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You know, it really got me when people would come by and would tell me stories about narrowly missing being killed in an accident. And they’d say, ‘But my guardian angel protected me.’ And I just wanted to slam the door in their face and walk out. Because I thought, ‘Where was Denny’s guardian angel the night of Feb. 6?’

Dennis Apple and his wife, Buelah, came to StoryCorps to talk about their son Denny. Nearly 21 years ago, Denny came down with mononucleosis. Before going to bed one night, he took some medicine, and talked about where he wanted to sleep. He never woke up. (via nprfreshair)

Nobody is comforted by others’ religious delusions. Please leave your make believe friends to yourself. There are no angels, no prophets, no psychics, no gods, no masters.

(via nprfreshair)

Source : NPR

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has turned her attention to an issue fusing together food, religion, travel and her home state.
Palin spoke out on Thursday against Alaska Airlines’ decision to stop including prayer cards with its meal trays. The airline announced the move a day earlier, ending the tradition that lasted for 30 years.
"Some customers were comforted by the cards and some didn’t feel  religion was appropriate on the plane and preferred not to receive one,"  Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan told the Associated Press.
Palin was one of those comforted customers, voicing her frustration to millions of Facebook followers. In a note entitled "Alaska Airlines’ Prayer Cards; It’s hip to be offended?", the former Alaska governor expressed her distaste toward the move.
"It feels so odd that some may be offended by a little card with an  encouraging non-denominational verse from the Psalms, but how often do  we hear complaints about tawdry ads or billboard images flashing at us  everywhere we turn?," Palin wrote. "People of faith and common decency  just shrug and move on from the constant assault on their sensibilities;  we don’t call for censorship — at least I don’t."

Duh, Alaska Airlines, didn’t you know if some people like being preached at EVERYONE should have to put up with it, even if it’s not in the company’s best interest? Fuck!

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has turned her attention to an issue fusing together food, religion, travel and her home state.

Palin spoke out on Thursday against Alaska Airlines’ decision to stop including prayer cards with its meal trays. The airline announced the move a day earlier, ending the tradition that lasted for 30 years.

"Some customers were comforted by the cards and some didn’t feel religion was appropriate on the plane and preferred not to receive one," Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan told the Associated Press.

Palin was one of those comforted customers, voicing her frustration to millions of Facebook followers. In a note entitled "Alaska Airlines’ Prayer Cards; It’s hip to be offended?", the former Alaska governor expressed her distaste toward the move.

"It feels so odd that some may be offended by a little card with an encouraging non-denominational verse from the Psalms, but how often do we hear complaints about tawdry ads or billboard images flashing at us everywhere we turn?," Palin wrote. "People of faith and common decency just shrug and move on from the constant assault on their sensibilities; we don’t call for censorship — at least I don’t."

Duh, Alaska Airlines, didn’t you know if some people like being preached at EVERYONE should have to put up with it, even if it’s not in the company’s best interest? Fuck!

Source : The Huffington Post

Good Reason News: An Argument Posed To Atheists. →

elnarcissist:

goodreasonnews:

elnarcissist:

There is one thing that the nonbeliever & believer can never deny & thats death. one day, each & every single one of us will die, & then everyone will know the truth.

Not true. When we die our brain functions cease and unless you can provide evidence to the contrary, we no…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2s14T6x5AM&feature=player_embedded

By flippantly posting a video link without comment of some rambling ninny I assume that you’re unable to compose your own argument and I refuse to allow you to force me to rebut every piece of apologist hokum you’re able to Google. I will respond in kind, however: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQeiKYqCETk (I’ll even embed it properly.):

Source : elnarcissist

An Argument Posed To Atheists.

elnarcissist:

There is one thing that the nonbeliever & believer can never deny & thats death. one day, each & every single one of us will die, & then everyone will know the truth.

Not true. When we die our brain functions cease and unless you can provide evidence to the contrary, we no longer “know” anything.

if the atheists are right and we go into nothingness (because that makes complete sense)

go into nothingness? When a battery stops working it doesn’t go into nothingness. You throw it away and it sits in a landfill degrading for years. Same with people.

then its a win/win & the believers lost nothing. but if it turns out the other way, then man oh man are the atheists screwed.

(Let me be clear, I believe in God)

You’re using an argument commonly referred to as “Pascal’s Wager.” This is the notion that one ought to believe in a god just to cover one’s ass. Of course, there are so many flaws in this argument that hashing it out with someone who hasn’t even bothered to think about it for 20 minutes is pretty boring, but I’ll indulge you.

1) The nature of belief is not such that one can just decide to believe in something. You can’t just believe that the sun will glow purple tomorrow morning. You can claim you believe that, but you don’t really believe it because every sunrise you’ve seen has had a yellowish/orange tint to it. Maybe if you were presented with some kind of scientific study that said because of a pollutant in the air and the specific angle of the earth the sun will appear purple for a few moments than you’d believe it and get up early to see it, but just snapping your fingers and believing in a purple sun isn’t how belief works. However, you ask an atheist to just believe something they don’t. Better tighten your belt, your ignorance is showing.

2) Are you suggesting that people lie about their beliefs? Don’t you think your god would know that they people who don’t believe in him but claim to just so they can be rewarded are lying? What’s the criteria for getting into heaven or whatever it is you believe? Is it to trick god into believing you were a believer when you really were just acting the part of a believer?

3) You present a false dichotomy between your view of god and no god, but you forget the third possibility of any other view of god. In other words, suppose you’re worshiping the wrong god. Just to cover your ass, as you imply is your reason for believing, you’ll need to believe in all gods. And we all know praying to the shark god while the bear god is watching will land you in bear hell, unless he isn’t real in which case praying to the bear god while the shark god is watching will land you in shark hell. Or maybe neither the bear god nor the shark god nor the Christian view of god nor the Hindu gods nor Norse gods nor the Islamic view of god are real, but you better believe they all are anyway and pray to them and shit because you’re just trying to hedge your bets and get into the afterlife.

Don’t you see how silly this all is? It’s not just rational to believe what can be demonstrated in the real world, it’s moral. More moral than Christianity or Islam or any of the other cruel religions that oppress the mind and manipulate the will. When we live as if we have one life and everyone has one life, life is more precious and requires protection. We all share in the human experience and acting humane is a way to protect that experience and maintain a world in which we’re safe and happy. With an afterlife and a ghostly judge in the mix, we’re suddenly serving something higher than humanity and for the pleasure of whom we’d sacrifice human decency. If we all believed god wanted us to blow up abortion clinics or spit at the unbelievers, we’d feel justified in doing those things, wouldn’t we? But when our beliefs are fully based in reality, we’d never drag a child to a hilltop and slit his throat, at least not with the moral justification of a magical sky daddy’s request.

You don’t choose your beliefs, but education helps you develop criteria for your beliefs. I can see you’re a thinking person because you’re seeking challenges to your concept of god. No one’s given you good ones because they’re afraid it’s impolite. I’m not trying to be impolite, I’m just being honest. Think for a while about what it means to believe something and reconsider this flimsy justification.

Source : elnarcissist

We hear the same Creationist arguments SO OFTEN, we decided to assemble our 10 favorites and address them here. Feel free to use this video as a response to the Creationists in your circle.


"The bishops pulled out all the stops in their campaign against  women’s access to contraception," said Jon O’Brien, president of  Catholics for Choice. "The Obama administration stood with those who  support religious liberty and believe in giving women the freedom of  conscience to make their own reproductive health decisions."
The religious organizations that have been lobbying the White House  for months to expand the so-called “conscience clause” were deeply upset  by the decision, arguing that it includes coverage of the morning-after  pill, which they believe causes abortions.
“Freedom of conscience is a sacred gift from God, not a grant from  the state,” said Galen Carey, NAE Vice President for Government  Relations. “No government has the right to compel its citizens to  violate their conscience.  The HHS rules trample on our most cherished  freedoms and set a dangerous precedent.”
(via Obama Administration Announces New Decision On Birth Control, To Chagrin Of Religious Groups)

"The bishops pulled out all the stops in their campaign against women’s access to contraception," said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. "The Obama administration stood with those who support religious liberty and believe in giving women the freedom of conscience to make their own reproductive health decisions."

The religious organizations that have been lobbying the White House for months to expand the so-called “conscience clause” were deeply upset by the decision, arguing that it includes coverage of the morning-after pill, which they believe causes abortions.

“Freedom of conscience is a sacred gift from God, not a grant from the state,” said Galen Carey, NAE Vice President for Government Relations. “No government has the right to compel its citizens to violate their conscience. The HHS rules trample on our most cherished freedoms and set a dangerous precedent.”

(via Obama Administration Announces New Decision On Birth Control, To Chagrin Of Religious Groups)

Source : The Huffington Post

jtmoody:

Powerful and bold commercial by Focus On the Family shown during the Broncos v. Pats game because of Tim Tebow’s boldness.

Excuse YOU, but in what way is manipulating children to read a single, nonsensical verse from the Bible in order to promote a homophobic, misogynistic, Christo-fascist hate group “bold and powerful?”

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Please show @jessicaahlquist some support on twitter. She’s getting a lot of hate and all she did was stand up for religious liberty and keeping public school secular.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal judge has ordered the immediate  removal of a prayer mural displayed in the auditorium of a Rhode Island  public high school.Teenage atheist student Jessica Ahlquist had  sued Cranston city and Cranston High School West officials, demanding  they remove the banner because it promotes a religion. She calls it  offensive to non-Christians.City officials claimed the mural is a  historical artifact from the school’s early days and serves no  religious purpose. The prayer encourages students to strive  academically. It begins with the words “Our Heavenly Father” and ends  with “Amen.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501363_162-57357530/fed-court-orders-ri-school-to-remove-prayer-mural/

Please show some support on twitter. She’s getting a lot of hate and all she did was stand up for religious liberty and keeping public school secular.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal judge has ordered the immediate removal of a prayer mural displayed in the auditorium of a Rhode Island public high school.

Teenage atheist student Jessica Ahlquist had sued Cranston city and Cranston High School West officials, demanding they remove the banner because it promotes a religion. She calls it offensive to non-Christians.

City officials claimed the mural is a historical artifact from the school’s early days and serves no religious purpose. The prayer encourages students to strive academically. It begins with the words “Our Heavenly Father” and ends with “Amen.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501363_162-57357530/fed-court-orders-ri-school-to-remove-prayer-mural/

RI atheist, 16, thrilled with prayer banner order - Boston.com →

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Rhode Island teen who won a legal battle over a prayer banner displayed at her high school said Thursday that a federal court order requiring the banner’s removal reflects “what true American values are.”

Jessica Ahlquist, 16, who describes herself as an atheist, said the prayer banner displayed in the Cranston High School West auditorium does not belong in a school.

"When I saw it there, I knew it didn’t belong," Ahlquist told reporters. "And every time that I saw it, it was a reminder that my school wasn’t doing the right thing and that my school didn’t necessarily support me and my views."

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the banner to be removed immediately. Attorney Joseph Cavanagh Jr., who represented the city, said the banner is being covered up pending a decision from the School Committee on whether to appeal.


Girl Scouts allow transgender children to participate. Christian fundamentalist Jan Brady gets all crybaby over it and calls for a boycott in a poorly filmed youtube clip. ugh.

I wish I could pull this apart and tell you all the reasons this girl is an indoctrinated little bigot, but the anger is giving me such a headache, I thought I’d let you.

Oh, be sure to email your thoughts to HonestGirlScouts@gmail.com