So, I've decided to make the trip to Long Beach in September and attend the Atheist Alliance Convention. I'm hoping to meet some new people there. I already know Margaret Downey, who I used to work for when she was president of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia. I also know a few other people I know will be there.
I was at the convention last year outside of DC. Here's a picture with me (on the left) with some members and supporters of… Continue
Watch as McCaininite Tucker Bounds gets put against the ropes trying to defend Palin's qualifications. His "I know you are but what am I" style responses are expected (throwing the entire question aside to attack Obama) but then tries to claim that Palin has military command experience, making her perfect for the role of defacto commander in cheif!
Apparently her "command" of the Alaska National Guard makes her totally qualified to be president should need… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on September 2, 2008 at 1:30pm —
This post is nothing more than a note to say I've returned. I've been back a couple of days, actually, but classes have officially started as well and that's been keeping me busy.
The King's College expedition was a success--while I was sure I'd have to find what I needed, to be honest, it was a bit of a crap shoot. However, out of 69 letters, I narrowed it down to 2 plus a few notes that were exactly what I was looking for (*relief*). It took me two days to read two letters, his… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 2, 2008 at 7:58am —
Five women, three of which were teenagers, were shot then buried alive in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, as punishment for the crime of wanting to choose their own husbands.
The women were killed by tribesmen for the dishonor they brought upon their family and tribe by rebelling against tradition and refusing to accept arranged marriages. This week a Pakistani lawmaker, Isar Ullah Zehri, defended the actions taken by the tribesmen, and outraged fellow lawmakers by asking the… Continue
I think The Blasphemy Challenge is a brilliant initiative for a number of reasons;
It plays a part in consciousness raising - making it obvious to the world that we infidels are numerous beyond popular speculation. I also think that the challenge might, over time, empower the idea that being religious is embarrasing, and we make no reservations when it comes to lashing out.
I think it might have an impact on the number of Atheists who make themselves known as such, and who… Continue
One can't help but wonder if Christianity seems a slight bit forgetful when they so vehemently pronounce that the good book lives up to its ill-begotten name. There seems to be a chasm filled with ardent terror in Christian history leading up to our modern age, but do they remember? Have we heard any apologies? Were there any memorial ceremonies held for their victims?
I thought I might refresh our memories as to the tyranny of Christianity.
There are days (like today) when I just can't stand it. I want to wrap my bitter little hands around his throat for believing in such a murderous, sadistic concept. (Er...) How he can be so fucking idiotic and such a smart person at the same time? How do we live under the same fucking roof?
I just told him that Israel was was horrible and that the US is wrong to support Israel just because his precious Jebus might come back, and then I stormed out of the room. So, of course, he's mad… Continue
More than just about any other single value, I want my kids to get the importance of dissent. I want them to be willing to voice a reasoned minority opinion and to encourage the same in others.
When we moved to the red-state South, I knew (blue to the core as we are) that at some point we'd end up taking our lumps from one majority or another. No big brous-haha so far, just some minor fish-out-of-water moments: Laney having the occasional… Continue
Reading up on news blog posts always leaves me upset lately.
Attacks against women, secularism, and nearly anyone with common sense abound everywhere. I know that ignorance is not bliss, but jeez, being constantly reminded that the world is full of such crazies sucks.
Added by Sha on August 31, 2008 at 12:03am —
I'm perhaps a little too worried about this, but I found it rather horrifying. I've heard of similar cults, but this is the first I've heard of this one. I know it's a long article, but read some of it, at least. I think it's good for us to be reminded of just how crazy people can get.
I am sure we are all familiar with the vast array of scams on the internet but this, in particular, caught my eye.
When I opened my inbox this morning I was greeted with this:
Being an inquisitive sort, I went to visit their site and see what they are about. The first thing to strike me as odd was the lack of any link to tell you what this organization is about. They begin, immediately, asking for personal information without so much… Continue