Wait … What? —Take 2

Man, those ultra-Orthodox Jews must NEVER get laid. Ultra-orthodox Judaism forbids physical contact between men and women unless they are first-degree relatives or married to one another They don't fly well either. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Cause Flight Delay By Refusing To Sit Next To Women I'm not even sure what to say about this that probably isn't already obvious. The story itself says the women felt "bullied and harassed" -- which is precisely how they should have felt.I'd feel … [Read more...]

Wait … what?

Given the reputation of Mail Online, I can't say I totally believe the below-linked story.Orthodox Jewish man photographed covering himself in plastic bag during flight because faith forbids him to fly over cemeteriesBut IF it's true -- I say IF -- I have to wonder a couple of things. This was the bizarre sight that greeted plane passengers when an Orthodox Jewish man covered himself under a plastic sheet.It was believed the man is a Kohein, a religious descendant of the priests of … [Read more...]

Well, This Is Just Sad As Hell

Got this thing on Facebook, but it's very little different from stuff I've been getting for years via email. Here it is in full, with picture attached:***A MUST SHARE***A young man working in the army was constantly humiliated because he believed in God. One day the captain wanted to humiliate him before the troops. He called the young man and said: – Young man come here, take the key and go and park the Jeep in front. the young man replied: – I cannot drive! The captain said: – Well t … [Read more...]

Yeah, About That “Atheism as Intellectual Luxury” Thing

So ... THIS got written: Atheism is an intellectual luxury for the wealthyIt starts with the writer's Reasoning Guy bona fides. An atheist at 16, Chris Arnade sneered at religion, even later becoming an actual scientist. Three years later I did escape my town, eventually receiving a PhD in physics, and then working on Wall Street for 20 years. A life devoted to rational thought, a life devoted to numbers and clever arguments.During that time I counted myself an atheist and nodded in … [Read more...]

Atheist Christmas Present from William Lane Craig

Eye roll. Fox Snooze gives us William Lane Craig writing A Christmas gift for atheists – five reasons why God exists. He starts out, annoyingly enough, with this: For atheists, Christmas is a religious sham. For if God does not exist, then obviously Jesus’ birth cannot represent the incarnation of God in human history, which Christians celebrate at this time of year.However, most atheists, in my experience, have no good reasons for their disbelief. Rather they’ve learned to simply repeat th … [Read more...]

The Forcing of Bad Choices on Innocent Bystanders

I have a limited amount of respect for devout Muslims. Honestly, for any really religious people.Probably pure arrogance on my part. If I peeled the attitude apart, somewhere inside there would be something like "Hey, I made it out of that hole. Why can't they?"Yet the emerging ethic in the atheist community seems to be that you don't dislike the PEOPLE, you dislike the RELIGION. We want to see religion as a distinctly two-categoried thing, with victims in the pews and victimizers at the … [Read more...]