Saturday, November 1, 2014


The Christian "professor" Josh Feuerstein destroys atheism. The Amazing Atheist has a comment about that.

Watch Stupid Design by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Problem With Tradition

We've seen a lot of courts strike down gay marriage bans in the past several months and the judges always seem to point out that tradition alone is a bad reason to keep the bans in play.

Just because we've limited marriage to one man and one woman for so long doesn't mean that's the only way or the best way to keep doing it.

We've all heard those arguments about how the definition of marriage -- the tradition of marriage -- has changed over time. Our society no longer allows children to marry, or one man to marry multiple wives. We get married for love, not property. Those traditions changed and we're better off because of it.

On a broader scale though, we should all think very carefully anytime we do things on the basis of tradition. It suggests that we shouldn't think about it anymore; we should just do it.

Why were people so upset when Pluto was declared not a planet? Because they were so used to it being one. There are very good scientific reasons it shouldn't be a planet. But try explaining that to someone who memorized a mnemonic and doesn't want to hear it.

When it comes to religion, though, we encounter the same logic all the time, especially in church/state separation cases. Religious conservatives love tradition because it favors them. Because atheists weren't fighting back several decades ago.

Like “In God We Trust” on our currency. Why is that phrase on our money? Because Christians pushed it through in the 1950s, no one fought back for a long time, and the courts have said it's just "ceremonial" now. It's not a promotion of religion... even though it's totally a promotion of religion. Put another way, it's tradition and that's why it's not going to change.

Why not remove "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance? Same reason. It's been there for a while... Even though the original Pledge didn't have the phrase, Christians love to say we can't change it anymore because that would be tampering with tradition.

Ditto with Ten Commandments displays on government property or the Mount Soledad Cross in San Diego.

That's one reason I really appreciate atheists -- we're not afraid of breaking with tradition when necessary. Many of us became atheists because we dared to question a thought process that's been in our family for a long time. Tradition is never a good enough justification to keep a bad idea going.

By the way, when a tradition stops, we quickly get accustomed to whatever takes its place. Kids growing up today will likely always see marriage as a commitment between two people, regardless of gender. It’s not like they’ll eventually be bawling about the good old days when gays and lesbians were being discrimination against.

Skeptic's Review - The Bible: Job Part 5

Job keeps complaining about his situation. The bobble heads keep jabber jawing.

Read the bible

“Everyone’s Doing It!” Says Cop Who Stole Sexually Explicit Photos

The story the court documents tell is alarming.

After an automobile crash, a young woman suspected of drunk driving was getting checked out for injuries. A California Highway Patrol officer, five-year veteran Sean Harrington, had her cell phone. He found a photo of her in a bikini. So he allegedly sent the image to his own phone, and then, though already guilty of criminal conduct, he forwarded the image to another California Highway Patrol officer. 'Taken from the phone of my 10-15x while she's in X-rays,' he texted. 'Enjoy buddy!'

Jimmy Dore (, Gina Grad ( Gina Grad Show, Pretty Good Podcast) and Ana Kasparian ( discuss.

Duck Dynasty Star Quacks ‘Bibles & Guns’ In Bizarre Political Ad

"Fifth Congressional District candidate Zach Dasher's new ad says he believes in guns, and he's just unloaded the biggest gun he has.

Dasher's uncle, "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, appears in two new television ads that will run district-wide Monday until Election Day on Nov. 4. The campaign described it as a "significant buy" but would not disclose exact figure for the buy.

Dasher, a Republican, is trying to unseat incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz. McAllister is a former Robertson family ally, but he lost favor with the famous family from West Monroe after video surfaced earlier this year of the married congressman kissing a married female staffer.“

Bible and guns

* Ana Kasparian (The Point with Ana Kasparian), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) and Dave Rubin (The Rubin Report) break it down.

Video by The Young Turks, October 2014

Robertson: Brittany Maynard Should Ask For Faith Healing, Liberals Love Death

Pat Robertson criticizes Brittany Maynard's decision and the liberal "culture of death."

You need to watch Brittany Maynard talking about living the rest of her life in Death with Dignity Act - Brittany Maynard.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Teen Arrested After Posting Lewd Pic With Jesus Statue

"A 14-year-old boy from Everett, Pa., was arrested after mimicking oral sex with a statue of Jesus. He now faces up to two years in jail.

Back in July, the unidentified minor posted photographs of himself with a statue of Jesus at the Everett branch of the “Love in the Name of Christ” church. As you can see below, one of the many poses included the kid’s crotch being planted in the statue’s face, mimicking fellatio."

Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks discuss. Cenk goes on to tell a story about him taking lewd pictures, Ben follows with a hilarious story about his mother. Should this kid go to jail? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

The Young Turks, 2014

Orthodox Jewish Men Cause Flight Delays After Refusing To Sit Next To Women

"Israel’s national airline, El Al, has been criticised for allowing ultra-orthodox Jewish men to disrupt flights by refusing to be seated next to women.

A petition on is demanding that the carrier “stop the bullying, intimidation and discrimination against women on your flights”.

One flight last week, from New York’s JFK airport to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport,descended into chaos according to passengers, after a large group of haredim, or ultra-orthodox Jews, refused to take their seats next to women, in accordance with strict religious customs.” *

Cenk Uygur ( and Ana Kasparian ( discuss.

The Young Turks, 2014
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