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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!"
I want to make sure I'm following any RRS forum users on twitter. So do you use it? If so please drop me a line here so I can follow you.
I have a daily newspaper compiled with links from RRS fans/supporters/activists. Check it out, read it daily, like it on facebook, you get the drift: http://paper.li/rationalsquad/rational-response-squad
*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.
I want to extend my congratulations to the Atheist Agenda students The University of Texas at San Antonio. They put themselves on the line in public to raise awareness. Much like the Blasphemy Challenge they have found a way to be controversial thereby grabbing attention and literally forcing theists to think. I should bring you up to speed if you're not familiar. Over the last few days Atheist Agenda students have gathered on campus with magazines and books of various types of pornography and offered to swap any holy book for some porn. The campaign is called smut for smut.
We've gone around the sun again! Just like we do everyday (see my follow up post if you're not following)... but I wont be a debbie downer... Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone gets what they want out of this coming year. What resolutions will you be making? What resolutions do you think you'll give up on in 2 weeks?