- 2 months ago
Two different questions in my inbox today, and I’d wager they came from two different people. They have two different answers.
THE WORLD would be a better place if travel was more affordable and accessible. Be it super-fast airplanes or utopian sci-fi transport technology, if people on this planet could get around faster and easier it would change everything. In a good way.
I’ve mentioned before how people should prioritize language learning as it leads to a broader understanding of other cultures. Well the next step is to actually visit other cultures! Imagine if you could spend a weekend in India - just a weekend - and be back at work Monday morning without jetlag. How would you not go?
And this might be my naivete but I honestly believe that if we were all zipping around the globe seeing new places and meeting new people, we’d be less enthusiastic about fighting wars and more likely to aid countries that need our help. Would you be as nonchalant about starving children or border conflicts or genocide when you knew someone in the affected region? If you had visited that region? If you went once a month?
AMERICA would be a better place if religion and politics got divorced. I don’t want to tell anyone how to pray or to pray at all. If worshipping God or a similar entity is your bag and you don’t hurt people doing so, I say go for it. If your scripture says you can’t eat one particular animal, you don’t have to eat that animal and I won’t serve it if you eat at my house.
That’s not what America has though. America talks about religious freedom in the broadest sense - we will not put you in jail just for your faith - but in practice our leaders are nearly uniformly Christian. And they are bad at the First Amendment, because they just presume everyone else is Christian too (including the long-dead Founding Fathers who wouldn’t know a Evangelical Born-Again Christian from a snake charmer).
Hence you have state education boards who sincerely weigh Bible passages against scientific texts. You have legislators vote against hate crime laws because they are worried their preacher will get arrested for yelling at gays. You have endless hemming and hawing over birth control, over abortion, over gay marriage, all to preserve traditions that only matter to a very specific group of people on our planet at the expense of the people who actually need those services.
Again, I don’t want to get between any human and their (non-violent) faith of choice. If you want to get together on Sunday and laugh at the rest of us for believing evolution is real, I’m not going to lose sleep over that. But keep your fantasy novels out of my science class. Keep your holy texts out of my courts. Because I don’t care what your Lord condemns or forbids. I did not opt into that program. I opted out of all deity worship a long time ago.
- 2 months ago
Or, y’know, that thing called “Passover.”
Or the whole thing with Noah’s Ark where he killed off everything in the world except Noah and his family, and two of every animal. Y’know, no big deal. Just millions of people.
90% of the Old Testament is about God killing people in temper tantrums
Are we not going to mention Jesus?
Oh my god.
(via winnersusedrugs)Source: atheismblog
- 5 months ago
- 3 years ago
Seriously, Daily News photographer Debbie Egan-Chin deserves a Pulitzer for this shot of Rapture proselytizer Robert Fitzpatrick in Times Square today checking his watch.
I’ll never understand these people. The dude on the left honestly believed he was going to meet Jesus and ascend to Heaven so he wore THAT T-shirt?Source: jamesurbaniak
This is a headline that shouldn’t surprise anyone, given that a few weeks ago there was an angry mob protesting outside the
former Burlington Coat Factory, excuse me, “hallowed ground.”
What does surprise is some of the specifics that the data turns up. For example:
- One-third disagreed with (or didn’t answer) the question “Do people have a right to build it?”
- Nearly two-thirds said politicians from outside New York should not take a stand. I thought that would be a lot higher.
- 41% who say they are “close friends with a muslim” still oppose the project.
- When broken down by education, the higher level respondents are more tolerant than the lower level ones. That’s reassuring.
I’ve had arguments with friends over this, so I know it’s a topic that gets a lot of people upset, but I prefer to side with the First Amendment here: let them pray wherever they want to pray.
"The Catholic Church through its long and constant teaching holds that ordination has been, from the beginning, reserved to men, a fact which cannot be changed despite changing times."
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops summarizes (in a single sentence!) what is wrong with religious dogma.
Change = scary. Therefore, no change. KTHANXBAI
My fellow New Yorkers, grow up. Just grow up. Don’t fall for blind ignorance. I may be 7000 miles away but I couldn’t help but notice this story and this story in the New York Times. If you seriously believe that protesting a new Muslim community center or mosque is a worthwhile use of your time, you’re not thinking straight.
Did the Times Square guy scare me? Sure. But if there’s a worse way to handle that situation than to summarily assume that every new Muslim-related project in the tri-state area is connected to terrorism, I can’t think of it.
Why do think a US citizen (naturalized or otherwise) would attempt to blow up his or her own country? Being derided by fellow citizens would be a start. Being made to feel unwelcome at a place of worship is another.
Let me be more direct: the louder you cry that having Muslims in your community is “disrespectful” to victims of terrorism, the more you push said Muslims into thinking that maybe America isn’t such a wonderful place to live.
And please, no more specious reasoning like “Wouldn’t you agree that every terrorist, past and present, has come out of a mosque?” That’s not only patently false, it wouldn’t mean anything if it were true (which it isn’t and I can’t stress that enough).
Islam DOES NOT EQUAL Terrorism anymore than Christianity equals the Westboro Baptist Church. You wanna protest something, go drown out those assholes the next time they show up at a funeral.