Saturday, January 17, 2015

Oxford University Press Demands That Authors Not Use Pictures In Children's Picture Books

Oxford University Press, Oxford, England Oxford University Press has issued a warning to its authors
and illustrators of children's picture books not to use any illustrations, graphics, or diagrams in order not to inflame the passions of some Muslims. 

The publisher of such classic books as Christopher's Caterpillars colouring in activity sheet, Goat and Donkey in the Great Outdoors, and Winnie the Witch's Sticker Book have decided to avoid the third rail of religion otherwise known as the Second Commandment.
Is the Cat in the Hat
the next target of
religious sensitivity?
In acknowledgement of our broad readership across many cultures and religions authors and illustrators can not use any visual representation of anything. The Second Commandment clearly states: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am o jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of then that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.' Exodus 20 4-6  - from the updated Oxford University Press' guidelines for children's picture books

Friday, January 9, 2015

Charlie Hebdo

It's difficult to find someone who isn't aware of the attack on the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.

There's been plenty of commentary (Stephen Law's piece What’s the point of lampooning religion? To upset the religious?  is worth reading), and I just wanted to resurrect two memes that reflect some of my thinking on the tragedy.

And this one from my post Priceless Gifts for an Atheist Dad.

This is Purgatory.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christian Mingle Now Includes Gay, Transsexual, and Bisexual Christians

Christian Mingle, the premiere dating site for single God fearing paid subscribers looking to find love, has been divinely altered to now include homosexual, transsexual, and bisexual Christians. While the change has occurred in the blink of an eye, the Almighty has been looking at the service with disdain for some time.

"Look at how cheeky their tagline is Find God's Match for You. I considered penning the organization a strongly worded email on how I, The Tamer of Leviathan, would never work for a bunch of yutzes likes them. It makes me sound like I'm coding their Goddamned (and I can say Goddamned as much as I want -- those Commandments are for you not me) algorithms for them. It's blasphemous."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Atheist Tales of 2014

It's been a busy year for the godless and for the hyper religious in 2014.

Let's take a look at some of the amazing stories of 2014,

Secret camera 

City Mandates Children Wear Police-Style Body Cams Around Priests

Local officials tell Catholics, "It's for the kids."

Cambridge, MA Alfred Cunnard, City Manager, has signed a bill mandating that any child under the age of 14 who is within eye shot of a Catholic Priest must wear a body cam similar to the ones that many police departments have recently adopted.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Scientific Study Shows That A Person Can Not Be Angry At Sony For Pulling "The Interview" AND Believe Black Lives Matter.

Cambridge, MA Scientists at the Cognitive Science Center (CSC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered that it is impossible for anyone to be angry at Sony Pictures for not distributing the movie The Interview while at the same time believing that black lives due indeed matter.

The study utilized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to observe the brains of 200 adult subjects. Each individual was shown images and heard news snippets of stories about the hacking of Sony Pictures by the North Korean government as well as images/news snippets about police targeting young black males. While the entire brain was viewed, the putamen nuclei was closely observed because that is the indisputable neurological center for giving a fuck.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Andrew Scott Hall at the Comedy Studio

Hey, everyone, here is my latest stand-up set at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. Those of you who have known me for a while will recognize old jokes as well as new takes on some other ones. I hope you enjoy this.

You may notice that I'm resurrecting an old YouTube channel. This will make it much, much easier for me in a variety of ways that you probably aren't interesting in knowing.

The long and short of it is: Please Subscribe.



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