Video recommendation: "Palestinians: What do you think of atheists?"

Video recommendation: "Palestinians: What do you think of atheists?"

For this brief article, I will just make a video recommendation and provide some commentarybasically 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.

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The mental gymnastics of the Christian persecution complex

The mental gymnastics of the Christian persecution complex

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of America ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide; all states must uphold this decision. This was a major victory in the war against dogma, as I write about in my article "Love wins battle, war against dogma continues" (July 5, 2015). However, we all knew, I assume, that the battle was, indeed, far from over and that there still are right-wing theists who claim their religious freedom should allow them to oppress others. One such person is Kim Davis and another is an apologist I encountered.

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Destructive dogma

Destructive dogma

Ray Comfort complained about what he perceives as immoral on Facebook. In a vein similar to Westboro Baptist Church's appreciation of dead soldiers, he claimed God is punishing us for what he arbitrarily sees as immoral, because of his faith. Denial of facts, blaming victims of "God's wrath" rather than God himself, and thus supporting the tyranny of God (even though it does not really exist, since God does not exist) are three major problems with conservative theism.

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The epitome of dogma

The epitome of dogma

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.

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Tradition, sides, and dogma

Tradition, sides, and dogma

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.

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Love wins battle, war against dogma continues

Love wins battle, war against dogma continues

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.

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The iceberg of love and hate

The iceberg of love and hate

There is a meme which compares religion to an iceberg: the small, visible portion of the berg is the love religion supposedly is all about, while all that is hidden beneath the surface is the hate and bigotry religion is actually about. I retweeted this meme and got the reply that "the tip of the iceberg appears to be melting!" This got me thinking about the nature of religious love.

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