Neil deGrasse Tyson (via blackatheists)
Loving this quote right now…
There’s much ado about labels these days. That is, we tend to put labels on ourselves to tell each other what we believe, be it political, religious, you name it.
Bur this is nothing new, not really. Humans have been doing this for millenia, and, really, it’s something that comes with language. We need to categorize things in order to facilitate communication about the natural world.
However, labels can be divisive. We see it all the time. Religious labels can be especially divisive, but all labels can be divisive. Especially when we try to fit ourselves into one label.
And thus we come to the point of my post. I traditionally label myself primarily as an atheist, but I fit under many other labels that tell others much more about who I really am.
I am an atheist, yes, but I am also a humanist, a skeptic, a freethinker, a scientist, a brother, a husband, an agnostic, an optimist, an idealist with streaks of pragmatism, a naturalist, a liberal, a romantic.
You may wonder why I am bothering to write all of this, but my reason is simple: Why should I define myself by one label, one dimension, one idea, one belief (or lackthereof)? I am a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted individual, and I should identify as such!
Who would like to join me?
Check this out, read it, then check your biases. We all need to do that from time to time. Part of being a good skeptic!!
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
Despite secularism and atheism being on the rise, some areligious students feel discriminated against—at times violently. Now teachers across the U.S. are creating Secular Safe Zones to “curtail anti-atheist bullying, discrimination, and social isolation.”
The Secular Safe Zone initiative is designed to create “safe, neutral places for students to talk about their doubts without fear of religious bullying.” That’s done by recruiting “allies” and training them to recognize and respond to anti-atheist bullying. The initiative is modeled off of Gay Alliance’s LGBT Safe Zone program, which was started several years ago, in that it allows mentors at schools to explicitly demarcate spaces where “students know that bullying won’t be tolerated.”
School faculty members who affiliate with the program never have to say a thing; they hang the yellow, green, pink, and blue emblem, and students come to them.
“It’s shocking how often people tell secular students that they don’t belong in America,” Jesse Galef, communications director for the SSA told me. “Sometimes there are threats of violence against students who openly identify as atheists … We’re calling on supportive role models nationwide to stand up for these students.” That can include “teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, RAs, even chaplains, who want to create safe places for people to discuss their doubts and be open about their identities.”
This is great. :)
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What is happening to Canadian news?!
Hello folks, I haven’t been posting much again lately, but I decided to post this video of me reading a little from the Bible. I’ve started reading it for something to do at a hotel I am currently staying at. Pretty crappy video but what can I say, I’m bored! Enjoy!
Pope Fires Conservative, Anti-Gay and Pro-Life US Cardinal
As much as I hate to say it, way to go, Pope Francis!!