the bar, the stadium and the library were closed on Sunday because the Methodist had to go to church.

The same board tells us

In this era of global terrorism, including broadcasts over the internet by terrorist entities, vigilance is the price of safety and prevention. As Kenyans, we therefore need to ask all the right questions about the unregulated arrival and future of Netflix in the country. We need to ponder its implications in light of the ongoing war on terror by questioning the manner and nature of Netflix’s introduction of services in Kenya.

Really? In a country where the corrupt, the real terrorists and threat to the nation’s livelihood, walk free you dare talk about vigilance. I suspect these people smoke banned substances by the barrel.

And in a bid to save the sheeples from fraud by their charlatans, the government proposed legislation to regulate religion. And at least somebody thinks this regulation is timely.

Further reading

Netflix a threat to moral values

Statement by 

christianity today

why are theists so foolish

I don’t like pastors. I really don’t like them. I think I agree with Diderot’s sentiments that men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

In this post, the author has chosen to show that atheists are foolish. He writes

In other words, if one cannot accommodate certain propositions to be scrutinized by means of the scientific method, then said propositions must not be de facto, true.

which isn’t true. That would only make something unscientific not necessarily untrue. And there is no demand that the observations be under a microscope.

It is a misrepresentation of facts to write

Since the scientific method is allegedly the only venue through which one can prove things to be true, then the feelings of a cow for her calf must not exist. In fact, one could say that based on the scientific method, one’s feelings and intellectual musings do not exist either.

He also contradicts himself. The only we have come to know that a cow has feelings, whatever their representation, for its calf is by observation. Without observation over time, we wouldn’t come to that conclusion. In fact, it is only with observation that we can arrive at the conclusion the author of such trope is foolish.

It is an oxymoron, for deficiency in vocabulary, to say

Religion is also a scientific method. In fact…one could say that religion is the most ancient scientific method of human history…and as such, it should at least be respected

If anything, religion, properly defined, is the antithesis of method, scientific or otherwise.

This claim here

Like the scientific theories that inspire atheists to believe that there is no Creator, religions also evolve (and at times even supplanted by other religions) when new data (or new experiences) are observed. Like in the case of scientists, religionists hold on to their theories until other theories seem more plausible… A true religionist (as a true scientist) will keep an open mind and adjust his or her theories in accordance to experimentation and verifiable data.

is not only ridiculous but untrue. People didn’t change their religions because there was more data. A Katlick becoming a Muslim isn’t doing so because suddenly there is more data, they are changing from one delusion to the next. Data is the least of their concerns.

I contend there are no experiences that are religious. All our experiences are similar, profound joy, deep regret/ sorrow and whatever in between are human emotions. It is interpretation that makes some religious.

I don’t see how thinks this response

Thank you for sharing. Certainly there must be no God for you. You are an insignificant point of demarcation between eons of dark unconsciousness. In fact, from that perspective one could say you do not exist either. And yet, lo and behold, I am communicating with you even though you are nothing in comparison to the eons of space and time. In fact, since you are nothing, it is a total waste of time for you to argue against something that in your opinion does not exist…since in the grand scheme of things- you are absolutely nothing. You never mattered…you never will matter… So enjoy the little consciousness that you have accidentally been given- an illusory pseudo-consciousness since in the grand scheme of the universe, you still remain to be….NOTHING

to one who said they have no reason for devotion is profound. There is no relationship between my existence and that of a god. And logically there is no law of logic that is violated in saying there is no god. And why does someone have to matter in the grand scheme of things to be important?  As a pastor, one would expect he would attempt to show the interlocutor why they should pray instead of demeaning them. Maybe I am wrong and pastors are not taught to be ambassadors of their cults.

This statement

Atheists are fools because they discount as rubbish the existential experiences and scientific data that led millions (perhaps billions) of people before them to believe in the necessity of a Creator.

is not only blatantly false but a misrepresentation of a demographic that have rejected the received notions of god. Majority, if not all, who have believed in a god have done so because they were indoctrinated into believing there is one and have then interpreted events in their life as religious.

Finally, it is a case of irredeemable stupidity to claim that atheists are foolish because the bible says there is a god and they reject it. As others before me have opined, it would be unforgivable to deny superman since he appears in comic books.

 

Notes on freethought

William Foote wrote in one of his essays

Let us make the best of this world and take our chances of any other. If there is a heaven, we dare say it will hold all honest men. If it will not, those who go elsewhere will at least be in good company.
Our salvation is here and now. It is certain and not contingent. We need not die before we realise it. Ours is a gospel, and the only gospel, for this side of the grave. The promises of theology cannot be made good till after death; ours are all redeemable in this life.
Happiness is the only good, suffering the only evil and selfishness the only sin.
Learn what is true in order to do what is right.