Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"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

 

It is rather peculiar to ask for forgiveness from a (imaginary) third party and not from the person you offended or victimized.

It is rather peculiar to ask for forgiveness from a (imaginary) third party and not from the person you offended or victimized.

(Source: godlessmen)

Silly Indians, the only way to get the sin out is with the blood of a particular ancient Jew … and club soda.

Silly Indians, the only way to get the sin out is with the blood of a particular ancient Jew … and club soda.

We cannot have a just society that applies the principle of accountability to the powerless and the principle of forgiveness to the powerful. This is the America in which we currently reside.

Chris Hayes

(via stoweboyd)

The Debt: What do grown children owe to their abusive parents?

foulmouthedliberty:

What do we owe our tormentors? It’s a question that haunts those who had childhoods marked by years of neglect and deprivation, or of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of one or both parents. Despite this terrible beginning, many people make it out successfully and go on to build satisfying lives. Now their mother or father is old, maybe ailing, possibly broke. With a sense of guilt and dread, these adults are grappling with whether and how to care for those who didn’t care for them.

This one cuts too deep for commentary.

This is a great read.

ih8religion:

Came upon this sign in Ottawa.  What pisses me off is this convenient rule of Christianity: Christians are forgiven.

That means, they can be bigoted ignorant, misogynistic, homophobic, and moronic a-holes Monday-Saturday.

Then they get their “I’m a horrible twit-of-a-human” conscience cleaned by the blood of Jesus Christ on Sunday.

[covers mouth and coughs, but clearly coughs the words “total bullshit”]

Tyler

How nice it must be to just decide for yourself, that you’ve been forgiven. If I hurt someone, I must receive forgiveness from that person in order to “be forgiven”. Christianity bypasses the victim and allows you to forgive yourself in the name of an imaginary 3rd party.

ih8religion:

Came upon this sign in Ottawa. What pisses me off is this convenient rule of Christianity: Christians are forgiven.

That means, they can be bigoted ignorant, misogynistic, homophobic, and moronic a-holes Monday-Saturday.

Then they get their “I’m a horrible twit-of-a-human” conscience cleaned by the blood of Jesus Christ on Sunday.

[covers mouth and coughs, but clearly coughs the words “total bullshit”]

Tyler

How nice it must be to just decide for yourself, that you’ve been forgiven. If I hurt someone, I must receive forgiveness from that person in order to “be forgiven”. Christianity bypasses the victim and allows you to forgive yourself in the name of an imaginary 3rd party.

And you would get to decide if he’s forgiven you! What a great deal.

And you would get to decide if he’s forgiven you! What a great deal.

christinsanity:

rationalhub:

Even the “good” parts of Bible are so fucked up, I don’t know what message kids are supposed to learn from this.


Also - Abraham, Lot and his daughters, Adam and Eve, Hell, Elijah and She-Bears and lots of lots of other things. Don’t abuse your child!

christinsanity:

rationalhub:

Even the “good” parts of Bible are so fucked up, I don’t know what message kids are supposed to learn from this.

Also - Abraham, Lot and his daughters, Adam and Eve, Hell, Elijah and She-Bears and lots of lots of other things. Don’t abuse your child!