Thoughts, asides, and besides…Fri. Jan.10, 2014

Those who argue against secularism must hope (and pray?) that their particular sect can retain enough power to effectively rule over others. #secular

“Bishops have something to tell us about reality, morality even? Exorcisms dude, fucking exorcisms.” #superstition

Much of the damage to Christianity has been done by Christianity and by Christians themselves. Why should anyone revere stories of virgin births and hellfire and talking asses? Why should we take moralizers seriously when their priest class has become a sick joke, a symbol of exploitation and corruption?

Many salespeople of Christianity are seen as little more than sanctimonious blowhards who do little more than attack gay rights, women’s rights, and science. All one has to do is point to Christianity and laugh, much of the heavy lifting has been done. #atheist

“The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind — and Changed the History of Free Speech in America” A review at the LA Review of Books

Three years of beer bottle caps – impressive

The sacred is inevitably used as a weapon against “the others” (whoever that may be).

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then it is not omnipotent.

Is it able, but not willing? Then it is malevolent.

Is it both able and willing? Then where does evil come from?

Is it neither able nor willing? Then why call it God?

-The Riddle of Epicurus (The Problem of Evil)

Here’s to a safe and simultaneously fun weekend. 🙂

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