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

 

Sneaky sneaky Chik-fil-A. We all know why you can’t carry those toys anymore. I guess this sounds better than “Jim Henson Co. pulled their toys from our establishment because of our unapologetic contributions to hate groups.”

Sneaky sneaky Chik-fil-A. We all know why you can’t carry those toys anymore. I guess this sounds better than “Jim Henson Co. pulled their toys from our establishment because of our unapologetic contributions to hate groups.”

nonplussedbyreligion:

Engle: 100,000 Ex-Gay Preachers will Heal AIDS victims, Bring Revival

Anti-gay activist Lou Engle tells The Ramp youth group of his prophesy of 100,000 ex-gay preachers, some of whom he says will heal people with AIDS

This isn’t even worthy of my usual commentary.  Just watch and try not to shake your head or roll your eyes too hard. ~ Kim

Take a look at the kids sitting on the floor behind him: eyes closed, swaying like charmed snakes.. It’s troubling that he preaches that battling homosexuality is the “heart of god” and the “issue of your day”, as if there were nothing more important. The way he is inciting these clearly impressionable kids to discriminate is vile and dangerous. Get a life, old geezer.

CALL FOR ANTI-GAY TO BOYCOTT INTERNET

religiousragings:

With Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, and many other tech companies all supporting gay rights, I call for all those supporting the Godly war against the gay agenda to boycott computers and the Internet.  Alan Turing, one of the main pioneers of computers, was gay himself!  This is about more than a silly cookie.  Support God and the sanctity of marriage!  Boycott the Internet NOW!

PLEASE!

Caiden Cowger is a 14 year old hate preacher prodigy.

His hate mongering parents must be so proud!


Dear right-Wing blow-hards,

“When 14-year-old boys sound exactly like you do and can produce radio shows and books and speeches that sound exactly like yours, maybe you should rethink the shit that comes out of your mouth” -Bill Maher

Defining Marriage

In their talking points section, The National Organization for Marriage (or NAMBLA NOM) trains their people that “the most effective single sentence” to oppose gay marriage is:

"Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose,
they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.”

Then later in the section, they offer this pearl of irony:
“Who gets harmed? The people of this state who lose our right to define marriage as the union of husband and wife, that’s who. That is just not right.”

To summarize: gays don’t have the right to define marriage for the rest of us, that would take away our right to define marriage for them.

I dont know about you, but My marriage is Defined by My committment to My wife and Hers to Me. It has nothing at all to do with my neighbors commitment to His wife, or Hers to him. Neither can it be of any consequence who is married to who, or the make up of their personalities or sexual/gender identities.

I think it’s a curious perspective on marriage to define it by who else is getting married or by what authority sanctions it and not by your own personal commitment to your spouse. I guess I could be called short sighted but only because my concerns about marital status only project as far as my own.

I reject the idea that I fulfil some societal duty by who I choose to marry. I believe the state has a right to define the terms of some things, but not our personal relationships. I can hardly imagine something more fascist. It’s no less so when authoritarian parents dictate the relationships of their adult children or anyone tries to impose their standard of personal relationship on another.

Usually this type of fascism is supported by sanctimonious ideals. It’s proponents claim that marriage is sacred and eternal in it’s “traditional” deinition. Never mind that it’s definition ranges throughout hitorical and cultural contexts: from property agreements, plural contracts, family obligations and romantic courtly obligations; they’ve all made an appearance. Why do we not see NOM protesting Kim Kardashian’s sham wedding spectical? Other reality shows that mock marriage i.e. the bachelor. Are the drive through wedding chapels of no concern? How about the divorce rate of 50%? Afterall, in Mark 10:9 Jesus himself says: Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.

The official NOM talking point: “High rates of divorce are one more reason we should be strengthening marriage, not conducting radical social experiments on it.”

Seems to me that the only experiment is letting the state decide the make-up of a loving family.

One might ask how exactly they are achieving their goal, other than dictating who can get married. Free marriage counseling? Addressing proven factors that increase divorce rates, like economic hardship?? Where’s the campaign to tighten divorce laws, protests outside divorce courts?

Absurd Slippery slope arguments abound. My favorite is the concern that if gay marriage is legalized then people who are against it will be labeled bigots and homophobes. This amounts to: If I take my boot off of your neck, you might stand up and call me oppressive. We can’t have that, now can we? Giving you rights might impair my right to make unsubstantiated claims about your character and your family.

Another unsubstantiated claim is the apparent negative affect same sex parenting will have on children. But study after study (while preliminary at this point) points to no difference in childhood development while no serious evidence of a negative effect has been discovered. And when you consider their silence on the myriad ways children are abused, neglected or otherwise fucked-up by straight parents all over the place… you really want to argue that simply being raised by 2 moms or 2 dads is the most unacceptable of all scenarios; The thing that you have to prevent at all costs?? It’s a assertion based on Chrsitian “intuition”, not science. They’d let a kid sit in an orphanage until adulthood before allowing two loving men to adopt.

Then there’s the red herring of under-population. As if the world might run out of people if some couples didn’t procreate. Even though the population just crossed 7 Billion and is exponentially increasing while we tackle every manner of resource crisis. Never mind that the rate of infertile and voluntarily non-reproductive couples dwarfs the rate of those of the same sex. And there is nothing stoping a SSC from reproducing via fertility treatments or surrogates, well, except more discriminatory legislation, that is.

All of this anxiety seems to stem from the unfounded belief that queer is contagious. All the worry about the kids and populations and society all seem to require the premise that a failure to suppress the behavior will allow it to spread like a disease until the whole world is gay and (ironically) the hetero minority is discriminated against.

The National Organization for Marriage should be called The National Organization Against Gay Marriage. These groups love to put a positive spin on what they are doing when in fact they achieve nothing positive. The word “for” has no business in the title. Their’s is a campaign against something, not for something. They aren’t out to strengthen marriages or protect children. If those were their ultimate goals they would see the mountain of work they could do that would directly achieve them. Instead, they’re spending countless hours and dollars focused on defining gay peoples’ relationships with nothing but worst case bible based speculation to justify it. Because lets face it, there are no fact based arguments to defend marriage discrimination. There’s only a conservative “feeling” that it’s wrong, supported by a selective reading of the Bible and a total willful misunderstanding of homosexuality.

N.J. governor vetoes same-sex marriage bill

(CNN) — New Jersey Gov. Fat Bastard Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed, setting up a confrontation with a Democrat-controlled legislature that has vowed to eventually get the bill into law.

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N.J. governor vetoes same-sex marriage bill

(CNN) — New Jersey Gov. Fat Bastard Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed, setting up a confrontation with a Democrat-controlled legislature that has vowed to eventually get the bill into law.

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helvetebrann:

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Don’t forget that Mormon families, despite only representing 2% of the California population, contributed over $17.67 million to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign that tried to ban same-sex marriage.

socialistexan:

awildvolpeappears:




HOW
I
NOT 
WORDS!?

Fuck you Rick Santorum. Fuck you. Just. Fuck. AUGH.
WHY DO PEOPLE THIS HATEFUL EXIST I HATE THIS WORLD.


In what world does Rick Santorum make sense?

socialistexan:

awildvolpeappears:

HOW

I

NOT 

WORDS!?

Fuck you Rick Santorum. Fuck you. Just. Fuck. AUGH.

WHY DO PEOPLE THIS HATEFUL EXIST I HATE THIS WORLD.

In what world does Rick Santorum make sense?

(Source: noon)

Some people think that you can’t let same-sex couples get married without changing the definition of the word “marriage.” When we let openly gay people join the army, did we have to change the definition of the word “Army”? Did Rosa Parks make us change the definition of the word “bus”?

It’s one thing to blame the Bible for your bigotry, but don’t blame the dictionary.

California attorney and semi-professional cynic Bill Smith on today’s Ninth Circuit decision regarding Proposition 8. Read the full decision here. (via cognitivedissonance)

reuters:

A U.S. appeals court ruled that California’s gay marriage ban violates the constitution on Tuesday in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the Supreme Court.
DEVELOPING: California gay marriage ban unconstitutional, ruling says.


The battle for basic rights rages on.

reuters:

A U.S. appeals court ruled that California’s gay marriage ban violates the constitution on Tuesday in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the Supreme Court.

DEVELOPING: California gay marriage ban unconstitutional, ruling says.

The battle for basic rights rages on.