Why Can't I Own a Canadian? October 2002 Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. Dear Dr. Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.
The Atheist Dawn SAB, Absurdities Absurdity -All: Genesis - Revelation -Genesis - Deuteronomy -Joshua - 2 Chronicles -Ezra - Isaiah -Jeremiah - Daniel -Hosea - Micah -Nahum - Malachi -Matthew - John -Acts - Ephesians -Colossians - Hebrews -James - Revelation About the Absurdities Dwindling in Unbelief: Absurdity Unfollowing Jesus - Poking Fun At Religion With A Really Big Stick
Textbook disclaimer stickers This post is for people tracking the bizarre ethical slide of The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc. (CPBR). As you probably know from my earlier posts, CPBR sends out a yearly invitation to plant biotechnology researchers to submit grant proposals. Because I happen to have an official copyright registration on my poster design page, the PDF is in violation of U.S. copyright law. So here’s what I’ve done. I’ve asked every member university to delete the PDF when received from CPBR. All of the above could have been avoided if CPBR simply linked to my Designing Conference Posters page. “Yet the politics of shipwreck can be avoided, I think, if we can construct a theory of feminist criticism within the framework of a general theory of the critical process that is neither purely objective nor purely intuitive; in that way, its processes can be examined beside, compared with, and contrasted to other branches of criticism with some degree of dispassionate distance.”
Why Atheism? Just about everyone is an atheist when it comes to other gods — the gods that other people believe in or that nobody believes in anymore. I’m an atheist about all gods because there's no reliable evidence for any god, or even for Jesus. There is also extensive evidence that Jesus and all gods are fictional characters — myths created mainly by primitive people who had little understanding of how our universe operates. Let’s start with a quick experiment. Drop one coin and watch it fall. If you were to the release third coin, what do you think would happen? Our understanding of the world around us, and our abilities to predict what will happen are based on naturalism — the basis of science. To be explicit, modern science relies on methodological naturalism. OK, let’s do another experiment. Galileo and Empirical Science Around 1600, Galileo had a new idea for his culture. “Empirical” is a word that I'll be using a lot. This was no “simple request” by the Church. Why God(s)?
Top 10 Myths About Evolution – with Downloadable PDF | Atheism Resource Email If you have been looking for a simple, easy to follow quick guide to evolution… we’ve got it. Our friends at the Skeptics Society gave us permission to reprint this. Below is the text. Original Text: 1 If Humans Came From Apes, Why Aren’t Apes Evolving Into Humans? Humans, apes, and monkeys are only distant evolutionary “cousins.” 2 There Are Too Many Gaps in the Fossil Record for Evolution to Be True In fact, there are lots of intermediate fossils. 3 If Evolution Happened Gradually Over Millions of Years Why Doesn’t the Fossil Record Show Gradual Change? Sudden changes in the fossil record are not missing evidence of gradualism; they are extant evidence of punctuation. 4 No One Has Ever Seen Evolution Happen Evolution is a historical science confirmed by the fact that so many independent lines of evidence converge to this single conclusion. 5 Science Claims That Evolution Happens by Random Chance Natural selection is not “random” nor does it operate by “chance.”
I Think Therefore I am an Atheist | Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc This heading is a compilation of the words of René Descartes and my partner Lee. A mixture of aged wisdom and contemporary thought that goes very well together indeed. René of course meant that because he can think, he therefore must exist to be able to do so. Lee goes a little further, stating that the end result of rational thinking has to conclude that the existence of a god is only an unproven and unprovable concept. Put very simply, that is what all supernatural notions are. The critical thinking that is required to conclude there is no God is remarkably simple. If one presumes we are special creatures of a creator, that assumption implicitly places us hierarchically above other animal species with separation from them. The Godly then follow this line of thinking, with us as the end result of evolutionary processes. All creatures specialize in some way to maximise survival. Humans can be very logical but more often than not are swayed from its use by many traps.
Mandatory Army survey says atheists are unfit to be soldiers | Rock Beyond Belief I’m a bit furious about a mandatory survey that I just took. The survey, Soldier Fitness Tracker (SFT), measures individual soldier’s competency in four areas: Emotional, Social, Family, and Spiritual. As a foxhole atheist, I was a little annoyed at first, but I’ve learned that I’ve really got to pick my battles on some issues. It gets worse, but before I share the rest of my results, I’ll briefly touch on how these scores were calculated. The four categories were tested across several pages of questions. The next question was “I feel connected to a being that is greater than me.” Here’s what the survey says about me: - A red bar means that you face some significant challenges in this area. The screen before this had a blurb “Do we have permission to use your data anonymously in an aggregated manner? I called the phone number listed at the end there, and it was a counseling service “One Stop”. -SGT Justin Griffith Fort Bragg, NC
Logical Fallacies and How to Spot Them Logical Fallacies and How to Spot Them In the Evolution vs. Creationism debate, it is important to be able to spot all the logical fallacies that Creationists tend to throw around. This essay covers many bare essentials of logical thinking, as well as ways to critically evaluate an argument. The logical fallacies listed here are the ones most often used by Creationists, although Creationists have, to date, used almost every single logical fallacy in existence to "prove" their case. Each fallacy will have its own little paragraph, describing it, why it is fallacious and how to counter it. THE STRAWMAN ATTACK: The strawman is, perhaps, the most heavily-employed tactic used by Creationists. "Evolution is a ridiculous theory! This is an example of a strawman attack. Spotting a strawman attack isn't that hard. Strawman attacks, once exposed for what they are, are not all that difficult to counter. THE FALSE DILEMMA FALLACY: The false dilemma is at the heart of the Creationist argument.
American Secularism Here in Mississippi and on the national level, "secularism" has all but replaced Communism as the favorite boogeyman of the far right. It does not seem to matter that the United States is one of the few nations that has a secular constitution or that this was once a celebrated accomplishment. Nor does it seem to matter that the primary function of a secular constitution is the protection of religious freedom. Many of the loudest voices on the far right want you to believe that secularism is somehow evil. There is an explanation for this, but it is one about which we do not hear enough. Our secular Constitution prevents the government from interfering with the right of individuals to practice their chosen religions. Unfortunately, our secular ideals have eroded over the decades. Most of those who attack secularism as being anti-religious are not actually morons who misunderstand the meaning of secularism . H/T to Terry Sanderson at