A screencap of the London Daily Mail homepage headline teaser for this story about an inexcusable tragedy in North Carolina:
I guess I should begin by explaining why I have written this piece. Following the Chapel Hill shooting, I was named as an inspirational accomplice to this horrendous crime. The plagiarizing “journalist” in question, named me, along with other “New Atheist” authors as having inspired Hick’s horrible crime, and to support his fallacious and libellous assertion, he cited a tweet of mine which read, ‘ISIS is Islam.’  Before this incident, this atheist “journalist” and I had enjoyed some civil disagreements over how to approach the issue of religious criticism, particularly with regards to Islam, but given that he was my former publisher, I paid him the respect of not raising the issue of his proclivity to plagiarize the works of other authors.  As I have two young children who will one day grow up to read that irresponsible and libellous statement, that I was partially to blame for…
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What’s the difference between anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia? Many people use these two expressions interchangeably, which is why there is so much confusion surrounding their employment. However, there is a fundamental distinction between the two. I’ll quickly try to explain this distinction.
Firstly, what is bigotry? I’ll just use the dictionary definition:
As you can see from this definition, bigotry is intolerance aimed at human beings – in this case, Muslims.
Again, I’ll use the standard definition:
Notice that Islamophobia has 3 conflated elements:
- Anti-Muslim bigotry
- Dislike of the religion of Islam
- Dislike of Islam as a political force
This is precisely why I object to the employment of this vacuous, conflated and confused term. The first element is a problem in societies where Muslims are a minority, and it is one we should all be vigilant in rooting out, but the second and third elements are…
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Every corporate motivational seminar every time. The bait in every LinkedIn post…and the hook. Don’t make you living on religion and the invisible/pretend.
“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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