One of the more interesting tacts I’ve encountered from Christian apologists is the claim that atheists do not exist. It’s one of those arguments that gob-smacks you into silence the first time you hear it. Having someone stand before you and strip you of self-authorship by denying that you exist is quite the experience.
Kathy Kemper has a piece up at HuffPost about the upcoming presidential election. She argues that the slow recovery of the US economy under the Obama administration is cause to not re-elect him for a second term. At the heart of her argument is an analogy to competitive sports coaches. Kemper’s piece is an excellent example of why analogy often makes for bad argument.
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Another short post with links. I wanted to share a couple of excellent explorations of atheism among African Americans that have recently been produced.
Check them out.
Also, BBC World Service recently published this piece.
On a tangential note, in the BBC piece, Donald Wright mentions that Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason was the breaking point on his theism. I point this out to note, when you hear someone reference lines from the Declaration of Independence (e.g., “they are endowed by their Creator”) to try and justify the claim that the American political and legal system was founded on Christianity, direct them to The Age of Reason.
In light of my recent post on anti-Muslim groups in the United States and this weeks protests in Egypt and Libya, I wanted to share a couple responses worth seeing.
First, Nancy Shehata, at Muslimah in Progress, wrote an excellent post. Her sentiments are summed up when she writes:
I am so god damned tired of this. Sorry, I just can’t find any literary way to put that. I am so god damned tired of Muslims allowing themselves to be manipulated by a god damned low-budget stupid YOUTUBE VIDEO. This low-rent video was put together by a few bigoted individuals who should have been ignored. Instead, they have found fame in infamy. Their worthless little film was used by “radical Muslims” to pull the strings of ignorant puppets, to whip up a crowd into a frenzied mob, to incite people to murder. I am shocked but not surprised by the film. I am horrified and really, really pissed off at my Muslim brothers.
Go read the whole post.
Lastly, residents of Benghazi have shared their own response to violence.
From the cubicles in the bowels of the GSA to the filing drawers of your local city council, there is a threat growing in America the likes of which we have not seen since the communist infiltrated 1950s: Muslims! Yes, you can scream.
But, have no fear little Johnny, there is a rag-tag group of heroes fighting the good fight against this menace: ACT! for America (ACT! is: [A]merican [C]ongress for [T]ruth [!]!!1!). Personally, I think ACT! is fighting a hopelessly impossible fight, and I am writing this to officially pledge my unwavering support to our future Muslim leaders.
Marco Rubio spoke at the Republican National Convention this week, doing an admirable job of bridging the awkward performance art of Clint Eastwood and the closing speech by Mitt Romney. Rubio holds an esteemed place among tea party supporters, and he is considered a rising star among Republican politicians. Per his biography, “It was America’s commitment to limited government and free enterprise that opened doors for me.” However, it seems Rubio has relied on the government his entire life.