I hope this is true. Just for my amusement.
A few weeks ago, the mayor of La Vista, Nebraska, Doug Kindig, made earned his fifteen minutes of infamy with secular folks when he had this to say about the Omaha Atheists‘ concerns over a “Faith & Freedom Day”:
Take me to fucking court because I don’t care. … Minorities are not going to run my city.
Apparently, things are beginning to smooth over, but it opened an opportunity for the community to learn more about its atheist neighbors, and that’s where a really nice piece by Adam Klinker at the Bellvue Leader comes in. It’s a fairly lengthy profile of some of Omaha Atheists’ members, and it serves as a wonderful contrast between the stereotype of the litigious atheist gadfly and the reality, which is that these folks are really just good, smart, politically-conscious people in the community. [Read more...]
Once again, Richard Dawkins is being criticized for something he never meant — by someone who’s actually on the same side as him.
On Twitter this week, Dawkins posted this perfectly sensible comment:
John Cedars, who blogs at the Jehovah’s Witness watchdog blog JWsurvey, used to be a JW himself before he finally came to his senses. His wife’s pregnancy gave him the final push he needed to leave the faith for good.
John recently gave birth to a beautiful girl, Jessica Liberty, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake indoctrinating her that his parents did with him. So he made this really lovely video:
Now look: Most atheists don’t eat children simply for the heck of it. We’re just more practical and pragmatic about consuming young flesh than most people.
It pains me that there are those among us who still frequently endure hunger pangs, refusing to feast upon even the juiciest juveniles. These fellow atheists are the victims of an outmoded uneasiness that the rest of the world refers to as “scruples.”
Fortunately, I just came across this 1970s book that helps explain, in an inspired fashion, why taking a bite out of a well-buttered bambino ought to be a guilt-free indulgence — and indeed is often the sane, rational thing to do.