With the US election race gearing up, we're treated daily to more and more examples of American politicos, pundits, and plain old people who refuse to understand the simple, smart principles behind keeping religion out of government and government out of religion. Readeth thou more
As the world remembers the visionary who led Apple in more innovation than any ten competitors combined, WebProNews points out the ugly response by a familiar pack of loons. Yes, the Westboro Baptist Church is ready to take time out from picketing the funerals of celebrities and soldiers so it can defile the farewell to Steve Jobs. Readeth thou more
The Atheist Nexus asks atheists and freethinkers to thank New York Mayor Bloomberg for a secular, clergy-free ceremony commemorating the 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In that post, you'll see handy link directly to an online form for sending a message to the Mayor. Why not do so right now? You're limited to only 300 words, so it'll only take a moment. Here's the simple message I sent: Readeth thou more
While I've read my Bible, one facet of religious debate I haven't followed deeply is that of Biblical historical accuracy. Which is something I need to rectify, as every brush with the topic suggests that the Bible and its believers often come up short in that department. Readeth thou more
Cue the Creationist / New Ager / other Believer:
"But scientists once thought that, and now they think this!"
Yes. scientists continually update their beliefs to fit the evidence; that's the whole point, the whole beauty of science.
While no scientist has ever had trouble thus refuting the silly complaint above, I really like this quote from economist John Maynard Keynes, responding to an accuser charging him of inconsistency: Readeth thou more
This came via an email making the forwarding rounds; I don't know the original source. Might not even be new.
Religion is like a penis.
It's fine to have one.
It's fine to be proud of it.
But please don't whip it out in public and start waving it around.
And PLEASE don't try to shove it down my children's throats.
Well. That certainly is some rather direct imagery. But I sure can't argue with the sentiment! Readeth thou more
From a card mailed to PostSecret:
I fear those left behind after the rapture will believe it was an alien abduction... instead of God taking His children home to Heaven.
How interesting, Believer. I fear that you're looking for a magic man in the sky where there is none.
And I fear that you're not going to honestly admit that your Rapture just ain't happening. Readeth thou more