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January 15, 2019

Like a penis

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Education, Funny Stuff, Memes, Political, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 15:45

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January 14, 2019

We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film)

January 11, 2019

Religion pretending to hold a science convention to promote religion.

Filed under: Atheism, Children, Education, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 16:34

January 9, 2019

During Government Shutdown, Muslims Are Voluntarily Cleaning Up National Parks

Filed under: Education, Family, News, Religion — Scottie @ 14:57

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/01/09/during-government-shutdown-muslims-are-voluntarily-cleaning-up-national-parks/

While employees of our national parks are unable to work due to the government shutdown, a group of young Muslims are volunteering to clean up the litter left by tourists. Because that’s the sort of thing you do when you love this country.

They cleaned up litter, emptied garbage cans and swept the grounds — from the Everglades National Park in Florida to Joshua Tree, California and the Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio.

“Service to our nation and cleanliness are important parts of Islam,” said Dr. Madeel Abdullah, president of youth group, in a press release. “We could not sit idly by as our national parks collected trash. We will lead by example and dispose of this garbage appropriately and invite all Americans to join us in these parks and others across the nation.”

“I hope it shows that we’re not here just to talk about Islam the whole time,” [spokesperson Salaam] Bhatti said. “We’re here to be part of America.”

An important part of Islam is to help “wipe away the tears of our neighbors during time of distress,” he said. “We are humbly serving our nation at a time when many tears are being shed.”

That same concept is known as “doing Mitzvot” in Judaism and “Do unto others as you’d have them do to you” in Christianity. It’s also called just being a decent human being. And it’s all more than we can say for a president who claims to have the support of conservative Christians but very little of the Jesus they claim to follow.

January 3, 2019

Christian Homeschooling. Maybe the most important thing I can post all week.

Filed under: Atheism, Children, Criminal, Education, Family, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 18:32

January 1, 2019

History repeats

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Education, Fascism, Harm, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 12:33

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Holocaust survivor on Trump: ‘I’ve seen this before — in Nazi Germany’

https://www.chicagotribune….

Holocaust Survivor On Trump’s America: It’s ‘1929 Or 1930 Berlin’

https://m.huffpost.com/us/e…

A leading Holocaust historian just seriously compared the US to Nazi Germany

https://www.vox.com/platfor…

People who compare Trump to Hitler correctly see history repeating itself in the way Hitler rose to power and the tactics he used, and Trump’s despicable assault on all our own democratic institutions, his demonization of immigrants and the inhuman caging of thousands of kids and cruel separation from their parents.

 

December 31, 2018

America is a third world country

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Economics, Education, Family, Greed, Harm, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:11

December 26, 2018

That’s Just How It Was Back Then

Filed under: Atheism, Creator, Education, Ideas, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 05:45

December 24, 2018

Why the U.S. is an anomaly among democracies

Filed under: Education, News, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 06:56

December 23, 2018

A great post from Infidel753.

http://infidel753.blogspot.com/2018/02/video-of-day-dont-blame-atheists.html

Video of the day — don’t blame the atheists


Atheist activist AronRa speaks in Austin, Texas.  This is the kind of hard-hitting, confrontational stance toward religion that we need more of — and he doesn’t shy away, as so many do, from addressing the international aspect of the problem.  As the importance of technology in every area of life increases, a nation dominated by absurd superstitions and an irrational view of the world cannot maintain its leadership position, not when western Europe and the advanced East Asian nations have mostly left such encumbrances behind.  The influence of the Christian Right is hobbling the United States, slowing our progress and even dragging us backward, while others advance.

Oh, and if you think the humiliating picture he paints is attributable to Trump, this speech was delivered in 2012.  Since Trump took office and the anti-science party assumed full control of the government, the situation has gotten even worse.

The Newsroom – America is not the greatest country in the world anymore

Filed under: Economics, Education, Facts, Funny videos, History, News, Political — Scottie @ 14:06

This is out of date but the message still rings loud and clear.   Hugs

December 21, 2018

Project Blitz, the Christian Right’s Legislative Playbook, Is Expanding in 2019

A very important read about the plan to Christize America and make it a Christian nation for Christians only.   Hugs

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/12/20/project-blitz-the-christian-rights-legislative-playbook-is-expanding-in-2019/

Back in May, we learned about “Project Blitz,” the Christian Right’s three-pronged strategy to push their faith through the government. The name referred to the idea that if Christian politicians jammed legislatures with a variety of bills, some of them would eventually pass.

There were three categories of bills they hoped to pass: Symbolic ones (like putting “In God We Trust” everywhere), pro-Christian ones (like passing “Christian Heritage Week” resolutions), and anti-everybody-else ones (like bills that allow Christian business owners to discriminate against gay customers).

First, there are three specific goals these Christians hope to accomplish. One of them, a “free speech” policy, is legislation that says public schools can’t get in the way of students who want to pray. (Spoiler: No one was getting in the way of that.) Another makes sure “In God We Trust” license plates are available in every state. The third, which was also a 2018 goal, is much more disturbing. It urges states to pass resolutions “favoring sexual intercourse only between a man and a woman.”

That doesn’t violate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality, they say; it just lets states affirm that straight sex is the best sex because — according to their sample legislation — “the health care costs for HIV/AIDS… are highly significant, estimated to be in the billions of dollars annually in our nation.”

See? It’s not anti-gay! It’s about public health! (Brought to you by the same people who opposed the Affordable Care Act.)

Clarkson notes that this also contributes to the anti-LGBTQ rhetoric of evangelical Christians who oppose gay couples adopting kids or taking in foster children.

December 20, 2018

From Miles. Nachricht an meine Enkelkinder [with Closed Captions]

Filed under: Children, Earth News, Education, Facts, Nature, News, Pictures, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 12:33

MAJORITY OF U.S. MUSLIMS NOW SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE, WHILE WHITE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS REMAIN OPPOSED

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, Education, Gender, Homosexual, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion, Sex — Scottie @ 10:55

https://www.newsweek.com/muslim-white-evangelical-gay-marriage-907627?fbclid=IwAR3GwGAYA80W35IexwYFmjFWXH-z_cVlP3Q4TLYKvidmDkZWKCSR8NvVnJY

including a majority of U.S. Muslims backing same-sex marriage for the first time.

Muslims, by a margin of 51 percent to 34 percent, favor same-sex marriage, compared to just four years ago when a majority, 51 percent, were opposed. There were similar results for black Protestants, with 54 percent opposing gay marriage in PRRI’s 2014 American Values Atlas, compared with 43 percent in the latest findings.

Indeed, opposition to same-sex marriage is now limited almost entirely to white conservative Christians. Fifty-eight percent of white evangelical Christians and 53 percent of Mormons—an overwhelming majority of whom are white—are opposed to allowing gay couples to marry. The group with the most opposition, though, is Jehovah’s Witnesses, a group which is 36 percent white, 32 percent Hispanic and 27 percent black in the U.S. Just 13 percent support the law.

As a whole, 63 percent of Americans now back allowing same-sex couples to marry, up from 52 percent four years ago. All major racial groups now have a majority in favor. Republicans, though, remain opposed, 51 percent to 42 percent.

December 19, 2018

WV Asst. Principal Accused of Confronting Transgender Student Outside Bathroom

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Children, Education, Gender, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:32

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/12/18/wv-asst-principal-accused-of-confronting-transgender-student-outside-bathroom/

A transgender student at Liberty High School in West Virginia says he was “cornered, harassed and intimidated” in a bathroom by Assistant Principal Lee Livengood. As the story goes, the sophomore went to use the boys’ restroom before a band trip. When he walked out, Livengood was standing there and confronted him about why he was using that particular restroom before challenging him to “use a urinal to prove that he was a boy.”

When a chaperone for the trip arrived on the scene, Livengood allegedly told the student, “I’m not going to lie, you kind of freak me out.”

December 7, 2018

A question for my readers

Filed under: Education, Ideas, opinion, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 14:29

Recently some things have caused me to ponder on Islam and the way even Muslims see it.  I read different opinions people have about Islam and I sometimes wonder if we are talking about the same subject.   As I often say I have never been personally targeted by a Muslim for assault or harm, but I have been assaulted , lost jobs due to, and been denied service by Christians.

This post is not to defend Islam , nor to speak against Christianity.   I was wondering at the change in main stream Christianity over the centuries, and the way it has seemed to mellow over time.  I was wondering why that happened.  I also wondered if it could also happen with main stream Islam.  I recently had the grand opportunity to have a few comments and email words with a Pakistani girl named Manahil.   At first I thought I was being played.  But it soon became clear she was a teen who loved her country, her family, her friends, her religion.   She had a view of Islam that was strikingly mild compared to even the majority of people in her country.  She admitted that the views of her family on Islam were not widely held.    She also had a young persons respect and awe for her teachers, all of whom are of course religious teachers also.  

So I am asking all my wonderful readers.  What mellowed out Christianity?   Will the same thing happen to Islam.    What would it take.   

I know there are extreme branches of Christianity as there are also extreme branches of Islam.    But as both groups have a large following and will not be going away any time soon, we must find a way to deflate the extreme parts.  Thanks to anyone who has any information , I love to learn.   Hugs

 

December 3, 2018

Had 10 trigger point injections this morning. Got home a little while ago and thought I would share this. Hugs

Filed under: Education, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, News, Questions, Science, Twitter — Scottie @ 13:04

November 29, 2018

Islam And The Future Of Tolerance (2018) | Official Trailer (HD)

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, Education, History, Ideas, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 10:19

November 22, 2018

Trump Admin Pressured National 4-H Youth Group to Stop Welcoming LGBTQ+ Members

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Family, Homosexual, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 14:51

November 18, 2018

and the reforestation project

I know some of my viewers do not like videos and some struggle with English.  However this is an important video.  This video explains how one group were able to help a group of people and stop deforestation.  This is important.   Plus it shows you what I watch while I am reading your blogs.   I an not simply anti trump, I am pro helping making a better world for all of us.   Hugs

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