In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, 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."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
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.
If you don’t know, Jessica Ahlquist is a 16 year old girl who wanted a school prayer mural removed as it was unconstitutional. A judge ruled in her favour. You should see the disgusting abuse she’s getting. From every angle; Twitter, Facebook, comments sections of any site running articles on the story. Her home address is being posted around by people hoping to exact some sort of revenge. She has already had to leave the school.
Here’s just an example of the things people are saying to her. Feel the Christian love, eh?
I joined twitter yesterday, and it took me like 5 minutes to realize that it’s a cesspool of ignorance and stupidity.
This what the future of our country sounds like America. These are the automatons that seem independent, yet are run on the hatred programmed by their parents, and will grow up to continue the cycle of ignorance and intolerance. I’m pretty sure their parents are good God fearing Christians too. These are the people who don’t have the strength to stand up publicly like Jessica did and fight for their rights. Social media has made everyone tough. I’d love to know why none of them were doing anything in real life to stop her if they felt so strongly. These are the moments that I’m glad I have not bought a child into this ugly hate-filled world. Wow, just unbelievably disgusting. ~ Kim
I love how they’re all pissed at her for complaining about something that is against the law under the constitution.
Some of the statements about this by the staff at the school are even ridiculous, a school committee member, Michael Traficante, was quoted as saying, “What’s ironic is this banner has to be removed because one individual after 50 years believed it to be offensive because of her disbelief in any religion,”
It doesn’t fucking matter how long it was there, it’s unconstitutional, and she had every right to complain.
This is bullying because someone upset the status quo and these people are a fine example as to why I have such a problem with organized religion.
Thanks to Democratic state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer and a shitload of bad national publicity, the religious exemption has been stripped from the anti-bullying bill working its way through the Michigan legislature. But gay groups are still unsatisfied, as the edited version of the bill does not specifically outlaw bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity.“We are grateful that this legislation moves forward without the license to bully based on an outrageous religious exception, but that said, it won’t be effective,” said Michael Gregor, a spokesman for Equality Michigan, a gay rights group in Detroit that wants vulnerable groups enumerated in the anti-bullying bill. Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, agreed that enumerations would strengthen the bill but said Muslims were still “relieved” that the Senate bill is likely dead.
Stand by for screams of outrage from the usual nutjobs. Michigan is one of only three states with no anti-bullying law. ~Joe.My.God
“Special rights for homosexual behavior are not needed. This makes me very sad for every child in our schools who will be subjected to this deception. There is a very well-traveled path out of homosexuality that every child deserves to hear about. But no, this will become like California in every state, a bigoted mandate to force everyone to accept and approve of homosexuality. Please call our Ohio senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, tell them in that in the upcoming, big education bill, we don’t want the federal government using bullying prevention as a tool to force approval of homosexuality and gender bending on children, teachers and families.” - Linda Harvey, on pending federal anti-bullying legislation.
As I’ve pointed out before here, I don’t hate Christians. I hate their religion and the way it intrudes on my life. However, this woman is such a vile, disgusting, and loathsome creature, that I’m having a hard time finding a word other than hate to describe how her words make me feel. Every time she opens her mouth I want to scream. Last month it was her talking about parents letting it be known that they do not want homosexual doctors and nurse caring for their kids because apparently the homosexual ‘agenda’ includes recruiting kids when they’re sick. Her words were so vile that even CNN called her out on them.
She and her ilk are so blinded by pushing their version of sex, sexuality, parenting, and family values down our throats, that they are willing to allow the continuedbullying of children to go unchecked. These asshat religious zealots, don’t give a damn about the kids bullied for their weight, or race, or the fact they can’t afford the latest fashion. They don’t give a shit about the kid, that gets bullied for sitting quietly in the corner and never speaking up because they’re too shy. They don’t care about kids bullied for any reason, but most importantly, they don’t give a flying fuck about kids who are bullied because they are lgbtqa. They are willing to fight every single measure that’s presented to ensure the safety of all children, so that lgbtqa kids don’t get protection.
Hello Mrs Family values, do you not see how thoroughly fucked up your actions are! INNOCENT CHILDREN regardless of their sexual orientation should not be allowed to suffer in such a manner that they are driven to suicide, with no consequences to their bullies. I try not to hate, but she spews such evil that I’m finding it hard to imagine there is any good in her. ~ Kim
These people disgust me. It’s not just the fact that they want to prevent LGBT (or even precieved lgbt) young people from being protected from harassment. They actually believe that bullying is a corrective force in society; that the bullies are some sort of moral police that get to decide what manerisms or behaviors are acceptable. These religious non-humans think that the bully is some sort of vigilante hero saving us from homosexual indoctrination. The ultimate irony comes when this old barnacle scorns the effort to protect kids from being victimized in school “a bigoted mandate to force everyone to accept and approve of homosexuality” (WTF) and a “tool to force approval of homosexuality and gender bending on children, teachers and families.” (doubleWTF) It is hateful nonsense like this that allows me to dispense with the pleasantries and have no problem saying that I HATE Linda Harvey and anyone else (Tony Perkins) who would make a career out of advocating for bullies, all under the pretense that NOT allowing them to terrorize others amounts to some form of oppression. They really remind us how morally bankrupt their religion is when they fight for the right to bully children as an expressed religious prerogative.