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."

-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

 

saturdaychores:

Saturday Chores #7, Saturday, July 19, 2014
When we arrived, the “Babies Are Murdered Here” people put away all their signs, stopped yelling at the people going into the clinic, and prayed for “Grayson’s wife.” Victory. 

saturdaychores:

Saturday Chores #7, Saturday, July 19, 2014

When we arrived, the “Babies Are Murdered Here” people put away all their signs, stopped yelling at the people going into the clinic, and prayed for “Grayson’s wife.” Victory. 

academicatheism:

hopelessblueeyedromantic:

Abortion is not an option

Embryos and non-viable fetuses aren’t persons nor do they possess the neurocomplexity to become persons. Abortion is currently a legal option and even if that changes, it will be an option in the mind of any woman who has an unwanted pregnancy. So all you can realistically strive for is the reduction of unwanted pregnancies; that will, in turn, reduce the frequency of abortions. How do you do that? Get behind the problem. Sex education, marriage counseling, counseling for women who are already mothers, more jobs which will get women further from the poverty line, a focus on abuse in relationships and so on. Putting up a quote that has obviously ignored what is meant by person and adding that “abortion is not an option” is useless. As it stands, you’re like 99.9% of prolifers. There’s nothing unique about your approach or your views. However, if you were to choose to get behind the problem by targeting the quality-of-life issues that prompt decisions to get abortions, you’d literally revolutionize what it means to be prolife. Pro-choice, as a label, fits me because I maintain that abortion should be a legal, safe, medical option for women struggling with such decisions. However, I’m not blind to the inherent worth of getting behind the issue and addressing underlying problems. That’s a fresh approach and more importantly, it’s a better way of thinking about this issue.

academicatheism:

hopelessblueeyedromantic:

Abortion is not an option

Embryos and non-viable fetuses aren’t persons nor do they possess the neurocomplexity to become persons. Abortion is currently a legal option and even if that changes, it will be an option in the mind of any woman who has an unwanted pregnancy. So all you can realistically strive for is the reduction of unwanted pregnancies; that will, in turn, reduce the frequency of abortions. How do you do that? Get behind the problem. Sex education, marriage counseling, counseling for women who are already mothers, more jobs which will get women further from the poverty line, a focus on abuse in relationships and so on. Putting up a quote that has obviously ignored what is meant by person and adding that “abortion is not an option” is useless. As it stands, you’re like 99.9% of prolifers. There’s nothing unique about your approach or your views. However, if you were to choose to get behind the problem by targeting the quality-of-life issues that prompt decisions to get abortions, you’d literally revolutionize what it means to be prolife. Pro-choice, as a label, fits me because I maintain that abortion should be a legal, safe, medical option for women struggling with such decisions. However, I’m not blind to the inherent worth of getting behind the issue and addressing underlying problems. That’s a fresh approach and more importantly, it’s a better way of thinking about this issue.

skepticalavenger:

There is almost NOTHING in the Bible that can be taken to be in the least on the side of the anti-choicers.  Even the most cursory reading of the Bible quickly leads to the conclusion that Thou Shalt Not Kill is the most hypocritical commandment of them all.
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skepticalavenger:

There is almost NOTHING in the Bible that can be taken to be in the least on the side of the anti-choicers.  Even the most cursory reading of the Bible quickly leads to the conclusion that Thou Shalt Not Kill is the most hypocritical commandment of them all.

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academicatheism:

cultureshift:

7 Reasons Why the Pro-Life Movement is Winning on Abortion…

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Dude, this isn’t even a credible source. This is no different from a creationist citing pro-creationist websites. It’s propaganda. And of course we have less clinics; you idiots firebombed some of them! Give us a credible source to work with or just admit to your propagandist garbage.

And the ones the extremists haven’t firebombed, their counterparts in congress have staged a coup to defund. With fewer legit clinics around there is a slim chance we’d ever get accurate or complete stats on how many are taking place. It just gets pushed to the back allies. If abortion rates are dropping though, I’d put my money on increasing access to contraception and sex education before I’d bank on the twisted and myopic prolife movement.

skepticalavenger:

Really, there isn’t a single passage in the Bible that clearly supports the pro-life cause, and there are a number of passages that very clearly do not show a great deal of respect toward the unborn.
via Michael Sherlock:Author

skepticalavenger:

Really, there isn’t a single passage in the Bible that clearly supports the pro-life cause, and there are a number of passages that very clearly do not show a great deal of respect toward the unborn.

via Michael Sherlock:Author

xander-the-hotdog-slayer:

misandry5life:

sunshineuncertaintyprinciple:

antichoicescreencraps:

An anti-choice graphic.

I always enjoy when anti-choicers produce propaganda that shows how they really feel about women*: they view us as inanimate, inhuman vessels. We don’t even incubate, because incubation assumes a far more active role than anti-choicers would allow us to have. No, to them, we are tupperware. Hollow, unfeeling, storage containers for preshus widdle babbys that will one day burst forth and, having been born, no longer require any concern from the forced birth movement.

So fucking happy I didn’t give birth to a fucking toddler!!

oh my fucking actual god


Seriously, that’s like  a 14 month old.

xander-the-hotdog-slayer:

misandry5life:

sunshineuncertaintyprinciple:

antichoicescreencraps:

An anti-choice graphic.

I always enjoy when anti-choicers produce propaganda that shows how they really feel about women*: they view us as inanimate, inhuman vessels. We don’t even incubate, because incubation assumes a far more active role than anti-choicers would allow us to have. No, to them, we are tupperware. Hollow, unfeeling, storage containers for preshus widdle babbys that will one day burst forth and, having been born, no longer require any concern from the forced birth movement.

So fucking happy I didn’t give birth to a fucking toddler!!

oh my fucking actual god

Seriously, that’s like a 14 month old.

(Source: antichoicescreencaps)

"pro-life"

lalondes:

okay so there’s this facebook page called “life begins at conception,” right, and it bills itself as an “informative pro-life" page.

and one of the page’s mods posed this question to its followers, defenders of life

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so what do these pro-life activists have to say

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"pro-life"

"pro-life

North Carolina House Republicans sneak abortion rules into motorcycle safety bill without notice

cognitivedissonance:

fortheloveofgop:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

North Carolina House Republicans have, without notice, inserted sweeping changes to the state’s abortion rules into a motorcycle safety law. Effectively, they’ve reintroduced the abortion bill that Governor Pat McCrory had threatened to veto.

“It is a disgrace to North Carolina that legislators have again resorted to sneak attacks to move their anti-women’s health agenda forward,” said Melissa Reed, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Health Systems said in a statement. “Once again there was no public notice that this bill would be heard. The public and even many legislators on the committee only learned this was a possibility at 9:57am — three minutes before the committee was to meet — when a political reporter was tipped off and posted it on Twitter. This is outrageous and not how the people’s business should be conducted.”

Without notice, NC House rushes forward new abortion bill

Nothing to see here…. just making major decisions about your lives and your reproductive freedoms in secret…. no big deal.

WTF?

What was it I just said that republicans spend like 80% of their time doing? That’s right, sneaking abortion legislation into everything! Especially in NC. If it wasn’t so fucking serious it would be down right comical.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

cognitivedissonance:

romancingthelookyloos:

tranarchistbitch:

Rachel Maddow shares a clip from an Al Jazeera documentary featuring an Ohio State Legislator who is advocating extreme anti-abortion legislation.

Hey wow yeah all the anti-choice politicians summed up.

How do you NOT ask yourself that question…?

I just…

what?

No Ohio. Full stop. Now.

What a disgrace.

(Source: pipeschapman)

yellow-dress:

teratomarty:

one-angry-liberal:

sonofbaldwin:

The so-called “pro-life” movement’s philosophy.

One of the best political cartoons that I’ve seen. 

You know what pisses me off about this?  Really, REALLY pisses me off?  That’s George (H.W.) Bush holding that umbrella.  He was president 1981-1989.  Do you get that?  
It means that the right have not budged an inch on their ridiculous pro-foetus, anti-actual-persons position in THIRTY GODDAMN YEARS. We should not still be having this argument! Thirty year old political cartoons should be bafflingly opaque, not crystal clear!

^ Reblogging again for that comment.


Well, if it’s one thing conservatives hate, it’s progress. It just frightens and confuses them.

yellow-dress:

teratomarty:

one-angry-liberal:

sonofbaldwin:

The so-called “pro-life” movement’s philosophy.

One of the best political cartoons that I’ve seen. 

You know what pisses me off about this?  Really, REALLY pisses me off?  That’s George (H.W.) Bush holding that umbrella.  He was president 1981-1989.  Do you get that?  

It means that the right have not budged an inch on their ridiculous pro-foetus, anti-actual-persons position in THIRTY GODDAMN YEARS. We should not still be having this argument! Thirty year old political cartoons should be bafflingly opaque, not crystal clear!

^ Reblogging again for that comment.

Well, if it’s one thing conservatives hate, it’s progress. It just frightens and confuses them.

abaldwin360:

terfbored:

2spooki4u:

choosechoice:

marriedtomybestfriend:

4 month premature #baby #life #prolife

This is a load of crap… the youngest preeme born to survive was born at 21 weeks- that’s a little over 5 months gestation. 

Yeeeep, load of crap. 
The most premature baby ever to have survived birth was delivered at 21 weeks after her mother suffered severe complications (x)
What’s more, babies born at 23 weeks or under have little chance of surviving, and if they do, are often severely disabled.  ”All the organs are extremely immature. The critical issue is the lungs. Even with machines, it’s impossible to get oxygen in because the lungs are almost solid. Trying to keep the baby alive may involve inflicting a very high degree of irretrievable damage. The skin is often very thin, and the kidneys underdeveloped. The brain is extremely immature, and very prone to injury, especially bleeding. Furthermore, follow-up studies suggest that babies who survive below 23 weeks have a very high chance of developmental or neurological problems.” (x)
I can’t say I’m surprised at the pro-life crowd using yet more emotive, poorly researched shite as propaganda though. Truly shameful. Fuck you.

plus i’m tired of the whole “well if the baby can survive at the point you want/need an abortion, just give birth to it and it will be your little miracle!” like fuck you that’s not the goddamn point and you know it

Pro-life? More like, Pro-lie!

abaldwin360:

terfbored:

2spooki4u:

choosechoice:

marriedtomybestfriend:

4 month premature #baby #life #prolife

This is a load of crap… the youngest preeme born to survive was born at 21 weeks- that’s a little over 5 months gestation. 

Yeeeep, load of crap. 

The most premature baby ever to have survived birth was delivered at 21 weeks after her mother suffered severe complications (x)

What’s more, babies born at 23 weeks or under have little chance of surviving, and if they do, are often severely disabled. 

 ”All the organs are extremely immature. The critical issue is the lungs. Even with machines, it’s impossible to get oxygen in because the lungs are almost solid. Trying to keep the baby alive may involve inflicting a very high degree of irretrievable damage. The skin is often very thin, and the kidneys underdeveloped. The brain is extremely immature, and very prone to injury, especially bleeding. Furthermore, follow-up studies suggest that babies who survive below 23 weeks have a very high chance of developmental or neurological problems.” (x)

I can’t say I’m surprised at the pro-life crowd using yet more emotive, poorly researched shite as propaganda though. Truly shameful. Fuck you.

plus i’m tired of the whole “well if the baby can survive at the point you want/need an abortion, just give birth to it and it will be your little miracle!” like fuck you that’s not the goddamn point and you know it

Pro-life? More like, Pro-lie!