"No atheists in foxholes" – what's it mean?

19 Feb 2008

As I mentioned earlier, the folks fighting the oft-heard claim "there are no atheists in foxholes" are doing good work in denouncing a stupid statement. But by playing up the contributions of atheist soldiers, they're addressing a misperception of the stupid statement's meaning, not its original meaning.

The Natural History of Nonsense, p 265, notes: Readeth thou more

"Can I have just one Canadian, God? Please?"

19 Feb 2015

Spotted on Facebook. Too good to not share in every way.

LGBT Community Worldwide

On her radio show, Dr. Laura said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Schlesinger, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as quite informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Does the Bible really say those evil things?

13 Jan 2015

Inquisitive commenter John makes a request:

Please post the verses in the New Testament that command us to “take slaves, burn witches, murder children, perform executions for imagined crimes, and treat women as cattle.”

Sure! That awful stuff is part and parcel of the Bible, and I'm more than happy to preach straight from it.

I'm not going to play favorites with this Testament vs that Testamant, though; it's all the Divine Word of the Almighty, amiright? I'm good with all of the Good Book! (As you might expect, though, it's the Old Testament that really delivers on the slavery and murder and other divinely-commanded horrors. The New Testament tones down the evil, even if it carries forward some of the OT's moral fumbles and even makes up a few of its own.)

So. Here's a quick guide to particular nasties as requested: Readeth thou more

A Bible word a day

8 May 2014

Attention, word lovers: the popular A.Word.A.Day mailing list is again focusing on religion-inspired terms, this time vocabulary drawn from the Bible. Sure, any of us would be pleased to be called a Solomon, and you'd probably obligingly flex some bicep if admirers labeled you a Samson... but would you know whether or not to take the epithet Ananias as a compliment?  Readeth thou more

Listen to Him!

15 Dec 2013

We hear again and again from the believers: Listen to the Word of God. Hear the message of the Bible. Know your scriptures. Listen to Him!

The usual atheist response is... to agree wholeheartedly! I'd love people to know the message of the Bible! So here's a handy starter guide; feel free to cut and paste wherever needed. Like this: 

"You say we should all listen to what your God has to say? I totally agree! I've read his Word, and here are some highlights:"

God loves slavery (Leviticus 25:44-46)

What's the harm in snake handling?

6 Nov 2013

What's the Harm is an awesome web site that tracks news stories of the actual death, damage, or other distress caused by belief in the unbelievable – everything from faith healing and ghosts to Scientology and IRS denial. (Should the site suggest that a pet pseudoscience or dogma of yours is harmful, don't fret; you should see dozens of competing claims on that list that we both can agree are just plain wacked.) Readeth thou more