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; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.

"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

 

Let us stand now, unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines born of fearful minds in darkened times. Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the Tree of Knowledge and dissipate our blissful and comforting delusions of old. Let us demand that individuals be judged for their concrete actions, not their fealty to arbitrary social norms and illusory categorizations. Let us reason our solutions with agnosticism in all things, holding fast only to that which is demonstrably true. Let us stand firm against any and all arbitrary authority that threatens the personal sovereignty of One or All. That which will not bend must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared its demise. It is Done. Hail Satan.

After Supreme Court prayer decision, Satanist offers his own prayer

I fear that most people miss the point of this amazing protest against state sponsored superstition.

Fundy Muslims in Luton, UK

Religion of peace at it again, spreading their message of love and tolerance.

According to BBC World News, the number of Egyptians protesting yesterday (33,000,000) is the largest number of gathered protesters in the history of mankind

julianahuxtable:

thecaptainsandthekings:

Can we all think about that for a minute? 

Over 33,000,000 people

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are standing in the streets 

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as they have been for days 

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and their act of valor is unprecedented in the history of mankind

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and yet 

no one is talking about it 

Buddhist Temples, Homes Burned in Muslim Protest

Bangladesh - Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.

life:

On the anniversary of the March on Washington, LIFE.com presents a selection of pictures — most of which never ran in LIFE magazine — commemorating that day. But what is especially moving about so many of these pictures (those shot “on the ground” by Paul Schutzer, in particular) is that they illustrate the scene as witnessed not by those who led and organized the event, but by those in the crowd. There is huge emotion here, and excitement and pride — but above and beyond everything else, these photos evince a near-palpable sense of inclusion and, even if only for a moment, a suggestion that power was passing to the people.
Not originally published in LIFE: Scene from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963.
See more photos here.

The People used to give a shit, I guess. I’m too young to remember anything like this.

life:

On the anniversary of the March on Washington, LIFE.com presents a selection of pictures — most of which never ran in LIFE magazine — commemorating that day. But what is especially moving about so many of these pictures (those shot “on the ground” by Paul Schutzer, in particular) is that they illustrate the scene as witnessed not by those who led and organized the event, but by those in the crowd. There is huge emotion here, and excitement and pride — but above and beyond everything else, these photos evince a near-palpable sense of inclusion and, even if only for a moment, a suggestion that power was passing to the people.

Not originally published in LIFE: Scene from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963.

See more photos here.

The People used to give a shit, I guess. I’m too young to remember anything like this.

ramirezdahmerbundy:

Maggy Delvaux-Mufu, a mother of three in her forties, alerted several national newspapers that she would be burning herself alive before setting out accompanied by her husband to walk through the centre of town to her macabre rendezvous. The police were alerted and officers were deployed to the Rousegärtchen.

But the woman changed her plan when she came across a group of journalists gathered to cover an event organized by the ‘Movement écologique’ on Place d’Armes, opposite the Cercle municipal. She soaked herself in petrol before confronting the members of the press, announcing that she was about to sacrifice her life to protest against racism. Moments later, she struck a match, turning herself into a human torch in front of hundreds of people.

Delvaux-Mufu’ s husband and passers-by jumped on the burning body, attempting to stifle the flames with coats and jackets. The scene made several people feel unwell and many witnesses who filled the square at lunchtime were traumatized by the woman’s shrieking screams of unimaginable pain. The flames were already extinguished when police, rescue services and the fire brigade arrived at the scene. One person is reported to have vomited after seeing the woman being transported into an ambulance. The events in Place d’Armes have also started a controversy regarding the authorities’ lack of psychological support for witnesses.

Delvaux-Mufu was taken to the Bon Secours hospital in Metz, where she died from her injuries.

youranonnews:

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~RFK

thinksquad:

A protester sits in front of riot police as the police use water cannons to disperse a rally against the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) talks in Seoul November 3, 2011. Thousands of protesters including farmers, unionized workers and university students took part in the rally. South Korea’s parliament was locked down on Thursday amid a deepening political standoff over the ruling Grand National Party’s push to wrap up a free trade deal with the United States in the face of bitter liberal opposition.

thinksquad:

A protester sits in front of riot police as the police use water cannons to disperse a rally against the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) talks in Seoul November 3, 2011. Thousands of protesters including farmers, unionized workers and university students took part in the rally. South Korea’s parliament was locked down on Thursday amid a deepening political standoff over the ruling Grand National Party’s push to wrap up a free trade deal with the United States in the face of bitter liberal opposition.

In case you missed it, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!

divineirony:

I’m suggesting a parallel action to Occuywallsteet: OccupyCongress with emails (and phone calls).

There are many of us who support the protesters but are unable make it in person. In keeping with the actual procedures of our democracy and in an effort of lend momentum (and legitimacy) to OWS, I hope that everyone who agrees will click the link above and write a brief and respectful note to their congressperson like:

Dear (your reps name),

Since I am unable join them, I’m writing to express my support and general pride in the protesters of the OccuyWallStreet movement and to voice my hopes that my representatives are paying attention.

Thank you,
(Your name)

And then do the same thing to YOUR SENATOR. And then REBLOG. I would also hope that every Occupier with a smart phone, laptop or tablet would spend their down time doing the same thing. Let’s not squander this please Participate!