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Monthly Archive: July 2007

Jul 27 2007

Why of course theism makes you morally superior! How could I ever have doubted it?

And this just in: the latest report of trusted church members getting a little light-fingered with the collection plates. They should have just gone to work for Benny Hinn, where they use collection buckets and the whole stupid ceremony is all about fraud and deceit from the get-go. Fit right in, they would.

Jul 27 2007

Creationist assigned to head SBOE; audio from 2003 textbook hearings

As Phil noted at badastronomy, clueless creationist Don McLeroy was just appointed by Rick Perry to head the Texas State Board of Education. My favorite quote from the linked article: “Given all the time in the world, I don’t think I could make a spider out of a rock. However, most of the books we …

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Jul 21 2007

Do not eat before reading this

Another prominent Christian Right leader has been Vittered. The amusingly named Coy Privette, described as a “conservative lawmaker and outspoken advocate for Christian groups,” has been caught with his privettes where they shouldn’t be. The 74-year-old — and that alone is enough to kick the eewwww! factor into overdrive, kids — has been paying a …

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Jul 17 2007

Skatje Myers nailed it

PZ Myers’ teenage daughter explains two methods of successfully discussing atheism: It’s moderate atheists’ job to speak nicely to theists and get them to hear the message, but it’s the militant atheists’ job to get the moderates out of the closet and active. Do they scare away some theists entirely? Probably, but those are most …

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Jul 15 2007

Blinders on, people!

This isn’t gloating. It’s tragic and sad. And it’s merely pointing out, to quote Al Gore, an inconvenient truth. God does not exist. Full stop. A woman attends a Christian music festival in Wisconsin, and is killed on an amusement ride when a bungee cable snaps, causing her to fall nearly 50 feet. A perfect …

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Jul 15 2007

Again with the “theism = morality” thing

A lot of theists place great store by insisting that theism is somehow necessary for a comprehension of the concepts of right and wrong. This is fairly baffling, as, if it were true, you would expect to find, around the world, theists behaving in a consistently more ethical and moral manner than unbelievers. One does …

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Jul 13 2007

What theists don’t ask

Michael Gerson has written a piece in the Washington Post entitled “What Atheists Can’t Answer.” As I mentioned on my last show appearance, often these kinds of claims come about because theists don’t bother talking to any atheists before coming to conclusions about what they think. The heart of this article is this: “So I …

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Jul 11 2007

God’s forgiveness = self-forgiveness, part deux

Here’s another hilarious example of how Christianity allows anyone to wash away their own sins with ease and without ever actually being troubled by having to feel bad about what you’ve done. The following amusing quote comes from the latest in a long line of hypocritical right-wing politicians, in this case, Louisiana Republican Senator David …

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Jul 07 2007

It wasn’t exactly a difficult quiz…

I sometimes enjoy these, but it would be nice to have some real “make you think” questions instead of a handful of “well, duh” no-brainers. I am, however, highly skeptical that I look anything like the photo there. You Are Very Skeptical Your personal motto is: “Prove it.” While some ideas, like life after death, …

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Jul 03 2007

The mindlessness of religion in one convenient, snarky package

In a couple of amusingly juxtaposed incidents that demonstrate how religion is little more than some leftover, atavistic rubbish from our days as hunter-gatherers picking fleas off one another, we have Church of England bishops wagging their fingers and pronouncing a recent rash of heavy rains and flooding to be divine wrath for “Western civilisation’s …

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