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Over the past couple of weeks, The Texan Canadian has put out two videos called “How to Deal with Religion.” They’re fun to watch, partly for the analysis and partly for the great clips he includes:
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
I was interested in watching the video but to be honest it was rather annoying to try and listen carefully to what he was saying while the audio of the video clips was playing in the background. Quite distracting actually. :/
I had that problem too. I also found it rather annoying.
Nicely put together videos. It’s always important to remember that most of the times when you run into any sort of religious conflict with someone else you are not going to change their minds, at best you can comport yourself calmly and intelligently, state your position, gently refute and don’t escalate. Just by doing this you win.
Loved the mouse in the coconut clip.
I thought these two clips were excellent. In my own life I often wondered how much I should confront people’s religious beliefs. Part of me has a “live and let live” attitude. I sometimes think, “Who cares what other people believe. As long as they are not pushing their fairy tale beliefs on me why should I care?” But then there is a stronger part of me that sees all the damage religion does. I see the way religious people persecute gays, promote anti-science agendas, try to suppress sexuality–especially women’s, enact anti-choice laws and promote their version of religion in the public square and it pisses me off. I also get tired of hearing insipid God talk from neighbors, coworkers and friends. I hear things like: “Pray to St Anthony to help you find your lost cat. He is the Saint of misplaced things” & “God sent hurricane Sandy to punish our country because we are allowing gays to be married” & “This nation was founded by God for God-loving people and if some people don’t like that then they can get the hell out.” It just makes me want to scream. It really does. So I decided I will speak up. I won’t be obnoxious about it or go looking for a fight but I will question people when they start spewing religious bullshit. I want people to be rational and not living in fear of the sky fairy they think watches their every move. I want people to use their critical thinking skills & not believe everything written in so-called holy books become someone tells them this is the word of God. In a way I think we atheists are doing a public service by trying to free people’s minds from believing in nonsense.
I avoided the watching the videos because the creatures looked so ugly. The cover visual tells me that the people who produced them must like ugly looking stuff. It may be because looking at ugly stuff makes them feel better about themselves.
Making oneself feel better by condescending about videos one hasn’t seen is obviously the right way to feel better about oneself.
Horses and frogs are awesome.
I don’t like the Bible because the cover isn’t beautiful. The cover visual tells me that the people who produced it must not like beautiful stuff. It may just be because beautiful stuff makes them feel bad about themselves.
See what I did there?
I dare you to make less sense!
“Using your reasoning to validate your reasoning” Reasoning is validated when it brings results, not just when it sounds good.
Science WORKS! Religion doesn’t.
“Using your reasoning to validate your reasoning” sounds better than “Using your wishful thinking to validate your reasoning*”
*religious reasoning is also often at odds with the objective consensus reality, cf miracles
Randi also indirectly made the point that there do seem to be absolutes – an objective reality, the number 2 – particularly when it’s in regard to counting 1 + 1 real objects etc.
that was powerful. the first video is esp so because of the end.
yes, death threats are unsettling. that is the fight we’re in, in case anyone forgot. there are literally people who seek our deaths because we don’t believe as they do. remember that.
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