To say that this video is bad is putting it mildly. I’m not even sure what the exact point of her argument is. If the atheist is a 5 year old, it might shake them up a bit. Otherwise, it just seems very condescending and sad. If she had gone just little bit farther, it would have been a funny as hell. Please, someone, poke fun at this video. I guarantee you a link as soon as I hear about it.
VIDEO: Pre-Blessed Food
This one is intentionally funny.
Glenn Beck is always hilarious. I think the title says it all, though.
This one’s pretty cool as far as discussions go. (It’s not a debate.) Tyson pretty much dominates the event.
The thing about these two is that Tyson represents an aspect of irreligion in a way that I actually favor over Dawkins. Yet Dawkins is able to get a message out there through the media by being controversial, even though he also cheeses a lot of people off in the process. I suspect many people only think of Tyson as a scientist with a lot of charisma. I’m not even sure if he’s an atheist or not. When it comes to the question of how one should approach spreading secularism and atheism, what’s an outspoken atheist to do?
You may remember the flap over the richarddawkins.net forums that happened early this year. Peter Harrison was one of the moderators who felt hard done. At the center of the controversy was a man named Josh Timonen, who ran the official website. It’s apparent that Richard Dawkins trusted him and allowed him free reign.
A good thing to keep in mind. Not only for outspoken atheists, but evangelicals at well. I’m looking at you, my in-laws!
Perhaps it is just me, but I am wary of anyone whose belief system is the only thing standing between them and repulsive behavior. Why not assume that our humanity, including the self-control needed for livable societies, is built into us? Does anyone truly believe that our ancestors lacked social norms before they had religion? Did they never assist others in need, or complain about an unfair deal? Humans must have worried about the functioning of their communities well before the current religions arose, which is only a few thousand years ago. Not that religion is irrelevant — I will get to this — but it is an add-on rather than the wellspring of morality.
If you feel like being offended and rolling your eyes in frustration, go to the link. You can even offer your own answers to the questions the site poses to atheists, which might make you feel better. If you want to feel better sooner, go here.
Last Friday, a New York Times headline declared: “Atheists Debate How Pushy to Be.” This ongoing debate among atheists — “Just how much should we confront the religious?” — is nowhere near resolution.
This one is really about the pole mentioned in the previous one.