Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Link Dump ~ 4/6/12

The FNG Welcome Nick to the joy and pain and intellectual masochism that is Left Hemispheres.  May your posts be sarcastic, your gods absent, and your politicians frothy.

A Teen’s Brave Response to “I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay” This blog has a HUGE following.  And this (initial) article is very popular in Liberal Christian circles.  If you are waiting for snark, there is none.  If this is what all Christians were reading, this would probably be a science blog.

The Politics of Belief If you read LH, you will like this post.

Arizona Legislators Trying To Declare Pregnancy Two Weeks Prior To Conception | RH Reality Check This way every conception is immaculate!  You don’t want to abort a messiah, do you?

The Two Faiths

A Catholic Accuses Atheists of ‘Magical Thinking’… Seriously Oh, I get it: By "magical thinking" he is actually referring to the childlike notion that events just happen without causality... Not the belief that an invisible man in the sky is actively turning the gears of reality.  It's an honest mistake.

People Are Born with Religious Belief Argues New Book People are not even born with object permanence.  An infant thinks that Mommy disappears forever when she leaves the room.  It’s what make peek-a-boo so exciting.  They develop object permanence before they even get to magical thinking.

Hot Find!  Humans used Fire 1 Million Years Ago

Secret recordings reveal anti-abortion group spreading falsehoods in schools

The Premise of Atheism: Rejecting the Positive Assertion “Religion and theology can be completely logical, but that logic is based on an improbable and unsupported premise.”

Silence is Not an Option: The Moral Necessity of the Skeptic Movement

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Jimmy Carter: A Truly Evil Man: “Whaaa? Ever read World Net Daily? It's your best source of truly batshit insane, right-wing, fundie Christian lunacy.” ~Steve

5th Circuit Republican Judge Throws A Hissy Fit Over Obama Criticism Of Activist Judges

Newsweek’s Christianity in Crisis and Andrew Sullivan’s Crisis of Faith

Teen Girl Exorcism Squad: Three Arizona Girls Claim to Cast Out Demons Mark my words: these photogenic girls will have their own reality TV show any minute now.  Next will be the exorcism app.

Demonic activity is on the rise … allegedly This article and the one above it both give examples of victims who have clear psychological disorders or trauma.  They have depressive and/or  schizo-affective symptoms and are un-medicated, under-medicated, or poorly medicated.    These poor people have their symptoms named as specific demons by an exorcist and bang...all their irrational delusions are validated in a way that will take a professional years to undo.  Here’s a revolutionary thought.  If you want to save the mentally ill, go to college and get a degree in one of the human services.  You can call it God’s work if you want to.

Six Temptations Atheists Must Avoid

The 5 Creepiest 'Progressive' Parenting Fads

Dust That Sings

Unbreakable This is completely heartbreaking, but it needs to be seen and shared.

Local Minister Steps Down, Says She's An Atheist

Book Review ~ Under the Glass Stained Ceiling: Atheists Precarious Place in Modern American Politics’

Pa. Trial: Priest Joked Of Abusing 3 Boys In Week I cannot convey the disgust.  This particular priest did not receive disciplinary action for 44 years.  People like this make me wish hell were a real place.

Atheists Sought for Online Research Question #48: [How many babies did you eat last month?] is a trick question!  Everybody knows that we fast during the month of Lord Dawkins’ birthday.

The Feynman Series (Updated Parts 1-4)

He is Risen—Trick or Treat! “The Easter Tale is a ghost story.

Creationists conclude ‘gigantic’ snake is definitely the one mentioned in bible  *Note: This is a parody article, but totally plausible given Poe’s law.

“Split at the Root”: Adrienne Rich and (Religious) Identity

To grasp a billion stars

Stephen Colbert Calls Out Rick Santorum's Latest Lie in His War on College For some reason I couldn’t embed this but it’s awesome so - enjoy.