The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

Debated posting this because I can’t seem to pinpoint an original source but it was just too good to pass up.

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Texas Pastor Speaks Out Against Controversial Bathroom Bill

 

I have been saying this for most of my life, maybe one day the religious right will hear it.

Photo courtesy of Leanne Wallace

Stop Using God As An Excuse To Hate People

 

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International Women’s Day

100 years ago today a demonstration of women textile workers started the Russian Revolution. Seven days later, the government granted women the right to vote. To the women in our lives: We love you!

In support of International Women’s Day here is our list of women who have or continue to contribute to humanism:

Alice Walker:  Author and human rights activist.

Margaret Atwood: poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist.

Mary Calderone: Doctor and public health advocate.

Emma Goldman: Writer and political activist.

Betty Friedan: Writer, feminist and political activist:

Rebbecca Goldstein: Philosopher and novelist.

Zora Neale Hurston: Novelist and Anthropologist

Diane Munday: Women’s Rights Activist

Ayn Rand: Writer and Philosopher

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Author and activist

The Freethought Blogs has a really great list of female atheists as well.

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft

I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
― Charlotte Brontë,

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Renza Aslan dismantles anti-Muslim hate.

Last year Reza Aslan managed to debunk all of the anti-Muslim hate we are seeing everyday in under ten minutes. We need this message now more than ever.

Some key responses:

“…the problem of female genital mutilation is a perfect example. It’s not an Islamic problem, it’s an African problem”

“Eritrea has almost 90% female genital mutilation, it’s a Christian country. Ethiopia has almost 75% female genital mutilation, it’s a Christian country”

“Did you know that seven Muslim majority countries have has women as heads of state? How many women have we had as head of state?”

“In the months everyone has been talking about ISIS and their terrible action Saudi Arabia, our closest ally, has beheaded 19 people and nobody seems to care”

“We are using two or three examples to justify a generalization. That’s actually the definition of bigotry”
His point in the first part of the interview is that while a few countries with a Muslim majority are practicing in some terrible things  by painting them all with the same brush we are being bigots.

Then they play a clip of Benjamin Netenyahu discussing militant Islam.

“He is absolutely incorrect in saying that ISIS equals Islam, that’s just ridiculous.’

“These kinds of over-simplifications, I think, only cause more danger”

“But it doesn’t actually help us to deal with them (Hamas, Al-Qaeda…etc) when instead of talking about rational criticisms of a particular religion when instead we so easily slip into bigotry by painting them all with the same brush”

He set Kayleigh McEnany straight earlier this year as well. Going to go and pick up his book Beyond Fundamentalism this week. So far this blog really appreciates what he is saying.

 

 

 

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Abuse survivor quits pope’s commission citing ‘shameful’ resistance

Everyone should read this. The new Pope is nothing more then a glorified PR guy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-abuse-resignation-idUSKBN1684GI

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Let’s Be Optimistic About Our Future

Here here! Our  science fiction has indeed been a bit gloomy lately.

Neal Stephenson has seen the future—and he doesn’t like it. Today’s science fiction, he argues, is fixated on nihilism and apocalyptic scenarios—think recent films such as The Road and TV series like “The Walking Dead.” Gone are the hopeful visions prevalent in the mid-20th century. That’s a problem, says Stephenson, author of modern sci-fi classics such as Snow Crash. He fears that no one will be inspired to build the next great space vessel or find a way to completely end dependence on fossil fuels when our stories about the future promise a shattered world

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dear-science-fiction-writers-stop-being-so-pessimistic-127226686/#7cjuiZ7mhOlH0hf5.99

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Ok, this is what I want.

I have never really gave serious thought about what I would done with my body after I die because I am still fairly young, until I saw this:

THE TREE URN biosurn

Until I saw this I had a hopes they would perfect cryogenic stasis but with no hope of revival so far I have changed my mind to the bios urn. The link will give a better description but basically this will allow your ashes to be used in an urn that will support a tree.  Other then the benefits their website describes the following is a list of reason why I think this is fitting for a humanist (in no particular order):

  • Giving back, even after death. A tree provides a home and sometimes food for animals and insects and gives oxygen to the Earth.
  • Once you are dead there is no coming back. There is no afterlife, this is as close to immortality as a human being can get.
  • No gloomy headstone and no casket, just a celebration of a life.

This is a very humanist way to go. An amazing invention and such a happier approach to celebrating the life of a lost loved one.

 

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