Crackergate!

Wow, those Muslims are really overreacting to a simple cartoo-- hey, did someone just kidnap a magic biscuit?!

Wow, those Muslims are really overreacting to a simple cartoo-- hey, did someone just kidnap a magic biscuit?!

Remember that big commotion awhile back about the Danish cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, and how most normal people saw the reaction from the more extreme corners of the Muslim community and shook their heads, wondering what hope there was for the human race?

Turns out that Catholic crazy can go toe to toe with Islamic crazy without breaking a sweat.

Some of you may have already heard about this by now, but I figured I would add to the pointing and laughing (alternating with banging my head against the wall).  It seems a student at the University of Central Florida attended a Catholic service and, instead of ingesting his blessed Jeez-It, took the magic wafer home with him.  This drew a lot of Christian love and compassion seething bile, calls for expulsion, and even a few death threats.

The story was picked up by an appropriately astonished PZ Myers, which attracted the ire of the already apoplectic head of the “Catholic League”, Bill Donahue.  Now Bill-Do is mounting a campaign to get Dr. Myers disciplined or even removed from his position at the University of Minnesota.

All over a GODDAMN CRACKER.

Just a quick reminder folks…this is the 21st Century.  This stuff is happening in the United States of America.  I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.

If you’d like to send a letter to U of M President Robert Bruininks in support of Dr. Myers, PZ has posted his address.

July 10, 2008 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment

And Yet, Larry the Cable Guy Still Breathes

I bet he’s down there right now, screaming up at us.

June 23, 2008 at 6:33 pm 1 comment

What Establishment Clause?

Here’s my contribution to today’s so-called National Day of Prayer (via someone called “ChocolateJesus”).

If you’d rather respond in a less juvenile manner, the National Day of Reason organizers have some suggestions.  See if they have any events in your area (if it isn’t too late – I’m kind of a lazy blogger).

May 1, 2008 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

With Apologies to Freddie Mercury

Any of my readers (what readers?) who are still following the Expelled debacle should get a kick out of this parody song courtesy of MartinC.

“Should have stuck to game shows” indeed.

April 18, 2008 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Unrest in the Land of Lincoln

Outside the atheist community, this story hasn’t had much media attention.  This account gives the basics – last week a Democratic Representative from Illinois had a rather vitriolic reaction to an atheist activist who was testifying at a hearing regarding the donation of government money to a Baptist church.  Rep. Monique Davis told the man he had “no right” to be there, and that it was “dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!”

(She also referred to Illinois as “the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God”.  In fact, President Lincoln’s religious views were ambiguous at best, and more than a few statements of his lean decidedly away from theism.)

Well, the story finally got some national media attention tonight, being featured atop Keith Olbermann’s nightly “Worst Persons in the World” list on MSNBC’s Countdown.  See the video at onegoodmove.

Contact info for Rep. Davis is here if you’d like to send a measured response to her hate-filled tirade.

April 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

Word.

Well, this is kinda awesome.

This was first brought to my attention on Pharyngula, but it’s everywhere now. Go there to follow the debate on whether it’s pro-science or a failed bit of meta-satire from the Expelled promoters.

March 29, 2008 at 6:09 pm 1 comment

Wanted: One Irony Meter

Mine has exploded.

So there’s this movie coming out next month called Expelled, fronted by actor/economist/speech writer/game show host/eye medication shill Ben Stein. It claims to document the systematic censorship by “Big Science” (seriously, they use that phrase) of people courageous enough to question the “dogma” of evolutionary theory. Of course, the whole thing is just a creationist propaganda piece, but the filmmakers are trying to set their side up as martyrs concerned with academic freedom.

So, if your premise is that scientists are conspiring to keep opposing viewpoints out of the classroom, what do you think would be the most retarded possible PR move to make? Apparently, the producers have chosen the hypocrite route. Well known atheist/developmental biologist blogger PZ Myers – who was actually interviewed for the film (under false pretenses) and appears in it – attempted to attend a screening last night and was refused entry.

But that’s only half of the ironic part. Go read his post to see who did get in to the screening.

March 21, 2008 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

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