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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."

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


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.
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