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The religious have gone insane: The separation of church and state — and Scalia from his mind

From Salon

The headline on the News Nerd was almost too good to be true: “American Psychological Association to Classify Belief in God As a Mental Illness.” A study, the story beneath it read, had led the APA to conclude that “a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness.”
http://www.salon.com/2015/07/26/the_religious_have_gone_insane_the_separation_of_church_and_state_and_scalia_from_his_mind/


GREAT article. worth the full read.

God Hates Pigeon Genitals

You can't make this stuff up:

ISIS bans pigeon breeding - punishable by public flogging - because seeing birds' genitals overhead offends Islam
Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq have banned citizens breeding pigeons, claiming the sight of uncovered pigeons flying overhead is offensive to God, also saying that raising the birds wastes time that should be spent praying.

Those who break the rules will face flogging, fines and even imprisonment
Earlier this year ISIS executed three boys they found breeding pigeons.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3107027/ISIS-bans-pigeon-breeding-punishable-public-flogging-seeing-birds-genitals-overhead-offends-Islam.html

Pew Study: Right-Wing Radio Shows Among Most Distrusted Sources Of News

Source: Pew Research Center



A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck's talk radio shows are more distrusted than trusted among three generations surveyed by Pew.

Pew surveyed millennials, Generation Xers, and baby boomers on political news sources and how each generation trusted them. The study published on June 1 found that "Four sources are distrusted more than trusted by all three: The Glenn Beck Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and BuzzFeed." From Pew Research Center:


Read more: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/06/01/pew-study-right-wing-radio-shows-among-most-dis/203837



http://www.journalism.org/2015/06/01/millennials-no-less-trusting-or-distrusting-of-news-sources/

Openly Secular Day

I've taken the Openly Secular pledge to tell one person that I'm atheist on April 23, Openly Secular Day. In my own case I'll have a hard time finding someone who doesn't already know that I'm "out," but I'm going to try. I have nothing but sympathy for those who think it's still too much of a personal risk, but I believe this organization is helping.

Here's the link to the home page for others who might be interested. http://www.openlysecular.org/

Things Jesus Never Said - Hilarious Twitter Feed

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/03/twitter-hilariously-mocks-conservative-christians-with-thingsjesusneversaid-images/

God and the next election cycle

I'm betting we're going to get WAY more religion in this next cycle than ever. Cruz has just announced:

"What is the promise of America?" Cruz said. "The idea that -- the revolutionary idea that this country was founded upon, which is that our rights don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty."

David Brooks, religious clown: Debunking phony Godsplaining from the New York Times’ laziest columni

David Brooks wants us atheists to appreciate his magic book and silly myths. Let's try some actual facts instead

One might deem it almost shameful to publish one’s musings on the New York Times’ opinion page, the same page that continues to print, and quite shamelessly, the unapologetic scribbles of Iraq War cheerleader Thomas Friedman or the earnest yet befuddled lucubrations of useful Islamist idiot Nicholas Kristof. The first of these two columnists will probably never be called to account for the bloodshed and mayhem he has sanctioned in the Middle East. The second, I believe, means well, but by denouncing “Islamophobia” he shows he has accepted as sound a nonsense term that conflates faith and race and equates (well-founded) objections to Islam with prejudice against Muslims as people. And we should never forget that he, like Friedman, supported the Iraq War.


But what to make of Friedman and Kristof’s seemingly milquetoast colleague, David Brooks? No shame attaches to him, though by publishing his pro-faith columns, he validates a stupendously (if surreptitiously) baleful Weltanschauung that should long ago have disappeared from our world. Brooks, in the face of mounting evidence, has striven tirelessly to bequeath credence to the dangerous notion, ever more antiquated and morally untenable, that believing in something asserted without evidence – religion — constitutes a virtue. That valuing faith above reason makes one a better person. That those who have shrugged off – or laughed away – the comically outlandish claims advanced by the Abrahamic creeds about our world and origins as a species are the ones with the explaining to do. Should he not be called to account?

more at Salon

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/15/david_brooks_religious_clown_debunking_phony_godsplaining_from_the_new_york_times_laziest_columnist/



Tell me what's funny

I'm writing a book about atheism, about my approach, which is basically that ridicule and mockery is more constructive in the long run than reasoned debate or philosophical discussion. (You are certainly free to disagree. That's the great thing about DU.) My title, and thesis, is The Gods are Hilarious. I'm interested in hearing from you folks about what you think are the absolutely funniest, most illogical, completely comical aspects of religion, the "great" texts, the moral inconsistencies, etc. It IS funny, isn't it? Can you help me? Some of my chapters include: Prophets for Profit, God Goes Digital, Righteous Dress Codes, Holy Texts 101, etc. I'm guessing every one of you has thought of a table of contents.

Tell me what you think is funniest about being religious/a believer.

Georgia to execute intellectually disabled man

Warren Hill has an IQ of 70. He is a person with lifelong intellectual disability, yet Georgia plans to put him to death on Tuesday regardless of this fact.

The state is pushing ahead even though the Supreme Court decided in Atkins v. Virginia back in 2002 that executing persons with an intellectual disability violates the Constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The family of Mr. Hill's victim shares that view: They don't want Georgia to execute Mr. Hill. Unless the courts intervene, Mr. Hill's life will end in an execution that serves no valid penological purpose and puts us all to shame.

Experts past and present have observed and confirmed Mr. Hill's intellectual disability. In his school records from more than 40 years ago, teachers recognized his disability. More recently, all of the doctors who have examined Mr. Hill agree that he is intellectually disabled, including three who were hired by the state seeking to execute him. Two Georgia courts also found that Mr. Hill is intellectually disabled. In other states, those rulings would have guaranteed his protection from the death penalty.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cassy-stubbs/this-tuesday-georgia-will_b_6534574.html



Being 'Openly Secular' Is the First Step To Eliminating the Stigma

It took the threat of a lawsuit before the Air Force agreed on Wednesday to allow an airman to omit the phrase "So help me God" as part of a required oath. They claimed the airman, stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, was ineligible to reenlist because he crossed out the phrase on his reenlistment form.

For many people of good will, the controversy will rile them up. "Why make a big deal out of words that the majority of Americans believe in?" Just cross your fingers if you must, and say the words. Why rock the boat?

Here's why: The incident betrays a subtext of intolerance and hostility toward secular people embedded in American culture and public institutions. The Air Force was ready to end a man's military career because he would not submit to its religious demands.

To secular Americans, requiring an oath to God is like asking a Jewish airman to swear, "So help me Jesus" or a Christian to say, "So help me Allah." The objection to forcing the oath on nonbelievers should be obvious. It's not.

But a new campaign is hoping to change all that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-dawkins/being-openly-secular-is-t_b_5853120.html


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