My friend Jamie Soden wrote a book!

My friend and cohost Jamie Soden wrote this awesome book about why free will is an illusion and also the flaws of Christianity. It’s an excellent 17 page book that won’t take you very long to read.

You can download it from here. Please read and write a review.

I want to quote a few of my favorite things from this book and tell why I like them.

“What if you are a rape victim? Could you then decide not to be depressed or not feel bad about being raped or molested as a child? Simple answer, you cannot, nobody of sound mind would like such things done to them, or others.”

On this Jamie could not have said it any better. We can’t just choose to feel good about being raped. I would hope that everyone knows this. Some things are just painful are we will do whatever we can to avoid them.

“Here’s the second problem, God who is all knowing and all powerful, creates predator and prey and Christians call it “intelligent design”

Well sorry but in my view and I’m sure others would agree with what I’m about to say here, if God necessitated predator and prey and the suffering of countless innocent lifeforms (not just humans) in order to keep a population “balanced” then he is a pretty lousy designer. Why not limit breeding in accordance with existing resources and carrying capacity of our and every other habitable planet in the universe instead? Better still, why not make plants all non carnivorous, all fungi non lethal and all animal life vegan and not hostile? Why does suffering need to exist? And Christians use this faith as –

– their comfort on their death beds, I take comfort in knowing that all suffering in nature wasn’t caused by an immensely unsympathetic madman, I also take comfort in knowing that when I die I will not be going to a place of eternal torture.”

This is the perfect summary of why the God of Christians and other monotheistic religions is absolutely cruel. It was apparently God’s design to have animals kill each other all the time and have a constant fight for survival. God is not omnibenevolent as theists claim. He’s not vegan and could only be described as a sadist for designing a system of such constant pain.

People such as Jamie and myself are able to see through this belief system and know that it can’t provide comfort to anyone except selfish psychopaths who are content thinking that God loves them even if he hates other humans and non human animals.

“I don’t care if people call me a “socialist” or “idealist” for saying this, I’m only making statements based on my experience and life observations. True morality was man made and therefore isn’t objective, but as long as other people exist, morality is useful and so are ethics. It is in fact idealistic to apply black and white notions on poverty by expecting everyone to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps when they didn’t have them to begin with.”

I’ve talked with Jamie about the topic of morality and whether it is objective or subjective. My take on this is slightly different than his. There are two types of morality.

The first type of morality is directly based on the hedonic imperative which Jamie mentions.

My opinion on it is this: Under the hedonic imperative, good is synonymous with pleasure and bad synonymous with pain. This is not a human invention because human didn’t invent the feelings of pleasure and pain. They are simply bound by these sensations and will seek pleasure and avoid pain.

The second type of morality is one that humans invent based on arbitrary feelings that have no basis in reality. This is the type of morality that religions are full of and that are harmful. Jamie’s book describes why free will is a false belief and the free will belief is at the core of the idea of “deserve”. All notions of people deserving things either good or bad are completely out of the picture when you understand that people don’t choose their thoughts or desires. The idea of punishing someone because they don’t believe in your particular god or because they feel attracted to the same gender is complete nonsense and isn’t a true form of morality, but is an action based on ignorance. It’s this type of morality which must be rejected but the first type of morality is what will still be in effect. In any case it’s a deep topic worth further discussion.

As a final note, I’m so glad Jamie finally wrote this down. George, Trick, and I have been telling him how much good he could do if he was writing and organizing his thoughts. He had already been writing tons of important things on social media, but too often they get lost in the trash heap of Facebook and Twitter. This will serve as a more permanent record of what Jamie has learned in recent years.

Funny captions by Shawn

The featured image above is a quick photo I took with my laptop showing the new Pinkie Pie doll that I bought at Hy-Vee. They were selling them in the floral department.

The original facebook post is here:

But later while I was at work, my friend Shawn added some hilarious captions to my image that took the weirdness to a whole new level. They were so funny that I had to share. So I’m making this blog post and uploading the edits Shawn made.

And for the record, anyone can add funny captions to my pictures with ponies. I’m quite happy about expressing what a brony I am. I love horses and I especially love My Little Pony because it has so many good moral messages in it.

And on a related note, Monique and I did a video called Pony Politics. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Celibate Vegan Compadres 5. Abstinence Till Marriage vs Celibate Marriage Part 2

5th episode of Celibate Vegan Compadres was released yesterday.

CELIBATE VEGAN VOICES: CVV Code Radio for Celibate Vegan Voices

I meant to make this post yesterday but I got real busy and forgot. Yesterday I uploaded the 5th episode of Celibate Vegan Compadres.

This is a continuation of the last episode that Chandler and Monique didn’t really finish because they got sidetracked onto other topics. The main topic is about the concept of marriage without sex. People can have a meaningful relationship without having to pollute it with sex. Chandler and Monique talk about the dangers involved in sexual intercourse and also mention the difficult subject of masturbation which is a common question people ask asexuals about.

In a future episode, Chandler and Monique want to talk about whether religion is required in order to live ethically.

Link to audio file on the Internet Archive:

YouTube version:

Vimeo version:

Monique also asked Chandler to include this link to her video in this description.

Happy ACE DAY 2015…

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TTA podcast 291 thoughts

I just finished listening to episode 291 of The Thinking Atheist podcast. It’s about interfaith relationships and people’s stories about how they either worked it out or ended up divorced.

This was one of the best podcasts of TTA ever. I know the guy that said interfaith couples can’t have kids was joking, but I think that’s really the truth. How in the world can people really get past that difference? I’m not even talking about the parents so much as the kids! That’s just confusing. But at the same time I can sort of see a benefit in the kid being exposed to more than one belief system.

What I found particularly interesting is that different views on politics or social issues were more of a dealbreaker than beliefs about the existence of god or the supernatural stuff.

I’m considering using this as part of a topic in a future podcast of Celibate Vegan Compadres. Celibate marriage was already a radical minority view but I wonder if interfaith marriages are legit, or if it’s really one person just going along with the other person and basically living a lie.

Veganism & Vegetarianism



How we treat other biological organisms, human and non-human animals alike, is extremely important in this philosophy. We cannot talk about the sanctity of Life and how much we should love and respect Nature and still continue to eat the dead flesh and muscle tissue of other animals who were slaughtered in terrible ways and probably suffered horrifically before they died… this would be the pinnacle of hypocrisy. Therefore, being Vegan/Vegetarian is the only logical conclusion in response to the realization that everything is divine.

For me, it was a natural progression, stemming from the knowledge and awareness of the horrendous conditions present in factory farming and the plain and obvious truth that we can survive and sustain ourselves on an entirely plant-based diet (which in most cases is healthier anyway, since it physiologically coincides with the way our bodies have evolved). As primates, we spent much more time being…

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