I gotta defer you guys over to Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta, who writes about a new study that ranks public perception of atheism and atheists as worse than Muslims and rapists.
We’ve heard this news before, and I’ll let Hemant tell you more. He’s got charts!
So go check it out here.
The recommendations in Hemant’s article are a must read:
First, we have to continue doing community service — serving at food banks, donating to charity, giving blood, etc. Show people that we can be good without god.
Second, we have to let people we trust know that we’re atheists. People think poorly of atheists because they don’t think they know any. It’s a shock to their system when they find out someone close to them doesn’t believe in a god… so shock them! Let them know that someone they already trust is an atheist.
Check out this rad web site called, “Look at my fucking red trousers.”
And you thought I was being profane in my headline. I was simply repeating the name of the blog.
One time, Tina and I went to a Perry Ferrell show — when he used to spin records — at the Metro. I wanted to be like the cool kids, so I wore a pair of Tina’s red pants that she had.
As we were walking down the street to get a cab to the show, someone screamed out their car window, “Nice red pants, guy!”
It was followed by laughter, so I knew they meant, “Nice fucking red trousers guy.”
Too bad it was before cell phone with cameras. I would have shared a photo with you and this site.
The new United Colors of Benetton campaign is raising eyebrows.
What with all the world leaders kissing and all.
I dig the campaign. A lot.
I wonder how they got all these enemies in the same space to get kissing photos.
This graphic of a Gloria Steinem quote rung a bell with me.
Growing up, I was told that Christianity was true. It was true, and if I didn’t believe, I was inferior. There wasn’t only the threat of hell, but the threat of not belonging. There was a threat of leaving the fold. Being shunned.
The in-group was belief.
So despite any questions I had, disbelief was not an option.
The Yeshua Fog™ is more peer pressure than anything.
And once I decided that, logically and realistically, belief in Christianity wasn’t for me, it really pissed me off. I didn’t know who to be angry with. I was angry, though.
Atheism gets a bad rap. Those of us who are vocal are a bit angry. I express that anger here a lot. But like anyone, I’m only an angry part timer.
I realize that most anything I criticize others for are things that you could criticize me for.
I get it.
But I feel free without Christianity. Free = happiness, joy.
But first I had to get pissed off.
And sometimes I have to keep getting pissed off.