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Evolution of Skepticism Daily – July 10th, 2012

If you have a news article or would like to have something you’ve done highlighted email me at derikeos@gmail.com

The Weed Blog – The Nevada Supreme Court Is Likely To Clarify State’s Medical Marijuana Laws
http://www.theweedblog.com/the-nevada-supreme-court-is-likely-to-clarify-states-medical-marijuana-laws/

The Weed Blog – Ohio Decriminalizes Most Marijuana Paraphernalia
http://www.theweedblog.com/ohio-decriminalizes-most-marijuana-paraphernalia/

Books Live – Witchcraft-related Crimes Place Traditional Religions Under the Spotlight
http://uctpress.bookslive.co.za/blog/2012/07/10/witchcraft-related-crimes-place-traditional-religions-under-the-spotlight/

AlterNet – Are Parent Trigger Laws Our New ‘Superman’ – Or Union Kryptonite?
http://www.alternet.org/story/156222/are_parent_trigger_laws_our_new_%27superman%27_%E2%80%93_or_union_kryptonite?akid=9044.1081060.bVviOU&rd=1&t=2

AlterNet – The Death of Critical Thinking in Texas Public Schools
http://www.alternet.org/story/156216/the_death_of_critical_thinking_in_texas_public_schools?akid=9044.1081060.bVviOU&rd=1&t=8

AlterNet – Church in School? In New York, A Judge Says ‘Yes’
http://www.alternet.org/story/156202/church_in_school_in_new_york%2C_a_judge_says_%27yes%27?akid=9044.1081060.bVviOU&rd=1&t=12

AlterNet – How Far Is Too Far in a College Sexuality Course?
http://www.alternet.org/story/156213/_how_far_is_too_far_in_a_college_sexuality_course_?akid=9044.1081060.bVviOU&rd=1&t=15

AlterNet & MSNBC – Obama Campaign Advisor Goes in on Romney’s Secret Tax Havens
http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/1025775/obama_campaign_advisor_goes_in_on_romney’s_secret_tax_havens/

Washington Post – Obama dares GOP to oppose middle class tax cuts
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/obama-dares-gop-to-oppose-middle-class-tax-cuts/2012/07/09/gJQAqfBYYW_blog.html

PoliticusUSA – Obama Devastates the GOP Argument for Extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich
http://www.politicususa.com/obama-devastes-republican-argument-extending-bush-tax-cuts-rich.html

PoliticusUSA – Obama Explains Exactly Why He Will Veto Bush Tax Cuts For the Wealthy
http://www.politicususa.com/obama-explains-veto-bush-tax-cuts-wealthy.html

Huffington Post – Mitt Romney On Offshore Investments: ‘I Don’t Even Know Where They Are’
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/romney-offshore-investments_n_1661708.html

PoliticusUSA – Mitt Romney Tells America His Finances are None of Our Damned Business
http://www.politicususa.com/mitt-romney-tells-america-finances-damned-business.html

Listen to the interview here – http://www.radioiowa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Romney2.mp3

Huffington Post – Las Cruces Tea Party Sets Off Controversy With Confederate Flag Display
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/las-cruces-tea-party-confederate-flag_n_1659619.html

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Evolution of Skepticism Daily – July 9th, 2012

Evolution of Skepticism Daily – a new show highlighting Pagan and Atheist news from around the globe. If you have a news article or would like to have something you’ve done highlighted email me at derikeos@gmail.com

Tucson Citizen – One HELL of a Sunday (Thoughts About Religion)
http://tucsoncitizen.com/from-the-soul/2012/07/07/one-hell-of-a-sunday-thoughts-about-religion/

GlobalGrind – Say What! Brad Pitt’s Mom Is Homophobic?!?
http://globalgrind.com/news/brad-pitts-mom-jane-pitt-homophobic-mitt-romney-springfield-news-leader-letter-details

Huffington Post – Brad Pitt’s Mom: A Lesbian Mom Responds
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-mcgehee/i-stand-with-brad-pitt_b_1655187.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

Christian Post – Richard Dawkins Calls Church’s Tax-Exempt Status a ‘Disgrace’
http://www.christianpost.com/news/richard-dawkins-calls-churchs-tax-exempt-status-a-disgrace-77879/

CatholicCulture – Vatican prefect challenges Congo’s laity to strive for peace, reject polygamy, witchcraft
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=14853

News24 – In response to ‘It is really easy to be an atheist’
http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/In-response-to-It-is-really-easy-to-be-an-atheist-20120709

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I hate politics…

I truly have a  love/hate relationship with politics, even as I sit and think about this post I can’t help but feel somewhat annoyed by the fact that I have decided to write it.

Now I let me rephrase that a little, I don’t hate politics in general, I hate modern U.S. politics but more over modern U.S. politicians. These people constantly attempt to use the government and law to force their belief systems onto those that do not share similar beliefs and then use the statement “[insert belief] is the foundation of this great country!” Yes typically this reflects towards the Christian vocal majority, but is not limited to religious context by any means. They believe that using dead people that can’t speak for themselves as a reference point validates their statement and desires.

So here’s a quick little rant before I get into the real reason I am writing this:

  • Our forefathers did not draft any documents related to the foundation of this country in an attempt to describe anything near what is currently labelled “Free Market”.
  • Christianity was not the foundation of America, as a matter of fact, once you can actually label which sect of Christianity is the “right” version of it, let me know because each of these cults are setting foundations that contradict each other on every thing except the belief in the Judeo-Christian God and JC, speaking of Judaism, most “True Jews” as I like to call them find your little book and stories of JC and “God” as far fetched as most Atheists do.
  • Most of our forefathers would be closer to modern libertarians than any other political party represented today and if you actually read what was written, all they wanted was liberty from an Oppressive government, if you listened to those that you represent you would realize that we currently are establishing an oppressive government similar to the one that our forefathers fought to be free of.
  • Two party system will never work, all you are ever doing in that case is choosing who will do a less terrible job rather than choosing the right man for the job.
  • The current candidate system is flawed beyond belief, if there was one thing I would personally gut from the process of becoming an elected official it is the fact that you must raise money to be nominated. The nomination process should not be a matter of who can collect the most money but rather who has a better plan and foundation to lead this country, state, county, city, town, neighborhood in the right direction.
  • If we maintained a fund raising scheme it should be to give that elected official the means to live during their “tour of duty” as an elected official, this is because I believe that political office should be a volunteer assignment and if that person cannot raise the funds to live off of during their stay in office, they can have a real job like the rest of the country.
  • All claimed “plans” or ideas for improving the “system” should be required to be published and unable to be altered once nominated. This publication should be freely available to anyone who would like to understand it and/or question it.
  • It should also be required that once in office anyone that gives a “donation” to an elected official, whether it be buying lunch or giving a cash donation should be publicly available for viewing, the day to day interactions regarding political agendas or advancement should be public record, this could entail but should not be limited to video surveillance of the political official whenever acting in an official manner or while under the protection of federal agents.
  • If a politician mentions any form of religious sect/cult/denomination as a reason or motivating factor in a decision that they are to make their vote/nomination/submission should be disqualified for reasons similar to that of a public official receiving a bribe.

Those are just a few things that I think are currently wrong, or could be corrected in the current U.S. political scene. Yes I understand that these changes could easily create more issues, but if you can think of an issue that can be created by them, then it is something that can be corrected. That is one of the major problems with our country as it currently stands, we see problems but hold no power to change them due to the fact that we have so many lifer’s as politicians or we are choosing the “lesser of two evils” so to speak. This is exactly how I feel about our current presidential election that is coming in November, we are not choosing the best man for the job, instead we are choosing the lesser of two evils in our own eyes. Neither truly deserves to sit in office, in my personal opinion Obama didn’t deserve the Democratic nomination in 2008, I was a Clinton fan for the Democratic candidate and it wasn’t because she was a woman, it was due to her understanding of political office, her track record in foreign policy and her blatant understanding of the working class American. Sure Obama paints youth centers and volunteered to aid inner city youth, but what good does that do if those same kids parents don’t have the money to put food on the table?

“So what Derik? This is a lot of bitching but no substance.” is what I am assuming everyone who has read this far is saying, well, here’s my ultimate statement. Mitt Romney should win the 2012 presidential election. Not because he is the best man for the job, not because he is the lesser of two evils, but rather because he is the greater of two evils. He has shown his true colors and we know what he is truly about, this is an oppressive dictator of a man who would take the U.S. for everything it has and then apply for Canadian citizenship or move to a Non-extradition country so that we could not pursue him. This is the man that would take all of the asphalt roads in America, tear them up and milk all of the petroleum out of them to make gas despite us not having the roads to drive on, this is the man that would clear cut America for an extra nickel on his hourly wage. He would have us living in hovels and caves so that he could sell the timber and building materials from our homes to China or Columbia just so that he could buy a new vacation home. We know this about him, we understand the true evil this man represents.

“Derik you’ve gone off the deep end with this one buddy! With all of that we should be fighting to keep him out of office!” is what I am sure you’re thinking at this point, that is if you haven’t stopped reading and closed this by now. But hear me out, when the revolutionary war occurred it was an outcry due to taxation without representation, it was a statement that enough was enough and we were through with being oppressed by a blind dictatorship that did not hold our well being as their main concern, but rather just desired to line their own pockets and live the good life. So, this is what Mitt Romney wants to do with America, it’s evident in his speeches and his blatant acknowledgment of his backers. So why do I want him to become president of the U.S.? Because he’s the man that will likely insight a new revolution, he is the man that will push this country and those that go about their lives blindly into standing up and recognizing the culture that we currently live in. He will start the revolution and usher us into a new United States of America, we will have a civil war again, but this time it will be the embodiment of the majority versus the vocal majority, there will be an uprising and a reclaiming of the power that the people once had, once again the majority of the people and the voice of the people will be heard rather than manipulated and tossed by the way side for a profit. We will no longer be marginalized. It will take someone like Mitt Romney to finally wake us up and get the majority to fight back rather than watch and live vicariously through people like the Occupy Movement or Anonymous.

So, at this point I say we have two options (1) we continue to hobble along with false representatives like Obama or (2) we elect a person that will unify the country in the desire for a true democracy again and inspire a revolution, we elect Mitt Romney the man we all know will happily drive this country into ruin, and then we stand up and we fight back.

No longer should we accept “almost enough”, no longer should we feel as if our hands are bound due to a blatant disconnect between the people and those that are elected to represent us. No longer should we have a feeling of dread when we hear about a new law or a new bill being considered or passed in congress, our elected officials should be celebrated as heroes and heralds of our political ideals, not puppets of the wealthy.

So, I say if you truly desire a return to “the good old days” or truly believe in democracy and the voice of the people, that in November you elect Mitt Romney, he may be the worst of the worst, but one good thing will come of his term in office, and that is the people taking this country back and making it ours again.

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Evolution of Skepticism Daily – Conversion and Publicity

Evolution of Skepticism Daily – a new show highlighting Pagan and Atheist news from around the globe. If you have a news article or would like to have something you’ve done highlighted email me at derikeos@gmail.com

Today’s News:

Tuscon Citizen – Atheist Jim Wilson is being stalked by Christian creeps
http://tucsoncitizen.com/freethought-arizona/2012/07/03/atheist-jim-wilson-is-being-stalked-by-christian-creeps/

Examiner – New Video Released, Christian/Atheist Discussion on Sciece and Religion
http://www.examiner.com/article/new-video-released-christian-atheist-discussion-on-sciece-and-religion

York Daily Record – Atheist files complaint over restaurant’s Sunday promotion
http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_20996278/atheist-files-complaint-over-restaurants-sunday-promotion

Chicago Now – Atheist Blogger, Leah Libresco Converts to Catholicism
http://www.chicagonow.com/being-catholic-really/2012/07/atheist-blogger-leah-libresco-converts-to-catholicism/

Huffington Post – The Wiccan of Bon Temps: True Blood’s Lauren Bowles
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-fish/true-blood-holly-lauren-bowles_b_1645122.html

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Evolution of Skepticism – Missionary

We spoke about Missionaries in the first and third world as well as how Non-Christian beliefs could use these or a less invasive version of these tactics to spread the concept of Critical Thinking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking) we also answered the question “What do you do when they come knocking?”

http://youtu.be/A1G8nJ2IFjA

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Today’s question comes from someone who calls himself Hezekiah Ahaz

Today’s question comes from someone who calls himself Hezekiah Ahaz.

 

This was written on a blog by another up and coming Theism Skeptic. The original question was written by our good Christian Apologist friend Hezekiah Ahaz, I like some of the ideas pvblivs comes up with to answer them.

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For those that fight for your religious/nonreligious views… I have a question

And that question is, how far is to far?

How far are you willing to go to prove your religious/nonreligious views are correct?

This question arose after reading an article over on PZ Myers blog related to a Defense Department course related to an Anti-Islamic campaign that could in their own words turn into “Total War”.

This class was held at the Joint Chief of Staff College, and performed by Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley. Now I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume, Lt. Col. Dooley believes himself to be a good Christian (not trying to single you guys out, but I’m pretty sure this is the case. If I’m wrong leave a comment.) and a “defender of his faith”.

Here are some of the things he recommends in this 4 phase presentation:

  • Islam reduced to cult status
  • Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation
  • Making international laws that protect civilians “no longer relevant”
  • applying “the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki” to Islam’s holiest cities, and bringing about “Mecca and Medina['s] destruction.”

These are only a few things that are on the table for this presentation. While the top brass have ordered an investigation and the pulling of any Anti-Islam course materials, it goes on to say that many of these “anti-terrorists” that spoke during the eight week presentation have infected top military posts, as well as law enforcement. Meaning that these people are getting high ranks in their fields and controlling the views and actions of many others, potentially poisoning their minds.

So again I ask, how far is to far?

Would you wipe out a whole city to flex your religious rights?

I ask this because I know Wiccans live by one ultimate law, and this kind of shit breaks that law to pieces.

Maybe they should consider this one little phrase before threatening the world with a total war that could escalate into not just a world war but a civil war here in the US.

“An it harms none, do as ye will.”

Let me repeat that: “An it harms none, do as ye will.”

Once more for posterity “An it harms NONE, do as ye will.”

If we would consider this one law of morality the world would likely be a better place. This is for all sides.

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Was Aladdin abusive?

Ok,

So I was surfing around WordPress and reading some other peoples blogs, I like to add new categories for me to review and use to broaden my horizons and find answers. Today I added Islamic to my categories and boy oh boy what I found!

It was a treasure trove of sick, fucked up, shit that they believe is their right to do.

For instance I came across a blog that mentioned having came across a rather depraved book called “A Gift for the Muslim Couple“. This seems like an innocent enough title right? WRONG!

Here are some quotes the blogger gave as examples of just how fucked up this book and the people that follow these beliefs truly are:

“In the book’s opening pages, it is written that “it might be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her.”

Later, its author advises that “the husband should treat the wife with kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow sometimes.”

How fucked up is that? You may be required to restrain her or threaten her? Why the fuck would you threaten the woman you claim to have undying love for?

Page 45 contains the rights of the husband, which include his wife’s inability to leave “his house without his permission,” and that his wife must “fulfil his desires” and “not allow herself to be untidy … but should beautify herself for him … ”

Ok… this one is a bit difficult for me to be angry over. Honestly my wife and I have a similar situation to this but not due to religious context. This is a lifestyle choice we have made due to her demeanor when dealing with the outside world, It is easier, on her, to use me as a buffer and keep her contained within her palace. But this also has nothing to do with restraining her against her will or requiring punishment when she does want to go out.

“In terms of physical punishment, the book advises that a husband may scold her, “beat by hand or stick,” withhold money from her or “pull (her) by the ears,” but should “refrain from beating her excessively.” “

Again I say, what the fuck?! Ok, I know people like being caned, and I know it’s a huge turn on for people to have that kind of shit happen, but again it is not meant as a religious or personal punishment, it is typically used as a form of sexual release. Though I am glad they thought to add “refrain from beating her excessively.”

The writer went on to talk a little more about the theme of the book:

Male dominance over women has been making headlines for some time, with the recent lengthy trial and conviction of the Shafia family.

Mohammad Shafia, 59, his second wife, Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son, Hamed, 21, were each convicted in January on four counts of first-degree murder in what was characterized as an honour killing of four female family members as punishment for disobedience. They were handed life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Shafia’s three daughters and his first wife were found drowned in a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal in Kingston, Ont., in June 2009.

Now I have never condemned someone for having multiple mates, polygamy is fine by me, so I realize the idea of “the woman you have undying love for” can mean something different in different cultures and circumstances, but to kill them due to “defamation”, and especially to kill your children, your own fucking children.

This is amazing to me, because I have to remember that even though they call him something different Muslim’s even these extreme ones worship the christian “god”. And for such a supposed superior being to condone something like this is maddening to me. This is not a religious right, it’s criminal and I think anyone who subscribes to the thought processes in this book should be on the receiving end of it’s advice.

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Then after all of that I came across yet another blog that talked about Pakistan having almost 1,000 women and girls killed for “defaming” their family. This stretches the gamut from claims (yes claims there is no tangible proof) of illicit sexual activities, to also include marrying without permission. Can you imagine what would happen if a Muslim Extremist convention come through Las Vegas with the right to commit “honor killing”?!

Here are some of the numbers quoted in the article:

  • 595 women killed because they were accused of Illicit Sexual Activities
  • 219 women killed for marrying without permission
  • 20 women were provided medical attention before dying

That’s 20 out of over 800 just accounted for in that small list that received any form of remorse from what is often their family, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles or grandfathers. Not to mention the article mentioned that some of them were raped or gang raped before being killed. That means the same faces that these women started their days with are likely the faces they saw in the last moments of their life, contorted in violence and hate towards the women that depend upon these same men for safety and comfort. But if we think like these people this should not be disgusting to me, this is the will of god and an act of mercy.

Disgusting…..

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Wait there’s more… this is a day for fucked up articles.

EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!

” ISLAMABAD: The minister for national harmony has alleged that about 100 non-Muslims, mostly Hindus girls, were forced to convert to Islam in recent months.  “

What the fuck? Really? Forcing hindu girls to become Muslim’s? WHY?! (this takes Mandated Worship to the extreme)

Here are some quotes from the article and my responses, the quotes are in italics, my responses are in bold:

“Learning the basic principals and teaching of Islam should be made obligatory, under the proposed laws for all those non-Muslims who decided to embrace Islam.” 

A friend of mine is a very serious Muslim. And he explained that they don’t even force their children to look towards Islam and only speak of their beliefs when asked directly. This is in direct opposition to forced conversion.

“I am not sure about the exact number of such cases in the absence of accurate data for such incidents, but the figure of such cases is about 100,” he said. Gill added that the minority members of the Parliament have recommended that the federal government introduce legislation to check forced conversion.

Why has there not been situations like this earlier? Do women not matter that much to the Christian faiths? Oh I know, they’re just vessels for children.

The minister cited ‘sexual lust’ as the key reason that made Muslim men force non-Muslim girls to convert. “The Hindu girls were being sexually abused by the young Muslim men who forced them to convert when their sexual offence became an issue in the society,” he explained.

Wait.. wait… what? You’re telling me that they are justifying forced conversion with rape? Now which one is worse? Living in the western world where we worship our women to a fault, makes this concept seem very foreign to me. That these young men have gotten away with sexually abusing young women to a point that to answer it becoming an issue they forced them to convert, most likely making it suddenly legal to continue sexually abusing these women.

“Those young people accept such girls as their legal wives with the pre-condition that they embrace Islam. The girls were kidnapped by young men and after meeting their sexual desire they were forced to change their religion and convert to Islam,” Gill said.

So they raped them, they kidnapped them, forced them to marry them, with the pre-condition that they embrace Islam, rape them again and then enforce their conversion to Islam. Why does this not sound completely fucked up?! And we wonder why slavery and human trafficking still exists in these parts of the world.

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This alone tells me that considerations for the Islamic religion may be held for a while until this stuff starts to come under control. Culture is a big part of religion, and I can tell you with all confidence, I can’t even imagine a god that would condone such actions towards the mothers of the world.

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