Skeptimus Prime » WTF? One atheist's thoughts on politics, religion, and philsophy Mon, 11 May 2015 01:55:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 I had no idea Victoria Jackson was this deluded. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:47:44 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

I never watched SNL regularly so I mostly only remember her fondly from the movie UHF, though I wonder if she was always this ridiculous or she grew into more recently. At one point she actually cites President Obama’s support of abortion and same sex marriage as evidence that is a not a Christian, but a Muslim. Does she have any clue what Muslims believe? I mean, while I’m sure you could probably dig up some liberal Muslims who support same sex marriage, the religion as a whole is probably the only religion in the world less accepting of these two things than Christianity. 

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Catholic Archbishop Claims He Didn’t Know Sex With Children Was Illegal Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This video left me astounded at how much awful can be vested into a single human being.

From Americans Against the Tea Party.

Archbishop Robert Carlson, former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul,  testified last month that he was unaware in the 1980s that it was illegal to have sex with a child. At the time, it was Carlson’s responsibility to investigate allegations of sex abuse in the church.

So to sum up, an Archbishop of an organization which clearly argues that ANY premarital sex is immoral is clamming he wasn’t quite sure on the legality or ethics of having sex with children. (A group of people who are not legally allowed to marry) I’m willing to say, without any equivocation, that this man is clearly and obviously lying. Unless this man is mentally deficient in some way it is simply not possible that he didn’t know this was both illegal and immoral, nor is it possible that he just forgot everything of importance about the events in question.

He didn’t do his job back in the 1980’s, probably because he was more concerned about the churches reputation than harm being done right under his nose. Now that the truth is out he can’t think of anything way out but to pretend that he isn’t sure if he knew basic facts about the law and even his own religious beliefs back then because it was such a long time ago. It isn’t even a good lie. I don’t swear on this blog very often anymore but I think this occasion call for it. Fuck this guy.

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I get bizarre spam. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Every once in a while I the spam filter catches a really odd comment on one of my posts.

I got this one a few days ago.

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Whew, I was worried we were going to save a real dog, luckily we are just saving a made up one.

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She’s a witch, burn her. Sat, 09 Feb 2013 05:46:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]>  This is a humorously intoned line from Monty Python’s search for the Holy Grail.  One of my all time favorite movies.

For those who are unfamiliar the scene is involves people using horrible logic to justify burning a woman for witchcraft. It’s meant to poke fun at the ignorance of days gone by, or at least that is what I would like to believe.  Unfortunately there are still places in the world where people are killed for witchcraft.

In Papua New Guinea a 20 year old woman was stripped naked, beating covered in gas and set on fire because they believed she had killed a local six year old with a curse.  Police and firemen who attempted to help her were thwarted by the mob who set her on fire in the first place.  From what  I can tell this sort of practice is actually quite common in Papua New Guinea. 
It is hard to imagine that religion did not play a part in this considering passages like Exodus 20:18: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Especially since the majority of Papua New Guinea is protestant Christian (65.48%), with most of the rest a mix of Catholics (17.67%), and Muslims (15.89%). Though to be fair there are also ministers there speaking out against this kind of behavior.
It is sad to see that in some places in the world people still blame disease on supernatural causes and then kill people out of their imaginary fears.  You know, I’ve been occasionally told I’m too judgmental by people.  “You like the freedom to choose your own way, but refuse to allow others that same freedom,” I’ve been told.  My response is always the same. Some choices are better than others, some ways of examining the world will necessarily produce better answers. Our knowledge of the universe is still quite limited, but we do know why people get sick and I can’t help but feel that if these people had been given science text books on germ theory instead of bibles this woman would still be alive. If that makes me judgmental, so be it.
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Nerds are coming for us all! Alex Jones figured it out. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:01:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Ok, everything I’ve seen of this guy makes me convinced he is nuts but wow.

Apparently we user our brains to hurt people because we weren’t jocks in high school.

It does makes me a bit angry that this loon probably makes more money than me.

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Book tells kids measles isn’t so bad. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:45:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Found this book for sale on Amazon today through a Salon article that tells kids that it’s safer to get Measles than a vaccination:

 It’s a children’s book written by some anti-vaccination wackos from Australia.
Review from the Amazon page: (Bold to emphasize the crazy parts)

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles was written to educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body. Having raised three children vaccine-free and childhood disease-free, I have experienced many times when my children’s vaccinated peers succumb to the childhood diseases they were vaccinated against. Surprisingly, there were times when my unvaccinated children were blamed for their peers’ sickness. Something which is just not possible when they didn’t have the diseases at all. Stephanie Messenger lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and devotes her life to educating people about vaccine dangers and supporting families in their natural health choices. She has the support of many natural therapists and natural-minded doctors. 

Of course this is dripping with naturalistic fallacy. What exactly is a “natural-minded doctor” anyway?

Oh, and here is a picture of a child suffering from a perfectly “benign” case of  measles.

Side effects of measles include pneumonia, otitis media which can lead to deafness, corneal ulcerations which can lead to blindness, and even death in a small number of cases, and vaccines are one of the safest tools the medical profession has for preventing a host of illnesses.

This book is harmful and medically fraudulent and the authors should be ashamed of themselves.

On reviewer on Amazon also pointed out that it seems that the title appears to be a jab at George’s Marvelous Medicine which was written by Roald Dahl whose daughter died of Measles when she was seven.  Which seems in rather poor taste.
P.S. It seems I have been running this blog for exactly 2 years now, Hurray.
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Stupid people on Twitter. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:42:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> So I’ve been posting on twitter more often lately since it allows me to network and it has netted me more followers. (Thanks for following me) In general I’ve had some good conversations, even the religious people I’ve debated have mostly been cordial and reasonable.  Though debate may be a strong word with a 140 character limit.  That changed this evening when I ran into the two douchyist douches who ever douched.

Thought I’d post some snippets of the conversation.  I posted the names of the jackasses so readers will know to avoid these horrible excuses for human beings. You can see the whole debacle on twitter.  I couldn’t get the embed feature to work so I just copied pasted. It started when I noticed this post.


@cherokee_autumn any speech that attacks Christians is hate speech stop it 

 I posted back what I thought was a reasonable question.

@SMjaniczek If we criticize beliefs we think are wrong we are bigots? 

From here I ended up in two different conversations.  I first got a message from a different user that quickly devolved to this.

Gary Eaton@garysteveneaton
@SkeptimusPrime I’ll have more respect for you evangleatheists when u start pounding the religion that still exists in the dark ages.Islam

So I responded.

@garysteveneaton If you think we never criticize Islam you are just willfully ignorant. I also don’t care if you respect me. 

He turned to insults almost immediately with this.

@SkeptimusPrime I mean seriously, how candy assed do you have to be if Christians scare you?

So,  wrote a few tweets as a response. 

@garysteveneaton OK first off, I have spoke to you quite cordially and you have returned to me with insults.

Secondly I am not scared of Christians, some of them want to subvert the legal system and I stand up against that 

All of them have beliefs which they cannot support with evidence and I criticize that. 

I also criticize psychics and homeopaths and 9/11 truthers and a host of other people with crazy beliefs too. 

Quite frankly for someone to claim I am a bigot and then engage in insults….you can kiss my “candy” ass. 

The last one was the only one he bothered to reply too, in which he said.

@SkeptimusPrime I didn’t call u one, Must have been the voices in ur head. But I agree with them. U are a bigot 

So apparently I’m a bigot because I don’t agree with this guy, and he unleashes a litany of insults.  This is the first time I’ve spoken to him so he can’t possibly know all the things he thinks he knows. At that point I realized that this guy was so far off his rocker there was no point in continuing so he got this one final tweet.

@garysteveneaton You started the name calling you fucking twit…oh looky here, there is a ban hammer right here. 

The other conversation was even more strange.  The original person I wrote to who said that it is automatically hate speech to criticize Christians replied by telling me that it was the sort of thing that civil rights people do.  I found that an odd thing to say so I responded.

@SMjaniczek I don’t know any civil rights people who would say that.

She popped back

@SkeptimusPrime they are right now. Go look at Dana Loeschs tl 

I pointed out something I thought was fairly obvious.

@SMjaniczek Civil rights people say we can’t criticize others beliefs? 

Since that is exactly what civil rights people are doing. 

I think you may be wrong

I thought it was a fairly easy to understand point, the civil rights movement is all about criticizing the beliefs of people they see as wrong, if you think that civil rights leaders are claiming you can never criticize beliefs you clearly do not understand the civil rights movement.   I hoped this conversation would go better than the other, but I was clearly wrong because I got this.

@SkeptimusPrime uh no im not u ignorant ass. Do a google search ur a vile bigot and as bad as an anti semite hating on jews for blood libel

So at this point I could smell crazy on this person, and was pretty much had my fill of speaking with nut job conspiracy theorists for the night, and anyone who goes to calling someone a bigot after speaking to them online for two minutes isn’t worth the DNA that spawned them, so they got the ban hammer too.

@SMjaniczek Wow, name calling? Not my fault you are an idiot with poor logic skills. Ban Hammer for you.

Apparently they reported me for spam or something and got me banned from twitter for a few minutes and I had to unlock my account and promise not to spam anymore, which I didn’t do in the first place, so go ahead and let them know how insane they are if you like, personally I recommend you stay away, they aren’t worth the trouble.

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I don’t even know what to say. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 04:21:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Recently U.S. Representative Paul Broun, a republican from Georgia and who, unfortunately for the U.S., is a physician and sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee had this to say:

“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior. There’s a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I believe that the Earth is about 9,000 years old. I believe that it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says. And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually. How to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason, as your congressman, I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.”

His beliefs are strange enough, the fact that this guy is on a committee that decides how to spend government funds on science and technology is downright disturbing.  He calls him self a scientist, but last I checked calling oneself a scientist requires that one actually does science.  Has Broun published in any peer reviewed journals?  Particularly on these young earth claims he is making?  He seems to think they are obvious but can’t really offer anything of substance. He just says, “That’s what the Bible says.”

Of course the scariest thing about his statements is that he is basically openly admitting his dominionist leanings by stating his intent to use the Bible to decide how he will vote.  How do people come to wield so much political power in this country when they are so painfully ignorant, openly anti-science, and driven to use their religious beliefs as the basis for law?  
If you think that guy is bad, then this guy will really break your brain.  

Charlie Fuqua, is a Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives and thinks the U.S. government should reinstate the Old Testament law that made being an unruly child a capital offense.

Even though this procedure would rarely be used, if it were the law of land, it would give parents authority. Children would know that their parents had authority and it would be a tremendous incentive for children to give proper respect to their parents.

I am going to humbly suggest that parents willing to use this sort of thing as a threat to garner obedience from their child shouldn’t be parents in the first place.

Who votes for these loons?

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This is not the way to do things people. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:21:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

So I ran into this the other day.  Read, through the posts, I’ll give you some time.

Now, I don’t really care what rock these people crawled out from under, I don’t care if they believe in god or not and I certainty don’t care if they think of themselves as rational.

Whether you agree with things said on skepchick or not is irrelevant.

I wish that all of us as fellow god damn human beings could at least agree that joking about raping someone or assaulting them because you disagree with them  (and I damn well hope it was just a joke) makes you an awful, or perhaps just painfully self absorbed, person.

Of course some people on the site did not back this guy up, but there were far too many people making excuses for this sort of stuff.  Such as people who suggested it’s all the woman’s fault for not being tough enough to laugh off abusive statements and etc etc…..blah blah blah. 

For fucks sake people, stop making the atheist/skeptic movements look stupid.

Update 8/2/2012:  The person who made the initial post on this page apparently apologized for the joke.  Though did not change his position towards skepchick or feminist issues in general as far as I know.  But he did apologize and I felt it was worth updating this post to reflect that.

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White Supremacist Runs for Sheriff in Idaho Fri, 11 May 2012 20:11:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

White Supremacist Shaun Winkler Burns Cross, Runs for Sheriff in Idaho 

Shaun Winkler

At first  I thought this had to be made up, the guy is just running though, hopefully he has no chance of winning.

My favorite disturbing quote from the article:

“Most people don’t know that we don’t just oppose the Jews and the negroes,” he said. “We also oppose sexual predators and drugs of any kind.”

Oh, yeah the opposing sexual predators thing really makes up for all the racism.  At least most racists this day an age realize their views won’t be pandered to enough to keep quite about them.  This guy apparently wasn’t around for the last 50 years of politics.

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