Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. March 24th!

For some reason it never occurred to me until now to promote this on the site.  Shame on me!

On March 24th, 2012, there will be a rally of the secular (non-religious) movement in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall.  There is an impressive list of speakers lined up (eg. Richard Dawkins, PZ Meyers, James Randi, Michael Schermer, the sexy and charming Cristina Rad of YouTube fame, etc.), and plenty of well-known organisations sponsoring the event.  In this American election year, if you can make it to Washington to make your heathen voice heard, go for it!

For more information, see the official Reason Rally website.

I will not be there, although I wish I could be.  I will, ironically, be in the Holy Land of Israel and Jordan visiting famous religious sites.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Why we need evidence

I realised that I missed a perfect opportunity with my last post to write about why we require evidence.  What we've got in the previous story is a rival set of fundies, including the prominent and evil monster Pat Robertson, yelling at each other about how and why their god caused the tornadoes and why people died.

Let's assume for a moment that we accept that their god exists.  On one side, we've got a fundie yelling that it was for reason A.  On the other side we've got another fundie yelling that it was for reason B.  How can we determine who is correct about this particular situation? How can an objective observer decide which side, if any, is correct?  This is where something called evidence comes into play.

Religious people are afraid of this word and do not like to provide evidence.  In fact, they've even gone as far as to build into their creeds that to believe without evidence is a virtue, and that to do so will gain you great reward.  But this is how objective, intelligent people settle issues about reality.  Religious people have not yet reached this level of intellectual maturity.  They are no more mature intellectually than a couple of elementary school kids yelling "You're a doodie-head!  No I'm not, you are!" at each other.

So, who has the evidence to back up their claim?  I'm waiting.....

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Idiots, all of them!

Read about these idiots, including the monstrous Pat Robertson, arguing about tornadoes in Georgia, USA:

Residents of west Georgia are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after tornadoes ripped threw their homes late Friday night. Many of them say it’s a miracle that the damage and injuries weren’t more extensive.
 
When asked why God allows tornadoes to do people harm, the 700 Club host responded, “God didn’t send tornadoes. God set up a world where certain currents interact with other currents.”

"If enough people were praying, He would intervene,” Robertson said. “You could still storms, Jesus could still storms."

Some victims don’t see it that way. In fact, many residents say it was divine intervention that helped them get through a tough time.

“Personally, I thank God that I’m alive and that the damage wasn’t greater,” said resident David Wilson. “I think that my neighbors are safe and not harmed in any way, although they’ve lost quite a bit of property. But this weather, I can’t say this is God’s fault.” 


Fucking idiots!  "Yahweh sent the tornadoes!"  "No it didn't, it just didn't stop them!"  "If you prayed more, it would have stopped!"  "It's our prayers that lessened the damage!"  So Yahweh chooses the most faithful part of the country to pick on because they're not praying enough?  What a douchebag!  Which one?  Both of them!  Yahweh AND Robertson!

When Pat Robertson kicks the bucket, I'm going to write a really nasty post explaining exactly why Yahweh has smoten him.

To read the full article, click here.