A note scribbled on a napkin and left behind by a passenger on a Westjet flight. It reads:
To Capt./Westjet the cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman. A woman. A woman being a mother is the most honour, not as ‘captain.’ Were short mothers not pilot’s westjet. Proverbs 31 (Sorry not PC) PS I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight!
The other side says “in the end this is all mere vanity… not impressed”, and is signed “respectfully, in love, David”.
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In most settings I interact with people there is a presumption that a person will keep quiet about his or her religion, and not assume to know what religion the other person is. In homeschooling settings the rules are often different. Homeschoolers are often quite vocal about their religious beliefs.
Of course there are many secular homeschoolers. Some of the secular homeschoolers are atheist, some are religious, but choose to homeschool in a relatively secular manner. There are regular news articles about “the new homeschoolers” and how “homeschooling isn’t just for religious people.” Yet still the abundance of secular (Read more…)
Any headline in the form of a question can be dismissed with the simplest answer (which is also typically no).
Case in point, a Victoria Times-Columnist blog asks “Has religion become a dirty word?“
It argues that Victoria, BC, with a non-religious population of 51% according to Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey and potentially as high as 64% from the 2013 BCHA poll, has become anti-religious. Such is the secular identity that the religious are made to feel “sheepish” and ashamed of their habit.
Yet without citing any specific evidence of wide-spread anti-religious hate crimes* or (Read more…)
How far have we fallen? Is there a bottom to the well of stupidity that christianity is? I keep expecting one day that people will grab a clue, catch on to the devious mind-fuck of organized religion and simply say, “Enough.”
That fabled day seems to be moving into the future – outpacing our best attempts ever to reach it. Why? Because we need to believe so desperately in magic that we throw Reason right out fracking window. Critical thinking, rationality, skepticism? Defenestration for the lot of you! Jebus trumps all your asses!
Discern4′s (Read more…)
It’s fairly clear, even after reading only a few verses, why Lucretius’s didactic poem, On the Nature of Things – De Rerum Natura – made such an impact on thought, philosophy, religion and science in the Renaissance. It must have been like a lighthouse in the dark night; a “Eureka” moment for many of the age’s thinkers. […]
Where do you draw the line between taking on bad arguments and lending credence to corrosively stupid notions? This was one of the meta-debates that went on before, during and after the Nye v. Ham debate. It is a fine line to walk as savaging creationist stupidity publicly lends said stupidity, a veneer of credibility that it most certainly does not deserve. Bill did a fairly good job of making Ham’s arguments look like the silly pap that they are, but also brought more attention to the creationist set of bass-ackward notions as a whole.
Creation “science” needs (Read more…)
The title of this video is “what if you’re wrong” and yes atheist friends DM2525 does touch on that venerated old chestnut of Pascal’s Wager, but like M. Night – Can’tmakeagoodmovietosafehislife- with a twist – there are questions and consequences that the deluded must face.
If your god happens to be the right one, how is it merciful to condemn some 5 million other people to hell? How do you know your god is the “right” one, given the sectarian nature of the christian and muslim faiths you might be on the right team, but sitting in the wrong (Read more…)
February 12 is international Darwin Day, the day when we collectively celebrate science and reason. And, of course, we recognize Charles Darwin’s birthday: February 12, 1809 (the same birthdate as Abraham Lincoln, by the way). If Collingwood made such declarations, I would propose we recognize the day in our municipality. Other Canadian municipalities have done […]
Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…
Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that!
We recently returned from Hawaii where we met up with most of Aya’s family. And wow, if their plan was to leave Japan behind, was that ever a bad choice. There was so much Japanese signage in the tourist-area stores, that I felt like a (Read more…)
Alright, we already know we have enough flashes to make one hell of a light show, but this gem is really too good not to give extra attention to.
Never coming to a science course near you.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Creationist Fail, The DWR Sunday Disservice, What is this strange thing you call Maths?
Oh, probably not, but here is Discovering Religions take on why god isn’t necessary in our Universe.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Creation, Logic, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, The Universe
Role reversal. It’s a fantastic way to check if a situation is horribly wrong. A brilliant example of this is found about 3 minutes in on this pretty great video. It follows the point I made in a previous post, but in a new, wonderfully hilarious way. Watch, laugh, be better equipped to deal with anti-choicers.
Filed under: Gender Issues, Humour, Religion Tagged: Jesus, Pro-Choice, role reversal, Sarah Silverman
As with most biblical examinations – Trigger Warning for Rape, Violence, and Profanity.
Isn’t it cute when Christians ask atheists how they can be moral without god, when actually the converse is the correct question?
Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, Sodom and Gomorra, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
If you haven’t heard, a York University prof denied a student’s request to work in all male groups for religious reasons. York’s Centre for Human Rights suggested the student should be granted the request to avoid being with women in public. I commented with my views here:
I see education as a stepping stone for the working world. If he expects to work in Canada, he has to get used to working with women, so it’s in the male student’s best interest to find a way to cope with this expectation within a Canadian institution.
Then today I (Read more…)
The Pew Research Center recently published a study of religious persecution over the period 2007-12 and the results aren’t pretty. Of 198 countries and territories included in the study, 29 per cent had high or very high government restrictions on religion and 33 per cent had high or very high social hostilities involving religion. Egypt had the highest level of government restrictions and
I think I can safely say that in the icy heart of this Harperland winter, just about the last thing I want to think about, talk about, or write about is the Quebec's Secular Charter.I've written about it before, and no doubt I'll write about it again. But not tonight.Tonight I'll just say I think it's unnecessary, divisive, and will stir up the bigots in this country like hitting a hornet's nest with a stick does to the flying hordes inside it.And although I'm an atheist, and a devoted secularist, I hate bullies of any stripe.And this video (Read more…)
Hold the phone gentle readers, the persecuted christian majority in the United States is once again in crisis mode. Why? Satanists want to put up a religious monument of their own, just like the pious Christians have done on the capitol grounds. The threat of Satan beckoning to them, on the grounds of the Oklahoma state legislature no less, is causing the usual conniptions among the faithful (you know, the usual conniptions, where they get called on their abject duplicity and refuse to back down while accusing others of persecuting them). Amanda Marcotte from alter.net writes (Read more…)
A jesus I can get behind.
Gore and silliness warning.
Filed under: Humour Tagged: Atheism, DWR Friday Movie Interlude, Fist of Jesus, Humour, Religion, Zombie
In the spirit of the holidays we here at DWR are going to go easy (for one week at least) on the religiously deluded, thus today’s disservice is a gift, only for religious emergencies mind you.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Emergency Pope, Humour, The DWR Sunday Disservice
Browsing the time sink known as Reddit today I came across a very cool comic showing someone building a chat-bot to debate a theist. I googled the title of the comic and found the original as well a very awesome comic called Bag of Toast. I highly recommend checking it out.
The comic in question:
This made me think that I would love a chat bot to debate the theists, global warming deniers, anti-vaccine advocates, scumbags MRAs, or anyone I disagree with but constantly have to have 101 level discussions with. It would be wonderful. But then the Reddit community (Read more…)
I know, I know. Belief in magic is not really the best way to run anything, but rather than focusing on the silly nature of believing in the Grand Oooga-Booga, lets look at how those in power keep their ‘base’ ignorant and happy to continue to lap up all mendacity that spews forth from the Party of No. Alter.net has a nifty article about biblical illiteracy in America, so lets go over the highlights.
“More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of (Read more…)
I wrote this post a few years ago, after somebody questioned how an atheist like me, could celebrate Christmas. And I've run it every year since then on this day, because with some minor revisions to accommodate the passage of time, it still sums up how I feel about this day. It's Christmas Day, and once again I have to explain to my friends, that although I'm an atheist, and I believe that our beautiful planet is our heaven and our hell.And although I hate the shopping and the greed.And although I know it can be a sad and lonely time for (Read more…)
Jiggers, look busy, it’s Krampus! And why is this mom giving him the thumbs up, I wonder? Below: Santa Claus, the God of Coca-Cola; Che Guevara; and Jesus Christ.
Never mind Jesus Christ! It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas.
Who the hell is Krampus, you wonder? Well, we’ll get to that at the appropriate moment.
But first, let’s turn to the question of the Big Guy, the Christ Child Himself, before and after he grew up and, in the historically perceptive words of the great Canadian poet Milton Acorn, donned “thorns and sunstroke, beating his life (Read more…)