Don’t fall for the convention that we’re all too polite to talk about religion. Religion is not off the table. Religion is not off limits. Religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated and need to be challenged and, if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt. Richard Dawkins, Reason Rally 2012 Tuesday Mar 27 @ 08:25am
reason rally dear s8n

some fucking sweet feminist atheists that i look up to will be there

along with

tim minchin

and

eddie izzard

aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

i am jealous of myself hahahahah

Thursday Mar 22 @ 07:36am

pageantm0m:

thatfreakmax:

What movie is this from?

I LOVE WEST WING 

Sunday Mar 11 @ 03:46pm

pantslessprogressive:

Eight female state senators in Georgia walked out of the Senate chambers on Wednesday to protest two bills that hinder access to abortion and contraceptives. All eight female democratic senators left the chambers together after two bills they oppose passed the Republican-led Senate. From Atlanta’s WXIA, the legislation:

  • Prohibits state employees from using state health benefits to pay for abortions
  • Does not allow employees of private religious institutions to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives

“We stood together to protest what we feel is absolutely a war on women here in Georgia and we want to sound the alert to Georgians,” said Sen. Nan Orrick.

Republican state senator Joshua McKoon said of the legislation, “What I would say is the war that’s being waged is on a religious minority in this country that has strong beliefs that are protected by the First Amendment.”

The bills now heads to the House, where both are expected to pass.

The senators who walked out: Sen. Gloria ButlerSen. Gale Davenport, Sen. Nan Orrock, Sen. Freddie Powell SimsSen. Donzella James, Sen. Miriam Paris, Sen. Valencia Seay and Sen. Horacena Tate. Looks like I’ll be spending my Friday night emailing these senators to thank them for taking a stance on an incredibly important issue.

Saturday Mar 10 @ 10:12am
The argument is not atheism versus creationism. It is logic and reason versus superstition and ignorance. Unknown (via religiousragings) Saturday Mar 10 @ 10:11am

friendlyatheist:

nyquilontherocks:

Reposting these for posterity.

I just watched the TNG episode “Who Watches the Watchers,” and I must say, it was one of the finest pieces of science fiction I have ever seen, and one of the most important messages in all of fiction itself.

It moved me nearly to tears.

It was nice to see the promotion of knowledge, understanding, and the dispelling of superstition being lauded as the right, fair, and ONLY thing to do rather than nonsensical beliefs and fairy tales that only cause harm and hatred being “respected” for no good reason.

Excellent episode. One of my favorites.
-FA

Friday Mar 9 @ 12:00pm

Banksy has waded into the child sex abuse scandal of the Catholic church with a sculpture of a priest with his face obscured called Cardinal Sin.
The graffiti artist’s piece is a replica of an 18th-century stone bust, which has had its face sawn off and replaced with a mosaic of bathroom tiles to replicate the pixellation effect used on TV to prevent identification of victims of sex crimes.
Describing the statue as a Christmas present, the artist said in a statement: "At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse."

Banksy has waded into the child sex abuse scandal of the Catholic church with a sculpture of a priest with his face obscured called Cardinal Sin.

The graffiti artist’s piece is a replica of an 18th-century stone bust, which has had its face sawn off and replaced with a mosaic of bathroom tiles to replicate the pixellation effect used on TV to prevent identification of victims of sex crimes.

Describing the statue as a Christmas present, the artist said in a statement: "At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse."

Tuesday Mar 6 @ 07:32am
We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid. Christopher Hitchens Monday Mar 5 @ 06:15pm
On church and state.

dearcoquette:

Why does the government think it is okay to force the church to go against their core belief (right wrong or indifferent)?  Their core value of preserving life hasn’t changed and anyone who wants it can get FREE birth control at their local health department. The government wants the separation of church and and state and you can’t have it both ways. Catholic hospitals are self insured and provide more charity care than all other hospitals combined. We didn’t allow the church to stop us from legalizing abortion. How can the government force them to go against their core values? Do you really think this is ok?


1. The catholic church’s core value isn’t preserving life, it’s preserving power.

2. Your statement that free birth control is available to anyone who wants it from the local health department isn’t even close to being true. That’s like saying free housing is available to anyone who wants to live in the projects, or free food is available to anyone to wants to sign up for food stamps. Only the poorest of the poor actually qualify for government safety net programs.

3. You clearly don’t understand the concept of separation of church and state. Freedom of religion also includes freedom from religion. The church doesn’t get a free pass to do whatever it wants to its employees in the name of its own belief system. The church still has to obey the law.

4. I don’t know where you’re getting your statistic on catholic hospital charity care, but even if what you’re saying is true, so what? You’re just making an irrelevant appeal to authority.

5. On American soil, the authority of the catholic church to enforce its core values does not supercede the authority of the U.S. government to enforce its laws. If you can’t handle that, by all means, brush up on your Italian and move to Vatican City.

6. Yes, I really think it’s okay for health care mandates to require church-affiliated hospitals, charities, and schools to offer birth control to its employees.

7. All you bible thumpers might want to shut the fuck up about stuff like this before the rest of us all decide it’s finally time to revoke your church’s tax-exempt status.

8. None of this is an attack on your religious freedom. Feel free to continue believing in angels and demons, and in general being an ignorant twat.

right

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