Generally speaking I admire Penn Jillette for a couple of reasons. The one I admire him most for is his uncompromising and well-reasoned world-view (although we definitely disagree on some subjects). Here he is, making more of his thought-process and wisdom available. This time, it’s on religion, politicians, and religious behavior of elected officials.
I found a site recently – http://www.optatio.net/#quote19
It’s a site of random atheist quotes. Quotes like the following:
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. Richard Dawkins
People will then often say, “But surely it’s better to remain an Agnostic just in case?” This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I’ve been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway.) Douglas Adams
I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Thomas Jefferson
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes. Gene Roddenberry
I can’t write about abortion from an in-the-industry perspective. But this lady can, and did, and her letter was posted up at this website. I highly suggest you go see the original. For those who are too lazy, here you go: The dish on abortion from *gasp* a real abortionist. Sans horns, of course.
The Arguing Atheist
For those who don’t like hyperlinks, here’s the site: http://www.arguingatheist.com/
As the title of the website may suggest, you take the point of view of an atheist interrupted on his day off by a missionary knocking at his door. As you progress through the story, you — in the position of the atheist — will make decisions about how to respond to discussion points you are presented with.
And as the Choose Your Own Adventure series were fond of saying, ‘You’re The Star Of The Story!’
This is such a great concept. I loved it so much that I spent the last four hours going through each scenario and every possible answer, just like I used to do when I was a kid ( I always cheated at the damned things ’cause I didn’t want to have to retread the same ground ^^).
What’s great about this is that it gave me a much more holistic, in depth view of the opposition’s opinions. It also gave me many many more good, solid counter-arguments – based on solid, rigorously applied logic and science.
I can’t recommend this site highly enough. It’s interesting, thoughtful, and it even manages to be extremely respectful (while still not pulling punches) – so you might be able to get a few religious nuts to sit down and realize what jackasses they are! ^^ *crosses fingers* I know it isn’t likely, but… hey, I can hope.
Either way, I certainly recommend it to anyone with atheist or agnostic leanings, anyone who argues with theists on a regular basis, or anyone who wants to better understand theist/atheist debate points.
Check it out!
Why do atheists debate, anyway? What’s in it for them?
If you’re wondering why an atheist would want to debate with a theist, check this answer out – it’s the most accurate one I’ve found.
Brilliant stuff. just brilliant. well worth a stop by. link here.
SWAG! STUFFS! AWESOME AND NIFTY PURCHASABLES!
This is all stuff based around (and i believe going to support) iamanatheist.com, a really nifty little site about… you guessed it… atheism. They’re very unapologetic, and have a really funny sense of humor, too.
So of course the stuff is awesome. check some of this niftyness out.
Youtube user QualiaSoup is famous in atheist circles, and infamous in religious ones, for being meticulous, carefully researched, and damning in his proofs against religion and supernatural wibbly wobbly woo-woo set thinking.
here’s one of his videos as an example. I use him heavily as a resource when trying to figure out how to explain why something isn’t good logic. He’s very thorough and very easy to understand.
What if People Actually Treated Religion as Just a Metaphor?
And finally, an article about the religious secularism movement (Jewish Atheism, for instance), and how to tell the real secularists from people who just want an excuse to keep on keeping on with that old time religion.