Peeper Dee 167

by Richie C

So we weren’t able to attract the requisite 40 images again today. That’s okay.

What we were able to do was rope in regular-reading, long-time believing friend Richie C to throw in a picture for today’s Peeper Dee.

Above is Richie’s wife. Richie gets top billing for being a good sport about all the belief crushing we do around here, and yet he sticks around and represents his cause way better than many I’ve seen.

Keep them coming. I can’t believe that mine includes three blowup dolls.

espresso by Jude C
by Pea-dub
by Becky F
blowup dolls by J-dub
Heart by Tina Louise

 

rice fields in bowls by sunny lee

Allan Fraser is a coward

Yesterday during the blogathon, I posted a quote from Dr. Herb Silverman.

You may have missed it, as posts got buried throughout the day. I mean, I posted 35 times in 17 hours.

You can see the original post here.

After googling the quote, I found that the exact quote was published without citation at a blog called Miner for a Lode of Iridium. Said blog is authored by Allan Fraser, who posts science articles and freethought ideas.

Fraser also has an online minerals site called, ONLINEMINERALS.COM.

I screen captured the stolen quote and you can see the published post here, but you’ll notice that my link for the original post is now gone.

Allan Frasier had a choice. He could edit his post to include quotes and properly attribute something he stole for himself or he could wuss out and remove the entire post. I wouldn’t have cared if he changed it, and deleted my comment. That would have been shitty, too, but at least he paid attention to the “rules” of international writing etiquette.

What a gigantically shitty thing to do.

Frasier took the douchebag route, deleted his post, which completely undermines the legitimacy of his efforts to be a reasoned and respectable blogger.

As freethinkers, we are about full disclosure. If you call me out, I’ll own up.

I wonder if the shots on his OnlineMinerals site are legitimate as well?

That’s what I expect from everyone. Believers, too.

Own. UP.

Lemons to Lemonade: Kameron Slade couldn’t deliver his speech on same-sex marriage at school, so he’s delivering it to the world

Kameron Slade was told he couldn’t deliver a speech in a school competition about same-sex marriage, so now the whole world can hear the speech.

From The Daily What:

Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was scheduled to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. But when the principal learned Kameron’s speech was about same-sex marriage, he was ordered to choose a new topic or lose the opportunity to speak.

From the banned speech:

Some people are for same-gender marriage, while others are against it. Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want. Marriage is about love, support, and commitment. So who are we to judge? If we judge people like this, this is a form of prejudice. We must learn to accept all differences. …

My mom is very open to me about same-gender marriage. However, some adults may feel uncomfortable and think it’s inappropriate to talk about this to children. I think adults must realize that as children get older, they become aware of these mature issues that are going on in the world. If children read or watch the news, they can learn about things like same-gender marriage, so what’s the point in trying to hide it?

In conclusion, I hope that everyone understands how important it is to respect everyone for who they are. Same-gender marriage is becoming more popular. I believe that same-gender marriage should be accepted worldwide and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their children.

[thinkprogress]

Go ahead and thank Daniel Fincke, Rachel Prigden and myself for raising TONS of money yesterday #SSAweek

Holy Secularism, I survived my blogathon!.

Thanks to all of you, except you, the Secular Student Alliance raised about $15,000 yesterday.

How fun is that.

I’m going to relax a little bit today, but I want to make sure you check out the video I produced late last night. Except for one of the people in the video, they were all strangers whom I asked about the SSA.

35! SSA video! #SSAweek

***UPDATE***

Because I was late getting this post out thanks to the time it takes to edit video, I posted it without explanation.

Besides, at midnight last night, I was spent. And by spent, I mean, done. And by done, I mean … I had to go to bed.

I knew that I wanted to try and do a video, but I had no clue what it looked like or what the questions were that I’d ask. I knew I wanted to get people to makeup what SSA stood for.

That’s always funny.

Of course the information in the video isn’t entirely accurate. I pegged the SSA as a “collegiate” organization, but the SSA has a high school effort as well. But that’s beside the point.

The people in the video are all strangers except for the first guy who’s smoking. That’s Bill, my photography partner. He’s sitting on the back of his motorcycle smoking a cigarette. His answers make me laugh.

For the most part, three out of four of the people seemed to be advocates of free thinking. I thought that was pretty damn cool.

I had higher hopes for the video … that it would go wildly viral … let’s hope it does …

***END UPDATE***

12 a.m. CST 

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This is post 35 of 35 in the SSAweek Le Café Witteveen Blogathon. You can still donate to the SSA by supporting other blogathoners, art contributors, personal fundraising pages or through a direct donation to the SSA. SSA Week lasts through June 17. Spread it!