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Poll: Do Motivations Matter?

We need more love in the world. There is so much acidity, bad blood, inequality, bigotry, hatred, poverty, hunger, suffering, and sorrow all around us. Each of us could improve the situation by helping someone in need or promoting peace and love. But what about those who do these things Read more…

religion

Militant Atheism

According to the common usage of this phrase, I am a "Militant Atheist". Here's why:
  • I speak out publicly about my critical view of religion and spiritual belief.
  • I maintain an atheist blog. le gasp.
  • I will engage theists in discussion and debate about theology.
  • I vehemently support the separation of church and state.
  • I love science so much, I'd have its babies.
  • I use sarcasm and ridicule to illustrate why I think certain things are, indeed, ridiculous.
  • The most violent thing I've done in the name of godlessness is to gleefully throw a bible into the recycling bin.
Why is this a bad thing? Why should I be quiet simply because I lack faith in mythological creatures? Why do we give religious people a free pass to express their loud, evangelistic points of view and then shy away from expressing our own thoughts? The word "militant" should not be assigned to someone like me who at worst is loudly expressing opinions and ridiculing the irrational.In the words of twitter user @HHeliBebcnof: [qtweet 7722863573] I don't stone you for being a Christian/Jewish/Hindu/Wiccan. I won't burn you at the stake for being a witch. I will never kill in order to please a lack of deity. My lack of spiritual belief doesn't make me want to hurt you. My lack of belief doesn't tell me to bomb a building or damn someone to eternal torture. If I ever do something violent, it's because I'm an ass--not because some imaginary friend would like it. The term "militant atheism" needs to be utterly rejected by skeptics and atheists everywhere. If anything, call us Proud Atheists or Pain-In-Your-Ass Atheists. But don't call a peaceful, intelligent movement a name that equates it with acts  of violence, hatred, and bigotry. It's easy to slander your opponents--to poison the well in order to make yourself the good guy. But cheap shots don't make for a winning argument. Check out a discussion on this topic at deconversion.org. Watch two great videos about "militant atheism" after the cut! (more…)

Christianity

Joe the Plumber’s 15 minutes and 59 seconds

Joe (Samuel Wurzelbacher), please stop touring, writing, doing interviews, and basically ramming your bigoted, uneducated nonsense all over the media. I can't believe anyone gives this guy the time of day anymore, but at least it's fodder for serious *headdesk* and *facepalm* moments. Check out what he says to Christianity Today in one of their little "timely" interviews to appear current. Too bad their version of  "current" is months too late.

On gay marriage:

I personally still think it's wrong. People don't understand the dictionary—it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do—what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing. [emphasis added]
This whitewashed bigot really cracks me up. Read the two bold parts next to each other and explain to me how in the hell the actions in the latter fit the statement in the former. That's right; they don't. Typical. Oh, and note how his interviewer Pulliam just skips from topic to topic without challenging him on any of his poisonous ignorance. Perhaps the interview had to be edited to avoid "controversy" or perhaps she didn't find his drivel as offensive to the brain as most of the folks in the comments did. Or if we're lucky, perhaps she secretly wanted him to hang himself with his terrible views dangling out in public like that. That actually worked.

On politics:

...I think that all needs to be taken out of the federal level and give it back to the states. We've lost our American history. Every state has "In God we trust" or "With God's help" in their constitution. God is recognized as, if you will, America's religion.
JTP seems to love the new US motto "In God We Trust" which was adopted in 1956. I suppose he wouldn't support the historical motto, "E pluribus unum" ("from many, one") since he's all about the individual states and no central government to keep the unity for which we fought so hard in the Civil War. And I didn't even mention the Deist Founding Fathers (not Christian).
I like Sarah Palin a lot, actually. I just don't know if that's where God's leading her. I just know the Republican Party's done its best to blackball her. I don't know what her agenda is. If she ran, would I vote for her? Absolutely.
Meet the poster boy for voter ignorance. Follow JTP and you don't even have to know what the candidate plans or stands for! No critical thinking--as easy as American Pie!
When politicians start talking about being a Christian, I just worry, because a lot of them don't really follow through. I like to see real action in that area. ... I would love to hear our leaders actually check with God before he does stuff.
Wait, wait. He wants them to check with God before God does stuff? Don't move a finger, God! They need to check with you first! But seriously, I'd rather they check with reliable resources and use their reasoning skills, experience, and education before making decisions, thanks. Talking to their imaginary friends aren't what I call admirable qualities. I know, I know, it's a freethought daydream. Many of the comments are silly, hilarious, or simply bear repeating, so after the cut I'm going to quote some of my favorites. (more…)