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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Americans more Skeptical about the Bible

Here is a real story that offers some hope to atheists in America.

The percentage of Americans who treat the Bible as just another piece of literature or myth is rising according to the American Bible Society's survey of the State of the Bible.
Now there are just as many Americans skeptical of the Bible as there are engaged with the Bible. 
There's more to that first paragraph, but I just want to point out the obvious: You can be engaged with the Bible and be skeptical of it at the same time. I like reading about vampires (don't judge me!) and quite engaged in the genre, but at no point do I think the undead are really going about draining blood from victims.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Saudi Arabian Secret Agents Steal Nietzsche's Body for Trial

Clerics in a secret meeting. All four agree that
the name of The Gay Science alone is worth damnation.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia The body of Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th century German philosopher, was publicly tried, condemned, and then stoned by an angry crowd. The crime? In the official declaration by the Chief of Sharia Courts was that Mr Nietzsche had committed blasphemy in 1882 when he wrote in the groundbreaking book, The Gay Science, that God is dead.

Monday, April 7, 2014

I was on the Barely Domesticated Podcast

It was a Thursday night at 8:30 when Jack Matirko started recording the Banned in Saudi Arabia episode of the Barely Domesticated podcast. To tell you all the truth, standup comedy is easier to do in some ways than being on a podcast because the audience is always kind enough to let you know how much you suck (or don't). Sure, Jack laughed at my godless/nerdy shenanigans, but would anyone else?

I think so. With the amount of caffeine I drank it was either be funny or get a heart attack.

Test my assertion I ask you, dear reader, and listen to the evidence.

Click here to listen to the Banned in Saudi Arabia episode of the Barely Domesticated podcast.

Friday, April 4, 2014

10 Mistakes New Atheists Make

Freshly minted atheists come in all shapes and sizes. Some come from very religious backgrounds, and have survived a lifetime of indoctrination. Others atheists come from a casual, a la carte religious background where church focused on Gentle Jesus only and not his angry dad.

Regardless, there are some basic fallacies that new atheists tend to make. Here are a few.

10. Assuming That Facts Matter.

Not really. Not when you're talking to indoctrinated people. Religion is an emotional relationship between a believer (as the name implies, belief is first, thinking somewhere after that), and their belief system. That's why children are indoctrinated into faith. Very few adults would take the leap of faith if Mom and Dad had waited until they were 18 to tell them about Jesus or Mohamed. Religion is like racism -- the best way to fight such beliefs is for those inflicted to come into personal contact with atheists, in the former case, and people of other races in the latter.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mike Reiss of The Simpsons at the Humanist Hub

I went to see Mike Reiss, a writer/producer of The Simpsons. at the Humanist Hub in Cambridge, MA. The Humanist Hub is the home of the Harvard Humanists, and it really is a nice space. I have four excerpts from his talk which I hope you will enjoy.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bill Maher Should be Flogged?

A real story about a comedian and a barbarian....

Barbarism, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is cruel and violent behavior. Barbarians act barbarically, much like the religious fanatic acts in a cruel and violent way. Their cognitive-behavioral default setting is set to something like: blow my self up, protest that funeral, or, in this particular case, call for the public whipping of comedian Bill Maher.

On the conservative site Barbwire, Tristan Emmanuel writes a mid-brained inspired, hair brained article titled Bill-asphemy: 
Does Maher Deserve A Whipping For Slandering God?

But before delving into Mr Emmanuel's 17th century thinking, let's look at what Bill Maher said to get him into such hot water...

Funny -- not too subtle -- but funny.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

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