I had to go to the post office this morning to pick up a package. It was a replacement golf shaft and it came in a tall narrow box the size you'd expect of a golf club. As I was walking out of the post office an older lady saw me and asked "where did you get that box?" I said "I just picked this item up, the box was mailed to me." She said "Oh, because I've been looking for a box like that for a while. I have a very large poster that I need to send and I can't find a box to mail it in." I had wanted to keep this box as I need to send my old shaft back to the company that mailed me the new one, however I have access to this type of box, I can get one for free whenever I want. It took me a second to react and as she was walking away I called her back.
I said "hold on a second." I opened the package and put the shaft in my trunk, and I handed her the box. She said "oh thank you so much, aren't you just a Godsend." I said "I don't believe I am, I don't believe in God and I do good deeds on my own volition, because if we all do good deeds for each other I will receive good deeds back from others. I'm glad I was able to help you." She smiled and walked away.
It was a good start to the day.
Thanks very much to Logidea University for the nice video about my work, I appreciate it:
Read my acceptance of the PhD in Heresy here. (you can get one for yourself)
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I just posted a comment in response to a blog post that discussed new atheists and the Blasphemy Challenge. (I still encourage creating Blasphemy Challenge videos)
Here is what I had to say...
We are not assaulting children and the naive. We are trying to help them escape their fear. You would have people believe there is an eternal torture that awaits them if they don't believe and think certain things. Those things are not proven or provable in any meaningful sense... yet millions believe due in large part to fear. You may not think much of the fear of hell today, but as a child it is essential to the brainwashing of almost all Christians.
So sir, for you to use language claiming it is atheists who are "assaulting" others, is highly ironic considering you are using more fear tactics to scare someone back into faith. We are doing this for you, or anyone who was brainwashed by religion... not because we're into Satan or assaulting people. Watch some Blasphemy Challenge videos and you'll see just what kind of people took the challenge, the point was to show off how normal atheists are, we're not a group of devil worshipping baby eating child assaulters as you and your ilk would like to scare Christians into thinking.
Here's a snippet...
Brian Sapient is a self-described:
"Pacifist agnostic atheist non-cognitivist freethinking darwin loving scientific treehugger who loves Philly Sports. Proudly led thousands away from religion!"
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*UPDATE 7-29-11* Jeff Owens was released from the Philadelphia Eagles today. I don't think he ever got playing time. Today he was waived/didn't pass physical. I sent him a tweet, but feel bad for him.
You may remember "Rapture Right " a Christian parody group that has pranked RRS users (at my request) on several occasions. Sadly one of the two brothers that make up "Rapture Right" had a tragedy strike his daughter recently. His life hasn't been the same since. His daughter Ella is currently in a coma which she slipped into after having a cancerous tumor removed from her brain. If you are able to help financially please consider sending a few dollars to help out. A full story is available at: http://www.hope4ella.com
I've also posted a portion of the story at: http://www.atheistvolunteers.org/node/47
DONATING VIA THE CHIP IN BELOW WILL SEND MONEY STRAIGHT TO THE STEWART FAMILY AND WILL KEEP TRACK OF DONATIONS MADE BY ATHEISTS:
I have a new advertiser. For the next few weeks an image ad is on some pages of the website on the right hand side for a t-shirt company. It's controversial, so I thought I'd give people a chance to lash out or comment in general. What do you think of the ad? What do you think of the shirts? Would you buy one? What would you think of someone who was wearing one? What are your thoughts?
Here it is:
James Randi has come out of the closet at 81 years old.
The original story is on his SWIFT blog, here is a portion...
Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted.
From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much “gay” about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style. At no time did I choose to adopt any protective coloration, though; my cultivation of an abundant beard was not at all a deception, but part of my costume as a conjuror.