Night of the Living Masturbators

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Robert O'Brien Trophy Awarded to Judith Reisman: "...Judith Reisman, a nutty anti-anything-sexual crusader who is astonishingly popular with social conservatives. Reisman is one of the leading lights of the 'abstinence-only sex ed' movement and a longtime anti-porn and anti-gay activist with a history of saying absolutely loony things. Her latest contribution to absurdity is the notion of 'erototoxins', which she invented out of whole cloth and foisted on an unsuspecting Congress last year. 'Erototoxins' are brain chemicals allegedly released in the brain when one views pornography, chemicals which, Reisman says, are highly addictive and turn those who view pornography into something like a porno zombie..."

Max Blumenthal also wrote about Reisman's crazed anti-Kinsey campaign in Her Kinsey Obsession.


mike tidmus : blog: when religions go bad

Read it.
mike tidmus : blog: when religions go bad

Nod to Max Blumenthal.

Untrue Believers - Newsweek World News - MSNBC.com

Christopher dickey makes some excellent points about the so-called "war on terror" and why Americans give an exemption to Christian terrorists from being called terrorists.
"Untrue Believers" By Christopher Dickey - Newsweek World News - MSNBC.com

Terrorists are very righteous folks. Which is why the real global war we’re fighting, let’s be absolutely clear, should be one of our shared humanity against the madness of people like these; the rule of man-made laws on the books against the divine law they imagine for themselves. It’s the cause of reason against unreason, of self-criticism against the firm convictions of fanaticism.
Any effort to understand the enemy or his motivations is treated as an apology for what he does. At times we seem to be infected by the very pathology we are fighting against.

Nod to Orcinus.


Freethought Weekly: Country Song Suggests that Atheists are Bad Parents/Druggies/Murderers

I don't care for country music. I grew up with it around me constantly. My small hometown had only one radio station and it played nothing but country when I was a child. There are a very few exceptions, but the culture of country music is pretty much WHITE-only, REPUBLICAN-only, SOUTHERN-mostly and RELIGIOUS (Christian only). If you're listening to lyrics that are a bunch of ignorant, jingoistic clap-trap, chances are it's a country song. True to country music culrure, The Little Girl by John Michael Montgomery is naked atheist bashing.

Freethought Weekly: Country Song Suggests that Atheists are Bad Parents/Druggies/Murderers


Iraqi Constitution May Curb Women's Rights

Huge Surprise!
The Washington Monthly: "...Americans are dying to impose theocracy and second-class citizenship on half the Iraqi people. "

From the comments on the above post:
The Washington Monthly: "...the irony of 'fighting Islamofascism' in order to install it?"


Stupid Evil Bastard: Thanks For Coming Out Of The Closet

You're welcome.
Stupid Evil Bastard: Thanks For Coming Out Of The Closet


Christofacists turn on liberal believers.

It was only a matter of time. From Austin Kline: Christian Extremists Burn Church?


Shafarism - Secularism, Humanism, Atheism, Free thought, Agnosticism, and Rationalism.


Are You An Atheist, A Druze, A Copt, A Uniate, A Methodist Or A Mormon?

But religions--all religions--are false, while atheism is true.
No, I am not content to live and let live. What I long for is the abolition of religion. I'm realistic enough to understand that I probably won't have much luck in my aspirations. Still I understand that there is such a thing as objective truth and that is what I depend on.

It may sound harsh to some, but when you're right, you're right.
What Thomas Keyes said


Teaching Evolution

Teaching Evolution: "A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities."

Some much for the reasonable Catholic position on evolution

Finding Design in Nature - New York Times

Finding Design in Nature

EVER since 1996, when Pope John Paul II said that evolution (a term he did not define) was "more than just a hypothesis," defenders of neo-Darwinian dogma have often invoked the supposed acceptance - or at least acquiescence - of the Roman Catholic Church when they defend their theory as somehow compatible with Christian faith.

But this is not true. The Catholic Church, while leaving to science many details about the history of life on earth, proclaims that by the light of reason the human intellect can readily and clearly discern purpose and design in the natural world, including the world of living things.

Evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense - an unguided, unplanned process of random variation and natural selection - is not. Any system of thought that denies or seeks to explain away the overwhelming evidence for design in biology is ideology, not science.

It just gets worse.


Losing faith in religion

Good write-up on Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith. Note that it's in the Toronto Star. Few if any American newspapers would give any space to religious criticism like this.
TheStar.com - Losing faith in religion

Scalia's scary America

Robyn E. Blumner: "'With respect to public acknowledgment of religious belief,' Scalia wrote, 'it is entirely clear from our nation's historical practices that the Establishment Clause permits this disregard of polytheists and believers in unconcerned deities, just as it permits the disregard of devout atheists.'"
The following is something that Americans need to be reminded of often:
"(Sandra Day O'Connor) reminded Scalia of the oft-repeated principle that the very purpose of the Bill of Rights was to remove certain subjects 'beyond the reach of majorities.'"

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