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The Let's Kill Some Gays Constitutional AmmendmentCalifornia is stereotyped as the archetypal liberal bastion, and home of homosexuality. Well, considering the republican party has been in the super-minority (not just minority... they don't even have enough numbers to obstruct) for a few election cycles now, that's probably a pretty accurate description. Nevertheless, people often forget that there are pockets of uber-conservatism in California (it's a huge frickin' state). One of the local CRISIS cell members recently proved that (thanks to lisa-im-laerm for the acronym for ChRIstian State of Idaho and the South!).The Let's Kill Some Gays Constitutional Ammendment by PyrrhusiVictoria
California, like several other states, has a citizen initiative process - basically, a way of allowing amendments to the state constitution to come directly from citizen proposals, rather than just through the state legislature. Citizen initiative organizers must draft a proposal, pay a $200 processing fee, and then accumulate 365,000 signatures. If they succeed in that, the proposal appears
Religion's really getting on my nerves.How this many men could be this stupid, I'll never know.Religion's really getting on my nerves. by SeaSerpentine
As a guy with autism (specifically, Aspergers syndrome), this offends me on a personal level.
This one speaks for itself.
DiscoveryListened to a great story today. It was about Christof Koch, a Catholic-raised scientist, struggling with his religious beliefs while working the late great Francis Crick. In his own words, he recounts his difficulties reconciling his spiritual church beliefs (or his Sunday beliefs, as he called them) with his scientific work (the rest-of-the-week beliefs). And he also talks fondly of his mentor, Francis Crick, a titan of intellect with heroic courage, especially during his last days fighting cancer. What gripped Christof was how Crick never let his fear of death and the unknown interfere with his reason as scientist, and his amazing ability to come to grips with the inevitable without the need for the supernatural. Or, as Christof put it, "It's like leaving forever the comfort of your childhood home, suffused with the warm glows and fond memories. But I do believe we all have to grow up. It's difficult for many; it's unbearable to the few, but we have to see the world aDiscovery by PyrrhusiVictoria
A less significant second de-conversion storyNot every ex-christian can claim to have two de-conversion stories, but after recent events, it does appear that I do. I already talked about how I left the AoG church and the sort of brainwashing they did with me, but I haven't talked much about my experiences in the Mormon church, since I suppose I didn't feel it was that much of an important impact on my life. Alas, after recent events that does appear to be the case.A less significant second de-conversion story by MauEvig
Now I will state that I myself have no ill will against Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints or anything like that. I may have friends on here who are Mormons, and that's perfectly fine. I respect your beliefs, just as I will respect any Christian's, Satanist's, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and of course Atheist's beliefs. I just want to make that clear because a lot of Members of the Church have an idea that we're out to get them or whatever. This is not the case.
During a time when I was going in and out of Faith, I'd suffered a br
'Hopefully one day you snap out of this phase'?!Sometimes I get the argument, "Hopefully you will grow out of this phase and if you wanted to actually help this world you wouldn't do it by attaching to a dead backwards movement."'Hopefully one day you snap out of this phase'?! by ComradeSch
Well, let's go back into MY childhood, as these reactionary puppets would think I've done.
-When I was three years old, I distinctly remember hearing about the core of the Earth being hot, and commenting, "So that's where Hell is?"
Yes, I was raised Seventh-Day Adventist. I became an atheist over time, and the initial exposure to atheism came from my father, when I was nine.
-I also distinctly remember thinking that Heaven in the clouds, too high for humans to find.
When I was nine, I took a flight from my island to Ft. St. John. And that showed me the upside of the clouds. I didn't see angels and shit there!
-I also remember distinctly saying that dictatorship would be a good option compared with the current system when I was ten. I REMEMBER BEING A FAR-RIGHTIST. What was my rationale for
Alienation From Family My mother has become more religious as I have become less. She is aware of this and this has led to a growing divide between us. In several of our discussions she has stated that she wishes I wasn't so smart. This from a woman who encouraged me to read and assured me that studying and learning would lead to success and happiness in life. Needless to say it was a slap to the face to me. Perhaps the worst thing is that we have grown so far apart that she didn't even realize how what she said would affect me. Have any of you had similar experiences? Your experiences need not be about growing religious differences. Did differing political beliefs alienate you from members of your family? The lifestyle you have chosen to live?Alienation From Family by OpinionsProfile
482 Years After GalileoIt has been 482 years since Galileo was put on trial. In philosophical hindsight, while Galileo was correct, he did violate Occam’s Razor on all sorts of levels (concluding things about the entire solar system based on 4 bodies orbiting Jupiter), and his theories, while they had explanatory power over things such as the tides, would have needed more evidence today.482 Years After Galileo by bcollins39302
That being said, the greatest conflict Galileo had was not with his fellow scholars, but with the Church. In 1616 the Church declared Heliocentrism to be heretical, and banned Galileo’s books. That same year he proposed a theory of the tides, and later comets, and continued writing. In 1632 he was put on trial, and sentenced in 1633 to lifelong house arrest.
Did the Church primarily battle him on the grounds of science? Of course not… Galileo is wrong because the Bible says X:
“Whereas you, Galileo, son of the late Vaincenzo Galilei, Florentine, aged seventy years, were in the year 16
Grapes, Tomatoes and HovindThey really do not go well together. I would not have guessed that.Grapes, Tomatoes and Hovind by bcollins39302
Grapes are good... Tomatoes are ok but now grapes and tomatoes are just yuck.
On a more serious but funny note I have been watching these "Why do people laugh at creationists?" videos on YouTube
Kent Hovind frequently comes up in them... I can't believe I've gotten into arguments where people cite him or say he is scientific.
He has made so many junk science claims that people who believe in creationism should at least be able to see how crazy they are and people who believe science should laugh their asses off:
1) an ice meteor moved through the solar system, formed the rings of Jupiter and Saturn, broke up and put all the crater's in the moon, and then landed on the earth and formed the poles https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BdEZTdOlGss
2) the water used to be in a layer above the atmosphere https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uvprBLhJx_o
3) that increased air pressure makes animals grow big https://m.youtube.com
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - March Week 3(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - March Week 3 by CorSecAgent
Let's start with a bad joke, shall we?
Q: What do you call a virgin from Denmark who has a lame sense of humor?
A: A Cheese and Cherry Danish...
NOW...let's finish the forward with a even worse joke -
An Indiana jury says Purvi Patel should go to prison for what she says was a miscarriage
I have only one thing to say here - If you live in Indiana, you should be FUCKING ASHAMED that this travesty of justice was allowed to occur. I spit on your religious values, you fundie fucks!
Feature - Assholes in the News!
+Catholic Group Wants "St. Patrick" Taken Out of Bos
Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - March Week 2(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)Links/Commentary - SCA Morning Read - March Week 2 by CorSecAgent
Well, here I am, enjoying some smooth jazz and a few glasses of wine. Not a bad evening but that's probably the alcohol talking. I didn't sleep well last cycle so the wine is helping to dull the ache that yoga wouldn't cure...
Anyway, I want to start with an article about human brains -
Is an atheist's brain the same as a believer's? New research says religious and non-religious minds work differently
- and follow that with an article about terrorists -
The science behind Isil's savagery
Just a quick note for people viewing this on the Secular Human blog, I don't get notified of comments made to my posts there so if you have something you want me to see,