Yesterday's inauguration speech was, in many ways, big. Again, Obama spoke to the nation like the adults we are, which is a refreshing change from having to revert one's mind to that of a child, just to be able to figure out what your leader is saying.
The speech was big in another way:
We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.
Read the… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 21, 2009 at 11:03am —
One of the first blogs I check while I'm having my coffee in the morning is vjack's Atheist Revolution, and many times, his posts are the inspiration for my own. Today, that is the case.
Today, he's got a post up about atheists' exclusion from the inauguration. There was a lot of uproar about Obama's choice of Rick Warren to lead the apparent National Delusional Prayer. The LGBT community was quite up in arms, given Warren's anti-gay bigotry and following on the stinging heels of the… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 19, 2009 at 10:58am —
The Friendly Atheist has a brilliant idea for the inauguration.
I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot of God talk over the next week from these four pastors. For every mention of the words “Jesus,” “Lord,” “God,” or “Christ” during the four prayers next week, I am going to make a $5 donation to the Secular Coalition for America — a lobbying group in Washington working to support the rights of non-religious people and educating Congress about the separation of church and… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 13, 2009 at 1:09pm —
Okay, this is great. The Vatican is drawing up new guidelines to assess the validity of Virgin Mary sightings. And that sort of thing. Awesome:
Catholics who claim they have seen the Virgin Mary will be forced to remain silent about the apparitions until a team of psychologists, theologians, priests and exorcists have fully investigated their claims under new Vatican guidelines aimed at stamping out false claims of miracles.
The Pope wants to "help bishops snuff out… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 13, 2009 at 1:02pm —
I just knew I'd be able to get on here at least one more time today to post something with a little more substance than the last post. And, by "substance," I mean, proof of fundie-dumdie (yes, I just made that up, right this moment. It is my new word for the species of dumb with which fundamental Christians infect our space). This week's winner--and I realize it's only Monday but really, this is great--is Patrick...…
Added by IsThatLatin on January 12, 2009 at 4:55pm —
I know, shocking title, eh? Shocking! What slander! This will make sense in just a moment.
Vjack at Atheist Revolution has an interesting post up today highlighting the work of your friend and mine, Rick Warren, in Africa. You know Africa. Lovely landscapes, nauseating HIV/AIDS rates. Apparently, the oh-so good work he's done there--the stuff he touts, the wonderful work battling HIV/AIDS--includes his man on the ground there, Martin Ssempa, doing great things. Things like burning… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 11, 2009 at 9:35am —
So, Obama has responded to Newdow's lawsuit:
(CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama has requested that the words “so help me God” be added to the end of the oath of office to be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts on Inauguration Day.
That confirmation came in an affidavit filed today by Roberts' court counselor in a pending lawsuit by an atheist opposed to any mention of God in the inaugural ceremonies. Roberts said he would abide by Obama’s… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 10, 2009 at 6:44pm —
I don't think one's religious affiliation should have any affect on one's occupation--especially, say, in Congress. I don't think it's anything the public needs to know about, particularly because, I repeat, it just shouldn't have any impact on that person's ability to serve. Of course, we are a sad bunch, we American People. Despite hundreds of examples, big and small, of 'religious' folks doing terrible things, we still elect them. Why? Because we still believe that 'religious' equals… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 7, 2009 at 9:08am —
Ha. No, really...hahahaaaa
Added by IsThatLatin on January 4, 2009 at 7:21pm —
Michael Newdow--our good atheist fighting the good fight in California--is, once again, standing up for our rights. He is known for working through litigation to remove the words 'under God' from our Pledge of Allegiance. This is what he's up to now...…
Added by IsThatLatin on December 31, 2008 at 11:32am —
Disturbing things afoot in small town America--imagine that! Vjack at Atheist Revolution commented on this apparent fiasco in-waiting last week (links provided later--I am not home and am having technical difficulties at the moment), and I guess it's not going away. In fact, for the poor guy who complained (and rightly so), it's gotten much worse.
Read the Rest - Links not on blog...heh...but if you go there, you'll know where to… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on December 29, 2008 at 2:49pm —
Another Christmas season as come and gone--the 'War on Christmas' is over, for this year. Be sure to look for it again about mid-November next year. I've come across more than one 'article' asking why atheists hate or fear Christians and Christianity so much--apparently, we purposefully get particularly riled up this time of year. I'd like to take a stab at answering this question, but first, I should explain that it isn't even a valid question. As in, you holy folks aren't asking the right… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on December 28, 2008 at 11:57am —
So, today is Thanksgiving. Between the attacks in Mumbai and the watching of the documentary Why We Fight last night and ruminating on our nation's scary, heart-dropping Capitalistic military industrial complex, it's hard to find big things to be thankful for, let alone to have much hope. But I'll give it a shot.
Read the rest...links on blog...
Added by IsThatLatin on November 27, 2008 at 10:03am —
Watch this clip from Bill Maher's Real Time:
And finally, new rule: You can’t be President if you practice a violent, Middle Eastern religion and worship a genocidal desert god. Which is why Sarah Palin can’t be President. Now all the churches that Sarah Palin has attended, and she’s been to almost as many churches as she has colleges, have one thing in common: a belief that the Bible is literally true. She’s not “Country First”, she’s “Bible First”. And not just the New… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on October 6, 2008 at 5:58am —
Well, it's nice to see I'm not the only one. That seems like a harsh thing to say, but really...
Rev. Johnson and 32 other pastors are openly preaching politics in their churches, ignoring the special rule special religious folks get so they can skip out on their taxes. I'm getting to where I'm fine with this--I'm just looking for any reason to take this privilege away from churches and make the pony up the phat cash the rest of us have to. Yes, yes, there's the separation of church… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 29, 2008 at 6:10am —
Now I've heard everything. This...this is just ridiculous.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Where many politicians would have aspired to show anger, Senator Barack Obama spoke in a soft, even tone as he reached the crescendo of his speech Wednesday about government mismanagement of the economy...
(Read the Rest here...links on Blog)
Added by IsThatLatin on September 26, 2008 at 9:37am —
David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.
Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the department, said Wallace's wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 14, 2008 at 9:30am —
A per usual, vjack over at Atheist Revolution
has an excellent post on how you can be an Atheist Activist with minimal effort. While we can always strive to put more time in than 30 minutes a week, this post lays out a fantastic starting plan
! This is the least we can do and very doable and effective. Cheers vjack!
Added by IsThatLatin on September 9, 2008 at 11:10am —
Don't get mad at me, I didn't say it. She did
“So Sambo beat the bitch!”
This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 8, 2008 at 6:58pm —
. Watch it right now.
Sarah Palin's churches are actively involved in a resurgent movement that was declared heretical by the Assemblies of God in 1949. This is the same 'Spiritual Warfare' movement that was featured in the award winning movie, "Jesus Camp," which showed young children being trained to do battle for the Lord. At least three of four of Palin's churches… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 7, 2008 at 4:20pm —