(Adapted from something Matt Dillahunty said) So, you don’t believe in God? Nope. I don’t have enough evidence to believe in a god. What will it take to convince you? I don’t know. If you don’t know what will convince … Continue reading →
A discussion came up in an atheist group on Facebook — a woman (atheist) said her elderly father is in the hospital, and he said he couldn’t die until he converted his atheist child to Christianity. My own suggestion was … Continue reading →
This essay, “20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity“, starts by stating: As regards the title, “abandon”—rather than “suppress” or “eliminate”—was chosen deliberately. Attempts to coercively suppress beliefs are not only ethically wrong, but in the long run they are often ineffective—as … Continue reading →
Yes, what happened in Paris IS horrible. A tragedy. Over 150 people died in these attacks, and many more were injured. 30,000 people a year die from violence in the U.S. every year, mostly from guns. Untold thousands die in the Middle East as a direct result of religiously motivated violence. Women around the world are permanently maimed or killed in the name of religion as well. But we hardly ever hear about those other tragedies because they are so ordinary any more.
But these attacks in Paris? Why, that’s unheard of! It’s outrageous! We must pray for Paris!
Seriously? Give me a fucking break.
To whom shall we pray? The God whose followers did this in his name? Or the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God who supposedly knew it would happen, was supposedly there when it happened, and supposedly could do nothing to stop it — or simply couldn’t be bothered to try? To which God should we pray? And for what shall we pray?
Certainly every effort will be made to aid the families of victims. Anyone with an ounce of empathy and compassion will treat them with kindness, and the city and nation will do their best to press forward in their lives. Paris will survive, just like New York did, just like London and Madrid, as well.
But we are not fighting Islam. We are fighting terrorists. They are not the same thing. Muslims around the world are just as horrified by acts of terrorism as anyone else, because these acts do not reflect the faith they believe in or the religion they practice.
(NIV) — Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever … Continue reading →
“Baking a cake to celebrate the wedding of a same-sex couple is an offense to God.” Bull-FUCKING-shit. Offending God is not a real thing. It is a make-believe superstition without a shred of substance. There is no evidence any … Continue reading →
Typical exchange with a fundie: “How do you know that?” “Because the Bible says …. (blah blah blah)…” “No, that’s why you believe it. I’m not asking why you believe it. I am asking how do you know that what … Continue reading →
Laurie Higgins writes “Cool-Shaming and Church Schism” for the Illinois Family Institute. It’s a HORRIBLE article, prompted apparently by a Southern Baptist church waking up to the 21st Century, and includes this astounding remark: The cultural shift being effected by proponents … Continue reading →
This exchange happened a few days ago on Faceboook. A well known former Pentecostal minister, now a professional atheist posted about his travels. Discussion went on a little bit further after I got this screen capture, but the general … Continue reading →
I know I’ve address this concept before, but it keeps coming up: “You can’t have a same-sex marriage. That’s against my religion.” “I can’t eat pork. It’s against my religion.” “Nope, can’t drink/dance/smoke … that’s against my religion.” NO! Same … Continue reading →