In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

bully4pits:

Yesterday President Obama honored Jance Langbehn, who several years ago was denied the right to visit the hospital bedside of her terminally ill partner. Langbehn’s story, which had touched the president, prompted (in part) his directive for hospitals to grant visitation rights to LGBT couples. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly:
Lambda Legal brought a lawsuit against the hospital on behalf of Langbehn, which was later dismissed. But, on April 15, 2010, the president took note, directing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to issue rules prohibiting sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in hospital visitation at hospitals that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding. And, after issuing that directive, he called Langbehn to tell her the news. In June, Langbehn met in person with the president, and Obama told the audience gathered for the LGBT Pride Month Reception on June 22, 2010, about Langbehn’s story — concluding that the treatment she and he children had faced “was wrong [and] cruel.” He also noted that day that the rules would be put into place and that Sebelius would be asking hospitals to adopt the changes even before the rule went into effect.

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/

bully4pits:

Yesterday President Obama honored Jance Langbehn, who several years ago was denied the right to visit the hospital bedside of her terminally ill partner. Langbehn’s story, which had touched the president, prompted (in part) his directive for hospitals to grant visitation rights to LGBT couples. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly:

Lambda Legal brought a lawsuit against the hospital on behalf of Langbehn, which was later dismissed. But, on April 15, 2010, the president took note, directing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to issue rules prohibiting sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in hospital visitation at hospitals that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding. And, after issuing that directive, he called Langbehn to tell her the news. In June, Langbehn met in person with the president, and Obama told the audience gathered for the LGBT Pride Month Reception on June 22, 2010, about Langbehn’s story — concluding that the treatment she and he children had faced “was wrong [and] cruel.” He also noted that day that the rules would be put into place and that Sebelius would be asking hospitals to adopt the changes even before the rule went into effect.

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/

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