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Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

This group, attempting to infect the school district which my daughters attend, appears to be a front for religious right wing conservatives who would like to force their agenda on the students of one of the better public school districts in the state.

I have two children in Rockwood Schools. One at Marquette HS, the other at Crestview Middle. Both of them are open about their atheism. There was a 7th grade assignment inviting kids to talk about what their religion believes. Let’s just say that my daughter even bringing up her atheism made the teacher very uncomfortable, and she was not included in the discussion.

I find it intriguing that RS4RS seems to be advocating for no inclusion of religion in any instruction unless Christianity is held up as the ‘one true religion’. As public schools go, Rockwood is pretty darn good. I think they are taking the right approach from a pedagogical standpoint. Obviously, there will be teachers who are not trained well enough to keep personal opinion out of it, regardless of their personal (non)beliefs. That’s something ALL teachers struggle with.

This whole idea that somehow Christianity is under attack because rational people are refusing to allow them to force their ideologies down our collective throat is pathetic and sad.

http://rsdstakeholders.org/2012/04/29/rockwood-school-district-for-your-information/#comments

Where are the ‘good christians’?

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

This guy is a vile human being.  Less vile, however, than the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ christian homophobes.  At least this guy is honest.  At least this guy’s hate is obvious.  Where are all the ‘Christians’ who disagree with those who claim homosexuality is a sin?  They are hiding in their fantasy world, scared to speak the truth, afraid of being cast out of the in-crowd.

It is you Christians, you who say nothing, who do nothing, who allow this hatred to go unchallenged because it is a ‘religious belief’, you are complicit in the deaths of young people across this country.  Guys like this grab the headlines, but they are easy to write off as fanatics.  But the rest of you who provide people like this cover by validating the concept of religious faith make me sick.  You are cowards.  Pathetic, scared, ignorant cowards.  Prove me wrong.  Stand up against the oppression that has been part and parcel of Christianity from the beginning.

 

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creationism

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

God did it.

 

For the last time Creationists, there is no controversy.

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Dan Savage calls ‘bullshit’ on the bible

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

Good on you, Dan Savage.

 

Atheism & Music – Atheists Have No Songs

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

This morning, I received a great article from Paste magazine written by Geoffrey Himes about religion and spirituality in popular music and the absence of music geared towards an atheist demographic.  It makes sense, really.  I mean, to me it seems that there’s only so much that can be said about a non-belief in a deity.  Not to mention the non-saleability of such music here in this most religious of countries.

One of the first Atheist-centric songs I hear was Atheists Don’t Have No Songs by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers:

Hysterical.  And frustrating.

Back to the Himes article.  This really hit home for me:

…I hunger for music that will reflect my own deepest values. But when I read through the many long lists of “Atheist Songs” on the Internet, I find that very few of those titles are actually about atheism itself. Many of them don’t even question the existence of God; they merely point out the many failings of his churches, which is not the same thing at all. Some of them deny God but accept Satan—or angels or goddesses or reincarnation or whatever, an obvious contradiction of the standard atheist position that no supernatural phenomena exist. Even the handful of songs that adhere to this consistent position are usually more interested in disproving the theist ideology than in exploring what atheism might mean in leading a productive, moral life.

Atheism, in and of itself, doesn’t have anything to do with “leading a productive, moral life”.  Many of my atheist friends will disagree with me on that, and I understand why.  As Steven Weinberg said:

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.”

I get it, but religion is different from what it means to be an Atheist.  Gods (lower-case ‘g’ intended there) and religions are two different things.  But back to the topic at hand.  I am going to begin searching out music that speaks to atheists, agnostics, humanists, etc.  I look forward to using Modern Atheist to share my findings with you.

peace

The World of Religion

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Great graphic showing the religiousity of the population of the world.  Fascinatingly, there are as many atheist, agnostic, and irreligious as there are Catholic.

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Heaven News with God

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

An irreverent and NSFW news broadcast with God as the anchor.  Good stuff.

Heaven News with God – YouTube.

If I Were Not An Atheist…

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm
“If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
I would also want a God who would not allow a Hell. Infinite torture can only be a punishment for infinite evil, and I don’t believe that infinite evil can be said to exist even in the case of Hitler. Besides, if most human governments are civilized enough to try to eliminate torture and outlaw cruel and unusual punishments, can we expect anything less of an all-merciful God?
I feel that if there were an afterlife, punishment for evil would be reasonable and of a fixed term. And I feel that the longest and worst punishment should be reserved for those who slandered God by inventing Hell.”

I. Asimov: A Memoir (1994)

Near death, explained

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

A fascinating article regarding the scientific research being done regarding the near death experience.

Near death, explained – Salon.com.