News From Around The Blogosphere 9.22.08

Show me on the doll where Jesus touched you

Show me on the doll where Jesus touched you

6 children in custody after raid on a church – The FBI raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in Fouke, Arkansas as part of a child-porn investigation and says the children may have been sexually and physically abused.
Phil Plait reviews McCain’s Science Debate 2008 answers – And here, he discusses McCain’s odd unwillingness to reveal the names of his science advisors.

Alternative Medicine pracititioners – How they do the voodoo that they do so well – This is a MUST READ. Here is a comprehensive guide to how alt. med. practitioners operate. If you learn these steps you’ll probably never fall for another piece of quackery again. And another nice part about it is that the author chose as their particular example the anti-vaccine practitioners, a subject I’m more than a little familiar with.

And speaking of the anti-vaccinationists, here Orac addresses the latest article from reoccurring anti-vaccinationist columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Julie Deardorff.

Ken Ham - Missing Link?

Ken Ham - Missing Link?

Creation Museum prepares for Darwin’s anniversary –

“We’re going to have a couple [of] special exhibits opened: one on natural selection, showing that natural selection is not evolution; and another one on ape-men, showing that they are either apes or people and not in between. But we’re doing this in ready for the Darwin year,” Ham explains.

Creationists have never been able to grasp what a transitional species is. They just try to arbitrarily aside a fossil to one species or another. And as the chart provided on the blog linked to above illustrates, creationists are totally inconsistent in their classifications.

MASTERPIECE of crap THEATRE – Apparently blogger Slacktivist has been doing a detailed deconstruction of the first book of the Left Behind series – He’s been posting commentary on several pages at a time for years, making sure not to miss even a line of pure crappiness. So maybe the film adaptation of “Left Behind” being the worst movie ever made isn’t entirely the filmmakers’ fault. Only the directing, acting, casting, editing, score, and presumably catering. The shitty writing and vague racist overtones were there already. Here’s just a random clip to illustrate the film’s pure crappiness:

Misleading ads in Scientific American – The content is still top notch but the ads inside, not so much.

“Obama’s Momma was trash!”Dr. James David Manning goes off on Barack Obama. Leave Bristol Palin Alone!” The most entertaining video you’ll see in a while. It’s the new “Leave Britney Alone!.”

Creationist kook continually harassing atheist

PZ Myers vs. Chuck Norris

Catholic(?)’s ambiguous death threat against PZ Myers’ kid


Hate crime vandalism against atheists? – I’ve never been comfortable with the notion of “hate crimes.” Although I think there are valid points made on the other side of the issue there just always seemed to be something potentially Orwellian (and I don’t use that term lightly like so many others) about distinguishing a crime motivated by the denigration of a particular group, be it another race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or creed differently. Especially since so often these days it turns out to just be some stupid kids who didn’t know any better. Certainly motivation plays an important role in our judicial system, as it should but “hate crime” laws still somehow come off to me as criminalizing thought. I realize that the crime is the action taken and not the thought itself but in hate crime cases I think the line is blurred between the action and the thought behind it. But that all being said, I do believe in equal rights. And if we’re going to express greater outrage at swastika’s painted on Jewish gravestones, flaming crosses on people’s lawns, and painting “faggot” on someone’s home then I think the same level of outrage should be expressed when atheists are hit with similar behavior even when it veils itself in the otherwise benign-seeming “God Loves You.” In this usage and within the context of the other writing and the uninvited vandalism, these words might as well read, “God Hates Fags.” The intended meaning is the same.


Islam FAILS to censor the book, “The Jewel of Medina” by Sherry Jones – I’d previously blogged about how Random House shamefully gave in to terrorist fears and broke their contract by canceling publication of this book (here)

More on Near Death Experiences

Another great Venn diagram from Indexed:


Modest Carbon Dioxide Cutbacks May Be Too Little, Too Late For Coral Reefs – “How much carbon dioxide is too much? According to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) greenhouse gases in the atmosphere need to be stabilized at levels low enough to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

Physiological Traits Predict Political Views – “Is America’s red-blue divide based on voters’ physiology? A new paper in the journal Science, titled “Political Attitudes Are Predicted by Physiological Traits,” explores the link.”


One Response to News From Around The Blogosphere 9.22.08

  1. […] standard within the atheist community – Several weeks ago, I blogged about the vandalism of the University of Alberta Atheists and Agnostics’ flag. Sadly, many of my fellow atheists […]

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