Fischer: ‘It’s Perfectly Appropriate to Discriminate Against’ Homosexuality

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!


Skatje Myers reviews Harris’ The Moral Landscape

Sam Harris

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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.


From my ignorant rooftop, I enjoyed the good ass whipping.

“I Was Born This Way” is a Terrible Argument (via SomeMusician)

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.

"I Was Born This Way" is a Terrible Argument Lady Gaga's Born This Way is an alright track. As far as the quality that is being vomited out in today's music industry, this song is a bit above average than the usual catchy chorus and shitty verse tunes that one all too often hears but can't help but to keep listening because they are just so damn catchy. While I may be a fan of Lady Gaga, I still can't let this go. "Born This Way" is, essentially, a song advocated the rights of homosexuals w … Read More

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In case you missed it

Newt Gingrich

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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.

Who’s winning the morality contest?

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.

Loving living loved ones

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. Continue reading

It’s not god who brings morality to the world, it’s the threat of a viral video

Growing up, I feared the eyes of god. This was back when I was maybe five or six. By feared, I mean I would lay in bed at night searching my memory to ask god for forgiveness for all the sins I committed over the course of a day. I was scared that I would miss something and god would send me to hell for forgetting a minor altercation. These were my prayers for many years.

In my mind as a child, death was an extended sleep. I equated death to not waking up. There wasn’t anything bad about sleep. In fact, sleep was often great. It was the threat of the devil or ghosts that scared me at night. Those ideas kept me up, and I retain a little anger about my parents teaching me about hell and demons, because of the amount of sleep I lost. Up until the last few years, fear of sleep has been one of my biggest “demons.”

Since I’ve started this blog, I have found that sleep and paranoia of sleep has subsided drastically. I digress.

As a youngster, I had no idea where I was in sleep. All I knew was, at around 8 p.m., my parents put me in my room. And around twelve hours later after I fell asleep — twelve hours is a life time to a child by the way — I would emerge from my room, rubbing my eyes, hungry and needing to pee.

I remember coming to the conclusion that sleep was no different than death, and if I could have held onto that rationale instead of being influenced by religion, I would have easily concluded that god was unnecessary even then.

As far as “sinning” was concerned, I was more afraid if someone physical, like my mom or dad, saw me do something wrong. Disappointing god meant some punishment in the hereafter. The threat of getting caught by my parents … that meant a paddling or a grounding.

Yes, hell scared the bejesus out of me. But the threat of a paddle … a piece of wood landing with parental power on my bare ass … that frequently had more staying power than burning in hell.

I just saw a story about two teachers who might not have gotten into trouble over pretending to give a lap dance if it weren’t for the viral video that surfaced on the Internet. The lap dance happened at a high school pep rally.

Here’s the video:

I would hope that you and I would agree that this was inappropriate behavior. With or without the video evidence, if a gym full of students saw two teachers engaging in superfluous sexual behavior, it shouldn’t fly.

What scares me is the way the story is told, the teachers may not have been suspended if it weren’t for the video. YouTube raised its mighty sword and screamed, “I HAVE … THE POWER!”

Big brother is a scary threat. Christians already believe in a “big brother” in heaven watching their every move. As an atheist, I have no such threat. But I must say I value the need for a high standard of morality. Since the bible proves that it has no major sense of morality, I think Christians and non-Christians get morality from similar sources. It’s secularism that has helped Christians edge out immorality like inequalities and slavery. It will be secularism that helps Christians edge out homophobia, and it will be secularism that helps Christians become more Christlike and help disadvantaged people get affordable healthcare that they rightly deserve.

I’m sometimes torn over the ubiquity of cameras.

On one hand, you have more people obeying the law thanks to security cameras. Check out how great traffic cameras can be. In Chicago, I refuse to run red lights to the point of paranoia, because if you run a red light a traffic camera will take your car’s picture and in a week you’ll receive an orange envelope in the mail with a $75 or more ticket.

Take it a step further. Having more people drive safely will mean less accidents.

As a photographer, the pervasion of cameras have confused the need for a “photographer.” Kids are conditioned to have cameras in their faces, just as their conditioned to watch a lot of TV. There’s nothing thrilling about getting a photo done anymore.

With the changing zeitgeist, I must adapt.

YouTube, and social media, is becoming a better threat to immorality than god is. Social media might just edge god out of the national need for something bigger in the universe. Something bigger does exists, and you’re likely staring into its face right now. “God” is your computer.

Nothing changes minds faster than the prevalence of information. And I hope as people start seeing, reading, watching and hearing what more and more people think, there will be more and more changes for the good of humanity.

It’s bizarre to me that the inspiration from this post was a video of two teachers doing a public lap dance.

What do you think? Do you think social media is replacing the public’s need for god? Do you think the Internet is doing any good to edge out erroneous thought or do you think it contributes to furthering it?

I’m dying to know.