Awesome sight

Over at Why Evolution Is True, Jerry Coyne has posted one hell of a great image.

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This fan of evolution is 4 years old. His mother or father writes in to say:

He can’t seem to get enough of all the pictures and diagrams in the book. He is particularly fond of the diagram near the beginning of the book that shows the evolutionary change from reptiles to dinosaurs to birds. Since I have explained the diagram to him he now goes around telling everyone that birds came from dinosaurs. You can never start teaching them science and critical thinking too early!

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Gov. Ted Strickland murders man

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland ordered the murder of a man, yet remains completely free.

Ohio on Tuesday executed a murder-for-hire triggerman for killing the mother of his intended target, who lay severely wounded nearby as his mother died.

Jason Getsy, 33, was pronounced dead at 10:29 a.m. in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville.

The Ohio Parole Board by a 5-2 vote last month recommended clemency for Getsy because other defendants in the slaying, including Santine, appeared just as guilty but weren’t sentenced to die. Gov. Ted Strickland overruled the board last week, saying the sentencing disparity did not by itself justify granting clemency.

Why is this immoral monster still walking the streets? He is willing to kill an unarmed, nonthreatening person. That is murder.

Holy Diver

Thought of the day

Ask someone what their political orientation is, or if they’re typically liberal or conservative, and it won’t be uncommon to get a response to the effect of “None. I don’t fit these labels so easily.” These people are usually wrong.

It’s just a simple fact that most people fall into general categories. Telling me you’re a conservative doesn’t tell me all your views, but it gives me a general idea. And chances are great that any given person will find themselves agreeing primarily with one political party or one ideology. It’s obnoxious to deny this.

But it's just the fringe!

Anytime I’ve brought up the horrors of what religion did to Kara Neumann, my point is always ‘countered’ with the argument that I’m merely giving an example of some fringe lunatics who are motivated through some form of mental illness or insanity. None of that is true. The monsters in the example I provide ran a successful business and were a normal part of their community. Not only that, but if I bend over backwards* and pretend like none of that matters and that, indeed, they were merely fringe examples, it doesn’t matter because there are 30 (!) states which have laws protecting the religious right to abuse one’s child by refusing medical care for him or her. There are rarely limits placed on this besides death. That means 30 (!) states allow parents to forgo medical treatment in favor of prayer or faith healing as long as they don’t kill their children. 60% of the state governments in the United States doesn’t sound like fringe to me.

And so there is yet another example of religion destroying the minds of otherwise reasonable people in the news. It’s a bill in The Bahamas that would outlaw marital rape. You’d think it’d be common sense, yet here we are with statements like this.

“It is ridiculous for them to try to make that a law, because I don’t think a man can rape his own wife. After two people get married, the Bible says that they become one – one flesh. How is it possible to rape what is yours?” asked Mr. Sutherland.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a story about a couple people who don’t like the bill. The issue is significant down there. The article states it is a majority of men who do not support this bill. There are even some women. And then there’s this.

State Minister for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner said that over the summer months, the government would host a number of consultative meetings to better inform the public on exactly what the amendment entails.

Obama needs to go out and sell his health care reform at public events. That’s understandable. Just how to go about fixing the broken system of health care in the United States is a contentious issue with a lot of special interests, concerns for different age groups, bureaucracy, and a whole host of other things which need to be addressed as comprehensively as possible. That calls for nothing less than large-scale engagement with the public. And then there’s this issue in The Bahamas. It isn’t so complicated: Don’t rape your fucking wife, you degenerate, immoral scumbag.

In a secular society, this inanity would only be possible with legitimate instances of insanity. Religion is the pure motivation behind the efforts of those opposed to this bill in The Bahamas.

*It seems like I can give virtually every religious argument huge concessions and still make my point without injury.

But it’s just the fringe!

Anytime I’ve brought up the horrors of what religion did to Kara Neumann, my point is always ‘countered’ with the argument that I’m merely giving an example of some fringe lunatics who are motivated through some form of mental illness or insanity. None of that is true. The monsters in the example I provide ran a successful business and were a normal part of their community. Not only that, but if I bend over backwards* and pretend like none of that matters and that, indeed, they were merely fringe examples, it doesn’t matter because there are 30 (!) states which have laws protecting the religious right to abuse one’s child by refusing medical care for him or her. There are rarely limits placed on this besides death. That means 30 (!) states allow parents to forgo medical treatment in favor of prayer or faith healing as long as they don’t kill their children. 60% of the state governments in the United States doesn’t sound like fringe to me.

And so there is yet another example of religion destroying the minds of otherwise reasonable people in the news. It’s a bill in The Bahamas that would outlaw marital rape. You’d think it’d be common sense, yet here we are with statements like this.

“It is ridiculous for them to try to make that a law, because I don’t think a man can rape his own wife. After two people get married, the Bible says that they become one – one flesh. How is it possible to rape what is yours?” asked Mr. Sutherland.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a story about a couple people who don’t like the bill. The issue is significant down there. The article states it is a majority of men who do not support this bill. There are even some women. And then there’s this.

State Minister for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner said that over the summer months, the government would host a number of consultative meetings to better inform the public on exactly what the amendment entails.

Obama needs to go out and sell his health care reform at public events. That’s understandable. Just how to go about fixing the broken system of health care in the United States is a contentious issue with a lot of special interests, concerns for different age groups, bureaucracy, and a whole host of other things which need to be addressed as comprehensively as possible. That calls for nothing less than large-scale engagement with the public. And then there’s this issue in The Bahamas. It isn’t so complicated: Don’t rape your fucking wife, you degenerate, immoral scumbag.

In a secular society, this inanity would only be possible with legitimate instances of insanity. Religion is the pure motivation behind the efforts of those opposed to this bill in The Bahamas.

*It seems like I can give virtually every religious argument huge concessions and still make my point without injury.

Gary Habermas

I’m taking a look at Gary Habermas. Ignoring for a moment that he willingly works for a “university” which openly teaches the idiocy of young Earth creationism, he presents an especially weak case from around the two minute mark until just after three minutes.

Basically, the guy from Skeptic Magazine points out that people having significant changes in their lives due to something they report they saw isn’t evidence of anything. If it is, as he notes, then Habermas should be giving Islam equal footing. Habermas then gives a rebuttal where he says his point “was that the disciples weren’t just changed, they were changed because they saw the risen Jesus”. I hope you watch this video. The very next sentence out of his mouth is “Now, transformations cannot prove what somebody’s saying”. He then proceeds to note that transformations can prove that somebody believes what he is teaching. They actually can’t – it’s the credence the listener/reader gives to a person espousing a transformation that gets one to conclude whether the person is being genuine or not. Take Ted Haggard. He had no problem claiming to be on the path back to righteousness and heterosexuality, but that obviously wasn’t true. But, as usual, I’ll bend over backwards and pretend the argument works. EVEN if I grant that transformations can prove the sincerity of an individual, the mere fact that someone genuinely believes something is not evidence that that something is true. I genuinely believe there is no God. Is Habermas going to take that as evidence against the resurrection of Jesus?