Date: August 10, 2017
“Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor discuss the historic secular conference they attended in London in late July.”
“Blasphemy”, especially when backed by law…represents the utter worst of passive aggressive behavior…It claims “victimhood”, by merely being exposed to concepts different from one’s own way of thought.
How do they “justify” this “victimhood”?…By claiming some form of personal, psychological “trauma”.
Of course…there have always been deep problems with this…not the least of which, is that it is fundamentally a form of social censorship…It’s an aggressive form of social assault, aimed at some other demographics ability to communicate.
How do you make something “unspeakable”, when that thing is fundamental to the humanity of another person, or group of people?
The hypocrisy in “blasphemy” law and concept, is that you are immeasurably hurting people by silencing and oppressing their human rights, in the name of “protecting” other people…when that “protection” is suspect and specious, at best.
It is also classism at work…causing problems within the population, even where no natural problem exists.
Many people scoff, and think it distasteful, when I identify instances where they are doing this exact thing to MAPs…They imagine it’s a foregone conclusion, that MAPs [as well as sexual teens and children] “must” be relegated to this social fate, in order to “save everybody else, from their perversity”…a concept so loaded, likely an entire volume of books could be written in the pursuit of unpacking everything wrong with it.
“Blasphemy” is an impediment, to social harmony…It’s bigoted violation, under the guise of “order and peace”…And that is all it has ever been.
We “perverts” are every bit as much a valid portion of the population, as the aggressors who attack us are…And further, our alleged “perversions” aren’t so divergent from the human norm, as they would have you believe…
…This is why so many of the most vicious enemies of MAPs, secretly harbor many of the same sexual interests as MAPs…They are, themselves, self hating MAPs…And it’s never a shock, when they get exposed.
They are people who lack the ability, to come to terms with themselves…So they take this life frustration out on other MAPs…most especially those of us, who have come to terms with being a MAP…They believe we “have no right” to this inner peace, and sense of rightful belonging.
|– Atheist Media Links|
Date: August 10, 2017
“In an era of fake news, “truthiness” and outright lies, Richard Dawkins has an urgent message for the world: we need reason and science now more than ever before.
Richard Dawkins’ new book, “Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist” – http://amzn.to/2hHlgwy“
Date: August 10, 2017
“Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Tracy Clayton always heard that her ancestors were, in her mother’s words, “black, white and American Indian.” Like many black Americans, her immediate family didn’t have exact information on their roots — that heritage is difficult to trace through ancestors forced into the American slave trade. What little information Tracy’s family might have had was lost in a courthouse fire. Tracy says she didn’t think about her ancestry very often until she moved to New York City, where she’s the co-host, with Heben Nigatu, of the BuzzFeed podcast Another Round. New Yorkers, Tracy noticed, take pride in their ethnic identity. A number of her friends hang flags in their window, or march in pride parades based on their country of origin. “Which parade do I go to? What flag do I put in my window?” she wondered. She enlisted Only Human to help her figure it out. With the help of DNA ancestry tests and experts on DNA and race, Tracy explores her own ethnic background. She accidentally upends her family lore — it turns out her she has very little Native American ancestry — and she also discovers why the mix of “black, white and American Indian” is such a common heritage myth among black Americans. In the end, Tracy finds her flag, and discovers that her ethnic identity is more complex than she originally thought. The data revealed by DNA ancestry tests complicates the way she thinks about herself and her family’s history, but she also realizes that these tests don’t hold all the secrets to understanding ourselves and our heritage. The stories passed down over generations can be just as integral to the way we think about ourselves in the modern world.”