Quote of the day

The quote of the day is not from John Shore (although I wish it were!), but from a newbie named Random Ntrygg.

In response to my “Teaching the Controversy” post, Random writes (emphasis mine):

interesting how the godbots go after biology, because they can get an ick factor – humans as monkeys – but they do not go after anthropology, which very clearly demonstrates that religions are a product of culture and a method of establishing social groups across cultures if they are successful enough – but over time, religions rise and fade out and the religions of today are the myths of tomorrow

Michael Voris kvetches over Ireland’s departure from the church

Legendary homophobe and perpetuator of inanity Michael Voris released a video decrying the decline of religion in Ireland.

I’ve been doing research lately into criticisms of atheism, and this video is certainly reflective of what I’m finding. Believers report on atheism as if it’s a bad thing, but the entire time  they deliver their message, all I hear is positive publicity for disbelief.

When I watch something like this, it encourages me. Thank, Michael Voris for spreading our good news under the pretext that it’s evil.

Oh yeah … I  like your haircut, guy.

Via Pharyngula

Teach the Controversy

Last night, I was wearing one of my “Teach the Controversy” shirts, and a friend of mine asked me, “What’s that mean?”

“There are people in the world who don’t accept evolution as truth, and they claim there are controversies surrounding evolution that render it untrue,” I replied.

At first I thought the guy was agreeing with me, but then he told me that there’s no way that all of the universe came about without some extraterrestrial or greater power being. He told me that there is a controversy, and that evolution can’t explain life.

“Look at the fossil record,” he said. “There are no intermediate steps in the fossil record. There aren’t enough ‘missing links’.” He raised his fingers like rabbit ears and did the quote mark gesture.

“I can assure you,” I said, “there are more than enough transitional fossils.”

Let’s just named a few. TiktaalikNautiloidea.
Hippocampus sarmaticusPalaeopercaPasaichthys.
ArdipithecusHomo erectus.

Read this list for yourself

Teach the controversy of transitional fossils.

Teach the controversy of the impossibility of life starting on its own.

Teach the controversy of macro and micro evolution.


Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean you can impose/imply/coerce “god” into the equation.

I get tweets

John Shore (@johnshore) sent me an awesome tweet!

I will relish this day like no other.


It says, “@cafewitteveen If there’s anything I can do to help you get a life, I’m in.”

Why, John, you’ve done so much already. But now that you’re offering, what’d you have in mind? Let’s start with shooting a professional headshot of you. It would give me something to do, and we’d both benefit. You would look competent and I would stop blathering and getting your ire up.

Way to jag it off, John!



John Shore deleted his original tweet that I have screen captured above. It’s a sad day when someone gets a shout out promotion with a tinge of criticism, and they can’t handle it. Be transparent, Christians. Accept criticism and respond in kind. Don’t hide behind cowardice and fear. Like I said below, John Shore has set his bar low and he’s stubbing his toes on it.


This is a “love” story

Believers claim boldfaced that the New Testament is a story of love, forgiveness, and representative of an awesome, merciful, all-loving god.

Keep that in mind when you read this story from Acts 5: 1-10:

1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.

3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.

7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”

“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”

9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.

Moral of the story, god will kill you if you fuck with lie about his money. This is a biblical tale, not a myth. It’s something that could happen to you … but, it NEVER does.

Via The Holy Bible.

Joyner: Hurricane Katrina Was God’s Judgment For Homosexuality

Rick Joyner says a US Senator asked him if Hurricane Katrina was God’s judgment and he assured him that is certainly was.

Isn’t it amazing how clear god’s message is to some people, but only some people? The rest of us have to hope that these guys aren’t hearing (their own) voices in their heads.

Just one (modern day) burning bush with a voice emitting from it caught on videotape with 100 witnesses. Just one voice from heaven. Just one direct message from god, that’s all we pathetic atheists ask for.

No, all we get is weather. Weather that is naturally going to happen, and we get yahoos like Joyner who say it’s a message — a clear message! — from the almighty.

The bar is set low, kids. Way low.

Be sure to stick around till the end when Joyner says the most disjointed statements I’ve heard today. He says, “God LOVES homosexuals. They’re not gay. It’s hard to find one that is happy.”

What? The only unhappy gay person I have ever met is when Tina’s brother is in a grumpy mood. But I get grumpy, too.

Notice also the laughter from the crowd.

These are uninformed, gullible suckers and they have a shithead for a leader.

And if there’s a senator that listens to and repeats that bullshit, we all deserve to be the poster of a donkey that the world pins the tail on.

John Shore: Two Things all progressive Christians must agree to think

I wish I knew more progressive Christians … especially ones who know and understand the following statement from blogger John Shore:

If you’re going to call yourself a Christian progressive, I would like to suggest that you step out of the sugary-sweet Waffle Zone, and instead unapologetically claim as your own these two readily comprehensible beliefs:

1. Being gay is no more an indicator of a person’s moral status than is the color of their eyes.

2. There is no such thing as hell.

By the way, the lead up writing that brings you to the two things is just awful. I enjoy John Shore, but it was as if he had a bunch of notes, he fell in love with them, and said, “It’s cool if I write a bunch of superfluous jokes that might (or might not) make delivery of this news better.


FBI Invited Controversial Westboro Church To Talk To Agents

Passing this story forward:

The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for picketing soldiers’ funerals with signs like “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates the USA.”

Jacob Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court during Snyder v. Phelps this past October in Washington, D.C.

Yet the FBI recently invited leaders of the fundamentalist church to the Quantico Marine base in Virginia to talk to FBI agents as part of the bureau’s counterterrorism training program. But after four sessions this spring, the FBI canceled the arrangement amid criticism from inside the bureau, while church leaders claimed that they had been misled.

The church group, led by Pastor Fred Phelps and based in Topeka, Kan., says its protests are intended to tell the world that God is punishing the U.S. military for America’s tolerance of homosexuality. The pastor claims to be the prophet of God’s wrath.

Read on Via NPR and The Daily What.