Why Should Anyone Promote Atheism? Here’s One Professor’s Great Response

Someone asked Philosophy professor Dr. Peter Boghossian, author of A Manual for Creating Atheists, what his goal was in promoting atheism.

His response was fantastic (beginning at the 2:18 mark):

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Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia Won’t Pretend the ‘Work of Lunatic Charlatans is the Equivalent of True Scientific Discourse’

I don’t know what the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology was thinking starting a petition to get Wikipedia to treat their pseudoscience more favorably.

… people who are interested in the benefits of Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and specific approaches such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, Thought Field Therapy and the Tapas Acupressure Technique, turn to [Wikipedia's] pages, trust what they read, and do not pursue getting help from these approaches which research has, in fact, proven to be of great benefit to many.

They urged petitioners not to give any money to Wikipedia unless these changes were made.

However, their efforts were slammed by none other than Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who wrote up a blistering rebuttal:

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A New Billboard Near the Air Force Academy Reminds Cadets It’s Still Okay to Be Christian… As If Anyone Doubted It

There was a time when students who finished Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy would recite this Honor Oath:

“We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God.”

“So help me God”?

That clause finally became optional last October thanks to Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The Air Force Academy even issued a statement explaining why it was a common sense change:



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Carroll County Commissioner Defies Court Order by Reciting a (Fake) Christian Prayer at Meeting

Only one day after a judge told the Carroll County (Maryland) Board of Commissioners that they couldn’t pray to Jesus during board meetings, one of the commissioners has already defied the ruling:

Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier opened up Thursday morning’s Carroll County Board of Commissioners budget meeting with a prayer containing references to Jesus Christ…

Frazier, who seemed near tears, began the meeting by expressing her displeasure with the judge’s ruling. Frazier, R-District 1, said she was willing to go to jail to fight the preliminary injunction ruling.

“If we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America,” Frazier said. “We’ve been told to be careful. But we’re going to be careful all the way to Communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’”

She then proceeded to quote a prayer that she said was by George Washington, which included references to Jesus Christ, Lord, our Father, merciful father and the Holy Spirit.

Got that, everyone? Somehow, an order demanding that prayers, if used, remain non-sectarian — a perfectly reasonable accommodation for anyone to make — turned into an order telling Frazier what to think and was the first step in a march to Communism.

I thought Frazier’s biggest problem was that she was defying a court order. Now I realize she has far deeper issues she needs to address…

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Creationist to Give Commencement Address at Montana Engineering School. Let the Boycotts Begin

Greg Gianforte (below) is a wealthy Christian whose family foundation has donated a lot of money to “Christian causes in education, poverty and evangelism” including the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum — a Creation museum in Montana.

By itself, that’s not a big deal. He can waste his money however he’d like. But it gets worse. He and his wife have worked closely with both the conservative Heritage Foundation and an affiliate of Focus on the Family. His wife even testified against an ordinance that would ban discrimination against LGBT people.

But back to the Creation museum thing for a second. We’re talking about someone who believes the world is a few thousand years old, an idea that makes no sense to anyone trained in science.

So who was the genius who invited the Gianfortes to be the commencement speakers at an engineering school that graduates many of the top geologists in the world?

That would be Don Blakketter, chancellor of Montana Tech.

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