Chris Gaskey.

I dream of the day when chickens can cross a road and not have their motives questioned.

did-you-kno:

Scientists studying ancient evolutionary changes recently trained a group of fish to walk on land. Over a period of 8 months, the shape of their bodies changed as they adjusted to the terrestrial lifestyle. Source

If this can happen in 8 months, and it can be observed happening, imagine what millions upon millions of years can do.It’s both saddening and infuriating that the same people who ask for evidence of evolution — all the while denying the blatant proof that is right in front of them (like this fish) — are the same ones who will believe in an invisible sky daddy with absolutely no proof of his existence other than a 2,000-year-old book of Bronze Age fairy tales and the voices in their own head.If this were someone who believed in something other than god in a case like this, we’d lock them up in the whacko basket. But scream “God” and all of a sudden you’re afforded this disturbing amount of almost reverent courtesy.We’re backward as fuck.

did-you-kno:

Scientists studying ancient evolutionary changes recently trained a group of fish to walk on land. Over a period of 8 months, the shape of their bodies changed as they adjusted to the terrestrial lifestyle. Source

If this can happen in 8 months, and it can be observed happening, imagine what millions upon millions of years can do.

It’s both saddening and infuriating that the same people who ask for evidence of evolution  all the while denying the blatant proof that is right in front of them (like this fish)  are the same ones who will believe in an invisible sky daddy with absolutely no proof of his existence other than a 2,000-year-old book of Bronze Age fairy tales and the voices in their own head.

If this were someone who believed in something other than god in a case like this, we’d lock them up in the whacko basket. But scream “God” and all of a sudden you’re afforded this disturbing amount of almost reverent courtesy.

We’re backward as fuck.


Coming out as an atheist doesn’t only apply to those who are new to non-belief, and it’s not just a one-off personal event only involving close family. Public non-belief means many different things to many people but, in a society that’s largely intolerant of faithlessness, it’s always an ongoing process that arises again each time an atheist is asked about his or her beliefs - or lack thereof.

teachthemhowtothink:

Me: Oh! I love this song!

My son: This song makes you cry every time they play it on the radio.

Me: I know. I’m sorry.

My son: The part about the kids?

Me: Always the part about the kids.

My son:  Why don’t kids want to be gay?

Me:  Oh sweetie… that’s hard to answer.  Do you remember when same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota a few months ago?

My son:  Yeah.

Me:  Well, you live in a family where that was really, really good news.  We were SO happy that, in our state, people that love each other would be able to get married - man and woman, woman and woman, man and man.

My son:  I was happy too!

Me:  Here’s the hard part… there were a LOT of people that were and are really angry that law passed.  People that think a man and a man or a woman and woman shouldn’t be able to get married.  That it is wrong for them to love each other.

My son:  That’s stupid.

Me:  I agree.  But that’s why some kids don’t want to be gay.  Because they live in a family that thinks it’s wrong.  And they think their family won’t love them anymore if they knew they were gay.

My son:  ….  but…  that doesn’t make any sense.

Me:  I know.  That’s why this song makes me cry.

My son:  I’m going to be president and I’m going to make a law that says people can’t be stupid.  And I’m going to make all the people that say kids shouldn’t be gay go to classes that will teach them why people should be able to love whoever they love.  And I’m going to tell kids that are gay “Gay is Awesome!  Be gay!” and kids that are not gay “That’s great too!” because it’s really, really stupid that kids feel bad about love.  Love is GOOD. 

Me:  Damn right, kiddo.  Love is good.

My son:  Are you going to cry again?

Me:  Yup.

Parenting done right.

Seriously, “Same Love” is one of the greatest songs of all-time, and is certainly one of the most important.


Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave my daughter a Bible. THAT’S how you make atheists.
— Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists, on “religious knowledge” and the reason why atheists tend to score much higher on religious aptitude tests than actual theists.

teachthemhowtothink:

candybis:

I am laughing too fucking hard  [x]

The video is from three years ago, but this stuff never seems to get old.

THIS JUST IN!  Atheists know more about religion than followers of religion!  Shocking!

I’ve found that this is true, always. ALWAYS.


Gotta love where I live… BIBLE BELT 4-LIFE!

Gotta love where I live… BIBLE BELT 4-LIFE!



I don’t need a shepherd; I’m not a sheep.
— Unknown

When an atheist observes that religion is passed down via indoctrination by the parents, it is not uncommon for a believer to counter by claiming that it is necessary for an atheist to indoctrinate their children into atheism.

It is understandable that they would counter with this argument; in their world, knowledge is revealed so people are not allowed to come to their own conclusions. In reality, though, no indoctrination is necessary to raise one’s child to be an atheist, all it takes is an education.

When they’re really young, instead of reading fairytales you can read them some of the more childhood-appropriate stories from the different religions. You can read them the stories and then tell them about how early humans made up those stories to help them explain a world they didn’t yet understand.

The creation myths are how we tried to explain where we came from; the afterlife is how we first tried to cope with the loss of death; weather was a consequence of god’s favor with an area; and we can even show how people used religion in an attempt to implement rules governing morality.

People came up with these explanations because we like to feel like we have control over what’s going on. Then they can also be taught about how religion used those rules to keep bad people in power and other people as sub-human by exploiting our ignorance.

You must also cultivate their curiosity and instill in them a desire to learn. Ask them why they think things happen, then help them figure out the answer. Make sure they pay attention to science and math, and make sure you don’t let school kill their curiosity. Learning physics, chemistry, and biology will give them the tools to have a basic understanding of the evolution of the universe, the evolution of life, and a general idea of how life works at the most fundamental levels.

Using education, a richer, more beautiful picture of reality can be painted that will make the ridiculousness of religion plainly obvious to any child - no indoctrination required.

from the Facebook page “Atheists and Rational Thinkers”

I’ve been confronted with this very topic in a lot of my discussions lately. It just so happens that this particular Facebook favorite of mine has answered the same question more eloquently than I could, which is why I posted it.


Do you mean to tell me that the only reason you try to be good is to gain god’s approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That’s not morality, that’s just sucking up, apple polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base thought.
— Richard Dawkins

All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.
— Cathy Ladman

To Whomever It May Concern:

When you ask me to respect religion because people believe in it, I want you to remember something. I want you to remember that long ago your ancestors were not Christian or Muslim. They had their own culture and customs native to their heritage. Through military conquest religion spread itself through the Old World, and those distant relatives were faced with a choice: either accept Christianity/Islam or die a painful death. This was how most major religions today achieved their position of respect.

After Europe had been fully indoctrinated, the papal Doctrine of Discovery gave the authority to all good Christians to conquer the native peoples of the New World and claim that land for God and the Church. Millions died mercilessly and were even tortured by Christian heroes like Christopher Columbus.

Now, thousands of years later, when we no longer have to respect these beliefs upon pain of death, we are told that we should respect religion. We are told by those within even the non religious community that we should show respect to these ideas that have gained a place of vaunted privilege in our societies which are built upon the graves of any who dared question or challenge the authority of divine providence.

You think you are being rational. You think you are being reasonable. What you are really doing is propping up the last leg of human slavery to bad ideas and providing intellectual cover for religion to keep a place of honor and respect it never earned.

Please, stop protecting religion in the guise of false humility. Be honest and firm with your beliefs and never expect anyone to respect your ideas unless they earn it, and always be willing to be wrong. That is what it means to be a free thinker.

~Timothy Havener

— Posted on The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science’s facebook page (here). (via teachthemhowtothink)

Some of us find our miracles in the pages of Holy Scripture, and some of us find our miracles in the pages of Scientific American.
— Dan Brown

divineirony:

Then he had this news encoded in a suspiciously complied book so confusing and vague that it’s been interpreted thousands of different ways giving rise to countless incompatible factions all claiming equal authority and truth, willing to murder whoever disagrees.
Kind of a bumbling approach for someone with supposedly unlimited power and knowledge.

divineirony:

Then he had this news encoded in a suspiciously complied book so confusing and vague that it’s been interpreted thousands of different ways giving rise to countless incompatible factions all claiming equal authority and truth, willing to murder whoever disagrees.

Kind of a bumbling approach for someone with supposedly unlimited power and knowledge.


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