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South Dakota County Commissioner Predicts Marriage Is About To Become An Exclusively Religious Institution

We might need a whole new section dedicated only to stupid things religious right-wingers say on Facebook.This next gem is from Meade County (South Dakota) Commissioner Alan Aker, who is among many religious conservatives who have taken to Facebook to express their outrage over the Supreme Court's decision in favor of marriage equality.Here's his long-winded rant:

Canadian Court Upholds Decision Not to Grant Accreditation to Anti-Gay Christian Law School

Trinity Western University's proposed law school in British Columbia has been under fire because the school, in true anti-gay fashion, requires all students to agree that only married men and women are allowed to have sex.
Last November, they hit their biggest obstacle yet when the Law Society of British Columbia decided not to grant the school accreditation:

Catholic Church in Norway Owes Government More Than $5 Million After Inflating Membership Numbers

In countries where church and state are tied together, religious groups can receive taxpayer money based on membership. It's to their benefit, then, when people say they're Catholic, even if they don't really practice. (Atheists groups in some countries have urged people to say they're not religious, if that's accurate, in order to stop excess money from going to churches.)
And wouldn't you know it? There's a lot of shady bookkeeping going on...In Norway right now, the Catholic Church is in the midst of a scandal over this very problem:

Ricki Lake’s New Film About Birth Control Gets Contraception All Wrong

In Mexico City, in 1951, yams changed the world of contraception forever.A chemist by the name of Dr. Carl Djerassi had found a way to synthesize the hormones they contained. While it would take another decade of testing before his work would reach its intended market, he had created a combination that gave birth to what we now know as The Pill.
Decades have passed since oral contraception first went mainstream. Since then, scientific advances have given us even more options in terms of hormonal contraception, from implants to rings to patches. There’s certainly been a fair amount of opposition along the way, particularly from the Religious Right, who feel such measures interfere with God’s plan.Now, a new argument has emerged: hormonal contraception is anti-woman.And the woman pushing it is none other than Ricki Lake.

Episcopalians Vote Yes to Gay Marriage in Church, But Are They Too Late?

Yesterday, during the Episcopal General Convention meeting in Salt Lake City, both clergy members and lay participants voted to allow same-sex marriages within the Church. While many Episcopalians embraced openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson more than a decade ago, this was a dramatic leap forward:

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Comment by Steph S. on September 16, 2011 at 9:47pm

Thanks for the link William.

I've been reading your coffeelovingskeptic site Tony -- good stuff.

Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Comment by William on September 16, 2011 at 9:31pm
Sunday Sunday Sunday! Firebreathing monster trucks and Atheist's doing atheist stuff!!!http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=244379688926612
Comment by Tony Ryan on August 28, 2011 at 4:31pm
Further to the friendly atheist's post that just went live, Ironically, (or was it a premonition!?) I did a blog post on psychics today: http://coffeelovingskeptic.com/?p=731 it's good to see more pressure being put on the fraudulent industry.
Comment by Lary9 on July 23, 2011 at 2:43am
I remember, years ago when I was a Unitarian-Universalist, we had a joke; "Question: How do you terrorize a Unitarian? Answer: Burn a question mark into their lawns.
I've often wondered if that might not also work for a questing atheist. After all we are essentially "non-creedal" even in our rationality.
A friendly salutation that I always liked is:
"Great day for the race! Isn't it?"
And then when they ask (inevitably) "What race?"
I respond with: "The Human Race!"
That's always a good ice breaker unless you're dealing with a Pentacostal with a headache or a Jehovah's Witness in a normal state of mind, which is humorless.
I like to remind myself from time to time that ...
"No Christian is exempted from being human by believing in God. Conversely, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either."
Comment by Annie Thomas on July 22, 2011 at 5:14pm
Although I too think it is important to be friendly, I have found that sometimes just wanting to discuss an issue can make people act like I am being unfriendly.  I recently had a discussion about a neighboring county where they had a display of the ten commandments in front of the courthouse.  The ACLU stepped in and they now have 30 days to take them down.  I was chatting with a friend (on FB) about this, and I was being extremely respectful and tactful, or so I thought.  I left religion out of it, and instead talked about how it has been decided, time and time again in courts, that this was unconstitutional.  Long story short (I really am trying!), I wanted to know why she felt so strongly that the commandments should remain.  She got very angry with me, said she was being attacked, etc.  I wrote several times that I was interested in trying to understand her viewpoint on this, since we had such a difference in opinion.  So, although, I completely agree.  I want to be "friendly" too, but I am finding that to be friendly may mean never to discuss sensitive topics with most religious people.
Comment by Lary9 on July 22, 2011 at 4:44pm
It sounds like a sort of "Atheist Scout Pledge"...I like it.
Comment by Steph S. on July 22, 2011 at 4:40pm
I agree with everything you just wrote Natalie.  It does drive a wedge between people when you are insulting and rude to them.  I'm so glad to hear from others who want to treat others with respect regardless of their beliefs.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 22, 2011 at 4:31pm
Being kind, respectful and friendly is the ONLY way to go. Just because you don't share their beliefs does NOT mean they aren't human, and deserving of basic human decency. I am SO offended by those presumably young atheists who are rude and insulting to theists -- they certainly don't give anyone a good impression of atheists, and only drive a wedge between people. We need to be a world community of humans, and we need to live together in peace and respect in spite of belief and culture and language differences.
Comment by Steph S. on July 22, 2011 at 8:26am
Yes, I am friendly to theists.  They are all around me.  I used to be one -- so I would want Atheists to be friendly to me when I used to be a theist.  When you aren't friendly to theists and they know you are an Atheist you aren't being a good "ambassador" for Atheism.  I believe that being friendly to theists will enable those that are questioning to find their way to Atheism.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 26, 2011 at 5:43pm
lol, i'm really loving this friendly group!
 

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