Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Blog!

I'm working out a few kinks as I go, but here she is:

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I may be deleting this whole site sometime in the future (still haven't decided) so please bookmark the new page, like my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/secularlogicpolice) or follow me on Twitter (@SecularLP).  Regardless, I will no longer be posting any new material on here so please direct yourselves to the new site and social media relating to it.  Please and thanks...especially for your continued readership!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quote of the Day #39





"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classified with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter."-Thomas Jefferson

More proof that Sarah Palin and all the fellow tea baggers have no clue what the founding fathers really said. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quote of the Day #38


 Via: www.science.howstuffworks.com





"Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses."- Arthur C. Clarke

Sorry for the slow posting week!  I was out of town for a long weekend and didn't get a chance to update this blog at all.  Changes are still in progress so to keep up with them follow me on Twitter (@SecularLP) or click and like this Facebook page!  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Quote of the Day #37

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"All thinking men are atheists."- Ernest Hemmingway

I must say I quite agree!
  
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Phil Zuckerman: Why it's better to be secular

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This highly entertaining and well researched read came across my Twitter feed today.  It was on the Freedom from Religion Foundation  (via a Twitter user @SkyBallNetwork) and the author was a man named Phil Zuckerman who published a book called Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment.  The article is a speech he delivered several years ago but it's still relevant in today's conversations and debates.  Zuckerman lists 10 reasons (in no particular order) about why from a factual standpoint it's good to be godless and how societies with less religion function on a more constructive, healthy, and productive level.  It's also hilarious, as he has a great anecdote about his mother-in-law trying to be practical about the ramifications of the upcoming rapture, plus he takes jabs at not very intelligent politicians.  Enjoy reading :)

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Quote of the Day #36



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"I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."- Mahatma Gandhi

Ah, how little has changed since Gandhi was alive....

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Sean Faircloth speech

Sean Faircloth is a leading activist when it comes to all things separation of church and state.  I've actually been fortunate enough to meet him (twice!) with a buddy of mine while Faircloth has been in Denver for various secular events.  He recently posted the below videos on his YouTube page.  He surmises what a lot of the issues at hand are when it comes to basic human rights, keeping churches out of government, and what the heck is generally backwards about religion in general.  If anyone reading thiw is newer to being secular or has yet to engage in conversations that defend why you think religion can cause more harm than good, this is a great video to help you better articulate your thoughts.  Enjoy!

(There's three more parts but for some reason I couldn't retrieve them via YouTube on here.  My apologies!)

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Annoucements!

I have finally registered my own domain for this blog.  Yay!  Over the next few weeks I will be primarily working on that site to get it up and running and (hopefully) successfully transferring over the old posts from here to the new site.  Time permitting I will still be posting on here, but as this is a new adventure to me and I'm not 100% sure how much time will be needed so I'm not sure how often I will be able to post. 

In order to keep up with upcoming updates regarding how to find the new page and when I will officially stop posting via this site, please follow me on THIS FACEBOOK PAGE (new url) and/or on Twitter (@SecularLP...also a new handle).

In the meantime I want to apologize with not following through with the Atheist's Advent Season.  Between my uncle passing away and some killer allergy problems (I get winter allergies because of dust in heaters etc) plus having lower readership compared to other posts I deemed it not meant to be decided to scrap it.  Next year it will be back bigger than ever!  Also, thank-you for reading my blog and following me more and more on social media!  This has been one of the most successful blog months I've ever had and it's making me super excited and inspired for the new site and for where this is going in 2014!  So sincerely, thank-you so very much!

If I don't post before 2014 have a safe and happy new year!  I don't know about you guys but everyone I know here in Colorado has had a crummy year (myself included).  Here's to hoping 2014 is better than ever!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Quotes from Sarah Palin's new book!

Ah yes, the literary scholar who is Sarah Palin has written a book on the joys of Christmas called, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.  Basically this is more propaganda by the conservatives helping their efforts to win the invisible war that we liberals apparently started on Christmas.  Here's some fun excerpts for you guys to chew on:

"No matter how much the liberals protest, there's a relationship between Christianity and a healthy civilization, and we must resist those efforts to push God out of the culture."

Totally.  The Crusades was the epicenter of a healthy civilization.  The Holocaust was another feel good time in history.  (Despite Christians not wanting to own him and false claims that he was atheist, Hitler did in fact have a Christian background and was still somewhat apart of that lifestyle.)


"The logical result of atheism, a result we have seen right in front of our eyes in one of the world's oldest and proudest nations, is severe moral decay." 

Omg-is she talking about America?  Of course she is...she would never call another nation proud!  Holy crap- she thinks America is one of the oldest nations on the planet!!  I'm not touching that with a 10 foot pole.  All I'm going to say is that this is more proof I didn't vote for her and McCain back in 2008 mostly because she was dumber than myself and anyone I know and not just because I disagreed with their politics (which is true also).  I don't even need to comment on the dumb atheist assessment she made because I feel like I cover all the possible arguments weekly on here and don't want to be too redundant. Ugh.

 "I bet Charles Darwin never understood this: If the world could be described as truly survival-of-the-fittest, why would people collectively be stricken with the spirit of generosity in December?"

I can't decide if I'm laughing or having a heart attack!  First off, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO!  Science class grade: F.  Secondly, that's adorable she thinks people get nicer this time of year.  I frankly think they get pushier, ruder, greedier, and cause more traffic violations.  Also, for anyone Lewis Black fans, I feel like this is on par with his act on "If it weren't for that horse I wouldn't have spent that year in college...".  


"Atheism’s track record makes the Spanish Inquisition seem like Disneyland by comparison."


If I was with any of you readers, listening to these words and then we were commenting on them together as opposed to me writing this stuff down, you would see my mouth open several times and yet no sounds would come out.  I'd also be squinting a bit and perpetually looking out of the right corners of my eyes.  You'd likely be asking me if I was having a stroke.  And then after taking a few seconds too long to answer I'd suddenly burst out the words, "We haven't killed anyone in the name of no god for fuck's sake!  What track record?  Ensuring equal rights for all?  Wanting people to have an education because that was the dream for all of mankind for almost all of history?  Wanting doctors to fix children instead of their parents praying away their cancer?  Brush up on you history, Palin!  The Spanish Inquisition didn't exactly stand for anything I just said."

Also, please look this up on Amazon and read the comments.  That is this atheist's Christmas gift to you!

 Happy Zombie Jesus Day Eve! 
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Humanist hate mail

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Gotta love Christmas...as it's the most merry and cheery time of year!  The American Humanist society posted their top 10 most hateful Christmas mail that they've gotten after they stopped two public schools from endorsing an Evangelical Christian program relating to Christmas from coming to their schools.  Ah, the good old fashioned war on Christmas!  What I find super hilarious is that I have yet to read one letter to Christians or the Christian community from a secular individual or organization that wishes them a violent death with tons of unnecessary name calling.  And yet we're the ones without morals, hmm. Here's the one the made my eyes pop the most:


Hate Mail #6: I read the story on Fox news about how your organization threatened a small charter school in South Carolina because they wanted to give Christmas presents to children who needed them. You are a hate group who I hope one day will die an ugly horrible death. My only regret is that I will not be one of the ones who can help provide that opportunity to the world by ridding people like you from our society. I cannot believe an organization like yours would want to harm little children. Unfortunately liberal a** holes like yourself are the reason our country has fallen apart. Like I stated already I hope each and every last one of you die the most horrible deaths the can possibly be imagined. And by the way I will include my email address and my name so if you want to report me for this to your liberal a**hole friends, be my guest.

-Jbaker “Not your Friend”

First off, you almost have to admire that Jbaker had to make it abundantly clear that he was not in fact their friend.  It really wasn't crystal fucking clear until he said that, you know?  He also reads incredibly legitimate news sources, Fox News, and is incredibly "Christ-like" with his wishing violent violent deaths on humanists and--I'm assuming--all other "liberal a**holes."  But perhaps my favorite part of this mess of an email was that he stated that his only regret was that he wouldn't be the one killing off the secular people.  That sounds like the words of incredibly balanced man who not only has Jesus beating strongly in his heart, but has all other priorities in his life straight.  Who needs regret of not telling someone you loved them before they died, not taking career opportunities when he should have, or not having yet traveled the world when you have so many damn liberal a**holes that need to die "ugly horrible deaths" preferably by you.  May Christ be with you indeed!

PS-Who are we going to report him to anyway?  Obviously our liberal a**hole friends, duh.  But does he think we're an organized mafia, or worse, the Nazi's, where we're going to see to it that (because we have his name and email) he's tracked down and sleeps with the fishes or is forced into some kind of camp for being on the wrong side of the War on Christmas?  Buddy, we're not bloodthirsty like that.  You're mistaking us with your people.  Classic case of projection if I've ever seen it!

BoNuS:
In case you don't open up the link and read them all, here's my runner up favorite:


Hate Mail #4: I will take a shot .of who you people are? gay and lesbians who never had a nice Christmas. You have no pride in themselves or country. Are you scared? why would you change people's thoughts on God? leave it the way it is even atheist which my grandfather was still celebrated for family. And country. maybe you found out there is no toothfairy at a late age. So pull the d*** out butts and leave God alone. The best thing you people can do for society going home and kill yourself
-Donnie C.

That could have easily been the one I shredded apart like the other one...but I'm just laughing too hard to even want to touch this one with a 10 foot stick.   (What are the odds Donnie himself is in the closet with all that pent up rage towards homosexuality?)

And I give this one a blue ribbon for the most concise:

Hate Mail #1: Have you considered suicide? If not, now would be a grand time. No one will miss you. I can promise you that.
-Michael M.

Don't you just love it when people tell you that someone is a good person simply because they go to church and then you see a quote from a Christian like this? I'll keep searching the bible for my bible YouTube series for the verse that Hate Mail #1 is clearly quoting.


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nativity scenes that make secular people look good

I accidentally stumbled upon this web page a few weeks back about the worst nativity sets that the author (a pastor) could find.  I was part horrified, part laughing, and part scratching my head at how ridiculous the notion that Christians take Christmas so seriously and yet do sh*t like this.  (What 'War on Christmas'?  They bastardize their own religion enough, thank-you very much.)  While I'm an equal opportunist critic of all religions, I have to say that I sometimes totally respect the Jewish faith more for not over commercializing things that are supposed to be scared.  Just sayin'...

Some were tacky (a timer with Mary and Joseph looking over baby Jesus), some were kind of insensitive (a light up display in which Jesus gets whipped-seriously), and some were just lazy (some half formed clay "statues").  I'm all for a sense of humor but Christmas decorations can be a little much sometimes and as a secular person it's hard not to wonder how seriously Christians even take their religion.  That said, I did pick a favorite.  It's funny, makes no sense, and is completely unexpected.  I can't decide if this is a good or bad thing, but enjoy:


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Follow on social media to keep up with website changes please!

Hello, all!  I will be getting my own server over the next few weeks and am changing the name (slightly) of my blog.  While I will be posting on here about these changes, I recommend following me on social media to keep the most up to date with the changes that will be occurring.

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Thank-you so much for reading enough to the point where it's time to expand!  I'm very excited for 2014-I hope you all are too!

2 years since the world became Christopher Hitchens-less



It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge that it is two years ago today that Christopher Hitchens passed away.  I remember hearing about it and feeling sad and somewhat shocked, even though it was widely known that he was dying and that he didn't have that much time left. 

Hitchens had a profound impact on my life because he and the other "new atheists" (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Victor Stenger come to mind the most) along with Bill Maher's Religulous helped me both form better constructed thoughts that I had been circling around for years about atheism, the universe, history, and religion as well as having directly inspired me to (hopefully) become apart of the action and be a positive face for atheism and critical thinking.

While people like Hitchens and myself highly doubt an afterlife, it's safe to say that he's immortalized himself through other means that are going to have a positive ripple effect throughout many, many years to come.  Thank-you for existing in the first place, Mr. Christopher Hitchens, as well as using the time you did have on earth to promote intelligence and learning facts. 

"Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it."-Christopher Hitchens (from god is not great).  April 13, 1948- December 15, 2011

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Pope Francis isn't Whoopi Goldberg

There's so much all over the Internet about how "great" Pope Francis is.  He's hugged a severely deformed man, made pseudo non-judgemental comments about the gay lifestyle, and is generally speaking WAY less creepy than Pope Benedict.  On the flip side, you have people criticizing that he hasn't done enough for both gay rights and in general moving the church forward socially.  The PEW Center recently said that there so far is no known effect he has had on Catholics, or at least it has yet to be seen.

Duh.

The Catholic church is never going to be progressive, fun, liberal, or all people friendly.  Their dogma and history is too blood ridden with the opposite that the church would in fact have to become an entirely different religion for that to happen.  While I think it's lovely that some religions have embraced gay marriage in their practices it also makes me scoff at how much religious law is hardly a law at all.  Don't get me wrong, I'm all for gay rights but religion makes itself an even easier target than it already it when it changes it's mind due to social changes.  So...the big guy upstairs was wrong?  He was kidding?  Maybe don't be religious, or at least don't subscribe to the religion you currently do, if the rules don't jive with you.

Few people who are lapsed Catholics, or "Cafeteria Catholics" are going to suddenly become devout because of any given pope.  Real life isn't the movie Sister Act.  A more friendly pope (which let's face it, wasn't exactly a tall order after Benedict) isn't going to be the equivalent of some jazzed up gospels or Motown songs infused with religious names bringing people in from out of the street to go to church more often. 

www.theguardian.com

Why people keep discussing religion and it's "improvements" and "progression" is kind of beyond me.  In my world we shouldn't even have to keep religion as it's proven itself wrong about both the world and it's own rules many, many times.  If religion was a friend, colleague, or academic peer of yours you woulda stopped taking religion seriously/defriended a long time ago.  Just sayin'...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Atheist Census

Be counted if you're an atheist, agnostic, secular, freethinker, rationalist, humanist, generally non-religious, or "other" that is not religious!  (All of the above are the options you have to pick from).  The Atheist Census will help better determine how many of us heathens are actually out there!  Whether you're out and proud or in the closet, be counted because nobody has to know you did this either way and we'll (hopefully) have more safety in numbers!

http://www.atheistcensus.com/

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