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Where Was God’s Wrath All Those Other Times?

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 01-07-2015

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While religious extremists do more harm than good, it’s hard to argue that they don’t provide entertainment every now and then. One of their favorite rallying calls of the past several decades has been to predict God’s apocalyptic wrath due to the acceptance of homosexuality in America.

Unsurprisingly, the recent Supreme Court affirmation of marriage equality has brought out the nuts once more.

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham warned:

I do believe God’s judgment will come upon this nation. When we read the scripture, God’s judgment would come upon Israel, time and time again, when they turned their back on Him.

Here’s the thing, though: if we’re willing to suspend our (dis)belief and assume there is a Higher Power out there who is all too willing to dole out punishment for sin, aren’t there a slew of other travesties that should have prompted such rage?

Where was God’s wrath when this nation was originally colonized, with settlers slaughtering millions of Native Americans in order to steal their land?

Where was God’s wrath when Christians led the charge against Suffrage, relegating descendants of Eve to a position of legal subjugation? (Worse, many STILL do.)

Where was God’s wrath when slavery turned more than 10 million of His children into property, with untold millions more black bodies abused and murdered in the name of capitalism as the scourge went on?

Where was God’s wrath when legal institutions blocked access to the ever so holy institution of marriage based on the color of their skin?

Where was God’s wrath when more than 120,000 Japanese American citizens were put into lethal prison camps out of baseless fear and boundless racism?

Where is God’s wrath today as 49 million of his American children live without knowing where there next meal will come from, but trillions are spent to bail out corporations?

Where is God’s wrath today as a country that represents 4.4% of the global population calls itself home to 22% of the world’s prison population under conditions that would make your skin crawl and at a rate that highlights the pervasive racial discrimination in this nation?

Where is God’s wrath today as the electorate continues to vote into power a party determined to eliminate the programs which benefit the poorest among us?

Where is God’s wrath today as the environment he so lovingly crafted is poisoned and destroyed on the daily in the name of “economic progress”?

Where is God’s wrath today as economic and trade policies endorsed by one of the wealthiest nations in the world facilitates the exploitation and abuse of His children in so called “developing nations”?

Where is God’s wrath today as millions of neurodiverse individuals are denied access to the mental health care they desperately need, instead abused by a criminal justice system that views them as inherently dangerous?

Where is God’s wrath today as 1 in 10 kids suffer from child abuse, 1 in 16 are sexually abused, and 1 in 10 are witnesses to domestic violence?

I’m just saying: if these atrocities, past and present, have not been sufficient to elicit God’s wrath, but two loving adults in a consenting relationship being recognized by the law means we need to duck and cover, that’s no God I want to know.

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Ohio Grocery Chain Removes “Sweet Baby Jesus” Beer from Shelves After Customer Complaints

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 20-06-2015

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Baltimore-based DeClaw Brewing has a variety of beers with fantastic-sounding names.

Like Sweet Baby Jesus (a reference to Talladega Nights):

First brewed in 2011, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.5% abv. Sweet Baby Jesus finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!

As someone whose drinking is pretty much limited to Diet Coke and water with Crystal Light packets, I’m sure that beer sounds, um, delicious.

But apparently the name upset one too many customers at a Cleveland grocery chain:

DuClaw Brewing Co.’s Sweet Baby Jesus brew was pulled from the shelves of Heinen’s grocery stores after customers complained about the name.

[DuClaw founder Dave] Benfield said this is the first time the beer has been pulled from a chain of stores, but not the first time it’s generated complaints.

“When you push boundaries and try to get one group excited about it, inevitably people are going to get upset on one side or the other,” Benfield said.

Benfield said he understands Heinen’s choice to pull the product, but he stands by the moniker.

“When we name our beers, it’s really more than liquid, it’s how that beer feels to us,” he said. “We don’t censor ourselves because it might cost us dollars.”

If anything, it’s a compliment to Jesus! Not sure why anyone would be offended by that…

Then again, maybe the publicity generated by one chain removing the item will help DuClaw sell even more beer elsewhere.

That would be some sweet karma worthy of an 8-pound, 6-ounce newborn infant Jesus.

(Thanks to L5eon for the link)

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The Man Whose Font Was Used to Identify Atheists Worldwide Has Died

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 09-06-2015

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If you’re an atheist and you’ve ever spent time online, then this symbol probably looks very familiar to you:

That scarlet A has been the symbol for Richard DawkinsOut Campaign and a sort of badge that identifies you as an atheist without necessarily broadcasting it to outsiders.

If you want to get more technical, it’s a capital A in the Zapfino font. That font was created in 1998 by Hermann Zapf — who also produced Palatino (which is used in many books) and Optima (used for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall).

Sadly, Zapf died a few days ago at the age of 96.

As far as I can tell, no one ever asked Zapf (on the record) what he thought about his font being used as a symbol for atheism or if he was an atheist himself. (It’s not like anyone needed permission for use of the symbol.) But we owe him an indirect debt of gratitude, because that symbol really took off:

(Thanks to Purdeep for the link)

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A Duggar Family Response to the Child Molestation Scandal, Courtesy of Funny or Die

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 29-05-2015

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar *finally* responded in some depth to the allegations that their son Josh molested his sisters severals years ago:

I’m just shocked they decided to do it at Funny or Die

It’s never good when a parody is that close to reality, right?

(via JT Eberhard)

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Rowan County Officials Ask Pastor to Pray at Meetings Until They Decide Whether or Not to Appeal Anti-Prayer Ruling

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 18-05-2015

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I recently posted about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and how they used to pray to Jesus at virtually every meeting.

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners prays at a meeting (via WSOC-TV)

U.S. District Judge James Beaty Jr. ruled earlier this month that the Commissioners were violating the law and continued to do so every time they uttered a Christian prayer. (The legal thing to do would be to open up the invocations to people of all faiths and no faith.)

You would think the practice would have stopped. But it hasn’t. In fact, while they decide whether or not to appeal the ruling, the Christian prayers will still be going on. Starting tonight, however, those prayers will be offered by Pastor Michael Taylor, the Sheriff’s Office chaplain (a position you’d think is also illegal…).

This decision was made years ago:

Taylor’s selection to deliver opening invocations dates back to April 15, 2013, when county commissioners unanimously adopted an alternate policy for opening prayers. The policy, approved when Jim Sides was the chairman of the commissioners, states its effective date as “immediately upon notification from the county attorney to the clerk to the board that an injunction has been issued by the federal court.”

It’s like they knew back then what they were doing was illegal and the courts would try to stop them.

Keep in mind that asking the pastor to speak on their behalf is still illegal. As it stands, no non-Christian is allowed to deliver these invocations and the Supreme Court explicitly prohibited that in Greece v. Galloway.

When you commit a crime, and you’re called out on it, and you’re deciding your next steps, you’re not supposed to keep committing the same crime in the interim.

But these Commissioners aren’t bright enough to understand all this. They have a meeting scheduled for June 1 to discuss their options with a lawyer.

Because this is what they think is a good use of their time and the taxpayers in Rowan County seem to be okay with it.

(Thanks to Keith for the link)

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https://youtube.com/devicesupport

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 10-05-2015

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Digital Transparency Has Led to the Downfall of Organized Religion

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 07-05-2015

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In an interview with Andrew Aghapour of Religion Dispatches, Daniel Dennett explains why the transparency of the Internet Age hurts religion specifically:

In the March issue of Scientific American, Deb Roy and I compare this to the Cambrian Explosion. The Cambrian Explosion happened 540 million years ago, when there was a sudden, very dramatic explosion of different life forms in response to some new change in the world. Oxford zoologist Andrew Parker argues that the increased transparency of the ocean made eyesight possible, and this changed everything: now predators could see prey, and prey could see predators, and this set off an arms race of interactions. Well, we think something similar is happening in human culture. Institutions — not just religions but also universities, armies, corporations — are now faced with how to change their fundamental structure and methods to deal with the fact that everybody’s living in a glass house now.

Protecting your inner workings is becoming very difficult; it’s very hard to keep secrets. Religions have thrived in part because they were able to keep secrets. They were able to keep secrets about other religions from their parishioners, who were largely ignorant of what other people in the world believed, and also keep secrets about their own inner workings and their own histories, so that it was easy to have a sort of controlled message that went out to people. Those days are over. You can go on the Internet and access to all kinds of information. This is going to change everything.

I’ve been saying this in my public speeches for a while now, but it’s possible to fact-check your pastor with your smartphone while he’s giving a sermon. It’s possible to know when you’re being lied to because your church is no longer the ultimate source of information. And while church leaders might tell you to “just have faith” when you ask tough questions, Google won’t run away from your line of inquiry.

Check out the whole interview.

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Bertrand Russell – Religião, Fanatismo e Tolerância (Legendado PT-BR)

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 27-04-2015

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Parte de uma entrevista de 1959-1560. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3º Conde Russell foi um dos mais influentes matemáticos, filósofos e lógicos que viveram no século XX. http://pt.wikipe…

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Miami Assistant Police Chief Criticized for Not Putting Hand Over Heart During Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 26-04-2015

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How horrible must your life be if you get irrationally offended every time someone doesn’t salute the flag to your liking during the Pledge of Allegiance?

In Miami, Assistant Chief Anita Najiy — the highest-ranking female cop in the city — kept her arms at her side during the ritual instead of putting a hand over her heart. Now, the head of the Miami police union is flipping out because ‘Murica.

Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz wants Najiy reprimanded for not saluting the flag or covering her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Since she clearly has no respect for the flag or the United States, on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, I am requesting that Assistant Chief Najiy is removed as the commander of the MPD Honor Guard Detail,” Ortiz said in a letter Monday to Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes.

“If she isn’t loyal to the United States of America, what country is she loyal and shows allegiance to?” he asked.

As much as I’d like to say Najiv was protesting the Pledge, she was actually just following protocol:

Police Maj. Delrish Moss produced a section of the conduct code for U.S. military personnel, which he says supercedes police code. It reads: “When in uniform, indoors, stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag.”

So she was following military rules… and that, in Ortiz’s eyes, makes her un-American. What he has against her, I don’t know, but even if she sat down during the Pledge, it wouldn’t make her any less patriotic. If you equate being a True American with participating in a mindless ritual, your priorities need adjustment.

Thankfully, it looks like no one is taking Ortiz seriously. After all, he’s the same guy who went to Ferguson, Missouri to show solidarity… with the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)

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Christopher Hitchens: Free Speech and the Right to Offend

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 26-04-2015

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An absolutely brilliant speech by Christopher Hitchens. His style of thinking is needed now more than ever.

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