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Happy Holidays

Memo to anyone reposting that “and it’s MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holidays” whine: If you’re doing it as a religious assertion, remember that (as the interminable song tells us) there are 11 other days involved in the Christmas season, making “Happy Holidays” totally valid. And if you’re posting it to be exclusionary or not-so-subtly racist, […]

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Atheist’s 10 Commandments

As an atheist, I’ve long preached (ahem) that we don’t need a magic book or special creed to know how to behave like decent human beings, but Penn Jillette came up with some good rules of thumb. e.g. 1. The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all. 3. Say what […]

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U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz

http://features.pewforum.org/quiz/us-religious-knowledge/ Here’s that Pew Religion quiz I blogged about earlier. As I suspected, I did pretty well – 14/15. Missed the question about the First Great Awakening, which was new to me. (Another distinction between myself the religious types who probably scored lower: I actually looked the Awakening up in Wikipedia, ’cause, you know, curiosity.)

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-religion-survey,0,7375137.story I want to take this survey, mainly out of curiosity as to how a lifelong atheist, with absolutely no exposure to the Bible beyond the scenes depicted in the museums I so love, would fare. Given the first few questions mentioned in this article, I’m well on the way to 100%. So why would […]

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Evolutionary Psychology – Torontoist

http://torontoist.com/2009/10/evolutionary_psychology.php Richard Dawkins is the Michael Moore of the evolution argument: He’s entirely in the right, but such a smug asshole with such a childish attitude that he makes me cringe. Taking an approach that is as alienating and dogmatic as any religious doctrine is not going to win him new followers; it’s just going […]

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Jesus Christ returns to Earth – punches Pope in face, leaves again & Atheism & William K. Wolfrum Chronicles

http://www.williamkwolfrum.com/2009/03/18/jesus-christ-returns-to-earth-punches-pope-in-face-leaves-again/ The recent papal kerfuffle left me exasperatedly speechless. Luckily, The Christ decided to intervene and stop the nonsense: Jesus Christ – a leading figure in modern Christianity – returned to Earth today after a nearly 2,000-year hiatus. The Second Coming was cut short, however, as Christ, 37, went directly to the Vatican and punched […]

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Im fucking starving | Yom Kippur Ecard | someecards.com

http://www.someecards.com/upload/yom_kippur/im_fucking_starving.html To all my atoning Jewish friends on their highest of holidays: Also? I feel your pain, though only until the microwave finishes with my meal:

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080311/ap_on_re_eu/vatican_sins_5;_ylt=AstoI.W65Ue26hF8KHS44FQE1vAI In olden days, the deadly sins included lust, gluttony and greed. Now, the Catholic Church says pollution, mind-damaging drugs and genetic experiments are on its updated thou-shalt-not list. Also receiving fresh attention by the Vatican was social injustice, along the lines of the age-old maxim: “The rich get richer while the poor get poorer.” […]

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Pope turns tables on critics – thestar.com

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/295577 In a 130-page “apostolic exhortation” issued last year, the Pope reasserted the church’s opposition to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriages, calling these values “non-negotiable.” And he insisted that Catholic politicians had a duty to defend the church’s teachings. Another example (after my Mitt Romney post last week) of why it’s a bad idea to […]

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Christmas with Christopher Hitchens | Books | Interview | The A.V. Club

http://www.avclub.com/content/node/71705/print/ I don’t like Christopher Hitchens, but I suspect we agree on many, many things. Case in point, the awful “family holiday” observation of Christmas (*shudder*): I think attitudes toward Christmas don’t depend just on attitude to religion, but on what kind of family you had, and my family was one that didn’t do very […]

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