The worst song ever was actually by an atheist

Ed Brayton accidentally launched an epic comment thread last week when he discussed his least favorite songs. I hate to tell you all, the worst song of all time is actually by an atheist. Don't avert your eyes. Make yourself watch it. Jimmy Buffett - Fruitcakes http://www.youtube.com/embed/wneCa_yIuzg? I used to work in a used CD store in a sleepy Florida town. Our favorite thing to do was to get buzzed and try to find the worst song in the entire store. We played this game for … [Read more...]

Catholic student vows to hunt me down

Being a highly visible atheist in the military, I get a steady trickle of threats of violence, and absurd walls of text. It goes with the territory. I was just cleaning out the spam trap when I found this gem. I will hunt you down. - Terry Wrist  IP: 180.95.XX.XX Obviously I censored the IP. It resolves to a Melbourne Based Catholic school. This one. We tipped off the internet cops, and they have provided a sketch of the suspects. Terry Wrist, is most definitely on the … [Read more...]

Fox News bears false witness about the Camp Pendleton cross

The Camp Pendleton cross was simply illegal, and the Marine Corps quickly did the right thing and had it removed requested a legal review. (There is an almost identical story where a cross was indeed removed at Camp Marmal very recently. I wonder how that legal review is going to turn out at Camp Pendleton... come on leadership - get ahead of this. Take this cross down too.) Existing and long-standing military regulations specifically ban this. No atheists 'sued'. A mistake was corrected and … [Read more...]

Camp Pendleton cross was *illegal*, predictably Fox News freaked out

American Atheists Vice President (and former Military Director / my mentor!) Kathleen Johnson handled the situation perfectly. Which is almost certainly why they ended the segment soon after she was given a turn to speak. http://www.youtube.com/embed/RbVepqLTOxU? FACT: Camp Pendleton is not in Afghanistan. Camp Pendleton is near San Diego. All chapels have complied with the concept of neutralizing / sanitizing the area after every religious ceremony to provide real neutrality... … [Read more...]

PZ Myers spotted in Islamic Jihad videos

Don't believe me? Look for yourself. Attentive Rock Beyond Belief readers noticed this early this morning. PZ spoke about 72 virgins in disturbing detail. Gross. But things are different now. Atheist PZ Myers is not creepy. He's now a very prominent atheist blogger (you may have heard his name before.) Compare that first picture with recently obtained unreleased footage of an upcoming documentary. … [Read more...]

Never mind, that explains everything about the 72 virgins.

I had previously suggested that radicals that do Jihad would 'run out of virgins' in a matter of months. Here is one prominent orthodoxy: Orthodox Muslim theologians such as al-Ghazali (died 1111 CE) and al-Ash'ari (died 935 CE) have all discussed the sensual pleasures found in paradise, and they are graphically elaborated by Qur'anic commentator and polymath, al-Suyuti (died 1505). He wrote: Each time we sleep with a Houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never … [Read more...]

Why 72 virgins is more like a punishment, not a reward.

Radicals have used this promise to brainwash young men. If you think this one through, it's not that awesome of a deal. Let's just say that the controversial 72 virgins reward wasn't mistranslated, misinterpreted or otherwise misunderstood. Let's also overlook the implications that a young woman's virginity should simply be rewarded to others. What about females? What reward do they get? Yeah, overlook that one too. To the sex-driven young male contemplating Jihad, at first, it seems … [Read more...]

Parkour for Jesus

Parkour for Jesus? Unfortunately, this is a thing. About a year ago, my wife sent me a link to a craigslist ad for a guy who was starting a Parkour for Jesus group. Parkour, of course is the 'sport' of freestyle walking and running. I found the screen-capture of the long deleted personal ad, and it made me laugh all over again. I had to whip up something in photoshop to celebrate (above). I love craigslist weirdos. This is one of the finest examples. I actually contacted this guy … [Read more...]

6 dead after church tells them to stop taking HIV medication

Reporters in the U.K. have uncovered a tragedy. Faith healers there have been telling their congregations that they can cure anything - including HIV. And people are dying. Six victims and counting. An undercover reporter went to one of the many UK churches that claim to be able to cure anything. The person hardly blinked, and promised them a cure. From the report: At least six people with HIV stopped taking their medication and died after churches claimed God could cure them, … [Read more...]

Proof that babies are indeed atheists (short video)

Some would argue that all babies are atheists. Conversely, our 9 month old daughter has been speaking in tongues a lot. So we decided to just ask her how she feels about God: http://www.youtube.com/embed/MDX5_d7V5uU? Not surprisingly, her thoughts on religion mirror her parents' views. Another question I get is: Are you raising your daughter to be ATHEIST?!? I change my answer depending on the mood. (please leave suggestions in the comments, if you've got any.) No, we are … [Read more...]