Archive for July, 2012

Benny Hinn: Let The Bodies Hit the Floor

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31st, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – 5 Comments

This video has been added to the growing collection of …

Freethought Classic Videos.

Go check them out and let me know what to ad.  Just put your suggestion in the comments below.  Remember the video must be a least a year old.

Benny Hinn: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor (2007)

Romney And The Olympics

Posted in politics on July 31st, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

July 30, 2012

Camp Quest – The Game Is On!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31st, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

About two weeks ago I told you about the contest to raise funds for Camp Quest.

We have had a slow start and now we need to kick it into high gear.  Take a look at the Chip In Widget on the top right of the page.  Click on it a donate a few dollars.  There are only 2 weeks left.

 

So far Team Awesome is winning:

Greta Christina of Greta Christina’s Blog,

Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist,

Jen McCreight of Blag Hag,

JT Eberhard of WWJTD,

Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism,

Sikivu Hutchinson of Black Skeptics,

Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience,

Cuttlefish of Digital Cuttlefish,

C. L. Hanson of Letters from A Broad,

The Chaplain of An Apostate’s Chapel,

Dale McGowan of The Meming of Life,

Phil Ferguson of Skeptic Money!

But it is not enough to crush PZ Myers under the force of our raw power.  We need to raise funds for the kids.  For many kids, this is their one chance to have summer fun without going to a chuch camp.

Here is a sample of the cool things that they may get to do….

  • Archery
  • Campfires
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Field Trips
  • Games
  • High and Low Ropes Challenge Courses
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Overnight Sleepout
  • Photography
  • Singing & Songwriting
  • Sports
  • Swimming

Educational

  • Astronomy
  • Biology & Evolution
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ecology & Environmental Science
  • Ethics
  • Famous Freethinkers/Humanist Heroes
  • Fossil Hunting
  • Invisible Unicorn Challenge
  • Philosophy
  • Science Experiments
  • World Religions

I wish I could go…..

Please donate today.

 

My Uncle is a Deist!

Posted in politics on July 30th, 2012 by Jim Newman – Comments Off

Post by Jim Newman

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Part of my trip away from home, the internet, and computer, the last two weeks was a double birthday celebration, myself and my uncle. Now his friend has cancer and they have been struggling with this the last two years. In a too-rare, quiet moment, we had a talk in the kitchen. While he dissed his partner’s belief in the resurrection and he knew, being a gardner and working with compost, where people go when they die he still couldn’t imagine there was no meaning to life. He prayed for his partner’s health twice a day and felt bad that this task was becoming less frequent as time went on.

I did feel his pain and his confidence that he could speak about it to me. I also say he felt compelled to tell me of his witnessing to faith. It seems like everyone wants to witness their faith to me. Indeed, at dinner, my spouse remarked that I attract religious discussion like bankers to poor people to which he replied he understood why. I don’t as I often don’t even say I’m an atheist but I must have the look or smell or something. I like to think it’s because they see me as a smart and moral person and that is a sign of a freethinker, unbound by blatant, bilious, biblical bullshit! My sweetie was  most struck when we were buying shrimp in a walk-in cooler in Florida and the Shrimper, after being paid, grabbed our hands, and spoke in tongues for a minute or so (was it an hour?). She threatened not to return. I found it humorous–I’m used to it and besides it’s more proof of how idiotic religion is and my sweetie is too accepting of comforting idiocy, for my own comfort, as a perfectly fine means of getting along in the world. However, her sense of propriety and privacy were accosted and that’s what she reacted to. She’s old school, think renaissance court–religion, politics, sex, and even disagreements are a private matter.

For my uncle I knew not what to say other than shut up and take it. He didn’t need a response. He needed acceptance, concern, and compassion. Besides I have little to say against deism. He probably doesn’t know how to define his belief but he doesn’t practice religion, follow rituals, use the language, or show any other sign of belief other than occasional random references that are so universal it doesn’t matter. Occasionally saying “in the next life” is about as obnoxious as saying “they act like a capricorn”, or some other trivial nonsense. He certainly doesn’t spew positivity bullshit like “if you ask for it, it it will come to you” or even jingoism like “today is the first day of the rest of your life” so it was an anomaly and I only felt sympathy for his pain.

Unlike the idiotic patronizing, condescending, patriarchal yet spineless, bank boy Romney. A recent poll says it doesn’t matter whether Romney is Mormon. Undoubtedly, these people have done their own research and found his religion to be as shallow, fake, and unbelievable as their own. Deservedly, the conservatives are pissed, and for once they are in the typical liberal position of having to vote against someone rather than for someone. I for one am happy to vote for Obama again though I think he has been too namby pamby. But I more than get how fear for assassination might dampen the president’s mood for change–his love of transparency, inclusion, and compassion are anathema to the right anyway and frankly democrats would like to taste a little neoconservative blood as well. Especially considering how conservatives willingling fuck with justice and humanity to preserve their “get mine and screw you” economic policy and then make the poor feel guilty as if they were responsible (blame the unions, welfare, and regulations). Ted Nugent wants to bring a rifle to DC and local yokels here say tar and feather the nigger and chase him out of town.

Even Morgan Freeman is running around saying Obama isn’t the first black president, his momma was white. Is this his equivalent of saying “your momma wears army boots” or “you’re not really Native American as you don’t have a BIA number”?

Meanwhile Rick Santorum like a bed bug on steroids won’t go away and claims that liberals are intolerant because they say to boycott Chick-fil-a. Frankly I thought it was “divine” justice that killed their PR man. No matter that Ricochet, I mean Rick, believes gays should go to hell for eternity, atheists should’t be allowed to run for office, and the US should be led by a protestant pope–there’s Christian love for you. Yet, liberals declaiming the liberal boycott under tolerance for free speech shot themselves in the foot, as suddenly the discussion changed from Chick-fil-a’s intolerance to Chick-fil-a the victim and bearer of free speech rights. I haven’t experienced such head-turning double speak since marching Nazi’s were suddenly the bastion paradigm of free speech. Of course you can’t say the seven deadly cuss words, libel, or threats other than figurative phrases. But it’s OK to march the streets and spew wanton hatred or demands to join a terrorist group whether jew-hating or secularist-hating or gay-hating or black-hating or spanish-hating.

Yes, it’s good to be back in civilization where I can watch the current western version implode in a fog of animosity disorder disguised as purity, wisdom, and the necessity of getting what you can before the lifeboats swamp. Yes, and Muller, the Koch funded (a measly 150 grand) says “oops”. He was wrong. He now believes climate change is human induced. His bad. But, hey like Reagan said when the ozone layer was turning to celestial lingerie, it’s just an opportunity to sell more suntan lotion and hats, what’s the problem? Just think, coastal flooding, asphalt buckling, rail track kinking, and power station overload, are great opportunities for the Insanely Rich, huh, I mean the free enterprise system. Besides we’ll just add more tolls, user fees, and add-on charges to the Already Poor. It’s not a problem, it’s a vast money-maker! The Insanely Rich don’t even need to do the work, they’ll just loan the money and gamble on the derivatives. Passive income is the greatest!

Has anyone noticed the striking similarity between bankers, loan sharks, and mafia insurance salesmen? They create the problem, provide the solution, wreck havoc on the neighborhood, pay off the police, never get punished, and die rich.

Jim Newman, bright and well

www.frontiersofreason.com www.brightpride.com

 

 

Alabama Pastor Supports Chick-Fil-A And Says That Gay Marriage Caused Noah’s Flood

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30th, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

via huffpo.

Pastor says Chick-Fil-A is right.  Claims that gOd really is a vindictive jerk.  If you allow gays then god will kill you.  His message is pretty clear.  They then have the nerve to say that this is NOT hate speech?

A right-wing pastor has come to Chick-fil-A’s defense, not only applauding the Atlanta-based fast food company for its anti-gay views but also claiming that same-sex marriage brought about the great flood referenced in the biblical narrative of Noah’s ark.

Aaron Fruh, a pastor at Knollwood Church in Mobile, Ala., spoke out against marriage equality on American Family Radio, challenging listeners to “find any society in human history that ever tried that experiment [of same-sex marriage] and lived to tell about it, they’ve all been destroyed,” according to Right Wing Watch.

Identifying the “society just prior to the flood of Noah” as the only one prior to the present to offer same-sex marriage, Fruh went on to note, “God knew that the people on the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage, and so that’s why he brought the flood.”

Like former GOP candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Fruh also defended Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy’s controversial Baptist Press and “Ken Coleman Show” remarks, which have since been condemned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates nationwide.

“As Dan Cathy said, we’re shaking our fist in the face of God,” Fruh said.

 

Koch-Funded Study Finds ‘Global Warming Is Real’ And ‘Essentially All’ Due To Carbon Pollution

Posted in Science on July 30th, 2012 by Phil Ferguson – Comments Off

via Think Progress.

The decadal land-surface average temperature using a 10-year moving average of surface temperatures over land. Anomalies are relative to the Jan 1950 – December 1979 mean. The grey band indicates 95% statistical and spatial uncertainty interval.” A Koch-funded reanalysis of 1.6 billion temperature reports finds that “essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.”

NY Times op-ed by Richard Muller, BEST’s Founder and Scientific Director, has been published, “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic.”

Muller has been a skeptic of climate science, and the single biggest funder of this study is the “Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation ($150,000).

CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further:Humans are almost entirely the cause.

Muller goes on….

Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.

These findings are stronger than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations group that defines the scientific and diplomatic consensus on global warming.

Can we start to fix the problem now?