For this brief article, I will just make a video recommendation and provide some commentary—basically just my thoughts after watching the video. The video in question is "Palestinians: What do you think of atheists?" Check it out below and read some of my thoughts.Read More
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Holiness and purity are arbitrary concepts, which were invented by humankind. There is nothing which actually is holy, or sacred, or pure. Rather, holiness and purity are two of the many falsehoods of religion meant to stop people from questioning. The dogmatic belief that holiness and purity exist and make something better, closer to God, than the unholy and impure is not part of some greater truth, but the indoctrination that allows religion to keep its thralls in check.Read More
A conservative theist criticized my article "Love wins battle, war against dogma continues" (July 5, 2015), basically saying, amongst other things, that traditional marriage not only has tradition behind it, but also merit. Of course, I disagreed, which I detailed in my follow-up article, "Tradition, sides, and dogma" (July 13, 2015). The theist then replied to that article, as well, explaining his dogmatic position in more detail, while claiming it is those who support same-sex marriage who are dogmatic.Read More
In my article "Love wins battle, war against dogma continues" (July 5, 2015), I argue that most arguments against same-sex marriage consist, at least in part, of an appeal to tradition. "It used to be this way, so it must continue to be this way," even if that way is arbitrary and discriminatory. To this, I got a retort from a conservative, nationalistic, theistic 'Murican.Read More
Love wins! Marriage equality is now the law of the land, in America, finally. It was not very surprising that the voice of reason did, indeed, conquer ancient bigotry, in the end, but the road has been long. Even amidst all the bliss, however, there is the looming realization that there is still a long way to go. With a major victory still fresh in mind, this article looks to the road ahead. There is still a lot of opposition to same-sex marriage, and even LGBT in and of itself, so the fight is far from over. This hate, in the west, is coming mostly from the ultra-religious Christian right. Thus, this article will provide criticism of Christianity, conservatism, and the anti-LGBT stance.Read More
Although Fox News thinks the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, was part of the "war on Christianity" and had nothing to do with race, the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, had everything to do with race. It, like many other shootings of black individuals, was born from the culture of racism conservatives both deny and support. (Granted, liberals can be racist, too, but it is just not as common.) Many on the left have criticized that the SC Shooting is not called an act of terror, when the same kind of attack by a Muslim would be called just that. So was the South Carolina Shooting terrorism?Read More
The conservative way to win any argument is quite simple: appeal to tradition without explaining why this is important, draw incorrect and scary conclusions from cultural changes, and straw man the fuck out of any opposing argument. If facts are present, ignore them. Just put them aside for never. I agree that the cozy warmth of one's comfort zone is great, at least for those who are privileged with a comfort zone, but change being scary is not a reason change should not happen.Read More