Spreading a little of the nerd love:
PZ Myers has some awesome high res pics, so you can zoom in and read all the signs. Comics Alliance also have some pics and a video of the event.
My favourites have 'Odin is God, read the Mighty Thor #5" and 'support fiction, read the bible', lol!
Silly thing, doesn't he know bibles kill millions of people every year!
They also mess your head up, making you see things that aren't really there. You'll join strange gangs and develop a paranoia about anyone who doesn't...
Better be careful, those godless vibes will be projected quite strongly from cinema screens, showering the audience with heathenish thoughts and rays of pure evil!
Good on him anyway, I only wish politicians had the balls to do the same thing, then we wouldn't have all that religious bias weighing down on equal rights, health and freedoms issues.
I should be going to see the film next week. I didn't read the books (a little long winded (not Stephanie Meyer long winded, but still :P)) but I have enjoyed the films. And Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint did some excellent interviews on Rove last night.
This is a great step forward in our secular society, especially when it comes to media content. I for one look forward to a more evenly spread debate, and freedom of expression and ideas on television.
Taking on the Goliaths of Doom and The Contradictions of International Conservation Law by Paul Watson
A great take on the state of affairs regarding illegal whaling and the fallout of what is to come from both an ecological and economic standpoint.
Sir David Attenborough gets hate mail from creationists because he doesn't credit 'god'
This one just made me laugh. :P
One particular quote caught my eye, and I had to laugh. Archbishop Rino Fisichella says "What is important is to know how to listen... without locking oneself into ideological visions with the arrogance of a person who, having the power, thinks they can decide on life and death".
What the hell does he think Bush has been doing the last 8 years when he sent soldiers to die in his oil wars? When his wars killed thousands of innocent civilians? Because blowing a child up for oil and money is ok?
And why is the Vatican getting a say on US policy?
"More than 250 health and human rights organisations from around the world sent Obama a letter, thanking him for ending a policy "which has contributed to the deaths and injuries of countless women and girls.""
Also, Adam Hills was on tonight and as always, the topic turned to his prosthetic leg. He talked about some of the crazy shit he got up to at the Leeds festival in the UK, including taking his leg off at a gig and crowd surfing it! Man, I love you tube! XD
We've been having a good ol' time making fun of her over here in our media, and it's no secret to anyone on my flist that I am totally against religion having any kind of influence over society, nevermind politics.
I'm not too fond of the title of this piece, 'When Atheists Attack' - it almost seems like we're the hot headed aggressors, when if anything history has proved otherwise. But, I do think it's a good read for my American friends, regardless of your preferences. Just a few things to think about, and it reminded me of RDA's words in the interview below about taking on an objective viewpoint for a second and really taking a look at what's going on. (sorry it's a little long, the political stuff it towards the end if you want to skip the rest - although Steven Segal chucking a woobly over the lights was great for the lulz :P)
Steven Seagal and MacGyver from B Geezy on Vimeo
Your father murdered you first
Sinful Deity. (I wonder if Jesus is gluten free? Some people are allergic you know...)
I wrote a bunch of haiku (haikus?) tonight, mostly out of boredom. They're quite pathetic really, but this one is pathetic and carries a message of sorts... :P
And I was discussing this with my brother the other day while reading The Blind Watchmaker. If creationism is to be believed...what's with our appendixs (appendixes, appendixces, appendi??? :P)?
You can have your religion, but you can't use it as a means of explination when you have no evidence, just opinion based on your judgement which is skewed by religious indoctrine in the first place. *headdesk*
I agree with pretty much everything in this article, and I only wish I were so capable of expressing myself.
"I don't care what people believe in, but I do care that religion impacts on political discourse, public policy and that it stunts the ability of people to think for themselves and question. And that it kills people and causes suffering. But most of all I care that the invisible electric fences that are wired in the minds of children brainwashed by religion are difficult to remove. And impossible if you don't even know they're there."
Red Hot Enlightenment Led Me To Believe In One Fewer God by Catherine Deveny.
This year's World Youth Day (the name of which I find slightly offesive given that it implies a congregation of ALL youths, and yet it is in fact a religious event) is going to be held in Sydney.
Despite the fact that this is essentially a recruitment drive for the Roman Catholic Chruch, I have a big problem with the way our government has handled this event.
Firstly, the NSW and federal governments are footing the bill of $150 million dollars for the event, and a further $41 million to go to the Australian Jockey Club as compensation for revenue lost during the event, as it is to be held at Randwick Racecourse. Why are we paying for an event for a religion that only 25.8% of Australians follow? And why is the Roman Catholic Church not paying for this themselves?
"how in a world of poverty and want, the Church can justify the expenditure of $150 million to stage a giant get-together." Mike O'Connor (news.com.au)
Secondly, the NSW state government are introducing new laws as a means to curb protest at the event. These new laws include giving police the right to fine and arrest people deemed to be of 'annoyance' to the event's organisers and pilgrims. Anything from wearing an anti-Christian shirt, to handing out condoms could lead to serious consequence. Despite the fact that we already have public order laws in place that are sufficient enough for dealing with protests, World Youth Day has been given special protection from 'annoyance'. These laws have not been approved by the parliament, instead they have been signed off on by the Dept. Premier of NSW, John Watkins.
"apply to more than 40 city locations, including museums, galleries and cinemas, as well as Darling Harbour, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Randwick Racecourse and parklands.
More than 500 schools across Sydney and 35 train and bus stations have also been listed as "declared areas". People entering them will be subject to vehicle and baggage searches that require them to remove jackets, gloves, shoes and headwear if requested. "Reasonable force may be used to effect the person's exclusion" if they do not permit the search, the regulations stipulate."WTF?!?!?11oneoneone!
So technically, anyone traveling to work on a Sunday in these 'declared areas' could be arrested or fined for offending Christian belief, hell the police could arrest themselves. Homosexuals could be fined for walking down the street holding hands or kissing. Anyone wearing the apparel of another religion could be accused of 'annoyance'. These laws are full of shit. They completely tread all over our civil liberties and attack our rights of freedom of expression. These laws are open to a massive amount of interpretation and abuse. 'Annoyance' is scarily subjective.
The NSW government has folded to the push of the Catholic Church here, in particular the insistances of the leader of the Australian Catholic Chruch, Cardinal George Pell. Never mind the inconviences of the rest of the public, and not taking into account the costs of security for the pope's visit, nor the accomedation needed to shelter thousands of pilgrims who will be flocking to see him. Put these figures up against the expected turn out of 200,000 people and the revenue simply does not cover expenditure.
"the NSW Government now claims that World Youth Day will deliver $150 million in economic benefits for the nation.
How did it arrive at this amount? You will never know because it has refused public access to the report which produced this magical figure.
Moving quickly, the Government used legal provisions to exempt the report from the Freedom of Information Act, claiming it would be against the public interest to disclose it."
World Youth Day and the price of prayer
Thou shalt not annoy on Youth Day