Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Premise of Atheism: Rejecting the Positive Assertion

Atheism is a lack of belief, or disbelief, in god(s). Belief and disbelief are two disparate choices that are not equal since the latter can only be a reaction to the former. Disbelief is only available as a description until after the subject is aware of the assertion (the belief). Once the subject is aware of the belief—poof!—the choice is unavoidable one way or the other. This choice is inherently a reaction to a positive assertion of belief and any rejection of belief in a god is a secondary, reactive choice. One either agrees and believes or does not agree and does not believe. The mere introduction of the concept forces the choice of belief or non-belief. Knowledge (gnosticism vs. agnosticism) is irrelevant here.

I make this distinction to counter the typical false equivalency that is employed to discredit atheists. Atheists are not just as irrational, unreasonable, arrogant, fundamentalist, etc. as theists. That is a fallacy. The rejection of belief in god(s) is based on the lack of evidence to support the positive assertion made by others that such a being or beings exist. This empirical and logical conclusion is making no claims to knowledge in regards to god(s). Atheism rejects the “Truths” of religion, but atheism is itself not an assertion of truth. It rejects the “Truths” of religion because it rejects the positive assertions of belief in god(s).

This dichotomous choice between belief and disbelief is unbalanced. Religion and theology can be completely logical, but that logic is based on an improbable and unsupported premise. It is non-empirical. Atheism does not employ a positive assertion to claim God does not exist. That would be a waste of time since it is likely impossible to do so. Atheism’s premise is that there is no reason to make that claim in the first place.

For example:
  • Religion asserts that 1+1=3 and this represents the existence of a god outside of nature (since it bends the known laws of nature, the wonky math represents this supernatural state).
  • Atheism is not asserting that 1+1 does not equal 3 therefore this god does not exist.
  • Atheism asserts 1+1=2. That’s it.
  • Atheism asserts that 1+1=2 and asks ‘Why are we talking about god?

      *see comments for strikethrough explanation 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Dust That Sings

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Friday Link Dump 3/30/12

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Reason Rally Pics & Quick Thoughts I still don’t feel like I can process the whole experience, but damn it I was just so happy that we were all there together!

FFRF sues over Pennsylvania’s ‘Year of the Bible’ A lot happened this week with the Reason Rally and all, but I am excited about this. It helps that the Left Hemispheres crew is involved.

Please take a minute to complete our Survey. We’re just trying to get a feel for our readership (since y’all rarely comment and are a bunch of lurkers).

NOM and the Race Card  “They have proven that they are willing to be immoral to preserve their morality.”

Pop-Theology & Profoundly Empty Quotes “To believe something is true based on faith means one could believe anything.”

Howard University Trayvon Martin "Am I Suspicious?" Campaign Video

The Niggering of Trayvon Martin This post is short and succinct. And brutally true.

Congressman Gets Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie For Trayvon Yes, it was breach of House etiquette, but it was a protest. Besides we all know that the Republicans wear white hoods.

Reason Rally Pics and Two Short Videos Of Reason Rally Protesters As I said in my brief recap, Adam and I met up with Andy from Laughing in Purgatory. He even gave us nicknames.

Occupy the Westboro Baptist Church Adam met and talked to a dude from this group.

A Massive Reason Rally Recap (with Videos and Behind-the-Scenes Pictures)

10 Best Signs at the Reason Rally in DC Actually kind of a weak list but #4 was awesome. Apparently he stayed in character all day and was screaming about Cthulhu.

I’m in USA Today! That sign was epic and got a huge roaring laugh when it was on the big screens.

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless Buy Greta Christina’s book. Support fellow atheists and their endeavours. In this case you can't go wrong.

Atheism In The Public Sphere And The Reason Rally – Richard Dawkins On Up With Chris Hayes

Why I Still Use Facebook There are people in the closet who do not feel comfortable coming out. Those of us out of the closet do them a service by being open in so many ways.

BILL HICKS: A positive LSD story

Don't Burn The Qur'an Memes I got a kick out of these.

Pray With Me Great post by one Martin S. Pribble.

Religion Is A Clown Costume Philhellenes is, by far, my favorite YouTube Vlogger.

John Boehner Appoints NOM Founder To Religious Freedom Commission I want someone to explain to me how the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans. The false equivalency in our society needs to stop. I’m not even a Democrat and this shit is out of hand.

Types of Extremists

Did you know that the Age of Consent in Vatican City is 12 years old? Why would a bunch of repressed ‘celibates’ even need an age of consent?

The most charitable thing we can say about faith...

Political correctness run amok as New York City schools ban terms like 'dinosaur' and 'Halloween' on tests  Other words banned in order to not offend religious nutjobs: science, geology, biology, bipartisanship, democracy, separation of church and state, vagina, contraception, reason, reality, education, etc...

Hide That Naughty Word from All the Christians! Seeing the word "vagina" in print makes Baby Jesus cry. However, the word "penis" he's totally cool with.

First Listen: High On Fire, 'De Vermis Mysteriis' I love this band.

Evidence is piling up for water flowing on the surface Mars

Is It Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?

Tacocopter Aims To Deliver Tacos Using Unmanned Drone Helicopters Included here solely for the line: "Honestly I think it's not totally unreasonable to regulate something as potentially dangerous as having flying robots slinging tacos over people's heads ... [O]n the other hand, it's a little bit ironic that that's the case in a country where you can be killed by drone with no judicial review."

Yup, that's a burn.

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Scary, scary stuff. Read this and share it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Being A Meme They said there would be gifs. I want gifs!

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Pluto Beyond Awesome.

Planet starship: runaway planets zoom at a fraction of light speed

Moon Rock Analysis Casts Doubt on Lunar Origins

FFRF National Ad Spot to Air on Sunday 3/25/12

The God Hypothesis Victor Stenger! “Theists claim that the parameters of the universe are fine-tuned for human life. They are not. The universe is not fine-tuned for us. We are fine-tuned to the universe.”

Barton: Intolerance of Gays is a Sign of Spiritual Revival David Barton! *shakes fist* (it’s been awhile)

The evolution of the human face

Frothy Fears The Devil

Thursday, March 29, 2012


NOM and the Race Card

The National Organization of Marriage is a hate group.  They claim to be  a  “nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.”  By “protecting marriage” they mean preventing  the sinful gays from getting one.  Steve and I dismantled their anti-gay marriage talking points from their own website way back in 2010 when this blog was just getting started.  They had more than a few dirty tricks employed in their proposed talking points such as:  

Language to avoid at all costs: "Ban same-sex marriage." Our base loves this wording. So do supporters of SSM. They know it causes us to lose about ten percentage points in polls. Don’t use it. Say we’re against “redefining marriage” or in favor or “marriage as the union of husband and wife” NEVER “banning same-sex marriage.”

They are well aware of the influence of language and know that outright stating that they are against someone else’s marriage will sound too much like denying someone a civil right.  They need to specify that they are for the traditional institution not against a particular minority's ability to participate in that institution.

Recent documents have come to light in the state of Maine as part of an investigation into the campaign finance activities of NOM.  These documents have exposed a blatant attempt to be divisive and manipulative.  They have sunken to a new low to promote their theologically inspired bigotry.

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…”

Turn the minorities against each other.  Find an African American to speak up against Same Sex Marriage (SSM) and provoke the Pro-SSM crowd to call them bigots.  This is exactly what they did in California with the 2008 Proposition 8 campaign.  They targeted the African American community who were voting in record numbers.  They appealed to religious sensibilities regarding traditional marriage.  Incidentally, the same doctrine commands a husband to stone his wife on her father’s doorstep if she is not pure on their wedding night (Deuteronomy 22: 13-21).  This strategy almost certainly involves African American religious leaders to serve as pawns to spread the agenda.  These individuals who would be “energized, equipped and connected” would face the consequences of accusations of bigotry.  They will of course bear the criticism proudly.  Their compassion insulated by dogma and the protests by reasonable people  marginalized and dismissed as an aspect the persecution stratta of Christian theology.

Another disturbing passage was identified regarding Latin Americans:

"The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.”

Now that immigration has taken a backseat in the political  scene, the culturally protected racism against Latin Americans has diminished somewhat.  NOM knows their sociology.  Any immigrant minority will wrestle with ethnic identity vs assimilation.  By highlighting the dissonance and attacking the very concept of SSM being  acceptable in Latin American communities, NOM is attempting to dictate a minority’s identity.

Aside from their minority status, these two groups share a high religiosity and a sense of community that typically revolves around religious activities.  NOM’s bread and butter has always been their invocation of dogma and religious indoctrination.  I hate to play the broken record here but every argument against SSM can be condensed to the ick and/or the icon.  Either the thought of gay sex is so yucky that we have to stop them at all cost, or the creator of the Universe disapproves of two adults of the same gender promising to spend the rest of their lives loving each other.

These are our champions of family values.  NOM is just one example of a small but powerful group  with the ability to sway public opinion to embrace bigotry by tearing down the brotherhood of civil rights from within.  These are just a few documents found in one state outlining a dishonest and (I’ll say it) downright racist tactic to achieve their goals.  These documents were never intended to see the light of day.  They expose these despicable individuals for who they are.  They have proven that they are willing to be immoral to preserve their morality.  Just imagine the paper that is being shredded behind NOM’s doors right this minute.

Pop-Theology & Profoundly Empty Quotes

A quote from my Facebook feed:
The Bible is a true story but not always factual. The truth of the Bible doesn't come from the facts of the stories, but rather from the spiritual meaning of those stories. The true ideas the Bible teaches have little to do with history, geology, or any matters of the natural world, but have everything to do with the spiritual world and the things that really matter in our lives.  --Amos Glenn
There is a serious and unbridgeable gap between believers and nonbelievers as to the logic of quotes like this. Look up Karen Armstrong to see more nebulous, say-nothing, clap trap. How does the Bible convey ‘truth’ better than other religious scripture? How do religious scriptures convey truth better than a naturalistic approach which can be observed and tested? How is this truth revealed through untrue stories? Poetic statements sound nice, but in many cases do not amount to much. Take the oft quoted line of scripture from the Old Testament that defines faith: 

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."                                                                                                   Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Does this statement or the one by Amos Glenn actually convey useful information? I contend that it does not. Actually I contend that they are nonsense and in the case of Hebrews 11:1 it is self-refuting. How can faith exist as evidence? That is contradictory to the very definition of religious faith.

As to Glenn’s quote; I assume no spiritual world exists because I have no reason to. It is not enough for the believer to say that I and others ‘just don’t have our hearts open to God’ or some other religious judgment on skepticism. I could easily respond that believers are accepting conclusions based on false premises. The skeptical point of view is not to make assumptions. It assigns nothing to the unknown. It waits for a damn good reason to say that something is true. Religion and spirituality do not do this. It is an assumed premise whose conclusions could be anything even when based on logical thought. The problem with quotes like these is that they always amount to statements of faith. To believe something is true based on faith means one could believe anything.

And I have no need for any document, religious or secular, to tell me what really matters in my life. I am the judge of that.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Why I Still Use Facebook

I keep my Facebook universe relatively small. With a few exceptions my friends list is comprised of family; ‘real life’ friends; high school, college and grad school peers; and some coworkers. I post pictures of my daughter. I ‘Like’ photos that my family and friends post, I ‘like’ and comment on the jokes people post, and I keep in contact with extended family and friends I never see. The usual Facebook crap. Oh, and I post a steady stream of ‘controversial’ stuff; such as leftist politics, anti-anti science, and of course atheism and antitheism; though I try to keep the frequency of such things down. I’m not trying to stay on the safe side and avoid confrontation, but in order to not clutter news feeds and become overwhelming, annoying, and therefore ignored; I think it is important to be selective in what I post.

I usually joke that I am trying to lose friends, but this isn’t really the case. I just do not feel the need to censor myself and, honestly, I think the media is so poor in America that I try and post things that are never covered by mainstream media.  I always have that thought in the back of my head that I would like to delete my Facebook account or just cull my friends list down to family and close friends for pictures and polite communication. Three things always stop me. These three things seem more important to me after the Reason Rally and reading some reactions to it.

First, I feel like my activity on Twitter—while fun and valuable (by someone’s standards)—is basically ‘preaching to the choir.’ I follow a lot of atheists and a lot of atheists follow me. Twitter is where I like to scroll though and see what people are reading when they tweet articles and whatnot. For a lack of a better term: it is my place for social media confirmation bias (though I try and temper that). Facebook, conversely, is much more diverse. I have friends and family that are all over the religious and political spectrum. When I post something on there I am usually thinking “Ok who will like this and who will get pissed.” I don’t want to piss people off, per se, but I would like to have stimulating conversations with these people. Even if they do not engage, I at least I hope read something they normally wouldn’t read and think about it.

Second, I know a decent amount of the “inactive” atheists or apatheists out there and they wouldn’t normally go out and find some of this stuff to read and think about.  More importantly, I know some people are that are closeted atheists that want to “Like” the Left Hemispheres page on Facebook (ß DO IT!), but can’t due to fear of friends, family and co-workers potentially noticing. I get Facebook emails from people wanting to talk about certain topics or telling me “right on, man!” I’m not going to lie; that feels pretty good.

Third and finally, a funny thing has happened while I have been ‘trying to lose friends’ by being an open atheist. People I wouldn't expect to ‘Like’ my statuses have begun to hit that ‘Like’ button lately. These are people that still attend Catholic Mass, Protestant services and maybe a few people with nebulous pantheistic or deistic beliefs (though they would be confused by those terms). These are people that I had assumed ‘hid’ me in their news feeds because I never hear from them and I know they are believers. I thought I annoyed them or offended them. This did not bother me in the slightest, but that is what I assumed. Now I’m not saying that I’m some ‘master atheist’ that is de-converting the faithful. I don’t even care to. I’m just hopeful that they are starting to think about the beliefs and doctrines that they have taken for granted or were told not to think about.

Just entertaining the thought that one’s deeply held beliefs may not be true is a step towards rationalism. Even if one holds onto the belief in the supernatural, that seed of doubt is good for human relations. It allows an individual to suddenly realize they may not know the truth. They may not have a monopoly on morality. They aren’t better than the person they were told they are better than. They maybe shouldn’t hate the person they were told to hate. It allows real conversations to begin. It starts internally and then moves to the external where humanity is waiting.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FFRF sues over Pennsylvania’s ‘Year of the Bible’

FFRF sues over Pennsylvania’s ‘Year of the Bible’ - Freedom From Religion Foundation -

Guess who's a complainant? This guy! Also our sometime guestposter (edit: newest member) Nick (who will be our correspondant at Rock Beyond Belief this weekend) is also named in the complaint.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania House’s declaration that 2012 is “The Year of the Bible,” which exhorts citizens and government officials to “study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.”

FFRF, based in Madison, Wis., is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics) with more than 17,500 members nationwide. FFRF challenges the House Resolution on behalf of its 599 Pennsylvania members, including 41 named members in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as its chapter, Nittany Freethought.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. FFRF names as defendants State Rep. Rick Saccone, author of the resolution, Clancy Myer, House Parliamentarian and Anthony Frank Barbush, Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania House.

“FFRF's membership includes individuals residing in Pennsylvania who have had direct and unwanted exposure to the Year of the Bible Resolution and the hostile environment created thereby as a result of the official declaration of a state religion by the Pennsylvania Legislature,” notes FFRF’s legal complaint. Members include “individuals [who] oppose governmental speech endorsing religion because they are made to feel as if they are political outsiders.”

The bible “contains violent, sexist and racist models of behavior that FFRF members find personally repugnant, and which potentially could encourage persons who rely on them to act in a manner harmful to them and others.” HR 535 sends a message of Christian endorsement and disparagement to nonbelievers.

The legal complaint names FFRF members: Carl H. Silverman, Justin Vacula, Charlie Miller, Steve Brungard, Michele Grant, John Kelley, Daniel Gallagher, Joyce McChesney, Neil Miller, Heather Miller, Steve Barry, Ryan Foster, Tom Melchiorre, Bob Schachner, Dan Reiff, Harry Geedey, Daniel Matesic, Karl Best, Nicolas Posey, Andrea McCormick, Thomas Johnson, Chuck Berry, Jim Phynn, Erin Kowal, Phillip Lichtenberg, Len Frankel, T. Alexander O'Hare, David Mullinax, Scott Rhodes, Ed Avery-Natale, Wayne Trotta, Frank McGovern, William Wisdom, Stephanie Strazisar, John Murray, Lanny Silks, Bruce Baldwin, Susan Hanna, James Billere, Regis Sabol and Patrick Hughes.

“We heard an outpouring of indignation over this improper state action. We’ve never had so many members volunteer to be part of one of our lawsuits,” commented Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. Pennsylvania membership was appalled and offended by what FFRF’s complaint calls the “exclusive endorsement of the bible and its teachings as constituting the state-sanctioned religion of Pennsylvania.”

Saccone, principle author, said of HR 535 that as “not only Pennsylvania but the United States, continues to face great tests and challenges, we must look to our faith in God and the Holy Scriptures.” The controversial resolution was introduced as a “noncontroversial resolution,” allowing the House to vote without debate as part of a bundled group of resolutions on the same day it was introduced, Jan. 24, where it passed 193-0.

FFRF factually contests the resolution, which claims the “word of God” and “biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government.” Another sponsor, Rep. Jerry Stern, claimed the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause doesn’t apply to the State of Pennsylvania, even though its guarantees apply equally to state citizens under the 14th Amendment.

FFRF noted the passage of HR 535 “is particularly ironic in Pennsylvania, . . . which was founded as a refuge for those seeking religious tolerance by William Penn.” The complaint quotes Jonathan Malesic, associate professor of theology at King’s College, who said HR 535 “flies in the face of Pennsylvania’s history.”

“HR 535 improperly proclaims the bible to be ‘the word of God,’ . . . the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has no such authority or right to determine what is ‘the word of God,’ or if there is a ‘word of God,’ or if there is a ‘God’.”

FFRF’s legal complaint notes our nation is not founded on religious belief or a bible, but upon “a secular and godless Constitution, which grants sovereignty not to a deity or a ‘holy book,’ but to ‘We the People.’ ”

FFRF asks the court to find that HR 535 violates the Establishment Clause, to order defendants to discontinue further publication and distribtion of HR 535, to declare that public officials in Pennsylvania are indeed subject to the Establishment Clause, to declare that the theocratic principles of the bible do not constitute the ”official, preferred or endorsed religion” of the state, and to declare that the government is not “Judeo-Christian.”

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys Lawrence M. Otter, Doylestown, Penn., and Richard L. Bolton, Madison, Wis., on behalf of FFRF. FFRF v. Saccone has Case No. is 3:02-at-06000. FFRF drew U.S. District Judge Christopher C. Conner, who was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush, and who notably ruled against Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Being A Meme

This is only tangentially relevant to this blog—at best—but it is too awesome not to share.

Reason Rally Pics & Quick Thoughts

I just have a few thoughts to share since I really haven’t yet been able to formulate a larger thesis to follow-up on the rally. Adam and I travelled down to D.C. with some friends from Pennsylvania and we all met up with Andy from Laughing In Purgatory. The weather was obviously a drag, but as others have noted it wasn’t a factor since everyone either came prepared or just stood in the rain and got wet. No big deal.

My big take away from the Reason Rally was for people in the closet to get out of the closet, for those already out and doing something to continue to do so and ratchet it up (get involved in local meet-ups, charities, run for office, etc.), and of course ensure that our voices are heard so we do not let our rights and the rights of our religious family, friends and neighbors slip away. Yes, there was a good deal of antitheism at the rally (which I was totally fine with!), but the crux of that last point is that while we find religion to be ignorant and damaging we just want to ensure that religion does not intrude upon government, education, science, etc. Because clearly that is what many in the religious community want and it never ends well. For anyone.

Earlier today I tweeted the pic from one of the fundie protesters that said “Atheist. Drunk. Liar. Thief. Sexual Pervert. Religious Hypocrite. HELL FOREVER.” Someone tweeted back that they were kind of glad that they couldn't go because that hatred makes their heart heavy and they didn’t want to feel that. I responded that it was ok because the Christian protesters were actually a very small contingent and, more importantly, being with so many atheists made it irrelevant. It was neutered into a sideshow for our amusement. Related to that, we ran down to the area where the Westboro Baptist Church was protesting and right when we got there the WBC had packed up and driven off. I don’t know their reasons, but I would like to think that it was because they weren’t getting the usual reaction. They simply weren’t making anyone mad. It was another sideshow from people that are, in all actuality, irrelevant. They couldn’t hurt any of us because everyone there doesn’t recognize religion as a good thing to begin with. They aren’t corrupting it. They have just taken it to its conservative, logical extreme. That’s why Christians not associated with WBC get so mad at them. It may be a funhouse mirror of them, but it is still a mirror.  

In conclusion, the best part of the Reason Rally was the realization that I was around so many people

And it was fucking awesome.

All pics are by Adam, myself and friend of LH; Jason aka @themorbidslayer.
 Pics are after the jump.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Religion Is A Clown Costume

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At the Reason Rally

We're at The Reason Rally today. Hopefully we see some of you heathens there.

Remember: any babies left out in the open are not for comsumption. We're trying to set a good example and a positive image for freethinkers and atheists. Besides, it's probably just a trap by "The Man!"

Stay tuned for posts and pics.

Friday, March 23, 2012

FFRF National Ad Spot to Air on Sunday 3/25/12

Friday Link Dump ~ 3/23/12

Reason Rally tomorrow!!  The forecast calls for rain.  I’ll bet my eternal soul that some apologist will say that the rain is a sign of God’s disapproval...Because everybody knows God hates reason.

Reason Rally official schedule Yeah, each speaker/event is spaced 5-15 minutes apart.  It will take a biblical miracle for them to actually keep this schedule.

Reason Rally Bingo | Friendly Atheist Games to go along with all the hugs!

Random Frothy Quote: People That Don't Vote For Me Aren't Religious Enough

Santorum’s bad porn science He says, “a wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences.”  Only there is no actual evidence of this.

Santorum and the New Catholic-Evangelical Alliance BE AFRAID.

The Good Book

Mars Attacked: Planetary Scientists Vent Frustrations over Proposed Budget Cuts I’m generally OK with Big O, but cutting 300 million from NASA’s planetary science division is like literally taking a dump on the American Dream.  The mission to Mars is the kind of project that creates a burst of innovation and technology.  Aside from inspiring a generation of children to want to be scientists, it also lends itself to advances in multiple fields.  Who do you think is working on alternative fuel tech and more sophisticated solar power cells?

Random Quotes of Conservative Whining

Is Free Will an Illusion? “Harris predicts that a declaration by the scientific community that free will is an illusion would set off "a culture war far more belligerent than the one that has been waged on the subject of evolution."

Faith is a Virtue?

To rule out god, first get to know him “Secularists would also do well to recognise the distinction between the "popular religion" that comes easily to people's minds and the convoluted intellectual gymnastics that is theology.”

Privilege Has Its Rewards — How Longevity Will Become The New Class Inequality

The Sagan Series Pt. 1-9 (UPDATED 3/19/12)

Gay marriage is not a 'human right': European ruling torpedoes Coalition stance

Atheist group offers to send members to church for charity | The Crimson White

Scarlet Letter - Atheist Documentary Trailer

Silly Ladies Don’t Know What Rape Is, Suggests Idaho Legislator Who wants to be furious with a misogynistic elected official?  I do!  I do!

Jesus Christ: Violent Communion

Student Freaks out in class discussing evolution This isn’t fundie humor.  It’s probably a psychotic break triggered by cognitive dissonance.

A Perfect Circle - Judith

Adam Savage - How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries (TED)

Gay Awareness Leads to Rape This man drops more logical fallacies and hateful statements in 2 minutes and 16 seconds than most people do all day.

See you at the Reason Rally!!

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