Monday, March 29, 2010

A Week on Facebook

Those of you on Facebook may or may not know about Richard Dawkins' Out Campaign project; and there's a related grassroots campaign to get atheists to show their solidarity by changing their profile picture on Facebook to the Scarlet A this week. So if you're on Facebook, RSVP to the A week on Facebook event and set your picture to the Scarlet A for the week...

The Scarlet Letter represents how atheists are labeled by mainstream society...and now it can also show that we are proud of our label, we are proud to be atheists, we are not ashamed!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Happened to the 1st Amendment?

The 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Based on how it has been interpreted in the recent past, and how it is interpreted today, it might read:

"The government and/or any extension of it, may not express any favoritism towards one specific religion, or prevent anyone from the exercise of his/her religion [without compelling interest]; the government may not prohibit freedom of speech and/or expression, and press; the government may not prohibit the people from peacefully demonstrating; the government may not prohibit the people from suing to redress a wrong they suffered."


U.S. Military on Christian Crusade?

The U.S. Military uses products from many different contractors, foreign and domestic; but a few products from a Michigan contractor, Trijicon, are raising interest. Trijicon supplies our military with telescopic sights; inscribed with Bible verses! The sights, which use radioactive tritium to allow the shooter to see in the dark, are standard issue to U.S. special operations forces.

The inscriptions are included at the end of the stock number; one model carries the inscription "JN8:12" referencing John Chapter 8, Verse 12

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"

Another model carries the inscription "2COR4:6" (2nd Corinthians Chapter 4, Verse 6)

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Christian Privilege, FCC Style

Kept from the sweet darkness of sleep due to what can only be described as obscene amounts of caffeine, I sit on my couch watching half-hour segments of Comedy Central Presents. As some balding middle-aged man with a microphone failed to maintain my interest, something suddenly jerked me from my pre-sleep thoughts. The thing that caught my attention was the bleep, which, by itself, isn't out of place in the routine of your average stand-up comic (Brian Regan doesn't count). What suddenly piqued my interest was what was being bleeped.
The comedian had said "God damn," and Comedy Central had elected that its viewers would be better off hearing "BLEEP damn." Compared to other words deemed worthy of being bleeped, "God damnit" isn't nearly on par with the other things.