Welcome once again to Feedback Fridays where in I take actual viewer mail and reply to it with my own special blend of herbs and spices! This comment, presented in it’s entirety from THIS post, was the beginning of an enlightening exchange about the definition of the word “Atheist” (or “Atheism”) which continued on following posts:
Meh, …Interesting that you simply announce the definition of atheist, as if it were up to you to declare the meaning of the word. As long as we are throwing the word ‘stupid’ around, that’s in there.
And yes, not only is this his entire comment, but he chose to begin with “Meh.” Also, I’m not sure what he meant by “As long as we are throwing the word ‘stupid’ around, that’s in there.” Stupid is in Atheism? I don’t think that was his point, but maybe it should have been mine? But I digress. I replied:
Thanks for your comment, Dan,
I hope you can at least appreciate that I define clearly what I mean when I use the word. I know there is some dispute about it, but if you mean something different when you use it, at least you know what I mean when I use it.
And frankly, I think anyone can and ought to declare the meaning of words. That’s how we come to understand each other. Step one, define your terms. I find a lot of arguments stem from people either misusing words, or believing they are using words the same when they are not.
We find Rent-A-Friend standing in the middle of a wooded area, next to his rad BMX bike, near a newly discovered path through the woods. With him are Blue Beard (the Post Modern Pirate), Tom (from accounts receivable) and their argumentative friend, Carl, all standing with their own sweet bikes.
RAF2K: This path is awesome! I say we hop on our bikes and see how fast we can go! I’ll bet I can reach 100 miles per hour by the time I get to the bottom of that big hill.
Tom: That doesn’t sound safe. I think we should agree to only go so fast- say, 30 miles per hour.
RAF2K: I don’t think I can do that. Especially on that wicked big hill. Well, I COULD, sure, but I really don’t want to.
Carl: Tom’s right. You’ll kill yourself. You can’t go that fast. The speed limit on this path is 45 miles per hour.
Blue Beard: There is no speed limit. It’s a path in the woods! Probably made by a herd of elk or something. We can go as fast as we want! No restrictions!
Tom: We’re gonna die. Continue reading
Transgenderism is when a man decides he is a woman, or when a woman decides she is a man. Today the kids on college campuses and all around the old internet are being taught that sex and gender are NOT the same thing- that SEX is biological, but GENDER is societal or personal or something like that. It’s actually REALLY difficult to get anyone to give a clear answer about these things.
And if it was just the acknowledgement that sometimes you feel like a man and some days you don’t, and some days you lay on the couch crying and watching the Notebook while eating strawberry cheesecake ice cream right from the carton trying not to even THINK of the cultural expectations for men back when your grandfather was your age because you know you would NEVER be able to meet them… Continue reading
Welcome once again to Feedback Friday! This is the series where I take REAL viewer mail and answer it with actual words!
In response to this video, Travis had this to say:
Atheism is the disbelief in God. It’s not possible to know for a fact that there’s no God, but we can be almost certain there isn’t one due to lack of evidence. The speaker also fails to make the distinction between hard atheism and soft atheism, which would clear up his confusion but he conveniently leaves out this information. It’s really not a difficult concept.
To use the “logical fallacy of the month,” this guy actually does straw man the opposing position (misrepresents it in order to more easily argue against it). And making a joke about the straw man fallacy doesn’t excuse actually using it.
Also, I know I disagree with his points and everything, but just on a comedic level, this guy might be the least funny person to ever take the stage. Animal puppets? Really? And what’s with this weird Bill Cosby impression?
I recently wrote a post invoking the name of a very controversial man: Ian Juby. He is a congenial Canadian who happens to be a member of Mensa (The genius club*) and a robotics engineer who has done a lot of personal study of geology and paleontology. The reason why he’s controversial is simple- he’s a young earth creationist who has done lots of GREAT work making the creation/evolution debate easy to understand and showing how very badly evolution fails when held up to the observable evidence. Apparently this upsets a lot of people. I referred an uninformed Twitter citizen to Juby’s youtube channel, suggesting that he learn something about Creation science before he tries to mock it. Immediately I had skeptical minds calling Juby an “idiot” and demanding to know his credentials.
Sharing a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee with Ian Juby- my 3rd best Canadian friend!
People do this to Juby all the time, as well as anyone who dares to question the sacred mythology of Darwin. They intend to say that someone who doesn’t have a PhD should NOT be saying anything about science. What’s embarrassing to these people is when you give them a list of PhD’s like
Dr. Georgia Purdom (Biology),
and Dr. Jason Lyle (Astrophysics),
and Dr. David Menton (Washington University School of Medicine),
They either quickly change the subject, abandon the conversation and vanish into the land of wind and ghosts, or, if they are a Roach Clown, they continue to mock the PhD’s for any of a list of stupid reasons, including “No REAL scientist rejects Evolution, so these people can’t be REAL scientists!”
Sigh, roll eyes, face-palm, sigh again. Continue reading
Happy 4th of July my friends!
Play this as loud as you can from 9pm until midnight. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
In early June of 2018 popular “As-Seen-On-TV” personality Anthony Bourdain committed suicide, leaving behind an 11 year old daughter. In the wake of this untimely death is a rather strange silence from the atheist community. I assumed that they would immediately declare Anthony Bourdain the “Atheist Father of the Year!”
After all, didn’t he really show the kind of commitment to self over biological offspring that Atheism permits? Continue reading