Besides my joys of being skeptical of religion, I get much pleasure in applying the same skepticism to politics. Both are fundamental sets of beliefs with herds trying to justify their side and win people over by using those beliefs. They both use fear of "the others" and try to make themselves superior in all ways. So, why would an atheist leave one set of beliefs and pick up another set from a political party? (One that promotes a sense of superiority of all other parties and can save the…Continue
This may be less than timely, but whatever.
How many times does Texas Gov. Perry have to be snubbed by "the Lord" before he gets it?
April 2011, Texas is starting to suffer widespread drought for which there is no impending meteorological relief. Rick Perry organizes a "prayer" holiday for rain and the drought gets worse, continuing to this very day. Any good witch doctor knows you need to see the clouds building in the west before you schedule the rain dance.…Continue
I have been, in the past, accused of endlessly whining about religion generally and Christianity specifically and not doing more about it. I respond usually that my activism has included going on marches and writing to my MP.
Here is an example of a recent exchange between me and my MP on the reform of the house of lords which proposes an increase in the religious representation and not as I would prefer the removal of this anachronistic oddity and the advance of a secular…Continue
It just gets loonier and loonier.
But hey, it's 'lection season!
House Bill 368 passed on April 7, now watch out for Senate Bill 0893. This bill is disguised as promoting critical thinking and scrutinizing scientific evidence, but in actuality is a classic creationist "Teach the Controversy" bill. Just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this.
The bill, or at least I believe it to be the current version:http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB0893.pdf
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I'm looking for book recommendations on a few subjects:
1) philosophy (any)
1b) political philosophy: specifically capitalism, socialism
2) religion: including books about atheism, religions, cults, etc
2b) religious texts: any texts (already own Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon)
3) science (any)
4) must-read literature: esp. 19th and early 20th century literature
If you have a subject you think…
If only other species could lead for awhile. . .since our species seems so inept.
I might actually suggest The Newts--gentle, deliberate, slow, peaceful, amphibious, non-theist. . .if Mr. Faith-of-Our-Flounders wasn't desecrating the word:
The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or difficult for a non-christian to be elected to office. Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention. Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in…Continue
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam has locked up the Republican primary race for governor beating rivals Rep. Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.
Haslam will face Democratic nominee and businessman Mike McWherter in the November general election.
In a primary race that was laden with personal…Continue
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With mere days before the primary election and with early voting underway, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is making controversial remarks about Islam. One could argue that he doesn't have a large Muslim constituency to offend, but that should not excuse a current public official from making degrading comments of questionable validity.
Ramsey was quoted by Talking Points Memo as having said, "Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it…Continue
A new website sponsored by the Tennessee Newspaper Network makes easy work of comparing the current gubernatorial candidates' positions on various issues. Each candidate presents a different opinion on the subject which is a welcome departure from the typical party-lines talking points that tend to dominate discussion.
Sadly, the debate between evolution and intelligent design is…Continue
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I’ve always been an atheist.
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