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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


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


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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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


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


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


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


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

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Bertrand Russell on Mysticism

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 22-04-2015

25 Bertrand Russell Talks Mysticism (not narrated by him). Taken from Russell’s work “Religion & Science”

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Science as the Ultimate Spoiler Alert

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 15-04-2015


Have you ever been obsessed with a TV show but missed an episode? You go crazy trying to avoid spoilers, refusing to visit certain websites or talk to certain people. You’ll do anything to block out mentions of the show. You’re happy in your ignorance for the time being.

I imagine that’s what life is like for everyone at Answers in Genesis, all the time. Science is the ultimate spoiler alert and they don’t want their show to be ruined.

At least it would explain how this passage got through Creationist Ken Ham‘s latest article questioning how important evolution actually is:

… cats always produce cats. We never see one kind of creature changing into another kind. For one kind to change into another requires an addition of brand-new information into the genome — this is what evolution absolutely requires. And yet there is no known mechanism that can add this type of information into the genome! Natural selection typically results in a loss, not a gain of information. So evolution doesn’t help us understand the diversity we see in nature. Actually, evolution is the opposite of what we observe!

I don’t have the energy to explain to Ham what I know people have tried to explain to him so many times before. But surely someone at AiG knows that real scientists don’t believe creatures magically give birth to a new species… and that there are indeed mechanisms that allow information to be “gained” in a genome.

Can someone there please spoil the show for him?

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Bertrand Russell on God (Sous-titres en français )

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 15-04-2015


Bertrand Russell on God and religious beliefs with franch subs.

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