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

 

Children and teenagers can handle a lesbian or gay orientation within themselves. What they cannot handle is the trauma of concealing it, not being able to express it or talk about it, and the negativity surrounding it by others around them.

 Joe Kort, gay affirmative therapy for the straight clinician (via disabledbyculture)

Religious people will say that being gay is bad for your mental health, and then they’ll work tirelessly to make it true.

Pat Roberson: Jesus more likely to stone gays to death than bake them a wedding cake

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday argued that Jesus would have never baked a wedding cake for LGBT couples because it was more common to stone homosexuals during biblical times.

After a CBN report on a Colorado baker who supported an Arizona bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT couples, Robertson reflected on how Jesus would have responded if a gay couple asked him for a wedding cake.

“I think you’ve got to remember from the Bible, you look carefully at the Bible, what would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabitate together, they would have been stoned to death,” he explained. “So, Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake, nor would he he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there.”

“But we don’t have that in this country here,” the TV preacher lamented. “So, that’s the way it is.”

Robertson opined that homosexuality was considered to be a “pathology” only “a few years ago,” and now LGBT people were “the oppressors” of religious people.

“What is it about gays, what is it about abortion?” he asked. “Both of them deny the reproduction of human species.”

“It’s as if the devil is saying, ‘I’m going to destroy your progeny any way I can, and if you will kill your baby, that’s fine. I’m with you. If you will deny the chance of having babies, that’s fine too, but I want to destroy your opportunities to reproduce,’” Robertson continued. “As a society, we need to realize where the attack is coming, because it is definitely an attack.”

“Jesus said, ‘I came to give life, and the devil want to steal, kill and destroy,’” co-host Wendy Griffith agreed.

Missouri lawmakers introduce ‘right to refuse service’ religious freedom bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state’s anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Monday in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service.

Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) sponsored the legislation, which states that a governmental authority shall not substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion unless the government demonstrates that it has a compelling interest.

“We’re trying to protect Missourians from attacks on their religious freedom,” Wallingford told the Kansas City Star…

How American evangelicals may be responsible for Uganda’s anti-gay law

While Ugandan President Museveni accuses the United States of trying to import social imperialism into Uganda by defending homosexual rights, who do you think is behind some of the anti-gay hysteria in Uganda right now?

A group of evangelical Christians from that very same hotbed of social imperialism: the United States of America.

Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill that toughens penalties against gay people and defines some homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison.

Roger Ross Williams belonged to an organization called International House of Prayer in Missouri, whose missionary zeal fell on gays in Uganda. He decided to make a film about what he learned called “God Loves Uganda.”

Someone like evangelist Scott Lively is “an extremist in America,” Williams said, “but when he goes to Uganda he gets taken seriously because of what he represents.”

“He’s an American evangelical, and what an American represents in a place like Uganda – it represents power and wealth.”

“So he goes to Uganda and he can command the president, he can command the parliament for five hours. He did a three-day conference, where he told everyone about the threat of homosexuality, that they were there to recruit their children.”

“And that’s what really sort of started this whole bill on its, where it is now, today, this sort of tragic day.”

(Source: CNN)

‘Kill the gays’ penalty proposed by Malawi Muslim Association

Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) are calling for homosexual people in the country to be given the death penalty.

This suggestion comes at a time as some Civil Society Organisations (CSO) are pushing for the country to abolish the statute that penalise the act. Currently the maximum jail term sentence for those found guilty by the courts is 14 years.

In what will be viewed as stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, MAM Secretary General Dr Salmin Omar Idrussi is advancing that homosexuality should remain criminalised and the maximum sentence should be pegged at death.

“Although Malawi is regarded as a secular state but the country is blessed with God fearing citizens who can’t afford to deviate from God’s commandments for the sake of pleasing others who practice the act,’’ Idrussi is quoted by malawimuslims.com an official website for Malawi Muslims…

Science completely contradicts Christian's anti-gay bigotry...

confrontingbabble-on:

This issue is one of oppression, bigotry and government colluding with religious fundamentalists to withhold equal rights from a sector of its citizens…

"Along with many other Right Wing Christian groups, [the American Family Association (AFA)] is a hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. On a recent show he spent most of one segment ranting about all the awful things that will happen to America if the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act. In particular, he asserted that it would lead to incest, pedophilia, and bestiality.Fischer is clearly not a very good historian….He’s trying to convince us that homosexuality is really bad and destroys empires. This is a testable claim.

Children of Gays.

  • In 1996, Mike Allen and Nancy Burrell published a peer reviewed study on the subject. They found the following: “The results demonstrate no differences on any measures between the heterosexual and homosexual parents regarding parenting styles, emotional adjustment, and sexual orientation of the child(ren). In other words, the data fail to support the continuation of a bias against homosexual parents by any court.” (The full text is available through PsychNet if you’d like to read it. There is a modest fee for membership.)

  • In 2006, Gregory Herek replicated the conclusions: “The data indicate that same-sex and heterosexual relationships do not differ in their essential psychosocial dimensions; that a parent’s sexual orientation is unrelated to her or his ability to provide a healthy and nurturing family environment.” (Also available through PsychNet.)

  • In 2001, Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz discovered something rather startling. While children of gay and lesbian parents don’t “become gay” any more than children of heterosexuals, daughters of lesbian couples do display one very different behavior: They play better with male children and have more gender-neutral views of society. (Isn’t that what we want? For women to choose their own destinies sans gender impositions?) "53 percent (16 out of 30) of the daughters of lesbians aspired to careers such as doctor, lawyer, engineer, and astronaut, compared with only 21 percent (6 of 28) of the daughters of heterosexual mothers."

  • Overall, Stacey and Biblarz found that "Lesbigay parents and their children in these studies display no differences from heterosexual counterparts in psychological well-being or cognitive functioning."

Adult Gay Relationships

Failing to prove that children are harmed by having gay parents, many Christian bigots will go on to claim that homosexual relationships are “inherently” less stable, less emotionally fulfilling, and psychologically damaging. This claim is also contradicted by the evidence.

  • A 2003 empirical study by Gottman, et al, of the interaction between heterosexual and homosexual couples found that "same-sex couples actually demonstrated more positive (and fewer negative) behaviors during their interactions than did married couples."

  • The 2003 study had a small sample, so Roissman, et al, conducted a more thorough and broader series of studies in 2008. They found "individuals in committed same-sex relationships were generally not distinguishable from their committed heterosexual counterparts, with one exception—lesbians were especially effective at working together harmoniously in laboratory observations."

  • Empirical evidence for actual levels of infidelity in either heterosexuals or homosexuals is very difficult to come by. Varying cultural and ethnic definitions, self-reporting bias, and social concerns have rendered the body of evidence difficult to interpret. At best. There is no data available for divorce rates among gays — since gay marriage has never been allowed in the U.S. However, it’s important to note that there are no reliable studies linking homosexuality with higher levels of relationship infidelity.

  • Recent publications have questioned the reality of monogamy as a historical tradition. In The Myth of Monogamy, Barash and Lipton present a compelling (and cross-disciplinary) argument that heterosexual couples have never been paragons of fidelity to begin with. In other words, it appears that lots of people — both gay and straight — cheat. The Roissman study backed up this conclusion with the observation that both gay and straight couples’ relationship satisfaction was based more on non-sexual factors like parental support and modeling. Not sexual orientation.

In short, the arguments from the Christian bigots fail. They do not reflect reality, but rather a religious ideological agenda. There is no evidence that homosexual marriage destroys society. There is no evidence whatsoever that gays are inherently less healthy, happy, or faithful than straights. There is no evidence that children of gays suffer any harm. In fact, there’s reasonable evidence that children of lesbians are more socially accepting and well adjusted — especially girls. Fischer and all the other anti-gay bigots are wrong. They are factually, objectively wrong, and there is no excuse whatsoever for giving their hate any place in even one point of law.”

Read in full  http://www.examiner.com/article/science-completely-contradicts-christian-s-anti-gay-bigotry

The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter whether or not you think homosexuality is a sin. Let me say that again. It does not matter if you think homosexuality is a sin, or if you think it is simply another expression of human love. It doesn’t matter. Why doesn’t it matter? Because people are dying. Kids are literally killing themselves because they are so tired of being rejected and dehumanized that they feel their only option left is to end their life. As a Youth Pastor, this makes me physically ill. And as a human, it should make you feel the same way. So, I’m through with the debate.

When faced with the choice between being theologically correct…as if this is even possible…and being morally responsible, I’ll go with morally responsible every time.

christiannightmares:

Methodist jury convicts pastor Frank Schaefer for officiating his gay son’s wedding (To read the story, click image or here; For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/33969618553/not-a-nightmare-missouri-pastors-anti-gay-rights)

christiannightmares:

Methodist jury convicts pastor Frank Schaefer for officiating his gay son’s wedding (To read the story, click image or here; For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/33969618553/not-a-nightmare-missouri-pastors-anti-gay-rights)

It’s not “Extremism”. This is Islam.

A crowd of self proclaimed “average Muslims” agrees (by unanimous vote) it’s not extreme to support the death penalty (stoning) for things like homosexuality or adultery. They think they are making the point that the media is wrong to focus on “extremists” because these views are shared “by all Muslims”. I think they misunderstand the criticism, they are right that the media should stop focusing on extreme outliers, and start admitting (as politically incorrect as it is) that this is a problem with Islam in general, not with a few bad apples.

In other words. They’re not helping their case, at all.

What Is She Even Talking About!??!


A Christian activist absolutely tortures logic to explain how Obama is turning us all into pro-gay European zombies. This is your brain on dogma.

opencircle333:

How about no facebook. Nobody NEEDS to go to Africa to “educate” anyone on anything. Dialogue maybe, discourse maybe, maybe help shift some of that money funding your churches to the places needed and build sustainable aid. BUT NO, the BIBLE, NO. PEOPLE CAN FIND IT ON THE INTERNET. THERE ARE ENOUGH PREACHERS AND PASTORS THERE. ARE YOU GOING TO GO THERE TO “EDUCATE” THEM BEFORE OR AFTER THE WITCH HUNTS OTHER PREACHERS BEFORE YOU HAVE FUELED?And contrary to popular belief, Africa is not this writhing black mass of “uneducated” land without cities and electricity and access to internet. AND not everyone wants those things either way or your bible or your God or your brain washing, gas lighting, white North American mindset. BYEEEEEEEEEEE.
You like some queer friendly church groups on facebook, and FACEBOOK suddenly decides you are a good candid to continue “educating” Africans on a book you don’t even agree with.
BYE :/


Behold the fruits of evangelism in Africa: 

God Loves Uganda (official trailer) - looks at the strong influence of American evangelicals in the anti-gay movement there.

Witch Children (full documentary) - looks at how Christian missionaries are sowing seeds for deadly superstition and literal witch hunting resulting in horrible child abuse.

opencircle333:

How about no facebook. Nobody NEEDS to go to Africa to “educate” anyone on anything. Dialogue maybe, discourse maybe, maybe help shift some of that money funding your churches to the places needed and build sustainable aid. 

BUT NO, the BIBLE, NO. PEOPLE CAN FIND IT ON THE INTERNET. THERE ARE ENOUGH PREACHERS AND PASTORS THERE. ARE YOU GOING TO GO THERE TO “EDUCATE” THEM BEFORE OR AFTER THE WITCH HUNTS OTHER PREACHERS BEFORE YOU HAVE FUELED?

And contrary to popular belief, Africa is not this writhing black mass of “uneducated” land without cities and electricity and access to internet. AND not everyone wants those things either way or your bible or your God or your brain washing, gas lighting, white North American mindset. BYEEEEEEEEEEE.

You like some queer friendly church groups on facebook, and FACEBOOK suddenly decides you are a good candid to continue “educating” Africans on a book you don’t even agree with.

BYE :/

Behold the fruits of evangelism in Africa:

God Loves Uganda (official trailer) - looks at the strong influence of American evangelicals in the anti-gay movement there.

Witch Children (full documentary) - looks at how Christian missionaries are sowing seeds for deadly superstition and literal witch hunting resulting in horrible child abuse.