United States vs. All Sacred SpermSo this Friday, a federal appeals court of D.C. handed down their ruling on a lawsuit brought by a number of plaintiffs against the ACA women's contraceptive insurance coverage. Let me peal back the layers of this stinking onion.United States vs. All Sacred Sperm by PyrrhusiVictoria
The plaintiffs contend that because they are so super religious, they cannot provide contraceptive insurance for their female workers. And they further contend that they are being harmed (a condition of having legal standing to bring a lawsuit of this nature) by having their religious rights infringed - in other words, the government is forcing them to do something they object to on religious grounds.
What's up with these churches? - you might ask. Well, that's the first idiotic layer. Churches already get plenty of exemptions on religious ground, primarily because their whole business is all about furthering a religious view. But no, these groups, for the most part are private organizations filing on behalf of private corporations, non-profits, and partnershi
An Ode to the Epoch of Reason.A wise man is never one to condemn,An Ode to the Epoch of Reason. by CorSecAgent
only to criticize that which fails to impress,
fails to bear the burden of rational inquiry.
Yet here you stand, oh thou pious believer,
holy toilet paper in hand, ready to take
a dogma-laden dump all over reason.
Science may not be able to explain it all
but you're certainly not justified saying
you're right and we are completely wrong.
If a ball bounces from hand to ground and
back, gravity has been indirectly observed.
A fact of science has been demonstrated.
If your god, oh thou pious religionist, is
real and manifests in this thing we call
reality, it should be as evident as gravity.
You should be able to make a simple, nay
innocuous, gesture and prove, without a
flicker of doubt, the reality of your god.
The veracity of your beliefs, in your mind,
is contingent upon your unwavering faith
and devotion to certain supernatural truths.
Tremble, oh thou pious hypocrite, tremble
before evidence and know that no amount
of wishing for truth will ever r
Top 7 Most Inane Theist Arguments1)The concept that because "stuff" exists that some guy had to shit it out of nonexistence.Top 7 Most Inane Theist Arguments by codyrush
This is a self-defeating existentialism that only results in an infiinite degradation, ladders on top of ladders and pits within pits. Stuff exists, okay, people. You know why it does? Because it fucking can. You want proof? Take your hand,raise it to approximately eye level, and slap yourself. I facepalm therefor I am.
For God to exist "stuff" automatically preceded him: unless you're telling me God isn't made of anything, which seems wildly unlikely, I think, to anyone with enough gray matter to spread over a cracker.
2)The concept that religion dictates morality.
It patently does not. God is morality's bitch: if not, then why did there need to a resurrection? Why did Jesus have to die? Because there were universal truths of justice and mercy that christians must reason demanded God to go through the pageantry of torturing and murdering his favorite kid. If this i
Where's the Justice...?I certainly don't understand the exact details of the matter and I can't absolutely say that this is a miscarriage of justice, but someone died needlessly. On the surface it certainly feels like a miscarriage of justice...Where's the Justice...? by CorSecAgent
*WASHINGTON POST: Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting
*USA TODAY: No indictment for Ferguson officer
If police are here to protect and serve, why are they in need of military grade hardware to do the job...? For that matter, why is there not more research done in the area of non-lethal implements that can be used for pacification of potentially hostile individuals...? And, lastly, why is there not a better effort on the part of law enforcement to better endear them
Agnosticism, Judgmentalism, and Faith.I just watched a documentary called "The God Who Wasn't There". It seemed very immature to me, but I have to admit that they guy does make a few decent points. (Overall, it just seemed like angst from bible camp.)Agnosticism, Judgmentalism, and Faith. by CrypticGrin
I left the documentary with only one question. Why do most Christians look down on agnostics? To me, you can't truly have faith until you have doubted it and rediscovered it through deep thought and reason. I'm in the process of trying to find and understand my stance on faith, and I get the most judgmental looks from devout Christians when I explain to them where I am on my path of discovery. In the bible, Jesus says that anyone who doubts the existence of the holy spirit will be damned. I have a creeping feeling that this is a severe misinterpretation, or one of the many edits by the early Catholic church. If God is truly a loving god as people claim, why would he condemn people for seeking the truth? Would he rather us lie to ourselves? This seems very contradictory.
How Christianity gave us gay marriage (?)Now here's a stunning article that made me sit up and stare at it in amazement. The piece is well worth the time to read. Equality is at the heart of the article and is the reason for the author's outrageous comment. It gives me hope that despite the hell the world is going through to find some area of peace, that Christianity (of all things)is the one holding up the banner of equality for all and isn't that amazing?How Christianity gave us gay marriage (?) by ulyferal
Stop Believing in EvolutionYeah, that's the thought of the day: It's not a matter of faith; you either understand it or you don't.Stop Believing in Evolution by PyrrhusiVictoria
"Evolution is nothing more than a fairly simple way of understanding what is unquestionably happening. You don't believe in it — you either understand it or you don't. But pretending evolution is a matter of faith can be a clever way to hijack the conversation, and pit it in a false duality against religion. And that's how we end up with people decrying evolution, even as they eat their strawberries and pet their dogs, because they've been led to believe faith can only be held in one or the other." -Keith Blanchard
He goes on to give the 10 second tour in lay-speak, although there are definitely better resources for that... but the underscoring point is certainly well-put.
Merchants of DoubtDenial that climate change is man-made is almost exclusively an American feature. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/306/5702/1686.fullMerchants of Doubt by Modern-Ecology
Have you ever been curious why that is? Merchants of Doubt tells the history of climate change denial in the US and how "selling doubt" is profitable for a few scientists.
Merchants of Doubt has been praised - and attacked - around the world, for reasons easy to understand. This book tells, with "brutal clarity" (Huffington Post), the disquieting story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists, and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is "not settled" have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one t
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