Weekly Link Roundup

I’ve got plenty of goodies in the bag for this post. Frankly, more has been happening lately than I can write about – but that’s okay, because there are lots of other fantastic atheist bloggers who’ve said it all!

• First, there’s this outrageous story out of Washington, D.C., where the Catholic church has threatened to completely shut down all the social services they provide to local homeless people if they’re forced to obey laws forbidding discrimination against same-sex couples.

I may write more about this later, but for now, I’m happy to send you to She Who Chatters, whose eloquent anger sums up everything I feel when I read this.

• On a related note, Atheist Revolution tells the story of a Cincinnati atheist billboard – bearing only the peaceful and non-confrontational message, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” – that had to be moved after the billboard company was deluged with violent threats. Remind me again, what do we stand to gain by being civil and respectful and tiptoeing around so as not to offend anyone’s superstitions?

• In the Washington Post, Jonathan Turley asks the cogent question of why the courts let parents off so lightly when their religious beliefs result in the painful and unnecessary deaths of their children from treatable medical conditions.

• On a less somber note, I’m happy to endorse Young Freethought, a new blog focusing on the work of atheists and freethinkers between the ages of 16 and 21. Every new generation shows a greater and greater willingness to think for themselves and challenge the old religious orthodoxies, and I’m very glad to see more young people step up to voice their convictions and add to this groundswell of free thinking. From what I’ve seen so far, this blog has some very promising, well-written essays already, and I’ll be watching them closely to see what else they come up with. You should too!

• Finally, a reader turned me on to this wonderful website, Symphony of Science. Its creator has taken the words of famous scientists speaking about the discoveries that make us shiver in awe, then remixed them with his own brand of ambient, trip-hop music. The effect is eerie and surreal at first, but also hauntingly beautiful. It may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it immensely. Combined with the lyrics, it spoke to me in a way that almost no other music does. (It reminds me a lot of Forest for the Trees, a band I used to listen to in high school and college.) If this interests you, I highly recommend checking it out.

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  • Sarah Braasch

    She Who Chatters really summed it up for me. I can barely contain the rage I feel over this situation, especially on top of their undue influence in the healthcare reform debate over abortion.

    No other organization or individual would be able to get away with this campaign of death and destruction, but, because they call themselves a religion, the Catholic Church can get away with trying to turn our nation into a theocracy that treats most persons as subhuman.

    I’m so frustrated I don’t know what to do. I think I have to come back to the US to campaign against the monsters in Congress who allowed this to happen.

  • Nes

    So, can we shove that billboard down the throats of the accommodationists the next time they open their mouths to tell us that we need to be more respectful of religious beliefs, or would that be too rude? ;-)

    Also, any band that can use bagpipes to good effect gets a thumbs up from me. (Did I hear a didgeridoo in the first one?) Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’m one of those apparently rare people that actually likes bagpipes.

  • Adele

    I love the bagpipes.

  • The Tofu

    Symphony of Science is indeed awesome. “A morning filled with four-hundred billion suns” gives me goosebumps every time.

    Excuse me while I go watch some Cosmos.

  • Valhar2000

    So, can we shove that billboard down the throats of the accommodationists the next time they open their mouths to tell us that we need to be more respectful of religious beliefs, or would that be too rude? ;-)

    I believe they would consider this evidence that more respect for religious idiocy is necessary.

  • John Nernoff

    Religionists are often, too often, barbarians at heart. When they lose the battle for minds, they resort to brickbats and cudgels, and war if necessary. And then there are the billion Muslims.

  • http://she-who-chatters.blogspot.com D

    Thanks for the link! Sometimes I worry that I’m turning into a demagogue, but if calling out evil is demagoguery, then at least I can be a demagogue for good or for awesome!

    That billboard has been around for a while. I suppose the latest salvo should be unsurprising, but… no, it gets me every time. “For the love of all that is good and holy, can’t you just butt out of civilized life?” Argh.

  • Lux Aeterna

    I highly recommend Young Freethought. The standard of writing may not be as high as that of the leading atheist blogs, but they’re good. We should all do more to support this fledgling project of budding free thinkers.