Time Magazine – No Deity Will Save Us; We Must Save Ourselves

Joe Klein’s piece on Time Magazine that made their front page is about Service. In particular service to a cause that is good and how it heals those who are suffering with PTSD and how it can give purpose to “a life lost”.

In particular it discusses combat PTSD which has to be differentiated to other PTSD due to the training received by the individual in the armed services. The PTSD suffered by a doctor is different to that of a soldier. There are similarities but some manifestations are different particularly how they cope compared to a civilian.

The article goes into a wonderful charity that is getting veterans back on their feet by giving them something “bigger” than themselves again to “serve”. To help those who are less fortunate and to socialise and indeed get them moving and not sit around feeling sorry for themselves.

It’s a lofty ideal and if it is working for these veterans then good. Excellent. Well done. High Fives and Beers All Round. I have no problems with that bit.

But does Joe really have to shoot himself in the foot while writing this piece? [Read more…]

Gay Weddings First? What Next? Humanist Ones?

In the UK you can choose to have a Humanist ceremony, but outside of Scotland? All marriage must involve a legally recognised service.

These are religious in nature. Scotland however voted in 2005 to allow “humanist” weddings. It is one of the six nations in the world where this is allowed. It lets a couple express their love and commitment through the story of life and the affirmation of those they love and cherish rather than the words of a state.  [Read more…]

SSA Blogathon – And So It Begins!

Well! The Hangout is now properly online. People are there discussing things (Smoking Meat and Swamps…) but we have a variety of things to do including playing our version of Cards (well Hangouts) Against Humanity while I blog.

Update – We are now just $5 short of the Target, so anyone who wants to round up the amount they are welcome to do so! Then we can see how high we can get!

I am blogging as part of the Secular Student Alliance’s blogathon. I am trying to aim for a blog post every so often unlike the shambolic haphazard events of Tuesday. In addition? I am accepting “requests”.

The link to the hangout is here. But the blogathon proper should start in around 2 Hours and continue at a more sedate and sane pace.

If you wish to donate to the Secular Student Alliance then the link is here. And yes, you can suggest forfeits.