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Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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This is horrible news no matter how much we knew that it was coming (footage of him at the Texas Freethought Convention in October hardly painted a picture of health). But man did Hitch seem to know something about life and how to live it fully and free, rather than crossing his fingers for what he liked to call a "celestial North Korea"--one of the many Hitchisms that made me smile.

Just got his recent essays collection "Arguably," and it's sad to think we won't get to read a proper obituary of Pat Robertson as Hitchens did with Falwell, or a skewering of another politician using their faith as a basis for policy, or one more of his logical and rational arguments for why we shouldn't give up our free will to superstitious beliefs and practices.

Though I'm definitely not Hitchens' intellectual equal I’d like to think that I still have a few decades left to help others see that just because a church, religious book, or spiritual quack says something doesn't actually mean it's true, and the freedom to choose a life unencumbered by such nonsense is something we must protect.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:33:30 UTC | #899481

Go to: An Army Survey Biased Against Foxhole Atheists

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Comment 5 by JuJu :

It might also cause atheist to feel uncomfortable knowing that the person serving next to them is delusional and might make irrational decisions after talking to their imaginary skydaddy.

I for one certainly hope those in leadership positions in the military do more than pray in order to prepare for missions and deployments.

"Well, I was prayin'" is not an excuse when people are injured and killed.

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:15:19 UTC | #568262

Go to: An Army Survey Biased Against Foxhole Atheists

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Hmm...I was in the army just a few years ago and never had take one of these or anything similar, though I was in a combat unit and our CO probably would have never seen the need for such things. The issue of religion or "spiritual fitness" was never a concern when I was in the service--you go to church or wherever when you had the time, but we had a job to do.

I also never saw a prayer circle or had to suffer through any proselytizing either. And the issue of DADT never came up, come to think of it. We knew of a few gay soldiers (only a tiny few in a combat unit), but we just didn't care. I wonder, how many of these support-the-troop dominionist homophobes have even served in the military, let alone deployed overseas? It may surprise them what the priorities are when lives are on the line.

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:07:54 UTC | #568258

Go to: What's really hurting Christianity in America

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Comment 19 by SoHelpMeReason :

It's voting day in the U.S. (and my first time casting a ballot!) and I'm voting democrat.

Among innumerable reasons, I don't need Glorious Sky Fairy babysitting our government policies.

I'm a college student and I think it's safe to say the majority of the rest of my generation will be doing the same. I'd like to take this moment and gently point out, for the record, and with utmost due respect, see, "because I'm older" does not unquestionably imply intellect and soundness of judgment.

In spite of constant assault regarding our "wild ways" and "radical ideas", it's always been the younger generation to carry change and lead progress.

With so many self-proclaimed Jesus freaks running in this midterm election (in all parties) it was nice to read a piece like this. The vast majority of young people may not vote--one reason most candidates can still get away with so much religiosity--but in the coming decades I wouldn't be surprised if a large number of realists and rationalists enter public office and the days of "faith-based" legislation will become a thing of the past, or at the least the sparsely populated states.

The Religious Right should really be thankful that young people don't vote in large numbers though--they would quickly be marginalized and voted out of office for being the intolerant dominionist fanatics they really are.

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 07:43:12 UTC | #541850

Go to: Jon Stewart rally - as it happened

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Comment 12 by TorontoAtheist :

On TDS Stewart shows rare courage when he takes America's politicians and media to task for their dishonesty and incompetence. But then he pretends that the lunacy is equally distributed in US politics, despite the fact that the archives of his own show prove this claim utterly false.

Don't get me wrong, I admire the man. But I do prefer Stephen Colbert and his unapologetic liberal views (expressed brilliantly through his hilarious parody of a rightwing pundit).

I like Stewart's show too but I can't stand his constant claims of being nothing more than a "fake news" show as cover for his beliefs and his appearances on other shows and events like the rally. Yes he's a comedian, but with a very popular show that's apparently not too "fake" to attract a sitting president, as well as various other world leaders.

I wish he would just stand up and say "Yes, we are a part of the news cycle too, we just use comedy to interpret it in a different way. We have our political views and we're proud of them." Instead he seems to always resort to saying that because they're just making jokes, their politics are inconsequential and they have no say in things and therefore ultimately have no influence.

This is why I think Colbert is a much more effective (and funny) voice, because he goes so deep into his character of the right wing pundit lunatic he ends up exposing more of what's wrong with the media and America in general. He can have on conservative guests and just tear them to pieces while Stewart spends much of the time arguing for his show's supposed image of comedic naiveté.

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 18:56:14 UTC | #540624

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