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Religious belief dulls the mind and obscures reality. To be closed to criticism of religion is to advocate for an insular, ethnocentric society. It's a kind of isolationism. The fact is all people share one objective world and when we can agree on the realities of that world, we can begin to develop solutions to improve everyone's lives. Being critical of dogma is, I think, the most important step in achieving globalized equality.

bookphile:

Okay, tell me how “I do not want to see hateful, ignorant, toxic posts about religions” translates to being closed off to criticism about religion.

Please tell me, for the love of science, tell me.

In that case, I guess we’re on the same page. Maybe I read a connotation into your original post that wasn’t there.

Source : bookphile

Daily Kos :: CNN's Headline News channel asks psychic to weigh in on missing plane →

Cheap false hope from scam artists is what you get when you “respect everyone’s beliefs”

Fred Phelps is finally dead!

Rejoice, y’all! The fucker’s wormfood now.

Religious challenge to health care law hits high court →

…the Supreme Court to decide whether religion trumps law. Oh good grief. Do they even read Good Reason News?

http://poomfs.tumblr.com/post/79274914438/i-am-really-disappointed-in-my-own-mother-i-come →

poomfs:

I am really disappointed in my own mother.

I come from a super conservative christian family (aka my mom) and today we were getting help from “missionaries” in order to move out the old furniture and build the new couches (finally, that old couch was broken to hell and back).

And my mom was…

She comes from a background that dictates antiquated, chauvinistic social mores with an iron fist, and one that’s especially strict toward women and their bodies. She sees the church as her authority in life, so in the home, where she is your authority she imitates the church’s style by standing on your throat the way it stands on hers.

She embraced that oppression. You don’t have to.

Source : chewpacabruh

The Forces Behind The 'Religious Freedom' Movement That Exploded Last Week →

Focus on the Family, among others are apparently penning bigoted legislation in Arizona.

The Political Impact of the Nones | Fast forward | OZY →

1/5th of Americans identify with no religious group and of them, 68% don’t believe in god. You think politicians give a shit?

Transgender woman stands up to Arizona religion law →

Guys, if their religion is to discriminate against people of transgender experience, we have to just respect their beliefs and not hold them to any standard of evidence. That’s what’s offensive here, the idea that they don’t get to steamroll over the entirety of culture with their religious delusions.

Pa. couple face prison after sons' prayer deaths - Nation Wires - MiamiHerald.com →

Faith-healing couple in Philadelphia is facing 20 years for killing their second child because they refused to get medical help. Their defense? Why, it’s religion of course! They believed it was god’s will and two children are now dead. There’s your harm right there. You have access to a perfectly good medical system, but you ignore it becomes you’re convinced and magical sky ghost will wish your kids well and if he doesn’t, thems the breaks, right? Sorry, jerkbags, that’s not the society we live in and you’re not allowed to use your religion to bring children harm.

Should the parents get sentenced, of course. I think the church should be investigated too.