“Recognize, that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars. That exploded their chemically enriched guts into the galaxy. Enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So we are all connected, to each other… biologically. To the earth….chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool. That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large. It’s not that we are better than the universe we are part of the Universe. We are in the Universe and the Universe is in us.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History. From The History Channel’s series ‘The Universe: Beyond the Big Bang’
“I would like the whole world to know — America especially — that the independence of Haiti, when the slave rose up against the French and defeated the French army — powerful army — the U.S. was able to gain the Louisiana territory for $15 million. That’s 3 cents an acre. That’s 13 states west of the Mississippi that the Haitian slave revolt in Haiti provided,” explained Joseph.
“Also the revolt of the rebels in Haiti allowed Latin America to be free,” Joseph continued.
“So, what pact the Haitian made with the devil has helped the United States become what it is,”
i spent a great deal of my life being brainwashed by Christian beliefs only to be abandoned when i needed Christians the most.
i feel i am entitled to argue and rebut just as quickly as a Christian would argue and rebut me for being me. i rarely meet a person that knows more about the Bible than I. sorry. but it is true. and the sad part about it—i often feel like i dont know that much!
but then, i see shit like what people post here on tumblr. i see it a lot. i hear people say a lot of shit. half in which i dont argue. but everything points back to the same thing.
it’s true. i never said all Christians are bad. but when i see someone defending drinking or marijuana and then turning around and praising “His” name left and right—what does that tell the world?
and on top of that, the only excuse needed in a Christians life is “well, i never said i was perfect.”
ok. keep telling yourself that. hypocrite.
“i feel i am entitled to argue and rebut just as quickly as a Christian would argue and rebut me for being me.”
Any thinking, rational person who has taken the time to step outside of their common sense and consider what is actually in the Bible and in any religion, whether they were brainwashed as a child or not, is entitled to stand up and argue. In fact, I would say anyone that doesn’t stand up against Christianity in any of its forms (no matter how benign) is intellectually lazy, cowardly and probably has an aversion to reading words. Religious people believe that they are entitled to some amount of respect because they have faith. They believe that they are elevated onto a higher platform just because they are capable of believing that fairy tales are concrete truths, rather than harmful lies. They use circular logic to assert the notion that their religion is above criticism. Anyone who opposes this disgusting view must speak out if our species wishes to evolve any further.
A belief cannot be insulted or offended. I’ll rarely insult you personally, but I’ll never tread lightly around your beliefs, because those beliefs tangibly affect the world. Nothing is sacred. Question everything.
Is hell exothermic or endothermic? How does a soul feel pain without a nervous system? Fire has mass, so hell must be a physical place; where is it? From where does hell get its inexhaustible supply of fuel? How is it fair to receive infinite punishment for a finite crime?
Well, like I said, the dog is perfectly comfortable with the idea of stuff popping into existence out of nowhere. If a great big steak were to suddenly appear on your dining room table, you’d probably be a little perturbed. The dog, on the other hand, would feel it was nothing more than her due.
So she’s perfectly ok with the idea of virtual particles, unlike most humans, who tend to say things like “You’re making this up, right?” She was already convinced that there were bunnies made of cheese popping in and out of the backyard, and just regards QED as a solid theoretical justification for her beliefs.
Interview with the author of “Talking to your Dog about Physics”
“I am a deeply religious nonbeliever. This is a somewhat new kind of religion. I have never imputed to Nature a purpose or a goal, or anything that could be understood as anthropomorphic. What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism. The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive.”—Albert Einstein (via amprebel)