At their national convention in Minneapolis, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America voted to permit gay pastors. This marks one more step towards gay acceptance in a year that brought the legalization of gay marriage to numerous states in the union. See other Christians. You can accept the homosexuality of others and the sky won’t fall. It’s okay. Though why a gay person would want to preach a book that so blatantly condemns them and their behavior is beyond me. Guys, nobody has been more accepting of gays than the atheist community. And we could always use more people on our team, especially those who know the Bible inside and out.
While I applaud their efforts, I just think it’s kinda sad any time you see a group of people clinging to a club that not only doesn’t want them as members but is actively working against their interests. Gay Christian is like Black Klansman. It’s just probably not the best identity to embrace.
What if all that remained of the entire human population was 2 guys and a girl? You might find a lot of competition but ultimately you’d have the means of starting repopulation. Now what if the 2 guys were gay?
Well that seems to be the issue with Ben and Jerry, 2 of the last 3 New Zealand Blue Ducks in the world. They’ve got a female, Cherry, but they’re far too into each other to touch her. Anyone else think that if there was a third male it the group, he’d be named “Garcia?” Come on, guys! Take one for the team and get it on with this chick. She’s available and desperate, and you’re the only game in town. Haven’t you guys ever fantasized about a threesome?
The only real loser here is Cherry, who has expressed sexual interest in Jerry, though she’s been ignored. If anyone’s looking to score with a desperate female blue duck, you know where to go.
Do You Like Secs? - We go by many names: atheists, (most) agnostics, humanists, secular humanists, brights, freethinkers, non-theists, pastafarians. Ron Lindsey suggests Secs, short of Seculars. I still prefer atheist myself but as far as names go this isn’t terrible, certainly not worse than “Brights.” And it certainly opens doors for great puns.
Why atheism may be the best way to understand God - My favorite excerpt:
As a writer, I worship clarity. If I need someone else to explain what I’ve written, I consider that a failure of the first order. God should surely do better. So why do the sacred texts of all religions always require someone to explain what they mean?
PZ Myers nominated for Moore Award – Apparently, this is an ironic award created by some Right-Wing nut that’s named for its first recipient, Michael Moore, which is intended to simply honor people who have said things that said Right-Wing nut happens to not like, you know, “The Left” or as O’Reilly would call them “Secular Progressives.” The candidates are so freakin’ random that Rosanne Barr is also nominated. Has anyone ever heard about her in the last 10 years? I’m voting for PZ. He deserves to get this bullshit award.
Scientists are developing an electronic ‘sex chip’ that works by stimulating the pleasure centres in the brain.
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‘A few years ago a scientist implanted such a device into the brain of a woman with a low sex drive and turned her into a very sexually active woman. She didn’t like the sudden change, so the wiring in her head was removed.’
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He calls his device, which is a modified spinal cord stimulator, the Orgasmatron. The name is taken from the 1973 Woody Allen film Sleeper.
A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality suggests that teenagers who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual are at a higher risk of becoming pregnant or knocking someone up than their straight peers.
Two actors and their woo – Orac looks at the recent news stories surrounding Jim Carrey and Jeremy Pivens.
A study out of Heriot Watt University (safety school!) in Edinburgh has determined that people who consider themselves fans of romantic comedies have unrealistic and potentially harmful views about relationships.
I can see that. At least the chick flick Rom Coms (as opposed to dude-friendly Rom Com’s ala Judd Apatow) tend to emphasize destiny as a prerequisite or the absurd notion that “You complete me.” Seriously, if you need another person to “complete you” then you’ve got serious problems and should seek professional help because in all likelihood, they won’t always be there. Admittedly though, I kinda have a small soft spot for 1 film used in the study, Serendipity, despite the absuridity of its destiny message and the despicable nature of its characters leading to the cancellation of not just 1 wedding but 2.
AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:
Trigger Found For Embryo Cell Differentiation – “The mechanism whereby embryonic cells stop being flexible and turn into more mature cells that can develop into specific tissues has been discovered by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The discovery has significant consequences towards furthering research that will eventually make possible medical cell replacement therapy based on the use of embryonic cells.”
Genes May Influence Popularity – “A groundbreaking study of popularity by a Michigan State University scientist has found that genes elicit not only specific behaviors but also the social consequences of those behaviors.”
Same Genes In Snails, Humans Tell Right, Left – “Biologists have tracked down genes that control the handedness of snail shells, and they turn out to be similar to the genes used by humans to set up the left and right sides of the body.”
Selflessness Has Neuropsychological Connection – “All spiritual experiences are based in the brain. That statement is truer than ever before, according to a University of Missouri neuropsychologist. An MU study has data to support a neuropsychological model that proposes spiritual experiences associated with selflessness are related to decreased activity in the right parietal lobe of the brain.”
A B Kovacs of Skepchick is now Director of Operations for the JREF! Congratulations A!
In response to the extreme lack of respect afforded to the gays, tomorrow (1210.08) is the day to call in gay! The idea is for gays to fight hate with love by taking tomorrow off from work to donate time to volunteering/helping others. They also have alternative activities for those who either are gay but can’t get out of work or are not gay but still want to get involved.
Australian government drops pursuit of anti-vaccine couple- The couple has refused to vaccinate their child against Hep B, even though the mother is infected with the virus.
Fundies lose faith-based funding for proselytizing - ”A fundamentalist Christian group out of Kentucky, Teen Challenge, who claimed to help teens battle substance abuse through religious study and prayer has voluntarily given up a federal grant after a protest from Americans United for Separation of Church and State.“
Online beauty pageant for nuns – Do I really need to say any more?
If only Jesus were as clear a speaker as Hilary:
Alex Jones and 9/11 Falsers steal media coverage for their silly website:
I might tolerate or even encourage this sort of behavior if there was a worthwhile and non-bullshit message being promoted through such guerrilla tactics (for instance when PZ Myers broke into the “Expelled” teleconference), but not when you’re preaching an already thoroughly debunked myth. And not after going went way too far by interrupting Bill Maher’s show. These guys are just really fucking annoying. And it pisses me off that that they succeeded in promoting their insipid website on MSNBC where they pretty much blame America for every problem in the world. Fortunately, while there are a lot of people who buy this into this nonsense they’ve proven to be impotent and little more than a circus spectacle who people only stop to listen to for entertainment purposes.
Gay clergyman to be exhumed -Vatican trying to cover it up?
And now for a moment of science:
Massive Galaxies Caught In The Act Of Merging – “Astronomers have caught multiple massive galaxies in the act of merging about 4 billion years ago. This discovery, made possible by combining the power of the best ground- and space-based telescopes, uniquely supports the favoured theory of how galaxies form.” Expect a convoluted denial of this fact on the Answers in Genesis website by tomorrow.
Amazon Trip Yields Biological Treasure Trove – “A group of Yale undergraduates have discovered dozens of potentially beneficial bioactive microorganisms within plants they collected in the Amazon rain forest, including several so genetically distinct that they may be the first members of new taxonomical genera.”
New Evidence Debunks ‘Stupid’ Neanderthal Myth – “Research by UK and American scientists has struck another blow to the theory that Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) became extinct because they were less intelligent than our ancestors (Homo sapiens). The research team has shown that early stone tool technologies developed by our species, Homo sapiens, were no more efficient than those used by Neanderthals.”
Great list of science books to read at science blog Cocktail Party Physics – I’m currently reading Carl Sagan’s “Demon-Haunted World” and it is awesome! I highly recommend it to anyone. It’s also an easy-read, every bit as accessible as Sagan’s TV work.
A closer looks at alternative medicine’s 2 most recent epic failures -Steven Novella talks about doctors weighing the risks against the benefits of treatments. But if there is no benefit to the treatment because it is based upon pseudoscience, as in the recent cases of Dawn Page and quack Thuong Nguyen, then any risk is unacceptable.
Not all crazy astronauts run around in there space diapers -Apollo 14 Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell says not only does he know for a fact that aliens do exist in the universe, but that they’ve been to Earth…a lot. Oh, and of course those pesky men in black working for the government. Wow, someone should make a movie about this or something. And why didn’t I see the Congress voting on the funding this initiative on C-SPAN? And where’s the evidence after 60 years? And why hasn’t the men in black killed Mitchell for leaking all this?
Baylor University president EXPELLED for not accepting creationism -Oh, sweet irony! But the cdesign proponentsists were after “academic freedom.” And didn’t Ben Stein say it was the creationists who were being oppressed?
Creationist Campaign to de-popularize Pro-Evolution videos -Oh, you kooky creationists and your dishonest methods!
1,500 animal species practice homosexuality–and love every minute of it -They’re deer. Their queer. Get used to it.
cdesign proponentsists manufacture threat to livelihood of the recipient of their insipid, bogus award -This wouldn’t be the first time (see: ExpelledExposed.com). As of yet, no creationist can be found who’s actually lost their jobs from merely believing in their magical explanations. (And see: above story about Baylor University).
High School Atheist To Be Honored -Dawn Sherman is the 14-year-old activist who fought against the mandatory moment of silence law in Illinois and “got God banned from Homecoming.”
And now a mandatory moment of science:
Scientists Solve Aurora Borealis Mystery -NASA determined that the lights correspond to magnetic explosions caused by the stretching and retracting of the Earth’s magnetic field as we orbit the sun.