“There are no atheists, at least no sane ones, who claim that all the ills of the world would be cured if we only got rid of religion. That’s nonsense: to paraphrase Steve Weinberg, in this world good people (many of them believers) do good things, and bad people do bad things. But there are some cases where religious beliefs motivate people to do bad things that they wouldn’t have done otherwise. That is undeniable. This is such a case, and it cost a young man his life. The defendants are the American equivalent of those ISIS members who torture apostates and Yazidi for their own “sins”: not accepting the proper faith.”
Beating deaths occur regularly, and for many reasons, but here’s one that can be imputed only to an extremist form of faith. As reported by both Reuters and CBS News/AP, two parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard), have been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of their son Lucas (19), and assault on his brother Christopher (17) at the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York. Their crimes? Being “sinful”: the beatings were administered to try to get the teenagers to admit their sin. Apparently the family drove the boys to a hospital and claimed that they had suffered gunshot wounds, but that’s just dumb, because there was no indication of such wounds, which of course don’t look like beating at all.
Four other church members, including the victims’ sister, were also arrested and jailed. All defendants are shown below.
The beatings were horrible:
Brutal beatings that left…
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See it isn’t that the baby Jesus hates the HomoGays©, it’s that the Christians and Bakers that rage again the LesboQueers© are secretly HomoGay© and are afraid that they will find the HomoGay© dick delicious. It’s 2014, we straights don’t care. Quit blaming magic babies on your hangups and hate.
A shocking, double-blind study released by Harvard, in collaboration with MIT, has revealed that all people who are homophobic are actually homosexuals themselves. The study, which was carried out over the course of 5 years and involved nearly 5,000 male subjects, is being accepted by the American Psychological Association as being “scientifically irrefutable.”
This lengthy, intricate study was conducted by the folks at the Harvard Center for Brain Science and incorporated proven Penis Responsiveness Technology (PRT) and Brainwave Function Reading (BFR) from leading scientists from the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at MIT.
The Penis Responsiveness Technology was created from an offshoot program with the Meshworm Soft Robotics sleeve which was fitted around each of the subjects’ penises. It is capable of measuring blood flow, responsive twitches, and swelling. Meanwhile, Brainwave Function Reading system was set up with diodes attached to the different parts of the skull to read emotional responses in…
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I am beginning to participate in this debate. Reblogging before I post and I am not sure if you will have to follow on my blog or take the link to the original.
Disclaimer: small-government libertarian atheists, you are exempt from this post’s criticism.
Let’s take a look at what Josef Stalin did during his rule of Russia in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Library of Congress offers this in their “Soviet Archives exhibit”:
The Soviet Union was the first state to have as an ideological objective the elimination of religion. Toward that end, the Communist regime confiscated church property, ridiculed religion, harassed believers, and propagated atheism in the schools. Actions toward particular religions, however, were determined by State interests, and most organized religions were never outlawed.
The main target of the anti-religious campaign in the 1920s and 1930s was the Russian Orthodox Church, which had the largest number of faithful. Nearly all of its clergy, and many of its believers, were shot or sent to labor camps. Theological schools were closed, and church publications were prohibited. By 1939 only about 500 of…
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Always timely and relevant, even on Tuesday.
The Colbert Report had a fantastic example of argumentam ad ignorantium last night, in which Colbert confronts the head of Consumer Reports claiming that because the interviewee cannot prove that certain things are harmful in a way that the interviewer will accept, the interviewee is therefore wrong:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Who’s Watching the Watchdog? – Liam McCormack|
This is also known as the “Burden of Proof” fallacy. The effect is to insist that Person A’s premise is wrong if Person A cannot prove that premise beyond a shadow of a doubt. Sometimes this demand is entirely appropriate. Our justice system places the burden of proof on the prosecution in order to prevent innocent people from being punished (I’m not saying it’s always effective). Similarly, in an argument, the burden of proof is usually placed on…
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This list is meant to serve as a companion guide to the articles I’ve written exposing the tactics of Vani Hari (aka the Food Babe). It’s a list of over 610 products, vendors, and brand names that Hari’s targeted so far. When you misrepresent the “dangers” of a product, then recommend an alternative for which you receive a sales commission–there’s a problem…
In addition to this list, you may also be interested in knowing that many of the products sold by Food Babe have the very same ingredients she says are dangerous. For example, she sells a full line of products containing the same dyes over which she lambasts Weight Watchers, Kraft, and McDonald’s. She’s sold BHT for nearly 3 years, all the while harassing Kellogg’s and General Mills over the same (safe) additive. The Babe doesn’t like agave nectar, but she’s happy to sell you…
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Congrats on your new home Vani! Paid for by the #FoodBabeArmy and #FoodBabeWay
“I want to give this information to everyone!” Vani Hari says in her interview with KPLR St. Louis.
If you did then why do you have a for profit LLC?
Why did your husband purchase a $950,000 house in August? More importantly, don’t a husband and wife purchase a house together?
Why do I need to purchase an eating guide? That house costs far more than a box of “scary” cereal and exceed the monthly budgets of some American families that you claim to want to protect?
Vani – if you really cared…why is all of this PAID information? I work in marketing, there are plenty of ways to monetize your…
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Lose 64 million in federal highway funding or allow larger church signs to help find that Jesus fellow?
I know which one conservatives will pick.
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A state lawmaker is asking the federal government to allow churches in our state to have signs four times the current legal limit.
These are signs you typically find in rural towns that tell you where each church is located in that town.
If it’s along a state highway, under federal regulations, many of these signs across Oklahoma are illegal.
Land owners could have to cough up a pretty penny to remove the existing signs and put new, bigger ones up.
But it’s already happening in Representative Mike Brown’s district in northwestern Oklahoma.
“They’re notified by the state highway department that ‘you have a non-conforming sign in the corner of your pasture, and you’ve got 30 days, or 45 days to get it down or we’ll charge you 4,000 dollars,’” Rep. Brown said.
Rep. Brown is asking for the federal highway administration to change its policy from the…
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Props to Robert Nielson
The one thing about reading the Bible that has really taken me by surprise is how odd it is. Growing up Catholic, I was told that the Bible (like religion generally) was a perfect example of love, mercy and justice. Even after I lost my faith, I still presumed that the Bible a collection of stories that were created to teach lessons and that there was always a moral to the story (like children’s TV). But reading the Book of Genesis, I can’t make any sense of the stories. They seem to be a random collection of murder, rape, incest and senseless cruelty. Neither God nor humans seem to act with any logic or reasoning, the most bizarre things happen without explanation.
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