…tell your little sisters to expect intimidation. Continue reading
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Autism associations around Turkey have reacted angrily after the head of Adana’s Health and Education Associations for Autistic Children reportedly said autistic children were “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.” Continue reading
How dare he draw attention to people saying stupid things in public! Continue reading
PZ Myers, on the ‘Islamophobia backlash’:
When the popular culture has been howling for centuries in protest at any expression of the idea that there is no god, you don’t get to use the word “backlash” any more, OK? You don’t get to pretend that this nonsense is something new. It’s just a “lash”, yet another in the commonplace droning torrent of complaint. And they don’t have a single original idea in that complaint, either.
Hundreds of thousands of members of a hardline Muslim group have rallied in Bangladesh’s capital to demand anti-blasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam. Continue reading
Betos poor widdle Muslims had dey’s feelins hurt… Continue reading
Try this quick quiz:
…Are you prevented from constantly judging complete strangers? Continue reading
So that’s not what we’ll do.
But one of these days these shoes are going
Postal over you.
I can’t extract the text so here’s a link to the image:
Q: How do you know your shoes are atheists?
A: They’ve got no soles.
I have been banned from commenting on Jerry Coyne’s site, Why Evolution is True, apparently because I have said some rude things about Anthropogenic Global Warming theory. My last contribution was, I thought, a fairly mild comment to the effect that if you were passing on news articles about ‘catastrophic’ ice loss, it was important to include details about the amount of ice remaining. But that was apparently considered too inflammatory, and I have lost my commenting privileges. Continue reading
…still aren’t silly enough to believe in God.
Britain’s first atheist church held its inaugural meeting on Sunday, gathering at a former church in North London to sing songs and celebrate life – just with no mention of the man upstairs. Continue reading
Q: As an intelligent twenty-first century Westerner, it has been drawn to your attention that there is no evidence anywhere for the existence of God. Do you:
a) Become an atheist?
b) Turn a bug into a feature, and proudly assert the fundamental significance of an evidence-free — in fact, existence-free — deity? Continue reading
Dedicated to Bryan Fischer.
See here for the music.
A year has passed since he departed this place.
We put our best psychics to work on his case.
Here’s what they had to tell –
Christopher Hitchens is burning in Hell.
It was hard to hear what he was saying beneath
The sounds of the wailing and gnashing of teeth,
But the worst thing of all there, he said, was the smell.
Christopher Hitchens is burning in Hell.
“God hates sinners — I know that now.
I wish I could get back to Earth somehow.
I’d be so good, with a soul so white.
Tell my brother Peter that he-e was right.”
“I’ve got my own demon — he’s got a big whip.
And just when I think that I’ve given him the slip,
He jumps out from behind a big rock and says ‘BOO!
Wish you were in heaven? Well, sucks to you!’”
He’s in the Sixth Circle, or so they assume
From his fervid descriptions of Stygian gloom
And Madalyn Murray O’Hare’s there as well.
Christopher Hitchens is burning in Hell.
He warns all the atheists back here on Earth
To sign up with Jesus and swallow their mirth,
“Repent!” — that bit came through as clear as a bell.
Christopher Hitchens is burning in Hell.
So please, Mr Templeton, send us some cash
To pay for our psychics, and we’ll have a bash
At making up more tragic stories to sell,
Like ‘Christopher Hitchens is burning in Hell’.
To the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe
Dedicated to Satoshi Kanazawa and all his jealous colleagues.
Mine eyes have seen the rise of Richard Dawkins to a place
Where he’s regarded as a hero and a credit to his race.
I’ve seen students wearing t-shirts with a picture of his face,
His fame is rolling on!
Richard Dawkins, how I hate you!
How I love to denigrate you!
Just don’t ask me to debate you!
Your fame keeps rolling on!
Now, I have been an atheist since nineteen-eighty-three
But I kept it quiet so nobody would think the worse of me.
Dawkins shouts it from the rooftops — and they show it on TV!
His fame keeps rolling on!
Richard Dawkins, I abhor you!
But somehow I can’t ignore you!
Soon my hit rate will outscore you,
When someone reads my blog!
His arguments are simple and his writing style is tight,
He’s shown a lot of doubting theists how to see the light,
And the most annoying thing is that the bastard’s always right!
His fame keeps rolling on!
Richard Dawkins, how I loathe you!
And the books that feed and clothe you.
I’d join the theists who oppothe you,
If I didn’t hate them too!
If only I had spoken out before the Dawkins lark,
Then I would be the atheist who’d really made his mark,
I’d be married to a TV star and featured on South Park,
My fame would roll along!
Richard Dawkins, I despise you!
Why on earth should that surprise you?
You’re brave, articulate and wise — you
‘re everything I’m not!
Dead kids, good God — what’s up with that?
Ask the Religion Experts: How can we explain a tragedy like the Newtown shootings?
It’s appropriate, because these guys wrote the book on crazy! Here’s a summary, so you don’t have to read it:
Anglicans: ‘Cos people are shite and God hates us.
Sikhs: God knows, we don’t.
Muslims: Can we have more time, please?
Bah’ai: God? What God?
Hindus: See Sikhs above.
Atheists: Stupid question!
Buddhism: Dunno why it happened, but Buddhism could have prevented it.
Catholics: God gave us this great stuff, so dodge the question.
Fundamentalist Christians: God da man, dude! Don’t give him no shit, yo!
How come they didn’t ask any Satanists?
Update: I didn’t realise, but at the Ottawa Citizen every Thursday is Ask A Confabulist Day!
Next time some infuriating prat writes about how ‘militant’ ‘fundamentalist’ atheists are spoiling it for everyone else, chill out, relax and get the Bingo markers ready:
And a nice quote from gshelley: It’s as though there is some unwritten rule that if you are going to criticise Dawkin’s stance on religion, you aren’t allowed to actually know what it is.
The report tracks, among other things, which countries have laws explicitly targeting atheists. There are not many, but the states that forbid non-religiousness – typically as part of “anti-blasphemy” legislation – include seven nations where atheism is punishable by death. All seven establish Islam as the state religion. Though that list includes some dictatorships, the country that appears to most frequently condemn atheists to death for their beliefs is actually a democracy, if a frail one: Pakistan. Others include Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Sudan, the West African state of Mauritania, and the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. These countries are colored red on the above map.
I just love it when other people have more patience than I do…
I got these “questions” sent on a Facebook message after I corrected a friend on the whole “Israel Malarky”. Someone took umbrage to me stating that “If god is telling United States of America (or at least ‘MERICA!!!) to support Israel then perhaps we should stop listening to the voices in our head and rather use knowledge, skill and common sense to come up with solutions”.
A little google wizardry helps me find the OP… Matthew Clayton from the blog Loving Christ With Your Mind.
And I figured I should give an answer.
Avi – A Million Gods.
Schoolboy George Pratt had attended his local Scout group for ten months, and was expecting to invest in the group along with his friends.
But, after being required to swear the traditional promise, he found himself unable to join as he does not believe in God.
George, 11, said he was “very disappointed” in the decision, calling it “very unfair” and claiming he feels left out from experiences and trips his friends are attending.
His father Nick Pratt, 45, has accused the Scout movement of being “narrow minded” and “intolerant”, saying his son is being “excluded because he doesn’t believe”.
To become a full member of the 1st Midsomer Norton Group in Somerset, which meets in a hall opposite his home, George must take the Scout Promise.
This reads: “On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, To do my duty to God and to the Queen, To help other people, And to keep the Scout Law.”
Different versions of the oath are available for different faiths, such as the use of ‘Allah’ to replace ‘God’ for Muslims.
So it doesn’t matter what Invisible Friend you think you have, as long as you have one? What about Harvey, the six-foot rabbit? I’m sure he could teach a twelve-year-old boy all sorts of things.
Ryan Andresen was bullied and harassed as a gay teenager, and became an anti-bullying activist, and the Boy Scouts are anti-gay and his being gay may be one of the main reasons he is not being allowed to become an Eagle scout. But, he and his scout leader had already talked about his sexual orientation, and Ryan was told “We’ll get by the gay thing” when it came to his elevation the Eagle status. But, when the final forms were being filled out, Ryan refused to check off the box saying that he agreed to the principle of “Duty to God.”
Actually, when you think about it, doesn’t ‘boy scouts’ start to sound faintly sinister? ‘Boy scouts’. ‘Boy scouts’
Anyway, just sign the petition.
Because his Congressman is a moron.
Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., a member, along with Todd Akin, of the very science-y House Science Committee, doesn’t have very much respect for science.
“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said in a recent speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
And nothing says ‘Help me, Jesus!’ like blank wilful pig-ignorance.
‘Beatrice’ is a much nicer name.
The controversial issue of blasphemy and Muhammad has taken one of its more surreal turns as a student atheist group were ejected from their university Freshers Fair for naming a pineapple after the Prophet.
According to a statement by member Tim Rouse, the Reading University Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society (RAHS) were running a stall at the annual event for new students when a representative of the university student union (RUSU) came forward to complain about what was on display:
“Among the material displayed on our stall was a pineapple. We labelled this pineapple ‘Mohammed’, to encourage discussion about blasphemy, religion, and liberty, as well as to celebrate the fact that we live in a country in which free speech is protected, and where it is lawful to call a pineapple by whatever name one chooses…”
The society were “ultimately forced to leave the venue”, and they have now stated that they believe the incident violated their right to free expression within their univeristy (sic)..
They just think you’re subhuman.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part One, The Profession of Faith, reads: (27) “The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God;” and (44) “Man is by nature and vocation a religious being. Coming from God, going toward God, man lives a fully human life only if he freely lives by his bond with God.”
In 2012, Pope Benedict, in a letter to a Catholic meeting in Rimini, wrote that “every person is created so that he may enter into dialogue with the Infinite… To truly find himself and his identity, to live up to his being, man must turn and recognize that he is a creature, who is dependent on God.”
In 1998, Pope John Paul II, in an apostolic message delivered in Croatia, said that “A culture which rejects God cannot be considered fully human, because it excludes from its vision the One who has created man in his own image and likeness, has redeemed him through the work of Christ, and has consecrated him with the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”
In 1995, Pope John Paul II, in a homily at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, USA, said that when he was addressing the United Nations: “My task is not to speak in purely human terms about merely human values, but in spiritual terms about spiritual values, which are ultimately what make us fully human.”
In 1986, Pope John Paul II, in an Angelus statement in Adelaide, Australia, said that “Jesus did not come to lay burdens upon us. He came to teach us what it means to be fully happy and fully human.”
Damned uppity animals!
Surely no other faith could be so blinkered and arrogant as to claim that those who don’t believe it are subhuman.. oh, wait.
… and it gets accepted!
What do you mean, you guessed that already?
I wrote a spoof abstract full of theological gibberish (Sokal-style) and submitted it to two theology conferences, both of which accepted it right away. It got into the proceedings of the Reformational Philosophy conference. See Robert A. Maundy (an anagram of my name) on p. 22 of the program proceedings.
To save you the trouble of downloading it, I reproduce below, with Boudry’s permission, “Maundy’s” abstract. Note that he made up a college, too, but the quotation from John Haught is real.
The Paradoxes of Darwinian Disorder. Towards an Ontological Reaffirmation of Order and Transcendence.
Robert A. Maundy, College of the Holy Cross, Reno, Nevada
In the Darwinian perspective, order is not immanent in reality, but it is a self-affirming aspect of reality in so far as it is experienced by situated subjects. However, it is not so much reality that is self-affirming, but the creative order structuring reality which manifests itself to us. Being-whole, as opposed to being-one, underwrites our fundamental sense of locatedness and particularity in the universe….
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…
On Wednesday, September 12th, a Muslim friend and neighbor using Saber’s computer reportedly discovered that he was the admin for the Egyptian Athiests [sic] Facebook page, which is the largest of several such groups online with over a thousand “likes”. On September 10 the notorious “Innocence of Muslims” had been posted on the site. Over the next two days crowds began to gather outside his house, threatening Saber and his mother.
On Thursday night Saber’s mother called the police, hoping for protection. When the police arrived however, rather than fending the threatening mob outside, they arrested her son.
So, tell me, when’s that Arab Spring thing going to happen?
Are moderate Muslims finally starting to repudiate the lunatic fringe?
…This is the behaviour of a drunkenly humiliated people: swinging wildly with the hope of landing a blow, any blow, somewhere, anywhere. There’s nothing strategic or calculated about this. It doesn’t matter that they are the film’s most effective publicists. It doesn’t matter that they protest using offensive slogans and signs, while protesting against people’s right to offend. It doesn’t matter that they object to insulting people on the basis of their religion, while declaring that Christians have no morals. This is baffling only until you realise these protesters are not truly protesting to make a point. The protest is the point.
Read the whole thing — it’s excellent.
Miss! Miss! Dicky Dawkins is being rude about my Invisible Friend, Miss!
Lord Sacks claimed that a remark in Prof Dawkins’s best-selling book The God Delusion, likening God as portrayed in Jewish scriptures to a fictional villain, was based on centuries of prejudice.
He said that although Prof Dawkins does not believe in God, he was nevertheless a “Christian atheist” as opposed to a “Jewish atheist”.
Prof Dawkins, an Oxford evolutionary biologist, dismissed the allegation as “ridiculous” and said he was not “anti-Jewish” just “anti-God”.
“I don’t collect stamps.”
“OK, which stamps?”
“Which stamps don’t you collect — local or international?”