Yeah, go ahead and sit down Joni Eareckson Tada

When I was growing up, Joni Eareckson Tada‘s book was always around as an inspiration to us all that handicaps didn’t mean you couldn’t serve god.

In school, we were bombarded by stories of Helen Keller, but never told about her atheism or communism. Keller stories of the miraculous overcoming nature’s woes were round pegs forced in circular holes.

Well, those stories cannot be matched by current stories of great handicapped, non-Christians who have overcome their handicaps. How about this one (below) that makes Joni’s paintings look like a five-year old’s finger paintings.

41-year-old Huang Guofu, from Chongqing, China, has learned to master the paintbrush with his mouth and right foot, after he lost both his hands in a childhood accident.

Huang Guofu lost his arms in terrible electric shock accident, at the tender age of four, but that didn’t stop him from following his dreams, and at age 12 he began painting with his feet. The talented artist remembers that in the beginning, his artworks didn’t look at all like what he intended to paint, but as the years went by his skills improved considerably. Huang quit his studies when he was 18, as his father was very ill and he needed to make money for his treatments. He started travelling to other Chinese cities, creating beautiful paintings on the side of streets and selling them to passers-by.

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Apropos to the last Pope Mohammed short … William Lane Craig is an asshole

I was catching up on twitter this morning in bed, and I saw this post from PZ Myers about William Lane Craig‘s brilliant take on the immorality of the bible.

I feel like a prophet to have published “Pope Mohammed and the Quiz” a full day before PZ’s post was published.

I shall call myself Le Grand Prophète Witteveen.

In Craig’s own words (read ’em here), he explains that killing babies is doing them a favor. It gets them to heaven faster! Sadly, he doesn’t discuss abortion, but he makes it sort of clear that Christians should support abortion.

Craig says we should feel badly for the poor soldiers who were instructed by god to murder unarmed women protecting their crying babies.

William Lane Craig is an asshole.

You should pay particular attention to Craig’s verbal aerobics. Or in Greta Christina’s words, he’s a verbal contortionist. The man is a genius for his cause, and if I were a follower of Christ, I’d place him on the pedestal he belongs on … in a murky waters of a backed-up toilet.

And this is why secular, humanistic, reality-based morality is clearly superior to religious, monster-in-the-sky, supernatural morality.

From where do I get morality? Thankfully not from people who think like William Lane Craig.

It’s Caturday! AKA, the house always wins

Tina emailed me yesterday and said, “I think Zoe should be this Caturday’s feline.”

As my dad would say, the boss gets what she wants.

She’s cute.

She’s finicky.

She loves her momma.

It’s Zoe cat and she wants to lick the grease off your nose:

Here are more shots we’ve taken over the past few weeks.

Pope Mohammed and the Quiz

“Question seven,” says Pope Mohammed. You’re spinning your pen on the roof of your forefinger. There’s a sheet of paper in front of you on a desk. On the paper, there are multiple choice answer options. Pope Mohammed is reading a quiz to you.

“Question seven,” repeats Pope Mohammed. “I offer you a piece of your favorite cake. I tell you that you can eat the cake, and you’re free to do so, but you will be water boarded for one hour if you do. Does that make me, A, an excellent person. B, a good person. C, a bad person. D, an evil person?”

You look down at the piece of paper, and all the answers have been the same to this point. Your pencil moves toward D, and you hear Pope Mohammed clear his throat. You look up, and look back down. You fill in the circle next to D.

“Question eight,” says Pope Mohammed. “If I tell you to go to war, and while at war, I command you to bash a child under the age of one against a rock, would that make me A, an excellent person. B, a good person. C, a bad person. Or D, an evil person?

Again, you go for D.

“Question nine,” says Pope Mohammed. “I explain to you that slavery is okay, and that you can have a slave in certain situations, depending in the culture and context. Does that make me A, an excellent person. B, a good person. C, a bad person. Or D, an evil person?”

You circle D.

“Okay, last question,” says Pope Mohammed. “If I tell you that executing a young girl whom I raped is the best response to the crime of adultery, would you consider me A, an excellent person. B, A good person. C, a bad person or D, an evil person?”

Your face winces. You feel nauseated after all the violence of these questions. You circle D.

Pope Mohammed reaches for your paper, picks it up and opens the cap to a red marker.

You hear the squeak as he marks on it.

He turns away from you and bends at the hip to write something on the flat of his desk where he’s been sitting.

He hands the paper back. At the top of the page, there’s a zero.

Underneath that, it says, “Every answer should have been A.”

Richard Dawkins and Dr Yan on genetic ancestry – Bang Goes the Theory – BBC One

Bang Goes the Theory’s Liz Bonnin recently used mitochondrial DNA to trace her ancestry right back to the earliest humans. It’s a subject co-presenter Dr Yan Wong knows plenty about, and a great excuse for him to meet up with his old tutor Prof Richard Dawkins. The pair collaborated on a book, The Ancestor’s Tale, and here they chat about one of its main themes: how lineages of different genes can reveal surprisingly different histories.

Via Atheist Media