Posts tagged politics
Posts tagged politics
And you can’t be content with this rule anywhere unless you are a “Supreme asshole”.
Labels frustrate me. Gay, straight, male, female, atheist, theist, Republican, Democrat - all of them do. Because we use these labels to sort people into these groups and make blanket assumptions about the lot of them based solely on these labels.
But when we assume characteristics about a person based on a label (even if it is one that they have applied to themselves), we are not allowing ourselves to truly know that person, and they get judged before we know anything about them.
People are far too complex to just be able to tell everything, or even anything, about them from a few adjectives. Someone might be a gay Democratic politician but they could still be hateful towards Jews. Someone with a PhD in theoretical physics could be a staunch Christian.
But we assume things about people - we assume that atheism is associated with intelligence or amorality (depending on the lens through which you look at it), theism with ignorance or morality. We assume that people born with a Y chromosome will fit into Male gender roles. We assume that a white straight male is automatically born into a better situation than a black gay female. We assume that teens are too stupid to think about anything except sex and music, and that adults are too busy thinking about more important things. We assume so many things about so many people that are completely arbitrary.
And I’m sick of it. If someone is an atheist, it means they do not believe that there is a God. It does not make them a better person than any Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew, nor does it make them a worse person. If someone is born with two X chromosomes, it means that they will have breasts and a vagina. It does not mean they must wear dresses instead of suits, it does not mean they cannot call themselves Steven. If someone is a Republican, or Conservative, it means they have a Conservative political ideology. It does not mean they hate black people, gay people, or poor people.
So please, I ask you, if you find yourself generalizing about whole groups, painting the world in these us vs. them (white vs. non-white, cis vs. LGBTQ, women vs. men, conservative vs. liberal, atheists vs. theists) ways, remind yourself that the world is NOT split up into good people and Death Eaters - it is FAR, FAR more complex than that.
Even though we are in a world where we interact with far more people than our brains evolved to interact with and treat as individual people, we must do our best to overcome this bias to sort others into these groups, and make assumptions about a person’s identity based on a particular facet of it.
VERY well said
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As much as we like to debate over religion, any disagreement will always be a secondary thought to keeping our world- and those on it- safe. No killing, no hurting, no taking away others’ rights. That’s the way it should be, no matter what creed you follow.
Some people are gay. Get over it!
It’s recently come out that here in the UK, some bus driver refused to do his job and left passengers stranded in the cold just because he didn’t agree with this advert.
I’m all for employees rights and shit, but when you pull a move like this- and for that kind of motivation- you don’t deserve to keep your job. Absolutely horrid.
“The presidential election is over and the Pew Research Center has released new data on November 7th, which suggests that there may be a new voter bloc on the rise. The religiously unaffiliated might have decided this election and will almost certainly decide the next election.
The religiously unaffiliated made up an estimated 12% of voters in the 2012 election based on exit polling. This number was unchanged from the 2008 election despite the fact that religiously unaffiliated Americas increased significantly since then. This indicated that many religiously unaffiliated Americans felt disenfranchised this election cycle and decided not to vote in this election cycle.
Out of those religiously unaffiliated Americans who did vote, 70% of them voted for Barack Obama compared to only 26% for Mitt Romney. Even despite the fact that many atheists have lost their enthusiasm for the president.
It is true that not all religiously unaffiliated are necessarily atheists however. According to another recent Pew Research Center study, the religiously unaffiliated or “nones” can be broken down into three district categories:
“Unattached believers” (23%): describe themselves as religious despite having no formal religious identity, and are more likely than the general population to be black or Hispanic and to have lower levels of educational attainment;
Seculars” (39%): describe themselves as secular or not religious, and roughly mirror the general population in terms of racial composition and levels of educational attainment;
Atheists and agnostics” (36%): identify as atheist or agnostic, and are more likely than the general population to be non-Hispanic white and to have significantly higher levels of educational attainment.”
There is likely crossover between the second two groups. Many secularists may lack a belief in deities, but do not feel comfortable with labels like “atheist” or “agnostic.” In other words, it appears that the bulk of the religiously unaffiliated probably do lack belief in deities and are therefore atheists.
If the Democratic Party could get more religiously unaffiliated Americans to the polls, that would certainly help them in the next election. But if the Republican Party could appeal to more atheistic voters, they would be cutting into one of their opponent’s most loyal voting blocs. Plus, if trends continue, it is likely that in 2016 there will be even more religiously unaffiliated Americans. Whether or not those unaffiliated Americans become religiously unaffiliated voters could very well swing the next presidential election.”
I read this article awhile back and found it very interesting and well informed. Did any of you atheists vote in this presidential election? Did being an atheist have anything to do with who you voted for? Do you think atheists could decide the next election? Give me some feedback on this, I’d love to hear what you guys have to say :)
Religious wars: Because sometimes the moderately humane parts of your holy book just aren’t enough to convince people your religion is peaceful enough to follow.
Science gets shit done.
Not atheism related, but still- got a visit from none other than Barack Obama! Fresh from his amazing performance at the Republican National Convention, the President made some great conversation. It was truly an honour!
Very good point. Of course logic does not come naturally to these types…
Everyone in America should know that an actual candidate for U.S. Senate said this about women who are raped.
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Not being in America and all, I have more American followers on here than on my personal blog.
So if you’ve not seen this already, here’s everything you need to know about Todd Akin. (click the image for the article)
Catholic bishop Philip Tartaglia hasn’t even taken up his new post as Archbishop of Glasgow yet, but he’s already facing calls for his resignation.It’s emerged that in a recent speech (11 April) at a religious conference at Oxford University he accused society of being “very quiet” about “the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men”. He went on to suggest that the premature death of Labour MP David Cairns last year was partly due to his homosexuality.
Well, wasn’t that just lovely? In a double whammy for him, today Scotland’s government announced that a bill for Equal Marriage will be brought forward, meaning that it will most likely be law and operational by 2015!
Almost makes you feel sorry for him, doesn’t it?
No, not really.
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He…thought about things? I suppose it’s true what they say about learning something new every day…
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