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."
“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.
Worried that liberals are trying to make Santa Claus black, Fox News host Megyn Kelly felt the need to assure children viewing her program on Wednesday that both Jesus Christ and Santa Claus were white men.
Kelly made her claims concerning the caucasian nature of both Santa and Jesus while responding to an article that appeared in Slate earlier this week. The author of the article, Aisha Harris, wrote that she had always been confused as a child because the Santa in her home had brown skin like her, but the Santa in malls and on television was always white.
In her article, Harris suggested that Santa be given a makeover, and that “America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man” and adopt a penguin in his place.
Kelly was not pleased with the notion of Santa as a penguin, suggesting Harris had gone “off the rails.”
"For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is.
Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know?
I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa - I just want the kids watching to know that.”
While Santa is a fiction, researchers suggest that a historical Jesus would be a Middle Eastern Jew of medium, if not dark, complexion.
Fox News just wanted to set the record straight, in case any of you pinko liberals wanted to suggest that Jesus wasn’t a white man, from the Middle East.
In a case before the Massachusetts Supreme Court, atheist lawyer David Niose argued that the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violates the Equal Rights Amendment of the state’s constitution.
“I’m tired of them,” Perino complained on Wedneday. “I remember working at the Justice Department years ago when I first started right after 9/11 and a lawsuit like this came through, and before the day had finished, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives had both passed resolutions saying that they were for keeping ‘under God’ in the pledge.”
“If these people really don’t like it, they don’t have to live here,” she added.
“Yeah, that’s a good point,” co-host Bob Beckel agreed.
“If you don’t believe then why do you care?” Perino wondered. “It’s just like some guy’s name.”
The irony, of course, comes from the fact that those words were not even in the original pledge of allegiance so it is the atheists who are trying to stay true to founding principles, and the Christians who are trampling the constitution with this pious charade.
Then it gets extra silly when they say “it’s just like some guys name.” Oh yeah? Then why all the butthurt??