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

 

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3.24.14

omfg 

fucking idiots i swear

Jon’s expression is dry af. His patience been expired.

AMERICAN MEDIA MAKES ME PROJECTILE VOMIT.

Jon Stewart redeems us a little bit! … a very little bit. Sigh.

skepticalavenger:

Although I don’t like the expression “real Christians,” this makes a great observation.

skepticalavenger:

Although I don’t like the expression “real Christians,” this makes a great observation.

Fox News: Jesus and Santa were white guys, get over it

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.”

Kelly said:

"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.

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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.

When they aren’t calling it a ‘slimdown’ they’re calling it the ‘Obama shutdown”. Isn’t propaganda fun??

(Source: sandandglass)

In the 1990s, as conservative talk radio spread across America, liberals felt victimized. But, in retrospect, the rise of talk radio, Fox News Channel and right-wing Web sites may have done greatest harm to conservatives themselves. The right-wing echo chamber breeds extremism, intimidates Republican moderates and misleads people into thinking that their worldview is broadly shared. That’s the information bubble that tugs the entire Republican Party to the right and that transforms people like Cruz into crusading Don Quixotes.

progressivepost:

This is an example of White Privilege, and racism too. She doesn’t even bother understanding the difference between the ethnicity called Arab and the religion called Islam.
No one, Ann, needs to explain anything to you.

Ann Troll-ter

progressivepost:

This is an example of White Privilege, and racism too. She doesn’t even bother understanding the difference between the ethnicity called Arab and the religion called Islam.

No one, Ann, needs to explain anything to you.

Ann Troll-ter


(Source: johnsaidathing)

Fox anchor (Neil Cavuto) asks viewers to consider if bombing Syria is a harbinger of the Second Coming of Christ

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto on Monday devoted an entire segment to the possibility that a United States attack on Syria could be a sign of the End Times, a period in which Christians believe that Jesus Christ will return to face the emergence of the Antichrist.

“This Syria stuff is way old,” Cavuto explained. “I mean Old Testament old. That’s how old I’m talking about. Don’t laugh. Some biblical scholars say it’s all there in black and white.”

The Fox News host invited author Joel Rosenberg to promote his book and weigh in on the link between the Syrian conflict and the Bible passages, which he said were “uncanny” and “kind of scary.”

“These are prophecies more than 2,700 years old, some of them, but they have not actually been fulfilled,” Rosenberg said. “But this prophecy, as you just pointed out, talks about the complete and utter destruction of Damascus. That’s an End Times or eschatological prophecy.”

“It’s a very sobering thought to think that a judgment of a city or a country could happen in which an entire city could be wiped out, but that is, in fact, what the Bible is predicting,” he added. “I think it’s wrong for people who teach Bible prophecies to guess — I mean, in a sense try to say for certain it’s going to happen now.”

“But you have 7 million Syrians that are already on the run, 2 million have left the country, 5 million are internally displaced. That Jeremiah 49 prophecy says that people will flee, but there will still be people in Damascus when the prophecy happens. So, the bottom line is that we don’t know if these two prophecies — Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 — will happen in our lifetime or soon, but they could because they haven’t happened yet.”

“Amazing,” the Fox News host observed. “It’s in in there. It’s worth a read.”

Cavuto and Rosenberg did not speculate if one of the current world leaders could be the Antichrist at the time of Christ’s Second Coming.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, broadcast Sept. 8, 2013.

Hard-hitting stuff!

(Source: rawstory.com)

Fox News host ‘tired’ of atheists’ demands for freedom from religion: ‘They don’t have to live here’

Fox News host Dana Perino this week suggested that atheists should leave the country instead of trying to maintain the separation of church and state.

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.”

Source and video

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??

Fox News’ Greatest Misses: A Muslim scholar writes a book about Jesus… and the crew over at Fox lose the plot.

Reza Aslan was a Christian but somewhere in his 2 decades of studying Christianity and other religions he converted to Islam. Knowing this seems to have short circuited the interviewer’s brain. Watch him try to answer her- what’s the word; Ridiculous? Inane? Mindlessly Confrontational? Questions about how he, a multi-PhD in religious studies, has any business writing a book on Jesus. Like, as if.

Note: to be clear, while Aslan gets the best of this incompetent news lady, he sets my skeptic alarms off, making it sound like he’s got “a thousand books” that place Jesus in the historical record of the time.

Gallup has done a survey of how most Americans learn about what’s going on in the world around them. The results are profoundly depressing. Most of us get our news from television, and most of the people who get their news from television get it from Fox News.

Charles P. Pierce (via azspot)

profoundly depressing indeed.

mediamattersforamerica:

Some facts about climate change, since the media is yawning at the President’s climate proposals today:
1. Courts have ordered the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses. http://mm4a.org/14pzyjG2. The “war on coal” story going around today is missing a lot of context: http://mm4a.org/1aKwd3N3. 97% of climate papers published agree that human activity is causing climate change. That’s called scientific consensus.http://mm4a.org/11EyBWj4. How are the media covering all of this? They bailed. In a stunning act of ignorance, Megyn Kelly cut directly from President Obama to a climate change denier and said that the President was wrong that the planet is warming. Other cable networks cut away shortly thereafter (though, thankfully not as crassly). Fed up?

mediamattersforamerica:

Some facts about climate change, since the media is yawning at the President’s climate proposals today:

1. Courts have ordered the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses. http://mm4a.org/14pzyjG

2. The “war on coal” story going around today is missing a lot of context: http://mm4a.org/1aKwd3N

3. 97% of climate papers published agree that human activity is causing climate change. That’s called scientific consensus.http://mm4a.org/11EyBWj

4. How are the media covering all of this? They bailed. In a stunning act of ignorance, Megyn Kelly cut directly from President Obama to a climate change denier and said that the President was wrong that the planet is warming. Other cable networks cut away shortly thereafter (though, thankfully not as crassly). 

Fed up?