Thirty one years old.
Liberal. Atheist. Feminist.
Portland, OR

friendlyatheist:

fortuneandglory:

From the documentary “Dispatches - In God’s Name” about the growing fundamentalist Christian lobby in the United Kingdom. Some highlights: 

To children on disobeying God: “Thank God for Jesus, because we can actually say, ‘Jesus, I’m sorry. I did something wrong then.’ And we don’t have to fear turning into a pillar of salt, which really, really, really happened in the Old Testament.”

On the school’s justification for using the Bible in every aspect of education: “We’re using the Bible, even in science, to explain things. And history shows that using the Bible to explain things has gotten scientists quite far in life.”

On the age of the earth: “I’m not a science specialist is my big excuse. If you have that argument or you look at the way they look at the information they’re given for that, the context, and then contrast that or also show how people teach that it’s millions of years old or billions of years old, I wonder which one stands up or has the most credibility.”

No wonder Richard Dawkins calls this child abuse.

Those poor children!

(Source: fortunenglory)

Josh Green flagged an incident that occurred outside of the Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate Monday night that’s already dominating the news in Kentucky and could easily make headlines nationally.

As the candidates arrived, a group of Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her there as another Paul supporter stomped on the back of her head and neck.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, “Lauren Valle of MoveOn.org approached Paul and tried to give him an “employee of the month award” from Republicorp…a fake business MoveOn created to symbolize what it says is the merger of the GOP and business interests controlling political speech.”

This is horrible to watch. I hope the police identify the people in the video soon.

(Source: tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)

"Any one of us could have been that girl. Any one of us could have been Natalya Arkhiptseva."

This is insane.

Homophobia Literally Kills: Yankees Game (via SeanChapin1)

Yankees fans routinely sing a version of “Y.M.C.A.” to fans of opposing teams during their ballgames that demonizes gay people. These are clips from other YouTube videos over the past few years that show Yankees fans in action singing this homophobic songs at opposing fans. As NAACP Chairman Julian Bond has said, “homophobia literally kills”, and it is this kind of homophobia that leads to anti-gay bullying and harassment at our schools and LGBT teenagers to commit suicide.

I’m glad the Yankees are taking some sort of action. Punishment is much harsher at football clubs in England. You know what happens if they catch you doing this kind of shit at a Premier League match? You might get banned for life, your club will probably be fined, and a few men have even been arrested. No one should have to suffer this kind of abuse.

The Department of Human Services on Tuesday won custody of a child who faced blindness in one eye after her parents treated her with prayer instead of seeking medical care. 

The girl’s parents, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, face criminal charges for failing to provide adequate care. 

I’ve posted about this before. I’m so glad to see that this baby will be getting the treatment she needs. This church/cult is dangerous and I hope the state will monitor them closely.

jonathan-cunningham:

picturethis-that:

farhaaan:

This is deeply shocking: Israeli rabbis defend book urging the murder of non-Jews.

According to the book’s author, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, “Non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and should be killed in order to “curb their evil inclinations.” “If we kill a gentile who has inner or has violated one of the seven commandments… there is nothing wrong with the murder,” Shapira insisted.

Citing Jewish law as his source (or at least a very selective interpretation of it) he declared: “There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”

Read more.

N.B. The Author is Jewish himself. His aim is to expose this extremist side of his religion.

Yitzhak Shapira is comparable to his muslim counterparts. It’s too bad that people say terrible stuff like this in the name of a beautiful religion like Judaism or like Islam. But this is significant because the West needs to realize that extremists like this exist in all faiths and not just Islam which is given the worst name, and that these views are not representative of the religions’ beliefs.

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."  —Steven Weinberg

thedailywhat:

This Is Informative, You Should Watch It of the Day: New Left Media’s Chase Whiteside interviews attendees at Glenn Beck’s non-political “Restoring Honor” rally in DC.

[thanks cody!]

This interviewer shows an amazing amount of restraint in the face of overwhelming stupid.

The confusion over whether martial law had been declared was widely reported at the time. But until now, it was not known that some within the police force interpreted it to authorize shooting of looters who posed no direct threat.

Ethnic cleansing in the Israeli Negev | Neve Gordon | guardian.co.uk

This time the impact of the destruction sank in immediately. Perhaps because the 300 people who resided in al-Arakib, including their children, were sitting in the rubble when I arrived, and their anguish was evident; or perhaps because the village is located only 10 minutes from my home in Be’er Sheva and I drive past it every time I go to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem; or perhaps because the Bedouins are Israeli citizens, and I suddenly understood how far the state is ready to go to accomplish its objective of Judaising the Negev region; what I witnessed was, after all, an act of ethnic cleansing.

Hell’s Angel: Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens (1 of 3) (via wsatb)

During her lifetime Mother Teresa had become synonymous with saintliness. But in 1994, three years before her death, journalist Christopher Hitchens made this provocative film asking if her reputation was deserved.”

Worth watching. It is true that her PR is so good that people don’t know what she really was or what she stood for. In the past I have been admonished for calling her a horrible human being. But that’s what she was. A horrible human being.


Faith healing in Oregon: A picture worth a thousand words | OregonLive.com
We’ve talked long enough about faith healing in Oregon. We’ve shared countless earnest conversations about religious liberty and parental rights. The time for words is over. Now it’s time for pictures. Another couple from the Followers of Christ church in Oregon City stand accused of criminal mistreatment for deliberately withholding medical care from their child. Timothy and Rebecca Wyland of Beavercreek believe in treating sickness with prayer rather than medicine, even when prayer doesn’t work.
These people must be stopped. This is no different than a parent that believes their sick child will be cured if they hop backwards seven times around them because it will appease the great Rabbit in the Sky. They are lunatics and they are killing their children. According to the medical examiner, there have been “more than 20 Oregon children whose parents belong to the Followers of Christ church [that] have died of treatable illnesses.” There are no words to describe how angry this makes me.

Faith healing in Oregon: A picture worth a thousand words | OregonLive.com

We’ve talked long enough about faith healing in Oregon. We’ve shared countless earnest conversations about religious liberty and parental rights.
 
The time for words is over. Now it’s time for pictures.
 
Another couple from the Followers of Christ church in Oregon City stand accused of criminal mistreatment for deliberately withholding medical care from their child. Timothy and Rebecca Wyland of Beavercreek believe in treating sickness with prayer rather than medicine, even when prayer doesn’t work.

These people must be stopped. This is no different than a parent that believes their sick child will be cured if they hop backwards seven times around them because it will appease the great Rabbit in the Sky. They are lunatics and they are killing their children. According to the medical examiner, there have been “more than 20 Oregon children whose parents belong to the Followers of Christ church [that] have died of treatable illnesses.” There are no words to describe how angry this makes me.

Honor Killings With Torture, Electrocution (Commentary) (via TheYoungTurks)

"The world should be run on logic and reason and not on old superstitions, no matter what they are and where they come from and what religion they’re attached to." —Cenk Uygur

The first audio clip of Mel Gibson was released. NSFW language, obviously. Just listen to this psychopath. Everything he says is classic controlling abuser crap… and this is just two minutes of it! What a disgusting man.

jonathan-cunningham:

Remember how major media outlets stopped using the word “torture” to describe water boarding?  Well, the AP wrote an article on the Chinese government torturing an American geologist accused of stealing state secrets or something.  The thing is- under the Bush/Cheney/Yoo definition of torture…it’s not torture.  The definition of torture, according to the Bush administration as written by John Yoo includes the stipulation that ”Physical pain amounting to torture must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death. For purely mental pain or suffering to amount to torture (under U.S. law), it must result in significant psychological harm of significant duration, e.g., lasting for months or even years.”

 Here’s Greenwald on the follow up:

On Monday, I noted that this Associated Press article twice used the word “torture” to describe what the Chinese Government did to Xue Feng, an American geologist now convicted of obtaining China’s “state secrets.”  AP used the word “torture” despite the fact that (a) the treatment to which the Chinese subjected him (a few cigarette burns on his arms) clearly does not meet the Bush/Cheney/John-Yoo definition of “torture,” and (b) the Chinese Government vehemently denies that its treatment of prisoners rises to the level of “torture.”  I very satirically demanded that AP apologize to China and cease using the word “torture” to describe what it did in light of the prevailing American media standard as articulated by the NYT’s Bill Keller, The Washington Post, and NPR:  namely, that the word “torture” must not be used by Good Journalists (at least when it comes to the U.S. Government) if the abuse falls short of the Government’s official definition and/or if the Government denies that what it does is “torture.”  That, explained our leading media mavens, would be “taking sides,” and only Bad Journalists do that.

Imagine my amazement when, several hours after I wrote that, I discovered that AP had — with no explanation or even indication — completely deleted the word “torture” from its article in both places where it had appeared (compare the original version to the edited version).  It’s as though AP really had decided that it was being unfair to China — “taking sides” — by using the word “torture” to describe Chinese torture.

He then emails Charles Hutzler, the man who wrote the article and is stone-walled when asking for an explanation.  Of course, an explanation is largely unnecessary because we know what happened: in order to maintain a false sense of equity or impartiality, they’re willing to deny that very basically and almost tautologically true things about torture (for example, putting out a cigarette on someone’s arm when trying to get them to ‘talk’ is torture) just to please the people they’re reporting on.

Greenwald gives four additional examples of corporately controlled media outlets lacking transparency and caving to powerful interests, ending with this:

The New York Times’ John Burns becomes the latest reporter to explain that journalists have a duty to keep things secret — even when they are clearly a matter of public interest and not off the record— in order to preserve the “trust” between the media and high-ranking military and political leaders.  The eagerness of journalists to find new ways to conceal, rather than expose, the secrets of the powerful seems boundless.

The truth is that this type of journalism is all we’re going to get as long as journalism is predominantly for profit.  If powerful people can limit access for reporters to such an extreme that they get fired for actually reporting, then the media loses any real value and becomes little more than propaganda.  The question is, what can we do about it?

This is so depressing. I’m not sure what will really work but I am interested in the idea of non-profit journalism, like ProPublica.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.

Investigative journalism is at risk. Many news organizations have increasingly come to see it as a luxury. Today’s investigative reporters lack resources: Time and budget constraints are curbing the ability of journalists not specifically designated “investigative” to do this kind of reporting in addition to their regular beats. This is therefore a moment when new models are necessary to carry forward some of the great work of journalism in the public interest that is such an integral part of self-government, and thus an important bulwark of our democracy.

stfubelievers:

“The level of undeserved condescension here is matched only by the level of ignorance. For once, I found a good use for the vuvuzela button!
I should add that I’m quite impressed with the restraint Saraa shows throughout - in her place I’d have walked out by the end of the geography argument.”

I want to give Saraa a big hug and punch the other girls’ glasses into their faces. Especially the one with the sunglasses. I resent them for making me want to punch children. I love that Sara just starts eating in the middle of it like ”wtf bitch I’m gonna eat your food”.

(Thanks Sarah)

Wow, the amount of racism and religious intolerance in the video is staggering. “So you’re Indian, which is like African but it’s in Asia?” Even though they make it really tempting to want to punch them, we have to remember that their ignorance and intolerance has been fed to them since birth. I hope they will one day go outside of their circle of comfort where everyone is white and Christian (i.e. “regular,” to use her horrible term) and understand that in the real world there is DIVERSITY. UGH.