Jesus Loves Me (But He Can’t Stand You)

The Austin Lounge Lizards skewer judgmental Christianity in this funny song from their album Lizard Vision: Definitely one to bookmark and give to Christians when they’re sounding just like this song. Thanks to Gretchen for the find! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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SNL Country Parody Song Lampoons the False Hope of Faith

A nicely done parody of faith-mongering from Saturday Night Live. Thanks to Shira for the find. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Lars Anderson Rediscovers and Masters Amazing Archery Techniques (Video)

This video is truly incredible. They need to make an action movie with this guy performing all the archery with this kind of “clearly not special effects” reality: Update: Greg points me to this interesting post which tries to lower some of the hype of the narration. ALSO Anna Maltese–who is a skeptic, an archer, [Read More...]

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The True Version of the False: Can Atheists Argue Over the “True” Version of Religion?

My good friend and former regular Camels With Hammers guest poster Kaveh Mousavi of the spectacular ex-Muslim blog On the Margin of Error held a panel called, “The ‘True’ Version of the False: Can Atheists Argue Over the ‘True’ Version of Religion”. I was on the panel with historian and philosopher Richard Carrier, Russell Glasser (of The Atheist Experience), and Alex Gabriel of the [Read More...]

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Russell Brand Calls Out Transphobic Responses to Bruce Jenner

The footage of bigoted scrutinization of Bruce Jenner that Russell Brand goes after here is pretty pathetic. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Weird Al and Huey Lewis in a Mind-Warping Meta-Double-Inverse-Parody

This parody of American Psycho with Huey Lewis himself commenting on the film itself precisely where Patrick Bateman commented on Huey Lewis, which also involves “Weird Al”, who also parodied Huey in the ’80s, is some sort of meta-double-inverse-parody that is probably singular, in its own parodic genre. This is the kind of stuff an ambitious young postmodernist [Read More...]

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FtBConscience 3 Online Conference Schedule (Including My Appearances) #FtBCon

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FtBConscience is an exciting experiment in holding conferences. Taking out all the expense of travel and hotels and all the commitment of having to clear your schedule to attend a conference, Freethought Blogs has been a pioneer in making a high quality atheist/social justice conference available to everyone around the world in real time. Using Google [Read More...]

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On Being A Religious Minority in a Secularized Culture

The following is a guest post from Alexandra, an ex-Christian. Neil Carter’s post today made some excellent points about the high costs of leaving your faith – how when your entire life is entwined with your beliefs: your social circles, your relationships, your marriage, and sometimes even your career itself, the cost of even allowing your mind to explore [Read More...]

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Answering 16 of the Worst #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo Memes

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In response to the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices last week, I have read a number of arguments, claims, and memes that I strongly disagree with.

Instead of writing multiple posts covering them all and having my views on one issue distorted by people who would imagine for me the worst of all possible views on all other interrelated issues, I have decided to post sixteen (mostly short) replies covering many nuances of controversy swirling around. Feel free to jump to the topics of greatest controversy to you, but please if you seek to criticize my views on any one controversy take note of other sections where I might address other objections you have further.

1. “Why are people insisting we show the images? We can stand up for free speech without approving of or republishing images we disagree with.”

2. “Charlie Hebdo’s murdered staff aren’t heroes and martyrs. They were just insulting marginalized people and disrespecting religion.”

3. “Freedom of speech shouldn’t give you the right to insult people’s religions.”

4. “Even if we should honor the legal right to blaspheme, it’s still morally inappropriate for being so disrespectful.”

5. “I refuse to say ‘Je Suis Charlie’ because don’t do the offensive things they do.”

6. “How can you be racists to Muslims if they’re not a race?”

7. “The real heroes are the Muslim cops who died defending Charlie Hebdo even though Charlie Hebdo mocked their religion. Charlie Hebdo by contrast weren’t heroes.”

8. “Almost no Muslims support assaults on conscience so it’s unfair to blame Islam itself for theocracy or terrorism.”

9. “But why is it that if a Muslim commits murder an entire religion is blamed, if a black person does an entire race is blamed, but as soon as it’s a white male he’s just a random ‘psycho’? Blaming Islam for the actions of these terrorists is clearly just racism.”

10. “No True Muslim Would Be A Terrorist.” Or, its evil cousin, “Muslim terrorists are the true Muslims.”

11. “Aren’t the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo generally racist, sexist, and homophobic even when not portraying Muslims?”

12. “Are the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo examples of ‘hipster racism‘”?

13. “All good satire punches up, rather than kicks people who are down. Mocking the marginalized is not funny, it’s kicking people who are already down. It’s one thing for French satirists to go after the Pope (he represents the putative majority religion in France, so that’s punching up) but it’s qualitatively different to go after the founder of a minority religion (that’s punching down).”

14. “But Muslims have no choice but to be offended since their religion requires that there be no depictions of Muhammad.”

15. “Is it racist of the media to pay so much more attention to the massacre at Charlie Hebdo than the Nigerian massacre by Boko Haram and the attempted bombing of an NAACP building?”

16. “If the West truly cared about free expression it would be equally up in arms about all its own human rights abuses.”

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