May 1, 2012
Citing Martin Luther King, Jr., Bryan Fischer says that it is perfect appropriate to discriminate against gays because they engage in immoral conduct.
Within Christianity, there is a common sentiment conveyed that non-believers should judge Christianity, not by the character and behavior or Christians, but by the character of God/Christ/The Holy Spirit.
There is an oft-admitted perspective that Christians are fallen, sinful, and disobedient – despite the common claim that they are transformed in the blood (whatever that means).
The morality of Christianity, then, could be said to be unattainable, could it not?
Sure, sure. Christian morality is absolute. But that doesn’t mean that its adherents absolutely follow those guidelines.
So why — why oh why oh why — do kids like Bryan Fischer from American Family Association have any right to claim superiority or dominance over a group of people they — and they only — have determined sinful.
Hey Bryan Fischer, see you next Tuesday!
July 19, 2011
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This is probably a futile post, but I want to recommend reading Skatje Myers’ (PZ’s daughter) review of Sam Harris’ book “The Moral Landscape. Click here.
She rips it and Harris a new one. And she lays pretty hard into atheists for our collective ignorance about philosophy and our unquestioned love and affection for one of the four hoursmen.
I LOVE IT!
From my ignorant rooftop, I enjoyed the good ass whipping.
July 1, 2011
If you perpetuate ideas of ignorance, you are not exempt from criticism. I don’t care if you’re atheist, hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jew or Zoroastrian.
And this post (link below) from fellow atheist blogger Oscar Rivera (Some Musician) is far from exempt. Clearly, Oscar didn’t think through his post. He claims that “born this way” — as a homosexual slogan — is not the way to promote a positive view of homosexuality.
Clearly, Oscar is not anti-homosexual. No clear minded person is. I would never accuse him of being against homosexuals.
But criticizing the innate attribute of sexual attraction toward same sex is clearly false.
Oscar’s post was a pathetically small-minded retort to the concept that “born this way” is an erroneous view.
If you say that being gay is not inherent, innate, genetic, or encoded in DNA, than you’re a part of the problem. You don’t know what you’re talking about, and you should be marginalized.
Out of embarrassment and poorly considered writing, I would imagine that Oscar owes the homosexual community a sort of apology.
If nothing else, I feel like I should apologize to the homosexual community for letting an atheist represent the rest of us with such uninformed and ridiculous views.
March 18, 2011
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This is a good little read and a great reminder read: Why is PZ Myers [and the rest of us liberal, non-believers] considered an amoral, family-hating monster and Newt Gingrich isn’t? Myers has been faithfully with the same woman for 31 years.
Read PZ’s plight and explanation here.
March 2, 2011
This video will titillate your tittles. I was surprised to see Asheville made the list.
From the YouTuber who posted it:
Some Christians are fond of saying that atheists have no morality and homosexuals present various threats to society–especially to children. Let’s have a look at how some Christians did in the morality and threat-to-society departments in February 2011.
Music: “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”
Via my friends at Reddit
Hey, George, throw this in your repost docket. I’d love to read Dan’s response to it.
June 6, 2010
This past week I’ve been thinking a lot about how people tend to take their living loved ones for granted. In the mornings, I wake up and think about the culture of belief in heaven and hell.
Does belief in heaven make believers act more lazy about loving their friends and family, I ask myself.
Due to limited space and other reasons, hardly anyone visited me during my first five or six years in Chicago. Now that Tina and I are married, my parents have visited more frequently than before.
If I thought too much about it, the last 10 years, I’ve felt under appreciated for visiting North Carolina sometimes twice a year. It doesn’t sound like much, does it? The cost was often something I couldn’t necessarily afford. As it was often a holiday — not only did I buy airfare for myself and for Tina — we made an effort to bring gifts and pay for group meals.
As a business person, I couldn’t help but think that the cost-benefit analysis sucked. Add a culture that wasn’t kind to non-belief, and I tended to have very stressful experiences when visiting North Carolina. Those days are generally gone. I’m out about my atheism, which means worlds to me. And Tina and I haven’t visited since last October because of our fertility expenses.
Exceptions to rules
I was on the phone yesterday with my brother Jon. I was telling him that we were going to be in North Carolina in August. I’m shooting regular reader and close friend Xina’s wedding. After the wedding which is in Asheville, we’re going to spend three days with my immediate family. Read the rest of this entry »