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about Religion and Atheism, often touching on Science topics because they all tend to overlap.

Dear Congresswoman Hahn, Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein, and Secretary Clinton,

I am a small business owner in Long Beach, CA, I've been a Democrat for decades, and I am an atheist. I am disgusted to see that the DNC has not only violated its neutrality in this year's primary, but, more importantly, I am appalled to discover that the DNC was plotting to use "atheist" as a smear against anyone. The discussion of using religious/non-religious bigotry to win votes is utterly repulsive and a violation of everything this party is supposed to stand for. 

I didn't want to post another article about how faith led to the murder of a bunch more people so soon after posting Islamic Extremism and Paris: Faith Isn't A Fucking Virtue, but here I am.

From the Planned Parenthood Shooter's perspective, his action was rational. This isn't a question of mental illness or insanity. 

He was taught to believe, by faith, that:

This will likely be the most incindiary thing I post on my blog, probably ever. At least, I hope that no situation arises in the future which necessitates doing so. I will be following this up with another blog post in the next few days to talk more about the implications of our current situation, but I leave you with this today. It is the opening of the most recent episode of my favorite podcast, The Scathing Atheist.

Jehovah's Witnesses are a Doomsday cult. They don't all wear the same shoes or drink poisoned Kool-Aid, but their theology is tightly focused on Doomsday imagery found in the Book of Revelation. Their predictions about Armageddon have constantly failed and therefore needed to be changed over time, but before we dive into the dates, let's take a moment to understand the conceptual story they believe will occur.

The End is near! We just learned that Jehovah's Witnesses have been claiming the End was near since at least 1966 and even claimed it would end in 1975. News Flash: It didn't... and 1966 wasn't the beginning of the false prophecies.

Trustworthy. Reliable. Dependable. 

If someone told you, "I'll have the money tomorrow" or "I'll meet you in the morning" but it didn't happen, you would be upset. You might pass it off as an accident or an anomaly. What if it happened twice? Three times? What if it happened EVERY time?

What if that person was a Church?

The Christian world is celebrating Easter, so I've been talking with folks about the holiday and its origins. Anyone who really thinks about it should be confused because what the hell do the name of holiday and eggs and rabbits have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? 

Well, nothing. Easter was likely a pagan fertility goddess. Rabbits and eggs are symbolic of fertility and the celebration happens in the Spring. 

About a year ago, a friend of mine who is a pastor at a church, posted on Facebook that their church had been flooded after a major rainstorm. He said "Christ's body" was "truly present" in the clean-up of the damage. It was his way of expressing his thanks to everyone who came and helped.

Stuff like this bothers me a lot.

Last night was the "Creation Debate" between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham (the guy with the Creationist Museum). I was really worried about this event, because it can be really dangerous to put real science on the same stage with fake, anti-science religious dogma. Some people can't tell the difference and many people were concerned about lending any kind of credence to Ham's sham-science.

I'm really tired of hearing people tell me that I have "faith" in science. I've explained it over and over to the various purveyors of this falsehood, but Dr Jerry Coyne has given us an eloquent and detailed response in his article No Faith in Science.

One particularly good quote from the article is when he responds to the other incorrect assertion that Reason itself requires faith:

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