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themomerath:

Those who know me know I don’t like my parents all that much because of the restrictions they place on me. I understand if some people think this is just a teen being angst-y.

But I’m going to quote one of the Christian magazines my family received yesterday. (This is from the “Parents’ Corner” section of “Answers in Genesis” if anybody is wondering.


“Some [children and teens] are falling into the fire and must be helped. “Save others, snatching them out of the fire” (Jude 23a, NASB)

Until some kids are eighteen, you have the opportunity to place as many restraints and reminders in their paths as you can. They may hate you for it at the time, but they will thank you later. Don’t be afraid to lovingly limit their entertainment, filter twit computers, or question the foolishness of their friends. Our fear of God and our love for our kids should motivate us to rescue them from even the possibility of God’s judgement.”


I’m going to let you dwell on the first part of that paragraph. “Until kids are eighteen, you have the opportunity to put as many restraints on them […] as you can.”

What’s the consensus on that statement? Im a little freaked out by what my parents are reading. Should I be “filtering” their media or “question the foolishness” of their sources of advice?

This is what I mean when I talk about how these religious groups like Ken Ham’s Tax Dodgers and Focused on YOUR Family teach people to abuse their children.

Source : themomerath

A lot of you may have been hearing about the Olympic Park Bombings lately

I thought I might take this opportunity to explain the 1996 bombing in Atlanta to younger readers who may not be familiar. The story goes like this: Richard Jewell was a police officer, but on this day he was working for a private security firm. He discovered the bomb. He alerted the police. He personally escorted people to safety. There’s no telling how many lives he saved. Two were killed. When the police were investigating, they naturally had to consider him a suspect like they would consider anyone in his position a a suspect. However, it somehow leaked that the FBI were investigating him. It was routine, but that wasn’t noted in the media reports, which indicted this guy immediately although no official charges were brought. His name remains synonymous with the incident to this day.

MEANWHILE, the actual bomber, Eric Rudolph, a right-wing white-nationalist, Christian fundamentalist who ranted about hating abortion and homosexuals and socialism and even John Lennon, would go on to murder many more, bombing two abortion clinics and a lesbian bar. He’s been lauded as a hero in the Christian terror/anti-abortion movement. He’s serving 4 consecutive life sentences.

Richard Jewell was honored by the city of Atlanta in 2006, a year after Rudolph plead guilty. Jewell died the next year of heart disease at age 44.

humanistpost:

Maybe he should have tried running with scissors instead.
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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m actually glad this fucker died this way. Now all the victims of this scam have an example of the consequences of this particular brand of animal abuse faith healing.

humanistpost:

Maybe he should have tried running with scissors instead.

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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m actually glad this fucker died this way. Now all the victims of this scam have an example of the consequences of this particular brand of animal abuse faith healing.

(via holygoddamnshitballs)

mediamattersforamerica:

The right-wing media is horrified that anti-discrimination laws are being used to protect the rights of same-sex couples. That’s just anti-Christian! 

Bryan Fischer ^^

mediamattersforamerica:

The right-wing media is horrified that anti-discrimination laws are being used to protect the rights of same-sex couples. That’s just anti-Christian! 


Bryan Fischer ^^

Source : mediamattersforamerica
I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) explaining a ‘divergence of evidence’ on global warming.  (via officialssay)
Source : officialssay

When I was an atheist…

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theblingfoundation:

I was angry with God. So I said “Right that’s it I’m not believing in God anymore, I’m going to be an atheist”.

How could you choose what to believe? That’s not how belief works. If you’re mad at your parents, you can’t just walk around the house believing they don’t exist. You can act like they don’t exist and ignore them, but your belief that they exist is unaffected by your emotional state.

Living life to the fullest for myself only…

That’s not a thing that has to do with atheism. Perhaps some atheists live life “to the fullest only for themselves,” while others stay indoors all day and serve others. As long as neither has a belief in a god, they’re both atheists. Also, “Living life to the fullest” has got to contradict to living “only for yourself.”

Yet when I was most alone and scared and worried. It was God whom I turned to.

Once, when I was in high school I was really nervous about some shit and I couldn’t sleep so I dug out my old teddy bear and cuddled up with it. It helped me go to sleep, but unlike when I was 5, I didn’t think it was actually hugging me back. What’s the difference between your story and mine?

Living life to the fullest really meant staying trapped within the materialistic world.

So, you’re electing, instead, to live in an imaginary world and suppress yourself?

I have been blessed.

Really, did you receive some kind of certificate of blessing?

Source : theblingfoundation
thegodlessatheist:

This one time at Sunday School. Listen to me I sound like I am going to give my ‘one time at band camp’ story. But anyway I was 12 or 13 at the time. For some reason the topic of self love was brought up. They did not use the term masturbation. I guess that felt all us guys would conduct a circle jerk session right there in front of everyone or something. I was told if you masturbate, aka conduct in self love, you will go blind. I wish I was witty, sarcastic and disliked authority like I do now back then because I would have shouted out, “It’s a miracle! Praise Jesus I can see!! Oh lawd I can see!!”

No surprise, really. Religious “teachers” like the ones at Sunday schools and CCD’s are not really trained and are not equipt to be teaching children or even to be responsible for children. Not only that, but they’re often ignorant and gullible people and frequently believe old wives tales like ‘masturbation will make you blind’ or ‘Jesus died for your sins.’ Finally, religions are almost entirely based on lying to people in order to control them, so it’s no surprise that the church would be threatened by the idea of a teenager finding a feeling of relief anywhere other than the church. If I was selling a story as flimsy as this Bible bullshit, I’d probably be pretty defensive about it too.

thegodlessatheist:

This one time at Sunday School. Listen to me I sound like I am going to give my ‘one time at band camp’ story. But anyway I was 12 or 13 at the time. For some reason the topic of self love was brought up. They did not use the term masturbation. I guess that felt all us guys would conduct a circle jerk session right there in front of everyone or something. I was told if you masturbate, aka conduct in self love, you will go blind. I wish I was witty, sarcastic and disliked authority like I do now back then because I would have shouted out, “It’s a miracle! Praise Jesus I can see!! Oh lawd I can see!!”

No surprise, really. Religious “teachers” like the ones at Sunday schools and CCD’s are not really trained and are not equipt to be teaching children or even to be responsible for children. Not only that, but they’re often ignorant and gullible people and frequently believe old wives tales like ‘masturbation will make you blind’ or ‘Jesus died for your sins.’ Finally, religions are almost entirely based on lying to people in order to control them, so it’s no surprise that the church would be threatened by the idea of a teenager finding a feeling of relief anywhere other than the church. If I was selling a story as flimsy as this Bible bullshit, I’d probably be pretty defensive about it too.

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Pat Robertson tells his huge viewership, in the midst of a recession, that if they go bankrupt, they should just start sending their money to, where else, Pat Robertson! Why? because if you give to God, you’ll get back 30 fold! And, of course, God wants you to give to Pat Robertson. Pat Robertson said so!



“I didn’t know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, Where is this church? I got on Google Earth, and I was ‘walking down the road,’ and I did a 360 view. And I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign sitting in the front yard of a house. Right away it hit me, Oh my gosh, I could buy a house in front of the WBC! And immediately I thought: And I’m going to paint that thing the color of the pride flag.“


(via Nonprofit Paints Rainbow House Across From Westboro Baptist Church)

“I didn’t know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, Where is this church? I got on Google Earth, and I was ‘walking down the road,’ and I did a 360 view. And I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign sitting in the front yard of a house. Right away it hit me, Oh my gosh, I could buy a house in front of the WBC! And immediately I thought: And I’m going to paint that thing the color of the pride flag.

(via Nonprofit Paints Rainbow House Across From Westboro Baptist Church)

Source : patheos.com

ATTENTION ATHEISTS

centripetal-force:

You have become just as annoying as Christians. 

Stahp It

Your attempt to bully us into silence will not work. The harm religion imposes upon society is too great not to call out. If you think running a blog about it is “militant” that’s too fucking bad. Plunge your fingers in your ears and scream like a child if you’d rather not hear, but don’t think for a second telling us we’re “annoying” is going to prevent even one person from retiring their commitment to informing the public with the tools they need to abandon the power structures that were built on superstitions.

Source : centripetal-force