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I would apologize for skipping a week here but I hadn't done an exhibition feature in a long time and I felt I was overdue. As such, there will probably be more links in this one than usual.
On a personal note, I'm going to take a moment to recognize the late Robin Williams. I don't have a bad memory associated with the man and I'm definitely going to miss this crazy son of a bitch who brought so much joy to our lives despite his own personal tragedies. Enjoy this link and remember him well -
Robin Williams, comedy genius: His 50 greatest jokes
Today's Links -
Are Christians persecuted in the United States?
This quote really gets to the nub of the matter -
"Not only is it false that Christians are systematically discriminated against, in fact the exact opposite is true. Christians are not the discriminatees, they are the discriminators. They have in fact become so accustomed to their position of power and hegemony in American society that they perceive that power and hegemony as a basic right, as the natural order of things."
So I think we can confidently respond with a huge FUCK NO when asked if christians are facing persecution.
From peyote to sex: Religious liberty fight recast
I love this quote - "Everyone loves religious liberty, but we dare not confuse sincere prejudice with sincere religion."
Speaking personally, I DON'T love religious liberty, particularly when it allows for the possibility that despicable behavior can be justified on religious grounds. This religious fervor against marriage equality and reproductive rights is no different than the ignorant bullshit that stood against abolishing Jim Crow segregation, that made slavery an institution, that allowed for generations of hate-filled rhetoric and persecution against Jews (thank you Martin Luthor)... Religion, despite it's moral declarations, has done very little to perfect this thing we call the human condition and it's about time we started looking to other things to improve our moral equilibrium. Step 1 - Abolish religion. Step 2 - relax.
Where Are All The Black Atheists?
Yes, a very good question. We could really use some diversity in this movement.
Atheist who spoke against 'In God We Trust' receives hate mail, death wishes
Such heart-warming messages of love from X-tian 'merica... Pathetic cocksuckers...
Nepal's gay community parades in festival as lawmakers prepare to legalize same-sex marriage
Bravo to Nepal. Now if only we could get the same here in America...
ACLU: 2+2=5? Why South Carolina's Creationism Compromise Doesn't Add Up
Those slippery shits in South Fundie-lina just don't know when to quit... Is there anyway we can revoke their statehood and reattach them to N. Carolina on grounds of social ignorance...?
Of course, I recognize that N. Cackalacky isn't much better when it comes to progressive social policies but I think we can safely say that the former is definitely the more regressive of the two...
Tenn. court breaks string of marriage equality rulings, upholds ban
It really shouldn't be a surprise that most of this anti-equality rhetoric and bigoted political posturing is coming from a region of the nation primarily known for instigating a war to preserve slavery...
BULLSHIT POST: Christian Group Demands Release of Secret Deal IRS Made With Atheists That Threatens to Censor Houses of Worship
If the 'faith & freedom' Coalition (hereafter referred to as the Religious Bigots Coalition) were any sort of intelligent, they'd know that there is no secret deal between FFRF and the IRS and that the settlement of the lawsuit in question merely mandates that the IRS enforce its current policies regarding 501(c)(3) organizations, policies which prevent pulpit politicking by churches if they wish to remain tax exempt charitable organizations...
New Front In Fight Against Same Sex Marriage? U.S. Evangelical Leaders Turn To Latin America
If at first you don't succeed, Bigot Bigot Bigot...Bigot again...
Prayer Caucus Leader: 'In God We Trust' Reflects US Values
No it doesn't, you ignorant fuck. It reflects the fact that a group of paranoid 'cold warriors' decided in the 1950s to impose a christian slogan on every American regardless of belief.
RAW STORY: Atheist activist - Separation of church and state protects Christians from state-sponsored Islam
Yes. These fundie fucks tend to forget that opening the door to one brand of theocracy allows for the possibility of a theocracy of the type they despise... Get consistent, you morons...
LA TIMES: Readers React - Plenty of churchgoers support marriage equality
While I applaud the efforts of the progressively religious, I should remind everyone that reasonable stances on social issues should never be equated with tacit validation of unverifiable supernatural bullshit.
SALON: Fox News’ No. 1 fear: Atheists
What SE Cupp really represents - a conservative female pundit claiming an Atheist world-view who is, in actually, a sensationalist, paranoia-promoting conservative pundit that trades on her looks, seeming intelligence/intellect and 'precocious' nature to seem reasonable.
And if you haven't figured out by now that Faux News is full of shit, there really isn't much hope for you.
On another note, the worst part of this article is that it starts with a horrifying picture of Bill O'Reilly...I may not sleep for a week...
Dallas researchers out to scientifically prove biblical version of creation
And of course, these fucking morons will fall flat on their collective Fundie asses.
One thing I really (sic) love about the article is the bullshit notion that a creationist who discovers something monumental that alters science will be locked out of the recognition that would be afforded anyone else who makes a comparable discovery. When are these absurd fuckers going to understand, SCIENCE FOLLOWS THE EVIDENCE AND REVISES ITSELF ACCORDINGLY! Religion, on the other hand, does not...
LIVE LEAK: ISIS cut Christian child in half
Behavior like this is not really surprising when even the crazy fucks who call themselves al-Qaeda shun you for being too extreme...
Something needs to be done about this ISIS infestation. I'm not really sure what that needs to be but an extremist muslim state is bad mojo. Look what happened when the muslim brotherhood tried to infest Egyptian politics...
Givens: A humanist's view on school prayer
Some good historical information here, I think.
World's most pierced man denied entry into Dubai because of 'Black Magic' appearance
And this is why religion needs to die - it makes stupid shit like this possible by giving credence to the absurd notion that a pierced man's appearance is somehow indicative of 'sinister' black magic...
Call to arrest atheist bloggers
On a more serious note, this is why religion needs to be overthrown in Saudi Arabia in favor of a rational view of the world. With all this ISIS bullshit going down, states like SA would do well to distance themselves from extremism...
HUFFINGTON POST: Lessons Learned from the Atheist Alliance of America Convention
Some good points, I think.
The Whine Of The Never Satisfied - Religious Right Complains Because GOP Isn’t Theocratic Enough
Yes, what people tend to gloss over is the fact that the religious right are using their insidious political tactics to gain supremacy. They have no interest in equality or broad social justice.
50 Lashes for Saudi Woman Who Insulted Morality Police, Called Them 'Liars'
Yet another reason why religion needs to die... Saudi Arabia is a perfect example of the effect devout religious beliefs have in suppressing the freedoms of women. Given enough latitude, I see no reason to believe that christian elements in America wouldn't do the same if they gained enough power...
HUFFINGTON POST: How to Break Free from Organized Religion
A good read, though a little wordy for getting the point across, in my opinion...
Michelle Duggar Is Making Transphobic Robocalls
And this is why celebrity culture, particularly where it concerns the talent-deficient world of 'reality' programming, is a bad thing. By indulging ignorant people with celebrity status, we allow for these pseudo-personality cults which create waves in the water of society that build into tsunamis of stupidity, creating the potential to harm innocent minorities.
Cruel Cuts - Philadelphia Public Schools Pay The Price For Pa.’s Expanded Neo-Voucher Program
Welcome to ignorant America... We all know who is to blame...
Brevard County commissioners refuse to recognize atheist invocations
And today on Bullshit America - The Bigots of Brevard County
MSNBC: SCOTUS blocks gay marriage in Virginia hours before start
I'm tired of this bullshit. Marriage is a fundamental right of any person regardless of sexual orientation/gender identity. The fact that the highest court in the land isn't doing enough to reaffirm this tells me that the highest court in the land is inadequate to promote justice...as if their bullshit ruling in the Hobby Lobby case weren't evidence enough...
DES MOINES REGISTER: Judge rules against use of telemed abortion system
It doesn't really matter that the Board applied it's decision-making power in a proper manner. There's no doubt that the fundie political machine in my home state is using it's pull to promote decidedly regressive social policies with regard to progressive issues.
Victor Dominocielo: Believe What You Want; Just Don’t Call It Science
It's a good defense of evidence-based reasoning but I strongly object to the notion that religion inherently deserves respect just for being religion. Like anything else, it must earn respect before respect can be granted...at least that's how it should work.
POPULAR SCIENCE: Bill Nye Fights Back
Definitely worth the read. I really hope Nye can turn things around for science in America.
Priest claims to be receiving text messages from the Devil after performing exorcism on Polish girl… causing Satan to possess her mobile phone
And today in the "So Fucking Absurd People Think It's Newsworthy" category...
Whew... That was a long read. See you all at the next SCA Update.
Today's Extra Link(s) (not part of the SCA Morning Read) -
THE GUARDIAN: Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?
BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID!
Seriously though, anyone with a brain knows that we, as humans, don't have the power to destroy this planet. We are only capable of making it uninhabitable for our own kind... Nature will move on after we're finished as a species and not even bat an eyelash... In the grand scheme of things, we are not that important!
PATHEOS: Rich Preacher Sends 4,000 Bottles of Holy Water to Sierra Leone to Cure Ebola
Or 'How I wasted my time serving my own pathetic religious ego and did absolutely nothing to help the situation'
PATHEOS: Joshua Feuerstein (or whatever apologetics website he last read) “destroys” evolution in 3 minutes.
What the fuck is wrong with these people...? Do we actually have to resort to cracking thick skulls before these dumbfucks get the hint that THEY DON'T HAVE A VALID CASE?!!!!