This one’s apparently doing the rounds in the UK. The leaflets, titled ‘The Work of Darkness’, were delivered in the Mill Road area of Cambridge in an area previously represented by ex-councillor Sarah Brown. [Read more…]
Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood tries to put a more nuanced spin on the idea that religion is behind most of the world’s violence and oppression.
And I agree. I don’t think religion is behind most of the world’s violence. I know that there are big social, economic and political factors. [Read more…]
This is the basic battle cry of creationists and none are as creationy as the Discovery Institute!
We live in a world where the Creationists have had to lick their wounds. The world’s changed, gone are the court room battles, but the creationists still tap away at education. Science progresses in leaps and bounds while Creationists struggle to even produce junk science.
So they turn to attack pop science. The conversion of science into an easy to consume format. Many bemoan pop-science as harming science. I disagree.
We are a generation of pop scientists. From Bill Nye to even simple stuff like Blue Peter we grew up with pop science and that easy to consume science made us delve into science as a whole. The best Pop-Science attempts from the creationists include “Kinds”, a concept so convoluted that most creationists themselves can’t explain it properly. In which dog breeds are treated the same as whale species which are the same as all fungi. Hell we all remember the ID argument of the Croco-duck and the perfect banana.
So they are forced to look at pop science and go “pfft. That’s clearly wrong! The Bible says x, y and z and reality cannot work that way!” [Read more…]
You were thinking about AIDS right? When you saw the title?
The truth is? HIV and AIDS ravage the MSM community. Many progressives don’t like the statistics but medically speaking? 5% of the population should not be around 50% of the cases. Now the argument is quite simple. Each gay man is a bigger part of the population due to their small numbers. Secondly? Gay men never had much reason for condoms before HIV so the disease had time to spread. And early hook up culture among MSM was quite promiscuous so the disease spread quickly during it’s latency period. So much so that being gay is still a big risk for HIV infection.
And HIV killed the female condom and other barrier methods of contraception. The male condom is less prone to failing and things like the cervical cap didn’t stop the spread of the disease.
But there is another disease with a rising association (falsely) with homosexuality. [Read more…]
This is a letter from the Bishop of the Providence Diocese demonstrating the reason for a separation of Church and State. By weighing in he has brought the spectre of anti-atheist discrimination into the city of Providence’s mayoral election.
This adds another problem for Jorge Elorza as many people do vote along religious lines. And the Catholic Church’s influence among the Latino community can affect voting politics. [Read more…]
This one’s from a reader who isn’t an atheist but who took umbrage to my post on abortion. Incidentally I am told it is a copy of a letter from this place by gleeful anti-FTB people who assume I check all my letters for copy pasta. Which makes me realise that I can simply not source my articles as much and anti-FTB will do all my work for me in order to “teach me a lesson”. [Read more…]
It’s become par for the course to utilise the term “Social Justice Warrior” in a negative light.
Practically anything can be used to justify the use of this moniker. And it is a rather ridiculous insult I find.
I don’t know who Michael Luciano is but I have had the pleasure of disagreeing with him in the past.
And imagine my surprise when in response to “THIS” piece I was called a social justice warrior. I mean it’s only the juxtaposition of MRA and Gamergate supporters calling me a nigger and a fag/got. Now you are right, they are within their rights to call me nigger and fag/got.
As am I within my rights to expose the abuse and let people realise that these people are at BEST trolls. Trolls who are willing to sink to racism and homophobia and sexism. Remember all those #notyourshield people? Well? These people don’t give a flying fuck about them. Oh and I get it. There are people on both sides who are quite stupid. It’s not just the guy who claimed to have a 99th percentile IQ in language skills then promptly failed to recognise sarcasm then attempted to defend the statement of “you are a fag” as “you are a cigarette”. That’s someone’s mouth writing cheques their brain can’t cash. But on the other side? There are people who seriously suggest deporting white people out of Africa and justifying the actions of Robert Mugabe. And also justifying by extension the plans of people like the BNP and other far right parties that wish to deport and disenfranchise groups of people because of their ethnicity under the argument of “It’s different”. That is injustice too and it doesn’t improve anything. It just makes everyone miserable. The sins of the father should not be placed on their sons. And yes, white people in many parts of the world got a leg up due to colonialism. Taking away their stuff isn’t going to solve anything. It just makes you another tyrant and another dragon. And it is not social nor is it justice. It’s just revenge. And all it does is make us blind. What people of colour really want is progress. We want the SAME stuff. Not for others to have our existence. I don’t think anyone seriously wishes everyone else’s life was as bad as theirs rather than their life was as good as other people’s. [Read more…]
I found myself wanting to respond to this on the basis of my name is invoked and as all my readers know that if you write my words out it invokes my like Beetlejuice. And you will see why I am generally amused by this.