News From Around The Blogosphere 7.30.11

1. Pay attention, American Atheists. THIS is how you win friends and influence people
While American Atheists and NYC Atheists are looking to sue everyone in sight and battle it out against 9/11 first responders and their families, Chris McCoy did something very different. He launched a campaign to raise $50,000 for charity using GiveBack and recruited fellow atheists to help him. This is how you change people’s opinions about atheists, not by behaving like Scientology.

2. Lesbian couple saves 40 in Norwegian shooting – If “God” had his way, Hege Dalen and her partner, Toril Hansen would have been stoned to death long ago. But fortunately for 40 presumably mostly straight Norwegians, most Christians lack the courage of their convictions and never got around to obeying that particular command from their god.

3. The Richard Dawkins Award goes to Hitch! – Last year, a controversy began over the award going to Bill Maher because of Maher’s outspoken superstitious views about medical science. But I doubt many will object to this year’s winner, Christopher Hitchens, who last year was diagnosed with terminal Cancer. And yet, in spite of the Big C, Hitch has remained as active as ever in battling religious superstitions while showing enormous grace in the face of almost certain death. I can think of no one who better deserves the award.

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8 Responses to News From Around The Blogosphere 7.30.11

  1. Octavian says:

    What is the difference between scientology and atheism?

  2. EpiRen says:

    “most Christians lack the courage of their convictions and never got around to obeying that particular command from their god”

    Really? I’m going back and forth through the teachings of Jesus, and I can’t seem to find the commandment to stone to death. Are you sure you’re not talking about Muslims?

  3. EpiRen says:

    Leviticus? That’s Christian how, exactly?

  4. EpiRen says:

    Hehehe… This reminds me of the arguments with anti-vaxers, where they mine for something to support their assertion, then mine for something else when asked to interpret it.

    See, I asked you to interpret it when I asked, “That’s Christian how, exactly?”

    But, you know, whatever… So long as your bias is confirmed. 😉

    • mjr256 says:

      I think you’ve got that backwards. Christianity, as it is commonly practiced,or taught, is necessarily tied to both testaments of the Bible. If you want to invent your own sect of Christianity that breaks away from the scripture or cherry-picks only the parts of scripture you like, you’re free to do that. But since that’s not how Christianity is traditionally practiced, don’t expect me to waste my time on just your special version of it. In the U.S. most Christians maintain that every jot and tittle of the New Testament is written or at least inspired by Yahweh, the god of the Jews. And as the passage in Matthew that I cited fairly unambiguously states, the New Testament hitched its wagon to every jot and tittle of Old Testament law.

      I have not quote-mined the passage nor altered the context one iota. If you want to provide evidence that I have, you’re welcome to try. And if you want to present a passage that conflicts with Matthew 5:18, you’re preaching to the choir because I already know the Bible is contradictory and self-refuting, which is just another reason why I consider it a poor piece of literature in general, let alone one that’s supposed to be divinely inspired by an allegedly perfect being.

      Now I have no interest in “interpreting” the Bible. There are more biblical interpretations of the Bible than their are words in the Bible, so my expressly stating my own personal biased interpretation is worthless. That’s why I pointed strictly to the passages themselves, because they are clear enough to stand on their own and I believe that no intellectually honest person can reach another interpretation. If you’ve got another interpretation though, you’re welcome to present it.

  5. EpiRen says:

    Bravo! Bravo! You came dangerously close to making a coherent argument. The personal attacks kind of killed it, though. The anger is palpable. I wish you a better day, sir.

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