Skepchick Quickies, 4.28


Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. I’m conducting a test based on the gas pump pray-in. While Twyman is praying to Jehovah to lower gas prices, I’m praying to the ghost of Norman Fell (Mr. Roper from “Three’s Company”) for them to increase. If the prices continue rising, I’ll know that Norman Fell is more powerful than God.

    Please join in the experiment!

  2. “Chastity belts making a comeback in Indonesia.”

    Nothing like making women be responsible for the behavior of unruly men. It’s almost as bad as blaming a rape victim for enticing the perp.

  3. They should put muzzles on them too so they can’t perform oral sex and who wants to listen to them yapping away while you are getting a relaxing massage. (if this offends anyone ,I am not being serious for the beard of Randi’s sake)

  4. Perhaps some men in Indonesia are complete toads and have become increasingly aggressive toward un-chaperoned women and the whole chastity belt is like wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle. (thoughts before reading article)

    Well now I’ve read the article, and find the “belts” are locks on the trousers of female masseuses to help fend off the inappropriate advances of some male customers. I’m guessing OSHA would approve of the workplace safety planning! Still, what complete toads!

    I’ve read some of Peter Chattaway’s film reviews before and have had the opportunity to meet Peter and discuss film and faith issues at a mutual friends home. Peter is a perceptive and bright guy and is actually reflective of a lot of the thinking and reasonable Christians I’ve met over the years. Perhaps his review of Expelled will get noticed in Christian circles and encourage some rational thought about science. The Blue Collar Scientist has a very good reply to the review and response to other comments on the same page. Expelled is now here in Bellingham and I haven’t decided weather to attend or not. If I do I’ll likely go with my son who works at the theatre and we wouldn’t have to pay.

  5. The adolescent remarks about “dumb” Christians does get tedious at times and just ridicules at others. I’m not a Christian apologist but was a Christian for many years. I have lunch every Friday with three friends who are also Christians. One is an accomplished artist and art professor, another is a retired professor of psychology and is considered one the preeminent statisticians and statistical psychologists of his generation and the third is a scientist and business owner who’s company manufactures particle detectors for physics labs all over the world and for homeland security.

    Pejorative ad hominem attacks from ignorance only provide information about one person.

  6. Neither ignorant, nor a snipe. At the core of christian beliefs is a willingness to suspend reason. This is why I called christians unreasonable. I was not only a christian for many years, but also a fundamentalist preacher. You must also realize the element of unreason. Also, if you notice, not one of the four words in my post is “dumb”. You might want to lighten up a little. It’s only Monday.

  7. I was a Christian too. I wasn’t dumb, but I was pretty unreasonable. It’s hard to argue that much of Christian belief (even moderate/liberal) is reasonable.

    I think the part that seemed like you may have meant “dumb” was that you included the word “thinking” in your quote. I was certainly a thinking Christian. Most fundamentalists spend quite a lot of time thinking, but they limit their boundaries. That actually takes more thought than free thinking sometimes!

  8. My comment about “dumb” was intended as general and not specificially as a response to Alan. (why I put it in a seperate post) The use of the word oxymoron when referencing reasonable and Christian is clearly intended as a barb, jab or snipe. Truly some Christians are unreasonable and there is a pervasive element of unreasonableness to religions thought and philosophy in general. I was however referring to specific individuals and not the nature of religions beliefs (or delusions as some prefer). Dictionary dot come describes snipe as, “to attack a person or a person’s work with petulant or snide criticism, esp. anonymously or from a safe distance”. Seemed to fit the bill. And as for wanting me to lighten up…, well I did put my cranky pants on this morning and I usually wait until Thursday.

  9. I apologize that in my brevity, I gave the impression that I was calling all christians dumb. I believe no such thing. I would never think to judge a person’s entire character based on one facet of his or her life whether I agreed with it or not. Personally, I believe that intelligence is in *how* someone thinks, not in *what* someone thinks.

  10. “Chastity belts making a comeback in Indonesia.”

    One wonders if, had we evolved differently, we would have ever had a social need for the male version of this.

    Who knows, but it is somewhat fun to imagine.

  11. Chastity belts…

    We had a hard time rejecting this kind of client because they try over and over and over again, persuading our workers with their dangerously sweet words…

    I’m sorry, but that’s just funny.

  12. I have always felt grateful to have not been born in an age or culture where chastity belts were in style. But I have been thanking the deity who isn’t there for this every day since I found out I’m highly allergic to nickel sulfate.*

    *(It’s found in most cheap jewelry; surely it would be found in a modern-day chastity belt as well. Contact dermatitis is awful enough when it’s on your wrist or ears; having it in your nether regions would be unbearable.)

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