Discussion on Orlando and other issues. A sad day in Florida and beyond. Also, discussion on Christopher Hitchens and the god-awful piece of garbage hit piece “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens.”
The last two podcasts hosted on Armchair Blasphemy have been extra long and filled with profanity.
The first one: Living in a work-a-day world goes in depth on our collective work malaise.
The second one: Posted today, this podcast covers the massive news last week about gay marriage, Bristol Palin and the Confederate flag.
We’re up to our fifteenth podcast. As we do them, I think they get more relevant. Join us and don’t forget to subscribe!
The Kosherswitch. FINALLY a kosher method to workaround bullshit ancient jewish laws on not flicking an electric switch (the modern version of starting a fire, which is forbidden on the sabbath)!
Watch the video. My favorite part is when the guy talks about how a timer fucked up during dinner and they ate in the dark.
Fascinating read, written by the man himself. Read it!
Editor’s Note: This is one of the first pieces I wrote several years ago for the original Armchair Blasphemy Blog. My thinking is similar but I would not write it like this today. That said, it’s worth reposing on our new site.
People ask me sometimes why I chose the word “blasphemy” for this blog. They often wonder aloud if I am buying into the concept itself. I have been told that this is a religious word and that atheists should not acknowledge the very existence, even the concept of “blasphemy.”
I understand this thinking and rationale, but I find power in appropriating the words and concepts of ideological / religious opponents. It’s the same concept with Santa Clause. I can use Santa, a construct, side effect or at least first cousin of Christianity to make a very strong case that the entire mythology is fabricated.
I know other atheists who are wary of the “atheist” label for a similar reason. They embrace the humanist, freethinking or even “brights” identity instead. They feel that to be atheists is to be “against” something, as in anti-theist. I don’t hold this view. The most fundamentalist religions hate and try to shame “atheists.” They view atheists as “of the devil.” If they are so afraid, so disgusted by this identity, then I totally want a piece of it. There is an inherent strength go embracing something that fundamentalists loathe and fear. It’s the same fear they have of evolution, science and—back to it–blasphemy. It’s the intellectual side I want to be on. Continue reading From the vault: Appropriating the Language of Religion
Honestly? This is kind of a refreshing change from his usual “GOD SENT A FLOOD TO KILL US ALL BECAUSE GAYS HAVE THE GAYSEX” statements. This one actually contains small bits of actual logic in it.
this is a GREAT article, read it.
the /r/atheism subredddit, of course. if you haven’t been, i pity you.