Can Religion Justify Bullying Children? by Sean Faircloth

The book “Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It” is available in audiobook, electronic, and hardcopy: http://richarddawkins.net/audio/645178-audiobook-of-attack-of-the-theocrats-w… . Learn about a Ten Point Vision of a Secular America: http://richarddawkins.net/videos/644419-atheism-a-new-strategy-richard-dawkin… .
A Notre Dame graduate, Faircloth is Dir. of Strategy & Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science — US. You can also see the Q&A for “Can Religion Justify Bullying Children” on YouTube.

Australian comedian Josh Thomas

Our atheist, female, ‘living in sin’ Prime Minister who is obsessed with ‘moving forward’ is against same-sex marriage because it’s ‘against our culture and our heritage’ which she them explained is based on the bible… WTF?!

Typically the non-theists defending theism is even weirder than the theist defending it from faith.

Speaking in other tongues: They actually believe this stuff!

Dear Pentecostal Christians,
This is how you see yourself while praying in tongues
This is how the rest of us see you (Muppet Chef)

Here’s a video.  I think the chef is better at it than theists.

Sam Harris

The freedom to think out loud on certain topics, without fear of being hounded into hiding or killed, has already been lost.
And the only forces on earth that can recover it are strong, secular governments that will face down charges of blasphemy with scorn.
No apologies necessary. Muslims must learn that if they make belligerent and fanatical claims upon the tolerance of free societies, they well meet the limits of that tolerance.

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi

Persian polymath Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi eviscerates the “Miracle of the Quran” (in the ninth century!)

Muslims consider the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, as the word of God and a miracle. The verses of the book are referred to as ayat, which also means “a sign” in the Arabic language. In the Qur’an is stated an open challenge for anyone who denies its claimed divine origin to produce a text like it. [Quran 17:88] This is what Zakariyā Rāzī had to say about that.

Tim Minchin – The Good Book (Live)

Life is like an ocean voyage and our bodies are the ships
And without a moral compass we would all be cast adrift
So to keep us on our bearings, the Lord gave us a gift
And like most gifts you get, it was a book

I only read one book, but it’s a good book, don’t you know
I act the way I act because the Good Book tells me so
If I wanna known how to be good, it’s to the Good Book that I go
‘Cos the Good Book is a book and it is good and it’s a book

I know the Good Book’s good because the Good Book says it’s good
I know the Good Book knows it’s good because a really good book would
You wouldn’t cook without a cookbook and I think it’s understood
You can’t be good without a Good Book ‘cos it’s good and it’s a book
And it is good for cookin’

I tried to read some other books, but I soon gave up on that
The paragraphs ain’t numbered and they complicate the facts
I can’t read Harry Potter ‘cos they’re worshipping false gods and that
And Dumbledore’s a poofter and that’s bad, ‘cos it’s not good

Morality is written there in simple white and black
I feel sorry for you heathens, got to think about all that
Good is good and evil’s bad and goats are good and pigs are crap
You’ll find which one is which in the Good Book, ‘cos it’s good
And it’s a book, and it’s a book

I had a cat, she gave birth to a litter
The kittens were adorable and they made my family laugh
But as they grew they started misbehavin’
So I drowned the little fuckers in the bath
When the creatures in your care start being menaces
The answers can be found right there in Genesis!
Chapter 6, Verse 5-7!

Swing your partner by the hand
Have a baby if you can
But if the voices your head
Say to sacrifice your kid
To satiate your loving God’s
Fetish for dead baby blood
It’s simple fate, the Book demands
So raise that knife up in your hand!

Before the Good Book made us good, there was no good way to know
If a thing was good or not that good or kind of touch and go
So God decided he’d give writing allegoric prose a go
And so he wrote a book and it was generally well-received

The Telegraph said, “This God is reminiscent of the Norse.”
The Times said, “Kind of turgid, but I liked the bit with horses.”
The Mail said, “Lots of massacres, a violent tour de force.
If you only read one book this year, then this one is a book
And it is good, and it’s a book!”

Swing your daughter by the hand
But if she gets raped by a man
And refuses then to marry him
Stone her to death!

If you just close your eyes and block your ears
To the accumulated knowledge of the last two thousand years
Then morally, guess what? You’re off the hook
And thank Christ you only have to read one book

Just because the book’s contents
Were written generations hence
By hairy desert-dwelling gents
Squatting in their dusty tents
Just because what Heaven said
Was said before they’d leavened bread
Just ‘cos Jesus couldn’t read
Doesn’t mean that we should need
When manipulating human genes
To alleviate pain and fight disease
When deciding whether it’s wrong or right
To help the dyin’ let go of life
Or stop a pregnancy when it’s
Just a tiny blastocyst
There’s no reason why we should take a look
At any other book
But the Good Book
‘Cause it’s good
And it’s a book
And it’s a book
And it’s quite good!

Good is good and evil’s bad
And kids get killed when God gets mad
And you’d better take a good look
At the Good Book

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Islam needs to get a lid on the haters within its ranks.

Somebody in New Zealand insulted Thor. Quick, burn the Peruvian embassy and behead the Italian ambassador. Richard Dawkins

Sydney Morning Herald Article:

“The protests were triggered by a US film, Innocence of Muslims, portraying the prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and paedophile.”

 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say, ‘I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white; I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man; I will punish you because you are homosexual, you ought to have been heterosexual.’ I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things. Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Atheism is merely lack of belief.

“I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.”-Patrick Stewart

Humanism demands equality between genders.

Theism demands that a man discipline his wife.

“I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.”

Patrick Stewart