Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Boy Scouts does not impress me

Xander was a boy scout for approximately 2 days before we found out how anti-gay and anti-atheist they are.  It was definitely a parenting fail on our part since we didn't do the research on this until after he joined, but at least our relationship with the Bigot Scouts was fleeting.

It was big news recently that the BSA is considering allowing gay members.  Great!  Kind of!  Unfortunately, they will still not allow gay adults to be scout leaders, since of course all gay people are pedophiles.  It's clear that their attitude about homosexuality hasn't changed at all, and that this BIG STEP they're taking is an attempt to appease their critics.  So yeah, not impressed.  I do like that people are fighting back though, as evidenced in this (local, yay!) story:

Even if they completely lifted their ban on gays, there would still be that pesky intolerance they have towards non-believers.  I wonder what the chances are that they'll eventually lift that ban as well, considering the pope is totes cool with us now.  I think that if they happened to become completely inclusive, I would still have trouble supporting them.  Open homosexuality and atheism has been around way too long for me to be able to believe that any lifted bans would be done because of a true change of heart, rather than grudgingly "getting with the times".

Of course, one common argument that supports the BSA is that they're a private organization and can do whatever they want - but it's a really shitty argument.  Country clubs could still ban Jews and blacks if they want (as was the custom in the 50's and 60's), but the public simply won't tolerate that kind of bigotry anymore, so it makes little business sense. 

So whatever, BSA - I don't need your stupid organization anyway.  We can just have Xander join Satan's Youth Army or something.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Did the pope really just become our greatest defense?

So.  APPARENTLY, the Catlicks new pope is demonstrating a rarely seen tolerance towards non-Catholics.  And not just non-Catholics, but dirty evil atheists as well.

Pope Francis said in a recent homily:
"The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can... "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!".. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

 Also from the HuffPo article:

Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis said on Wednesday in his latest urging that people of all religions - or no religion - work together.

Honestly, this is a bit mind blowing for me.  The Catholic church's tendency to be exclusionary and bigoted makes me wonder if pot recently became legal in Rome.  One of the biggest challenges an atheist faces is the assumption by believers that we can't be "good" people.  The idea that morality and ethics is directly tied to a belief in a higher power is so prevalent that atheists deal with a healthy amount of discrimination.  The last time the Pew folks ran a poll asking people whether they'd be willing to vote for blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, etc., atheist came in dead last.  Because you know, if you don't believe in god, you can't be trusted.

So I think this is my new defense against this kind of bigotry.  "Oh, I need god?  Are you SURE I can't be an ok person without him?  Guess what, shithead - the fucking president of Cathol says otherwise."


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Batshit crazy women just can't take a joke

I discovered this Facebook page (Traditional Gender Roles benefit Women) via the Duchess St. Rollins, who likes to give her honest and uncensored opinions about everyone who is stupid (I like her!).

I read through it a little bit and realized that this was just too crazy not to comment on.  So I did:

But before I could post my next comment, my first comment had been deleted and I was banned.  *sadface*

They've got a whole 32 likes over there, so I guess we're relatively safe from this backwards in time revolution.

Friday, August 3, 2012

What the actual @#$#! is WRONG with white people*?!

[Alternate title: Lots of links to awful stuff!]

So I just finished reading all the racism. What the hell. I just ... I dunno. Seriously?

And yeah, this is primarily a "humor" site and everything, but some of that shit is real, yo.

Is it THAT fucking difficult to not treat other human beings like shit?!

I fully admit that I am a middle-class, white, heterosexual male and as such, I'm "playing life" at the lowest difficulty setting.  I mean, sure, when I first came across the concept of "white privilege" or "male privilege", it may have take some reading to "get it" as well as I can. Seriously, if you think "privilege" isn't a real thing, do yourself a huge favor and educate yourself. There are all kinds of things you probably just take for granted without realizing that not everyone has the privilege of having those conditions apply to them.

But honestly, I don't think I ever had any trouble with the idea that it was messed up to treat anyone like shit for no decent reason. I mean, seriously here, how much introspection and observation does it really take to recognize that we are all human? That, on average, we all suck a bit and could probably do better?

Is it that hard to recognize how pointless it is to make broad, sweeping statements about:
  • where a person was born (or the neighborhood in which they live)
  • what language they speak
  • the relative melanin content of their skin (or color/texture of their hair)
  • which supreme being they worship (or don't worship)
  • what they have between their legs
  • what their partner has between their legs†
  • any other artificial/natural distinction you choose to sort people into "other" groups
Is it that hard to recognize that none of that stuff really matters? And that no matter how you choose to organize them, some people are wonderful, some are awful, but most are just people, doing their best to survive and be happy in an amazingly imperfect universe.

Damnit! Just try not to be a circus car full of assclowns, Ok?

* By "white people" I really mean pretty much everybody regardless of color, but mostly actual white people**.

** By "white people" I really mean mostly white men, but also kind of everyone else too.

† I recognize that gender is not as simple as what is between someones legs, but for the sake of this point I'm oversimplifying.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Love gays but can't give up crappy chicken?

Madscutter and I have the answer for you!

If you can't tear yourself away from Chick-Fil-A's chicken-esque products, we understand.  We all have our favorite foods, and it's hard to give them up even when your money goes to hate-mongering groups like the "Marriage & Family Foundation".

Here's what you do.

Every time you feel compelled to eat at Chick-Fil-A, go ahead and do so.  When you've finished eating, go to your computer and donate TWICE the amount that you spent at Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.  GLAAD is currently trying to get people to donate $6.50 (apparently the going cost of a chickenhate sandwich these days), which is fine of course.  But if you simply can't skip the sandwich (as GLAAD advises), you can make it up to yourself and the tolerant world at large by making a double donation.  This would equate to spending roughly $19.50 every day you go to Chick-Fil-A ($6.50 to Chick-Fil-A, $13 to GLAAD).  Unless you eat at Chick-Fil-A daily (in which case...dude.), this is an afforable way to alleviate the possibility of your sandwich tasting like guilt.

We're calling the donations "Liberal-Guilt Credits"*.

Your welcome, chicken eaters.

*Madscutter is soley responsible for the term "Liberal-Guilt Credits".

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Will the BSA see their numbers dwindle?

This week, the Boy Scouts of America decided to stand by their policy of bigotry and intolerance by officially reaffirming that gays are not welcome in their organization.  The BSA's stance on homosexuality (and atheism!) wasn't exactly a big secret before this, but I think they tended to be a bit more vague about their position in the past.  This was anything but vague, and while the BSA is getting its fair share of support from the Krazy Khristian Klan (KKK - SEE WHAT I DID THERE?), there is no doubt that tolerance for homosexuality has been steadily on the rise for years and there doesn't really seem to be any danger of this changing.

What will tolerant parents do in response?  The boy scouts are rich in tradition and supposedly has a massively positive effect on the boys who join.  Our son was in it for a minute, and then we did our research (yeah, we did that backwards) and discovered their stances on gays and atheism and promptly pulled him out.  Will tolerant parents start pulling their sons out of the organization because of this?  Maybe.  I'm sure some will.  Of course, I have 0% tolerance for INtolerance, and it doesn't take much for me to "ban" a business from my life.  Obviously the BSA was already on my list, and Chick-Fil-a joined the list 5 years ago or so when it came out that they regularly donate to organizations who are intent on keeping families "traditional".  I had only ever eaten their very average chicken sandwich once, so it was no big loss.  Funny that just this past week they've gone ahead and "officialized" their ignorant stance as well.  I won't donate to the American Cancer Society because of all that Todd Stiefel kerfluffle, and the Red Cross is straddling the line a bit for being twat-waffles during 9/11.  Oh, and I won't (and never have) eat at Jimmy John's because the owner is obsessed with big game hunting and I think that's gross.

Naturally, I'd love to see swarms of families leave the BSA en masse, but I'm not holding my breath.  The optimist in me does think that this blatant bigotry (which is officially on the internet and will NEVER GO AWAY) will eventually diminish the BSA's presence in this country.  Current members may stay, but I bet new registrations will dwindle.  I'm not going to bet money on it though, because this country continually amazes me with its stupidity.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

There was a good bit of hair pulling too

The Christian Post thinks that a single sentence spoken by Dawkins at the Reason Rally has put the atheist movement in a "pickle".

"Mock them, ridicule them in public."

This is what Dawkins said in reference to religious people. This article decided that it means that Dawkins wants us all to turn into bullies. I have 3 points:

1. The Reason Rally was 9 hours long. I vaguely remember Dawkins saying something like this. It is hardly what I took away from the event.

2. Christians, this is the cool thing about being a freethinker. Yes, Dawkins is highly regarded in our community. No, we don't defer to him when determining how to live our lives and treat other people. We do not blindly do what the "higher-ups" suggest, and nor do they expect us to. I know this can be confusing, since you're used to having no say in how you live your life, but I can guarantee you that throngs of atheists are not going to swarm the streets ridiculing you.

3. ARE YOU SERIOUSLY CALLING US BULLIES? Are you fucking kidding me? There are no bigger bullies in America than religious nutfucks who berate EVERYONE IN THE WORLD for not conforming to their archaic and ridiculous beliefs.

Religious nutfucks = Christians

(In case you weren't sure)

(I'm calling you a nutfuck)

(Because you're Christian)

(And a nutfuck)

I could do this all day, but I can't because I think I just heard my next door neighbor open his bible, so I have to go kick the shit out of him (so sayeth Dawkins).