This is a Godless place.

atheism for the win.

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It is time we admitted, from kings and presidents on down, that there is no evidence that any of our books was authored by the Creator of the universe. The Bible, it seems certain, was the work of sand-strewn men and women who thought the earth was flat and for whom a wheelbarrow would have been a breathtaking example of emerging technology.

We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself.

Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (via whats-out-there)

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a question…

sexxyyinsanity asked:

I’m in high school and I don’t want to say the ‘under god’ portion of the pledge of allegiance. I want to make a statement to say, I should not be required to say it (as I am an atheist) and for others at my school who are not comfortable with it whether they are of another religion than Christianity or simply atheist/agnostic. Since I go to school in a rather conservative area, I don’t want to cause harm to anyone close to me for my actions. What do you think would be a good way to make a statement about ‘under god’ in the pledge without a horrible backfire to me and others? Your help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

I would say that the best way to go about it is to not say it yourself. If there are any problems that are had with teachers then you should go to the administration and let them know that you don’t have to say the “under god” portion if you don’t want to. If THEY have a problem to it then politely ask them to take it up with the board or superintendent of the school district.

Even if you live in a relatively conservative area, there should be no reason for backlash. if you find yourself being threatened because of this, i’m sure there are organizations that (if approached properly) will fight on your behalf.

This is a totally touchy subject for a lot of people. I would recommend that which action you decide to take, that you are sure it’s what you want to do. Think about your safety first, because that’s more important than making a statement about religion.

I hope that this answered your question.

-Victor

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[I]n the Oklahoma community of Little Axe, school officials allowed a Baptist religious group, the Son Shine Club, to meet in the school building before the start of the day. The buses dropped students off at school 30 minutes before the start of class, and those who didn’t want to attend the religious meetings had to wait outside the building, even if it was raining or freezing cold.

Joann Bell and another local parent, Lucille McCord, were both Christians but of different denominations, and didn’t want their children exposed to Baptist preaching on school time. When they filed a lawsuit with the help of the ACLU, Bell v. Little Axe, retribution was swift and vicious.

Joann Bell was assaulted by a school employee who smashed her head repeatedly against a car door; he was only fined, and the community rallied around him and raised money to pay the fine. The Bells’ home was burned to the ground; fire marshals ruled it to be arson, but no arrest was ever made. McCord’s son raised goats, which an unknown person slashed and mutilated with a knife. Both of them received threatening letters, including copies of their own obituaries. The Bells got a phone call from someone who said he would break into Joann Bell’s house, tie up her children, rape her in front of them, and then “bring her to Jesus.” The local superintendent, Paul Pettigrew, said, “The only people who have been hurt by this thing are the Bells and McCords… They chose to create their own hell on earth.”

Outrageous Attacks on Supporters of Church-State Separation: Death Threats, Murdered Pets, and Vandalized Property (via smdxn)

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todayinhistory:

July 10th 1925: Scopes Monkey Trial begins

On this day in 1925 the trial of John Scopes, who stood accused of teaching evolution and thus violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, began. The trial drew the attention of the nation, as to many it seemed as if Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution itself was on trial, especially its compatibility with religion (namely Christian Creationism). The most famous lawyers of the day argued the case, with former Democratic nominee for President William Jennings Bryan prosecuting and Clarence Darrow defending. Scopes was ultimately found guilty of teaching evolution, but was let free on a technicality. The trial was one of the most dramatic and famous in history and has since become synonymous with religious backlash against scientific progress.