Archive for November, 2011

Skepticon 4 – How Should Rationalist Approach Death

Posted in skepticon on November 30th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

An atheist “Death Panel”.  Jessie is so kind to mention my wife and I at the begining of the video.

Thank you Jessie Galef!

Two Lesbians In Iowa Raised A Child….

Posted in gay rights on November 30th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

…and He turned into a man that is willing to fight for the rights of others.

Well done ladies!

Rick Santorum Urges Teaching Of Creationism In Public Schools

Posted in politics, religion on November 30th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

See…. nuts – I told ya…

Woman “Imprisoned” On Scientology Cruise Ship For 12 Years

Posted in Scientology the cult on November 30th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Via Yahoo News

…Valeska Paris says she was held against her will aboard the Scientology cruise ship “Freewinds” for more than a decade. During her stay on the vessel, she alleges, she was forced into hard labor and never allowed to leave the ship without an escort.

Here is the video from ABC news.

Paris claims that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 18 in order to prevent her family from pulling her out of the organization.

A cult with the power to ruin people’s lives.

Paris was born into a Scientology family, but her mother quit the group after her husband committed suicide, blaming Scientology for coercing him out of a self-made personal fortune of more than a million dollars.

Damn, I gotta start a church.

Instead of the promised two week stay, Paris found herself unable to leave the ship without an official Scientology escort and was often forced into hard labor on the lower levels of the ship for stretches as long as two full days. “It’s hot, it’s extremely loud, it’s smelly, it’s not nice. I was sent down there at first for 48 hours straight on almost no sleep and I had to work by myself,” she said.

So, why didn’t Paris simply escape from the ship when it would take port? The Freewinds has a relatively small sailing route, traveling throughout the Caribbean and occasionally docking at small islands.

“I did not want to be there, I made it clear I did not want to be there and that was considered bad ethics, meaning it was considered not right,” she said. “They take your passport when you go on the ship and you’re in the middle of an island. So it’s a bit hard [to escape] and by that time I was 18, I’d been in Scientology my whole life, it’s not like I knew how to escape,” she said.

Skepticon 4 – Julia Galef – The Straw Vulcan

Posted in atheists on November 30th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

Pastor Kicked Off Of Clay Hill Elementary School Campus

Posted in religion on November 30th, 2011 by Phil Ferguson – 1 Comment

via First Coast News.

More good work by the FFRF.

Complaints led school administrators to push the group off school property, but Pastor Ron Baker, who leads the prayers, pushed back. He relented last week, agreeing to move the small service to property near the school instead of holding it around the school’s flag pole.

Awww… That’s too bad.

Baker said he had originally chosen to lead the prayers around the flag pole as a symbol of U.S. freedoms, including religion. To show their support for Baker’s idea, people wore American flag T-shirts and held flags during today’s short service.

I say we let them meet by the flag again and we plop David Silverman next to the pole.

“I am a little let down that in America you can’t be on school property to pray,” said Baker, who runs Russell Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs.

You can!  The School just can’t support the activity.

Melinda Griffis homeschools her children, but thought it was important to come to the morning prayer to show her support.

So people that have nothing to do with the school are pushing this?