Christianity Dismantled in 38 Words

Christianity Dismantled in 38 Words | the superstitious naked ape.

Made me laugh a lot.

Review: Why Evolution Is True

I’ve just finished reading Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne. I personally don’t (and never did) have any doubts about the scientific Theory of Evolution, or Darwinism. Unfortunately, it is staggering how many people do. I was wasting some time a few days ago playing with the app, Voice Polls. It’s a kind of instant opinion poll.

 

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Only 37% answer “science and evolution”; 33% say “god” and 30% “both”

It’s a bit hard to read the numbers for anything but the top choice, so I’ve added them in the caption. What this amounts to is that 63% of responders think god had a hand in human creation.

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Victoria Beckham named entrepreneur of the year

BBC News – Victoria Beckham named entrepreneur of the year.

Who’d a thunk it?

WTF?

Via Debunking Christianity.

Land of The Free (8): Remember The Alamo

Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. Its Not the First Time. | Mother Jones.

Excluded

Why Barney the dinosaur will kill you

Why Barney the dinosaur will kill you | Many Worlds Theory.

I must confess that I didn’t understand all the maths in this post, but it made me laugh anyway.

Hubbard, Garfunkel and Oates—Sex and Religion

Today’s post showcases two selections from YouTube.

Jamie DeWolf is the great-grandson of the charlatan, L. Ron Hubbard, who founded Scientology. The video features Jamie performing a powerful monologue about his family and the corrosive effect of his great-grandfather’s behaviour.

This second video is definitely NSFW. It’s a very funny take on Christian views on sex before marriage, performed by Garfunkel and Oates—Riki Lindome and and Kate Micucci.

As a little audio bonus, here’s a “love poem” performed by Jamie—also NSFW. It’s on Bandcamp, so I think you should be able to listen without having to join.

Bumpin’ Uglies

Just Mercy

I’ve just watched the 16 October edition of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The special guest for the day was Bryan Stevenson.

Mr Stevenson was being interviewed because he has a new book about to be released, Just Mercy, about his work as a lawyer defending the poor and underprivileged in the USA. Towards the end of the interview he said this, which I think is worth noting:

We’re all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done… … I believe if somebody tells a lie, they’re not just a liar. If they take something that doesn’t belong to them, they’re not just a thief. And even if you kill somebody, you’re not just a killer. And we’ve got an obligation to respect that other thing you are.

Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious Societies

Religion – or so the age-old hypothesis goes – is therefore a necessary glue for keeping society together. And conversely, secularism is a danger to societal well-being. For if people turn away from God and stop being religious, then crime will go up, corruption will increase, perversion will percolate, decency will diminish, and all manifestations of misery and malfeasance will predominate.

It is an interesting hypothesis. Perpetually-touted. And wrong.

via Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious Societies | Psychology Today.

Why am I not surprised?

H/T to WWJTD for bringing this to my attention.

22 of the Best Stephen Fry Quotes Ever

22 Of The Best Stephen Fry Quotes Ever – Urban Times.

Stephen Fry is one of my heroes. My favourite out of these 22:

It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that”. As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more…than a whine. “I find that offensive.” It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I am offended by that.” Well, so fucking what.