Skepchick Quickies, 9.29


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. from the Jerusalem article: “Having secular people on the buses is a problem. They go like animals, without clothes. Non-religious girls don’t dress properly. They encourage me to sin,” he said.

    What a pansy. Grow a pair, dude! It would be nice if the religious fanatics would understand that the only person you can really control is yourself. They would actually be pretty easy to live with if that were the case. But these people can only be happy if every one is as miserable as they are. ‘Self appointed Moral Guardians’… what a joke. A bunch of people with no power and nothing to offer humanity put themselves into a position where they can boss people around and feel morally superior to the rest of us. I guess they expect to get extra big external hugs from God when the die?

    And that photo of those girls carrying a cross looks like it belongs in a horror movie. But then real life has a way of putting horror movies to shame.

  2. “Having secular people on the buses is a problem. They go like animals, without clothes. Non-religious girls don’t dress properly. They encourage me to sin,” he said.

    I have a real problem with people blaming their “sins” on the actions of others, i.e. “the Devil (or you) MADE me do it.” Wrong-o. If you don’t like it, get off the bloody bus, moron! No one made you get on the bus and look at them. This is the same logic that the fundamentalist Muslims use to force women dress up like rolled-up carpets!

    It is not the world’s responsibility to change itself to your satisfaction. It’s called “adaptation.”

  3. Kids lecturing their parents for not believing in Batman: cute and hilarious.

    Kids lecturing their parents for not believing in God: not so much.

    Also, Imrryr, I dig your avatar ;)

  4. @Jen:
    Believing in Batman doesn’t make you a bad skeptic, seeing as how there’s tons of evidence supporting his existence (comic books, films, etc). In fact, I think most of the films have been documentaries, filmed in real-time, except for that one with George Clooney. That one was pseudo-cinema.

    Few things make me happier than Miyazaki films. Hooray for magical escapism!

  5. When I first read “purity balls,” I didn’t think of a dance event. I thought of balls. Like little rubber purity stress balls that you put on your desk. I was like ‘Wha..? Why would giving kids balls help keep them pure?”

    I think I haven’t fully adjusted to the brain functions required for a Monday…

  6. I can understand belief in Batman. I mean, just look at all the modern texts we have chronicling his life. But this Jesus person…everything about him comes from just one book, written 2,000 years ago. Talk about crazy…

    Back to seriousness though. I wonder why the person in the second story can’t do something to get his kid out of brainwashing school. Probably safe to assume that he/she is divorced from the kid’s other parent, but surely they have some say in the kid’s education. I don’t know how it all works.

    These “purity balls” are the creepiest thing to come out of religion in a long time. I think it’s only a matter of time before they add sacrificing animals to the mix.

  7. As a father of two daughters, the Purity Ball movement makes my skin crawl. :-(

    I’m sorry, but it’s creepy…

  8. I’m gonna use this Economist article the next time someone brings up Ronald Herberman, even if it’s not exactly conclusive. It’s not like they’ll remember his name anyway, it will be like this:

    Them: “Well this American doctor sent out a warning based on his research.”
    Me: “Oh yeah, well I read an article about this research, and it was severely flawed and the dangers are disputed by other researchers in the same study.”
    Them: “I find your arguments strangely arousing…”

    Ummm… Excuse me a minute.

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