Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Morning Hate - Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr.

Hateful Rhetoric from Religious Leaders

"It takes a real man to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. I'm not talking about no faggot or no sissy. I mean a real man who has made up their mind ... Wait a minute! Let all the real men come on down here and take a bow. All the real men—I'm talking about the straight men.
You ain’t funny and you ain’t cranky, but you're straight. Come on down here and walk around and praise God that you are straight. Thank him that you're straight. All the straight men that's proud to be a Christian, that's proud to be a man of God. I'm proud of what God made me. Any proud men in the room?"

Biship Owens spews his bigotry from Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington D.C. ~Thanks Rod 2.0

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Open Letter

Dear social conservatives, theocrats, corporate apologists, et, al.

The America I know and love has been progressive since it’s inception. From when the founding fathers made the clear and conscious decision to refer to its people as citizens instead of subjects, to the numerous decisions that over time have given every free adult citizen regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, or educational background the right to be treated equally under the law, to the decisions that free speech is so fundamental that the protection of unpopular, and even outright stupid, ideas (be they godly, godless or anything in between) are allowed to be freely expressed (but remain subject to equally protected criticism by people you may not like very much) America has been a force for progress.

The American tradition ... is progressive. It was progressives that ended slavery. Progressives said women can vote. Progressives were responsible for letting two people get married regardless of race, and soon regardless of gender.

My America says you have the right to believe and say that science is an evil godless practice which is trying to destroy your faith while still reaping all the benefits of the scientific discoveries it yields like vaccines, electricity, clean air and water, and one of the highest per capita lifespans of anywhere in the world. Much of which is funded with government research grants, by the way, because research is not intrinsically profitable.

My America has a government that is allowed to collect taxes to 'provide for the common good' which includes all sorts of great stuff like roads, schools, and the previously mentioned research. It uses that money to keep our air and water clean, and to ensure that we all have the basic standard of living that allows all of us to embrace the freedoms we so cherish. And if that means that the people who profit the most from our way of life have to give back a little more to maintain that way of life ... so be it.

My America gave us jazz, blues, punk rock, George Carlin, TV, VCRs, NASA, the sexual revolution, cars, and the internet. It is not a sober community of staid and stolid statesmen; it's the greatest party that human civilization has ever thrown. Sure it also gave us the Westboro Baptist Church, prohibition, the war on drugs, and the A-bomb, but it's a 'more perfect union' not a perfect one. And that suits me fine. My America has never and will never be perfect. It makes mistakes; it's messy, sloppy, and complicated. It's a place where burning a flag can be just as patriotic as saluting one. I wouldn't have it any other way.

My America is a place where we're allowed to disagree with each other, and the government, and anyone for that matter. Which is great because my America is a dynamic, constantly changing place, where people argue, and bicker, and have different ideas about how we should be doing things. But we always, always remember that we're all one people even when, and especially if, we disagree.

If you would like to live in a conservative country which is founded on strong religious principles, where the women are modestly dressed, the children are taught scripture in schools, laws and punishments are taken directly from holy books, and the economy is largely centered around a small number of extremely profitable businesses that are owned and operated by a devout and enterprising business elite ... Try the middle east, they have several nations which fit that description perfectly.

Because, and forgive me for being so emphatic in my terminology, but you preachy motherfuckers need to come to terms with something you've been in denial about for a very long time. America isn't yours. It belongs to sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The free and the brave are the huddled, unwashed masses. And we're definitely tired and sick of you self-righteous assholes trying to 'take back' a country that you never had in the first place. So maybe, just maybe, if you don't love it, then you're the ones who should be leaving it.

My America may well be a teeming throng of iniquitous, degenerate, self-serving, godless hedonist freaks; but they're also the nicest, kindest, most loving, caring, trusting band of unruly misfits you're ever likely to meet. You may occasionally succeed in
infecting us with your red-faced moral indignation, but I assure you it will always pass and we'll keep going forward, right or wrong, doing whatever it is we do no matter what you do to stop it.

You’re welcome to stay of course, but I fear your perception of this great nation is woefully inaccurate.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Link Dump 10/29/10

Be careful everyone.  It is Halloween weekend and these traps are EVERYWHERE!
Rand Paul Supporter Tim Profitt Wants Victim To Apologize To Him - I think this ridiculousness may have spawned this trend on Twitter. 

An Open Letter to the Pope by Sinead O’ConnerThis is a month old, but its great.  Sinead really sticks the knife in.  And twists. 

From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of - Hey Barack! You know it’s OK to brag in politics, right?  I mean just a little.  Before elections would help. 

Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day - What? You mean the American public is wildly misinformed and ignorant of the facts?  How can this be with such a competent and widespread media?

The Bible Bee - OK fellow atheists.  Who can we send as a ringer? 

Baby Dies In Mass Jump To 'Flee From Devil' - Really? A baby died because of  this?  

Fox News wonders if school dinners will ‘destroy American families’ - This is getting boring.  Communist plot. Blah. Blah. Blah.  Family values.  Blah. Blah. Blah  Screw the poor.  Blah. Blah. Blah.  

A chart of Glenn Beck’s hot topicsUnfortunately Clozapine is not one of them. 

Hell is Real – BOO! Ah, those funny theists. 

This isn’t recent and it’s kind of random, but Adam was entranced by the banner pic.  Entranced might be the wrong word…

Have a Happy Halloween everyone! 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sam Harris Link Dump

Sam Harris has been in the news a lot recently and we had some links in the blog's shared inbox just sitting there for awhile.  I'm just tidying up the place.

"The Moral Landscape": Why science should shape morality

Sam Harris Believes in God - Terrible and misleading headline as I have stated elsewhere.  Shoddy journalism, I say.

Sam Harris on The Daily Show

Morality: 'We can send religion to the scrap heap'

Wright/Harris Debate

Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape (Videos)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Atheist Blogroll: We're on it!

Site News! 

Left Hemispheres has been added to The Atheist Blogroll! You can see the blogroll in my sidebar and the badge (with link) below and to the right of this post. The Atheist blogroll is a community building service provided free of charge to Atheist bloggers from around the world. If you would like to join, visit Mojoey at Deep Thoughts for more information.

UPDATE: Introducing Left Hemispheres 

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Mid-Week Rant: David Cross

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Morning Stupid Quotes - The Tea Party

''The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.''—Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), member of the Tea Party Caucus, June 4, 2009

''He has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.''—Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), member of the Tea Party Caucus, on President Obama's decision to fund international family planning organizations that support legal abortion, Sept. 26, 2009

''Do you know, where does this phrase 'separation of church and state' come from? It was not in Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists. ... The exact phrase 'separation of Church and State' came out of Adolph Hitler's mouth, that's where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they're Nazis.''—Glen Urquhart, the Tea Party-backed Republican nominee for the Delaware House seat

''You're dealing with people who are professional race-baiters, who make a very good living off this kind of thing. They make more money off of race than any slave trader ever. It's time groups like the NAACP went to the trash heap of history where they belong with all the other vile racist groups that emerged in our history.''—Mark Williams, national spokesman for the Tea Party Express

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Morning Hate - Bryan Fischer

Hateful Rhetoric from Religious Leaders

"I want to suggest that homosexual activists are not wholly innocent in these tragedies, in these horrible suicides by these students. Now realize that homosexuals cannot reproduce, so they have to recruit; it's the only way to swell their numbers. We, the sexually normal, we can be fruitful, we can multiply, we can fill the earth. Homosexuals cannot do it, they're incapable of procreation which is one of the reasons we should never sanctify those relationships with the term marriage or even domestic partnerships or civil unions."

For larger context and video check Right Wing Watch.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Link Dump - 10/22/10

Relax people, The Singularity (like The Rapture) isn't actually going to happen.

We should be suspicious of this particular moon of Saturn though.

If you're going to read the Bible, why not this version?

Christopher Hitchens: Tumortown 

Recently Discovered Habitable World May Not Exist - NOOOOOOOOOOO! /unpacks

Let's Build an Interplanetary Space Station - Fine, but its not Gliese 581g. /pouts
Contradictions in the Bible - well, this is a useful and good idea. 

Human Ancestors Hunted by Prehistoric Beasts - Like this!

Let’s give the Christians what they want: let’s make America a Christian nation! - Oh, I cannot WAIT for someone to tell me this should be a Christian nation. The comment pointing out Obama would be the Head of the State Church will make their heads explode.

5 Things You Won't Believe Aren't In the Bible - 1) historical accuracy, 2) scientific accuracy, 3) acceptance of others, 4) truth, 5) decency. Oh wait, they were going somewhere else with that.

The Christian Side-Hug: “Front Hugs Be Too Sinful” - I wish I could be more artful in my words, but all I can come up with is: Fuck, this is stupid.

A Field Guide to Atheist Parasites - You had me for minute there...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lack of Belief in Gods

via QualiaSoup

Monday Morning Stupid Quotes - Carl Paladino

Republican gubernational nominee for New York

"I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option -- it isn't."

"Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we'll teach people how to earn their check. We'll teach them personal hygiene ... the personal things they don't get when they come from dysfunctional homes. These are beautiful properties with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of cities. You have to teach them basic things — taking care of themselves, physical fitness. In their dysfunctional environment, they never learned these things."

"There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That's not how God created us."

"Don't misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Guide to Critical Thinking

Sunday Morning Hate - William Lane Craig

Hateful Rhetoric from Religious Leaders.

"God ensures that no one who would believe the gospel if he heard it remains ultimately unreached. Once the gospel reaches a people, God providentially places there persons who He knew would respond to it if they heard it. He ensures that those who never hear it are only those who would not accept it if they did hear it. Hence, no one is lost because of a lack of information or due to historical and geographical accident. Anyone who wants or even would want to be saved will be saved."

William Lane Craig justifying the position that every non-Christian will get what he deserves in the lake of fire. Even if their entire life is lived without exposure to Christianity.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Link Dump 10/15/10

The Zombie Network: Beware 'Free Public WiFi' - A public service message from Left Hemispheres.  Also, I really should finish reading something before destroying my staircase.  

What Columbus Already Knew
- So the Catholic Church was even more willfully ignorant than previously thought.  Excellent.  

Ancient Galaxies Found In Modern Universe

Evolution Exhibits and Religion

Bill Maher interviews Richard Dawkins
- Scroll down to see the video box

Glenn Beck “Giving Legitimacy to the Violent Fringe”
/gasps. No!

Animals can have spiritual experience just like humans
- Yes, but the true test to see if they really are spiritual is to see if they discriminate, rape and murder due to their beliefs.  Only then are they as good and advanced as us humans.  Those damn dirty apes.  

GOP’s Delaware Senate Nominee Christine O’Donnell Not a Big Fan of Evolution
 - Its just not even funny anymore.  How does a person like this get ONE vote for the nomination?

Religious Search Engines Yield Tailored Results
- Its easy to stay religious.  Just stick your fingers in your ears and yell “LALALALALALALALALALALALA”.

via the Atheist Media Blog, Sam Harris and Michael Shermer vs. Deepok Chopra Jane Houston.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dissecting a Theist’s Strawman

In his article, Media Images of Religious Americans: Elitist, Condescending and Wrong Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie defends religion from the insidious Pew Research Center.  He has three “points.” His original comments in bold.

1) The first is that the Pew Study was mostly silly. It did not demonstrate widespread ignorance at all. Only a minority of the questions dealt with the Bible or the day-to-day concerns that touch upon the lives of religious Americans. As a Jew, I am not overly worried if my non-Jewish neighbors do not know who Maimonides is.

The Pew Study was not “silly.”  It simply demonstrated that Americans, by and large, are ignorant of not only their own religion, but of their neighbor's religions.  This is important when you consider how much of our daily life and politics are intertwined with religion.  As an atheist it seems like we are bombarded with religion, but of course I am going to notice all the little things.  A believer isn't going to notice everything because it doesn't sound like nails on a chalkboard to them.  The Rabbi cannot sit there and say that it is unimportant that the majority of Americans, who consider themselves religious and make decisions and choices (that effect everyone) based on that religion, do not understand the tenets of their own religion.  That is crazy.  Being ignorant of your own religion or that of your neighbor’s while professing a deep-seated belief in a religion gets you Salem Witch Trials, Creationism, and the ridiculous “Ground Zero” Mosque debate among countless others.  The Rabbi says he doesn’t care if his
“non-Jewish neighbors do not know who Maimonides is.” Maybe that specific piece of information is unimportant, but the Pew Research Center used that question among ~65 others to gauge the sample population’s knowledge.  Nice straw man, Rabbi.  

2) The second is that religion is about behavior as much as it is about knowledge. And religion does an exceedingly fine job in promoting good behavior. As Robert Putnam and David Campbell demonstrate in their just-published "American Grace," religious Americans make better neighbors than non-religious Americans by virtually every index. They are more generous, more trustworthy and more civically active. And this is not surprising, despite the stereotypes of popular culture. Religious Americans are particularly adept at building communities that are characterized by compassion and caring.

From the
homepage of that book: Religious Americans - are better neighbors than secular Americans more generous with their time and treasure, even for secular causes - but the explanation has less to do with faith than with communities of faith. (emphasis added)

Aside from this being a complete falsity from the mouth of a believer it is nice example of quote-mining.  So it has to do with communities of faith.  There are no communities of secular people since non-believers are a) ostracized or worse and b) tend to be “loners” or really just “non-joiners.”  This is changing however, and I look forward to seeing the progress and inroads secular Americans make in the future.  

3) The third is that religion cannot be understood without reference to religious belief. Finding God is a significant benefit of religious engagement -- a powerful, life-changing and life-affirming experience. Some Americans may resist theological language; they may speak of connecting with the sacred, creating holy community or giving expression to the spiritual dimension of life, but they are still speaking of an encounter with God. Committed secularists, of course, find all of this hard to comprehend. Experience of this type cannot be measured in the way that knowledge can be measured. Nonetheless, it is no less important on that account, and according to all the evidence, the great majority of Americans welcome the holy in their lives.

I fail to understand the Rabbi’s point here.  
“Religion cannot be understood without reference to religious belief.”  Does this not affirm the importance of religious knowledge?  Religionists and apologists are really starting to blur the lines between religion and spirituality in defense of their beliefs.  In doing so they are helping create “watered-down” versions of the religions they hold so dear.  This eventually will be good for secular America.   A relationship with the supernatural is “spirituality.” Structuring that spirituality in rigid systems of belief is religion.  This structure is what provides religions the mechanism to “propagate” itself.  Without that structure the esoteric ideas and beliefs will fracture into myriad other ideas and beliefs.  Eventually, religion will be the minority.  Keep it up.  

Finally, the Rabbi states:

We should see religious belief, for all who are inclined to embrace it, as a virtue and a blessing.

No. No we should not.  Religion is superstition and magic wrapped in a robe and called “Truth.”  It is delusion.  

Mid-Week Rant: Ricky Gervais on Noah's Ark

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Random Quotes of Truth

"And this leads to the biggest problem with religious 'truth': There's no way of knowing whether it's true. I've never met a Christian, for instance, who has been able to tell me what observations about the universe would make him abandon his beliefs in God and Jesus. (I would have thought that the Holocaust could do it, but apparently not.) There is no horror, no amount of evil in the world, that a true believer can't rationalize as consistent with a loving God. It's the ultimate way of fooling yourself. But how can you be sure you're right if you can't tell whether you're wrong?" - Jerry Coyne
Science and religion aren't friends

Monday Morning Stupid Quotes - Sharon Angle

-Nevada GOP Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite:

"They [Republicans] say, 'You're too conservative.' Was Thomas Jefferson too conservative? I'm tired of some people calling me wacky." -Sharron Angle, March 21, 2010

"I think that two wrongs don't make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade." -Sharron Angle, explaining why she is against abortion even in cases of rape or incest, July 8, 2010

"People ask me, 'What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state?' Well, that's not my job as a U.S. senator." –Sharron Angle, May 14, 2010

"The Federal Department of Education should be eliminated. The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not be involved in education, at any level." -Sharron Angle, July 12, 2010

"I hope that's not where we're going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out." Sharron Angle- interview with Lars Larson, January 2010

"And these programs that you mentioned -- that Obama has going with Reid and Pelosi pushing them forward -- are all entitlement programs built to make government our God. And that’s really what’s happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government." -April 21 interview with TruNews Christian Radio's Rick Wiles

"You know, this is a war of ideology, a war of thoughts and of faith. And we need people to really stand for faith and trust, not hope and change."

Let's consider a scenario where the word "Autism" requires air quotes.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Morning Hate - David Barton

Hateful Rhetoric from Religious Leaders

Evengelical Conservative, Glen Beck contributer, dilluted bigot:

"So if I got to the Centers for Disease Control and I'm concerned about health, I find some interesting stats there and this should tell me something about health. Homosexual/bi-sexual individuals are seven times more likely to contemplate or commit suicide. Oooh, that doesn't sound very healthy. Homosexuals die decades earlier than heterosexuals. That doesn't sound healthy. Nearly one-half of practicing homosexuals admit to 500 or more sex partners and nearly one-third admit to a thousand or more sex partners in a lifetime".

"I mean, you go through all this stuff, sounds to me like that's not very healthy. Why don't we regulate homosexuality?"

Thanks, TPM

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Best of Christopher Hitchens


Thanks to @UKAtheist for posting this where I would find it.

Friday Link Dump - 10/8/10

The Tree of Life Diagram

Fear and Favor: "...Fox News seems to have decided that it no longer needs to maintain even the pretense of being nonpartisan."

Donald Duck Discovers Glenn BeckStopBeck is doing a great job.  Check out the site sometime.

Something to hand out to Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons (link and joke provided by Nick

The Neurobiology of Evil

Fox News: Did the Bible Predict the Global Economic Meltdown? Is this a joke?  Really?  I refuse to believe this was on a major news network.  What’s that?  It was on Fox?  Oh. 

Newly Declassified Documents Show Bush Administration Looked For Excuse To Start War In Iraq In Nov. 2001 – I am surprised they didn’t list “to stop Gog and Magog” on there. 

Communion?  No thank you

Anthropologists adopt a more favorable view of Neanderthals - This is the work of the insidous Neaderthal lobbyists who control EVERYTHING!

Yeah! That’s right! You tell that Tea Party what’s what!

Do Not Pity the Democrats - I really do not know what to think about this.  Do I agree with it? For the most part - yes, but it scares the shit out of me. 

Fact Checking the Republicans “Pledge to America – This does not surprise me in the least, but that “Do Not Pity the Democrats” article really ruined my morning.

Monday, October 4, 2010

QUIZ: The Atheist Quiz

The Atheism Quiz (via All Things Wildly Considered

1. ___ In a broad sense, Atheism is the rejection of belief in the existence of
a. God,  b. religion,  c. deities,  d. spirit.

2. ___  In the Far East, the belief that a contemplative life was not centered on the idea of gods began in 
 a. 6th century BCE,  b. 2nd century BCE,  c. 2nd century AD,  d. 4th century AD.

3.___ What was NOT supportive to the belief that a contemplative life was not centered on the idea of Gods?
a. Jainism,  b. Buddhism,  c. Taoism,  d. Sikhism.

4.___  America has a complex and enduring commitment to the acceptance of the concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid. This is known as religious

a. democracy,  b. pluralism,  c. coalition,  d. manifest destiny.
5. ___  The Pew Forum On Religion and Public Life found (2008) that the number of American people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children. That percentage is 
a. 50.5%  b. 45.3%  c. 25.2%  d. 16.1%

6.___  Also known as apatheism, the concept in which individuals live as if there are no gods and explain natural phenomena without resorting to the divine is
a. monotheism,  b. deism,  c. pragmatic atheism,  d. atheistic dualism.

7.___ The newly elected president of American atheists is
a. George McWilliams,  b. Harley Porter,  c. John H. Bronson,  d. David Silverman. 
8.___ The activist who believed organized Christianity relegated women to an unacceptable position in society, and in the 1890s wrote The Woman's Bible, which elucidated a feminist understanding of Biblical scripture and sought to correct the fundamental sexism was
a. Susan B. Anthony,  b. Sojourner Truth,  c. Lucretia Mott,  d. Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
9.___  A common principle that states that entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity and that, all other things equal, the simplest explanation for a phenomenon is the correct one. It is argued to imply that, in the absence of compelling reasons to believe in God, disbelief should be preferred.  
a. Pythagorean Theory,  b. Law of Absolutes,  c. Occam's Razor,  d. Hickam's Dictum. 

10.___ Atheist Jerry Coyne raked Brown University cell biologist Ken Miller over the coals in The New Republic for Miller's claims that Christians can embrace science without apology. Coyne wrote the percentage of Americans with religious beliefs that "fall into the 'incompatible' (with science) category is
a. 90%."  b. 75%."  c. 50%."  d. 35%." 
11.___ A common belief asserts the first known famous atheist was the ancient Greek thinker
a. Cicero,  b. Lucretius,  c. Diagoras,  d. Omar Khayyám.

12.___ The only epistemological idea (philosophy that investigates the origin, nature,methods, and limits of human knowledge) atheists agree on is that truth cannot be obtained through 
a. scientific investigation,  b. divine revelation or commandment,  c. human experience,  d. sensory detail. 

13.___  In 1869, the word agnostic was coined with reference to the early Church movement Gnosticism by
a. Sir Arthur C. Clarke,  b. Thomas Henry Huxley,  c. W. Somerset Maugham,  d. Tom Wolfe.

14.___ The English term agnostic is derived from the Greek agnostos, which means
a. "scientific."  b. "inner understanding."  c. "after life,"  d. "to not know."
15.___ An agnostic believes human knowledge is limited to experience and God isa. beyond human ability to discover,  b. absolutely nonexistent,  c. within the human soul,  d. an alien life form.  

16. ___ The concept that government or other entities should exist separately from religion and/or religious beliefs is
a. rationalism,  b. theocracy,  c. pluralism,  d. secularism. 

17.___ The country containing the largest measured percentage of people (80-85%) who identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, or non-believer in God  is 
a. Zimbabwe,  b. Turkey,  c. Thailand,  d. Sweden.

18.___  Any nonreligious "system of thought or action concerned with the interests or ideals of people … the intellectual and cultural movement … characterized by an emphasis on human interests rather than … religion is secular 
a. pluralism."  b. humanism."  c. dogmatism."  d. deism."  

19.___  The belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated, often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence is 
a. nihilism,  b. academicism,  c. despotism,  d. stoicism.
20.___ The founder of American Atheists who filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore City Public School System that eventually resulted in the removal of compulsory prayer from the public schools of the United States was
a. Linda T. Brown,  b. Brenda B. McColloch,  c. Clementine Black,  d. Madalyn M. O'Hair. 

21.___ Modern atheism began with the
a. Industrial Age,  b. the Enlightenment,  c. Plessy v Ferguson case,  d. American civil rights movement.
22.___ A theory of ethics that implies that ethical sentences are neither true nor false, that is, they lack truth-values is known as
a. moral absolutism,  b. utilitarianism,  c. non-cognitivism,  d. egotism.
23.___ What famous Colonial American wrote Rights of Man, a major influence on the French Revolution and Age of Reason, an assault on revealed religion, which argued that man invented religion?
a. Thomas Jefferson,  b. Thomas Paine,  c. Benjamin Franklin,  d. John Adams

24.___ What country formally became atheistic in 1967, prohibiting all religious observance, closing all religious institutions, and persecuting believers, but changed the policy in 1991?
a. Albania,  b. Paraguay,  c. Syria,  d. South Africa.

25.___ According to CNN, New Atheists share a belief that religion should be
a. an individual choice,  b. against international statues,  c. countered, criticized and exposed,  d. unilaterally accepted yet separate from all government.

answers after the jump - post your scores in the comments.  

Monday Morning Stupid Quotes - Pat Robertson

"Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history." –Pat Robertson

"(T)he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." –Pat Robertson

"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected him from your city. And don't wonder why he hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for his help because he might not be there." -Pat Robertson, after a federal trial led to the removal of the members of the school board who instituted an Intelligent Design policy in Dover, PA.

"It may be a blessing in disguise. ... Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other." –Pat Robertson, on the earthquake in Haiti - Jan. 13, 2010

“Many of those people involved in Adolf Hitler were Satanists, many were homosexuals - the two things seem to go together.''-Pat Robertson There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore.-- Pat Robertson, address to his American Center for Law and Justice, November, 1993

"We have a court that has essentially stuck its finger in God's eye. We have insulted God at the highest levels of our government. Then, we say, 'Why does this happen?' It is happening because God Almighty is lifting His protection from us".-- Pat Robertson -Thursday, September 13, 2001

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape (Videos)

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Sunday Morning Hate: Ted Haggard

Hateful Rhetoric from Religious Leaders

"What my therapist says is that I am a heterosexual with issues, and I think that's accurate."