Greta Christina’s latest post sums up the last few months pretty well.
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” — Marcus Aurelius
All over the news in Australia today: the Girl Guides of Australia have removed references to God and the Queen from their pledge.
Somewhat in the news in the USA last week: a new activist network for Secular Women was announced.
In a truly rational world, it might be possible to substantively and productively explore the pros and cons of competing positions in good faith and reach a nuanced understanding and a mutually satisfying path forward. Unfortunately the “don’t give disproportionate emphasis to sexism” side has basically been hijacked by a bunch of bad faith contrarians…
This is people saying what they really truly think – 700 Club on Why Atheists Should Hate Trees
Months later, the woman who spoke these four words is still dealing with cyber-harassment including rape and death threats
In the wake of Elevatorgate, I realise that in habitually engaging in threat/risk-assessment vigilance every single time I cross the road, I have actually been doing you all a most grave injustice.
Ironically, no one hates high pressure sales tactics more than skeptics. We can’t stand it when a sales associate gets in our face and uses cheap psychological tricks to try to make us buy stuff we don’t want. We take it as an insult to our intelligence. We resent it.
How very disappointing, but sadly not surprising, that he turned out be such a smug, patronising git about more than just religious beliefs.
Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.
The level of bigotry against atheists in the USA frequently appals me; this article by Greta Christina lays out one of the less obvious ways it is expressed.