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stellerby:

"One day in September 2008, Vander Woude’s 20-year-old son Josie, who has Down syndrome, fell through a broken septic tank cover in their yard. The tank was eight feet deep and filled with sewage. After trying and failing to rescue his son by pulling on his arm from above, Vander Woude jumped into the tank, held his breath, dove under the surface of the waste, and hoisted his son onto his shoulders. Josie was rescued a few minutes later. By then his 66-year-old father was dead.

This is something that any father, atheist or believer, might do for his son. But only the believer can make sense of the deed.

I’m sorry, what? Because I’m not religious I don’t have the ability to understand why I would want to sacrifice MY life for my own son? Absolutely ludicrous. 

Yeah, that’s a totally despicable framing. It suggests that atheists are heartless, nihilistic solipsists. (They must have been thinking of libertarians!) And couched within that framing is an argument from ignorance fallacy, but whose counting?

Source : stellerby
sexeducationforprudes:

chescaleigh:

Should actress Laverne Cox be included on the #TIME100? Ummm that’s a big ole’ HELLS YES! Click here to cast your vote! 

Let’s make this happen

sexeducationforprudes:

chescaleigh:

Should actress Laverne Cox be included on the #TIME100? Ummm that’s a big ole’ HELLS YES! Click here to cast your vote!

Let’s make this happen

(via inlikewithlife)

Source : chescaleigh

A libertarian I know said calling out libertarian heroes like (like this insane rancher) on their behaviour and using it to demonstrate the problems with libertarianism is just like racism

Then, later on in the conversation, when I told him that libertarianism is a racist ideology at it’s heart, he said, I was being offensive.

We’re actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.
Former Arizona sheriff and gun-wielding, self-proclaimed patriot,” Richard Mack, on his “strategy” to fight the U.S. government while defending deadbeatCliven Bundywomen should be the first ones shot in order to send the most effective message.   (via odinsblog)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

Source : washingtontimes.com

Minister Told Girls That 'God's Word' Made It Normal To Rape Them For Years →

crooksandliars:

Minister Told Girls That 'God's Word' Made It Normal To Rape Them For Years

Authorities in Minnesota have launched a manhunt for a minister who is facing 59 counts of first-degree sexual assault in cases against girls — called “Maidens” — as young as 13.

The Star Tribune reported that authorities announced on Tuesday that the two women who had come forward with allegations against 59-year-old Victor Barnard, the former minister of a cult-like faith community in central Minnesota, were not the only girls raped by the religious leader.

In a phone interview with the paper, one of the women, Lindsay Tornambe, confirmed the details of charges that were filed in court documents by prosecutors.

Tornambe, now 27, said that she met Barnard at the age of 9 as a part of her parents’ home schooling. At age 11, her family joined the “Shepherd’s Camp.” And then, Barnard chose her to be “sacrificed to God” by raping her at age 13 in 2000.

The rapes continued over the course of nine years.

“If I wasn’t being spiritual or following his orders, he wouldn’t have sex with us,” she recalled. “If we were doing well, it was almost like he rewarded us.”

In the charging documents, the second victim explained how Barnard compared their relationship to Jesus and Mary Magdalene. And he spoke of the concubines of King Solomon. He allegedly told the girls that sex with him was normal because of “God’s word.”

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Source : crooksandliars

He considered his answer carefully. Finally, he said that there was nothing he would like more in the world than to see his mother and father again, but that he had no reason—and no evidence—to support the idea of an afterlife, so he couldn’t give in to the temptation.

'Why?'

Then he told me, very tenderly, that it can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true. You can get tricked if you don’t question yourself and others, especially people in a position of authority. He told me that anything that’s truly real can stand up to scrutiny.

Sasha Sagan, describing a time she asked her father, Carl Sagan, about life after death

How Carl Sagan Described Death To His Young Daughter | Popular Science

(via joshbyard)

Perfectly sums up the harm of religion.

(via joshbyard)

Source : popsci.com
seaturtle-suitcase:

goodreasonnews:

where-my-sidewalk-ends:

When I was little and being bashed about the head with the Bible…I never could understand the reasoning behind Satan punishing the wicked when he obviously loved mischief and evil.   When I mentioned this to the cult leaders…the punishment lasted…week of hard labour, 2 days no food and lots of other little annoying fucking things.  I guess adults don’t like a child poking holes in their logic…lol :)

There’s you’re Christianity for ya there. Punish children for using their brains.

ok here is the logic behind the whole hell thing satan and lucifer are the same being lucifer was cast from heaven because god told the angels to worship and love humans as they loved god himself and lucifer refused because he could never love someone as much as his father when god threw him out lucifer decided to prove his point by creating a place to torture those who refused god 
It’s not a matter of how much lucifer loves mischief its a matter of how much he hates the human race

Kid, that logic is ridiculous because of the nature of the character God in the Bible. (Not to even mention that your failure to use the text to illustrate your point makes it seem like you pulled this out of your ass. Gimme a chapter and verse, man!) But even if you didn’t jus make this up, how could it make sense for God to permit the destination of souls to be beyond his grasp, it simply doesn’t follow. If God ordered this system in which humans live, then die, then continue on into some afterlife, how are the rules of transportation to that afterlife not something he has control over? Why couldn’t he do a better job explaining his command about loving humans to lucifer? Shouldn’t a god who is all-knowing know how to frame the argument to best appeal to this guy? Finally, the point of my comment was that religious instructors rarely engage in these kinds of apologetic shenanigans (frankly, because they might sound as idiotic as you do). Instead they tell children to shut up and obey because that’s truly what’s at the heart of every religion: wielding undue power over others. By the way, I poked around your blog a bunch and noticed you’re one of those fucking “where’s my white pride day” racists. So, fuck you for that too. I betting my Christian friends are eager to tell you off too, you sick fucker.

seaturtle-suitcase:

goodreasonnews:

where-my-sidewalk-ends:

When I was little and being bashed about the head with the Bible…I never could understand the reasoning behind Satan punishing the wicked when he obviously loved mischief and evil.   When I mentioned this to the cult leaders…the punishment lasted…week of hard labour, 2 days no food and lots of other little annoying fucking things.  I guess adults don’t like a child poking holes in their logic…lol :)

There’s you’re Christianity for ya there. Punish children for using their brains.

ok here is the logic behind the whole hell thing satan and lucifer are the same being lucifer was cast from heaven because god told the angels to worship and love humans as they loved god himself and lucifer refused because he could never love someone as much as his father when god threw him out lucifer decided to prove his point by creating a place to torture those who refused god 

It’s not a matter of how much lucifer loves mischief its a matter of how much he hates the human race

Kid, that logic is ridiculous because of the nature of the character God in the Bible. (Not to even mention that your failure to use the text to illustrate your point makes it seem like you pulled this out of your ass. Gimme a chapter and verse, man!) But even if you didn’t jus make this up, how could it make sense for God to permit the destination of souls to be beyond his grasp, it simply doesn’t follow. If God ordered this system in which humans live, then die, then continue on into some afterlife, how are the rules of transportation to that afterlife not something he has control over? Why couldn’t he do a better job explaining his command about loving humans to lucifer? Shouldn’t a god who is all-knowing know how to frame the argument to best appeal to this guy?

Finally, the point of my comment was that religious instructors rarely engage in these kinds of apologetic shenanigans (frankly, because they might sound as idiotic as you do). Instead they tell children to shut up and obey because that’s truly what’s at the heart of every religion: wielding undue power over others.

By the way, I poked around your blog a bunch and noticed you’re one of those fucking “where’s my white pride day” racists. So, fuck you for that too. I betting my Christian friends are eager to tell you off too, you sick fucker.

Source : where-my-sidewalk-ends
ollivander:

hey kids wanna buy some drugs


Oh they float, Georgie. They all float.

ollivander:

hey kids wanna buy some drugs

Oh they float, Georgie. They all float.

(via cunafish)

Source : toastedaz
where-my-sidewalk-ends:

When I was little and being bashed about the head with the Bible…I never could understand the reasoning behind Satan punishing the wicked when he obviously loved mischief and evil.   When I mentioned this to the cult leaders…the punishment lasted…week of hard labour, 2 days no food and lots of other little annoying fucking things.  I guess adults don’t like a child poking holes in their logic…lol :)

There’s you’re Christianity for ya there. Punish children for using their brains.

where-my-sidewalk-ends:

When I was little and being bashed about the head with the Bible…I never could understand the reasoning behind Satan punishing the wicked when he obviously loved mischief and evil.   When I mentioned this to the cult leaders…the punishment lasted…week of hard labour, 2 days no food and lots of other little annoying fucking things.  I guess adults don’t like a child poking holes in their logic…lol :)

There’s you’re Christianity for ya there. Punish children for using their brains.

Source : where-my-sidewalk-ends

Deep Thought #45938

myheartsthesame93:

So here’s the biggest question of all: Why do atheists and other nonbelievers celebrate Christmas if they don’t believe in Christ? What do they think Christmas is? Going into debt and giving presents just for funsies? 

Yeah, asshole, it’s just for fun. Have you got some fucking problem with that you loudmouth human shit?

Source : myheartsthesame93