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Giving thanks for a secular ceremony

12 Sep 2011

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

"But science keeps changing its findings!"

8 Sep 2011
John Maynard Keynes

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

Religion is like...

2 Jun 2011

This came via an email making the forwarding rounds; I don't know the original source. Might not even be new.

The text:

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

Hiring Rapture survivors

24 May 2011

And the world keeps on having fun with the Rapture that wasn't.

Harold Camping's flock can rest assured: even if they've given away all their material goods, they can shovel semi-meat into burrito wraps to earn money again. Just enough to tide them over until October 21. Readeth thou more