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Shit that Pissed me off – 4/17

Atheists put up a Billboard and After Five Days, It Gets Taken Down

Apparently, the owner of the lot where the billboard was posted told the advertising company that they needed to remove the ad or remove the billboard.  I would seem Jesus was threatened by the following sign:

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Holy fuck!  They were telling people who didn’t believe in god that they might not be the only ones!  How offensive!

Let’s turn this around for a moment.  Had a billboard read “Believe in god? You’re not alone,” would anyone have complained that the message was offensive?  Had an atheist owned the land where that billboard was posted, would they have demanded it be removed?

Of course not.  But if you don’t believe in god and you tell people about it, that’s offensive.  You are attacking their faith!

Except you aren’t.  You aren’t saying “aren’t people who believe in god stupid???”

Because you don’t think that.  Unless we are talking about the dude who bitched about this sign.  I think he’s kind of stupid.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 4/10

Police Officer Shot a Man in the Back and was Caught Lying About it

If you click through to the link, there is video of a man being shot to death.  That’s important to know because you might not want to watch such a thing.

Early reports about this incident indicated that the victim tried to take the officer’s taser and the officer shot him in self-defense.  That was the story the officer repeated over and over again.  And it was a lie.

If I said I didn't like ice cream, it would also be a lie.  A harmless lie.  Unlike this lie.

If I said I didn’t like ice cream, it would also be a lie. A harmless lie. So when the officer lied to save his skin, it’s kind of like that, right?

Even if the victim had tried to take a taser before the video starts, it is obvious he posed no threat to the officer when he was running away and eight bullets were fired at his back.

Without that video, the officer would not be facing murder charges.  Thousands of people would be telling us that we weren’t there so we couldn’t know what really happened.  We should take the word of the police officer because why would he lie?

I don’t know.  Maybe for the same reasons as anyone else?

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Shit That Pissed Me Off – 4/3

High School Orders Special Needs Student He Can’t Wear a Letter Jacket

The Principal of the school said he had considered everything and because the young man was only involved in extracurricular basketball, he would not be permitted to wear the letter jacket.  He decided to stick with official school policy.

Here’s what he said:

Teachers told the parents they would prefer he not wear the letter on his jacket. We have considered it, and our decision was no. We decided that it is not appropriate in our situation because it is not a varsity level competition.

It seems silly to me that anyone would care if a kid with Downs’ Syndrome wore a letter jacket.  If it helps that kid feel like a little less of an outsider, what’s the harm?  So you give those letters out as awards to other students.  So what?

The wrong person puts one of these bad boys on and the entire High School pecking order is blown to hell!

The wrong person puts one of these bad boys on and the entire High School pecking order is blown to hell!

Do you think those kids are incapable of understanding why that child who can’t participate in “official” sports would want, and deserve, a letter as well?

I just think it’s a shame that policy trumped compassion.  Whoever complained about this situation should have their hands smacked with a ruler.

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Shit That Pissed me Off – 3/27

Indiana Passes Stupid “Anti Discrimination” Bill That Will Allow People to Discriminate

In a move that I hope will eventually be ruled unconstitutional, Indiana is the first state in the nation to pass a law allowing businesses to avoid liability arising from discriminating against homosexuals.  It will not be the last.

Billed as an attempt to save “good” Christians who simply want to follow god’s law by refusing service to gay people specifically because they are gay, the law is basically protection for a persecuted class that isn’t persecuted.

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It’s like an “anti-discrimination” bill that protects white people who don’t want to serve black people. Except you can’t pass that law because everyone knows that’s bullshit.

 

So what happens if a gay couple runs out of gas in rural Indiana and is refused service by the closest gas station?  It’s legal.  I know that this law is mostly about florists, bakers and wedding photographers but it applies to anyone who wants to discriminate against someone on religious grounds.

It protects anyone.  The Christian right might want to remember that should a time come when they are no longer the majority.

Seriously – since the conservative Christian douchebags managed to get this one passed, I think they should be instructed to put signs in their window saying “No Gays.”  I mean if they are going to be given the right to legally discriminate, they should be up front about it right?

Because they are proud of it, right????

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Shit that Pissed me off – 2/13

Christian Radio Host Upset Obama Doesn’t Pander to her Faith

There was an interfaith prayer breakfast last week and conservative radio host Janet Mefferd was not amused.  All that liberal lip service to other religions did nothing to spare her from hell, she said, nothing at all!

Janet, this may come as a genuine surprise to you but nowhere in the job description for President of the United States does it include “spare people from hell.”  The President has literally zero obligation to spare you from hell.

We're burning in hell!  Thanks, Obama!

We’re burning in hell! Thanks, Obama!

I get that being spared from hell is a big thing for you.  So big, in fact, that you believe everyone should be working to save your immortal soul at all times.

I’m sure when Obama is no longer President, he can devote some valuable time to your soul.  Until then, he will be forced to think about everyone else in America.

It isn’t personal.  It’s his job.

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What if Darwin Presumes that God Speaks to Him?

Speaking-with-authority-300x244I never really believed in god.

What I mean by that is I never believed in god as he was presented to me in Sunday school.  My logical brain couldn’t reconcile the inconsistencies of an all loving god all-knowing god who held his own creation responsible for being imperfect.

What became very clear to me was god existed as an authority figure to lend support to the beliefs of the person speaking for him.  If you believe that homosexuality is wrong, you don’t have to be the bad guy.  It isn’t you – it’s god.

And because you are using an unquestionable authority, you can get other people to believe as you do.  You didn’t convince them.  God convinced them.

The idea of theism alone isn’t a damaging concept.  If you want to believe that something created the universe, you aren’t hurting anyone.

When you work to convince people you know what that being is thinking, I think you can begin to do harm.

In the debate over same-sex marriage, there are people of all faiths who think it is right and people of all faiths who think it is wrong.  They are both using the ultimate authority of god to support their claim.

But what if none of them knows what god thinks?  What if no-one has a direct line to heaven?  What if we need to figure this stuff out for ourselves without an authority who cannot be questioned?

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Shit that Pissed me off – 2/6

A Totally Insane Video By a Gamergater

Brianna Wu is a frequent target of Gamergate supporters because she, rightly, thinks they are idiots. They have countered with death threats because that’s proven to be the most effective way to fight for ethics in game journalism.

This kook had an accident because he was driving too fast in slippery conditions.  Somehow, he seems to think that Wu had something to do with the fact that he can’t drive and has decided that she tried to kill him.

That's right - all ice storms are plots to kill members of Gamergate

That’s right – all ice storms are plots to kill members of Gamergate

Because he seems like a really important guy.  The kind of guy who it would be important to kill by magically summoning up an ice storm and making him forget how to drive.

Or maybe Wu was his driving instructor and she did a really shitty job.

This video is made by a crazy person and the only thing that bothers me more than the crazy person is the ones that take him seriously.

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