The Winter of Car Accidents
This winter has been officially declared the The Winter of Car Accidents.
We promote rational individualism, and are opposed to those who assert incoherent supernatural claims.
This winter has been officially declared the The Winter of Car Accidents.
Brian Sapient and the Rational Response Squad have been interviewed by ABC's Nightline program, which is scheduled to broadcast tonight at 11:35 PM EST. They'll be talking about the fervor of the "New Atheism" movement, as well as their "Blasphemy Challenge."
For anyone who needs something to read on a rainy day: Sunday School Books: Shaping the Values of Youth in Nineteenth-Century America, including the whole text of wonderful children's books such as The Bible: The Best Book and Death by measure, or Poisons and their effects, found in intoxicating liquors.
To mamma they went; and having satisfied her that their tasks were indeed properly done, claimed the reward. "What story shall it be?" said mamma. "Oh, a pretty history out of the Bible, if you please, mamma," replied Ellen. "Yes," said Thomas, "there are many beautiful histories in the Bible. I do love it best of all books, for the sweet histories that are in it. I am never tired of hearing about Moses and Joshua, how they led the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan; or of David, how he killed Goliath, and fled from Saul, and how he became king. And then about naughty Absalom, and wise Solomon, and Samuel the little priest. Oh there is no book like the Bible."
Yes, the Hellbound Alleee station is back, with more shows and music than ever. Featuring the Freak Forum show, Mondo Diablo- Hellbound Alleee's new show of weird and wonderful music and atheistic talk- Vox Populi- a show by atheists for atheists, where a team of opinionated people answer questions about reason and life- and more.
Shame on all the pansy liberal Atheists who cheer the jailing of Kent Hovind for tax evasion. Shame on you.
Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily is upset about the decline of Christianity in public life, and writes to advocate against the enrollment of Christian children in public education. Farah concludes that such an "exodus" is necessary because:
No amount of protest or political activism will empower Christians – or the majority – to regain control of the curriculum of the nation's public schools. The game is rigged. The deck is stacked against parental influence. The so-called "experts" – activists with their own agenda – have their hands on the levers of power and won't let go without a different kind of fight.
When even a small fraction of... parents begin making decisions based on the interest of their own children – by yanking their kids out of government schools – the rigged, government-controlled indoctrination system will collapse of its own dead weight, much like the old Soviet Union did 15 years ago.
Can you afford to have your children brainwashed into the pseudo-scientific doctrines of atheism and secular humanism?
Can you afford to permit your children to be victims of sexual assault in their [public] schools?
Can you afford to allow your children to mix with a generation of licentious reprobates raised in the popular culture's moral cesspool?
Rod Dreher, writing at Beliefnet, relays Daniel Larison's critique of Heather MacDonald's claim of being a conservative atheist. Although that juxtaposition of religious and political beliefs isn't terribly interesting to me, I do find interesting the explanation he gives to explain his surprise that someone otherwise so correct-thinking could be an atheist.
When I was in college, I noticed something annoying: that the writers and thinkers throughout history that seemed wisest about life and how to live it were men who believed in God. They didn't believe in God in the same way -- Kierkegaard's God is not the same as Dostoevsky's, if you follow me -- but they all believed in God. At the time, I counted myself an agnostic, and I couldn't get away from the feeling that I was missing something. If Kierkegaard believed in God -- indeed, if most educated men throughout history have believed in God -- then maybe I was the one with the unsustainable presumption. Eventually this nagging thought helped drive me toward reconsidering theism, and ultimately to Christianity.
Perhaps the most stunning thing about atheism is the sheer presumption of it. I don’t mean simply the presumption against God, which would be enough in itself, but the presumption that you and a few other adventurous souls have figured out something that the vast majority of mankind has never known about a subject for which the atheist can obviously have no empirical evidence one way or the other.
If man does not flourish in a godless regime, and if godless regimes have a record of unusually great barbarity and human cruelty, it does at the very least suggest that religion aids in human flourishing and probably has some moderating effect on the use of political power.
I was able to find the email address of Emily, the woman who responded to my letter, and sent her the following:
Hello, this is in the hopes that I'm writing to the Emily Aleshire who responded to a letter I wrote as a Freshman at UC in 1998, titled "Women are Gifts from God."
Just wanted you to know that although your criticism stung a bit at the time, my perspective has changed substantially, and I completely agree with you now. Thanks for giving me something to think about at the time- it's stayed with me, and now I can really appreciate it.
Wow, what a surprise! I remember thinking at that time that you were like an immovable object:-). Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how things have changed for you...I'm sure the women in your life are grateful for your perspective.
All the best,
I found this on the Internet Archive of my college's newspaper website. Although they don't have the letter I wrote, I did find this response to it, which I agree with completely now.
Women are more than gifts from God
To the Editor,
The only real statement made by Zachary W.Q Moore in February 19's letter to the Editor was that "[he has] had many frustrations with women, as [he] is sure many women have had frustrations with [him]." This, I believe, we all can agree is true...for all women and men.
However, the problem with sexism was clear as a blue sky in both Zachary and Steven Sharp's exhibition opinions.
Both of these men are judging the nature of all women based on the role women play in their, a male's, life..
Zachary notes that the virtues of women are things like, "the most important impact a woman can make on a man's life is, undoubtedly, as his wife" and "God created Eve to provide Adam a partner." Does anyone see a problem with this?
Humanity should not be fashioned so that one's value is dependent on how he/she relates to anyone else. While it's wonderful to have a good relationship with a spouse, recognizing the values of marriage is not the thing which will end sexism, instead, it perpetuates it.
Think about this: Who is judged as a bad housekeeper when guests arrive at a married friend's apartment and the living room is not spotless?
Who is condemned for taking children to a day care every morning instead of raising them at home?
And who is often blamed for not satisfying needs when a man has an extra-marital affair?
I, and I think it is safe to assume, most women appreciate both Zach and Steve's problems and I appreciate their efforts clear up issues wrapped around gender relationships.
Yet, as Zach talks of Christian beliefs and women's worth as wives and as Steve talks of women who want abusive boyfriends or something less than a "real man", all I can say is thank you, Zach, for trying.
But you must substitute woman for wife in the statement, "A wife is many things."
Also, women are not "gifts from God" but people who have the right to autonomy.
And Steve, just as there are goofy guys out there in the world, there are also goofy women, and unfortunately, it is quite possible that both make up the majority.
Some men too date less than perfect women so why is the Robert and Suzie scenario so incredible?
Why is Robert the victim of "girls [who] are dumb like that?"
Isn't Robert dumb like that too? He dated Suzie for six months hoping to change her.
Emily M. Aleshire
Although I'm not going to pass this meme along, I'll go ahead and give my response.
Frank Walton spews his hatred on other blogs, too! He has now begun to harass the famous J-Walk Blog, incidentally written by an atheist but not an atheist blog as such. Walton just can't resist that good old Christian machismo (overcompensating for something, Walton? Maybe you are following in Paul Manata's footsteps?) and traditional Christian hatred:
Pretty stupid, just what I'd expect from an atheist. Have you even made a decent post except being an idiot? Whould you like some smakins for that lopsided face of yours? Eh, Eh, Can't hear you big nuggets, you sound like a big sisssy boy, you a sissy boy? Boy?
I'd be surprised if you didn't have aids already, queer-boy.
John Roughan wrote an opinion piece for the New Zealand Herald recently in which he lamented what he calls the "scary conceit of atheism." Roughan, who is himself an agnostic, was responding to the question of why clear atheists are never elected to public office, even though (at least, in New Zealand), agnostics don't seem to have much problem.
Bill Wilson, a senior analyst with Daily Jot News, wrote recently about his frustration with the recent progress in this country of nontheists.
We need to educate the public that people who don’t have a god belief can be good neighbors and friends and moral and ethical people.
But this is a problem because atheists really cannot claim to be moral or ethical because morals and ethics have their roots in God’s law.
A case in point example is found with the Director of the Michigan Atheists, Arlene-Marie, who strongly opposes putting any Bible curriculum in Michigan public schools, even as an elective. Arlene-Marie boldly claimed to the Detroit News that the National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools’ curriculum had been found to be unconstitutional in four states. In reality, the Council’s curriculum “The Bible In History and Literature”, which uses the Bible as the student textbook and provides a 300-page Teacher’s Guide, meets all Constitutional guidelines and never has been legally challenged anywhere. It is taught as an elective in 377 school districts in 37 states, including Michigan . When atheist Arlene Marie was confronted with her lie by the Detroit News, she said, “I misspoke. I should have been more careful.”
Frank Walton was kind enough to respond to my questions. Let's see what he has to say:
Yes. But why should that matter to an atheist anyway? You almost make it sound like it's absolutely wrong.
Everybody deserves to go to hell, even Christians. The only difference is we have Jesus who justified us in the eyes of God.
No, I don't want that. Thank you for asking! You've just given me the opportunity to repudiate your premise.
Indeed I would still be consistent in that I want people to live a meaningful life and NOT go to hell. I hope and pray that they would become Christians.
Indeed, it's so unintelligible...
Frank Walton accused the Rational Response Squad of fascism today:
No matter which way you look at it, if you're a Christian, RRS wish you never existed. You're better off dead. Just like the fascist Nazis who wanted to rid the world of "irrational people" like the Jews, so RRS, a fascist atheist group, want to rid the world of Christians (and religious people in general).
Look, I'm a proud Jesus freak, but I would never say that I want to get rid of atheists.
It's going down. Big time.
It seems like every time I see a Christian sermon on the telly, I observe a recurring theme. There is this idea that material goods are only temporary pleasures and ultimately pointless (the standard examples is the "fast sports car," which apparently is never fast enough), compared to "spiritual goods." That the search for better things is endless and never leads to satisfaction.
The year 2006 was a very bad year for the Kristian Kause. Two top dogs at The New Life Church were outed as queers, numerous Catholic Churches filed for bankruptcy, Jesus Camp closed, the Offspring Murder Club had a membership explosion, Kent Hovind got thrown in jail for tax evasion (for the record I think Hovind should be released), and theistic arguments have generally weakened.
Though I don't believe Jesus will return in '07, I think you may be retarded because *if* Jesus returned in 2007 you'd not be "converting" to Christianity but, rather, you'd be judged and shuffled off to the bar-b-q pit, as atheist Edward Tabash says.
Well, I guess if you surround yourself with 'em long enough, you become one of 'em eh?
A new study says that 25% of Americans are retarded because they believe that Jesus Christ will return in 2007.