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Hard to say what I'm feeling right now. I haven't been sleeping real well lately so that's been an issue, and I've been trying to modify this chair I use for my computer to be less stressful on my back but it just doesn't seem to want to cooperate...
Today's Links -
PATHEOS: This Church Teaches Evolution Classes Over the Summer, and Creationist Ken Ham is Furious
That's right, Ken. Critical thinking is dangerous, but only to your brand of Fundie bullshit.
NPR: Science Vs. Religion: Beyond The Western Traditions
We often get hung up on the particulars of christianity and islam here in America. It is worth being aware of the dichotomies that exist beyond our sphere of influence.
After decades on the books will religious freedom law be overturned?
I say repeal it and let the chips fall as they may. This Hobby Lobby shit is inexcusable.
Mesa charter school teaches religion, group says
If you're using textbooks that say blacks were better off under slavery, there's something seriously wrong with your thinking...
Scripture reference timed to daily prayers
Vander Putz and Grandstand took a huge piss on the Establishment Clause with this one. Pisses me off that, as an Iowan, I have to be subjected to this illegal religious bullshit.
An Outrage Beyond All Others: The Use Of Religion to Assault Democracy
It's harsh, but I like it. If allowing religious freedom means allowing discrimination on religious grounds, then FUCK Religious Freedom.
Church of England says yes to women bishops
It's about fucking time... Of course, why some religious institutions need to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century is still a mystery...
PATHEOS: Coalition of Church/State Separation Groups Urges Obama to Avoid Religious Exemption in Upcoming Executive Order
Yes, I would urge the same. These fundie fucks don't deserve any further consideration.
The persecution complex: The Religious Right’s deceptive rallying cry
It's a long read but it's well worth it. This quote is paramount -
"Religious freedom is a core constitutional value and a cornerstone of our liberty. But the Religious Right’s narrative of religious persecution is not only far from the truth; in many cases the narrative itself serves to undermine true religious liberty and individual freedom for all."
WIRED: Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology
Good. That's all there is to say.
Gay Marriage Stirs Backlash as Businesses Assert Religion
And I'll say it again - if allowing religious freedom means allowing discrimination on religious grounds, then FUCK Religious Freedom.
SALON: 9 sinister things the Christian right does in the name of God
Insidious, ain't it...?
Maryland GOP candidate is a neo-Confederate who believes in creationism, but not state laws
Seriously, people. When are we going to wake up and realize stupid shit like this is unacceptable...?
It's good to see progress being made with regard to Secular Officiants of marriage ceremonies. The lesser the influence of religion on secular society, the better.
On the other hand, it pisses me off that American Evangelicals are working hard to get Anti-Gay rhetoric enshrined as law in foreign countries.
It's also good that young women in Canada are winning the fight against religiously-influenced, Abstinence-Only Sex education.
On the other hand, it's fucking bullshit that we have to endure a legal system that allows corporations person-hood and religious freedom under the 1st Amendment. Urge your representatives to repeal RFRA (on both state and federal levels) and overturn this Hobby Lobby bullshit. In the meantime, I recommend Michaels for your hobby and craft needs.
Today's Extra Link(s) (not part of the SCA Morning Read) -
11 Ways Our Society Treats Us Like Caged Rats: Do Our Addictions Stem from that Trapped Feeling?
Speaking as someone who doesn't care for a high degree of social interaction, and as someone who recently gave up a long-time addiction to nicotine, I can't immediately agree with the notion that highly social peer groups are a deterrent to drug abuse. I've never had a problem with drugs or alcohol and I've done my best to avoid being influenced by social coercion. That said, though, I do agree that the system of consumerism we have before us is doing more harm than good and needs to be altered significantly.
ALTERNET: Americans Are Leaving Religion Behind and It Scares the Hell Out of the Christian Right
Good, these fuckers need a little fear. Might just get them to pull their bibles out of their asses and treat people a little more like the 'christians' they claim to be.
ALTERNET: GOP Self-Destruction Complete: Millennials Officially Hate Conservatives
It's good that young people are opening their eyes to the bullshit, but there's a danger of being too accommodationist. How many Millennials are inclusive with regard to anti-vaxxers or adherents of homeopathy...? What about science education? I guess what I find troubling about the assertions herein is that Millennials will be prone to shunning if drama enters the picture. I would prefer young people adhere to reason and intelligent inquiry to inform their reality, not how dramatic and embarrassing someone is.
ALTERNET: 7 Odious Right-Wing Statements This Week: The Ignorant Bash Gays in Even New Ways Edition
It's an older article, to be sure, but the thing about bat-shit stupid is that it doesn't have an expiration date.
ALTERNET: Why B-tchy Women and A-hole Men (Initially) Finish First
And this is why I loathe pop culture. It reinforces this fucking absurd backward notion that these people are actually worth honoring.
ALTERNET: Can Massage Improve the Fundamentals of Your Body's Health? New Medical Research Points to Yes
I'd be skeptical myself if not for the fact that my grandfather took a great interest in it during his final years and actually saw a marked benefit to the people he was working on.
Why Loud Music in Bars Increases Alcohol Consumption
And this is why I don't like going to bars. I enjoy being able to hear myself think...
10 Psychological Effects of Nonsexual Touch
Makes sense. People tend to crave intimacy to varying degrees.
Barry Schwartz on Why Too Much Choice is Bad for Us
A good Ted Talk. Kind of relates to some ideas I've been rolling around in my head for some years now.
Being Bored Can Fire Up Your Creativity
Yep, the mind needs to wander in order to separate the crap from the worthwhile.