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Tennessee County May Ask God To Spare Them And Smite Someone Else

Some days the news is too surreal not to share:

"A Tennessee county plans to take up a resolution begging God for mercy and asking that the deity not smite their community "like Sodom and Gomorrah" because of the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage.

The "resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy" was written by Blount County commissioner Karen Miller and will come up for consideration at Tuesday night's meeting.

Miller's resolution claims the "so help me God" part of the oath taken by lawmakers means they are committed not only to upholding the U.S. Constitution but also "higher Natural Law."

As such, the resolution calls on lawmakers throughout the state "to protect Natural Marriage, from lawless court opinions, AND THE financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source AND defend the Moral Standards of Tennessee."


So quiet on the Pope's visit

from this group. I get the idea that I'm the only one trying to quell the nausea.

These religious clowns should scare you

delicious article from Salon about the lunatic faithful in the GOP debate. Well worth reading in its entirety.


I love you anyway

I've been a conscious atheist for many years now. I've been through lots of stages, including the closeted, timorous mouse stage, the mostly just uncomfortable what-do-I-do-with myself in X situations ? newbie, the knowledge-acquiring growth stage, the militant in-your-face let's-fight-about-it stage, and most recently the what are you gonna' do, life is too short, you can't wake up folks who don't know they're sleeping stage. I've been ostracized and mocked, but luckily I haven't suffered terribly since coming out. Members of my family, while mostly believers, are generally well-educated, tolerant folks. What DOES happen sometimes--it happened today -- is that someone I really like discovers I'm not a believer and says to me, with tenderness and pity in their eyes, that they "love me anyway."

It just stops me in my tracks. My immediate reaction is hostility. Belligerence. FURY! (I know, I know. ) It's like I want to punch out this person who "loves me anyway" because I'm rational.

Does this happen to anyone else? Is this Freud, Jung, Carl Sagan, George Carlin? Somebody PLEASE tell me you've had the experience of practically wanting to KILL someone who loves you anyway. And then tell me how you handle it. I'm feeling crummy. small. petty. Not very rational.

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.”

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.


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


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


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."

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