Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Link Dump 4/20/12

Day of Silence “Sure, other kids might be getting picked on for their clothes or wearing glasses, but the hate and vitriol to a minority group is more of a constant barrage and on a fundamentally different personal level. It’s not that their clothes or glasses are perceived as wrong...”they” are perceived as wrong.”

Firefly & the Firewall of Faith “How does faith "operate" differently to ensure a correct belief?”

A little meme I whipped up for Hitchens’ birthday last Friday night.

Boy Scout leader has membership revoked due to sexual orientation Removed for being straight? Oh wait, no that wouldn't make sense either.

Tandem Quotes: Anders Breivik & Glenn Beck These a-holes think alike.

Life After the Westboro Baptist Church An excellent article by Nate Phelps.

Random Quotes of Lies & Hubris: Tony Perkins

Sunday Sacrilege: Sacking the City of God PZ Myers’ speech from the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia. It is great, but I am really irritated by it because I have half of a freakin’ essay written based on a thesis that sounds nearly identical to this: “The only process of evolution endorsed by any of these religious institutions is of god-guided, directed, teleological change, a mechanism completely unsupported by any evidence, in direct contradiction to known processes, and propped up only by an irrational need to make their holy dogma relevant to human origins.

They’re all intelligent design creationists, in other words, and they’re all wrong.”

Damn it!

Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention

Obama and the failed war on drugs I disagree with President Obama on a lot of things. I’m not saying this is the worst, but this is the most surprising and perplexing. 

God Particle Discovered This may be my favorite thing Andy at Laughing Purgatory has ever written. Brilliant satire.

Why More Nonbelievers Are Openly Identifying “What nonbelievers are increasingly discovering, however, is that their reluctance to openly identify as secular only plays into the hand of the religious right. By not standing openly as nonbelievers, via the identity of atheist, agnostic, humanist, skeptic, freethinker, or some other identifier that clearly places them outside the umbrella of believers, they are creating the appearance of unanimity on the question of theism: Of course, everyone believes in God, right?”

EXCLUSIVE: ATHEIST MOVEMENT‘S ’GEORGE SOROS‘ SAYS BIBLE HAS ’MORAL’ & ‘FACTUAL’ FLAWS; TOUTS HIS VISION FOR SECULARISM This article is from Glenn Beck’s website “The Blaze.” It is a surprisingly fair and....not....crazy interview. Although I have to laugh at the headline.

Noodles in the Sand

Submit a Nomination for the 2012 President's Citizens Medal PZ Myers, JT Eberhard and Matt Dillahunty have all suggested Jessica Ahlquist. LET’S DO THIS!

An Invocation for Beginnings I have watched this so many times. I just think it’s brilliant.

Girls going wild in red light district This isn’t what you think it is. Watch it. all the way until the end. Then share.

Catholic League ‘Thought Experiment’ On ‘Weeding Out’ Unborn Gay Babies This man...*seethes*...I need to move on...

Tea Party Speaker Reportedly Tells LGBT Protesters: 'We Will Not Be Silenced By F*ggots' Not even remotely surprised.

The Anti-Vaccine Debate: When False Beliefs Risk Public Health “The fun ends when believing nonfactual and unscientific information drives people to make decisions that put a considerable number of others at risk. This is exactly what is happening with vaccines today as some parents choose not to vaccinate their children due to a belief that vaccines cause autism and other health problems, a belief that cuts against the conclusions of the scientific and medical communities.”

Vatican nun crackdown hits US group for 'radical feminist' ideas Jack sent this to me and said: “If there's one thing the [Roman Catholic Church] can't stand it's a group of women thinking for themselves without a man around to make sure they're doing it right ... apparently.”

Catholic Priest Receives Standing Ovation For Shunning Anti-Marriage Equality Petition Drive Good for him and good for that congregation. Fight the Vatican!

The rise of atheism in America

150 schoolgirls poisoned in Afghanistan for seeking an education  ‎"As a source of objective morality, the Bible is one of the worst books we have. It might be the very worst, in fact—if we didn’t also happen to have the Qur’an." -Sam Harris via The Myth of Secular Moral Chaos

Christopher Hitchens - The Problem of God

I think I learned more in that nine minutes of video than when I spent a few hours reading about Epigenetics. Yay Internet!   

Apes' Simple Nests Are Feats of Engineering

Bill would define holding hands, kissing as "gateway sexual activity" Only conservative, Bible-thumping, God-bothering ignoramuses would propose something so stupid. This is just further demonizing sexuality calling it “Gateway Sexual Activity?” We are equating sex to drugs now? You know what is gateway sexual activity? Being alive.

Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government?

Nine planet solar system found, with room to grow

3.5 Hours of Richard Feynman Movies

This is my new mantra: 

“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass.”   –Christopher Hitchens

Let's end with the poignantly funny.

Four American Troops Tragically Killed Along With 23 Afghanis