Sunday, April 29, 2012

Vote Against Amendment One on May 8

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  • Don’t write discrimination into our constitution!
  • Don’t create a jobs program for lawyers!

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
- Martin Niemöller

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First they came for the gays and lesbians…

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Don’t write discrimination into our State constitution!

Don’t create a jobs program for lawyers!

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
- Martin Niemöller

Monday, April 23, 2012

Religious homophobia on display in North Carolina

North Carolina’s May 8 primary includes a referendum on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a women as the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

Yard signs are finally starting to pop up. Caught these about 15 miles north of downtown Charlotte this afternoon.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sensational NDE rubbish in Salon

Salon offers this as ”new science” on…wait for it: NDEs. With “shocking results for the nature of consciousness and reality itself. Yes, it’s the same old "crackpot" religious screed against "materialistic scientists" and same old anecdotal evidence for NDEs. Given what is at stake, is it too much to expect Salon’s editors to Google the author and tone down the sensational headline?

If human consciousness can really leave the body and operate without a brain then everything we know in neuroscience has to be questioned. If people could really gain paranormal knowledge then much of physics needs to be rewritten. This is what is at stake. Add to that the fact that most people in the population believe in some kind of life after death, and many desperately want it to be true…

- Sue Blackmore, “Back From the grave”

UPDATE: PZ Myers responds in Salon.

Monday, April 16, 2012

If atheists talked like Christians

The Friendly Atheist started a Twitter hashtag meme/contest: #IfAtheistsTalkedLikeChristians. Here’s my contribution: If atheists talked like Christians, then this quote (or something similar) would be as familiar to you as the Lord’s Prayer: 

That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man's achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins--all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul's habitation henceforth be safely built.

- Lord Bertrand Russell, "A Free Man's Worship"