“And that is my view about God”
“And that is my view about God”
An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for this afternoon’s session of the House of…
Erich Fromm, Man for Himself (1947)
That Mitchell and Webb Look - Proof there is no God (by fanvideos4u)
This is seriously funny…oh, those Brits.
Turkey’s science state council halts publication of evolution books
The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has put a stop to the publication and sale of all books in its archives that support the theory of evolution, daily Radikal has reported.
The evolutionist books, previously available through TÜBİTAK’s Popular Science Publications’ List, will no longer be provided by the council.
The books have long been listed as “out of stock” on TÜBİTAK’s website, but their further publication are now slated to be stopped permanently.
Books by Richard Dawkins, Alan Moorehead, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Levontin and James Watson are all included in the list of books that will no longer be available to the Turkish readers.
In early 2009, a huge uproar occurred when the cover story of a publication by TÜBİTAK was pulled reportedly because it focused on Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The incident led to intense criticism and resulted in finger-pointing by various officials of that publication and its parent institute.
A few months later, the article in question appeared as the publication’s cover story.
See, apatheists and accommodationists; this is why we can’t stay quiet. This is why we can’t live and let live. Our silence gives them more authority—either because they feel that our silence is a way of saying we don’t care or because our silence is means to admit that what they’re doing is acceptable and even right. We must care; moreover, the primary way of getting someone to realize that they’re wrong is by telling them. In the case of these obdurate zealots, the voices must be louder; they must be less tolerant of this kind of behavior. So, if you think you’re doing everyone a favor by remaining silent, you’re wrong; you’re committing an injustice. You’re telling them that it’s okay to march on gay parades; you’re telling them that it’s okay to strip women of their rights; you’re telling them that it’s okay to prohibit children from learning evolution; you’re telling them that it’s okay to acid bathe children seeking an education and to murder children during exorcisms. In this world, silence is a form of permission and I will not grant them permission. These type of religious people will change or be changed; their doctrines will change—thus, changing the face of their religion—or their doctrines will be brought down and their religion along with them. That is our ultimatum and all out of respect for human rights and those who fought long and hard for the free enterprise of reason; wherever and whenever rights are infringed upon or the free expression of reason is limited or even censored, we should speak. Speak regardless of who’s offended; speak regardless of what’s jeopardized; speak even if you are threatened; fear not the chains of dogma that have enslaved minds for centuries. Those chains are looser and rustier now than ever; let us proceed and let us break them.
Here are some great suggestions about how to improve yourself and the world around you without being religious. I particularly liked the part about not hiding your atheism because it’s not something shameful. I’m going to continue to post mostly about science, but at the same time, I want to try to be more open about this aspect of myself.
I hope you all had a wonderful trip around the Sun. Mine was a little difficult, but I have high hopes for the next one.
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Huh. I guess I’m an atheist extremist?
Richard Dawkins on Militant Atheism
As an evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins has broadened our understanding of the genetic origin of our species; as a popular author, he has helped lay readers understand complex scientific concepts. He’s best-known for the ideas laid out in his landmark book The Selfish Gene.
In recent years, Dawkins has become outspoken in his atheism, coining the word “bright” (as an alternate to atheist), and encouraging fellow non-believers to stand up and be identified. His controversial, confrontational 2002 TED talk was a seminal moment for the New Atheism, as was the publication of his 2006 book, The God Delusion, a bestselling critique of religion that championed atheism and promoted scientific principles over creationism and intelligent design.
Feel free to give your own opinion on this subject. What do you think about Dawkins’ reflections upon atheism vs. religion?
For years now we have seen people seeking to push the bible into the science classroom. However, the move in recent years to push the religiously based ‘charter school’ system has opened up a new front in the war to erode critical thinking…
The answers are all a. All the b answers are what anti-evolution propagandaists think. Question six is the most interesting and perhaps the hardest to understand. However, a sound knowledge of the Allopatric Speciation Model will make transitional forms a little easier to grasp. I liked this quiz, but you should have mixed up the letters a bit and put in other plausible sounding answers.
Note: Make sure to read the OP’s explanations after taking the quiz!
This is beautiful.
Because my queue is almost empty!
I have about half as many posts as I do followers, which means about 50% of you haven’t sent in a submission yet, and should probably do so. :) But really, my queue is about to be empty, so I switched it to post one submission a day, so you lovely…
You guys, this blog is super awesome. Agnostics are welcome, too!