In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"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

 

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.

The First Amendment was written neither to guarantee freedom of religion to Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus nor to prohibit their free exercise of religion. It wasn’t written about them one way or another. It was written for one specific purpose: to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion. We must be clear: the First Amendment does not prohibit the free exercise of alternative religions, but neither does it guarantee it. It simply does not address the issue at all.

American Family Association spokesman and demagogue royale Bryan Fischer, trying to see how many feet he can get into his mouth.

Our only question: If this is how he mangles the meaning of a single 45-word sentence, what’s that say about his interpretation of the Scriptures?

(h/t Joe.My.God.)

Because when I want to know exactly what the Founding Fathers were thinking, I listen to Bryan Fischer - the guy who said “allowing Muslims to immigrate into the United States, a Christian nation by origin, history and tradition, without insisting that they drop their allegiance to Allah, Muhammad, the Qur’an, and sharia law, is to commit cultural suicide” and referred to Muslim immigration to the U.S. as a “toxic cancer.”

Important to note: Several GOP presidential hopefuls have appeared on Fischer’s xenophobic shouting session radio program.

(via pantslessprogressive)

(Source: motherjones)

In the Words of our Founding Fathers; The USA is NOT a Christian Nation.

abaldwin360:

Why do so many Christians insist that the US is a “Christian nation founded on Christian values”?

They speak of “taking back America” or “returning us to our Christian roots.”

Why do they want so badly to say that the founding fathers were Christians, and that the first amendment says nothing about separation on church and state?

What it basically comes down to is using this “revisionist history” as a means to push a religious agenda within politics. I’ve head the same tired phrases repeated over and over from the religious right, they are preached such from their church leaders and the politicians they support, as well as other various right wind talking heads.

The problem is, it’s all a bunch of bullshit, the founding fathers were in no way Christians, the founding fathers did not acknowledge much of the Christian “message”, and in some cases out right denied it.

But, I can sit here and say this all I want, to get to the point of the matter, lets look at the actual words of our founding fathers.

The Founders of the American Revolution:

Thomas Jefferson -

Being uncomfortable with any reference to miracles in the New Testament, he took two copies of it, cut and pasted them together, excising all references to miracles, from turning water to wine, to the resurrection.

There has certainly never been a shortage of boldness in the history of biblical scholarship during the past two centuries, but for sheer audacity Thomas Jefferson’s two redactions of the Gospels stand out even in that company. It is still a bit overwhelming to contemplate the sangfroid exhibited by the third president of the United States as, razor in hand, he sat editing the Gospels during February 1804, on (as he himself says) “2. or 3. nights only at Washington, after getting thro’ the evening task of reading the letters and papers of the day.” He was apparently quite sure that he could tell what was genuine and what was not in the transmitted text of the New Testament…(Thomas Jefferson. The Jefferson Bible; Jefferson and his Contemporaries, an afterward by Jaroslav Pelikan, Boston: Beacon Press, 1989, p. 149) The Jefferson Bible

That’s right, Thomas Jefferson denied the miracles and resurrection of Christ, this would make him fall squarely within the area of “not christian”.

Christians will argue that separation of church and state was not in the mind of our founding fathers, that it was a concept invented by the supreme court in the 50’s and 60’s.

The phrase itself appears in a letter from President Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut, on Jan 1, 1802.

The Baptist Association had written to President Jefferson regarding a “rumor that a particular denomination was soon to be recognized as the national denomination.”

Jefferson responded to calm their fears by assuring them that the federal government would not establish any single denomination of Christianity as the National denomination. He wrote: “The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between Church and State.”  

Thomas Paine -

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

Regarding the New Testament:

I hold [it] to be fabulous and have shown [it] to be false…

On an afterlife:

I do not believe because a man and a woman make a child that it imposes on the Creator the unavoidable obligation of keeping the being so made in eternal existance hereafter. It is in His power to do so, or not to do so, and it is not in my power to decide which He will do.

Thomas Paine was a Deist, much Life Jefferson, in that he believed in a creator, he rejected the divinity of Christ.

John Adams -

Adams, the second U.S. President rejected the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and became a Unitarian. It was during Adams’ presidency that the Senate ratified the Treaty of Peace and Friendship with Tripoli, which states in Article XI that:

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion…

This treaty with the Islamic state of Tripoli had been written and concluded by Joel Barlow during Washington’s Administration. The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty on June 7, 1797; President Adams signed it on June 10, 1797 and it was first published in the Session Laws of the Fifth Congress, first session in 1797. Very clearly, then, at this early stage of the American Republic, the U.S. government did not consider the United States a Christian nation.

Benjamin Franklin -

Ben Franklin, when asked about his religious beliefs by Ezra Stiles, president of Yale, stated in a letter to him;

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity; tho’ it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble….

This would place Francklin’s beliefs firmly withing deism as well.

Aside from these quotes from the founding fathers, there is also the US constitution, in particular;

The U.S. Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

All of these statements point to the fact that the founders of this country intended for government and religion to remain separate from one another, that the state had no role in religion, and that religion had no role in state affairs.

What Christians are saying now (and have been saying) is revisionist, and they are repeating what they have been told in church, again, this is why proper education is so important.

These are the same people that try to deny proper science because it dis-agrees with their religious dogma, and they have been trying to deny history as well.

Many of the founding fathers were deists, free thinkers, and men of science, and I would venture to gamble, be horrified at the current political environment in the united states.

Why the U.S. Is Not a Christian Nation // Current

— In 1790, President George Washington wrote to America’s first synagogue, in Rhode Island, that “all possess alike liberty of conscience” and that “toleration” was an “inherent national gift,” not the government’s to dole out or take away

— In 1797, with President John Adams in office, the Senate unanimously approved one of America’s earliest foreign treaties, which emphatically stated (Article 11): “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, — as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen (Muslims) …”

— In 1802, Jefferson added his famous “wall of separation,” implicit in the Constitution until he so described it (and cited in several Supreme Court decisions since).

goodreasonnews:

helvetebrann:

We are, and always have been, a secular nation. 
Get your theology out of my representative democracy.

Does this come on a t-shirt?


Or the next atheist/secular billboard?! Stop designing new billboards and just blow the whole budget plastering this everywhere.

goodreasonnews:

helvetebrann:

We are, and always have been, a secular nation. 

Get your theology out of my representative democracy.

Does this come on a t-shirt?

Or the next atheist/secular billboard?! Stop designing new billboards and just blow the whole budget plastering this everywhere.

Colbert Nation for iPad

Free web app. Not an iTunes download. Now where is the Daily Show’s version?

ih8religion:

The original poster has this image titled “Yearbook from 1947”.  Notice what’s missing from the pledge?

ih8religion:

The original poster has this image titled “Yearbook from 1947”.  Notice what’s missing from the pledge?

A Christian nation | TBO.com

goodreasonnews:

It is stunning that our military allows atheists to hold meetings on property paid for by American taxpayers (“Atheists band together to fright for acceptance in the military,” front page, May 16, 2011) when there is irrefutable proof that America was founded as a Christian nation.

Atheism is not a religion; it is a belief system in which to have faith in nothing, except to believe there is no God. Let them practice their beliefs, but not in the military.

Some prick is displeased that there are atheists fighting his wars for him.

"Prick" is an understatement. I’d go with Ignorant piece of shit…

The Confederacy's "Christian Nation"

The Confederate States of America claimed to be a Christian nation. They managed to succeed where today’s Christian nationalists have failed. The Confederacy had a Constitution that recognized God. (When John McCain said in 2008 that the U.S. Constitution established America as a Christian nation, perhaps he was confusing it with the Confederate Constitution.) The leaders of the Confederacy had no qualms about claiming that God had uniquely raised the South up to do His work in the world. Christianity held an exalted and powerful place in Confederate culture.

As we have seen in previous articles in this series, during the Civil War northern clergy believed that their cause was ordained by God. Part of their mission in this conflict was to punish the South for seceding from the United States, a political community that was indivisible because it was created by God. But as Northern propagandists extolled the Christian virtues of their national Union and the spiritual superiority of their society over a sinful South in need of God’s repentance, the religious and political leaders of the Confederacy were building what they perceived to be their own Christian civilization.

Indeed, the “Christian nation” theme was even more prominent in the South than it was in the North. Southerners were convinced that the Confederate States of America was a Christian nation. They viewed the Confederacy as a refuge for the godly amid the “infidelity” of the Union to which they once belonged. One hundred fifty years ago this month, Southerners prepared to engage in a war that would prove God was on their side. This mentality is clear in the Confederacy’s decision to adopt the Latin phrase Deo Vindice (“With God as our defender”) as its national motto.

Just one more way that we’re still fighting the civil war.

Just when I thought people couldn't get any stupider.

an-ominous-atheist:

(Actually, they come in even stupider varieties than this, which is why I hate the world.)

So tomorrow, my school’s Gay-Straight Alliance is having a guest-speaker: Harry Knox, former spiritual advisor to Barack Obama. He’s a Christian, and he’s also gay, and a huge LGBT-rights advocate. I decided to Google him and find out more about him. What I got was the most hilariously stupid trash. First of all, I’m finding out that I love this Knox guy. He seems like an intelligent man. Of course, he’s infinitely more intelligent than the idiots that are making a huge fuss about him. First, I stumbled across this link, which is basically a webpage about bigoted things Harry Knox has said (none of them are actually bigoted; they are valid and completely justifiable criticisms of the Pope). When I found it I couldn’t tell if it was a joke. Seriously. But then I read more about the people who run the webpage, and that explained it. They’re a bunch of butthurt right-wingers that are complaining about the media’s liberal bias (well, I once heard a saying, “Reality tends to have a liberal slant”).

After that, I came across the article that the title of this post links to, and I just want to lol/rage at a few bits of it.

The media are in the controversy-making business, but not when Barack Obama picks “spiritual advisers” who think condoms are holier than the Pope… Most media outlets have reported nothing on Knox, despite his view that Pope Benedict is “hurting the people in the name of Jesus.”

Here’s a newflash, dipshit: somehow I think wanting to protect people from fucking AIDS by promoting the usage of condoms is somewhat holier and somewhat more along the lines of what Jesus would do than covering up the acts of child-molesting priests. I applaud Obama for picking a rational, human rights-advocate Christian when such people seem to be incredibly rare in our country. I’m glad somebody is calling out the Vatican for its Stone Age belief system and politics.

Several networks (NBC and NPR) talked to Knox in December 2008 as he protested… Barack Obama, or more precisely, Obama’s decision to invite evangelical pastor Rick Warren to offer the invocation at the Inauguration… Evangelicals who completely accept the LGBT agenda — he wouldn’t have minded one of them praying for Obama and the country. Once again, the forces of “tolerance” want anyone who disagrees with them silenced.

I see an error. It should be, “The forces of tolerance want anyone who spews lies and hate to not represent a supposedly secular and free nation at said nation’s presidential inauguration.” If you lived in a Christian theocracy, would you not be enraged if the president (well, dictator) chose a super-gay, baby-eating atheist to do the official well-wishing of your country?

For a president who says he supports gay rights, it sure seems fishy to be inviting a dude who supported Prop 8 to do the praying at your inauguration. (And what the fuck is up with that, anyway? Praying? This ISN’T a Christian nation, so knock it off with these “traditions” that make people think otherwise.)

It isn’t bigotry to call out a bigot.

^for commentary.

‎”The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”

Thomas Jefferson

What was that about a Christian nation?? No wonder the Texas school board tried to remove TJ from the history books!

Our civilization is not Christian. It does not come from the skies. It is not a result of ‘inspiration.’ It is the child of invention, of discovery, of applied knowledge—that is to say, of science.

Robert G. Ingersoll (via hatefulatheist)

stfuconservatives:

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” - Stephen Colbert


^^^THIS!^^^

stfuconservatives:

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” - Stephen Colbert

^^^THIS!^^^

(Source: killsmedead)