http://digitalcuttlefish.blogspot.com/2010/11/night-before-war-on-christmas.html The Night Before (The War On) Christmas ‘Twas the night before Christmas; the Christians all hunkered In basements of buildings they’d armored and bunkered. They huddled in silence; they huddled in fear, With thoughts that the atheists soon would draw near The War Against Christmas had started on Fox— Just a couple of fools on the idiot-box Who were looking for noise to give ratings a boost— But lately, those chickens have come home to roost: Believers are frightened; they’re panicked; they’re scared, And not one among them will go unprepared; They’ve heard that the atheists roam, Christmas night, So Christians stay hidden, and safe out of sight.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson_and_religion Jefferson, however, did not shrink from questioning the existence of God. In a 1787 letter to his nephew and ward, Peter Carr, while at school, Jefferson offered the following advice: Fix Reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than of blindfolded fear.
Dr. HARRIS: I think well, first of all, there is an amazing diversity of opinion of just how we should cash out our talk of right and wrong, and good and evil. And it’s quite remarkable how difficult it can be to get people to concede that human flourishing, and the flourishing of conscious creatures, generally is what we should what should concern us.
But the moment you admit that much, the moment you admit that a real conversation about morality relates to human well-being - to take our case specifically - then most of moral talk that defines our public policy immediately begins to fall by the wayside.
http://richarddawkins.net/articles/529232-god-s-soft-white-underbelly Oh good the link works. It perplexes me that this argument has existed since 270BCE, yet the delusion persists.
Observation: Children do not come equipped with the idea of god, nor indeed civilized behavior.
Hypothesis: Concept of god not necessary for preschool age child to begin integration into her society.
Chapter 9 Childhood, Abuse and the Escape from Religion
I can attest that three year olds don’t come with religion. In fact, they don’t come with civilization. It is a parents responsibility to teach and lead by example as best they can.
The plan is to ruminate and cogitate upon some of the things I have been reading lately. I have started writing in my paper journal as time and ideas permit. I intend to edit and upload it here. The paper version may be more convenient. However, quite a lot of the things I wish to ponder can be found on the internet and linking to other articles is just too useful to ignore. Hopefully, dumping some of these ideas onto ‘paper’ will stop them from rattling around in my sleep deprived mind at 4 am.