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Full disclosure, I identify as an agnostic because I know it is impossible to prove the non-existence of a god. However, I am functionally an atheist, because I rate the probability of God's existence at vanishingly small; practically nil. I reach this conclusion because I have been a student of science most of my life, and science tells us that no supernatural force is required to explain everything we see in nature. And virtually everything reported to be supernatural is found to be either a deceptive fraud or completely unsubstantiated claim.

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This would make a hell of an engagement ring! MINERS JUST DISCOVERED THE LARGEST PINK DIAMOND IN ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 29, 2022:
"...conditions for mining diamonds are often hazardous, and the industry has been associated with the displacement of Indigenous peoples, worker exploitation, pollution and human rights abuses..." Hence the term "blood diamond." That's why I will never buy a diamond ring, bracelet, necklace, earring, nose post, belly button thingamajig, etc., etc.
Oglala Sioux tribe expels Christian missionary for spreading 'hate speech'
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 29, 2022:
Good for them! First Nations people are way out in front on environmental protection and resistance to the white Christian patriarchy. We should all be so resilient and committed.
Japan's Abes assassination and its connections to the Unification Church.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 29, 2022:
Let's face it: Christianity is a business. It should be treated as such. It should be taxed, and subject to all relevant consumer protection laws, including laws against false advertising and fraud.
Republicans are being cruel towards veterans?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 29, 2022:
Not only do they (Republican senators) not care about veterans, they also don't care about the rest of us. They only care about themselves. Look at how they allow the fossil fuel industry to keep its stranglehold on the energy sector, while the thermometer inches ever higher and the floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and rising sea levels rip away people's homes and livelihoods.Senate Republicans are such hypocrites! It's disgusting!
4,000+ Children Died: Pope Apologizes to Indigenous Groups in Canada over Residential School Abuse |...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 28, 2022:
Now let's see the Pope put his money where his mouth is.
Bond set for Sebring man charged with murder in death of fetus | WYTV
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 28, 2022:
I have said, for years, that Evangelical Christians are the American Taliban. This becomes more obvious by the day.
Pete Seeger, Once Blacklisted Is Now On US Forever Postage Stamp
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 28, 2022:
I'm almost out of stamps. The last batch was otters. The next will be Petes! 😂
Pete Seeger, Once Blacklisted Is Now On US Forever Postage Stamp
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 28, 2022:
I remember well one weekend day in the early 90s, sitting at home watching Pete on PBS on my little 12-inch black-and-white TV. He played a piece by Bach, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, on his banjo, and I thought, "I can do that on guitar!" So I started picking away at it, figuring it out, playing by ear. I did not have to struggle with it; it came to me easily, like it was meant to be. It's still one of my favorite pieces to play. I do it as the first and last parts of a two-song medley. For the middle section of the medley I do a Grateful Dead song called Stella Blue. It's been a long time now, since I played anything on the guitar. Too much work with hammers, and jackhammers, and screws, and screwdrivers...and chisels, and paint, and paint brushes. And left-hand monkey wrenches...
Christian Nationalism's Racist Past Precludes Revival Except Among GOP's Trumpiest - YouTube
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 27, 2022:
I did NOT know of Smith before seeing your post. But I immediately recognize that it is especially important today for us to remember who he was. Christian nationalists pose an existential threat to America. Thank you for posting!
Today would be the 94th birthday of our greatest ever filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 27, 2022:
Kubric is truly great! Let's se if I can ID the films in the photo montage: left to right, we have Eyes Wide Shut, Paths of Glory, Killer's Kiss, The Shining, Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket, The Killing, Taxi Driver, and Spartacus. How did I do?
Religion has had 1,000's of years to prove god exists...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 26, 2022:
Among the Dead Sea scrolls was one containing what Biblical scholars call the Thomas Gospel. One of its more interesting Jesus quotes has him stating that "the kingdom of the father is here on Earth, but men do not see it." I take that as an admission that there is nothing supernatural about Heaven (and Hell). Rather, they are natural elements of any human life.
With the Lemon Test gone, a police-led prayer vigil may be legal again
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 26, 2022:
There goes the neighborhood 😐
How we thought it was meant to be! This is the reality of how it actually turned out, far worst ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 26, 2022:
Good cartoon. Too bad it is so hard to read it on a "smart" phone, even with a magnifying glass!
Can’t stand this annoying cretin.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 25, 2022:
Kirk Cameron? Never heard of him. Apparently he is an ignorant moron?
2 Rule - Reading religious books are not necessary for telling it is bull shit.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 25, 2022:
I second that emotion!
Inflation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 25, 2022:
Much as it hurts to be reminded how badly I'm being screwed by inflation, I have to admit that Oliver's presentation is still funny to me. Laughing is always better than crying. 😂
If ANYONE still supports this man, those people are dumbasses.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 24, 2022:
Gawd I wish Gaetz' mama had had the good sense to get an abortion instead of inflicting her hell spawn on the world
Scientology wants the Supreme Court to enforce its billion-year contract
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 24, 2022:
Pretty short-sighted of them. A billion years is not even a drop in the eternal bucket. 😂
Religion has had 1,000's of years to prove god exists...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 24, 2022:
The word "religion" originally came from the Italian word "religgio," meaning re-linking. The idea was that religion provides a link back to our origins. How ironic! If religion as we know it actually did that, then we would be hearing dissertations on evolutionary biology from the pulpit, instead of the gobbledygook the faithful are actually feasting on.
FrayedBear must be a member of the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM).
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 23, 2022:
I have gone 15 rounds with that nut job, metaphorically knocking his sorry dick in the dirt time and time again. I will give him this: he keeps on picking himself up and trying again. It got me thinking, why would anyone put their self through such a humiliating exercise? I conclude that he must be getting paid to do it. He must be in the employ of some Russian propaganda organ, sent here to foment discord among Americans. I am happy to say that here on Agnostic.com he broke his pick. Free thinkers see right through his schtick. That's why I am proud to be part of this community. You guys rock.
Kentucky judge slams 'theocratic' laws in ruling protecting abortion rights
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 23, 2022:
Hooray for Judge Mitch Perry! Finally someone is pushing back against the root cause of the problem: that Christians want to shove their religion down our throats. There is absolutely no scientific basis for the notion that personhood starts at conception. A fetus does not possess consciousness. When an adult is in that state we call it brain dead and we pull the plug. Like so many other crazy notions coming from the religious right, the idea of personhood beginning at conception, or when the heart starts beating, is nowhere represented in the Bible. Rather, the Old Testament says that life begins after birth, with the first breath. The current Christian misinterpretation is something that Christian nationalists invented to be wielded as wedge issue in the political sphere. It has nothing to do with science or healthcare or even morality. It is merely a club used to beat us all over the head and shoulders. It's high time we did some maintenance on the wall of separation between church and state. Better to lay those bricks in mortar than to be hurling them at one another. Just sayin.
Is anyone else stumbling on the technology highway?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 23, 2022:
To one degree or another, all the effing time. 🤣
The Dance Many atheists’ interest in science and critical thinking appears to extend only far ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 22, 2022:
This is what is meant by "putting on blinders."
Walgreens boycott called after employees refuse to sell contraception due to religious beliefs
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 21, 2022:
I won't be spending any money at Walgreens.
Climate change deniers.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 21, 2022:
Nice list, but it only scratches the surface. There are so many negative effects of global warming that it is difficult to compile a truly comprehensive accounting. But one thing is certain: burning fossil fuels is the prime cause.
31 former students sue Seventh-day Adventist school for child abuse
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 19, 2022:
Power to the child victims of wacko churches!
Court OKs sale of 43 Catholic Church properties to settle sex abuse claims
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 19, 2022:
Good! Now revoke their tax exempt status. 🙂
Christian values.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 19, 2022:
Cognitive dissonance on full display.😵‍💫
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace | Pew Research Center
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 18, 2022:
Not fast enough, unfortunately.
Bernie Sanders: Joe Manchin Is Intentionally Sabotaging President Biden's Agenda
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 17, 2022:
Manchin says there is no money for climate action, but that's only because he wants to protect this ridiculous tax code that only benefits the wealthy. The Trump tax law was/is/will be a disaster for the country.
Religion asks too much of people like me.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 17, 2022:
i need to see evidence. And I mean measurable, reproducible, independently- verifiable evidence, not some 2000-year-old scriptural mumbo jumbo. I can't accept any god-based religion because there is no evidence of and god. Period.
Every society can be described as a struggle for power among several groups (example: the ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 17, 2022:
To answer your question, IMO there is no absolute morality. It is whatever the group says it is. I think that we could approach something like a universal morality if everyone was well educated in science, and we let science provide a baseline for our understanding of nature. For instance, in trying to decide when a fetus becomes a human being, you might apply a criterion that can be objectively measured. You might say higher level consciousness is a requirement for humanity, rather than some dubious proposition of a Creator's holy spirit entering the zygote at the moment of fertilization. Consciousness can be measured; holy spirit cannot. Sadly, we are a looooong way from universal science literacy.
For those of you who will be skipping going to Church for the umpteenth time, just remember what ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 17, 2022:
With Cristian nationalists, it's the politics in the driver's seat. The religion is just a way to draw people in, give them an identity.
How does belief in the existence of a genocidal maniac in the sky make you a good and moral person?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 17, 2022:
It's complicated. 😂
Edmonton church fined $80,000 for obstructing COVID health inspections
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 17, 2022:
Good! Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of crazies.
Religion offers simple solutions for simpletons, faith is required but free thinking (really ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 17, 2022:
The tattoos look like a child drew them. Talk about desecrating the temple!
Yesterday I altered this shirt. How did I do?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 15, 2022:
It's good...you will make a fine bishop in your purple shirt 😂
To a degree I do have some sympathy with the religious fundamentalist and literalist.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 15, 2022:
I don't agree that moderate religious sects are more "shallow, narcissistic, dishonestly cherry picking, manipulative, self serving, and corrupt" than fundamentalist ones. I think it's the other way around.
Female pastor's pro-LGBTQ views censored in book about female pastors
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 14, 2022:
This instance of censorship illustrates the weakness of the more "conservative" elements of the religious community's position, and their own tacit acknowledgement of that weakness. They know their position cannot stand up to scrutiny or comparison with alternative ideas. In the marketplace of ideas they are losing customers. So instead of modifying their thinking they double down on dumb, and react by stifling dissenting voices. It's pathetic.
One tiny bright spot re: the hard-core religious strict-constructionists: it appears to me that they...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 14, 2022:
Uh, that is not progress if they think the Earth is only 6,000 years old. That's knuckle-dragging, backward, flabby thinking. That's intellectual malpractice. That's pathetic.
Why Religion does more Harm than it does Good in this World [youtu.be]
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 13, 2022:
Dennet and Hitchens: a pair to draw to 😎👍
Ten thousand atta-boys are wiped out with one aw-shit! Christians believe God created the ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 12, 2022:
The James Webb space telescope just started delivering its first images of deep space. It's already seeing over 13 billion years back in time.
A Christian hate group says it's a church. Why does the IRS agree?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 12, 2022:
The recent revelations about Jim Comey and Johnathan Wray both being subjects of the same type of deeply invasive IRS audit (the odds against this happening at random are astronomical) indicates that Trump used the IRS to go after his political opponents. If the Service can be used (abused) like that, then maybe somebody inside is taking kickbacks in exchange for favorable treatment.
Was Sophia A. Nelson persecuted for her Christian faith?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 11, 2022:
Not having read the Post piece, I can at least say that the friendly atheist has this right about Christian nationalists: they use Christianity as cover for their own bigoted views, which, by and large, are not reflected in the teachings of Jesus. I would add that Christian nationalists do not express these views merely to participate in free and open exchange of ideas. Their ultimate aim is to gain power, and use that power to undemocratically subject others to their will. Christian nationalists are, in essence, fascists.
Was Sophia A. Nelson persecuted for her Christian faith?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 11, 2022:
The New York Post is a perfectly good paper... for lining a bird cage 😂
I am an astrophysicist. I am also a Christian. - Big Think
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 11, 2022:
There is really nothing special about being both a Christian and a scientist. As the author points out, Galileo was both. And so is Kenneth Miller, professor of biology at Brown University. Doctor Miller is both a mainline, mass-attending Catholic, and an evolutionary biologist. He testified as an expert witness (for the plaintiffs) in the Dover, Pennsylvania trial where parents of high school students sued the school board for trying to insert Intelligent Design (Christian dogma masquerading as science) into the biology curriculum. F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that a sign of a first-rate mind is the ability to simultaneously hold two opposing views. From the outside, such mental gymnastics may seem extraordinary. The outsider may only see the stark dichotomy, not the fine-grained details. But the holder of opposing views is intimately familiar with all of the subtle nuances that make the balancing act possible. For him/her, it is second nature.
Novak Djokovic returns to great form by winning his 21st grand slam.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 11, 2022:
@Castlepaloma implies that the USA is trying to force tennis jock Nadal to be vaccinated. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We in the United States, like Australia and many other countries have merely presented Nadal with a simple choice; be vaccinated against COVID-19 or don't enter our countries. It is entirely proper that sovereign states should seek to protect their citizens from a highly contagious and deadly virus. And with hundreds of millions of people having already had the shots, there is ample data showing that they are both safe and effective. There is no good reason not to have the shots. Requiring vaccinations for international travelers is nothing new. It has been standard practice for nearly a century. Nadal seems to think that the rules should not apply to him. He tried to game the system and lie his way in to Australia, and they, to their credit, were having none of it. We should do the same. Anyone who does not respect our rules should be barred from entry. To capitulate to Nadal would be the ultimate tail wagging the dog. The United States government does not buy into your wacko conspiracy theories, Mr. Nadal. Respect our rules or fuck off. As for @Castlepaloma, you are free as a US resident to remain here and refuse vaccination. There is no law against being an idiot. However, don't try to export your idiocy to Australia. They don't want it.
Forbidden
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 11, 2022:
What a profound and beautiful quote. Thank you for posting it.
I am ready for this summer to be over.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 10, 2022:
Best of luck beating the heat. Condolences on the loss of your sister. Speedy recoveries to you, your grandson, and your dawg. I wish I could tell you that the climate will be better next year, but that would be a lie. I wish I could tell you your sister is in a better place, but you know that would be a lie too. However, you and the kid and the dawg will have better days. That ain't no lie. Peace!
Anti-LGBTQ writer claims she's being "silenced" for her Christian faith
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 10, 2022:
You're right, it has nothing to do with Jesus. She is just taking a page out of the Done Cheato's playbook. It's DARVO tactics: Deny/Distract Attack Reverse Victim & Offender
PA State House GOP Silencing Freedom of Speech
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 9, 2022:
This just goes to show how fundamentally weak Republicans perceive themselves to be. They know that they cannot prevail in a free and open exchange of ideas. They must use force in order to "win." How ironic that Pennsylvania, where our democratic republic was born, may be precisely where it dies.
What part of separation of church and state do these cretins not understand??? [yahoo.com]
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 9, 2022:
Mastriano is a dangerous demagogue who, if elected governor of Pennsylvania, says he will sign a bill enabling the state legislature to decide which electors will vote in the electoral college, regardless of the will of Pennsylvania voters.
Churches closing their doors in record numbers
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 9, 2022:
I wish this news was as good as it sounds on the surface. Unfortunately, the closure of many small churches is mirrored by the expansion of attendance at mega churches. I'll be happy when they're all closed down.
Activist Asks To Lead Satanic Prayer At FL High School Football Game | Miami, FL Patch
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 9, 2022:
Yes, we did see this coming 😂 If the District does tell Stevens to "kiss off," then I hope he sues their butts into oblivion. This action needs to be repeated ad nauseam until the Bible thumpers get the message, until they are on their knees begging for a wall of separation between church and state.
Writer of obituary in Florida Times-Union speaks up | firstcoastnews.com
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 8, 2022:
Not being acquainted with either of the parties, I can't say if publication of the harsh obit is a fair assessment or not. However, I generally deplore any whitewashing of the past; it just doesn't help forward movement. Better to tell it like it is (or was) and let the chips fall where they may.
Churches closing their doors in record numbers
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 8, 2022:
The headline sounds better than the reality. As small churches close attendance at mega churches has risen. I'll be happy when they're ALL closed down.
Medical ethical questions arising from political bans on abortion Post by Rebecca Solnit ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 7, 2022:
She's asking the sanctimonious "pro-life" pricks to actually think, to consider a host of real possibilities. This is undoubtedly too much for their poor brains.
Christian activist: I 'pray with' Supreme Court justices ruling on my cases
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 7, 2022:
If her claim of praying with the justices is true, she (Nienaber) is self-aggrandizing. Isn't pride one of the seven deadly sins? If not, she is a liar. Either way she's a sanctimonious a-hole.
[onlysky.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 7, 2022:
This story was posted by @Xenoview yesterday. (Not that there is any harm in posting it again.) Very sad. Some people are too stupid to have children.
What will this so called Conservative Court do if a case on creationism appears on their docket?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 7, 2022:
I would have to have more details before making a prediction.
The Nightly News | George Carlin | The Smothers Brothers Show (1975) - YouTube
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 6, 2022:
Today we could really use a WIN (whip inflation now). 😂
Three monkeys of Religion
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 6, 2022:
One enviable thing about our simian cousins: they are not beleaguered by religion.
I live in Southwestern Ontario Canada.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 6, 2022:
Very sorry to hear of your town's troubles. As far as letting the dumbass run his mouth in the town council, it's a shame that people had to be subjected to a lot of drivle. However, you might take solace in that if you give these assholes enough rope, they often hang themselves. Letting them drone on may just turn people off. Just trying to see the glass as half-full. 😂
DeSantis signs Bill into Law making students and faculty profess their religious and political views
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 5, 2022:
This is scary. Religious affiliation should be nobody's business. It shouldn't matter. Somebody needs to challenge this law in court. Next thing you know, they'll be requiring a DNA test to determine your racial "purity." DeSantis is a fucking Nazi.
Twelve religious group members arrested over Australian girl's death [bbc.com]
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 5, 2022:
Sounds like many other cases of Christian Science medical neglect. I wonder if they are beginning to put 2 and 2 together and question if there is a God, or at least why the supposedly omnipotent deity chose to ignore their prayers. Well that may be giving them too much credit.
The Catholic church is dictating reproductive health care — even in blue states | Salon.com
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 5, 2022:
Same old shit from the same men who sexually abused countless thousands of altar boys. They certainly have got a lot of nerve to speak out on any matters relating to sexuality or reproduction. That anyone gives them any credence at all is astounding.
Highland Park Shooting: Person Of Interest Robert Crimo Went To Trump Rally Dressed As "Where’s ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 5, 2022:
The guy is obviously a cipher with the rim knocked off. What adult man dresses up as Waldo? He is emblematic of the disaffected, alienated, frightened, frustrated, angry jerk-offs that are attracted to Trumpism.
Highland Park Shooting: Police Have Arrested A 'Person Of Interest' After Mass Shooting
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
Pretty stark contrast. And people say blacks are overreacting. Ugh!
"I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
Too late Billy Boy; it's a done deal.
Bill Maher Has a Different Take on White Privilege | Howie Mandel Does Stuff 69
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
I couldn't listen to all in one go...I'll come back to it later. But as far as pot goes, I'm like Bill: long time user but not addicted. It's just something I enjoy occasionally.
How religious groups compare on religious knowledge
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
That's so funny! 😂😂😂
"I urge Americans to remember that the breed of Christian Fascism we are up against is an apocalypse...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
Tru dat. They are even breeding herds of cattle with just the right color (red-brown) needed for the Revelation prophesy to be realized.
10 Scriptures That Show The Bible Is Mythology
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
There is good scholarship indicating that these stories were never meant to be taken literally. That they often are nowadays is a testament to the unfailingly brain-dead hard work of fundamentalist sects.
What ban? Generations-old fireworks stands still draw customers.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
Where others see pretty lights in the night sky I see heavy metals polluting the environment. Red: Sr - Strontium Orange: Sr - Strontium, Na - Sodium Yellow: Na - Sodium Green: Ba - Barium Blue: Cu - Copper Purple: Sr - Strontium, Cu - Copper Greys and White: Ti - Titanium, Zr - Zirconium, Mg - Magnesium
My latest rant.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 4, 2022:
I agree that progressives are about moving forward (with the greater good in mind), but conservatives only only want to maintain the status quo insofar as it means them personally holding on to power and money. Ultimately they are not really "conservative" because they are willing to destroy anything and everything up to and including human civilization and all living species on Earth including our own in order to achieve their aims. I do tend to vote FOR candidates, hoping that this time I will not be disappointed. But then my dear old dad didn't used to call me "Charlie Brown" for nothing. 😂
An open letter to white evangelicals: We’re done with you.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 3, 2022:
I heartily agree with the author's viewpoint. However, there is one correction I would make. While it's true that 85% of white Evangelical Christians voted for Done Cheato in 2016, the people we really have to worry about are the Christian Nationalists. The first thing we need to know about them is that their emphasis is on nationalism, not religion. In fact Christian Nationalists come from every Christian sect: Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical. They are not devout believers; their main interest is in gaining power. Christian Nationalists are ready, willing, and able to cynically misinterpret biblical scripture in any way they feel it will serve their purpose to gain power. Christian Nationalists have infiltrated all levels if government; they populate think tanks, political action committees, corporate boards, non-profit and for-profit organizations, universities, the military. They aim to make America into a white Christian theocracy, and that ain't no multicultural democracy. 😳
Letters From An American 07/02/2022
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 3, 2022:
The USA is a great experiment. It's worth doing, even if it occasionally blows up in our faces. Keep on keeping on.
Coverture: The Word You Probably Don't Know But Should | National Women's History Museum
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 2, 2022:
Thanks for the history lesson and new (to me) vocabulary word! 🙂
Our minds manage to distract us from the terrible reality by filling our lives with stories about ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 2, 2022:
The elites are counting on our perpetual distraction so they can rape the Earth and amass fantastic wealth.
A wise man once said If you choose to play chess with a Bantam Cock, be prepared for him to not ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 2, 2022:
That's why this is only one of two social media sites that I regularly visit. The other is a dating site where I swipe left way more than right. 😂
"For the message of the 'magical sleigh' is foolishness to those who are 'not getting toys' but to ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 1, 2022:
Yup. Welcome to the American theocracy.
WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 1, 2022:
It's endemic now, and will be with us going forward. We'll probably need a new shot every year. And this is not the biggest thing we have to worry about. There are much worse pathogens lurking in the environment. And climate change is not only a threat multiplier, it can wipe out most of our biodiversity. Mass extinction is a real possibility. Have a nice day!
Falling into the (non) religious trap?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 1, 2022:
If secularism is evidence-based, and dedicated to free thinking and open discussion, and always shining a light on hypocrisy, as I think it generally is, then there should no problem. The traits mentioned above make make secularism self-correcting. Sure, mistakes will be made, but things will also get back on track.
University Club rejected over fears it could 'summon Satan' to an Australian university ...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 1, 2022:
"The many fooleries of wise men makes a great show." -- Wm. Shakespeare
Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses may get access to elders' files on them
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 1, 2022:
The idea that a Christian church would keep records on people seems to run contrary to its supposed core principle of redemption and forgiveness. If they really believe that, why keep files on people? Well, there is a possible explanation: maybe its all about money. 🤑💰
Maybe that church is on to something:
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 1, 2022:
Time to look for another job, or get into a different line of work 😂
A liberal friend of mine posted this on her FB page today, and while I'm not religious, I thought it...
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jul 1, 2022:
Using someone's own words or ideas against them is a perfectly valid tactic, but let's be clear. Just because you point out their hypocrisy by citing their words or ideology does not necessarily mean that you accept that ideology in its entirety. You can agree with the "love thy neighbor" part while rejecting the omnipotent sky daddy part. Just because you see the value in everyone doing their best to appreciate the good in others does not mean you have to betray your own capacity for critical thinking and turn a blind eye to the many inconsistencies in the God hypothesis, principal among which are the facts that [a] there is no independently-verifiable evidence for God's existence, and [b] if such a being did exist then the shocking and continual suffering of innocents in spite of His purported omnipotence would indicate that He is a cruel and sadistic son of a bitch and therefore not worthy of worship.
Are the recent hepatitis cases in kids associated with COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccine?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 29, 2022:
Not surprised that people are spreading unfounded rumors that the thing that can best protect kids from the thing that make them more vulnerable to hepatitis is the thing causing the hepatitis. 😂
Clarity for fall: We're getting an Omicron booster
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 29, 2022:
Looks like I'll be getting a second booster in August or September 🙂
LAPD OFFICERS BEAT TO DEATH A FELLOW OFFICER (When will it ever be enough?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 29, 2022:
Sounds like a code red.
For many evangelical Christians, God and guns are inextricably linked
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 29, 2022:
Hypocrisy is a Christian trait. It is dyed in the wool.
It's speech that should be protected just as much as Christian prayers, right?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 28, 2022:
As a high school biology teacher I frequently drew a sharp distinction between science and religion, i.e. that the former is built on objective, reproducible, and independently verifiable evidence, while the latter is not. The curriculum included a broad range of sub-disciplines within biology, including ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, cytology, cell division, cellular energy, and biochemistry. The underlying theme, the "connective tissue" that brought it all together was darwinian evolution, which I folded into every instructional unit, if not every lesson. There was overt pushback by some students, who would sometimes claim that God was the Creator, or it was God's will, or some such nonsense. I always welcomed such comments because they gave me yet another opportunity to wheel out more evidence and challenge anyone else to do the same for the religious argument. Students often tried to get me to state outright what my beliefs were. They would ask, "Don't you believe in God?" My reply was always the same: "They pay me to teach you science, not my beliefs." This disappointed those who wanted to see me paint myself into a corner. They could never get me to say anything that I could not defend as a legitimate part of a science curriculum. Some churchy parents were so frustrated by my teaching their students Darwin's theory that they had their kids pulled from the class. Others turned other methods, including encouraging their students to disrupt class. This made a challenging job even more difficult, but I felt it had to be done my way. In fact, I would often tell myself that this job is not worth doing without executing a full-court press against the kind of flabby thinking typified by religious belief. Over time I was moderately successful; I did reach a few people. But in addition to teaching many facts which some students found objectionable (that humans are animals; that we are products of evolution; that we share ancestors with hedgehogs, fish, salamanders, worms, and bacteria; that the atoms making up our bodies have been recycled many times through the biosphere, and have been incorporated into many other organisms that lived and died before us; that we are all destined to die, and there is no evidence that we go to "a better place;" that we depend on a healthy biosphere for our continued existence; that our current fossil-fuel dependent way of life is putting the students and their future children's and grandchildren's and, in fact, our entire species' existence in grave danger, etc. etc.), I and my colleagues had to deal with a rising tide of general dissatisfaction with economic and social conditions as well as proliferation of increasingly sophisticated personal communication devices. So-called "smart"...
The Supreme Court rewarded religious coercion by a Christian football coach
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 27, 2022:
It's nakedly unconditional. It's disgusting. 🤮
The Justices that overturned Roe are “Constitutionalists.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 26, 2022:
Constitutional originalism does not address the simple reality that times change and conditions differ. And, while the framers were exceptionally smart, they could not foresee all the changes that would take place two or three hundred years down the line. To remain relevant, interpretations of the document have to evolve.
New Rule: I Want My Lawyer! | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - YouTube
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 26, 2022:
It's true that the Republicans are, and have been for decades now, better at messaging and staying focussed on a small set of goals (mostly owning the libs; they aren't actually FOR anything). As for Maher's last word, on building the case against the Done Cheato, that's exactly what the Select Committee is doing. And so far it is devastating. Halfway through the hearings and it should be obvious to everyone that Done Cheato is guilty of defrauding the United States. However, in classic style, many MAGA hatters have tuned the proceedings out entirely and are sticking by their tribal affiliation. Pity. They are in for a huge surprise when Done Cheato is actually indicted.
Pastor Column: Bible tells truth about dinosaurs - Morrow County Sentinel
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 25, 2022:
Speaking of death, that pastor is absolutely brain dead.
SCOTUS: Supreme Christian Overlords Terrorize US.
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 25, 2022:
SCOTUS: Silly Christians Overestimate Their Useless Sanctimony
DYLAN, LENNON, MARX & GOD: Book Discussion with Jon Stewart PhD
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 25, 2022:
Rock music can be a vehicle for just about any message you care to send.
Was there a pro-choice rally/protest in your town today?
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 25, 2022:
I needed to clear my head, so I sailed my boat out on the open ocean and grooved on the vast expanse of sea and sky. ⛵
Radical Religious Regression
Flyingsaucesir comments on Jun 25, 2022:
"Interesting" times. 😐

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